is a vast country. The geography differs from north
to south and from east to west. There are old emperor
cities and modern metropolises, charming landscapes
and archaeological treasures. This tour starts with
the city Shanghai, a vibrant metropolis at the sea,
yet oases of repose exist. You will visit the rather
untouched Tongli - the “water town” nearby the “garden
city” Suzhou. In Guilin you can make a boat trip at
the shallow Li River through the lovely karst landscape
to Yangshuo. Then a river cruise at the Yangtze River
with its cliffy rock faces, high peaks and the breath-taking
Three Gorges, will show to you the most powerful river
of China and the changes it causes. In Xi'an, the Army
of thousands of Terracotta warriors is awaiting you,
where old times become alive again. The last station
of the travel is the capital Beijing with the famous
Forbidden City and the Great Wall.
Arrival at the Shanghai Pudong International
Airport. Greetings by your tour guide and transfer to
the hotel. The rest of the day is at your disposal.
In the morning, go to the 421 m high skyscraper
Jinmao Building, which is a marvelous combination
of traditional Chinese elements and the gothic influence.
On the now China's highest observation deck, you can
enjoy a wonderful view over the fastest developing Asian
city. Then experience the religious life in
the Jade Buddha Temple (Yo
Fo Si), where a 2 m Buddha statue made of one single
piece of rare white Burmese jade is housed. Then go
to the Bund, the legendary
street along the Huangpu River with its European colonial
architecture of the 1930's. Stroll up Nanjing
Road, the famous shopping street of Shanghai.
3: Shanghai / Suzhou
The morning is at
your disposal. Transfer to the train station after lunch.
Go to Suzhou by train. Stroll up the center of the city
and visit the picturesque Humble Administrator's
Garden, which was formed in the 16th century.
It is the largest and most representative garden of
the 9 gardens of Suzhou, and was taken up to the UNESCO
World Heritage List.
4: Suzhou / Tongli / Suzhou
Garden of the Master of the Nets (Wangshi Yuan)
in the morning. It is the smallest, but perhaps the
most impressive Suzhou private gardens. Because of its
able use of space, it appears as if it were a much bigger
garden. It was taken up to the UNESCO World Heritage
List. Then visit the Silk Mill, which
is typical of Suzhou. Afterwards you can make a tour
to the Water Town Tongli, a beautiful
old town at the Grand Canal with many river tributaries,
bridges, bent lanes and street markets. Return to Suzhou.
5: Suzhou / Shanghai / Guilin
Go back from Suzhou
to Shanghai in the morning. Take a walk at People's
Square, the political and cultural center of
Shanghai. It is a green island of peace with an art
museum at the center. Transfer to the airport and fly
to Guilin. After the arrival, transfer to the hotel.
6: Guilin / Yangshuo
||West Street Guesthouse**
In the morning, transfer to the wharf outside the city. Go for a cruise
on the picturesque Li River
through a bizarre landscape full of cone shaped rocks,
stone pinnacles and bamboo groves to Yangshuo. It lasts
for about 4 hours. You can enjoy lunch on the ship.
After the arrival in Yangshuo, walk to the hotel in
a few minutes. The rest of the day is at your disposal.
You can experience the bizarre karst landscape by bike
or have a round trip by electrical minibus through villages,
along rice fields and between beautiful hills. Overnight
stay at the West Street Guesthouse in Yangshuo.
A suggestion for the evening: Impression Liu
Sanjie, directed by the famous Chinese film
director Zhang Yimou. He will be the leading director
of the opening and closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympic
Games in Beijing. The evening performance is a wonderful
presentation of local dance and singing.
7: Yangshuo / Guilin / Wuhan
Return to Guilin
in the morning. Visit the famous Reed Flute
Cave (Ludiyan) and Guilin's landmark - the
elephant trunk mountain (Xiangbi Shan). Transfer
to the train station in the evening and go to Wuhan
by train in a first class sleeping wagon.
8: Wuhan / Yichang
Arrival in Wuhan
in the morning. Transfer to the hotel and breakfast.
