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16 Days China Classic Photography Tour

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This tour is intended to satisfy both your eyes and your cameras by covering the most photogenic spots and world heritages in China. Historic cultural cities, amazing peaks and karst landscape, water town, modern metropolises... All are waiting for you!

A photogenic tour, full of marvelous landscape and incredible traditional Chinese building.

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 The guide will pick you up at Beijing Airport and then transfer you to the downtown hotel. The rest of the day is flexible for your will, have a rest at the hotel or take a walk around the famous Wangfujing Pedestrian Street enjoying the tasty Beijing snack there.
Highlights
Wangfujing Pedestrian Street Wangfujing Pedestrian Street Wangfujing Pedestrian Street          
Wangfujing Pedestrian Street Handmade shoes in Wangfujing Pedestrian Street Sugarcoated haws          
Day 2 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities You’ll marvel at Tian'anmen Square, the largest square in the world and the emblem of the nation. Later walk northward and you reach Forbidden City. The largest and best-preserved imperial palace in China vividly showcases a whole set of the royal life. Your camera will sure love these details -the exquisite columns and eave decoration, the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the emperor’s chair, sculpture of mythical beasts and the like.

Later head for Temple of Heaven where the Emperor of the Ming and Qing dynasties(1368-1911) would worship heaven and pray for good harvests around the kingdom. Here you would have an eye-opening understanding of Oriental architectural aesthetics and the deeply rooted awe of heaven in ancient Chinese. The wonderful look of the temple also makes itself one of the best photogenic building in China.

As for dinner, the famous Peking Roast Duck is strongly recommended.
Highlights
Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Temple of Heaven          
Tiananmen Square Stone lion
Forbidden City
Temple of Heaven          
Day 3 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )

Today's Activities

After breakfast at your hotel, you will have an excursion to the Mutianyu Great Wall. By roundtrip cable car you can feast on this vital section of the world famous China Great Wall. Mutianyu not only boasts a surprisingly long history of over 1400 year but sports a special structure of three watchtowers on end. Keep your camera busy here!

On the way 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.

Tonight's recommended activity is the enthusiastic Kung Fu Show or an authentic Beijing Opera Show in Liyuan Theater! A closer look at these marvelous traditional Chinese performance rather than see it on TV will surely win your claps.
Highlights
Mutianyu Great Wall Kung Fu Show          
Mutianyu Great Wall Water Cube Kung Fu Show          
Day 4 Beijing - Huangshan ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by air
Today's Activities This day you'll tour Summer Palace, the royal garden. You can keenly feel the imperial grandeur when strolling across the 17-arch bridge, huge Kunming lake and the 728-meter-long painting-rich corridor.

Later of this day, you will be transfered to the airport and take the flight for Huangshan City. At night you may as well go strolling at the famous Tunxi Ancient Street for authentic local snack and specialty.
Highlights
Summer Palace Summer Palace Tunxi Ancient Street          
Summer Palace Summer Palace Tunxi Ancient Street          
Day 5 Mt.Huangshan (Breakfast, lunch)
Today's Activities Start your journey to Mt. Huangshan, an UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Site. Drive about 1h from the city centre to Mt. Huangshan Scenic Area and then take a cable car from Yungu (Cloud Valley) Station to White Goose Ridge Station. Feast your eyes on the fabulous pines and bizarre rocks nearby Beginning-to-Believe Peak, Meng Bi Sheng Hua (Flowers Blooming from a Writing Brush) and Tuan Jie Pine (Unity Pine).

After lunch, get ready for a hiking to West Sea Grand Canyon, the biggest and the best hiking area in Mt. Huangshan. let your soul get wild and eyes open wide. Also enjoy the glory of Mt. Huangshan sunset at Cloud Dispelling Pavilion and spend the night time on the mountain.
Travel Tips 1.Safety always comes first. Make sure that stop stepping when you're taking pictures or sightseeing.
2.Summer in Mt. Huangshan is quite rainy. Better cloth your camera with some waterproof cover.
3.In winter days, bring more standby camera batteries as the low temperature speeds up consumption of the power.
Highlights
Huangshan Huangshan Huangshan          
Parade of pines in
Mt. Huangshan
Winding road in West Sea Grand Canyon Exciting hiking in
Mt. Huangshan
         
Day 6 Mt.Huangshan - Hangzhou (Breakfast, lunch)Transfer by private car
Today's Activities Get up early, try to get up early in the morning to catch the Huangshan Mountain's spectacular sunrise at the Bright Peak. After breakfast, hike to the Flying-over Stone. Hike down the mountain through Yuping Cable Car.

