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16 Days China Hottest City and Dreamlike Water Village Tour with Hangzhou

16 Days China Hottest City and Dreamlike Water Village Tour with Hangzhou

Tour Code:  VOC-090708-S
Destination:  Beijing, Guilin, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Suzhou, Xi'an, Yangshuo
Client's Information: Emily Wai-Chu Chu, Canada
Tour Starting Date:  Wednesday, 8, July, 2009
Group Numbers:  3
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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1  Wed 8-Jul-09     Meal(s) ()     Hong Kong / Beijing

Transfer via: by air CA108 at 1:55 p.m.  Arrive in Beijing -own arrangement 
Program: Arrive in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to hotel, free at the rest of the day

Accommodations: The Regent Beijing*****
Address: 99 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China
Telephone: + 86 10 8522 1888   Fax: + 86 10 8522 1818

Day 2  Thu 9-Jul-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Beijing


Program: Full day tour for the Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven. Take a visit to Cloisonne Factory to buy some souvenirs if you are interested. In the evening, enjoy the Liyuan Beijing Opera at Liyuan Theatre

-The Tian'anmen Square: The largest city square in the world.
-The Forbidden City: The largest imperial palace in China during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years.
-The Temple of Heaven: The place where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation.

Accommodations: The Regent Beijing*****

Day 3  Fri 10-Jul-09     Meal(s) (B,L, D)   Beijing

Program: Full day visit the Badaling Great Wall, The Ding Tomb, The Sacred Road, On the way back to hotel, you will be driven to visit the main 2008 Beijing Olympic venues, take an exterior visit of both the Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium), National Swimming Centre ('The Water Cube'), Beijing, feel free to take some photos of the stadiums. In the evening, enjoy the delicious Beijing Roast Duck

-Badaling Great Wall: This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a pleasant drive 90km NE of Beijing. A cable car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains.
-The Ding Tomb: The only underground tomb of the thirteen tombs of the emperors in the Ming Dynasty.
-The Sacred Road: The way guarded on both sides with stone statues by which the ancient emperors went to hold a memorial ceremony for the ancestors.

Accommodations: The Regent Beijing*****

Day 4  Sat 11-Jul-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Beijing

Program: Full day tour for Hutongs by rickshaw, Summer Palace (you will enjoy the Royal River Cruise on Kunming Lake), Beijing Zoo. In the evening, enjoy the Kungfu Show at Red Theatre

-Hutongs: The old narrow paths where common people lived. All the Hutongs crisscross with each other, dotted with the Kindergarten, the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower, the Tea House, and the lake, House of Gong Infante and local people's houses among them.
-The Summer Palace: The largest and best-preserved royal garden in China with a history of over 800 years.
-Beijing Zoo: Situated in the Xicheng District, Beijing Zoo was the first of its kind to be opened in China. The zoo contains a diverse collection of animals, a number of exhibition halls and some sites of historical interest.

Accommodations: The Regent Beijing*****

Day 5  Sun 12-Jul-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Beijing    

Program: Visit Behai Park, Xiushui Street, Lhama Monastery, free at the rest of the day

-Beihai Park: The Beihai Park in the center of Beijing has an area of more than 70 hectares with a water surface of 39 hectares. To its north is Shishahai Lake and to its east is Jingshan Park. The Palace Museum is to its southeast, a short distance.
-Xiushui Street: A market near the embassy area where you can find a number of duplicates of clothing in traditional Chinese style such as clothes, caps, gloves. Enjoy bargains with sellers and pleasant surprise of finding a real treasure if you are lucky enough.
-Lhama Monastery: the largest 260-year-old monastery in Beijing of the Yellow sect of Lamaism.

Accommodations: The Regent Beijing*****

Day 6  Mon 13-Jul-09    Meal(s) (B, L)   Beijing / Xi'an

Transfer via: by air FM9281 1050-1240 (arranged by us)  
Program: In the morning, you will be transferred to airport for Xi'an. Arrive in Xi'an, you will be met and transferred to hotel, visit the Great Mosque of Xi'an, The Ancient City Wall, History Museum in Xi'an

-The Great Mosque of Xi'an: It is the largest and best preserved of the early mosques of China. Built primarily in the Ming Dynasty when Chinese architectural elements were synthesized into mosque architecture.
-The Ancient City Wall: It is the largest and best preserved present city wall in ancient China and is probably the best military battlement in the world.
-History Museum in Xi'an: It is a magnificent architectural complex in the Tang Dynasty style. The Museum possesses a treasure of 113,000 historic and cultural artifacts unearthed in Shaanxi, and it covers an area of 1,100 square meters for exhibition.

