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Beijing Datong Pingyao Xi'an Luoyang Shanghai Tour - 14 Days

Destination: Beijing - Datong - Pingyao - Xi'an - Luoyang - Shanghai
Duration: Fourteen Day
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A top choice for you to explore the mysterious royal life and the populace culture of China first hand, as we take you to 3 major ancient capital cities (Beijing, Xi'an and Luoyang), the well-kept ancient town Pingyao and the most modern city Shanghai. You'll enjoy the eye-opening experience in visiting the royal palace, mausoleum, garden, temple, market and military fortifications.
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US$3500/persons 3500USD/Person

Day 1 Arrive in Beijing
The guide will meet you outside the customs of Beijing Airport after you clear the customs, and then transfer you to the downtown hotel. The rest of the day is flexible for your will, have a rest at the hotel or take a walk around the famous Wangfujing Pedestrian Street enjoying the tasty Beijing snack there.


Day 2 Beijing
You'll marvel at Tian'anmen Square, the largest square in the world and all the lofty jade stone bridges, moats, monuments, ornamental columns, stone lions, etc. Later walk northward and you reach Forbidden City. The largest and best-preserved imperial palace in China vividly showcases a whole set of the royal life. You'll be shown around several main halls like the Hall of Supreme Harmony. Have a good view of the emperor's chair, sculpture of mythical beasts, eave decoration and the like, you can touch some daily routine of the ancient Chinese emperors, courtiers and princesses.

Later you'll tour Summer Palace, the royal garden. You can keenly feel the imperial grandeur when strolling across the 17-arch bridge, huge Kunming lake and the 728-meter-long painting-rich corridor.


Day 3 Beijing
After breakfast at hotel, you will have an excursion to the Mutianyu Great Wall. By roundtrip cable car you can feast on this vital section of the world famous China Great Wall. Mutianyu not only boasts a surprisingly long history of over 1400 year but sport a special structure of three watchtowers on end.

Afterwards, you will visit the most famous tomb of Ming Tombs - Changling. The tomb is inhumed with the 3rd emperor of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Zhu Di and his queen. Its tremendous scale and perfect degree of maintanence well fits the great achievement Emperor Zhu Di secured during his reign over China.

On the way back to downtown Beijing, you will stop by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) and Water Cube (National Aquatics), to view the unique constructions and take some photos.


Day 4 Beijing - Datong
After breakfast you'll head for Temple of Heaven where the Emperor of the Ming and Qing dynasties(1368-1911) would worship heaven and pray for good harvests around the kingdom. Here you would have an eye-opening understanding of Oriental architectural aesthetics and the deeply rooted awe of heaven in ancient Chinese, from the emperor to the masses. You may have chance to see the locals doing morning exercise, playing Tai-chi or sword in the big park.

Later let's leave the blocks of royal buildings for the populace culture that hide itself in the Hutong. Taking a rickshaw tour through these narrow alleyways, you'll be impressed with the simple happy kids, the old enjoying their leisure time under the tree, exquisite old quadrangles, delicious sugared plums and all kinds of Beijing snacks at roadside peddlers. Plus, in a friendly family in the Hutong you'll enjoy the most authentic Beijing cuisine with them. You may optionally experience how the delicious dumpling is made.

After the lunch, you'll move on to Beijing Railway Station and take the soft-sleeper train for Datong City. Upon your arrival, you'll be picked up and transferred to the downtown hotel.


Day 5 Datong
Drive 70 km and you look up to the over-1,500-year-old Hanging Temple that fast fastens itself to a near-vertical cliff, you may shiver with fear. Beneath the temple are a dozen of wooden pillars that appear to be supporting the temple from falling apart, actually you'll soon discover that the safety of the temple has little to do with these pillars. It is said that the architects added the pillars to strengthen people's confidence in walking through the temple. Enjoy visiting the temple and see how human intelligence can get!

End the thrilling Hanging Temple tour and drive back to the downtown Datong to have your lunch. After that you'll head for the World Heritage, Yungang Caves. The tremendous caves, one of the four Buddha caves in China, sports as many as 45 main caves and over 51,000 statues. Whatever size they come with, from the gigantic Buddha statues that front you at the cave entrance to the pocket statues inside, they are drop-dead gorgeous. Look what they're doing- flying in mid air playing with Chinese lute, beating the drum, dancing to the rhyme of the royal band, etc. You may feel as if you were watching an amazing circular-screen movie that shows you both the Buddhist and worldly ways of life in China during 5th -6th Centuries. About 2 hours later, you'll go back to downtown Datong.


