14 Days Chinese Ancient Architecture Tour

Beijing, Datong, Pingyao, Xian, Shanghai, Tongli Water Town, Suzhou

Tour Code: TCT-Cultural-03

Tour Type: Private Tour

Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November.

Price from $ 1777

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Tour Feature

  Well-designed tour leads you to get a deep touch with the Chinese architectural culture
  Suitable for those tourists who are interested in China culture and architectures
  Hand-picked scenic spots combined with fine-designed itinerary to make you an impressive holiday
  Reasonable price, awesome private trip and service beyond your expectation

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 Summer Palace,  Hutong tour by rickshaw
05 Beijing Datong Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Monastery, Nine Dragon Scream
06 Datong  Pingyao Hanging Temple, Yingxian Wood Pagoda
07 Pingyao Qiao Courtyard, Rishengchang Exchange Shop, Ming Qing Street
08 Pingyao - Xian Wang's Courtyard
09 Xian Terracotta Warriors, Tang Bo Art Museum, Bell Tower, Muslim Quarter
10 Xian Shanghai Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda and north square, Hanyang Tomb
11 Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple, the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden; Shanghai Old Street, The Bund
12 Shanghai Suzhou Tongli Water Town, Pingjiang Ancient Street, Tiger Hill
13 Suzhou Shanghai Lingering Garden, Suzhou Museum, Humble Administrator Garden, Silk Factory
14 Shanghai Transfer service to airport

Tour Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Beijing

Meals: No Meals
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

Day 2Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
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

Day 3Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
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

Day 4Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
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 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.


Summer Palace

Day 5Beijing Datong

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Weidu Internation Hotel Datong Centre ★★★★
Sightseeing: Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Monastery, Nine Dragons Screen

Check out from the hotel in the early morning and catch the only flight from Beijing to Datong in the morning. The Datong local is waiting for you at the airport exit and pick you up to start the tour in Datong.

[09:30-12:00] Firstly drive you to the magnificent Yungang Grottoes, with 53 caves containing over 51,000 stone carvings of Buddha and Buddhist.
[12:30-13:30] Lunch time at local restaurant, enjoying the local Chinese food
[14:00-16:30] Drive to Datong downtown for a visit to Huayan Monastery , the largest and best preserved monastery of the Liao Dynasty. Then a short stop in Nine Dragon Wall, the oldest and largest glazed screen in China.
[16:30-17:30] Drive you to check in the hotel and have a rest.


Yungang Grottoes

Day 6Datong Pingyao

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Hongshanyi Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Hanging Temple, Yingxian Wooden Pagoda

[08:00-08:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby, checking out and transfer back to Pingyao for about 5-6 hours.
[08:30-11:00] Drive from Datong downtown to Hunyuan County for a visit to the Hanging Temple  - the masterpiece of ancient wooden constructions.
[11:00-14:30] Keep drive for about 1 hour to Yingxian County, where we have a stop to visit Yingxian Wooden Pagoda , regarded as one of the three pagodas in the World. Lunch at local restaurant.
[14:30-18:30] Drive to Pingyao Ancient City. Upon arrival, drive you to the hotel and have a rest.



Hanging Temple

Day 7Pingyao

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen ★★★★
Sightseeing: Qiao Courtyard, Rishengchang Exchange Shop, Ming Qing Street

[09:00-09:30] Enjoy your leisure time and have buffet breakfast in hotel. Meet at the hotel lobby.
[09:30-12:30] Firstly drive to the Qiao Courtyard to get touch with the ancient Jinshang (Jin area merchant) Qiao Zhiyong’s home - a powerful trading family with significant commercial influence.
[12:30-14:30] Drive back to Pingyao Ancient Town and lunch time at local restaurant enjoying the local food
[14:30-17:30] Have a visit in Pingyao Ancient Town, including Rishengchang Exchange Shop, the first bank which was established in 1643 in China. You can have a leisure walk on Ming Qing Street.

Pingyao Ancient Town
Pingyao Ancient Town

Day 8Pingyao Xian

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen ★★★★
Sightseeing: Wang's Courtyard

After a night rest in Pingyao, riding for Wang's Courtyard in Lingshi County, which consisting of 54 courtyards and 1,052 rooms, the epitome of Oriental domestic architecture. Then be transferred back to Pingyao for an overnight train to  Xian.


Wang's Courtyard

Day 9 Xian

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
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 10 Xian Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
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.

Xian City Wall
Xian City Wall

Day 11Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
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.



