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China's Ancient Architecture Tour

Day 1 Beijing  (D)
On arrival, guide will hold a welcome sign to meet you. You will be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax. Stay in Holiday Inn Crown Plaza

Day 2 Beijing  (B, L)
We take a half-day excursion to explore the incredible Forbidden City with its grand palaces and courtyards. Built in 1420, it was here that 24 emperors lived and ruled for over 500 years. The South Gate leads you to Tian'anmen Square - the biggest of its kind in the world. In the afternoon, we'll visit the beautiful Summer Palace where you can discover gardens, palaces and pavilions with temples and halls in a tranquil, landscaped lakeside setting. Stay in Holiday Inn Crown Plaza

Day 3 Beijing  (B, L, D)
In the morning, we will take a half-day guided visit to the awesome Great Wall of China. Here you can enjoy the stunning views as you stroll along this seemingly endless piece of history, which winds its way into the far distance. In the afternoon, we'll go to the Ming Tombs, which due to their enormity took over 200 years to complete. Our dinner is served at the original, century-old Quanjude Roasted Duck Restaurant. After dinner you will enjoy a fascinating Peking Opera Show at the Liyuan Theatre. Stay in Holiday Inn Crown Plaza

Day 4 Beijing - Datong (B, L)
After breakfast, explore China's largest temple and titlear at the Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Gongyuan) Park with the Hall of Prayer for good harvest; the attraction is often depicted as the symbol of Beijing. Built in 1420, Ming and Qing emperors prayed there frequently for good harvests; the temple complex was added to UNESCO's world heritage site list in 1998. After lunch, a Hutong tour will be taken. The oldest Beijing Hutongs were constructed during Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Four quadrangles or houses are often built around a quadrangular courtyard; they are often regarded as the main buildings of the Hutongs. Your tour will lead you through some of the best-reserved Hutong neighborhoods that most represented the history, culture and lifestyles of old Beijing. In the evening, private transfer takes you to the railway station and take a train to Datong (2602/2603  23:45/06:47).

Day 5 Datong (B, L, D)
Arrive in Datong early this morning in Shanxi Province. After breakfast, we visit the Yun Gang Grottoes located at the base of the Wuzhou Mountains, 16 kilometers to the west of Datong City. The four main sites in China that are famous for their stone sculpture are Dunhuang, Longmen, Dazu and Yungang. Among those, the Yungang grottoes are considered first among equals, for their tremendous size, their ancient history, and their relatively complete state of preservation. The grottoes contain 51,000 sculptures scattered throughout 53 rock caves, and the earliest could be dated back as early as 460 AD. Most of the work was finished before the Northern Wei moved its capital to Luoyang in 494 AD although some work continued to the reign of Zheng Guang, 520-525 AD. This is the only complete set of Northern Wei stone carving groups in China.

Coutinuing the tour after lunch, you will pay a visit to the extraordinary Hanging Monastery (Xuankong Si) located about 80km south-east of Datong. Precariously constructed on the sheer cliff face above Jinlong Canyon of Hengshan Mountain, the wooden Hanging monastery is more than 1,400 years old. With the aide of natural alcoves and strong beams, its 40 halls and pavilions clung stably to the rock walls. Stairways, corridors and boardwalks were connected to all buildings, hence forming breathtaking views at the valley floor. Numerous bronze, iron, stone and clay statues are enshrined in the monastery. In the Three Religions Hall Buddha, Laotze and Confucius are enshrined together. Thereafter, you will visit the Wooden Pagoda in Ying County. Built in 1056, the Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, also named Sakyamuni Pagoda of Fogong Temple, is located in the Fogong Temple, Yingxian County, Shanxi Province. It is regarded as one of the "Three Pagodas in the World", together with the Eiffel Tower in France and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. Stay in Datong Yungang International Hotel

Day 6 Datong to Taiyuan  (B, L)
After breakfast, you'll take train (soft sleeper) from Datong to Taiyuan (6 hours ride). Pick up at the railway station upon you arrival and have a view of the Twin-Pagoda Temple located in the southeast of Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province. There are two 53-meter-tall pagodas standing in the temple, hence the name 'Twin Pagoda Temple'. History records reveal that the temple and two pagodas were built under the Emperor Wanli's order in 1608 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It is now a symbol of Taiyuan on account of its unique architecture. Stay in Shanxi Grand Hotel

