Gourmet China

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Day 1: Arrive Beijing
Arrive at anytime during the day and private transfer to the hotel. An evening group meeting is planned followed by dinner.
·Group Meeting and Beijing Duck Dinner.

Day 2: Beijing
Spend the morning visiting central Beijing's sites.
·Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City

Day 3: Beijing
Spend the day exploring the impressive Great Wall. In the late afternoon, private transfer to Beijing railway station and board the overnight train to Xian.
·Mutianyu Great Wall Excursion
 
Day 4: Xi'an
Arrive in the historical Silk Road city of Xi'an and visit the Muslim quarter, the Gao's Grand Courtyard, Grand Mosque, Bell and Drum Towers.
·Muslim quarter, the Gao's Grand Courtyard, Grand Mosque, Bell and Drum Towers

Day 5: Xi'an
Spend the morning visiting the Terracotta Warriors and leaving the afternoon free to wander the Xi'an city wall.
·Terracotta Warriors, city wall
 
Day 6: Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu and transfer to Leshan to visit the largest Buddha statue carved out of rock in the world.
·Leshan Giant Buddha, Sichuan Hotpot Dinner

Day 7: Chengdu / Leshan
Spend the day visitng Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Jinli Street and Kuanzhai Alley.
·Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Jinli Street and Kuanzhai Alley

Day 8: Hangzhou
A morning flight to Hangzhou and visit famous West Lake and local tea plantations.
·Cycling tour around West Lake, Longjing Tea plantations

Day 9: Wuzhen / Shanghai
Visit the ancient watertown of Wuzhen on the way to the modern metropolis of Shanghai.
·Wuzhen Watertown tour

Day 10: Shanghai
Morning walk through local markets on the way to Shanghai's most famous garden.
·City God’s Temple, Yu Yuan Garden, French Concession

Day 11: Depart
You are free to depart anytime during the day.

Day 1 Beijing (D)
Beijing is the capital of the P.R. China The city, located in northern China, is governed as a direct-controlled municipality under the national government with 16 urban, suburban, and rural districts. As a city combining both modern and traditional architecture, Beijing is a megacity rich in history, exemplified in its global influence in politics, economy, education, history, culture, and technology. Upon arrival at the airport, you will meet for your private transfer to your hotel located in the city center. You will have a 6 pm group meeting at your hotel, and there will be more information about the meeting when you arrive at the hotel. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask at reception. Your group meeting will include details about your trip, followed by an orientation walk and included dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:
• Private airport transfer
• Group meeting

Meals Included:
• Peking Duck dinner

Day 2 Beijing (B)
Today we’ll explore famous sights in Beijing. There will be a lot of walking today as well as using public the subway to get around. After breakfast, we will take the metro to Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument of the People's Heroes and the Great hall of the People. Then enter the Forbidden City, built from 1406 to 1420, a ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government for more than 500 years. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the most extensive collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. After the Forbidden City, we will stroll in the alleys formed by lines of traditional courtyards known by Hutong and experience the local lifestyle of Old Beijing.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:  
• Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
• Walking tour of Hutong area

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 3 Beijing (B)
This morning we’ll take a private bus to visit Great Wall - Mutianyu Section (approx. 2hrs), one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall with 22 towers winding along the mountain ridges. Spend quality time exploring and learning the history of Great Wall of China as well as enjoy the view at Huairou county the suburban area of Beijing. The great idea is to bring a picnic lunch with you to enjoy at the top the wall during a rest break. In the late afternoon, private transfer to Beijing railway station and board the overnight train to Xian.

