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Several shopping excursions are arranged during the tours. A minimum amount of time (60 mins) must be spent at each shopping site.However, there is no obligation to purchase anything. For those who are not very keen on shopping, visits to shopping sites should be treated as cultural learning experiences as all the products including jade, silk, tea, etc are deeply ingrained including jade, silk, tea, etc are deeply ingrained in the Chinese culture and well worth learning.
Canada - Beijing
(Hainan Airline) HU7976 Toronto 17:20 – Beijing 18:50
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.
(AB, L, D)Beijing
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. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional tour with dinner, a large scale dramatic musical-”The Golden Mask Dynasty” ($65/RMB340).
(AB, L, SD)Beijing
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.
(B)Beijing – Shanghai – Suzhou
Enjoy the morning at your leisure, or join an optional Temple of Heaven and Hutong Tour (including lunch) for $79/RMB420. Temple of Heaven, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. Then take a famous rickshaw Hutong Tour & Local Family Visit, this package also includes a traditional Beijing Zhajiangmian (“Fried Sauce noodles”) as lunch. Hutongs are traditional alley ways that form an integral part of Beijing’s old city neighbourhood communities. Take a traditional rickshaw ride for an immersive tour to get a wonderful glimpse into yesterday’s world, the old way of life, and traditional Beijing culture. See the dramatic changes the city has undergone, and continue to visit a local family and local market in the Hutongs afterwards. In the afternoon, depart for Shanghai, and then transferred to Suzhou.
(B/L/D)Suzhou – 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. After lunch, you may take an optional cruise along the Grand Canal for a glimpse of the local life and China’s golden waterway in its heyday ($30/RMB160). 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 this afternoon.
(B/L/D)Wuxi – 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 evening, you may enjoy an optional performance show “Impression West Lake”, and see the story of West Lake come alive before your eyes ($90/RMB450).
(B/L/D)Hangzhou - Shanghai
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. This evening, you may take the optional Huangpu River Night Cruise to get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai ($50/RMB250).
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. In the evening, attend a thrilling optional Chinese acrobatic show “ERA – The Intersection of Time” at your own expense ($65/RMB340).
(B,L,D)Shanghai - Xi’an
After breakfast, fly to Xi’an. Xi’an was the first Chinese city to open its doors to the world during the Tang Dynasty. Over a period of more than 2000 years, Xi’an was the capital for eleven dynasties. Upon arrival, you will visit the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum and see the attached life-sized defending army to the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. This site is regarded as “the eighth wonder of the world” and is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century. Visit an Art Ceramics Factory before we enjoy the special local Imperial Dumpling Banquet Dinner and the traditional Tang Dynasty Singing and Dancing Show in the evening.
Visit the Shanxi Provincial Historical Museum in the morning. Enjoy a local special noodle lunch and watch a Noodle Making Demonstration. After lunch, visit the Ancient City Wall which is not only the most complete city wall that has survived in China, but also one of the largest and most complete ancient military defense systems in the world. Then, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city. It is said to have been built to house and protect Buddhist scriptures collected by the Chinese monk, Xuan Zang, the key figure in the classical Chinese novel, “Jouney to the West”.
(B)Xi’an - Canada
(Hainan Airline) HU7138 Xi’an 10:30 – Beijing 12:20 23 April 2018
HU7975 Beijing 14:25 – Toronto 15:15 23 April 2018
Day3 Beijing “The Golden Mask Dynasty” ($65/RMB340)
Day5 Beijing “Hutong Life Tour with lunch” ($79/RMB420)
Day6 Suzhou “Grand Canal Cruise” ($30/RMB160)
Day7 Hangzhou “Impression West Lake” ($90/RMB450)
Day8 Shanghai “Huangpu River Night Cruise” ($50/RMB250)
Day9 Shanghai “ERA Show-The Intersection of Time” ($65/RMB340)
• Prices are per person based on twin
• Departing from Toronto with Hainan Airline
• No child discount
• Tour prices are subject to change without prior notice. Please check
with your travel agent or our website for the latest information
• Single supplement $529/pp.
• Return international economy airfares
• Airport taxes and fuel surcharges. ($480/pp)
• Arrival/departure transfers
• 4-5 Star hotel accommodation
• Daily meals as listed on the itinerary
• All transportation: coach, internal flights, cruise.
• Entrance fees to scenic attractions as indicated
• English-speaking tour guide(s)
Price Does Not Include
• China visa fees
• Insurance of any kind
• Prepaid Tipping: $120 for 12 days
• Personal expenditure such as laundry service,
souvenirs and telephone calls
- Beijing: Ramada Beijing North or Similar 5*
- Suzhou: Suzhou Qingshan Hotel or Similar 5*
- Wuxi: Swiss bell hotel Liyuan or Similar 5*
- Hangzhou: Jinma Palace or Similar 5*
- Shanghai: Wyndam Bund East Hotel Shanghai or Similar 5*
- Xi’an: Titan Times Hotel 5* or Similar
*Nexus Holidays reserve the right to substitute hotels in similar standard if the
hotels listed in the flyer are not available.