11 Days Shanghai Expo and China Highlights Tour
Tour Code: SWXT04
Tour Duration: 11 Days
Destination: Beijing, Guilin, Shanghai, Xi'an, Yangshuo
Tour overview: Expose yourself to China's great history and extensive culture with popular attractions as the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terracotta Warriors. Be amazed at the picturesque landscape of Guilin and Yangshuo. Adventure into dazzling Shanghai where you will see the harmony of western and eastern cultures blended to perfection. The most impotand, you will spend one day in the international fairs and expositions - World Expo 2010 in Shanghai to have more discovery.
- Tour Summary
- Day by Day Itinerary
|Tour Dates||Destinations||Services Provided||Meals Included|
|Day 1||Beijing||Arrive in Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel. Details...||\|
|Day 2||Beijing||Full day visit Tiananmen Square Forbidden City The Temple of Heaven Details...||(B,L)|
|Day 3||Beijing||Full day visit Badaling Great Wall Ming Tombs The Sacred Way Exterior visit to see Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium) National Swimming Centre('The Water Cube') Beijing feel free to take some photos of the stadiums. Details...||(B,L)|
|Day 4||Beijing/Xi'an||In the morning, visit Summer Palace Hutong Tours in Rickshaw Then be transferred to airport for flight to Xian, arrive in Xian, be met and transferred to hotel. Details...||(B,L)|
|Day 5||Xi'an||Full day visit The Terracotta Army and Horses Big Wild Goose Pagoda Bell Tower Details...||(B,L)|
|Day 6||Xi'an/Guilin||In the morning, visit the Ancient City Wall Then be transferred to airport for flight to Guilin. Arrive in Guilin, be met and visit Reed Flute Cave Details...||(B,L)|
|Day 7||Guilin/Yangshuo/Guilin||Full day tour for Li River ,arrive Yangshuo,visit West Street Details...||(B,L)|
|Day 8||Guilin/Shanghai||Visit Fubo (wave-subduing) Hill Elephant Trunk Hill ,Then be transferred to airport for flight to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai, be met and visit The Bund Nanjing Road Details...||(B,L)|
|Day 9||Shanghai||Full day visit the Site of Expo 2010 Shanghai and pay visit to different pavilions at your interests. Transfer to World Expo venue after breakfast and back to hotel in late afternoon (Standard Day Single Day Admission Ticket) Details...||(B)|
|Day 10||Shanghai||Full day visit Shanghai Museum Jade Buddha Temple Oriental Pearl TV Tower Jade Buddha Temple Details...||(B,L)|
|Day 11||Shanghai||Free at leisure till be transferred to airport for your flight departure. Details...||(B)|
Price Inclusions and Exclusions
Price IncludeA. Entrance fees：To scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
B. Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary.
C. Private Transfers: Among airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in the above cities by the private air conditioned vehicle.
D. Guide and Driver: As outlined in the itinerary, a well selected English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
E. Hotels: Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
F. Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels.
G. Service Charge & Government Taxes.
H. Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
I. Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
Price ExcludeA. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets.
B. Visa Fees.
C. Excess Baggage Charges.
D. Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the itinerary.
E. Meals: Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
F. Single Room Supplement.
G. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
H. Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.
Day 1 Arrival Beijing
Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement
You will be greeted by our local guide upon your arrival and then be transferred to your hotel by a private air-conditioned car. Then you will spend the rest of day on your leisure.
Day 2 Beijing (B,L)
Sightseeing: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City We start today's highlights with a visit of the Temple of Heaven, The temple of Heaven was where the Emperor came every winter solstice to worship heaven and to solemnly pray for a good harvest. With the three blue-tiled cone-shaped roofs, a unique wooden and blue-tiled structure built without a nail, it has become a worldwide symbol of Beijing. After lunch, we go on our city tours to visit Tiananmen Square, the symbolical heart of China and gathering place for the masses. It is the biggest public square in the world, which can hold one million people. From here we walk across the Golden River Bridge to visit the Forbidden City and experience ancient Emperor's daily life. For 5 centuries Chinese emperors carried out their administration here. With almost 10,000 rooms, this was the centre of the Ming and Qing dynasties, a massive complex of palaces, pavilions, courtyards and gardens where 24 emperors used to live. Forbidden City was the largest palace in the world, and it was indeed a forbidden place limited to commoners for 500 year in the past. Your tour here will include private access to the Emperor's palace.
Sightseeing: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City
We start today's highlights with a visit of the Temple of Heaven, The temple of Heaven was where the Emperor came every winter solstice to worship heaven and to solemnly pray for a good harvest. With the three blue-tiled cone-shaped roofs, a unique wooden and blue-tiled structure built without a nail, it has become a worldwide symbol of Beijing.
After lunch, we go on our city tours to visit Tiananmen Square, the symbolical heart of China and gathering place for the masses. It is the biggest public square in the world, which can hold one million people.
From here we walk across the Golden River Bridge to visit the Forbidden City and experience ancient Emperor's daily life. For 5 centuries Chinese emperors carried out their administration here. With almost 10,000 rooms, this was the centre of the Ming and Qing dynasties, a massive complex of palaces, pavilions, courtyards and gardens where 24 emperors used to live. Forbidden City was the largest palace in the world, and it was indeed a forbidden place limited to commoners for 500 year in the past. Your tour here will include private access to the Emperor's palace.
