BEST OF CHINA – 7 NIGHTS/8DAYS

Day 1

Arrive at Beijing

Use the rest of the day to rest and recuperate .

Day 2

Beijing

Visit Tianmen square

Tiananmen Square (literally "Square of the Gate of Heavenly Peace") is one of the largest public squares in the world. It lies at the center of Beijing's historical north-south axis that runs through the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City. The square is in front of the Forbidden City and has a number of sights of its own. The historical, cultural, and political significance of the square makes it a must-visit sight in Beijing

See the Forbidden City

The Forbidden City (故宫 (Gùgōng)), located at the centre of Beijing, was the imperial palace of China for five centuries, until the early 20th century. It today houses the Palace Museum, one of China's largest national museums, with an extensive collection based on the former imperial collection. This is truly the spot to appreciate the might and grandeur of the Imperial Chinese court during the height of its power in the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Day 3

BEIJING

Summer Palace

The grand Summer Palace was built in 1750 to provide China’s ruling dynasty a summer vacation home where they can relax and enjoy nature’s beauty. It is said that Summer Palace’s coolness and serenity makes it the top residential choice of the Imperial Family over the Forbidden City’s high walls during summer.The Summer Palace is located northwest of central Beijing, in the Haidian District. It’s just 15 kilometers from central Beijing and can be reached by car.

Great Wall of china

Like a writhing dragon’s tail, the Great Wall of China snakes its way across China’s northern border. As its name suggests, the Great Wall is an imposing architectural marvel, and it’s often hailed as one of the greatest man-made wonders of the world. The Great Wall of China’s history stretches back more than 2,000 years, to a time before China was even a unified country.

Day 4

BEIJING - XIAN

Board flight Beijing to Xian - 2 hrs

See the Shaanxi History museum

The Shaanxi History Museum in Xi'an, regarded as 'the pearl of ancient dynasties and house of Chinese treasures', gives a miniature overview of the thousands of years of Chinese history and the splendid ancient cultures of olden times.

Visit the Huimin Muslim quarters to try street food

Just as its name implies, the Muslim Quarter, also known as Huimin Jie in Pingyin, is the hub of the Muslim community in Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province. Beiyuanmen Muslim Street has a long history. It is said that in olden days, foreign diplomatic envoys and merchants lived here and then they married and had children, so gradually the population increased. Today, most of the inhabitants here are the descendants of those immigrants

Day 5

XIAN

Visit the Terracotta Army

The Terracotta Warriors are one of the must-visit attractions for all travelers to China. The dramatic exhibition reveals the secrets behind the 2,000-year-old army of clay statues that guarded the tomb of China's first emperor until a chance discovery in 1974.

Visit Daxingshan Buddhist Temple

The Daxingshan Temple (大兴善寺) was an important temple during the Western Jin Dynasty era (265-316). It is said that South Asian scholars worked there to translate scriptures. The buildings there now are mainly of modern construction. You can see the Devajara Hall, the Mahavira Hall, a Mountain Gate and other architecture.It is said that the park is beautiful and quiet and that serious Chinese worshippers use the temple.

Day 6

XIAN - SHANGHAI

Board flight from Xian to Shanghai - 2 hrs Visit Yu Garden

Yu Garden, aka Yuyuan Garden, Yu Yuan in Chinese, is a classical garden ranking among the must-see attractions in Shanghai. It dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and was owned by a government officer named Pan Yunduan. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan's parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age.

Shopping around Yu Garden Visit Zhujiajiao Water Town in the evening

The Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with courtyards attached all transport people who have been living amidst the bustle and hustle of the modern big city to a brand-new world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquillity.

Day 7

SHANGHAI

Visit the former French Concession Shanghai French Concession

, also known as French Town, is a famous place for its historical factors. During the period from 1849 to 1946, it was a foreign concession in Shanghai. Shanghai French Concession is also the centre of Catholicism in Shanghai.Besides its historical and religious factors, Shanghai French Concession is also a fantastic place for spending leisure time. You can spend hours wandering the narrow alleyways, dining and one of the million cafes or restaurants, or browsing through the endless art galleries and photographic studios

Visit the Jade buddha Temple

In the western part of Shanghai, a very modern and flourishing city, there is a venerable and famous Buddhist temple, Jade Buddha Temple. In 1882, an old temple was built to keep two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. The temple was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately the statues were saved and a new temple was built on the present site in 1928. It was named the Jade Buddha Temple.

Day 8

Time to Flyback.

A wonderful Holiday gracefully ends. Check out by 11:00 and depart for the Airport for your return/onward flight. (Breakfast) .