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9 Days Essential China Tour

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Tour Code: CTG-6

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An ideal tour of Chinese cities should be like a comprehensive exhibition. Without getting close to the most celebrated lobbies along with quite attics, which both compose one city, you can’t reach the real essence of the cities you visit.

The 9 Days Essential China Tour opens you to the cores of Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai and Suzhou, four best-known cities of China. You’ll marvel at the immense parade of historical architectural wonders(like the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Terracotta Warriors) when feeling amazing flavor of cozy life breathing down your neck from blocks of local houses and markets(like Beijing Hutong and Tongli Water Town).

Visiting series of magnificent icons of China from Mutianyu Great Wall to Xi'an Old City Wall

Wandering along the ultra buoyant Nanjing Road and the Bund

Relaxing in easy breezy Hutong lanes and Tongli Water Town

Day 1 Arrive in Beijing
Today's Activities We’ll pick you up at the airport and escort you to the hotel. The cozy hotel would wipe out your travel fatigue and help with preparation for the upcoming thrilling days in Beijing. Besides, it’s pretty nice to take a sip of the time-honored Beijing city around the hotel.
Day 2 Beijing (Breakfast, lunch)
Today's Activities Today your eyes will be amazed by the grandeur and delicacy that make up a multi-faceted Beijing.

We arrange two great spots for you to savor the magnificent profile of Beijing, Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City. You’ll marvel at the largest square in the world and all the stunning buildings the moment it bumps into your vision. About 1.5 hours later it’s time for another miracle, the Forbidden City. You’ll be shown around several main halls like the Hall of Supreme Harmony. Every brick and eave can give a statement of the paramount kinship and royal grace.

Next let’s turn to an adorable delicate Beijing lifestyle through Hutong Tour in Xicheng District. There you’ll find those sophisticated traditional quadrangles, the favorite snacks of Beijing kids(like sugared plums), various artifacts and strolling local guys. They greet you not from the screen of old movies of Beijing life but next to the tour rickshaw you’re riding on!
Night view of Tian'anmen Square Lion sculpture at the Forbidden City Happy rickshaw tour through Hutong          
Night view of Tian'anmen Square Lion sculpture at the Forbidden City Happy rickshaw tour through Hutong          
Day 3 Beijing (Breakfast, lunch)
Today's Activities Yesterday’s visit of the Great Beijing is obviously far from enough, so we offer you one more day to go on with appreciating the mighty ancient architecture of the city.

Temple of Heaven, which tops your playbill today, will get you close to what the Beijing guys and even Chinese people worship. The stunning Temple of Heaven best demonstrates Oriental architectural aesthetics and the deeply rooted awe of Heaven in ancient Chinese, from the emperor to the masses.

Mutianyu Great Wall, with its peculiar three in-a-row watchtowers, displays the essential of the Great Wall as a strong fortification. By roundtrip cable car ride included you'll be infused with invincible vigor!

On the way back you’ll be passing the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube. The state-of-the-art buildings has received huge applause since 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Even a glimpse of their exterior will be exciting.
Temple of Heaven Cable car ride in Mutianyu Great Wall View of Bird's Nest at sunset          
Temple of Heaven Cable car ride in Mutianyu Great Wall View of Bird's Nest at sunset          
Day 4 Beijing-Xi’an (Breakfast, lunch)transfer by air
Today's Activities The last stop of your tour in Beijing section is Summer Palace. We’ll show you around the exquisite royal garden, whose grandeur is beyond all the other gardens throughout China.

After a tasty lunch, you’ll say goodbye to Beijing on the flight for Xi’an, the king among four historic capital cities in China. You may as well have a fancy about the ancient city during 1.5 hours on plane and then we’ll pick you up at the airport and send you to the hotel. We’re sure that your first night in Xi’an strolling around your hotel and having local food will be as pleasant as that in Beijing.
Blossom lit lake in Summer Palace Fantastic dawn in Summer Palace Fantastic dawn in Summer Palace          
Blossom lit lake in Summer Palace Fantastic dawn in Summer Palace Lotus lake in Summer Palace          
Day 5 Xi’an (Breakfast, lunch)
Today's Activities Every visitor comes to Xi’an for the eighth wonders in the world, Terracotta Warriors. For sure the powerful military of the first dynasty in China must have these stunning warriors as spokesmen. There you’ll have about 2.5 hours to marvel at these vivid statues.

We furthermore arrange another fantastic spot for you to appreciate the shine of the oldest capital city, Old City Wall. You can go cycling or strolling along the wall, taking all the glamorous ancient buildings into your vision.
Mighty army of Terracotta Warriors Overview of Terracotta Warriors Old City Wall at sunset          
Mighty army of Terracotta Warriors Overview of Terracotta Warriors Old City Wall at sunset          
Day 6 Xi’an-Shanghai (Breakfast, lunch)transfer by air
Today's Activities Here we give you Shaanxi Historical Museum. The antique-rich museum is nothing short of a vast union of all the elements that helped establish glorious ancient civilization of China.

