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16 Days Chinese Historical Signs, Li River Cruise, Heaven Landscape Tour

Tour Code:Top-CFT-005
Destinations: Beijing → Xi'an → Hangzhou → Wuzhen → Suzhou → Shanghai → Guilin → Hong Kong
Note:B, L, D denote breakfast, lunch and dinner respectively.

* 16 days' well-designed tour make discover Chinese Historic Signs like the Bund, ancient wonders like Great Wall, nataral wonders like Mt. Huangshan, picturesque Li River, Heaven Landscape, West Lake, Hong Kong Victoria Peak and more...

Day 1
Entry Beijing

Day 2
Beijing
Highlight sToday: Forbidden City; Tiananmen Square; The Summer Palace; Beijing Opera

Forbidden City: also called the Imperial Palace, once the home of China's great emperors of the Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1616-1911) dynasties. It has over 9,000 magnificent royal buildings and numerous invaluable works of art. It has been considered a living Chinese history book.

Tiananmen Square: is the largest public square in the world spanning 100 acres. It was ever the front gate of the Imperial Palace in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Trip to the Tiananmen Square, tourists can see the soldiers guarding the Chinese national flag, the stately Monument to the People's Heroes, the old Tiananmen Rostrum, the Great Hall of the People, revolutionary statues, marble ornamental cloud pillars...

The Summer Palace: First built in 1775, covering an area of 300 hectare, it is the top one among the most famous four ancient Chinese gardens. This royal garden notes for its ancient trees, lake, the Marble Boat, water system, ancient street and the over 3000 different style buildings including halls, pavilions and pagodas…

Beijing Opera: also known as Peking Opera. It is a comprehensive performing art that combines music, singing, dialogue, pantomime, acrobatics and martial arts. It has a history of over 200 years and regarded as the national opera of China.

Day 3
Beijing
Highlight sToday: Sacred Way; Mutianyu Great Wall; Beijing Duck Dinner

Note: the Mutianyu Great Wall is a steep section of the wall. Here you have the option of taking the Cable car to the highest point or down to the foot in a few minutes instead of climbing over 1,400 steps, while you can have a better bird's-eye view of the wall.
Sacred Way: an attractive 7-kilomtetre-long-tree-lined way which leads to the Ming Tombs, bordered by 12 sets each of animal and human statues, and includes the attractive Great Red Gate, housing a stele on the back of a tortoise, and marble memorial archway. This way is the main way among the sacred ways of the Ming Tombs.

Mutian Yu Great Wall: Chinese Great Wall was originally built in the Spring & Autumn Period (770-476BC), once stretched 12,600 kilometers across China's barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. It has been considered the greatest of the ancient military projects in the world. And the Mutian Yu Great Wall is a famous section of the Great Wall. It was originally built in over 1400 years ago, and rebuilt in the early years of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).

Beijing Duck Dinner: Beijing Roast Duck isthe most delicious food that Beijing has to offer. It is a must for most visitors who coming to Beijing to have a bite.

Day 4
Beijing/Xi'an
Highlight Today: Beijing Hutong (Beijing Old Lanes); Tang Dynasty Dinner Show (Dumpling Banquet with Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show).

Beijing Hutong: Hutong is a product of the Yuan dynasty (1206-1368), it means "water well" in Mongolian. These unique street designs are, in fact, innumerous old interlaced narrow lanes with courtyard houses built on each side. Hutong is the epitome of Beijing folk life, which has been studied with the courtyard houses for many years as a kind of culture of Beijing. Dumpling Banquet:dumpling (Jiaozi) has a history of over 2,000 years in China. In 1987, having been invented many shapes and flavors, this traditional Chinese food was first offered on the banquet of a famous Xi'an restaurant, Jie Fang Lu Dumpling Restaurant. In the banquet, not only can the customers enjoy the most artistic shape of Jiaozi, but the most flavors of its kind in the world.

Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show: A performance of music and dances that was originated in the Tang dynasty capital Chang'an (present Xi'an) over a thousand years ago. At the show, the musicians present the music with the Tang-dynasty-style musical instruments, and dancers perform the dances that were danced in the ancient palace.

Day 5
Xi'an
Highlights Today: Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum; Xi'an Beilin Museum; Big Wild Goose Pagoda; Cantonese Cuisine

Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum: a much lauded destination in China, in which the terracotta warriors and horses have been extolled as "the eighth great wonder of the world" and "the greatest discovery of the 20th century" since they were dug up in 1974. Nearly 10,000 pieces of unequalled terracotta warriors and horses constitute a big commanding legion in the big pits of the museum. Two exquisite pieces of Bronze Chariots with Horses, uncounted bronze weapons such as crossbows, arrows, spears, swords, lances, and halberds etc were also found in the pits. They were all listed on the World Cultural Heritage Catalogue by the UNESCO in 1987.

