Day 1 - Canada - Beijing
Fly to Beijing. Cross the Int'l Date Line.
Day 2 - Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing, the capital city of China, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by the tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3 - Beijing (AB, L)
Beijing has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Today, visit Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to Qing dynasty. Tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient imperial garden in China, and a former summer resort for Emperors. Then, visit a Tong Ren Tang to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, which has existed for thousands of years. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional tour with dinner, a large scale dramatic musical-"The Golden Mask Dynasty" ($65/RMB340).
Day 4 - Beijing (AB, L, SD)
Today's highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall, the most famous image of China, and a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia enroute. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné" Factory. Then we will pass by modern exteriors of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. Your welcome banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck.
Day 5 - Beijing/Shanghai-Suzhou(B)
Enjoy the day at leisure or join an optional Temple of Heaven & Hutong Life tour with lunch( $79/RMB420). Temple of Heaven, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. Then take a famous rickshaw Hutong Tour & Local Family Visit, this package also includes a traditional Beijing Zhajiangmian (“Fried Sauce noodles”) as lunch. Hutongs are traditional alley ways that made up Beijing’s old city planning, take a special rickshaw ride for an immersive tour to get a wonderful glimpse into yesterday’s world, the old way of life and traditional Beijing culture, and see the dramatic changes the city has undergone, continue to visit a local family and local market afterwards. In the afternoon, depart for Shanghai, and be transferred to Suzhou upon arrival.
Day 6 - Suzhou - Wuxi (B, L)
This morning, visit the Lingering Garden, one of the classical garden masterpieces on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Suzhou is known as the “Venice of the East” as a large part of the city is covered in water. After lunch, you may take an optional cruise along the Grand Canal for a glimpse of the local life and China’s golden waterway in its heyday ($30/RMB160). Then, visit a Silk Spinning Mill to learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the nest thread and cloth. You will be transferred to Wuxi hotel this afternoon.
Day 7 - Wuxi - Hangzhou (B, L)
To start the day, visit a Fresh Water Pearl Farm. Then, head to admire the famous Lingshan Grand Buddha, with a thousand-year old Buddhism temple nearby. Later, you will be transferred to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. In the evening, you may enjoy an optional performance show “Impression West Lake”, and see the story of West Lake come alive before your eyes ($90/RMB450).
Day 8 - Hangzhou- Shanghai (B, L)
In the morning, take a boat ride on the West Lake, known for its scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sights. Then experience an oriental tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. After lunch, travel to Shanghai, the vibrant metropolis and commercial center of China. Followed by a walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. It is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days. This evening, you may take the optional Huangpu River Night Cruise to get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai ($50/RMB250).
Day 9 - Shanghai (B,L)
Today, visit the Shanghai Museum and indulge in ancient Chinese art, furniture, and jade. Visit Shanghai Old City God Temple area, a busy shopping centre where you may find souvenirs and delicious local food. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon. In the evening, attend a thrilling optional Chinese acrobatic show “ERA – The Intersection of Time” at your own expense ($65/RMB340).
Day 10 - Shanghai-Xi'an(B,L,D)
After breakfast, enjoy the morning at leisure and then fly to Xi'an. Xi'an was the first Chinese City to open its doors to the world during the Tang Dynasty. Over a period of more than 2000 years, Xi'an was the capital of eleven dynasties. Upon arrival,, visit the Ancient City Wall which is not only the most complete city wall that has survived in China, but also one of the largest and most complete ancient military defense systems in the world. Then, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city. It is said to have been built to house and protect Buddhist scriptures collected by the Chinese monk, Xuan Zang, the key gure in the classical Chinese novel, " Journey to the West".
Day 11: Xi'an (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you will visit the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum and see the attached life-sized defending army to the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. This site is regarded as " the eighth wonder of the world" and is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century. Visit an Art Ceramics Factory before we enjoy the optional tour "special local Imperial Dumpling Banquet Dinner and the traditional Tang Dynasty Singing and Dancing Show" for $70/p in the evening.
Day 12: Xi'an-Beijing/Shanghai-Canada(B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will fly to Beijing/Shanghai for connecting flight to Canada.
As this is a sight-seeing and shopping tour, there are seven shopping excursions on this tour, and a minimum amount of time (60mins) must be spent at each shopping site. However, there is no obligation to purchase anything. For those who are not very keen on shopping, visit to shopping sites should be treated as cultural learning experiences s all the products including jade, silk, tea, etc are deeply ingrained in the Chinese culture and well worth learning.
- Round international airfares
- All transportation (internal flights, cruise, coach);
- All deluxe hotel accommodation (based on double occupancy)
- Meals and featuring regional delicacies mentioned in the itinerary
- All visits and admission fees including entertainment shows mentioned in the itinerary
- English speaking guide;
Price Not Include
- Chinese Visa Application fee multiple entries : CAD$180/person.
- Prepaid Tipping: CAD$120/person for the entire trip
- Travel insurance.
- Personal expenditures