After fully taking glamour of Xi'an into your mind, you're going to leave for another destination Shanghai on flight. The moment you arrive in Shanghai, you’ll be greeted by our airport pickup fellows and transferred to the hotel to have a good rest.
Monster scuplture at Shannxi Historical Museum Painted honor guards at Shaanxi Historical Museum Bronze carriage in Shannxi Historical Museum          
Monster scuplture at Shannxi Historical Museum Painted honor guards at Shaanxi Historical Museum Bronze carriage in Shannxi Historical Museum          
Day 7 Shanghai (Breakfast, lunch)
Today's Activities Your first day in Shanghai will be brilliant with four big spots. In Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center you’ll find out the changes in city layout of the international metropolis from a shabby fishing village. What’s more, there’s a big merit that you shouldn’t miss, the interesting 360 Deg. Experience Hall!

In the world-famous Nanjing Road and the Bund you’ll have the prosperous Oriental Paris in your arms. Nanjing Road will thrill you even if you’re just fresh from New York 5th Avenue. Later walking along the Bund and watching the elegant New Classic buildings around you’ll feel great with a lovely romantic mood around.

At the end of the day, you’ll look out over the whole Shanghai City at the height of 474 meter from the sightseeing platform of Shanghai World Financial Center.
Nanjing Road The Bund Shanghai World Financial Center          
Buoyant night at Nanjing Road New Classic buildings at the Bund Shanghai World Financial Center, No.1 skyscraper          
Day 8 Shanghai-Suzhou (Breakfast, lunch)transfer by high-speed rail
Today's Activities About 0.5 hour by high-speed rail, the bustle and rustle of Shanghai metropolis will be away from you and the refined Jiangnan water town Suzhou comes to smooth you.

All the spots we arrange are about delicacy of Suzhou. Master of the Nets Garden shows you sophisticated know-how of creating illusion of bigger space than actual size while Suzhou Bird and Flower Market exhibits the must-have decoration in commonplace local family, adorable birds and dainty flowers.

Even the canal in Suzhou is called 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.

Last we will escort 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.
Lake in Master of the Nets Garden Crickets sold at Suzhou Bird and Flower Market Old spinning wheel at Suzhou Silk Factory          
Lake view in Master of the Nets Garden Suzhou Bird and Flower Market Old spinning wheel at Suzhou Silk Factory          
Day 9 Suzhou-Shanghai (Breakfast, lunch)transfer by high-speed rail
Today's Activities Tongli Water Town, 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.
Traditional boats in Tongli Water Town Fancy dawn of Tongli Water Town Old spinning wheel at Suzhou Silk Factory          
Traditional boats in Tongli Water Town Fancy dawn of Tongli Water Town Tongli Water Town in the sunset mist          
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches Admissions: Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Flight/Train Tickets: Flight tickets (Beijing - Xi'an, Xi'an - Shanghai), high-speed train ticket (Shanghai - Suzhou, Suzhou - Shanghai) Hotels: Accommodation in Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai and Suzhou
Tour Guide: Local experienced English-speaking guides Car Driver: Experienced licensed drivers
Vehicle: 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 tours / meals / flights not mentioned in itinerary; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotels in 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
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
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 Xi'an
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 Xi'an
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 Xi'an
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 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.
Heng Sheng 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
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.

Meals in the Package

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary include 8 breakfasts and 8 lunches.

-- Breakfasts are offered by the hotels
-- Lunches are arranged according to different classes of tour
-- Dinners are for your own arrangement

We promise worry-free dining quality, plus flexible choices regarding your preference. Any special requestment please tell our trip advisors directly. Other recommendations are as follow:


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


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 is regarded as a kingdom of delicacies, where you can taste almost everything. 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


Suzhou cuisine is renowned for its unique sweet flavor, color and aroma, and it's always beautifully presented. Some of the best local dishes are songshu Guiyu (Stewed and Fried Mandarin Fish), Xiangyou Shanhu (Stewed Shredded Eel), Xigua Ji (Chicken Steamed in Watermelon Rind), etc.

Songshu Guiyu (Stewed and Fried Mandarin Fish) Xiangyou Shanhu (Stewed Shredded Eel)
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Destinations: Beijing –Xi’an – Guilin – Yangshuo – Chengdu - Shanghai

Related Tour: 12 Days China Experience Tour

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Destinations: Beijing- Xi’an - Chengdu – Guilin – Longsheng - Yangshuo – Shanghai – Hong Kong

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