Accommodations: Sofitel On Renmin Square Xi'an *****
Address: 319 Dongxin Street, Xi'an, China       
Tel: 0086-29-87928888

Day 7  Tue 14-Jul-09    Meal(s) (B, L, D)   Xi'an

Program: Full day tour for the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, take a visit to Chongde Handmade Pottery Factory, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, The Bell Tower. In the evening, enjoy the famous The Tang Dynasty Dinner Show at Tang Dynasty Theatre

-The Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses: The greatest archaeological findings of the century: the army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin's tomb.
-Big Wild Goose Pagoda: It is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists.
-The Bell Tower: The wooden tower, which is the largest and best-preserved of its kind in China, is 36 meters (118 feet) high.
-The Tang Dynasty Dinner Show: This is a very spectacular and elaborate show with dancing, traditional Chinese music and probably the most beautiful Chinese girls in town. A must-see.

Accommodations: Sofitel On Renmin Square Xi'an *****

Day 8  Wed 15-Jul-09   Meal(s) (B, L)   Xi'an / Guilin

Transfer via: by air MU2329 0755-0930 (arranged by us) 
Program: In the morning, you will be transferred to airport for Guilin.  Arrive in Guilin, you will be met and transferred to hotel, then visit the Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, also take a visit to Calligraphy & painting shop (Guangxi Normal University Art shop) which is located in the Jingjiang Palace

-Reed Flute Cave: Known as "the Palace of Natural Arts" where you can see beautiful stalactites & stalagmites, learn how they are formed.
-Elephant Trunk Hill: Located at the conjunction of the Li River & the Peach  Blossom River, the whole hill looks very much like a giant elephant with a long trunk, it is the symbol of Guilin city.

Accommodations: Sheraton Guilin Hotel*****
Address: 15 Binjiang Road, Guilin, Guangxi, China       
Tel: 0086-773-2825588

Day 9  Thu 16-Jul-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Guilin / Yangshuo / Guilin

Program: Li River Cruise, West Street, the Moon Hill by car or bike depending on your choice, Big Banyan, in the evening, enjoy the fantastic Impression of Sister Liu at the Outdoor Li River Mountain-Water Theatre. After the tour, be transferred back to Guilin

-Li River Cruise: Depart from your hotel in the morning. Be transferred to the Zhujiang Pier (about 1 hour drive) for a 4.5 hours wonderful cruise. You will enjoy the picturesque mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank. Disembark at the one-thousand-year-old town Yangshuo in the afternoon. Have a short exploration to the old town before to be transferred back to Guilin city.
-West Street: West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1,400 years. Situated at the center of Yangshuo County, West Street has become, since the 1980's, a window of eastern and western culture and the biggest 'foreign language center' in China.
-The Moon Hill: 50 minutes' bike from Yangshuo, there lies the Moon Hill. Named for the crescent shaped cave running through the moon, Moon Hill is one of the highlights in Yangshuo.
-Big Banyan: 6 kilometers away from the County of Yangshuo, you will find a prominent and towering tree: the Big Banyan Tree. It has survived wind and rain over centuries since it was planted during the Sui Dynasty (581-618).
-Impression of Sister Liu: The performance was premiered on March 20th, 2004 at the Sanjie Liu Sing Fair, one mile from West Street (Xi Jie). This is the world largest natural theater which utilizes the waters of the Li River as its stage, with twelve mist shrouded hills and the heavens as its backdrop.

Accommodations: Sheraton Guilin Hotel*****

Day 10  Fri 17-Jul-09     Meal(s) (B, L)     Guilin / Hangzhou

Transfer via: by air SC4952 1305-1445 (arranged by us) 
Program: Free at leisure, you will be transferred to airport for Hangzhou. Arrive in Hangzhou, you will be met and transferred to hotel, then visit West Lake by boat, Six Harmonies Pagoda

-West Lake: Lying on the west edge of Hangzhou city, West Lake is the symbol of Hangzhou as well as one of the most beautiful sights in China.
-Six Harmonies Pagoda: It is a perfect symbol of brick-and-wood structure built in the ancient China. It was first built in 970 AD in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). The name "six harmonies" comes from the six Buddhist ordinances, meaning "harmonies of the heaven, earth, east, west, south and north".

Accommodations: Sofitel West Lake Hotel*****
Address: 333 West Lake Avenue Hangzhou, China       
Tel: 0086-571-87075858 / 87078383

Day 11  Sat 18-Jul-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Hangzhou / Wuzhen / Hangzhou / Suzhou                     

Transfer via: Private Vehicle
Program: In the morning, drive to Wuzhen, visit the famous water town-Wuzhen, and also take the local boat to cruise on the rivers. After the tour, drive back to Hangzhou, visit Lingyin Temple, Dragon Well Tea Plantation, and then drive to Suzhou directly. Arrive in Suzhou, be met and transferred to hotel

-Wu Town: A 1200 years small town, with its black tiled, tung oil painted timber framework houses that contrast sharply with its white walls and gray flagging brings to mind a Chinese ink and wash painting. 
-Lingyin Temple: Lingyin Temple is one of the ten most famous ancient Buddhist temples in China. It also houses various Buddhist literature and treasures.
-Dragon Well Tea Plantation: Dragon Well Tea is well known worldwide, the water of dragon well is sweet and nice. The green tea here enjoys very high reputation since Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D) for its four special features: green color, fragrant aroma, sweet taste and smooth even appearance.

