7D6N Great Ancient Capitals Beijing & Xian

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  • Travelling to Beijing and Xian
    Minimum of 2 persons
    Activities include Arts & Museums, Boat Tour, City Tour, Cultural, Nature & Scenery and Shopping
    Includes Hotel Transfer and Meals
    Travelling period Every day from December 18th, 2014
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  • Hotels in Package

    • Our Services Includes:
      • Domestic Flights for Beijing to Xian (Economy class) & Xian to Beijing (Economy class).
      • Hotel accommodation in shared twin room with daily breakfast.
      • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
      • Private Local English-speaking Tour Guide & Driver.
      • All Transfers & Transportation with private air-con vehicle unless otherwise stated.
      • Entrance Fees to scenic spots as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Our Services Do Not Includes:
      • International Flights (quoted separately).
      • Visa for China Compulsory for most nationalities prior arrival.
      • Meals other than mentioned above.
      • Personal Expenses, (drinks, laundry, telephone, etc.)
      • Travel Insurance. (We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance that covering emergency medical evacuation)
      • Other Services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - Beijing

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your Private Tour Guide who will accompany you as you transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Beijing.

Day 2: Beijing (B/L)

Highlights: The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Hall of Clocks and Watches, Hutong Tour.




  • The Forbidden City (2 hours):
    • The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors between 1368 and 1911.This “city within a city” is a World Heritage Site, and is the largest and the best preserved ancient imperial architecture complex in the world, with great square, halls and gates contrast with intricate halls, gardens, courtyards and quarters. The exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, are all important treasures of ancient China.

  • Tiananmen Square (50 minutes):
    • Tian'anmen Square is the largest city square in the centre of Beijing, named after the Tiananmen (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace) which sits to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several key events in Chinese history. As the world's largest city square and enduring symbol of China's national pride, it is surrounded by many imposing buildings including the Heavenly Gate (entry to the Forbidden City), Museums, government buildings and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum.

  • Hall of Clocks and Watches (30 minutes):
    • It is located in the east of the Inner Court outside the Gate of Respect Movement (Jing Yun Men), Forbidden City. This exhibition hall houses about 200 clocks and watches from the imperial collection. Those watches and clocks are mostly made in Switzerland, England, France, the U.S and Japan, with some Chinese made timepieces on display as well.

  • Hutong Tour in Xicheng District (1 hour):
    • Hutong is a maze of historic alleyways with old single storey traditional courtyard houses, which are now fast disappearing. In this one hour tour, you can hop on a rickshaw to ride through the narrow alleys as well as visit a local family then walk on the Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Bridge) and find out about the different thresholds of the courtyards.



Overnight in Beijing.

Day 3: Beijing (B/L/D)

Highlights: The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Shahe Cloisonne Factory.




  • The Mutianyu Great Wall (with round way cable car) (2 hours):
    • This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a about 2.5 hours drive from downtown Beijing. A cable car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. You can return by cable car, walk down or walk along the wall for about an hour to descend by chairlift. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.

  • Shahe Cloisonne Factory :
    • Sha He Cloisonne Factory manufactures and sells high quality Cloisonne ware. High quality Cloisonne also called "Copper - body and wire inlaid Enamel" requires an elaborate and complicated manufacturing process including hammering, filigree welding, enamel filling, surface polishing and gilding. This is a popular place for those looking for special, quality souvenirs. You have the opportunity to see the manufacturing process. This is an exclusive offer for our customers! There is no pressure to buy!

  • Qianmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant:
    • In the evening, enjoy Peking Roasted Duck which is renowned as the most delicious food of Beijing at Qianmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant(Old Duck). As the nickname implies, this is one of the oldest restaurants in the capital, dating back to 1864, and they serve great Peking duck.



Overnight in Beijing.

Day 4: Beijing - Xian (B/L/D)

Highlights: Summer Palace with boat Cruise and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony, Temple of Heaven.




  • Summer Palace with boat Cruise and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony (2 hours):
    • The palace is about 12 kilometers northwest of the city center and is equally as famous as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace is called 'Yiheyuan' (Garden of Nurtured Harmony) in Chinese. It is the best preserved and the largest imperial gardens in China and one of Beijing's premier attractions. It is also possible to cruise on the lake which takes 10 minutes by the ferry boat.

  • Temple of Heaven (1.5 hours):
    • Built in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, Temple of Heaven is a complex of Taoist buildings where emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties visited for annual ceremonies of pray for good harvests. Located in the south of Central Beijing, it covers an area of 273 hectares. Temple of Heaven was enrolled as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998.



Then transfer to Beijing Airport for your domestic flight to Xian. Arrive in Xian, check-in at the hotel. Overnight in Xian.

Day 5: Xian (B/L)

Place & Transport: Xian.
Highlights: Shaanxi History Museum, The People's residence in Hu County, Xian Imperial Fine Arts center.




  • Shaanxi History Museum (1.5 hours):
    • The history of Shaanxi is said to be the history of China, and this museum is quite simply one of the nation's best. Four major galleries in large, Tang-style buildings house a vast and impressive collection, beautifully displayed. Most of the item labels are in English, although some other information on the exhibitions is not, but your guide can help here. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • The People's residence in Hu County (1 hour):

    • Huxian County is located 40 kilometers southwest of Xi'an. It is a picturesque place with Qinling Mountain to its south and Wei River to the north. It's also one of the cultural regions both famous at home and abroad. The farmers' paintings in this county have a long history and large variety. In late 1950's, a producer group with more than 20 people making farmers' paintings was established and later Huxian County Farmers' Painting Association was set up. The group produced some special paintings that described local culture and daily life which were different from the realistic paintings. It aroused common attention among the artists at the moment and became a country wide popular folk art soon.

  • Xian Imperial Fine Arts Center :
    • Xian Imperial Fine Arts mainly manufactures jade carvings and lacquer ware. Tourists can learn how the fine Chinese jade carved and the function of jade.



Overnight in Xian.

Day 6: Xian (B/L)

Highlights: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Street.




  • The Terracotta Warriors and Horses (2 hours):
    • Discovered accidentally in 1974, this incredible army of over 7000 soldiers, archers, horses and chariots in full battle array has guarded Emperor Qin's tomb since 210BC. Each figure is unique, and the painstaking repair and excavation continues in 3 pits which are protected inside huge hangars. 1.5 hours from Xian, there is also an excellent museum and film about the history of the vaults. Photos (no flash) are allowed. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • Ancient City Wall (30 minutes):
    • The walls, ramparts, gates and watch towers form one of the oldest and most complete city defenses still around. Built in the ,em>13th century on the foundations of the original Tang Forbidden City, it s surrounding the city centre. You can walk or pay extra cost to rent a bike (CNY40 per person), rickshaw (CNY45 per person for 45 minutes) or an electric cart (CNY40 per person) around the full 14 km circuit, with great views of the city on either side. If the weather is not good for biking on the city wall, we will substitute a visit to the Bell Tower. Your guide will be very glad to take you the Bell Tower after you have been to look at the city wall.

  • Muslim Street (1 hour):
    • The Muslim quarters lies 100 meters west of the Bell tower in downtown Xi'an. The 500 meters long avenue paved by blue stones are dotted with many unique stall, souvenir shop, café and bars which are mostly run by Muslim people. Tourists, especially from overseas come and shop here.



Overnight in Xian.

Day 7: Xian - Beijing - Departure (B)

After breakfast, enjoy your day at leisure until your transfer to Xian airport in time for your onward flight back home.

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