14 Days Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou Xian Beijing Tour
Tour the classic cities of three with 'paradise under heaven’, this two-week-long journey will bring you through a series of oriental experience in a comfortable pace. From learning the story behind each cup of tea to admiring exquisite ancient Chinese architectures, this is simply a wonderful choice for your summer vacation.
- Cruise the water towns in south China
- Chinese noodles and dumplings making
- Mosque, monasteries and temples visits
- Tea culture experience
Customizable Tour Itinerary
Fly into Beijing. Be greeted by your private guide and chauffeur of
China Culture Tour at Beijing Capital International Airport. Transfer
to your hotel in downtown Beijing, nearby famous shopping streets,
restaurants and attractions. Spend the rest of the day resting at hotel
or explore China’s capital city on your own.
Beijing Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel,
Beijing Fairmont Hotel,
Beijing Aman Summer Palace
A unique historic vibe envelops Beijing. Navigate to Temple of Heaven,
which is a Ming Dynasty architectural masterpiece. From its façade and
interior design, you can tell that it was a mysterious sacred site. Participate in an hour long Tai Chi class with a local master here.
Later cross Tiananmen Square, you travel through time to visit Forbidden City –
the imperial palace of ancient China that retains the royal holiness
and dignity. Witness the wonderful displays of cultural and artistic
treasures, and listen to the legendary stories that happened in
Forbidden City. Climb up Jingshan Hill, a big “natural garden” for the ancient royals, for a spectacular panorama of Forbidden City.
Are you always interested in Chinese martial arts? Invite him/her to watch a fantastic Shaolin Kung Fu show tonight (optional).
The Beijing-style lanes are called hutongs,
which crisscross and encircle the old part of Beijing. It is a perfect
place to glimpse into the local traditional way of living, discover
centuries-old residents, local delicacies and folk arts. Here, you
learn the fascinating Chinese calligraphy – writing
Chinese characters in an artistic way with brush pen and ink stick. How
about writing down the Chinese version of “I Love You”?
Thereafter, get in Jinshanling Great Wall by cable car.
Jinshanling is considered the most beautiful section of the Great Wall
and a classic site for photographers. Hike for a while to the Xiao
Jinshan and Si Wu Yan Lou, the best places for sunset view, to shoot
romantic kissing photos. Walk down the Great Wall, since the cableway
shall be closed before sunset.
Hopefully you have had a good sleep last night, since you have to get up very early to capture the beauty of sunrise on the Great Wall.
Hike up for about 1 hour (the cable car is not opened yet), and pray
for a clear sunny day. When the warm sun shines down on the earth, the
Great Wall looks like a giant dragon flying over the mountains. What a
wonderful and romantic experience!
Drive back to downtown Beijing.
You'll then visit Lama Temple , a Tibetan monastery once belonged to the royal family and Confucian Temple, second largest Confucian temple in China. After a well-spent yet a bit tired day, reward yourselves with a specialty dinner - Beijing Roasted Duck (optional).
Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian
Summer Palace is the most sophisticated royal
garden of ancient China, built based on the superb traditional garden
art and beautiful natural environment. The main structure of the palace
was built against Wanshou Hill, which is so grand and solemn. Take a royal cruise on Kunming Lake to overlook the palace and the distant picturesque Yuquan Hill.
Board a high speed train from Beijing to Xian, one of China’s premier historic capitals, with many ancient sites.
Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian
Summer Palace with Dragon Boat Cruise
Begin your full day Xian tour with a trip to the archaeological site of the enormous Terracotta Army.
The vividly carved warriors, officers, horses, chariots and weapons
were the funerary objects of Emperor Qinshihuang and supposed to
protect him after he died. Get to know Chinese manual skill of
terracotta 2000 years ago.
Then take a stroll on bustling Muslim Street, a renowned food center in Xian introducing perfectly the local cuisine that blends Muslim flavor. Come to the Great Mosque of Xian in
Huajue Alley, a grand Islamic mosque blending traditional Chinese
architectural art yet strictly in accordance with the Islamic layout
Tonight, be amused by Tang Dynasty music and dance, while at the same time gracefully feasting on various flavors of dumplings at a banquet (optional).
Terracotta Army in backdrop
After the breakfast, you will visit the Shaanxi History Museum,
which is one of the biggest and best museums with modern facilities in
China. It contains over 370,000 precious relics which were unearthed
in Shaanxi Province, including; bronze wares, pottery figures and mural
paintings in Tang tombs.
Following the Shaanxi History Museum, you will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda where Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his Buddhism classics brought from India.