Day 3 Beijing (B,L)
Sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall , Ming Tombs , Sacred Way
After experience of the royal lifestyle, today we will spend about 1.5 hours to be transferred outside the city to the surrounding countryside for a visit to the Badaling Great Wall, the pride of China and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Whereas Genghis Khan contemplated it as a military obstacle, Richard Nixon saw it as one of humankind's greatest achievements. You will be able to climb and walk the 2,000 years old ancient wall, admiring the splendid mountain views.
This afternoon we will visit the legendary Ming Tombs, The Ming Tombs are situated at the foot of Heavenly Longevity Mountain, northwest of Beijing. Since there are 13Ming emperors buried there, there are also called the 13 Ming Tombs. Passing though the Sacred Way, a road guarded on both sides with stone statues by which the ancient emperors went to hold a memorial ceremony for the ancestors, you will encounter the marble tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors.
Day 4 Beijing/Xian (B,L)
Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Hutongs, Summer Palace
We experience an unique Hutong Tour by taking rickshaw this morning. Hutongs are a kind of ancient city alley or lane that is typical in Beijing. Most of them are found around the Forbidden City, and many were built during the three dynasties of Yuan, Ming and Qing. Today, the Hutong is a living museum of Beijing history showing the traditional lifestyle of Beijing people.
We continue to visit the Summer Palace. Equally famous as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace is called 'Yiheyuan' (Garden of Nurtured Harmony) in Chinese. It is up to now the best preserved and the largest imperial gardens in China. You may regret it if you come to Beijing without visiting this grand imperial garden. Then take the flight for Xian later. Arrive in Xian, you will be met and transferred to hotel by our local guide.
Day 5 Xian (B,L)
Sightseeing: Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Bell Tower
Today will be your highlights in Xian. Depart from your hotel after breakfast. You will visit the amazing 2000-year-old Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Regarded as the 8th Wonder of the World, the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Over 2,200 years ago, the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang in search of immortality, ordered the construction of a vast army of Terra-cotta warriors and buried with him to protect his empire after his early death.
Another highlight today is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Situated at south of the Xian city, as one of the main constructions in the famous Buddhist temple-Da-Ci-En Temple, where Famous Buddhist Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his well-preserved collection of classic Buddhist artifacts brought from India in Tang Dynasty. Now it is the Landmark of the Xian.
Then we go on to visit the Bell Tower, which is the most well-preserved and best-known one among many ancient cities of China. The Bell Tower was built in 1384. In early morning of ancient times it had the mission of ringing the bell and giving the correct time to the whole city, so it is called "The Bell Tower". With magnificent carved beams and painted rafters, this classical building is truly elegant.
Day 6 Xian/Guilin (B,L)
Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Ancient City Wall, Reed Flute Cave
In the morning we will visit Ancient City Wall. You will experience a half-hour's hike along 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. You can walk or rend a bike for a ride along the top of the spectacular city wall. The wall was built in the Tang dynasty (618 -907) and enlarged in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).
Then take the flight for Guilin. Arrive in Guilin, be met and transferred to hotel by our local guide. In the afternoon we visit Reed Flute Cave, which is a vast and very impressive cave system, are two of the best attractions in the city. Known as "the Palace of Natural Arts" where you can see beautiful stalactites & stalagmites, learn how they are formed.
Day 7 Guilin/Yangshuo/Guilin (B,L)
Sightseeing: Li River Cruise, West Street
Guilin is famous for its picturesque scenery, and the best way to see it is from the deck of Li River Cruise ships. 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 unique mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank. Disembark at the old town Yangshuo in the afternoon. West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1,400 years. You can have a short exploration to the old town’s lovely attractions. In the evening you will be transferred back to Guilin city.
Day 8 Guilin/Shanghai (B,L)
Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Fubo (wave-subduing) Hill, Elephant Trunk Hill, The Bund, Nanjing Road
This morning we begin with visiting the 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. We continue to visit the Elephant Trunk Hill (which really does look like an elephant drinking from the river). 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. Then you will take the flight for Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai, be met and transferred to hotel by our local guide. Take a walk to the famous Nanjing Road and the Bund. It is one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai. It is a must-see when visiting Shanghai.
Day 9 Shanghai (B)
Sightseeing: Shanghai World Expo Site
After breakfast, you will be transfer to Shanghai World Expo venue, visit the Shanghai World Expo Site and pay visit to different pavilions at your interests. In the afternoon, be met and transferred back to hotel (Standard Day Single Day Admission Ticket)
Day 10 Shanghai (B,L)
Sightseeing: Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl Tower, Yuyuan Garden
Today we will start the day with a visit of 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.
Then we head to the Jade Buddha Temple, the old-time and classical architectural style makes the temple unique and inimitable in this modern city. Both the Sitting Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved with whole white jade. If you're lucky, you can watch the monks serving a ceremony in a side room.
After lunch, we will visit the Oriental Pearl Tower: the highest TV Tower in Asia, creating a picture of 'twin dragons playing with pearls'. The entire scene is a photographic jewel that excites the imagination and attracts thousands of visitors year-round.
Then we take a relaxing walk to the lovely Yuyuan Garden, the most beautiful garden by the south of the Yangtze River. Wandering in the garden, you will find pavilions, corridors, streams, courtyards as well as many other natural features.
Day 11 Departure Shanghai (B,L)
Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement
Your time is your own, until our guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to your next destination.
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