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13-Day Group Tour to Beijing - Xi'an - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi - Shanghai

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Day 1: Airport Pick-up in Beijing

Stop At: Beijing Capital International Airport, Shunyi, Beijing, China
Your professional local guide will meet you at Beijing Airport after you reclaiming your luggage and clearing customs. The driver will take you to the hotel in a comfortable vehicle and help you with the check-in procedure. The rest of the day is left for you to have a good rest or to become familiar with our capital city on your own.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at The Great Wall Hotel Beijing, a 5-star hotel

Day 2: Tiananmen, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, & Kung Fu Show

Stop At: Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), West Changan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China
Your tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby and take you to tour Beijing city. Firstly, you will have a stroll on the world's largest square in the city center - Tiananmen Square.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Forbidden City-The Palace Museum, No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009 China
From the Tiananmen Square, you will enter the Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City to explore its fascinating halls and pavilions. Here, you will not only learn how the emperor handled political affairs and lived their lives, but appreciate numerous ancient art treasures.

At noon, you will be provided a la carte welcome lunch at a nice restaurant.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Temple of Heaven, Tiantan Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100050 China
In the afternoon, you will continue to visit the Temple of Heaven with its unique architectures, where the emperors worshiped the heavens in hopes of good harvests.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Red Theatre Beijing Kung Fu Show, No.44 Xingfu Street, Dongcheng District 50 Meters East of Tiantan Hotel, Beijing 100061 China
In the evening, you will never miss a fabulous Chinese Kung Fu Performance specially arranged for you in the Red Theatre. Afterwards, you will be escorted to the hotel.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Western buffet breakfast at hotel
• Lunch: A la carte welcome lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at The Great Wall Hotel Beijing, a 5-star hotel

Day 3: China Great Wall Tour

Stop At: Mutianyu Great Wall, Mutianyu Road, Huairou District, Beijing China
This morning you will be taken to Mutianyu Great Wall to experience at first hand the wonder of the Great Wall. The round-trip cable car will be arranged. Standing on the wall and looking at it stretching up and down into boundless distance is an exciting experience and will leave you a life-long memory. To celebrate and commemorate this moment, we specially provide red wine for a group-toasting on the Great Wall.

Lunch is not included, it is recommended that you have a hearty breakfast before you leave the hotel.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Niaochao National Stadium, No.1 Guojia Tiyuchang South Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing China
In the afternoon, on the way back you will have a photo stop at the Olympic National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest. After that, pay a visit to a featured local market.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Western buffet breakfast at hotel
Accommodation included: Overnight at the Great Wall Hotel Beijing, a 5-star hotel

Day 4: Tour in Summer Palace and Beijing Hutongs, Leave for Xi'an by Plane

Stop At: Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), No.19 Xinjian Gongmen Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100080 China
The first stop of this-day tour is the Summer Palace - the largest existing imperial garden with a graceful landscape and magnificent constructions.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Hutong Tour, No.9, Zhonglou, Dongcheng District No.9, Zhonglou, Dongcheng District, 100009, Beijing, Beijing 100009 China
Then a trip to the old Hutongs will conclude your memorable Beijing tour. Taking the local rickshaw and traveling along the narrow lanes, you will get a close touch with the original Beijing lifestyle and culture. You will also have a chance to try your hand at Chinese Paper Cutting.

At noon, a la carte lunch is prepared for you to taste the authentic Chinese food.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Beijing Capital International Airport, Shunyi, Beijing, China
Later, you will be escorted to the Beijing airport. Then you will take a flight from Beijing to Xi'an. Upon your arrival in Xi'an, you will meet your you local guide outside the baggage claim area. Then you will be transferred to the hotel in Xi'an.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Western buffet breakfast at hotel
• Lunch: A la carte lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at Sheraton Hotel, a 5-star hotel

Day 5: Terracotta Army and Small Wild Goose Pagoda Tour

Stop At: The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Qinling North Road, Lintong District, Xi'an 710600 China
Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Xian and take you to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which includes the three excavated pits, the Bronze Chariots and Horses Exhibition Hall. Follow your guide to know more about its history and culture. You will have at least two and a half hours to explore this significant site.

At noon, you will have a chance to visit a local family and further know the lifestyle of local people. What's more, you can follow the host to learn how to cook Chinese food.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Small Goose Pagoda, No.72 Youyi Road, Beilin District, Xi'an 710068 China
After lunch, you will follow your guide to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. It was founded during the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) to store sutras brought from India by an eminent monk, Yi Jing, and the pagoda is similar to the renowned Big Wild Goose Pagoda in shape but smaller in size, hence the name. Many exquisite stone Buddha, stone lions, stone horses and other stone carvings can be seen there.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tang Dynasty Show, 75 North Chang'an Road, Xi'an 710065 China
A splendid evening is in store when you will be entertained by the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show while partaking of the famous Dumpling Dinner.

