Trip Highlights

Beijing

Forbidden City – The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.

Great Wall – The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC; these, later joined together and made bigger, stronger, and unified are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall. Especially famous is the wall built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.

Hutong – Hutongs represent an important cultural element of the city of Beijing. Thanks to Beijing’s long history and status as capital for six dynasties, almost every hutong has its anecdotes, and some are even associated with historic events. In contrast to the court life and elite culture represented by the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven, the hutongs reflect the culture of grassroots Beijingers. The hutongs are residential neighborhoods which still form the heart of Old Beijing.

Xi’an

Ancient City Wall – Ancient City Wall, the fortifications of Xi’an, an ancient capital of China, represent one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Construction of the first city wall of Chang’an began in 194 BCE and lasted for four years. That wall measured 25.7 kilometres ( 16.0 mi) in length, 12–16 metres (39– 52 ft) in thickness at the base. The area within the wall was c. 36 square kilometres (14 sq mi). The existing wall was started by the Ming Dynasty in 1370. It encircles a much smaller city of 14 square kilometres (5.4 sq mi). The wall measures 13.7 kilometres ( 8.5 mi) in circumference, 12 metres ( 39 ft) in height, and 15–18 metres (49– 59 ft) in thickness at the base.

Terracotta Warriors – The Terracotta Army or the “Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses”, is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.
The figures, dating from 3rd century BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi’an, Shaanxi province. The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits nearby Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum. Other terracotta non-military figures were also found in other pits and they include officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.

Guilin

Longji Terrace – Longji (Dragon’s Backbone) Terraced Rice Fields received their name because the rice terraces resemble a dragon’s scales, while the summit of the mountain range looks like the backbone of the dragon. Visitors standing on the top of the mountain can see the dragon’s backbone twisting off into the distance. In an early morning, when the weather is fine, the sunrise on the summit of Longji Rice Terraces is magnificent.

Reed Flute Cave – The Reed Flute Cave is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. It is a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting and has been one of Guilin’s most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. It is over 180 million years old. The cave got its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into melodious flutes. Reed Flute Cave is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes. Inside, there are more than 70 inscriptions written in ink, which can be dated back as far as 792 AD in the Tang Dynasty. These aged inscriptions tell us that it has been an attraction in Guilin since ancient times.

 

Shanghai

The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower is a TV tower in Shanghai, China. Its location at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district, by the side of Huangpu River, opposite of The Bund makes it a distinct landmark in the area. At 468 m (1,535 feet) high, it was the tallest structure in China from 1994–2007, when it was surpassed by the Shanghai World Financial Center. It is classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration.

Suzhou Ancient Water Town – Ancient water town is surrounded by water. The village has as many canals as it does roads. No cars are allowed into the village making it very peaceful and quiet. Little gondolas glide through the canals and people can rent one and travel through the village. The village is filled with elderly people and they are quick to smile at visitors. Sitting next to a canal with your feet in the water, or sitting in a teahouse watching the gondolas pass by is an unforgettable experience.

Itinerary

Day 1
Depart Home – Beijing
Begin your journey with the international flight to Beijing
Meet and transfer to the hotel with your tour manager
In-Flight
In-Flight Meal

Day 2
Beijing – Visit Tiananmen Square
Walk through the Forbidden City, home of the Chinese emperors and their household for five centuries
Visit Hutong, the local and traditional Beijingese living area. Take the option to ride on rickshaw and have a special lunch hosted by local family (US$50 or RMB300 pp, paid on tour)
Experience traditional Chinese Tea Culture
Visit Silk factory to learn famous Chinese silk
Enjoy an optional Evening Entertainment – The Legend of Kung Fu (US$35 or RMB200 pp, paid on tour)
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3
Beijing – Visit 2008 Olympic Games Sites , Bird’s Nest & Water Cube (Outside)
Visit Jade factory to learn Chinese Jade culture
Walk in the clouds while hiking the 2,000-year-old Great Wall of China
Visit Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) researching centre ,and get some experiences about Chinese herb medicine and enjoy foot massage (at your own expense) after hiking on the great wall
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4
Beijing – To experience Morning exercise -Tai Chi lesson , Temple of Heaven
Pearl Factor Outlet – A great place to buy pearls in China with “wholesale” prices, every strand of lovely sea and freshwater pearls is negotiable
Optional to visit Beijing Zoo to see Pandas in the afternoon (US$50 or RMB300 pp, paid on tour)
Take the option to enjoy Acrobatic Show in the evening (US$35 or RMB200 pp, paid on tour)
Breakfast

