This 9 days’ holiday is the ideal tour package to explore the iconic destinations of China, not just one but three, the hometown of lovely Giant Pandas - Chengdu, two greatest ancient capital cities – Beijing and Xian. You will uncover the best charms of China with this once-in-a-lifetime trip by starting your trip from Chengdu where you can get to from many international cities in Europe, America, Asia, Australia by air. In Chengdu, you will not only spend some leisure time with those amazing Giant Pandas, but also go to marvel at Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest stone Buddha in the world, and Mount Emei, as one of four greatest Buddhist mountains in China. Then you will take a fast and scenic high speed train to Xian where you will come face-to-face with the world renowned Terracotta Warriors and explore the most grandiose ancient city wall in China. After that, take another high speed train to Beijing, the city with 7 World Heritage Sites. In Beijing, you won’t miss its best highlights. Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Hutong… will make you some wonderful days there.
Day 1 Chengdu ArrivalAirport or railway station pick up and check in hotel.
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Ni Hao! Welcome to Chengdu, the hometown of Giant Pandas. Upon arrival, your guide will meet and escort you to your hotel in Chengdu downtown in a private vehicle. The rest of today is free to explore the leisure city on your own.
Optional Activity: In the evening, you can enjoy a delicious dinner of Sichuan cuisine at a local restaurant.
Arrival Ideals: At present, there are some international flights and many domestic flights to and from Chengdu, such as Beijing (3hrs), Shanghai (3.5hrs), Guangzhou (2.5hrs), Guilin (1hr & 50mins), etc. Also, you can arrive at Chengdu city by taking a high speed train from Chongqing (1.5-2.5hrs), Changsha (11-11.5hrs), Wuhan (7.5-9.5hrs), and so on.
- The Typical Sichuan Cuisine - Chengdu Hotpot
Day 2 Chengdu ( B, L )Today's highlights: Giant Pandas, Wenshu Temple, Renmin Park, Jinli Old Street
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This morning you will make a memorable visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This facility is not only the most important panda scientific research center in the world, but also the home for more than 100 Giant Pandas. You will walk at leisure through the bamboo-framed paths and closely observe giant pandas of different ages eating bamboos, playing with each other, tumbling, and climbing trees. Be sure to not miss the chance to watch female pandas nursing their cubs in the nursery rooms! There is also a very informative Panda Museum where you can learn more scientific facts about Giant Pandas. Next, you will be taken to a hidden spiritual Buddhist temple in hustling downtown Chengdu, Wenshu Temple, where you will marvel at the exquisite Buddhist architecture, soak in the reverent atmosphere, and wander on the temple’s peaceful paths.
Chengdu is famous throughout China for its relaxing and leisurely pace and lifestyle, which will be demonstrated by a visit to the City’s Renmin Park. Sit down, order a pot of Chinese tea, have a casual chat with your friends and watch locals indulging themselves in different kinds of folk entertainment - napping, playing mahjong, disco dancing, and giving neck massages! Next will be an impressive visit to the famous Jinli Old Street. Time will steal away as you quietly walk on the lively streets full of delicious local snacks, delicate artifacts, interesting folk shows, and other activities.
Optional activity: In the evening, watch a wonderful performance of Sichuan Opera which includes folk opera, face changing, fire spitting, rolling lights, and other delightful entertainment (usually performs at 20:00~21:30).
- Wenshu Monastery
- Giant Pandas Enjoying Leisure Time Together
Day 3 Chengdu - Leshan - Mt. Emei ( B, L )Today's highlights: Leshan Giant Buddha
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In the morning, after a two-hour drive from Chengdu, head to Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest carved statue of Buddha in the world. Sitting at the confluence of three rivers, the Giant Buddha was carved on the cliff of Lingyun Mountain, used to suppress the flood. Enjoy spectacular view of the huge statue as you walking down through the narrow staircases to the foot of the Buddha.
After visiting the Giant Buddha, move on to Mt. Emei. Located 30 minutes away from Leshan by road, Baoguo Temple is the biggest temple of the mountain, which is also the final site for today’s tour.
Stay overnight at the foot of Mt. Emei.
- Watching Leshan Giant Buddha from the River
Day 4 Mt. Emei - Chengdu ( B, L )Today's highlights: Golden Summit, Wannian Temple on Mount Emei
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Today is your Emei Mountain Tour. First, take an eco-car in the Scenic Area to Leidongpin and hiking to Jieyin Hall, to take a cable car up to the Golden Summit (altitude: 3077 m). At the highest peak of the mountain, you will be amazed by the awe-inspiring view of Huazang Temple and witness the breathtaking sea of clouds if it’s sunny.
