15-day Ancient Chinese Secrets
Destinations: Beijing, Datong, Taiyuan, Pingyao, Xi'an, Luoyang, Zhengzhou, Shanghai
Tour code: TCG-L-002
A perfect balance of history, culture, sights and experiences. Jump from old Beijing and the expansive Great Wall to the mammoth carved statues at Yungang Grottoes and the Pingyao Ancient City, Shaolin Temple - the Mecca of Kung fu, Xi'an - known as the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army, and never sleeps, glittering Shanghai.
Day 1 Arrive in Beijing
Transfer via: TBA – your arrangement
Activities for today: Airport to hotel transfer
Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to your tourist hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 2 Beijing
Activities for today: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace
After breakfast at your hotel, meet the guide and start today's city tour from the Tian'anmen Square which is the largest city square in the world, followed by the Forbidden City. It is the largest imperial palace in Cina for 24 emperors' reign during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years. Lunch will be taken at a local Chinese restaurant.
In the afternoon, transfer to visit the Temple of Heaven Park, which is a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation. Followed by a visit the Summer Palace, which is the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China with a history of over 800 years.
Day 3 Beijing
Activities for today: Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tomb (Changling)
After breakfast at your hotel, meet the guide and drive to visit the Great Wall of Mutianyu Section, which is one of the great wonders in the world and the symbol of China. You can take a short hiking on the wall. Lunch will be taken at a local Chinese restaurant.
In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Cloisonné Factory and see the traditional cultural art of Beijing. After that, process to visit the Ming Tomb (Changling). Drive back to your hotel and free at leisure in the evening.
Recommended night shows: The Legend of Kungfu or Beijing Opera
Day 4 Beijing/Datong
Transfer via: train - on our arrangement
Free at leisure in the morning and transfer to the railway station for the afternoon train to Datong.
Upon arrival, you will be picked up to your hotel.
Day 5 Datong
Activities for today: Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Temple
Morning meet the guide and drive to explore Yungang Grottoes. It is one of the three major cave clusters in China and a relic of the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534). Absorbing Indian Gandhara Buddhist art, Yungang sculptures developed traditional Chinese art melded with social features of the time.
In the afternoon, visit the Huayan Temple. The temple is the largest and best preserved monastery of the Liao Dynasty in existence in China. It was built according to the Huayan Sutra Sect of the Huayan School and is unique in that it faces east instead of south.
Day 6 Datong/Mount Wutai
Transfer via: private vehicle
Activities for today: Hanging Temple
Morning drive about 1.5 hours to visit the Hanging Temple at Heng Mountain. It was said to be built by a monk named Liao Ran in the Northern Wei Dynasty. It has a history of more than 1,400 years. After many times of repairs, the Hanging Temple had a large scale, and became a rare high altitude building in China, known as a high building on cliff.
After lunch, Continue the journey to Wutai Mountain (about 2 hrs drive). Stay overnight at Wutai County.
Day 7 Mount Wutai/Taiyuan
Transfer via: private vehicle
Activities for today: Wutai Mountain
Make half-day excursion to the Wutai Mountain. The attractions will include Xiantong Temple, Pusading (Bodhisattva Summit) Temple, the Big White Pagoda in Chongfu Temple (old name: Taiyuan Temple ) and Wan Fo Ge (Wuye Temple).
Enjoy a Buddhist Vegetarian lunch. After the tour, drive about 4 hours to Taiyuan and check into hotel.
Day 8 Taiyuan/Pingyao
Transfer via: private vehicle
Activities for today: Jinci Temple, Twin Pagoda Temple, Wang Family Courtyard House
After breakfast, drive to visit the Jinci Temple. It is world-famous because it is an ancient ancestral temple, something which is rare in China. The temple is a combination of historical cultural relics and beautiful landscapes. After that, visit the Twin Pagoda Temple.
After lunch, drive about 2 hours to Pingyao Ancient City, on the way pay a visit to the Wang Family Courtyard House. It is not only an example of residential architecture, but also a museum of architectural art. Its sculptures of stone, wood and brick can be found everywhere in the courtyard. The crafts are refined and exquisite.
Day 9 Pingyao/Xi'an
Transfer via: train - on our arrangement
Activities for today: Shuanglin Temple, Pingyao Ancient Town
Today guide tour to explore Pingyao Ancient Town including the Ri Sheng Chang Exchange Shop - the first money exchange shop in China as well as the founder of Chinese modern banks, Traditional Ming-Qing Street, Old City Wall. It is one of the best-preserved ancient towns in China. In 1986, the State Council proclaimed Pingyao as a historical and cultural site. Also, it was listed to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
Followed tour to the Shuanglin Temple which is reputed to be the 'ancient painted sculptures museum'. In the evening, transfer to the railway station for the overnight train to Xi'an.
