• Witness one of mankind’s most awe-inspiring constructions at the Great Wall of China
• Explore the impressive subterranean army of the Terracotta Warriors
• Enjoy an evening of theatre, danger, and vertigo at a Chinese Acrobats show
• Learn about China’s gripping political history on Tiananmen Square and explore the Forbidden City
Touch down in China’s massive capital, Beijing. After a transfer to the hotel, spend the rest of the day delving into the local life of this sprawling metropolis, where ancient history meets modern innovation.
Spend the morning discovering Tiananmen Square – the largest public square in the world and one of China’s most recognizable sites. From the proclamation of the People’s Republic of China by Mao Zedong in 1949 to the brutal protests of 1989, learn about the square’s impressive and rich political history. Continue north to the Forbidden City. Also known as the Imperial Palace, this enormous complex was the seat of Chinese political power for almost 500 years and, with more than 8,000 rooms, it is not only the biggest temple complex in the world but also boasts some of the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient wooden structures.
Start the day with a relaxed breakfast before traveling to one of the world’s most breath-taking landmarks – the Great Wall of China. On the way, stop at a jade factory and learn how this ornamental mineral is transformed into traditional artifacts. Upon arrival at Badaling – one of the best-preserved sections of the wall – climb atop the ancient watchtowers and take in awe-inspiring views of this 6000-kilometer long historic monument. Snaking its way through the lush mountainous landscape, the Great Wall of China deterred invaders throughout the centuries and is the longest man-made structure ever built. In the afternoon, escape the city and seek refuge at the Summer Palace, a masterpiece of Chinese landscape design. Comprised of several lakes, gardens, and palaces, it once provided a welcome break for the imperial staff during Beijing’s stifling summer months. Wander about the tranquil grounds and explore the impressive gallery of several thousand paintings along the 728-m long corridor. Finish the day with a serene boat ride on Kunming Lake and take in the views of this gorgeous landmark, before heading back to the hotel to rest and relax.
After the Breakfast at hotel, We’ll transfer to the railway station to take the high-speed train to Xi’an, arrive in Xi’an, transfer to the hotel. Visit bell & drum towers (outside view only, no entrance), visit the stunning Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. This Tang-style pagoda was built in 652 AD to house Buddhist figures, sutras and relics brought from India by Chinese monk Xuan Zang. With support from other scholars, Xuan Zang translated numerous important scriptures from Sanskrit into Chinese, many of which are still used today.
Start the day with a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, before visiting the famous Terracotta Warrior Museum – Xi’an’s most important attraction and one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world. Each with a different facial expression, thousands of life-sized soldiers form the army of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of China, to protect him in the afterlife. The terracotta warriors are arranged in typical battle formation, including spears, swords and horse-drawn chariots, and are a testament to the emperor’s power (and megalomania!). Discovered almost untouched in 1974, the sight of this incredible subterranean army will blow the mind of even the most experienced traveler. visit the Xi’an City Wall. Built by the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, it’s one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world and also boasts some of the most complete city walls in China. Next, explore the bustling Muslim quarter of Xi’an and visit the Great Mosque, one of the oldest and most renowned Islamic mosques in the country. Divided into four courtyards, this sacred site beautifully blends traditional Muslim and Chinese architecture styles.
After the Breakfast at hotel, We’ll transfer to the railway station to take a high speed train to Shanghai, arrive in Shanghai, transfer to the hotel. This multicultural metropolis effortlessly blends modern and traditional Chinese culture and is home to the country’s largest commercial and financial center. After arriving at the hotel, spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring the city which is famous for its many sightseeing and shopping opportunities.
Spend the morning strolling around Yuyuan Garden, an oasis in the heart of this crowded city. Covering a maze of pavilions, rockeries, lakes, dragon walls and traditional buildings, one of its highlights is the picturesque Nine-Bend bridge, which connects the garden to the Old Bazaar. Featuring beautiful Chinese architecture, dive right into this bustling market and stock up on souvenirs from the plethora of jewelry, silk, antiques and arts and crafts shops or simply indulge in some local snacks. In the afternoon, visit the Jade Buddha Temple, one of Shanghai’s rare Buddhist gems. Home to 70 resident monks, the bright saffron-colored temple possesses a fine two-meter high white jade Buddha statue, encrusted with jewels, which was brought by Burmese monks in 1882.
Your excursion starts at the SWFC building which is located at the center of Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone. With 101 floors above grand level and a height of 492 meters, the Shanghai World Financial Centre not only has a state-of-the-art security system but also intends to serve as a “vertical garden city” in the city center. From the world’s highest observatory, you will enjoy the city’s landscape. Shanghai Xintiandi has become an urban tourist attraction that holds the historical and cultural legacies of the city. It is a fashionable pedestrian street composed of Shikumen and modern architecture style. Shanghai Xintiandi is unique because of its concept of construction. The external walls retain the antique designs, tiles, and exteriors of the Shikumen housing of old Shanghai. On the other hand, the interiors embody a different world of international galleries, bars, cafes, boutiques, and themed restaurants. When you walk into Xintiandi, you will get the taste both of Shanghai in the 1920s and the modern lifestyle of urbanites in the 21st century. Your next attraction is the former French Concession. The French Concession is the earliest, largest and most prosperous of the four former French Concessions in China. This area is an unparalleled area that merges presents multi-cultural expressions of education, architecture, religions, and lifestyle.
After breakfast, we’ll proceed to China airport to board flight for your hometown.