Tour Cities:BeijingXianLuoyangZhengzhouNanjingSuzhouShanghai
Tour Code:ACT-Highlights-09

This 15 days Chinese Ancient Capitals & Culture Beijing Pingyao Xi'an Luoyang Nanjing Suzhou Shanghai to see Great Wall, Terra Cotta Army Warriors, Longmen Grottoes, Suzhou gardens & Zhouzhuang Water Town and more....

Day 1Arrival in Beijing

Welcome to China! Upon your arrival at Beijing’s airport, your local guide will meet you and escort you to check in the hotel. The rest of the day for your free relax to explore the city.

Day 2Beijing

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Beijing Hutongs

Your today tour starts with a morning strolling across the world's grandest city central square, Tiananmen Square, witnessed many historical events and significant celebrations through over 500 years. Then you will enter from its south gate to the Forbidden City, the world's largest palace complex where the emperors and his family had once worked and lived.

Go on a visit to Beijing Hutongs - the old lanes and courtyard houses. Take a rickshaw or biking to explore Beijing's charming lanes. The visit to a local family, who've lived in the Hutongs for generations, offers a local perspective of history, and is a highlight of the Hutongs for most of tourists.

Option: Peking Opera for night show and Beijing Roast Duck for dinner.

The Forbidden City

Day 3Beijing

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: The Sacred Road, Badaling Great Wall

After breakfast, you will pay a morning visit to the world's greatest man-made projects, the Great Wall at Mutianyu section, set up as a military fortification more than 2,000 years ago. Then vist the Sacred Road of Ming Tombs and Dingling, an ancient emperor's mausoleum group of the Ming Dynasty with underground palace.

On the way back to Beijing downtown, you will have a stop for an outside look of two famous Olimpic site: Bird Nest (National Stadium) and Water Cube (National Aquatics Center).

The Sacred Road

Day 4Beijing/Taiyuan

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: Temple of Heaven

After breakfast you will pay a morning visit to Temple of Heaven, once a site where the emperors offered sacrifices to the heaven, it is even larger than the Forbidden City. Its main buildings progressing from south to north are the Circular Mound Altar, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest.

After lunch you will be driven to train station for the bullet train to Taiyuan (3 hours), the capital city of Shanxi Province. Upon arrival in Taiyuan , your local guide will meet you and escort you to the hotel for rest.

Temple of Heaven

Day 5Taiyuan/Pingyao

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: Qiao Mansion

After breakfast, we drive to ancient royal garden Jinci Temple, which is famous for the frescoes. Continue to Qiao Family Compound – the typical residence of rich Jin Businessman, which is built in in 1756 in the Qing Dynasty. The Qiao Compound gained its renown not only for its large scale but also for the exquisite craftsmanship reflected in the brick carving, woodcarving and murals.

Proceed to Pingyao Ancient City from Qiao Family Compound and have free time in the old down.

Qiao Mansion

Day 6Pingyao/Xian

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: Pingyao Ancient City Wall

After breakfast, your sightseeing will begin with a visit to the City Wall of Pingyao, which has been well preserved. As a whole, the rectangular wall resembles a tortoise, which was considered as a symbol of longevity traditionally. Ascending the wall, you could overlook the ancient city of Pingyao. Then, get down from the wall and have a stroll on the traditional Ming-Qing Street. On both sides of this not very wide street, there are many buildings in ancient Chinese architecture style, which used to be firms, exchange shops and different kinds of shops like teashop, cloth shop and salt shop. Nowadays, some of them have been turned to hotels, restaurants or shops selling souvenirs while some have been preserved as attraction sites and museums.

Your next stop is the Temple of City God, one of the best-preserved Temples of City God in China. Its distinctive feature lies in the combination of the Temple of the God of Wealth and the Temple of the Kitchen God, which are separately situated to its right and left. Following, you will proceed to Ri Sheng Chang Exchange Shop and Tong Xing Gong. Ri Sheng Chang Exchange Shop is the first money exchange shop in China as well as the founder of Chinese modern banks, which has played an important role in Chinese financial business for about one century. Tong Xing Gong was an establishment which provided private escort service for the exchange shops to guard their safety during transportation. The last travel destination today is Shuanglin Monastery, about 4 miles to the city. This is a construction in castle style which is especially renowned for the painted clay sculptures.

In the later afternoon you will take a bullet train (3 hours) to Xi'an.

Pingyao Ancient City Wall

Day 7Xi'an

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses , Big Wild Goose Pagoda

After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will meet you and you will be driven to visit the incredible Terracotta Warriors. Go on to visit the Daqin terra-cotta making factory see all kinds of models of Terracotta Warriors. After lunch you will be driven to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, where housed in a huge temple complex, the ancient pagoda was built to house Buddhist Sutras brought to China from India.

Option: In the evening you may choose to enjoy an Chinese Dumplings Feast and amazing Tang Dynasty Show, which bring the pageantry and music of the ancient Tang Dynasty to life.

Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses

Day 8Xi'an/Luoyang

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: Shaanxi Provincial Museum, Pingyao Ancient City Wall

After breakfast, your guide will meet you and you will be driven for a visit to the Shaanxi History Museum to discover Xian's amazing history. After that you will go on a walk or a biking on the top of Ancient City Wall to get a bird's eye view of this ancient capital. Then visit Xi'an Muslim Street for a relax.

In the late afternoon you will take a morning bullet train (2 hours) to Luoyang. Upon arrival, we will transfer to check in the hotel for a rest.

