Spiritual and Modern China

Duration

9 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Beijing

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Beijing; Taian; Qufu; Xuzhou; Nankin; Suzhou; Tongli; Shanghai

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

Welcome to China.  After the border and customs formalities, an assistant will be waiting for you, to give you basic initial information and accompany on the transfer t o take you  from the airport to the hotel.  Free time.

18.30hrs. - We meet our guide and our fellow passengers  in the hotel reception area. Then we go on to familiarise ourselves with the city. We provide a transfer to  Wangfujing street,  a pedestrian and commercial street full of life with many shops and restaurants.   Dinner included  and return to hotel.

08.30hrs-   An exciting day awaits us. We will discover the main points of interest in the Chinese capital. We will have a  full day visit with a local guide  in which we will visit some of the main points in the city. We will start walking through the immense  Tiananmen Square  one of the largest squares in the world, and from them, we will appreciate the Great National Theater, Beijing Opera House. Then, the Great Chinese Imperial Palace,  better known as "The Forbidden City",  the most majestic architectural complex in China from where 24 emperors ruled for almost 500 years. We will also have the opportunity to visit Jingshan Park where the  Coal Hill is located, one of the best preserved imperial gardens in Beijing. We ascend to the top of the hill to have the best views (if the day is clear) on the Forbidden City.   Lunch is included.  In the afternoon we include a  tricycle ride  through the traditional neigbourhood of Beijing,  known as Hutong. In this area we can see the typical life style in these popular neighborhood, visit typical shops and even a traditional house, a Siheyuan, with all its lounges around a courtyard. We will finish our visit knowing the  SUMMER PALACE,  the Imperial House of the Qing Dynasty with its beautiful gardens and lakes. 

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).

Total distance travelled:  190 km 
Note: Sometimes there is a large number of tourists in the Great Wall and it may be advisable to go walking avoiding the delays that may exist in the climb by funicular
Landscapes: Great metropolis of Beijing leaving the city, green mountains area around the wall.
08.00hrs.- Beijing, departure. Today’s programme includes an excursion to the Great Wall. 
09.30 hrs.- GREAT WALL OF CHINA (section Mutianyu).  Arrival to this spectacular architectural work. Its history covers more than 2000 years. The day will include a cable car ride up and down to one of the most scenic areas. Free time to have lunch and enjoy the comercial area and the Exhibition Center on the Wall. 
Returning to Beijing, we will stop in the  798 th district,  with its contemporary art located in an old military factory. We will also visit the  TEMPLE OF HEAVEN , one of the country’s largest sacred complexes and a World Heritage  Site.  Before returning to the hotel, and as a way to rest from this intense day, we will take a  Tai Chi class and enjoy a  foot massage.   We will bid farewell to Beijing with a  lacquered duck dinner included. Return to the hotel at 21.00hrs. 

Total distance travelled: 560  km (470 on the high-speed train)
Scenery:   Interesting landscapes from the train. Fantastic in the Taishan mountain.
Notes: Wear comfortable shoes, we climb one of the sacred mountains of China. - The indicated schedule of the train can be modified. Every traveler must carry their own luggage on the train.

06.30hrs.- After breakfast, we go to the train station. We take one of China´s   high speed trains.  Expected train departure at 08.35 hrs from Beijing. At 300 km/hour, in two hours we arrive at  TAIAN,  situated at the foot of Mount Taishan, which is considered the most sacred mountain in China. We will visit the  DAI Temple,  a magnificent complex of Taoist temples from the 11th century. From here, the pilgrimage route begins.  Lunch included.  After this, our visit will include the  cable car  that ascends to the “gates of heaven” of the sacred mountain. The last phase has to be done walking on foot up its steep staircase among hundreds of pilgrims. 

17.45 hrs- Taian- Departure.  We travel by bus on the excellent Chinese highways.
19.15hrs.-    QUFU , arrival to the city of Confucius, chinese thinker of the fifth century BC initiator of Confucianism, a small city in which it will not be difficult to walk through its historic center that offers a lot of tourist life. We recommend you a stroll.

Total distance travelled:  185 km 
Scenery:  Green landscapes, hills and wide agricultural plains.

07.30hrs.- We visit the city of Confucius,  We will enjoy the opening ceremony of the temple, musical and colorful (on some dates it may not be done). Our trip will  include a visit and entrance to the Mansion and the Confucius Temple.  

10.30hrs.- Qufu- Departure. We will continue our trip by coach.
13.00hrs.-  XUZHOU . Arrival.  Lunch included.  We will discover the impressive underground Mausoleum of the Han Emperor, and we will be surprised by the sight of the terracotta army in the museum (similar, but smaller in size, to the extremely famous ones in Xian). After that, in the bus, we will pass by the beautiful  Lake Yunlong,  which is located in the centre of the city.

About 17:00hrs we arrived at our hotel. Accommodation. The city of Xuzhou is commercial and pleasant, you can take a walk on your own.

Total distance travelled: 320   km
Scenery: Great agricultural plains. Beautiful entrance in Nanjing taking the suspension bridge over the Yangtze River.

07.30hrs.- Xuzhou- Departure. We travel through large agricultural areas. We enter Nanjing across the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia.

12.15 hrs.- , we arrive in  NANJING,  a city of eight million people and considered by many to be the most pleasant in China. We will be amazed by the activity and commercial life of this modern metropolis. We will visit the  Purple Mountain , where we will look round the  SUN YATSEN   mausoleum  and the picturesque  Lingu Temple.  

About 18.00 hrs accommodation at the hotel. We suggest you to stroll in the city, modern, pleasant and full of commercial life and restaurants. Free time later on. Overnight.

Total distance travelled: 350 km.
 
Scenery:  Plain and lakes 
Note:  We can first visit Suzhou and then Tongli.    

07.30hrs.- Nanjing- Departure. We continue our route to the south of China.   10.45hrs.- SUZHOU , arrival to the city which has wonderful gardens that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Lunch is included. This city was the main silk producer in the world, and was always associated with beauty and elegance. We include  entrance tickets to the garden of the humble administrator. We will have free time to stroll along the very picturesque  Pingjian road.

15.15hrs.- Suzhou- Departure. We soon enter the immense megalopolis of almost 25 million inhabitants.      
16.00hrs.- TONGLI,  arrival to this charming lake town with its small houses next to the canals and their gondolas. We included a  nice boat ride.    

18.00hrs.- Tongli- Departure.   
20.00hrs.-  SHANGHAI.  Arrival.

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).  

After breakfast, end of our services.


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