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  • The Terracotta Army and Horses
  • Forbidden City
  • The Bund
  • St. Sophia Church
  • Central Street
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Summer Palace
  • Yuyuan Garden
  • Sun Island Scenic Area
  • The Temple of Heaven
  • Ancient City Wall
  • Shaanxi Provincial Museum
  • Mutianyu Great Wall
  • Hutong Tours in Rickshaw
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Siberian Tiger Park / Manchurian Tiger Park
  • Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium)
  • National Swimming Centre('The Water Cube') Beijing
  • Shanghai World Financial Center

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13 Days Brilliant Winter Tour

Tour Code: CST03
Tour Duration: 13 Days
Destination: Beijing, Harbin, Shanghai, Xi'an
Tour overview: This ski tour takes you to some of the most famous destinations in China. You will visit Beijing, Xian, Harbin, Yabuli, and Shanghai. Each destination is world-famous for it sites, cuisine, culture, and arts. You will see sites such as the Terracotta Warriors, The Great Wall, and you will ski at the Yabuli International Ski Resort, the best and largest in China.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1 Beijing Arrive in Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
Day 2 Beijing Visit The Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Hutong Tours in Rickshaw Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
(B,L)
Day 3 Beijing Full day visit to Mutianyu Great Wall with round-way cable car, The Temple of Heaven Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
(B,L)
Day 4 Beijing/Xi'an Full day visit Summer Palace take an exterior visit for both of Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium) and National Swimming Centre('The Water Cube') Beijing .Arrival Xi’an, be met and transfer to the hotel, visit Ancient City Wall Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Hotel Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square Mercure on Renmin Square Xian Ibis Xian
(B,L)
Day 5 Xi'an Full day visit to The Terracotta Army and Horses and Big Wild Goose Pagoda Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Hotel Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square Mercure on Renmin Square Xian Ibis Xian
(B,L)
Day 6 Xi'an/Harbin Visit Shaanxi Provincial Museum .airport transfer (Xi’an), Arrival Harbin, be met and transfer to the Hotel, then visit St. Sophia Church and Central Street Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Shangri-La Hotel Harbin Modern Hotel, Harbin Songhuajiang Gloria Inn, Harbin
(B,L)
Day 7 Harbin Full day visit to Siberian Tiger Park / Manchurian Tiger Park Sun Island Scenic Area the Ice and Snow World (night) Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Shangri-La Hotel Harbin Modern Hotel, Harbin Songhuajiang Gloria Inn, Harbin
(B,L)
Day 8 Harbin/Yabuli Driving from Harbin to Yabuli Skiing Resort. Details... (B,L)
Day 9 Yabuli Yabuli Ski (free on your own). Details... /
Day 10 Yabuli Yabuli Ski (free on your own). Details... /
Day 11 Yabuli/Harbin/Shanghai Be transferred from Yabuli to Harbin airport, Arrival Shanghai, be met and transferred to the hotel, free at the rest of the day. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai Jin jiang New Asia hotel Shanghai
(B,L)
Day 12 Shanghai Full day visit to The Bund Yuyuan Garden Shanghai World Financial Center and Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai Jin jiang New Asia hotel Shanghai
(B,L)
Day 13 Shanghai Today will be free for your own purposes, until our guide will escort you to the airport for your next destination. Details... (B)
1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.

Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Include

A. 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 Exclude

A. 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 Beijing Arrival

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Upon your arrival you will be greeted by our local guide and then transferred to your hotel by a private air-conditioned car. For the rest of the day you will enjoy some leisure time.

Day 2 Beijing (B, L)

Beijing (B, L)

Sightseeing: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutong tour

 

This morning our tour will begin with a visit the 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 will walk across the Golden River Bridge to visit the Forbidden City and experience the ancient Emperor's daily life. For 5 centuries Chinese emperors carried out their administration here. With almost 10,000 rooms, it 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 in the past it was indeed a forbidden place for commoners. Your tour here will include private access to the Emperor's palace.

 

We will experience a unique Hutong tour by taking a rickshaw after lunch. Hutongs are a kind of ancient city alley or lane and are very typical for Beijing. Most of them can be found close to 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.

Day 3 Beijing (B, L)

Beijing (B, L)

Sightseeing: Mutianyu Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven

 

After the first day experiencing, today we will be transferred to the surrounding countryside of Beijing and visit the Mutianyu Great Wall, the pride of China and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Whereas Genghis Khan contemplated it as a military obstacle, Bill Clinton described it as an unbelievable achievement of the humankind. The hike takes about 2-3 hours.

