Ancient and Modern China C: 13 days tour of Shanghai , Huangshan, Hangzhou , Xi'an , Beijing
 
The tour we will provide is a totally private tour,which means you will visit China's best only with your private car, driver and English-speaking guide. There is no other people in the group. The tour is very comfortable and flexible.
         
                                        You have more time to visit the sites that you are interested in
                                        You have more opportunities to experience the local culture
                                        Your tour guides have more time to take care of you and help you better understand China
 
Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Shanghai

Arrive Shanghai , China 's largest city and vibrant commercial heart. Your private guide and driver will meet you at airport and transfer to hotel. Rest day is free for jet-leg.

Day 2: Shanghai B,L,D
Today you will visit morning exercise (Tai Chi) of local people in the Bund. Today's city tour starts with Yuyuan Garden , formerly a private garden with rookies, pavilions, halls and ponds. And then walk around the Chenghuangmiao Area (old town) , the most-lively place in Shanghai . Lunch will be at Seagull Palace ( Shanghai Cuisine ) beside Huangpu River .

In the afternoon, you will visit world-class Shanghai Museum with its many fine exhibits (especially of note is the Chinese Minority exhibit) and Children's palace . Enjoy Portman Acrobatic show after dinner.

Day 3: Shanghai/Huangshan B,L
Today you will visit oriental Pearl TV tower to get a over view of Shanghai and the museum under the tower. Then visit Pudong Area to see the socio-economic changes that are occurring in China . In the

afternoon, our guide will take you for a walk along the Bund , the city's landmark, to view the neo-Classical and Art Deco buildings from Shanghai 's heyday of 1930's. The remainder of the day is left open to meander through the bustling Nanjing Road for some shopping. Take evening flight to Huangshan. Meet and transfer to hotel in Tunxi old town.

Day 4: Tunxi/Hongcun/Huangshan B,L
Drive to Hongcun Village , which offers a dazzling landscape of rice fields and Classical Ming and Qing architecture, each piece of intricate wood carving or exquisite piece of furniture here is a true sample of a living antique. After lunch, continue drive to Huangshan. Take Yungu Cable car up the mountain. Visit the Cloud Despelling Pavilion , the Flying Over Rock and Bright Summit . Overnight on the mountain.

Day 5: Huangshan/Tunxi B,L
Enjoy the Sunrise , then continue to visit the Lion Peak - the Monkey Gazing at the Sea, the Refresh Terrace C Dreaming Pen in the Flower- T he Black Tiger Pine Tree and The Beginging to Believe Peak , then Yungu Cable car down to the foot of Mountain.

Day 6: Tunxi/Hangzhou B,L
This morning you will visit Tunxi Old Street , the best-preserved commercial street built 500 years ago with gray tiles and white walls. Shops and stores stand row upon row. All kinds of mountainous treasures, curios and craftwook are available inside the stores. Then drive to Hangzhou by car. Visit Hu's family Hall and Tangyue memorial archways on the way.

Day 7: Hangzhou B,L,D
Today you will visit Lingyin Templ e and take a cruise on the beautiful West Lake . And then go to Huagang Park to see the Red Carp . After lunch you will be transferred to a Tea Plantation , where you can taste the tea as well as acquaint yourself with the ancient refining process of tea. Then visit Liuhe Pagoda , the famous octagonal pagoda, the brick and wood-structure. Enjoy Hangzhou crusine dinner at local Restaurant.

Day 8: Hangzhou/Xi'an B,L
Take flight to Xi'an , China 's former capital, and gateway to the legendary Silk Road , Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon you will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shanxi provincial museum.

Day 9: Xi'an B,L,SD (special dinner)
Today's highlight is the most spectacular and important places in China : the Archaeological Museum with more than 6000 life-size terra-cotta warriors and horses excavated from the tomb of the first emperor of Qin Dynasty. On the way you will stop at a farm's village to find out how and where they have lived in China , where President Clinton had been to .

Then we will visit Chinese paper cutting.demonstration at Friendship Restaurant, where you will have lunch. Afternoon explore the bustling Muslim Quarter or seek serenity in the grounds of the Grand Mosque . Enjoy Tang Dynasty show with dumpling dinner in the evening..

Day 10: Xi'an/Beijing B,L
This morning, you will stroll along the South Gate , a lively pedestrian quarter where you'll see street artists demonstrating their wonderful skills. Sightseeing today features the ancient city wall ,. You also have an opportunity to ride bicycle at the top of the wall. Take flight to Beijing , China 's exciting and cultural heart. Meet and transfer to hotel.

After lunch,, we will visit the Summer Palace , a vast and beautiful landscape of elegant garden, lakes and pavilions. We'll admire the famous Marble Boat during the visit.

Day 11: Beijing B,L,D (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
The day begins at Tiananmen Square , the largest City Square in the world. From there you will enter the Forbidden City , a powerful maze of ancient palaces and courtyards from which the emperor ruled the land for 500 years. You will also see the Emperor's clock collection and the Qing Dynasty Jewellery, Robes and Relics collection ( which Westerners rarely see ).

After lunch at local Chinese restaurant, we will take you to the Temple of Heaven , where the emperors of the Ming and the Qing Dynasties prayed for good harvests. The temple is not only especially glamorous, it is an architectural wonder because not a single nail was used for its construction.

Then you will be taken to famous Silk Market ( clothes market ) or Hongqiao Market (pearl market), which are where the Beijingers shop. Here, you can find many incredible deals on things, if you know what you are looking for and you know how to bargain. Enjoy Chinese Kongfu or Peking Opera show after dinner.

Day 12: Beijing B,L,SD (special dinner)
Today's excursion to the Great Wall (Juyongguan section) of China promise to be a highlights of our travels. We'll have a chance to take a hike along one of the most beautiful sections and learn of its construction 2000 years ago, and examine first-hand one of the most scenic portions of its 3700 miles length. Visit the workshops of a cloisonne factory to see workers practice this unique art.

After lunch, we will visit Ming Tombs , including the Sacred Way and the Ding Ling Museum . You will be able to enter one of the tombs. In the Ding Ling Museum you can see artefacts and replicas from the tomb itself. The Peking Duck banquet will be arranged at famous Duck King Restaurant.

Day 13: Leave Beijing B
Departure transfer to airport. Fly for home

Tour price:  Please contact us at chinaonyourmind@hotmail.com for price.
 

The Price Above Include Following Items:
Twin-bedded hotel accommodation in four star hotel.
Air: Domestic air tickets in economy class (*Free baggage allowance of 20kgs per person)
Bus: Air-con. Car during city tour
Breakfast: American Buffet in hotels.
Lunches: Served in local Chinese restaurants on tour.
Dinner: Served in local Chinese restaurants on tour.
Admission tickets for sightseeing and entertainment mentioned in itinerary,
Professional English-speaking Guide Assistance in Each City.
Domestic airport tax.


The price above DOES NOT include following items:
Entry/exit international air or train tickets, excess luggage charges, airport tax for international flight.
City tax.
Laundry, phone calls, medical expenses, cab fare for personal use and other personal expenses.
Tips for guides and drivers
Meals unless specified above
Visa fees

 
 
 
 


 
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