Paradise of China Tour 11

Paradise of China Tour 11

From AUD 2,750.00
Trip Length 11 Trip Code CH - FA - 3
Tour Group 2 - 14 Age Range open

Paradise of China Tour 11: Tour Information

Paradise of China tour package is a 11 day tour of China. This tour includes the most beautiful gardens and natural scenic spots in Suzhou and Hangzhou. These two cities are regarded as Paradise under Heaven in China. You will visit the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors Museum and the largest city in China Shanghai as well.

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Paradise of China Tour
Beijing to Shanghai
China
11 days: 10 nights Hotel,
Distance: 2,000+ km

Day One - Entry Beijing - Our guide will pick you up at Beijing airport and drive you to the hotel. You are free for the rest of the day to explore the city.

Day Two - Beijing - Visit the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.

Day Three - Beijing - One day excursion to Mutianyu Great Wall. Beijing Roasted Duck dinner served at the original, century-old Qianmen Quan Ju De restaurant in the evening.

Day Four - Beijing / Xian -Visit Summer Palace in the morning. Take flight to Xi'an and transfer to hotel. Visit the City Wall.

Day Five - Xian - Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. In the afternoon, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. You will enjoy the wonderful Tang Dynasty Dance & Music Show and Jiaozi Dinner at a very nice restaurant.

Day Six - Xian / Hangzhou - Take flight to Hangzhou and transfer to hotel. Visit the Six Harmonies Pagoda.

Day Seven - Hangzhou - Visit the Lingyin Temple (Temple of Inspired Seclusion), the West Lake, the Red Carp Pond and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum.

Day Eight - Hangzhou / Suzhou / Wuzhen - Drive to visit the famous water town, Wuzhen, which has a history of around 1200 years. Drive to Suzhou and transfer to hotel.

Day Nine - Suzhou / Shanghai - Visit the Tiger Hill, the Garden of the Master of the Nets and the Humble Administrator's Garden. Take the soft seat train to Shanghai and transfer to hotel.

Day Ten - Shanghai - Visit the Shanghai Museum, the Yuyuan Garden, and the Bund. The Acrobatic Show at the Shanghai Centre Theatre after dinner.

Day Eleven -Home - Transfer to airport for your flight home.

Beijing Tour Introduction

Day 1 (D)
Private pickup from the Beijing Capital International Airport will take you to the hotel. After your orientation, feel free to enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the city on your own before calling it a night.

Day 2 (B, L, D)
After breakfast, your guide will take you to Tiananmen Square to see Tiananmen Tower, monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People and Chairman Mao's monument. Then, visit the Forbidden City, a Chinese imperial palace that served as the political center of the government for many years.

Stop at a Beijing hutong, an alley lined by traditional courtyard residences, and immerse yourself in the lifestyle of a typical Beijing local. These residences hold cultural significance in Beijing society and provide a stark contrast to the sights you will have seen earlier in the day. Later, enjoy a night of entertainment at a Beijing acrobatics show - a mind-blowing display of seemingly impossible feats and tricks, such as juggling porcelain urns and balancing on unevenly stacked chairs!

Day 3 (B, L, D)
Magnificent landscapes and impressive architecture will fill today, first with a guided tour of the Mutianyu Great Wall. Take a cable car to the top of the wall and admire its massive structure snaking through the forest. Visit the gorgeous Summer Palace with your guide and marvel at the splendid pavilions on one side and natural landscapes of hills and open water on the other. For dinner, dine on a scrumptious banquet of Chinese Peking duck, roasted to perfection and eaten with pancakes, spring onions and a sweet bean sauce - a delicious way to unwind at the end of the day!

Beijing to XIan

Day Four Beijing / Xian (B, L, D)
Visit Summer Palace in the morning Your final destination in Beijing, the retreat of emperors for 800 years. One of Beijing's finest parks surrounds the palace, and you'll be able to explore the grounds. Take flight to Xi'an and transfer to hotel. Visit the City Wall.

Highlights: Summer Palace, Visit the Xian City Wall.

Day 5: Xian (B, L, D)
Have breakfast and then explore this ancient city’s archaeological treasure, the Terracotta Warriors. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features 8,000 life-sized soldiers and horses that were buried in the mausoleum of Emperor Qin to accompany him in the afterlife.

In the afternoon, tour the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, featuring a collection of Buddhist scriptures, statues and relics taken from India about 1,300 years ago.

Next, wander through the historic Muslim Quarter by foot, visit a souvenir shop or factory and then enjoy a wonderful cultural performance at the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show (optional) at night.

