Magnificent China2019-10-16T12:08:37+00:00

Magnificent China


12N - 13D From 16,800 NOK Enquiry

On the rich journey to China, you will experience varied and beautiful scenery, exciting culture and history and modern cities. For those who want it is possible to take only the first half trip. China is a diverse country with an incredible and very unique story, and along with an exotic culture and beautiful landscapes, this forms the framework for one unforgettable vacation that will be with you in the heart for the rest of your life.
The country offers large, wide open spaces, hectic city life in Shanghai, the terracotta army in Xi’an, not to forget the impressive Chinese wall. Due to China’s diverse terrain, we will see everything from noisy cities to isolated mountain peaks and the Ming Dynasty villages. The Chinese have been ahead of the rest and they have, among other things, built a lot of modern hotel palaces that do not stand back for the most beautiful hotel one can imagine. The Chinese live by the principle that it can never be too big or great!

Daily program

Welcome to Beijing, the capital of China, you will be met by our guide and transferred to the Qianmen Jianguo Hotel. Welcome dinner at local restaurant. (D)

An orientation tour to the TianAnmen Square will be arranged followed by a visit to the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, where the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties(1406-1908) lived their secluded life. It is the largest existing ancient architectural structure in China today. It houses an enormous collection of precious cultural relics and art objects, including jewels, antiques and paintings. The Tiananmen Square is located in the center of the city proper with an area of some 400,000 square meters, it is the largest square in the world today. (B, L)

We shall take one day tour to visit the Great Wall, one of the most amazing feats of human labour and an effective defense system against the nomadic tribes 2000 years ago. The Wall is 6700 km long, traversing up and down over numerous mountains and valleys. On our return, we shall drive to the Summer Palace, a former summer resort for the imperial family. It’s a classical imperial garden embracing hills and lakes. (B, L)

Transfer to the railway station to take morning high-speed train to Zhengzhou(about 3.5 hours), an important area of middle Yellow River

Upon arrival, be met and transferred to the scenic Yuntai Mountain to visit the Grand Canyon. It is characterized by its structural cuesta, flying waterfalls on faulted cliffs, quiet valleys and clear springs. It was one of the first world geoparks to be approved by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2004. Then drive to Dengfeng Shaolin Temple area and enjoy the vegan dinner and a wonderful show (optional) in the evening (B, L, D)

Today visit the Shaolin Temple, it’s probably the most famous temple in China, not only because of its long history and its role in Chinese Buddhism, but also because of its Kungfu. Then drive to Luoyang to visit the Longmen caves – the Buddhist Grottos, a world cultural heritage, The grottos were hewed and carved during the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534), when the rulers relocated their capital at Luoyang near the end of the 5th century. At that time Buddhism was spreading east into China and was venerated by the imperial court. The Buddhists adopted the practice of carving rock temples, dedicated to the Buddha. In the evening, transfer to the railway station to take the high-speed train to Xi’an, the great ancient capital and the eastern end of the Silk Road. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your Hotel. (B, L)

Today we shall drive to the suburb to visit the well known life-sized Terracotta Warriors & Horses and Tomb of Emperor Qin buried 2200 years ago for the first Emperor of Qin dynasty. It is made up of three different sizes of the pit composition, respectively Numbers for pit 1, pit 2 and pit 3. Pits there with real people, real horse figurines, pottery, similar in size to 8000, tens of thousands of practical weapons.. In the evening, enjoy the Tang Dynasty Dancing Show with Dumpling Banquet in the evening (optional). (B, L)

This morning you will walk leisurely in the Bell & Drum Tower Square and the Muslim Quarter, it’s famous for the local snacks. The Muslim Market located just to the north of the Drum Tower is a great choice after the sightseeing in the city center. After lunch, transfer to airport for your flight to Chongqing, upon arrival, transfer to dock and board Yangtze River Cruise boat from Chongqing to Yichang. (B, L)

Note: Xi’an has a Finnair direct flight to European Helsinki and then transfers to Oslo.
This is where those we want to cut the trip short leaves for home, maybe with departure next day if flight are not available on this day.

