11 days Beijing, Xian, Suzhou, Shanghai


Tour code: CT-11
Duration: 11 days
Tour type: private tour
price from $1951 p/p
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China is an ancient and mysterious country. It has long brilliant history and is full of stunning sights. Beijing is the capital of China, which is also a famous historical and cultural city in the world containing splendid civilization, unique treasures, classical architectures and ancient relics such as the Forbidden City, the Great Wall. It is also the center of domestic and international communication. Xi'an is a world-famous ancient city which is one of the Four Civilized Ancient Capitals in the world. It's the birthplace of Chinese civilization and representative of Chinese culture. Suzhou are famous for impressive southern garden, which is very unique and attractive. Shanghai, an international city, is reputed as the "Paris of the Orient", which is the most prosperous city in China. It is easily accessible via international and domestic flights, frequent high-speed trains. For any visitor to Shanghai, the most attractive thing about this city is how fashionable it is. There are many world-famous landmarks in the city. It has become most tours' tourist destination. The 11 days classic tour will lead you to explore the highlights of China and the must-see spots in these four cities.

FEATURES

  • Definitely NO SHOPPING, NO DETOUR.
  • All sightseeing, transfer, English-speaking guide and authentic Chinese Lunch are included.
  • The eight days classic tour will lead you to explore the highlights of China and the must-see spots in these four cities.
  • The Itinerary can be tailored or adjusted according to your requests.
  • Hotel pick-up and airport transfer is included in.
  • Instant confirm and available daily.

TOUR ITINERARY

D1 ARRIVE BEIJING

According to your arrival time, guide will greet you at the flight arrival, please look for a sign of your name; Transfer you to hotel and check in;

Hotels: Sunworld Hotel

D2 Beijing - Mutianyu Great Wall ,Temple of Heaven

Today's Highlights

  • Take an easy or complete two hours hike on Mutianyu Great Wall which is much less crowded than Badaling and not heavily restored.
  • Discover the Temple of Heaven which is considered the most holy of Beijing's imperial temples. The architecture are magnificent. And it is a good place to encounter locals at parks surrounding it.

8:00 am, pick up from your hotel lobby;

8:30 am – 10:30 pm, drive northeast to Great Wall Mutianyu section;

10:30 pm – 12:30 pm, hike and photograph on the wall;

12:30pm-3:30pm, have authentic local lunch and drive to Temple of Heaven;

3:30 pm –5:00 pm, discover the Temple of Heaven;

5:00 pm –6:00 pm, drive back hotel.

Mutianyu Great Wall

The Great Wall of China is one of the wonders of the world. It is one of the few man-made objects on earth that can be seen on the moon. Mutianyu Great Wall is the essence and one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall, which is located in the northeast of Beijing and restored in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).Because of the important geographic position, it is called as the Majestic Pass on Precipitous Mountains. Its construction has a unique style and the view is spectacular especially from tower 21 to 23. There are secure, convenient and rapid cable cars in the scenic area, which will offer you to experience a panoramic view of the Great Wall.

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven is built in 1420 and its construction is the largest existing temple, which is included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1998.The temple was where emperors went to worship heaven for good harvest. It is not only the pearl of ancient Chinese architecture but also a gem of architectural history of the world.

Travel Tips:

  • It requires two hours to forward the Great Wall if you have a complete tour there. And wear comfortable shoes and pack light.
  • When getting to the Wall, you are exposed to sunlight or rain. Prepare sunglasses, sunscreen or umbrella accordingly.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotels: Sunworld Hotel

D3 BEIJING

Today's Highlights:

  • Walk on the Tiananmen Square which is the geographic, political, and tourist center of the city. Taking a picture here is said to be a proof of being in Beijing.
  • Enjoy amazing architecture, extensive collections in Forbidden City and look into Chinese rich history.
  • Get to the top of 479-meter high Jingshan Hill and have a bird view of Forbidden City and other iconic buildings in the city.

