I am putting together a group of friends and like-minded people who would like to travel to China on THUR NOV 12 for 10 days. Cities visited will be Beijing, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou, and Shanghai. This is a HUGELY discounted price largely subsidized by the Chinese Government Department of Tourism in their effort to highlight their products such as jade, silk, and tea.
* LAX/SEA/ORD/JFK International flights and airport transfer service ( Flight schedule may involve 2 stops or overnight layover);
* All transportation (Internal flight/train from Beijing to Shanghai/Suzhou);
* All deluxe hotel accommodation (based on double occupancy);
* Meals and featuring regional delicacies mentioned in the itinerary (Usually Breakfast & Lunch);
* All visits and admission fees including entertainment shows mentioned in the itinerary;
* English speaking guide;
Price does not include:
* Chinese Visa Application.
* Mandatory Service fee for local drivers, guides and others: USD$100/person will be collected on your arrival date in China
* Optional tours as indicated on the itinerary.
* Travel insurance.
* Personal expenditures.
* Single Supplement.
Day 1 Departure... NOV 12
To start off your amazing China Tour, you will leave your departure city and fly to Beijing. Meals and snacks will be provided on the plane.
Day 2 Arriving Beijing... NOV 13
When you arrive in Beijing, a local representative will meet and greet you at the airport. The local representative will transfer you to your hotel and the rest of the day is yours to explore and relax.
Day 3 Beijing (Breakfast)... NOV 14
After breakfast, visit the Tiananmen Square , which is a city square in the centre of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen ("Gate of Heavenly Peace") located to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square contains the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong. Followed by an optional FORBIDDEN CITY TOUR (USD$59/person), the former seat of the emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is a true architectural masterpiece and home to the National Palace Museum.
Optional banquet lunch (USD$35/person) featuring the famous "PEKING DUCK”
Take the afternoon Authentic Old Beijing Tour with Temple of Heaven, Hutong Tour and Dinner at $79/person. TEMPLE OF HEAVEN, Recognized by UNESCO, an architectural masterpiece built between 1406-1460 AD, used by the emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties for ceremonies honoring the god of harvests. Then take a famous rickshaw HUTONG TOUR & Local Family Visit, this package also includes a traditional Beijing Zhajiangmian (“Fried Sauce noodles”) meal at a local restaurant (Optional USD$79/person). As a specialty of Beijing, "zhajiangmian" (noodle with fried bean sauce) is cooked by mixing noodles with vegetables and fried bean sauce. Chop up and cook cucumbers, bean sprouts. Then prepare the fried bean sauce by first oil-frying diced meat with shallot and ginger, adding soybean sauce or sweet fermented flour sauce, and then further frying them. Stew the noodles, take them out of the boiler, pour the fried bean source on the noodles, and mix them with prepared vegetables. This is how "zhajiangmian" is cooked.
Day 4 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch)... NOV 15
Today's highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall (Juyongguan), one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”! Recognized by UNESCO, and get a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Then tour the iconic “Beijing 2008 Olympic Center”; which includes the famous Bird's Nest and Water Cube which now hosts many spectacular opening ceremonies and events. Although there is no tour inside these buildings, it is a magnificent architectural structure from the outside, providing a perfect photo opportunity.Visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia enroute. After lunch, see skilled artisans work at a Cloisonné Factory.
Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical "The Golden Mask Dynasty" show (USD$50/person).
Day 5 Beijing to Suzhou (Breakfast)... NOV 16
Start your tour to the SUMMER PALACE, a former royal retreat and now a lovely oasis within the city of Beijing. Then visit a CHINESE HERBAL INSTITUTE to learn about traditional Chinese medicine.
We will take a late evening flight to Shanghai, then take bus transfer to Suzhou, or take evening train from Beijing to Suzhou.
Day 6 Suzhou / Wuxi (Breakfast, Lunch)... NOV 17
Suzhou–the city of paradise is also known as the Oriental Venice for its exquisite canals, bridges, pagodas, and beautiful gardens. Suzhou is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After breakfast, tour the LINGERING GARDEN, a classic private garden with 500 years of history. Next, visit the Suzhou SILK FACTORY, the largest silk factory in the country to discover the mysterious processing of silk. Then chose an optional cruise along the ancient canal from the city to the picturesque GRAND CANAL.( US$30/person)
Later in the afternoon, continue to Wuxi and visit the Three Kingdoms City. The Three Kingdoms City is one of the CCTV Television Bases and a renowned tourist attraction. Covering an area of about 35 hectares, the Three Kingdoms City showcases structures built in the Han Dynasty style and served as the filming location for one of China's most popular historical TV series, Three Kingdoms.
Day 7 Wuxi-Hangzhou (Breakfast, Lunch)... NOV 18
This morning tour the Brilliance of LAKE LIHU located at Famous Lake Taihu, followed by visit a to a Fresh WATER PEARL EXHIBITION and store.
Continue to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as "the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world". Upon arrival, enjoy an optional boat ride on the serene WEST LAKE ( US$35/person), the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites.
In the evening, you may enjoy an optional performance show “Enduring Memories of Hangzhou”, and see the story of West Lake come alive before your eyes ($65/person from Feb- Oct).
Day 8 Hangzhou-Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch)... NOV 19
Hangzhou, also known as the “Paradise on Earth”, has been immortalized by countless poets and artists.
Then, visit No.1 Tea Plantation and taste the well-known DRAGON WELL TEA. Many studies say that green tea is excellent for your health. Dragon Well Tea is the best Green Tea in China. After lunch, drive to Shanghai. Walking along the famous Bund, lined by the colonial architecture of European design, this area is the best place to capture the Western influences of the old days. It is now the called “Wall Street of the East. Then visit the CITY GOD TEMPLE BAZAAR, which is composed of specialty stores, selling traditional Chinese arts and crafts, medicine and souvenirs. Evening choose optional Shanghai Acrobatic Show - "SPIRAL” (USD$60/person)
Day 9 Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch)... NOV 20
In the morning, tour SHANGHAI MUSEUM, to see ancient Chinese art, furniture and jade， followed by a visit to an EMERALD EXHIBITION CENTER. In the afternoon, You can choose the optional half day tour to Jin Mao Tower and Xintiandi(USD$60). Visit the Jinmao observation Deck (88th floor) for a panoramic view of the Huangpu River and the Bund.. Xintiandi (New Heaven and Earth) area holds the historical and cultural legacies of the city. It was the site of the first congress of the Communist party of China, and is now the most expensive place to live in China. At night, you may enjoy and optional "HUANGPU RIVER NIGHT CRUISE" and get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai at your own expense (USD$50/person).
Day 10 Shanghai- Home (Breakfast)... NOV 21
After breakfast, we are on our own until you go to the airport for your flight home, leaving from Shanghai, returning to the USA.
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