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Step into history on the Great Wall in BEIJING. Explore the past in XIAN, the Chinese capital for 11 dynasties. See into the future in the modern city of SHANGHAI.
- DAY 01: ARRIVE IN BEIJING
Meet and greet on arrival in Beijing and transfer to your selected hotel by your local tour representative. Day at leisure. Overnight at your hotel.
- DAY 02: BEIJING
This afternoon, take in the landscaped beauty as you wander through the grounds of the picturesque Summer Palace, once a royal garden and summer retreat for members of the Emperor’s family and their courtesans. Overnight at your hotel. (Breakfast)
- DAY 03: BEIJING
Drive to the Juyong Pass this morning. Walk along the Great Wall of China to appreciate 2000 years of historical significance and admire the panoramic views. The Great Wall is China’s most iconic attraction that stretches over 6500 kilometres from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west.
Visit a Jade Factory before returning to Beijing for a short photo-stop at the Olympic Park, where you can see the outside view of the National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) and National Aquatics Center (Water Cube). Overnight at your hotel. (Breakfast)
- DAY 04: BEIJING – XIAN
This morning, visit the Liulichang District that was once a favourite haunt for scholars, painters and calligraphers who gathered there to write, compile and purchase books, as well as to paint and compose poetry during Ming and Qing Dynasties. Recent renovations have transformed this place into a popular tourist attraction with an antique market that resembles a Chinese village comprising private and state run shops filled with a variety of Chinese folk arts such as paintings, calligraphy, pottery, carpets, vases, books, scrolls and chops.
Continue to Da Shi Lan, one of Beijing’s most famous old-fashioned streets that have a history dating back some 580 years. Built in 1430, the 18th year of Emperor Yong Le’s rule during the Ming Dynasty, Da Shi Lan today is 375 meters long and home to some 26 shops featuring a large variety of goods from silks and hats through to shoes and souvenirs. Afternoon transfer to the train station. Catch the high speed train to Xian. Meet and greet on arrival. Transfer to and overnight at your selected hotel. (Breakfast)
DAY 05: XIAN
Depart for a full day tour with a visit to the China’s richest historic area, recognised by the UNESCO as the eighth wonder of the world, the amazing Museum of the Terracotta Warriors. The Terracotta Army in Xi’an was created to guard Emperor Qin Shihuang’s tomb and to protect him in the afterlife. It is estimated that there are more than 7,000 life-sized terracotta figures and horses buried in the mausoleum, and you can see this spectacular site on this full-day tour! The museum complex features extensive exhibits, artefacts and a movie of the rich history of the site.
Afternoon visit to a specialist art lacquer work shop followed by free time for shopping at the ancient style street. Overnight at your selected hotel. (Breakfast)
- DAY 06: XIAN – SHANGHAI
After breakfast drive to the Xi’an City Wall, one of the best-preserved, oldest and largest ancient defence systems in China. First, admire its different sections on foot. and climb to the top of several watchtowers, including the Zhenglu Main Tower and the Jianlou Arrow Tower. From this height, enjoy beautiful views of the city and the moat surrounding the wall while your guide shares with you its history and legends.
Then visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda, an important Buddhist pagoda built during the Tang Dynasty. As you walk inside with your guide, learn about its role in the community, the extensive damage it has endured from natural disasters and the restoration process during the Ming Dynasty. Fly to Shanghai this afternoon. Meet and greet on arrival. Transfer to and overnight at your selected hotel. (Breakfast)
- DAY 07: SHANGHAI
Visit the Jade Buddha Temple, located in crowded Shanghai City and named after its two bejewelled white jade Buddha. Carved from a single piece of white jade, the seated jade Buddha statue is translucent with a solemn expression, displaying the excellent skill and extraordinary art of Chinese people.
The Yuyuan Garden has many scenic courtyards decorated with baroque rockery, pools and flora that are all connected by corridors and passageways. Stop by a Pearl Factory before proceeding to Nanjing Road, China’s premier shopping street – a must-see metropolitan destination that attracts thousands of high fashion shoppers from all over the world, starts at the Bund in the east and ends six kilometres west at the junction of Jingan Temple and Yan’an West Street with People’s Square in the middle
End the day with a visit to The Bund, Shanghai’s renowned waterfront district and landmark. Situated on the west bank of the Huangpu River and overlooking ultra-modern Pudong to the east, the Bund’s most famous and attractive sights are the various buildings that reflect the rich architectural styles from Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classic and the Renaissance periods. Overnight at your hotel. (Breakfast)
- DAY 08: SHANGHAI – DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the hotel. You are at leisure until your transfer to Shanghai Airport for your departure flight. Itinerary ends. (Breakfast)
• Tiananmen Square
• Forbidden City
• Summer Palace
• Jade Factory
• Great Wall at Juyong Pass
• Beijing Olympic Park
• Liulichang District
• Da Shi Lan Street
• Terracotta Warriors Museum
• Art Laquer Workshop
• Ancient Style Street
• Xian City Wall
• Big Wild Goose Pagoda
• Jade Buddha Temple
• Yuyuan Garden
• Nanjing Road Fashion Street
• The Bund