12 Days China Imperial City Tour

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12 Days China Imperial City Tour

Destination:

Beijing (4 Nights) ,Xi'an (2 Nights) ,Nanjing (1 Nights) ,Suzhou (2 Nights) ,Shanghai (2 Nights)

Duration: 12 Days & 11 Nights
Tour Type: Multi-City Tour
Tour Code: CTP09

Summary:

A tour to three historical cities of China - Beijing, Xi'an and Nanjing, together wth modernest city of Shanghai and delicant gardens in Suzhou.

1Highlights & Map

Visit the legendary royal palaces and museums at different ancient capitals in China View the ancient life size Terra-Cotta Warrior Corps Walk into the former site of exams at Academy of Education and experince painstaking efforts of ancient candidates Enjoy the beautiful scenery and culture at Eastern China

2Itinerary

Day 01Beijing

Destinations: Arrive in Beijing

Activities: Beijing is a city of amazing contrasts - an ancient capital with some incredible historical sites and a bustling modern metropolis getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. Upon your arrival in Beijing, our guide will meet you and transfer you to your Hotel. The guide will give you some tips on local restaurants that we recommend and you can do some shopping in streets nearby. The rest of the day is free to rest to recover from jetlag or to explore yourself.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven

36 Nanwei Road (Nanwei Lu) Beijing China Show Map

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Day 02Beijing

Destinations: Beijing

Activities: After breakfast head out for Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest public square, which is closely linked to The Forbidden City, from which the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties governed for over 500 years. Later you'll visit the Temple of Heaven, where the Emperors prayed for good harvests and rain, or gave thanks for the harvest. Today's itinerary includes a visit to the old Beijing handicraft workshop.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven

36 Nanwei Road (Nanwei Lu) Beijing China Show Map

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Day 03Beijing

Destinations: Beijing

Activities: Leave town in the morning for the drive (a bit under two hours) to the Badaling Section of The Great Wall , which stretches for over 6000 km, and was originally built to protect China from the barbarians. You can walk and climb at your own pace, or enjoy spectacular views from the cable car. Before returning to the city you'll enjoy visiting the Dingling (one of the Ming Tombs), and the attractive tree-lined Sacred Way , bordered by stone statues, along which the Emperors once trod to conduct their sacred ceremonies. During the day a visit to Jade Caving Factory or Cloisonne (enamelware) workshop is included. Dinner tonight is at Quanjude Rstaurant, where you'll eat some of the best 'Peking Duck' in Beijing.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven

36 Nanwei Road (Nanwei Lu) Beijing China Show Map

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Day 04Beijing

Destinations: Beijing

Activities: Summer Palace : Much-loved summer retreat of the Imperial families, the lovely landscaped gardens, halls, pavilions and corridors are set around the lake and rivers in natural harmony. You can expect to spend 2-3 hours here, including a 10 minute boat ride. 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. Hutong Cultrual Tour in Rickshaw: 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 House, and local people's houses.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven

36 Nanwei Road (Nanwei Lu) Beijing China Show Map

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Day 05Beijing, Xi'an

Destinations: Beijing to Xi'an

Activities: You will be free in the morning until being transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Xi'an which is one of the oldest cities in China. Xi'an was the national capital for over 1,000 years and was also the starting point of the Silk Road. On arrival we will take a visit to one of the best museums in China, the Shaanxi Historical Museum. Among the 400,000 items on display are treasures from many Dynasties including magnificent bronzes and porcelain, many of which have never been on permanent display before.