Note: Clients visiting in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec need to arrange the dinner and evening activity on their own for this day, since the theater is usually not open at that time.

Note: Clients visiting in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec need to arrange the dinner and evening activity on your own for this day, since the theater is usually not open at that time.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Western buffet breakfast at hotel
• Lunch: Home-cooked a la carte lunch at a local family
• Dinner: Dumpling dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Sheraton Hotel, a 5-star hotel

Day 6: Xi'an City Highlights Tour

Stop At: Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), Zhongxin District, Xi'an 710001 China
The day begins with a leisure visit to the City Wall Park, where you can observe the day-to-day life of the locals. Here you can also learn to practice Tai Chi with the master. Tai Chi, a soft form of Chinese martial arts, is considered the quintessential Chinese culture.

After that, you will pay a visit to the City Wall. It is the most complete existing urban fortification in China. Cycling on the ancient wall is an exciting experience that many people like to try (bike rental fee is not included).
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Shaanxi History Museum, 91 Xiaozai E Rd, Xi'an 710061 China
After having an a la carte lunch, you will come to the Shaanxi Province Museum. The outlook of it imitates the building structure of the Tang Dynasty. There are lots of relics and artifacts have been collected. They will show you the development of ancient China in different eras.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Xi'an Mosque, Huajue Alley, Xincheng District, Xi'an 710043 China
The Great Mosque, one of the largest and best-preserved Islam mosques in China. Here you can appreciate integration of different cultures, which has combined the characteristics of Chinese classical architectures with religious colors.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Muslim Quarter, West of Bell Drum Towers Square , Beilin District, Xi'an 710000 China
Then, you will have time to explore the surrounding Muslim Quarter. There lots of handicraft souvenirs are on sale. Enjoy all kinds of snacks and halal foods by yourselves. After that, you will be escorted to your hotel.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Western buffet breakfast at hotel
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at Sheraton Hotel, a 5-star hotel

Day 7: Xi'an to Dunhuang by Plane, Echoing-Sand Dune, Crescent Lake

Pass By: Xi'an Xianyang International Airport, Weicheng, Xianyang, Shaanxi, China
You have the morning free to explore the city on your own. Around noon, the guide will escort you to the airport and help you board the flight to Dunhuang, a bright pearl along the ancient Silk Road. Upon your arrival, your local guide will pick you up and escort you to the hotel.

Stop At: Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, Three miles from Dunhuang, Dunhuang 831900 China
After a short rest, you will ride a camel on the desert to visit the Echoing-Sand Dune. It is so named because the sand echoes in wind.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Crescent Moon Pool, 5km South of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200 China
You will then reach the beautiful Crescent Lake. It is a beautiful little desert oasis with a small Buddhist temple surrounded by large and magnificent sand dunes. Enjoy the gorgeous sunset on the desert.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Western buffet breakfast at hotel
Accommodation included: Dunhuang Hotel - Building No. 8, a 4-star hotel

Day 8: Mogao Grottoes, High-speed Train from Dunhuang to Turpan

Stop At: Mogao Caves, West of Hexi Zoulang, Dunhuang 736200 China
In the morning, you will visit the Mogao Grottoes. Located 25 km southeast of Dunhuang City, Mogao Grottoes are carved on the cliffs that stretch for 1,600 meters. The hive-like grottoes house numerous delicate murals and Buddhist statues made during the one thousand years from the Five Hus and Sixteen States (304-439 AD) to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).
Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Turpan Railway Station Ticketing Office, Yanguan St, Gaochang Qu, Tulufan Shi, Xinjiang Weiwuerzizhiqu, China
After that, your guide will transfer you to Liuyuan Railway Station for a 3.5-hour high speed train to Turpan. Upon arrival, your local guide in Turpan will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Western buffet breakfast at hotel
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Huozhou Hotel, a 4-star hotel

Day 9: Tour in Turpan

Stop At: Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto), Jianggelemaisi Village, Ya'er Country, Turpan 838000 China
Your trip in Turpan starts from the famous Ancient City of Jiaohe, the world's largest, oldest and best preserved city that built of raw soil.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Karez System, Xincheng Ximen Village, Ya'er Country, Turpan 838000 China
Then continue to visit Karez Well, one of the three greatest projects of ancient China.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta), Munage Village, Putao Country, Turpan 838000 China
Today's final destination will be conical Sugong Pagoda, which has a peculiar inside structure that does not use wooden columns for support. Instead, you can see 72 brick stairs spiraling up to the top to support the body of the pagoda.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Western buffet breakfast at hotel
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Huozhou Hotel, a 4-star hotel