 

After lunch, continue to visit Temple of Heaven, which was completed in 1420, and expanded over the years by two Qing Dynasty Emperors. It was the place 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.

Day 4 Beijing to Xian (B, L)

Beijing to Xian (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Summer Palace, Beijing National Stadium, National Swimming Centre, Ancient City Wall

 

This morning our tour will begin with a visit of the Summer Palace. Equally famous as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace is called 'Yiheyuan' (Garden of Nurtured Harmony) in Chinese. Until nowadays, it is the best preserved and the largest imperial garden in China. You will regret it if you leave Beijing without having visited this grand imperial garden.

 

After lunch, you will go to the airport. On the way, 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'),feel free to take some photos of the stadiums.

 

Then take the flight for Xian later. Arrive in Xian, you will be met and transferred to hotel, then visit Ancient City Wall. You will experience a half-hour's biking 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).

Day 5 Xian (B, L)

Xian (B, L)

Sightseeing: Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda

 

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.

Day 6 Xian to Harbin(B, L)

Xian to Harbin(B, L)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: St.Sofia Church

 

Taking the flight for Harbin. Arrive in Harbin, you will be met and transferred to hotel, and then visit the famous Church named St.Sofia Church. Walking around the central street, enjoy the Russian and European style buildings, the largest Orthodox Church in the Far East and the splendid whole scenery will never let you down.

Day 7 Harbin (B, L)

Harbin (B, L)

Sightseeing: Siberian Tiger Park,Sun Island Scenic Area

 

Have you ever heard about the “Harbin Ice and Snow World”.The dragon-head brand of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, it provides visitors a good opportunity to appreciate a galaxy of unique ice and snow art. When night falls, the sculptures are illuminated from the inside with colored lights, turn the place into a temporary fantast-land. Another highlights in the trip are the Siberian Tiger Park and Sun Island Scenic Area. Shaped of animals, plants, buildings, crystalline ice bridge everything is fantastic.

Day 8 Harbin to Yabuli (B, L)

Harbin to Yabuli (B, L)

Transfer via: Private vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Yabuli International Ski Resort

 

Our guide and driver will escort you from Harbin to Yabuli.

After breakfast, you will be transfer to Yabuli from Harbin (3 hours one way driving). Arrival Yabuli, free at the rest of the day. Covering an area of 23 square km, Yabuli International Ski Resort is the largest ski area with best facility in China. Yabuli has a number of qualities down hill and country trails, some of which are comparable with those in North America and Switzerland. In 1996, the resort hosted the 3rd Asian Winter Games successfully. The resort is not only famous as a ski resort in China but also renowned for its scenic beauty.
 

Day 9 Yabuli

Today, you are adviced to take part in some ice activities on your own. The ice entertainment you could choose including snow motorcycles, snow biking, horse-sled, off-road vehicle and etc. Lunch will be arranged on your own at the resort.
 

Day 10 Yabuli

Today, you are adviced to take part in some ice activities on your own. The ice entertainment you could choose including snow motorcycles, snow biking, horse-sled, off-road vehicle and etc. Lunch will be arranged on your own at the resort.

 

Day 11 Yabuli to Harbin to Shanghai (B, L)

Yabuli to Harbin to Shanghai (B, L)

Transfer via: Private vehicle and Flight on our arrangement

 

Our guide and driver will escort you from Yabuli to Harbin airport. On your arrival in Shanghai, be met and transferred to the hotel, free at the rest of the day.

After breakfast, you will be transfer to Harbin airport from Yabuli. Then take the flight from Harbin to Shanghai. Arriving in Shanghai, be met and transferred to hotel by our local guide.
 

Day 12 Shanghai (B,L)

Shanghai (B,L)

Sightseeing: Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, 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 Shanghai World Financial Center: The building is for multi uses  you can see offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the lower floors. 175 rooms and suites and goes by the name: The Park Hyatt, Shanghai. The skyscraper reached 492.3 meters (1,615.2 ft) and became the tallest structure on mainland China, including Hong Kong, as well as the world's third tallest building (including unfinished ones), after the Burj Dubai and Taipei 101On September 14, 2007.

 

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 13 Shanghai Departure(B)

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Today will be free for your own purposes, until our guide will escort you to the airport for your next destination.
 

