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  • Dazhao Temple
  • Forbidden City
  • Badaling Great Wall
  • Western Xia Mausoleums
  • Five Pagoda Temple
  • Summer Palace
  • The Temple of Heaven
  • Ming Tombs
  • The Sacred Way
  • Tiananmen Square

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12 Days Beijing, Hohhot, Baotou, Erdos, Yinchuan and Zhongwei Tour

Tour Code: ST10
Tour Duration: 12 Days
Destination: Beijing, Erdos, Hohhot, Yinchuan, Zhongwei
Tour overview: This special tour is comprised of the great highlights in North China, which represent not only the natural beauty of the endless grassland and the magic resonant sand but also the mystery and grandness of ancient imperial tombs in different ethnic style...

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12 Days Beijing, Hohhot, Baotou, Erdos, Yinchuan and Zhongwei Tour 12 Days Beijing, Hohhot, Baotou, Erdos, Yinchuan and Zhongwei Tour 12 Days Beijing, Hohhot, Baotou, Erdos, Yinchuan and Zhongwei Tour 12 Days Beijing, Hohhot, Baotou, Erdos, Yinchuan and Zhongwei Tour

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, free at the rest of the day. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
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Day 2 Beijing/Hohhot Take a flight to Hohhot. Upon arrival, be transfered to your hotel. Free at leisure at the rest of the day. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Inner Mongolia Jinjiang Intl Holiday Inn Hohhot Pinnacle Hotel, Hohhot
B,L
Day 3 Hohhot Touring the vast grassland and pastures. Later watch the locals in horse riding, wrestling and archery. In the evening after a Mongolian lamb dinner we enjoy the graceful Mongolian singing and dancing. At night we stay in mushroom-like yurts. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Inner Mongolia Jinjiang Intl Holiday Inn Hohhot Pinnacle Hotel, Hohhot
B,L,D
Day 4 Hohhot After breakfast drive back to Hohhot. Then take city tour with Dazhao Temple . Later, visit the famous Five Pagoda Temple . At dinner, delicious roast whole lamb will be served. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Inner Mongolia Jinjiang Intl Holiday Inn Hohhot Pinnacle Hotel, Hohhot
B,L,D
Day 5 Hohhot/Baotou Drive to Baotou. Visit Meidaizhao, Wudangzhao. For dinner today, the famous local cuisine Carp from Yellow River will be prepared. Details... B,L,D
Day 6 Baotou/Erdos Visit the Resonant Sand Bay in Erdos. Details... B,L
Day 7 Erdos/Yinchuan Visit Tomb of Genghis Khan. Later, we take bus to Yinchuan. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Holiday Inn Yinchuan International Trade Centre Yinchuan Lang Yue Hotel
B,L
Day 8 Yinchuan/Zhongwei Drive to Zhongwei in the morning and visit the 108 Buddhist Pagodas. Today's highlight is a cruise along the Yellow River by sheepskin raft. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Zhongwei Shapotou Sands Hotel
B,L
Day 9 Zhongwei/Yinchuan Drive to Back to city of Yinchuan and visit the Western Xia Mausoleums . Later proceed to see the cliff carvings in Helan Mountain. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Holiday Inn Yinchuan International Trade Centre Yinchuan Lang Yue Hotel
B,L
Day 10 Yinchuan/Beijing Take a flight to Beijing .Be met and visit Tiananmen Square , Forbidden City , Summer Palace , The Temple of Heaven . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
B,L
Day 11 Beijing Full day visit Badaling Great Wall , Ming Tombs , The Sacred Way . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
B,L
Day 12 Beijing Free at leisure till be transferred to airport for your flight departure. 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

Arrive in Beijing, you will be met by our English speaking tour guide and then be transferred to hotel. Free at leisure the rest of the day.

Day 2 Beijing / Hohhot (B, L)

Beijing / Hohhot (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement

Take a flight to Hohhot, the capital city of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Upon arrival,you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure in the rest of the day.

