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16 Days China Water Town and Historical Culture Experience Tour

16 Days China Water Town and Historical Culture Experience Tour

Tour Code:  VOC-20100320-C
Destination:  Beijing, Guilin, Hangzhou, Luoyang, Shanghai, Suzhou, Xi'an, Zhengzhou
Client's Information: Marjorie Ann Kings, UK
Tour Starting Date:  Saturday, 20, March, 2010
Group Numbers:  2
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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1  Sat 20-Mar-10     Meal(s) (L)   Arrival Shanghai

Transfer via: by air-own arrangement 
Program: Arrive in Shanghai, be met and transferred to hotel, then visit Yu Garden, the Bund (Waitan), Nanjing Road

-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.
-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.

Accommodations: Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai****or similar
Tel: 021-63538008, Fax: 021-63530671


Day 2  Sun 21-Mar-10   Meal(s) (B, L)   Shanghai

 

Program: Full day tour for Shanghai Museum, Shanghai World Financial Center 100F, Huangpu River cruising

-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.
-The Shanghai World Financial Center is a superhigh skyscraper in Shanghai, China. It is a mixed use skyscraper which consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the ground floors.

Accommodations: Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai****or similar


Day 3  Mon 22-Mar-10   Meal(s) (B, L)   Shanghai to Suzhou

Transfer via: by private vehicle 
Program: Our guide and driver will escort you from Shanghai to Suzhou, Arrive in Suzhou, be met and transferred to hotel, then visit the Humble Ministrator's Garden, Lion Grove, Tongli

-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.
-Lion Grove: The Lion Grove is one of the four noted gardens in Suzhou. It was first built in 1342 in the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368).This small garden is truly exquisite in design, the rocking imaginative. Entering the garden the tourist will find stones in various interesting shapes.
-Tongli: Tongli town has a history of more than one thousand years. There are over hundreds of gardens established in Ming dynasty and Qing dynasty, temples, cartilages and former residence of eminent souls. Fifteen rivers divide the town into seven island and 49 sets of historic bridges connect the town as a whole.

Accommodations: Bamboo Grove Hotel****or similar
Tel: 0512-65205601, Fax: 0512-65103511


Day 4  Tue 23-Mar-10   Meal(s) (B, L)   Suzhou to Hangzhou

Transfer via: by private vehicle 
Program: Our guide and driver will escort you from Suzhou to Hangzhou, then visit Wu Town, Arrive in Hangzhou, be met and transferred to hotel

-Wu Town: A 1200 years small town, with its black tiled, tung oil painted timber framework houses, which contrast sharply with its white walls and gray flagging, brings to mind a Chinese ink and wash painting.

Accommodations: Wuyang Hotel****or similar
Tel: 0571-87218888


Day 5  Wed 24-Mar-10   Meal(s) (B, L)   Hangzhou

Program: Full day tour for West Lake, Six Harmonies Pagoda, Viewing Fish at Flower Pond, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon

-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: Wuyang Hotel****or similar


Day 6  Thu 25-Mar-10   Meal(s) (B, L)   Hangzhou to Guilin

Transfer via: by air (arranged by us) 
Program: Visit Tea Musuem and Meijiawu Tea plantation, airport transfer (Hangzhou), Arrive in Guilin, be met and transferred to hotel

Accommodations: Guilin Bravo Hotel****or similar
Tel: 0773-2823950, Fax: 0773-2851344


Day 7  Fri 26-Mar-10   Meal(s) (B, L)   Guilin

Program: Full day tour for Li River Cruise, West Street

-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.

Accommodations: Guilin Bravo Hotel****or similar


Day 8  Sat 27-Mar-10   Meal(s) (B, L)   Guilin to Xi'an

Transfer via: by air (arranged by us) 
Program: Visit Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Be transferred to airport (Guilin), Arrive in Xi'an, be met and transferred to hotel, free at the rest of the day

-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.
-Reed Flute Cave: Known as "the Palace of Natural Arts" where you can see beautiful stalactites & stalagmites, learn how they are formed. 

Accommodations: Bell Tower Hotel****or similar
Tel: 029-87600000, Fax: 029-87271217


Day 9  Sun 28-Mar-10   Meal(s) (B, L)   Xi'an

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

-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.

Accommodations: Bell Tower Hotel****or similar


Day 10  Mon 29-Mar-10   Meal(s) (B, L)   Xi'an to Luoyang

Transfer via: by train for soft seat (arranged by us) 
Program: Visit the Ancient City Wall, the Great Mosque of Xi'an, train transfer (Xi'an), Arrive in Luoyang, 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. It was built primarily in the Ming Dynasty when Chinese architectural elements were synthesized into mosque architecture. 

Accommodations: Jing'an Peony Plaza, Luoyang****or similar
Tel: 0379-64681111, Fax: 0379-64930303


Day 11  Tue 30-Mar-10   Meal(s) (B, L)   Luoyang to Zhengzhou to Beijing

Transfer via: by private vehicle from Luoyang to Zhengzhou, then connecting the flight from Zhengzhou to Beijing (arranged by us)
Program: Visit Longmen Grottoes, Shaolin Temple, and our guide will escort you from Luoyang to Zhengzhou, airport transfer (Zhengzhou), Arrive in Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel

-Longmen Grottoes: More than 100,000 images and statues of Buddha and his disciples were carved into the cliff walls on the banks of the Yi River, 16km south of the city in 494 AD. -Shaolin Temple: The cradle of Chinese Kong Fu. 

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel Beijing****or similar
Tel: 010-58168999, Fax: 010-65139095


Day 12  Wed 31-Mar-10   Meal(s) (B, L)   Beijing

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

-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 Tian'anmen Square: The largest city square in the world.  

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel Beijing****or similar


Day 13  Thu 1-Apr-10   Meal(s) (B, L)   Beijing

Program: Full day tour for Badaling Great Wall with round-way cable car, the Chang Ling Tomb

-Badaling Great Wall: One of the eight wonders in the world and the symbol of China.
-The Chang Ling Tomb: Chang ling it's the biggest one first one best preserved one of the thirteen tombs of the emperors in the Ming Dynasty.  

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel Beijing****or similar


Day 14  Fri 2-Apr-10   Meal(s) (B, L)   Beijing

Program: Full day tour for Hutongs, the Summer Palace, Lama Monastery

-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.
-Lama Monastery: the largest 260-year-old monastery in Beijing of the Yellow sect of Lamaism.

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel Beijing****or similar


Day 15  Sat 3-Apr-10   Meal(s) (B)   Beijing to Shanghai

Transfer via: by air (arranged by us) 
Program: Hotel to airport transfer (Beijing), when you arrival Shanghai, you will go to RAMADA Pudong airport hotel on your own

Accommodations: RAMADA Pudong airport hotel****


Day 16  Sun 4-Apr-10   Meal(s) (B)   Shanghai to Departure city

Program: You will check out the hotel and go to the airport on your own


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