Fly overnight to Shanghai.
Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by the tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
This morning, experience the most advanced high speed rail in the world, take a bullet train to Beijing, with top speed up to approximately 300km/h. Beijing has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Today, visit the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient imperial garden in China, and a former summer resort for Emperors. Before head back to hotel, drive pass by modern exteriors of the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube that were built for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Both buildings have become symbols of modern China and are significant landmarks that showcase the country's architectural prowess.
Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall, the most famous image of China, and you can get a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia en-route before the Great Wall. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work in a Cloisonné Factory. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, “The Golden Mask Dynasty” (US$65/person).
Today, visit Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, it is a historic and magnificent imperial palace complex and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It served as the imperial palace for the Chinese emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties, spanning nearly five centuries from 1420 to 1912. It is located at the heart of Beijing and covers an area of about 180 acres. It is enclosed by a massive defensive wall and a deep moat, making it one of the largest and best-preserved ancient palace complexes in the world. Your banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck. This afternoon, you may join the optional Temple of Heaven & Hutong Life tour with dinner ($89/person). Temple of Heaven, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. Then take a famous rickshaw Hutong Tour & Local Family Visit, this package also includes a traditional Zhajiangmian - a popular Chinese noodle dish that originated in Beijing. It consists of hand-pulled wheat noodles topped with a savory sauce made from stir-fried ground meat. Hutongs are traditional alley ways that made up Beijing’s old city layout, take a special rickshaw ride for an immersive tour to get a wonderful glimpse into yesterday’s world,the old way of life and traditional Beijing culture, and see the dramatic changes the city has undergone, continue to visit a local family.
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