Day 1-3: Arrive Beijing The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre departure meeting will be held. For centuries the political heart of this hugely historic country, Beijing is an ever changing city and a looking glass between old and new, with an abundance of activities to enjoy. Beginning the day with a pre-departure meeting, we soon head off on a guided sightseeing tour of the nation's capital, host of the 2008 Olympics. For 800 years Beijing has served as capital for several powerful dynasties. We visit iconic Tiananmen Square, home to the mausoleum of Chairman Mao Tse-tung, the founder of Communist China and also the infamous scene of a student uprising and subsequent killings in 1989. On one side of Tiananmen Square is possibly Beijing's most famous sight, the Gate of Heavenly Peace. The gate is the main entry to the Forbidden City. A vision in grandeur, this 'city within a city' was once forbidden to anyone not on imperial business until as late as 1911. It is reported to house 9,999 rooms over 720,00 square metres. Later that day we take rickshaws through the maze of Hutongs that are made up of a lattice work of back alleys, courtyards and compact house, which provide a wonderful insight into a timeless way of life amongst an exploding city. In the evening we will be treated to a meal of traditional Peking duck and the opportunity to further get to know the rest of the group. The following morning we head out of town for the not-to-be-missed highlight that is a visit to the Great Wall. We travel to a place called Badaling, where we will walk along sections of the wall. No amount of photos can do justice to the sheer scale of the wall and the enormity of the undertaking in constructing it as a line of defence. The whole wall stretches for a seemingly-endless 7,000 kilometres over mountains and through desert all the way to the north-eastern corner of China. Now a UNESCO-protected site, the wall's construction spanned 2,000 years and some 20 different dynasties. The vigorous walk up and along the wall provides a rewarding vista of the rest of the wall winding its way past the horizon and of the surrounding countryside. On the way back to Beijing we will check out a cloisonné workshop, where we'll see practitioners of this ancient craft creating beautifully enamelled metal pieces. In the evening we enjoy an included Chinese acrobatic performance, complete with swinging ropes, juggling hoops, spinning plates and human pyramids, to mention just a few of the spectacles performed.
Day 4: Overnight Train to Xi'an Still in Beijing, we begin the day with an optional trip to the myriad of clothing shops that make up the famous Silk Street, where few visitors find themselves leaving empty-handed. We then head to Kunming Lake, the picturesque setting for the Summer Palace. The present buildings only date back to the beginning of the 20th century but the site dates back to the 12th century. The lake is completely man-made and the excavated earth was used to make Longevity Hill, upon which the palace sits. There is much to see at the Summer Palace and the 730-metre covered Long Corridor with hand-painted scenes of Chinese history and legend adorning the walls. Tonight we will catch an overnight train to Xi'an.
Day 5: Xi'an On our first morning in Xi'an we visit one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century: Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors. Made up of some 7,000 life-sized soldiers standing in military formation in excavated pits under what can only be described as a great big aircraft hangar. Made of local clay, no two soldiers' faces are alike, as each is said to be an individual portrait, which does little to make it any less eerie. Emperor Qin's army of 2,200-year-old soldiers was discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well. The reason for the warriors was that emperors were buried with their slaves, but slavery had been abolished by the time of Qin. To compensate, the emperor had the warriors made to protect him in the afterlife. Many of the soldiers are severely dismembered, said to be the result of a peasant revolt after the emperor's death rather than the passage of time. The emperor's tumulus (ancient grave mound) is located about a mile away and, according to folklore, contains untold treasures and so far nothing but a few exploratory digs have been attempted to find out. In the evening you have the option of a Tang Dynasty dinner and a performance of Chang'an music and dance, originally performed for the illustrious emperors.
