18-day classic China tour with Panda visit in Sichuan

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Most of the must-see tourist attractions in China are on scheduled during this trip, including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army and the Panda visit. The Li River cruise is highly recommended while venturing to Guilin and Yangshuo.

 

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Arrive in Beijing

Upon arrival at the Beijing Capital International Airport, the local guide will meet you at the arrival hall and then you will be transferred to the hotel. The balance of the day will be at leisure.

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Imperial Architectures

While fixing your eyes on this huge Tiananmen Square, symbol of historical changes in China, immerse yourself in the Chinese patriotic atmosphere. Take a symbolic picture in the center of the square before walking along its underpass, which leads to the Forbidden City. Then, pass the Tiananmen Gate and begin the tour of Forbidden City. Stroll between the walls steeped in history and this huge imperial palace touched by the footsteps of emperors from past Chinese dynasties. Pass by the Palace interiors and courtyards to see historical treasures and mysteries will be revealed. Enjoy the Palace museum to relax in a unique atmosphere.
After lunch, you will climb the small slope of the Jingshan Park to visit the Wanchun Pavilion. Here you enjoy memorable views of the golden roofs of the Forbidden City, the National Grand Theatre and the central axis of the capital. Then, discover the National Grand Theater, a world famous architectural work close to the Forbidden City. Unless there is any special event, this gigantic egg enthroned in the midst of artificial waters will open the doors of its theaters and its mysteries. This is definitely worthy visit.
Time for an evening at the Peking Opera, you will be fascinated by the legends of ancient China. After an early dinner, if you wish, enter backstage at the theater to see how the actors apply their makeup and get ready for their performance. The acting, costumes and music are set with such finesse that you forget the English subtitles on both sides of the stage. You will be surprised by the staging and colors, and especially the music and acting skills are quite impressive.

 

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Great Wall Visit

Today, explore one of the most important symbols of China: The Mutianyu Great Wall. This wonderful site offers a stunning landscape of the surrounding nature. Having access to the ramparts by cable car, you may enjoy of exclusion from the rest of the world, as this area is a slightly less touristy section of the Great Wall. To return, you can choose to walk or go tobogganing or take cable car. After the Great Wall tour, stop at the cloisonne factory where this ancient art will be revealed. You will explore artisans welding on a piece of copper inlaid with colored enamels. During your visit to the Ming Tombs, enter the tomb Changling, as it is the most surprising site. The Sacred Way will lead you in this sacred site where Ming emperors chose to rest for eternity.
Enjoy one of the most delicate Chinese cuisine dishes: the Beijing Roast Duck. You will enjoy this ancient dish in one of the best restaurants in Beijing.

 

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Dinner Included Beijing Roast Duck

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Local Market

This morning, you will spend a few hours hunting in the largest flea market in Beijing, the Panjiayuan Antique Market. You may even have fun engaging in the Chinese custom of bargaining as you find goods across China at the best price.
Then, experience a tour back to a time of ancient worship by visiting the Temple of Heaven. A shrine of Heaven and symbol of Beijing, the Temple is believed to be as important as the Forbidden City, or even more because the emperor is the son of Heaven. If there is not too crowded, a stroll through the extensive gardens and corridors of the park will immerse you in the lives of old Beijing. Later, visit the architectural treasures of the largest imperial garden in China, the Summer Palace. Built based on models of the most beautiful gardens of Suzhou and the shores of West Lake in Hangzhou, this huge garden is full of history and will make you forget all your worries. There is even a chance for a short cruise on the calm Kunming Lake. After visiting the Summer Palace, go visit the Pearl Factory. This factory is where the ancient culture of freshwater pearls will reveal its secrets, which traces back to how these beads began being processed 2,200 BC.

 

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Overnight Soft Sleeper Train

Local life

This morning, meet the faithful Buddhist in the Yonghe Lama Temple. This Lamasery is still active and considered the most beautiful Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet. This temple has also been the Office of Tibet which for the Dalai Lama's direct communication with the central government in Beijing. Over its five halls, you soak in the sacred atmosphere and feel enchanted by the huge, wooden statue of Buddha Maitreya. As you ride in a rickshaw in the Hutongs later, prepare to dive deeper into this unique atmosphere of old Beijing. The doors of the famous courtyard houses are available for you. When sharing a meal with a typical Beijing Hutong family, you will learn about the customs and traditional ways of life in these neighborhoods.
This afternoon, the Temple of Confucius is the representation of knowledge and Confucianism. This temple also highlights one of the most important Confucianism, as it is noted being a haven of peace in the middle of the capital. During your visit, stop at the Imperial College. Learn more about the most important dignitaries of China who trained in this Imperial College.

