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Day 1 Beijing (D)
Arrive at Beijing, the capital city of China, and transferred to the hotel to relax and adjust to the time difference. 

Day 2 Beijing (B, L, D)
After breakfast you begin with a tour to the world's largest and renowned public square where many historical events once took place - Tian'anmen Square. Around the vast square, you can see The Great Hall of People, holding the congress of the Communist Party and National People's Congress, History Museum, Military Museum and Monuments to the People's heroes. Under the famous Mao's portrait, which is positioned at the center of "The Gate of Heavenly Peace" entrance, you will walk into the Forbidden City (also known as Imperial Palace), which holds 9,999 rooms. Experience the intricate architecture and exquisitely designed layout of these grand buildings once housed by Chinese Emperors who ruled during the period of the Qing and Ming Dynasties for almost 500 years (1420-1911). Thereafter, you will visit the Temple of Heaven where the Chinese Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would go to pray for bountiful harvests. This remarkable construction is pledged highest level of Chinese traditional architecture. Enjoy the Peking Opera Show in the evening.

Day 3 Beijing (B, L, D)
Today you will begin the morning by setting out to the Great Wall of China, also considered as one of the greatest wonders of the world. This massive wall stretches well over 4,000 miles and once was used as the soldier's safeguard to protect the Chinese empire's northern borders against invaders. You then have the opportunity to climb up the mammoth sized wall at your own pace. Be sure to take in the experience and enjoy the breathtaking view from the top of one of the greatest achievements of civilization. Later on, we'll be visiting the Ming Tombs and the Sacred Way. The Ming Tombs lie in Changping County, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest from the urban area of Beijing. It is actually a tomb cluster of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), including thirteen emperor's mausoleums, seven tombs for concubines and one grave for eunuchs. This cemetery is world famous because of the thirteen emperors buried here. Sitting at the foot of Mt. Yan and occupying an area of more than 120 square kilometers (29,653 acres), it appears extremely spectacular. It was listed in the World Heritage List in 2003. In the evening, we'll have Peking Roasted Duck Dinner. 

Day 4 Beijing - Taiyuan (B, L, D)
We spend the whole day visiting the Buddhist temples in Beijing, including Temple of the Sleeping Buddha, Yonghe Lamasery, Temple of Pool and Three-Bristle Cudrania, White Cloud Temple. Situated on the east side of Yonghegong Street in the northeastern corner of the city, the Yonghe Lamasery is the largest and best-known lamasery in Beijing. The principal components are three exquisite memorial archways and five major halls, all of which stand on a north-south axis. The total area of the compound calculated from the southernmost memorial archway to the lamasery's northernmost point is 66,400 square meters. Tanzhesi Temple (the Pool and Cudrania Temple) is located among the peaks of West Hill about 45 kilometres west of Beijing City. The name comes from the Dragon Pool behind the temple and the rare three-bristle cudranias growing on the hills. It is well known that "Tanzhesi Temple was built before Beijing." It was built in the Jin Dynasty (265-420) when it was known as the Jiafusi Temple. It has as such existed for more than 1600 years. Fly to Taiyuan in the evening and transfer to your hotel.

Day 5 Taiyuan - Wutai Mountain (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we embark on a 3-hour drive to reach Wutai Montain. Lying at the northeast corner of Wutai County, the mountain is one of China's four sacred mountains famous in Buddhist religion. Standing at 3,058 meters above sea level, it was seen as the "roof of northern China." Covering an area of 2,837 square kilometers, Wutai Mountain enjoys a picturesque landscape, including peculiar-shaped cliffs summit, ancient pine and cypress trees enchanting wisps of clouds drifting around the mountain, and magnificent and splendid pavilions and halls. The area's biggest attractions are the numerous Buddhist temples. Mt. Wutai contains some of the most imposing structures and a huge variety of well-preserved Buddhist art works including painted sculptures, frescoes to refer to the area as "a treasure trove of art". Mt. Wutai is believed to be the palace where Manjusri lived and preached and so most of statues found here are in his image.

Day 6 Wutai Mountain (B, L, D)
For hundreds of years, Wutai Mountain has been China's most sacred Buddhist ground mainly because it was where the highly revered Manjusri, the Bodhisattva of wisdom, once lived and taught Buddhism. As the most trusted aide of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, he drew emperors from various dynasties here on pilgrimage, adding more significance to the mountain. Furthermore, Wutai Mountain is China's only holy mountain where both Chinese Buddhism and Tibetan Lamaism are practiced. Dalai Lamas, Panchen Lamas and Lcangskyahothogthu (a living Buddha) have visited and preached here, some are even buried here. We'll spending another whole exploring this sacred mountain and Buddhist cultural relics. We'll also have viewing of Buddhist rituals.

Day 7 Wutai Mountain - Taiyuan (B, L, D)
Go back to Taiyuan by bus. On the way, you will visit the Jingci Temple. The temple is also endowed with a rich cultural legacy. It was expanded during the Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties until it attained its present scale. There were more than 80 halls built prior to the Qing Dynasty, occupying an area of more than 10,000 square meters. The centerpiece of the entire cluster is the Hall of the Holy Mother, enshrined with 33 painted sculptures of servant maids of the Song Dynasty. These sculptures are one of the Jinci Temple's three wonders. The two other wonders are two trees - a cypress tree dating back to the Zhou Dynasty and a Chinese scholar tree planted in the Sui Dynasty - and a spring that keeps gurgling to this day.

Day 8 Departure (B)
After breakfast, we'll send you to Taiyuan airport for your departure.

Tour Costs: USD1,600 per person for a group of 6 or more pax. USD400 for single room supplement. This tour is a private tour and departure date will be based on your request.

The Standard of Service:
Accommodation: Three-Four star hotels (on twin sharing basis)
Transportation: Car or bus with air-conditioning.
Tour Guide: qualified, having experience in guiding and speaking good English

Tour prices include:
Hotel fee and hotel services charge; meals; admissions; travel insurance in China; all domestic and local transportation within China; well trained English speaking tour guide.

Tour prices do not include:
Transportation from your country to and back from China; airport departure tax, customs fee; China Visa fee; optional tours/meals.

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