Explore China's 700-year-old royal palace, formerly known as the Forbidden City, from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Look for the Temple of Heaven, where the royal family used to pray for the blessings of the people. Tour the huge gardens that used to be exclusive to the royal family. Climb the Great Wall, the guardian of Beijing, and experience the hardships of the warriors of the past by camping overnight inside the enemy towers of the Great Wall.
Three hours by high-speed train to the ancient city of Pingyao, once known as Wall Street China, more than 100 years ago. At that time, the Jin merchants in Pingyao once dominated the Chinese business community for 500 years and became the number one merchant gang in China. Pingyao is one of the best preserved ancient cities in China.
It's only a two-hour high-speed train ride to Xi'an, home of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, with thousands of elaborate life-size carvings buried beneath the ground. The warrior terracotta figures. The ancient citadel guarding Xi'an, and the largest city retaining wall in China, remains undamaged. Xi'an's dumpling banquet and the spectacular Tang dance show are cultural tastings not to be missed.
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: Take a 300 km/h high-speed train ride to the ancient city of Pingyao at noon. Visit the former site of China's first bank. Enjoy the northern cuisine of Pingyao. In the evening stroll around the ancient city of Pingyao, a United Nations cultural site. Rest in the courtyard where the bank once entertained its guests.
Day 5: Head to the Wang Family Courtyard, the largest private residence in China. It's not an ordinary home you can imagine, it's a city. But you can't call it the Forbidden City, because it can't use the title Royal.A tall gatehouse with walls as tall as the Forbidden City. And like the Great Wall, stretching up the hillside. The city is a jumble of buildings, pavilions and withered trees. It was comparable to a city of kings that had been left behind by a former dynasty. Take the high speed train and arrive in Xi'an in the evening to rest.
Day 6: Six of the Eight Wonders of the World have been destroyed, and only the Egyptian Pyramid of Khufu and the Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Tombs remain. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses is the quintessential example of the culmination of the use of terracotta as a substitute for human martyrdom. The reason why the terracotta warriors reached such a high level of scale and realism, in addition to the wisdom of the craftsmen, is related to the history of the first emperor Qin Shi Huang. The answer is in today's visit. Dinner is served with a 300-year-old Dumpling Banquet. Afterwards, watch a dance about the history of the Tang Dynasty.
Day 7: 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. Return to Beijing in the evening by high-speed train.