Day 3 Hohhot / Grassland(B, L, D)

Hohhot / Grassland(B, L, D)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: touring the vast grassland and pastures

Begin our day by touring the vast grassland and pastures. Taste the unique local food for lunch. Later watch the locals in horse riding, wrestling and archery. In the evening after a Mongolian lamb dinner we enjoy the graceful Mongolian singing and dancing. At night we stay in mushroom-like yurts.

Day 4 Grassland / Hohhot (B, L, D)

Grassland / Hohhot (B, L, D)

Transfer via: Private vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Dazhao Temple, Five Pagoda Temple

After breakfast we will say goodbye to the grassland and drive to Hohhot. City tour of Dazhao Temple. which is a Tibetan lamasery. Inside the temple there is silver statue of Buddha Sakyamuni, so the temple is also called Silver Buddha Temple.

Later, visit the famous Five Pagoda Temple. Five-Pagoda Temple (Wuta Si), which is also called Jingangzuo Sheli Baota, is located in Hohhot City. As there are five small dagobas on the pedestal of the pagoda, it is named Wuta Si. Wuta was originally a building of the temple constructed during 1727-1732. Now the temple has disappeared, but the pagoda has remained.

For dinner tonight, the delicious roast whole lamb will be served.

Day 5 Hohhot / Baotou (B,L)

Hohhot / Baotou (B,L)

Transfer via: Parivate Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Meidaizhao, Wudangzhao

Drive to Baotou City. Visit Meidaizhao Lamasery, it is located around 80 km east of Baotou. It was built in 1575 for Alatanhan, a leader of the Mongolian tribe in ancient China, also the 17th generation of Genghis Khan. It was one of the most important centers for spreading Tibetan Buddhism in Inner Mongolia. Meidaizhao Lamasery is more of a walled city than a lamasery. The architecture is a mixture of Central China style with Tibetan and Mongolian features. It covers an area of 4,000 square meters, and contains temples, royal palaces, enclosing walls and city gates.

Also a visit to Wudangzhao, 70 kilometers from the city of Baotou. Wudangzhao is the largest and best preserved monastery in Inner Mongolia. It was built during the reign of Emperor Kang Xi of the Ong Dynasty, after the model of Tashihunbu Monastery in Tibet. It is hemmed in by mountains and trees. In front of the monastery there is a clear, crystal stream. Covering 200,000 square meters in area, the monastery emcompasses six halls, three apartments for living Buddhas, and 2,538 rooms.

For dinner tonight, the famous local cuisine Carp from Yellow River will be prepared.

Day 6 Baotou / Erdos (B, L)

Baotou / Erdos (B, L)

Transfer via: Parivate Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Resonant Sand Bay

Today we are going to experience a natural phenomenon by visiting the Resonant Sand Bay in Erdos, which is 45km from Baotou and emits a sound like the purring of a car or an aircraft engine whenever someone is sliding down the top of its 90-metre-high slope with a 45-degree gradient. Visitors may also go horseback or camelback riding or enjoy local folk singing and dancing.

Day 7 Erdos / Yinchuan (B, L)

Erdos / Yinchuan (B, L)

Transfer via: bus on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Genhis Khan Mausoleum,

Leave for the Genghis Khan Mausoleum in the morning. After about 1 hour's drive, arrive and visit the mausoleum, the main structure of which is made up of three connecting palaces in Mongolian yurt style. In the main hall is a 5-meter-high statue of Genghis Khan; on the walls are frescos on different themes about this ancient emperor, including his birth, misfortunes, conquering west and east, unifying the Mongolian tribes. Then continue to visit the Genghis Khan Mausoleum Tourist Area, which is known as "the largest site of showing Mongolian custom in China". During lunch time, you can enjoy the large show "Eternal Genghis Khan" at your own expense if you like(RMB 120/per person).

Then you will be transferred to bus station to take bus to Yinchuan. When you arrive in Yinchuan, be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 8 Yinchuan / Zhongwei (B,L)

Yinchuan / Zhongwei (B,L)

Transfer via: Private vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing:108 Buddhist Pagodas, cruise along the Yellow River by sheepskin raft.

