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Essence of China
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This tour of China is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression with a fascinating variety of destinations throughout the country. This dynamic itinerary visits the three most notable cities in China: Shanghai, Xian and Beijing. During your visit to China, you will have the opportunity to explore well known attractions, including the Terracotta Warriors, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall.


Alternatively, two distinctive ancient towns are also built into this trip. One is immortalized in Zhang Yimou’s internationally acclaimed film, “Raise the Red Lantern.”, the other is a canal town, called the Venice in the East.

Tour Duration:10days

  • DAY 1Shanghai
    Our guide will wait for you at the arrival hall of airport/train station with a RealChinaTravel’s greeting sign, then a comfortable vehicle will take you to the hotel. Have free time for the rest of the day.
  • DAY 2Shanghai
    Today we will first visit the Yuyuan GardenThe biggest private Garden of Suzhou style in Shanghai. in the morning, allowing you enough time to pick up souvenirs in the market.Then we go to Shanghai's landmark - the BundA waterfront area in central Shanghai within the former Shanghai International Settlement.It has dozens of historical buildings, lining the Huangpu River, that once housed numerous banks and trading houses from the West., which still retains its incredible charm as the time goes by.
  • DAY 3Shanghai
    Visit the ancient canal town of XitangA famous ancient canal town near Shanghai and enjoy a leisurely stroll to absorb the atmosphere of this centuries-old Chinese town, then back to Shanghai, our guide will take you to visit Shanghai MuseumThe museum has a collection of over 120,000 pieces,and houses several items of national importance, including one of three extant specimens of a "transparent" bronze mirror from the Han Dynasty..
  • DAY 4Xi’an(flight)
    Fly to Xi’an in the morning, where another Guide will meet you in Xi’an Xianyang International Airport. This afternoon, your guide will show you around the Small Wild Goose PagodaIt is one of two significant pagodas in the city of Xi'an.It was built between 707–709, during the Tang Dynasty.It now stands at a height of 43 m (141 ft) with fifteen levels of tiers..
  • DAY 5Xi’an(overnight train)
    Go tothe Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses MuseumIt is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife. in the morning,then visit the Xi'an City WallThe Xi'an city wall represent one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. The existing wall was started by the Ming Dynasty in 1370. It is 14 km long in total. in the afternoon.Catch first class overnight train to Pingyao. (Lunch)
  • DAY 6Pingyao
    Pingyao’s bankers were undoubtedly the most powerful and affluent businesspeople during the Qing Dynasty, literally holding China's wealth in their hands. While its status as the financial capital of China is long gone, and the city has become a popular destination for Chinese tourists, Pingyao still retains traces of its former glory in its picture-perfect, ancient architecture, as immortalized in Zhang Yimou’s internationally acclaimed film, “Raise the Red Lantern.”
  • DAY 7Beijing(bus+highseed train)
    We go to Taiyuan,the capital of Shanxi Province for the high speed train to Beijing.Visit the bustling night market in Wangfujing StreetThe street was also previously known as Morrison Street in English, after the Australian journalist George Ernest Morrison. Wangfujing is also one of the traditional downtown areas of Beijing. if time permits.
  • DAY 8Beijing
    Drive to the Great WallIt is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces. in the early morning, and hike along the most magnificent ancient fortification project in the world, then return back to hotel in the afternoon.
  • DAY 9Beijing
    Today is a big day. Start by joining the morning exercise crowds at the Temple of HeavenA place the emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties held annual ceremonies and prayed for a bountiful harvest.. Have lunch in the local family of HutongHutongs are a type of narrow streets or alleys, most commonly associated with Beijing. In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighbourhoods., the back alleys in old Beijing. In the afternoon we visit the Forbidden CityThe Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty.For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. and Tian’anmen SquareLocated in the center of Beijing,Tiananmen Square is the third largest city square in the world.It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history., a symbol for New China. (Lunch)
  • DAY 10Beijing
    Your exciting tour concludes with a transfer to the airport.Thank you for travelling with RealChina, and we look forward to serving you again next time.
Service included
  • 1.Airport/Station transfers
  • 2.Excellent English-speaking local guide in each of the cities for private service .
  • 3.Entrance tickets and meals indicated above.
  • 4. Twin-share room including service charges and government tax.
  • 5. China travel insurance during the trip
Service excluded
  • 1.Visa and travel insurance you purchase before arrival.
  • 2.All flights not mentioned above.
  • 3.Tips for the guide and the driver.
  • 4. Personal expenses, such as shopping, laundry, phone calls, entertainment, meals not mentioned above, etc.
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  • Q:1.How strenuous is this trip?
    A:This is comfortable tour, therefore no particular level of fitness is required for this holiday.
  • Q:2.What kind of hotels are we staying in?
    A:RealChina carefully selects comfortable and well-located hotels in each city, which makes your stay pleasant and easy.
  • Q:3.What’s the guide line for tipping?
    A:If you are happy with the services provided, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. It inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many RealChina’s destinations. As a guideline,a minimum 5 USD per day per person would be usual for the guide and 3USD to a driver, given separately to each person is preferable. Remember tipping is at your discretion.
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