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Starting a discovery tour in China by rail travel from Guangzhou, a bustling city with many historical sites, stop over at Wuhan for famed Yellow Crane Tower and other sites, have insight views of the ancient capital Nanjing and dynamic Shanghai, spend the last few days for historical wonders in Xi'an and Beijing.

Duration: 16 days & 15 nights

Destinations: Guangzhou - Wuhan - Shanghai - Nanjing - Zhengzhou - Xian - Beijing

Starting Point: Guangzhou

Ending Point:Beijing

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Arrival in Guangzhou, you will be met at the airport or train station and transferred to hotel.

After breakfast, visit Yue Xiu Park to see the city emblem - Five Rams Statue. Then pay a visit to Chen Family Temple, the largest, best preserved and decorated ancient architecture in Guangdong province. Next, visit the Xiguan Old Houses to appreciate its special architecture values. Later, wander around Qingping Market. It has over 2000 stall along 1-km-long Qingping Road to get close to local people's life, where is a gazetted historical area that serves as a tranquil reminder of the colonial European period. 

Meal: B, L

After breakfast, drive to the train station and head for Wuhan - capital city of Hubei Province by high speed train (4 hours). Transfer to your hotel. Free time at leisure.

Meal: B

After breakfast, visit the Yellow Crane Tower - it is one of the most renowned towers south of the Yangtze River and enjoys the fame of "The First Scenery under Heaven". Its cultural significance made it the symbol of Wuhan City. Secondly, visit the Hebei Provincial Museum, which in the past several decades has made remarkable achievements in cultural relic collection, preservation, exhibition, education, and research etc. Then go to Guiyuan Temple, a 350-year-old Buddhist temple. Finally, walk around East Lake to enjoy beautiful views. 

Meal: B, L

After breakfast, transfer to take speed train to Shanghai (5 hours). You will be picked up at the train station after arrival, then check into the hotel.

Meal: B

After breakfast, go to Yu Garden, it was inaugurated in the Ming dynasty and has a total area of 20,000 square meters. As a paragon of the south Chinese landscaping style, it is a must-see site in Shanghai. Then pay a visit to Shanghai History Museum to gain knowledge about the history of Shanghai. Later, enjoy time at the Bund, where is the waterfront to see newly-erected modern skyscrapers and aged buildings of the colonial period. At last, go to French Concession, a pedestrian street composed of traditional street format of Shanghai Shikumen and modern development.

Meal: B, L

Free time for your own exploration. Transfer to the train station and head for Nanjing - capital city of Jiangsu Province by high speed train (1.5 hours).

Meal: B, L

Spend the whole day to explore some famous attractions in Nanjing. After breakfast, visit the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum. Located at the southern foot of Mount Zijin in the eastern suburb of Nanjing, it is the burial site of the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang. Then go to the Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Located at the southern foot of Mount Xiaomaoshan, it is the last resting place of the "Father of Modern China" both in mainland China and in Taiwan. After that, proceed to ancient Zhonghua Gate of old city wall. In the evening, enjoy a cruise along the Qinhuai River, where is the birthplace of the age-old Nanjing culture and beautifully lit up at night.

Meal: B, L

After breakfast, transfer to the railway station to take train to Zhengzhou (5 hours). Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. 

Meal: B, L

A full day tour to the birth place of Chinese Kung Fu - 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 in the plan. 

Meal: B, L

Transfer to the train station and head for Xian by speed train (3 hours). You will be picked up upon arrival, transfer to have lunch, and visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which 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 of Tang Dynasty. Then explore Xian Musuem, a less-visited one with a large collection of 130 000 historic artifacts.

Meal: B, L

Visit the most famous Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, one of the top attractions in China. It is so significant because the hundreds of detailed life-size models represent the army that triumphed over all other Chinese armies and who were the decisive factor in forming a united China. Then enjoy a shadow puppet show at Gao's Court yard House. Later, walk at the old city quarters not only to appreciate its unique architecture, but also get close to local people's life.

Meal: B, L

After breakfast, transfer to take high speed train to Beijing (5.5 hours). Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

Meal: B

Private escorted tour to over 500-year-old Temple of Heaven. The Temple 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.

Meal: B, L, D

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. Next, visit the Summer palace. The Chinese call it Yihe Yuan, and 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. If weather permits, enjoy boating at Kunming Lake.

Meal: B, L

Have a three-wheel rickshaw tour Hutong (Beijing's traditional alleyways) to see the local people's life in the morning. Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.

Meal: B, L

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What's included

  • Guide

    Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide.

  • Meals

    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Transport

    Private transfers airport/hotel/airport.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodations with daily breakfast.

  • Other

    Domestic flights and trains listed.
    Admission fees.

  • Visa

    Visa arrangement. Please consult the local Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General first for the tourist visa.

  • Other

    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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