Tonight, you will take the overnight train to Xian.

 

 

 

 

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Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included Lunch with the local family in Hutong

Dinner Included 

Overnight Soft Sleeper Train

Arrive in Xian

Upon arrival, the guide will meet you at the arrival hall and then you will be transferred to the hotel for breakfast and after then, go a few miles outside of city wall and discover one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas. As a symbol of Xian, you could admire the city and realize Xian at the seventh floor of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
This afternoon, dive into the history of the province of Shaanxi. The huge Shaanxi History Museum is a treasure of China that leaves you speechless. From prehistory to the discovery of the Terracotta Army, you will figure out the constant changes that the people of the ancient capital Chang'an had made. Then, immerse yourself in the culture by visiting the Great Mosque and Muslim Quarter. Open your senses in the Muslim Quarter of the city and discover spices and dishes typical of the Hui ethnic group. Arrive at the Great Mosque of Xian, one of the four largest ancient mosques of China. Gardens and buildings open to non-Muslims will give you an overview of the Sino-Arab cultural mix in which many places are impregnated.
 

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The Eighth Wonder of the World

This morning, climb up a few stone steps and then you are on the Xian City Wall. Enjoy a stroll or even go biking on the city wall to admire the city view with an overlook. Although it is impossible to make a complete tour of the city on the wall, the ride will be interesting.
This afternoon, get away downtown Xian to visit the eighth wonder of the world, the Terracotta Army. From the passage of the door, prepare to marvel at the craziest project by the first emperor of China. Although the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi is never ever open, a few rooms containing objects have been observed as having accompanied the deceased. In an annex building, learn more about the story of the emperor and the construction of this magnificent tomb. The real size of the Terracotta Warriors will definitely surprise you, making your Xian tour unforgettable.
Tonight, enjoy the delicacy offered in a local restaurant, the Dumpling Dinner in Xian. Enjoy these dumplings with meat or vegetables stuffing. By the way, dumplings are the special dish for the Chinese New Year.

 

 

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Dinner Included Chinese Dumplings

Panda Visit in Chengdu

This morning, take the flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival, the guide will pick you up and then go 10 miles from downtown Chengdu to visit the Giant Panda Research and Breeding Center. This center is one of the few places where one really cares about the survival of this endangered species. In the landscaped zoo, you can admire these beautiful creatures munching their bamboo or just napping. Through the nursery, maybe you'll get to meet a baby panda, smaller than a kitten.
After dinner, you will be transferred back to the hotel for check in.

 

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serve onboard 

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Leshan Giant Buddha

This morning, visit the site of the Leshan Giant Buddha. Arrived in the small town of Leshan, you will board a ferry admiring the view of the largest statue of Buddha in the world. Its oversized proportions will definitely surprise you. Faced with this Giant Buddha, you will have the sense of broadness.
After then, you will continue to go to Mount Emei. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel.

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Mount Emei

You will spend whole day visiting the Mount Emei, a sacred Buddhist mountain of Samantabhadra. With your guide, you will go in the dense forest where hides many Buddhist temples with crowded pilgrims. Climbing to the Golden Summit, then you will have a splendid view of the green mountain interspersed with sharp peaks. Enjoy the descent while you stop to see some of the best views of the park.
In the late afternoon, you will be transferred back to Chengdu and spend one more night there.
 

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Inside Chengdu

In the city center, discover the seat of Zen Buddhism, Wenshu Temple. Although being rebuilt, you won’t be disappointed by the beauty found this huge temple. You stop in front of the bas-reliefs which are quite exquisite before you venture to the temple to discover ancient religious relics. You can enjoy and relax in the garden while drinking tea. Then, visit the poet Du Fu Thatched Cottage which is historical. It is here that the Saint of Poet of the Tang Dynasty lived a few years and wrote some of his most beautiful poems. Reading some poems translated on the walls, you will review painful life of the Chinese people at the time. Show the all the sincerity of Du Fu's poems.
The Wuhou Temple is the destination in the afternoon. It is a memorial in honor of the ruler and his minister of the Shu Kingdom when Chengdu was the capital 1800 years ago. The secrets of the Three Kingdoms period will be revealed. Another way to know about the culture of that time, the ancient Jinli Street, to the east of the temple is very interesting. Along this street, truly feel the relaxed atmosphere of these quite typical Sichuan places.

