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8 Days China Heritage Tour

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(Great Wall, Forbidden City - Terracotta Warriors - The Bund)
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Tour Code: CTG-29

Tour Description

Come and catch the core of China's cultural heritage in three representative cities - Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing. Start from the delicate adorable South China and have your eyes wide open with the lofty majestic Northern ancient capitals. Shape the best overview of China from the tour!

Well selected attractions of the three cities, bringing you the historic and cultural essence of China.

A maximum of 4 attractions daily, keeping you away from tensed-up itinerary and superficial guidance.

One-stop service, incl. hotels, meals, insurance, experienced local guide and driver, etc.

Day 1 Arrive in Shanghai
Today's Activities You'll be picked up from the airport to the downtown hotel. For the following free-time activity, you surely have a lot to entertain yourself. Shanghai is known as China's nightlife capital. Recommended is Xintiandi Bar Street where there are rows of Western bars and old-Shanghai houses. You may as well go enjoy Shanghai Acrobatic show.
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Shanghai Acrobatic show Shanghai Acrobatic show Xintiandi          
Shanghai Acrobatic Show Shanghai Acrobatic show Open-air bars in Xintiandi          
Day 2 Shanghai ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities The first attraction on today's itinerary list is Yuyuan Garden, one of the best-known ancient private gardens with over 400 years in South China. You will find lotus ponds, winding corridors, mid-Lake pavilion and zigzag bridge sophisticately arranged in the garden.

Then have a visit to China's No.1 pedestrian street Nanjing Road (East), you will be dazzled by numerous shops where varicolored clothes, ornaments, and other shopping stuff are on display. Withdrawing from the shopping aspect, let's turn to the Bund nearby. It is lined with a long array of old Western buildings in different architectural styles: Gothic, Baroque, Rome, Renaissance, Classic and Mixed Eastern and Western style...Here you can not only embraces an epitomized old Shanghai, but also take in the booming view of the new Shanghai on the other side across the Huangpu River.

What would it be like to stand atop the 474-meter-high Shanghai World Financial Center? Let’s have a bird’s view of the flourishing Shanghai.
Highlights
Yuyuan Garden the Bund Shanghai World Financial Center          
Yuyuan Garden Western building at the Bund Shanghai World Financial Center          
Day 3 Shanghai - Xi'an ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by air

Today's Activities

Visit Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall to have a better understanding of Shanghai's yesterday, today and tomorrow. Apart from professional exhibits and various interactive display means, don't miss the 360 Degree Experience Hall.

Steer to the deluxe shopping area within the former French Concession, through which the famous high street Huaihai Road runs. You’ll definitely be attracted by the French-style elegance and luxury that sweep all the department stores here. After that, go appreciate Shikumen-style buildings, characteristic residential buildings of Shanghai. Then wave goodbye to Shanghai and transfer to Xi’an by plane.
Highlights
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall Huaihai Road Shanghai Shikumen-style buildings          
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall French Concession Shikumen-style buildings          
Day 4 Xi'an ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities Figuring as one of the "Eight Wonders” in the world, Terracotta Warriors is definately the first attraction you want to see upon your arrival in Xi'an. Moreover, Mausoleum of the Qin Emperor is the world's largest underground tombs. By visiting these two spots, you will know much more about the mysterious funerar culture of ancient China.

Later drive back to downtown to explore another facet of Xi'an at Great Mosque and Muslim Quarter. Great Mosque is an integration of Islamic culture and Chinese culture. It emphasizes Chinese traditional buildings and the Islamic mosque arrangements and decorations with Arabic carvings. Muslim Quarter has all kinds of interesting gadgets and local flavors, it must be very amusing!
Highlights
Mausoleum of the Qin Emperor Great Mosque Muslim Quarter          
Qin Emperor Mausoleum Great Mosque Muslim Quarter          
Day 5 Xi'an - Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by air
Today's Activities Start the day with Shaanxi Historical Museum, a vast stock of historical treasures, ranging from the eroded bamboo stroll to the well-kept glaze ceramic (Tangsancai). Afterwards you'll visit another two symbols of the history-profound Xi'an, Big Goose Pagoda and Ancient City Wall. Standing on the top of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and enjoy overlooking the ancient city. Ancient City Wall is the largest, best-preserved ancient city wall in China. Riding a bike on the City Wall is highly recommended, and then take the flight to the last ancient capital city, Beijing.
Highlights
Shannxi Historical Museum Big Goose Pagoda Cycling on Ancient City Wall          
Shannxi Historical Museum Big Goose Pagoda Cycling on Ancient City Wall          
Day 6 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities Get up early to marvel at Tian’anmen Square, the largest square in the world, adorned with lofty jade stone bridges, moats, monuments, ornamental columns, stone lions, etc. Go visit Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved imperial palace in China. You’ll be shown around several main halls like the Hall of Supreme Harmony. Have a good view of the emperor’s chair, sculpture of mythical beasts, eave decoration and the like, you can touch a whole set of the mysterious Oriental royal life.