Next, go down to Wannian Temple parking lot by car. Take a cable car up to Wannian Temple at the middle of the mountain. Appreciate the most beautiful landscape of Mt. Emei in Qingyin Pavilion as you hike from Wannian Temple to Wuxiangang parking lot.
Then return to Chengdu by road from Mt. Emei. Have a sweet sleep.
- Emei Mountain Golden Summit View
Day 5 High Speed Train to Xian & Xian ( B, L )Today's highlights: Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter
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This morning, your local guide and driver would send you to the train station for your new experience of the Chengdu high speed train to Xian for about 3.5 hours. You will be picked up by your tour guide at Xian North Railway Station and escorted to your hotel in Xian to check in and have a short break.
After lunch, head to Da Cien Temple, a famous Buddhist sutra translation site during the Tang Dynasty. Big Wild Goose Pagoda is the most famous building in the temple. The pagoda, rising to a height of 64.5 meters, was built by the famous Buddhist master Xuanzang to preserve classic scriptures he bought back from India during the early Tang Dynasty. Xuanzang was the prototype character for Tang Seng in the famous Chinese novel “Journey to the West”. (Note: It costs an extra 30 RMB if you want to climb up the Big Wild Goose Pagoda)
Next, take a wonderful stroll on the Ancient City Wall, the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China. Enjoy panoramic views of modern Xian while you leisurely examine this well-maintained city wall which is 12 meters high and 18 meters wide with a total circuit of nearly 14 kilometers.
After that is a relaxing wander around bustling and lively Muslim Quarter, a place where you can try many kinds of different local snacks, explore the interesting Muslim culture, and typical old structures combining the traditional Chinese features and Muslim styles.
Optional activities: Take a relaxing cycling on the Ancient City Wall.
- Big Wild Goose Pagoda: One of the Famous Landmarks of Xian
- Visitor Riding on Ancient City Wall
Day 6 Xian & High Speed Train to Beijing ( B, L )Today's highlights: Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Shaanxi History Museum
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After breakfast, drive about 40km to discover one of the greatest man-made wonders in the world - the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, built by the first emperor of China Qin Shihuang to protect him in his afterlife. Over 8,000 life-size warriors, horses and chariots, buried in 3 pits for more than 2,000 years until uncovered by a local farmer in 1974, form an ancient military army with complete battle units of infantry, cavalry, etc. Standing in front of these figures, one can’t help being amazed not only by the ambition of Emperor Qin Shihuang but also by the fabulous artistic skills of ancient Chinese artisans.
After lunch, return back to Xian and take an educational visit to the Shaanxi History Museum where you can ramble in the modern exhibition halls to appreciate historic relics such as porcelains, paintings, and currencies dating from the Zhou to the Tang dynastic periods (1100 BC to 907 AD). (Note: Shaanxi History Museum may be replaced with other activity or attraction because of crowding tourists during July ~ early September and China’s National Day during Oct.1-Oct.7. You may check details with your travel consultant.)
The rest of today is free for you until get escorted to catch a high speed train to Beijing (about 5hrs), the iconic city and capital of China! You will be met by local tour guide at the Beijing West Railway Station and escorted to check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to relax.
- To Explore the Spectacular Heritages of Ancient China
- Terra Cotta Warriors Pit One
Day 7 Beijing ( B, L )Today's highlights: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace
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After breakfast, start to explore the historical face of Beijing with a brief visit to Tiananmen Square, now the largest city plaza in the world. Tiananmen Gate on the northern side of the square was the site where Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Stepping into the Tiananmen, you will see one of the world’s five most important palaces - the Forbidden City, a huge palace complex of more than 9,000 rooms where 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived. Pass through various doorways in this magnificent structure to admire the beautiful and well preserved buildings decorated with yellow-glazed tile roofs, white marble bases and splendid colorful paintings.
After lunch, drive to the outskirts of Beijing to spend an enjoyable time in the Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. Stroll around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and corridors while feasting your eyes on the vast lotus in Kunming Lake and the colorful paintings in the Long Corridor.
Optional activities: 1) You can watch a wonderful Kungfu Show in the Red Theater (Hong Ju Chang) which usually starts at 19:30; 2) Enjoy the classic Chinese art performance of Beijing Opera at Liyuan Theater between 19:30-21:00.
