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12 Days Best of China Family Tour with Chinese Kungfu Learning

Beijing / Luoyang / Xian / Guilin / Shanghai

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  • Shaolinsi Kungfu
  • Guilin li river cruise
  • Summer Palace
  • Shaolinsi Kungfu
  • Guilin li river cruise
  • Summer Palace
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CD-FT-12
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Highlights

Visit:
Forbidden City
Tiananmen Square
Temple of Heaven
Great Wall
Summer Palace
Terracotta Warriors
Ancient City Wall
 
Longmen Grottoes
Shaolin Temple
Li River
Yangshuo
Yu Garden
The Bund
Jinmao Tower
Experience:
Sharing happiness of vocation with family;
Tracing back Chinese history in ancient Beijing and Xian;
Uncover the secret of Chinese Kungfu;
View China's new look in modern metroplis-Shanghai.

Sampling Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Ni Hao, welcome to Beijing, the iconic city as well as the capital of China!

You will be met by your local tour guide at the arrival hall of Beijing Capital Airport, or railway station, then be escorted to check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.

Arrival Ideas: At present, there are many international and domestic flights to Beijing. Besides, you can take a high speed train to this capital city from Shanghai (5-6 hrs), Xian (5.5 hrs), Guangzhou (8-9.5 hrs), etc.

Modern Face of Beijing

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Day 2 Beijing ( B, L )

Today’s tour begins to visit the Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest plaza. Walking through Tiananmen Gate, you’ll enter the splendid Forbidden City, China’s No.1 palace complex adorned with imperial treasures.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit a Siheyuan local family and experience what their life is like. And you can learn to cook some Chinese dumplings if you like. Then, you’ll take a lifetime rickshaw tour the ancient alleyway of Hutongs that are still keeping the original layout in the Shichahai area.

After the tour, back to your hotel.

Local Life in Hutong

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Day 3 Beijing ( B, L )

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! This great wall, linking Gubeikou in the east and Juyongguan in the west, was served as the vital military strategic point in the ancient time. Moreover, Mutianyu section is the longest great wall in China so far and since protection work is well done here, tourists can now see its original appearance and enjoy the real ancient culture of great wall. Also, spectacular natural scenery in Mutianyu Great Wall always impresses visitors here for its abundant vegetation. You will 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: 1) Enjoy an exciting and safe toboggan ride (about 2~3mins) down Mutianyu Great Wall; 2) After the whole day's tour, treat yourself a great dinner to taste the famous Peking Roasted Duck.

Misty Mutianyu Great WallBird's NestSacred Way

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Day 4 Overnight Train from Beijing to Luoyang (B, L)

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In the morning, you’ll marvel at the Temple of Heaven where the emperors worshipped heaven and prayed for peace and harvest.

After lunch, head to visit the fabulous Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China, the next ‘must see’ site after the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

Be transferred to the railway station and take an overnight train to Luoyang.

Summer Palace
Day 5 Luoyang ( B, L )

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Upon arrival in Luoyang, the cradle of Chinese civilization, be met and transferred to the hotel (30 minutes) to freshen up and have breakfast. Then be driven (40 mins) to and explore the Longmen Grottoes.

Learn about local cultural arts in the afternoon.

Longmen: A Treasure House of Ancient Buddhist Cave Art
Day 6 Luoyang – Dengfeng ( B, L )

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Today after breakfast, you’ll be driven (1 hr) to Dengfeng to a Shaolin kungfu martial arts school to take a morning class with local student monks; Then visit the Shaolin Temple to learn about the history of Shaolin Kungfu; contemporary Buddhist music and martial arts evening show;

After the tour, be driven (1 hr) back to hotel in Luoyang.

Shaolinsi Kungfu
Day 7 Express Train from Luoyang to Xian ( B, L )

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In the morning, be driven to Luoyang train station (30 mins); take the express train to Xi’an (2 hrs).

Upon arrival in the ancient heart, be met and transferred to your hotel. Fresh up with a early lunch and a little rest, head to visit the Great Mosque, a tranquil and historic mosque that has served Xian’s Muslim community for more than a millennium. By the way, you’ll stop by the Muslim Community.

