contrast to the other tours, we have chosen for this
tour 2-3 stars hotels according to the Chinese categories,
which however are clean and proper. Moreover you will
take a night train instead of the plane three times.
Furthermore, you will get more time at your disposal
than you have got in the other tours.
|| Home Inn **
Arrival at Beijing
Capital International Airport. Greetings by your tour
guide and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day
is at your disposal.
|| Home Inn **
the world-famous Tian'anmen Square
(Tian'anmen Guang chang) in the morning. Enter the
Forbidden City (also called the Palace
Museum) through Tian’anmen Square Gate. The Forbidden
City is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is a
masterpiece of Chinese palace architecture of the
Ming and Qing era and it demonstrates imposingly the
integration of traditional architecture in ancient
northern China into the art of palace building. Afterwards
visit another landmark of Beijing, the Temple
of Heaven (Tian Tan). It is also on the UNESCO
World Heritage List, because it is a unique expression
of the Chinese concept of the relationship between
heaven and earth.
In the morning,
go to the Badaling Great Wall by
bus. You can climb up to the wall through a scarped
staircase and enjoy the scenery from above. Afterwards,
you will visit the Summer Palace
(Yi He Yuan). It is an imperial garden, where the
Chinese gardening is perfectly reflected. That's why
it is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
day is at your disposal. You can, for example, visit
the Beihai Park, the Hutongs and the Lama Temple.
Or do some shopping at the Wangfujing Street as well.
In the late afternoon, transfer to the train station
and go to Xi'an by night train in a first class sleeping
Arrival in Xi’an
in the morning and transfer to the hotel. After breakfast,
go to the excavation sites and visit the Army
of TerraCotta Warriors (Bing Ma Yong), which
is a part of the grave of the first emperor of China,
Qin Shi Huang (221-210 BC). The grave, including the
TerraCotta Warriors, is on the UNESCO World Heritage
List. Besides thousands of life-size TerraCotta Warriors
and Horses guarding the Tomb of the first emperor
of China, you can see two bronze models of horse carriage
and warrior (Tong Che MA) from that time. They were
found in ducts beside the burial mound. Return to
Xi’an in the afternoon. Afterwards visit the
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Da Yan Ta) in the
Dacien temple built in 652 A.D., which is considered
as Xi'an's landmark.
In the morning,
you will visit the Bell and Drum Tower square
(Zhong Gu Lou) and the Muslim Old Town with its numerous
small shops and restaurants. There you will visit
the Great Mosque (Qingzhen Si; or Hua Jue
Si), which is built in the typical Chinese temple
architectural style. The afternoon is at your disposal.
You can, for instance, visit Xi’an City Wall or the
Shaanxi History Museum (Shaanxi Lishi Bowuguan), one
of the most beautiful museums in China. You will get
the best overview of Chinese history, starting from
Paleolithic to the end of the emperor era.
This morning, go
by train (seat in the first class wagon) to Luoyang.
After the arrival, transfer to the hotel.
go by bus to the Longmen Thousand Buddha Grottos
nearby the former capital Luoyang, which are carved
into the cliffy bluff of the Yi River. The about 1,350
grottos with approximately 100.000 sculptures of the
5th to 10th century demonstrate the importance of
the Buddhism in China at that time. They are on the
UNESCO World Heritage List. Afterwards, you will visit
the Temple of the White Horse, which
is said to be the first state- aided construction
of a Buddhist Monastery (68 AD under Emperor Ming
of the East Han Dynasty).
go by bus to the famous Shaolin Monastery,
which was founded in 495. Here, you will see a martial
art performance by the monks. Afterwards, visit the
cemetery of the abbots and of the famous monks – the
so-called Pagoda Forest. Here, there
are more than 240 stupas of a height between 1 and
14 m and a diversity of shapes, which have developed
within 1,200 years. It is followed by visiting the
widely-used traditional Cave-Houses,
which are dug into the loess. In these lodgings, which
are warm in the winter, while cool in the summer,
where people live in the same way like hundreds of
years ago till today. After the return to Luoyang,
if time permits, you can visit the Old Town and the
Museum of Folklore. In the evening, transfer to the
train station and go by night train in a first class
sleeping wagon to Suzhou.
|| Yuanwailou Hotel***
After the arrival
in Suzhou and the transfer to the hotel, you will
visit the picturesque Humble Administrator's
Garden, which was built in the 16th century.
It is the largest and most representative garden in
Suzhou. Afterwards, visit the Garden of the
Master of the Nets (Wangshi Yuan). It is
the smallest, but perhaps the most impressive private
gardens in Suzhou. Because of its able use of space,
it appears as if it were a much bigger garden. They
are two of the nine gardens in Suzhou, which are on
the UNESCO World Heritage List.
|| Motel 168**
Go to Shanghai by
train in the morning. After the arrival, transfer
to the hotel. Then you will visit the 421 m high
Jinmao Building, which is a wonderful blend
of traditional Chinese style with gothic influence.
