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Beijing-Xi'an-Guilin-Yangshuo-Hangzhou-Yellow Mountain-Shanghai 14 Days Tour

Day 1. Arrive in Beijing (Dinner)

Wangfujing Park Plaza  ★★★
We arrive in Beijing, the fascinating capital of the nation, it has presided china since 13th century.Ages of ruling under the emperors of different dynasties have given Beijing undeniable mark in every corner of the city. Even though the last quarter a century has transformed Beijing into a modern city filled with skyscrapers and  heaving flyovers, still just few steps away people are living peacefully in the ancient hutongs. This city mirrors the whole of China’s fast-growing economy, while at the meantime struggling to keep her own tradition and culture; all these, and much more, make Beijing one of the world’s most impressive cities to visit. From the airport, we directly drive to the Summer Palace. Served as the playground of the royal family during the summer heat, the enormous park comprises various temples, gardens, pavilions, lakes and the world’s longest decorated corridor, and today it offers Beijingers a place where they can escape the hustle and bustle of the city. We tour the site on foot and enjoy a boat ride on the man-made Kunming Lake. We then drive to our hotel and check in.





Day 2.  Beijing (Breakfast, Dinner)

Wangfujing Park Plaza  ★★★
We have an early start and leave for the Temple of Heaven. As the world largest heaven worship architectural complex, it used to be where the emperors, considered to be directly descended from heaven and representing the heavenly spirit on earth, asked for blessings for the Imperial Family and for the entire nation. The ceremony lasted three days during which he did not leave the compound. Nowadays the grounds surrounding the temple are filled with Beijingers of all ages, who come to practice tai chi and dancing, and take part in all kinds of recreational activities. We join them for morning exercise before proceeding on a tour of the temple itself. From there, we proceed to Tiananmen Square. As the world’s largest central city square, it is a symbolic center of China universe, it is said that no one could rule China without first gaining control of the square. It is surrounded by important buildings, among them the National Museum and the Great Hall of the People (the Chinese parliament), both were build in 1959 to celebrate 10 years foundation of the people’s republic of China.  At the heart of the square there is a mausoleum for Chairman Mao, who reshaped the country, leading the People’s Republic of China from its foundation in 1949 until his death in 1976. We then proceed on foot to the Forbidden City, so called is because it is off-limit to common people in ancient time; it is home to 24 emperors in 505 years in Ming and Qing dynasty. The compound was forbidden to all but the Imperial Family and their servants, and has been the place from which the emperors of China ruled the country for hundreds of years. We will stop at some of the more significant halls, and we will also explore more authentic small courtyard, from where is the royal family’s honor as well as misery really happened. Leaving the Forbidden City, we continue to Coal Hill, an artificial hill built in the Ming dynasty. It is worth us to spend 10 minutes at a fine weather to climb to the top for a breathtaking view over the Forbidden City. From there, we will make a visit to the hutongs, which are alleys formed by lines of traditional courtyard, today have been preserved and protected as a living evidence of how Beijing looked during imperial times. We will take arickshaw through the calm alleys, and get a glimpse of the local life here. With dozens of families living in one courtyard, sharing public toilets, and facilities, this way of life has been lasted for centuries. In the late afternoon, we go to Nanluoguxiang. With a history of more than 700 years, Nanluoguxiang is one of the best preserved historical areas of Beijing downtown. Running north and south, the street is packed with bars, cafes, and shops selling souvenirs and traditional crafts. Thus it’s considered as an ideal place to hang out in the afternoon and in the evening. We stroll around the old however trendy street to enjoy the unique surrounding architecture and witness local people’s lives.





Day 3. Beijing (Breakfast, Dinner)

Wangfujing Park Plaza  ★★★
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive out of the city to the famous MutianyuGreat Wall, China’s most prominent landmark and must-see site. Begun the construction 2000 years ago, the efforts required to build the wall through the history is phenomenal, some people call it the longest cemetery in the world, but it is better to be named as the accumulation of Chinese culture and history; The total length of all the walls built in different dynasties around china exceed 20,000 km, however lengthy sections of it has returned to dust in the history, the wall remained today is less than 2500 km. We will take the cable car up, and walk on part of the Wall, and hear about its history and how it failed to fulfill its main goal of stopping the Mongols from invading the country, and then we can choose to take cable car or slide way down. On our way back to the city, we visit theSacred Road, where the Imperial Families were given their last resting place. The name derives from the fact that the Chinese believed that a road with several gates leads the souls of the ‘heavenly families’ back to the sky.We then stop for an outside view over the famous Bird’s Nest and the Water Bubble, the two main venues of the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.From there we continue to Wangfujing Pedestrian Street, where, behind some of the world’s largest shopping malls, we visit the night food market. For the brave at heart, a delicious meal of various insects cooked in several ways awaits.





