Golden Cities – Beijing, Xian & Shanghai
Arrival in Beijing
You will be warmly welcomed by our guide at the airport and be transferred to the hotel for check in. Enjoy the remainder of the day.
Attractions & Activities: Airport to Hotel Transfer (Beijing)
Your Beijing exploration will begin with a visit to Tiananmen Square this morning. The Tiananmen Square is the largest public square in the world and it can hold over one million people. This famous monument with its historical significance is often considered as a national symbol in China.
Next we will proceed to visit Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, also called Imperial Museum, was the imperial palace for emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is the best-preserved imperial palace in China and the largest ancient palatial structure in the world. You will appreciate its magnificence of royal architectures and imperial treasures when visiting the Forbidden City.
After that a rickshaw riding at Hutong Area will be scheduled. Hutongs are alleys formed by lines of Siheyuan, which are the traditional courtyard residences. Hutongs are an important cultural element of old Beijing, while a rickshaw riding among Hutongs is just the way to get deep into the local culture and life in Beijing Hutongs.
Then our trip will be extended to the Temple of Heaven. The Temple of Heaven is a complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing, which was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. You will admire its grand size of architectures and profound cultural connotation when visiting the Temple of Heaven.
Afterwards, our guide will take you back to the hotel.
This morning, we will have an excursion Mutianyu Great Wall: The Great Wall of Mutianyu Section is located in Huairou County approx 70km northeast of Beijing. It is one of the most popular Great Wall and corsses the mountain ridges connecting the Juyongguan Pass to the west and Gubeikou Great Wall in the east.
Next our guide will take you to visit Summer Palace. It is the largest imperial park in China. With a vast collection of lakes, gardens and palaces, Summer Palace attracts numerous tourists for its natural beauty and historical sites.
Later on the way back to center of Bejing,you will be stop at Olympic Stadium and Water Cube.
Afterwards, guide will transfer you back to the hotel.
Attractions & Activities: Summer Palace, Beijing Olympic Stadium, Mutianyu Great Wall
Meals: Chinese Lunch at Beijing Golden Palace Restaurant.
Beijing-Xian (by bullet train)
After breakfast at the hotel, our guide will bring you to visit 798 Art District. As a leading community of contemporary art galleries, 798 Art District is where to discover unique Chinese modern culture and art at its specialized art shops and exhibitions.
Afterwards, our guide will transfer you to take the bullet train to Xian. Upon you arrival in Xian, our guide in Xian will meet you at the train station and take you to the hotel for check in. Feel free for leisure and city exploration for the rest of the day.
Attractions & Activities: 798 Art District
Meals: Hotel Buffet Breakfast
Your Xian historical tour will begin with a visit to the renowned Terracotta Warriors and Horses. It is dubbed as “World’s Eighth Great Wonder” and the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. There you will appreciate the numerous life-size terracotta figures of warriors and horses with different features and facial expressions arranged in battle formations.
The afternoon will begin with the visit to Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a famous Buddhist pagoda in Xian which was built in the Tang Dynasty. Built with traditional Chinese architectural characteristics and profound Buddhist culture connotation, you will admire Buddhist Religion culture and its attractive architecture when visiting there.
Free exploration at the Muslim Street will be scheduled for the next part of the tour. The Muslim Street is a renowned Muslim community in Xian. At Muslim Street, you will taste numerous delicious local Xian snacks and Muslim food. Also you will experience the strong Muslim atmosphere and their lives there. What’s more, you will find a lot of souvenirs and gifts at the numerous shops there.
For dinner, we will arrange you a dumpling banquet. After dinner, you will enjoy the amazing Tang Dynasty Show from which you will get a better idea of the uniqueness of Chinese history and culture. After the show, our guide will take you back to the hotel.
Attractions & Activities: Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslims Street Meals: Hotel Buffet Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Old Xian Restaurant.
This morning, our guide will bring you to visit the Ancient City Wall. It is a famous landmark in Xian. The City Wall is the largest and best preserved Ming Dynasty city wall. Visiting the City Wall, you can not only learn city construction and architectural arts in ancient times. Also you can get some good views of Xian city from the City Wall.
Also we will visit Shaanxi History Museum today. The Shaanxi History Museum is the China’s first large-scale modern national museum. With its large collection of cultural relics to see, you will learn more about the ancient history and culture.
After lunch, our guide will bring you to the airport and you will take the flight to Shanghai. Our guide at Shanghai will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel for check in.
Attractions & Activities: The Ancient City Wall, Shaanxi History Museum, Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport to Hotel Transfer (Shanghai)
Today, your Shanghai sightseeing will begin with Yuyuan Garden. As a famous classical garden in Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden attracts people by its compact and exquisite layout, and natural features of rocks, pavilions, ornamental ponds and flower walls. You will get refreshed from the outside busy Shanghai at this tranquil and exquisite garden.
Then we will go to visit Chenghuang Temple. It is a famous Taoist Temple in Shanghai. The Chenghuang Temple attracts people by its unique design and also there are over a hundred stores and shops in this area. Most of these store buildings are nearly a century old.
Free strolling and shopping at Xintiandi will be arranged for the next activity. The Xintiandi is a popular shopping and entertainment center in Shanghai. You will appreciate the modern buildings and architectures of European styles along the street. Also you will find a lot of shops and stores of different styles selling various kinds of commodities.
After that we will have a stop at Former French Concession for some leisure. Then we will go forward the exploration at the Bund. As the most famous sightseeing destination in the city, the Bund has become a symbol of Shanghai and a must-go place for tourists. You will enjoy the fascinating views of Huangpu River and groups of architectures and skyscrapers.
The last attraction to see will be Oriental Pearl Tower. As one of the most important Shanghai landmarks and one of the most attractive places in Shanghai, Oriental Pear Tower appeals people by its unique architectural design and the alluring Shanghai views it brings.
At last, our guide will bring you back to the hotel for a good rest.
Attractions & Activities: Yu Garden, Chenghuang Temple, Xintiandi, Former French Concession, The Bund, The Oriental Pearl Tower
Meals: Hotel Buffet Breakfast, Chinese Lunch
Departure from Shanghai
After breakfast, our guide will escort you to the airport for your homebound flight. Have a nice trip!
Attractions & Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai).