★ Tiananmen Square - the largest square in the world
★ Forbidden City - China Emperors ruled and lived
★ Wudang Mountain - the national martial arts village
★ Suzhou - the Chinese as
★ Hangzhou - Experience the beauty of West Lake
International flight bound for Beijing via gateway city. Meals provided on board.
Arrive Beijing and be greeted by our warm and professional tour guide at the Beijing Capital Airport, and then transfer to the hotel.
Take a morning stroll on the historical Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world. While walking through the Gate of Heavenly Peace, experience the grandeur of the most powerful political center in ancient China where generations of Emperors ruled and lived, within the confines of the red walls, known to the peasants as “Forbidden City”. Next stop is the Summer Palace, a most elaborate royal garden resort for the most powerful female ruler in the last Dynasty of China, Empress Dowager Ci Xi. Travel back in time in a rickshaw, ride through the narrow maze of the ancient Hu Tong alleys. Re-live history as we are hosted by a local Hu Tong courtyard family. Enjoy an incredible Kung Fu Show in the evening.
Revere the spiritual Temple of Heaven, regarded as the focal point where heaven meets earth, the place where Ming and Qing Dynasty Emperors prayed for good harvest and fortune. Experience the Echo Wall and Worship Hall, a beautiful wooden structure built without a single nail! Today’s highlight is the majestic views of the Great Wall of China at Bada Pass, the man made structure on earth that can be observed with the naked eyes from the moon. After the walking the Great Wall, we recommend an optional therapeutic foot and leg massage, at bargain prices. Photo opportunities of the exterior of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Stadiums “Bird’s Nest” and “Water Cube” will be provided. Savor the Peking duck dinner in the evening.
Fly to Wuhan for Xianyang, a city situated in the northwest of Hubei Province, Xiangyang (formerly Xiangfan) is in the middle reaches of the Han River, which flows through the city and divided the city into northern and southern parts. Xiangyang has a history of over 2800 years. It was the location of major battles during the three kingdoms period. We will spend the night in Phoenix Hot Spring Resort where has a high quality hot spring which contains 28 kinds of trace elements and essential mineral that effective to relieve pain, reduce fatigue, and youthful glow.
Spend the full day in Wudang Mountain Wudang Mountain is the national martial arts village, one of the eight summer resorts. Wudang Mountain where the Taoist monks practices Martial Arts and meditation for centuries. Famous exercise Tai Chi was originated here during the Ming Dynasty. It not only has a peculiar gorgeous natural landscape, but also has a rich colorful cultural landscape. In 2009, Wudang Mountain was elected as the first Chinese Taoist Chinese Mountain record from world record Taoist Association of China.
Visit Chu Ge Liang’s home, the legendary strategist regarded as the symbol of wit and wisdom in China, based on the most popular story of China called: “Romance of the Three Kingdoms”. Return to Hot spring resort to participate in a cultural feast organized by the Phoenix Spa, enjoy learning about the profound Chinese civilization. Visit organic ecological park in Phonix Spa and experience picking the freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables to be prepared for you to enjoy later for dinner. Slow down the pace to relax your body and soul at Phoenix Spa Hot Springs.
Fly to Shanghai in the morning for Suzhou, the water village known to the Chinese as “Venice of the East”. In this city of ancient water ways, we can see the Grand Canal, which forms the vital links of silk production center with the rest of China. Suzhou turned into a boom town which inspired wealthy merchants to build classic water gardens, now made available for public enjoyment. An inspirational hub for many poets and artists alike, the old sections of Suzhou was made the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, a priceless piece of history frozen in time for all to enjoy.
We start the day with a cruise on the Grand Canal. Admire waterfront views on a boat ride on the Grand Canal and through smaller canals where you will witness how locals live their life by the waterways.Then, follow your guide to one of the largest and most renowned classical gardens in Suzhou – the Humble Administrator’s Garden. Explore its natural landscape of small forests, rock formations, hills and streams, and marvel at the sophisticated temples, pavilions and bridges built in the Ming style.Walk with your guide to the Panmen Scenic Area to see the Pan Men (Coiled Gate), which is Suzhou’s only remaining city gate. Built in 514 BC, it is a pioneering work in the history of architecture, complete with a land gate, a water gate and a gate tower.After a whole day of touring Suzhou, take a late afternoon train to Hangzhou. Upon arrival, a private transport will take you to your hotel for check-in.
Experience the beauty of West Lake both on foot and on board a small boat. On a guided walk around the lake, discover China’s national treasures in the ancient buildings, stone caves and engraved tablets.Then enjoy the lake itself on a boat cruise, which allows you to admire landscape views of the mountains along the lakefront. The cruise will take approximately one hour and end at the Flower Harbor, where you watch goldfish swimming in the pond – you can even feed them! Take in the colorful sights and wonderful scents of the variety of flowers found around the harbor area.After lunch, your guide will accompany you on a walking tour of Qinghefang Ancient Street. With buildings built in the architecture of the Song Dynasty, it is one of the most well-preserved ancient streets in Hangzhou. The street is lined with shops, restaurants, ancient alleys and courtyards that demonstrate the rich historical and cultural heritage of Hangzhou.
Head to Shanghai and visit the Yu Garden, and the Old Bazaar shopping district of Shanghai. You may also take a walk in the bustling shopping district of Nanjing Road. Relive the height of Western influence of old Shanghai where architectural styles from all over the world left their marks and forever changed Shanghai Skylines. Take a romantic evening stroll on “The Bund” by the Huangpu River with the city lights and skyscrapers as the back drop. Optional boat cruise on Huang Pu River not included.
Return home with everlasting memories of a lifetime, or continue on with our other add-on trip options.