Tour Code:CN-CPT11
7 Days 5 Ancient Capitals & Kungfu Tour from Shanghai - Beijing, Xian, Luoyang, Dengfeng, Zhengzhou
Duration:7 Day(s)
Price from:(per person)

CNY 6322

Departure/Pick-up from:

Shanghai

Main Destination :Beijing, Xian, Luoyang, Dengfeng, Zhengzhou
Traffic between Cities:

Train/Car

Departure Date:You Decide !
Tel:021-53069239
Why we suggest this tour itinerary?  

In this Itinerary, tourists will visit 5 famous cities in China – Beijing, Xian, Luoyang, Dengfeng and Zhengzhou. Except Dengfeng, the spiritual "Centre of Heaven and Earth", other 4 cities are among 8 historical capitals of China.

 

Originally there are traditionally 4 historical capitals of China, collectively referred to as the "Four Great Ancient Capitals of China". The four are Beijing, Nanjing, Luoyang and Xian (Changan) which were the capital of the whole China at various periods. In a sense, they represent the peak of the achievement of ancient Chinese culture. As more new archaeological evidence began to be uncovered since the 1930s, other historical capitals have been included in the list. The phrase "Seven Ancient Capitals of China" now includes – in addition to the earlier four – Kaifeng (added in the 1920s), Hangzhou (added in the 1930s), and Anyang (added after 1988). In 2004, the China Ancient Capital Society officially included Zhengzhou as the eighth historical capital in light of new archaeological findings dating from the early Shang dynasty. 

 

Some info about the 9 Cities you will visit in this Itinerary: 

Beijing has been the capital of the whole China for more than 700 years since 1271 in Yuan Dynasty and this citys history can be dated back to over 3000 years. Its Great Wall, splendid royal palaces, beautiful gardens, old temples, a considerable variety of exhibitions and museums and former residences of celebrities show its glorious history and civilization. 

 

Xian is one of the oldest cities in China and the capital of Shaanxi Province now. It became the cultural and political centre of China in the 11th century BC with the founding of the Zhou dynasty. Since then, Xi’an was the capital for 13 dynasties controlling whole or part of China, including several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, such as Western Zhou, Qin, Western Han, Sui, and Tang, totally for 1077 years of capital history. Xi’an is the home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and along with Luoyang city, Xian is also the starting point of the Silk Road in the East. It is the most significant influencing ancient capital in China and one of the birthplace 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. 

 

Luoyang: 

With over 5000 years civilization history, 4000 years city history, and among this 4000 years, there are around 1500 years Chinese capital history - the earliest capital for whole China, the longest and most dynasties capital of China (totally 13 dynasties capital for whole or part of China and 105 emperors stayed here), Luoyang is one of the origin of the Chinese Civilization. The greater Luoyang area has been sacred ground since the late Neolithic period. This area at the intersection of the Luo River and Yi River was considered to be the geographical center of China, and the center is the most important origin of the Chinese Civilization. Hence the name China (means Middle Kingdom in Mandarin) firstly means this area. Because of this sacred aspect, several cities – all of which are generally referred to as "Luoyang" – have been built in this area. In 2070 BC, the king of Xia Dynasty, Tai Kang, moved its capital here and began its city and capital history. Along with Xi’an city, Luoyang is also the east starting point of the Silk Road. 

 

Dengfeng, the spiritual "Centre of Heaven and Earth", is located at the foot of the Mount Song, one of the most sacred mountains in China. According to history chronicles, over 4000 year ago, Yu, the first emperor of Xia Dynasty (the first dynasty in Chinese history), once made his capital here. The city is one of the most renowned spiritual centres of China, home to various religious institutions and temples, such as the Taoist Zhongyue Temple, the Buddhist Shaolin Temple, as well as the Confucian Songyang Academy, hence its poetic expression derived from Chinese literature as the spiritual "centre of heaven and earth". Shaolin Temple is one of the cradles of Chinese Kung fu and the origin of Chan (Zen) Sect of Buddhism - the most influential sect of Buddhism in China which is still with the great impact on peoples lives both in ancient times and the present day. 

 

Zhengzhou is the capital of Henan Province now. When Shang Dynasty, the 2nd dynasty in Chinese history, was established around 3600 years ago (in 1559 BC), Bodu in the current Zhengzhou city area became its capital for 10 emperors. Now the 7 km long Shang Dynasty Bodu city wall still exists in downtown Zhengzhou. 