Day 6 Datong - Pingyao
After a breakfast at the hotel, you'll take the train to Pingyao from Datong. With railway station pick-up and hotel transfer, you'll spend the rest of the day as you like. You can either enjoy staying at the cozy and vintage featured hotel or go strolling around Pingyao Ancient City. That's lots of fun. Look, almost all the shops are decorated in old fashion and everything that hits your eyes is of traditional Chinese touch - Red lanterns, red paper cuts, opera facial makeups, sidewalk restaurants sell traditional Pingyao diet and bars playing poetic Chinese ancient music. If you're lucky, you would watch a night watch stroll past you sounding night watches!


Day 7 Pingyao
Today let's make an excursion at the outskirt of Pingyao. The first attraction is the 1,400-year-old Shuanglin Temple, the treasure house of Oriental Painted Sculptures. Your eyes will be dazzled by the sea of colorful and expression-rich Buddha sculptures.

Then you would head for Wang Family Compound. The residential complex whose owner is the wealthiest family locally, is honored as the Forbidden City in Shanxi Province or the folk Forbidden City. Keep your eyes sharp or you'll soon get lost cause the enormous labyrinth world boasts 123 courtyards and an astonishing total of 1,118 rooms! Apart from the spectacular layout, you can further enjoy the sumptuous details of carving and embossing on the pillars, eaves, walls, windows and doors¡­Finishing the incredible architecture appreciation, you'll be back to Pingyao Ancient City and have free-time activity.


Day 8 Pingyao - Xi'an
Today is all about Pingyao Ancient City, the whole set of which is ranked as World Heritage! Beginning with the most buoyant Mingqing Street, the old town has its vintage buildings parade past you. Though these houses appear more or less the same, they shadow their internal contents which are sharply different from each other.

The Government Office of Pingyao (Xianya in Chinese) is totally feudal, there you can have a view of how the ancient county magistrate hears a civil case (Performed by costumed actors). However, when turning to the nearby Rishengchang Exchange Shop, the best-known capitalistic banking company that once dominated the banking industry of China for decades (1824-1914), you would fall lost before the sophisticated system of draft exchange. In keen contact with the exchange shop is the Ancient Security Guard Company (Biaoju in Chinese) that played as the property supercargo. Stepping into the deep courtyard of the Biaoju, you will find a complete series of cold weapons ¨C spears, swords, sticks, hammers, bows and arrows. It was with these old-fashioned weapons and one-wheel escort vehicle that the tons of money and treasury of the exchange shop made it to the destination safely.

At dusk, you'll have a panoramic view of the time-honored ancient city on the lofty Ancient City Wall of Pingyao. Trust you to have lots of thoughts and sighs to let out. Having finished the impressive tour around Pingyao, you'll move on to Pingyao Railway Station and take the soft-sleeper train for the most historic city Xi'an.


Day 9 Xi'an
The night train will reach Xi'an Railway Station around 7:00 A.M. Then you'll be transferred to the hotel and spend the rest of the morning as you please. After lunch the exciting tour of Xi'an starts with a visit of Shaanxi History Museum. Every antique displayed there, ranging from the eroded bamboo stroll to the well-kept glaze ceramic (Tangsancai), is able to provide strong statement of the vibrant civilization of ancient China.

The then capital city of Tang dynasty Xi'an was known for its generosity towards various religions. People with totally different beliefs lived happy together at that time. The next stop Great Mosque sports more than 1200 years' history as one of the four grand Islamic mosques in China. It will let you see how Muslim architecture and Chinese traditional buildings light up each other. As to the Muslim Quarter, it is a big stock of exotic souvenir markets and savory restaurants.. You may as well have a supper and some shopping around.


Day 10 Xi'an - Luoyang
No matter how many times you view the Terracotta Warriors via television or pictures, you would fail to describe the invincible vigor they give off when you're finally face-to-face with them. You'll have a feast on the gorgeous arrays of terracotta warriors at pit 1, 2 and 3 along with groups of ancient bronze chariot s and horses after you establish some impression of the great works by watching a circular-screen movie. The eighth world's wonder never lets you down!

