Best of China-9 Day Itinerary

$999pp based on double occupancy
Type of Tour: PRIVATE-Agent escorted Trip

Departure Date: April 08, 2017
Tour Code: FMBC09

Visit: Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou

Highlights: Palace for the royal family-Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China; royal
retreat-Summer Palace, largest city of China-Shanghai, Venice of the East-Suzhou, West Lake
Hotels: 5 star

Day 1: U.S. – Beijing, China (In-Flight Meals)
Today depart from the U.S. for Beijing.

Day 2: Arrival in Beijing
Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and then escort you to check
into your hotel.
Overnight: Four Points Hotel by Sheraton OR similar

Day 3: Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City (B)
Your exploration of Beijing begins with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public
squares in the world, and then takes in the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was originally constructed by the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700’s and onwards. Afterwards, visit a Pearl Factory to gain a little knowledge of fresh pearls. In the afternoon, take the opportunity to join an optional tour (not included) to see Beijing’s 700 year old Hutong’s (narrow lanes) area by old fashioned pedicab as well as visit a local family living in a courtyard style home to experience the local customs of old Beijing people and their unique architectural structure. The optional tour also includes a visit to Shichahai, a historic scenic area consisting of three lakes (Qianhai, meaning Front Sea; Houhai, meaning Back Sea and Xihai, meaning West Sea), surrounding places of historic interest and scenic beauty and remnants of old-style local residences, Hutong and Courtyard.
Optional Tour: Hutongs tour and lunch with local family $50
Overnight: Four Points Hotel by Sheraton OR similar

Day 4: Great Wall Of China (B,L)
On the way to the Great Wall you will make a stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of Jade. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as “Yu”, and it has a history in China of at least four thousand years. Observe the skilled artisans at work as they create their intricate designs. Afterwards take a scenic drive through the countryside and mountains to reach China’s most renowned monument—the Great Wall. Visit the less-visited and more original Juyong Pass and try to avoid other sections, which are the most accessible, and consequently the most crowded. The Great Wall meanders through China’s northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert—a distance of over 3500 miles!
Tonight, take the opportunity to attend an optional large-scale dramatic musical, “The Golden
Mask Dynasty” (not included).
Optional Tour: The Golden Mask Dynasty $50
Overnight: Four Points Hotel by Sheraton OR similar

Day 5: Beijing – Suzhou (High speed bullet train experience) (B)
Enjoy a high-speed bullet train experience from Beijing to Suzhou (approximately a 5-hour
journey). Suzhou, which dates back to 514 BC, is sometimes called the “Venice of the East”.
Visit Shan Tang Street, which has always been regarded as the first name of Suzhou ancient streets. It has a long history of about 1,100 years, its layout and architecture are the best to represent the characteristics of Suzhou’s old alleys, and it has connections to many ancient Chinese celebrities and anecdotes. Take the opportunity to cruise along the Grand Canal (not included) to view life along China’s ancient waterway.
Optional Tour: Cruise on the Grand Canal $30
Overnight: Grand Metropark Hotel, Suzhou OR similar

Day 6: Suzhou – Hangzhou (B)
Today visit the famous Lingering Garden. The Lingering Garden is a renowned classical Chinese
garden and is recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
China is known for its silk, so of course a visit to the Silk Spinning Factory is in order. Afterwards drive to Hangzhou (approximately a 2-hour coach ride). Hangzhou is considered the tea capital of China, so a visit to the city just isn’t complete without a trip to a local tea house. Make a special visit to the Tea House at Meijiawu Tea Village located at the hinterland of West Lake Park, which is considered one of the most important Longjing tea productions in China. Enjoy the natural environment and beautiful village scenery while learning more about their special tea culture and how to appreciate the sophisticated taste and aroma of Longjing tea. At the Tea House, learn how to make the Longjing Tea including tea leaves picking, frying and tasting.
Overnight: Grand Metropark Hotel, Hangzhou OR similar

Day 7: Hangzhou – Shanghai (B)
This morning start this amazing day with a small boat ride on the West Lake another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which reveals the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou’s willow draped islands. Afterwards drive to Shanghai (approximately a 2-hour coach ride) to visit the famous Bund. Shanghai is divided by the Huangpu River into eastern and western sections. Modern mega high rises are seen on the eastern side while traditional European style architecture may be seen on the western side. The Bund is a five-block riverfront promenade with many of Shanghai’s banks and trading houses. Tonight take the opportunity to watch a superb and thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show “ERA: The Intersection of Time” (not included).
Optional Tour: ERA: The intersection of Time $50
Overnight: Renaissance Caohejing Hotel OR similar

Day 8: Shanghai (B)
This morning step back in time at the Shanghai Museum with more than 120,000 art objects on
show, including a priceless collection of jade, bronze, ceramics, paintings, and furniture. Enjoy
some free time at leisure this afternoon or join an optional half-day tour of Shanghai (not
included) including Yu Garden, believed to have been built in the Ming Dynasty, more than 400
years ago. The exquisite layout, beautiful scenery, and the artistic style of the garden architecture have made the garden one of the highlights of Shanghai. Other attractions include Xintiandi, Old Town and Nanjing Road. In the evening, take the opportunity to join the optional “Night Cruise on the Huangpu River” (not included).
Optional tour: Night Cruise on the Huangpu River $30
Overnight: Renaissance Caohejing Hotel OR similar

Day 9: Shanghai – U.S. (B, In-Flight Meals)
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.
Farewell…

Note: The order of attractions might be adjusted for a better tour experience.

Included:
High Speed Train: Beijing-Suzhou
5 star Hotels and daily breakfast
Airport pickups and drop-offs
Ground transfers
Professional English-speaking guides
Admission fees

Excluded:
China visa fees
International airfares
Optional tours
Tips to guides and driver ($8-10/day)
Single room supplement ($399)

Personal expenses Travel insurance: contact Wild Art Safaris, LLC for insurance recommendations and resources To acquire your visa contact: Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. 2201 Wisconsin Ave. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20007 202-328-2500 china-embassy.org $140 USD/approx4 days to process

To book this tour or make inquiries contact:
Linda Bittner/Wild Art Safaris, LLC 1908 Compton Road/Cincinnati, OH 45231 513-600-1955 wildartsafaris@gmail.com