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Ancient Chinese Capital Tour 10-Days

Ancient Chinese Capital Tour 10-Days
• Tour Code: GPT03
• Starting from: USD778 per person
• Departure Dates: Upon request at any date
• Features: Private guide & vehicle
• Starts from: Beijing
• Departs from: Shanghai
• Destinations: Beijing, Luoyang, Xian, Shanghai

 

  • Day 1: Arrival in Beijing, Meet & Greet at Airport, Transfer to Hotel
    Meals Included: No meals 
     
    Our GCT representative will meet you at the airport and assists you to your hotel. Relax during the remainder of the afternoon and evening to recover from the jet lag.
    Day 2: Beijing, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Chinese Tea Ceremony, Temple of Heaven
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
    Optional Tour: Acrobatic show performance with Chinese dinner
     
    We will start to explore Beijing from Tiananmen Square in the morning. Located in the center of Beijing, Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world and it has great cultural significance as it was the site of many important events in Chinese history such as Chairman Mao's declaration of the establishment of the People's Republic of China on Oct, 01, 1949. Next we will walk to the Forbidden City. As the royal residences of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties from the 15th to 20th century, the Forbidden City was the centre of state power in late feudal China and witnessed the enthronement of 14 Ming and 10 Qing emperors. After lunch we will visit the Temple of Heaven. This temple, built between 1406 and 1420, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site regarded as a masterpiece of architectural and landscape design.
     
     
    Day 3: Beijing, Great Wall of China, Jade Museum, Ming Tombs (Dingling Tomb), Photo Stop at Olympic Venues of Bird Nest & Water Cube
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
    Optional Tour: Chinese Kungfu show with Chinese dinner
     
    Morning visit to the Jade Museum and the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall was continuously built from the 3rd century BC to the 17th century AD on the northern border of China as the great military defense project of successive Chinese Empires. Today, the wall is still impressive at 3,750 miles in length, stretching from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. The Great Wall embodies unparalleled significance as the national symbol for safeguarding the security of the country and Chinese people. After lunch we will visit the Dingling Tomb. Constructed for the 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty, the Ming tombs follow the precepts of traditional Chinese geomancy and fengshui theory. They feature rich decoration of stone statues and carvings and tiles with dragon motifs, illustrating the development of the funerary architecture of the Ming Dynasty. Next we will make a photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Venues of Bird Nest and Water Cube.
     
     
    Day 4: Beijing, Summer Palace, Fresh Water Pearl, High Speed Train to Luoyang
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
     
    This morning we will visit the the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China, the Summer Palace. Using Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill as the basic framework, the Summer Palace combined political and administrative, residential, spiritual, and recreational functions within a landscape of lakes and mountains, in accordance with the Chinese philosophy of balancing the works of man with nature. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. After lunch we will take the second class high speed train to Luoyang (about 4 hours). Situated on the central plain of China, Luoyang is one of the cradles of Chinese civilization, and is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China.
     
     
    Day 5: Luoyang, Shaolin Temple, Kungfu Show by Shaolin Monks
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
    Optional Tour: the Shaolin Zen Music Ritual Show at Songshan Mountain
     
    After breakfast we will drive to the world famous Chan Buddhist Temple of Shaolin. Shaolin Kungfu's fame came out of the fame of the Temple. In the early history of the Temple, Monks practiced moving Qigong and other vigorous exercise to balance Yin and Yang energies in need. These early forms of exercises included Luohan 18 Postures, Soft Boxing, 8 Silk Brocades, and Longevity Boxing which later became today's Kungfu not only for self-defense, but also for the battlefields. Upon arrival we will visit the Shaolin Temple and enjoy a fantastic Kungfu Show by monks of Shaolin.
    Day 6: Luoyang, White Horse Temple, Longmen Grottoes, High Speed Train to Xian
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
     
    In the morning we will visit the very first Buddhist Temple in China, the White Horse Temple and the world heritage site of Longmen Grotto. Dating back some 1,500 years, the Longmen Grotto is situated approximately 13 kilometers south of ancient Luoyang city and boasts 2,100 grottoes and niches, over 40 crematory urns, 3,600 inscribed stone tablets and more than 100,000 Buddhist images and statues. After lunch board high speed train to Xian (about 1 hour). Xian is the ancient capital city of China and the starting point of Silk Road.
    Day 7: Xian, Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses & Reproduction Factory, Bell & Drum Tower Square, Great Mosque, Muslim Quarter
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
    Optional Tour: Tang Dynasty dance & music performance with dumplings banquet dinner
     