Accommodation:
• Overnight Soft Sleeper(First Class) Train

Included Activities:
• Mutianyu Great Wall Excursion

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 4 Xi'an (B, L)
Upon arrival private bus transfer to hotel. This afternoon we will visit one of the best-preserved old residences in Xi’an dating back 400 years. The courtyard was once home to seven generations of the Gao family – notable officials of the royal court. To get a taste of traditional local lifestyle through period furniture, pottery, porcelain, and paintings. Then we will take a walk around Muslim quarter, lively markets, Bell and Drum Tower, and visit the Grand Mosque. The Great Mosque of Xi'an is the most significant mosque in China. It was constructed during the Hongwu reign of the Ming dynasty, with further additions during the Qing dynasty. Previous religious complexes are known to have stood on the same site, dating to as early as the Tang dynasty.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:  
• Walking tour - Bell and Drum Tower and Muslim quarter
• The Gao's Grand Courtyard
• The Grand Mosque

Meals Included:
• Breakfast and lunch

Day 5 Xi'an (B, L)
Today we will visit the Terracotta Warriors by private bus. You’ll learn all about this incredible archaeological find, discovered in 1976 by farmers digging a well, after being buried for 2,000 years. Three main pits are open for you to view, where just under 2,000 of the total 6,000 warriors – each individually sculpted from clay, each having a different costume, height, and even facial expressions – stand in battle formation. The scale is incredibly impressive. After the tour, we will enjoy a lunch in a local village. The afternoon we will visit the ancient City Wall, the most significant and best-preserved wall extant in China now, running over 13 kilometers around Xian. 

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:  
• Terracotta Warriors
• City wall tour

Meals Included:
• Breakfast and lunch

Day 6 Xi'an/Chengdu/Leshan/Chengdu (B, D)
Early morning, private transfer to airport to take the flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival, private bus to visit Leshan Giant Buddha. The Leshan Giant Buddha is a 71-meter (233 ft) tall stone statue, built between 713 and 803 (during the Tang Dynasty), depicting Maitreya. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below its feet. It is the largest and tallest stone Buddha statue in the world, and it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world. The area has listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. The afternoon private bus to Chengdu, then check in our downtown hotel. Tonight, you will enjoy one of the country's most renowned dishes - an authentic Sichuan hotpot. Known in Sichuan as 'Huo Guo,' Huo Guo is thought to date back more than 1,000 years. Consisting of a communal pot of spiced broth, everyone can select their own ingredients to be cooked up in this delicious hot liquid.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:  
• Leshan Giant Buddha

Meals Included:
• Breakfast and traditional local hotpot dinner

Day 7 Chengdu (B)
Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, where you're able to witness the conservation efforts being made to save this endearing endangered species. There are only around 1,000 pandas left in the world, and 80% of them found in the mountains in Sichuan. The pandas have over 600 acres of parkland to live in, and you can get up close and learn more about these majestic creatures. Watch them play, eat bamboo, napping, and munching bamboo. We will visit Jinli Street. This street is famous for its historic atmosphere, bustling businesses and most of all its local snacks. Enjoy sticky rice cakes with sesame sauce, spicy chicken on a stick, sweet rice jelly, fried beef pancakes and, for the more adventurous, seasoned rabbits heads. After that, go to Kuanzhai Alley. Kuanzhai Alley, also known as “Wide and Narrow Alley,” consists of three historic paralleled alleys from Qing dynasty.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:  
• Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
• Jinli Street and Kuanzhai Alley

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 8  Chengdu-Hangzhou (B, D)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take a flight to Hangzhou. Hangzhou is the capital city of Zhejiang province located in east China and the southern terminus of the Grand Canal. Today we will explore West Lake. It is a freshwater lake in Hangzhou, China. It divided into five sections by three causeways. There are numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands within the lake. West Lake has influenced poets and painters throughout Chinese history for its natural beauty and historical relics. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. Longjing Tea or dragon well tea of more than 1200 years old is the No. 1 tea in China and regarded as the “Green Queen.”Today we will visit Longjing Tea plantations in Hangzhou to appreciate the beautiful verdant sightseeing and know more about the culture of tea and Chinese nation. At night, we will enjoy a local dinner.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:  
• Walking tour of West Lake
• Longjing Tea plantations

