Splendid China 9 Days (2014)
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Beijing to Shanghai
3 nights FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON BEIJING, Beijing
1 night MARCO POLO SUZHOU, Suzhou
1 night CROWNE PLAZA XANADU RESORT, Hangzhou
2 nights RENAISSANCE SHANGHAI PUTUO, Shanghai
Day 1. Gateway / Beijing
Depart USA for China while enjoying delicious meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment during your journey.
Day 2. Arrive Beijing
Upon your arrival, our guide will meet you at the airport and then escort you to check into your luxury hotel.
Day 3. Beijing (AB, SD)
Beijing is the Capital city of China and the host city for the 2008 Olympics. This morning, you will sightsee Tiananmen Square, which is noted as the largest public square in the world and then the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. Stop at a Pearl Factory to gain a little knowledge of fresh pearls. Later visit Summer Palace declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. In the evening, you will enjoy a Peking duck dinner, the region's famous dish.
Day 4. Beijing (AB, L)
The Great Wall of China is one of the seven greatest man-made wonders of the world and is definitely the focal point of China. You will hike along the Great Wall (Juyongguan Pass). After that, you will stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of Jade. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as 'Yu', and it has a history in China of at least four thousands years, and followed by a visit to the Beijing Zoo to see the lovely "Giant Pandas". The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to shop and explore on your own.
Day 5. Beijing / Shanghai - Suzhou (AB, L)
Fly to Shanghai in the morning. You’ll visit Shanghai Old Street, which is a top tourist attraction in Shanghai. And then be transferred to Suzhou. Suzhou, which dates back to 514 BC, is sometimes called the "Venice of the East". And visit Shan Tang Street, which has always been regarded as the first name of Suzhou ancient streets. It has a long history of about 1,100 years, its layout and architecture are the best to represent the characteristics of Suzhou's old alleys, and it has connections to many ancient Chinese celebrities and anecdotes.
Day 6. Suzhou - Hangzhou (AB, L, D)
Today you will visit the Lingering Garden, Silk Spinning Factory. The Lingering Garden is a renowned classical Chinese garden and is recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. China is known for its silk, so for sure we will take you to the Silk Spinning Factory. Then, we'll drive you to Hangzhou. Hangzhou is one of the seven capitals of ancient China, known for its tea products. Take a small boat ride on the West Lake which reveals the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou's willow draped islands. You will admire the Su Causeway. It was built in the fifth year of Yuanyou Period in the Northern Song Dynasty (1090) and has evolved since then. At that time, Su Shi (Dongpo), a poet known as the prefect in Hangzhou Prefecture, had the West Lake dredged, and built the Su Causeway by dredged silt.
Day 7. Hangzhou - Shanghai (AB, L)
After a stop at the Green Tea Village we will then drive you to Shanghai to visit the Bund. Shanghai is divided by the Huang Pu River into eastern and western sections. Modern mega high rises are seen on the eastern side while traditional European style architecture may be seen on the western side. The Bund is a five-block riverfront promenade with many of Shanghai's banks and trading houses.
Day 8. Shanghai (AB)
Free at leisure for last minute souvenir shopping or just relax at your hotel. Or you may choose an optional day-tour to Xian.
Day 9. Shanghai / Gateway (AB)
Today you'll be escorted to the airport to board your homeward flight. Service ends here.
Day 3: Hutong tour with rickshaw & lunch at local family $39
Day 6: Boat ride on the Grand Canal $20
Day 7: Pizza dinner & Permanent Show 'ERA - Intersection of Time' $49
AB= American Breakfast
SD= Special Dinner
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