    Morning visit to the Terra Cotta Army & reprodution factory. Considered one of the foremost archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the 2000-year-old Terra Cotta Army was discovered by accident in 1974 by local farmers digging a well. The 8,000-plus life-sized figures are arranged in vaults to guard the tomb of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China. After lunch we will visit the Bell & Drum Tower Square, the Great Mosque and Xian Muslim Quarter. The Muslim Quarter of Xian covers several blocks with an estimated 60,000 Muslims in the region. There are about seven ancient mosques in the area, among which the Great Mosque built in 742 is most famous and popular among all. At Xian's Muslim Quarter you will find a seemingly endless labyrinth of street food, restaurants and bustling local life.
     
     
    Day 8: Xian, City Wall, Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Fly to Shanghai
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
     
    This morning we will walk on the the oldest, largest and best preserved city walls in China, Xian City Wall which is rectangular in shape and has a total length of 14 kilometers. As one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world, it was constructed with a moat, drawbridges, watch towers, corner towers, parapet walls and gate towers. Next we will visit Shaanxi History Museum. Considered one of China's most exceptional museums, this museum's exhibits range from ancient bronze tools to Ming and Qing dynasty artifacts. Later we will walk along the square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda. As the symbol of Xian, Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a well-preserved ancient building constructed in 652. Fly to Shanghai late in the afternoon.
     
      
    Day 9: Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuanmiao Market, Silk Store, The Bund, Nanjing Road, People’s Square, Shanghai Museum, Xintiandi
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
    Optional Tour: Huangpu River cruise & night view of Shanghai 
     
    Morning visit  to the Yuyuan Garden. This garden is a maze of Ming Dynasty pavilions, elaborate rockeries, arched bridges, and goldfish ponds, all encircled by an undulating dragon wall. Then shopping at the Chenghuangmiao market located outside the garden. After Salat at Mosque we will stroll along the Bund and nearby Nanjing Road. The Bund refers to Shanghai's famous waterfront stretching for 1.6km along the west shore of the Huangpu River. Nanjing Road is the main shopping street of Shanghai and one of the busiest shopping streets in the world. We will then visit the People's Square and Shanghai Museum. The rich and high-quality collection of Shanghai Museum's 120,000 precious works of art including ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy is specially celebrated in the world. Our last stop will be the Xintiandi. Located near the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xintiandi is a newly developed recreation area in Shanghai with old styled Shikumen buildings.
     
     
    Day 10: Departure from Shanghai
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel
    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
  • Ancient Chinese Capital Tour 10 Days Tour Prices
     
    From Dec 01, 2013 to Feb 28, 2014
    2 pax: double occupancy rate USD1068pp, single occupancy rate USD1088pp
    3-5pax: double occupancy rate USD998pp, single occupancy rate USD1018pp
    6-9pax: double occupancy rate USD928pp, single occupancy rate USD948pp
    Over 10pax: double occupancy rate USD858pp, single occupancy rate USD878pp
    Departure Dates: Upon request at your time of convenience
     
    From Mar 01 to Nov 30, 2014
    2 pax: double occupancy rate USD998pp, single occupancy rate USD1058pp
    3-5pax: double occupancy rate USD918pp, single occupancy rate USD988pp
    6-9pax: double occupancy rate USD848pp, single occupancy rate USD918pp
    Over 10pax: double occupancy rate USD778pp, single occupancy rate USD848pp
    Departure Dates: Upon request at your time of convenience
     
    Booking Notice
    Tour starts in Beijing
    Tour ends in Shanghai
    Tour Feature: Exclusive private tour (with private guide and private vehicle)
    Departure Dates: Upon request at your time of convenience
    Minimum of two persons are required at the time of booking
     
    Pricing Policy
    The prices are based on per person, twin sharing basis
    Infants (under 2 years of age) traveling with parents: free of charge
    Child (2 - 12 years of age) sharing a bed: 80% of the adult price
    Child (2 - 12 years of age) sharing no bed: 60% of the adult price
    Tour Price Inclusions
    Hotel accommodations with daily Buffet Breakfast at hotel
    Soft seat ticket on bullet train Beijing/Luoyang (4 hours), Luoyang/Xian (1 hour)
    Domestic flight from Xian to Shanghai with tax included
    Meals as specified (B for breakfast, L for lunch and D for dinner at local restaurants)
    Private air-conditioned car/van/coach for land transportation
    Experienced English language speaking tour guide
    All admission tickets to sightseeing places
    All government taxes
    Tour Price Exclusions
    Optional tour & Insurance
    International airfare to Beijing and departing from Shanghai
    Chinese Tourist Visa
    Excursions and activities not included in itinerary
    Gratuities to GCT service staffs (please refer to Travel Information)
    Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, etc
    Reservation
    For reservation, please send an email to info@GrandChinaTravel.com. Please inform us: the tour code; the number of travelers; your name as appeared in passport; your passport number; the date of arrival in China and your international flight number. For details of payment, please read our Terms & Conditions.
  • Ancient Chinese Capital Tour 10 Days Optional Tours
     
