China Gourment Experience Tour offers you an amazing tour experience to learn the brilliant culinary art of Chinese cooking, as you'll sample different types of local delicacy in Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Hangzhou & Shanghai and receive an insider's view of Chinese cuisine history and culture with your knowledgeable tour guide. You'll find out the reason why Chinese cuisine is among the best in the world.
Duration: 12 Days, 11Nights
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Day 1 Arrive in Beijing
Day 2 Beijing:Tiananmen Square,Forbidden City,Temple of Heaven,Summer Palace,Peking Roast Duck Dinner
Day 3 Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall,Ming Tombs,Imperial Court Dinner
Day 4 Beijing to Xian by High-speed Train: Beijing Hutong, take train to Xi'an
Day 5 Xian:Terracotta Warriors and Horses,Big Wild Goose Pagoda,Xian Ancient City Wall,Muslim Quarter Night Market
Day 6 Xian to Chengdu by Flight:Shaanxi History Musuem,Grand Mosque,Hot Pot Dinner, fly to Chengdu
Day 7 Chengdu:Chengdu Panda Base,Renmin Park,Jinli Old Street
Day 8 Chengdu to Hangzhou by Flight:Sichuan Cuisine Museum,Kuanzhai Alley, fly to Hangzhou
Day 9 Hangzhou:West Lake,Leifeng Pagoda,Guo's Villa,China National Tea Musuem
Day 10 Hangzhou to Shanghai by High-speed train:Lingyin Temple,Meijiawu Tea Culture Village,Bamboo Path at Yunqi,Hefang Old Street, head for Shanghai by train
Day 11 Shanghai:Yu Garden, Yuyuan Bazaar, Shanghai Musuem,Nanjing Road, The Bund,Huangpu River Night Cruise
Day 12 Shanghai Departure
Welcome to China! Upon on your arriavl in Beijing, our guide will meet you at the exit of the airport with a welcome sign "China Private Tour". Transfer to your hotel for checking in. The rest day is free on your own to explore the city or rest in your hotel for recover the jetlag.
In the morning, our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and take you to visit Tiananmen Square. You will walk around the square, it is the largest city square in the world. Covering 440,000 square meters,it has witnessed many important historic events taking place here.Tiananmen Gate on the northern square was the site where the Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China.
Then, head to discover the Forbidden City, also named the Palace Museum, shares the honor of being one of five world-famous palaces with the Palace of Versailles in France, Buckingham Palace in England, the White House in the U.S. and the Kremlin in Russia. The incomparable palace occupies an area of 720,000 square meters (177.9 acres) and has approximately 8,700 rooms. A high red wall with a total length of 3,400 meters (3,718 yards) encases the palace.
Lunch is arranged at local Chinese restaurant.
In the afternoon, drive you to visit Temple of Heaven, it was constructed in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and was enlarged during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It is the grandest cult architecture complex in the world and a masterpiece of the Chinese people created in ancient times. It covers 2,700,000 square meters (667 acres). Emperors of the two dynasties used to worship the heaven and pray for rich harvests, as the feudal emperors thought they were the son of the heaven.
Later, you will have leisure time in Summer Palace. It first built in 1750, largely destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored on its original foundations in 1886 – is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value.
Dinner will be arranged at Dadong Kaoya Restaurant to taste famous Peking Roast Duck. Roast duck — or Peking Duck, as it's often known — has been served in Beijing for around 600 years, according to Liu. First served by palace chefs during the Ming dynasty, it has royal pedigree. This restaurant was regarded as the best one for Peking Roast Duck in Beijing,founded in 1985, the restaurant was converted from the state-owned company and named after the founder Chef Dong Zhenxiang.
After dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel in Beijing.
In the morning, pick up from your hotel and drive about 70km to visit Mutianyu Great Wall. There is an old saying "If you haven't climbed the Great Wall, you haven't seen China". It is indeed an experience of life. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, Mutianyu section of Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. It's known for its beautiful surroundings - dense woods and rich pastures changing colors with the seasons of a year.