Later, meet a local family and learn to make Chinese noodles or dumplings from the local. A visit to Forest of Stone Steles Museum where you can admire over thousands of ancient stone steles here, before we call it a day. Enjoy rest of the day on your own.
Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show
In the morning view Xian’s urban landscape, dotted with old structures such as Bell and Drum Towers, on the majestic Ancient City Wall. There’s no other place like Xian that retains its history on every modern aspect.In the afternoon, take the flight to Hangzhou. Meet your private guide and driver at the airport before settle into your centrally located hotel.
Banyan Tree Hangzhou,
Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake,
Grand Hyatt Hangzhou
Xi'an Ancient City Wall biking
Following breakfast, head for the cruise pier at West Lake for a leisure
boat ride to see the scenery printed on the one yuan note of Chinese
currency. Gu Shan (Solitary Hill) is an island that stands by West Lake
where it got its name. Climbing the hill (35 meters high) gives a
panoramic view of the Lake. Lunch is later arranged at a local fine
restaurant. After, we’ll visit the Lingyin Temple which is the largest
and wealthiest Buddhist temple in China. Hefang Street, a nearby
attraction, offers opportunities to see ancient crafts shops and taste
local foods. At night fall, enjoy the show Impression of West Lake
directed by Zhang Yimou, the director of 2008 Beijing Olympic Opening
Ceremony. You’ll be able to experience the sad love story in the misty
fog and touching music.
West Lake at dawn
Crowne Plaza Suzhou,
Classic Chinese garden in Suzhou
Following breakfast, you’ll ride about 30 minutes to Tongli Ancient Town
which is well known for its system of canals. A relaxing boat ride
allows you to watch how local people live peacefully. Lunch is later
arranged at a local fine restaurant. You’ll ride back to the city and visit Suzhou Museum and the Lion Grove Garden. Suzhou Museum was
designed by I.M. Pei and houses artworks of ancient Chinese paintings,
calligraphies and handmade crafts etc. The Lion Grove Garden got its
name from the shape of large Taihu rocks resembling lions. Before going
back to the hotel you can take a walk on Pingjiang Road and experience
the city as a local. In the evening your guide and driver will escort you to the railway station to catch your train to Shanghai.
Central Hotel Shanghai,
Four Seasons Hotel Pudong Shanghai,
JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square
Water town in south China
Visit both of the Old part and Modern Part of Shanghai. You will spend about an hour in the ancient Yuyuan Garden,
a typical Chinese garden with traditional pavilions, beautiful
rockery, decorated halls, corridors and clear pond. Next walk a few
minutes to the Shanghai City God Temple
for a short stay, a Taoist temple known for its long history and grand
architecture, surrounded by traditional commercial district that hosts
hundreds of old shops, restaurants, and teahouses. Drive to visit the Shanghai Museum,
a museum of 120,000 precious works of art, including the ancient
Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy. Have your lunch at a
local restaurant where you can taste the authentic Shanghai cuisine.
In the afternoon, you will visit the modern parts of Shanghai. At the Shanghai World Financial Center,
you will take an elevator up more than 90 floors, walk on the glass
floor and have a breathtaking view of the Bund and the Huangpu River.
Follow this by visiting the Bund,
which constitutes dozens of historical buildings along the Huangpu
River. There were and still are banks and trading houses from the UK,
France, the USA and Italy etc. When night falls, the colorful lights
and beautiful boats on the Huangpu River provide great photo
View Shanghai Pudong skyline on Shanghai World Financial Center
Drive about 1.5 hours from hotel to visit Xitang Ancient Town
and take a sampan cruise into town. Xitang Ancient Town is an ancient
scenic and cultural town dating back to at least the Spring and Autumn
Period. In the town, there are well-preserved buildings originated from
Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The town is
also famous for its large number of covered corridors, lanes &
bridges. We'll drive back to city area later. From here, enjoy the rest of your day exploring Shanghai city on your own.
Xitang Ancient Water Town
Be transferred from hotel to Shanghai Pudong International Airport and
fly home. China Culture
Tour service ends.
Shanghai Pudong area
- In-country transportationas noted in the itinerary.
- Admission fees and activity expenses as noted in the itinerary.
- Luxury or boutique hotels centrally located.
- Meals in local restaurants as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water.
- Your own English-speaking guide service.
- Your own chauffeur and vehicle service.
- International transportation.
- Chinese tourist visa. (which enquired for most foreign passport holders)
- Travel and medical insurance.
- Meals, snacks, alcohol, etc. apart from those included in the itinerary.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Personal expenses.
- Sights, excursions and activities not included in the itinerary.
- Gratuities to guide and driver.