13 Days Explore Ancient Capitals of China

Beijing, Zhengzhou, Kaifeng, Dengfeng, Luoyang, Xian, Shanghai

Tour Code: TCT-Cultural-04

Tour Type: Private Tour

Best Travel Time: From March to November

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Tour Feature

  Designed for those who is interested in Chinese history and culture
  Covers most China ancient capitals, such as Beijing, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Xian, Shanghai.
  Worry free arrangement and services make you an impressive holiday in China
 

What to Expect

Day Destination Highlights
01 Beijing Transfer service to hotel
02 Beijing Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Temple of Heaven, Panjiayuan Antique Market
03 Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, The exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube
04 Beijing Beijing Hutong, Summer Palace
05 Beijing Zhengzhou Yellow River Scenic Area
06 Zhengzhou Kaifeng Zhengzhou Dragon Pavilion, Iron Pagoda, Xiangguo Monastery
07 Zhengzhou Dengfeng Shaolin Temple and the Pagoda Forest
08 Dengfeng Luoyang Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang Museum of Folk Customs
09 Luoyang Xian White Horse Temple, Emperor Carriage Museum
10 Xian Terracotta Warriors, Tang Bo Art Museum, Bell Tower, Muslim Quarter
11 Xian Shanghai Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda and north square, Hanyang Tomb
12 Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple, the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden; Shanghai Old Street, The Bund
13 Shanghai Transfer service to airport

Tour Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Beijing

Meals: No Meals
Recommended Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. You will be greeted and met by TCT tour guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel, whenever your flight arrives in Beijing. After check-in, free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Beijing City View
Beijing City View
 

Day 2Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★
Sightseeing: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Temple of Heaven, Panjiayuan Antique Market
 

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the historical city of Beijing.
[09:30-12:30] You will reach the Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Walk through the square and visit today’s highlight: Forbidden City , the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Hike to Jingshan Park, where gives a nice panoramic view of the Forbidden City at the top of Coal Hill.
[12:30-14:00] Lunch time at Shi Yuan Restaurant, Chinese local food, famous for the braised eggplant, vegetable ball, and diced chicken with walnuts in soya sauce.
[14:00-16:30] Visit Temple of Heaven, which was used to pray for harvest by the emperors. It is China's existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven. Shopping time at Panjiayuan Antique Market and Pearl Market.
[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night show or the Peking duck dinner with your guide and ask for suggestions.


Forbidden City
Forbidden City
 

Day 3Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★
Sightseeing: Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, The exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube
 

[08:00-08:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Great Wall.
[08:30-12:30] Drive to Mutianyu Great Wall, which section is more popular among foreign visitors. Upon arrival, you can choose to hike on the Great Wall, or take cable car up and walk around.
[12:30-13:30] Lunch time at Xiaolongpu Restaurant, famous for the vegetable food, such as fried vegetables, dry-fried beans, sweet corn cake
[13:30-16:30] Drive back to Beijing city, while you can take a nap in the car. Visit the exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube, the amazing architectures that built for Beijing Olympic Games. After that you will experience Chinese tea at tea house.
[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night activities, such as foot massage, houhai night bars and Sanlitun bar street.


Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
 

Day 4Beijing 

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★
Sightseeing: Beijing Hutong, Summer Palace
 

[09:30-10:00] You will have enough time to pack up and check out. Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and have half day leisure tour in Beijing.
[10:00-11:30] Drive to Drum Tower area for taking a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw , which is the way to know the Beijing local lifestyle.
[11:30-14:30] Drive to Summer Palace, which is the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. Boat ride on Kunming Lake is included. Lunch will be arranged at nearby restaurant, named Xiangyangtun, with opera stage inside.

Free at leisure in the afternoon. You could explore around Wangfujing Commercial Street or Dashilar near Qianmen, where you could find many old established shops.

Hutong
Beijing Hutong
 

Day 5Beijing Zhengzhou

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn Zhengzhou ★★★★
Sightseeing: Yellow River Scenic Area

Take a morning high speed train to Zhengzhou (duration: 3-3.5 hours), Henan Province, which is the ancient capital in Shang Dynasty in 2,000 years ago. This area is the cradle of Chinese civilization. You will then have chance to visit the Yellow River Scenic Area and take a jet boat cruise for one section of the river.

