Why we suggest this tour itinerary?
If it is your first visit, there is also the practical concern of language as English is not spoken widely in China. You may want to stick to the touristy cities: Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai.
The three cities offer a nice rounded view of China; a generous mix of the historic and cultural as well as progress and development. Beijing, the capital city, belongs at the top of your cannot miss list. The top attractions in Beijing are, first and foremost, the Great Wall of China and thereafter the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The Temple of Heaven and the surrounding park that make up a medieval complex of religious buildings are located in central Beijing. The temple offers a deep insight into the culture of China. The Summer Palace, situated northwest of Beijing, is thought to be the best preserved imperial garden in the world. Foodies would definitely want to stop by Quanjude Roast Duck, it is one of the famous restaurants in the city. The beginnings of this great country lie in Xian. The very first emperor of united China, was Emperor Qin, which is pronounced chin. Xian is home to temples and pagodas that are over one thousand years old and, last but not least, Emperor Qins famous Terracotta Army and Copper Carriages which was built for 247 - 208 BC. Shanghai, boasting an impressive skyline, is Chinas most cosmopolitan city. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the most iconic feature in Shanghai. Appreciating the panoramic view of the city at the sightseeing platform and enjoying your meal in revolving restaurant in the Middle Sphere (around 270m high) of the Tower would be an unparalleled experience. The Bund by the side of Huangpu River, is the most famous venue in the city. The buildings boast an array of architectural styles, like Greek, Renaissance, Baroque and eclecticism. Take a leisurely stroll along the 1.5 km walkway by the side of the River that is adorned with colorful tiles, lights and flowering plants would be a very enjoyable experience. The view at night is quite spectacular. The classical architectures on the Bund outlined in artistic lights are like the crystal palaces. Only stones throw away from the Bund is the Old Shanghai Town. The 500 years old Yuyuan Garden, Yuyuan Bazaar and Old City God Temple are waiting for your exploration. If you like to enjoy the charming colonial atmosphere in the city, several hours strolling in the French Town (former French Concession in Shanghai) is a good idea. Sitting outside a trendy cafe or bar to enjoy the leisure time would be an unforgettable experience for every tourist. If you have baby with you, a visit to the Disney Land would be a nice choice for your holiday in Shanghai.
Beijing, the capital of China, the capital of China, has been the capital of the whole China for more than 700 years and this citys history can be dated back to over 3000 years. Its Great Wall, splendid palaces, beautiful gardens, old temples, a considerable variety of exhibitions and museums and former residences of celebrities show its glorious history and civilization.
Xian ranks first among all ancient capital cities in China. Its time to be the capital is the longest, the quantity of dynasties which made Xian as their capital is the most (13 dynasties placed their capitals here.) in its over 3000 years history. It is the most significant influent ancient capital in China and one of the important birthplaces of the civilization of China. So far, Xian enjoys equal fame with Athens, Cairo and Rome as one of the four major ancient civilization capitals in the world.
Shanghai is the most modern city with all of Metropolis would have. Meanwhile, large parts in downtown Shanghai still remains its old elegant appearance to show us its unique culture and the prosperous period around 100 years ago.
We arrange tourists to take bullet train from Beijing to Xian, and take flight from Xian to Shanghai. In this way, although the tour price would be more expensive than taking sleeper train between cities, tourists do not need to sleep overnight in the train and can completely relax in the nice hotel after daytime tour.
Main Tourist Attractions in the Itinerary:
Qianmen Street, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Lunch at an old Beijing family, Rickshaw in Hutongs (Lanes in the residence area in the well protected old Beijing zone) in well-protected old Beijing area, Summer Palace (include the Foxiang Pavilion on top of the central mountain (means Buddha Fragrance Pavilion)), Temple of Heaven, Great Wall at Badaling,
Terracotta Warriors and Copper Carriage for the Emperor Qinshihuang (UNESCO World Heritage), Big Wild Goose Pagoda (UNESCO World Heritage) and Dacien Temple (Temple of Great Maternal Grace), the Bell & Drum Tower (out view), old Muslim streets, Shaanxi History Museum, Xi’an City Wall
Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai History Museum, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Yuyuan Bazaar, Old City God Temple, the heart of the former French Concession – Xintiandi & Old Shikumen Open House Museum in it, the Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China (It is closed at 4pm. So It is only optional according to time), Sinan Mansion (Biarritz in Shanghai).
Experience in the Itinerary:
* Walk on the Great Wall.
* Rickshaw through the Hutongs. Have a lunch in the normal Beijing citizen’s home in the well protected old Beijing Area.
* To know the imperial life in the Forbidden City,
* Enjoy the marvel of of China Ancient Metallurgical Technology – Copper Carriage for the emperor Qinshihuang around 2300 year ago and the Worlds No.8 Wonder – Terracotta Warriors.
* Explore Shanghai’s colonial history, Enjoy the combination of the ancient cultures and modern miracles.