Xi'an Beilin Museum: also known as Xi'an Stele Forest Museum. It is a museum for famous stone sculptures, tombstones and steles which was first built in 1087 AD. There are over 3000 pieces of steles are housed in the museum, some of which were written by the greatest calligraphers of the ancient times. In addition, the highlights of the museum also include the old trees, Confucius Temple, steles' pavilions and the 11,000 pieces of cultural relics that housed in the big showrooms…

Big Wild Goose Pagoda: aka Dayang Pagoda, located in the Da Ci'en Temple, it was first built in the Tang Dynasty. Xuanzang, an eminent Buddhist scholar of the time, planned to have a huge stone pagoda built to house the Sanskrit Buddhist scriptures that he had brought back from India.

Cantonese Cuisine: originates from Guangdong (Canton), a southern China's province. It is one of the eight famous cuisine systems of China, consists of Guangzhou Cuisine, Chaozhou Cuisine and Dongjiang (or Hakka) Cuisine. Abundant fresh raw materials, unique cooking ways, distinctive taste and countless recipes are peculiar to Cantonese Cuisine. Its three systems also have their own marked characteristics.

Day 6

Xi'an/Chongqing
Highlights Today: Huaqing Hot Spring; Bell Tower; Ancient City Wall

Huaqing Hot Springs: the Chinese name Huachingchi, situated at the northern foot of Mt. Lishan in Lintong County, 30 kilometers from Xian City, Huaqing Hot Spring is famed for both its dainty spring scenery and the romantic love story of Emperor Xuanzong (685-762) and his concubine Yang Guifei in the Tang Dynasty (618-907).
Bell Tower:a three-layer-eave-timbered magnificent tower featuring the architectural style of Tang and Song dynasties, is totally 36 meters in height, was originally built in 1384 AD, it has a giant bell, grey bricks, dark green tiles, gold-plating roof, and gilded paintings. This old architectural masterpiece of Xi'an has been considered the symbol of the city.

Ancient City Wall: The wall is 15 meters wide and 11.9 kilometers in perimeter, it is the most intact city defensive fortification in China, including turrets, ramparts, sentry towers, gate towers, battlements and a number of other military facilities.

Day 7

Xi'an/Hangzhou
Highlights Today: Pagoda of Six Harmonies; Lingyin Temple

Pagoda of Six Harmonies: standing on the north bank of the Qiantang River to the south of Hangzhou City, the Six Harmonies Pagoda was first built in 970 A.D. with a purpose of keeping down the river tide. Rebuilt in 1153, today's pagoda is nearly 60 meters in height. It is a half-timbered pavilion-style structure, with 8 facets, 7 stories and numerous beautiful brick carvings. Mounting atop the pagoda, tourists can have panoramic view of the beauty of the Qiantang River and the bridge across the river. Behind the Six Harmonies Pagoda is the Chinese Ancient Pagoda Exhibition Park, in which there are a hundred miniatures of famous pagodas in the ancient times. In the park, tourists can see ancient Chinese pagodas with various architectural styles.

Lingyin Temple:the literal meaning is Temple of Soul's Retreat, perched at the foot of the Lingyin hill, the northwest of West Lake. It was put up and named by a celebrated Indian Buddhist in 326 AD. As one of the ten most famous Buddhist temples in China, it is well-known for the Feilai Peak opposite the temple, and its Buddhist buildings such as the 33.6-metre-high Grand Hall, pagodas, and a big camphor Buddha statue, more than 150 pieces of fine relief sculptures…

Day 8

Hangzhou/Wuzhen/Suzhou
Highlights Today: Morning Cruise on the West Lake; Three Pools Mirroring the Moon; Wuzhen

West Lake: located in the west of Huangzhou City, West Lake is thus named. Originally a lagoon, the lake was dredged in the 8th century. The West Lake Scenic Area sights include a collection of springs, creeks, lotus, old trees, ancient bridges, causeways, temples, pavilions, pagodas, and palaces with-manicured gardens and rock sculptures...

The Three Pools Mirroring the Moon: is one of the ten old attractions of the West Lake (Xihu). It is a classical water garden with zigzag bridge, pavilions, shrine, lake, and isle. There are three 2-metre-high ancient stone pagodas built in the lake. It is said that this garden is named the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon for these pagodas. The reason is worthy of an exploration when you come here. If you take out one Yuan of the RMB now, you will see the three pagodas' pattern on it.  

