Tour route: Beijing - Xi'an - Luoyang - Dengfeng - Zhengzhou - Nanjing - Shanghai
Say Hello to China, an ancient oriental land. Upon your arrival at Beijing airport, your local guide is ready to welcome and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax and recover from jet lag.
This morning, you will first visit the historic Tiananmen Square, and then explore the mysteries of the magnificent Forbidden City, home to China’s emperors for over 500 years.
In the afternoon, you will visit Beijing’s ancient Hutongs by rickshaw and see how people have lived in this wonderful city for centuries and then go on your tour to a Pearl Store.
In the evening, you will be taken to witness the excitement of the traditional Kung Fu Show.
After breakfast, your local guide will escort you to the airport for your flight to Xi'an, capital of 14 ancient dynasties.
Upon your arrival, your local guide will meet you and then visit the near-by HanyangTombs, the tombs of Emperor Jing and his wife of Han Dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD), to see the valuable cultural relics and precious unearthings. After having a rest in your hotel, you will visit the venerable Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which is the symbol of Xi'an.
This morning, you will marvel at the incredible Terracotta Warriors, the burial grounds of Emperor Qin Shihuang with its thousands of life-sized Terra-cotta Warriors and horses, assembled to guard his afterlife.
In the afternoon, you will step on the Ancient City Wall of Xi'an, the largest and best-preserved city wall in the world, and drop by at a Jade Gallery.
In the evening, you will have a delicious Dumpling Dinner and enjoy the fabulous Tang Dynasty Show.
After breakfast, you will travel to Huxian County to appreciate the famous Farmers Painting. Here you will walk into a farmer’s house, witness how the intriguing countryside landscapes were skillfully painted by local farmers, talk about their farming life and have a special home made lunch with them.
Then be transferred to the railway station for an express train to Luoyang, the capital of 9 dynasties in history. Upon your arrival in Luoyang, your local guide will meet you and take you to your hotel.
You will take a morning excursion to the Longmen Grottoes. Known as "a treasure house of Buddhist art", it is one of the three grandest grottoes in China, with 2,345 caves and over 100, 000 various Buddha statues. Then you will visit the White Horse Temple, the first Buddhism temple in China 1,900 years ago.
In the afternoon, head to Dengfeng (1-hour drive) to visit Songyang Academy and the Star Watching Observatory, which are newly enlisted as a World Heritage site in August, 2010. You will stay overnight at the Dengfeng Town, Zhengzhou.
The renowned Shaolin Temple is your first stop today. Reputed as the cradle of Chinese Kungfu, the martial art, this temple is often referred as one of China's oldest temple. You will enjoy the stunning live Kungfu Performance in the temple and visit the venerable Forest of Dagobas.
Later in the afternoon, be driven to Zhengzhou to view the magnificent Yellow River, the mother river of China, at the beautiful Yellow River Scenic Area.
This morning you will go to Henan Provincial Museum to learn more about this fertile land from which China initiated to expand its territory thousands of years ago.
Then, transferred to the airport for the flight to Nanjing. Upon your arrival in Nanjing, one of China's four greatest capitals in history, your personal guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.
On this day you will stroll atop the Nanjing City Wall and see the remarkable Zhonghua Gate, the only remain of the 13 original city walls of Ming Dynasty some 600 years ago.
Then pay a visit the famous Confucius Temple to know more about this sagacious man as well as his often-talked anecdotes, and take a sampan tour along the Qinhuai River to appreciate the traditional architecture and nice city views. Disembarking the sampan, you'll explore the adjacent Free Market.
Free in the day until your transfer to the airport for a flight to Shanghai. After your arrival in Shanghai, China's most cosmopolitan city, your personal guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.
In the afternoon, you will take a stroll around the Bund and the famous Nanjing Road. Then drop by at a Silk Factory to discover how silk is produced and get a terrific bird's eye view of Shanghai from the Jinmao Tower.
After the 13 days' marvelous sightseeing in China, it is the time to bid farewell to China.
You will be free to relax in the hotel or continue your self-guided exploration of Shanghai until being escorted to the airport for your flight back home.
Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey
There is no doubt that your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around China will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.
|Standard Tour Class||Comfortable Tour Class||Deluxe Tour Class|
|Beijing||Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel Beijing 18A Jianguomen Nei Avenue, Beijing 100005,China||Beijing Novotel Peace Hotel 3 Jinyu lane, Wangfujing, Beijing, 100006, China||The Regent Beijing 99# Jinbao Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China|
|Xian||Mercure Xian On Renmin Square No.319 Dongxin Street, Xincheng District, Xi'an 710004, China||Grand Noble Hotel Xian 334 Dong Da Jie(East Street), Xian City, Shaanxi Province, China No. 334 East Street, Xian City, Shaanxi, P.R.C. 710001||Wyndham Grand No. 208 Ci'en East Road, Qujiang New District, Xian, Shaanxi Province, China|
|Luoyang||New friendship Hotel -6 Xiyuan Road, Jian Xi Area, Luoyang||Christian\'s Hotel Xin Du Hui Plaza ,No.56, Jie Fang Road, Xi Gong Distriet, LuoYang City.Henan Prov.|
|Zhengzhou||Zhengzhou Hotel No.8 Xinglong Street, Erqi District, Zhengzhou 450000, China||Holiday Inn Zhengzhou 115 Jinshui Road Zhengzhou, 450003||Sofitel Zhengzhou 289, Chengdong Road,Zhengzhou ,Henan province|
|Nanjing||Ramada Plaza Nanjing Yihua Hotel #45 North zhongshan Road||Mandarin Garden Hotel No.9, Zhuanyuanjin, Fuzimiao, Nanjing||Sheraton Nanjing 169 Hanzhong Road, Nanjing 210029, China|
|Shanghai||Greenland Jiulong Hotel No.601 Liyang Road,Hongkou District, Shanghai 200080 China||Sunrise On The Bund No. 168, Gaoyang Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai, China||Hyatt On The Bund 199 Huangpu Road,Shanghai Peoples Republic of China 200080|
We pick Hotels for You Based on:
Location:most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.
Facility & Service Quality:all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Diversity for Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.
Hotel criteria for each tour class
Hotel arrangement for Standard Tour Class
It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.
Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class
Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in very rare cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.
Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class
Luxurious hotel with top-notch service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.
Normally China Odyssey Tours provides two meals each day: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.
It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, Chinese style, or a combination.
When plan your lunches, we consider the balance of food quality, dining environment and tour convenience. We provide a la carte lunch in a local restaurant whenever possible. A la carte meal will give you an opportunity to eat at local restaurant, follow local customs, and taste local dishes. The a la carte allowance would be adequate for a decent meal in our recommended local restaurants, but varies from different restaurants and different cities. However in some remote regions where it’s simply hard to find a non-tourist restaurant, the meal could be arranged at a local tourist restaurant or a local family.
Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in China. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.
If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Private Guide & Transfer
You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.
All of our tour guides are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides in China who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed safe drivers.
You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, your guide will stay at your side until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our travel guides in every destination are locals, who know the area well, they are very good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for taking your best photos.
When changing your itinerary is needed due to unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you have a wonderful experience.
With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most of your experience in China.
In every destination visited, your vehicle is air conditioned, clean, and expertly maintained. Your private driver is licensed, insured, and very experienced.
To maximize your comfort, we use vehicles with extra space for you and your luggage. Depending on how many are traveling together, we generally use sedans or mini vans (7 seats) for 4 people or less, large vans or small coaches (12-22 seats) for 5-12 people, medium coaches (33 – 37 seats) for 13 – 25 people, and large coaches (45 seats over) for more than 25 people.
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