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Best of China: Beijing, Xian, Guillin, Shanghai, Suzhou - 11 Days (CN-05)
After transfer to the hotel with one of our drivers, we start the tour with a journey into Beijing's past. We ride a rickshaw to an old “hutong” district on Lake Shichahai. Hutongs are usually districts with narrow streets and alleys. You will be able to enjoy this unique part of old Beijing during the guided rickshaw ride and see how the locals lived here many years ago. (D)
Tiananmen Square is the symbol of the Chinese capital in many ways. The fourth largest city square in the world at 440,000 square meters has witnessed numerous important events in Chinese history. It was here that Mao Zedong proclaimed the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949, and it was here that the military parades for the 35th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of the founding of the People's Republic of China took place. The square is also known as the scene of the Tian’anmen incident in 1976, when mourning for the late Prime Minister Zhou Enlai triggered peaceful protests, and for the Tian’anmen massacre of 1989. After grasping the size and grandeur of the Tiananmen, we will visit the adjoining Imperial Palace and the Forbidden City. The palace includes the palace museum with more than a million exhibits. Our experienced tour guide will lead you to the most interesting treasures. Afterward, visit the Summer Palace to admire the Chinese landscaping. In the evening you will be spoiled with a typical Beijing dinner. (F, M, A)
As a symbol of the Chinese civilization and culture, the Great Wall of China is the most famous tourist attraction in the country. On the third day of our tour, you will visit the Badaling section of the wall, which was built during the Ming Dynasty in the 16th century. After that you will visit the 2008 Olympic Park, the Olympic Green. There you will find Beijing's national stadium, the swimming center, the hockey facility and many other sports facilities that were specially constructed for the major event. In the evening you can look forward to Beijing's finest acrobatic show. (F, M, A)
You will get to know a piece of modern China today after your transfer to Beijing West Railway Station when you take the early bullet train to Xian. The new train of the China High-speed Railway covers the 1140-kilometer route from Beijing to Xian in just 4 hours and 40 minutes. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel, then your city tour of Xian will begin. In one of the four old capitals of China we start with the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a seven-story Buddhist temple from the 7th century with a great view and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Other attractions include the bell tower and the Great Mosque, one of the first mosques in the country. The excursion also includes a late lunch and dinner including a dance show and Tang Dynasty music. (F, M, A)
The Terracotta Army is the most exciting tourist attraction for many China visitors. There are currently three pits with thousands of terracotta statues open to the public. It is estimated that more than 8000 soldiers, 520 horses and 130 chariots represent the army of the first Chinese emperor. During the tour you will have the chance to examine the pits and walk along the emperor's burial mound. Your guide will provide you with extensive information on the excavation work and answer any questions you may have. You will then be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon arrival you will be picked up there. (F, M, A)
Day 6. Drive on the Li River
Today you will discover another side of China for yourself. The cruise along the Li River promises breathtaking views of the Karst landscapes over a period of five hours. Your guide points out the highlights like the Elephant Trunk Hill and Pagoda Hill, and feeds you with information about the small towns we pass by. The cruise ends in Yangshuo, a small picturesque town. Here you can rent a bike and explore the local area or just have a cup of tea on West Street. Transfer back to Guilin in the afternoon. (F, M, A)
In the morning we offer you a city tour through Guilin. You will visit the seven-star park, which is known for its stalactite cave as well as the zoo and the flower bridge. Then we stop at the Elephant Trunk Hill, which resembles an elephant drinking water, and at Diecai Hill - a hill on the river with beautiful caves, pavilions and stone carvings. Later, our driver will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby with a "China & Beyond" sign and will take you to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. You will also be picked up there upon arrival and taken to the hotel. (F, M, A)
Shanghai is the largest and busiest city in China. In this exciting and fast-paced environment, we will explore the most important sights today: the People's Square in the heart of the city, the Shanghai Museum and the famous Bund, a kilometer-long promenade with numerous examples of baroque and neoclassical architecture. Enjoy the hustle and bustle on the promenade and take beautiful photos by the river! (F, M, A)
Today's tour takes us into the past, present and future of Shanghai. Starting in old Shanghai, you will visit the peaceful Yu Garden next to the City God Temple. You can relax in the traditional Chinese complex including the rock garden and tens of thousands of flowers, several halls, ponds, pavilions and towers. We will then take you to the striking Oriental Pearl TV Tower, which, at 468 meters, is the fifth highest television tower in the world and offers 15 viewing platforms. Once back down, it's on to Nanjing Road, Shanghai's shopping mile, which attracts over a million visitors every day. (F, M, A)
Day 10. Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai
Today is Suzhou on the program. The city is often referred to as the "Venice of the East" because of its many gardens and its location on the water. Take your time to process your travel impressions so far and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the gardens. After visiting a few selected facilities, we enjoy a boat trip on the Kaiserkanal and can see the city from a different perspective. The final stop on the tour is a silk factory where you will learn about how the fabrics are made. If you have the time, take the opportunity to visit one of the many tea houses in Suzhou. Transfer back to Shanghai in the evening. (F, M, A)
Our driver will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby with a “China & Beyond” sign and take you to the airport for your flight home. (B)
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