You can arrange for your international flight to get to Beijing, and we will fetch you from the airport, transfer you to the hotel and check you in. You will have the rest of the day free to do some exploration at your leisure.
Overnight in Beijing
- The Tian'anmen Square
After breakfast we will visit the famous Tian'anmen Square, The Forbidden City and The Temple of Heaven.
Tiananmen Square: Located at the centre of Beijing, Tiananmen, or the Gate of Heavenly Peace, is the largest city public square in the world. It was originally built in 1651 and in the 1950s it was enlarged to its current size, four times the original. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of a number of important events in the Chinese history, including the proclamation of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949. It was named ‘Tiananmen Square’ because it is situated in front of the south gate of the Forbidden City - Tiananmen.
The Forbidden City: Located at the city center and called Gu Gong in Chinese, it was the imperial palace for twenty-four emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It took 14 years to build during the reign of Emperor Chengzu in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Ancient Chinese Astronomers believed that the Purple Star (Polaris) was in the center of heaven and the Heavenly Emperor lived in the Purple Palace. The Palace for the emperor on earth was so called the Purple City. It was forbidden to enter without special permission of the Emperor. Hence its name 'The Purple Forbidden City', usually just 'The Forbidden City’. Also called Palace Museum, the Forbidden City is recognized as the most magnificent and splendid palace complex in China and one of the five world-famous palaces, along with the Palace of Versailles in France, Buckingham Palace in England, the White House in United States, and the Kremlin in Russia.
The Temple of Heaven: Temple of Heaven, or Tiantan, is located in the southern part of Beijing, and has been one of the most sacred places for the whole country for more than five centuries. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to heaven, and is the largest one in Beijing among several royal altars to Heaven, Earth, Sun, Moon and other deities or symbolic forces of Nature.
Overnight in Beijing
- The Great Wall
After breakfast, we will be visiting the Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tombs, after that, walk around the "Hutong", to explore the culture and history. It is said that the real culture of Beijing is the culture of the Hutong and Courtyards.
Mutianyu Great Wall: Lies in Huairou County, Mutianyu Section is 73 kilometers away from Beijing City. Commanding the strategic importance, Mutianyu Section is called as the Majestic Pass on Precipitous Mountains. It is one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall.
The Ming Tombs: Also known as the “13 Tombs”, this is a collection of mausoleums of the 13 out of 17 of the Ming Dynasty emperors. The tomb that can be visited is that of Emperor Wanli, who reigned from 1537 to 1620, and his two empresses. Unearthed in 1956, this is literally an underground palace located 27m below ground surface.
Hutong is a Mongolian word meaning water well. At nine meters wide, it is the term given to a lane or small street that originated during the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368). These hutongs, or alleyways, are formed by lines of traditional courtyard residences. Many neighborhoods were thus formed, and the word hutong now refers to these neighbourhoods of alleyways. They have become representatives of local culture, thus it is the first choice for people who would like to learn about the local history and culture.
Overnight in Beijing + Dinner in Local Family in Hutong
Day 4Beijing Xi'an
- Water Cube Aquatic Centre
Today we will go to the Summer Palace, and cruise in the Summer Palace lake. Take a photo stop at the 200 Olympic Site to see the Bird's Nest National Stadium and Water Cube Aquatic Centre. Then take the overnight train(four berth in one compartment) to Xi'an.
Summer Palace: Situated in the Haidian District northwest of Beijing City, the Summer Palace is 15 kilometers from central Beijing. Being the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, it has greatly influenced Chinese horticulture and landscape with its famous natural views and cultural interests. It has long since been recognized as 'The Museum of Royal Gardens'.
Bird's Nest National Stadium: The National Stadium, affectionately known as Bird's Nest due to its nest-like appearance, is situated in the Olympic Green Village, in the northern Chaoyang District of Beijing. It was designed as the main stadium of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The Olympic events of track and field, football, javelin, hammer-throw and discus were held there.
Water Cube Aquatic Centre: Located on the west side of Landscape Avenue in the Olympic Green and to the west of Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest), the National Aquatics Center houses the official 2008 Olympics swimming facility. It measures 177 meters long, 177meters wide, and 30 meters high and covers an area of 62,950 square-meters. It has four floors: one at street level, two above, and one below ground.
Oernight on soft sleeper train
- The Ancient City Wall
Morning arrive Xi'an,we will meet you at the train staion, transfer you to the hotel and check you in. Afternoon stroll on the Ancient City Wall,Which you have opportunity to cycle on this ancient wall,and then explore the Grand Mosque(Old Muslim Quarter and Old Mosque).Tonight enjoy the Tang Dynasty culture show.
The Ancient City Wall: This is the most complete city wall that has survived in China as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. It was enlarged in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) from the city wall initially built in Tang Dynasty (618 -907). Now it is 12 meters tall, 12-14 meters wide covering 14 kilometers in length with a deep moat surrounding it. The City Wall has corner towers, ramparts, sentry towers, gate towers, battlements and a number of city defensive fortifications with very strong defense capability. You can walk, even cycle on the wall. Its south gate is the largest with a suspension bridge. Most of the tourists choose the south gate for sightseeing.
Grand Mosque (and Old Muslim Quarter): The Grand Mosque is a Chinese traditional Alhambresque architecture with a long history and grand scale, and is a great combination of Islamic and Chinese culture. It was recorded that it was established in the first year of the Tian Bao reign by the Tang Dynasty Emperor Li Lung Ji (685AD-762AD). After renovations and expansions on several occasions in the Song, Yuan and especially the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it gradually took on the current appearance. The whole mosque has more than 12,000 square meters, the floor space more than 4,000 square meters. The construction is mostly in the Ming Dynasty style. The Mosque therefore has much Chinese traditional touch in both its design and artistic outlook. Besides the style peculiar to Islamic mosques, this Mosque also holds characteristics of Chinese pavilions with painted beams and engraved ridgepoles. The Grand Mosque and the Muslim Quarter are now an important cultural preservation of Shanxi Province and a national-level historical/cultural preservation site.
The Tang Dynasty show: This is the show that presents the palace dances and songs from the Tang Dynasty (618AD-907AD) when Xian was the capital of China.
Overnight in Xi'an + Dinner with Culture Show
- The Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses
Today we will visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
The Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses: This is one of the greatest archaeological findings of the 20th century - the army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin Shi Huang's tomb from two thousand years ago. It is a sight not to be missed by any visitor to China. Emperor Qin Shi Huang ascended to the throne of Qin at the age of 13 in 246 BC. Under him, Qin conquered the other six warring states and became the first true emperor, or Shi Huang, of China.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda: The Big Goose Pagoda is where the renowned Buddhist Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his classics brought back all the way from India. The pagoda is one of the oldest structures in China. Originally it consisted of a brick structure of five storeys and was about 60 meters high. It was first built in 589AD during the Sui Dynasty. Between 701AD and 704AD during the reign of the Empress Wu Zetian five more storeys were added to the pagoda making it ten in all.
Overnight in Xi'an
After breakfast we will check out of the hotel. We will transfer you to the airport to take the flight to your destination.
√ 4 Star hotel Accommodation based on DB/Twins shared rooms listed with breakfast;
Beijing: Beijing 5L Hotel, Xi'an: Dynasty Culture hotel
√ Excellent English/Chinese speaking guide
√ All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary;
√ 2 bottles of water each person every day
√ One dinner in Xi'an with culture show
√Train: first soft sleeper train from Beijing to Xi’an
√ Travel insurance and government tax
* Personal expenses and tips to the guide and driver
* International flight
* some other tours not listed in the itinerary