8:00am, pick up from your hotel lobby

8:30 am -12:00 am, spend 30 minutes also taking photos at Tiananmen Square, then enter the Forbidden City from there and spend the rest of the time in the palace until 12:00 am

12:00am-1:30pm, have authentic local lunch

1:30 pm –4:30 pm, insider view of Beijing Hutong area

4:00 pm –5:30 pm, visit the Jinshan Park to get a panoramic view of the Forbidden City

5:30 pm –6:30pm, drive back to hotel. (we can drive you back to hotel or take you to the pedestrian street nearby which has full of local flavors and shops.)

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is one of the largest public city squares in the world, covers a total area of 440,000 square meters. It was the place for important ceremonies during the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty and was rebuilt in Qing Dynasty. The place has witnessed some of the most important moments in China's history. It represents authority and power, with unrivaled significance, attracts tourists from all over the world. Standing on its four sides are all important political and cultural sites including the Forbidden City, Great Hall of the People, the National Museum.

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City, or Imperial Palace, was home to 24 Emperors for almost 500 years from Qing Dynasty to Ming Dynasty. The complex is well preserved with 980 buildings over 720,000 m2. Great squares, halls, gates, gardens and courtyards form a 'city within a city'. Since 1925, this imperial palace has been turned into a museum exhibiting extensive collections of artifacts and artwork. During visiting the colorful architectural art of the Forbidden City, we will also watch the display in the Palace Museum where a lot of treasures have been keeping.

Hutong

Hutong has long history dating back from the Yuan dynasty. It has witnessed the change and development of Beijing. Many of these traditional neighborhoods had been destroyed in the development of modernization. The most notably those around the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower and close to the Forbidden City are well preserved. Simply wandering around or taking a rickshaw tour to navigate Hutong and stop anywhere to take photos, you will be surprised by the courtyards, local market, local customs by getting to the deepest Hutong alleys.

Jingshan Hill

Jingshan Hill, a former imperial garden with beautiful surroundings, is located in the north of the Forbidden City and covers an area of 23 hectares. Jingshan Park is known for its diverse collection of peony in 150 brands, covering eight color series and nine flower shapes. Standing on top of the hill, you can overlook a panoramic view of the Forbidden City. Here is also an excellent place for local elderly people gathering.

Travel Tips:

  • Tour today is getting more relax than day one but still requires some walks within the parks and stairs up onto the Jinshan Hill that taking some 10- 15 minutes.
  • Prepare some changes if you would like to tip the rickshaw driver.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotels: Sunworld Hotel

D4 BEIJING - XIAN

Today's Highlights:

  • Stroll along the long corridor in Summer Palace which is regarded as the longest art gallery in the world and has 14,000 traditional paintings painted on the beams.

8:00 am, pick up from your hotel lobby

8:30am-11:30am, visit the famous imperial garden – the Summer Palace; Sightsee the Olympic Green.

11:30pm-12:30pm, have authentic local lunch

12:30pm-2:00pm, transfer to Beijing west rail station and check-in, G87(1400-1830)

2:00pm-6:30pm, by train (about 4.5 hour)

6:30pm, guide wait for you at Xi'an west rail station and transfer you to hotel

The Summer Palace

With a history of nearly 1000 years, Summer Palace in Beijing is said to be the best preserved imperial garden in the world and the largest of its kind in existence of China. It consists of natural hills, lake, and over 3000 man-made pavilions, palaces, temples, bridges and corridors. It is quite enjoyable to have a relaxing stroll, a boat cruise or discover the aged architectures.
If tour during April to Early October, guide will take you to enjoy a relaxing boat ride to view the spectacular scenery from distance.

The Olympic Green was constructed for the 2008 Olympic Games, and was turned into a park after the Game. The notable architectures - Water Cube and Bird Nest situate in the park.

Travel Tips:

  • Charge your camera battery the night before.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotels: Wyndham Hotel Xian

D5 XIAN

Today's Highlights:

  • The Terracotta Army has been listed in "the world heritage list" by UNESCO since 1987. It is referred to as "the eighth wonder of the world"
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a well-known ancient building and regarded as the symbol of the ancient capital of Xi 'an.

