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  16 Days of Best Selected and Modern China Highlights Tour(Small Group)
Highlights
This is the most essential China tour, we selected the most famous places for the visitors who are going to get a general impression of China, one of the four famous ancient civilized countries in the world. Beijing, the ancient and modern China capital, the ancient fascination of China in Xi'an, the breathtaking natural sceneries - Guilin and a modern metropolis - Shanghai,Suzhou and Hangzhou in China Jiangnan(down reach of the Yangtze River)- a fertile and prosperous area with a mild climate.
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Day by day itinerary
Day 1:Arrival-Beijing
Transfer via: International flight to Beijing - On your own arrangement
On arrival at Beijing, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 2 Beijing City Tour(B+ L)
Visit Forbidden city, The Tian'anmen Square, The Temple of Heaven, Enjoy Martial Arts Perfomance.
Forbidden city: the Forbidden City was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties carried out their administration and lived. Now it is open to the public as a palace museum where people can see the great traditional palace architecture, enjoy the treasures kept in the palace, and learn of the legends and anecdotes about the imperial family and the court.
The Tian'anmen Square: Located at the center of Beijing City , where you can visit Tian'anmen Tower, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, China Mao's Memorial Hall.
The Temple of Heaven: The Temple of Heaven was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for good harvests. The emperors visited the temple three times a year: on the 8th day of the first lunar month to pray for a good harvest; during the Summer Solstice to pray for rain; and during Winter Solstice to give thanks for a good harvest. This is a good place to watch people practicing Taichi each morning.
Martial Arts Perfomance: You don't have to be a martial arts enthusiast to appreciate the incredible feats of strength, with fists, feet, swords, and other weapons. Kungfu expert display their kicks, punches and use of weapons with uncanny speed, power and agility.
Day 3  Beijing Great Wall Tour (B+L+D)
Visit The Sacred Road, Mutianyu Great Wall, Enjoy Roasted Duck at Qianmen Quanjude.
The Sacred Road: The road is guarded on both sides with stone statues by which the ancient emperors went to hold a memorial ceremony for the ancestors.
Mutianyu Great Wall:One of the seven wonders in the world and the symbol of China.
Roasted Duck at Qianmen Quanjude : In the evening, enjoy the Peking Roasted Duck which is renowned as the most delicious food of Beijing.Qianmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant
Day 4 Beijing-Xian (B+L)
Transfer via: Flight TBA
Visit Hutong by rickshaw,you'll get a precious glimpse into their distinctive culture as you zigzag through them, then have a lunch in the local family.
You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight and fly to Xi'an.
Hutong : Hutong is a kind of alleyway peculiar to Beijing. Surrounding the Forbidden City, many of these small windy alleyways were built during the Yuan (1206-1341), Ming(1368-1628) and Qing(1644-1908) dynasties. In the prime of these dynasties the emperors, in order to establish supreme power for themselves, planned the city and arranged the residential areas according to the etiquette systems of the Zhou Dynasty.
Day 5 Xian Terror Cotta Warrior Tour(B+L)
Visit Terror cotta warriors, Bell Tower, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Enjoy Evening Show at Tang Yuegong.
Terror cotta warriors: Qin's terracotta army consists of life-size figures of warriors, depicted in battle dress according to rank an unit, and numerous figures of horses and chariots, and this is only part of what is believed to be his grand tomb. The terracota army lies approximately a mile east of Qin's main tomb which is said to contain spectacular objects. To date only trial digs of the main tomb site have been completed and they have yet to find the main entrance to the tomb.
Bell Tower: The wooden tower, which is the largest and best-preserved of its kind in China, is 36 meters (118 feet) high. It stands on a brick base 35.5 meters (116.4 feet) long and 8.6 meters (28.2 feet) high on each side.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda: The pagoda where widely renowned Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his classics brought from India.
Evening Show at Tang Yuegong: The Tang Dynasty show: The show that presents the palace dances and sings in the Tang Dynasty when Xi'an was the capital of ancient China.
Day 6 Xian / Shanghai (B+ L )
Transfer via: Afternoon flight on our arrangement.
Visit the Provincial Museum, the Ancient City Wall. Take afternoon flight to Shanghai Hongqiao airport. Arrive at Shanghai. Be met and transferred to the hotel with your private guide and vehicle. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
The Provincial Museum: One of the main museums in China which holds numerous unearthed cultural relics of China.
City Wall: An extension of the old Tang Dynasty structure boasting the most complete city wall that survives through Chinese long history.
Day 7 Shanghai (B+ L )
Visit Yuyuan Garden, Temple to the city Gods, Jade Buddha Temple, Shangcheng Acrobatics.
Yuyuan Garden: Yuyuan Garden is a traditional Chinese park complete with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations.
Temple to the City Gods: it is a busy market today, specializing in traditional arts and crafts. Outside, however, it still looks like a temple.
Jade Buddha Temple: It is one of the main touristic highlights in Shanghai and it's also the most active temple in China. If you're lucky, you can see the monks serving ceremony in a side room.
