Land of Chinese Ethnic Minorities
Day 1 Beijing
On your arrival in Beijing, you will be met by your private guide and escorted to your hotel. A simple orientation for your later China travel will be delivered.
Day 2 Beijing
Make an early visit to the Temple of Heaven where you can join in the Chinese locals to learn Taichi so as to inject you more energy and get more ready for your coming Beijing exploration. Make a brief stop at Tiananmen Square before entering the Forbidden City. Try your hand at drawing the Beijing Opera mask under the guidance of an experienced artist. Time permitting, you can visit the shopping street to release your shopping desire and show your bargain talent. Deepen your opera knowledge learned by drawing the mask when you watch the Beijing Opera.
Day 3 Beijing
Drive to the Great Wall at Mutianyu -- the less-crowed and easily-accessible section of the Great Wall and enjoy an overlooking view on the cable car (Round trip). Pay a visit to the nearby village, savor a tasty farmhouse meal and appreciate the unrestored section of Great Wall in a distance. If interested, you can climb to experience this pristine Great Wall. Visit the 2008 Olympic stadiums- Bird's Nest (National Stadium) and Water Cube (National Aquatics Center). Then feast on the crisp Peking duck.
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Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Visit a local flower and pet market Guanyuan Market (or visit Panjiayuan Market at weekend -- a market to test your good eye for the antique). Visit fast-vanishing Hutongs by rickshaw to glimpse at the ordinary life of Beijingners, and the Private Museum of the Old Beijingners' Stuffs in the Hutong trip will unveil to you the past lifestyle of the Beijingners. Fly to Xi'an. Make a free visit to the Giant Music Fountain (optional) if you want to make the most of the brief time in Xi'an.
Day 5 Xi'an
Besides the amazing Terracotta armies in the museum, you can also watch a short film of discovering the Terracotta Warriors. Next stop is the Shaanxi History Museum to learn about the history of Xi'an as a capital of ten dynasties. Go and climb up the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and have an overlooking view from the pagoda. Ride a CO2-free bike to appreciate the City Wall at sunset. Fulfill your stomach with the dumpling banquet which is also another good chance for you to challenge and enhance your chopstick skill when handling the escaping dumplings.
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Day 6 Xi'an - Guiyang - Kaili
Fly to Guiyang and transfer to Kaili. Go to Shiqiao village to marvel at the traditional papermaking with a history spanning more than 1500 years at a local workshop. Drive back to Kaili. If time permitting, we could explore the old market to peek into the lives of the local.
Day 7 Kaili - Xijiang
You will visit Kaili Ethnic Minorities Museum to get a general picture of the diverse ethnic minorities in Guizhou. Next respectively is a Gejia Village at Matang and Xijiang village (Miao minority).
Day 8 Xijiang
Today is totally free for you to explore the surrounding to immerse yourself in the untouched idyllic scene.
Day 9 Xijiang - Guiyang - Shanghai
Drive to the airport and fly to Shanghai. If time permitting, a night stroll along the Bund (optional) is highly recommended.
Day 10 Shanghai
Travel to the Shanghai Museum and the new Shanghai landmark -- World Financial Center to have an all-embracing view of Shanghai. Visit the tranquil Longhua Temple and try its vegetarian dishes that trick your taste buds to believe that they are made out of meat! Visit the Temple of the Town Gods. For restoring energy for the following tour, indulge yourself in the dizzying variety of Shanghai specialties and snacks in the temple market. Visit Yuyuan Garden, a garden full of exquisiteness for your detailed eye! A stunning and incredible acrobatic show will end today's trip.
Day 11 Shanghai
Be a Shanghainese in a host family including buying food in a local market, learning cooking some original cuisine under the guidance of your host family and bargaining with the vendors or learning the Chinese bargaining way. In addition, you can engage yourself in some interesting local community activities. The rest time of the day is free for you to walk around.
Day 12 Shanghai
Settle dwon in the luxury seat of the maglev train to go for your departing plane at lightning speed.
- B: Breakfast
- L: Lunch
- D: Dinner