Enjoy seeing the majestic northern landscapes, the historic royal monuments, the Great Wall, the wonders of mankind, and the 5,000 years of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Terracotta Warriors, you have to go to Beijing and Xian. For a taste of China's simple yet sophisticated customs, visit Guilin, Suzhou and Hangzhou. These three places are the embodiment of the perfect combination of man and nature. Finally, Shanghai is where one can learn about China's present and future.
Day 1: Arrival in Beijing.
Day 2: Discover all the fantasies that Beijing, the first ancient city in China has to offer - the Royal Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, the royal China's largest inner-city garden. The next day head to the lakeside Huanghuacheng Great Wall. Camping under the moon and stars in the Great Wall Beacon, where the ancient generals commanded battles, to experience the hardships of the warriors' lives. Savor the delicisious Chinese country-style dishes of organic food planted locally.
Day 3: In the early hours of the morning, spread your arms to greet the sunrise on the Great Wall. Enjoy the unique sunrise sensation at the Great Wall with breakfast delivered to your tower. Hike for 2 hours on the silent ancient Great Wall and marvel at its grandeur and architectural wonders! ! High up on a hill overlooking a quiet lake. This section of the Great Wall is the only one built on the water's edge. After lunch return to Beijing and listen to the echoes of the past at the Temple of Heaven where the emperor used to pray every year.
Day 4: We flew to Xi'an in the morning, just to get to the famous Terracotta Warriors. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses pit, the burial pit of the first emperor of Qin, was discovered by local farmers in 1974 while drilling a well, with pottery of people and horses, either standing or sitting. Tonight we enjoy a 300 year old dumpling feast. "A dumpling feast is the best way to taste the world. It's so delicious, you'd think it was made by the gods". And then the Tang Song and Dance takes you on a journey to the Tang court 1600 years ago, to see a slice of the life of Emperor Xuanzong and Yang Guifei at the court.
Day 5: Visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, a library built during the Tang Dynasty to store hundreds of sutras brought back from India. Afterwards, go for a bike ride on top of the ancient walls of Xi'an, one of the most famous city structures of the late Middle Ages. Take a bite of Xi'an's meat bun - known as the Chinese hamburger before you say Good-bye. Bullet train to Chengdu.
Day 6: When you are in China, how can you not see the adorable national treasure, the Giant Panda? Chengdu Giant Panda Base, the largest panda population in the world, is both a research facility for giant panda breeding and a mock-up of the giant panda population. It is an ecological park that houses more than 100 pandas in their wild habitat. Here, you can watch the pandas through a fence or glass window and, if you're lucky, you can see them in their silliness in the great outdoors. If you are lucky enough to see a newborn panda in the delivery room. Fly to Guilin.
Days 7-8: We first took a cruise on the Li River to enjoy the picturesque "karst" karst landscapes unique to Guilin. Thousands of peaks surrounded by mountains and water, blue water and green hills, reflections of strange peaks, unique landscape of cave and stone beauty. After arriving at the ancient town of Yangshuo, take a bamboo raft ride down the Yulong River, watch the stone bridges go up and down, and watch the wild ducks play on the river. See the ancient village life and fully immerse yourself in this mountainous and idyllic dreamland.
Want some off-the-beaten experience in Guilin? Get on your feet and hike! A 3-hour walk through the magnificent 650-year-old Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces: It is natural to feel the atmosphere of the various ethnic groups gathered here, and you can experience something that you normally cannot.A way of life and livelihood for indigenous peoples.
While you're here, don't miss Guilin's street food "Guilin Rice Noodles" and "Teppan Tofu." Be sure to have your guide take you for a taste.
Days 9-10: We came to Shanghai to experience the unique charm of the city. The beauty of Shanghai lies in its fusion of East and West, its cultural diversity, its historical heritage and its strong sense of the future. Take a stroll along the famous Nanjing Road, customarily known as China's Fifth Avenue. The high-speed elevator takes less than a minute to reach the observation deck in the center of Shanghai for a panoramic view of both sides of the Huangpu River. Have a cup of coffee in Tianzifang, once the French Concession. Cruise on the Huangpu River to see the city from both sides of the river. Your guide will tell you that the famous HSBC bank and AIG insurance company both originated on the Bund.But Shanghai has it all, including her Jiangnan water town, Zhujiajiao. When you're in Shanghai, make sure you visit this water town, as it is the most pristine part of the city.
Days 11-12: Marvel at the fascinating history and beauty of Suzhou, the “Garden City of China.” The beauty of Suzhou gardens is carefully arranged without compromising the beauty of nature. "No matter what point the visitor stands on, there is always a perfect picture in front of him." Suzhou gardens are a representation of a secluded culture, and when you walk into those private gardens, you'll sense that the owners of those gardens were loving life in a poetic way. It's well worth spending two days visiting five of the most famous of Suzhou's gardens: the Humble Politics Garden, the Net Master Garden, the Liuyuan Garden, the Canglang Pavilion, and the Lion Forest.
Day 13: Ancient Chinese proverb: As above, there is paradise, below, there is Suzhou and Hangzhou. Today is a full day excursion to Hangzhou's most famous lake, West Lake. A visit to West Lake is like reading a love story, visiting its main chapters: Broken Bridge with Remains of Snow, White Embankment, Wind and Lotus in the Qu Yuan, Spring Dawn in Su Ti, and Fish Watching in the Flower Harbor. The water of the West Lake leisurely ripples, so dont' forge to get on a boat to cross the lake and have an extraordinary pleasure. As important as sightseeing, relish Hangzhou's special food is another way to enjoy your trip. Return to Shanghai in the evening to end this 13-day adventure.
Casual and premier accommodations are both available at your choice.
Local English-speaking trip leaders and private drivers.
General admissions to the attractions.
Bullet train economy-class tickets. Upgrade is possible.
Train station and airport transfers.