Shangcheng Acrobatics: There are performances by one of Shanghai's best acrobatic troupes here most nights. The auditorium can seat 1,000 people, and the show starts at 7:30pm.
Day 8 Shanghai  (B+ L )
Full day tour of Shanghai Museum, Children's Palace, Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
Shanghai Museum: The biggest museum in China, with a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics. The museum is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings, and calligraphy.
Children's Palace: The Shanghai Children's Palace provides after-school education for gifted children. Children participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities such as music, dance, art, model making, science, technology and computer science. The palace hosts many art performances and science and technology contests which attracts thousands of youngsters.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower: Standing by the Huangpu River with 468 meters high, Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the highest TV Tower in Asia.
Day 9 Shanghai To Suzhou (B+ L )
Drive to Suzhou and visit Lingering Garden ,Humble Administrator's Garden, The Grand Canal.
Grand Canal:The Grand Canal and it is the longest man-made waterway in world. Cruising on the Canal,you can see the local people's life.
Humble Ministrator's Garden: The garden is the best representative of Chinese classical gardens,constructed in the Ming dynasty. Focused on a central pond with pavilions, terraces, chambers, and towers located nearby, the garden is divided into three parts: the eastern, middle and western parts.
Lingering Garden: Suzhou is famous for its  Gardens. Lingering Garden is an elaborate succession of small gardens. Lingering in the garden you would marvel at this unique architecture art.
Day 10 Suzhou To Hangzhou (B+ L )
Drive to Hangzhou and visit Lingyin Temple/ Monastery of the Hidden Souls , Peak Flown from Afar, West Lake, Six Harmonies Pagoda, Tea Plantation.
Lingyin Temple/ Monastery of the Hidden Souls: Lingyin Temple is one of the ten most famous ancient Buddhist temples in China. It also houses various Buddhist literature and treasures situated in front of Lingyin Temple, is famous for its more than 470 stone carvings of Buddhist figures, which dated from the 10th to 14th centuries.
Peak Flown from Afar: Fei Lai Feng, 209 meters (about 700 feet) tall, is a pure limestone mountain that is very distinctive from the sandstone mountains around it.
West Lake: The lake comprises five distinct sections. The largest part is known as the Outer Lake and it is bounded by the North Inner Lake, Yuehu Lake, West Inner Lake and Lesser South Lake
Six Harmonies Pagoda: The Six Harmonies Pagoda is definitely a masterpiece of ancient Chinese architecture that continually attracts visitors both home and abroad.
Day 11 Hangzhou To Guilin (B+ L )
Transfer via: Flight TBA
You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight and fly to Guilin.
Arrive at Guilin, you will be met and transfered to the hotel.
Day 12 Guilin (B+ L )
Full day Li River Cruise to Yangshuo with lunch aboard and return to Guilin late in the afternoon.
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. Have a short exploration to the old town before to be transferred back to Guilin city.
Day 13 Guilin (B+ L )
Full day tours to the Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill,Reed Flute Cave and Seven Star Park with lunch.
Elephant Trunk Hill: 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.
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.
Reed Flute Cave: Known as "the Palace of Natural Arts" where you can see beautiful stalactites & stalagmites,learn how they are formed.
Seven Star Park: The biggest park in Guilin, where you can see a giant Panda Meimei, the Camel Hill, Bonsai Garden and more sites if you are energetic enough to climb some hills.
Day 14 Guilin / Guangzhou/Hong Kong (B+ L )
Transfer via: AM flight(guilin/Guangzhou);
Train(guangzhou/Hong Kong)
Take AM flight to Guangzhou. Be met & transferred to take a half day trip to visit Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, The Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family , Qing Ping Market.
Take afternoon train to Hong Kong.
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall: a memorial building built in 1931 with the funds raised by the Guangzhou people and overseas Chinese in memory of Sun Yat-sen
Temple of the Six Banyan Trees: a world famous ancient Buddhist temple
The Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family: The Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family, built between 1890 and 1894 during the reign of Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty, is the largest, best preserved, and best decorated ancient architecture existing in Guangdong province.
Day 15 Hong Kong (B )
HONG KONG ISLAND HALF DAY TOUR to Victoria Peak, Aberdeen, Repulse Bay;then enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Victoria Peak: The Peak is Hong kong's number one tourist destination. It features the city's of oldest mode transport, the 112-year old Peak Tram and Hong Kong's most unusual building and icon, The Peak Tower. It combine shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.
Aberdeen: Aberdeen Harbor is home of hundreds of people living on fishing junks.
Repulse Bay: Primarily an exclusive residential area, Repulse Bay has a relaxed, resort-like atmosphere. The wide beach is popular with residents and great for sandy strolls. It features statues of Kwun Yum and Tin Hau, both protectors of fishermen.
Day 16 Hong Kong / Departure (B )
Transfer via: International flight on your own arrangement
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the next destination,
Service Ends.