Comment on our service from Fabiana Gesuato, Italy
Definitely a positive feedback for your agency, if I return to China I will definitely contact you.

Jiayuguan Fort

The tour you organized for us went very well, excellent timing and communication, even the restaurant where we stopped for lunch was very good. I want to give a special compliment to the guide Jenny, who was very well prepared, a vast vocabulary, very helpful (she also solved some small problems in our organization), nice and pleasant company. She also helped us book a show and get to the theater in Dunhuang.

Even the transport in the car was very pleasant, spacious car and comfortable driving, another compliment also to the driver.
  Jiayuguan and Dunhuang tour  On the way to Dunhuang

I'm sending you some photos we've done: at the Fort, at the Great Wall and on our way to Dunhuang.

The last but not least compliment is for you, for the patience, the availability, the kindness shown and the promptness in giving the answers.
   Overhanging Great Wall in Jiayuguan  Overhanging Great Wall in Jiayuguan

Definitely a positive feedback for your agency, if I return to China I will definitely contact you and I will recommend your name to those who ask me for info.


Thanks again,
Fabiana

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Comment on our service from Olga, Russia
We really enjoyed our trip. We want to say thank to the tour guide Benny.

Xinjiang tour
Hello from Russia, we really enjoyed our trip.

We want to say thank to Benny. In the attachment comments that he asked to fill, and we have filled them just now.

Best regards,
Olga
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Comment on our service from Azlan Nithia, Malaysia
The arrangement is great and the guide is friendly and excellent, thanks for the wonderful arrangement.

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The arrangement is great and the guide is friendly and excellent, thanks for the wonderful arrangement, even only one day travel, Nithia and his wife really enjoyed it.

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Comment on our service from Juliana & Joe, USA
We are back home and I just wanted to send you a note and let you know again how pleased we were with the tour package that you put together for us. It was last minute and I realize this made things more difficult for you. Everything worked out so very well!

We are back home and I just wanted to send you a note and let you know again how pleased we were with the tour package that you put together for us.  It was last minute and I realize this made things more difficult for you.  Everything worked out so very well!

All of our guides were wonderful.  We wanted to send a special letter to let you know that we were most impressed with our last guide, Mr. Yak (Tserang).  He was with us for the Tiger Leaping Gorge hike and then in Shangri La.  He was the high light of our trip!  Mr. Yak was so very helpful, knowledgable about the culture and the area and he was tremendously thoughtful and professional.  Joe and I have traveled the world quite extensively and can say that Mr. Yak was one of the best guides we have ever experienced. 

We certainly will reach out to you again when we are ready for our next trip to China.

Thank you,

Juliana Jamail

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Comment on our service from Charlie Kath, USA
I wish to THANK YOU for making our visit to China the very positive visit that it was. The itinerary was rich with what China is all about.

I wish to THANK YOU for making our visit to China the very positive visit that it was. The itinerary was rich with what China is all about. You kept us busy and I thank you for that. 
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All of the local guides were outstanding. They were always very timely, right where they needed to be each and every time. Besides being punctual I found each of them to be wonderful people who represent China in such a positive way. Thank you! Thank you!!

I'm so happy that we finally got to meet each other. We worked on this adventure for about 2 1/2 years and the itinerary needed to be revised several times. I appreciate your patience and I thank you for that.
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We're now friends and that will of course continue. I hope to visit both Mongolia via a tour and also, the Silk Road. Hopefully you can put together a 2 week tour itinerary for both of those places. When I visit Morocco I would like Beijing included in such a visit.

You are a delightful young woman and I'm so happy that we are friends.

My best to you Sandy.

From Saint Paul,

Your friend,
Charlie

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Comment on our service from Gloria Rabanal, Mexico
I really enjoyed my tour in Xian despite of the high temperature. The information provided by the guide was relevant from a historical point of view. She was kind and she tried to answer all my questions.

Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

Thank you very much for your letter, I really enjoyed my tour in Xian despite of the high temperature. In this context, it was helpful to have a transportation with air conditioning, thanks you also for the bottle of water, I suggest you to have the bottle of water cold and to keep them in an ice box.
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The information provided by the Guide (Aria) was relevant from a historical point of view. She was kind and she tried to answer all my questions.
I also would like to suggest to include a visit to the Bell and Drum Towers in the Two Days tour.
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I am attaching some pictures from the trip.

Best regards,
Gloria Rabanal

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