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Itinerary Name: 6 Days Essence China Tour (B)-Beijing, Xian from Shanghai (Train Between Cities)
Day 1
Shanghai-Beijing by Bullet Train
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Beijing

You will make your own way to the railway station in Shanghai by yourselves, taking the bullet train for around 4.5 hours ride from Shanghai to Beijing. Upon your arrival, you will meet your local guide and driver, and transfer service to the 1st attraction to visit in this itinerary of yours, the Temple of Heaven. Today in Beijing, you will visit and stroll with locals among the 6,000 ancient trees in the Temple of Heaven’s Grounds. Watch locals exercise, practice martial arts, and maybe play traditional instruments.

 

Afterwards, transfer service to your hotel in downtown Beijing, very near to Tiananmen Square.

 

Note: Please bring some food with you to have a simple lunch in the train. 
 

The Temple of Heaven (UNESCO World Heritage) provided a place for emperors to pray to ‘the most high God in heaven’ for a good harvest. The Round Altar, Echo Wall and Imperial Vault of Heaven are rated as the key sight in China. You will cover these and more.

 

 

More detail about the Temple of Heaven at UNESCO World Heritage website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/881

Day 2
Sightseeing in Beijing
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Beijing

Today, your tour in Beijing will began with strolling on Qianmen Street, an old Beijing style commercial street right to the south of Tiananmen Square.

 

 

Afterwards you will walk north to visit Tiananmen Square, the heart of China and the biggest square in the world.  Then walk through an underground tunnel to pass Chang An Road before The Tiananmen Rostrum to get into the Forbidden City Area, visit the Forbidden City (Palace Museum & Imperial Palace, UNESCO World Heritage) - the history and meanings of it will be unlocked by your guide. Glean the history out of a place where the guidebooks leave you short. It has served as the residence to 24 emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 AD - 1911 AD), but is now used as the Palace Museum. The Forbidden City has been the center of the highest authority for more than 500 years in China. With garden landscapes and an enormous architectural complex consisting of 9,000 chambers and halls containing furniture and works of art, it has become the historical landmark witnessing invaluable Chinese civilization during the Ming and Qing dynasties. 

   

 

Afterwards you will get to the north back of the Forbidden City to explore the well-protected old Beijing zone to get an authentic taste of the style and features of Old Beijing. Taking a rickshaw to explore this charming world.

 

There you will visit an old Beijing family who’ve lived in the Hutongs for generations, offering unique insights from a local perspective. You will also have Lunch at their home, and photograph the old lanes and courtyard houses in the neighboring Hutongs area.

 

 

The last place to visit today is the Summer Palace (UNESCO World Heritage), an famous imperial garden with pavilions, vividly painted long corridors, temples, and a very large lake surrounded by hills. It was originally the imperial courts summer retreat, and still makes a nice place to escape the heat of the summer in Beijing. Strolling in the Garden, climbing the hill and enjoying the amazing view of the lake at the palace on top of the hill, for sure it is a location that will be the highlight for your photo album and also your memories because of its enchanting scenery.

 

We specially include the Foxiang Pavilion (means Buddha Fragrance Pavilion) - near the highest place in the central mountain where tourist can have a birds eye view of this giant charming garden although the extra charge should be paid for it (we included the fee in the quotation.) .

 

 

More Detail about the Forbiden City at Wikipeida: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidden_City

More detail about the Summer Palace at UNESCO World Heritage website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/880

Day 3
Sightseeing in Beijing, Beijing-Xian by Overnight Sleeper Train
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In the Overnight Sleeper Train

Today, you will take a full day tour to the highlight of the tour in Beijing this time, Great Wall at Badaling (UNESCO World Heritage). You’ll drive for around 40 km/2 hours to the north of Beijing into the mountains, walk and enjoy the fantastic view there.

 

Enjoy a fair well dinner in Beijing. Then drive to Beijing West Railway Station, say goodbye to your local guide in Beijing and board on the sleeper train to Xi’an.

 

More detail about the Great Wall:  http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/438
Day 4
Arrival and Tour in Xian
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Xian

Upon your arrival at Xi’an Railway Station, you’ll be picked up by your local guide and transferred to your downtown hotel. After having your breakfast in the hotel and leaving your luggage, you will begin your tour in Xi’an with the visit to one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the Terracotta Warriors and Copper Carriage for the Emperor Qinshihuang (UNESCO World Heritage) which is around 40 km / 50 minutes drive to the east of Xian city.

 

 

Afterwards, drive back to Xian city to yet more historical milestones in the form of the beautifully decorated Bell Tower and Drum Tower (to enjoy the out view for both of them), which mark the centre of the ancient capital with their garish colors and elegant architecture. Then you will walk on the well protected Muslim streets, the well protected Old Xian area.

 

 

More detail about Terracotta Warriors at UNESCO World Heritage website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/441

Day 5
Tour in Xian, Xian to Shanghai by Overnight Sleeper Train
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In the Overnight Sleeper Train

In the morning, continue your tour in Xian with the visit to the City Wall, the most well-preserved, most complete oldest city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. It is rectangular in shape and has a total length of around 14 km. The wall encloses an area of about 14 square kilometres. The city wall measures 12 meters high, 15-18 meters wide at the base and 12-14 meters wide at the top.

 
  

The tour will then move on to Shaanxi History Museum in Xi’an. This Museum is one of the 3 best museums in China (along with the Forbidden City and Shanghai Museum). It is a perfect overview of Chinese history and not to be missed.

 

   

 

The last place you will visit today is Big Wild Goose Pagoda (UNESCO World Heritage) and Dacien Temple (Temple of Great Maternal Grace) around it.  (You will get into the temple to have a close look at the pagoda, but do not include stepping up the pagoda.) The Pagoda was built in 652 AD, Chinese-style architecture combined with Buddhist historic statues, murals and scriptures, topped off by the best panoramic view over Xi’an.  

   

 

Afterwards, your private driver and guide will transfer you to the railway station in Xian. What you need to do is to sit back and relax. 

 

Today ends with the sleeper train from Xian to Shanghai. Say goodbye to your guide in Xian and taking the overnight sleeper train back to Shanghai.

 

More about Xian City Wall at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortifications_of_Xi%27an
More detail about Shanxi History Museum at its official website: http://www.sxhm.com/
More detail about Giant Wild Goose Pagoda at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Wild_Goose_Pagoda
 

Day 6
Arrival in Shanghai
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:
You will arrive in Shanghai at noon.