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

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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 Wolfgang Ernst Kasper, Australia
I want to to thank you again for your good services. Everything worked out as expected ––or better! Getting the gaotie tickets was easy, and the two excursions were most enjoyable.

Dear Sandy,

now that we have returned home after a marvellous trip through China, I want to to thank you again for your good services.

Everything worked out as expected –– or better! Getting the gaotie tickets was easy, and the two excursions were most enjoyable. In particular, the guide at Huangshan – I called her ciao Xue (Little Snow) – was attentive and intelligent, great company!


After the hike up and down on Huangshan, we felt great: we can still do that at our age in the high seventies!


Hakka Country


Finally, it was a pleasant surprise to get your call. That was unexpected, but much appreciated.

Keep selling China to the world!

Best wishes

Wolfgang


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Comment on our service from Sue O'Malley, Australia

I am so pleased we had a chance to stay in the other location as we were able to see and learn so much.


Dear Sandy,


Thank you so much for your help today.  We were very efficiently taken to the correct hotel.


I am so pleased we had a chance to stay in the other location as we were able to see and learn so much.


I cannot praise our guide Jason enough. He was so knowledgeable, kind and fun. He was still helping today when Lisa left money in the safe at the other hotel. It has been a fantastic trip.


Thank you so much,  


Sue O'Malley


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Comment on our service from Reinhard Bührer, Switzerland

Good experience from the past years. I think we booked already more than eight times through you.

Hi Sandy,


Please find my comments and Feedback to our Beijing tour as follows:


1. What do you think of our guide service?

Holly was a lovely tour guide. Always very punctual.


2. What do you think of our driver service?

Good driver. We felt quite safe.


3. Which meal makes you memorable? Please name the reason why you like or dislike it?

The day on the way to Great Wall (Mutanyu) we went to a nice restaurant which was built like a garden house. Here we got good food and good service.


4. Could you please advise why you choose us to be your tour operator for your holiday?

Good experience from the past years. I think we booked already more than eight times through you.


5. Which part of sightseeing was the most memorable for you?

We visited the Great Wall in the afternoon. That was a good choice as there were not many people anymore and we were almost alone on the Great Wall, with fantastic weather it felt great.


Kind regards,

Reinhard


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Comment on our service from Helen, Graham Knott, UK

The trip that you arranged for us was amazing from start to finish, thank you for your patience with arranging everything we asked for.

           

Dear Sandy


Thank you for your email and the photos from our trip.


I must apologise for not emailing you before now, but we have been busy and time just flies by.


     


The trip that you arranged for us was amazing from start to finish, thank you for your patience with arranging everything we asked for, we were tired out at the end but wanted to see as much as our time allowed.  Each place was different but we enjoyed everything. The organisation of everything was excellent, the guides were always on time, the drivers friendly and their cars clean with plenty of bottled water. The hotels were in great locations and the rooms were comfortable, the breakfasts could have been better especially at the King Parkview in Beijing (but having said that we did not go hungry). The lunches were great too, we enjoyed tasting all the different dishes.


       


It was really nice to be able to meet you in Guilin, it was a lovely meal (sorry we couldn’t eat more) and we hope that you enjoyed the shortbread biscuits. The Chinese knot you gave us is hanging in our car for good luck  If you would like to use any of the photographs from our trip on your website please feel free do so.


I will also leave a review on Tripadvisor.


We would have no hesitation to recommend you and your company to our friends thinking of visiting China, but most are not as independent at travelling as we are 


Please pass on our best regards to Kai, Samantha and Hannah


Sending our best wishes to you from a sunny UK


Best regards


Helen and Graham Knott


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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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