Stroll up the Jianghan Road. Along
the best known Wuhan shopping street, which is called
“the Bund of Wuhan”, you can see Qing Dynasty-style
buildings, the 19th century classical buildings and
the 20th century modern buildings in European style.
Afterwards transfer to Yichang and get on the Yangtze
River Cruise ship.
9-11: Yangtze River Cruise
Enjoy a Yangtze River Cruise through the impressing Three
Gorges. It will last for three days from Yichang up
to Chongqing. All-inclusive service is provided on the
ship, which includes three meals per day and two onshore
tours. One brings you to a charming gorge tributary
of the Yangtze, the other to a culturally most eminent
city at the riverside.
Chongqing / Dazu
After the arrival
in Chongqing, take a walk at the Chaotianmen
Esplanade at the dock. It is shaped like a
ship bow on a peninsula, formed by the confluence of
the Yangtze River and the Jialing River. Then go to
Dazu. There you will visit the rock sculptures at the
Treasured Summit Hill (Baoding Shan) and the
North Hill (Bei Shan). In the 9th to 13th century,
remarkable sculptures were made of rock. They are at
the cliff close to Dazu. The remarkable aesthetics and
variety of motives in them, showing not only the religion
but also the life in China at that time. They are an
outstanding example of the harmonious synthesis of Buddhism,
Daoism and Confucianism, which can not be found anywhere
else. That's why the sculptures were taken up to the
UNESCO World Heritage List.
13: Dazu / Chongqing / Xi'an
Return to Chongqing
in the morning. Visit Eling Park. It
is on the bank of the Jialing river. Stand on the top
of the observation tower, you can get a beautiful overview
of the city. Transfer to the airport and fly to Xi'an.
Greetings by the local tour guide and transfer to the
Day 14: Xi'an
Go on an excursion to 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, you can see two bronze
models of horse carriage and warrior. They were found
in ducts beside the burial mound. Go back to the city
by minibus 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
15: Xi'an / Beijing
Bell and Drum Tower square (Zhong-Gu Lou) and
the Muslim Old Town with its numerous small shops and
restaurants in the morning. And then the Great
Mosque (Qingzhen Si; or Hua Jue Si), which
is built in the typical Chinese temple architectural
style. Go to Beijing by plane after lunch. Arrival in
Beijing, greetings by the local tour guide and transfer
to the hotel
||Best Western ****
Take a walk at the historical Tian'anmen Square (Tian'anmen
Guangchang), the biggest square in Beijing in the morning.
Walk through the Tian’anmen Square Gate to the palace
of the emperor (Gugong), which the Chinese officials
call the Palace Museum (better known as the
Forbidden City). This palace is of
the Ming and Qing time and it is on the UNESCO World
Heritage List, too. It is a masterpiece of Chinese palace
architecture and it demonstrates the integration of
traditional architecture in ancient northern China into
the art of palace building. Then you will visit another
landmark of Beijing, the Temple of Heaven
(Tian Tan), where the Ming and Qing Emperors worshiped
the heaven and prayed for good harvests. It is also
on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. It is an unique
expression of the Chinese concept of the relationship
between heaven and earth.
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Badaling Great Wall in the morning. You can
climb up to the wall through a scarped staircase and
enjoy the scenery from above. Go to the Summer
Palace (Yi He Yuan) by minibus after lunch.
It is one of the imperial gardens, where the Chinese
gardening is perfectly reflected. It is on the UNESCO
World Heritage List. Transfer to the train station in
the afternoon. A suggestion for the evening: Peking
|Day 18: Beijing
Lama temple (Yong He gong) after breakfast.
It is one of the largest and most beautiful temples
in Beijing and a successful mixture of Han, Manchurian,
Mongolian and Tibetan culture and architecture. Afterwards
visit the Confucius temple (Kong Miao).
The rest of the day is at your disposal.
Some suggestions for you: Walk up the Wangfujing Road;
you can buy some gifts and souvenirs in the department
stores or alleys there.
Transfer to the airport and fly back
End of the travel.
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