Meals Included:
• Breakfast and dinner

Day 9 Hangzhou/Wuzhen/Shanghai (B)
This morning private bus to Shanghai, and visit the Wuzhen water town on the way. Wuzhen, a 1300-year-old water town on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, is one of China’s top ten historical & cultural towns. It lies within the triangle formed by Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Shanghai. Afternoon private bus back to Shanghai.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:  
• Wuzhen Water Town tour

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 10  Shanghai (B, D)
Today we will visit the City God’s Temple, a folk temple neighboring Yuyuan Garden. The City God Temple in Shanghai originated as the Jinshan God Temple, dedicated to the spirit of Jinshan, or "Gold Mountain," an island off the coast of Shanghai. It was converted into a City God Temple in 1403, during the Yongle era of the Ming dynasty. Its popularity turns the surrounding area into a large pedestrian area that hosts an array of shops, restaurants, teahouses, as well as annual temple fair events. Yuyuan Garden, also called Yu Garden, was originally built in 1559, opened to the public in 1961 and a declared monument in 1982. It is the most extensive ancient garden with Ming and Qing architectural styles. After spending some time in the temple area, you will explore - Shanghai French Concession, a concession area from 1849 till 1943. In almost one century, it develops its distinct character with culture mixture of Chinese and European, also one of the Catholic centers in China.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:
• Yuyuan Garden and City God's Temple
• French Concession

Meals Included:
• Breakfast and dinner

Day 11 Shanghai-Depart (B)
There are no activities planned for the final day, and you can depart the accommodation at any time.

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Tour Code
Start
End
Price(US$)
  • CA-GCBS180910

    Monday

    2018-09-10

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2018-09-20

    From Shanghai

    Over

    US$3051.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-GCBS181015

    Monday

    2018-10-15

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2018-10-25

    From Shanghai

    Over

    US$3051.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-GCBS181112

    Monday

    2018-11-12

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2018-11-22

    From Shanghai

    Available

    US$3051.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-GCBS181210

    Monday

    2018-12-10

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2018-12-20

    From Shanghai

    Available

    US$3051.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-GCBS190325

    Monday

    2019-03-25

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2019-04-04

    From Shanghai

    Available

    US$3051.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-GCBS190408

    Monday

    2019-04-08

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2019-04-18

    From Shanghai

    Available

    US$3051.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-GCBS190513

    Monday

    2019-05-13

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2019-05-23

    From Shanghai

    Available

    US$3051.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-GCBS190610

    Monday

    2019-06-10

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2019-06-20

    From Shanghai

    Available

    US$3051.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-GCBS190708

    Monday

    2019-07-08

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2019-07-18

    From Shanghai

    Available

    US$3051.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-GCBS190812

    Monday

    2019-08-12

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2019-08-22

    From Shanghai

    Available

    US$3051.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-GCBS190909

    Monday

    2019-09-09

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2019-09-19

    From Shanghai

    Available

    US$3051.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-GCBS191014

    Monday

    2019-10-14

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2019-10-24

    From Shanghai

    Available

    US$3051.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-GCBS191111

    Monday

    2019-11-11

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2019-11-21

    From Shanghai

    Available

    US$3051.00

    11
    Days

  • CA-GCBS191209

    Monday

    2019-12-09

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2019-12-19

    From Shanghai

    Available

    US$3051.00

    11
    Days

Visas

A visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei who are allowed visa free stays under 14 days. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China.

In some cases, you may be required to provide further information or documentation and if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.

Booking a Single Room

On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Due to the variety of accommodation used on this tour, single rooms are available for a majority of the nightstops, however it would still mean sharing on any overnight trains. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

Vaccinations and Your Health

We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years. 

Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 18 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. If you are unable to provide all this information at the start of the trip you will not be allowed to join the trip. You can purchase insurance easily online by checking our Travel Insurance page.

Luggage

One main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage – so don’t overload yourself. It is essential that your baggage is lockable; the airline/train authorities insist on this. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.

Itinerary Disclaimer

The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. 

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