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Itinerary Name: 10 Days Ancient Capitals & Kungfu Tour (B)-Beijing, Xian, Luoyang, Dengfeng, Zhengzhou, Shanghai, Train between Cities
Day 1
Arrival in Beijing
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Beijing
Your private guide and driver will be on time and waiting in the arrival at the Airport or Railway Station in Beijing. A comfortable private car & experienced driver will transfer you to the hotel in central Beijing.
Day 2
Sightseeing in Beijing
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel: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.) .

  

 

More Detail about the Forbiden City at Wikipeida: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidden_City

More detail about the Summer Palace at UNESCO World Heritage website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/880

Day 3
Sightseeing in Beijing, Beijing-Xian by Overnight Sleeper Train
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:Overnight in the Sleeper Train

In the morning, stroll with locals among the 6,000 ancient trees in the Temple of Heaven’s Grounds. Watch locals paly 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. 

  

 

The last and also the highlight place of the tour in Beijing this time is the Great Wall at Badaling (UNESCO World Heritage). You’ll drive for around 40 km/2 hours to the north of Beijing into the mountains, walk and enjoy the fantastic view there. 

  

 

Enjoy a fair well dinner in Beijing. Then drive to Beijing West Railway Station, say goodbye to your local guide in Beijing and board on the sleeper train to Xi’an. Overnight in the train tonight.

 

More detail about the Temple of Heaven at UNESCO World Heritage website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/881

More detail about the Great Wall:  http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/438
Day 4
Tour in Xian
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Xian

Upon your arrival at Xi’an Railway Station in the morning, you’ll be picked up by your local guide and transferred to your downtown hotel. After having your breakfast in the hotel and leaving your luggage, you will begin your tour in Xi’an 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.

  

 

More detail about Terracotta Warriors at UNESCO World Heritage website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/441

More detail about Giant Wild Goose Pagoda at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Wild_Goose_Pagoda 

Day 5
Tour in Xian, Xian-Luoyang by Bullet Train
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Luoyang

In the morning, continue your tour in Xian with the visit to Shaanxi History Museum in Xi’an. This Museum is one of the 3 best museums in China (along with the Forbidden City and Shanghai Museum). It is a perfect overview of Chinese history and not to be missed. After lunch, you will visit the City Wall, the most well-preserved, most complete oldest city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. It is rectangular in shape and has a total length of around 14 km. The wall encloses an area of about 14 square kilometres. The city wall measures 12 meters high, 15-18 meters wide at the base and 12-14 meters wide at the top. 

  

 

Afterwards, 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. 

 

Today ends with the train to Luoyang and the Hotel in Luoyang. Your private car, drive and guide handle all the transfer for you at each end. Say goodbye to your local guide in Xian. 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.

Day 6
Tour in Luoyang, Luoyang-Dengfeng by Car
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Dengfeng

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 to Dengfeng City (sacred place for Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism in China) (70 KM/1.5 Hours from Luoyang to Dengfeng).

Day 7
Tour in Dengfeng, Dengfeng-Zhengzhou by Car
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel: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 to Zhengzhou-the capital of Henan Province (76km/1.5 hours), and overnight in Zhengzhou.

Day 8
Tour in Zhengzhou, Zhengzhou-Shanghai by Flight
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Shanghai

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. 

  

 


Today ends with the included bullet train to Shanghai and the hotel in Shanghai. Your private car, driver and guide handle all the transfer for you at each end. Say goodbye to your local guide in Zhengzhou. After around 4-5 hours train ride, you will meet your private guide and driver in Shanghai. Just in time to catch the neon lights lighting up. Capture the city’s glamour through your lens and feel the citys pulse.

Day 9
Tour in Shanghai
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Shanghai

Today you will taste the feature of Shanghai both “Classic and Modern”, feel the East-meets-West fusion and the air of the "Paris of the East".  

 

Today is packed: In the morning, your personal driver, and guide will be waiting at your address in time, ready to maximize your time.

 

Your tour in Shanghai will begin with the visit to the 468m high Oriental Pearl Tower in Pudong area (East of Huangpu River) which is the icon of Shanghai, ranks the second tallest in Asia and the fourth tallest tower in the world. You will take the express elevator to arrive at the upper sphere (the middle sphere) which is 250m above the ground. The Shanghai Municipal History Museum located at the ground floor in the tower is also a must for tourists in Shanghai. The museum has six separate galleries which show the evolution of Shanghai in a period of 6,000 years. Then you will get to the West of Huangpu River to take a stroll on the Bund - the waterfront by the side of the river, and with many elegant classical skyscrapers built in the colonial period, it is also the most important showcase of Shanghai.  

  

 

In the afternoon, you will get to the Old Town of Shanghai which is right by the side of the former French Concession and Huangpu River, to visit the Yuyuan Bazaar and charming Yuyuan Garden, one of the best typical Classical Chinese style gardens in China. You will also visit the Old City God Temple here – the most famous city god temple in China and one of the most important religion centers for local Shanghai citizen.

  

 

Then you can visit the heart of the former French Concession – Xintiandi area. It is an upmarket, pedestrian only, shopping, eating and entertainment district composed of refurbished or reconstituted traditional early 19th century Shikumen ("stone gate") houses, narrow alleys and stone paved courtyards. It is considered one of the first lifestyle centers in China. With the Taiping Lake area right by the side of it, Xintiandi area now is also the most expensive place to live in China, with some apartments costing more than Tokyo, New York and London. It is home to the Chinese elite and top executive expats.

  

 

The small leafy street between the North Block and South Block of Xintiandi is Xingye Road (old name Rue Wantz, Built in 1914, named after the name of the chief engineer of Public Council of the French Concession, Wantz).   

 

The Shikumen Open House Museum here presents Shanghai life as it was around the 1920s and 30s in a Shikumen-style "stone-gate" house. There are about 7 rooms furnished with period furniture. The museum includes a tingzijian, a small triangular room, sometimes rented out at a low price to impoverished writers and others.

 

 

This kind of building style was originally created to house refugees from the Taiping Rebellion (1851-1864) who flooded Shanghai from the nearby provinces. It gained in popularity and remained the preferred style until 1980s in Shanghai. 

 

In the south eastern corner of this block, also on the Xingye Road is the Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China which has now been preserved as a museum. It is also located in the historical Shikumen buildings in which the 1st  National Congress of the Communist Party o  China took place on 23 July in 1921. The museum houses exhibits about the history of China and Shanghai and the foundation of the CPC.  

  

 

Not far from Xintiandi area is Sinan Road (Old name Rue Massenet) which was completed in 1914, in the memory of the famous French musician - Massenet (12 May 1842 - 13 Aug 1912) who was a French composer of the Romantic era best known for his operas, of which he wrote more than thirty. The two most frequently staged are Manon (1884) and Werther (1892). He also composed oratorios, ballets, orchestral works, incidental music, piano pieces, songs and other music. Now in 16th arrondissement of Paris (also known as "Arrondissement de Passy"), there is still a same name road. 

 

Further down this quiet picturesque street with pretty buildings and villas on each sides, many elegant detached French style garden villas will appear in front of your eyes. Built in 1920s, this community was designed by French architect and copied from the buildings in Biarritz, a famous beach resort by the side of Atlantic in the south France near Spain.

  

Day 10
Leave Shanghai
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Hotel:
Today your private driver and guide will meet you at your hotel according to your time to transfer you to the airport on time. Say goodbye to Shanghai.