Beijing 8 Nights China Memory – Beijing + XI’am + Shanghai
Beijing 8 Nights China Memory – Beijing + XI’am + Shanghai
Travel Tour Dates: 2019
Beijing Tour Dates: Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 24, April 21, May 19, Jun 16, Jul 7, Aug 11, Sep 15, Oct 13, Nov 17
The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.
The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC; these, later joined together and made bigger, stronger, and unified are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall. Especially famous is the wall built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.
Hutongs represent an important cultural element of the city of Beijing. Thanks to Beijing’s long history and status as capital for six dynasties, almost every hutong has its anecdotes, and some are even associated with historic events. In contrast to the court life and elite culture represented by the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven, the hutongs reflect the culture of grassroots Beijingers. The hutongs are residential neighborhoods which still form the heart of Old Beijing.
Ancient City Wall
Ancient City Wall, the fortifications of Xi’an, ancient capital of China, represent one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Construction of the first city wall of Chang’ an began in 194 BCE and lasted for four years. That wall measured 25.7 kilometers ( 16.0 mi) in length, 12–16 meters (39– 52 ft) in thickness at the base. The area within the wall was c. 36 square kilometers (14 sq mi). The existing wall was started by the Ming Dynasty in 1370. It encircles a much smaller city of 14 square kilometers (5.4 sq mi). The wall measures 13.7 kilometers ( 8.5 mi) in circumference, 12 meters ( 39 ft) in height, and 15–18 meters (49– 59 ft) in thickness at the base.
The Terracotta Army or the “Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses”, is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.
The figures, dating from 3rd century BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi’an, Shaanxi province. Figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits nearby Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum. Other terracotta non-military figures were also found in other pits and they include officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians.
The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower is a TV tower in Shanghai, China. Its location at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district, by the side of Huangpu River, opposite of The Bund makes it a distinct landmark in the area. At 468 m (1,535 feet) high, it was the tallest structure in China from 1994–2007, when it was surpassed by the Shanghai World Financial Center. It is classified as an AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration.
Suzhou Ancient Water Town
Ancient water town is surrounded by water. The village has as many canals as it does roads. No cars are allowed into the village making it very peaceful and quiet. Little gondolas glide through the canals and people can rent one and travel through the village. The village is filled with elderly people and they are quick to smile at visitors. Sitting next to a canal with your feet in the water, or sitting in a teahouse watching the gondolas pass by is an unforgettable experience.
Hangzhou West Lake
To admire the beauty of West Lake, visitors can leisurely bike around the lake, walk around the lake or take a short cruise on the lake. Contact us to customize a Hangzhou tour. West Lake is considered one of the best biking routes in China. See West Lake biking guide. Travelers can take a boat cruise to visit some of its islands. There are many kinds of boats including large painted boats, small rowing boats, and even self-rowing boats. See our West Lake Cruises.
Depart Home – Beijing
Begin your journey with the international flight to Beijing Meet and transfer to the hotel with your tour manager
Beijing On the way to Tiananmen Square, photo stops at National Theater Visit Tiananmen Square, and walk through the Forbidden City, home of the Chinese emperors and their household for five centuries Visit Hutong, the local and traditional Beijingese living area. Take the option to ride on a rickshaw and have a special lunch hosted by local family, and enjoy the evening Kung Fu show (US$80 pp or RMB500 pp) Experience traditional Chinese Tea Culture Visit Silk factory to learn famous Chinese silk
Beijing Visit 2008 Olympic Games Sites , Bird’s Nest & Water Cube (Outside) Visit Jade factory to learn Chinese Jade culture Walk in the clouds while hiking the 2,000-year-old Great Wall of China Visit Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) researching center, and get some experiences about Chinese herb medicine and enjoy foot massage (at your own expense) after hiking on the great wall Enjoy optional Chang’an Avenue and The Place night tour (US$35 pp)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Beijing Visit Temple of Heaven, on the way to Temple of Heaven, experience Morning exercise -Tai Chi lesson * Visit Capital Museum, which houses a large collection of ancient porcelain, bronze, calligraphy, painting, jade, sculpture, and Buddhist statues from imperial China as well as other Asian cultures Pearl Factor Outlet – A great place to buy pearls in China with “wholesale” prices, every strand of lovely sea and freshwater pearls is negotiable Optional to visit Summer Palace and Beijing Zoo to see Pandas in the afternoon (US$80 pp, lunched included)
Beijing – Xi’an Take the high-speed train to Xi’an Visit the City Wall, one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world Visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the landmark of Xi’an
Xi’an Terra Cotta Warriors tour (US$120 pp) Tour the exhibit of the historical Terracotta Warriors Muslim Quarter and the traditional market Traditional Chinese Dumplings banquet with Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Xi’an – Shanghai, After breakfast, transferred to the airport to take a scheduled flight to Shanghai Free time to explore Shanghai, or join the optional tour including (US$80 pp) Visit Pearl of Orient TV Tower Explore the Bund and Nanjing Road walking district Huangpu River evening cruise
Shanghai Free day to explore Shanghai, or take the optional tour to Suzhou: experience Grand Canal boat ride and Visit Lingering Garden, lunch included (US$120 pp)
Shanghai – Transferred to the airport to take a scheduled flight home.
- Return Airport Transfers
- Meet and Greet and the airport
- English speaking tour guild
- Air-conditioned tour vehicle
- Daily hotel pick up and drop off
- All tour activities as described in the itinerary
- Entry fee to all tourist sights and monuments
- Speed Train to Xi’an
- Local flight to Shanghai
- Huangpu River evening cruise
- Grand Canal boat ride
- South African local home to airport Uber/Zebra Cabs Transfer Voucher R300
- China domestic transportation.
- 8 Nights hotel accommodations
- Breakfast as per the itinerary
- Lunch as per the itinerary
- Dinner as per the itinerary
- Transportation to and from the airport hotel, hotel sightseeing places
- International Flights
- China Visa fee
- High season surcharge if applied payable upon booking
- BNE, ADL, PER surcharge if applied payable upon booking
- Tour tipping US$100 per person payable upon booking
- Single supplement US$480 payable upon booking
- Personal expense
- Optional entertainment and tours
- Extra cost or missing tour caused by flight delay or cancel