contrast to the other tours, we have chosen this tour
with 2-3 stars hotels according to the Chinese categories,
which however are clean and proper. Moreover you will
take a night train instead of the plane twice. Furthermore,
you will get more time at your disposal than you have
got in the other tours. Since this is the shortest
of our Budget Tours.
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Arrival at Beijing
Capital International Airport. Greetings by your tour
guide and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day
is at your disposal.
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the world-famous Tian'anmen Square (Tian'anmen
Guang chang) in the morning. Enter the Forbidden
City (also called the Palace Museum) through
Tian’anmen Square Gate. The Forbidden City is on the
UNESCO's World Heritage List. It is a masterpiece
of Chinese palace architecture of the Ming and Qing
era and it demonstrates imposingly the integration
of traditional architecture in ancient northern China
into the art of palace building. Afterwards visit
another landmark of Beijing, the Temple of
Heaven (Tian Tan). It is also on the UNESCO's
World Heritage List, because it is a unique expression
of the Chinese concept of the relationship between
heaven and earth.
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The day is at your disposal.
In the morning,
go to the Badaling Great Wall by
bus. You can climb up to the wall through a scarped
staircase and enjoy the scenery from above. Afterwards,
visit the Summer Palace (Yi He Yuan).
It is an imperial garden, where the Chinese gardening
is perfectly reflected. That's why it is on the UNESCO's
World Heritage List. Transfer to the train station
in the late afternoon. Go to Xi’an by night train
in a first class sleeping wagon.
|| 3e Hotel**
Arrival in Xi’an
in the morning and transfer to the hotel. After breakfast,
go to the excavation sites and visit the Army
of TerraCotta Warriors (Bing Ma Yong), which
is a part of the grave of the first emperor of China,
Qin Shi Huang (221-210 BC). The grave, including the
TerraCotta Warriors is on the UNESCO's World Heritage
List. Besides thousands of life-size TerraCotta Warriors
and Horses guarding the Tomb of the first emperor
of China, you can see two bronze models of horse carriage
and warrior (Tong Che MA) from that time. They were
found in ducts beside the burial mound. Return to
Xi’an in the afternoon. Afterwards visit the
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Da Yan Ta) in the
Dacien temple built in 652 A.D., which is considered
as Xi’an’s landmark.
In the morning,
visit the Bell and Drum Tower square
(Zhong Gu Lou) and the Muslim Old Town with its numerous
small shops and restaurants. There you will visit
the Great Mosque (Qingzhen Si; or
Hua Jue Si), which is built in the typical Chinese
temple architectural style. The afternoon is at your
disposal. For instance, you can visit Xi’an City Wall
or the Shaanxi History Museum (Shaanxi Lishi Bowuguan),
one of the most beautiful museums in China. You will
get the best overview of Chinese history, starting
from Paleolithic to the end of the emperor era.
This morning, go
by train (in the first class wagon) to Luoyang. After
the arrival, transfer to the hotel.
go by bus to the famous Shaolin Monastery,
which was founded in 495. Here, you will see a martial
art performance by the monks. Afterwards, visit the
cemetery of the abbots and of the famous monks – the
so-called Pagoda Forest. Here, there
are more than 240 stupas of a height between 1 and
14 m and a diversity of shapes, which have developed
within 1,200 years. It is followed by visiting the
widely-used traditional Cave-Houses,
which are dug into the loess. In these lodgings, which
are warm in the winter, while cool in the summer,
where people live in the same way like hundreds of
years ago till today. In the afternoon, return to
Today, go by bus
to the Longmen Thousand Buddha Grottos
nearby the former capital Luoyang, which are carved
into the cliffy bluff of the Yi River. The about 1,350
grottos with approximately 100,000 sculptures during
the 5th to 10th century demonstrate the importance
of the Buddhism in China at that time. They are on
the UNESCO's World Heritage List. After the return
to Luoyang, if time permits, you can visit the Old
Town and the Museum of Folklore.
In the evening, transfer to the train station and
you go to Shanghai by night train in a first class
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in Shanghai about noon. Greetings by your local tour
guide and transfer to the hotel. Afterwards, go up
the Jinmao Building, a 421 m high
skyscraper, which is a wonderful blend of traditional
Chinese style with gothic influence. Enjoy a broad
view from the nowadays highest observation deck of
the world down to the fastest growing city of Asia.
Then visit the historic Old Town of Shanghai with
its labyrinth of narrow lanes and experience the everyday
life there. Then walk along the Bund,
a famous street along the Huangpu River with its European
Go to Suzhou by
train in the morning. Visit the picturesque Humble
Administrator's Garden, which was built in
the 16th century. It is the largest and most representative
garden in Suzhou. Afterwards, visit the Garden
of the Master of the Nets (Wangshi
Yuan). It is the smallest, but perhaps the most impressive
private gardens in Suzhou. Because of its able use
of space, it appears as if it were a much bigger garden.
They are two of the nine gardens in Suzhou, which
are on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.. Afterwards
return to Shanghai by train.
day is at your disposal. You can, for example, go
shopping in the Nanjing Road or the Huaihai Road,
or visit the Shanghai Museum.
Transfer to the
Pudong International Airport and fly back home. (You
can spend approx. $7 to go to the airport by the Transrapid).
End of the travel.
L: Lunch D:
Budget Tour 2
For individual groups
Number of participants
If you are a group with more than 5 persons, you can
get more favourable prices. Please note that the prices
may vary due to exchange rate fluctuations (RMB to USD)
slightly. The prices above were computed by the rates
as 1 USD= 7.9 RMB.
Peak season: May, September and October
Shoulder season: March, April, June, July, August, November
Beijing Home Inn Beixinqiao**
Xi'an 3e Hotel**
Luoyang New Friendship**
Shanghai Motel Anyuan**
-- All overnight accommodation in double rooms shared
by two adults with breakfast.
-- Meals as listed in the itinerary.
-- All transfers and entrance tickets as listed in
-- Inland flight tickets including all fees.
-- Local English-speaking tour guide.
-- Tickets for the night trains in the first class
sleeping wagons(compart- ments of
-- International flight tickets
-- Visa for China
-- Personal expenditures, tips etc.
-- If you choose the second class sleeping wagons (six
beds in a compartment) in
a train, $21 could be saved per person.
-- Children less than 12 years old can be given discounts.
-- The hotels, trains and flights listed in the itinerary
may be changed into the ones of similar category if
-- The prices do not apply to the Peony Festival in
Luoyang (10th April – 8th May, 2006) and the Formula
1 in Shanghai (25th Sep.–5th Oct., 2006).
-- If you need more information, please contact