12 Days Old China Hand Tour

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12 Days Old China Hand Tour

From US$2527 per adult

Destination:

Beijing (4 Nights) ,Xi'an (2 Nights) ,Guilin (2 Nights) ,Shanghai (3 Nights)

Duration: 12 Days & 11 Nights
Tour Type: Multi-City Tour
Tour Code: CTP32

Summary:

This tour cover the major historical sites in most important historical cities and features on traditional Chinese handicrafts and skills.

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Notes: The above rates is based on 4-person group of twin sharing room.

Tour Class
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End Date
Adult (12+)
Children (2-12)
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US$ 6128

1Highlights & Map

Experience the most popular trip to visit the must see Chinese historical sites and natural beauties Learn Chinese cooking, painting etc to get close to Chinese culture View the on site making & manufacturing of Chinese arts & craft such as cloisonne and potery

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 by 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. Followed by a rickshaw tour to Hutongs (small back lanes) to see daily life of Beijinger. In the afternoon you'll visit the Temple of Heaven, where the Emperors prayed for good harvests and rain, or gave thanks for the harvest. Near the temple we will visit a work shop gathering many old masters of Beijing's traditional crafts.

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. Then visit a Cloisonne (enamelware) workshop. Before returning to the city you'll enjoy visiting the Changling (one of the Ming tombs), and the attractive tree-lined Sacred Road, bordered by stone statues, along which the Emperors once trod to conduct their sacred ceremonies. Dinner tonight is at Quanjude Restaurant, 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: In the morning we will learn Chinese cooking lesson which covers not only how the dishes are prepared, but also the culture and customs. During the class, you will cook three popular dishes with your own set of cooking equipment provided by us. And after the class you can sit down to enjoy your culinary creations and to share your new skills with other students like you. In the afternoon visit Summer Palace. The palace is positioned in the west suburb of Beijing, about 12 kilometers northwest of the city center. It is up to now the best preserved and the largest imperial gardens in China. In the park, you can also have a boat ride on the lake for about 10 minutes. In the evening enjoy a Peking Opera Show. You can come to the back stage to find out how actors and actress do make-up and even have photos with them.

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: We’re going to the 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. Then we will continue a half-hour's hike along the Ancient City Wall to familiarize ourselves with this fascinating cross cultural city city. For the energetic we recommend a ride bike along the top of the wall (Bikes can be rented for around 20 yuan/hour).

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: After breakfast in the hotel, you will set off for the incredible 2000 year-old Terracotta warriors. The Warriors are part of the underground tomb of the Emperor Qin. Well over 7000 figures in full battle array are formed for battle in several large pits. Many of the figures - soldiers, archers, horses and chariots have been restored. Followed by a visit to a pottery factory where you can learn how to make terracotta and pottery by yourself. We will then visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda where widely renowned Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his collection of classic Buddhist artifacts brought from India.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Hotel Ibis Xian

No.59 Heping Road Bei Lin District Shaanxi Show Map

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Day 07Xi'an, Guilin

Destinations: Xi'an to Guilin

Activities: Reed Flute Cave: Known as 'the Palace of Natural Arts' this large and well-presented cave system has some remarkable formations. Make sure you have some small change for the children who sell flutes for as little as one yuan if you've got nothing less than a dollar you'll end up with their whole stock. Elephant Trunk Hill: really does look like an elephant drinking from the river.

Hotel: Guilin Bravo Hotel

No.14 Ronghu South Rd.Show Map

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Day 08Guilin

Destinations: Guilin to Yangshuo

Activities: Li River Cruise: A cruise along the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo is an unforgettable experience. As you take in the stunning scenery there's something interesting to see at almost every bend in the river. Between spectacular limestone peaks you'll see graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, and lumbering water buffaloes pulling carts or cooling off in the river. You may see fishermen gliding along on their narrow bamboo rafts and fishing cormorants. Traditional Chinese painting is a combination of the arts of poetry, calligraphy, painting, and seal engraving in the same picture. It reflects the 3000-year-old culture and always be endowed with profound cultural connotations. Within this two hours class, you will be introduced to the theory and basic skills of paining and taught to draw a simple picture by your own by following our teacher’s instruction with the brush, ink, paper, and ink-grind all provided by us.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Guilin Bravo Hotel

No.14 Ronghu South Rd.Show Map

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Day 09Guilin, Shanghai

Destinations: Yangshuo to Guilin to Shanghai

Activities: At noon fly to Shanghai. Upon arrival we will go to the Bund - the old colonial sector, which is home to a myriad of European-styled buildings that face the Huangpu River. It is a must-see when visiting Shanghai. Architectural styles include gothic, baroque, Romanesque, and renaissance.

