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SCIC Chinese Medicine Study Course and Silk Road Explorations is available in Easter Period. Special offer from USD$1980 per person. This 14 days fully exclusive trip that covers Beijing, Dunhuang, Turfan and Urumqi. Don't miss it. More trips are available including the Yangtze River Cruise, Yellow Mountain Painting Trip, Shaolin, Wudang Mt and Terracotta Warriors Trips.

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The way you organized the tour was superb and from a cultural aspect gave good insights into Chinese customs, their civilization and their achievements from both past and present. Give a great thanks to you and your team!

-Barry Phelon UK-

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Classic China Tour 1
Beijing/Xian /Shanghai /Suzhou 10 Days

Detailed itinerary

Day 1 Beijing
Activities:Airport pick up, hotel transfer, trip briefing and orientation, welcome dinner

Upon arrival, please follow the exit signs and look out for our SCIC Sign or someone holding a sign showing your name. After the hotel check –in, an Orientation meeting will be arranged where our representative will provide you with full details of the trip, including a local map, itinerary, timetable, emergency contact numbers, currency and the locations of local amenities such as pubs, supermarkets, banks, Internet Cafe and the post office. After taking a stroll around the hotel, we will have a more extensive escorted walking tour of the neighborhood, so you can get accustomed to the surroundings and familiarize yourself with the local amenities.

Day 2 Beijing
Activities: Tian’an Men Square, Forbidden City, Hotong with Rickshaw, Peking Opera Show.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast we will head to Tian’an Men Square. It’s amazing to walk through this immense square, with its great variety of magnificent sculptures. The square leads into the Forbidden City is a "must see" in Beijing. It is the largest and flamboyantly decorated palace in the world with unparallel historical relics. Having seen the home of an Emperor, a rickshaw ride to the typical architecture and community life of a Hutong district is equally memorable. Here, through the hospitality of local families, you can gain an authentic experience of everyday life in this distinctive form of community.
In the evening you will have another unforgettable experience with a visit to the Peking Opera, embodying the quintessential elements of the players’ performing skills. The show embraces live singing, martial arts, acrobatics and Peking Opera performed in traditional costumes and make-up.

Day 3 Beijing
Activities: Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Tea House, Peking Duck  
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Undoubtedly, the Great wall is one of the world greatest tourist attractions, hence the old saying “A man isn’t a real man if he has not climbed the Great Wall.” Stretching across 5,000 kilometers (3,333) miles of unforgiving terrain, it was intended originally as a defense against nomadic invaders from the north and has now become a universally recognized symbol of China. After visiting the Great Wall there is time to visit a teahouse, participating in a traditional tea ceremony with a chance to sample many kinds of teas, chat and relax. Then, as our distinguished guest, you will enjoy a traditional Peking Duck dinner. Slowly roasted over an open flame, the duck is cooked to golden brown with a specially hired cook to carve and prepare the meat.  

Day 4 Beijing
Activities:Temple of Heaven with the Tai Chi Ball class, Summer Palace, Chinese Acrobatics Show, Overnight Train to Xian
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Each morning, thousands of local people practice Tai Chi at the Temple of Heaven so you can join in or just watch, as you stroll through this beautiful park. Lunch is prepared at a local restaurant near the city center before visiting the beautiful Summer Palace. As prestigious as the Forbidden City, here you will find best preserved and largest of the imperial gardens in China. The evening brings a trip to see the famous Chinese Circus Acrobats in action with breathtaking skill, grace and daring. The Circus we have selected is considered the best one in China so you can expect a top level performance. After the show it is time to catch an overnight train, an adventure in itself where you can enjoy a comfortable rest and a unique experience.

Day 5 Beijing/Xian
Activities: Terracotta Warriors, Terracotta factory, Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Meals: Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner

This morning, we will transfer to Xi’an, visit the incredible 2000 year-old Terra cotta warriors. The underground tomb of Emperor Qin, has over 7000 figures in full battle dress formed in lines contained in several large pits. You can see both repaired and broken warriors in a truly impressive display. The terracotta factory is a place where you can enjoy the process of making duplicates of the warriors and horses this is also a good opportunity for a spot of shopping. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is another interesting place to visit. The widely celebrated Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his collection of classic Buddhist artifacts brought from India in this pagoda. It is thought to be a milestone of the ancient capital city - Xi’an.

Day 6 Xian to Shanghai
Activities: Shaanxi Historical Museum, Airport Transfer, Flight to Shanghai, Hotel Transfer, The Eternal Bund
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today you will be driven to another highlight- the Shaanxi Historical Museum. Look upon as one of the most important museums in China, there are 400,000 matchless items displayed from many Dynasties including superb bronzes and porcelain. Many have never been on permanent display before. After a simple lunch at a local restaurant you will then fly to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai you will go directly to the Bund - the old colonial sector, where numerous European-styled buildings face the Huangpu River. Architectural styles include gothic, baroque, Romanesque, and renaissance. Therefore, it is a must-see when visiting Shanghai.

Day 7 Shanghai
Activities: City Tour, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden,
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today’s itinerary draws us to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. It is labeled as one of the tallest TV towers in the world, acknowledged for its marvelous spheres, or "pearls", which you can see to the mouth of the Yangtze and picturesque cityscape of Shanghai.Our second option is taking a stroll in the Yuyuan Garden. This exquisite old 5-acre garden is renowned for its design. The paths wander across bridges, past rockeries, miniature lakes, through pretty halls and pavilions.

Day 8 Shanghai, Suzhou
Activities: Transfer to Suzhou, the Grand Canal, Humble Administrator’s Garden
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast you will drive to Suzhou. On arrival, you will head straight to the Grand Canal. This canal ranks alongside the Great Wall of China, it is considered to be China’s greatest engineering achievement and it is the longest man-made waterway in world. We continue on to the Humble Administrator’s Garden. Constructed in the Ming dynasty, this garden represents the essence of Chinese classical gardens. It is divided into three parts, the eastern, middle and western sectors. It has a unique structure of a central pond with pavilions, terraces, chambers, which are surrounded by towers.

Day 9 Suzhou, Shanghai
Activities: Tongli tour with boat floating experience, transfer back to Shanghai, free activities
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, we will have a Tongli tour with boat floating experience to see beautiful scenery of Suzhou. Then we will transfer back to Shanghai. You are free to take a rest or do some self exploring of other places in Shanghai that you might want to visit. Shanghai is also extremely famous for its nightlife. So you might want to try going to a spar for massage or a bar to meet new friends or maybe a night clubs to experience dynamic nightlife. What ever you choose remember to enjoy yourselves but not too much as tomorrow you are traveling again!  

Day 10 Shanghai / your home
Activities: Transfer to airport, Flight to home, Trip is ended
Meals: Breakfast /Lunch

After breakfast, we will take you to the airport for your flight back home. The trip is officially ended. If you would like to stay extra days in Shanghai, or plan for another trip in China, please let us know in advance.


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