After then, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, the guide will pick you up at the airport and then you will be transferred to the hotel.

 

 

 

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Lunch Included serve onboard

Karst Landscape

In the morning, you'll be driven to the pier to take the Li River Cruise where lunch will be served. Over the 4-hour drive, drive of an enchanting world made up of karst peaks in the form of Sugar Loaves. It's as if a Chinese painting paraded before you. The landscape of the Shanshui (water and mountains) is extraordinary. You may be lucky to admire buffalo while you're peacefully grazing the water.
Upon arrival, enjoy funny activities in Yangshuo to wander in the West Street. This street, also called Foreigner's Street which attracts visitors for its traditional Chinese architectural style and western shops. Stop along the way to discover the art of traditional painting and learn more about these aesthetic principles and finesse.
After dinner, you will be driven to the hotel in Yangshuo.

 

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Lunch Included serve onboard

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Countryside of China

This morning, go cycling in the countryside of Yangshuo. Pedal amid the surrounding rice fields and truly feel the unique atmosphere of the place, lost in the deep Chinese countryside. This breath of fresh air will refresh you after the visit of Chinese cities. Continue ride to Moon Hill to admire the peak that has the appearance of a moon-shaped hole. Climb the 1,251 steps that separate you from the empty space in the wall of the hill. Once at the top you will have a better view of the Li River nestled in a valley consisting of rice terraces and fields in the background with the beautiful karst peaks.
After then, walk to the Dragon Bridge to cruise on the Yulong River with a traditional bamboo raft. During the Yulong River Bamboo Rafting, you have a brand-new view of the Karst Mountains and rice fields around. So get ready to marvel at the stunning view along the banks.

 

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rice terraces in Longsheng

This morning, you will be transferred to Longsheng. Upon arrival, go to the district of Longji to visit a traditional village of the Zhuang minority, the Ping'an village and Longji Ping'an rice terraces. After a brisk half-hour walk in the hills, you will arrive at Ping'an village. If you wish, you can ask the carrier to take you up to the hill on their palanquin. Stroll through the beautiful Longji rice terraces along the hillside. If possible, you'll even have the opportunity to visit a rural elementary school with children from all local minorities. To better soak up the Zhuang minority culture, spend the night in the village, where the morning rice terraces views are stunning.

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Modern Shanghai

This morning, you will take the flight to Shanghai from Guilin. Upon arrival, the guide will pick you up at the arrival hall and then be transferred to visit the most bustling street in Shanghai, West Nanjing Road. Join in the crowds of shopaholics strolling around the long pedestrian street of several kilometers. While shopping on the Nanjing Road, enjoy and admire some of the historic buildings in their various styles. Then, take a nice walk along the Huangpu River on the Bund. Historic buildings in this street are a style that combines Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque to the New York of the 1930s and the Sino-Western. As a symbol of Shanghai since the 1920s, the Bund is considered “Chic Avenue of China”. With modern skyscrapers on the other side of the river, a walk on the Bund mixes old and renewal in a sumptuous setting. This evening, go for Huangpu River Cruise. Discover the city as the aliens did before 1949. The cruise is indeed along the Bund and its Gothic, Baroque and romantic frontages. On the other side, admire the modern Pudong New Area and its skyscrapers. The cruise will makes a U-turn near the Yangpu Bridge and you are provided then the most beautiful view on this cable-stayed bridge which is one of the longest in the world.

