Arrive in Beijing in the morning. Our guide will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the hotel for a rest. At noon you will enjoy a Hutong rickshaw tour to see the typical old residential houses and enjoy lunch with a local family. It is a nice experience for you to blend in with the local Beijinger´s life. The rest of the day is free for you either to stroll around the streets or be driven back to the hotel. Today´s feature: recover from the jetlag, blend in with the locals in Beijing and experience the city pace at your leisure.
Beijing (B, L, D)
Beijing (B, L)
Beijing (B, L)
In the morning, you will visit the Summer Palace, which used to be a summer resort of Empress Dowager Cixi. You will take a leisurely walk inside and enjoy a short boat ride on Kunming Lake. After that you will visit a local pearl shop. Foxiang Pavilion (the pavilion of Buddhist fragrance) standing on Wanshou Hill (Longevity Hill) is the highlight of the Summer Palace. You will ascend the hill to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the garden and the lake.In the afternoonvisit Fragrance Hill. Fragrance Hill, a former imperial garden, has become a well-known forest park that boasts lots of ancient relics as well as a many old trees. Today´s feature: explore the former imperial gardens from the best angle.
Beijing -> Xian (B, L)
Xian (B, L)
In the morning you will travel to the magnificent Terracotta Warriors Museum. You will be guided around the museum to see the huge underground project, which is considered one of the eight wonders of the world.
Have lunch after visiting the museum. In the afternoon, take a look at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Inside the pagoda is a temple that was built to house the Buddhist sutras brought from India by a famous Tang Dynasty monk named Xuan Zang. His story was made into a widely known fiction Journey to the West, which is acknowledged as one of the four classic novels of ancient China.
After that, we will drive you back and then you will tour the ancient city wall. If the weather is good on the day, you can enjoy a beautiful sunset and have a look at the surrounding city area. You may also ride a bike along the city wall, which is quite an interesting thing to try. The rent fee of the bike should be paid by you. As darkness approaches red lanterns will be lit offering a gorgeous night view. Today´s feature: Get to know the life story of Emperor Qinshihuang; the first emperor of feudal China and the owner of all the life-sized terracotta warriors and horses, and why he built an underground kingdom for his afterlife.
Xian -> Hangzhou (B, L, D)
In the morning, we will pick you up and take you to the airport for the flight to Hangzhou. Reference Flight: HU7861 08:20~10:20. After arriving in Hangzhou, a welcome dinner will be served at Fortune House (Zhi Fu Men). Fortune House is decorated in a European style. It offers delicious Chinese food at reasonable prices. It is a nice experience for you to taste the local delicacies and seasonal local cuisine. We will then drive you to West Lake where you will have a leisurely walk around the lake to see the local famous sweet-scented osmanthus flowers, which are in full blossom during autumn. You may take a lake cruise or an electric cart to tour around the amazing world heritage lake. The cost of the cruise or the cart is not included. Have dinner at Qing Teng Tea House where you can spend the evening enjoying tea and local snacks while listening to the music of China. If the weather is good you can take an autumn moonlit walk to see the West Lake Musical Fountain. Then you will be taken back to your hotel. Today´s feature: blend in with traditional Chinese culture to appreciate the seasonal flowers, delicacies and moonlight.
Hangzhou -> Shanghai (B, L)
Visits : Yuyuan Garden
A free day to explore Shanghai on your own until we take you to the airport for your flight back home.