Then head to the age-old Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the old-line Xian, a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists.

Xian Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Day 8 Xian & Flight to Guilin ( B, L )

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Today your first stop is to join the ranks of the incredible Terracotta Warriors, the forbidding sentinels of a death defying emperor, starting out through the silent millennia of history.

In the afternoon, visit the Ancient City Walls, the largest and best-kept city walls on earth. Strolling and cycling on the Walls is quite an enjoyable experience. Today’s tour ends to visit the Bell Tower, a famous landmark of Xian ancient city.

After the tour, take a flight to Guilin, the most scenic city of China. After arrival, be transferred to your hotel in Guilin. The rest of day is free at your own pace.

Terra-Cotta Warriors
Day 9 Guilin Li River Cruise ( B, L )

As the declaration in Chinese textbook "Guilin’s landscape is the best under heaven", today you will explore this best landscape starting with a relaxing sightseeing cruise along the Li River from Mopanshan Pier to Yangshuo Town. Along the 84-kilometer cruise, dazzling scenery overwhelms your eyes like a vast endless Chinese painting of winding river, green limestone karst mountains, fascinating countryside views, amazing scene of A Painting of Nine Horses, and notable view printed on the back of the 20 RMB note. (Please note: Lunch is served by the cruise with simple local Chinese cuisine. And you can take some snacks when getting on board.)

After about 4 hours’ cruise, disembark in Yangshuo Town, and check into your hotel. After a short break, start your impressive exploration of the best charming sightseeing and ideal countryside ease at Yulong River. Let all the refreshing scenes please your eyes and souls to the utmost. Just enjoy every moment with the Karst hills dotted around, chatting stream, rippling mountain reflection, swaying floras, patches of vivid crops, comfortable breeze….There are diverse kinds of ways for your enjoyment of the fun and beauty, including biking, hiking, sightseeing bus, bamboo rafting and scooter. You can easily choose and combine your ideal way(s) and part of Yulong River. (Please tell your likes to your travel consultants before booking the tour, as the final prices will differ by activities you choose.).

Biking (some physically demanding & sightseeing by the river) - Ride to enjoy the river view and the real fields (route: Yangshuo - Jima - Shuiedi Dock - Gongnong Bridge - West Street; for 1.5-2 hours).

Bamboo Rafting (relaxing and interesting & sightseeing on the river) - have fun with the classic bamboo rafting (Route A: Shuiedi Dock - Gongnong Bridge for 40-50 minutes; Route B: Jima Dock - Gongnong Bridge for 1.5 hours) to see the more serene view like pieces of traditional Chinese landscape ink paintings.

Sightseeing Bus (most leisurable and comfortable & sightseeing on the road) - sit leisurely on the bus from Jima to Gongnong Bridge to appreciate the lovely countryside view (about 0.5 hour). You can get off and on anywhere on the middle way to explore more about your interested place.

After that, walk leisurely on the ancient West Street to witness how the western culture and Chinese culture perfectly and peacefully coexist here. Whether you want to enjoy a cup of drink in bar, taste some local food, or just experience the relaxing atmosphere, you can get it here.

Note: according to the regulations of Yulong River Tourism, children less than 1 meter high and seniors over 70 years old are not allowed to take the bamboo rafting.

Optional evening activity:

Watch the splendid evening performance of Impression Liu Sanjie with the Li River itself as the stage, which was directed by famous director - Zhang Yimou (usually performs for an hour between around 19:45 and 22:20).

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Day 10 Guilin & Flight to Shanghai ( B, L )

Being driven back to Guilin after breakfast (1.5~2 hrs), and have an essential Guilin city tour. The first stop surely is the Elephant Trunk Hill, the city symbol. Then head to visit the fabulous Reed Flute Cave to see the beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, and stone flowers with various shapes.

After the tour, be escorted to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, the most cosmopolitan city of China. Upon your arrival, transferred to your hotel in Shanghai with the private vehicle and help you check in.