Hotel: Hotel Ibis Xian

No.59 Heping Road Bei Lin District Shaanxi Show Map

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Day 06Xi'an

Destinations: Xi'an

Activities: Terracotta Warriors and Horses: This incredible 2000 year-old army of life-sized warriors, each one unique, is part of the underground tomb of the Emperor Qin. 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. Big Wild Goose Pagoda: 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. Bell Tower: This is the largest and best-preserved of its kind in China, you can have a bird's view of the city.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Hotel Ibis Xian

No.59 Heping Road Bei Lin District Shaanxi Show Map

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Day 07Xi'an, Nanjing

Destinations: Xi'an to Nanjing

Activities: We will take a half-hour's hike along the Ancient City Wall to familiarize ourselves with this fascinating cross cultural city. For the energetic we recommend a ride bike along the top of the wall (Bikes can be rented for around 20 yuan/hour). Late afternoon or evening fly to Nanjing.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Hotel Ibis Nanjing Zhonghua

No.88-1 Zhonghua Road Baixia District Jiangsu ProvinceShow Map

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Day 08Nanjing, Suzhou

Destinations: Nanjing to Suzhou

Activities: Dr. Sun-Yat Sen's Mausoleum: Dr. Sun-Yat Sen's Mausoleum, at the foot of the majestic Purple Mountain, is permeated with a solemn atmosphere. It often arouses a sentiment of respect with its glazed torii; steep, long stairways leading up to the memorial hall, and its inscribed headstone, which all attest to the great deeds of this honorable man. Zhonghua Gate: Zhonghua Men Gate is the largest castle-style gate among the 13 ancient city gates in Nanjing. It's the best preserved and, architecturally, most complicated ancient castle in the world. - Qinhuai River: The Qinhuai River is a watery slice of history which contains traces of the city's glorious past and activities of its people. - Confucian Temple: The Confucius Temple built in the Song Dynasty is dedicated to worshiping the great philosopher Confucius. This area has been the center of Confucian study for over 1.500 years.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Gusu Hotel(Suzhou)

No.5 Xiangwang Road. Shiquan StreetShow Map

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Day 09Suzhou

Destinations: Suzhou

Activities: Garden of Humble Administrator : The garden is the best representative of Chinese classical gardens, constructed in the Ming dynasty. Focused on a central pond with pavilions, terraces, chambers, and towers located nearby, the garden is divided into three parts: the eastern, middle and western parts. - The Grand Canal: The Grand Canal ranks alongside the Great Wall of China as the country's greatest engineering achievement and it is the longest man-made waterway in world. Cruising on the Canal, you can see the local peoples' life. - The No.1 Silk Factory: Suzhou is also famous for its silk production. In the factory you can see how the silk is processed from the silk worm to the final woven cloth.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Gusu Hotel(Suzhou)

No.5 Xiangwang Road. Shiquan StreetShow Map

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Day 10Suzhou, Shanghai

Destinations: Suzhou to Shanghai

Activities: Before transferring to Shanghai, we visit the ancient Water Village Zhouzhuang where you can choose to cruise the town through many small streams and canals which surround the village. The waterways are criss-crossed with stone bridges and old residence with black tiles and white wells line the banks.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: New Asia Hotel Shanghai

No.422 Tian Tong Road, ShanghaiShow Map

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Day 11Shanghai

Destinations: Shanghai

Activities: Today you visit the lovely old Yuyuan Garden, the Shanghai Museum, which rivals the Shaanxi Museum in Xi'an and is well worth a visit, the Jade Buddha Temple, and the famous Oriental Pearl TV Tower (also known as the Pearl Tower, for its distinctive shape). The second-highest platform provides wonderful views over Shanghai and the Huang Pu River, and those with a good head for heights can choose to buy a ticket to continue on to the very top.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: New Asia Hotel Shanghai

No.422 Tian Tong Road, ShanghaiShow Map

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Day 12Shanghai

Destinations: Depart from Shanghai

Activities: Your time is your own, until you are ready to be transferred to the airport for your departure.

