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12-day Historic China Tour by Speed Train

Tour code: ETC-S14   

The high speed train will transfer you from Shanghai to Luoyang for the Shaolin Temple to see the birth place of Chinese Martial arts; and further Xian, which is famous for the historical relics and terracotta warriors, transfer to Beijing from Pingyao, for visiting some fantastic sites like the Great Wall, Forbidden City and so on.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Shanghai
Arrival in Shanghai, the Bund
2 Shanghai Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai History Museum, Tianzifang. Optional acrobatic show
3 Shanghai / Luoyang Zhujiajiao, high speed train to Luoyang
4 Luoyang / Shaolin Temple / Luoyang Shaolin Temple, Dagoba Forest, and Sanhuang Village Scenic Resort
5 luoyang / Xi'an 
Longmen Grottos, Train to Xian
6 Xi'an Terrra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum,  walk at old Muslim quarter
7 Xi'an / Taiyuan / Pingyao
Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian Museum, bullet train to Pingyao Old Town
8 Pingyao
Qiao Courtyard House, Double Forest Temple, and old town of Pingyao
9 Pingyao / Beijing
Speed train to Beijing
10 Beijing
Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City. Peking duck dinner
11 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, a pedicab tour to Hutong
12 Beijing
Summer Palace, departure

Day 1 Arrival in Shanghai (No meal)

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel at downtown. If time permits, go to the Bund, a waterfront area in central Shanghai, it is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai. 

The Bund of Shanghai at night

Day 2 Shanghai (B, L)

In the morning, explore Yu Garden, which has a total area of 20,000 square meters with an exquisite layout and beautiful scenery. Then go to the Jade Buddha Temple, which is the most popular Buddhist temple in Shanghai boasting 2 precious jade Buddha sculptures from Burma. After a visit to Shanghai History Museum and learn the knowledge and history of the city, transfer to visit Tianzifang old city quarter. At night, you can enjoy the optional acrobatic show.  

Yuyuan Garden of Shanghai

Day 3 Shanghai – Luoyang (B, L)

Drive to visit Zhujiajiao, a small ancient town near Shanghai featured with the traditional lifestyle of Yangtze Delta. Then transfer to the train station to take a high speed train to Luoyang (within 5 hours).

Shanghai Zhujiajiao old town

Day 4 Luoyang – Shaolin Temple – Luoyang (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 Sanhuang Village Scenic Resort are also in the plan.

Day 5 Luoyang – Xian (B, L)

After breakfast, visit Longmen Grottos, the most impressive collection of Chinese art of late North Wei and Tang Dynasty (316-907) representing the high point of Chinese stone carving. After lunch, transfer to take a high speed train to Xian (1.5 hours).

Longmen Grottos

Day 6 Xian (B, L)

After breakfast, go out to visit Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which is one of the highlight attractions in China. It is so significant because of the hundreds of detailed life-size models. Later, enjoy a walk at old Muslim quarter and get close to Chinese Muslim people and their life. 

Xian Terra-cotta army

Day 7 Xian – Pingyao (B, L)

In the morning, visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, built between 707-709, the pagoda has a brick frame built around a hollow interior, and its square base and shape reflect the building style of other pagodas from the era; then to Xian Museum, as many as 130, 000 fine cultural relics are preserved here, most of which were unearthed in the ancient tombs from different dynasties before Tang Dynasty (618-907).  Later, Take a speed train to Pingyao Old Town (about 3 hours). Pingyao ancient town sets in the middle of Shanxi Province and covers an area of 2.25 sq kilometers, 90km southward from the provincial capital Taiyuan, which is one of the four best-preserved ancient towns in China.

Day 8 Pingyao (B, L)

Drive to visit Qiao Courtyard House which has its outstanding architecture style with historical culture. Then go to the Double Forest Temple, 6km southwest from Pingyao is famous for its colorful sculpture. Later, enjoy a in-depth tour around Pingyao Old Town. The most brilliant spot of this ancient town is its city wall which was originally built during 827-782 B.C. Another recommendation is Rishengchang, the first private banking unit in China. 

Qiao Courtyard House

Day 9 Pingyao – Beijing (B)

Free at leisure in the morning to explore the ancient town. Transfer to take speed train to Beijing (about 4 hours). Transfer to your hotel for check-in upon arrival in Beijing.

Day 10 Beijing (B, L, D)

Private escorted tour to over 500-year-old Temple of Heaven. It is basically a huge communication terminal which the Emperor used to communicate directly with Heaven, and it was included in the World Heritage List in 1998. Secondly, go to the Tiananmen Square, located at the heart of Beijing, is the world's largest city center square. Then enter the Forbidden City. It was nominated as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1987 and recognized as one of the most important five palaces in the world. At night, a delicious Peking duck dinner is prepared. 

Beijing Forbidden City

Day 11 Beijing (B, L)

Private escorted tour to Mutianyu Great Wall by round-way cable car. Mutianyu, meaning 'Admiring Fields Valley', is the longest fully-restored Great Wall section open to tourists and about 2.5 hours' drive from downtown Beijing. Transfer back to downtown in the afternoon and have a pedicab tour to Hutong, namely Beijing’s traditional alleyways, represents Beijing's origin, location or history. It is in these gray-tiled long lanes that families play, buy goods, gossip, and connect.

Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 12 Beijng departure (B)

Today, you will visit the Summer Palace, the best preserved imperial garden in the world. The landscaped gardens, temples, and pavilions were designed to achieve harmony with nature. It was listed on the World Heritage List by the UNESCO in 1998. Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.

Beijing Summer Palace

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As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact 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$ 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";

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