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14 Days China Delighted Family Tour

14 Days China Delighted Family Tour

Tour Code:  VOC-20110414-S
Destination:  Beijing, Chongqing, Guilin, Longsheng, Shanghai, Wuhan, Xi'an, Yangshuo, Yichang
Client's Information: Einar Lárus Ragnarsson, Iceland
Tour Starting Date:  Thursday, 14, April, 2011
Group Numbers:  7
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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1  Thursday 14-April-11     Meal(s) ()   Arrival  /  Shanghai

Transfer via: by air-own arrangement  AY057 at 07:10AM   Arrival in Shanghai.
Program: Arrive in Shanghai, you will be met and transferred to hotel, free at the rest of the day.

Accommodations: Best Western New Century Hotel Shanghai****
Tel:021-63251500, Fax:021-63241263


Day 2  Friday 15-April-11    Meal(s) (B,L,D)   Shanghai

Program: Full day tour for The Bund (Waitan), Nanjing Road, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Old Street.

-The Bund (Waitan): It is one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai. It is here where the first British company opened a office in 1846
-Nanjing Road: It is one of the most important commercial and tourist streets in Shanghai, which streches 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.
-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 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: Best Western New Century Hotel Shanghai****


Day 3 Saturday 16-April-11   Meal(s) (B, L,)   Shanghai   /   Guilin

Transfer via: by air(arranged by us)   MU5381   (14:50-17:20)
Program: Visit the water town-Zhujiajiao, Shanghai Museum, then be transferred to airport for Guilin. Arrive in Guilin, be met and transferred to hotel.

-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.
-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

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


Day 4  Sunday 17-April-11    Meal(s) (B,L)  Guilin / Longsheng / Guilin

Program: Full day tour for Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, Yao Ethnic Tribes, Zhuang Ethnic Tribes.

-Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces: Longji, as known as the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, is located in Longsheng County, the mountainous region on the northeastern part of Guilin. They were first built in the Yuan dynasty ( about 800 years ago)and completed in the Qin dynasty by Zhuang people.

Accommodations: Guilin Bravo Hotel****



Day 5  Monday 18-April-11     Meal(s) (B,L)   Guilin / Yangshuo

Program: Full day tour for Li River Cruise, West Street, The Moon Hill, Big Banyan, 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.
-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).

Accommodations: Aiyuan Hotel, Yangshuo***
Tel:0773-8811966, Fax:0773-8811916


Day 6  Tuesday 19-April-11    Meal(s) (B,L)  Yangshuo / Guilin   /   Chongqing   /Yangtze Cruise

Transfer via: by air (arranged by us)   CZ8192   (15:50-17:00)
Program: Visit Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Fubo Hill, then be transferred to airport for Chongqing. Arrive in Chongqing, be met and transferred to dock, pre-board the ship. Your cruise will start at about 10 pm.

-Elephant Trunk Hill: Located at the conjunction of the Li River & the Peach  Blosom River, the whole hill looks very muh 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.
-Fubo Hill: You can see lots of rock stone carvings & Buddha statues since Tang Dynasty.Have a wonderful bird's-eye view of Guilin city if you climb to the summit.

Accommodations: 5* Yangtze Angel


Day 7  Wednesday 20-April-11      Meal(s) (B,L,D)   Meal(s) (B,L,D)   Yangtze Cruise

Program: (8:00-10:00) Shore excursion to either Fengdu Ghost City or Wanxian, or Shibaozhai (depending on river conditions).Then return to the ship and sail towards the magnificent Three Gorges.

Fengdu, with fantastic temples of underworld demons and gods, is constructed on the Mingshan Hill by the river band. It is known as the "Ghost City" and is a place for punishing the devil and awarding the good.
Wanxian, One of the most important and largest ports on the Yangtze. It is widely known for its variety and hustling markets. Fifty percent of the city will be resettled after the Three Gorges Dam Project is completed.

Accommodations: 5* Yangtze Angel


Day 8  Thursday 21-April-11     Meal(s) (B,L,D)   Yangtze Cruise

Program: (08:00-13:00) Passing through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge.
                  
(13:00-16:30) Boat excursion to Shennong Stream.
                  
(17:30) Passing through Xiling Gorge.

Shennong Stream is another tributary of the Yangtze River, and its fast-flowing, clear water runs southwards through deep gorges. The stream races past large and small karst caves, flocks of swallows, sheer cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls, three-colored springs, rapids, the ancient plank path, a suspended coffin in the cliff, groups of ancient tombs and marvelous karst formations.

Accommodations: 5* Yangtze Angel


Day 9  Friday 22-April-11      Meal(s) (B,L)   Yichang  /  Wuhan  /   Xi’an

Transfer via: Private Vehicle & by air(arranged by us)  CZ3889  (18:00-19:30)
Program: (08:00-10:00) Shore excursion to The Three Gorges Dam Site.
                 
(13:00) Disembark at Yichang, be met at the dock and driven to Wuhan, then catch the flight to Xian. Arrive in Xian, be met and transferred to hotel.

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


Day 10  Saturday 23-April-11     Meal(s) (B,L)   Xi’an

Program: Full day tour for the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, The Great Mosque of Xian, 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 Great Mosque of Xian: 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 Bell Tower: The wooden tower, which is the largest and best-preserved of its kind in China, is 36 meters (118 feet) high.

Accommodations: Bell Tower Hotel****


Day 11  Sunday 24-April-11     Meal(s) (B,L)   Xi’an   /   Beijing

Transfer via: by air(arranged by us)    MU2113  (16:05-18:05)
Program: Visit The Ancient City Wall, History Museum in Xian, then be transferred to airport for Beijing. Arrive in Beijing, 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.
-History Museum in Xian: 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: Sunworld Hotel Beijing****
Tel:010-58168999, Fax:010-65139095


Day 12  Monday 25-April-11      Meal(s) (B,L)   Beijing

Program: Full day tour for The Tian'anmen Square, The Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven, Hutongs by rickshaw.

-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
-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

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel Beijing****


Day 13 Tuesday 26-April-11      Meal(s) (B,L)   Beijing

Program:  Full day visit the Badaling Great Wall with cable car, 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: One of the eight wonders in the world and the symbol of China
-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
-Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest): The Beijing National Stadium, also known as the bird's nest was the main track and field stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympics and host to the Opening and Closing ceremonies.
-National Swimming Center (The Water Cube): The National Swimming Center, known as 'The Water Cube', was one of the most dramatic and exciting venues to feature sporting events for the Beijing Olympics in 2008

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel Beijing****


Day 14  Wednesday 27-April-11     Meal(s) (B)   Beijing  /  Departure

Transfer via: by air-own arrangement  AY052 at 10:55AM   Depart Beijing.
Program: Free at leisure, you will be transferred to airport for your flight back home.


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