Day 6: Overnight Train to Shanghai We begin the next day with a tour of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the enduring symbol of Xi'an, which was first built in 652 to hold sutras collected in India by a wandering monk. We then go for a leisurely bike ride on Xi'an's medieval city wall and visit to the Muslim Quarter. The spectacular wall and moat is 15 kilometres in perimeter and dates back to the Ming Dynasty. Later in the day there is an optional excursion to see pandas at the Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre, a two-hour drive from Xi'an. The centre offers care to a small number of injured giant pandas from the around the region. In the evening we catch an overnight train to Shanghai
Day 7-8: Shanghai The name Shanghai is synonymous with wonder and oriental decadence. Prior to 1949, the city was a magnet for fortune seekers, idle foreigners, explorers and the dispossessed. The reason for this laissez faire attitude to all things commercial and social was to do with the notion of extraterritoriality, which meant foreign nationals were not bound by any local laws but by the laws and norms established by their respective consuls. Basically anything went. Until 1949, foreigners dominated commerce, banking and industry, amassing huge fortunes and transforming the landscape of foreign concessionary sections of Shanghai. This all came to a spectacular end in 1949, when the People's Liberation Army under Mao took power. One legacy of these heady times is Shanghai's Bund, where several colonial buildings line the promenade. During our first day in Shanghai we take a city tour that takes in the stunning Oriental Pearl TV tower, the Jade Buddha Temple, the charming Yuyuan Gardens as well as the Bund and Old City. After a day of seeing the city's highlights by land, in the evening we board a cruise on the Huangpu River to get a different perspective of this fascinating city. The next day we make the short trip out of town to the Suzhou water canals by high speed train. This 'Venice of the east' is made up of a patchwork of canals and waterways. As well as cruise the Grand Canal, which at nearly 2,000 kilometres is the longest constructed waterway in the world. There will also be a visit to a silk workshop.
Day 9: Depart Shanghai Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
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The juxtapositions on this tour couldn't be starker. In Beijing ancient wonders such as the Forbidden City sit amongst the bustle of modern-day China. Going inland we journey into the heartland where daily life follows centuries-old tradition, before we end in Shanghai where the future is seemingly already here.
What to Know
On entering China you must be able to prove that you are leaving by plane or have a confirmed and presentable alternative travel ticket as evidence.
About the Destination
Whether it’s your first visit or your twentieth, China is so big, so diverse and so fast-changing, it’s always an adventure.
Let’s face it: the world’s oldest continuous civilisation is bound to pull an artefact or two out of its hat. There isn't history at every turn – three decades of perpetual development and socialist town-planning have taken their toll – but travel selectively in China and rich seams of antiquity await exploration. With tumble-down chunks of the Great Wall, mist-wreathed, temple-topped mountains, quaint villages, water towns and sublime Buddhist cave statues, China insists on a few requirements: a well-made pair of travelling shoes and a strong stomach for long-distance wayfaring.
Treat yourself by trading your meagre local Chinatown menu for the lavish Middle Kingdom cookbook. Wolf down Peking duck, size up a sizzling lamb kebab in Kāifēng or gobble down a bowl of Lánzhōu noodles on the Silk Road. Spicy Húnán or Sìchuān dishes really raise the temperature but don’t forget about what’s cooking along China’s frontier lands – always an excellent excuse to get off the beaten path. Culinary exploration is possibly the most enticing aspect of Middle Kingdom travel: you’ll return with stimulated taste buds and much cherished gastronomic memories.
Things to Do
- Summer Palace
- Beijing Opera
- Temple of Heaven
- Beijing Duck Dinner
- Gate of Heavely Peace
- Chairman Mao Museum
- Lama Temple
- White Cloud Temple
- Forbidden City
- Bell Tower
- Drum Towers
- Great Mosque
- Goose Pagoda
- Small wild goose pagoda
- City Walls
- Jade Buddah Temple
- Oriental Pearl Tower
- Shanghai Museum
- Urban Town Planning Museum
- Shanghai World Finance Centre
- Yu Yuan Garden
How to get there
We recommend flying into the Beijing Capital International Airport. That is where your adventure shall begin.
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What is Included
- Guided Tour of Xi'an
- Chinese Acrobatic Performance
- Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise
- Bike ride in Xi'an
- Guided Tour of Shanghai
- Historic cruise of the Grand Canal in Suzhou
- Guided Tour of Suzhou
- Arrival & Departure Transfer
- Rickshaw Ride through the Hutongs
- Guided Tours of Beijing
- Guided Tour of Badaling
- 6 night(s) in hotels, 2 night(s) on overnight trains
- 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
- Travel by train, taxi, on foot
- Group Tour Leader, English-speaking local guide(s) on included excursions
Rates Do Not Include:
- International flights and departure taxes
- Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.
- Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
- Optional excursions
- Entry Fees ($120-125) & a Tipping Kitty ($55-60) are payable at the start of your tour, administered by your Tour Leader
- This tour doesn't have fixed departure dates. Instead, the departure dates can be customized. The final departure dates will depend on the client's preferences and availability of accommodations and/or other components of this tour.
- The rates of this tour can be changed without prior notice
- This tour is offered by the Tour Operator, not by aSuiteStay
- All information about this tour is provided and updated by the Tour Operator, not by aSuiteStay.
China tourist visa is required for citizens of United States, United Kingdom and France.
Rate of $2,149 USD is subject to change.
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