This morning, drive to Zhongwei in the morning where we visit the 108 Buddhist Pagodas. The main attractions of the Scenic Qingtongxia Reservoir on the western shore of the YellowRiver are 108 Buddhist pagodas. They range in height from 3.5 to 2.5 metres, fashioned in three shapes (pyramid, gourd, and vase), and arranged on a rising mountain slope in rows of increasing odd numbers to form a colossal triangle. A major scenery by the Yellow River.

Today's highlight is a cruise along the Yellow River by sheepskin raft.

Day 9 Zhongwei / Yinchuan (B, L)

Zhongwei / Yinchuan (B, L)

Transfer via: Parivate Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Western Xia Mausoleum, Cliff carving in Helan Mountain

Back to city of Yinchuan, you will visit the Oriental Pyramid - Western Xia Mausoleum. The tombs are a well-known travel site. It is located at the eastern foot of Helan Mountain, close to Yinchuan City in Ningxia Autonomous Region, measuring 10 kilometers north to south, 4 kilometers east to west; the Mausoleum contains the tombs of emperors of the Western Xia. There are eight tumuli and over 70 annex tombs in this area.

Later proceed to see the Cliff Carvings in Helan Mountain. Hailed as a major wonder of ancient Chinese civilization, these cliff carvings there are tens of thousands of them were discovered at the entrance to the Helan Mountain 46 km from Yinchuan. Done by Chinese nomads some 10,000 years ago. They run the gamut from portraits, totems and geniolatry signs to scenes of hunting, grazing, war and dance. There is something genuinely uninhibited and unaffected about them.

Day 10 Yinchuan / Beijing (B, L)

Yinchuan / Beijing (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven

Take morning fligh to Beijing. When you arrive in Beijing, be met and transferred to your hotel.

This morning our tour will begin with a visit of 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.

Time permit, we will continue by visiting the 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 11 Beijing (B, L)

Beijing (B, L)

Sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Sacred Way

After experiencing the royal lifestyle, today we will be transferred to the surrounding countryside of Beijing and visit 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 described it as one of humankind's greatest achievements. You will be able to climb and walk one of the best preserved sections of the 2,000 years old ancient wall, admiring the splendid mountain views. Bring a jacket and layer- although it is breezy, the climbing is tough. So be in a good shape!

In the afternoon we will visit the legendary Ming Tombs, which are situated at the foot of Heavenly Longevity Mountain, Changping, northwest of Beijing. Since there are 13 Ming emperors buried there, this place was called the 13 Ming Tombs. You will walk along the Sacred Way, a road guarded by stone statues on both sides, as the ancient emperors did to hold a memorial ceremony for their ancestors. In addition, you will encounter the marble tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors.

Day 12 Beijing (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 Gracie Chan, USA

We had a wonderful trip! You planned and coordinated everything really well. We especially appreciated all your help on the first day when we missed our train and got stranded in Beijing~THANK YOU! Everything went smoothly and our guides were most accommodating. Most of them were quite fluent and we don't have any problem understanding them. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and seek you out if I visit China the future.

 

Hello Sandy,

Hope you had a nice weekend. Thanks for being patient. Here's what we thought of the trip.

Overall, we had a wonderful trip! You planned and coordinated everything really well. We especially appreciated all your help on the first day when we missed our train and got stranded in Beijing~THANK YOU!

Everything went smoothly and our guides were most accommodating. Most of them were quite fluent and we don't have any problem understanding them. It was great to have their help dealing with hotel checking-ins and transportation details. It was very convenient and helpful. Having to move in and out of hotels daily and trying to catch all those train on time are very stressful ~ A big "Thanks" for all their help.  

I want you to know that we consider Jackie Zhang (our guide for Zhangye & Dunhuang) to be the BEST of all the guides we encountered on this trip. She is enthusiastic, meticulous and extremely knowledgeable. You can tell that she enjoys her job tremendously!

         

My observation ~ Most "Foreign Visitors" don't always have a base knowledge of the history of the places they are visiting. A SHORT & CONCISE explanation is better than a long and winding narrative. It should not be assumed that one formula works for everyone. Some visitors are more knowledgeable than others and vice versa.

