are going to wake up this morning in the magnificent 800 year old
Capital city of Beijing! While standing in the middle of the largest
square in the world - Tiananmen Square, you will really want to
pinch yourself. Thats right, you are in China! Then you will
follow the meridian line of this ancient city and enter the majestic
Forbidden City, which has been a monument to classic Chinese architecture
for over 500 years.
the afternoon, you will explore an authentic Chinese Imperial garden
the Summer Palace. It is to be a summer resort built exclusively
for the Emperor and Empress. You are going to enjoy the legendary
scenery on a Dragon Boat, a treat originally reserved only for the
you will savor the most authentic Peking Duck dinner in Beijing.
A great way to finish an unforgettable day!
4 - BEIJING (B, L, D)
full-day excursion takes you forty miles north of Beijing to the
Great Wall. This wonder of the world was built more than 2,600 years
ago. The Wall was an extraordinary 4,000-mile-long fortification
built to thwart barbarian invasions. A walk along a section of this
enormous edifice is definitely a not-to-be-missed experience.
afternoon, you are going to walk through the Sacred Way, which is
lined with the colossal stone statues leading to the Ming Tombs.
These lavish burial chambers of thirteen emperors of Ming Dynasty
will reveal those rare treasures that have been uncovered through
years of excavations.
5 - BEIJING (B, L, D)
begin this day with a rickshaw tour through old downtown Beijing.
These historic narrow alleyways are called Hutongs. You will really
be amazed by the peek into the everyday life of the real Beijingers!
You are going to enjoy a face-to-face visit with a local family
there. So prepare your list of questions that you are dying to ask,
and anticipate a genuine warm welcome from your host!
afternoon, you are going to visit the majestic Temple of Heaven,
where the Ming and Qing emperors prayed annually to the Heaven for
a good harvest. It is one of the most memorable symbols of Beijing
and one of the most photographed sites in Chinese architecture!
performance of the renowned Beijing Opera (or the fabulous Legends
of Kung Fu Show) highlights your evening.
6 BEIJING (B)
are going to visit the biggest Lama Buddhist Temple in Beijing,
which is the second biggest temple in China after the Potala Palace
in Tibet. The Lama Temple (Lamasery of Harmony and Peace), one of
the best preserved temples in Beijing, is one of the most important
attractions of the city. This complex dating back to 1694 was the
palace in which the son and successor of the Qing Emperor Kangxi
lived. It was converted into a lamasery in 1744. The lama temple,
built on a north-south axis, has been preserved until today. The
temple still houses a small group of Lama Buddhist monks, young
and old, who also manage the complex.
afternoon, you will be free to explore Beijing on your own. Of course,
we would love to give you some suggestions!
7 BEIJING/XIAN (B, L, SD)
you are going to fly to Xi'an, the cradle of Chinese civilization.
Xian was the state capital of 73 emperors, spanning 11 dynasties
over 2,000 years. Get a feeling for this medieval metropolis as
you stand on top of the old city walls, enjoying the fabulous birds-eye
view. One of Chinas most prosperous times in history was during
the spectacular Tang Dynasty (619 907), during which Xian
was the capital. As the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, Xian
was the most important international metropolis in middle Asia;
attracting businessmen, traders, scholars and students from all
over the world.
you are going to have a feast while enjoying the dazzling Tang Dynasty
cultural show featuring music, dance, and colorful traditional Tang
8 - XIAN (B, L, SD)
morning you are going to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which
is still an active temple. In the afternoon you are going to visit
one of the most stunning sites in world, the life-sized Terra-Cotta
Warrior Army. An underground army buried to protect the legendary
first Emperor of China during his afterlife. While in awe of those
thousands of life-sized soldiers, officers, horses and wagons dating
from the third century BC, you cant get over that this wonder
was accidentally discovered by a farmer while he was digging out
a well in the early 1970s! If you are lucky, you will also
see some archaeologists still working on site to uncover another
part of the vast tomb complex built by first emperor in Chinese
Dumpling Banquet dinner will be a great ending of your fantastic
day in Xian.
9 - XIAN/GUILIN (B, L, D)
well-presented Shaaxi Provincial Museum, with its exceptional collections
tracing back from the matriarchal societies of the third millennium
BC to the glorious Tang dynasty in the tenth century.
In the afternoon, you are flying to Guilin, the most picturesque
city in China, famous for its splendid natural scenery. Its romantic
countryside will soothe you of your tiring urbanism. Enjoy water
buffalos strolling in the lush green rice paddies combined with
the craggy limestone background; you will really get lost in this
picture! Elephant Trunk Hill will vividly demonstrate the miracle
of nature: An elephant enjoying his moment by the Li River! Dont
miss the well lit up image of this elephant at night. That will
be the highlight of your dream!
dinner, enjoy the Cormorant fishing during their night shift.
