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16-day China Discovery Tour

Tour code: ETC-S04   

16 Days of Chinese ancient culture, modern miracles and amazing natural scenery. The fantasitic of Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terracotta Army are the top sites to be explored with the metropolis Shanghai and the beautiful Yellow Mountain as well as Guilin - where is regarded as one of the most scenic town in China.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Shanghai
Arrive Shanghai, Free Day
2 Shanghai
Yu Garden, Old Quarters, Xintiandi, Shanghai Museum, the Bund, Nanjing Road
3 Shanghai
Zhujiajiao Watertown, Free Afternoon
4 Shanghai / Suzhou/ Huangshan
No.1 Silk Factory, Humble Administrator's Garden, Grand Canal Cruise, Train to Huangshan
5 Huangshan
Yellow Mountain
6 Huangshan / Hangzhou
Hongcun Village, Tunxi Old Street, Transfer to Hangzhou
7 Hangzhou
Lingyin Temple, Feilai Peak, West Lake, Dragon Well Tea Plantation
8 Hangzhou / Guilin
Fly to Guilin, Visit Reed Flute Cave
9 Guilin / Yangshuo
Li River Cruise, Free afternoon
Yangshuo / Longji
Biking at countryside Yangshuo, optional Yulong River Bamboo rafting, transfer to Longji
Longji / Xi'an
Longji Rice Terraces, Fly to Xian
Xi'an / Beijing
Ancient City Wall, Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum, Transfer to Beijing
Rickshaw at Hutongs, Yonghe Lamastery
Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City
Mutianyu Great Wall, Ding Tomb
Day 1 Arrival / Shanghai   
Be met at the airport and transferred to hotel check in.

Day 2 Shanghai (B, L)

Enjoy full-day tour to famous attractions: Yu Garden, which features traditional architectural style of Yangtze Delta and used to be a private garden with 400 years’ history. Old Quarters, where you can appreciate the special architecture style, Xintiandi, a pedestrian street composed of traditional street format of Shanghai Shikumen and modern development. Then pay a visit to Shanghai Museum, a large museum of ancient Chinese art. It boasts 120,000 pieces of rare and precious cultural relics in twenty-one categories, including bronze ware, ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, sculpture, etc. Later, go to the Bund and Nanjing Road. As it is known to all, The Bund is Shanghai’s waterfront to see new-erect modern skyscrapers and aged buildings of the colonial period, while Nanjing Road is the busiest shopping street.

Day 3 Shanghai (B, L)
Make an excursion to Zhujiajiao Water Town (including a boat cruise). Zhujiajiao is a water town at the outskirt of Shanghai, and was established about 1,700 years ago. The rest of the day is free for your own exploration.

Day 4 Shanghai/Suzhou/Huangshan (B, L)
Transfer to Suzhou, and visit 3 highlight spots: No.1 Silk Factory, with a history of more than 80 years, it enjoys a good reputation in the silk industry. Then go to Humble Administrator's Garden, covers about 12.58 acres, it is the largest and most renowned garden. Due to its unique designs and ethereal beauty, the garden has garnered many special honors as it is listed as a World Cultural Heritage site. At last, enjoy the Grand Canal Cruise. The Canal is the earliest and the longest artificial river in the world that is ten times of the Suez Canal and 22 times of the Panama Canal. It originates from Beijing in the north and ends in Hangzhou, Zhejiang in the south. Six provinces and five river systems are connected by the canal. Later, proceed to the railway station and catch the train to Huangshan.

Day 5 Huangshan (L)
Arrive in Huangshan in the early morning, be met at the train station and transferred to have breakfast and head for the famous Mt. Huangshan: it is best renowned for its scenery in China. Enjoy its stunning sights like sunrise, forest, rocks, etc. Cable car up, explore the West Sea Canyon and other scenic spots. Overnight on the mountain.

Day 6 Huangshan / Hangzhou (B, L)
Take cable car down, visit Hongcun Village, where Oscar Winner "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was filmed. Visit the old street of Huangshan, then take a private transfer to Hangzhou, and transfer to check in hotel.

