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10 Days of Beijing-Xi'an-Shanghai-Mt. Huangshan

2019-12-14 11:02:23




Itinerary 


Day 1 Arrival in Beijing

Your exciting escorted China tour begins when your international flight lands at Beijing Capital Airport. Our experienced guide will be waiting for you before your arrival and will welcome you with a warm greeting. Then our driver will transfer you to the hotel and the rest of the day will be left for you to make your initial contact with this charming city.

Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing  - the former Sheraton


Day 2 Beijing

This morning, you will set off to visit Tiananmen Square with other members of your group. As the symbol of our country, Tiananmen Square occupies an irreplaceable place in the hearts of Chinese people. A few more steps will bring you to the next destination - the Forbidden City, where you can discover the past life of the emperors by visiting the places of their daily living and seeing the articles they used every day. Around noon, we will transfer you to a carefully picked restaurant for an a la carte-style welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price). The famous Peking Roast Duck is also served in this restaurant. 

In the afternoon, you will go ahead and explore the Temple of Heaven. It is now a popular park not only for sightseeing but also for the recreational activities of the local residents. Tonight, you are invited to enjoy a Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theater.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch


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Day 3 Beijing

Climbing the Great Wall is a life-long dream for most travelers. Today, your dream will come true as we take you in the morning to visit this magnificent human achievement. The Great Wall stretches for tens of thousands of miles from east to west. We'll visit the most famous section at Mutianyu. A round-trip cable car is arranged to save your energy for a better experience. 

Normally, the restaurants near tourist spots are only for tourists and have low quality food. This is why we do not arrange lunch for you today. We recommend you have a big breakfast at the hotel and have some fast food for lunch by yourself. Our guide will show you some restaurants. 

Then we will return to the city and spend some free time at a well-known local market.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast


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Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an

Today you are scheduled to visit the Summer Palace after breakfast. Different from other historical sites, the Summer Palace is a big, beautiful garden occupying an area of more than two hundred hectares. It is pleasant to walk around the lake and interact with the local people who are doing morning exercises in the park. Next we'll pass by the Bird's Nest stadium, a main venue of the 2008 Olympic Games. We will stop there briefly so you can take pictures.

For lunch today, you will order the dishes of your choice at a fancy restaurant with an a la carte menu (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price). 

The afternoon arrangement will be a rickshaw journey through Hutongs. Nowadays, the original style and features of these ancient alleys are still well maintained even after hundreds of years. Here you will have a chance to learn the Chinese paper cutting, which is one kind of traditional folk arts in China. Then our guide will see you off at the airport for your flight to Xi'an. There will be another professional guide waiting for you on your arrival and you will be driven to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel 


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Day 5 Xi'an

After a good night's rest, we'll start our Xi'an journey by visiting the Terracotta Army, which is another amazing site and worth your time to see. The astonishing lifelike figures and remarkable army formation in the museum will bring you back to a time of 2,200 years ago. 

Before lunchtime, we will take you to a local family to see a typical Chinese house and learn the living habits of the local people. Meanwhile, the hospitable hostess will show you how to cook Chinese food and prepare a sumptuous a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) so you can taste real home-made meals. 

The program in the afternoon is to visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum. This evening, a delicious Dumpling Dinner awaits you, and the brilliant Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show will make the time more enjoyable.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner


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Day 6 Xi'an - Shanghai

A short ride from your hotel will get you to the City Wall Park, your first stop this morning. In the park, you will not only experience the local people's leisured life but also attend a Tai Chi practice and learn the skills from the master. After that, we will proceed to the ancient City Wall. If you cycle, a bike ride on the old wall is strongly recommended. The bike rental fee is at your own expense.

Take your time to enjoy an a la carte meal (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) arranged at a nice restaurant. 

After lunch, a comfortable transfer will take you to Xi'an airport and our guide will help you board a flight to Shanghai. Be picked up and transferred to check in at the hotel when you arrive.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch

Accommodation: Parkline Century Park Hotel Shanghai  - the former Crowne Plaza


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Day 7 Shanghai

Shanghai is an attractive city that deserves a complete exploration. We will arrange Shanghai Museum as your first destination. This elegant museum and the fascinating exhibits in it tell you the history and remarkable changes of the city. Proceed to visit Yuyuan Garden afterwards and enjoy some free time at a traditional bazaar outside the garden. 

