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China Discovery Deluxe (14 days)

Beijing-Xi'An-Shanghai-Suzhou-Zhouzhuang-Shanghai

Day 1: Arrive Beijing
Arriving Beijing, our China representative will be at the airport to welcome you & transfer to 5* Grand Hyatt hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Evening dinner at the famous Peking duck restaurant. (D)

Day 2: Beijing
Todays tour includes Tian'anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Dominating the north side of the square is the massive red Tian'anmen Gate through which you will pass into the fabled Forbidden City and another age, where you will be shown the home to the members of the royal family and their court in China's Ming and Qing Dynasties. After lunch you will visit the imposing Temple of Heaven where the Emperor came each year to intercede with the Gods for a good and plentiful harvest.
(B+L)

Day 3: Beijing
Today visit to the Badaling Great Wall where you will have the opportunity to not only see one of the most impressive sections of the Great Wall of China but you will be able to take a walk along it. After lunch you will travel some 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of Beijing to the Sacred Way with its fabulous stone animals. It leads you to the Ming Tombs in the shadow of Longevity Mountain. A visit to the Underground Palace of Dingling, will allow you to see imperial coffins, burial artifacts and treasures. Dinner at local restaurant & followed by the fascinating Peking Opera performance. (B+L+D)

Day 4: Beijing
This morning we visit a different section of the Great Wall at Mutianyu. This is a quieter section than Badaling with numerous Ming dynasty guard towers & stirring views. The last bit of the Wall is a rather steep uphill climb with hundreds of steps but the view from the top is magnificant. After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the favourite haunt of the Dowager Empress, the Summer Palace. Walking in this veritable museum of classical Chinese garden architecture where the royal family could relax away from the formal ceremony of the court is a very pleasant experience. There are a number of pavilions as well as the Long Corridor that is now a popular place for people to spend the day. (B+L)

Day 5: Beijing - Xiían
Transfer to airport for your flight to the ancient former capital city of Xi'an. Pick up & transfer to 5* Sofitel hotel on Renmin Square. Afternoon at leisure. Evening you will attend the deluxe Tang Dynasty Dinner Show at the famous Tang Dynasty Palace where fine food and spectacular entertainment await.(B+D)

Day 6: Xiían
Today is another highlight of your tour, the Terracotta Warriors Museum. The thousands of life size soldiers and horses were created to guard the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first Emperor to unite China under his firm rule. The royal tomb itself has yet to be opened but the rank upon rank of Warriors is a sight that is unrivalled anywhere in the world. After lunch, you will visit the Provincial History Museum with its richest collection of artifacts in China. (B+L)

Day 7: Xi'an
Todays tour includes the ancient Xi'an City Wall from the 14th century, one of the most important city walls in China, The Muslim Street, the Great Mosque & the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The square, seven-storey pagoda was built in 652 AD and is a fine example of Tang Dynasty Buddhist architecture.(B+L)

Day 8: Xian - Shanghai
Transfer to airport for your flight to Shanghai, pick up & transfer to 5* Shangra-La hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Evening to see the Arobatic show. (B)

Day 9: Shanghai
Full day city tour includes the Shanghai Museum on People's Square with its fine collection of cultural relics. Then we go to the Yuyuan Garden. Laid out in the 16th century by a Ming official, this small (2 hectares) garden is a delight of pools, pavilions and rock gardens. Strolling through the bazaar surrounding the garden, you will find lines of stores that sell traditional Chinese arts and crafts. Next comes The Bund, one of the most famous thoroughfares in China and here you will see a collection of buildings dating from the 1930's displaying their western influence and fulfilling the role of the commercial heart of Shanghai. Leaving the ancient for the modern you visit the TV Tower of the Oriental Pearl situated in the thriving Pudong area of the city dominated by the 88-storey Jin Mao building. This evening dinner at the famous Seagull Palace, which allows you to enjoy gourmet food while appreciating the fascinating view of both the old Bund and the new Shanghai. After dinner a walk on the Bund to see the night scene along the river. (B+L+D)

Day 10: Shanghai-Suzhou
This morning drive to Suzhou & transfer to 5* Sheraton hotel. Suzhou is famous as the city of beautiful gardens (see the picture feature below) and today our tour includes the Humble Administratorís Garden, the Garden of the Master of the Nets and the Lingering Garden. (B+L)

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Day 11: Suzhou
Todays tour includes the Coiled Gate, the Couples Garden & Blue Wave Pavilion. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 12: Suzhou - Zhouzhuang - Shanghai
This morning drive to Zhouzhuang, a beuatiful old 'water town' full of canals, alleyways, and bridges. Our town tour includes Zhang's residence & Shen's Residence, South Lake Garden etc. After lunch a canal boat tour & shopping among the canalside shops before driving back to Shanghai in the late afternoon. Arrive Shanghai & transfer to your hotel. (B+L)

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Day 13: Shanghai
A free day at leisure for your exploration or shopping (B)

Day 14: Departure
Transfer to airport for your return flight.(B)


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Forbidden City
Forbidden City
The Summer Palace, Beijing
The Summer Palace, Beijing
The Great Wall
The Great Wall
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
Shanghai Skyline
Shanghai Skyline
Suzhou
Suzhou
Zhouzhiang
Zhouzhiang
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Meals as shown in the program (B/L/D)
Transfers, tours with English speaking guide.
All entrance fees and boat fees.
Service charges, rooms tax and handling fee.
Domestic flights.

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Tips, personal expenses and other services which are not mentioned in the program.