Arrive Beijing in the evening,transfer to the centrally
located Beijing Hotel for three nights stay.
We start the tour with a visit to Jinshan Park for a
superb panoramic view over the heart of Beijing before
going to the Forbidden City ,the complex of imperial
palaces which were home to the emperors for over 500
years.Grand halls and courts give way gradually to the
more intimate domestic quarters giving an insight into
the pampered isolation of the emperors. In the afternoon,
we visit the Summer Palace where the emperors went to
escape the heat of the city.Centered on the beautiful
Kunming Lake where a mable boat is moored, the flowering
arbours and delightful pavillions create a tranquil
setting. In the evening, we attend a acrobatics performance.
In the morning,we go to the Drum Tower from Beihai where
we take rickshaws for a fascinating tour of Beijings
hutongs-old narrow streets lined with ancient courtyard
houses,giving us a glimpse into the daily life of Beijing
residents.This is followed by a visit to the magnificent
residence of the Qing Dynasty Prince Gong's Palace.
After lunch,we visit the Yonghe Lamasery, one of the
most renowned Tibetan buddhist temples outside Tibet
itself. The temple halls are set in enclosed curtyards
and are adorned with magnificent carved statues of the
Buddha, the greatest of which,18 metres high, is carved
from a single piece of sandalwood. In the evening,we
are guests at a Peking roast duck banquet.
We travel north to visit the jewel in Beijings
crown-The Great Wall at Badaling. After lunch visit
the beautiful Temple of Heaven.
Day 5.Beijing/ Huangshan
Morning we are free at leisure. Afternoon take a flight
to the Huangshan. Arrival transfer to the International
Early this morning we drive into the mountains. A cable
car journey takes us on the last leg of our journey
to the summit of Mt.Huangshan. We stay at Scandinavian
style Xihai Hotel from where we explore the stone paths,climbing
through the forest of tangled pines to view the distant
valleys and magnificent escarpments. One of the highlights
of a visit to Huangshan is to watch the sunrise. A very
early start is vital in order to fully experience the
This morning we take the cable car back down the mountain
to connect with our coach to Seven Memorial Archways
of Shexian County. Nearby is the Xinan river where we
cruise leisurely through a picturesque landscape of
traditional boats,houses and lush green mountains. Anhui
is renowned for its green tea,and during the ride, we
disembark to pick our own tea on the terraced hillsides,
which is later taken to the farmersmill for roasting
and drying, giving us a real taste of China. At the
Yulian dam,we admire the cormorants at rest. We return
Tunxi in the late afternoon and then take a stroll down
the old street, lined with ancient shops including a
We travel to Yixian county and visit two absolutely
stunning villages. In Hongcun a traditional farmers
lunch is served from rattan baskets at a former house
of a merchant. Built around "heaven-well"
courtyards,these old houses are full of decorative flourishes,
from the cur brick-work to the lavishly carved timbers.
Their layout reflects the sometimes complicated social
arrangements of a wealthy Chinese family before the
modern age,with separate and secluded quarters for wives
and concubines and rooms devoted exclusively to opium,
and mahjong. The village of Nanping is the location
for the famous chinese film"Judou"by Zhang
Yimou and Gong Li. It is famous for its ancestral halls,once
common throughout China when ancestor worship was part
of daily life. We return Tunxi in the evening to connect
our flight to Shanghai. On arrival you are met and transfer
to the historic Peace Hotel.
City tour of the famous Bund,Jade Buddha Temple and
charming Yu Garden. Also visit the Shanghai Museum ,the
finest in China.
Depart for your homeward flight.
Tour package price:
US$ 1980 per person (double occupancy)
Single hotel supplement: US$ 360
Guaranteed departure on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
with minimum of two travelers.
- Intra city airfare
- First class hotel double occupancy with western
breakfast at hotel
- Comprehensive guided tours and walks
- Hotel taxes
- Transfers in each city
- Daily Chinese lunch and dinner at local restaurant.
*International airfare is not included.