At midday, we will take you to a nice restaurant offering local cuisine for an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price). 

In the afternoon, you will follow your guide to the Former French Concession, a well-known place gathering many old-fashioned architectures in European style remained from the colonial period. Finally, we will move on to the Bund area, where you will have a one hour cruise tour along the Huangpu River. 

 Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch


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Day 8 Shanghai - Huangshan

In the morning, our guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and escort you to Shanghai Railway Station to take a 3-hour high-speed train to Huangshan North Station. Upon your arrival, our local guide will greet you and transfer you to Hongcun Ancient Village directly. There are, in total, 158 residential houses here which can be traced back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, of which nearly 140 are still in good condition. The picturesque village with its tranquil setting combining nature and people living harmoniously, earns Hongcun Village the title of 'The Village in a Chinese Painting'. After visit, we will drive you back to the hotel in downtown for check-in.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

Accommodation: Huangshan International Hotel


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Day 9 Huangshan

Huangshan is definitely a must-visit place if you are a nature lover. Today you will be driven for around one hour so you can enjoy the beauty of the area around Huangshan Mountain. Then you will ascend the mountain by cable car and the stunning sceneries along the way will never let you down.

Mt. Huangshan offers delightful views in all four seasons. On reaching the end of the ride, you will walk to enjoy the view of some famous spots, including the Beginning-to-Believe Peak, the Peach Blossom Valley, the Lion Peak, the Flying-over Rock and the Bright Summit. The foot path is quite slippery on rainy days, so please make sure you wear a pair of sturdy shoes. With a height of 1,860 meters, the Bright Summit is the second highest peak of the mountain. It is so named because the land here is flat and wide with good sunlight. The views from the peaks of the top are amazing beyond expression and will leave you with an everlasting memory. You will lodge at the 4-star Xihai Hotel on the mountain this evening. Try to get a good sleep in preparation for further exploration tomorrow.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Xihai Hotel  - North Building


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Day 10 Departure from Huangshan

After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Cloud-Dispelling Pavilion and Xihai Grand Canyon. Walking northward for one kilometer from the Flying-Over Rock, you will reach the Cloud-Dispelling Pavilion, which is the best spot to get a fine view of the spectacular scenery. Then our guide will take you to admire Xihai Grand Canyon. Lunch will be served and after that you will descend the mountain by cable car. 

Our guide will transfer you back to Huangshan city. Visit the Tunxi Old Street. With a history of hundreds of years, it is the best preserved commercial street lined with architectures in Huizhou style. You may spend the remaining time of the day wandering the street for shopping or photography. Dinner is on your own arrangement. Finally our guide and driver will see you off at the airport or the railway station according to your flight or train schedule.

Since there are not many flights connecting Huangshan with other cities, for your onward journey we have following suggestions. First, you can go back from Huangshan to Shanghai by either flight or an overnight soft sleeper train; second, you can fly from Huangshan to Guangzhou directly and then travel from Guangzhou to Hong Kong by a high speed train; third, if you book a round trip international flight, you can also fly back to Beijing from Huangshan. Usually most flights departing from Huangshan are late in the afternoon or in the evening, so you have enough time today. We hope these are helpful to you and our professional travel consultants are glad to assist you in making the best plan at any time.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch


Tour Type: Small Group of 2-18 travelers, guaranteed departures

Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach

Accommodation: 9 nights, nice 5-star & 4-star hotels

Meals: 9 western buffet breakfasts, 7 lunches with some being a la carte style, 1 dumpling dinner

Tour Highlights:

Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army

Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai

Visit Mt. Huangshan, one of the most scenic mountains in China

Walk into a local Chinese family, interact & dine with the hosts in their home


Price Includes

Domestic airfares & train fare

Hotel accommodation with breakfasts

A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies

Professional English-speaking guides

Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles

Entrance fees to tourist sites

Tips or gratuities for hotel porters


Price Excludes

International airfares

Entry Visa fees

Personal expenses

Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers