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15-Day Xi'an, Luoyang, Dengfeng, Zhengzhou, Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai Tour

China History and Culture Tour

15-Day Private China Tour: Xi'an– Luoyang– Dengfeng–Zhengzhou–Beijing–Nanjing–Shanghai

Explore the ancient city of Xian, home to the magnificent Terracotta Army, before uncovering the cultural treasures of Luoyang and Dengfeng. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Zhengzhou and discover its fascinating landmarks. In Beijing, marvel at iconic sites like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Continue your adventure in Nanjing, where ancient heritage blends harmoniously with a modern atmosphere. Conclude your tour in the cosmopolitan metropolis of Shanghai, where the past and present intertwine seamlessly.

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Tour 'Wow' Points

Find the Hidden Halls in the Forbidden City

the Forbidden City

Witness the Famous Shaolin Temple and Shaolin Kungfu

Shaolin Temple

Make a Mini warrior with a Local Artisan Family

Learn to make a clay warrior

Enjoy a Peaceful Boat Ride Through Zhujiajiao Water Town

Zhujiajiao Water Town

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DAY 1 Xi'an Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Xi'an. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

DAY 2 Xi'an| The Terracotta Warriors and Horses

Discover the astonishing Terracotta Warriors and Horses, an army of over 7,000 intricately crafted figures guarding Emperor Qin's tomb since 210 BC. Marvel at the ongoing excavations in 3 carefully protected pits and explore the accompanying museum and film. Don't forget to wear comfortable walking shoes and feel free to take photos (without flash).

Visit a local artisan's cave dwelling family workshop and learn how Terracotta Warriors were made in ancient times. Engage in an interactive experience, witnessing the detailed steps involved in their creation.

Indulge in Xi'an's unique and distinctive cuisine during a food experience at the lively Muslim Quarter. Sample a variety of dishes highlighting flour as a key ingredient. Immerse yourself in the vibrant streets and savor the flavors of this ancient city.

DAY 3 Xi'an to Luoyang | The White Horse Temple

Experience the profound spirituality of White Horse Temple, nestled between Mangshan Mountain and the Luohe River. As the birthplace of Buddhism in China, it has welcomed esteemed monks seeking enlightenment and has been revered as the "Home of Sakyamuni" and the "Court for Ancestors." Explore the rich cultural heritage and serenity of this historic site during your journey in China.

DAY 4 Luoyang | The Longmen Grottoes

Embark on a journey to the awe-inspiring Longmen Grottoes, located just west of Luoyang. This monumental complex of grottoes, among the largest in China, nestles amidst picturesque green mountains and flowing rivers. Discover the mesmerizing Buddhist sculptures that adorn the cliffs, representing a remarkable cultural heritage. Immerse yourself in the serenity and magnificence of this UNESCO World Heritage site during your exploration of China.

DAY 5 Luoyang to Dengfeng | The Shaolin Temple

Embark on a journey to the legendary Shaolin Temple, nestled at the base of Mount Songshan. Discover the origins of martial arts and immerse yourself in the mystique surrounding this renowned temple. Enjoy the exhilarating Shaolin Kungfu Show and explore the picturesque beauty of Mount Songshan, with the opportunity to visit the Meditation Cave of Bodhidharma. Experience the rich cultural heritage and natural splendor during your exploration of these iconic destinations in China.

DAY 6 Zhengzhou to Beijing | The Yellow River Scenic Spot

Located approximately 30 kilometers south of the urban area of Zhengzhou, explore the native place of Emperor Huangdi. Highly praised by the ancient Chinese saint Zhuangzi, this triple node scenic zone holds great significance as a sacred place for Chinese people, both domestically and abroad. Designated as a major historical and cultural site under the protection of Henan Province in 2000, it stands as one of the top ten tourist attractions in Zhengzhou city.

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of China by visiting the Yellow River Scenic Spot. Known as the cradle of Chinese culture, the Yellow River carries historical and symbolic importance. In this picturesque area, experience the grandeur and vastness of the Chinese "Mother River." Let the majestic views and serene atmosphere leave a lasting impression during your visit.

