Ancient China & Watercolor Lake

In this 11 day journey, you will experience the ancient capitals in different dynasties. The history air is still has a tight grip on those places, well revealing in the ancient wonder-- Great Wall, the time-worn Pingyao Ancient Town, the time-honored Terracotta Warriors plus the old Longhua Temple. It is also a good chance for those who want to delve into the Chinese history.

  • Engage in the exercise that local do to keep healthy in the Temple of Heaven
  • Have a private mask drawing lesson and try your hand at drawing the Beijing Opera Masks with an experienced master
  • Challenge Great Wall at Mutianyu -- the less-commercial section and enjoy an overlooking view on the cable car(Round trip)
  • Explore a local village where the residents are still living off the land and visit a family to know their common life and enjoy a delicious farmhouse meal
  • Get lost in fast-disappearing Hutongs by rickshaw and have a close contact with a courtyard family
  • Soak in the thick ancient air through a list of ancient buildings in the Pingyao Ancient Town
  • Touch the past hisitory of the Qin dynasty by visiting the Terracotta Warriors in the tomb of qinshihuang, the first emperor in China
  • Learn about the Chinese medicine in a museum of Hangzhou
  • Savor a vegetarian meal in the Longhua Temple
  • Stop at Shanghainese home nestled at a alley, explore an ingredient bazaar and cook lunch with them to soak in the commoner's lifestyle

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Beijing
Airport to hotel transfer, free time

Day 2: Beijing
Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Draw Beijing Opera Masks, Beijing Opera

Day 3: Beijing
Great Wall at Mutianyu, Mutianyu Cable Car, Sancha village, Bird's Nest (National Stadium), Water Cube (National Aquatics Center), Peking Duck

Day 4: Beijing - Taiyuan - Pingyao
Hutong tour by Rickshaw, Private Museum of Old Beijingners' Stuffs, Fly to Taiyuan and transfer to Pingyao

Day 5: Pingyao - Xi'an
Half a day of exploration tour in Pingyao Ancient Town, Rishengchang Draft Bank, Mingqing Street, Ancient City Wall, Night train to Xi'an

Day 6: Xi'an
Banpo Museum, Terracotta Warriors, Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an Dumpling Banquet

Day 7: Xi'an - Hangzhou
Fly to Hangzhou, Lingyin Temple, Feilai Peak, Tea Plantation, Six Harmonies Pagoda

Day 8: Hangzhou - Shanghai
Strolling or cycling along the West Lake, Boating on the Lake, Huqingyu Tang (Chinese Medicine Museum), Hefang Old Street, a train trip to Shanghai

Day 9: Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, World Financial Center, a vegetarian lunch in Longhua Temple, Temple of the Town Gods, the bazaar around the temple, Yuyuan Garden, Acrobatic show

Day 10: Shanghai
A Shanghai family visit

Day 11: Farewell Shanghai

Prices (per person in US Dollor)

Price for Group Size of
2-5 Persons 6-9 Persons
Deluxe 1834 1599
Standard 1513 1278
Budget 1428 1193


Destination Hotel Class
Bugdet Standard Deluxe
Beijing Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven Jade Garden Hotel Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
Pingyao Pingyao Dejuyuan Guesthouse Pingyao Yide Hotel Pingyao Yunjincheng Mansion
Xi'an Citadines Central Xi'an Grand Noble Hotel Wyndham Grand Xian South
Hangzhou Holiday Inn Express Hangzhou Huanglong Wuyang Holiday Hotel Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake
Shanghai Holiday Inn Express Zhabei Shanghai The Bund Hotel Grand Central Hotel Shanghai