20 Days Overall Discovering Tour on the Scenes on Chinese RMB Banknotes
- Tour Code:BNT01
- Tour Duration: 20 Days
- Destination:Beijing, Chongqing, Guilin, Hangzhou, Lhasa, Shanghai, Wuhan, Yangshuo, Yichang
- Tour overview:This tour will show you the real selected sciences on the back of the fifth series of Chinese RMB Banknotes, covering the old capital city Beijing (the People's Congress Hall on 100 Yuan), mysterious Lhasa (the Potala Palace of Lhasa on 50 Yuan), grand Yangtze River (the Qutang Gorge of the Yangtze Three Gorges on 10 Yuan), Guilin (the Yangshuo picturesque landscape on 20 Yuan), Hangzhou (the West Lake of on 1 Yuan) as well as four other popular tourist destinations – Chongqing City , Yichang City, Wuhan City and Shanghai City. By taking this mixed-flavor tour, you will have a perfect experience in touching and knowing a real China...
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Beijing Arrival
Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement
Upon your arrival in Beijing, you will be greeted by our local guide and then transferred to your hotel by a private air-conditioned car. For the rest of the day you will enjoy some leisure time.
Day 2 Beijing (B,L)
Sightseeing: the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the People's Congress Hall, Hutong Tour in Rickshaw
Today we will start our city tour with the visit to Tiananmen Square, the symbolical heart of China and gathering place for the masses. It is the biggest public square in the world, which can hold one million people. In there, you will have a visit to the People's Congress Hall, which is located at the western edge of Tiananmen Square, and is used for legislative and ceremonial activities by the People's Republic of China and the Communist Party of China. It functions as the People's Republic of China's parliament building.
From here we will walk across the Golden River Bridge to visit the Forbidden City and experience the ancient Emperor's daily life. For 5 centuries Chinese emperors carried out their administration here. With almost 10,000 rooms, it was the centre of the Ming and Qing dynasties, a massive complex of palaces, pavilions, courtyards and gardens where 24 emperors used to live. Forbidden City was the largest palace in the world, and in the past it was indeed a forbidden place for commoners. Your tour here will include private access to the Emperor's palace.
In the afternoon, we will experience a unique Hutong tour by taking a rickshaw this morning. Hutongs are a kind of ancient city alley or lane and are very typical for Beijing. Most of them can be found close to the Forbidden City, and many were built during the three dynasties of Yuan, Ming and Qing. Today, the Hutong is a living museum of Beijing history showing the traditional lifestyle of Beijing people.
Day 3 Beijing (B,L)
Sightseeing: Great Wall at Mutianyu, Ming tomb, Sacred Way
After experiencing the royal lifestyle, today we will be transferred to the surrounding countryside of Beijing and visit the Mutianyu Great Wall, the pride of China and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Whereas Genghis Khan contemplated it as a military obstacle, Bill Clinton described it as an unbelievable achievement of the humankind. The hike takes about 2-3 hours. After lunch, continue to visit Changling, one of the 13 Ming Tombs the 13 emperors of the Ming.
In the afternoon we will visit the legendary Ming Tombs, which are situated at the foot of Heavenly Longevity Mountain, Changping, northwest of Beijing. Since there are 13 Ming emperors buried there, this place was called the 13 Ming Tombs. You will walk along the Sacred Way, a road guarded by stone statues on both sides, as the ancient emperors did to hold a memorial ceremony for their ancestors.
Day 4 Beijing (B,L)
Sightseeing: Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Panjiayuan Market
This morning our tour will begin with a visit of the Temple of Heaven, which was completed in 1420, and expanded over the years by two Qing Dynasty Emperors. It was the place where the Emperor came every winter solstice to worship heaven and to solemnly pray for a good harvest. With the three blue-tiled cone-shaped roofs, a unique wooden and blue-tiled structure built without a nail, it has become a worldwide symbol of Beijing. In the park nearby you will see people practicing Tai Chi or singing relaxingly.
Then we will visit the famous royal garden - Summer Palace. In 1888, the notorious Empress Cixi used the money intended for the Chinese Navy to build this opulent summer retreat for herself. We will have a lakeside cruise on the lovely Kunming Lake and enjoy the magical views of the temples, pavilions and covered corridors around.
Day 5 Beijing to Lhasa (B)
Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
In the morning, be transferred to airport for flight to Lhasa. Arrive in Lhasa, be met and transferred to hotel, adaptting to the high altitude at the rest of the day.
Day 6 Lhasa (B,L)
Sightseeing: The Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
We will go on a full day visit of Potala Palace. It is the greatest monumental structure all over Tibet. This ancient architectural complex is considered as a model of Tibetan architecture. Located on the Red Hill in Lhasa, it is 3,700 meters above sea level and covers an area of over 360,000 square meters. The palace has 13 stories, and is 117 meters high. In 641, Songtsan Gambo, ruler of the Tubo Kingdom, built the Potala Palace for Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty, whom he was soon to marry.