    Day 2: Acrobatic Show Performance with Chinese Dinner, USD30 per person
    Join an optional tour to a dazzling acrobatic performance by local acrobats at Beijing’s    Chaoyang Theater with an included dinner. Chinese acrobatics ranks among the best arts in the world. The history of acrobatic show has been existent for more than two thousand years. The acrobatic shows are characterized by feats of strength and daring performed cleverly, precisely and accurately, and the ability of retaining balance in motion.
     
     
    Day 3: Chinese Kungfu Show at Red Theater with Chinese Dinner, USD35 per person
    The show of the Legend of Kungfu at Red Theatre Beijing is a high level performance with the wonderful story layout, perfect stage design, professional martial arts actors, and the real Kungfu actions and scenes. You will be strongly impacted both mentally and physically by this show.
     
     
    Day 5: The Shaolin Zen Music Ritual Show at Songshan Mountain: USD50 per person
    Zen pursues mental cultivation, as well as sudden realization. Music is the best way to express the concept of zen. In this melody, the music of zen from the valley of Song Mountain is combined with various kinds of sound from the nature, such as the sound of water, wind, forest and insects, and all these kinds of sound form a fabulous harmony of zen. The Shaolin Zen Music Ritual is a live performance with music, light, dance, Chinese kungfu.
     
     
    Day 7: Tang Dynasty Dance & Music Performance with Dumplings Banquet Dinner, USD40 per person
    Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show integrates a program of several interpretations of  music, singing and dancing depicting the typical style, landscapes, traditions and costumes  of the Tang Dynasty. The Provincial Song and Dance Ensemble has had about 7,000 performances during the past 20 years recreating the amazing culture and history of the prosperous Tang Dynasty for over 5 million visitors.
     
     
    Day 9: Huangpu River cruise & night view of Shanghai, USD40 per person
    The cruise starts from the Bund and goes upstream. Towards the south, it takes you to look at the Nanpu Bridge, and then turns round to the north to go to the Yangpu Bridge and back to where it is started. Between the stately colonial edifices along the Bund, the glittering skyscrapers on the eastern shore of Pudong, and the unceasing river traffic, there is plenty to keep your eyes from ever resting.
     
     
  • Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Sunworld Dynasty Hotel Beijing
    Add: 50 Wangfujing Avenue. Dongcheng District, Wangfujing Street & Forbidden City, Beijing
    Tel: +86-10-58168888
     
    Sunworld Dynasty Hotel is located in Wangfujing Avenue within walking distance to Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The property features 395 luxurious guestrooms equipped with modern amenities suitable for business and leisure travelers. If you are here for business, the hotel provides conference and function rooms for meetings and special events. Savor Asian and European cuisine at Dynasty Plaza or Cantonese and Northern Chinese specialties at Royal Restaurant. Spend your day with the recreational facilities including a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, and spa. Whatever the reason for your visit, Sunworld Dynasty Hotel is a must for your stay.
    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Luoyang Lee Royal Hotel Mudu 
    Add: No. 239 Kaiyuan Road, Luolong District, Luoyang
    Tel: +86-379-65979999
     
    Nestled in the heart of Luolong, Lee Royal Hotel Mudu is an ideal spot from which to discover Luoyang. The hotel lies 7.54 Km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Lee Royal Hotel Mudu is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like daily housekeeping, 24-hour front desk, 24-hour room service, facilities for disabled guests, Wi-Fi in public areas. In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts. Many rooms even provide television LCD/plasma screen, non smoking rooms, air conditioning, desk, mini bar to please the most discerning guest. Whether you're a fitness enthusiast or are just looking for a way to unwind after a hard day, you will be entertained by top-class recreational facilities such as fitness center, indoor pool, tennis courts, garden. Enjoy unparalleled services and a truly prestigious address at the Lee Royal Hotel Mudu.
    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Grand Metropark Hotel Xian
    Add: No.158 Dong Da Jie, Beilin District, Xian
    Tel: +86-29-87691234
     
