This is the short tour that enables you to see the most popular wonders of China. In the capital Beijing you will marvel at the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven as well as experience the Hutongs and a famous Peking Duck banquet. In Xian a capital as long ago as 1000 years, you will visit the Terracotta Warriors buried with the first emperor over 2200 years ago; the breathtaking Shaanxi Museum, the 1400 year old Wild Goose Pagoda; and the great City Wall that encircles still the heart of Xian, not to mention a lavish performance inspired by Tang Dynasty times. Overall a short tour that is big on fascinating content ideal for travellers with little available time or those who might like to subsequently stay in Beijing for a few days for business or to shop.
You transfer to your hotel upon arrival.
After breakfast, visit historical Tiananmen Square. Continue on through the gates into the hidden glories and mysteries of the Forbidden City. Here marvel at marbled courtyards, as well as the crimson gilded halls, temples and pavilions that sheltered Emperors which are all open to your wonderment. This afternoon, you will experience a rickshaw tour of Beijing’s original Hutong district, a fascinating maze of back alleys and hidden courtyards, dating from Yuan Dynasty times (14th century). (B/L/D)
Pace the ramparts of China’s magnificent Great Wall, constructed by Emperor Qinshihuang over 2000 years ago.
This evening a sumptuous Peking Duck Dinner completes a very special day. (B/L/D)
Today you will visit the Summer Palace, dating from 1751, the famed pleasure gardens of the Qing emperors. Beautiful ornamental plantings, languid willows, and painted pavilions surround a scenic lake recreating the atmosphere of bygone centuries. Finally walk the white marble staircases and corridors of the Temple of Heaven, where the Emperor made annual offerings for the good of the empire and received the Mandate of Heaven.
Set in a huge park planted with conifers, the beautiful blue tiled buildings there are the epitome of Ming architecture. (B/L)
You transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian Over 1,000 years ago, Xian was the capital city of the Tang Dynasty and then the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the world. This afternoon you visit the remarkable archaeological site where the Terracotta Warriors were discovered, then walk along the top of the Xian City Wall which encircles the inner city. (B/L/D)
This morning you will visit the Shaanxi Museum, acclaimed as “the Gallery of Chinese Culture” where you will see priceless, ancient bronzes, porcelains and exquisite objects of silver and gold. Then visit the wonderful Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of Xian and a major Buddhist site which dates from 684 AD in the reign of Tang Emperor Gaozong.
This evening enjoy the lavish spectacle of the Tang Dynasty Show, one of the highlights of the tour. (B/L/D)
You transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
|Twin Share||Single Supplement||Twin Share||Single Supplement|
|Apr, Jun-Aug 12||$1480||$398||$1895||$790|
|May, Sep-Nov 12||$1525||$435||$2040||$915|
|Dec 12, Jan-Feb 13||$1390||$320||$1775||$685|
The prices of above tour are based on the basis of a minimum of 2 persons travelling together.