Wuzhen: a 1,300-year-old water town with ancient homes, workshops, theatre stage and stores still standing on the banks of the rivers.  It has many special museums for showing the coins, wooden carvings, shadow figures, ancient beds, and folk customs etc. Wuzhen Town is also renowned for its tasteful local food.

 

Day 9
Suzhou
Highlights Today:Highlights Today: Grand Canal; Pan Gate; Garden of the Master Fishing Net; the No.1 Silk Factory

Grand Canal: the oldest and longest canal in the world. It was dug in over 1,400 years ago for transporting the southern grains to the north. This 1,794-kilometer-long canal connecting Beijing and Hangzhou, boasts of the landscape on both sides of the river.

Pan Gate: also called Panmen Gate, named Panmen in Chinese, originally built in 514 BC, rebuilt in 1351 AD. It is the only remaining one among the 16 ancient land-or-water city gates. This very unique defensive gate built on the ancient moat belongs to one part of the Panmen Gate Scenic Area. It is so famous that Marco Polo Mounted on its tower to overlook the beautiful Suzhou City in centuries ago.

Garden of the Master Fishing Net: or the Master-of-Nets Garden (Wangshiyuan), known as one of the most famous gardens in Suzhou, built in 1174 A.D. It is a typical Suzhou style private garden with beautiful old buildings, grotesque rocks, pools, flowers, and trees…it is also a far-famed architectural achievement for its illusionary use of space, making it seem much larger than its actual size, though only covers an area of 0.6 hectare. This garden was listed on the Catalog of World Cultural Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1997.

The No. 1 Silk Factory: Suzhou silk has been one of the four silk brands in China and has been exported to many countries since ancient time. In this silk factory, tourists will know more about silk production and its manufacturing process, and can purchase genuine delicate silk articles as well.

Day10
Shanghai
Highlights Today: Yu Garden (Yuyuan); Yuyuan Market; Jade Buddha Temple; Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Yu Garden: Situated in the Shanghai old town district, originally built by an officer of the Ming dynasty in 1559 and finished in 1557. Covering an area of 4.7 hectare, it features ancient cultural artifact, pagodas, pavilions, carvings, rockeries, fountains, old trees and precious flowers etc.

Yuyuan Market: is a perfect combination of tourism, shopping, famous local food and Chinese folk entertainment. It is very bustling, and nearby the Yu Garden.

Jade Buddha Temple: rebuilt in 1918, it gets the name for the two big opalescent jade Buddha statues in the temple and is considered the Holy Land of metropolis. This world-famous temple houses many valuable cultural relics of different dynasties.

Oriental Pearl TV Tower: situated in Pudong Park in Lujiazui, Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the third tallest one of its kind in the world. Towering over the city, it is 468 meters in height. For years, it has set tourism, restaurants, shopping, entertainment, meetings, exhibition, and other services in one. This landmark building is one of the tourist hot spot in Shanghai. Climb to the top of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower if you want a bird's eye-view of beautiful Shanghai!
Night Cruise on Huangpu River: Huangpu River is considered the mother river of Shanghai. Have a night cruise on the Huang River is enjoyable tourists can view the fantastic night scene along the Bund and the river. (Optional tour)

Acrobatic Show: Chinese acrobatic can be dated back to the Neolithic Age. It is a combination of multiple performances, such as dance, music, art, Chinese kungfu and various stunts etc. For years, Chinese acrobatic show has enjoyed a very high reputation for winning many international prizes. In Shanghai, you will be amazing at its wonderful performances: Silk Suspending, Diabolo Play, Calvaria Skills, and Trays Twirling and many others. (Optional tour) 

Day11
Shanghai/Guilin
Highlights Today: Shanghai Museum, the Bund

Today you will visit the Shanghai Museum and the Bund, and then be driven to the airport to take the afternoon flight to Guilin. Upon your arrival at the airport, the experienced Guilin tour guide will meet you with your name sign. Then be picked up to the hotel, the guide will confirm your itinerary and recommend some famous restaurants to you.

Shanghai Museum: Known for it's over 120,000 pieces of Chinese antiquities, it is one of the most famous museums in china.

