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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
|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.|
|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!
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.|
|Your Group Size||Deluxe Class||Superior Class||Tourist Class|
|1 person||$3410 / $2966||$2702 / $2514||$2535 / $2393|
|2 - 5 persons||$2039 / $1809||$1686 / $1584||$1615 / $1535|
|6 - 9 persons||$1697 / $1467||$1343 / $1241||$1272 / $1190|
|single room supplyment||$694 / $502||$378 / $300||$314 / $257|
|The price in Red stands for High Season (Apr.01-Nov.30), and Black for Low Season (Dec.01-Mar.31).|
|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.|
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)|