Accommodations: Sheraton Suzhou Hotel*****
Address: 259 Xinshi Road, Canglang District Suzhou, China           
Tel: 0086-512-65103388

Day 12  Sun 19-Jul-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Suzhou

Program: Full day tour for Humble Ministrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Lingering Garden, Pan Gate, the No.1 Silk Factory

-Humble Ministrator's Garden: The garden is the best representative of Chinese classical gardens, constructed in the Ming dynasty. Focused on a central pond with pavilions, terraces, chambers, and towers located nearby, the garden is divided into three parts: the eastern, middle and western parts.
-Tiger Hill: One of the most famous sights of Suzhou, entitled as "the most famous place in Wuzhong", also named "Surging Sea Hill", "Surging Sea Peak".
-Lingering Garden: Shouzhou is famous for its Gardens. Lingering Garden is an elaborate succession of small gardens. Lingering in the garden you would marvel at this unique architecture art.
-Pan Gate: Pan Gate is an ancient city gate with land and water entrances. One gate with land and water entrances was quite typical in ancient China. Pan Gate is the only one left.
-The No.1 Silk Factory: Suzhou is also famous for its silk production. In the factory you can see how the silk is processed from the silk worm to the final woven cloth.

Accommodations: Sheraton Suzhou Hotel*****

Day 13  Mon 20-Jul-09   Meal(s) (B, L)   Suzhou / Shanghai

Transfer via: Private Vehicle
Program: In the morning, take the Grand Canal cruise by boat, after the tour, drive to Shanghai directly. Arrive in Shanghai, be met and transferred to hotel, The Bund (Waitan), Nanjing Road, Shanghai Old Street. In the evening, enjoy the Acrobatic Show at Shanghai Centre Theatre (Shanghai Shangcheng Juyuan)

-Grand Canal: The Grand Canal ranks alongside the Great Wall of China as the country's greatest engineering achievement and it is the longest man-made waterway in world. Cruising on the Canal, you can see the local people' life. -The Bund (Waitan): It is one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai. It is here where the first British company opened an office in 1846.
-The Bund (Waitan): It is one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai. It is here where the first British company opened an office in 1846.
-Nanjing Road: It is one of the most important commercial and tourist streets in Shanghai, which stretches from Waitan to Yanan Xilu.
-Shanghai Old Street: Known as Fangband Road, "Shanghai Old Street" with a total of 825 metres, is adjacent to the Yuyuan Garden Bazaar Area and runs in an east-west direction from Zhonghua Road to Henan Road South, with both ends marked by decorated archways.

Accommodations: Sheraton Shanghai Pudong*****
Add: No. 38 Pujian Road · Shanghai, China    
Tel: 0086-21- 5089 9999

Day 14  Tue 21-Jul-09    Meal(s) (B,L)   Shanghai

Program: Full day tour Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Museum, Huangpu River by ship

-Yu Garden: It's reputed to be the most beautiful garden south of the Yangtze River. Built beside the Temple of the City God and covering only fives acres, it follows the Suzhou garden design of a world in microcosm.
-Jade Buddha Temple: The Jade Buddha Temple is one of the few temples in downtown Shanghai. If you're lucky, you can watch the monks serving a ceremony in a side room.
-Oriental Pearl TV Tower: the highest TV Tower in Asia. With 468 meter high it stands in Pudong Park in the new and developing Lujiazui district on the banks of the Huangpu River.
-Shanghai Museum: The biggest museum in China, with a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics. It is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy.
-Huangpu River: take a glimpse at the old Shanghai & new Shanghai. Enjoy a sight of rows of magnificent buildings on the banks and ships of different sizes briskly plying the Huangpu River.

Accommodations: Sheraton Shanghai Pudong*****

Day 15  Wed 22-Jul-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Shanghai / Zhujiajiao / Songjiang / Shanghai

Program: Visit Zhujiajiao, at right time, enjoy the total eclipse, it will be amazing experience. Then be transferred back to Shanghai

-Zhujiajiao: is a typical ancient water town in the south of the Yangtze River. There you can see the well-preserved Ming and Qing architecture, ancient stone bridges, ancient streets, etc.

Accommodations: Sheraton Shanghai Pudong*****

Day 16  Thu 23-Jul-09     Meal(s) (B)   Shanghai / Hong Kong

Transfer via: by air FM845 at 12:35 p.m.  Departure from Shanghai-own arrangement 
Program: Free at leisure, and then you will be transferred to airport for your flight to Hong Kong

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