Day 5
Beijing – Xi’an
Arrival Xi’an, ancient city in China. Visit the City Wall, one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world
Sightseeing tour includes Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Provincial Museum. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was regarded the landmark of Xi’an
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6
Xi’an – Tour the exhibit of the historical Terracotta Warriors
Muslim Quarter and the traditional market
Enjoy Traditional Chinese Dumplings banquet with Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show (US$50 or RMB300 pp paid on tour)
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7
Xi’an – Guilin – Longji
Take scheduled flight to Guilin
Visit elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin landscape
Drive to Longji, terraced-rice field, where Yao and Zhuang people live
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8
Longji – Yangshuoi
Go to Xingping to take the bamboo raft on Li River
Enjoy shopping in Xi Jie, or there is the optional tour (US$30 pp) to rent a bicycle or a tuk-tuk to go around the countryside and get an up close and personal look at the hills of Yangshuo and the life of Chinese farmer
Optional Evening Show: The “Liu San Jie” evening show (The Impression Show)
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9
Yangshuo – Guilin
Free at leisure in Yangshuo to explore natural scenic (mountain and river)
Drive back to Guilin and visit Reed Flute Cave in Guilin
Transport to Guilin station to take scheduled overnight train to Shanghai (soft sleeper)
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10
Shanghai – Arrive in Shanghai in the afternoon, and transferred to hotel for check in.
Free at leisure to take the optional evening Shanghai city tour (US$80 pp): Visit Pearl of Orient TV Tower, the Bund & Nanjing Road (Walking District) and Huangpu river cruise.
Breakfast

Day 11
Shanghai – Free time to explore Shanghai by own, or take the optional excursion to ancient water town, a famous river town near Shanghai. Take the canal ride boat to experience ancient water town life (US$120 pp, lunch included)
Breakfast

Day 12
Shanghai – Home
You will be transferred to the airport via your schedule flight back home or continue your journey to visit other cities in China
Breakfast

Fine Print

Tour Dates:

2016 Dec 09,
2017 Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 24, April 21, May 19, Jun 16, Jul 7, Aug 11, Sep 15, Oct 13, Nov 17

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • South African local home to airport Uber/Zebra Cabs Transfer Voucher R300
  • 2 x DEALZILLA Comprehensive Travel Insurance supplied by Bidvest Insurance Group
  • 2 x Bidvest Global Multi-Currency Visa/MasterCard ATM Cards
  • Corporate Forex Rates Through Bidvest Forex Exchange
  • R1500 Flight Ticket Voucher Per Person if Flights are booked through DEALZILLA
  • Private air-conditioned Vehicle during the tour
  • Transportation to and from hotel, airports, and sightseeing places
  • Standard room for accommodations
  • Meals specified in the itinerary
  • Entry fees for sightseeing places in the itinerary (except optional excursions)
  • English speaking tour guide

PACKAGE EXCLUDES

  • China Visa fees if applied
  • Tour tipping US$150 per person
  • Single Supplement $600 per person
  • Meals and beverages, other than specified
  • Laundry and other items of a personal nature
  • Trip delay, or interruption by airline schedule change
  • Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above
  • Extra cost or missing tour caused by flight delay or cancel
  • International Flights

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