 

More detail about the ancient capitals of China at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_capitals_of_China 

 

Main Tourist Attractions in the Itinerary:
Beijing: 

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,

 

In Shannxi Province: 

Xi’an: 

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.

 

In Henan Province: 

Luoyang: 

Ancient Tomb Museum, Longmen Grottos.

 

Denfeng:

Shaolin Temple, Zhong Yue Temple.  

 

Zhengzhou:

Shang Dynasty Bodu City Wall (built around 3600 years ago), the Hennan Province Museum. 

 

Experience in the Itinerary:

* Walk on the Great Wall. 

* Rickshaw through the Hutongs. Taking a lunch in the normal Beijing citizen’s home in the 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. 

* Enjoy the ancient Grotto Art of China at one of the 3 greatest grottos in China - Longmen Grotto. 

* Chinese Kung Fu is a precious treasure that belongs not only to China but to the whole world. You will visit one of the cradles of Chinese Kung fu - the Shaolin Temple to explore the mystery of Shoalin Kung fu. 

* Stroll on the 3600 years old city wall in Zhengzhou.

Day 1
Shanghai-Beijing by Bullet Train
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Beijing

You will make your own way to the railway station in Shanghai by yourselves, taking the bullet train from Shanghai to Beijing. Upon your arrival, you will meet your local guide and driver, and transfer service to the 1st attraction to visit in this itinerary of yours, the Temple of Heaven. Today in Beijing, you will visit and stroll with locals among the 6,000 ancient trees in the Temple of Heaven’s Grounds. Watch locals play chess, exercise, practice martial arts, and maybe play traditional instruments.

 

The Temple of Heaven (UNESCO World Heritage) provided a place for emperors to pray to ‘the most high God in heaven’ for a good harvest. The Round Altar, Echo Wall and Imperial Vault of Heaven are rated as the key sight in China. You will cover these and more.

  

Day 2
Sightseeing in Beijing
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Beijing

Today, your tour in Beijing will began with strolling on Qianmen Street, an old Beijing style commercial street right to the south of Tiananmen Square. Afterwards you will walk north to visit Tiananmen Square, the heart of China and the biggest square in the world. 

   

Then walk through an underground tunnel to pass Chang An Road before The Tiananmen Rostrum to get into the Forbidden City Area, visit the Forbidden City (Palace Museum & Imperial Palace, UNESCO World Heritage) - the history and meanings of it will be unlocked by your guide. Glean the history out of a place where the guidebooks leave you short. It has served as the residence to 24 emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 AD - 1911 AD), but is now used as the Palace Museum. The Forbidden City has been the center of the highest authority for more than 500 years in China. With garden landscapes and an enormous architectural complex consisting of 9,000 chambers and halls containing furniture and works of art, it has become the historical landmark witnessing invaluable Chinese civilization during the Ming and Qing dynasties. 

   

Afterwards you will get to the north back of the Forbidden City to explore the well-protected old Beijing zone to get an authentic taste of the style and features of Old Beijing. Taking a rickshaw to explore this charming world.

 

There you will visit an old Beijing family who’ve lived in the Hutongs for generations, offering unique insights from a local perspective. You will also have Lunch at their home, and photograph the old lanes and courtyard houses in the neighboring Hutongs area. 

   

The last place to visit today is the Summer Palace (UNESCO World Heritage), an famous imperial garden with pavilions, vividly painted long corridors, temples, and a very large lake surrounded by hills. It was originally the imperial courts summer retreat, and still makes a nice place to escape the heat of the summer in Beijing. Strolling in the Garden, climbing the hill and enjoying the amazing view of the lake at the palace on top of the hill, for sure it is a location that will be the highlight for your photo album and also your memories because of its enchanting scenery.

 

We specially include the Foxiang Pavilion (means Buddha Fragrance Pavilion) - near the highest place in the central mountain where tourist can have a birds eye view of this giant charming garden although the extra charge should be paid for it (we included the fee in the quotation.).     

Day 3
Sightseeing in Beijing, Beijing-Xian by Bullet Train
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Xian

Today, you will take a full day tour to the highlight of the tour in Beijing this time, Great Wall at Badaling (UNESCO World Heritage). You’ll drive for around 80 km/1.5-2 hours to the north of Beijing into the mountains, walk and enjoy the fantastic view there. 