8:00 am, pick up from your hotel lobby

9:00 am -12:00 am, drive to visit the Terracotta Army

12:00am-2:30pm, have authentic local lunch and drive to Big Wild Goose Pagoda

2:30 pm –4:30 pm, visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda

4:30 pm –5:30pm, drive back to hotel or take you to the restaurant where you would like to have dinner.

The Terracotta Army

The Terracotta Army, an underground construction and terracotta figures, is located in Lintong County. It was found in 1974 and composed of three different sizes of the pit, with a total area of nearly 20000 square meters. Pit layout is reasonable, the structure is unique. The Terracotta Army is unearthed 5 meters beneath the surface and about 4 km. It is referred to as "the eighth wonder of the world", which is the largest underground military museum in the world and has been listed in "the world heritage list" by UNESCO since 1987.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Big Wild Goose Pagoda is located in Xi'an, about 4 kilometers from the downtown of the city. It is a famous spots to tourists. It was a five-story construction and then it was built with a seven-story structure. This pagoda is an architectural marvel. It was built with layers of bricks but without any cement in between. It reflects the people's wisdom and talents of ancient China. It is a well-known ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists and regarded as the symbol of the ancient capital of Xi 'an. Standing on the top of it, you can get a panoramic view of Xi'an and the garden around.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotels: Wyndham Hotel Xian

D6 XIAN - Suzhou

Today's Highlights:

  • Shaanxi History Museum is reputed as " the pearl of the ancient capital, treasure house of Huaxia"
  • The Ancient City Wall is the longest, oldest and best-preserved extant city defense system from ancient China with a history of more than 600 years. It is one of the most beautiful landmarks in Xi'an. Going up on the city wall, you will have a beautiful view of the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower, the center of the city.

8:00 am, pick up from your hotel lobby

8:30am-11:30am, visit the Shangxi History Museum

11:30pm-1:30pm, have authentic local lunch

1:30pm-3:00pm, visit Ancient City Wall and ride bike on the Ancient Wall

3:00pm-4:30pm, transfer to Xi'an rail station and check-in; G1938(1511-2059)

4:30pm-8:00am, by train about 5 hour, guide will greet you at Suzhou Railway Station.

Shaanxi History Museum
Shaanxi History Museum is located in the south suburb of Xi'an. It is one of the four largest museums in China, whose architecture and design are complex in the Tang Dynasty. It is symmetric in design, with a main hall in the middle and side pavilions. It is home to a good number of valuable historic artifacts, which show the political, economic, and cultural civilization of ancient China. It houses over 300,000 items and most of them are nation's treasures. It is reputed as "the pearl of the ancient capital, treasure house of Huaxia".

Ancient City Wall
The well-preserved walls, ramparts, gates and watchtowers are great evidence of the city's history. The Wall is composed of a series of military installations including the moat, drawbridge, gate building, Jianlou Tower, Zhenglou Tower (the main building), Jiaolou Tower (turret), Dilou Tower (watchtower), Nv'er Qiang (parapet) and crenel. Complete City Wall, together with the moat and Around-Xi'an Park, has become a must-see scenic spot of Xi'an city.

Travel Tips:

  • When you visit Ancient City Wall, you can walk or pay extra cost to rent a bike, rickshaw or an electric cart to have a fascinating view of the old and new city

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotels: Garden Hotel

D7 Suzhou

Today's Highlights:

  • Humble Administrators Garden is famous for exquisite beauty, artistic value and historic significance. It's recognized the most famous and classic garden in all southern of China and also listed as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1997.

