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12 Days China Paradise Tour by Train

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A perfect choice for those interested in Chinese architecture and train adventure. It not only takes you to explore the majestic imperial buildings and marvelous Entombed Warriors, but also affords the opportunity to really appreciate the smaller ancient towns and exquisite gardens. From Forbidden City, Badaling Great Wall, Yungang Caves, Hanging Temple, Pingyao Old Town to Terracotta Warriors, Shanghai Bund, Suzhou Small Canal, Tongli Water Town, mostly all of China lures are grasped in your hand with this splendid tour.

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One-stop service, incl. tour guide, hotels, meals, transportation, attraction admissions and insurance, etc.

Caring, experienced local guide & driver will be of great help to ensure your safety and comfort on the way.

Day 1 Arrive in Beijing : Pick-up and Check-in
Today's Activities May you have a good journey to Beijing, and our guide will meet you outside the customs of Beijing Airport after you clear the customs, and then transfer you to the downtown hotel. The rest of the day is flexible for your will, have a rest or take a walk near the hotel.
Day 2 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities After having breakfast at hotel, you will visit the Tiananmen Square this morning to start your Beijing tour. Strolling round the large square is very enjoyable where you will see Beijing with ancient and modern elements, then walk north to the Forbidden City. As the largest and best-preserved imperial palace in China, it vividly indulges us with a whole impression of the royal life. Later you will be driven to appreciate Chinese featured royal park - Summer Palace, which boasts of typical Chinese architecture and splendid landscapes.
Highlights
Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Summer Palace          
Tiananmen Square Forbidden City in winter Summer Palace Corridor          
Day 3 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )

Today's Activities

After having breakfast at hotel, you will have an excursion to the Badaling Great Wall, which is regarded as the most popular section of China Great Walls. It is also the best-preserved section, built during the Ming Dynasty. Later when driving back to downtown Beijing, you will stop by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) and Water Cube (National Aquatics), to view the unique constructions and take some photos. Afterwards, you will visit the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon, where the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties once worshiped heaven and prayed for good harvests. While it serves as a park nowadays.
Highlights
Temple of Heaven          
Badaling Great Wall Outside Water Cube Temple of Heaven Entrance          
Day 4 Beijing - Datong ( Breakfast ) Transfer by Train
Today's Activities After breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to Beijing Railway Station for the train to Datong, with comfortable soft-sleeper, the whole journey takes about six hours, and our Datong tour guide will meet you at the exit of Datong Railway Station, later escorting you to check in at Datong downtown hotel.
Day 5 Datong ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities For appreciating the highlights of Datong, how can we miss the Hanging Temple? It is definitely an architecture wonder in the world, even more spectacular than Leaning Tower of Pisa. Have you got the guts to climb it? Then you will shift to visit to Wooden Pagoda of Ying County, another construction miracle. It is also named the Pagoda of Fogong Temple, which has survived several large earthquakes throughout the centuries. Amazing!
Last but not least, you will see the top must-see in Datong - the stunning Yungang Caves. Few words can be used to describe the overwhelming feeling when you just stand in the front of these giant Buddha statues. It is far far different to see them on the spot from in the photos, videos or other medias.
Highlights
yungang caves          
Hanging Temple Wooden Pagoda of Yingxian Yungang Grottoes          
Day 6 Datong - Pingyao ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by Bus
Today's Activities After breakfast, we will drive about 4 hours for heading to our next destination - Pingyao Ancient Town. Upon arriving at there, we will check in a very featured guesthouse located in the town, then you could have a rest and put down luggages in your room. The rest of this day is totally in your hand, thus you could stroll around the town with your camera, just immerse yourself in this picturesque old town, and experience Chinese ancient classic life. Remarkably, in the September of every year, the International Photography Festival holding in the Town, features traditional Chinese themes, inspiring and invigorating the photography professionals and enthusiast from home and abroad.
Highlights
         