10 GUILIN/ YANGSHUO (B, L, D)
in the morning you will enjoy a relaxing boat-ride along the highlight
of Guilin, the meandering Li River. Clumps of phoenix tail bamboo
trees line the shores, little bamboo rafts floating on the water
with the cormorants resting on them, every once in a while awakened
by the swimming boys. The cruise will take you to Yangshuo, which
is more famous for its beauty than even Guilin! The open market
in Yangshuo is a wonderful example of a country-style free market.
You are going to stay overnight in Yangshuo. You will be amazed
at the large Caucasian population here. Many of them settled here
to open a small business like a coffee shop, or simply because of
the beautiful scenery and peaceful country. All of these foreign
residents make a very unique atmosphere for Yangshuo.
11 YANGSHUO/GUILIN (B, L, SD)
will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the countryside, including a visit
to Crescent Moon Hill with scenic vistas of the area.
the afternoon you will return to Guilin, where you will be entertained
by the colorful Minority ethnic dinner and show as your farewell
celebration in this paradise city Guilin.
12 GUILIN/ HANGZHOU (B, L, D)
will start the day off with a trip to the Reed Flute Cave, also
known by another beautiful name, "The Art Palace of Nature",
features fantastic natural stalactite and stalagmite formations,
artfully illuminated by multicolored lights.
lunch, you are flying to Hangzhou, a city whose beauty is encapsulated
by a famous Chinese couplet: "In heaven there is paradise,
on earth there is Hangzhou and Suzhou."
13 HANGZHOU (B, L, SD)
was Hangzhou whose wealth and splendor flabbergasted Marco Polo.
Your visit begins exactly as Marco recommended, with a tour by gondola
of the West Lake's elegant causeways and landscaped islands. Back
on land, we are going to visit a tea garden to see tea girls hand-picking
the tea leaves. Then you will be treated a traditional Chinese tea
ceremony, at which you will definitely be amazed by the dynamics
of Chinese culture. After refreshments, we will visit Lingyin Temple
to view not only a historic temple, but also to inspect the astounding
sculptures of its Buddhist monks.
will enjoy an authentic local banquet, which is as exquisite as
it is tasty.
Day 14 HANGZHOU/ SUZHOU (B, L, D)
will take a coach tour to Suzhou, a port on China's Grand Canal.
Bordering on Shanghai to the east, Zhejiang Province to the south,
Lake Taihu to the west and the Yangtze River to the north, Suzhou
enjoys a mild and humid climate and is easily accessible by water,
land and air. Suzhou, as the silk capital, is also famous for its
elegant and charming gardens, decorated by the traditional building
of tall white perimeter walls. You are going to visit one of the
classical gardens, called: "The Humble Administrator's Garden".
A boat ride on the ancient Grand Canal will refresh you with its
hundreds of years of history.
you are going to have a special evening tour to a garden and entertained
by a local performance. You will have an unforgettable evening!
15 SUZHOU /SHANGHAI (B, L, D)
are going to visit a peaceful garden in the downtown of Suzhou,
called "Lingering Garden". After enjoying this ancient
private garden, you will be on the way to Shanghai. En route, you
will have a vivid view of the beautiful local farmers houses.
Day 16 SHANGHAI (B, L, D)
is the city considered to be the most Western of Chinese cities.
Established early in last century, it is the financial and commercial
center of China today. You will be impressed by the skyline of this
stunning metropolis. You are going to see the old section of this
prosperous city, Yu Garden, a finely designed maze of elegant pavilions
and ponds. While standing on the Bund, Chinas most famous
waterfront stretching about a mile along the Huangpu River, you
will see the contrast of both the old western buildings finished
at the beginning of last century, and the tallest TV tower in Asia,
the Oriental Pearl.
the afternoon you are going to visit the Children's Palace, where
you are going to meet the future pianists, dancers and painters
on their pilgrimage to stardom.
the marvelous stunts of an Acrobatic Show tonight.
17 SHANGHAI (B, SD)
Shanghai Museum is a very modern design, and has an extensive collection
of all aspects of Chinese art from ceramics to jades, furniture,
costumes to paintings, and more.
afternoon will be free-time to have the last few moments exploring
Shanghai. You can finish your shopping list, melt in and out of
the crowds, or wander around the Bund one more time.
are going to say good bye to China in the toast at the Farewell
18 DEPART SHANGHAI/ (B)
Shanghai for home.
note that B, L, D, SD denotes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Special
Price Will Include:
in four stars and above hotels.
(American style buffet in the hotel), 13 lunches & 14 dinners
(including 6 special dinners) at local fine Chinese restaurants.
English Speaking Tour Guide in each city.
Driver and Vehicle in each city.
guided tours of major attractions.
by bilingual experienced Tour director (for groups of 10 or
internal flights and land transportation (as listed in itinerary).
fees to all tourist sites.
included in the tour price:
International airfare to/from China, visa processing fees, travel
expenses such as alcoholic beverages, excess luggage fees, telephone
charges, room service and laundry charges
to tour director, guide and driver
Hotel and domestic airport taxes
For more information
on the China Dream Tour, call us at (408) 438-6840 or email us at Jia@Jiasdreamtours.com.