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|DAY 1: Arrival to Beijing
Arrive in Beijing early evening, meet your representative at the arrival hall with Right Travel Green Sign and transfer to your hotel to relax and overnight.
|DAY 2: Beijing - Full Day Beijing City Tour
Begin your full day guided tour by visiting Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in this morning afternoon go on for the Temple of Heaven, The Summer Palace and the Pearl Market.
The Tiananmen Square: The worlds largest city square and enduring symbol of Chinas national pride, surrounded by many imposing buildings including the Tiananmen (Heavenly Peace) Gate Tower the Museums of Chinese Revolution History, the Great Hall of People’s Congress (the parliament building) the Monument to the People’s Hero, and Chairman Maos Mausoleum, and the Zhenyangmen Gate Tower
The Forbidden City: The Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasty, home to 24 Emperors from 1420 to 1911, afterwards known as The Palace Museum. This 960-meter –long and 670-meter –wide rectangle complex is encircled by 10-meter –high city wall and 25-meter-wide moat, consists of 999 rooms, great squares, gates contrast with the intricate networks of side halls, gardens, courtyards and quarters for those who lived in this city within a city. Our tour includes the visit to the Hall of Imperial Jewelry and the Hall of Watches and Clocks.
Stop for lunch at local restaurant, continue our tour to the Temple of Heaven: Situated in the southern part of the city, the temple of heaven covers the total area of 2,700,000 square meters. The temple was built in 1420A.D.it is the place where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would offer sacrifice to heaven and pray for good harvests. The main buildings of the temple including the Circular Mound Altar, Imperial Vault of Heaven and Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest. The surrounding gardens are the place where the local do the morning exercises, including Taichi, social dancing, peking opera singing, traditional bamboo & String Music performing, chess-playing, etc.
At the gate of the Temple of Heaven, we will stop at The Pearl market, or Hongqiao Market, is a modern market where Chinese authentic items can be purchased. Standing near the Temple of Heaven, this is the largest venue selling pearls in Beijing. Along with pearls, a variety of other items are also sold inside the market.
Proceed to the Summer Palace: the largest and best preserved imperial garden in China, the much-loved summer retreat of the Imperial families, located in the outskirt of the city, this lovely beautiful landscaped gardens, halls, pavilions and corridors are set around the lake and rivers in natural harmony. Our tour includes a boat ride crossing the lake. ( B, L )
|DAY 3: Beijing - Great Wall Tour, Ming Tombs & Cloisonne Ware Factory
Today is the highlight of your china trip, we will travel to the northern mountains area to visit the Great Wall of China in the less touristy Mutianyu Section afternoon will visit the Ming Tombs and the Cloisonne Ware Factory.
The Great Wall in the Mutianyu section: This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a pleasant drive 90km NE of Beijing. A cable car takes you up to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains.
Continue to The site of the Ming Dynasty Imperial Tombs was carefully chosen according to Feng Shui (geomancy) principles. According to these, bad spirits and evil winds descending from the North must be deflected therefore, an arc-shaped area at the foot of the Jundu Mountains north of Beijing was ed. This 40 square kilometer area — enclosed by the mountains in a pristine, quiet valley full of dark earth, tranquil water and other necessities as per Feng Shui — would become the necropolis of the Ming Dynasty.
Stop for lunch at local restaurant, proceed to visit the Cloisonne Ware Factory, Founded in 1956, Beijing Enamel Factory is the biggest and most professional factory in making cloisonné ware all over the country of China. It is the assigned tourist handicraft making enterprise which is named by the National Tourist Bureau. ( B, L )
|DAY 4: Flight from Beijing to Xian (1 hour 40 minutes)
This morning, transfer to the airport and fly to Xian, an ancient capital of China. Meet and transfer to the city, visit the Han Yangling Museum & Archaeological Sites, visit the City Wall and Shaanxi History Museum, one of the best in China.
The Han Yangling Museum and Archaeological sites: The Yangling Mausoleum, the tome of the Han Emperor, to view the recent archaeological finds on the excavation sites thru the glass floors inside of the tombs, there are thousands of small terracotta figures, daily used articles, chariots, etc and other beautifully sculptures representing the high artistry and fine taste of the Han Dynasty ( 202BC – 220AD)
Stop for lunch at local restaurant, than proceed to The City Wall: The walls, ramparts, gates and watchtowers form one of the oldest and most complete city defences still around. Built in the 13th century on the foundations of the original Tang Forbidden City surrounding the city centre you can walk, rent a bike or take an electric cart around the full 14km circuit, with great views of the city on either side.
The Shaanxi Historical Museum: The history of Shaanxi is said to be the history of China, and this museum is quite simply one of the nations best. Four major galleries in large, Tang-style buildings house a vast and impressive collection, beautifully displayed. Most of the item labels are in English, although some other information on the exhibitions is not, but your guide can help here. Wear comfortable walking shoes. ( B, L )
|DAY 5: Full Day Terracotta Warriors Museum Big Goose Pagoda, Jade Factory
Today is another highlight of your china trip, the full day tour includes the excursion to visit Terracotta Warrior Museum, as well as the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
The Terracotta Warriors Museum: Discovered accidentally in 1974, this incredible army of over 7000 soldiers, archers, horses and chariots in full battle array has guarded Emperor Qins tomb since 210BC. Each figure is unique, and the painstaking repair and excavation continues in 3 pits which are protected inside huge hangars. 1.5 hours from Xian, there is also an excellent museum and film about the history of the vaults.
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda: A major Buddhist site, the simple, elegant brick Pagoda stands in the grounds of the attractive Da Cien Temple. The Pagoda was built in the 7th century to house the Buddhist materials that Xuanzang (Tripitaka) brought back from his epic journey to India. The Temple complex has several large halls with some great Buddhist statues and murals
Lunch at local restaurant, than end our tour today with a stop at the Xian Jade carving. Chinese have been carving Jade in Xian for five thousand years. Large quantities of jade ornaments have been discovered during archaeological excavations. Exquisitely carved jade articles, such as bowls, bracelets, pendants, etc., are being produced in the Xian Jade Carving Factory. Xian is a great place to do some fantastic Chinese souvenir shopping, especially for cultural items and antiques, which are generally cheaper and more varied than any other cities. ( B, L )
|DAY 6: Departure
Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight back to Beijing to connect with your flight to USA. ( B )
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