Enjoy a broad view from the nowadays highest observation
deck of the world down to the fastest growing city
of Asia. Afterwards, visit the historic Old Town of
Shanghai with its labyrinth of narrow lanes and experience
the everyday life there. Later, you will go to
the Bund, a famous street along the Huangpu
River with its European colonial architecture.
||Motel 168 **
This day is at your
disposal. You can, for example, go shopping in the
Nanjing Road or the Huaihai Road, or visit the Shanghai
the morning, go by train to Hangzhou, which is mentioned
in a saying: “In heaven there is the paradise, on
earth, there are Hangzhou and Suzhou”. It takes about
4 hours. After the check-in in the hotel, you will
visit the legendary West Lake, a
huge landscape garden, which was an exemplar for the
Summer Palace in Beijing. There you can make a boat
trip at the lake and visit the numerous sights. This
lake forms the cityscape of Hangzhou till today.
In the morning,
you will visit the Pagoda of the Six Harmonies,
which was built in about 970 at the behest of the
king of Wuyue, in order to restrain the tide of the
Qiantang River, a famous phenomenon, which you can
see twice, only at the beginning and middle of every
lunar month. The pagoda had not only sacral functions,
but also functioned as a lighthouse. In the afternoon,
you will visit the Temple of the Soul’s Retreat
nearby the West Lake, which is said to be the foremost
research centre relating to the Chinese Buddhism culture.
Afterwards, transfer to the airport and fly to Guilin.
Today, you will
make a sight-seeing tour in the city Guilin, which
is located amidst karst cones hills. Visit the stalactite
cave Ludiyan (Reed Flute Cave) as
well as the Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbi
Shan), Guilin’s landmark, and the
Fubo Hill, where you can get a nice
view of the city and the surrounding hills.
|| West Street Guesthouse**
Go for a cruise on the Li
River through a picturesque karst landscape
with its typical cone-shaped hills, rice fields between
the mountains, bamboo forests, and bathing water buffalos,
which impart a romantic picture of South China to
you. The boat trip ends at the small river haven of
Yangshuo. After the arrival in Yangshuo, you can experience
the impressing karst landscape by bike or have a round
trip by electrical minibus through the villages, along
rice fields and between beautiful hills. Overnight
stay at the West Street Guesthouse in Yangshuo.
A suggestion for the evening: Impression Liu
Sanjie, directed by the famous Chinese film
director Zhang Yimou. He will be the leading director
of the opening and closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympic
Games in Beijing. The evening performance is a wonderful
presentation of local dance and singing.
The day is at your
disposal. Enjoy a beautiful and relaxing day that
few travelers can experience. Wander through the narrow
lanes and saunter at the market. Explore the impressing
karst landscape by bike or tricycle. Hike in the mountains,
through rice fields and the villages along the Li
River and the Yulong River, where life has hardly
changed for centuries. You can visit the lanes and
courtyards by yourself.
The day is at your
disposal, too. In the afternoon, go to Guilin by bus.
Afterwards, go to Guangzhou by train in a first class
19: Guangzhou/Hong Kong
||YMCA International House***
Arrival in Guangzhou in the morning. Transfer to the
hotel and breakfast. Afterwards, you will go by bus
to the Southern Yue Tomb Museum (Nanyuewang
Mu) from the second century BC. Among the more than
1,000 sacrificial jade objects, which you will find
in the 10 exhibition halls, the most attractive are
the clothes worn by the Emperor Nanyue himself. They
were made of 2,291 jade patterns. After that, you
will visit the ancestral Temple of the Chen
Family, one of the richest families in Chinese
history. The temple was built between 1890 and 1894
and is one of the best preserved buildings of the
old Guangdong style and it is famous for its ornate
and elaborate decoration. Afterwards, transfer to
the landing stage of the ship to HongKong. The crossing
takes about two hours. After the arrival, transfer
to the hotel.
The day is at your
disposal. Explore the peninsula Kowloon with the Jade
and Bird Market, the cultural life in the temples
and monasteries, or use the rest of the day for shopping
- Kowloon is the most important trading centre of
the Far East. Return flight in the late evening.
End of the travel.
L: Lunch D:
|Tour No.: BT3
Budget Tour 3
For individual groups
If you are a group with more
than 5 persons, you can get more favourable prices.
Please note that the prices may vary due to exchange
rate fluctuations (RMB to USD) slightly. The prices
above were computed by the rates as 1 USD= 7.9
Peak season: May, September and October
Shoulder season: March, April, June, July, August,
Beijing Home Inn **
Xi'an 3e Hotel**
Luoyang New Friendship Hotel***
Suzhou Yuanwailou Hotel***
Shanghai Motel 168 **
Hangzhou Zhongshan Hotel***
Guilin Jingxiu Hotel***
Yangshuo West Street Guesthouse**
Hong Kong YMCA International House***
-- All overnight accommodation in double rooms shared
by two adults with breakfast
-- Meals as listed in the itinerary
-- All transfers and entrance tickets as listed in
-- Inland flight tickets including all fees
-- Local English-speaking tour guides
-- Tickets for the Night trains in the first class
sleeping wagon (compartments of four beds)
-- International flight tickets
-- Visa for China
-- Personal expenditures, tips etc.
-- If you choose the second class sleeping wagon
(six beds in a compartment) in a train, $21 could
be saved per person.
-- Children less than 12 years old can be given discounts.
-- The hotels, trains and flights listed in the itinerary
may be changed into the ones of
similar category if necessary.
-- The prices do not apply to the Spring Festival,
the May Day Holiday (30th April.
–7th May.), the National Day Holiday (30th Sep.–7th
Oct.), the Peony Festival
in Luoyang (10th April – 8th May, 2006) and the period
of the Formula 1 racings
in Shanghai (25th Sep.–5th Oct., 2006).
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