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16 Days China Dreamlike Water Village Tour with Xi'an and Beijing

16 Days China Dreamlike Water Village Tour with Xi'an and Beijing

Tour Code:  VOC-091030-S
Destination:  Beijing, Guilin, Hangzhou, Huangshan, Shanghai, Suzhou, Xi'an, Yangshuo, Zhouzhuang
Client's Information: Rupert Chung-Ching Ouyang, Australia
Tour Starting Date:  Friday, 30, October, 2009
Group Numbers:  3
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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1   Fri 30-Oct-09     Meal(s) ()    TBA / Shanghai

Transfer via: by air-own arrangement (Please note: Once you book your international flights well, kindly please let me know.)
Program: Arrive in Shanghai, you will be met and transferred to hotel, free at the rest of the day

Accommodations: Jinjiang Hotel Shanghai*****
Tel: 021-32189888, Fax: 021-64725588

Day 2  Sat 31-Oct-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Shanghai


Program: Full day tour for the Bund (Waitan), Nanjing Road, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Old Street, in the evening, take the Huangpu River Cruise by ship

-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.
-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.
-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.
-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: Jinjiang Hotel Shanghai*****

Day 3  Sun 1-Nov-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Shanghai

Program: You will be transferred to the Shanghai International Convention Centre in Pudong, after your business, you will visit Shanghai Museum, Oriental Pearl TV Tower

-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.
-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.

Accommodations: Jinjiang Hotel Shanghai*****

Day 4  Mon 2-Nov-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Shanghai / Suzhou

Transfer via: by train for soft seat (arranged by us) 
Program: In the morning, you will be transferred to railway station and take train to Suzhou. Arrive in Suzhou, be met and transferred to hotel, then visit Tiger Hill, Humble Ministrator's Garden, Lingering Garden, Pan Gate

-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".
-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.
-Lingering Garden: Shouzhou is famous for its Gardens. Lingering Garden is an elaborate succession of small gardens. Lingering in the garden you would marvel with 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.

Accommodations: Sheraton Suzhou Hotel*****
Tel: 0512-65103388, Fax: 0512-65190918

Day 5  Tue 3-Nov-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Suzhou / Zhouzhuang / Suzhou / Hangzhou

Transfer via: by train for soft seat (arranged by us) 
Program: In the morning, drive to Zhouzhuang, visit the famous Zhouzhuang Water Town, then back to Suzhou, visit The No.1 Silk Factory, The Garden of Master-of-the-Net, you will be transferred to railway station and take train to Hangzhou. Arrive in Hangzhou, be met and transferred to hotel

-Zhouzhuang: Zhouzhuang is an ancient culture town in Southern China. The town is surrounded by water with many branching streams, stone bridges and old residence with black tiles and white wells.
-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.
-The Garden of Master-of-the-Net: Garden of Master-of-the-Net is the best and most celebrated of all the Suzhou gardens. This combined Qing Dynasty residence and garden is also the smallest of the Suzhou gardens.

Accommodations: Grand Metro Park Hotel Hangzhou*****
Tel: 0571-87088088, Fax: 0571-87081588

Day 6  Wed 4-Nov-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Hangzhou

Program: Full day tour for West Lake by boat, Lingyin Temple, Six Harmonies Pagoda, Dragon Well Tea Plantation

-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.
-Lingyin Temple: Lingyin Temple is one of the ten most famous ancient Buddhist temples in China. It also houses various Buddhist literature and treasures.
-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".
-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: Grand Metro Park Hotel Hangzhou*****

Day 7  Thu 5-Nov-09     Meal(s) (B)   Hangzhou / Huangshan

Transfer via: By express bus (arranged by us) 
Program: Free at leisure, you will be transferred to the bus station and take bus to Huangshan. Arrive in Huangshan, be met and transferred to hotel

Accommodations: Huangshan Golf Hotel*****
Tel: 0559-2568000

Day 8  Fri 6-Nov-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Huangshan

Program: Full day tour for Mt. Huangshan, you will take the cable car up to the Mt. Huangshan, then stay overnight on the top