DAY 7 Beijing | The Forbidden City

Step into the grandeur of the Forbidden City, nestled in the heart of Beijing. For centuries, it served as the imperial residence, housing 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Enjoy the opulence of the largest and best-preserved ancient imperial complex worldwide. Explore the fascinating halls, exquisite gardens, courtyards, and living quarters. Uncover the treasures of ancient China displayed in both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Prepare for an enriching two-hour walk filled with history and cultural immersion.

DAY 8 Beijing | The Mutianyu Great Wall

Ranked as the top section on TripAdvisor, the Mutianyu Great Wall offers picturesque scenery and restored architecture. Take a chairlift up to the Wall for a leisurely walk through watchtowers with superb views. Enjoy the exciting toboggan ride down, suitable for all ages.

Visit the Temple of Heaven, a Ming dynasty complex where emperors prayed for good harvests. Explore Taoist buildings and witness the vibrant park atmosphere with locals practicing tai chi. Take an easy walk through the area, completing the experience in about 1-1½ hours.

DAY 9 Beijing to Nanjing | The Summer Palace

Indulge in the beauty of the Summer Palace, a magnificent royal park situated just a short distance from downtown Beijing. Discover its well-preserved grandeur, which has earned it the title of the largest royal park in China. Immerse yourself in the captivating landscapes and cultural riches that have influenced Chinese horticulture. Explore the renowned Garden of Virtue and Harmony, and cruise on the tranquil Kunming Lake. Enjoy a serene walk for approximately two hours, covering around 2 kilometers, and witness firsthand the splendor of this historical and natural gem.

DAY 10 Nanjing | The Dr. Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum

Embark on a journey to honor Dr. Sun Yat Sen at his revered mausoleum nestled at the foot of the majestic Purple Mountain. Experience the solemn atmosphere permeating this historical site, characterized by glazed torii, a challenging ascent of 392 steps, and a memorial hall commemorating the great deeds of this remarkable leader.

Discover the President Palace, a fascinating Ming Dynasty relic later utilized as the headquarters for Dr. Sun Yat Sen's government. Uncover the rich history behind this site, renamed the "Heavenly King Palace" during the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom.

Immerse yourself in culture and arts as you visit the Confucius Temple, originally built in 1034. Explore the temple's vibrant surroundings, filled with shops, restaurants, and bars. Marvel at the impressive Dacheng Hall, boasting the largest figure of Confucius in China, while the nearby Qin Huai River adds to the picturesque landscape.

Pay tribute to the victims of the Nanjing Massacre at the Memorial Hall, an emotional and powerful site embodying the horrors of World War Two. Let the exhibits and somber atmosphere inspire a heartfelt appreciation for peace and remembrance. Engage with a knowledgeable expositor who will provide a deeper understanding of the historical context.

Savor the authentic flavors of Huaiyang cuisine at the renowned Hongxinglong Restaurant, offering an unforgettable dining experience infused with local culinary traditions.

DAY 11 Nanjing to Shanghai | The Qinhuai River

Experience the captivating allure of the Qinhuai River, a historical waterway that holds fascinating tales from the city's past. Meander along its banks to discover traces of both the joyous comedies and tragic events that unfolded during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, particularly in the notorious red-light area.

Visit the esteemed Imperial Academy, where ancient scholars diligently studied the profound Confucian classics in preparation for the highly challenging Imperial examinations. Witness the architectural splendor of the walled building complex, standing as a reminder of the rigorous nature of these exams. Immerse yourself in the profound educational traditions of ancient China as you explore this revered site.

DAY 12 Shanghai | The Bund and Shanghai Tower

The Bund: Stroll along the iconic Bund, a 1.5-kilometer-long waterfront promenade that hugs the western bank of the Huangpu River. Marvel at the "architecture gallery," showcasing 52 meticulously restored European-style buildings. Once the thriving center of trade and commerce in old Shanghai, the Bund now exudes a captivating blend of old and new. Explore futuristic developments, trendy restaurants, upscale shops, and lively bars that breathe new life into this historic district. After sunset, witness the enchanting transformation of the Bund into a mesmerizing spectacle.