During these three days on the boat, you will visit not only Xiling Gorge?Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge but also the Big Dam and the Small Three Gorges – are respectively called Dragon-Gate Gorge, Misty Gorge, and Emerald Gorge etc. En route, you will have the Shore excursions to Fengdu Ghost City and Lesser Three Gorges, some optional excursions to White Emperor City and Small Lesser Three Gorges etc. There will be a performance of guests and crew before end of Yangtze journey. (B,L,D)

Arrive in Yichang at noon time, transfer to airport and fly to Shanghai, be met and taken to your hotel. (B, L)

Sightseeing starts the Jin Mao Tower, with 88 stories reaching a height of 420.5 meters and 290,000 square meter construction area, Jin Mao Tower, which literally means “Gold Luxuriance Building” in Chinese, is a perfect combination of traditional Chinese architectural style and the world’s modern architectural technology. Thereafter a visit to the Yuyuan Garden, a farmhouse ancient garden with architectures of Ming and Qing dynasties, Though small in area, it seems far larger when one walks around it due to its ingenious design, complete with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges, and rocks. After lunch, visit to the Old City of Shanghai – Xintiandi (The former French concession) Located in the center of Shanghai City, it has become an urban attraction that holds the historical and cultural legacies of the city. Xintiandi is unique because of its concept of construction. It retains the antique walls, tiles and the exterior of the Shikumen housing of old Shanghai. On the other hand, its interior embodies a totally different world of the international gallery, bars, and cafes. boutiques or theme restaurants. When you walk into it, you will get the taste of both Shanghai in the 1920’s and the modern lifestyle of urbanites of the 21st century. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant (B, L, D)

Note: some tourists go to Disneyland, others have their own arrangements, so it is not very convenient to arrange the meal. I suggest we change it to the previous day. Because the last farewell dinner is very important to everyone!

Free day or visit Disneyland(Optional) – Located in Pudong District, the 3.9-square-kilometer Shanghai resort is the first Disney resort destination on the Chinese mainland and the 6th around the world. The biggest of them all! The resort includes the theme park Shanghai Disneyland; two themed hotels; Disneytown, a shopping, dining and entertainment district; and the recreational Wishing Star Park. The Enchanted storybook castle is the tallest, largest and most interactive Disney Castle in the world. (B)

Today we complete our tour and transfer to airport for departure home. (B) 

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Hotels

Xandari Riverscapes

Xandari riverscapes fleet of 10 traditional houseboats, called “kettuvallams” , are designed to complement the tranquil passage on the picturesque backwaters. They are built with wood harvested from local jackfruit tree plantations, hand-stitched by local craftsmen with coconut fiber rope (coir) and strengthened with fish oil—a tradition pre-dating industrial engineering techniques but proving stronger than modern alternatives. We are committed to keeping this knowledge and traditions alive, with your support.
Each houseboat is furnished comfortably and attractively while hewing close to tradition. The boats have one, two or three air-conditioned bedrooms. All have an open-air living area and a fully- equipped kitchen. From the viewing deck, or through your bedroom’s picture window, and on a canoe through the backwater heartland, you will see simplicity in action, and the result is immediate: slown down, de-stress, rejuvenate.

Meals are an essential part of the Xandari Riverscapes experience. With your backwater excursion beginning at noon, sit down to a delectable lunch of classic Kerala cuisine cooked on board. Dinner comes calling under starlit skies on clear nights, at the spot where your boat rests to watch the day close out. Rise to the sight of sun rays dancing into your bedrooms, and watch the day unfold as the boat sails past a day in the life of the backwater country.

Price Information

The price includes

  • *The rate is applicable for a group of minimum 15
  • Trip 1: The quotation for Trip Beijing-Henan-Xi’an (7 days)
    Including: Ground transportation
    Second class High-speed train tickets(Beijing/Zhengzhou, Luoyang/Xi’an) 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation with breakfast Half board meals, local flavour Vegan dinner in Shaolin temple and welcome dinner.
  • English guide
  • Admission fees as listed on the itinerary
  • Trip 2: The quotation for Trip Beijing-Henan-Xi’an-Yangtze Cruise-Shanghai (13 days)
    Including: Ground transportation
    Domestic air tickets(Xi’an/Chongqing, Yichang/Shanghai) Second class High-speed train tickets(Beijing/Zhengzhou, Luoyang/Xi’an) z4 or 5 star hotel accommodation with breakfast 5 star Yangtze River Cruise full board Half board meals, local flavour Vegan dinner in Shaolin temple and welcome and farewell dinner
  • English guide
  • Admission fees as listed on the itinerary

The price does not include

  • Kung Fu Show in Shaolin Temple
  • Tang Dynasty Show with Dumpling Banquet in Xian
  • Disneyland Entrance