Glories of China provides the opportunity to enjoy many of China’s picturesque landscapes, historic monuments, and modern-day architectural triumphs. From the bustling streets of Shanghai to scenic gardens to shining, beautiful Li River, you will experience the ever-changing urban and rural cultures throughout the country. Visit Xi’an Terra-Cotta Warriors, shop in the economic heart of Shanghai, boat ride on Grand Canal, gaze at enormous pagodas and colorful Chinese gardens, and visit the most beautiful scenic Guilin
Depart Home – Shanghai
Begin your journey with the international flight to Shanghai
Meet and transfer to the hotel with your tour manager
Shanghai Museum and People Square
Pearl of Orient TV Tower
The Bund & Nanjing Road (Walking District)
Evening Entertainment : Huangpu River Curies (Optional at $40pp)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Shanghai – Hangzhou
Experience and take the elevator to the 100th floor observation deck of the Shanghai World Financial Center for commanding views of Shanghai before depart for Hangzhou
City Tour - Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province and its political, economic and cultural center
Visit The West Lake, Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou
Optional Evening Show - Impression West Lake ($35 pp)
Hangzhou – Suzhou
Visit tea plantation and visit tea farm - a tea culture experience by seeing tea picking and processing
Transfer to Suzhou after lunch.
An Optional Grand Canal boat ride takes you back to the old days and experience the life of the ancient time ($30pp)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Visit Lingering Garden is an elaborate succession of small gardens. Lingering in a garden you will marvel at its unique architecture and art
Visit the most famous Silk factory in China
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Suzhou – Guilin
Learn the true art form of silk production and Chinese silk culture by visiting original Silk Spinning Factory
Take evening flight to Guilin
Guilin – Longji
Drive to Longji to visit Dragon-back Terraced Fields and villages of Miao, Yao People
Stay overnight on the mountain in Longji
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Longji – Yangshuo
Go to Xingping to take the bamboo raft on Li River
Enjoy shopping in Xi Jie, or there is the option to rent a bicycle or a tuk-tuk to go around the countryside and get an up close and personal look at the hills of Yangshuo and the life of Chinese farmer
Optional Evening Show: The “Liu San Jie” evening show (The Impression Show)
Yangshuo – Guilin
Drive back to Guilin, the most beautiful place in China, to visit Reed Flute Cave
Elephant Trunk Hill: the symbol of Guilin landscape
Free leisure in Guilin
Guilin - Xi'an
Arrival Xi’an, ancient city, visit the City Wall, one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world
Sightseeing tour includes Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Provincial Museum. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was regarded the landmark of Xi’an
Enjoy an optional Traditional Chinese Dumplings banquet with Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show
You will be transferred to the airport via your schedule flight back home or continues your journey to visit other cities in China
The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower is a TV tower in Shanghai, China. Its location at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district, by the side of Huangpu River, opposite of The Bund makes it a distinct landmark in the area. At 468 m (1,535 feet) high, it was the tallest structure in China from 1994–2007, when it was surpassed by the Shanghai World Financial Center. It is classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration.
Hangzhou West Lake
West Lake has influenced poets and painters throughout the ages for its natural beauty and historical relics, and it has been among the most important sources of inspiration for Chinese garden designers, as evidenced by the impact it had on various Chinese classical gardens. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, and was described as having "influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries" and as reflecting "an idealized fusion between humans and nature."
Suzhou Lingering Garden
Lingering Garden is a renowned classical Chinese garden. It is recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1997, the garden, along with other classical gardens in Suzhou, was recorded by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The garden also stores two UNESCO Intangible World Heritage Arts; Pingtan and Guqin music.
Ancient City Wall - Ancient City Wall, the fortifications of Xi'an, an ancient capital of China, represent one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Construction of the first city wall of Chang'an began in 194 BCE and lasted for four years. That wall measured 25.7 kilometres ( 16.0 mi) in length, 12–16 metres (39– 52 ft) in thickness at the base. The area within the wall was c. 36 square kilometres (14 sq mi). The existing wall was started by the Ming Dynasty in 1370. It encircles a much smaller city of 14 square kilometres (5.4 sq mi). The wall measures 13.7 kilometres ( 8.5 mi) in circumference, 12 metres ( 39 ft) in height, and 15–18 metres (49– 59 ft) in thickness at the base.
Terracotta Warriors - The Terracotta Army or the "Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses", is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.
The figures, dating from 3rd century BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an, Shaanxi province. The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits nearby Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum. Other terracotta non-military figures were also found in other pits and they include officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.
Longji Terrace - Longji (Dragon's Backbone) Terraced Rice Fields received their name because the rice terraces resemble a dragon's scales, while the summit of the mountain range looks like the backbone of the dragon. Visitors standing on the top of the mountain can see the dragon's backbone twisting off into the distance. In an early morning, when the weather is fine, the sunrise on the summit of Longji Rice Terraces is magnificent.
Reed Flute Cave - The Reed Flute Cave is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. It is a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting and has been one of Guilin’s most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. It is over 180 million years old. The cave got its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into melodious flutes. Reed Flute Cave is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes. Inside, there are more than 70 inscriptions written in ink, which can be dated back as far as 792 AD in the Tang Dynasty. These aged inscriptions tell us that it has been an attraction in Guilin since ancient times.
Yangtze River The Yangtze River is important to the cultural origins of southern China. Human activity was found in the Three Gorges area as far back as 27 thousand years ago. River cruises several days long, especially through the beautiful and scenic Three Gorges area.
Fine Print for Glories of China - Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Guilin, Xi'an
Tour Arrival Dates: Mar 23, April 20, May 18, Jun 15, Jul 06, Aug 03, Sep 14, Oct 12, Nov 09
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