Go on to the royal praying spot, Temple of Heaven, where Chinese ancient emperors prayed for the country’s prosperity and peace to Heaven and Earth. Now the temple has been reformed into a huge park. You may find the locals doing morning exercise, playing Tai-chi or sword in the park.
Highlights
Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Temple of Heaven          
Tian'anmen Square Forbidden City Temple of Heaven          
Day 7 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities Badaling Great Wall is the best preserved and the most magnificent among so many sections of the Great Wall. You will take a cable car up and feel awestruck all the way at this man-made structure.

After the Badaling Great Wall, Let’s go to Changling Tomb. It's the largest one of Ming Tombs, inhumed with the 3rd emperor of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Zhu Di and his queen. With a series of Memorial Stone Archway, Dragon and Phoenix Gate and so forth, the tomb looks quite majestic.

Sacred Road runs through Changling Tomb with a total length of 10 km. Along the Sacred Road, you’ll be stunned by the vigorous Stone Mythical Creatures along both sides.
Highlights
Badaling Great Wall Changling Tomb Sacred Road          
Badaling Great Wall Changling Tomb Sacred Road          
Day 8 Depart Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities This day we will go to Summer Palace, the imperial garden of Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). You can keenly feel the imperial grandeur when strolling across the 17-Arch Bridge, huge Kunming Lake and the 728-meter-long painting-rich Long Corridor.

In the afternoon, you'll be sent to the airport and end the thrilling 8-day tour. Wish you a happy journey!
Highlights
Summer Palace Summer Palace Summer Palace          
Summer Palace overview Tower of Buddhist Incense Long Corridor          
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches; Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary;
Flight Tickets: Shanghai to Xian, Xian to Beijing; Hotels: Accommodation in Shanghai, Xian and Beijing;
Vehicle: A private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers; Tour Guide: A local experienced English-speaking guide;
Car Driver: An experienced licensed driver; 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 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.
Shanghai Hotel
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.
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.
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.

Overview

This package includes 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches, except for the first day;

- 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-worry 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

As the capital of China, Beijing boasts many good restaurants with featured cuisines. Our package takes you to have A La Carte dinner at Great Northeast Restaurant, Gold Palace Restaurant and Tang Yuan Restaurant, leading you to grasp the essence of Chinese classic cuisines.

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

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) Friendship Restaurant at Terracotta Museum, is famous for the noodle-stretching performance. You can also enjoy the delicious local cuisine here, such as steamed cauliflower, pork and small bamboo shoots, bean curd with celery, etc.
(3) One of the best places to sample the dumpling is Defachang Restaurant. Here you can experience Xian's famous "Dumpling Banquet" where you get to feast on many different types of dumplings that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and flavors. For example there are tiny pearl dumplings, dumplings made from black rice and fruit-filled dumplings.
(4) Muslim quarter is a fascinating area where you can taste many authentic Islamic snacks, like beef or mutton Rou Jia Mo (Chinese Hamburger), northwestern style noodles, Yangrou Paomo and many other attractive snacks that will not make you disappointed. The restaurants and eateries here are serving their food in budget prices.

Chinese Dumpling Dinner Local Cuisine at Friendship Restaurant
Dining Hall of Defachang Restaurant Snack Street in Muslim Quarter

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

Hi Sara,

Thank you so much for the well organised trip.

The guides and driver in Beijing and Shanghai were the overall best. We think that the Beijing team was nr 1.

Hangzhou: The driver was so so and the guide was the best English speaking of them all but he appeared to be busy with his own business. Comparing with him all other guides paid more attention to us. The food at the tea plantation was excellent, the best.

We really loved Sunny, her driver did a great Job. Only her English was not that good.

Xian: Eric his English was hard to understand, the hotel was terrible, the food at the terracotta warrior complex was below standard.

The most beautiful place for us was Guilin area.

We would surely recommend you organisation, very professional, caring, flexible and thrustworthy.

Cheers,

Customer: Ms. Breinburg

Destinations: Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Yangshuo - Hangzhou - Shanghai

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I have just arrived home and I want to thank you sincerely for organizing such a wonderful tour for our party of four adults and three children.  Your friendly guides and drivers were all excellent.  We were always met on arrival and assisted on each departure for every stage of the tour, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the marvelous sights we were shown and the interesting commentary presented. The accommodation was always four star as promised, and the meals were tasty and satisfying.
I will have no hesitation in recommending your services to any of our friends and acquaintances.  

Customer: Graham Moxey

Destinations: Beijing - Xian - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai

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