Pingyao Ancient Town Featured Guesthouse Pingyao Street at night          
Day 7 Pingyao - Xi'an ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities Today you will start to explore Pingyao Old Town in details with our tour guide. As an United Nations World Cultural Heritage, Pingyao Old Town combines several tourist attractions, offering you a whole impression of nornal people's life of Qing and Ming Dynasty. You could overlook the whole town on the City Wall, then have a stroll on the traditional Ming-Qing Street, where have been preserved as attraction sites and museums. Lots of traditional novelties and delicious local snacks can be found here. Besides, Ancient County government office, Ri Sheng Chang Exchange Shop and China Traditional Biaoju permit you know more about Chinese History both in ecomony and politics. In the afternoon, you will visit Wang's Compound, which was a rich family's mansion in old time, where you can take a glance of Chinese rich family's life. At last, after you finished all sightseeing of the town, you will be escorted to Railway Station to leave for Xi'an by train. It takes about 9 hours with comfortable soft-sleeper ticket.
Highlights
         
Old Ming-Qing Street Ri Sheng Chang Exchange Shop Wang's Compound          
Day 8 Xi'an : Pick-up and Check-in
Today's Activities After being picked up to check in Xi'an downtown hotel, you will head to world-famous Terracotta Warriors to start wonderful Xi'an tour, maybe you have seen them many times on TV or magazines before, but it's a total different experience to see them with your own eyes. Also with a sidetrip to Mausoleum of the Qin Emperor, who owned this awesome underground kingdom, you would know more about the first dynasty of China - Qin dynasty. Then take a visit to the Xi'an Art Ceramics & Lacquer Factory to unveil the producing process of Terracotta Warriors replicas. If you wish, you can buy souvenirs for your friends or even take an extra chance to DIY your own Terracotta Warriors! (Fees are not included.)
Walk up to the top of Xi'an Ancient City Wall, which was built in 1370 during the Ming Dynasty and 12 meters in height. Take a leisure stroll along the walk and feel the wind coming from History. Cycling on the city wall is an available add-on activity for you.
Highlights
         
Terracotta Warriors Art Ceramics & Lacquer Factory Ancient City Wall          
Day 9 Xi'an - Shanghai ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by air

Today's Activities

After breakfast at hotel, you can deeply explore Xi'an in many fields by seeing Shaanxi Historical Museum, where you can get more knowledge about Chinese national treasures and other precious cultural relics. Then you will set foot in the Muslim culture at the Great Mosque, savoring the special blend of Chinese & Muslim cultures and feel the soul of the broad-minded ancient Xi'an. Hanging around the Muslim Quarter nearby the Drum Tower is another way to experience the local Muslim life. Various featured snacks & crafts shops are surely a great feast. When tour ends, you will transferred to Xi'an airport for the fly to the next destination - Shanghai. Our Shanghai tour guide will meet you at airport and send you to the downtown hotel.
Highlights
         
Exhibit in Museum Great Mosque Courtyard Muslim Quarter          
Day 10 Shanghai ( Breakfast, Lunch )

Today's Activities

As the biggest city of China, Shanghai definitely offers many lures. Early in the morning, you will visit Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center to open this amazing day. Here you can see the past changes and the future blueprint of Shanghai. After that, with a stroll from Nanjing Road to the Bund, you will be impressed by Modern Shanghai amazingly compared with Xi'an. Later you can view the whole city at the highest floor of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and know about the development of Shanghai with a following visit to Shanghai Municipal History Museum at the pedestal of the tower. At night, Shanghai Acrobats Show can be optionally appreciated.
Highlights
The bund          
Urban Planning Exhibition Center The Bund Oriental Pearl TV Tower          
Day 11 Shanghai - Suzhou ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by Maglev train

