New Year Celebration Tour from US$ 1,059
Come for the 2010 Chinese Lunar New Year!
In China, the Lunar New Year Festival (or the Spring Festival) is absolutely the most important of all the traditional holidays. Most people, wherever they are, will try their best to get back home for the family reunion. People in different areas celebrate the new year in different ways. Making dumplings, shooting off fireworks, striking the bells...ect. Apart from the tradional activities, new elements have been introduced by the young generations.
Tour code: CHNY-01
Destination: Shanghai, Xian, Beijing
Duration: 7 Nights 8 Days
Highlights: Shanghai ERA Special performance, Yu Garden, the Bund, Shanghai Museum; Xian Terracotta Warriors, Dumpling Cooking Class ,Ancient City Walls, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty show; Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Peking Duck dinner, Baiyunguan Temple, Temple Fair
New Year Celebration Tour (Shanghai-Xian-Beijing)
Day 1 Arrive Shanghai (D)
On arrival, our guide will hold a welcome sign of Absolute China Tours to meet you. Transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax. At 18:00 our guide will pick you up and transfer you out for a welcome dinner.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza or similar -4 star
Day 2 Shanghai (B/L)
Transfer to People’s Square and Shanghai Museum for a visit.
Continue to the Yu Garden, as a major attraction in Shanghai. After visiting the garden, take some time strolling at the old streets around it. Explore the sidewalk shops and lanes.
Tonight you will enjoy a special performance of ERA at Shanghai Circus World.
Start at 19:30pm daily. Duration: 90 Minutes.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza or similar -4 star
ERA: It is a multimedia odyssey whose inspiration is a direct result of the combination of traditional Chinese Acrobatic arts and modern technology. Just like Shanghai, ERA evolves through a constant collision between the past and future. Never miss it when you are in Shanghai. Not only will the audience be amazed by the acrobats’ control and precision, they will be enchanted by the world that is created through the use of multimedia, technology, lighting and sound effects, elaborate costumes, original live music and a lot more.
Notes: The ticket fare of RMB180 per person is included into the package as Green Mark showing at the picture. If you would like to upgrade, please tell us in advance to change the class.
Day 3 Shanghai to Xian by plane (B/L)
Transfer to the airport to take FM9203 (08:15/10:35) to Xi'an, China's ancient capital. Upon arrival the local guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Lunch is served at a local Chinese restaurant.
Have a city tour to the brick Big Wild Goose Pagoda which is one of the remaining symbols of Xi'an. And Great Mosque was established in AD 742 in the Tang dynasty for Muslim traders from central Asian who settled in Xian.
Accommodation: Jian Guo Hotel or similar – 4 star
Day 4 Xian (B/L)
Half day go to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors to visit the world wonder where life-sized infantrymen, archer, officers and their horses symbolically guard the tomb of the first Qin emperor.
Transfer back to downtown for lunch. Free on your own.
Tonight you will enjoy the marvelous Tang Dynasty Show at Tang Palace.
Accommodation: Jian Guo Hotel or similar -4 star
Day 5 Xian to Beijing by plane (B/L)
After breakfast, pay a visit to the Ancient City Walls, which was first built to keep out invaders. Then, drive you to Han Tang Tian Xia Restaurant to learn how to cook dumplings and have a dumpling lunch there. It takes around 1 hour for learning.
Feature: Jiaozi, or dumplings with meat and vegetable fillings, is very popular at the New Year Festivals. It tops the list of delicacies of people in North China. Make dumplings in Han Tang Tian Xia Restaurant and enjoy this traditional Chinese cuisine.
Transfer to the airport after lunch and take flight to Beijing. Upon arrival in Beijing, transfer you to your hotel.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Downtown hotel or similar -4 star
Day 6 Beijing (B/L)
Half-day excursion to explore the world heritage site Forbidden City. The South Gate leads you to Tian'anmen Square - the biggest of its kind in the world. Lunch is served at a local Chinese restaurant.
Continue to the beautiful Summer Palace and Baiyunguan Temple. As one of three ancestor places of Taoism Quanzhen from Yuan Dynasty, founded in 739, is located in Baiyun Road East, Fuxing Men Gate, Xicheng District. It’s the biggest Taoist Temple in Beijing. After the founding of New China, the national Taoism organizations, colleges, and research institutes such as: Chinese Taoism Association, Chinese Taoism College, Chinese Research Institute of Taoism Culture etc were set up one after another in the temple. The temple is at the top of the ladder in the hearts of numerous Taoists. Meanwhile, it is a place of worship for a lot of believers and tourists in China and abroad for its richest intact Taoist relic collection.
Special: Temple Fair usually on the open ground in or near Baiyunguan temple, is held only during the Spring Festival (Lunar Chinese New Year from Feb.13th to 20th, 2010). The Temple Fair, as a kind of social activity in China, originated in ancient times when people offered sacrifices to the village god, which later gradually evolved into a marketplace for people to exchange products and a place for cultural performance. It is the time to worship gods, pray for the blessing. And it is also a great time for Chinese people or foreign tourists to have fun. All the traditional shows went on at the temple fairs, talk shows, banner shows, kongfu shows, lion shows, story-telling, comic dialogues, clapper talk etc. Farmers and merchants sell their farm produce, local specialties, and antiques, jade articles, flowers, birds and fish; craftsmen set up their stalls to show and sell their handicrafts and specialty snacks. We are sure you will see the true Chinese tradition and culture through the Temple Fair.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel or similar - 4 star
Day 7 Beijing (B/L/SD)
Day tour to the awesome Great Wall of China(Badaling Section). Here you can enjoy the stunning views as you stroll along this seemingly endless piece of history, which winds its way into the far distance. It is only 70km (about 43.5 miles) away from downtown Beijing and can be visited in half a day. It was completely restored after 1957.
Continue to the Ming Tombs located in a gorgeous valley 45km (28 miles) northwest of Beijing. The burial site of 13 Ming dynasty emperors and their consorts was carefully chosen and took over 200 years to complete. So far only two are open for visiting. Today you will visit Dingling where the 13th Ming emperor was buried.
Tonight enjoy a Duck Dinner at the original, century-old Quanjude Roasted Duck Restaurant. The most famous duck restaurant in the city, Quanjude has a history of 144 years. The duck is roasted in a fragrant fire of special fruit trees. After 45 minutes, a duck with crispy skin, tender meat and unique fragrance is ready.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel or similar
Day 8 Beijing (B)
Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. Extended stay or tours can be arranged on request.
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-Hotel accommodations (on double occupancy basis);
-Private vehicle for transfer and sightseeing;
-Entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary.
-Meals as listed in the itinerary, B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner.
-Personal English speaking guide;
-Domestic flights (on economy class basis) as specified in the itinerary;
-Domestic airport taxes.
-Service Charge & Government Taxes.
Service not included:
- International transportation;
- Chinese visa;
- Personal expenses such as excess luggage charge, beverages, laundry services, etc.
- Tips or gratuities to local driver and guide