14-day China History Tour on Train
Tour code: ETC-B10
Enjoy the overnight train trip and take in an extraordinary sweep of cultural landmarks through Beijing, Pingyao, Xian, Luoyang & Shanghai. During the rail tours, you will discover the modern and ancient side of Beijing, hike the great wall, stun at the outstanding achievement of Buddhist cave Yungang Grottoes, stroll around the best preserved ancient town in China listed as Cultural Heritage site Pingyao, face to face with terracotta army, visit the kungfu's birthplace Shaolin Temple, last explore the bustling Shanghai.
|Tour Date||City||Tour Brief|
||Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace|
||Great Wall, Ming Tomb|
|4||Beijing / Datong
||Transfer to Datong by Train|
||Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Monastery, Nine Dagon Screen|
|6||Datong / Taiyuan / Pingyao
||Take bus to Taiyuan, Jinci Temple, Family Qiao House, Transfer to Pingyao|
|7||Pingyao / Xi'an
||Double Forest Temple, Pingyao Ancient Town, Ancient City Wall, Rishengchang Draft Bank, Mingqing Street, Train to Xi'an|
||Banpo Museum, Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses Museum, Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum, Wild Goose Pagoda|
|9||Xi'an / Luoyang
||Transfer to Luoyang by Train|
||Longmen Grottoes, White Horse Temple|
|11||Luoyang/Zhengzhou/Shanghai||Shao Lin Temple, and visit Pagoda Forest , proceed to Zhengzhou take overnight train to Shanghai|
||the Bund, Yu Garden, French Concession|
Day 1 Arrival in Beijing (no meal)
Arrival in Beijing, our guide greets you at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 2 Beijing (B, L)
Sit-in-coach tour today: go to the largest city square in the world, Tiananmen Square first. Then go to the Forbidden City, the largest imperial palace in China for 24 emperors' reign during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years. Thirdly, visit the Temple OF Heaven, a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation. At last, pay a visit to the Summer Palace, a masterpiece of Chinese garden architecture which was built by Empress Dowager Cixi in Qing Dynasty.
Day 3 Beijing (B, L)
Sit-in-coach tour to the Great Wall, a series of stone and earthen fortifications in China which is a symbol of China's history and heritage and regarded as one of the great wonders in the world. Later, go to the Ming Tomb, located at Chan Ping County, 50 km (31 miles) northwest of Beijing, it reflects a similar conception of Imperial architecture. Chang Tomb is the main site we visit to as it is the most magnificent of all 13 Ming Tombs.
Day 4 Beijing/Datong by train (B)
Transfer to the train station to board the morning train to Datong, which lies in the northern Shanxi Province in China. Be met and transferred to hotel.
Day 5 Datong (B, L)
Visit the famous Yungang Grottoes, which are ancient Chinese Buddhist temple grottoes near the city of Datong in the province of Shanxi. They are excellent examples of rock-cut architecture and one of the three most famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China. Huayan Temple is the second destination on your tour plan. It is one of the biggest temples in China built in Liao Dynasty.Later, pay a visit to Nine Dragon Screen, the only screen having nine huge dragons on both sides and composed of 424 seven-color glazed tiles that embossing the screen.
Day 06 Datong/Taiyuan/Pingyao by express bus (B, L)
Take an express bus to Taiyuan. Transfer to have lunch then start with the spot--Jinci Temple, first built in Northern Wei Dynasty in memory of the founder of the country - Shu Yu. Later, pay a visit to the Family Qiao Courtyard House, a masterpiece of folk architecture in North China. Finally arrive at the famous ancient town-- Pingyao, check in local guesthouse.
Day 07 Pingyao/Xian by train (B, L)
In the morning, visit Double Forest Temple first. With 1500 year history, it is famous for more than 2000 painted Buddhist sculptures, regarded as "the treasure of Oriental painted sculptures". Visit Pingyao Ancient Town. It is one of the best preserved ancient towns in China listed as Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The highlight spots there are: Ancient City Wall, the Rishengchang Draft Bank and the Mingqing Street. Later, take the train to Xian (about 3 hours). Arrive at Xian. Be met & transferred to your hotel.
Day 08 Xian (B, L)
Take sit-in-coach tour to Banpo Museum, which houses artifacts from the archaeological site of Banpo. Then drive to the famous Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It’s often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world, which is an enormous collection of vivid Chinese warriors made out of hardened clay. Secondly, go to the first Chinese emperor - Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum. Later, drive to visit the Wild Goose Pagoda Of Ci’en Temple, first built in Tang Dynasty for the storage of Buddhist scriptures taken from India by Monk Xuanzang, and is now regarded as Xian’s emblem.
Day 09 Xian/Luoyang by train (B)
Free morning for your rest or exploration around the city. Then take an early afternoon train to Luoyang. Be met and transferred to hotel.
Day 10 Luoyang (B)
Visit Longmen Grottoes, a world heritage site named in 2000, the sculptures there are an outstanding manifestation of human artistic creativity that carved in late North Wei and Tang Dynasty (316-907). Then pay a visit to the White Horse Temple, first built in 68AD, it is believed to be the first Buddhist temple in China.
Day 11 Luoyang/Zhengzhou/Shanghai by train (B, L)
Drive to visit Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng County. It is known in and outside of China for Shaolin martial arts. The temple was built in 495, the 19th year of the reign of Emperor Xiaowen of the Northern Wei Dynasty. Dagoba Forest and Chinese Kung Fu performances are also included in the following plan. Head for Zhengzhou to take an overnight train to Shanghai.
Day 12 Shanghai (B, L)
Be met at train station and transferred to hotel and have breakfast. Tour starts with the visit to the Bund, Shanghai 's famous waterfront to see newly-erected modern skyscrapers and aged buildings of the colonial period. Yu Garden comes next: it used to be a private garden with 400 years' history and features the traditional architectural style of Yangtze Delta. Pay a visit to French Concession (Xintiandi), a pedestrian street composed of traditional street format of Shanghai Shikumen and modern development.
Day 13 Free Day for your own exploration. (B)
Free time for your own exploration.
Day 14 Shanghai Departure (B)
Transfer to the airport for the flight to your next destination.
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PRICES START FROM US$1200 PER PERSONAs all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give an exact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$1200 for the opposite itinerary.
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