After having lunch at the restaurant within the scenic spot, you will be transferred to the Xi'an North Railway Station heading for Luoyang Railway Station. About 1.5 hours later you'll set foot in Luoyang, one of the four ancient capitals in China. Having settled your luggage at the hotel, you'll pay a visit to the nearly-2,000-year-old White Horse Temple (Baima Temple), the first official Buddha temple in China. The year 68 A.D. witnessed that the then emperor of Eastern Han Dynasty himself gave a grant welcome ceremony to two eminent Indian monks and the Buddhist scriptures and sculptures they brought via white horses, after which the temple was named. You'll marvel at the magnificent main halls and the No. 1 Buddha stupa in China at the time-honored temple.

Since finishing the tour of White Horse Temple, you'll move on for Luoyang Museum of Ancient Tombs, another historic cultural treasury of the imperial city. You'll have your eyes wide open before the incredible display of the layout, sculptures of mythical beasts, especially the abundant burial accessories like tomb figures. Moreover, you'll give out lots of sigh with the extravagant funeral procession of ancient Chinese emperors and royals, which is illustrated by rich pictures and models in the great theme museum.


Day 11 Luoyang
After breakfast you'll go visit the 1,500-year-old Shaolin Temple. You'll tour straightly the Pagoda Forest in the rear of the temple. Present is a stunning forest of pagodas (232 pagodas in total!) in memorial of the prominent monks who spent their lives in Shaolin Temple and won honor for the temple. The oldest two pagodas can date back to Tang Dynasty(618-907) and all of them mirror various architectural styles in as many as 5 significant dynasties in China.

To understand why the temple has survived centuries of turmoil, you're arranged to appreciate the wonderful Kungfu show performed by the warrior monks. Look how they box, smash bricks and handle assorted arms like spear, cudgel, rope, sword, etc, you'll be deeply impressed. If you have special interest in Kung-fu, you can optionally learn it from these strong warrior monks within 1 hour. After the show you'll be back to downtown Luoyang.


Day 12 Luoyang - Shanghai
Having feasted a good breakfast at the hotel, you'll say goodbye to Luoyang and take flight towards Shanghai. After airport pick-up and hotel transfer, you'll have the rest of the day as your free time. It's quite regrettable to let go of the colorful Shanghai nightlife. You can optionally go enjoy Shanghai Acrobatic show. As one of the oldest performing arts in China, the acrobatics displayed on stage include a number of feats focusing on flexibility, strength, endurance and sheer will-power. Cheer up your bravos! Or you can simply visit Xintiandi Bar Street to feel the vibrant night color in Shanghai and romantic tone that prevails the whole street.


Day 13 Shanghai
After breakfast you'll launch the whole day tour from the old town to the brand-new area of Shanghai. You start with the over- 400-year-old Yuyuan Garden to appreciate the elegant pavilions, villa, lotus pond and bridges, especially the Mid-Lake Pavilion. Then move to the neighboring Yuyuan Market to explore how elaborate and cute the traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works are. at the 600-year-old City God Temple you'll see scores of statues that represent this or that powerful Taoist immortal. Besides, you can have a taste of the delicious snacks at the famous snack square of the temple.

Strolling along this 1,599-meter-long Nanjing Road is much like being immersed in seas of garment, shoes, jewelry, accessory, snack and souvenir. The pedestrian street leads you to The Bund. Here you can embrace the best cityscape, feast on the rich architectural fashions (Gothic, Baroque, Rome, Renaissance, Classic and Mixed Eastern and Western style, etc.)

Finishing the historic part of Shanghai, you will steer to the new landmark Oriental Pearl Tower. On the ground floor, you'll first visit Shanghai Municipal History Museum. The Museum shows you a vivid panorama of Shanghai's development. The part of old Shanghai life during 1920s to 1940s is the most attractive. Then you'll be elevated to the top of Oriental Pearl Tower. At the height of 468 m (1,535 feet) you'll enjoy a bird's eye view of this vibrant city.


Day 14 Depart Shanghai
This is the last day of your tour, you can have free activity in Shanghai, shopping or have a rest, and later the tour guide will take you to airport for your flight to next destination.


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