Overnight: Same hotel in Xian

Xian / Hangzhou

Day 6  (B, L)

Take flight to Hangzhou and transfer to hotel. Visit the Liuhe Pagoda, also called Six Harmonies Pagoda. Situated on Yuelun Hill south of West Lake, the reconstructed red and brick pagoda was originally built during the Northern Song Dynasty (386-581 AD). Ascend the spiral staircase inside the pagoda for an impressive view of the Qiantang River, as well as the seven ceilings carved and painted with figures of animals, flowers and birds.

Hangzhou

Day 7 (B, L)

You’ll be picked up from your Hangzhou hotel in the morning and taken by comfortable private vehicle around the city.

Visit all of Hangzhou's incredible sites like West Lake, Feilai Mountain, Lingyin Temple, Leifeng Pagoda, Six Harmonies Pagoda, the China National Silk Museum and Qinghefang Street. Learn about the interesting history and significance of the sites and get great tips and recommendations, to maximize your time in Hangzhou.

Hangzhou / Suzhou / Wuzhen

Day 8 (B, L)

Eight - Hangzhou / Suzhou / Wuzhen - Drive to visit the famous water town, Wuzhen, which has a history of around 1200 years. Of course, no visit to a water town is complete without taking a boat ride down the river. Board a rowboat and relax as you enjoy the sights of the old town and see people going about their daily lives. Float over the calm water and pass under picturesque stone bridges. After your boat tour, take time to roam around the town at your own leisure

Drive to Suzhou and transfer to hotel.

Day 9 (B, L, D)

Suzhou / Shanghai - Visit the Tiger Hill, the Garden of the Master of the Nets and the Humble Administrator's Garden. Take the soft seat train to Shanghai and transfer to hotel.
meals: (BL)

Highlights: Tiger Hill, the Garden of the Master of the Nets, Humble Administrator's Garden.

Shanghai

Day 10 (B, L, D)

Shanghai is a bustling city of commerce, media, fashion, technology and culture. Experience the excitement that comes from this on a guided tour from Nanjing Road to the Bund. Learn from your guide about the history of the buildings and the structures that line the waterfront area of the Bund.
Explore the beauty of Chinese gardens on a visit to the Yu Garden (Yuyuan Garden). On a walk around the park, enjoy the tranquil environment formed by scenic rockeries, striking pavilions and towers and picturesque ponds.
Find Paris right in the middle of Shanghai when you visit the former French Concession. This area of Shanghai shows the push and pull between both old and new and local and foreign. While there has been a trend towards development the past few years, many areas of the site still retain their old antique charm. Enjoy a unique urban experience as you explore old locales like hidden brick courtyards, old French villas and Art Deco structures one minute and then step into modern areas with new boutiques, galleries and restaurants the next.
After a delectable lunch of Shanghai dumplings (xiaolong bao), spend your afternoon on a guided tour of the Shanghai Museum. It currently houses a collection of over 120,000 pieces of ancient Chinese art ranging from bronze and ceramic sculptures to calligraphy art and paintings. At present, it is divided into ten sections with different exhibitions that show superlative works of art unique to the country.
End your day with an amazing evening entertainment of the Shanghai Acrobatic Show. Enjoy this fantastic display of Chinese performing arts culture, filled with gravity-defying acts, contortionism, juggling, unicycling and all-around mind-blowing stunts.

Activities: Nanjing Road, the Bund, Yu Garden, Shanghai French Concession, Shanghai Old Street, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Acrobatic Show

Day 11 - Exit - Transfer to airport for your flight home.

meals: (B)

Highlights

Summer Palace - Beijing: Much-loved summer retreat of the Imperial families of China, the lovely landscaped gardens, halls, pavilions and corridors are set around the lake and rivers in natural harmony. You spend a few hours here. Renovations (complete in 2010) mean that an individual section or building may be closed at any one time, but this is a huge site. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.

Sacred Way (Ming Tombs) Optional - Beijing: Is an attractive tree-lined walk which leads to the Ming Tombs, this is bordered by 12 sets each of animal and human statues, and includes the attractive Great Red Gate, housing a stele on the back of a tortoise, and marble memorial archway.

Great Wall of China, Mutianyu - Beijing: This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a pleasant drive 90km NE of Beijing. A cable car can take you to (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. You can return by cable car, walk down or walk along the wall for about an hour. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.

