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China Spring Tour 2015.(Beijing,Xi'an,Guilin, Huangshan,Shanghai tour)
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Day 1: Arrival in Beijing
Arrival in Beijing, Meet your guide and transfer to the hotel. Beijing, ancient capital, modern metropolis, the home of emperors and the heart of a great cultural tradition. Spend the rest of the day to explore Beijing's historical yet dynamic atmosphere on your own or rest at the hotel for the time differences.
Day 2: Beijing
Go visiting Beijing's cultural icons -- the Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest square lying in the middle of Beijing's central axis. Head directly to the north of the Tian'anmen Square for the Forbidden City (UNESCO), the world's largest imperial palace complex. The yellow-glazed tiles and ancient relics in the Forbidden City make it easy to feel like you're being transported back in time, when the city existed in all its imperial glory. The Treasure Hall visit will introduce to you private apartments of Emperor Qianlong and Empress Dowager Ci'xi. Most of the exhibits there are made out of precious materials like gold, silver, ivory and jade. Then head 15 km from central Beijing to one of the capital's most visited sites, the Summer Palace (UNESCO). Once as a resort for the imperial court, the Summer Palace is an opulent mixture of palaces, temples, gardens, pavillions, lakes and corridors. It's a perfect time to sit, catch your breath and take in the beauty of this magnificent place.
Day 3: Beijing
Today you'll visit another renowned imperial site, the Temple of Heaven (UNESCO), where ancient Chinese emperors made sacrifices to Heaven and prayed for bountiful harvests. Visit Great Wall at Mutianyu for its awe-inspiring former glory, winding through mountain scenery, with easier walking conditions and fewer crowds compared with Badaling Great Wall. You won't regret the fresh air, the nature and your marvelous Great Wall experience.
Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an (by air)
In the morning,head to the airport for Xi'an. Arrived at lunch time, after lunch, Take an excursion to the Terracotta Warriors. Admire the 7,000 terracotta soldiers that have stood guard over China's first emperor for over 2,200 years. "A nation that could create such a great history and culture will certainly create a bright future," quoted former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, who has visited the Terracotta Army three times.drive back to the hotel in Xi’an.
Day 5: Xi’an
Your day will start with Xi'an Ancient City Wall, one of 10 top attractions you must see in Xi'an and is the best-preserved city wall in China as well one of the largest ancient military defensive systems across the globe. Cycle on the nine-mile City Wall, one of the largest ancient military defense systems in the world.visit the Bell & Drum Tower, then continue to the Great Mosque, which merges traditional Chinese construction into the Islamic culture. The famous snack street, Muslim Street, is on the way to the mosque.
Day6: Huashan Mountain
Today you will visit Huashan Mountain, 120 kilometers away from Xian City. As one of the five most famous mountains in China, Huashan Mountain is famous for its natural vistas of steep and narrow paths, precipitous crags, lofty peaks and a high mountain range. It takes two hours to reach the foot of Huashan Mountain. Then you will take the cable car to the North Peak with a high altitude of 1614 meters. You will be impressed by the majesty of Huashan Mountain and also its supernatural atmosphere. Afterwards, you will take the Day7: Xi’an-Guilin(by air)
In the morning, drive to the airport and head to Guilin. In the afternoon, Visit Elephant Hill and Reed Flute Cave .Elephant Hill is situated in the confluence of Li River and Peach River, is the symbol of Guilin, the full moon of the hill looks like elephant' s trunk drinking water on Li River.
Reed Flute Cave is reputed as " the art palace of the nature"where you can see beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone flowers with various shape, all glistening in colorful lights which create breathtaking splendor.
cable car back to the foot of mountain and we will transfer you back to your hotel.
Day 8:Guilin-Longji Terrace
Visit Longji Terrace,ethnic minorities in Ping An Village.The Longji Terraces are located in Longsheng County about 2 hours from Guilin . The rice terraces are built into the hillsides. The terraces look like great chains or ribbons as they wind from the foot to the top of the hill. This ingenious construction makes best use of the scare arable land and water resources in the mountainous area. There are about 66 square kilometers terraced fields in southeast of Longsheng,drive back to Guilin.
Day 9: Guilin-Yangshuo
Meet you at your hotel and transfer to Zhujiang for Li River cruise (4 hours) to Yangshuo with lunch on board, you will feast your eyes with the reflection of fantastic peaks with various shapes, crystal clear water, green hills, bamboo groves, the river passes an endless procession of distinct peaks and bamboo groves and the stunning landscape. After the cruise,Visit the famous West Street in the afternoon. The West Street is oldest street in Yangshuo with over 1400 years, it is located at the center of Yangshuo, became famous since 1980's.
Day10:Guilin-Huangshan Mountain(Yellow Mountain)
Morning flight to Hangzhou, then head to Huangshan mountain by driving(3 hours ).There is no direct flight from Guilin to Huangshan, we will arrange you to transfer from the nearest airport.
Day 11:Huangshan Mountain
Huangshan is one of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Site in China. The mountains are characterized by its "grotesque" granite peaks and pine trees jutting out at odd angles. If you've ever seen a classical Chinese ink painting where the mountains are impossibly angular, then the painting was probably a landscape of the Yellow Mountains. Huangshan is famous for its "four wonders": the wind-carved pines, spectacular granite peaks, sea of clouds and hot springs. More often than not, Huangshan is shrouded in mist making it especially picturesque. Then take the late night flight to Shanghai(Only 1 flight per day)
The first stop is the over 400-year-old Yuyuan Garden, the representative ancient garden in Shanghai. Here you have about 1.5 hours to appreciate the elegant pavilions, villa, lotus pond and bridges. Don’t miss the two highlights Mid-Lake Pavilion and Zigzag Bridge that make access to the Pavilion.
Out from Yuyuan Garden and let’s move to the neighboring Yuyuan Market to explore how elaborate and cute the traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works are. Just make full use of the 1- hour touring.The latter two attractions are about the modernity and European style of Shanghai. Strolling along this 1,599-meter-long Nanjing Road, you can see why it's regarded the symbol of Shanghai fashion and luxury. Before you are seas of garment, shoes, jewelry, accessory, snack and souvenir…Perhaps 2 hours is just too brief to meet your curiosity!
Nanjing Road is moreover a prelude of the amazing assembly of European-styled old buildings, The Bund! Here you can embrace the best city scape, feast on the rich architectural fashions ( Gothic, Baroque, Rome, Renaissance, Classic and Mixed Eastern and Western style, etc.) and know why Shanghai is glorified as Paris of the East. BTW, you can also watch the world-famous Oriental Pearl Tower across the river.
Drive to see the modern Shanghai,experience the lofty skylines in Pudong New Area, visiting Oriental Pearl Tower, from the height of 468 m (1,535 feet) you’ll enjoy a bird's eye view of this vibrant city. The rest of the day for free time at leisure.
Day14: Shanghai Departure
Our driver and guide will drive you to Pudong International Airport, you will take the international flight home(The itinerary in Shanghai can be changed in accordance with your international flight). Wish you a joyful journey!