Lunch is arranged at local Chinese restaurant when done the great wall tour.
In the afternoon, you will visit Ming Tomb, is a main attractions arranged for you. The Ming Tombs lie in Changping County, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest from the urban area of Beijing. It is actually a tomb cluster of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), including thirteen emperor's mausoleums, seven tombs for concubines and one grave for eunuchs.
You will have an Imperial Court Dinner at Li Family's Restaurant.Family Li had a legendary story with the Qing Dynasty and Empress Cixi. Mr. Li Zijia was the head of Imperial Household Department in Late Qing Dynasty who was highly trusted by Empress Cixi. He was in charge of the daily food and drinks of emperor and empress. In the latter years of his life, he sorted out a set of imperial cuisine and handed down by his family. The found of Family Li Restaurant, professor Li Shanling, established his won business in his free time after work in a courtyard in the Hutong of Back Sea.
After dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel.
In the morning,check out from your hotel. Our guide will take you to do the Beijing hutong tour. Hulong is a window into Beijing folk life. Drive you to Nanluoguxiang Hutong, it's one of the best preserved historical areas in downtown Beijing, is famous for its hutong and siheyuan courtyards. Recently the popularity of Nanluoguxiang has increased noticeably with tourist numbers on the rise after 2008 Olympic Games. You will do a short walking along the authentic Beijing Hutong. It will give you a deep impression of the local residents’ live. You will have lunch at local family,to taste the home cooking style.
After lunch, transfer to Beijing West Train Station for the train to Xi'an. It takes around 5 hours. Once arrived at Xi'an train station, you will be greeted by our guide at the exit of the train station with a welcome signage “China Private Tour". Our guide will take you to have a dinner at local restaurant. After dinner,drive back to your hotel.
In the morning, our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and drive you to visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Up to now, there has discovered a total of 179 accompanying burial pits of different connotations and various shapes in Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum area. The discovery of these pits has provided all important significance in the research of the burial system of the Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum, the characteristics structures and characteristics of the burial pits. However, what makes people feel amazing is that of all the burial pits, none has been found survived from being burnt down.
Lunch will be arranged with local authentic food.
In the afternoon,head to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the pagoda attracts numerous visitors for its fame in the Buddhist religion and its simple but appealing style of construction. It is rated as a National Key Cultural Relic Preserve. One of the pagoda's many functions was to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler Xuanzang.
Next visit Ancient City Wall, the largest and best preserved in China which has a total length of 13.7km. It was rebuilt in Ming Dynasty on the basis of constructions of Sui and Tang dynasties. You can even take an interesting cycling tour on the massive city wall (on your own expense).
After the tour, drive to explore the night market in Muslin Quarters where you can taste the local snacks and experience the bustling night life. Drive back to your hotel.
Today continue on to explore the ancient capital city. Firstly visit the well-known Shaanxi History Museum, the first modern museum in China where you can see the precious bronze articles of Shang and Zhou Dynasty, various terra-cotta warriors, the exquisitely designed gold and silver ornaments as well as the unique fresco of tomb in Tang Dynasty.
Then visit the Grand Mosque, one of the TOP 4 Muslin mosques in ancient China, which was built in 742 A.D. with the style of traditional architecture of China.
Trasnfer to Xian airport for your flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival, our local tour guide and driver will pick you up at the airport with a welocme sign "China Private Tour". Our guide will take you to have dinner.
Today, we will arrange you with the local hotpot dinner at the famous Restaurant. Hotpot is the most famous representative and favorite food in Chengdu. It is said that over 2,300 hotpot restaurants are opened in Chengdu. Undoubtedly, Chengdu is the Kingdom of hotpot. Laomaotou, found in 2001, is listed as the TOP 3 hotpot restaurants in Sichuan Province.
After dinner, you will be taken to your hotel.