After lunch, you’ll begin to explore Hongcun Ancient Village that lies at the foot of the Mt. Huangshan. The whole village, also the World Cultural Heritage Site, is a perfect combo of natural contribution and human intelligence. Hui-style eaves, wood carvings are abundant. What's more, the carefree life style of the locals would definitely make you full of envy.

Say goodbye to Hongcun and drive to Hangzhou, which takes about 4 hours. Check in at the downtown hotel and spend the rest of the day at your will.
Highlights
Huangshan Hongcun Ancient Village Hongcun Ancient Village          
Fly-over Stone Hui-style building Morning market in
Hongcun Ancient Village
         
Day 7 Hangzhou ( Breakfast, Lunch )

Today's Activities

Open your day in Hangzhou city with an exuberant stroll along the Hefang Street, a unique pedestrian shopping street showcasing a variety of Chinese crafts like paper-cutting and hand-made dough figurines. You can also feast on different local featured snacks - roasted walnuts, dragon-whisker candy, etc.

Afterwards your Hangzhou tour will surely not forget the West Lake (Xi Hu)! West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, a new site recognized by UNESCO in 2011, comprises the West Lake and hills arounds it. This elegant scenic spot has long been an attractive and inspiring beauty since the 9th century ever. Take in the refined landscapes while learning the romantic love story Legend of the White Snake, you'll never be disappointed!

Then a visit to Six Harmonies Pagoda (Liuhe Pagoda), a masterpiece of ancient Chinese architecture that built to calm the tidal waters of Qiantang River and aid in navigation.
Highlights
Hefang Street West Lake Six Harmonies Pagoda          
Hefang Street Hangzhou West Lake Six Harmonies Pagoda          
Day 8 Hangzhou - Wuzhen Water Town - Shanghai ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by train

Today's Activities

Drive about 2 hours from downtown Hangzhou and you reach Wuzhen. Addict yourself to the amazing 1,300-year-old Wuzhen Water Town the whole day! The water town itself is just like a traditional Chinese ink painting. Every single old house, tree and bridge here look elegant. The main Wuzhen attractions include Museum of Jiangnan Hundred Beds, Jiangnan Folk Museum and Couple of Interlaced Bridges. They demonstrate unbelievable workmanship and delicate life attitude of ancient water towns in Southern China.

Say goodbye to Wuzhen and take train towards Shanghai. Check in at the downtown hotel, you’ll have the rest of the day as your free time. It’s quite regrettable to let go of the colorful Shanghai nightlife. You can optionally go enjoy Shanghai Acrobatic show. As one of the oldest performing arts in China, the acrobatics displayed on stage include a number of feats focusing on flexibility, strength, endurance and sheer will-power. Cheer up your bravos!
Highlights
Wuzhen Water Town Wuzhen Water Town Wuzhen Water Town          
Wuzhen Water Town Opera stage at Wuzhen Water Town Museum of Jiangnan Hundred Beds          
Day 9 Shanghai ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities After breakfast you’ll launch the whole day tour from the old town to the brand-new area of Shanghai. You start with the over- 400-year-old Yuyuan Garden to appreciate the elegant pavilions, villa, lotus pond and bridges, especially the Mid-Lake Pavilion. Then move to the neighboring Yuyuan Market to explore how elaborate and cute the traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works are.

Strolling along this 1,599-meter-long Nanjing Road is much like being immersed in seas of garment, shoes, jewelry, accessory, snack and souvenir. The pedestrian street leads you to the Bund. Here you can embrace the best cityscape, feast on the rich architectural fashions (Gothic, Baroque, Rome, Renaissance, Classic and Mixed Eastern and Western style, etc.)

Finishing the historic part of Shanghai, you will steer to the new landmark Oriental Pearl Tower. At the height of 468 m (1,535 feet) you’ll enjoy a bird's eye view of this vibrant city.
Highlights
Yuyuan Garden Nanjing Road Yuyuan Market          
Yuyuan Garden Nanjing Road Yuyuan Market          
Day 10 Shanghai - Xi'an ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by air
Today's Activities Having feasted a good breakfast at the hotel, you’ll Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center to have a better understanding of Shanghai's yesterday, today and tomorrow. Apart from professional exhibits and various interactive display means, there is the highlight 360 Degree Experience Hall that you can't miss.