Beijing Hutong Tour - Beijing: A maze of historic alleyways and old single storey traditional courtyard houses, now fast disappearing. Dotted around the hutong are the Drum and Bell Towers, Kindergarten, Tea Houses, and local people's houses.

Summer Palace - Beijing: Much-loved summer retreat of the Imperial families of China, the lovely landscaped gardens, halls, pavilions and corridors are set around the lake and rivers in natural harmony. You spend a few hours here. Renovations (complete in 2010) mean that an individual section or building may be closed at any one time, but this is a huge site. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.

Xi'an City Wall - Xian: Built in the Ming dynasty over 700 years ago, the Xian City Wall is the most complete ancient city wall in China. The wall measures around 13.9 km in circumference, 12 meters in height, 18 meters wide at its base while 15 meters wide on the top. It is a fine example of China's ancient defensive fortifications that were formed over 2,000 years ago, and continued even to the last imperial era of the Qing Dynasty. The wall reflects a brilliant beauty at night when the area is lit up by colourful lights.

The Forbidden City - Beijing: The Imperial Palace, home to 24 Emperors between 1420 and 1911. Great squares, halls and gates contrast with the intricate networks of side halls, gardens, courtyards and quarters for those who lived in this 'city within a city'. The exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, are also absolutely fascinating. Expect to spend at least 2-3 hours, wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.

The Tian'anmen Square - Beijing: The world's largest city square and enduring symbol of China's national pride, surrounded by many imposing buildings including the Heavenly Gate (entry to the Forbidden City), Museums, government buildings and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum.

Temple of Heaven - Beijing: One of the most famous sites in Beijing, this is Ming architecture at its best: beautiful, controlled, and highly symbolic. The surrounding gardens are full of interesting activity, particularly weekend mornings. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.

Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses - Xian: This incredible 2000 year-old army of life-sized warriors, each one unique, is part of the underground tomb of the Emperor Qin. Well over 7000 figures were drawn up in full battle array in several large pits. Many of the figures, including soldiers, archers, horses and chariots, have been restored, and the repairs and excavations continue at the site where you can see both repaired and broken warriors in a truly impressive display. There is also an excellent museum, including bronze chariots unearthed nearby, and a film about the history and discovery of the tomb. The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses is about 35 km from Xian

Big Wild Goose Pagoda - Xian: The pagoda (7 floors, 64.5meters high) where widely renowned Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his classics brought from India. It is the landmark of the ancient capital city - Xian.

The Grand Mosque - Xian: With more than 1200 years' history, the mosque is one of the four grand Islamic mosques in China. It is really well worth a trip to see the Great Mosque, not only for its history but also for its particular design of mixed architecture–combining traditional Muslim and Chinese styles. It is among the four most important mosques in China.

The Bund - Shanghai: This spot in the city is home to a myriad of European-styled buildings that face the Huangpu River. Home to chic restaurants and shopping opportunities, the Bund is a must-see site when visiting Shanghai. Architectural styles include gothic, baroque, Romanesque, and renaissance. Being the most imposing spectacle in Shanghai, the Bund has been seen as the embodiment of Shanghai for a long time.

Nanjing Road - Shanghai: Shanghai's main shopping street, known as "the No.1 commercial street of China", also one of the most prosperous streets in Asia. Like a lying dragon shining day and night, stretching from the Bund east towards Hongqiao, with People's Square in the middle. - Narrow streets and alleys, traditional Chinese stores, restaurants selling delicious dumplings, this is the original pre war Shanghai. It is also called Chinatown or Nanshi.

Shanghai Museum - Shanghai: The biggest museum in China, with a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics. The museum is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings, and calligraphy.- In 1882, an old temple was built to keep two jade Buddha statues that had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. The temple was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately the jade Buddha statues were saved and a new temple was built on the present site in 1928. It was named the Jade Buddha Temple.

Yuyuan Garden - Shanghai: A traditional Chinese park decorated by beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations. Yuyuan Garden is not only a famous classical garden in South China, but also a major historic and cultural site under state protection.

Shanghai Museum - Shanghai: The biggest museum in China, with a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics. The museum is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings, and calligraphy.

Oriental Pearl TV Tower - Shanghai: Standing by the Huangpu River with 468 meters high, Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the highest TV Tower in Asia (up to the last floor to see Shanghai scenery).It is a new landmark of Shanghai in 21st century.

Paradise of China Single Room Supplement: Add $420 (US)

Local Tour Payments (LTP) or a Kitty payment, if stated is paid direct to your tour leader / crew on day 1.

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