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Beijing - Xian - Hangzhou - Shanghai

Description :Spring is an ideal season for traveling the most classic cities around China, and this tour is designed so you can appreciate the special seasonal scenery and explorethe picturesque natural wonders.
Tour Code : CHP-1109
Price : from US$1893 p/p
Departure Date : You choose

Day 1

Beijing   (L)

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.

Day 2

Beijing   (B, L, D)

Visits : Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City

After breakfast at the hotel, our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and take you to Tiananmen Square. From the gate tower you get a wonderful view of the biggest city square in the world. Then you will visit the well-known Forbidden City – one of the five most famous palaces in the world, where 24 emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties lived and ruled for over 500 years. After that, enjoy a good lunch in one of our carefully selected restaurants outside Forbidden City. In the afternoon, go to Jingshan Park to get a perfect panoramic view of the Forbidden City and take photos. After that, you can walk around the popular Shichahai area (the old part of Beijing) and the Beihai park (enjoy a boat cruise if you would like to). The lotus market in Shichahai area is also a good place to explore.
In the evening, enjoy the famous Beijing Roast Duck for dinner. Then you will be driven back to the hotel. Today´s feature: visit the top world heritage sites in Beijing and explore both the local culture and food.

Day 3

Beijing   (B, L)

Today you will be picked up after breakfast and taken to Jinshanling Great Wall. This section has fewer tourists but more amazing scenery in spring comparedto  Badaling Great Wall and Mutianyu Great Wall. You may ascend the wall by cable car (at your own expense) or hike up on foot. After touring the Great Wall you will descend and visit a local jade factory. You will then visit the famous Liulichang Antique Street, where you can buy some antiques if you like, but you should be aware that most of the items on sale are not real antiques. Then you will have dinner on your own – please ask the guide to recommend a restaurant. After dinner we will take you to Tiandi Theater to watch anacrobatic show. After the show, you will be dropped off at the hotel. Today´s feature: enjoy the amazing spring scenery of Jinshanling Great Wall as well as a popular evening show.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

Beijing -> Xian   (B, L)

In the morning you will travel to the Temple of Heaven. If you get up early enough you may join in local people´s morning exercise there. Every morning senior people will practice Tai Chi there. Some will dance, some will sing, and some others will take a walk, bringing their pet birds. In the afternoon, take the flight to Xian. Reference Flight: MU2110 13:00~15:05. Our Xian driver will pick you up from the airport and drive you to your hotel where you can rest. In the evening, you will enjoy the fabulous Tang Dynasty Dinner Show (8:30 p.m. to 9:40 p.m.). After the show, be dropped off at the hotel. Today´s feature: participate in local activities and watch evening show.

Day 6

Xian   (B, L)

Visits : Terra-Cotta Warriors, City Wall, The Big Wild Goose Pagoda

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.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

Hangzhou -> Shanghai   (B, L)

Visits : Yuyuan Garden

After you have your breakfast at the hotel take a bullet train from Hangzhou to Shanghai. When you arrive in Shanghai you will go to Yuyuan Garden. This garden originally belonged to Pan Yunduan who was an official of Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Pan built the garden for his parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age. The garden is a typical Chinese classic garden-style architectural complex. Later on, walk around Chenghuangmiao Bazaar. There is an authentic local flavor about this busy market area. After lunch, travel to Pudong for a visit to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Ascend to the 263-meter-high observation deck for a panoramic view of the Huangpu River and the city. Then move on to Tianzifang. With high speed of modernization these lanes, which have great memories of old Shanghai, are gradually being replaced by skyscrapers.
In the evening, we will take you to the bund, and then on a wonderful cruise on the Huangpu River to appreciate the night view of modern Shanghai. Then take you back to your hotel.

Day 9

Shanghai   (B)

A free day to explore Shanghai on your own until we take you to the airport for your flight back home.

Frank says:
Sounds interesting. One of my friends living in Hangzhou showed me Su Causeway, Hangzhou Prince Bay and Hangzhou Botanic Garden in spring, really beautiful. Peach blossoms and willows in Su Causeway along West Lake, plum blossoms in Hangzhou Botanic Garden as well as tulips and cherry blossoms in Hangzhu Prince Bay are SO dazzling, I cannot wait to explore China this spring...

(MAR 5, 2014 at 4:20)

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