Beijing Zhouzhuang Suzhou Hangzhou
Tour Code: SLC ¨C Scenic Landscape 15 Days
Day 1 West Coast - Beijing
Aboard your transpacific flight to Beijing.
Day 2 Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing, China's capital, you will be greeted and escorted to the Capital Hotel (or similar).
Day 3 Beijing (AB,L,SD)
After breakfast, visit Tiananmen Square and the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City, home of Chinese Emperors for more than 500 years. After lunch, visit the Summer Palace, taking a leisure stroll while admiring the thousands of ancient murals along the Long Corridor and a boat ride on the Kunming Lake (weather permitting). Enjoy a fabulous welcome banquet featuring the famous Beijing Duck in the evening.
Day 4 Beijing (AB,L)
The highlight today is an excursion to the Great Wall. Enjoy the dramatic vistas and marvel at the Wall as it climbs and descends steep ridges and narrow valleys. Continue on to visit a cloisonn factory on the way to lunch. After lunch, visit the Ming Tombs starting with a stroll along the Sacred Way guarded by the stone statues; then onto the Chang Ling Exhibition Museum.
Day 5 Beijing - Shanghai - Zhouzhuang (AB,L,D)
Transfer to the airport for flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, take an hour couch ride to the picturesque water village of Zhouzhuang, with small bridges over running streams, surrounded by traditional architecture. Overnight at the Yun Hai Holiday Villa (or similar).
Day 6 Zhouzhuang - Suzhou (AB,L,SD)
Take a 30-minute drive to Suzhou, known for its classical Chinese gardens. You will visit the Garden of Master of Nets, and enjoy a boat ride on the ancient Grand Canal. Then continue to Tiger Hill, a 1,000-year-old pagoda, a symbolic landmark of Suzhou. You will also visit a silk factory where you will see the entire process from silkworm to beautiful silk textiles. This evening enjoy a dinner of special Suzhou cuisine at Jin Man Lou Restaurant. Overnight at the Nanlin Hotel (or similar).
Day 7 Suzhou - Hangzhou (AB,L,D)
After breakfast, take a scenic drive to Hangzhou. Lunch upon arrival, then start exploring this charming 2,000-year-old city with a boat ride on scenic West Lake. Long famous for its beauty, there is a Chinese saying "In heaven there is paradise and on earth there are Hangzhou and Suzhou". Overnight at the Ramada Plaza Hangzhou Haihua (or similar).
Day 8 Hangzhou (AB,L,D)
Today you will visit Ling Yin Temple (Temple of Soul's Retreat) and Feilai Peak (the Peak that Flew Here). Continue to the 1,000-year-old Six Harmonies Pagoda, and enjoy a tea ceremony sipping Dragonwell green tea at the Long Jing Tea Plantation.
Day 9 Hangzhou - Tunxi (AB,L,D)
Depart Hangzhou for Tunxi. On the way, you will make visits to the Tang Yue Archways, Bao Garden and Chengkan Village, famous for its Ming and Qing architectures. Continue on to Tunxi and spend time walking along the Ancient Street, a well preserved commercial street dating to the Ming and Qing dynasties. Enjoy local cuisine for dinner. Overnight at the Huangshan International Hotel (or similar).
Day 10 Tunxi - Huangshan (AB,L,D)
Visit Hongchun Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 140 well-preserved ancient houses. Continue to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) and board the cable car for the summit. Known for its spectacular rocky peaks, oddly shaped pines, crystal clear mountain streams and seas of cloud, Huangshan's landscape is one of the most scenic in China. Visit the Cloud Dispelling Pavilion, the Flying Over Rock, and other sights. Check in to the Shilin Hotel (or similar).
Day 11 Huangshan (AB,L,D)
Enjoy the sun rise on Brighten Summit. Return to the hotel for breakfast, then continue your exploration with visits to the Begin to Believe Peak, Flower Scattering Valley, Lion Peak, etc.
Day 12 Huangshan - Shanghai (AB,L,D)
Continue exploring the beautiful scenery of Huangshan Mountain. After lunch, relax on your coach ride back to Shanghai and check in to the Crowne Plaza Hotel Fudan Shanghai (or similar).
Day 13 Shanghai (AB,L)
This morning you will visit the Jade Buddha Temple, known for its 1,000-year-old Buddha carved from a single piece of jade. Stroll the Bund, a promenade along the Huangpu River lined with European architecture dating to the beginning of the last century. After lunch at a riverside restaurant, you will experience Chinese culture via Tai Chi, calligraphy and Chinese cooking.
Day 14 Shanghai (AB,L,D)
This morning, you will visit the Shanghai Museum, China's most up-to-date museum showcasing the country's ancient glory. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Children's Palace where you will enjoy musical and cultural performances by children attending classes.
Day 15 Shanghai - West Coast (AB)
Farewell to Shanghai. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA.
Land & Air
-- Air ticket taxes and fuel charges are additional, approximate$250 and subject to change without prior notice.
-- Land only rate does not include transpacific air, arrival transfer at port of entry in China and departure transfer from last city.
-- West coast gateways are SFO & LAX, add ¨C on fares from other cities available, please refer to fare chart on last page.
-- A minimum of 6 passengers is required for guaranteed departures, Supplement charges may apply if group is less than 6 participants.
-- Weekend surcharge of $50 p.p each way applies for Fri ¨C Sat ¨C Sun travel on transpacific flights.
-- Dates in color are guaranteed departures.
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