Day 4.  BeijingQXi'an (Breakfast, Dinner)

Grand Noble Hotel  ★★★

With an early transfer to Beijing’s airport, we take the first available flight to Xi’an. Known as ‘The Eternal Peace’ during the Tang Dynasty, Xi’an was the center of the ‘old world’ and also the center of the first Chinese Empire after the first Qin emperor conquered the nearby feudal kingdoms and laid the foundations of the great united Chinese empire. On arriving in the city, we head towards the Terracotta Army Site. Discovered accidentally in 1974 by two farmers plowing their plot, one of the most amazing historical discoveries of our time was made. An entire army made of terracotta, each of the soldiers with different characteristics and fully armored, was created to protect the tomb of the first Qin emperor. We explore this breathtaking site and then visit the nearby museum to see the permanent exhibition displaying the rare artifacts found in the site and also describing its discovery, excavation, and the restoration works. After that, we take a walk along the City Wall, which dates from the Ming Dynasty. It's the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well as one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. 





Day 5. Xi'an (Breakfast, Dinner)

Grand Noble Hotel  ★★★
In the morning we first visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Built in AD 647, it was originally constructed to house holy scripts brought from India, which contributed to the adoption of Buddhism as the main religion in China many years later. Then we proceed to the Shanxi History Museum. Because of the significant role Xi’an played during the Tang Dynasty, the museum has numerous archeological finds from this era. Leaving the museum, we proceed into the bustling Muslim Quarter. The Muslims settled in Xi’an during the glory days of the Silk Road, which connected East and West for trading purposes. Originating in Central Asia, the Muslims arrived to trade in the exotic goods they brought to the then capital of the Chinese Empire. Over time, a huge community of Muslims became assimilated into the population and has recreated its traditional way of life. They brought with them their delicious food, their clothes and customs, and built a beautiful Mosque at the heart of the once cosmopolitan capital. We roam the colorful market and visit the Great Mosque, which is a blend of Chinese style and Muslim architecture. We then go to the Eight Immortals Temple which is the biggest Taoist temple in Xi’an and is a famous Taoist architecture in northwest China.





Day 6.  Xi'anQGuilin (Breakfast, Dinner)

Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★
In the morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Guilin. Famous for its wonderful scenery, rivers and karst peaks covered in lush greenery, Guilin has a long history as the most beautiful place in China.Upon arrival, we begin to view the city by visiting the city’s own landmark—the Elephant Trunk Hill.We then go to visit the famousReed Flute Cave, which sheltered the locals from aerial bombardments during World War II, and which contains an amazing display of stalactites.After that we proceed toFubo Hill, another of Guilin's wonderfully scenic spots.Natural scenery of rocks and stalactites as well as artificial cloister and pavilions compose the fantastic and unique sight of the hill. In the evening, we stroll around the unique Night Market.





Day 7. Guilin/Longsheng/Yangshuo (Breakfast, Dinner)

Yangshuo Green Lotus ★★★
In the morning we drive to Longsheng. The Dragon Ridgeback Mountain (Longji Rice Terrace) features one of the world’s largest manmade creations. In the endless slopes of the mountain, the local peasants have carved with their bare hands thousands and thousands of terraces to capture water streaming down the mountain and use it for crop cultivation. We climb to the top of the terraces to take in their enormous extent and to enjoy the great view over the beautiful landscape. The region of Longsheng is also known for the diversified minority groups living there and we stop at some of their villages to learn about their traditions and customs. We will hike from the old Zhuang village to 7 stars in Ping’an village. Leaving Longsheng, we drive to Yangshuo





Day 8.  Yangshuo (Breakfast, Dinner)

Yangshuo Green Lotus ★★★
In the morning we embark on a cruise ride along the Li (Crystal) River from Yangshuo to Fuli. Along the way we get a glimpse of life on the riverbanks. In the small villages, the locals depend totally on the river to sustain their way of life. The river is not only their main mean of transportation but also the source of water for their fields and washing their clothes, and even of drinking water. After visiting the Fuli Ancient Town, we go to explore the local villages and local market by bicycle, where we meet the local farmers as they cultivate their small rice plots just outside the town. Then we have some free time at the unique West Street. In the evening, we enjoy the unique “Yangshuo Impressions” (Vice-vip seat) performance directed by the very same director who was responsible for the Beijing Olympic Games opening ceremony in 2008, when hundreds of actors performed in the world’s largest outdoor theater—with the waters of the Li River serving as their stage. This breathtaking show is not to be missed.





Day 9. Yangshuo/GuilinQ Hangzhou (Dinner)

Hangzhou International Hotel  ★★★
Today we meet our chef early in the morning and join him for a trip to the local market to buy fresh ingredients for our cookery class. During the next few hours, we shall be learning some of the secrets of traditional Chinese cookery, and for lunch we shall enjoy the results of our labors.Then we take a slow bamboo raft ride down the Yulong River, if we are luckyenough, we may get a chance to see the traditional fishing with cormorants.In the afternoon, we go to explore the local villages by bicycle, where we meet the local farmers as they cultivate their small rice plots just outside the town.In the late afternoon, we transfer to airport for our evening flight Hangzhou.Upon arrival,we transfer to our hotel.





