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November 2017 (12-day China Immersion Beijing - Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze Three Gorges - Shanghai)

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In Depth China Culture TourTour Name:         In Depth China Culture Tour
Tour Code:          M13D204
Duration:            14 Days & 13 Nights
Destination:        Beijing, Jinan, Mt.Taishan, Qufu, Zhengzhou, Anyang, Dengfeng, Luoyang, Xian, Shanghai, Suzhou
Features:            This odyssey takes you to some of the most important World Culture Heritages. You will experience China's long history and brilliant culture in the Yellow River Area, moreover you will enjoy the splendid sceneries on Mt.Taishan and in tranquil Suzhou, and the hometown of Confucius in Qufu is indeed a rewarding trip.
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Day01

 Beijing 

Arrive in Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel.  N/A

 Jianguo Hotel Beijing

Day02

 Beijing 

Full day visit Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Temple of Heaven. B, L

 Jianguo Hotel Beijing

 Day03

 Beijing 

One day tour of Great Wall of China at Badaling, Ming Tombs, The Sacred Way. On the way back to hotel, you will visit the main 2008 Beijing Olympic venues, take an exterior visit of both the Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium), National Swimming Centre (The Water Cube) , feel free to take some photos of the stadiums. B, L

 Jianguo Hotel Beijing

   Day04

 Beijing - Jinan

In the morning visit Summer Palace, Hutong Tours in Rickshaw, take train to Jinan in the afternoon. Arrival Jinan, met with and transfer to hotel. B, L Zhonghao Grand Hotel

 Day05

Jinan - Qufu

Drive to Mount Taishan, take Cable Car & tour coach to the Top of the Mountain to visit Dai Temple/Daimiao, descend the mountain and head for Qufu. Check in hotel in Qufu. B, L

 Que Li Hotel

   Day06

 Qufu - Jinan

 Visit Confucius Temple, Confucian Mansion, Confucian Family Graveyard, then head for Jinan. B, L  Zhonghao Grand Hotel

 Day07

Jinan - Zhengzhou

In the morning visit Daminig Lake and Baotu Spring in Jinan. In the afternoon take train to Zhengzhou. Arrival Zhengzhou, transfer to hotel. B, L

Holiday Inn Zhengzhou

   Day08

 Anyang

 A day excursion to Anyang for the Yin Xu Museum. Transferred back Zhengzhou later of the day. B, L  Holiday Inn Zhengzhou
   Day09

 Zhengzhou - Luoyang

 Drive to Dengfeng to visit Shaolin Temple and Songyang Academy, head for Luoyang later in the afternoon. B, L Peony Plaza Hotel

 Day10

Luoyang - Xian

In the morning visit Longmen Grottos, then take a fast bullet train to Xian, visit Ancient City Wall and walk to the Muslim food market in Xian. B, L Grand New World Hotel

 Day11

Xian

Full day visit The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda &  Bell Tower. B, L

Grand New World Hotel

 Day12

Xian/ Shanghai

Take a morning flight to Shanghai. Visit Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai. B, L

The Bund Hotel

  Day13

  Suzhou

One day excursion to Suzhou. Visit in Suzhou including Humble Administrator's Garden, The Grand Canal By Boat, Tiger Hill and No.1 Silk Factory, transfer back Shanghai. B, L The Bund Hotel

Day14

 Shanghai

Transferred to airport for your departure flight. Trip ends.  B  N/A

Day01 Arrival Beijing
Today you arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. Greeted and received by your local guide and escorted to your hotel in downtown Beijing. The rest of day is at your own disposal.


Day02 Beijing (B, L)Temple of Heaven Beijing
Enjoy your buffet breakfast at your hotel. Today you will have a day guided tour to explore Beijing. This morning the tour begins with a visit of the Temple of Heaven, located in the southern part of Beijing, and has been one of the most holy places for the whole country for more than five centuries. It used as a complex of sacrificial buildings for the Ming and Qing emperors, and is the largest one in Beijing among several royal altars to Heaven, Earth, the Sun, the Moon and other deities or symbolic forces of Nature. Then you will take a walking in the iconic Tiananmen Square, which is probably the biggest one of its kind in the world. From here you will go on to the Forbidden City (also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum ) was commissioned by the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Yong Le. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700's and on wards. The Forbidden City was the seat of Imperial power for 500 years, and is now a major tourist attraction in China. The total area of the complex is 183 acres, so it takes quite a while to walk through, especially if you want to have a close look at everything. All together there are 9,999 1/2 rooms in the Museum, not all of which can be visited. 


