Taste of China

6 Days / 5 Nights

  Beijing - Xi’an

6 Days / 5 Nights

Taste of China

  Beijing - Xi’an

Take in the spectacular sights of Beijing and Xi’an in this five-night, six-day tour. Visit the historical spectacle of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and learn about the local history of this world-famous site. Visit the magnificent wonder of the snaking Great Wall of China from a lofty vantage point at Badaling. Be wowed by a visit to the Terra Cotta Warriors museum and see the spectacular sight of 8,000 statues ready for battle. Visit a Jade factory, see the Great Mosque and Wild Goose Pagoda and see a different side to China’s sprawling capital city. 

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Witness one of mankind's most awe-inspiring constructions at the Great Wall of China
  • Visit a jade museum and see huge jade buddhas and dragons made out of this precious mineral
  • Be awed at the sight of 8,000 Terra Cotta Army warriors poised and ready for battle
  • Take in the impressive Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Visit the spectacular grand mosque, a wonderful combination of Chinese and Islamic architecture

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • All transfers and sightseeing with private car/driver and English Speaking local tour guides in different cities.
  • Meals as mentioned with one glass of soft drink at local restaurants
  • 5 nights hotel accommodations and breakfasts based on Entry Level
  • Standard Twin/Double Room
  • Air tickets PEK/SIA/PEK inclusive of tax and fuel surcharge on economy class
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Beijing

DAY 1 - Beijing

Touch down in China’s sprawling capital and get ready to experience a wholly different way of life. This massive metropolis sees gleaming skyscrapers sit side by side with ancient monuments. Get ready to see old and new in this magnificent city with a five-night, six-day tour.

DAY 2

DAY 2 - Beijing

 

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before travelling to Tiananmen Square. The largest public square in the world, this place is steeped in political history. It was here where Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 and also the scene of the violent protests in 1989. A knowledgeable local guide will talk through the fascinating history of this impressive square.

Next, visit the Forbidden City (or Imperial Palace). Ringed by scarlet-coloured walls, this impressive UNESCO-listed complex is the biggest palace in the world and boasts China’s best-preserved ancient buildings. A one-time home to no fewer than 24 Emperors, the gates to the Palace lead to a fascinating display of China’s history that is not to be missed.

After a morning of exploration and picture taking, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting The Temple of Heaven. This picturesque sequence of temples and altars are set amongst beautiful, peaceful parkland and originally served as the vast stage for religious processions of eunuchs, courtiers and ministers who prayed twice yearly for atonement and good harvests. The architecture is an impressive feat of engineering with each wall and turret symbolising the order and tradition of the Imperial dynasty.

After a day of picture taking and exploring, head back to the hotel for dinner and relaxation.

 

DAY 3

DAY 3 - Beijing

By morning visit a jade factory and see how this ornamental mineral is turned into stunning works of art. Have a chance to peruse the artefacts including jade buddhas, jade dragons and much more.

In the afternoon visit the Badaling Great Wall, thanks to renovation and conservation, this is the best-preserved section of the Great Wall of China, the largest manmade structure on earth. Stand atop the tower block and gaze at the snaking wall as it makes its way across the tops of the mountains and through thick foliage. Steeped in history, this is not just ancient China’s greatest engineering feat but a direct link to the emperors of China’s history. Made from brick, stone, earth and wood to withstand the weight of battalions of men en route to battle, this is a sight to behold and a memory to treasure for a lifetime.

Enjoy a much-needed lunch in a local restaurant before visiting the Ming Tombs and Sacred Way. This UNESCO-protected heritage site is the final resting place for 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). The mausoleums have been perfectly preserved, as has the necropolis (cemetery) of each of the many emperors. These fascinating tombs each consist of a huge complex designed to protect the burial mound of the emperors within. The route or Sacred Way to each of these tombs is flanked by delightfully detailed stone statue carvings, 12 human (including the general and other officers) and 24 animals (thought to keep watch during the changing of the guard).

After a full and rewarding day, travel back to the hotel for rest and relaxation.

DAY 4

DAY 4 - Beijing – Xi’an

Explore, rest or enjoy a leisurely breakfast before taking to the skies and heading to Xi’an, the eternal city.

This glorious city boasts towering skyscrapers befitting any modern Chinese city but so much more besides. Peel back the curtain just a little and the wealth of Ming-era history is easy to find. A melting pot of people and cultures this bustling city will surprise you with its tranquil pagodas and beautifully intricate temples where you’d least expect to find them. Keen hikers will fall in love with the Wei Valley, a lush green mountain with ancient temples and legendary precipices. Enjoy a day of exploration at your own leisure in this fascinating city.

DAY 5

DAY 5 - Xi’an

Of course, no visit to Xi’an would be complete without witnessing the breath-taking spectacle that is the legendary Terracotta Army. This huge collection of life-size terracotta warriors depicts the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. The figures dizzyingly date all the way back to the third century BCE (210-209 BCE) and were built to protect the emperor in his afterlife.

There are around 8,000 warriors, many of which are laid out in battle formation (including spears and horse-drawn chariots) and are a testament to the power and megalomania of Qin Shi Huang. Discovered, perfectly preserved in 1974, this masterpiece is sure to blow the mind of even the most seasoned traveller.

Enjoy lunch in one of the finest local restaurants before visiting the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Built in 652 during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty (618AD – 907AD), this stunning piece of ancient Tang architecture was built to house Buddhist sutras brought back from India by the monk Xuan Zang. This well-known historic pagoda has a single arched window on each side of every storey where visitors can take in panoramas of the stunning surroundings.

Next, visit the Great Mosque, one of the oldest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China. This fascinating sacred site is a wonderful blend of Chinese and Islamic architecture and is bigger than many of China’s temples. Find a moment of solitude in the glorious gardens and take in the five walled courtyards and huge prayer hall.

DAY 6

DAY 6 - Xi’an - Beijing

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before transferring to Xian Xianyang Airport for the next adventure.

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