Day 1 - Arrive in Beijing
When you arrive in Beijing, a local representative will meet and greet you at the airport. The local representative will transfer you to your hotel and the rest of the day is yours to explore and relax.
Day 2 - Beijing [B]
After breakfast, visit the Tiananmen Square, which is a city square in the centre of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen (“Gate of Heavenly Peace”) located to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square contains the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong.
Day 3 - Beijing [B, L]
Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall (Juyongguan), one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”! Recognized by UNESCO, and get a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Then tour the iconic “Beijing 2008 Olympic Center”; which includes the famous Bird’s Nest and Water Cube which now hosts many spectacular opening ceremonies and events. Although there is no tour inside these buildings, it is a magnificent architectural structure from the outside, providing a perfect photo opportunity. Visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia enroute. After lunch, see skilled artisans work at a Cloisonné Factory.
Day 4 - Beijing: Bullet Train Suzhou [B]
Start your tour to the Summer Palace, a former royal retreat and now a lovely oasis within the city of Beijing. Then visit a Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine. We will take a train from Beijing to Suzhou.
Day 5 - Suzhou - Wuxi [B, L]
Suzhou–the city of paradise is also known as the Oriental Venice for its exquisite canals, bridges pagodas, and beautiful gardens. Suzhou is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After breakfast, tour the Lingering Garden, a classic private garden with 500 years of history. Next, visit the Suzhou Silk Factory, the largest silk factory in the country to discover the mysterious processing of silk. Later in the afternoon, continue to Wuxi.
Day 6 - Wuxi - Hangzhou [B, L]
This morning tour the Brilliance of Lake Lihu located at Famous Lake Taihu, followed by a visit to a Fresh Water Pearl Exhibition and store. Continue to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”.
Day 7 - Hangzhou - Shanghai [B, L]
Hangzhou, also known as the “Paradise on Earth”, has been immortalized by countless poets and artists. Then, visit No.1 Tea Plantation and taste the well-known Dragon Well Tea. Many studies say that green tea is excellent for your health. Dragon Well Tea is the best Green Tea in China. After lunch, drive to Shanghai. Walking along the famous Bund, lined by the colonial architecture of European design, this area is the best place to capture the Western influences of the old days. It is now called “Wall Street of the East. Then visit the City God Temple Bazaar, which is composed of specialty stores, selling traditional Chinese arts and crafts, medicine, and souvenirs.
Day 8 - Shanghai [B, L]
In the morning, tour Shanghai Museum, to see ancient Chinese art, furniture and jade, followed by a visit to an Emerald Exhibition Center. Optional half-day tours are available on request.
Day 9 - Shanghai - Home [B]
After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai airport to board your overnight connecting flight via an intermediate city to London. The trip may be over, but the experiences and memories will certainly last a lifetime.
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