- Magnificent Tiananmen Square in Beijing
- Forbidden City
- Beautiful Kunming Lake in Summer Palace
Day 8 Beijing ( B, L )Tday's highlight: Mutianyu Great Wall, Sacred Way, Bird’s Nest and Water Cube
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After breakfast, drive about 70km to witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Great Wall. Visit the Mutianyu, a less crowded yet well-preserved segment of the Great Wall built in the Ming Dynasty. It will more than live up to all of your expectations! You’ll take a cable car to ascend the Great Wall, then hike the most beautiful and interesting part of Mutianyu. It's a wonderful experience to climb up its rising towers to enjoy scenic views and take brag-worthy photos of the wall wriggling along mountain ridges. After the exciting time, descend Mutianyu Great Wall by cable car. (Note: If energy permits, you can hike up or down which takes about 40 minutes to climb steps. Please tell your likes to your travel consultant.)
Continue your trip to Sacred Way, a 7-kilometer-long passage leading to the Imperial Tombs of 13 Emperors of Ming Dynasty. The Emperor, known as the Son of the Heaven, who came from Heaven to his country through the Sacred Way, also would return to Heaven through this road. Take a walk through the largest archway in China and Great Palace Gate and you’ll see the magnificent stone guard of 12 sets of mythical animals and 12 officials. Then drive back to Beijing city and take a short stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to view its famous Bird’s Nest and Water Cube from the outside.
Optional activity: After the whole day’s tour, treat yourself a great dinner to taste the famous Peking Roasted Duck at Quanjude.
- Green Mutianyu Great Wall during Summer Days
- Ding Tomb
- Water Cube
Day 9 Beijing & Beijing Departure ( B, L )Today's highlights: Temple of Heaven, Beijing Hutongs
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After breakfast, drive to the imperial site of the Temple of Heaven. Originally a site used to pay homage to Heaven and pray for good harvests, it is now a bustling place where locals take part in traditional activities such as Tai Chi, dancing, kite flying, water calligraphy, and others.
Then get back to the central city to hop on a rickshaw to experience the Beijing Hutongs - small alleys made by neighboring quadrangle dwellings. Shuttle among different Hutongs to get a feel of the old Beijing life style, visit various antique shops and small boutiques, and truly feel the historical changes of Beijing, also pay a visit to a local family's home in the traditional Hutongs.
After the tour, your Beijing tour is about to end. Your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight to next destination or home.
- The Splendid Temple of Heaven in the Ancient Capital Beijing
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We hope you are well. We just wanted you to know that we have today posted our review on Trip Advisor.
Once again, many thanks for all your assistance whilst booking our trip to China, which ensured we had a wonderful, trip of a life time holiday. One we will never forget.
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Did not know if you were working over the weekend, so I was going to wait until Monday to write.
I’ll write more and send pictures when we I get back to the US later in the week.
I did want to tell you that everything was excellent and except for one minor problem at the Pullman hotel (which was quickly fixed), everything was perfect. Our tour guide, Carrie, was amazing. She was professional, knowledgeable, energetic, and she had a great attitude.
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Hi Rita, I’m on the plane back home now. I will write about our trip on trip advisor, but also tell my friends from the outdoor hiking group to which I belong. You made things so easy for us. I had told my girlfriend that I had worked with you in the past, and she was skeptical (look up this word). We were both very, very pleased with how things worked out. I will send you a copy of what I write, I think Zhangjiajie will because me a major destination for American tourists in the future. Also, while in Beijing, we went to Jinshaling to see the Great Wall. Much better than mutainyu or badaling. I think that will become very popular in coming years.
Will write more once I’m home and have caught up on work.
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The China Water-towns Photography Tour was very great. Everything went very smoothly and the tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable. The communication with China Discovery was great and emails were answered very quickly. Overall I’d say that the tour was 5-star and great value.
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The trip was incredible! I will definitely recommend China Discovery for traveling adventures in China.
Here are our guide rankings in order.
1. Dolma - Lhasa
2. Judy - Zhangjiajie
3. April - Shanghai
4. Kelly - Xi'an
5. Randy - Beijing
Thanks again for your help during this adventure, greatly appreciated, Tracy!
Sorry for the late reply.
The tour was very good, sadly the weather gods were against us.
As for our trip to Xian, we were very satisfied with the arrangements made for us as well as the tour guide. We particularly appreciated the fact that we could deviate from the planned schedule to accommodate the tour due to the bad weather conditions.
Attached a picture of us three, feel free to put it on your website.
I am reaching out to you because we are potentially planning a week-end trip in July to Guilin.
Note that the flights have not yet been booked. So we could return on a later flight if needed.
Please provide us with a fee quote for 4 Persons in 4 and 5 star hotels.
We would like to do Longji Rice Terrace Hiking as well enjoy the Lush Guilin Li River Scenery.
Many thanks in advance for your reply.
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