Then we'll visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple. The sacred image of Jowo Sakyamuni is the most venerated and beautiful image all over Tibet
After lunch in a local restaurant, we will visit Barkhor Street, which is the oldest street in Lhasa as well as the center of old Lhasa which remains very traditional. Located in the old area of Lhasa City, Tibet, Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. Tibetan people are very proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, this street is also a must-see place.
Day 7 Lhasa (B,L)
Sightseeing: Sera Monastery. Norbulingka (the Summer Palace), Drepung Monastery,
In the morning we will visit the Sera Monastery, around 5 km north of central Lhasa, which was, along with Drepung, one of Lhasa's two great Gelugpa monasteries. Its once huge monastic population of about 5000 monks has now been reduced to several hundred.
Then we will visit Norbulingka Park; Norbulingka meaning "Jeweled Garden", the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas. The gardens are poorly tended and the palaces themselves are something of an anticlimax, especially as most rooms are currently closed to the public.
Our next stop will be Drepung Monastery. It is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered as one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' (the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery.
Day 8 Lhasa to Chongqing to Yangtze (B,L)
Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Panda Room in Chongqing Zoo, Goose Neck Park, Ciqikou Old Town ,
This morning, you will be transferred to airport to take flight and fly to Chongqing. When you arrive in Chongqing, you will be met by your local guide and start the Chongqing city tour with the visit to Panda Room in Chongqing Zoo to meet the lovely pandas.
Then you will Goose Neck Park. This park has a good view of the city and the roiling Yangtze River. A great mural of the Yangtze River shows the pre-dam water levels and elevation marks signifying the displacement of the local population, as well as the land area that has been and will be covered when the dam is completed.
Later you will have a walk around the Ciqikou Ancient Town. Dated back to the late Ming Dynasty, The buildings have been restored and well preserved. Along the streets, restaurants, souvenirs shops and local snacks are located. There are several tea houses that feature daily performances of traditional Chinese music.
After the tours, you will be transferred to the dock and board the ship from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and departs Chongqing at 10:00pm.
Day 9 Yangtze (B,L,D)
Shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City
Fengdu, with fantastic temples of underworld demons and gods, is constructed on the Mingshan Hill by the river band. It is known as the "Ghost City" and is a place for punishing the devil and awarding the good.
Day 10 Yangtze (B,L,D)
Shore excursion to Shennong Stream.
Shennong Stream is another tributary of the Yangtze River, and its fast-flowing, crystal clear water runs southwards through deep gorges. The stream races past large and small karst caves, flocks of swallows, sheer cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls, three-colored springs, rapids, the ancient plank path, a suspended coffin in the cliff, groups of ancient tombs and marvelous karst formations.
Day 11 Yangtze to Yichang to Wuhan (B,L)
Transfer via: Express bus station on our arrangement
Shore excursion to The Three Gorges Dam Site.Arrive in Yichang at 1:00pm. After you get off the ship, you will be transferred to Yichang express bus station to take express bus to Wuhan (around 5 hours). Arrive in Wuhan, be met and transferred to your hotel.
Three Gorges Dam, the largest water conservancy project undertaken by man . The construction of the dam formally began in 1994. The body of the dam was completed in 2003, and the whole construction will be competed in 2009. It will be 2,335 meters long, 185 meters high, 18 meters wide on the top and 130 meters wide at the bottom. Tourists can get access to the top of the dam.
Day 12 Wuhan to Guilin (B,L)
Transfer via : Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Hubei Provincial Museum, The Yellow Crane Tower..
Today we will have a visit to the famous Yellow Crane Tower. Enjoying the fame of 'The First Scenery under Heaven', it is one of the most renowned towers south of the Yangtze River. Its cultural significance led to its being made the symbol of Wuhan City.
Later we'll visit the Hubei Provincial Museum. Since 1953, the museum has collected over 200,000 cultural relics,including pottery, porcelains, jade, bronze vessels, ancient weapons, and ancient musical instruments. Among these cultural relics, 812 are listed as first-class relics of China, and 16 are considered national treasures.
After the tours, you will be transferred to airport to take flight and fly to Guilin. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 13 Guilin (B,L)
Sightseeing: Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Daxu Old Town.
This morning we will begin with visiting the Elephant Trunk Hill. Located at the conjunction of the Li River & the Peach Blossom River, the whole hill looks very much like a giant elephant with a long trunk drinking out of the river; it is the symbol of Guilin city.
We’ll continue to visit Reed Flute Cave, which is a vast and very impressive cave system, and one of the most important sights of Guilin. Known as "the Palace of Natural Arts", you can see beautiful stalactites & stalagmites and learn how they are formed.
In the afternoon, we will drive to Daxu Ancient Town. Located to the southwest of Guilin, on shore of the tourists beaten Li River, Daxu is a time-honored townwith well preserved traditional Chinese architectures and the time-worn shiny stone-paved streets. The place is the commercial premier in the area. First built in the Qin Dynasty, over 2,000 years ago, Dxu Town began to flourish during the Ming Dynasty when it became the commercial premier in the area.