Hotel: New Asia Hotel Shanghai

No.422 Tian Tong Road, ShanghaiShow Map

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Day 10Shanghai

Destinations: Shanghai

Activities: Today you visit the lovely old Yuyuan Garden, the Shanghai Museum, which has rivals the Shaanxi Museum in Xi'an and is well worth a visit, the Jade Buddha Temple, and the famous Oriental 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 11Shanghai

Destinations: Shanghai to Suzhou to Shanghai

Activities: We will take one day tour to Suzhou by private car. First we will visit the Humble Administrator's Garden. It is the best representation of a Chinese classical garden in China. Afterward we are head to the Grand Canal, the longest man-made waterway in the world. Cruising on the Canal, you can observe the lifestyle of local people. Suzhou is also famous for its silk production and the last item of the day of the day is a visit to the No.1 silk factory where you can see how the silk is processed from the silk worm to the final woven cloth. In late afternoon transfered back to Shanghai.

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. Alessandra and Elio

Aug.05, 2011

Overall Satisfaction:
""
Dear James,

Nice to hear from you again!

The tour we made in China was very interesting, the staying in a completely different environment was exciting. The experience with the very professionally local guides gave us the possibility to know China better, to learn a lot of things about Chinese history, customs, Buddhism. In Guilin, we enjoyed very much the Impression Sanjie Liu Night Show suggested by the guide, and the Reed Flute Cave was amazing.....

Sure if we will decide to visit China again, we will contact you. In the meantime, we promote and recommend your agency to our friends. All the hotels choosen by you were very comfortable and in good central position. I think that you have nothing to improve only to continue in this way.
I wonder if you can help us again by issuing a receipt or an invoice for the amount we paid, so that we can deduct a part of these expenses. I really hope that you can help us.
In the meantime, thank you again for the great trip you arrange for us.

Alessandra and Elio
South Africa
would
recommend

Ms. Donald Perry

Jul.28, 2011

Overall Satisfaction:
""
Hello Julia,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you at China Travel Depot for the wonderful experience you provided us during our seven day tour of Beijing, Xian, Guilin, and Shanghai. Our personal guide in Beijing was simply the best, Her charm and knowledge of the cities sites are amazing, Her humor mixed with a very entertaining and informative personality made us feel very much at home. She is a wonderful asset to your company and we were lucky to have had her guide us.

Then we went to Xian and met our guide much the same should be said about him, He was able to keep us happly as well having a very clear sight of the surrounding. He was able to answer all of questions at these tourist attractions. I think we must of drove him crazy but he never lost patience with us. He also spoke fluent English.

We were extremely pleased with our trip and should we travel to China again, we will use your services again. And, we will recommend that our friends use your services as well.

All the best,
Donald Perry, Austrilia
would
recommend

Ms. Sandy& Daisy Dungey

Jul.11, 2011

Overall Satisfaction:
""
Dear Carol,
Generally we were very pleased during the trip and very happy having chosen China Travel Depot. My sister is a very difficult person, but she's also very satisfied and wants to do it again. All the guides have made quite efforts to make our stay as pleasant as possible. We appreciate very much and please transmit to them our thanks and best wishes. All cars and drivers are almost perfect. They drive safely and are always on time and helpful. Meals are also very good. We understand that sometimes it cannot be the best due to different situations and conditions. There is no comment about eating, very good and above average. By the way, the online booking system is quite convenient, and we can easily book and pay for our order.

Carol, I have to say, your English is terrific, and I can communicate with you with pleasant. Thank you also for arranging everything for our tour, and the arrangement is reasonable. Beijing let us see the ancient side and modern side of China, and we enjoyed the Peking Duck. The city of Xian gave me a feeling from thousands of years ago. The Reed Flute Cave is called 'the Palace of Natural Arts' which really shocked us, which made the pictures amazing. I had ever been to Shanghai many years ago, and it changed a lot, but still with some landmarking buildings.

This tour is very informative, lots to see, everything is arranged. We like the fact that there are no surprise payments, all the exhibits are paid by the tour, you will enjoy it because everything is taken cared of. Tour guide and drivers were all excellent. You will not really worry even you are in a different country, it feels just so safe. The company itself is very easy to deal with in case of reservations and payments. They respond very quick and is definitely not a scam. So thank you China Travel Depot for a memorable vacation in your country.

All the best,
Sandy& Daisy Dungey
England

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