 

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This morning, explore the Shanghai Museum to discover one of the most important collections of Chinese art in the world. From room to room, let yourself be amazed within the history of this country's millennial culture. Get there by first crossing the People's Square and its Park.
Then, jump into the crowds of visitors, the Yuyuan Garden is a breathtaking, beautiful garden of Shanghai. As one might notice while strolling through the shops and restaurants, this area has been restored in a very typical style of ancient China. Cross the bridge with nine turns and finally go to the Yuyuan garden, a haven of peace in the economic capital-Shanghai.
In the afternoon, stroll in the Old French Concession of Shanghai and discover some of the most beautiful villas of the pre-war in this area. Pass by Huaihai Street and the hotel Jinjiang, which today represents the heart of this old French Concession. Then, stop in the trendy Xintiandi district in the heart of old French concession. Admire the past and future of Shanghai. On one hand, you have the old architecture of the Shikumen and on the other hand, enjoy the hustle and bustle atmosphere of the local people after work. You even pass the site of the first National Congress of the CCP. You will stop in the Museum of the Shikumen where you will discover the lifestyles of the Shanghai before 1949.
 

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In the morning, mount in the second highest skyscrapers in China and one of the highest in the world - Shanghai World Financial Center. You will have a dizzying view of illuminated buildings of the Pudong Area in the observation platforms, including the famous Oriental Pearl Tower. You can even see the Huangpu River and the Bund in the distance.
Did you remember the Shanghai World Expo in 2010? You can still visit the largest and most important Pavilion of the site, the China Pavilion. Browse this immense Pavilion today that is now converted into a museum as the fundamentals of Chinese culture will be revealed to you.
This afternoon, discover the M50 Art Gallery of Shanghai. Enter the dated buildings to admire the works exhibited in the studios of artists. In addition to the Chinese contemporary art galleries, go through advertising agencies, architecture and design firms that have contributed a lot the development of Shanghai.

 

 

 

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End of the trip

Free until be transferred to the Pudong International Airport for your flight home.
 

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8 destinations

Travel 5250km

46 attractions and activities

Include

  • Natural and cultural heritage ( 33 )
  • The Constructions ( 29 )
  • Chinese Lifestyle ( 32 )
  • Chinese Art ( 19 )
  • Culture of Ethnic Minority ( 4 )


Arrive in Beijing

 

 

 

Activities:Beijing Airport

Accommodation

Economy: Dongfang Hotel


Imperial Architectures

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Tiananmen Square,Forbidden City,Jingshan Park,National Grand Theatre

Activities:Peking Opera

Accommodation

Economy: Dongfang Hotel


Great Wall Visit

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  Beijing Roast Duck

Sights:Mutianyu Great Wall,Ming Tombs,Cloisonne Factory

Activities:Beijing Roast Duck

Accommodation

Economy: Dongfang Hotel


Local Market

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Panjiayuan Market,Temple of Heaven,Pearl Factory,The Summer Palace

Accommodation

Economy: Dongfang Hotel


Local life

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included Lunch with the local family in Hutong

Dinner Included  

Sights:Yonghe Lama Temple,Temple of Confucius

Activities:Beijing Hutong

Accommodation

Overnight Soft Sleeper Train

Arrive in Xian

Breakfast Included Breakfast in Hotel

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Big Wild Goose Pagoda,Shaanxi History Museum,Great Mosque

Accommodation

Superior: Citadines Central XiAn

Deluxe: Grand Mercure XiAn on Renmin Square


The Eighth Wonder of the World

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  Chinese Dumplings

Sights:Emperor Qin's Terracotta Army

Activities:Xian City Wall,Xian Dumpling Dinner

Accommodation

Superior: Citadines Central XiAn

Deluxe: Grand Mercure XiAn on Renmin Square

Panda Visit in Chengdu

Breakfast Included 

 serve onboard

Dinner Included  

Sights:Panda Breeding and Research Center

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Leshan Giant Buddha

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Leshan Giant Buddha

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Mount Emei

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Mount Emei

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Inside Chengdu

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included serve onboard

 

