10 days / 9 nights
This itinerary expands our classic China itinerary to include beautiful Hangzhou.
Hangzhou’s unrivaled West Lake has been well documented through the ages by poets, scholars, artists and even emperors. Experience the destination that has brought inspiration to so many, and enjoy the Impression West Lake show - a spectacle of light, music, dance and theatrics, staged entirely upon the lake itself.
Day 1 - Arrive Beijing
Arrive in Beijing the capital of the People's Republic of China. You are welcomed at the airport and escorted to the hotel.
Day 2 - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Hutong Tour
Start your tour this morning with visit to the Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world and the Forbidden City, the 250-acre palace containing more than 9,000 rooms. Closed to the common people for centuries, it was only opened to the public in 1949. Later enjoy Beijing's hutongs tour by Rickshaws including visit to a local home. The hutongs, or ancient city alleys were built as part of a city building plan that followed the etiquette systems of the Zhou dynasty, which had specific protocols regarding how residential areas should be set up. (BL)
Day 3 - Great Wall Excursion & Summer Palace
Visit the Great wall, stopping en route at the Bird's Nest & Water Cube for a picture stop. The Great Wall, built 2,300 years ago and extending 3,750 miles, can be seen from space! Afternoon explore the Summer Palace, the retreat of China's royal families for over 2,000 years. Tonight enjoy Peking Opera and traditional Peking Duck dinner. (BLD)
Day 4 – Temple of Heaven & Lama Temple / Xian
Morning visit the Temple of Heaven, possibly the country's most popular symbol and the Lama Temple, considered as the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present day China. Later fly to Xian, once the largest city in the world. Xian was the national capital for eleven Chinese dynasties and a major link between Asia and Europe. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. (BL)
Day 5 - Terra Cotta Warriors
Xian captured the interest of the world in 1974 with the discovery of the astonishing third-century BC burial sites of the first emperor to unite China, Qin Shi Huangdi. Visit the archaeological site to see thousands of Terra Cotta Warriors, which have been standing guard over the Imperial Tomb for 2,000 years and the the ceramics & pottery workshop. Enjoy Noodle making demonstration followed by lunch. Afternoon, visit the ancient Shaanxi provincial Museum. In the evening, enjoy dumpling dinner and Tang dynasty dinner & show. (BLD)
Day 6 - Xian / Shanghai
Morning visit the Big Wide Goose Pagoda Temple and the Ancient City Wall. Afternoon fly to Shanghai. Upon arrival, met and transferred to your hotel. (BL)
Day 7 - Shanghai Sightseeing
Your morning tour of Shanghai includes a visit to Yuyuan Garden and the Old town. Afternoon visit the Shanghai Museum and the Bund, a wide, tree-lined avenue along the Huangpu River and Tianzifang Artist area, famous for small craft stores, coffee shops, trendy art studios and narrow alleys. Evening enjoy a performance by the famous Chinese acrobats. (BD)
Day 8 – Shanghai / Hangzhou
Morning travel by high speed train to Hangzhou. Upon arrival, met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon cruise on the West Lake following by visits to the Lingyin Temple, Hu Xueyan Mansion and Dragon Well Tea Plantation. Evening attend the amazing West Lake Impression show. (BL)
Day 9 - Hangzhou / Shanghai
Morning, visit the Huqingyutang (Chinese Traditional Medicine Museum) and the Hefang Street. Later board your high speed train to Shanghai. Upon arrival, met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 10 - Shanghai / Home
Morning transfer to the airport for your flight for back home. (B)