To educate yourself from the ancient to the future China, you will go through a hundred different emotions as landscapes and countries roll into one. Listening to the Emperors’ life story in Beijing, seeing the Emperor’s mausoleum in Xi’an and shopping in the Paris of the east, Shanghai. You will experience the Golden Triangle in different ways.
Suit for: Family, Honeymoon, Students
Day 01: Beijing - Arrival
Your local guide will welcome you in the arrival hall of Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) where you will find a big sign with your name on it and the logo of China Educational Tours. Your personal guide and driver will escort you to your hotel. After check in, you can relax and recover from jet-lag.
Day 02: Beijing – City Tour (B,L)
An early wake up will allow you to see the Flag- Raising Ceremony at Tiananmen Square. Or you could stay in bed late and have a relaxed breakfast in your hotel. Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and drive you to the Forbidden City. After walking about two hours in the Forbidden City and listening to the stories about China’s Emperors, you will have a rough idea about the very long history and the Dynasties of China, spanning some 3,000 years in Beijing alone. There are three other Ancient Capitals that can be dated back as far as 7,000 years. Xi’an, Luoyang and Nanjing being the other three.
Today’s lunch will be served at a local restaurant for you to try some authentic Chinese food. Your guide will help you to order something you like. A Hutong Rickshaw tour will be arranged after lunch. The Hutongs are alleys, commonly associated with northern Chinese cities, most prominently in Beijing they have been well preserved offering the visitor an authentic experience. To visit a local family in this hundred-year old courtyard helps you to know more about local people’s life both in the past and present.
Day 03: Beijing – Great Wall Tour (B,L)
Drive about 1.5 hours from your hotel you will arrive at the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall. We highly recommend this section to you for it is less crowded and has more unique features. Over 96% of the Wall is covered by trees and orchards, keeping the air fragrant with chestnut blossoms in spring and fresh all year long. In late afternoon, or on rainy days, you might find yourself alone with only the sound of the wind. The Great Wall of China is listed as one of UNESCOs heritage sites and also as one of the Wonders of the World. Stretching from east to west for almost 21,000 km it is an entirely man made structure built to keep out invading forces from the north some 2,000years ago. At its highest point it reaches 9 meters and 8meters wide, fortunately many parts have been well preserved for tourists to enjoy.
Day 04: Beijing – Xi’an, speed train experience (B,L)
Spending the early morning in the Temple of Heaven, you will experience both Chinese history and the local people’s life. It was here that the emperor would go twice a year to carry out ritual ceremonies of sacrifice, express gratitude to Heaven for the previous harvest and praying for the next. You will see senior citizens doing morning exercises, practicing martial arts and playing traditional instruments.
The Summer Palace is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces. It is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. A boat ride on the Lake would be a highlight of this tour.
Before you board the train to Xi’an in the afternoon, you get a chance to visit a Kindergarten in Gaobeidian Village where you will get to spend some great time with the lovely children there.
Day 05: Xi’an, Discover one of the 7 Wonders (B,L)
Driving about 1 hour from your downtown hotel, you will spend the whole morning in Terracotta Warriors and Horse Museum. The Museum has won fame as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th Century. The life-sized warriors and horses that still remain standing there after being buried underground for over two thousand years. It is helpful watch the short film that is available prior to entering the Museum. It will transport you right into the world Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China and his amazing army.
After having lunch at a local restaurant, you will drive back to the city centre. Then a visit to one of the predominant structures of Xi’an, the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda which was built one thousand years ago. One of the pagoda's many functions was to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and Traveler Xuanzang. You may also be fortunate enough to see one of the local masters of calligraphy perform his art and have your name written in Chinese.
Day 06: Xi’an-Shanghai, City Tour and fly to Shanghai (B,L)
Have you EVER imagined that you could bike on a Wall? Twelve meters high and fifteen meters wide, the Xi’an City Wall (Fortifications of Xi'an) represents one of the oldest and best preserved city walls in China. It is another of the Heritage sites in China that has been well preserved. You can choose to bike around the 13.7 kilometres of wall or take an open air mini bus for the 40 minutes drive.
Another highlight of today is Dumpling Making with a local family. Start with preparing the wrapper, followed by making the fillings, wrap them together, and last cook and eat the fruit of your labour. Talking with the host is the best part of this activity.
Fly to Shanghai after seeing the most comprehensive historical museum in China: Shaanxi Historical Museum.
Day 07: Shanghai, Discover Shanghai (B,L)
Visiting the Caoyang Community, you also have a chance to see the local market. Your guide is happy to teach you some local language and you can bargain with the vendors using your new skill.
As the only well-preserved classic Chinese garden in Shanghai, the Yu Garden has the typical elements of Chinese garden. Pavilions, rockeries, pools, arch gates and paintings, you will be fascinated to find these perfect combinations in one garden.
The highlight of the afternoon is the birds-eye view of modern Shanghai from The World Financial Centre.
Day 08: Shanghai to departure, (B)
Enjoy a morning shopping or relaxing on you own. Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel at the appointed time and transfer you to Pudong International Airport (PVG). It’s about 1 hours’ drive from your downtown hotel. It is suggested to leave for the airport three hours before departure.
|Standard Accommodation||Comfortable Accommodation||Deluxe Accommodation|
|Beijing||King Parkview Hotel Beijing||Sunworld Hotel Beijing||Regent Beijing|
|Xi'an||Grand New World Hotel||Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an||Hilton Xian|
|Shanghai||Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai||The Bund Hotel Shanghai||Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World|