The Bund


Day 12Shanghai Suzhou

Meals: Breakfast& Lunch
Hotel: Garden Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Tongli Water Town, Pingjiang Ancient Street, Tiger Hill

[09:00-09:30] Guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby
[09:30-12:30] drive to Tongli Water town, where are famous for the traditional residences including gardens, houses and temples, built in the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. You will also experience Tongli Canal wooden boat through the waterways.
[12:30-13:30] Lunch time at local restaurant in Tongli water town
[13:30-16:30] drive to Suzhou city after lunch. Stroll around the Pingjiang Ancient Street, an ancient cultural road which has been preserved for more than 800 years. Continue visit to Tiger Hill, with a history of more than 2,500 years, the Tiger Hill has been known as No. 1 Sight of Suzhou. It is 34 meters height and a must see for tourists, for its natural beauty as well as historical sites.
[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel, rest of day at leisure. We suggest you visit Shantang Old Street or stroll around the Grand Canal to appreciate the beauty of Suzhou at night.


Tongli Water Town

Day 13Suzhou Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast& Lunch
Hotel: Sunrise on the Bund Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Lingering Garden, Suzhou Museum, Humble Administrator Garden, Silk Factory

[09:00-09:30] Guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby in the morning.
[09:30-12:30] Start the tour to visit the real gardens in China. You will firstly have a sightseeing tour to Lingering Garden - which is one of the great four gardens. And then, take a short visit to Suzhou Museum - the masterpiece of I.M. Pei.
[12:30-13:30] Lunch time at local restaurant nearby Suzhou Museum
[13:30-16:30] Enjoy your time at Humble Administrator Garden which is the largest garden in Suzhou. Afterwards, visit Silk Factory, a site for you to find out how silk is being made.
[16:30-18:30] Back to Shanghai and check in hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.



Humble Administrator's Garden

Day 14Departure 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
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

Day 2Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
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

Day 3Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
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

Day 4Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
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.


Summer Palace

Day 5Beijing Datong

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Weidu Internation Hotel Datong Centre ★★★★

Check out from the hotel in the early morning and fly to Datong. Firstly drive you to the magnificent Yungang Grottoes, with 53 caves containing over 51,000 stone carvings of Buddha and Buddhist. Then take a visit to Huayan Monastery , the largest and best preserved monastery of the Liao Dynasty. Then a short stop in Nine Dragon Wall, the oldest and largest glazed screen in China.


Yungang Grottoes

Day 6Datong Pingyao

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Hongshanyi Hotel ★★★★

Check out and transfer back to Pingyao for about 5-6 hours. On the way, take a visit to the Hanging Temple  - the masterpiece of ancient wooden constructions. Keep drive for about 1 hour to Yingxian County, where we visit Yingxian Wooden Pagoda , regarded as one of the three pagodas in the World. Drive to Pingyao Ancient City. Upon arrival, drive you to the hotel and have a rest.


Hanging Temple

Day 7Pingyao

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

Enjoy your leisure time and have buffet breakfast in hotel. Then drive to the Qiao Courtyard to get touch with the ancient Jinshang (Jin area merchant) Qiao Zhiyong’s home - a powerful trading family with significant commercial influence. In the afternoon, have a visit in Pingyao Ancient Town, including Rishengchang Exchange Shop, the first bank in China. You can have a leisure walk on Ming Qing Street.
Take night high speed train to Xian. The Xian guide will meet you at the exit and transfer you to hotel.

Pingyao Ancient Town
Pingyao Ancient Town

Day 8Pingyao Xian

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

After a night rest in Pingyao, riding for Wang's Courtyard in Lingshi County, which consisting of 54 courtyards and 1,052 rooms, the epitome of Oriental domestic architecture. Then be transferred back to Pingyao for an overnight train to  Xian.


Wang's Courtyard

Day 9 Xian

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
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 10 Xian Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
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.

Xian City Wall
Xian City Wall

Day 11Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
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".


The Bund


Day 12Shanghai Suzhou

Meals: Breakfast& Lunch
Hotel: Garden Hotel ★★★★

Guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby, drive to Tongli Water town, where are famous for the traditional residences including gardens, houses and temples, built in the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. You will also experience Tongli Canal wooden boat through the waterways. After lunch, drive to Suzhou city after lunch. Stroll around the Pingjiang Ancient Street, an ancient cultural road which has been preserved for more than 800 years. Continue visit to Tiger Hill, with a history of more than 2,500 years, the Tiger Hill has been known as No. 1 Sight of Suzhou. It is 34 meters height and a must see for tourists, for its natural beauty as well as historical sites.


Tongli Water Town

Day 13Suzhou Shanghai

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

Guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby in the morning. Start the tour to visit the real gardens in China. You will firstly have a sightseeing tour to Lingering Garden - which is one of the great four gardens. And then, take a short visit to Suzhou Museum - the masterpiece of I.M. Pei. After lunch, enjoy your time at Humble Administrator Garden which is the largest garden in Suzhou. Afterwards, visit Silk Factory, a site for you to find out how silk is being made. Then back to Shanghai


Humble Administrator's Garden

Day 14Departure 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$)

Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
2 ~ 5 pax $2351 $2506
6 ~ 9 pax $1777 $1932

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, 2017 to Feb 28, 2018, 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

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Beijing Beijing Roasted DuckPeking Opera
Shanghai Xiao Long BaoAcrobatics Show

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