Shanghai Tower: Don't miss the opportunity to marvel at the architectural wonder of the Shanghai Tower, the world's second tallest building. Rising to a height of 632 meters (2,073 feet) with 128 stories, it is a breathtaking sight that showcases Shanghai's soaring skyline. As a premier tourist highlight, this skyscraper offers panoramic views of the city, providing a truly unforgettable experience.

Shanghai Chic: Indulge in the flavors of authentic Shanghai cuisine at Shanghai Chic, a popular local restaurant located near the exquisite Yuyuan Garden. Immerse yourself in the elegant ambiance as you savor traditional dishes crafted with finesse. Be sure to try their highly recommended stewed pork with brown sauce, a delicacy that captures the essence of Shanghai's culinary heritage.

DAY 13 Shanghai | The Temple of Heaven and Mutianyu Great Wall

Shanghai Old Street: Step into the charming Shanghai Old Street, where well-preserved old residential houses and narrow lanes offer a glimpse into local life in days gone by. Take a leisurely walk along the lanes and be transported back to the historical ambiance of old Shanghai. Explore the various shops and booths lining the street, offering antiques, crafts, and souvenirs for a memorable shopping experience.

Shikumen: Discover the unique architecture of Shikumen, also known as "stone gate," which embodies the living environment of 80% of Shanghainese people until the 1990s. As the city's economy developed, Shikumen transformed into a vibrant area filled with bars, tea houses, and entertainment centers. Get a glimpse into the past by visiting Wu Li Xiang, a small exhibition showcasing the furnishings of old Shanghainese homes, providing a fascinating window into history.

Former French Concession Precinct: Embark on a captivating walking tour in the former French Concession, encompassing Huaihai Road, Fuxing Road, Huashan Road, Ruijin Road, Yandang Road, Taikang Road, and Sinan Road. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this area as you encounter significant landmarks, including the former residences of Sun Yat-sen and Zhou Enlai, Fuxing Park, Moller Villa, Lilac Garden, Notre Dame Cathedral, and countless French colonial-style buildings. Many of these architectural gems are over 100 years old. Enjoy the romantic ambiance created by the shadows of the chenar trees during clear and warm days. Experience the allure of the region's café culture, where coffee fragrances entice visitors to explore the numerous bars and restaurants.

Yuyuan Garden: Transport yourself to the heart of Shanghai's old quarter at Yuyuan Garden, a privately-built masterpiece from 1559 during the Ming Dynasty. Admire the intricate Chinese classic architecture and traditional style of this 2-hectare complex, complete with enchanting features such as rockeries, pavilions, ponds, and corridors. Surrounding the garden is a lively marketplace where visitors can discover popular local snacks, handicrafts, antiques, souvenirs, and renowned time-honored restaurants.

Jade Buddha Temple: Immerse yourself in spirituality at the popular Jade Buddha Temple, a Buddhist temple cherished by the local community. The main treasures of the temple are two Burma-imported Buddha statues carved from rare, single blocks of white jade adorned with precious stones. Witness the vibrant activities within the temple's walls as monks, worshippers, and visitors come together to engage in spiritual practices.

DAY 14 Shanghai | Zhujiajiao Water Town

Zhujiajiao Boat Ride: Enjoy a peaceful boat ride through Zhujiajiao Water Town, a picturesque ancient town. The cruise lasts for approximately 10 minutes, allowing you to take in the beauty of the surroundings from the river.

Zhujiajiao Water Town: Explore Zhujiajiao Water Town, known for its fan-like shape and centuries-old history. Marvel at the well-preserved Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture and the 36 ancient stone bridges. Visit notable attractions such as the historic Post Office, Chenghuang Temple, and Shanghai Handicraft Exhibition Hall, among others.

Zhujiajiao Guqiao Renjia: Experience the charm of Zhujiajiao Guqiao Renjia, a unique spot hanging over the water. Enjoy a delicious meal with stunning views, accompanied by the soothing melodies of traditional wooden instruments and the sounds of nature.

DAY 15 Shanghai Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Shanghai Pudong Airport for departure with independentcar/van and guide.

Tour Price

FromUS3,750 p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling

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