    Nestled in the heart of City Center, Grand Metropark Hotel Xian is an ideal spot from which to discover Xian. Situated only 2 KM from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town's attractions and activities. No less exceptional is the hotel's easy access to the city's myriad attractions and landmarks, such as Xian Huayi Hospital, Changle Men Gate, Minsheng Department Store. Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this Xian hotel. A selection of top-class facilities such as free Wi-Fi in all rooms, gift/souvenir shop, 24-hour front desk, 24-hour room service, facilities for disabled guests can be enjoyed at the hotel. Grand Metropark Hotel Xian is home to 315 bedrooms. All are tastefully furnished and many even provide such comforts as television LCD/plasma screen, non smoking rooms, air conditioning, wake-up service, desk. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Enjoy unparalleled services and a truly prestigious address at the Grand Metropark Hotel Xian.
    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Crowne Plaza Shanghai Hotel
    Add: No. 400 Pan Yu Road, Changning District, Shanghai
    Tel: +86-21-61458888
     
    If you have stayed at one of the many Crown Plazas around the globe, you are already familiar with the quality of service they represent. Crowne Plaza Shanghai Hotel prides themselves on providing a full array of hospitality geared for business. That means you can expect a lot of amenities all under one roof. An excellent business center can be found on-site with meeting facilities and ballrooms that can accommodate corporate or private events. But it's not all business all the time. Guests can relax with the dining options, work out in the well-equipped fitness center, or take advantage of the Olympic-sized indoor pool. A sauna and massage treatments further the chances to get truly relaxed. With all these options and a worldwide track record of good service, you are in good hands during your stay at Crowne Plaza Shanghai Hotel.
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Sunworld Hotel Beijing 
    Add: 88 Dengshikou, Dongcheng District , Wangfujing Street & Forbidden City, Beijing
    Tel: +86 -10-58168999
     
    Strategically placed in the heart of downtown Beijing, this 4-star luxury offers a full list of comfortable room accommodations along with professional services. Each spacious guestroom is equipped with the necessary modern amenities. Guests may savor Chinese dishes from the in-house Spring Garden Chinese Restaurant or enjoy exotic Thai cuisine at the Sawasdee Restaurant, once awarded as Beijing’s best Thai restaurant. International fare is also offered at the Song He Cafe. Guests may unwind at the Lobby Lounge with their favorite cocktails and drinks. Business travelers may utilize the fully-equipped function rooms equipped with meeting and banquet facilities. Sunworld Hotel also offers several recreational facilities, ensuring an enhancement to your trip to Beijing.
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Luoyang Maple International Hotel
    Add: No.329 Zhongzhou Middle Road, Xigong District, Luoyang
    Tel: +86-379-63249999
     
    Whether you're a tourist or traveling on business, Maple International Hotel is a great choice for accommodation when visiting Luoyang. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal just steps away from the city's numerous attractions such as Luoyang Beijiao Airport. At Maple International Hotel, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest. All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. The complete list of recreational facilities is available at the hotel, including sauna, spa. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Maple International Hotel hits the spot in many ways.
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Grand New World Hotel 
    Add: No. 172 Lian Hu Lu, Lianhu District, Xian
    Tel: +86-29-87216868
     
    Located next to the city wall, the friendly staff at this location can make any stay in Xian effortless and memorable. With 480 rooms, Grand New World Hotel can accommodate a large amount of people, and they usually do because of their popularity and reputation for excellence. The staff realizes that it is difficult to travel in a city where most visitors don’t speak the language, and as a consequence, they make visiting the major tourist sites in the area effortless and efficient. Be sure to check out the Terra-Cotta Warriors, and the Temple of the Eight Immortals is certainly worth a look as well. Considered by many to be the best place to stay in Xian, the Grand New World Hotel will not disappoint, and it is definitely worth a look. Grand New World Hotel can be easily booked with our secure online booking form. Simply enter your dates and click to proceed.
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Shanghai Ambassador Hotel 
    Add: No.818 Wanhngdu Road, Jingan District, Shanghai
    Tel: +86-21-63357509
     