Day 7 Hangzhou (B, L)
Visit Lingyin Temple-- one of the ten most famous ancient Buddhist monasteries in China. Next to the temple, go to the Feilai Peak, 209 meters (about 700 feet) tall, is a pure limestone mountain that is very distinctive from the sandstone mountain around it. Then enjoy boat cruise on West Lake, with its beautiful lakes, mountains and many attractions, it has become the world-famous tourist destination and is known as the "paradise on earth". Later, go to Dragon Well Tea Plantation to enjoy a leisure time there.

Day 8 Hangzhou / Guilin (B)
Pick up at the hotel and transfer to the airport. Be met at the airport and transferred to hotel check in. Then visit Reed Flute Cave, known as "Natural Art Gallery", it is famous for its fantastic stalactites and stalagmites formation.

Day 9 Guilin/Yangshuo (B,L)
Take a leisurely Li River cruise, disembark at the beautiful small town famous for its Karst landscape--Yangshuo. At Yangshuo, you can have a free afternoon for your own exploration. In the evening, you can watch the optional evening show ‘Impression Sanjie Liu’ on the natural stage along Li River.

Day 10 Yangshuo / Longji (B, L, D)
Biking to the countryside, optional tour of bamboo rafting on Yulong River. It winds its way in a picturesque valley sided by stunning limestone hills. Sitting on a bamboo rafting, you can lie down on the chair smelling the fragrance of rice, enjoying the gentle water buffalo walking on the bank. On the way, you can also slide down some small dams on the raft as a soft adventure. Later, transfer to Longji.

Day 11 Longji / Xi'an (B)
Pay a visit to Longji (Dragon Back) Rice Terraces, located 55 miles (87km) northwest of Guilin, where you will be rewarded feats of farm engineering going all the way up a string of 2400 feet (800 m) mountains. Transfer to airport and fly to Xian. Be met at the airport and transferred to hotel check in.

Day 12 Xi'an / Beijing (B, L, D)

Today's sightseeing including 3 highlights: Ancient City Wall, the best-kept and biggest city walls in China. Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, one of the most important archaeological finds in the 20th century; an army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin's tomb since 2200 year ago. Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum, which is the resting place of the first Emperor in China. Transfer to take an overnight train to Beijing at the soft sleeper class.

Day 13 Beijing (B, L)
Be met at the rail station and transferred to hotel check in. After lunch, take a 3-wheel rickshaw to Hutong , being regarded as a window into Beijing folk life, it is a unique street design in Beijing-- some crisscrossing old narrow paths with courtyard houses built on each side. Then visit Yonghe Lamasery, originally a prince mansion of Qing Dynasty, it was changed to the head office of Lama Administration.

Day 14 Beijing (B, L)
In the morning, go to 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. Then visit 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. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 15 Beijing (B, L)
Visit Mutianyu Great Wall, a less visited and more original part of the Great Wall. It is situated where vegetation is luxurious and over 90 percent of the land is covered with grass, forests and fruit trees. Then pay a visit to Ding Tomb, an underground palace for a Ming-dynasty emperors' afterlife.

Day 16 Beijing departure (B)
Pick up at the hotel and transfer to the airport.

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As 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 a guideline you should expect to pay from US$2400 for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services
Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";
Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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  • Asked by K.M.S. Almokhtar
    2014-06-23 04:43
    please provide cost of this tour per 2 persons....for september or october year 2014..............thank you.....
    Answered by Ricky
    2014-06-23 10:19
    Dear K.M.S. Almokhtar,

    Thank you very much for the inquiry.

    The 16-day China Discovery Tour is designed for the first timers to China to have a comprehesive knowledge of this country, which combines historic sites and stunning scenic spots in the itinerary. We are very sure that you will love the travel experience of this journey.

    Our professional travel consultant will be in contact with you soon via email.

    Have a nice day there!

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