Today's Activities

After having breakfast in the hotel, you will head for the train station and take the speedy Maglev Train to Suzhou, and it only takes 30 mins. Later you will be picked up at railway station and transferred to downtown hotel for a short rest and leaving luggages. Suzhou is another beautiful city comparing to paradise and often dubbed the "Venice of the East". A famous Chinese saying goes: "Up there is the Heaven, while Suzhou and Hangzhou on earth."
The first spot you visit in Suzhou is Small Canal. Boating along the canal is definitely big fun. You’ll lose yourself in various shapes of bridges and the old town shaded by willows. Then you can buy lots of interesting souvenirs for your family and friends in Flower & Bird Market. Later we will take you around Suzhou Silk Factory, which was built in 1926. You’ll watch how a silkworm works and thus understand hardship that hides behind elegant comfortable Suzhou silk. Finally visiting the Lingering Garden, you could find the most delicate layout and strange rock as much as possible.
Highlights
Maglev Train          
Maglev Train Lingering Garden Suzhou Silk Factory          
Day 12 Suzhou - Tongli Water Town - Depart from Shanghai
Today's Activities In the morning, we will drive to visit Tongli Water Town, also the terminal of the tour, won’t leave you any regret before you leave China. The 1000-year-old town impresses you with its refined black-and-white blocks of folk houses, web of rivers and undisturbed local custom. Even on the flight leaving China, you can’t remove the permanent elegance of Tongli from your mind. Later the tour guide will take you to Shanghai International Airport for your return flight. We believe you will love China and keep forever memories about China in your whole life.
Highlights
         
Beautiful Water Town Tongli at dusk Tongli old fishman          
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches. Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Train, Flight Tickets: all listed in itineraries; Hotels: accommodation in mentioned cities;
Tour Guide: a local experienced English-speaking guide Car Driver: an experienced licensed driver
Vehicle: a private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers Luggage Transfers: a hand for your heavy luggage;
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance; Government taxes & Service charges
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional attractions / tours / meals and international flights; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotel in Beijing
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing
Located in the golden business area of Wangfujing, the hotel only takes 10 minutes to Forbidden City and Dongfang Square. With stylish guest rooms and newly renovated Crowne Plaza Club floor – Crowne Plaza Beijing has anticipated every need while providing easy access to business, commercial districts and historical landmarks.
Sunworld Hotel Beijing
Sunworld Hotel Beijing
Situated on the intersection of Wangfujing Avenue and Dengshikou Street, Sunworld Hotel Beijing is close to many famous historical and cultural landmarks, including the Forbidden City. Guest rooms and suites are designed with a traditional and refined style. From servies to amenities, the hotel strives to make your stay a pleasant experience.
Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing
Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing
With its courtyard style, the hotel has retained its charm of the ancient time but as well merged in contemporary architecture and designs. The hotel is near the famous Tian’anmen Square and Wangfujing Business Street. It takes about 20 minutes from Capital International Airport (24km) and 5 minutes from Beijing Railway Station (3km). The hotel provides guests clean and comfortable service and amenities.
Hotels in Datong
Howard Johnson Jindi Plaza Datong
With its central location, Datong Howard Johnson Jindi Plaza is within easy reach of most tourist attractions and business addresses in Datong. All 282 at this 5-star property offers well-furnished rooms and attentive service. The hotel creates a balance of rich culture and modern convinience to ensure you a memorable stay.
Hong An International Hotel Datong
The Hong An International Hotel combines an elegant traditional interior design with very modern guest facilities. Aa a new 4-star hotel in Datong, the hotel provides 98 comfortable guestrooms. These include a presidential suite, deluxe duplex suites, and many standard and single rooms.
Hong Qi Grand Hotel Datong
Hong Qi Grand Hotel (Hongqi Dafandian), with its architectural area of 8000 square meters, is located on the north of Railway Station. It enjoys perfect location and is a 3-star rated travel hotel. It features its scientific entreprice cultural conception and honest management attitude.
Hotels in Pingyao
De Ju Yuan Folk Style Guesthouse
DeJuYuan Flok-style Guesthouse is across from Rishengchang ,which is the former residence of the first bank in china, close to Ming Qing Street in the east and adjacent to ancient townwall. And it's a superior quality folk-style hotel.
Hotel in Xian
Sheraton Hotel Xi'an
Located near the 600-year-old City Wall and close to the city centre, Sheraton Hotel is just 35 minutes from Xi’an Xianyang International Airport. With first-class amenities, facilities and family-friendly services, Sheraton Xi’an Hotel will make you feel at home.
Grand New World Hotel Xian
Grand New World Hotel Xian
Located within the Ancient City Wall and styled in an extraordinary mix of tradition and modernity, the hotel is just 4km from the railway station and 45km from Xianyang International Airport. The large Parkson shopping centre is close by, while the Terracotta Warriors Museum is about 35km from the hotel. The hotel provides a satisfying range of contemporary accommodation together with business services and recreational facilities.
City Hotel Xian
City Hotel Xian
The hotel is located in the centre of Xi’an city and just near the well-known Bell Tower, Drum Tower and Ancient City Wall. The hotel offers a total of 137 well-appointed guestrooms for guests’ comfortable living space. The elegant and magnificent restaurants serve delicious flavor of many varieties.
Hotel in Shanghai
Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai
Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai
The hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Shanghai, 2 minutes from Nanjing Road, People Square and the Bund. It offers easy access to the city’s most important business, cultural and entertainment hubs. The elegantly designed and tastefully decorated rooms provide you with an experience of exceptional luxury and comfort.
Hengsheng Peninsula International Hotel 
Located in Hongkou District of Shanghai, Heng Sheng Peninsula International Hotel is surrounded by many famous attractions including the Bund, Oriental Pearl River TV Tower, and Nanjing Road. With its comfortable rooms and complete services, the hotel tries all its best to make guests feel like at home.
Magnificent International Hotel
Magnificent International Hotel
The hotel is located in the central heart of Shanghai – Xizang South Road and surrounded by the Bund, Xin Tian Di, Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum & Grand Theatre. Shopping streets like Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road are only within walking distance. The well-appointed guestrooms with a great number of amenities and facilities offer you an excellent stay with comfort and convenience.
Hotels in Suzhou
Pan Pacific Suzhou Hotel Suzhou
Boasting unique Chinese architectural grandeur and exquisite garden features, Pan Pacific Suzhou Hotel Suzhou is the ideal venue to for a rejuvenating retreat while indulging into the profound Chinese culture. 481 uniquely designed guestrooms are endowed with modern facilities and comforts, together with Pan Pacific's renowned personalized service, expect a memorable experience in Suzhou.
Garden Hotel Suzhou
Situated in western Suzhou, Garden Hotel is a 4-star stylish hotel with a preferable position. Just 10-minute drive from Guanqian Street, the hotel is equipped with well-appointed rooms with spacious area, modern decoration and free WIFI. With high-end services provided, Garden Hotel also offers many entertainment choices for guest, such as Karaoke, cycling and fitness center, etc.
Traveller Inn Gusu Suzhou
Traveller Inn Gusu Suzhou is a 3-star hotel, located in the heart of the city, with 108 guest rooms. Hotel's Restaurants offer Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine. Many other facilities are provided to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The hotel also has a shopping center, a ballroom, and a bar and provides all kinds of services such as mailing, clinic, massage, laundry, and car rental. This hotel is neighbors the tourism center and famous parks of the city.

Overview

- Breakfasts offered by hotels: just start your happy tour after having breakfast in the morning, especially for deluxe class, buffet breakfast is available;
- It supplys lunch according to different classes of tour, such as deluxe in city-famous restaurants and tourist in popular tourist restaurants;
- Dinner option is open to you, you could find your favorite place to eat, or take our recommendations.

