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EXPLORE THE ANCIENT CITIES (14 Days, Train & Coach Tour)

Visit Beijing, Tai'an, Mt.Tai, Qufu, Zhengzhou, Kaifeng, Luoyang, Xian & Shanghai

Day 1 Arrival in Beijing Capital Hotel or Similar
Upon arrival at the Beijing Capital Airport, passengers on this tour will be met and greeted by our attentive local guide, and then transfer to the centrally located hotel. The rest of the day will be at your own disposal for either relax or taking a walk.

Day 2 Beijing
Full day sightseeing to visit the famous Tiananmen Square, the largest one in the world, then visit the splendid Imperial Palace, well known as the "Forbidden City". After lunch, visit the enchanting Summer Palace, the best-preserved imperial garden served as summer resort in Qing dynasty. In the evening, a delicious Peking Duck dinner is arranged for welcome. (BLD)

Day 3 Beijing
The highlight today is to visit the awesome Great Wall, the symbol of China's ancient civilization with a history of over 2000 years. Afterwards, we stop by the Sacred Road to see 24 marvelous stone sculptures of animals and guards and visit the third Ming emperor's Tomb - Changling. In the evening, a famous Peking Opera show is planned. (BLD)

Day 4 Beijing / Taian On board of soft berth train
This morning, we take an interesting tour of Hutong with a ride on pedicab to visit the old Beijing"s courtyards and call on the local homes. Later on, take a visit to the well-preserved Lamasery - Yonghegong. After lunch, visit The Temple of Heaven, the most famous ancient architecture in China. In the evening, we take the overnight train with soft birth to Tai'an. (BLD)

Day 5 Arrival in Taian Overseas Mansion
Arrive in Taian in the early morning and check in the best hotel there for breakfast. Afterwards, take the ride to the most famous Mt. Tai where we take cable car lifting up to top of the famed mountain, which is over 1500 meters high with 6700 stone steps in total. This afternoon, we go to visit Daimiao Temple, built in northern Song dynasty for the emperors to hold the grand Buddhist ceremonies when paying the homage and sacrifices to Mt. Tai. (BLD)

Day 6 Taian / Qufu / Zhengzhou Fengleyuan Hotel
Take a full day excursion for 70 km to visit Qufu, the home of Confucius, (551-479 B.C.) who was the great philosopher and the most famed thinker in ancient China. Since the old times, Qufu used to be the capital of the earliest Shang and Yin dynasties and the capital of Lu State. In late afternoon, we take the soft birth train to Zhengzhou and will get there at midnight.(BLD)

Day 7 Zhengzhou / Kaifeng Fengleyuan Hotel
Have a day trip to visit Kaifeng, one of the famous capitals in ancient China, that is 80 km from Zhengzhou. Upon arrival, visit the River Sightseeing Park, built in a complete imitation of the famous ancient painting "The River Market on Qingming Festival", then touring the Iron Pagoda and the Dragon Pavilion. On way back, stop to visit the mighty Yellow River. (BLD)

Day 8 Zhengzhou / Shaolin Temple / Luoyang Luoyang Grand Hotel
Check out the hotel in the morning, and take a full day tour of 90 km to visit Shaolin Temple, the famous cradle of Chinese martial arts "kung-fu" and the most important Buddhist shrines as well. Later on, go to visit The White Horse Temple, where the earliest Buddhist Sutra taken from India was kept inside, which is 12 km from Luoyang, the well-known "Peony City".

Day 9 Luoyang / Xian Purple Mountain Hotel
Take morning visit to the Longmen Grottoes, one of the three most famous Grottoes in China, which was built in 494 AD when an emperor of the Northern Wei dynasty moved the capital from Datong to Luoyang. There are 1300 caves in total with 40 pagodas and almost 100,000 Buddha statues ranging in size from one inch to 57 feet. By noontime, we take the soft seat train to Xian and will get there before 7pm. (BLD)

Day 10 Xian
Today, we take a visit at the best-preserved City Wall, then make a stop at the famous historical site - The Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Later on, take the ride for one hour to visit the extraordinary archeological discovery - the 6000 life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses buried over 2000 years for the first emperor of the Qin dynasty. We also stop to visit Banpo Museum, where the ancient people lived in the matrilineal society over 6000 years ago. This evening, a special Dinner Show is arranged at the Tang Dynasty Palace. (BLD)

Day 11 Xian / Shanghai Broadway Mansion or Similar
Visit the ancient Bell Tower at the city center and the well-known Provincial Museum, which displays with lots of unique historical relics. After lunch, take the flight fo Shanghai - the largest and fast developing coastal city of China. Upon arrival, visit the Children's Palace where the talented pupils are trained with singing, dancing, painting and musical instrument playing etc. A fantastic Acrobatics Show is arranged in the evening. (BLD)

Day 12 Shanghai
Take a visit at the Jade Buddha Temple and Yu Garden, an uniquely built private garden of the Qing dynasty. After lunch, visit the marvelous Shanghai Museum newly built on the People's Square and considered as one of the best arts and historical museum in China. Later on, we take a stroll along The Bund and the famous shopping street - Nanjing Road. (BLD)

Day 13 Shanghai / Suzhou / Shanghai
A full day excursion to Suzhou by coach is another delighted experience for your visit in China. The city linked by the Grand Canal is well known for its many uniquely built private gardens of Ming and Qing dynasties. We take a visit to the Garden of Humble Administrator and the National Embroidery Institute. Boating on the canal and a visit at the silk factory is arranged before riding back to Shanghai. A farewell dinner is planned to highlight our China trip. (BLD)

Day 14 Shanghai / Return home flight
The morning is at leisure and check out before noon. Our guide will come to meet you at the hotel lobby and help arrange transfers to the airport for your return home flight. (B)

TOUR PRICE: All in US Dollars
Seasons
2 - 5 persons
6 - 9 persons
10 persons & up
Remarks
Low SeasonDec. / Jan. / Feb. / Mar.
1550
1360
1120
Shoulder SeasonApr. / Jun. / Jul. / Aug.
1610
1420
1180
Peak SeasonMay. / Sep. / Oct. / Nov.
1670
1480
1230

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:

* 4 star - rated hotel accommodation based on twin sharing with western breakfast
* All domestic air & train transportation
* Private car / mini-bus or coach transfers with English speaking guide
* All sightseeing entrance fee mentioned in the itinerary
* All meals specified in the itinerary ( B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner )
* Evening entertainment arranged in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

* The airport tax of US$ 6 for each domestic flight & US$11 for int'l flight.
* Anything does not mentioned in the above itinerary.

Please note that the tour payment must be made by Bank Wire Transfer 15 days before the group arrival or paid by cash / credit cards before the tour commencing.

For payment made by credit card, 4% surcharge required by the Bank of China will be added upon the total tour price.

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