Yellow River Scenic Area
Yellow River Scenic Area
 

Day 6Zhengzhou Kaifeng  Zhengzhou

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn Zhengzhou ★★★★
Sightseeing: Dragon Pavilion, Iron Pagoda, Xiangguo Monastery
 

[09:00-09:30] Enjoy your leisure time and have buffet breakfast in hotel. Meet at the hotel lobby.
[09:30-12:30] Drive for about 2 hours from Zhengzhou to Kaifeng. The first highlight of Kaifeng is Dragon Pavilion.  There is a wax work museum themed with the Song Dynasty. And you can watch historical play which is set Song Dynasty as background with every day.
[12:30-14:00] Lunch time at local restaurant and enjoy the local food.
[14:00-16:30] Visit Iron Pagoda known as the Kaibao Temple Pagoda originally and is a Buddhist Chinese pagoda built in 1049 during the Song dynasty (960-1279) of China by the Song emperor for keeping the relics of Sakyamuni. Then explore Xiangguo Monastery, one of the ten famous monasteries and temples in China.
[16:30-18:30] Drive back to Zhengzhou and free at leisure for the rest of the day.


Dragon Pavilion Park
Dragon Pavilion Park
 

Day 7Zhengzhou Dengfeng

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Chanwu Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Shaolin Temple and the Pagoda Forest
 

[09:00-09:30] Enjoy your leisure time and have buffet breakfast in hotel. Meet at the hotel lobby and check out
[09:30-11:30] Drive from Zhenzhou to Dengfeng for about 74km. It will takes about 2 hours for driving.
[12:00-13:00] Lunch time at  local restaurant and have a short break after a long driving.
[13:30-16:00] Take a drive to Mt Songshan. At the foot of the mountain are the famous Shaolin Temple and the Pagoda Forest. Vegetarian food will be served as lunch today. Our visits of the temple will end up with a Kung Fu performance from martial arts master. What you used to see on TV will now be real.
[16:00-17:00] Drive to check in your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day. You could also plan for the night activity such as Shaolin Zen Music Ritual with the assistance from the local guide.


Shaolin Temple
Shaolin Temple
 

Day 8Dengfeng Luoyang

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Yaxiang Jinling Hotel
Sightseeing: Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang Museum of Folk Customs
 

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby, checking out and transfer back to Luoyang.
[09:30-11:30] Drive back from Dengfeng to Luoyang for about 2 hours
[12:00-13:00] Lunch time at local restaurant enjoying the local food
[13:00-17:00] Enjoy your full day city visit that covers the most classic sites here of Longmen Grottoes which overwhelmingly depicts Buddhist subjects, are densely dotted along the two mountains. Then have a visit to Luoyang Museum of Folk Customs, realizing the local culture and walk along Minng & Qing Old Town, exploring the history of this ancient city.
[17:00-18:00] Drive to and Check in the hotel. Free at leisure at night.


Longmen Grottoes
Longmen Grottoes
 

Day 9Luoyang Xian

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen
Sightseeing: White Horse Temple, Tianzi Jialiu Museum
 

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby, checking out from hotel in the morning
[09:30-12:30] Visit White Horse Temple , founded in AD 68 during the Eastern Han Dynasty, with a history of thousands of history. It is the first Buddhist temple in China after Buddhism was introduced into China, as well as a famous Buddhist Temple in the world.Before lunch, continue to visit Emperor Carriage Museum, which is a history museum build over the relics which dates from 770 B.C.
[12:30-13:30] Lunch time at local restaurant enjoying the local food


After a short break, transfer to Luoyang Railway Station to catch an afternoon train to Xian. It will take about 2 hours on the high speed train. The Xian local guide will pick up you at the exit of railway station and transfer you to hotel. Help with the hotel check in.

Xian City View
Xian City View
 

Day 10 Xian

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen ★★★★
Sightseeing:Terracotta Warriors, Tang Bo Art Museum, Bell Tower, Muslim Quarter
 

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Ancient city.
[09:30-12:30] Drive to  Terracotta Warriors and explore one of the world's most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. Shuttle bus will be arranged for your convenience.
[12:30-14:00] Lunch time at Lanchi Restaurant, professional for buffet and local food, such as dim sum, noodles and Chinese hamburger.
[14:00-17:00] Afternoon visit Tang Bo Art Museum, where gives you brief history and examples of Chinese art. The calligraphy lesson will be arranged and you will be taught how to write a couple of Chinese characters. Then visit the Bell tower, which is the largest bell tower in structure and shape and the best-preserved one in China. Continue to visit Muslim Quarter and enjoy your shopping time there.
[17:00-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night activities, such as Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner.


