Highlights of China 9 Days / 8 Nights WOW 8
Shanghai is China’s most comprehensive industrial and commercial city, ranking the first in population and population density. As a tourist city, it attracts travelers from both home and abroad by its commercial activity rather than scenic beauty. Shanghai is situated on the bank of the Yangtze River Delta, with East River in the east and Hangzhou delta in the south. Housing a population of over 16 million at present, it was once a small town supported by fishing and weaving before the first Opium War. Late in 1990, the central government started developing the area, and has since become the well-known booming metropolis city.
As the capital of China, Beijing is one of the world’s truly imposing cities, with a 3,000-year history and 11 million people. Covering 16,808 square kilometers in area, it is the political, cultural and economic center of the People’s Republic of China. Situated in northeast China, Beijing adjoins the Inner Mongolian Highland to the northwest and the Great Northern Plain to the south. Five rivers run through the city, connecting it to the eastern Bohai Sea. Administratively, the Beijing municipality equals the status of a province, reporting directly to the central government. Rich in history, Beijing has been China’s primary capital for more than seven centuries. China’s imperial past and political present meet at Tiananmen Square, where the Forbidden City palace of the emperors gives way to the Great Hall of the People congress building and the mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong. The old city walls have been replaced by ring roads, and many of the old residential districts of alleys and courtyard houses have been turned into high-rise hotels, office buildings, and department stores. Beijing, a dynamic city where the old and new intermingle, remains a magnet for visitors from inside and outside China.
Xi’an is a city with incredible history, as well as a prosperous modern city. As the capital city of Shaanxi province, it holds a key position in the fertile plain between the highland plateau of the north and the Qinling Mountains to the south. Xi’an has been the capital of eleven dynasties for more than 2000 years. Along with Rome and Constantinople, this city played a vital role in bridging the gap between east and west. There are important sites and relics in this city. The Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin is regarded as the eighth wonder of the world.
Chengdu is the capital of “Heavenly State” (Tian Fu Zhi Guo), habitat of giant pandas and city of cotton-rose hibiscus. Located in the west of Sichuan Basin and in the center of Chengdu Plain, Chengdu covers a total area of 12.3 thousand square kilometers with a population of over 11 million. Benefiting from Dujiangyan Irrigation Project which was constructed in 256 B.C., Sichuan Province is reputed as “Tian Fu Zhi Guo”, literally a place richly endowed with natural resources. Chengdu, as the capital, is extremely productive. The Min and Tuo Rivers, two branches of the Yangtze River, connected to forty other rivers, supply an irrigation area of more than 700 square kilometers with 150-180 million kilowatts of water. Consisting of abundant mineral resources, the land is extremely fertile.
Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will be met by an English-speaking guide and transferred to Grand Mercure Zhongya Hotel for 2 nights stay. Free at leisure for the remaining day.
|2||Shanghai city tour [B, L, D]
Visit Yu Yuan Garden & Jade Buddha Monastery & Shanghai Museum.
|3||Arrive in Beijing [B]
Fly to Beijing and transfer to Doubletree by Hilton Beijing for 3 nights stay. In the afternoon, enjoy exterior views of the Beijing National Stadium and National Aquatics Center. Famously known as “The Bird’s Nest” and “Water Cube”, these two structures hosted many competitions during the 2008 Summer Olympics.
|4||Great Wall & Ming Dynasty Tombs [B, L, D]
Visit the legendary Great Wall, followed by the Ming Dynasty Tombs – UNESCO World Heritage site.
|5||Beijing Tour [B, L]
Visit Beijing’s most famous sights – Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Beijing Imperial Palace and Temple of Heaven. In the afternoon visit Hutong, traditional courtyard homes, and see how local Beijing residents live.
|6||Arrive in Xian & Shaanxi History Museum [B, D]
Private transfer from Doubletree by Hilton Hotel to Beijing Airport. Fly to Xi’an and transfer to Grand Mercure Xi’an on Renmin Square Hotel for 2 nights stay. In the afternoon, visit Shaanxi History Museum and marvel at the national treasures of the ancient Chinese people.
|7||Terracotta Museum, Banpo Museum, Xian Museum & Xian City Wall [B, L, D]
Explore the Terracotta Museum and see the buried treasures that took 38 years to complete. Visit the Banpo Museum, an excavation site housing fascinating ancient artifacts. In the afternoon, visit Xian Museum which features as many as 130,000 cultural relics showing the history of Xian, one time capital of 13 dynasties. You will also have an opportunity to visit the Xian City Wall, the most complete city wall survived in China.
|8||Arrive in Chengdu, Baoguang Temple & Sanxingdui Museum [B, D]
In the morning, fly from Xian to Chengdu and transfer to Chengdu Sofitel Wanda for 1 night stay. Visit the Baoguang Temple where historic relics and sculptures are preserved & Sanxingdui Museum’s cultural relics. Unearthed near the Sanxingdui archeological site, it’s an important archeological discovery which changed the people’s understanding of ancient history and culture.
|9||Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding* [B]
Hold a Panda, take photos with a Panda, or play with a Panda during their most active time in the morning.* Transfer to Chengdu airport and take Cathay Pacific from Chengdu to Hong Kong and enjoy a convenient connection back to the US.
*These are VIP Venues NOT open to the Public
The price includes
- Grand Mercure Zhongya or similar hotel with Standard room for 2 nights, with daily breakfast at hotel.
- Doubletree by Hilton Beijing or similar hotel with Superior Room for 3 nights, with daily breakfast at hotel
- Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square or similar hotel with Superior Room for 2 nights, with daily breakfast at hotel
- Crowne Plaze Chengdu or similar hotel with Deluxe Room for 1 nights, with daily breakfast at hotel
- Entrance fees to sightseeing as stated in the itinerary
- Panda VIP access fee
- Airport transfers and ground transportation as stated in the itinerary
- Meals as stated in the itinerary
- B = Breakfast in hotel
- L = Lunch outside of hotel at designated local restaurant
- D = Dinner outside of hotel at designated local restaurant
- Private English speaking tour guide, and driver
- China domestic airfare (Economy Class)
- Shanghai to Beijing
- Beijing to Xian
- Xian to Chengdu
- Inbound and outbound international air (Economy L Class) through the Cathay Pacific Package. Routing based on specific package purchased.
The price excludes
- Gratuities for the Guides and Drivers
- Incidentals in hotel such as dry cleaning, phone, mini bar
- Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel Insurance
- China visa
- Hotels used may be changed prior to tour but will be replaced with similar category of hotels
- Price and availability subject to change without notice until deposit is received
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