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12 Days Golden Triangle & Paradise of China Tour for Seniors

It is time to discover the magic of China in style! This all-encompassing 12 days China tour is a holiday for senior travelers to experience the ancient oriental heritage and the rich culture of the country. Moreover, you’ll enjoy great foods, extraordinary sights, relaxing cruise, and witness local senior life in the park.   

We totally understand that ease, comfort, and flexibility are crucial for your tour of China. Therefore, you can just sit back and let CCT take care of everything.

CCT Advantages:

  • 1. Experience the very best of China on the trip from Shanghai to Beijing;
  • 2. Discover the intriguing water town culture, traditional garden art and tea culture of Suzhou and Hangzhou, known as paradises on earth;
  • 3. Enjoy cruising Tongli Water Town, West Lake and Summer Palace, unwinding and being embraced by scenic and cultural landscapes;
  • 4. Witness the spectacular scene as standing before thousands of life-sized Terra-cotta Warriors;
  • 5. Explore UNESCO-protected palaces, temples and fortifications in Beijing – the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Temple Heaven;
  • 6. Take the healthy and interesting activities, making dumpling, practicing Taiji, rambling the food streets…

12 Days Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou Xian and Beijing Tour for Seniors

12 Days Golden Triangle & Paradise of China Tour

Day 1, Shanghai Arrival

Meals: No Meals

Board international flight to China and start your wonderful holiday. Upon arrival at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, you will be greeted with warm service from your private guide and driver. Transfer to your luxurious hotel. After settling in, you may rest at hotel, or go explore Shanghai at your own pace -- one of most convenient metropolises on Earth.

Recommended hotels:

  • Shanghai luxury hotels: Peace Hotel, Les Suites Orient Bund, Peninsula or similar
  • Shanghai boutique hotels: Hotel Indigo on the Bund, The Yangtze Boutique or similar
12 Days Golden Triangle & Paradise of China Tour

Day 2, Shanghai Highlights - Yu Garden, the Bund

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Join the locals to enjoy life in Fuxing Park, an elegant Chinese-French style garden. The families with kids have fun with recreation facilities, couples lie on the grass to enjoy sunshine, the elderly dance and practice Tai Chi… 

Enjoy the art display at Shanghai Museum, one of the finest museums in the city. The art works of ancient China, including jade wares, bronze wares, Chinese calligraphy and painting masterpieces and ceramics are the highlights.  

Then visit an outstanding works of classical Chinese garden -- Yu Garden was built in 1559 by using the ingenious construction techniques. Even today, it is the best garden in Shanghai. After that, ramble in the Yuyuan Bazaar, or known as Shanghai’s “food paradise”, where the locals and tourists gather together on the old streets to feast on various street foods and buy specialty souvenirs.

Have a walk on the Bund, the most famous landmark of Shanghai lined with a mixing of colonial architectures. Look into the Lujiazui Financial District on another bank of Huangpu River, where several of world’s highest buildings are standing towards sky.

Shanghai acrobatics is fantastic and crazy by using classical Chinese tricks and modern technology and a nice entertainment for you tonight. (Optional)

12 Days Golden Triangle & Paradise of China Tour

Day 3, Shanghai to Suzhou, Tongli Water Town

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Ride a bullet train or sit in a private vehicle from Shanghai to Suzhou, renown for ancient water towns, beautiful scenery and UNESCO-protected gardens. Explore Tongli Water Town – the celebrated “Oriental Venice”. Its canals and rivers wind the ways through meticulously preserved Ming and Qing buildings and bridges. Enjoy a boat cruise to immerse in intoxicating ambience. And wander at the ancient street and visit the sophisticated Retreat & Reflection Garden.

Recommended hotels:

  • Suzhou luxury hotels: The Marriott, Hyatt Regency, Garden Hotel or similar
  • Suzhou boutique hotels: Tonino Lamborghini Hotel or similar
12 Days Golden Triangle & Paradise of China Tour

Day 4, Suzhou Classical Gardens, Suzhou to Hangzhou

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, visit the 6th-century Panmen Gate, which was rebuilt and expanded as a historical landmark during Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties with many other ancient towers, architectures and wharfs. You will also see boat cruise the encircling canal of Suzhou.

Then visit Lingering Garden, one of the four great traditional gardens in China, covering a large area. It features incredibly beautiful landscape of lakes, artificial hills, woods, rural land and garden.

Thereafter, take a rickshaw ride through Suzhou’s old streets to discover more of Suzhou and witness local lifestyle. Enjoy a leisure stroll on the historical Pingjiang Road, before riding a bullet train to Hangzhou.

Recommended hotels:

  • Hangzhou luxury hotels: Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale or similar
  • Hangzhou boutique hotels: Tea Boutique Hotel or similar
12 Days Golden Triangle & Paradise of China Tour

Day 5, Hangzhou Buddhist and Tea Culture Experience

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, navigate to Meiiiawu Tea Village, a main production area of Dragon Well Green Tea, surrounded by green mountains. Meijiawu is an ideal place to delve into the history and culture of Chinese tea. Sample China’s best green tea, with chance to learn about the tea making process.
Then enjoy peaceful Zen moments at the 4th Century Lingyin Temple and appreciate the ancient Buddhist grotto art at the Feilai Peak, where there are hundreds of Buddha statues in different sizes are elaborately carved.

