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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

China enriches the world culture with splendid cultural heritages such as the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and Horses and elegant Suzhou-style gardens. Take this China tour to explore them all.

Highlights

  • Important sites in every city
  • Be a part of the daily life of a local Beijing family
  • Elegant Suzhou-style gardens
  • High speed bullet train to Suzhou

Tour Itinerary

DAY
1
Beijing Arrival
  • Activities: Airport Transfer (Beijing)
  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

Today you will arrive in Beijing Capital International Airport, where your Beijing tour guide will pick you up. You will learn something briefly about Beijing on the way to hotel for check-in.

 

DAY
2
Beijing
  • Activities: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Treasure Houses, Hutong Tour by Rickshaw in Xicheng District, Lizexiang Pearl Store
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Courtyard 7 Restaurant
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

As a landmark of Beijing, Tian'anmen Square is the largest public square in the world, which will be our first stop for today. Afterwards, you will get into the Forbidden City. Also, here you will visit the Treasure House. Have lunch in a traditional noodle house.

 

It is the Hutongs that keep the old Beijing spirit alive in a fast-moving world. This afternoon, you will take a rickshaw ride into a Hutong. Step into a local family and enjoy some chitchat. A time-honored pearl store will be our last stop for today's tour.

 

- Smart Tips:

  • Have some free time for tonight? A Kung Fu Show will make the night splendid.
  • Lao She Teahouse is reviewed as a fun mix of Chinese traditions, including face-changing, acrobats, Kung Fu, hand imagery, and other acts, and tea of course.
  • Tiananmen Square

    DAY
    3
    Beijing to Overnight Train by Train No. Z19 (Beijing Xi West Railway Station - Xian Railway Station) Dep 20:43 - Arr 07:58
    • Activities: The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Temple of Heaven, Shahe Cloisonne Factory , Hotel to Train station Transfer (Beijing)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant
    • Hotels: No

    In the morning, you will walk on the ground of the Temple of Heaven, where the Chinese emperors used to pray to God.

    You will get to the Great Wall at Mutianyu Section in a comfortable drive. The Great Wall is a highlight and essential part of your World Heritage tour. Take a round-trip cable car at this section.

    Visit a cloisonné factory before getting back to Beijing. At night, you will take an overnight train to Xi'an.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • You can try massage before the train. Your Beijing tour guide will show you the directin and offer some great tips.
  • Mutianyu Great Wall

    DAY
    4
    Xian
    • Activities: Train station Transfer (Xian), Ancient City Wall, Shaanxi History Museum, Free time
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Qianzhou Restaurant (Xiao Yanta Branch)
    • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel  |  Xian Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

    The overnight train breaks into Xi'an's morning. Your Xi'an tour guide will take you to hotel for breakfast and check-in.

    You will have some time to unpack, fresh up and rest before visiting Shaanxi History Museum.Have lunch in a nearby restaurant.

    Later, you will walk on the Ancient City Wall. Free time afterwards.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • You can delve into the lanes of the Muslim Quarter, where you will find authentic Halal food, local snacks and special souvenirs back in the Muslim Market. Also, you can pay a visit at the Great Mosque.
  • DAY
    5
    Xian
    • Activities: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts center
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at A Wa Shan Zhai Restaurant(Qinling Branch)
    • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel  |  Xian Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

    Firstly discovered in 1974, the massive site of Terracotta Warriors and Horses has been standing as an important symbol of China's history and culture. Today you will spend some hours at this wonderful site.

    After lunch in a Sichuan-style restaurant, you will stop by an art center.

    In the afternoon, you will get to an important site for China's Buddhism community: Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

     

    The Terracotta Warriors and Horses

    DAY
    6
    Xian to Shanghai by Flight No. TBA
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Shanghai), Free time
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

    Today you will have free time in Xi'an.

    Later you will fly to Shanghai. Take some time to know about Shanghai after check-in.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • If you are into Chinese character, you can visit the Forest of Steles Museum.
  • Try some authentic Shaanxi food at First Noodle Under the Sun, recommended by Trip Advisor.
  • We can offer cycling tour in Xi'an's Ancient City Wall. Please request in advance if you're interested.
  • When you get to Shanghai, you can take a night walk along The Bund or night cruise along the Huangpu River.
  • DAY
    7
    Shanghai to Suzhou by Train No. G7020 (Shanghai Railway Station - Suzhou Railway Station) Dep 18:00 - Arr 18:25
    • Activities: French concession region, Xintiandi, Tianzi Fang, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Shanghai Museum, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Shanghai), Train station Transfer (Suzhou)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Home's Restaurant
    • Hotels: Pan Pacific Suzhou 5-star hotel  |  Holiday Inn Jasmine Suzhou 4-star hotel  |  Garden Hotel 3-star hotel

    Shanghai has a lot to offer. Today you will get to know the city in a quick and interesting way: visiting Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and Shanghai Museum.Have lunch in a graceful restaurant before a stop at a silk factory.