8:00 am, pick up from your hotel lobby

8:30 am -12:00 am, take rickshaw ride, view the Humble Administrator's Garden, considered to be the finest and most impressive garden in all of southern China and the largest garden in Suzhou, sightsee Tongli Mingqing Street

12:00am-1:30pm,have authentic local lunch

1:30 pm –4:30pm, Continue your exploration of the Master of the Nets Garden though one of the smallest, a visit at night can let you enjoy the traditional Chinese singing and musical instruments

4:30 pm –5:30 pm, drive back to hotel

Rickshaw ride
With a history over 2,500 years, Suzhou has abundant historical sites. Most of them scatter around the old streets in the city center. Rickshaw ride is an interesting way to enjoy a look of local people's life and the exquisite spots lay quietly in the old streets.

Humble Administrators Garden
The Humble Administrator's Garden is the largest one in Suzhou covering an area over 5 hectares. It is considered to be the finest and most impressive garden in all of southern China. It contains zigzagging bridges, numerous pavilions, connected ponds and islands, bamboo groves, plenty of bonsai, a teahouse and a museum which had good information on garden construction and comparison between Chinese, Asian & Western gardens.

Tongli Mingqing Street
Tongli Mingqing Street is several hundred year old - dating to the Ming and Qing Dynasties but very well preserved. The 160 meter street has a bustling and cheerful atmosphere and there are many shops offering local specialties. You can also sample food, delicacies and traditional arts and crafts.

Night Tour of Nets Master Garden
It is the smallest of the Suzhou residential gardens and the most exquisite in design. It is the most impressive because of its use of space that creates the illusion of an area that is much greater than its actual size.Its has a series of lovely pavilions around a central pond, rocks and plants uses design details filled with symbolism and story references, with delightful touches such as the mirror backing that provides three moons (sky pond and mirror).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotels: Garden Hotel

D8 Suzhou - Shanghai

Today's Highlights:

  • Tongli was listed in the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2004, where you will sightsee the beautiful ancient water town and experience an unforgettable tour.

8:00 am, pick up from your hotel lobby

8:30 am -9:30 am, drive about 1 hour from Suzhou to Tongli and spend two or three hours wandering the amazing ancient town of Tongli, which is given the nickname "Venice of the East"

9:30am-4:00 pm, visit the ancient town, take cruise to experience this water town

4:00 pm –5:30 pm, drive directly to Shanghai hotel and check-in

Tongli Cruise
Tongli Cruise is the best way to experience water town.

Tongli
Tongli is a water town which is about 30 km far from Suzhou and was listed in the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2004. Different from other few similar towns in the area, Tongli is famous for its bridges, garden and alleys. It retains the most highlighted spots "one garden, two halls and three bridges" which refer to Tuisi Garden, Jiayin Hall and Congben Hall, Changqing Bridge, Jili Bridge, Taiping Bridge Bridge. It has a look of quaint and exquisite beauty with classical feature in southern region, you will enjoy a leisure time here to experience authentic life in China ancient water town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotels: The Bund Hotel Shanghai

D9 Shanghai

Today's Highlights:

  • Yuyuan Garden is a very prestigious classical garden in Shanghai, where you can sightsee traditional architecture of Ming Dynasty.

Your guide will pick you up at hotel lobby around 8:30, and lead you to explore the highlights of Shanghai; In the morning, Visit Yuyuan Garden, Yuyuan Market;

In the afternoon, the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Bund, Nanjing Road

Back to hotel around 6:00pm

Yuyuan Garden
It is considered as one of the renowned gardens in south China retaining some of best Chinese traditional architecture and culture. The garden houses many items with unique characteristics. Pavilions, Ponds, trees, doorways, and rockeries are exquisitely placed, making changing views when you make every step forward. Outside of the garden is a market full of souvenirs and eateries.

Yuyuan Market
Located next to the Yuyuan Garden and also known today as the City God Temple, it was built in the fifteenth century during the Ming Dynasty. The City God Temple is a Taoist temple which is composed of many halls such as the Grand Hall, Middle Hall, Bedroom Palace, Star Gods Hall and etc. The City God Temple has a great influence on the residents of Shanghai. The religious festivals of the temple are considered to be the festivals for all Shanghai people.