Gerhard from Germany - Reed Flute Cave, Guilin

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Day 11 Shanghai ( B, L )

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel to start your Shanghai exploration. Your first stop is Shanghai Museum, one of the Best Four Museums in China. This modern museum, with a round top and a square base which symbolizing the ancient Chinese perception of the world as "round sky, square earth", has collected many international-standard exhibits of bronzes, paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, jade from more than 5,000 years ago to the Qing dynasty. To help you learn about the history and facts about the relics in the museum easily, an Audio Explanation Device will be prepared for you. Next, you will take an interesting visit to Yu Garden, a shining star among all the ancient Chinese gardens in Jiangnan. This garden fully embodies the traditional design of Chinese architecture with jagged pavilions with elegant decorations, glittering pools with roving fish, and pine trees sprouting to the sky, all designed to refresh your mood and spirit. Adjacent to the garden is the Yuyuan Bazaar where you can savor tasteful local snacks and explore elaborate traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works. Next, you will drive several kilometers to enjoy a panoramic view of the modern face of Shanghai from the 100th floor (474m) of “the Eye of Shanghai” Shanghai World Financial Center.

You will then be transferred to another popular landmark of Shanghai, Nanjing Road, a shopping paradise as well as a great place to take a wonderful walk to experience the modern atmosphere of the City. Lastly, you will stop at the Bund, originally a simple towpath for transporting goods but now transformed into a feverish trading district. You will stroll along the Bund, seeing and feeling the perfect fusion of Chinese and Western cultures while at the same time taking in the stunning Shanghai skyline with your own eyes!

Optional Activity - Take a relaxing Huangpu River night cruise to see the city’s most significant edifices and streets sparkling under the atmospheric cover of darkness (about 50 minutes).

Shanghai Museum - One of the Best Four Museums in ChinaClassical Yu Garden in ShanghaiNanjing road

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Day 12 Shanghai Departure ( B, L )

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. First, you will pay a wonderful visit to Jade Buddha Temple, the site of the largest Jade Buddha in the world and numerous religious artifacts, ancient statues and Buddhist scriptures. This peaceful kingdom of Buddhism hidden among modern blocks and dominating mansions is a great place for a nice break in this very busy city.

Next, you will be transferred to Tianzifang which is touristic arts and crafts enclave that has developed from a renovated traditional residential area in the French Concession area of Shanghai. It is the typical tourist attraction to appreciate the preservation of local Shikumen architecture. In this place full of rich flavor of life, you can leisurely stroll along the clean old alleys to watch the daily life of local Shanghai people, savor a cup of drink at the open-air café, and find some interesting things in the novel shops to feel the international feature mixed with real Shanghai culture.

In the afternoon, your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight to next destination or home.

Jade Buddha Temple

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Modern Face of Beijing
Modern Face of Beijing
Local Life in Hutong
The Locals' Leisure Time in Hutong
Misty Mutianyu Great Wall
Misty Mutianyu Great Wall
Bird's Nest
Bird's Nest
Sacred Way
Sacred Way: the road leading to Ming Tombs
Summer Palace
Beautiful Kunming Lake in Summer Palace
Longmen: A Treasure House of Ancient Buddhist Cave Art
Longmen: A Treasure House of Ancient Buddhist Cave Art
Shaolinsi Kungfu
Shaolinsi Kungfu Show
Xian Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Big Wild Goose Pagoda: One of the Famous Landmarks of Xian
Terra-Cotta Warriors
Amazing Terracotta Warriors with 2000 Years History
Gerhard from Germany - Reed Flute Cave, Guilin
Gerhard from Germany visited Reed Flute Cave in August, 2019
Shanghai Museum - One of the Best Four Museums in China
Shanghai Museum - One of the Best Four Museums in China
Classical Yu Garden in Shanghai
The Tranquil Yu Garden with Classical Chinese Style to Relax
Nanjing road
Enjoy Shopping on Fashion Nanjing Road
Jade Buddha Temple
Jade Buddha Temple

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