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Fly to Beijing via connecting cities. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our local tour guide at Beijing International Airport then transferred to your hotel. Note: Please arrive at the airport check-in counter at least 3 hours before departure. Some flights may require you to depart on the night before, please check your air ticket itinerary.
*****Tour Commerce Day***** This morning, you will sight-see Tiananmen Square, which is noted as the largest public square in the world and then the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. Later stop at a Pearl Factory to gain a little knowledge of fresh pearls. In the afternoon, visit Summer Palace declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. (Optional Programs: Hutong life tour with rickshaw & lunch at local family AUD60 Peking Duck Dinner with local Red-wine AUD55)
The Great Wall of China is one of the seven greatest man-made wonders of the world and is definitely the focal point of China. You will hike along the Great Wall (Juyong Pass). After that, you will stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of Jade. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as 'Yu', and it has a history in China of at least four thousand years. Later visit Traditional Chinese Medicine Centre. (Optional Programs: Golden Mask Dynasty Show AUD75)
Fly to Shanghai in the morning. And then be transferred to Suzhou. Suzhou, which dates back to 514 BC, is sometimes called the "Venice of the East". And visit Shan Tang Street, which has always been regarded as the first name of Suzhou ancient streets. It has a long history of about 1,100 years, its layout and architecture are the best to represent the characteristics of Suzhou's old alleys, and it has connections to many ancient Chinese celebrities and anecdotes. (Optional Tour: Shanghai Lujiazui FTDZ & Huang Pu River Cruise USD 45)
Today you will visit the Lingering Garden, Silk Spinning Factory. The Lingering Garden is a renowned classical Chinese garden and is recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. China is known for its silk, so for sure we will take you to the Silk Spinning Factory. Then, we'll drive you to Hangzhou. Take a small boat ride on the West Lake which reveals the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou's willow draped islands. You will admire the Su Causeway. It was built in the fifth year of Yuanyou Period in the Northern Song Dynasty (1090) and has evolved since then. At that time, Su Shi (Dongpo), a poet known as the prefect in Hangzhou Prefecture, had the West Lake dredged, and built the Su Causeway by dredged silt. (Optional Programs: Boat ride on the Grand Canal with walk around the local market AUD45 Hangzhou Impressions of West Lake Show AUD70)
After a stop at the Green Tea Village we will then drive you to Shanghai to visit the Bund. Shanghai is divided by the Huang Pu River into eastern and western sections. Modern mega high rises are seen on the eastern side while traditional European style architecture may be seen on the western side. The Bund is a five-block riverfront promenade with many of Shanghai's banks and trading houses. (Optional Programs: Shanghai Lujiazui FTDZ & Huangpu River Evening Cruise AUD70)
Free at leisure or you may opt to join our carefully selected optional programs. (Optional Programs: Full Day Yu Yuan Garden & Jade Buddha with lunch AUD85 Shanghai Dinner & Permanent Show "ERA - Intersection of Time" AUD85)
Bid farewell to China, you will be transferred to the airport for your homebound or onward flight via connecting cities.
Upon arrival in Xi'an, you'll be greeted by our tour guide and Then transfer to your hotel.
After breakfast visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda Scenic Area, then the Muslim Street, the local Bazaar, as well as the Great Mosque. Afterwards, transfer to visit the ancient City Wall of Xi’an, one of the existing best preserved city walls in China, and one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.
In 221 BC, Qin Shi Huang unified China and became the first emperor. When he died, an entire Terra Cotta Army was constructed to be buried along with the emperor. It was uncovered serendipitously in 1974 by farmers, and then became one of the century's greatest archaeological discoveries. You will visit the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, and Terra Cotta Army replication factory. After that, drive to airport to and see off.
Set in a modern high-rise building, this opulent hotel is 2 km from the Beijing Zoo, 9 km from the Forbidden City and a 10-minute walk from the nearest subway stop. The polished, warmly decorated rooms feature city views, as well as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and safes. Some upgraded rooms offer work and/or sitting areas, while the refined suites offer separate living rooms. Dining options include a sleek Chinese restaurant, a casual cafe and an international bistro. A fitness center overlooks the indoor pool, and there's also a steam bath and a sauna. Entertainment includes a European-style bar, a lounge with billiard tables and a disco.
Ideally located in the heart of Gaoqiao Area the Howard Johnson Plaza Waigaoqiao Shanghai (Shanghai Zhengdi Haosheng Dajiudian) is right opposite to Gaoqiao Park minutes away from China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone”. Nearby Jinqiao export Zone Zhang Jiang Hi-Tech Center Shanghai New International Exhibition Center and Shanghai Oriental Art Center Tomson Golf Center. Go straight along Zhang Yang Road and through Fu Xing Road Tunnel easier access to Downtown Pudong and even Puxi. Each of the 301 well-appointed suites and rooms at Howard Johnson Plaza Waigaoqiao Shanghai perfectly combine modern comfort with sophisticated style. All the rooms here provide free high-speed internet access and free wireless internet is available at public area and all the deluxe rooms and above. The Executive floor including access to the Executive Lounge invites discerning travelers to enjoy unrivalled hospitality in indulgent comfort. The Hotel features with Pavilion Lobby Lounge Wine Rack Riviera Coffee Shop and Sorriso Restaurant. It also offers one grand ballroom and several different size of meeting rooms for every kinds of weddings meetings and exhibitions. For added comfort and convenience the hotel offers business center fully equipped gym indoor swimming pool hair&beauty salon Sauna&SPA gift shop and so on.