Drive back Guilin after the tours.
Day 14 Guilin to Yangshuo (B,L)
Sightseeing: Li River Cruise, West Street.
Guilin is famous for its picturesque scenery, and the best way to see it is from the deck of Li River Cruise ships. In the morning you will depart from your hotel and be transferred to the Zhujiang Pier (about 1 hour drive) for a 4.5 hours wonderful cruise. You will enjoy the unique mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank.
In the afternoon you will disembark at the old town Yangshuo. Having a history of more than 1,400 years, West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo. You will have some time to explore the old town's lovely attractions.
Stay tonight in this lovely small town.
Day 15 Yangshuo to Guilin to Hangzhou (B,L)
Transfer via: Flight on our arrangment
Sightseeing: Moon Hill, Big Banyan tree
Experience the hustle & bustle of the Yangshou traffic for 10 minutes before you escape onto the country roads, lanes and tracks of the distinctive and beautiful Yangshou countryside. Biking alongside the paddy field and orchards that surround the famous mountains will give a fascinating insight into life in rural China. You will have a visit to the Moon Hill and Big Banyan tree on the way. It is an opportunity to see a real country life and talk to the local famers.
After lunch in Yangshuo, you will be transferred directly to Guilin airport to take the flight and fly to Hangzhou. Arrive in Hangzhou, your guide will greet you and transfer you to hotel.
Day 16 Hangzhou (B,L)
Sightseeing: West Lake, Six Harmonies Pagoda, Lingyin Temple, Meijiawu Village
This morning, we will first visit to beautiful West Lake. We will take a cruise boat across the lake to see the 3 pagodas in the lake. The West Lake is the most famous tourist spot of Hangzhou. Graceful mountains surround it on three sides. It has a charming scenery and many cultural relics and historic sites.
Then we will visit Lingyin Temple including the FeiLai Feng. The Fei Lai Feng is situated in the east of Ling Yin Temple. Isolated from others, its stone quality is totally different from that of surrounding mountain groups. It is 167 meters high, on the peak there are many grotesque stones in the shapes of charming dragon, prostrate tiger, walking elephant and scared ape. The main hall of Lingyin Temple is about 34 meters (111 feet) tall - incredibly high for a one-storey building. In the center of the hall you'll find the statue of Sakyamuni Buddha, which was carved from 24 pieces of camphor wood. The temple was named Lingyin Temple for its extremely beautiful environment which is serene and suitable for "Soul's Retreat".
After having lunch at local restaurant, we will drive to the Six Harmonies Pagoda, highly erected next to Qiantang River and in the south of the West Lake. It is a perfect examplel of brick-and-wood structure built in ancient China and was built in 970 AD in the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127) to press down the evil of the river tidal bore in Qiantang River.
Day 17 Hangzhou to Wuzhen to Hangzhou (B,L)
Chinese people say that unless you visit the Great Wall then you haven't been to China. For any visit south of the Yangtze River; one place not to be missed is the town of Wuzhen. Located in the centre of the six ancient towns south of Yangtze River, 17 kilometres (10.56 miles) north of the city of Tongxiang, Wuzhen displays its two-thousand-year history in its ancient stone bridges floating on mild water, its stone pathways between the mottled walls and its delicate wood carvings. Also, setting it apart from other towns, it gives a unique experience through its profound cultural background.Have a boat cruise in Wuzhen.
Drive back Hangzhou in the afternoon.
Day 18 Hangzhou to Shanghai (B,L)
Transfer via: Flight on our arrangment
Sightseeing: Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Nanjing Road
After breakfast, you will be transferred to railway station to take express train to Shanghai. Upon arrival, your local guide will greet you and then start your Shanghai city tour.
First, we will take a relaxing walk to the lovely Yuyuan Garden, a beautiful garden in the south of the Yangtze River. Wandering through it, you will find pavilions, corridors, streams, courtyards as well as many other natural features.
Then, we will take a walk along the Bund, experience the smells, sights and sounds of the old "Wall Street" in Shanghai. Actually, some people say that the Bund is like "an exhibition of buildings". Finally we will walk along the famous pedestrian street - Nanjing Road, known as "China's No.1 Shopping Street".
Day 19 Shanghai (B,L)
Sightseeing: Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple , Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Today we will start with a visit of Shanghai Museum which is the biggest museum of China. It incorporates a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics and is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy.
Then we head to the Jade Buddha Temple. The old-time and classical architectural style makes the temple unique and inimitable in this modern city. Both, the Sitting Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved with whole white jade. If you're lucky, you can watch the monks serving a ceremony in a side room.
After lunch, we will visit the Oriental Pearl Tower, the highest TV Tower in Asia, which creates a picture of twin dragons playing with pearls'. The entire scene is a photographic jewel that excites the imagination and attracts thousands of visitors all year-round.
Day 20 Shanghai Departure (B)
Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangment
Today will be free for your own purposes, until our guide will escort you to the airport for your next destination.