    

In middle afternoon, say goodbye to your local guide in Beijing and take the bullet train to Xi’an. In around 5 hours, you will meet your Xi’an guide at the railway station of Xian and get to the hotel by private transfer.

Day 4
Tour in Xian
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Xian

The tour in Xian will begin with the visit to one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the Terracotta Warriors and Copper Carriage for the Emperor Qinshihuang (UNESCO World Heritage) which is around 40 km / 50 minutes drive to the east of Xian city.

   

In the afternoon, drive back to Xian city to visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda (UNESCO World Heritage) and Da Cien Temple (Temple of Great Maternal Grace) around it. (You will get into the temple to have a close look at the pagoda, but do not include stepping up the pagoda.) The Pagoda was built in 652 AD, Chinese-style architecture combined with Buddhist historic statues, murals and scriptures, topped off by the best panoramic view over Xi’an.  

   

The tour will then move on to yet more historical milestones in the form of the beautifully decorated Bell Tower and Drum Tower (to enjoy the out view for both of them), which mark the centre of the ancient capital with their garish colors and elegant architecture. Then you will walk on the well protected Muslim streets, the well protected Old Xian area.

  

Day 5
Xian-Luoyang by Bullet Train, Tour in Luoyang, Luoyang-Dengfeng by Car
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Dengfeng

In the morning, your private driver and guide will transfer you to the railway station in Xi’an. What you need to do is to sit back and relax. Say goodbye to your local guide in Xian and take the bullet train to Luoyang. After around 1h40m bullet train ride, you will meet your private guide and driver in Luoyang. Transfer service to your hotel in the downtown Luoyang city.

 

Today your tour begins with the visit to the famous Luoyang Ancient Tomb Museum. This museum has 22 restored ancient tombs dating from the Han dynasty to the Northern Song Dynasty (202 BC- 1127 AD), including 10 Han Dynasty tombs(202 BC- 220 AD), 2 Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) tombs and 5 Song Dynasty tombs(960-1127 AD). Many colorful murals have been restored and pottery pieces and other relics excavated from the tombs are also on display. 

   

Afterwards, you will get to the southern suburb of Luoyang city to visit the Longmen Grottos, one of the 3 most famous ancient Grottos in China and it is also the UNESCO World Heritage site. Carving began in the 5th century, Longmen Grottos boasts 1352 caves, more than 100000 statues, 40 pagodas and 3600 tablets with Buddhist inscriptions. The peaceful Yi River meanders its way through the south of the Luoyang City here, cutting across steep cliffs on both sides. Above, thousands of Buddhist statues stand, peering out of the cliff side. It has long been recognized as a cultural, historical, artistic and religious site. As such, it is listed under United Nations World Heritage List.

   

As the day draws to an end, drive for around 70 KM/1.5 Hours to Dengfeng City (sacred place for Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism in China)

Day 6
Tour in Dengfeng, Dengfeng -Zhengzhou by Car
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Zhengzhou

You will start your tour in Dengfeng with the visit to Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Zen Sect of Buddhism and Chinese Martial Art – Kung Fu. The temple was firstly built in 477 AD and the first abbot is Batuo, (also, Fotuo or Bhadra - the Chinese transposition of Buddha), an Indian dhyana master who came to China in AD 464 to spread Buddhist teachings. In 527, an Indian monk, Bodhidarma (known to the Chinese as Da Mo), founded the Mahayana Sect of Buddhism, which is known as Chen (or Zen). He stayed there till his death in 535, and the temple has become the centre of Chinese Buddhism. It is said that Da Mo, seeing monks becoming fat and lazy from long hours sitting in meditation, came up with the idea of walking meditation, which imitated the natural motions of animals and birds. Eventually, the imitation evolved into a form of unarmed combat or martial arts, which is known as Kungfu

   

In another part of the temple, you can see the unique "Forest of Dagodas" (Pagoda Forest), with its 243 stupas or dagoaas each containing the remains of an abbot from the Shaolin Monastery. They were built of either stone or brick. The first stupa at this site was built in 791 and the last in 1803. They range from seven stories (14.6 metres) to just a metre in height with many different styles. Against the deep and far mountains, this forest looks more like a holy place. 