Qin Terracotta Army
Qin Terracotta Army
 

Day 11 Xian Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Sunrise On The Bund Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda and north square, Hanyang Tomb
 

[09:30-10:00] You will have enough time to pack up and check out. Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and have one day leisure tour in Xian before leaving for Shanghai.
[10:00-12:30] Visit the Ancient City Wall, which represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Bicycle or sightseeing car will be arranged on the wall to go around. After that visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and you will have chance to watch the North plaza fountain show.
[12:30-16:30] Special lunch will be arranged as dumpling banquet at local restaurant. After lunch, drive to Xian airport, on the way visit the Hanyang Mausoleum, the largest museum with largest floor space in China.


Fly to Shanghai. Your Shanghai tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.

Hanyangling Museum
Hanyangling Museum
 

Day 12Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Sunrise on the Bund Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Jade Buddha Temple, the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden; Shanghai Old Street, The Bund
 

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Modern city of China.
[09:30-12:30] Visit Jade Buddha Temple, which is famous for the seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels, which is said to weigh 1,000 kg.Then visit the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, while walking on Riverside Promenade Bingjiang Da Dao.
[12:30-13:30] Lunch time for the local special food, Dim Sum and Steamed Bun
[13:30-16:30] Visit Yuyuan Garden, which is a Chinese classic garden in city downtown, shopping time at Shanghai Old Street and Nanjing Road which is the earliest commercial street in Shanghai, you could look for some special souvenirs and silk product there. After that, enjoy a leisure walk along the Bund, famous for groups of buildings known as "a Gallery of world architecture".
[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night Acrobatic Show, especially the ERA show, which is one of the most popular evening entertainments in Shanghai.


Shanghai Night View
Shanghai Yuyuan Garden
 

Day 13 Departure Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

Free day at leisure and be transferred to the airport for return flight. We can arrange the Maglev train ride to Pudong airport if you are
interested in, or we will drive you directly to the airport.

Service Ends

Day 1Arrival Beijing

Meals: No Meals
Recommended Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. You will be greeted and met by TCT tour guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel, whenever your flight arrives in Beijing. After check-in, free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Beijing City View
Beijing City Tour
 

Day 2Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the historical city of Beijing.
Morning visit Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world;today’s highlight: Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Hike to Jingshan Park for a nice panoramic view of the Forbidden City at the top of Coal Hill.

After Lunch time at Shi Yuan Restaurant, visit Temple of Heaven, which was used to pray for harvest by the emperors. Shopping time at Panjiayuan Antique Market and Pearl Market before back to hotel.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City
 

Day 3Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Great Wall.
Drive to Mutianyu Great Wall, which section is more popular among foreign visitors. Upon arrival, you can choose to hike on the Great Wall, or take cable car up and walk around.

After Lunch time at Xiaolongpu Restaurant, Drive back to Beijing city, while you can take a nap in the car. Visit the exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube, the amazing architectures that built for Beijing Olympic Games. Experience Chinese tea at tea house before back to hotel.

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
 

Day 4Beijing 

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Morning pick up from your hotel lobby, Drive to Drum Tower area for taking a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw, which is the way to know the Beijing local lifestyle. Continue visit to Summer Palace, which is the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. Free at leisure in the afternoon. You could explore around Wangfujing Commercial Street or Dashilar near Qianmen, where you could find many old established shops.

Hutong
Beijing Hutong
 

Day 5Beijing Zhengzhou

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn Zhengzhou ★★★★
Sightseeing: Yellow River Scenic Area

Take a morning high speed train to Zhengzhou (duration: 3-3.5 hours), Henan Province, which is the ancient capital in Shang Dynasty in 2,000 years ago. This area is the cradle of Chinese civilization. You will then have chance to visit the Yellow River Scenic Area and take a jet boat cruise for one section of the river.

Yellow River Scenic Area
Yellow River Scenic Area
 

Day 6Zhengzhou Kaifeng  Zhengzhou

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn Zhengzhou ★★★★

Morning pick up from hotel and drive for about 2 hours from Zhengzhou to Kaifeng. The first highlight of Kaifeng is Dragon Pavilion.  There is a wax work museum themed with the Song Dynasty. And you can watch historical play which is set Song Dynasty as background with every day. After lunch, visit Iron Pagoda known as the Kaibao Temple Pagoda originally and is a Buddhist Chinese pagoda built in 1049 during the Song dynasty (960-1279) of China by the Song emperor for keeping the relics of Sakyamuni. Then explore Xiangguo Monastery, one of the ten famous monasteries and temples in China. Back to Zhenzhou for overnight.

