Beijing – Xian – Guilin – Shanghai
Day 1. Arrive in Beijing
Upon arrival to the capital of the Middle Kingdom guests will be transported to Prime Hotel, where they will spend four consecutive nights.
Day 2. Beijing
The whole day is devoted to visiting Beijing. The first point of wandering around the city will be the largest square in the world – Tiananmen or Tian’anmen Square. It’s a huge, nearly empty space at the gates of the Forbidden City. The name derives from the square, Confucianism and refers to a state of harmony between all beings. Tiananmen Square, the place where in the mid-twentieth century, China was born, almost half a century later it became the scene of mass murder mocking of the name of the place. In Tiananmen Square, guests will go to the Forbidden City – a building lying in the center of Beijing’s huge palace complex, which during the reign of Chinese emperors had their seat in an inaccessible place. Then guests will visit the Summer Palace, built on Longevity Hill and Kunming on the lake surrounded by a park which, together creates a beautiful landscape fully reflecting the Chinese name of the place – Hall of Preserving Harmony. A visit to the Summer Palace includes a full day tour, during which guests will be provided dinner – Peking duck will be served. After the meal, guests will go to see the evening performance of Peking Opera.
Day 3. Beijing
After breakfast, guests will venture out on a day trip, the first step is to visit the splendid Lama Temple, place of worship and an important center of Tibetan Buddhism. Then they will visit the Temple of Heaven, also known as the Altar of Heaven – a monumental building, one of the largest temple complexes in China, a place symbolizing the connection between heaven and earth, where emperors worshiped and honored heaven. During the tour guests will be provided with lunch. A rickshaw ride will end after Hutong, in the shadow of modern urban buildings, preserved traditional buildings and streets.
Day 4. Beijing
This day is scheduled for exploring the largest structures ever been built by man – the Great Wall of China, which overlooks the hill separating the Empire of the Great Steppe and stretches for almost 6,000 kilometers. It is the only structure visible from space. After a visit to the passage of the Great Wall of China Guests visit the mighty tombs of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors. During the tour guests will be provided with lunch.
Day 5. Beijing – Xian
In the morning guests will be served breakfast. Then, in the early afternoon they will head out to the airport where they will fly to Xian, for a stay of two nights at the Hyatt Regency Xian. In the city of Xian the Silk Road began, so the caravan merchants and travelers set off to distant lands of the West to return with precious goods from this city. The capital of Shaanxi Province is also one of the most important cities in Chinese history, seat of 73 emperors of 13 dynasties. Upon arrival in Xian, guests will observe its historic walls, and then will go to the Grand Mosque in the Muslim Quarter and to stroll down the street, where it’s unusual shops are traversed only the followers of Allah. Guests will be provided with lunch.
Day 6. Xian
After breakfast, guests will venture out on a day trip starting with the meeting of 8 thousands imperial soldiers gearing ranks around the tomb of the first emperor of China, creating his own infamous Terracotta Army. Another point of the expedition will visit Shaanxi History Museum. While exploring the city guests will be served lunch, and after the tour dinner, which will be a traditional dish of noodles. After eating, guests will be able to learn the secrets of preparing Chinese specialties, looking at work in a restaurant kitchen. In the evening, guests will watch a performance dedicated to the Tang Dynasty.
Day 7. Xian – Guilin
Today, after breakfast, guests will be transported to the airport and will fly to Guilin, where they will stay for two nights at the Sheraton. On the first day in Guilin, they will go to Cane Flute Cave. The interior of the 240-meter cave is dotted with impressive formations of stalactites impressively illuminated by color-changing light that plays on the rocks and the water and creates very mysterious and surreal effects. The cave walls are covered with several dozen inscriptions from the time of the Tang Dynasty. In poems or diaries visits to this place are mentioned. The cave owes its name to its a thick cane growing on it’s inlet, from which were made traditional flutes. Flutes are produced today and can be purchased near the cave, in a nice park with pavilions, ponds and bridges. Then the participants of the trip will go to the Seven Star Park.
Located on the eastern bank of the Li River Park is a 120-hectare area named by the arrangement of seven towering peaks within its borders to the position of stars in the constellation Ursa Major. There are crystal-clear ponds and streams, stone, forests and tranquil valleys, and this beautiful, vibrant landscape is filled with lush greenery and magnificent flowers. Thanks to the pleasant micro-climate of the park, you can visit it at any time of the year. During the break visiting guests will be served lunch.
Day 8. Guilin – Yangshuo
After breakfast, guests will venture into one of the most beautiful places in China, whose landscape can be found on the reverse of the banknote 20 yuan. Among the fantastic limestone hills with poetic names Li river meanders. While sailing guests will have the opportunity to admire the majestic landscape of Guilin, and along the way visit the picturesque villages. Another highlight of your trip will be of Yangshuo along with its markets. During the tour guests will be provided lunch.
Day 9. Guilin – Shanghai
After breakfast, tour participants will be transported to the airport and will fly to Shanghai, where they will stay for two nights at the hotel Peace. Shanghai is a metropolis both oriental and futuristic at the same time, with a brilliant neon forest of towers, a place where East meets West, creating the largest city of the Middle Kingdom and also one of the largest cities in the world. When the day has elapsed guests will explore such places as the beautiful Yu Yuan Garden and the Jade Buddha Temple with a magnificent Jade statue. In the evening, guests will go on a walk with an infamous panoramic waterfront Bund, where the limited height of buildings allows you to enjoy panoramic city views. Then the guests will watch a performance of the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. The meals of the day will include breakfast but also lunch and dinner.
Day 10. Shanghai
This day is also dedicated to exploring Shanghai. First retiring at the People’s Square – once a racecourse, today the landmark by which distances are measured in the whole metropolitan area. From the People’s Square tour participants set off on their journey to visit the Shanghai Museum. The city tour will end with a walk down the street of Nanjing. During the tour guests will be with provided lunch.
Day 11. return to your country of origin
After breakfast, guests say goodbye to the Middle Kingdom and will be driven to the airport, from where they will return to their country of origin.
The price includes: sightseeing and meals mentioned in the itinerary, domestic flight connections with airport taxes, all the rides and land transport, hotel accommodation and services, English-speaking guide and driver. Operator reserves the right to change to other hotels of the same class.
In price are not included: international flight connections from and to China, passport and visa fees associated with the entry into China, gratuities for guides and drivers, and all the expenses of a personal nature.