We enjoyed all the sights we visited on this trip tremendously. That said, there are some room for improvements.

The one disappointment for me was the visit to Qinghai Lake. It was too commercialized. It would have been so much better if we were able to stop by the lake area BEFORE the visitor center where it was much more pristine and unspoiled. After all, we are there to take it the natural beauty of the area after all.

Our guide and driver was most accommodating when we asked them to stop by the side of the road in order for us to photograph herds of YAK and sheep. It was the highlight of the trip for me! I am sure other visitors will feel the same way.

My suggestion ~ Maybe some sort of arrangements can be made with local farmers that owned land along the Qinghai lake for a short stop over in your future tours? This way, your visitors can have wonderful opportunities to photograph and experience the scenery and lifestyle of the local people.

My observation ~ In Turpan, the Turpan Museum would have been a BETTER choice than the visit to the Karez well system (Kan'erjing Museum). There is really nothing much to see here.  

The International Grand Bazaar was also a bit of a disappointment, it was too touristy. I think we would find it much more interesting if we have the opportunity to visit a local street market instead.

We rode a donkey cart at the Flaming Mountains. It was great fun! I think this should be included in the future and its a great way to help the local make some extra money too. You agree?

Hotels ~ We still prefer staying at International Brand hotels. We really liked the Sofitel Hotels (in Xian & Xining) and the Sheraton in Urumqi.  

We find the service and breakfast food selection available at the local brand hotels are still somewhat lacking compared to the International Brand hotels.

Food ~ We had some amazing and some mediocre food on this trip. The quality of the meal is inconsistent. I guess it depended a lot on your local tour coordinators?    

I hope our observations and honest suggestions are helpful to you. Please do not consider this is as criticism of our trip but as suggestions for improvements. We had lots of fun and we hope you'll be able to attract more visitors to your tour. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and seek you out if I visit China the future.

I have attached the "corrected" photo and an extra one taken at the Flaming Mountains. You have our permission to include all three of the photos along with the following review to your website. I will write a review for TripAdvisor.com later.

Regards,

Gracie.


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Comment on our service from Sergey Shunailov, Russia

It is impossible to find any imperfection in the service. Nice guide with good English and nice driver. Thanks a lot. If I'll have free time in my next trip to China I'll use again only your company.

Dear Sandy,

Nice to hear from you. The one day Beijing tour was fine. It is impossible to find any imperfection in the service. Nice guide with good English and nice driver. Thanks a lot.

If I'll have free time in my next trip to China I'll use again only your company.

Best regards,

Sergey


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Comment on our service from Thomas Anthony Lucker, USA

It was great and the guide was tremendous!

Hi Sandy,


It was great and the guide was tremendous.  I had a great time in Kaifeng. I think we have another tour coming up quickly on the 26th to Luoyang.  :)  


Tom

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Comment on our service from Robert William Miller, USA

It was a good trip.  The sites were very interesting and unique.

It was a good trip.  The sites were very interesting and unique.   The Dazu museum was very interesting since did not know there were so many of the grottoes in China and other countries as well. We didn’t take lunch but asked rather to see another grotto.  Would recommend going to the small grotto and then the larger one and then museum in that order.

Rob Miller

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Comment on our service from Caitlin Radich, New Zealand

Overall we loved our tours. Zhangjiajie was fantastic! Our tour was really great and we would recommend it. Beijing - our guide was fantastic! So full of facts, great English and overall fantastic. Overall we have found dealing with your company a very pleasant experience, and we like the individualised aspect of it.

Hi Sandy,

Nice to hear from you. Overall we loved our tours. Zhangjiajie was fantastic! Our tour was really great and we would recommend it. Our tour guide was really lovely in zhangjiajie, but her English was less than perfect, but overall that didn’t hinder anything.

Beijing - our guide was fantastic! So full of facts, great English and overall fantastic. Forrest was his name. Seeing the wall was amazing!!!

Overall we have found dealing with your company a very pleasant experience, and we like the individualised aspect of it.

I hope you find this helpful, and thank you for your help,

Thanks

Caitlin


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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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