Dragon Pavilion Park
Dragon Pavilion Park
 

Day 7Zhengzhou Dengfeng

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Chanwu Hotel ★★★★

Morning pick up from hotel and drive to Dengfeng for about 2 hours. At the foot of  Mt Songshan are the famous Shaolin Temple and the Pagoda Forest. Vegetarian food will be served as lunch today. Our visits of the temple will end up with a Kung Fu performance from martial arts master. What you used to see on TV will now be real.

Shaolin Temple
Shaolin Temple
 

Day 8Dengfeng Luoyang

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Yaxiang Jinling Hotel

Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby, checking out and transfer back to Luoyang. Enjoy your full day city visit that covers the most classic sites here of Longmen Grottoes . Then have a visit to Luoyang Museum of Folk Customs, realizing the local culture and walk along Minng & Qing Old Town, exploring the history of this ancient city.

Longmen Grottoes
Longmen Grottoes
 

Day 9Luoyang Xian

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen

Check out from hotel in the morning, then Visit White Horse Temple ,  the first Buddhist temple in China after Buddhism was introduced into China, as well as a famous Buddhist Temple in the world. Before lunch, continue to visit Emperor Carriage Museum,  a history museum build over the relics which dates from 770 B.C.
After a short break, transfer to Luoyang Railway Station to catch an afternoon train to Xian where the local guide is meeting you at the railway station.

Xian City View
Xian City View
 

Day 10 Xian

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen ★★★★

Hotel pick up in the morning, then drive to  Terracotta Warriors and explore one of the world's most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation.
After lunch time at Lanchi Restaurant, visit Tang Bo Art Museum, where gives you brief history and examples of Chinese art. Then visit the Bell tower, the largest bell tower in structure and shape and the best-preserved one in China. Continue to visit Muslim Quarter and enjoy your shopping time there.

Qin Terracotta Army
Qin Terracotta Army
 

Day 11 Xian Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Sunrise On The Bund Hotel ★★★★

Pick up and check out from hotel  and morning visit to the Ancient City Wall, which represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Thenvisit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at the North plaza.
After dumpling banquet lunch, drive to Xian airport. Visit the Hanyang Mausoleum on the way, the largest museum with largest floor space in China. Fly to Shanghai where the airport pick up service is arranged.

Hanyangling Museum
Hanyangling Museum
 

Day 12Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Sunrise on the Bund Hotel ★★★★

The city tour starts from hotel pick-up in the morning. Drive to visit Jade Buddha Temple, which is famous for the seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels.Then visit the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, while walking on Riverside Promenade Bingjiang Da Dao.
After lunch at local restaurant, Visit Yuyuan Garden, a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Shopping time at Shanghai Old Street and Nanjing Roa, the earliest commercial street in Shanghai. After that, enjoy a leisure walk along the Bund, famous for groups of buildings known as "a Gallery of world architecture".

Shanghai Night View
Shanghai Yuyuan Garden
 

Day 13 Departure Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

Free day at leisure and be transferred to the airport for return flight. We can arrange the Maglev train ride to Pudong airport if you are
interested in, or we will drive you directly to the airport.

Service Ends

Prices (per person in US$)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $1895 $1985
6 ~ 9 pax $1441 $1531
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $2088 $2198
6 ~ 9 pax $1701 $1719
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $2435 $2680
6 ~ 9 pax $1956 $2201

Price includes:
  Domestic flight or high-speed train as specified
  Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
  Private licensed English-speaking guide and driver service
  Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
  All attraction entrance fees as specified
  Meals mentioned in the itinerary, Chinese local food
  China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

Price excludes:
  International Air tickets or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
  Tips to your tour guide and driver on your own discretion
  China Entry Visa Fees
  Personal expenses
  Optional tours, meals, activities and services

Remarks:
※   Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2018 to Feb 28, 2019, except Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
※   TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by exchange rate
※   No guide on the flight and Yangtze River cruise. 
※   Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
※   Special requirements should be advised to TCT in advance.
※   TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control

Optional Activities

City Local Specialties Nights Shows
Beijing Beijing Roasted DuckPeking Opera
Luoyang Water FeastKongfu Show
Shanghai Xiao Long BaoAcrobatics Show

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