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Day 1 Depart USA for Shanghai, China
Day 2 Arrive in Shanghai
Your tour of one of the most fascinating countries in the world begins in the most cosmopolitan city in China: Shanghai. An English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel
Day 3 Shanghai B,L,D,
Today you’ll revisit Shanghai’s past as you visit the Old Downtown and classical Yu Garden. Old Downtown has many narrow zigzag lanes, small squares, fins ponds and pavilions. There are many local bars, restaurants, tea houses and souvenir shops. Built 400 years ago, Yu Garden is a famous ancient private garden with architectures of Ming and Qing dynasties. Owing to its ingenious design, it became a museum of typical Chinese ancient architecture. You will see vivid brick-carving figures of warlords and warriors, unique animal statues standing on the roofs of ancient buildings and the huge dragons decorated on the walls. In the afternoon, you will visit the fascinating Shanghai Museum to see artifacts from every period of China’s past. Next, you will take a short waling tour at People’s Square, where you can find some of the best collection of modern architecture. If time permits, you’ll tour a carpet factory. After dinner, you’ll attend a thrilling acrobatic show.
Day 4 Shanghai - Suzhou B,L,D,
Visit the Jade Buddha Temple and Nanjing Road in the morning. After lunch, you will be driven to Suzhou which is renowned for its exquisite canals, silk products and gardens. Today you will the Master’s Nets Garden and Silk Embroidery Institute. Both are NCESCO sites.
Day 5 Suzhou B,L,D,
This morning, you will visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden and enjoy a cruise along the ancient Grand Canal to Hanshan Temple, also a UNESCO site. Then you will visit the Golden Rooster Lake & New Economic Development Zone. Next you’ll visit Ancient Water City Gate.
Day 6 Suzhou – Hangzhou B,L,D,
This morning you will be transferred to Hangzhou - “Paradise on Earth.” Arrive at Hangzhou in the afternoon. You will take a small boat ride on the West Lake, and then visit Six Harmonies Pagoda or Yanggong Causeway and Guzhuang Garden.
Day 7 Hangzhou B,L,D,
This morning you will climb up the Isolated Hill to visit the Ancient Ink and Calligraphy Association – another best place to view the tranquil and beautiful lake. Then you’ll walk along the Qinhefang Ancient Street to visit “Hu Qing Yu Tang” – the famous Chinese Herbal Medicine Museum, and the private garden of Hu Xueyen – one of the richest merchants in Qing Dynasty.
Day 8 Hangzhou- Wuzhen B,L,D,
This morning, you will visit the region’s most famous Tea Village. Then you will be driven to Wuzhen (the UNESCO site) – one of the best preserved ancient water-towns in China. You will take a boat to your hotel and check in and then visit the traditional houses, a rice brewery, a weaving workshop, and a street corner stage where you will enjoy a puppet show.
Day 9 Wuzhen – Shanghai B,L,
Explore this lovely ancient town one your own. After lunch you will be driven back to Shanghai. The rest of the day is free.
Day 10 Shanghai / Beijing B,
Today you will fly to Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China. An English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport, drive you to your hotel, and help you check in. The rest of the day is free.
Day 11 Beijing B,L,D,
Today’s sightseeing begins in Tiananmen Square, the heart of Beijing and the largest public space on earth. Step back in time as you pass through the Gate of Heavenly Peace and enter the Forbidden City, home to the Imperial Courts of the Ming and Qing Dynasties for more than 500 years. The Forbidden City is an enormous complex of perfectly preserved palaces, temples, magnificent squares and formal gardens. You’ll stroll down cobblestone paths once known only to the Emperor’s most intimate advisors, visit the private chambers of Imperial concubines and see stunning collections of priceless art, furnishings, and jewelry. After lunch you’ll visit the Summer Palace, a fairyland of pagodas, pavilions and stone bridges on the outskirts of the city. Next, you will visit the Pandas Garden in Beijing Zoo. Tonight you’ll sample the delicious local cuisine at a neighborhood restaurant.
Day 12 Beijing B,L,D,
Today you’ll start your day by visiting the iconic “Beijing 2008 Olympic Center”. After taking pictures of the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, you’ll leave the bustle and traffic of Beijing behind and journey through the countryside to see one of the Wonders of the World – The Great Wall. There will be plenty of time to walk along a portion of this 3700-mile long marvel or to simply sit and contemplate the wonders of China’s past. After lunch you’ll visit the massive tomb complex of the Ming Emperors where you’ll walk along the “Sacred Way” passing between pairs of huge stone sculptures. If time permits, you’ll visit a jade carving factory and observe the skilled artisans at work as they create intricate designs. Enjoy Peking Opera after the dinner.
Day 13 Beijing B,L,SD
This morning you’ll visit the Temple of Heaven, one of China’s most photographed attractions. This ornate wooden structure was where the “Sons of Heaven”, as the Chinese Emperors were known, worshiped the gods and prayed for good harvests. It is the largest temple complex in China and the lovely park surrounding the ancient tower is a popular spot for morning Tai Chi. After lunch you’ll forget about the skyscrapers and construction cranes of modern Beijing as you venture into a Hutong neighborhood, where the atmosphere of Old Peking lives on. You’ll bicycle or ride rickshaws down narrow lanes and alleyways, past vegetable markets, traditional medicine shops and tiny, wooden teahouses. If time permits, you’ll visit a pearl workshop. This evening you’ll enjoy the capital’s most famous dining experience - a Peking Duck Dinner.
Day 14 Beijing/ USA B,
Say “zaijian” (goodbye) to Beijing. You will be driven to the airport for your flight home.