Sights:Wenshu Temple,Du Fu Thatched Cottage,Wuhou Memorial Temple

Accommodation

Economy: Fubo Hotel

Superior: Jingguanming Lou Holiday Hotel

Deluxe: Guilinyi Royal Palace

Karst Landscape

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included serve onboard

Dinner Included  

Sights:Li River Cruise,West Street

Accommodation

Economy: New Century Hotel

Superior: Leisure Inn Yangshuo

Deluxe: Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel


Countryside of China

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Moon Hill

Activities:Cycling in the Countryside of Yangshuo,Yulong River Bamboo Rafting

Accommodation

Economy: New Century Hotel

Superior: Leisure Inn Yangshuo

Deluxe: Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel

rice terraces in Longsheng

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Longji Rice Terraces

Accommodation

Economy: Longji Holiday Hotel

Superior: Longji Holiday Hotel

Deluxe: Longji Holiday Hotel

Modern Shanghai

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Nanjing Road,The Bund

Activities:Huangpu River Cruise at night

Accommodation

Economy: Holiday Inn Express Zhabei

Deluxe: Pullman Shanghai Skyway


Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Yuyuan Garden,Shanghai Museum,Old French Concession,Xintiandi

Accommodation

Economy: Holiday Inn Express Zhabei

Deluxe: Pullman Shanghai Skyway


Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Shanghai World Financial Center,China Pavilion at Expo 2010,M50 Art Gallery of Shanghai

Accommodation

Economy: Holiday Inn Express Zhabei

Deluxe: Pullman Shanghai Skyway


End of the trip

Breakfast Included 

 

 

Sights:Pudong International Airport

Accommodation

  • Forbidden City

  • Peking Opera

  • Mutianyu Great Wall

  • Panda Breeding and Research Center

  • Temple of Heaven

  • The Summer Palace

  • Emperor Qin's Terracotta Army

  • Leshan Giant Buddha

  • Mount Emei

  • Li River Cruise

  • Ming Tombs

  • Yulong River Bamboo Rafting

  • Longji Rice Terraces

  • Cycling in the Countryside of Yangshuo

  • Moon Hill

  • Jingshan Park

  • Beijing Hutong

  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda

  • Yuyuan Garden

  • Du Fu Thatched Cottage

  • Wuhou Memorial Temple

  • Wenshu Temple

  • Yonghe Lama Temple

  • Xian City Wall

  • Great Mosque

  • Temple of Confucius

  • Tiananmen Square

  • National Grand Theatre

  • Beijing Roast Duck

  • The Bund

  • Shanghai Museum

  • Shanghai World Financial Center

  • China Pavilion at Expo 2010

  • Shaanxi History Museum

  • Cloisonne Factory

  • Pearl Factory

  • Panjiayuan Market

  • West Street

  • Xintiandi

  • Beijing Airport

  • Pudong International Airport

  • Old French Concession

  • Nanjing Road

  • M50 Art Gallery of Shanghai

  • Xian Dumpling Dinner

  • Huangpu River Cruise at night

Prices

Prices: Price may vary depending on the season, the price of transport and other external reasons. (Quoted in U.S. dollars and based on per person)

Classes 2 persons
Economy 0
Superior 3,079
Deluxe 0

General Price Inclusion of Private Tours

1. The entrance fees as stated in the itinerary.(Including any cruise). 
2. Professional and private english-speaking guide for airport transfer (train station transfer) and sightseeing. 
3. Private and well-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver for airport transfer (train staion transfer) and sightseeing. 
4. Meals as stated in the itinerary. Chinese meal in a tourist restaurant or a local restaurant. The number of dishes varies according to the number of persons in the group. The meal also includes a glass of softdrink or beer.
5. Accommodations usually with breakfasts as state in the itinerary. Prices given are calculated on the basis of a double room or a twin-bed room for one night. When requesting a single room, a supplement will be required. Usually,the room is available from 11 am and must be vacated by noon the next day. 
6. Domestic flights (economy class) or internal trains as mentioned in the itinerary. All taxes such as airport and fuel are included. 
7. Service Charge and government taxes. 
8. Travel Agency Liability Insurance. 
Your entire tour is covered by the travel agency's liability insurance, the insurance is directly regulated by the National Tourism Administration of China. This insurance covers accidents that transpire as a result of any services caused by a travel agency. It doesn't cover any incidents or physical problems occurring outside of the tour period caused by clients themselves. We, therefore, recommend you purchase additional travel insurance in your home country before departure. 


Excluded from the General Price of Private Tours

1. Chinese visa application fee. 
2. International flights fee 
3. Overload luggage fee. 
4. Tips for guides and drivers. 
5. Personal expenses. (such as room service, laundry, telephone bill...). The settlement of these expenses will be done when you check out. The deposit, which will be requested when you check in, will be returned on departure.

 


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