The Shanghai World Financial Center
The 492-meter high building is the tallest skyscraper in China, standing in the Pudong district of Shanghai. It is a mixed-use building accommodating offices, conference rooms, observation decks, shopping malls, financial institutions and hotels after its completion in 2008. On the 100th floor, it is amazingly equipped with a glass in the center. Many people come for a challenge and a panoramic view of Shanghai.

The Bund
The Bund is one of the most attractive sights in Shanghai lying on the western bank of Huangpu River in the city center. It is home to 52 buildings of different European architectural styles that once housed banks, trading companies, consulates from United Kingdom, France, Russia, United States, etc. It is enjoyable to take a walk alongside and discover the "museum of buildings". The view over the river is also stunning with many skyscrapers in good shape. An evening cruise provides even better view when all the buildings lit up.

Nanjing Road
One of the most famous shopping streets in the world. Giant shopping centers, specialist boutiques, international brands, local upmarket goods - it's all here; it's very busy, and at night it really glitters. It's a fascinating glimpse of modern, commercial China.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotels: The Bund Hotel Shanghai

D10 Shanghai

Today's Highlights:

  • Shanghai Museum is a large museum of ancient Chinese art, where there are many ancient Chinese bronze, paintings, calligraphy, ceramics and etc.

8:30 am, pick up from your hotel lobby

9:00 am -10:30 am, have a leisure walk at French concession center to soak in views of the old European buildings

10:30am-12:00pm, visit the Jade Buddha Temple

12:00pm—16:00pm, have authentic lunch, visit Shanghai Museum

4:00 pm –5:30 pm, back to hotel

French concession region
A great area to explore, from the old European buildings in shady avenues to the cafes and restaurants and upmarket shopping area of Huaihu Lu.

Jade Buddha Temple is an active Buddhist temple with two previous statues of Buddha, carved from rare single blocks of white jade adorned with precious stones. The temple was listed in 1983 as a key Buddhist temple in the Han nationality regions by the State Council. There are many precious Buddhist classics and cultural relics in Jade Buddha Temple, which attract many tourists come to visit. It is a hive of activity with monks, worshippers and visitors, and taking photos of the Buddha are forbidden.

Shanghai Museum is one of the most incredible museum in China housing more than 120, 000 pieces of collections. Many of them are China's most precious artifacts such as jade, furniture, costumes, pottery, calligraphy and currency. Located near the People's Square in the center of Shanghai, it is easy to visit together with other attractions in the area. Apart from that, its profound artifacts and interesting displays make it an ideal place for family with kids.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotels: The Bund Hotel Shanghai

D11 Depart Shanghai
Transfer you from hotel to airport according to your departure time.

Meals: Breakfast

PRICE INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION

Price Includes:
  • Entrance Fees: To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet at your hotel, but it might be only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote areas. Lunch will be at local restaurant.
  • Private Transfers: Private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide for transfers in the above cities.
  • Hotels
  • English-speaking guide: We choose guide who are responsible, knowledgeable and has a sense of humor to accompany you throughout the city.
Price excludes:
  • China visa
  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
  • Dinners.
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
  • Gratuities to the tour guide & driver
  • Items that are not listed in the itinerary

INSURANCE

  • Our policy covers you against personal accident, medical costs to domestic flight delays.
  • Medical expenses up to CNY 30,000
    Personal accident up to CNY 300,000
    Flight delay (over 4 hours) up to CNY 400
  • We strongly recommend you to have more comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs during hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country.

CANCELLATION POLICY

We understand that there may be many unforeseen events happen. Please note with the cancellation policy if you have to cancel your tour after booking.

For land tours only:
1. 15 days before commencement of services: 100% refund.
2. 7 to 14 days before commencement of services: charge 10% of the tour price
3. 2 to 6 days before commencement of services: charge 50% of the tour price
4. within 2 days of commencement of services or no-show travelers: charge 100% of the tour price
After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your willingness, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.

If any air tickets/ train tickets /hotel booking made, all cancellation penalties imposed by the airline/ China Rail / Hotels will apply.

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