Day03 Beijing (B, L)Great Wall of China
This morning you will head to the Great Wall of China at Badaling. The Great Wall, like the Pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India and the Hanging Garden of Babylon, is one of the great wonders of the world. Starting out in the east on the banks of the Yalu Rivers in Liaoning Province, the Great Wall stretches westwards for 12,700km to Jiayuguan in the Bobi Desert, thus known as the Ten Thousand Li Wall in China. The lunch today will be arranged at a good restaurant at the foot of the Great Wall. In the afternoon you will pass through the Sacred Way to visit the Ming Tomb. Composed of memorial archway, ornamental pillar, and stele pavilion ornamental etc, the Sacred Way is a long path that leads you to the Ming Tomb. It was thought to have leaded the emperors' souls to enter heaven. The Ming Tomb is the burial site of 13 out of 17 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Being the last resting place of 13 emperors, it is also called as Thirteen Tombs by Chinese. On the way back to your hotel, you will visit the 2008 Beijing Olympic venues, take an exterior visit of both the Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium) and National Swimming Centre (The Water Cube), feel free to take some photos of the stadiums.


Day04 Beijing - Jinan (B, L)Summer Palace Beijing China
This morning you will take a unique Hutong tour by a rickshaw to discover the old residential area of Beijing. Hutongs are closely associated with individual four-sided courtyard in which people live. Most Hutongs are running east west for the local dwellers to procure the sunlight. Afterwards you will visit the Summer Palace. Located at the northwest suburb of Beijing, the Summer Palace was originally a royal garden and a temporary dwelling palace for emperors of Qing Dynasty, Its predecessor was the Garden of Clear Ripples (Qingyiyuan) started in 1750 and burned down by the British and French allied troops in 1860. In 1886, Empress Dowager Cixi used navy outlays and other funds in the reconstruction and renamed the park as Summer Palace in 1888.The Summer Palace in northwest suburban Beijing is the largest and most complete imperial garden existing in China. After that you will take a fast bullet train to Jinan (approx.2.5hrs). Transfer to hotel in Jinan.


Day05 Jinan - Mt.Taishan - Qufu (B, L)Taishan,China
This morning you will head out to Mt.Taishan, well known for its grandness and the south part is especially steep and spectacular. The typical character of natural scenery of Mount Tai is imposing, steep, surprising, serene, secluded, profound, and spacious. Taishan Mountain is also famous for its diversified stone inscriptions, which were either inscribed by ancient emperors or celebrities. Most of the inscriptions are inscribed with elegant font style, beautiful words and delicate design. You will take cable car and climb up to the top of the mountain. Dai Temple is a major attraction on the mountain. Later of the day you will be transferred to Qufu, the former resident of Confucian.


Day06 Qufu - Jinan (B, L)
Today's activity will be a trip to the Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu. Built to commemorate him in 478 B.C., the temple has been destroyed and reconstructed over the centuries; today it comprises more than 100 buildings. The cemetery contains Confucius' tomb and the remains of more than 100,000 of his descendants. The small house of the Kong family developed into a gigantic aristocratic residence, of which 152 buildings remain. The Qufu complex of monuments has retained its outstanding artistic and historic character due to the devotion of successive Chinese emperors over more than 2,000 years. After the tour you will be transferred back your hotel in Jinan
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Day07 Jinan - Zhengzhou (B, L)Baotu Spring Jinan China
In the morning you will visit the city of Jinan. The tour in Jinan includes famous Daming Lake and notable Baotu Spring. With weeping willows, scattered flowers and trees all over the banks, Daming Lake has been full of lotuses ever since ancient times. The beauty of the lake is best manifested in the following verse, "With four sides of lotus with three willows, the lake landscape represents half beauty of the city". Baotu Spring, the best one among the famous 72 springs in Jinan enjoys the reputation of "the first spring under the heaven". With clear and crystal spring pools and resplendent and magnificent pavilions, the Baotu Spring Park is an earthly fairyland which makes tourists hardly tear themselves away. In the afternoon you will be transferred to railway station and take a fast bullet train to Zhengzhou. Transfer to your hotel in Zhengzhou
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Day08 Zhengzhou (B, L)Yinxu Museum,Anyang,China
This day you will be transferred outside to explore the Yin Xu Museum. Yinxu, the ruins of the last capital of China's Shang Dynasty (1766 BC - 1050 BC), is one of the oldest and largest archaeological sites in China as well as one of the historical capitals of China and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first round of excavations at Yinxu took place during 1928-1937. More than a hundred thousand antiques have been found, which plays a key role to discover the history of the second dynasty of China. After the visit you will head back Zhengzhou.
 