    This luxury class hotel situated in the CaoJiaDu Commercial Zone, is located near West NanJing Road. Guests will enjoy easy access to the Shanghai Exhibition Center, the commercial zones of ZhongShan Park, and the JingAn Temple. The hotel is also surrounded by a myriad of restaurants, shopping areas, and local markets. The hotel boasts 308 rooms furnished with elegant amenities that promote comfort and offer a special Japanese floor. Additionally, guests can enjoy fine dining and drinks at the Clivia Coffee Shop, the Grand Palace Restaurant, and the Yawara Teppanyaki Restaurant. The Ambassador Hotel is one of the leading international luxury hotels in Shanghai, perfect for guests that want luxury and refinement.
    Budget Hotel: 3-star City Inn Happy Valley Hotel 
    Add: Vecchio Shopping Street, North Xiaowuji Road, East 4th Ring, Chaoyang District, Beijing
    Tel: +86-10-67376688
     
    City Inn Happy Valley Beijing is a chain of fine business hotel brand developed by the OCT IHMC, located in the center of Beijing City that gives traveler the great location for business and financial purposes. The hotel is also easily reachable the city’s major shopping area and famous attractions nearby such as Beijing National Stadium, the Summer Palace. The hotel boasts excellent accommodation among Beijing hotels, good service and well appointed facility. In the hotel there are 224 rooms that have contemporary interiors and diverse room types. It offers the ideal setting for conferences, meetings, special events, business trips, and the Internet access helps guests keeping in touch with their friends and family when traveling in Beijing. Free broad video and self-help laundry house are available for guests. Restaurants, Bars, Sauna, Foot Massage, Beauty Salon, Supermarket, Banks, and Hospital are all around the hotel. An attentive and professional staff is always pleased to provide you all the necessary information for your successful Beijing travel.
    Budget Hotel: 3-star Luoyang New Friendship Hotel
    Add: No.6 Xiyuan Road, Jianxi District, Jianxi, Luoyang
    Tel: +86-379-64686666
     
    Nestled in the heart of Jianxi, New Friendship Hotel is an ideal spot from which to discover Luoyang. Only 15 km away, this 3-star hotel can be easily accessed from the airport. A well-kempt environment and its proximity to Luoyang Beijiao Airport give to this hotel a special charm. At New Friendship Hotel, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest. The hotel features 145 beautifully appointed guest rooms, many of which include television LCD/plasma screen, air conditioning, heating, wake-up service, desk. The hotel offers fantastic facilities, including sauna, spa, massage, to help you unwind after an action-packed day in the city. Enjoy unparalleled services and a truly prestigious address at the New Friendship Hotel.
    Budget Hotel: 3-star City Hotel Xian
    Add: No.70 Nan Da Jie, Beilin District, Xian
    Tel: +86-29-87219988
    This modern 3-star hotel is centrally located in the ancient city of Xi'an, a bustling commercial center with well-known establishments such as the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, and Ancient City Wall. With a total of 137 well-appointed guestrooms, each room at the City Hotel offers a comfortable living space, equipped with central air conditioning, cable TV, and a mini bar. As for business travelers, the meeting room and multi-function hall on the third floor comes well-prepared with the latest in audio and video equipment. Other services include a gymnasium, tea room, and a lounge where guests can relax at the end of the day. For dining options, a variety of dishes can be enjoyed at the Ming Palace Restaurant and La Pinata Restaurant on the second floor.
    Budget Hotel: 3-star Holiday Inn Express Putuo Hotel
    Add: No. 843 Guang fuxi Lu, Putuo District, Shanghai
    Tel: +86-21-61421818
     
    Well-managed and conveniently situated on Guang Fu Xi Road, in the heart of downtown, Holiday Inn Express Putuo Hotel is a great choice for travelers. It's an easy drive to the city center and a short distance of nine kilometers to Hongqiao International Airport. The railway station is also easily accessible along with many scenic destinations such as Jing'an Temple, Jade Buddy Temple, Zhong Shan Park and the Su Zhou River where guests can enjoy the stunning riverside and garden view. Shanghai's prime shopping center is also within close proximity. The seven-story hotel boasts 237 well-appointed guest rooms that come with a modern and simplistic style. All room are non-smoking, featuring satellite TV and individually controlled air conditioning. Catering to the discerning business travelers, the 48 square meters meeting room is ideal and fully-equipped with an array of meeting facilities such as an LCD projector and a DVD player.

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We have returned safe, sound and very pleased. This is just a brief note to thank you for your hospitality, care and attention for details. We were a bit anxious before starting this tour but thanks to your organizing skills we have returned with great bundles of very happy memories. Your guides are all wonderfully dedicated individuals. They made our stay and movements easy, enjoyable and educational.

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