Day 7 Taiyuan to Pingyao  (B, L)
We drive to visit the Qiao's Family Compound. Located in the middle of Qiaojiabao village in Shanxi province, it was the mansion of the famous merchant family Qiao in the late Qing dynasty. The compound was constructed in 1755 by Qiao Guifa, the first member of the family to strike it rich selling tea and bean curd beyond the Great Walll. Returning to his hometown, he built his dream home, to which successive generations added until it reached its present size. It covers 8724 square meters with 313 rooms. Qiao Jia Dayuan represents the typical style of northen folk houses with great historical value. After lunch, we drive to to Pingyao. Stay in Lizeyuan International Hotel 

Day 8 Pingyao to Taiyuan  (B, L)
Today just have an overall view of Pingyao Ancient City. Being one of the four wholly-protected ancient cities in China, Pingyao Ancient City is thought of as the 'treasure house' of ancient Chinese architectures. You will pass through the ancient town and take a walk along the street to fully appreciate the atmosphere of the city. You can also take some local snacks such as Pingyao Beef that has been well-known from the Ming Dynasty. Drive back to Taiyuan. Stay in Shanxi Grand Hotel

Day 9 Taiyuan to Xi'an  (B, L)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Xi'an, China's ancient capital. Upon arrival have a city tour of the City Wall that still compasses the center of Xi'an. It is the most complete city wall that has survived in China as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. It was enlarged in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) from the city wall initially built in Tang Dynasty (618 -907). Now it is 12 meters tall, 12-14 meters wide and 14 kilometers in length with a deep moat surrounding it. You can walk, even cycle on the wall. City tour also includes the Shanxi History Museum where you will discover how Xi'an became the cradle of Chinese culture. Stay in Sofitel on Renmin Square Xi'an

Day 10 Xi'an  (B, L)
Visit the world-famous Terracotta Warriors where life-sized infantrymen, archer, officers and their horses symbolically guard the tomb of the first Qin emperor. 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 Xian - Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It is located about 50km east of the Xian 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. In the after noon, we'll visit the Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda located in southern Xi'an. As the symbol of the old-line Xi'an, Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. We'll attend the marvelous Tang Dynasty Show performance in the evening. Stay in Sofitel on Renmin Square Xi'an

Day 11 Xi'an to Beijing  (B)
We'll Take a flight back to Beijing and end the fabulous and memorable trip in China.

Prices (based on per person and shown in US dollars):
  High Season Low Season
Double Sole Double Sole
2-5 persons $1887 $2597 $1750 $2350
6-9 persons $1550 $2270 $1470 $2070
10 & above $ $ $ $
Price Includes:
1.The one-day join-in tours as listed.
(Includes the pick-up and drop-off at hotel, English speaking guide, air-conditioned coach, Chinese lunch listed, first admission).
2.Private tours as listed.
(Includes the pick-up and drop-off at hotel, private English guide, private air-conditioned coach, Chinese lunch listed, first admission).
3.Hotels (twin share basis) as listed. Single supplement will have extra charge.
4.Domestic flights (Economy-class) with taxes and fuel charges or trains as listed.
5.Private round transfers (Airport-Hotel or Train station-Hotel as listed).
6.Service charge & Government taxes.

Price Excludes:
1.Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, telex, telephone calls or excess baggage charges.
2.China visa fees.
3.The international flight or train of entering and exiting China.
4.Any meals that are not specified.
5.Tips to guides and drivers.

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No child rates will be offered.
The low cost tour is combined with private and join-in tour service, economy accommodations, which is much cheaper than other kinds of package tours.
If this tour does not perfectly suit you, it can be TAILOR-MADE for you.
The price is subject to change in the period of Guangzhou Chinese Export Commodities Fair, F1 Shanghai or other similar events. Our travel advisors will inform you the price fluctuation during these periods.
Our travel agency reserves the right to make appropriate and reasonable adjustments to the specific flight or train schedule in accordance with the actual situation.

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