-Mt. Huangshan: known as "the loveliest mountain in China", famous for its magnificent scenery made up of many granite peaks and rocks emerging out of clouds. "

Accommodations: Huangshan Beihai Hotel****
Tel: 0559-5582555

Day 9  Sat 7-Nov-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Huangshan / Hangzhou / Guilin

Transfer via: By express bus (arranged by us) & by air (arranged by us)  MU5788 1910-2110
Program: In early morning, if you like, you can enjoy the famous sunrise at Huangshan, then take cable car down, visit Xidi Village, Hongcun Village, Ancient Street, then take express bus back to Hangzhou. Arrive in Hangzhou, you will be met and transferred to airport and take flight to Guilin. Arrive in Guilin, be met and transferred to hotel

-Xidi Village: First built 900 years ago in Song Dynasty, its traditional architecture is well preserved. The buildings and the street patterns, reflect the socio-economic structure of a long-lived settled period of Chinese history.
-Hongcun Village: An ancient town over 800 years old leaning against Mt. Huangshan, it is folded in the fog of the Mt. which makes it look like a river and mountain pictures. It enjoys the reputation of "The Chinese town in the pictures". Especially, the whole town distributes like a "cow", which made it one of the wonders in the world culture heritage. The famous film "Crouching Tiger" was made here.
-Ancient Street: Located in the center of the Huangshan City, the Ancient Street was built 700 years ago in the Song dynasty. Its total length is about 1.5 km and the sides of the street are laid with slab stones. There are hundreds of old but well preserved shops, evoking a bygone era in buildings that are simple and elegant. It is a commercial walking street.

Accommodations: Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel*****
Tel: 0773-2822881, Fax: 0773-2822891

Day 10  Sun 8-Nov-09  Meal(s) (B, L)  Guilin / Yangshuo

Program: Full day tour for Li River Cruise, West Street, Big Banyan, the Moon Hill, stay overnight in Yangshuo

-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.
-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.
-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).
-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.

Accommodations: Paradesa Yangshuo Resort****
Tel: 0773-8822109, Fax: 0773-8822106

Day 11  Mon 9-Nov-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Yangshuo / Guilin / Xi'an

Transfer via: by air (arranged by us)   CZ6375   1510-1700
Program: Drive back to Guilin from Yangshuo, visit Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, Seven Star Park, then be transferred to airport for Xi'an. Arrive in Xi'an, be met and transferred to hotel

-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.
-Seven Star Park: The biggest park in Guilin, where you can see a giant Panda Yueyue, the Camel Hill, Bonsai Garden and more sites if you are energetic enough to climb some hills.

Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Hotel Xi'an*****
Tel: 029-87691234, Fax: 029-87696799

Day 12  Tue 10-Nov-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Xi'an

Program: Full day tour for the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Bell Tower.

-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.

Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Hotel Xi'an*****

Day 13  Wed 11-Nov-09   Meal(s) (B, L)   Xi'an / Beijing

Transfer via: by air (arranged by us)   MU2129    1620-1800
Program: Visit the Ancient City Wall, the Great Mosque of Xi'an, History Museum in Xi'an, then be transferred to airport for Beijing. Arrive in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to hotel.

-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.
-The Great Mosque of Xi'an: It is the largest and best preserved of the early mosques of China. And the Great Mosque was built primarily in the Ming Dynasty when Chinese architectural elements were synthesized into mosque architecture.
-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: Wangfujing Grand Hotel, Beijing*****
Tel: 010-65221188, Fax: 010-65223749

Day 14  Thu 12-Nov-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Beijing

Program: Full day tour for the Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace.

-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.
-The Summer Palace: The largest and best-preserved royal garden in China with a history of over 800 years.

Accommodations: Wangfujing Grand Hotel, Beijing*****

Day 15  Fri 13-Nov-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   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

-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: Wangfujing Grand Hotel, Beijing*****

Day 16  Sat 14-Nov-09  Meal(s) (B)   Beijing / TBA

Transfer via: by air-own arrangement (Please note: Once you book your international flights well, kindly please let me know.)
Program: Visit Hutongs by rickshaw, then be transferred to airport for your flight back home

-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.

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