3Price Policy

Price Includes

  • Hotel accommodation in twin shared room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner).
  • Domestic flights, trains or buses as specified in the itinerary
  • Airport tax and fuel fee.
  • Private car/coach for transfers service and sightseeing program as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Local English-speaking tour guide for transfers and sightseeing program as indicated in each city.
  • Entrance fees to scenic spots as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Service charge and government Taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Entry or exit China international airfare or train tickets.
  • Hotel room/cruise cabin single supplement.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.
  • Gratuities to the tour guide, driver and hotel bellboy.
  • Fees for entry visa to China.
  • Traveler insurance.
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary.
Note: Tipping is now considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration. However, this is a matter of personal discretion. You may use following as a reference.Suggested Tipping: for local guide: $8 to $10 per person(guest) per day, for driver: $4 to $5 per person(guest) per day.
Cancellation and Refund Policy for Tours Reservation
Cancellation in advance Cancellation penalty
More than 30 days No Cancellation Fee
30-10 days 50% of the full payment
9-0 days or no show 100% of the full payment

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5Reviews

Reviews (100% / overall satisfaction:)
would
recommend

Ms. Glenn Jones

Jul.19, 2011

Overall Satisfaction:
""
Dear Luis,
A belated thank you for your excellent arrangements on our recent China trip. Everything worked efficiently and the guides and drivers were always waiting for us at the airports.

The food was generally of high standard. Many of us thought the main meal in the middle of the day possibly too much as we seemed to "waste" food by leaving quite a lot uneaten (many of us ate big breakfasts). Jenny and I thought a very quick snack with more time to see sights or wander about may have been better use of the time. That said the best meal was lunch in Xian we thought - beautifully cooked and high quality vegetables. All the buses were clean and safe. We did not envy the drivers their job. In fact all the transfers and trips were good with no real problems. The hotels were of a very high standard and as good as you promised - however the laundry prices were extortionate! Again the guides advising a local laundry were very useful!

We thought your package was great and the company helpful when we were sick in Nanjing and consequently we have actively encouraged friends to go while your prices are so reasonable! And we will happily recommend your tour company to anyone who wishes to visit China. Marvelous!

Thanks for all your help!
Glenn Jones
South Africa
would
recommend

Ms. Larry Lentzner

Jul.12, 2011

Overall Satisfaction:
""
Hello James,
We thought the tour provided by your company was truly exceptional, we really felt like VIPs. The Hotel actually was high quality and conveniently located for shopping or just people watching. All the restaurants selected by your company were excellent and the Peking Duck Dinner was especially memorable.

As a previous tour guide myself, I was very impressed with our guide. Her English was excellent and subject matter knowledge was outstanding. Both she and the drivers were very helpful and professional. The transportation provided was clean & very comfortable considering the high temperatures.

We went to the Ming tombs after visiting the Great wall. The Wall was amazing but very crowded, even though we got there when it opened. But a great experience anyway. Many people ad said that one the way back from the wall, one should definitely visit the Ming tombs. So we did just that. I considered it was a nice place to visit.

We visited the tower, (fortunately it was clear day) ,and enjoyed the overview of the city .The glass floored level is fun if you are not worried about heights. The surprise part of this visit was the exhibition on the ground floor depicting the history of Shanghai. The presentation was excellent.
I hope you everything well. And thank you.

Larry Lentzner
America
would
recommend

Ms. Nash Oliver

Jul.11, 2011

Overall Satisfaction:
""
Apologies for not responding to you sooner. I have been back at work for 2 weels and have only just started to catch up with everything. The professional attitude shown by your company from the first time I contacted you through your web site has been second to none and very refreshing. The quick response, the ability to modify my itinerary to suit my needs, the selection of hotels, restaurants, shows and places to visit was exemplary.

The five cities in my trip told me the culture of China, which was what I wanted to experience. Besides historic sites, I also enjoyed the updating China. In Beijing, the Minzuyuan Hotel was clean and well-equipped. I stayed there for four nights, and felt comfortable. In addition, the hotels in all the cities were great. Then, I considered the 3 days Xian trip was a little bit shorter. However, I visited almost the famous sight spots there. When I took the train from Nanjing to Suzhou, this was the first time taking a train in China. I strongly recommended others to visit Suzhou, because you can see the ancient water village of China, beautiful and tranquil. I could always see the Oriental Pearl TV Tower on TV, but this time I was in it!!!

After my first trip to China, I took a lot of photographs home and shared with my family. I cannot speak even a Chinese word, but you see, I can still enjoy my trip. That's because you.

Nash Oliver
Austrilia

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