Shaanxi Provincial Museum

Day 9Luoyang

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: White Horse Temple, Longmen Grottoes

After breakfast, we will start a full day Luoyang tour to visit to the Longmen Grottoes to see the dedicated carved Buddhist sculptures along the both banks of Yi River. There are 2,345 caves with 2,680 statues, over 70 stupas and 2,680 inscribed stone tablets, some of them could be dated back to 493 AD.

Another 30 minute’s drive will proceed to White Horse Temple, which is said to be the first Buddhist temple of China. Its name was from the white horses that carried the Buddhist scriptures and statues brought back from India after Buddhism was first introduced to China along the ancient Silk Road. A full day Luoyang city tour will end with a visit to Luoyang Museum for the wide range collections of relics, including pottery, painting and so on.

White Horse Temple

Day 10Luoyang/Sholin Temple/Zhengzhou

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: Shaolin Temple

Take a morning drive less than 2 hours from Luoyang to famous Shaolin Temple – the birth place of Shaolin Kungfu, situated in Songshan Mountain in Dengfeng city. In this UNESCO world Heritage site, you can watch the live Kungfu performance by monks and admire the impressive buildings inside mountains. Drive ahead to Zhengzhou in the late afternoon.

Shaolin Temple

Day 11Zhengzhou/Nanjing

Meals: B,L

After breakfast, we will take a morning bullet train (3.5 hours) to Luoyang. Upon arrival, you will start your Nanjing tour to visit Ming Xiaoling Tomb. Overnight in Nanjing.

Day 12Nanjing/Suzhou

Meals: B,L

After breakfast, you will contiue your Nanjiang tour to visit the Nanjing Massacre, Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum, Zhonghua Gate, Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge and more.... Then you will take an afternoon bullet train to Suzhou.

Day 13Suzhou

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: No.1 Silk Factory, Humble Administrator Garden

Today you will start your full day tour with first visit to the Humble Administrator's Garden, which is the largest classical garden in this region and praised to be one of the top four gardens in China. Tiger Hill is next stop. Then vist Suzhou Silk Museum, Panmen Gate. In the evening enjoy Night Garden Show in the Master of the Nets Garden.

No.1 Silk Factory

Day 14Suzhou/Zhouzhuang/Shanghai

Meals: B,L

Today, you are driving to Zhouzhuang which is the No.1 Water Town of China. Surrounded by water, Zhouzhuang blends the unsophisticated residential houses, paved narrow lanes, stone bridges and some historical sites. Besides of experiencing the folk culture, it is suggested that you pay a visit to Shen House, Milou Tower and Chengxu Taoist Temple. Shen House is the former residence of Shen Wansan, who was the richest businessman in the 14th century of the early Ming Dynasty. The two-storey wooden Milou Tower once was a popular restaurant where some noted literators always visited. After one day's tour, we will drive you to Shanghai.

Day 15Shanghai Departure

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: The Bund Shanghai

After breakfast, you will start a full day tour in Shanghai to visit the Shanghai Museum, Shikumen, Old Concession Area. Then you will have a bird view of Shanghai city on the top of Jinmao Tower and enjoy coastal sight at the Bund of Shanghai.

After that you will take a short relax until a transfer to the Shanghai Pudong Airport for the flight to your next destination.

The Bund Shanghai
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  • Want to know the available dates of this tour. What about visiting Tibet ?

Price Includes:

Transportation & Private Transfers:

Transportation cost covers all the domestic airfare of economy class with airport tax, train tickets between the cities as the itinerary specified.


Transfer between airports, railway station, hotels and scenic spots for sightseeing around the cities that are specified by the itinerary with private air conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.


Entrance Fees:

All entrance fees to the scenic spots listed in the itinerary. The final arrangement will be determined by private tour guides depends on the real-time local circumstances wheather are beyond the control of Access China Travel. We will adhere to the original itinerary as accurately as possible. 


Normal Meals:

All normal meals as the itinerary specified: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner in local  restaurant. Breakfasts are served in hotel, breakfasts have Chinese or Western style for your option; Lunches are served in carefully selected quality local Chinese restaurants with best service, your lunches will be ordered by your guide catering to your preferences within normal standard. Dinners as the itinerary specified will be also served in local Chinese restaurants. The meal quotation is normalized. If you have any special request about meals, like vegetarian, famous rare dishes, Indian food or more, please inform us in advance. For the unspecified dinners, you will have dinner on your own. Feel free to ask your local guide for suggestions or recommendation.


Private Sightseeing Escort:

Normal sightseeing activities as the itinerary listed will be escorted with English-speaking guide. The English-speaking guide and driver in each city are with you throughout the entire itinerary around that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.


Hotel Accommodation:

Hotel service criterion: two adults share on one standard twin/double-bed room; solo traveler who want to occupy one twin/double-bed room assigned is required for extra single supplement rate. A single room is available on prior request at an additional cost; if a recommended hotel unavailable, it will be replaced by one of the same class. All hotels as the itinerary listed serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.


Tour Arrangements:

The tour cost includes the planning, handling, booking, operation and communication charges.


Service Charge & Government Taxes

Price Excludes:

International airfare or train tickets for entry or exit China, unless that is noted or required otherwise.
Visa Fees, passport application or renewal fee.
Excess Baggage Charges.


Personal Expenses:

Expenses of a purely personal nature such as excess luggage fees, laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities (shows) and meals, beverages...



Any meal are not specified in the itinerary with "B", "L" or "D".


Any extra cost caused by the changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, government and local authority orders, politics, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations; as well as tourist law violation, accident damages or injury incurred out of Access China Travel control.



Tips to guides, escort, drivers bellman, etc.