Multi-Day Tour | Private

China (12 days)

Lakani World Tours

Beijing, China To Shanghai, China

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018


Day 1
Beijing, China
Peninsula Hotel None


On arrival in Beijing to begin your adventure in China, clear Immigrations and Customs, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2
Beijing, China
Peninsula Hotel Breakfast


Today, visit the vast Tiananmen Square. Located in the center of Beijing, it is the world's largest city square. Though it was a gathering place and location of government offices during Imperial days, Tiananmen Square is Mao’s creation, as is Chang-An Avenue that leads to it. Discover the wonders of the Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City, the largest Royal Palace complex in existence in China.

Also visit the Temple of Heaven, a complex of Taoist buildings situated in southeastern urban Beijing spanning 670 acres created for the exclusive use of the Emperor as a place to mediate affairs between God and man.

The Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Temple complex, initially called Temple of Heaven and Earth, was constructed starting in 1406 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Savor a visual feast at the Summer Palace, located on the northwestern outskirts of the city. The Summer Palace, an imperial summer resort of the Qing Dynasty, provides a spectacular view of glittering golden roofs of the buildings below. With its perfect layout, magnificent buildings and enchanting landscapes, the garden of the Summer Palace is often called the most splendid classical garden in all of China and includes the world’s longest covered corridor all within a landscape crafted according to the dictates of feng shui.

Day 3
Beijing, China
Peninsula Hotel Breakfast


Sightseeing today will take you to the Great Wall of China, the Mutianyu Section as well as the Ming Tomb with Sacred Way. The Great Wall of China was built to protect China from the incursions of predatory nomads, the utility and meaning of this fortification has been contested for centuries. The unprecedented scale and unexpected charm of the Great Wall may inspire you. Originally built in small sections by individual feudal states during the 5th-century BC, the Great Wall was connected at the end of the 3rd-century BC on the orders of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang when he unified all of China. The Great Wall was built as a defense against invaders from the north and became a conduit of communication, with news and orders carried by the armies that traveled it. Today, it is the only man-made structure visible from space. The scenery is breathtaking, and you will have free time for a walk on the Great Wall.

Continue to the extraordinary Ming Tombs, known in Chinese as Shi San Ling, "The Thirteen Tombs," as thirteen of the sixteen Ming emperors are buried there. Enter by the Sacred Way, the original entrance to the Ming Tombs, where no commoner was allowed upon pain of death. The famous “Avenue of Animals” had its origins in the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). There are twelve statues on each side of the road - lions, camels, elephants, horses and two mythical animals. See the six statues of Mandarins, according to legend erected in order to serve the dead emperor and his wives in the after-life. The road leads the way to the excavated tomb of Ming Emperor Wan Li (1573 - 1620). Underground is a vaulted marble palace. There are still twelve unexcavated imperial tombs in this valley.

Day 4
Datong, China
Beijing, China
Grand Hotel Datong Breakfast


Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight to Datong. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Your tour of the Datong area focuses on the premiere attraction of the region which is the Yungang Grottoes or Cloud Ridge Caves. Tucked within millenia old caves set under the remains of a Qing Dynasty fortress lie over 50,000 Buddhist statues spread over more than a half mile of caves.

See the Nine Dragon Screen, built in the early Ming Dynasty, the Nine Dragon Screen in Datong is the oldest and largest among all of the existing screens of its kind in China. Visit the Shanhua Temple which

is a large Buddhist architectural complex first built in the Tang Dynasty.

Day 5
Pingyao, China
Datong, China
Pingyao Financial Club Breakfast


Full day overland transfer between Datong and Pingyao. En route visit the Hanging Temple/Monastery. Located 40 miles south of Datong, the Hanging Monastery is perched more than 164 feet above the ground on the western cliff of Jinxia gorge at the foot of Hengshan. Originally built in the late 400's and lovingly renovated in the Ming and Qing dynasties this complex is both a cultural and architectural wonder.

Visit Jinci Temple located 16 miles to the southeast of downtown Taiyuan City. Jinci Temple is a combination of historical cultural relics and beautiful landscapes. The welcoming boughs of a multitude of ancient trees provide an eye-catching entrance to the temple. Jinci Temple is world famous because it is an ancient ancestral temple, something which is rare in China.

Saint Mother Hall, the oldest building in the temple, is one of the main reasons that so many visitors come to the temple. Together with the Flying Bridge across the Fish Pond, and the Offerings Hall, these exquisite buildings provide evidence of a new era in Chinese architecture.

There are three additional wonders that draw people from across the world to the temple. These are: The Figures of The Maidservants, the Zhou Cypress and the Never Aging Spring. Each of the Figures of the Maidservants that stand in the Saint Mother Hall, colored clay sculptures made during the Song Dynasty (960-1279), are unique.

Pingyao was not endowed with charming natural scenery but with a group of accomplished businessmen. The Jin Businessmen were one of the two famous Chinese business groups during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. For a hundred years, Pingyao was home to almost all of the large exchange shops in China. To a certain degree, Pingyao was to China during the eighteenth century what Wall Street is to the U.S., which left us with a magnificent old city and a series of grand residences. Although no longer economically prosperous, Pingyao was included in the United Nations World Cultural Heritage in 1997. From the top of the grand City Wall, you have a bird's-eye view of the Old City, a complete city built almost a thousand years ago. In the Ancient Ming and Qing Street, you can experience the town's former glory while exploring the rows of residences and shops all constructed in the original architectural style.