Departure dates and prices
(based on per person and shown in US Dollar)

Departure date price single supplement Children price Booking Online
Jan.10th.2010 3080 1060 950
Feb.20th.2010 3080 1060 950
Mar.15th.2010 3080 1060 950
Apr.10th.2010 3200 1070 980
May.15th.2010 3220 1090 980
Jun.15th.2010 3260 1120 1020
Jul.18th.2010 3280 1140 1020
Sep.10th.2010 3300 1200 1050
Oct.18th.2010 3300 1200 1050
Nov.20th.2010 3260 1160 1030
Dec.13th.2010 3180 1080 1000
 Cost included
1. Entrance fees
2. Meals as listed in the itinerary, B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=Dinner.
3. Personal Guide & Driver + Private car / van for Private Transfers & sightseeing.
4. Four star standard hotel rooms on twin shared base.
5. Domestic flights with airport and fuel taxes,or trains as listed in the itinerary.
6. Service Charge & Government Taxes.
7. Luggage Transfers between airports and hotels.
 Cost excluded
1. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets.
2. Visa Fees.
3. City Construction Fee: US$0.40 per person per night in Beijing; no charge in the other cities.
4. Personal Expenses.
5. Meals: Any meals which are not specified with B, L, or D.
6. Single Room Supplement.
 About Children:
The Children prices include the followings for Children under 12 years old:
1.All the domestic airtickets with fuel tax listed in the itinerary.
2.Local English-speaking tour guide service.
3.Land transportation .
All the other things which are not mentioned are excluded for children under 12 years old.
 Notes
Note:

1.We guarantee the departure on time when there are at least 2 travellers enrolled,the group size won't exceed 18 Pax.

2.Visitors intending to join this tour should enroll at least one week ahead the departure date so that we can guarantee the availability.

3.Minor program changes sometimes are necessary, depending on road conditions, weather and availability of room.

4.Prices and Itinerary are valid in 2010, but may vary according to your travel time and tour availability (e.g.: China special events time such as  Chinese holiday periods: April 30th - May 7th, Sep 30th to Oct 7th, and Chinese New Year period which usually falls in January .)

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