 

In the afternoon, you will visit Zhong Yue Temple (ancient Taoist temple for Sacred Central Mountain in China - Mt. Songshan)

    

and Songyang Academy (One of the most famous ancient classical learning Academies in China) 

   

After Dinner, drive for around 76km/1.5 hours to Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, and overnight in Zhengzhou.

Day 7
Tour in Dengfeng, Dengfeng-Zhengzhou by Car
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:

In the morning, you will visit Shang Dynasty Bodu City Wall built around 3600 years ago (in 1559 BC) in Zhengzhou and the Hennan Province Museum in Zhengzhou to enjoy the oldest instrument in China, a bone flute made at least 8000 years ago and many other precious relics. Hennan Province is in the central China in the ancient times, both in geography and in culture. So relics discovered and exhibited here are very precious and numerous. 

     

Afterwards drive to the railway station in Zhengzhou. Say Goodbye to the Middle Plains of China and your guide in Henan Province, and take the bullet train to Shanghai, around 5 hours on the way.

Note: Visiting time,transporting time and the duration of shows and meals in the above itinerary are for reference only and will be subject to change accoring to the real situation.

Price:  per person in CNY (Chinese Yuan)

1 P

2 P

3 P

4 P

5 P

19150

11860

9420

8210

7490

6 P

7 P

8 P

9 P

10 P

7428

7030

6740

6510

6322

Single Room Supplement: CNY 1280

* For 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together, there will be one person staying in one room. So the single room supplement will be added on the above quotation for one person if 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together.

Price includes:

1. 2nd class seat bullet train ticket from Shanghai to Beijing, from Beijing to Xian, from Xian to Luoyang and from Zhengzhou to Shanghai.

2. Private van in Beijing, Xian, Luoyang-Dengfeng-Zhengzhou with parking fee and highway fee.

3. 3-star standard hotel in Beijing and 4-star standard hotel in Xian, Dengfeng and Zhengzhou with breakfast (2 people stay in one room)

* But for 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together, there will be one person staying in one room. So the single room supplement will be added on the above quotation for one person if 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together.

4. One lunch at a local Beijing citizen family.

5. Private local English speaking guide in Beijing, Xian, Luoyang-Dengfeng-Zhengzhou.

6. Entrance ticket to the attractions as listed in the itinerary, include the Foxiang Pavilion (means Buddha Fragrance Pavilion) on top of the central mountain in Summer Palace.
7. Tour accident insurance.

 

Price excludes:

Lunch & dinner (Except a lunch at a local Beijing citizen family. Please ask the guide & driver to take the lunch in Beijing and Xi’an with you, and take lunch and dinner with you in Luoyang-Dengfeng-Zhengzhou. Otherwise please give RMB30 per lunch to the guide and driver respectively.)

Personal expenses such as drinks, shopping.

 

* Tips is highly appreciated but not requested.

 

No national guide service. 

 

Please Note:

1. Child under the age of 12 may have discount.

2. This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your travel plan.

3. The tour itinerary described above may change or cancel because of force majeure. If because of force majeure or any conditions and/or situation which are not under the control of Shanghai Elite Tours happens (such as the problem of airlines, train, ship, public bus and any other public traffic means, the sudden change of weather, temporary road problem…) and/or accidental situation such as tourists will endanger the personal safety and property safety problem, and/or any other accidental situation which are unforeseen, unavoidable and insurmountable by Shanghai Elite Tours, this tour can not be accomplished as scheduled, Shanghai Elite Tours will not bear the responsibility.

4. The sequence of the activities in the itinerary maybe will be changed according to the situation.

5. In principle, the working hour of the driver and guide (include meal time) is not over 10 hours. (except the service time in the itinerary is listed to be over 10 hours).

The car can only be used according to the itinerary listed in the itinerary.

6. Tourists must bring their passport (for foreign tourist) or Chinese ID card (for local Chinese) in the tour.

7. Tourists should pay attention to the safety during the tour and the during the time when tourists arrange the activities themselves (such as during the meal time, shopping time, rest time, go to toilet and taking bath at hotel and so on…)

8. Shanghai Elite Tours is NOT a medical institution, and can only provide the tour and/or trip and/or conference service (if any). Every tourist should also know the health situation of them own, and tourists should guarantee their health condition can meet the needs of this tour.

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