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About China History

China, one of the four oldest civilizations in the world, has a written history of 4,000 years and boasts rich cultural relics and historical sites. It is the inventor of compass, paper-making, gunpowder and printing.  The Great Wall, Grand Canal and Karez irrigation system are three great ancient engineering projects built 2,000 years ago. Now they are the symbols of the rich culture of the Chinese nation. China has gone over a long history of primitive society, slavery society, feudal society and semi-feudal semi-colonial society and the present socialist society.

Itinerary: Beijing-Xian-Shanghai-Suzhou-shanghai, 12 days/11 nights

Day 1    Arrive in Beijing.

Meet at airport, transfer to Beijing Oriental Culture Hotel(4*) or similar

Day 2    Beijing        (B.L.D)

Morning: Start tours at 09:00 to Tiananmen Square and the largest Imperial Palace in the world -the Forbidden City of Supreme Harmony and Dignity, then we approach to the largest imperial garden in the world.


Afternoon: Visit another renowned imperial site –the Temple of Heaven including visit the Imperial Hall of Pray Harvest, the Imperial Vault and the Imperial Sacrificial Altar. We see the echo wall and stones in the vault and on the altar where the emperors whispered with Celestial Beings by the special features of the phenomenon utilize the theory of sound wave.

Evening: Peking Opera

Day 3    Beijing       (B.L.D)

Morning: Leave hotel at 08:30 for Great Wall Badaling, 72km away from the city center and takes about two hours to get there. If time available?visit cloisonné workshop.


Afternoon: After lunch, we approach to the mountain valley of the best geomancy site -the Ming Dynasty’s Imperial Tomb including visit the Sacred Stature Road. On the way back to hotel, stop at Olympic Park, and stroll around the outside for photography of the stadiums (excluding entrance fee to stadiums), such as the Bird’s Nest & Water Cube –where hosts to many spectacular events.

Day 4    Beijing        (B.L.D)

Morning: Leave hotel at 08:30 for Pandas Garden in Beijing Zoo. It has been breeding the largest numbers of pandas as an institution away from the original habitat areas and it constitutes with other Panda Sanctuaries for being the UNESCO site. Then visit the imperial garden-- Summer Palace.


Afternoon: Take the old–fashioned rickshaw to explore Hutong Tour with lunch at local family.
Evening: Peking Duck Dinner.

Day 5    Beijing/Xian  by air  (B, L.D)

Morning or noon flight from Beijing to Xian-the ancient capital over 1100 years. Meet at airport, transfer to Aurum International Hotel (4*) or similar.


Afternoon: Big Wild Goose Pagoda & Provincial Museum. The Big Wide Goose Pagoda Temple was regarded the landmark of Xian. The provincial Museum shows us Chinese archaeology’s excavation at Xian Areas from very beginning of Chinese primogenitors of Neolithic Age 20000-8000 years ago to the glorious dynasties 980AD. It has numerous collections and treasures on display.


Day 6    Xian    (B. L. D)

Moring: Tour to the femurs site of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors.
Afternoon: on the route back the city, visit Banpo museum and City Wall.


Evening: Tang Dynasty Dinner Show.

Day 7    Xian / Shanghai by air      (B. L,D)

Morning: Transfer to airport fly to Shanghai . Arrive in Shanghai, transfer to Bund Riverside Hotel(4*) or similar.


Afternoon: After lunch in Shanghai, city tours to colonial European past at The Bund-the window of Shanghai history and modern fast changes, then we visit Xintiandi, a very well-known boutique area composed together with fashion and tradition, fan & elegant. It shows another delight face of Shanghai.

Day 8    Shanghai      (B, L, D)

Morning: Leave hotel at 09:00 for Old City and classical Yu Garden. The Yu Garden built 400 years ago, is a famous ancient private garden with architectures of Ming and Qing dynasties. Owing to its ingenious design, zigzag layout by pavilions, chambers and towers, opera stage, elegant rocks and bridges on the mirroring lakes and moats.


Afternoon: Visit Shanghai Museum. The attractions include enormous finest stone sculptures, bronze-ware, porcelain, calligraphic works, Chinese paintings and ancient furniture. After the Museum we stroll to the People Square. The surroundings are the best collection of modern architecture. If time available we visit the Carpet Factory.


Evening: The famous Shanghai Acrobatic Show.

Day 9   Shanghai      (B.L.D)

Morning: Leave hotel at 09:00 for an excursion to the ancient water-town Zhujiajiao to see another unchanged face of Shanghai, where EPEC leaders visited while they were in Shanghai. Located in a suburb of Shanghai city, Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town well-known throughout the country, with a history of more than 1700 years,covering an area of 47 square kilometers.


Afternoon: After coming back from Zhujiajiao, visit Jade Buddha Temple and then free for your own exploration.


Day 10  Shanghai /Suzhou by train  (B.L.D)

Morning: Take less than one hour train ride to Suzhou, upon arrival, take Grand Canal Cruise and then the Humble Administrator’s Garden.


Afternoon: after lunch, Lingering Garden, Silk Factory. Overnight at Castle Hotel(4*) or similar.


Suzhou is located in the center of the Yangtze Delta, in the south of Jiangsu Province, with Shanghai to the east. Since 42% area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, Suzhou is praised as the 'Oriental Venice'. Taihu Lake, four fifths of which is in the territory of Suzhou, is one of the four largest fresh lakes in China, it is no wonder that Suzhou is called 'paradise on earth'.

Day 11   Suzhou/Shanghai by train   (B.)

Morning: Take morning train back to Shanghai, arrive in Shanghai, transfer to hotel.


Afternoon: Free

Day 12.  Depart Shanghai for home      (B)   

B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner
The package includes:

1.    Return economy airfares from Sydney (including taxes)
2.    Accommodation with breakfast
3.    Transfers and Sightseeing entrance fee
4.    Flight Beijing-Xian-Shanghai
5.    Train Shanghai-Suzhou-Shanghai(soft seat)
6.    Meals mentioned in itinerary

The package excludes:

1.    Personal expenses, such as tips, laundry etc.

1.    Tip for guide & driver is ranging from usd 4-5 per day/per client, which is not included in above rate.

Bejing Oriental Culture Hotel (4*)
Tel: +86-10-8403 1188
Add: 101, Dong Da Jie, Jiao Dao Kou, Dong Cheng District

Xian Aurum International hotel,(4*)
Tel: +86-29-87672888
Add:30,Nan Xin Jie, Xian

Shanghai Bund Riverside Hotel (4*)
Tel: +86-21-6352 2888
Add: 398, Beijing East Road, Shanghai

Suzhou Castle Hotel (4*)
Tel: +86-512-6828 6688
Add: 333, Sanxiang Road, Suzhou


BSB: 012 395
ACC: 497452247

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Tipping is customary in the Middle East for meal bills, tour guides, drivers, hotel porters etc.


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