Day09 Zhengzhou - Dengfeng  - Luoyang (B, L)Shaolin Temple Dengfeng China
Check out in the morning and leave for Luoyang. Today's activity will be at Dengfeng for its renowned Shaolin Temple and Songyang Academy. Founded in AD 496 during the Northern Wei dynasty, the Shaolin Temple was built in honor of an Indian monk called Bodhidharma (known to the Chinese as Da Mo), founder of the Mahayana sect of Buddhism or more popularly known as Chinese Chan (or Zen) Buddhism. This temple is therefore regarded as the birthplace of Chinese Buddhism. The temple, which bore witness to the rise and fall of several dynasties, is also famous for its Martial Arts (Kung Fu). Shaolin Kung Fu is the product of the synthesis of other martial arts principles into a distinctive martial art style. Besides, visit to the ancient Songyang Academy, located at the foot of Mt.Song Shan (Song Shan Mountain), which is one of the four most famous institutions of higher education in ancient China. Late in the afternoon drive to Luoyang.


Day10 Luoyang  - Xian (B, L)Longmen Grottoes Luoyang
In the morning we drive to visit one of the important destination in the area, the Longmen Grottos. Longman Grottoes, located 13 Km to the south of Luoyang, are a treasure house of ancient Buddhist cave art. The grottos were hewed and carved during the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534), when the rulers relocated their capital at Luoyang near the end of the 5th century. At that time Buddhism was spreading east into China and was venerated by the imperial court. The Buddhists adopted the practice of carving rock temples, dedicated to the Buddha. Early in the afternoon you will be transferred to railway station for a fast bullet train to Xian. Upon arrival Xian meet with your local guide who will drive and escort you to visit the Ancient City Wall, Built 600 years ago (1374 -  1378) in the Ming Dynasty, the Wall was added on the Tang Dynasty walls. Being the most prominent walls built after medieval time, it is also the best-kept and biggest city walls in Xian. After the tour on the wall you will walk to the Muslim food market nearby, a vibrant street in the very central of Xian City
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Day11 Xian (B, L)Big Wild Goose Pagoda Xian
Your Xian tour begins with the mighty Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses. Discovered in 1974, Xian Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Site is one of the most important archaeological finds in the 20th century. In a vault of approximately 12,000m2 and 5m underground lay some 8,000 terracotta infantry soldiers, archers, cavalrymen and chariots arranged in battle formation, ready to defend their emperor's immortal soul. After the visit you will have a very good local lunch at a graceful restaurant. Then you will head back town and visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Situated inside Ci'en Temple (4 kilometers south of Xian City), it is one of the famous Buddhist pagodas in China. Sponsored by Tang Emperor Gaozong (628-683, reigned 650-683), the temple was first built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty as a symbol of thanksgiving to his mother for her kindness who had suffered an early death. Later of the day your guide will take you to the city center to see the Bell Tower of Xian. The Bell Tower was built in 1384 during the reign of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang of Ming Dynasty as a way to dominate the surrounding countryside and provide early warning of attack by rival rulers. 


Day12 Xian / Shanghai ( B, L )Shanghai Townscape
Transferred to airport and fly to Shanghai. Arrival in Shanghai, met with and drive to the city for a day guided trip to explore the city of Shanghai. You will visit the Jade Buddha Temple. As Shanghai's most popular temple with visitors, the Jade Buddha complex has an exceedingly short history, having been completed in 1918, but it exudes a powerful potion of thick incense, flashy decorations, and a dark, seedy atmosphere that makes it seem centuries older. After that you will proceed to the Shanghai Museum. The Shanghai Museum contains more than 112,000 Chinese cultural relics from the Old Stone Age to modern times, including bronze ware, calligraphy, paintings etc. Then you will continue to visit Yuyuan Garden. Yuyuan garden is the most famous garden in south China and decorated with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations. Later in the afternoon your guide will take you to the Oriental Pearl Tower where you may have a stunning skyline of the townscape Shanghai.


Day13 Suzhou Tour (B, L)Tiger Hill Suzhou
Transfer to Suzhou by your private vehicle and guide escort. It is shortly a less than 2hr drive from Shanghai. Upon arrival Suzhou, you will visit the Humble Administrator's Garden, the largest classical garden in Suzhou and one of the four famous gardens in China. The garden's scenery is focused on a central pond with various buildings of pavilions, terraces, chambers, and towers located by the water or on hillocks in a natural, unsophisticated, and appropriate composition. The garden is most representative of Chinese classical gardens in the Ming Dynasty. It was laid out in 1513 by the censor, Wang Xiancheng, after his retirement from political life. Then you will take a cruise on the Grand Canal that ranks alongside the Great Wall of China as the country's greatest engineering achievement and it is the longest man-made waterway in the world. After that you will visit the Tiger Hill that has been the favorite place for poets, writers and painters in various times. The hill is moderate height but has large number of historical relics. The 1000- year- old leaning pagoda atop is looked upon as the landmark of Suzhou. Later of the day you will be transferred back your hotel in Shanghai.


Day14 Depart Shanghai (B)
Your guide and driver will transfer you to airport according to your flight schedule. End of your China holiday.




Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
01).
All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
08). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

 

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