After the lunch you'll move on to Xi'an by air. You'll be picked up at the airport and sent to the downtown hotel. The night is your free time. Enjoy a stroll around your hotel and the fantastic night color of the ancient imperial city.
Highlights
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Xi'an Big Goose Pagoda          
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Downtown Xi'an Night view
Big Goose Pagoda Square
         
Day 5 Xi'an ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities Head for the world-famous Terracotta Warriors to start your wonderful Xi'an tour, maybe you have seen them many times on TV or magazines before, but it's a total different experienc to see them with your own eyes. Also with a sidetrip to Mausoleum of the Qin Emperor, who built the first dynasty of China and owned this awesome underground kingdom.

Later you will return to downtown for seeing the Great Mosque of Xi'an, where still hold prayer services each day; With several minutes' walk to Muslim Quarter, you can buy some interesting sourviners and taste various delicious local snacks. Optionally appreciating: Tang Dynasty Show at night.
Highlights
Xian Terracotta Warriors Xian Terracotta Warriors Great Mosque Muslim Quarter        
Terracotta Warriors Terracotta Exhibition Great Mosque Muslim Quarter        
Day 12 Xi'an - Guilin - Longsheng ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by air
Today's Activities Deeply explore Xi'an in many fields by seeing Shaanxi Historical Museum this morning, where you can get more knowledge about Chinese national treasures and other precious cultural relics. Later you will step on Ancient City Wall. As the best-preserved old city wall in China, you can take beautiful views of Xi'an city, and even optionally cycling on the wall.

At last, you'll be transferred to the airport and fly towards Guilin. Upon your arrival, you will be piced up at the Guilin airport and transferred to Longsheng. Check in at the hotel situated on the layers of rice terraces of Tiantou Village. If time allows, you can walk 1.5 hours to Jinfoding Rice Terrace for the gorgeous sunset view.
Highlights
Shaanxi Historical Museum Ancient City Wall          
Ancient Chime Bells
Shaanxi Historical Museum
Colored Pottery Figurines
Shaanxi Historical Museum
Cycling on Ancient City Wall          
Day 13 Longsheng - Guilin ( Breakfast, Lunch )Transfer by private car
Today's Activities Get up early and hike about 40 minutes from your hotel to the Xishanshaoyue Rice Terrace for the unbelievable sunrise scenery. Have a good view of the way the lines, layers and colors of the rice terrace work such a miracle. Then you’ll walk 30 minutes for another attraction, Thousand Layers Rice Terraces. It’s another masterpiece created by terrace fields of various shapes and sizes.

Drive back to the downtown Guilin. The whole downtown area of Guilin, in fact, shows itself as an Oriental edition of Venice. Li River, Peach Blossom River (Taohuajiang) and four lakes come together and build a grand web of waters. After a good rest, you can optionally start a night cruise in Two River and Four Lakes Area.
Travel Tips 1.The scenery of the Rice Terraces change in accord with different seasons. The coiling line divides the mountain into layers of water glittering in the sun in spring; layers of green rice shoots in summer; layers of golden rice in fall; and layers of silvery frost in winter.
2.Protect your belongings from humidity and rain. Besides, look out for the mosquitoes that trouble a lot.
Highlights
Longji Rice Terraces Longji Rice Terraces Two River and Four Lakes          
Sunrise
Xishanshaoyue Rice Terrace
Thousand Layers
Rice Terraces
Twin Pagodas Two River and Four Lakes          
Day 14 Guilin -Yangshuo - Hong Kong ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by air
Today's Activities Who can ever miss Li River cruise since working out the plan of having a good view of the picturesque Guilin landscape? In the morning, you will cruise down to Yangshuo County from Guilin, into a moving stroll of Chinese ink painting on which there are towering array of Karst mountains, crystal-clear rivers and streams, shades of clouds and fogs, idyllic countryside life on both banks. The Li River sends you a glittering pearl, West Street of Yangshuo at the end of the cruise. You can hardly imagine the existence of such a perfect melting pot of traditional Chinese culture and Western character. Besides, the whole West Street is a shopper wonderland. Just go and have fun shopping there. In the late afternoon you'll be transferred to the airport and fly to Hong Kong.
Highlights
Li River Li River cruise West Street          
Li River Cruise Yangshuo countryside West Street          
Day 15 Hong Kong (Breakfast)
Today's Activities Victoria Peak is the best bird’s view point of Hong Kong the way. The car ride will take you up at the peak and your eyes will be engaged with the overview of prosperous Hong Kong city, including Victoria Harbor.

When you reach Repulse Bay and look into its delicate golden sand beach, sapphire-blue sea water and pervasive romantic tone, you’ll understand why it’s entitled to the favorite scene in thousands of Hong Kong movies.

