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Tour overviewAs this is a sight-seeing and shopping tour, there are seven shopping excursions on this tour, and a minimum amount of time (60mins) must be spent at each shopping site. However, there is no obligation to purchase anything. For those who are not very keen on shopping, visit to shopping sites should be treated as cultural learning experiences s all the products including jade, silk, tea, etc are deeply ingrained in the Chinese culture and well worth learning.
Canada - Beijing
10 May: Toronto - Shanghai 16:25 -18:55
Shanghai - Beijing 21:15-23:40
Upon arrival in Beijing, the capital city of China, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by the tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Beijing has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Today, visit Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to Qing dynasty. Tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient imperial garden in China, and a former summer resort for Emperors. Then, visit a Tong Ren Tang to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, which has existed for thousands of years.
AB, L, SDBeijing
Today's highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall, the most famous image of China, and a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia enroute. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné" Factory. Then we will pass by modern exteriors of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. Your welcome banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck.
Enjoy the day at leisure.
B,L,DSuzhou - Wuxi
This morning, visit the Lingering Garden, one of the classical garden masterpieces on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Suzhou is known as the “Venice of the East” as a large part of the city is covered in water.
Then, visit a Silk Spinning Mill to learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the nest thread and cloth. You will be transferred to Wuxi hotel this afternoon.
B,L,DWuxi - Hangzhou
To start the day, visit a Fresh Water Pearl Farm. Then, head to admire the famous Lingshan Grand Buddha, with a thousand-year old Buddhism temple nearby. Later, you will be transferred to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”.
In the morning, take a boat ride on the West Lake, known for its scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sights. Then experience an oriental tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. After lunch, travel to Shanghai, the vibrant metropolis and commercial center of China. Followed by a walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. It is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days.
Today, visit the Shanghai Museum and indulge in ancient Chinese art, furniture, and jade. Visit Shanghai Old City God Temple area, a busy shopping centre where you may find souvenirs and delicious local food. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon.
19 May: Shanghai - Toronto 12:10 – 14:25
• Return international economy airfares from Toronto/Vancouver
•$480/pp Taxes and fuel surcharges apply to all guests.
• Arrival/departure transfers
• 4-5 Star hotel accommodation
• Daily meals as listed on the itinerary
• All transportation: coach, internal alights, cruise
. • Entrance fees to scenic attractions as indicated
• English-speaking tour guide(s)
Price Does Not Include:
• China visa fees • Insurance of any kind
• Personal expenditure such as s laundry service, souvenirs and telephone calls
- 3 nights in Ramada Beijing North 5* or equivalent
- 1 night in Pan Pacific Hotel Suzhou 5* or equivalent
- 1 night in Swiss-Belhotel Liyuan Wuxi 5* or equivalent
- 1 night in Grand Metro Park Hotel Hangzhou 5* or equivalent
- 2 nights in Wyndham Bund East Hotel Shanghai 5* or equivalent
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