Cities visited: Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai
Chinese culture is often associated with the Dragon. As they are deeply rooted in Chinese culture, the Chinese often consider themselves "Descendants of the Dragon". The origin of the Dragon is unknown but when two dragons are placed together, faced in opposite directions; they symbolize eternity- the famous Yin-Yang symbol.
Since nobody in Ancient China was doubtful about the existence of Dragons, People showed tremendous respect for any representations of dragons, be it in paintings, carvings or writings. As a result, the dragon became the symbol of the Chinese nation. China summons to be explored, and this 09 night’s tour will surely give you an opportunity to experience what you were looking for.
Soak in the culture that's vastly different from your own. Walk through the rooms that housed ancient emperors in the Forbidden City in Beijing. Pay your respects or even better stand with the Terracotta warriors in Xi'an. Get bewildered at the grandeur of the Great Wall of China. You will also have a chance to enjoy the Li River cruise between the most incredible mountains in Asia. Finish this comprehensive China journey at the electric skyline of modern Shanghai.
Do not forget to try Shanghai’s Soup Dumplings and the Beijing Peking Duck, though the taste of Chinese food will differ vastly from what you may have had before.
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On arrival, you will be met and transferred to hotel by the local guide. After a good rest in a comfortable hotel, you will be taken for an Acrobatic Show - characterised by feats of strength and daring performed cleverly, precisely with the ability of retaining balance in motion. You will surely get mesmerised.
Dinner at an Indian Restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Depart from hotel in the morning to visit the biggest public square in the world, Tian'anmen Square. It overwhelms you with its grandeur on first sight. Then you are lead to the Forbidden City. It was the imperial palace for the emperors during Ming and Qing Dynasties and the biggest ancient architectural complex in the world. Later in the afternoon, you continue your trip to the Summer Palace - Having the largest royal park and being well preserved, it was designated, in 1960 by the State Council, as a Key Cultural Relics Protection Site of China. Complete your day with dinner at an Indian restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
In the morning drive 75km to visit the Great Wall at Juyong Pass which is the symbol of China and the wisdom of the Chinese people. It is very unbelievable that Chinese succeeded in building such a great monument with simple tools in ancient time. Later, visit the Jade Factory and the Ming Tombs (Changling Tomb), consisting of 13 tombs of the emperors of the Ming Dynasty after the capital was moved from Nanjing to Beijing. This is unique as it is the only palace made of camphor wood.
After dinner at an Indian restaurant and you have time at hand, you may have a short stop and take photos in Beijing Olympic Park to see the outside view of the National Stadium (Bird's Nest) and National Aquatics Centre (Water Cube). Overnight at hotel.
Beijing / Xian
In the morning, you will visit the Liulichang which is a famous district in down-town Beijing that is known for a series of traditional Chinese stone dwellings that sell various craftwork, artistic items, and antiques. It is one of Beijing's traditional old quarters. Then visit Da Shi Lan, one of Beijing's most famous old-fashioned streets, has a history dating back to 570 years. Later, you will take the flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Dinner at an Indian restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
This morning depart for a full day tour for a visit to China's richest historic area - recognised by UNESCO as the eighth wonder of the world - the amazing Museum of the Terra Cotta Warriors; famous for the great underground army of the First Emperor of China, buried together with him 2200 years ago and discovered only in 1974. It remains the most significant archeological excavation of the 20th century.
Later, spend time at an art workshop or roam through ancient style streets. Dinner at an Indian restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Xi'an / Guilin
This morning you will visit the City Walls and the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Discover more of Xi’an and China’s ancient history at the Shaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda, then head to the Muslim Quarter and wander through the alleyways to explore and taste the local Muslim Cuisine, like Pita Bread Soaked in Lamb Soup, Jiasan Steamed Soup Dumplings. In the afternoon board the flight to Guilin.
Tonight, get the taste of authentic Chinese food at restaurant, before you relax in your hotel.
Depart from your hotel in the morning and begin your Li River Cruise. The crystal clear water, picturesque mountains, peaceful farm fields, hard-working fishermen and wandering water buffalos compose a poem of Guilin scenery and life. Continue your visit to Elephant Trunk Hill. It is a huge rock formation of an elephant by the confluence of the Yang and Li rivers, which looks as if its trunk is dipping into the water. The next wonder to visit is Reed Flute Cave - named after a certain kind of reed grown near the carved gate, used for making a flute. The natural beauty of large amount of stalactites and stalagmites, with endless remarkable scenes in the cave would undoubtedly evoke breathless admiration.
Dinner at Chinese restaurant. Overnight at the hotel
Guilin / Shanghai
After breakfast board your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Late afternoon, visit the Bund, the renowned waterfront district and the city's most famous landmark. The word BUND is of Anglo-India origin meaning embankment on the waterfront. It is also the popular site to enjoy a night view of the city. Enjoy the Huangpu River Cruise and visit Oriental TV Tower - the symbol of the city. Dinner at an Indian Restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Today you will visit a Buddhist shrine - Jade Buddha Temple. Carved from a single whole piece of white jade, the Jade Buddha statue is translucent with a solemn expression, displaying the excellent skill and extraordinary art of Chinese people followed by visit to Yuyuan Garden and Pearl Factory.
The shopping trip will begin in Nanjing Road which starts at the Bund and progresses westward, with People's Square in the middle. Renowned for its modernisation, Nanjing Road earns its reputation as the 'First Commercial Road in China', and is the good shopping heaven for your trip; similar to the Fifth Avenue in New York or Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Some of the traditional food and handicrafts of Shanghai can be purchased here.
After breakfast, you are free till you are transferred to the airport for flight back home.