Arrive in Beijing Capital Airport after refreshing at hotel, later this afternoon go to visit the Tiananmen Square – the world’s largest including an exterior view of the ultra-modern “Egg” National Performing Arts Center. This evening enjoy a welcome banquet featuring Peking Duck this evening at a decent local restaurant.
After Chinese & Western food buffet breakfast in hotel, go to visit the Temple of Heaven nearby, a UNESCO culture heritage site, observe Beijing residents doing traditional Taichi and other exercises in the well-maintained park. Behold the beautiful Hall of Prayers, an ornate structure built of wood without using a single nail or adhesive. Afterwards transfer to visit the Forbidden City, magnificent imperial palaces of Ming and Qing dynasties for almost 500 years. After lunch, transfer to the Summer Palace, on the way have a stop at Beijing Zoo to see the lovely giant Pandas, tour the enchanting Summer Palace, a renowned imperial retreat of the Qing dynasty royal family and retinue. The Long Corridor, Marble Boat, Seventeen-Arch Bridge, and Longevity Hill are all structures of grace and beauty. Enjoy a boat ride on the vast Kunming Lake.
Buffet breakfast in hotel. Put on your hiking shoes for an excursion to the extraordinary Great Wall of China. Out in the hills, we visit the rugged and scenic Jiuyongguan section which better exemplifies the fine Ming dynasty era construction. After lunch in a decent local restaurant, we go to visit the Ming Tombs, the burial sites of 13 emperors of Ming Dynasty ( 1368-1644 A.D.) with their empresses and concubines, another UNESCO culture heritage site, have a look at the mausoleum of the 3rd emperor and have a relaxing walking along “the Spirit Way”, the stone animal avenue. Transfer back to the hotel by evening, on the way have a photo stop at the 2008 Beijing Olympics Park to have an exterior view of those magnificent stadiums including Bird’s Nest and Water Cube.
BEIJING – SHANGHAI BY HIGH SPEED TRAIN
Buffet breakfast in hotel. Check out hotel and transfer to Beijing South Train Station, board the high speed train to Shanghai with all of your belongings. Prepare some food for lunch in advance.
Met by local English speaking guide at the exit of train station on arrival in Shanghai, and transfer to the centrally located hotel, check in for 2-night staying; balance of the day is at leisure.
Buffet breakfast in hotel; then head out to visit the exquisite Yuyuan Garden constructed in 1559 and the European Art-Deco architecture of the Bund. Gaze across the Huangpu River at the towering structures of the ultra-modern Pudong district. In the afternoon, visit the Pudong district including having a bird’s eye view of the whole city from the top of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Later today have some free shopping time at the Nanjing Road, the most famous pedestrian shopping street in China.
TRANSFER TO SHANGHAI AIRPORT
Buffet breakfast in hotel, check out hotel then transfer to the airport .
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