13 nights, 14-day tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai
Day 01 Australia/Beijing
Fly from Australia to Beijing. Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met by our guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 02 Beijing
Tour starts around 11 am, starting with Beihai Park, which is one of the most popular parks in the city of Beijing. Enjoying the Imperial cuisine at Fangshan Restaurant at Beihai Park. Afternoon, you will visit the Tian’anmen Square, the biggest public square in the world and Forbidden City, the vast complex of palaces, which was home to successive Emperors for more than 500 years. Included is admission to the living quarters, museum and jewelry sections. For dinner enjoy a traditional Beijing Duck banquet.
Day 03 Beijing
Morning tour to the Great Wall, stretching almost 4,000 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the sands of Central Asia and befittingly crowned one of the ten wonders of the world. Continue to the Summer Palace, the largest and the best preserved of all imperial palace gardens, which boasts such delights as the famous Marble Boat and the ornately painted ‘Long Corridor’, then on to Beijing Zoo to see the lovely pandas. After dinner, acrobatic show.
Day 04 Beijing
In the morning, visit the Temple of Heaven, the 500-year-old Temple houses altars on which sacrifices and offerings were laid to the gods in a glorious setting of gardens, trees and sculptures. In the afternoon, enjoy a pedicab tour of Hutong, the ‘old city’ neighbourhoods of narrow alleyways and courtyard gardens, visit Prince Gong’s Palace and the Drum Tower. Later board a traditional Chinese sculled cruise on Houhai Lake; you will enjoy the beautiful scenery while listening to Chinese music played by the local musician on board. Dinner at your own arrangement.
Day 05 Beijing/Xian
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport for a flight to Xian. Upon arrival, you will be met & transferred to your hotel. After dinner, you will enjoy a traditional Tang Dynasty show.
Day 06 Xian
Morning tour to the greatest archaeological discovery of the century, more than 2,000-year-old Terracotta Warriors interred with the Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Afternoon take tours to Huaqing Hot Spring Park, where the emperor had his bath with his concubines or to Banpo Museum, where built on Banpo Neolithic remains village which dates back to 6,000 years ago. Dinner at hotel.
Day 07 Xian/Guilin
Free at leisure in the morning, you will be free to explore this ancient city at your own pace and meet the local people. In the afternoon, visit The Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Old City Wall, which was constructed 600 years ago. Later transfer to the airport and fly to Guilin.
Day 08 Guilin
The Highlight of the trip to Guilin is a spectacular cruise down the meandering and picturesque Li River, the breathtaking scenery as jagged mist-covered mountains, quaint villages dot the riverbanks, drift past humped limestone peaks, fishermen aboard bamboo rafts and grazing water buffalo. You will also have a chance to roam Yangshuo’s local market before a coach transfer back to Guilin.
Day 09 Guilin
Visit Reed Flute Cave, a site of wonderful limestone caves, showcasing a dazzling variety of stalactite and stalagmite stone formations, and Elephant Trunk Hill. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 10 Guilin/Hangzhou
Fly to Hangzhou in the morning. Upon arrival, visit Six Harmony Pagoda and Guozhuang Garden.
Day 11 Hangzhou
Visit the West Lake. You will surely appreciate the fabled scenery such as ‘Broken Bridge’, ‘Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake’ and ‘Three Pools Mirroring the Moon’. You will take a short cruise tour on the West Lake. Then visit Lingyin Temple, which is among the ten most famous Buddhist temples in China and has a history of over 1,000 years. Hangzhou is famous for Longjing Green Tea, you will visit a tea plantation and have a taste of the tea as well as acquaint yourself with the ancient refining process of tea.
Day 12 Hangzhou/Suzhou/Shanghai
Day excursion tour to Suzhou, a small town famous for its classic gardens in the south of China and often so-called Oriental Venice. You will visit the Lingering Garden, Tiger Hill, and Silk Spinning Factory, if time permits, you will take a short cruise on the Grand Canal dug 1,000 years ago in the Sui Dynasty. Late afternoon, continue our ride by coach to metropolitan Shanghai.
Day 13 Shanghai
Morning tour to the Bund, a popular promenade along the Huangpu River, where the old meets the modern in Shanghai, then to the Old Town with its winding alleyways, lined with shops, tea houses and restaurants, and to the elegant and tranquil Yu Garden. Afternoon tour the Shanghai Xintiandi, which is a new tourist attraction in downtown Shanghai, featuring the city’s unique “Shikumen” houses and a maze of narrow alleys, which have been converted into specialist F & B, retail, entertainment and cultural facilities. Dinner will be on your own arrangement.
Day 14 Shanghai/Australia
Free at leisure prior to being transferred to the airport for your flight back to Australia.
Day 15 Australia
Morning arrive in Australia
Note: All Pricing in AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR based on 4 star accommodation.
You may request 5-star hotel upgrades at an additional cost.
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