Day 6
Pingyao, China
Pingyao International Financial Club Breakfast


The ancient commerce town of Pingyao is said to be one of the best preserved traditional Chinese cities centered within perhaps the only completely intact (3.7 miles long) Ming dynasty wall in all of China. Your full day private guided tour of Pingyao Old Town includes Shuanglin Temple, family Wang's Courtyard, museums and learning about local handicrafts.

Day 7
Xian, China
Pingyao, China
Shangri-La Hotel, Xian Breakfast


This morning drive to Qiao’s family courtyard. If you happen to be a fan of Chinese cinema - specifically the movies of director Zhang Yimou and actress Gong Li - then you already know this place. The Qiao family courtyard house is where “Raise the Red Lantern” was filmed. The Qiao Family Courtyard is greatly admired as a very special artistic treasure by both common people and architects. The first generation of Qiao's family, Qiao Guifa, started business from a shoestring. He braved Xikou and beyond to arrive at Baotou of North China's Inner Mongolia, where he finally became a tycoon and monopolized Baotou's commerce.

Entering into the gate of the courtyard you will first see a 263 foot long straight stone pavement that divides 6 courtyards into a northern and southern row. There are slope protections between the pavements and nearby walls. The Qiao family's ancestral temple is at the end of the western side, which directly faces the gate. There are 4 main buildings and 6 other structures, such as a gate pavilion and the Geng and Tiao pavilions. The sidewalks on the roof of every yard are connected to allow for patrol. Viewed from outside, the residency is serious and grand, with long yards. Viewed from inside, it is splendid and orderly, reflecting the residential style of big families in feudal society in North China.

After the visit, transfer to Taiyuan airport for your flight to Xian. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Xi’an, the capital of the Shaanxi Province is the largest city in northeast China. A principal center of Chinese culture, Xi’an has been inhabited since 6,000 BC. Home to 11 great Chinese dynasties and the ancient capital of China for over 1,000 years, it became the most important center in Asia and vied with Rome and later Constantinople for the title of the greatest city in the world.

Day 8
Xian, China
Shangri-La Hotel, Xian Breakfast


Xian captured the interest of the world in 1974 when peasants in the course of digging for wells, uncovered the astonishing 3rd century BC burial site of Emperor Quin Shi Huangdi – the first emperor of a unified China. Guarding this Imperial Tomb for over 2,000 years were thousands of life-size terra cotta warriors. The highlight of your trip this morning in Xian is a visit to the site where the terra cotta figures have been excavated and where excavations and restoration continues today.

The Museum of Emperor Qinshihuang’s Tomb Figures of Soldiers and Horses is one of the most famous places in China and is a World Heritage Site. The actual tomb is still to be unearthed and is reputed to contain extravagant palaces and pavilions filled with rare gems. Visit Shanxi provincial museum in the afternoon.

Day 9
Shanghai, China
Xian, China
Shanghai Peninsula Breakfast


Today you will visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda which dates back to 707 A.D. and is one of several fine Buddhist monuments in the city center. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is the model of the close eave brick towers in the early period and originally was built with 15 floors.

Later you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

For generations Shanghai has been synonymous in the West with mystery, romance and intrigue. Visitors are not only dazzled by the modern metropolis and gateway to a developing China, but are also able to immerse themselves in the unique culture, a combination of Chinese and Western elements. Since the early 1980’s the city has grown like no other, and is now China's most westernized & largest city.

Day 10
Shanghai, China
Shanghai Peninsula Breakfast


Sightseeing today will include a visit to the Shanghai Museum, one of the most modern in the country. A comprehensive art museum with a 123,000 piece collection of cultural relics, arranged by category rather than according to chronology with a focus on Chinese bronze and porcelain works, books and paintings. Completed at the end of 1994, the museum building is shaped like a large bronze pot.

Travel along the tree lined waterfront boulevard, along the Huangpu River and the former “Wall Street” of foreign powers known as “The Bund”, also known as “Paris of the Orient”, a must see for visitors to Shanghai.

Fifty-two buildings lining the narrow shoreline of the Huangpu River, offer a living exhibition of Gothic, Baroque, Roman, Classic Revival and Renaissance architectural styles, as well as combinations of Chinese and Western styles. The wide embankment is used by locals for morning exercises and evening gatherings. Stroll through Shanghai’s Old Quarter and visit the Yu Yuan Gardens, one of the best examples of traditional Chinese garden design in the country.

Day 11
Shanghai, China
Shanghai Peninsula Breakfast


Enjoy a full day excursion to the ancient garden city of Suzhou. It is also known as the “Venice of the East” because of its network of canals & waterways which are graced by hundreds of bridges dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Part of the Yangtze River Delta, Suzhou is a city on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Lake Taihu in the Province of Jiangsu, China. The city is renowned for its beautiful stone bridges, pagodas and its meticulously & elegantly designed gardens. Suzhou has also been an important center for China’s silk industry since the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279) and continues to hold that prominent position today. Here you will visit a silk factory.

The history of Suzhou’s gardens can be traced as far back as the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC – 476 BC). Distinctive gardens continued to appear throughout the subsequent dynasties, but it was during the Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1911) dynasties that the garden art of Suzhou was at its zenith. You will visit two of the cities exquisite private gardens, Master of the Nets Garden and Liuyuan or Lingering Garden.

Day 12
Shanghai, China
None Breakfast


Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home, enriched with rewarding memories of China.

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