The Bund: a "Long Corridor" along the Huangpu River at Shanghai, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the city. For over 100 years, it has been a symbol of Shanghai, also called No.1East Zhongshan Road, named after a famous forerunner of Chinese democratic revolution—Doc. Sun Yat-sen. The Bud is considered the World's Architectural Complex Fair as there are 52 tall buildings lining the road featuring Gothic style, Baroque style, Romanesque style, classical style, Renaissance style, Sino-Western Style…

Day12
Guilin / Li River Cruise/Yangshuo/Guilin

Highlights Today: Li River Cruise; West Streets; Cormorants Catching Fish

After breakfast, the driver and guide will take you to the Zhujiang Pier to cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo, it will take you 3-4 hours to enjoy the most beautiful karst landscape in the world. And you will have lunch on board and disembark in Yangshuo town. After visit the West Streets, you will drive back to Guilin to your hotel to have dinner and then enjoy the Cormorants Catching Fish on the Li River.

Li River Cruise: is a famous river cruise in China, boasts of the beautiful stunning karst scenery on the river banks. Along the river, tourists will see the green peculiar-looking peaks, luxuriant bamboo forest, buffalos, villages, fruitful orchards, paddy fields and farmers…It will take 3.5-5 hours to enjoy the picturesque scenery.

West Streets: located in the centre of Yangshuo County, the New West Street and the Old West Street are connected and end on the bank of Li River. They are famous for selling tourism souvenirs, antiques as well as the western food restaurants, Chinese food restaurant, cafes, bars, language schools, Chinese art schools, Taiji (Shadow Boxing) and Kungfu schools…

Cormorants Catching Fish: It is very traditionally to use cormorants catching fish in China. In the evening, the fishermen on bamboo rafts use strong lights suspended over the water to attract the fish. The cormorants, which are tethered with rings round the base of their necks, catch the fish and then disgorge them for the fishermen. It is said that one cormorant is better than three fishermen.

Day13
Guilin / Hong Kong

Highlights Today: Reed Flute Cave; Seven Star Park; Elephant Trunk Hill

Today, you will visit the Reed Flute Cave, the Seven Star Park and the Elephant Trunk Hill. After lunch, your guide will accompany you to the airport for flight to Hong Kong.

Reed Flute Cave: the largest and most impressive Karst cavern in Guilin. In it you will see many beautiful stalactites, stalagmites and many fantastic spectacles.

Seven Star Park: A beautiful park which covers 120 hectares and includes peaks, rivers, caves, gardens and historic relics.

Elephant Trunk Hill: situated majestically at the southeast of Guilin City and west bank of Li River, Elephant Trunk Hill is regarded as the symbol of Guilin landscape.

Day14
Hong Kong
Highlights Today:Victoria Peak; Aberdeen; Stanley Market; Repulse Bay

Victoria Peak: the highest point of Hong Kong, 373 meters in height. It overlooks all of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, Standing atop the peak to have a bird's-eye view of Hong Kong you will be amazed at the breathtaking view of the surrounding city skyline. In this peak, there is an old-fashioned Peak Tram, aged over 110, and the icon of Hong Kong-the famous Peak Tower. This place is the hottest tourist destination of Hong Kong, it combines shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.

Aberdeen:Aberdeen Harbor in Hong Kong is a waterfront harbor resort holding tourist attractions like dinghies, floating restaurants and jumbo kingdom. In Aberdeen, besides experience the traditional life of boat-dwellers, tourists may also enjoy tasty seafood and waterscape.

Stanley Market: Stanley Market is a famous street market located in the Stanley Town. It is a must–see when trip to Hong Kong Island. Many of the stalls or shops in Stanley Market sell Hong Kong tourism souvenirs, such as antiques, paintings, calligraphy work, Silk goods…it has been a small shopping paradise for the locals and the tourists from abroad.

Repulse Bay: a natural swimming pool situated in south of Stanley Town. It is well-known for the long and broad beach, soft and clean sand, calm and gentle wave. As the most representative of its kinds in Hong Kong, it enjoys the reputations of "the First Bay under the Sun" and "Oriental Hawaii"

Day15
Hong Kong
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It is your free day to explore the modern Hong Kong--the Shopping Paradise.

Day16
Exit Hong Kong

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Highlights pictures of 16 Days Chinese Historic Signs, Li River Cruise, Heaven Landscape Tour

Beijing Summer Palace
Beijing Summer Palace
Beijing Mutian Yu Great Wall
Beijing Mutian Yu Great Wall
Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show
Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show
Xi'an Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Xi'an Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Hangzhou West Lake
Hangzhou West Lake
Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Chinese Acrobatic Show
Chinese Acrobatic Show
Zhejiang Wuzhen
Zhejiang Wuzhen
Guilin Li River
Guilin Li River
Hong Kong Aberdeen
Hong Kong Aberdeen
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