Day 10: Turpan - Urumqi by Private Transfer

Stop At: Ancient City of Gaochang (Kharakhoja), Sanpu Country, Turpan 838000 China
This morning you will pay a visit to another ancient ruin, Ancient City of Gaochang. Originally constructed in the 1st century BC, Gaochang was once the capital of Gaochang Kingdom, but most buildings there were destroyed in wars at the end of 13th century. According to some archaeologists, Gaochang city is like another Chang'an in its heyday (Chang'an, old name for Xi'an, the ancient capital city in northwest region).
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, Shengjin Country, Turpan 838000 China
Then drive you to visit the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves. The murals take you back to the ancient Huihu State, where you can see the King and Queen and people from all walks of life. The inscriptions, written in ancient Uigar, Chinese and other languages, provide authentic reference for valuable historic research.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Flaming Mountains (Huoyan Shan), Middle of Turpan Basin, Turpan 838200 China
Then turn to the nearby Flaming Hill. It is the hottest place in China with the highest temperature around 47.8 °C (118 °F) and surface temperature over 70 °C (158 °F) in summer.

Tonight, your guide will transfer you to Urumqi to check in at the hotel.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Western buffet breakfast at hotel
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Excemon Xinjiang Yilite Hotel, a 4-star hotel

Day 11: Fly from Urumqi to Shanghai

Pass By: Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport, 1341 Yingbin Rd, Xinshi Qu, Wulumuqi Shi, Xinjiang Weiwuerzizhiqu, China, 830000
This morning, you will take a flight from Urumqi to Shanghai. Upon your arrival, you will meet your Shanghai guide and driver outside the baggage claim area. After a short greeting, you will be escorted to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to have a good rest or walk around by yourself.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Western buffet breakfast at hotel
Accommodation included: Overnight at Parkline Century Park Hotel Shanghai, a 5-star hotel

Day 12: Shanghai Highlights Tour

Stop At: Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), 201 Ren Min Da Dao, Shanghai China
This morning, your local tour guide will pick you up at your hotel. You will visit one of the four largest museums in China, Shanghai Museum, which specializes in exhibiting art works from ancient times.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Yu Garden (Yuyuan), No.218 Anren Street, Huangpu District near Fuyou Road, Shanghai 200010 China
Then, come to the Yu Garden - one of the attractions that you cannot miss in Shanghai. The symbol of the Garden is the Nine Zigzag Bridge built of granite and grass-white jade and the quaint, elegant mid-lake pavilion. Latter you will have some free time there to explore the surrounding Yu Bazaar.

Then an a la carte lunch is arranged for you at a local famous restaurant.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Former French Concession, Puxi Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200000 China
Wander in the area of the Former French Concession, you can appreciate lots of European style buildings from the early 20th century.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Huangpu River, Headstreams from Dianshan Lake, Zhujiajiao Town, Qingpu District, Shanghai 201700 China
Take a one-hour cruise tour along the Huangpu River. Enjoy your leisure time on the ferry and appreciate the charming scenery.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Bund (Wai Tan), Zhongshan East 1st Road, Shanghai China
Have some free time at the Bund area. You can take some photos at there.

At the end of the day, your guide will take you back to the hotel and bid you bon voyage at the lobby.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Western buffet breakfast at hotel
• Lunch: A la carte farewell lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at Parkline Century Park Hotel Shanghai, a 5-star hotel

Day 13: Leave Shanghai by yourself

Stop At: Shanghai Pudong International Airport, S1 Yingbin Expy, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China
After your breakfast at hotel, you should prepare to check out before 12:00 AM. Then you can choose to take a taxi to the airport. Wish you a smooth tour back home.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Western buffet breakfast at hotel
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Our guide and driver will pick all travelers from the airport in Beijing

Airports

  • Beijing Capital International Airport, Shunyi, Beijing, China
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Duration
13 days
Inclusions
  • 12x Breakfast
  • 1x Dinner
  • 8x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 12 nights
  • A round-trip cable car at Mutianyu Great Wall
  • Hotel accommodation based on twin-sharing room
  • Domestic airfare and train fare
  • Driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Heaven
  • Entry/Admission - Red Theatre Beijing Kung Fu Show
  • Entry/Admission - Mutianyu Great Wall
  • Entry/Admission - Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
  • Entry/Admission - Hutong Tour
  • Entry/Admission - The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses
  • Entry/Admission - Tang Dynasty Show
  • Entry/Admission - Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
  • Entry/Admission - Shaanxi History Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Xi'an Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain
  • Entry/Admission - Crescent Moon Pool
  • Entry/Admission - Mogao Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto)
  • Entry/Admission - Karez System
  • Entry/Admission - Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta)
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Gaochang (Kharakhoja)
  • Entry/Admission - Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Flaming Mountains (Huoyan Shan)
  • Entry/Admission - Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)
  • Entry/Admission - Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
  • Entry/Admission - Huangpu River
Exclusions
  • Single room supplement for solo guest is compulsive and is available on request
  • Entry visa fees
  • International airfares
  • Airport drop-off service in Shanghai on Day 13.
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • The show and dumpling dinner in Xi'an will be canceled in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec due to some special reasons.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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