Later visit the Pagoda of Six Harmonies, initially built in 970 and rebuilt in 1156 after it was ravaged in wars. It is one of the top 10 pagodas in China, with 13 floors and reaching 60 meters high. There are still many cultural relics and Buddhist classics kept inside the pagoda.  

12 Days Golden Triangle & Paradise of China Tour

Day 6, Cruise West Lake, Hangzhou to Xian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

West Lake is not merely a city lake, but also a masterpiece created borrowing the aesthetic effect of ancient Chinese painting, literary and garden art. Enjoy a boat cruise on West Lake. It is considered the best way to admire West Lake and will take you to a pretty islet in the middle of the lake.

Fly from Hangzhou to Xian, the best-known historical city in China, as being an ancient capital and the start point of Silk Road.

Recommended hotels:

  • Xian luxury hotels: Wyndham Grand Xian South, Gran Meliá Xian, Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel or similar
  • Xian boutique hotels: Grand Mercure Xi'an on Renmin Square or similar
12 Days Golden Triangle & Paradise of China Tour

Day 7, Museum of Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Drive from downtown Xian to the site of Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, which is among the most incredible ancient tombs in the world, also known as world’s Eighth Wonder. More than 2200 years ago Emperor Qinshihuang built this enormous army consisting of commanders, soldiers, war horse and chariots.

Later, get in the Old City Wall of Xian, with history of over 600 years. View the massive city gates, rostrums, and the wall traversing the central Xian and forms a huge circle. Then enjoy the gastronomic scene and bustling atmosphere at the Muslim Quarter, the most famous food street in Xian. The local cuisine mixes both the Muslim Hui and traditional Han flavors.

12 Days Golden Triangle & Paradise of China Tour

Day 8, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian to Beijing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda - a famous site on the ancient Silk Road. As the earliest and largest existing quadrangle brick pagoda of Tang Dynasty, it is an important Buddhist heritage after Buddhism was introduced into China from India via the Silk Road.

Before moving to Beijing (by air or bullet train), visit a local family. The friendly host would like to share with you the most common way of living in China, and invite you to participate in the dumpling making process. The most traditional and popular Chinese food, dumpling is healthy for the elderly and tastes delicious.

Recommended hotels:

  • Beijing luxury hotels: Aman Summer Palace, Peninsula, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing or similar
  • Beijing boutique hotels: Double Happiness Beijing Courtyard Hotel or similar?
12 Days Golden Triangle & Paradise of China Tour

Day 9, Beijing City Highlights - Forbidden City, Summer Palace

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Wake in China’s time-honored capital. Go visit Forbidden City, located right next to Tiananmen Square, world’s largest city square and an important witness of China’s turbulent history. One of the most outstanding ancient royal palaces worldwide, Forbidden City consists of exquisitely constructed halls, chambers and gardens, where generations of Chinese kings lived here. Today it has been converted to the Palace Museum, with countless collections of relics and treasures.

This afternoon feast your eyes on the architectural beauty of ancient China’s royal garden. Take a lordly dragon boat cruising on Kunming Lake, through arch bridges, viewing distant mountains, White Pagoda, and the grand palace built against a hillside.  

Watch a performance of Peking Opera or Shaolin Kung Fu with VIP seat (optional).

12 Days Golden Triangle & Paradise of China Tour

Day 10, the Great Wall of China

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Drive to the Mutianyu Great Wall and take cableway to the summit. This endless wall was an enormous and effective fortification for over 2000 years and reflects the intelligence and diligence of ancient Chinese people. Mutianyu section is longest and one of the best-kept and most scenic Great Wall, with relatively less tourists.

On the way back to Beijing city center, drop in the Beijing Olympic Park. Admire the extraordinary exterior look of Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. 

Follow the traditional dinning etiquette to enjoy a Beijing Roasted Duck dinner (optional).

12 Days Golden Triangle & Paradise of China Tour

Day 11, Temple of Heaven, Hutong Cultural Immersion

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Follow a master to practice Taiji at the park of Temple of Heaven. A classical school of Chinese martial art, Taiji absorbs the essence of ancient Chinese philosophy, is soft, easy to practice, and good for the elderly to cultivate wellness. Temple of Heaven is an eminent creation of Ming architecture art and was a sacred site for the Chinese kings to connect with the gods.

Sit on a vintage rickshaw, an old means of transportation in the early 20th Century, to explore the winding hutong alleys. It is a secret corner in Beijing, full of historical buildings and cultural sites. The local Beijingers live their life in a traditional way, a rare scene in this cosmopolis.

12 Days Golden Triangle & Paradise of China Tour

Day 12, Beijing Departure

Meals: Breakfast

Here comes to the end of your 12 days China vacation. Your private guide and driver will pick you up from hotel and transfer to Beijing Capital International Airport. Wave goodbye before security check. Enjoy your safe journey home. 

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