Ever since the world discovered China through the writings of adventurer Marco Polo some 700 years ago, we’ve come to regard this large Asian country as the embodiment of all that is mysterious and exotic.
Even now, after decades of economic growth, this vast country has lost none of its fascinations. Indeed, the contrast between China’s ancient customs and the new ultra-modern state has only increased our fascination with a culture that dates back many millennia. It’s a culture that is much celebrated by the Chinese themselves, as evidenced by the preservation of such important historic sites as the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace in the capital of Beijing, each recalling the days of China’s emperors. And then, of course, there’s the famous Great Wall, winding for 6,700 kilometers from the Yellow Sea to Central Asia, while its countless shrines exude the spirit of age-old Eastern religions. Given its huge size, China offers visitors a limitless scope for exploration. From cruising through the picturesque Yangtze Gorges, visiting a bustling city or seeking out the tranquility of an ancient temple, China is full of incredible experiences.
TREASURES OF CHINA IN JUNE
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Temple of Heaven, Panjiayuan Antique Market, Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, the exterior of Bird Nest and Water Cube, high-speed train, Terracotta Warriors, Tangbo Art Museum, Bell Tower, Muslim Quarter. Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda and north square, Hanyang Mausoleum, train to Shanghai, Jade Buddha Temple, the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Old Street & The Bund
Return airfare from Johannesburg with taxes
Share twin accommodation in 5* Hotels with breakfast
3 nights Beijing
2 nights Xian
2 nights Shanghai
Sightseeing as per itinerary
English speaking guide
train transfer between Beijing/xian/Shanghai
Tips for guide and driver
Any unmentioned services
Day 1 Arrival Beijing
Transfer service to the hotel
Meals: No Meals
Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. You will be greeted and met by a tour guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel, whenever your flight arrives in Beijing. After check-in, free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Beijing City View
Day 2 – Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Temple of Heaven, Panjiayuan Antique Market
[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the historical city of Beijing.
[09:30-12:30] You will reach the Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Walkthrough the square and visit today’s highlight: Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Hike to Jingshan Park, where gives a nice panoramic view of the Forbidden City at the top of Coal Hill.
[14:00-16:30] Visit the Temple of Heaven, which was used to pray for harvest by the emperors. It is China’s existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven. Shopping time at Panjiayuan Antique Market and tea store.
[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel,
Day 3 – Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, the exterior of Bird Nest and Water Cube
[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Great Wall.
[09:30-12:30] Drive to Mutianyu Great Wall, which section is more popular among foreign visitors. Upon arrival, you can choose to hike on the Great Wall, or take a cable car up and walk around.
[12:30-14:00] Restaurant nearby The Great Wall.
[14:00-16:30] Drive back to Beijing city, while you can take a nap in the car. Have a stop at a jade store, and then visit the exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube, the amazing architectures that built for Beijing Olympic Games.
[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night activities, such as foot massage, houhai night bars, and Sanlitun bar street.
Mutianyu Great Wall Hutong Tour by rickshaw, Summer Palace
Day 4 – Beijing – Xian by Train
Departure to Xian by high-speed train
[09:30-10:00] You will have enough time to pack up and check out. Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and have a half-day leisure tour in Beijing.
[10:00-11:30] Drive to Drum Tower area for taking a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw, which is the way to know the Beijing local lifestyle.
[11:30-14:30] Drive to the Summer Palace, which is the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. Boat ride on Kunming Lake is included.
After lunch, be transferred to the railway station for the high-speed train(about 5hrs) to Xian. Your Xian tour guide will wait for you at the station and help you to transfer to the hotel.
Hutong Tour by rickshaw
Day 5 – Xian
Terracotta Warriors, Tangbo Art Museum, Bell Tower, Muslim Quarter
[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the ancient city.
[09:30-12:30] Drive to Terracotta Warriors and explore one of the world’s most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. A shuttle bus will be arranged for your convenience. Then you will have a chance to visit the pottery figurine factory, where you can learn how to make a pottery figurine.
[12:30-14:00] will be arranged nearby the scenic area of Terracotta Warriors.lunch optional
[14:00-17:00] Afternoon visit Tang Bo Art Museum, where gives you a brief history and examples of Chinese art. The calligraphy lesson will be arranged and you will be taught how to write a couple of Chinese characters. After that, visit the Belltower, which is the largest bell tower in structure and shape and the best-preserved one in China. Continue to walk around the Muslim Quarter and enjoy your shopping time there.
[17:00-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night activities, such as Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner.
Day 6 Xian – Shanghai
Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda and north square, Hanyang Mausoleum, train to Shanghai
[09:30-10:00] You will have enough time to pack up and check out. Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and have a one-day leisure tour in Xian before leaving for Shanghai.
[10:00-12:30] Visit the Ancient City Wall, which represents one of the oldest and best-preserved Chinese city walls. A bicycle or sightseeing car will be arranged on the wall to go around. After that visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and you will have a chance to watch the North plaza fountain show.
[12:30-16:30] After lunch, drive to Xian airport, on the way visit the Hanyang Mausoleum, the largest museum with largest floor space in China.
Fly to Shanghai. Your Shanghai tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.
Xian City Wall
Day 7 – Shanghai
Jade Buddha Temple, the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Old Street, The Bund
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Modern city of China.
[09:30-12:30] Visit the Jade Buddha Temple, which is famous for the seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels, which is said to weigh 1,000 kg. Then visit the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, while walking on Riverside Promenade Bingjiang Da Dao. On the way, we will have a stop at the silk museum.
[12:30-13:30] Have lunch at a local Chinese restaurant enroute.
[13:30-16:30] Visit Yuyuan Garden, which is a Chinese classic garden in city downtown, shopping time at Shanghai Old Street and Nanjing Road which is the earliest commercial street in Shanghai, you could look for some special souvenirs and silk product there. After that, enjoy a leisure walk along the Bund, famous for groups of buildings known as “a Gallery of world architecture”.
[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night Acrobatic Show, especially the ERA show, which is one of the most popular evening entertainments in Shanghai.
Day 8 – Departure Shanghai
Transfer service to airport or railway station
Free day at leisure and be transferred to the airport for the return flight. drive you directly to the airport.