Officially the people’s republic of China, is a sovereign state located in East Asia. It is the world’s most populous country, with a population of over 1.35 billion. China is the world’s second-largest country by land area. Everyone’s talking about China. And if you’re not, you’re probably wearing or using something that was made there. With one of the oldest civilizations, a violent, imperial, and often reclusive past, and a now booming economy that promises to take over the world. A terrain as diverse as the cuisine, an ancient, all-pervasive culture, and some of the most modern cities on earth, China is an absolute must-see.
Capital : Beijing
Official Language : Mandarin
Government : People’s Republic of China
Currency : Yuan/Renminbi
Time Difference : China is 2 hours 30 minutes ahead of India
Best Time to Visit : March to May and September to November
FORBIDDEN CITY, TEMPLE OF HEAVEN & SUMMER PALACE IN BEIJING
Visit the Forbidden City, the largest and most well-preserved ancient imperial residence in China today. Next, visit the Temple of Heaven and then a Chinese traditional Silk Arts Centre. Enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant before visiting the exquisitely designed Summer palace, the best-preserved imperial garden in the world.
VISIT GREAT WALL
Visit the Great Wall – Huangya pass at the northernmost tip of the Tianjin. Then visit the Temple of Solitary Joy (Dule si) with its 16m-high statue of Guanyin, the largest existing terracotta figure in China. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Eastern Qing Tombs, amongst the finest, best-preserved and largest of the extant tomb complexes. Admire the exquisite architecture of Dingdongling, the tomb of Empress Dowager Cixi and visit Yuling, the tomb of Emperor Qianlong. Visit a Tea House to enjoy a tea ceremony.
XIUSHUI SILK MARKET
Visit xiushui Silk Market at xiushui Dongjie. Browse 410 stalls offering garments, silk products, traditional handicrafts, souvenirs and various international branded products. Enjoy a tea ceremony at a Chinese Tea House.
IMPERIAL CRUISE, SUMMER PALACE IN BEIJING
Enjoy a royal cruise along the Changhe river from the Beijing Exhibition Centre pier and cruise past the Beijing Aquarium, Zhenjue Temple, purple Bamboo park, longevity Temple and other landmarks to the Summer palace. Enter through the South Gate and enjoy your visit. return to Beihai park for a delicious Imperial Dinner at Fanshan restaurant.
GUANGZHOU CITY TOUR
Visit the Dr. Sun Yat-sen, a gorgeous octagonal structure with strong national features. Then visit the landmark of Guangzhou – the Five rams Statue on Yuexiu Mountain, Guangzhou Museum and the Arts and Crafts Center. After lunch at a restaurant, continue to the Chen Clan Academy and then visit Hualin Temple housing 500 golden Buddhist statues. Finally visit Shamian Island, a former British and French enclave, home to some of the best preserved European architecture in China.
PEARL RIVER CRUISE IN GUANGZHOU
Cruise along the dazzling Guangzhou pearl river, whose beauty matches that of the Seine. Enjoy a delicious buffet onboard. Sail from the White Goose pool to the Guangzhou Bridge before heading to Baihedong, admiring the scenery as you glide along
CITY TOUR OF SHANGHAI
Visit Fuxing park, originally a private garden during the Ming Dynasty; the park was taken over by the French after the opium War and converted it into a typical parisian city park. Visit the famous Jade Buddha Temple housing two very precious jade Buddha statues which were brought from Burma. Visit Nanjing road, one of the best shopping streets in Shanghai and enjoy a beautiful cityscape from the Bund. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Visit the Shanghai Museum and the 100 year old Yu Garden in the old city.
SU ZHOU & ZHOU IN SHANGHAI
Visit Su Zhou, a 600 BC town in the Yangtze basin, with interconnected waterways and beautiful environment and often referred to as “The Venice of the East”. It escaped the ravages of the Cultural Revolution and its famous gardens survived almost intact. Visit the Master of Nets Garden, panmen Ancient City Wall, Grand Canal and a silk factory. After lunch, visit Zhou Zhuang famous for its simple architecture, well preserved for over 900 years. Visit an old residence in the old town and take a boat ride.
XIAN CITY TOUR
See the Great Wild Goose pagoda, the symbol of xi’an, first built during the Tang Dynasty to keep safe Buddhist scriptures brought back from India by Monk xuan Zhang. Visit the Tang Dynasty City Walls built when Chang’an was the capital. The wall is the only complete city wall that exists in China.
TERRACOTTA WARRIORS IN XIAN
See the 6,000 terracotta figures of warriors and horses that were buried underground for more than 2000 years. The site is now the famous terra-cotta Museum, which consists of three main buildings, pit 1, pit 2 and pit 3. The three pits occupy an area of 2,000 square meters, housing about 8,000 life-size pottery warriors and horses. These are acclaimed as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World.