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10-day Tour of Beijing-Dunhuang-Xi'an-Shanghai

Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Your guide will be holding your name sign and waiting for you at airport until you come, and then you will be transferred to the hotel.

Day 2  Beijing (B, L, D)
This morning, explore the best of Beijing with a visit to Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest 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). After lunch, visit the Temple of Heaven, where dynastic Chinese rulers historically worshipped the Emperor of Heaven and prayed for bountiful harvests. It was a critical task for all emperors to perform rituals and tasks in order for his empire to reap successful harvests and good fortune. Capture the detailed essence of all the rich colors blended together on the hand painted tiles and roofing of the structures. This remarkable construction is pledged highest level of Chinese traditional architecture. The Peking Duck Dinner is served at a famous restaurant followed by the Kongfu Show in the Red Theater.

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 breath-taking 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. On the way back to the city, you will have a photo stop at the Olympic Stadium, nicknamed Bird's Nest and the National Swimming Centre, also known as the Water Cube.

Day 4 Beijing (B, L)
Today, you will partake in a tranquil visit to the picturesque landscape of the Summer Palace with historic temples, numerous pavilions, marble boat and famous 728-yard Long Corridor, situated on the man-made Kunming Lake. Afterwards, a visit to the Lama Temple (Yonghegong), a renowned lama temple of the Yellow Hat Sect of Lamaism. Lama Temple features five large halls and five courtyards with beautifully decorative archways, upturned eaves and carved details. It houses a treasury of Buddhist art, including sculptured images of gods, demons and Buddhas, as well as Tibetan-style murals. Finally, the visit to the Pandas in Beijing Zoo concludes today.

Day 5 Beijing - Dunhuang (B, L)
In the morning we fly to Dunhuang and transfer to the hotel. You will experience a short camel-riding along the Echoing-Sand Dune to reach the Crescent Moon Lake. The Echoing-Sand Dune is famous for the sounds the wind makes when blowing over the dunes. Also, the sand is said to be rather noisy when tread upon. The Spring's name derives from the crescent moon shape the small pool of spring water has taken between two large sand dunes. Although the area is very dry, the pool doesn't dry up as one might expect. And this is a resort of Taoism for local people.

Day 6 Dunhuang - Xi'an (B, L, D)
Today, we will be seeing the most famous monument of Dunhuang - the Mogao Caves, also widely referred as "Thousand Buddha Caves". An art gallery in the desert, the walls of the caves are lined with Buddhist frescoes and sculpted figures, is said to be the finest examples of Buddhist art in the world. Mixing Indian and Chinese styles, they are a remarkable record of Silk Road civilization. The attractive cave that swarms of tourists contains the most impressive and well-preserved examples of ancient Buddhist cave art aging over 1,00 years. The treasure house contains hundreds of sandstone caves holding more than 2,000 statues and 45,000 brilliantly bright paintings of Buddha and Chinese mythological figures. Take a flight to Xi'an and transfer to the hotel. Visit the City Wall. 

Day 7 Xi'an (B, L, D)
In the afternoon, we drive for one hour to Lingtong County to visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses with circle movie showed before visiting the pits and the Banpo Neolithic Village. The original site of Terracotta Warriors was found by a local farmer digging a well in 1974. Now it has turned into the most important attraction in Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors and Horse Museum. It is located about 50km east of the Xi'an City. The museum includes Pit 1, Pit 2 and Pit 3 as well the exhibition hall of the chariots and horses. The Pit 1 is the largest of the three. After lunch visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the well-preserved emblem of Xi'an. The towering 211.6 Feet high structure completely made of bricks originated during the Tang Dynasty when Emperor Gaozong once reigned. The day will conclude with a tasteful and creatively prepared dumpling feast followed by an exquisite traditional Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

Day 8 Xi'an - Shanghai (B, L)
Today,we will be seeing the Provincial History Museum and enjoy the nice lunch at a famous place and then, visit the Great Mosque. One of five Muslim sanctuaries in China, the Great Mosque in Xi'an is the only one open to visitors. The Great Mosque of Xi'an is the largest and best preserved of the early mosques of China. Built primarily in the Ming Dynasty when Chinese architectural elements were synthesized into mosque architecture, the mosque resembles a fifteenth century Buddhist temple with its single axis lined with courtyards and pavilions. Take a flight to Shanghai and transfer to the hotel. 

Day 9 Shanghai (B, L, D)
You begin today with a visit to Yuyuan Garden, a well-restored Suzhou-style garden, which was specially built for Pan's parents as a place to enjoy themselves a tranquil and happy time in their old age. The pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters are unique characteristic. And also take a walk through Chenghuangmiao (known as Yuyuan Garden Market) built in the fifteenth century during the Ming Dynasty. It filled with antique markets and specititley stores. Then, we'll visit Shanghai Museum, a leading attraction of the city since it opened in 1994, containing some priceless collections of paintings, porcelains and bronzes. Thereafter, we visit the world renowned Shanghai Bund. Take a glimpse into Shanghai's architecture and see how it looked centuries ago. This landmark is known for its distinct neo-classic architecture of 52 European style buildings. Thereafter, we'll take a stroll long the emporium-lined Nanjiing Road. The dinner is served at the famous restaurant followed by a breathtaking Acrobatic Show.

Day 10 Departure from Shanghai (B)
We drive you to the airport. See you again.

Tour Prices (per person and in US dollars)

Travel in group of
2-5 travelers 6-9 travelers 10 travelers & above
High season In Twin $1750.00 $1480.00 $1310.00
Single Room $2090.00 $1820.00 $1590.00
Low season In Twin $1710.00 $1450.00 $1270.00
Single Room $2050.00 $1790.00 $1550.00
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