Classical China end Xian

Duration

6 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Shanghai

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Shanghai; Luoyang; Longmen; Sanmexia; Xian, Shaanxi

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day

Arrival. Welcome to China! Transfer to the hotel  and free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon.

09.00hrs.- In the morning, our trip i ncludes a visit round  this impressive city.  We will know the area of  Pudong, located across the Huangpu River, is now the financial district, with its skyscrapers as the Pearl Tower. We will walk around the elevated walkways with a spectacular view of the modern towers and take a local ferry to cross the river to get a view of the scenery from the water and see the city life. We come to the Bund, with its 19th-century European style buildings. Then we will go to the Old City and the Yuyuan Garden,  a private garden that was built during the Ming Dynasty. We will enjoy a  demonstration of the Tea ceremony,  traditional drink that plays an important cultural role in China. We will pass by one of the most fashionable neighborhoods of the capital,  Xintiandi. Lunch included.  Then, visit  Tianzifang , a former residential area known for its narrow, labyrinthine traditional streets with its small craft shops and art galleries. We finish the visit along the  Bund  with its old buildings that remind us of the influence of European trade.    

We finish the visit around 17:00 hrs..- You can return to the hotel with the bus or stay in the center (in this case, return to the hotel will be by your means. We always recommend you to bring the hotel card written in Chinese to explain to the taxi driver where do you want to go).  

Distance travelled by high-speed train: 1020 km  
Scenery: Plains, mountains, a variety of scenery seen from our comfortable train.  
Note: The train timetable may be changed. Each passenger must carry their luggage on the trip.   

05.30 hrs.- Departure from the hotel. Picnic type breakfast. Transfer to the railway station. We take one of the fantastic Chinese high-speed trains. The train is expected to leave at 07.17 hrs.-  Enjoy your railway trip, scenery of inland China, large plains, rice paddies, mountainous areas and greenery.    

12.59 hrs.- LUOYANG – LONGMEN - Arrival -. Lunch included. After this we will see the LONGMEN CAVES- . The impressive Buddhist caves over a kilometre long. In the rocky wall of the river, more than 100,000 images of Buddha were cut. We will walk along its base and visit the most spectacular of them, including a boat trip to see them from the water.   

At around 17 hrs we go to our hotel and are transferred to the old city, going in through its impressive wall and where we can enjoy the great traditional activity and its lit up streets. We are shown the life of a small provincial capital of inland China. Return to the hotel.

Distance travelled: 410 KM 
Scenery: Pleasant scenery. Spectacular at Mount Hua. 
Notes:  Wear comfortable footwear, above all for the climb up to Mount Hua. If you travel at times of high temperatures, we also recommend you take water with you when climbing in the cable car (cable cars do not have air-conditioning and the temperatures in the cabins can be very high). Sometimes due to the weather or excessive crowding (there is a maximum authorised number of visitors) we might not be able to climb Mount Hua, in which case we would visit Huaquing, with its beautiful gardens and 19th-century palace on our route to Xian).

08.00 hrs.- Luoyang – Departure -. In the outskirts of the city there is 
08.45 hrs.- Buddhist temple of the WHITE HORSE. - We ask for great respect when visiting this place, which is not accustomed to receiving many tourists and where you will see the places where the monks live and the temples built in the style of the different countries where Buddhism is practised.    

10.15 hrs.- White Horse Temple – Departure -.  We travel towards the mountains.  Lunch en route. - 
14.15 hrs.- HUA SHAN , the tallest of the five sacred Taoist mountains.  We will go up in the cable car (at certain times, there may be long waits or it might not even be possible to visit it due to excessive crowding), the scenery is spectacular and the atmosphere loaded with spirituality.   

17.30 hrs.- Hua Shan – Departure -.  
19.30 hrs.- XIAN – Arrival and accommodation -. We are in the fascinating city where the silk route began.  

Total distance travelled: 105 km.


08.00hrs.- First thing in the morning, we will go to see the  TERRACOTA ARMY,  with its thousands of life size clay soldiers that were found underground. This fantastic archaeological site is less than an hour from the center of Xian.

12.30hrs.- Terracota Army. Departure.
13.00 hrs.-  XIAN. We will visit the  Small Wild Goose Pagoda   where we will enjoy a  brief Chinese calligraphy course.  Later, we go across through the walled centre. We will cross the Muslim quarter there and we will enter the mosque, where we will be able to see the multiple cultures and religions that have left their mark on this country. Our tour will also include  entry tickets to the Drum Tower  where we will enjoy a  short show of traditional instrument playing . Free time.- We will then take a walk through its Muslim quarter and enter the mosque, where we can think about how the different cultures and religions that have populated the scenery have left their mark.  

At around 17:30 p.m. we finish our visit. You can return to the hotel or walk around on your own in the active historic center.

After breakfast, end of our services.


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