    In the afternoon, get to the other side of Shanghai in the Former French Concession. Tianzifang is a creative complex combining the traditional Shikumen (stone gate) and French-style romantic feeling. You can buy some trendy stuff at Xintiandi.

    After dinner on your own, you will take a high speed train to Suzhou. Check in upon arrival.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • After a walk in the Former French Concession, you can go for dinner at Ding Tai Fung near Xintiandi.
  • DAY
    8
    Suzhou
    • Activities: Lingering Garden, Humble Administrators Garden, Rickshaw ride, Panmen Gate, Suzhou Embrodidery Institution
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Shuixianglou Restaurant
    • Hotels: Pan Pacific Suzhou 5-star hotel  |  Holiday Inn Jasmine Suzhou 4-star hotel  |  Garden Hotel 3-star hotel

    This morning, your Shanghai tour guide will escort you to Suzhou. The ride takes about 1 hour.

    As we arrive in Suzhou, one of the most beautiful Suzhou-style gardens will open up to you: Humble Administrator's Garden. The old garden dates back to the 16th century and now holds flower and bonsai exhibitions occasionally. Later, step into a smaller but still exquisite enough garden: Lingering Garden. Have lunch in a local restaurant.

    After lunch, a rickshaw ride through the city would be quite relaxing. Later, get to the Panmen Gate, which is not literally a gate but more of a a small fortress that was used to seal off the canel to control the boats entering the city.

    Back in Shanghai, you already knew how the silk is processed. Now at an embroidery institute in Suzhou, you can see artists hand-stitching beautiful art works.

    At the evening, you will be back to Shanghai.

    Suzhou

    DAY
    9
    Suzhou to Shanghai by Train No. G139 (Suzhoubei Railway Station - Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station) Dep 18:19 - Arr 18:42
    • Activities: Free time, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Suzhou), Train station Transfer (Shanghai)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

    Suzhou is also an amazing destination for free exploration. Here's what we suggest for your solo adventure before the train heading to Hangzhou.

    The high speed train leaves for Hangzhou at about 6:20pm, your Suzhou tour guide will take you to the train station 1 hour ahead of time. Enjoy the speed!

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Take a trip to the Tiger Hill and you can visit the Yunyan Temple and the Sutra Library inside.
  • Hanshan Temple would be considered as a feature off the beaten track, where you can walk in the echoing boom of the bells.
  • Suzhou is one of the places of origin for silk, you can learn some history of the silk industry at Silk Museum.
  • We can arrange a boat trip on the Grand Canal. However, it's also feasible on your own. Find a nice place for lunch: La Marina Restaurant & Lounge, recommended by Trip Advisor.
  • Suzhou

    DAY
    10
    Shanghai Departure
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai)
    • Meals: Breakfast

    Thanks for taking this China tour with China Travel. Hopefully we've created a beautiful memory for you. Today your Shanghai tour guide will take you to the airport. See you again before long!

    Prices (Go Solo Private Tour)

    $ USD
    Apr.1- Nov.31 Superior Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class Single Room Supplement
    1 person -
    2-5 persons / /
    6-9 persons / /

    * The price may change during some festivals including the Spring Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, Labor Day (1st May), Mid Autumn Day and National Day (1st Oct.).

    * The price is subject to change based on exchange rate.

    What's Included & Excluded

    Price Inclusion

    • Entrance fees.
    • Meals listed in the itinerary.
    • Private transfers.
    • Private English-speaking guide and driver.
    • Hotels listed in the itinerary.
    • Service Charge & Taxes.
    • China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
    • Luggage Transfers.

    Price Exclusion

    • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    • China Entry Visa Fees.
    • Excess Baggage Charges.
    • Personal Expenses.
    • Any meals that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary.
    • Single Room Supplement.
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    Tailor-make a China tour based on your needs.

    Key sites in the three major cities Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai are all included in this 8-day China tour. Plus, No hidden fees and No tourist traps at all!

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    Tour Type : Private Tour

    Best Season :All seasons

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