Then let Aberdeen take you back to the old fishing village Hong Kong once was. Besides, Aberdeen presents you the most delicious seafood with scores of floating restaurants.

After touring the classic Hong Kong attractions, you’ll spend the latter half of the day as you prefer. Visiting economic shopping streets, tasting local snacks and try other add-on activities are all recommended.
Highlights
Victoria Peak Repulse Bay Aberdeen          
Bird's view from Victoria Peak Fantastic night view of Repulse Bay Thrilling Sampan ride in Aberdeen          
Day 16 Depart Hong Kong (Breakfast)
Today's Activities This is the last day of your tour, you can have free activity in Hong Kong, go on shopping or have a rest, and later the tour guide will take you to airport for your flight to next destination. We believe you will love China and keep forever memories about China in your whole life.
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 15 breakfasts, 13 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.
Hotels 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 Huangshan City
Huangshan Hotel
Huangshan International Hotel
Located in Huangshan City's central district – Tunxi, Huangshan International Hotel is a 4-star hotel with an ideal location for getting around the city. Facing beautiful Xin'an River, standing in front of Xiao Hua Mountain, the hotel is of ancient Hui-style in accordance with the ancient looking of the streets.
The hotel consists of over 400 rooms of different standards, 7 well-equipped conference halls, Chinese and Western Restaurants, a bar, and other entertainment facilities.
Huangshan Hotel
Huangshan Xinan Country Villa Hotel
Surrounded by ancient Hui-style gardens, the 4-star Xin'an Country Villa Hotel stands at the intersection of three rivers and affords scenic mountain views for guests. It's very convenient to get to the airport and Tunxi Ancient Street from the hotel.
The hotel boasts 64 rooms with first-class amenities. The Zhuxiangju Restaurant serves local Anhui cuisine. Modern conference centers offer various business services.
Hotels on Mt. Huangshan
Huangshan Hotel
Beihai Hotel Huangshan
Beihai Hotel is a 4-star hotel in North Sea (Beihai) Scenic Area of Mt. Huangshan. It's one of the best locations for catching the sunrise or sunset of Mt. Huangshan under or over the almost constant sea of clouds.
The hotel provides 245 well-equipped rooms, Chinese and Western Restaurant and other facilities.
Huangshan Hotel
Paiyunlou Hotel Huangshan
Huangshan Paiyunlou Hotel is a 3-star hotel located at the foot of Danxia Mountain in the West Sea (Xihai) Scenic Area of Mt. Huangshan. The hotel is close to Cloud Dispelling Pavilion (Paiyunlou), which is one of the best places for enjoying Mt. Huangshan's sunrise and sunset.
The hotel has well-designed guestrooms and suites for guests' comfortable stay, and also a business center for not leaving off business. Restaurant provides delicious Chinese cuisine.
Hotels in Hangzhou
Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake
Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake is located on the banks of the city's famous West Lake, and close to the central business district. The hotel features 200 elegantly furnished rooms, 2 restaurants, 1 bar, an indoor swimming pool, spa, fitness center and beauty salon. The executive lounge offers panoramic views of West Lake.
Lakeview Hotel Hangzhou
The 4-star Lakeview Hotel is only 3 minutse' walk from West Lake and 8 km from Lin Yin Temple. The hotel offers well-appointed rooms and facilities including an indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre, beauty salon and foot massage. Lakeview Restaurant serves meals with beautiful lake view, while Food Street offers garden views and local dishes. Daily breakfast is available at Solmer Western Restaurant.
Lily Hotel Hangzhou
Lily Hotel Hangzhou enjoys a pleasant surroundings with Hangzhou's top landmark West Lake some 15 minutes walking distance away. And it's just 3km from the city centre, 5km from train station and 30km from airport. The 180 guest rooms are well furnished with a host of modern amenities to ensure the comfort of guests.
Hotels 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.
Grand Mercure Zhongya Hotel Shanghai
Grand Mercure Zhongya Hotel Shanghai is an international 4-star business & leisure hotel located next to Shanghai Railway Station. The hotel is within 2 minutes walking from Shanghai Railway Station and entrance of Shanghai Metro. The famous attraction nearby is Jade Buddha Temple. Open in 2010, the new hotel boasts 288 rooms /suites that come with French styled decor and rich facilities.
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai is a 3-star business hotel. The hotel enjoys much transportation convenience. It's within walking distance to the Shanghai Metro Line 3 and Line 4 Shanghai Circus World Station. Open in 2008, the hotel boasts a total of 472 rooms /suites. Most rooms enjoy as spacious as 32 square meters and comfortable bedding.
Hotels 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.