Our guide pick you up from your hotel, take an early drive (1.5 hours on the way) to see giant panda at Chengdu Panda Base. The lovely creature is usually more active in the morning. It is a huge institution replicates the natural habitat of the giant panda. Sightseeing shuttle bus is included. You will learn the habits and characteristics of Giant and baby pandas, observe them eating bamboos and playing around.
Lunch will be arranged at local restaurant to try the authentic Sichuan Food.
In the afternoon, you will visit Renmin Park. It is the first public park in Chengdu.It's a beautiful city park,with artful landscaping,a bonsai garden,two tea houses,a section of kiddie amusement rides,a pond with row and motor boats that connects to winding streams filled with Koi.The park is filled with locals,and it's a best place to experience the slow life of Chengdu by ordering a cup tea and you'll have a wonderful relaxing afternoon.
Then, head to Jinli Old Street, regarded as "The First Street of Shu Kingdom", and it's a famous snack street in Chengdu. The ambiance was like stepping back into the past, well presented and historically brilliant. Evening stroll is extreme beautiful, and it’s picturesque with the lanterns lit out and the street performances are also wonderful.
After dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel.
Our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby.Continue your gourmet experience tour to Sichuan Cuisine Museum. It is the only living theme museum in the world, displaying Sichuan cuisine culture. You will have chance to visit the Perface Hall, Collection Exhibition Hall, Interactive Presentation Hall, Tea Lounge,Temple for God of the Kitchen, Raw Material Processiong Tools and Sichuan Food Raw Materials Display Area, ect. Sichuan food cooking lessons is arranged at the museum.
Then, walk around Kuanzhai Alley, is a Qing styled street block in Chengdu city. Being one of must-visit places in this city of leisure. Taking a cozy stroll along the three paralleled alleys, you would admire the archaistic quadrangle dwellings with black tiles and bricks, which form a great atmophere to trace back to hundreds of years ago.
After lunch, you will be taken to Chengdu airport for your flight to Hangzhou, it takes around 3 hours. Upon arrival, our Hangzhou guide and driver will wait for you at the exit of airport with a welcome sign "China Private Tour". Then you will be transferred to the hotel in the downtown for dinner. The rest day is free on your own.
In the morning, our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. Drive you to visit the No.1 attraction West Lake. This elegant scenic spot has been bearing thousands of odes since the 9th century ever. West lake boasts various views in four seasons. In summer you can see the enormous area of lotus blossoms whereas in winter you’ll be addicted to the snowcapped bridges and pavilions.
Taking a boat cruise on the serene lake. You’ll be listening to the love story of the White Snake entrantress and the mortal Xu Xian (one of the four folk stories in China) while cruising past the iconic sunset-redden Leifeng Pagoda, under which the White Snake entrantress suffers confinement as the legend goes.
Next, climb up to Leifeng Pagoda. It is one of landmark of west lake,stands on Leifeng Peak of Sunset Hill to the south of West Lake, echoing the Baochu Pagoda in the north. It is the oldest colorful bronze pagoda in China. Standing on the top of the pagoda, tourists can appreciate the nearby Jingci Temple, enjoy the landscapes of West Lake, and even see the city of Hangzhou from a distance.
Today, the lunch is arranged at a local time-honored restaurant to try the authentic local cuisine.It emphasize fresh, sweet flavors and makes good use of freshwater fish.
After lunch, you will pay a visit for a classic garden in Hangzhou-Guo's Villa, a beautiful classic garden was built in the 1851 by a rich merchant nearby the lake which provides a better understanding about the local people's life in this garden.
The last stop for today is China National Tea Museum, is the only one in the country with the tea theme. It has no external walls but is enclosed by vegetation giving the unique impression that the halls and the tea plants inside depend upon each other. Additionally, one hundred distinctive Chinese characters relating to tea are enchased in the road to add color to your trip.
After dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel
Pick up from your hotel and drive you to visit Lingyin Temple, one of the top ten most famous ancient Buddhist monasteries in China, and contains numerous pagodas and Buddhist grottoes. It is really a tourist attraction that can offer you appealing places of historic interest, cultural relics as well as agreeable natural scenery with woods, flowers, springs, etc.
Next,you will have a chance to enjoy the beautiful view of Green Tea Plantation at Meijiawu Tea Culture Village, which is the origin place for the most famous green tea - Longjing in china with beautiful natural scenery (There are many tea houses in the village, and you will have a chance to taste/try the local tea.
Lunch is arranged at a Local Tea Farmer's Tea House: We can organize tea farmers teach you how to prepare and cook local delicacies if you are interested in it.If you don’t want to cook, just enjoy the local delicacies.
Continue your tour to Bamboo Path at Yunqi, it is an ideal quiet place to get away from the crowds to enjoy a nice gentle stroll and seeing through the bamboo forest. It is well known for its quietness and coolness. The famous stone paved footpath leading into the Yunqi valley is lined with hundreds of thousands of bamboo. Walking along the path, soon you will meet a pond called Mind Purifying Pond which means "a pure mind". The water is cool and clear, the hills are quite and beautiful.
Finally, drive back to Hangzhou city for a short-walk along the Hefang Old Street, is a good place to experience the life of Old Hangzhou, because it is the epitome of historic Hangzhou.A great place for shopping, eating, and sightseeing. You can see the well-preserved old buildings, explore the interesting boutique stores, and choose your favourite souvenirs.
After the tour, transfer to Hangzhou train station to catch your train to Shanghai. Upon arrival, our Shanghai guide will meet you at the exit of the station with a welocme sign "China Priavte Tour", our guide will take you to have dinner at local restaurant with authentic Shanghai flavor. After dinner, drive you back to your hotel.
Pick up from your hotel in the morning, the first stop for the tour is Shanghai Museum. It houses a comprehensive collection that perfectly showcases the Middle Kingdom’s millennia old history. Spread over five floors, covers most of the major categories of Chinese art with a collection of 12, 300 pieces in 21 categories of valuable cultural relics.
Next you will visit Yu Garden, it not only regarded as best private garden in Shanghai but also the best in southeast China.The garden enjoyed a history over 400 years since its first establishment by Pan Yunduan who had intended to bring happiness and pleasure to his parents and relatives.
And then walking to nearby to Yu yuan Bazaar, there are many small streets and lanes where vendors sell their products and food stuffs to the tourists and local people.It is an ideal place for you to find some specialists.
Your lunch is arranged at Nanxiang Dumpling House to try the most famous Shanghai Xiaolongbao(soup dumpling).A favorite of dim sum eaters around the globe, are considered to be a Shanghai specialty, rumored to have originated here in the 19th century. Legend has it that this world-renowned snack started out as an experiment by a cake shop owner in Nanxiang who decided to try out a riff on his popular steamed bread.
After lunch, drive you to the Bund area. The Bund is a waterfront area in central Shanghai.When you come here, you can embrace the best cityscape, feast on the rich architectural fashions and know why Shanghai is glorified as "Paris of the East". There are a number of attractions in the area, such as Shanghai World Financial Center, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Century Park, Century Boulevard, Jinmao Tower etc. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai.
Walking with your guide to Nanjing Road, another popular landmark of Shanghai. It is a shopping paradise as well as a ideal place tootake a wonderful walk to explore the modern atmosphere of the city.
You will have a dinner before cruise, the last thing for today is Night cruise along the Huangpu River. When traveling in Shanghai, you should not miss a cruise tour on the Huangpu River. It is the best way to admire Shanghai's classic skyline views of colonial architecture and modern skyscrapers along the river.
After the cruise, you will be taken back yo your hotel in Shanghai.
Free on your own until our driver pick you up from your hotel lobby at appointed time, dirve you to airport for your flight to next destinastion or back home. Your 12 Days China Gourment Experience Tour comes to end. Have a pleasent trip!
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