Day 10.  Hangzhou/Tunxi (Breakfast, Dinner)

Tunxi International Hoitel  ★★★
After breakfast we go to the Hidden Souls Temple, which dates back to the very early Eastern Jin Dynasty. It is said that the temple was built by an Indian monk who believed that the breathtaking scenery could only be the final retreat of all souls. Leave there, we go for a boat ride on the West Lake, probably Hangzhou’s most prominent landmark. And we will also stroll around the local parks around the lake. Then we drive to Tunxi. Upon arrival, we first refresh in our hotel. In the evening we stroll around the Tunxi Ancient Street. The 1.5 kilometers long and 7 meters wide old street is lined by all kinds of old and famous shops. It’s a place where you can buy wonderful tourist souvenirs in all styles at the most reasonable prices while enjoying the unique surrounding architecture.





Day 11. Tunxi/Yellow Mountain (Breakfast, Lunch)

Xihai Hotel  ★★★
Today we drive to one of the most authentic villages, Lingshan village. We will have a short hike in the village to feel the real local life. Then we go to visit the Yellow Mountain and spend our rest day exploring the breathtaking mountain. Yellow Mountain covers an area of 250 kilometers, of which 154 square kilometers are scenic attractions. It’s famous for the “four wonders”, namely imposing peaks, spectacular rocks, odd-shaped pines, and a sea of clouds. With 72 peaks and three main peaks rising imposingly, the mountain reachesmore than 1,000 meters above sea level. The peaks are bothwith fascinating views and breathtaking steep. We take a cable car up to the mountain and visit famous landscapes such as the Beginning-to-believePeak, Brush Pen Peak, Bright Summit, Flying-over Rock and Cloud-dispelling Pavilion.





Day 12. Yellow Mountain/Wuzhen/Shanghai (Dinner)

Shanghai Central Hotel  ★★★
After enjoying the sunrise on the mountain, we continue our visiting of Yellow Mountain. Then we take a cable car down the mountain and drive to Wuzhen Water Town, lies at the north of Tongxiang City of Zhejiang Province. The town is divided into four zones by cross-shaped river. Due to its warm and humid climate, and abundant rainfalls and sunshine, the products here are very rich, making Wuzhen well known as “the town of fish, rice and silk”. We enjoy the amazing view in Wuzhen by boat, and then we continue to drive to Shanghai, the most populous city in China. The city is located in eastern China and sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River. Due to its rapid growth in the last two decades, it has again become one of the world's leading, exerting influence over finance, commerce, fashion, and culture. Shanghai is also a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, Peoples Square and Yuyuan Garden, and its extensive yet growing Pudong skyline. Upon arrival, we take a Cruise on the Huangpu River to enjoy the wonderful night view of Shanghai.





Day 13.  Shanghai (Breakfast, Dinner)

Shanghai Central Hotel  ★★★
In the morning we proceed to Shanghai’s old town to visit the Yu Yuan Garden& Chinese Bazaar. Perfectly maintained to the present day, the gardens were built by a Chinese mandarin in the 16th century in honor of his beloved parents. With their six very distinctive areas, these gardens are a true marvel and a great escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.After that, we have a walk in Taikang road, also called Tianzifang art area, is a romantic street present the Young china with contemporary art, design and fashion. Then we make a visit to the Bund. Since the middle of the 19th century, this street has played a major role in opening up China to the rest of the world. Built on the bank of the Huang Pu River, the Bund served as the main trading area for merchants coming to Shanghai from all over the world to trade for exotic goods and take them to their native countries. It is still a bustling street that offers a great view of the magnificent buildings along the river. Afterwards we stop at Nanjing Road. With more than 600 shops extending over 5.5 km, this is probably Asia’s busiest trading street, visited daily by more than 1.5 million people—locals and tourists alike—looking for a good bargain, and here you can see the best of the Chinese trading and bargaining customs as they take place. We explore XinTian Di& French Quarter, the new hot spot in town. This pedestrian street offers a mixture of traditional architecture alongside contemporary design. Here you can get a real sense of the fusion of two cultures that sometimes clash but most of the time peacefully coexist in this rapidly changing city. In the evening we enjoy a traditional Era Acrobatics Show, which displays an art developed and performed in China for the past 2000 years.





Day 14. Shanghai/Depart (Breakfast)

In the morning we start with the Jewish quarter, the shelter of hundreds of Jews during 2ed world war. We visit the Synagogue Museum and Rabin Park.We then proceed to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, whichrises to 468 meters and offers a great view over the city and its harbor. With its unique design, the tower has become the city’s own trademark.From there, we go to the Cricket Market; here you can see people selling and buying cricket as a pet as well as a mean of gambling. Then we transfer to the airport for our international depart flight.





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