We promises no worries about the dining quality, plus flexible choices that you can have depending on your preference. If having any special requestment, just tell our trip advisor directly. In all, we aim to satisfy your tongue and stomach with our recommendation as follows:


Beijing

Beijing, being the Capital of China, boasts a good number of restaurants with Chinese featured cuisines. Different restaurants, like Great Northeast Restaurant, Gold Palace Restaurant and Tang Yuan Restaurant, lead you for a feast of Chinese classic cuisines.
-- Great Northeast Restaurant: featuring seafood, Sichuan food, Canton food, food of China Northeast Region
-- Gold Palace Restaurant: featuring Canton food, Sichuan food, Shandong food, Japanese & Korean food
-- Tang Yuan Restaurant: featuring Canton cuisine

Dining Hall of Great Northeast Restaurant Main Hall of Tang Yuan Restaurant

Shanxi ( Datong and Pingyao )

China serves the best flour food in the world; and it is said that Shanxi ranks first in China in preparing flour food." Shanxi Province boasts nearly 1,000 kinds of flour food, made of a wide variety of materials. Shanxi flour food may serve as staple food, snacks or art works. Besides, you could taste other famous dishes and snacks in Datong and Pingyao as you prefer.

Classical Meal in Shanxi You can taste many delicious food in Ming - Qing Street.

Xi’an

Xi'an features distinctive cuisines of China Northwest, such as various-shaped Chinese dumplings and other wheaten food. Muslim Quarter gathers lots of delicious local food like Rou Jia Mo and shish kebabs, etc.
(1) Here we highly recommend Chinese Dumpling Dinner, which also named Jiaozi, typically consist of a ground meat and/or vegetable filling wrapped into a thinly rolled piece of dough, which is then sealed by pressing the edges together or by crimping. As a must-try for visitors, it serves with Tang dynasty show. And it belongs to an [add on] item in the tour.
(2) Rou Jia Mo, also called Chinese Hamburger, is very similar to the Western hamburger essentially, but with different cooking method.

Chinese Dumpling Dinner Rou Jia Mo ( Chinese Hamburger )

Shanghai

We say little about the dining in Shanghai, since Shanghai is regarded as a delicious kingdom, where you can taste everything almost. Here we strongly suggest you take M on The Bund into consideration.
M on the Bund Shanghai
-- Dedicated to creating a dining experience as exciting, as sophisticated, as delectable as Shanghai itself
-- “One of the top 20 restaurants in Asia” (Miele Guide, 2009-2010)
-- “Best Global Cuisine” (City Weekend Readers’ Choice Awards, 2010)
-- “M on the Bund: Most Popular Restaurant in Shanghai” (Zaqat Survey Shanghai, 2008)

Shanghai M on The Bund Restaurant Brandboard of M on the Bund

Comments

Dear Sara, I would like to thank you on behalf of our small group for a wonderful trip in China. Everything was well planned, we had no problems, everywhere we were met with great care, everything was done in time. Everything (guides, drivers, hotels, food) were of good quality. We have especially enjoyed our stay in Datong, Pingyao and Xian. All three guides in these cities were wonderfull.
If we go to China again, we will certainly use services of Sinoway travel and we would recommend your agency to other tourist. Thank you once again.

Customer: Audrius Sekliuckis

Destinations: Beijing - Datong - Pingyao - Xi'an - Shanghai - Guilin - Hong kong

Related Tour: 14 days Imperial Cities Tour, 14 Days Culture Explosion Tour

Hello Nancy and Michelle, I will now give you a summary of our wonderful experience. As I mentioned before, everything worked out very well. The hotels were most luxourious, particularly the Pan Pacific in Suzhou. The selection of food for breakfast in all the hotels was most appetizing and voluminous. Staff in all the hotels was friendly and helpful. The overall tour with the sites to see was most interesting. The guides were welcoming, informative and generally always available and flexible. Of particular note is Mary in Xian whose personality and perfect English were Astounding.
I am fully aware that you are dedicated to proving a good customer experience, as I can attest form our dealings with you. So I want to contribute to your continued success in any way I can. Many thanks again for a lovely eye-opening travel experience.  

Customer: Mike Chegrinec and Marie France Clement

Destinations: Shanghai - Suzhou - Xian - Beijing

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