Day 10 Xi'an
Activities for today: Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda Park
Arrival in Xi'an in the early morning, you will be met by the guide and drive to the hotel (check in if room available). After a short rest, drive to visit the Xi'an Daqin Terra-Cotta & Lacquer Furniture Art Factory. In the factory, you can see the process of how to make Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Continue drive to visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It is one of the most important archaeological finds in the 20 th century; an army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin's tomb since 2200 year ago.
In the afternoon, drive to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Park. The pagoda is the city emblem, which was first built in Tang Dynasty for the storage of Buddhist scriptures taken from India by Monk Xuanzang.
Day 11 Xi'an/Luoyang
Transfer via: train - our arrangement
Activities for today: Xi'an City Wall, railway station transfer (Xi'an), railway station to hotel transfer (Luoyang)
In the morning, meet the guide and drive to visit the Xi'an City Wall (Fortifications of Xi'an), which is the best-kept and biggest city walls in China. Walk through the Bell & Drum Tower Square, and have a free time on the Muslim Quarters.
In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the railway station for the high-speed train to Luoyang. Arrival in Luoyang, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 12 Luoyang
Activities for today: Longmen Grottoes, and White Horse Temple
Today guide tour to visit the Longmen Grottoes which is one of the four great grottoes in China. The construction started from 493 AD of the Northern Wei Dynasty when Emperor Xiaowendi moved the capital to Luoyang and lasted for more than 400 years. Now there are 2,345 caves with 2,680 statues, over 70 stupas and 2,680 inscribed stone tablets.
In the afternoon, visit the White Horse Temple which is honored as the 'Founder's Home' and the 'Cradle of Buddhism in China'. Have a free walk on the Old city Street in Luoyang.
Day 13 Luoyang/Zhengzhou/Shanghai
Transfer via: express train for seat class - on our arrangement
Activities for today: Shaolin Temple
In the morning, meet the guide and drive about 1.5 hours to explore Shaolin Temple. It is reputed to be 'the Number One Temple under Heaven' and was included on UNESCO's World Cultural & Natural Heritage List in 2010. The temple is the cradle of the Chinese Zen Buddhism and the Shaolin Martial Arts such as Shaolin Cudgel.
After lunch, drive to Zhengzhou Railway station for the express train to Shanghai (about 7.5 hours).
Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will be met and transfer to the hotel for a good evening.
Day 14 Shanghai
Activities for today: Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund, Nanjing Road
After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide and full day guide tour to visit Oriental Pearl TV Tower where has best viewing spot of Shanghai located by the Huangpu River with 468 meters high. Followed by a visit to the Yu Garden. The garden used to be a private garden with 400 years' history; it features traditional architectural style of Yangtze Delta.
After that, have a free walk on the nearby Old Street and transfer to visit the Jade Buddha Temple. Free at leisure on the Bund and Nanjing Road.
Recommended evening activity: Acrobatic Night Show.
Day 15 Shanghai/Exit
Transfer via: TBA – your arrangement
Activities for today: Hotel to airport transfer
Bid farewell to Shanghai as your vacation comes to an end. A complimentary transfer is provided to Pudong International Airport.
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|Day1||Arrive in Beijing||Meet your Beijing tour guide and transfer to hotel.||/|
|Day2||Beijing||Today tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace.||B, L|
|Day3||Beijing||After breakfast, make an excursion to the Mutianyu Great Wall and Ming Tomb (Changling).||B, L|
|Day4||Beijing/Datong||Take train to Datong.||B|
|Day5||Datong||Tour to Yungang Grottoes and Huayan Temple.||B, L|
|Day6||Datong/Mount Wutai||Drive to visit Hanging Temple, then proceed to Wutai Mountain.||B, L|
|Day7||Mount Wutai/Taiyuan||Tour at Wutai Mountain to see the Buddhist temples here. Drive to Taiyuan.||B, L|
|Day8||Taiyuan/Pingyao||Drive to visit the Jinci Temple and Twin Pagoda Temple. Later drive to Pingyao Ancient City, en route, visit the Wang Family Courtyard House.||B, L|
|Day9||Pingyao/Xi'an||Explore the Shuanglin Temple and Pingyao Ancient Town. Take overnight train to Xian.||B, L|
|Day10||Xi'an||Arrival in Xi'an. Guide tour to Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Park.||L|
|Day11||Xi'an/Luoyang||Visit the Xi'an City Wall (Fortifications of Xi'an) and Muslim Quarters. Take the afternoon high-speed train to Luoyang.||B, L|
|Day12||Luoyang||Visit the Longmen Grottoes, and the White Horse Temple.||B, L|
|Day13||Luoyang/Zhengzhou/Shanghai||Pick up to pay a visit to the Shaolin Temple, then proceed to Zhengzhou to take an expres train to Shanghai.||B, L|
|Day14||Shanghai||Today Shanghai city tour to visit the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund and Nanjing Road.||B, L|
|Day15||Shanghai/Exit||Transfer to the airport.||B|
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