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  • Day 01 – Beijing

    Day 02 – Beijing

    Day 03 – Beijing / Great Wall

    Day 04 – Beijing/Xian

    Day 05 – Xian

    Day 06 – Xian

    Day 07 – Xian / Beijing

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  • Day 01 – Beijing

    Upon arrival, be met and transferred to the hotel.

    Afternoon, visit the Summer Palace with lovely gardens and lakes – Renshoudian Palace, Deheyuan Theatre Museum followed by a stroll along the long corridor to the Marble Boat. Enjoy a boat trip on the Kunming Lake to have a panorama view of this UNESCO listed imperial garden. (Boat ride may not be available in winter).

    Stop over at the new Beijing Olympic venues (Biking option available) and have a view of the unique Beijing National Stadium and National Aquatic Center, known as the Bird Nest and Water Cube. The guide and car will be at your disposal for the rest of the day till dinner. You may shop around the famous Silk Market or Toy Market.

    Optional – Recommend Dinner Option: Peking roasted duck at Duck King Restaurant or No.1 Chang An Restaurant (Estimate US$40-50/per person)

    (Acrobatic show, US$85/-; Peking Opera, US$80/- or Chinese Kong Fu show, US$70/-. Prices are based on VIP seat with return hotel transfer)

    Meals included: Nil.

    Day 02 – Beijing

    This morning, explore Tiantan (The Heavenly Temple) – visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. Visit early in the morning and witness locals in their morning exercise routine.

    Continue with a walk into the antique street of Liulichang – through traditional Chinese stone dwellings housing selling various craftwork, artistry, and antiques. It is one of Beijing’s traditional old quarters!

    Tour the Tian An Men Square which has witnessed some of the most dramatic chapters of China history. From here, you enter the Forbidden City – where the Emperors of China resided for close to 600 years (Closed on Monday afternoons – last entry at 1110hrs).

    For the energetic, you may also get a panoramic view of the Forbidden City by climbing (20-30 minutes) to the top of the Jingshan Park.

    Have a unique Hutong (traditional neighborhood) tour with lunch prepared by a local family. Take a traditional Rickshaw to view the featuring Beijing Hutong including Siheyuan, Prince Gong Mansion, a local home and a cultural immersion experience of your choice (below):

    You have a choice of ONE of the following 4 experiences;

    1. Learn Chinese paper-cut – a traditional folk art.
    2. Learn Kite-making– Learn from the master and fly your work.
    3. Calligraphy class – an art that reveal’s one’s personality.
    4. Discover Cricket fighting – a local popular pastime dating more than 1000 years ago.

    You may also do in-depth walks or biking trips through the Hutong area.

    Spend the late evening at leisure with walks by the Hou hai Lake or stroll along the Nan Luo Gu Xiang, one of the oldest streets in Beijing.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

    1. Beijing on Bike – US$35 per person with helmet
    2. Family Option – Take a 2 hour class and be introduced to Chinese Traditional Instruments at the Imperial Ancestral Temple! Try your hand at playing the Erhu (Chinese violin), bamboo flute, drum set, the chinese harp and ancient zither. End your day with a walk along the old Qianmen pedestrian streetwith a history of 600 years old. Children can try the “Diang-diang”vehicle, a trolley car which has no horn but a bell that rang to warn pedestrians to clear the way! (Instrument class: US$70 per person – minimum 3 in a group)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

    Day 03 – Beijing / Great Wall

    No visit to Beijing is complete without the Great Wall! Today, choose from ONE of the options below – all featuring less-visited sections of the wall, away from busloads of tourists!

    1. Mutianyu Section – Easy walk with restored steps and toboggan fun.
      Recommended for: Families and those looking for a fun & relaxing time.
    1. Remote Jingshanling Section – Tranquil walk into raw and unspoiled beauty.
      Recommended for: Those seeking soft adventure in the raw beauty of the walls in ruins.
    1. Gubeikou to Jingshanlin Section – Full Day Hike in untouched remote ruins.
      Recommended for: Adventurers, hikers and those seeking a challenge in remote ruins.

    Return to your hotel in Mutianyu for a relaxing time spend the late afternoon free in your lodge set in the middle of the authentic countryside villages by the wall, hidden away by the usual tourist circuits.

    Meals included: Breakfast, (Lunch for those on the Jingshanling Section only)

    Day 04 – Beijing / Xian

    Enjoy the morning. Be transferred to the airport for your flight to Xian.

    Upon arrival, explore the winding alleys of the Muslim Quarter with its unique Great Mosque. Explore the food culture of Xi’an with a bang! Take a Street Food Walking Tour  into the Muslim street:  Liangpi “cold skin” noodles, mutton soup with flour cake, Chinese hamburger with lamb or beef… taste these local delicacies from local vendors with hundred years of history.

    Be entertained by a Shadow Play & a Puppet Show at an ancient-styled folk house, in typical architecture of Ming and Qing Dynasties – the former residence of Gao Yue Song with 86 rooms of which 56 rooms are open to the public.   

    Meals included: Breakfast.

    Day 05 – Xian

    This morning start your visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda was built in 652.

    Afternoon, drive out to visit one of the greatest sights of China – the Terra Cotta Warriors, thousands of life-sized soldiers, each with different expressions and horses, all companions for the burial of the first emperor of China – he is also builder of the Great Wall.

    This evening, you are treated to an evening show. Choose ONE of the 2:

    1. A Song Of Unending Sorrow– The drama relates a romance between Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907) and Yang Yuhuan, his favorite imperial concubine. (No English subtitles provided; show not available from Nov to Apr) OR
    2. Tang dynasty show with dumpling banquet– Tang Dynasty was the most prosperous and colorful of all of China’s ancient Dynasties. It is famous for its arts and poems, dress and culture, and music and dancing.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 06 – Xian

    This morning, see the excellent Provincial History Museum and spend time on the City Wall the most complete ancient city wall in China. You may take a bike tour on the wall led by your guide.

    In the late afternoon, be transferred to visit the excellent Hanyang Tomb – a joint tomb of the fourth Emperor of the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-220A.D.) and his Empress. Participate a vivid demonstration of Relic Restoration* addressed by experts, taking you behind the scenes of the restoration work.

    OPTIONAL – RECOMMENDED FAMILY OPTION AT HANYANG TOMB : Experience a Simulated Excavation* – in a practice project where you become an “archaeological trainee”! Children and adults alike get a hands-on experience of a real excavation of historical ruins.

    (* These activities require reservation at least 1 week in advanced) 

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

    Day 07 – Xian/Beijing

    Transfer for your flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

     

  • Trip Cost varies based on travel season (high to low), your choice of accommodation (from budget to luxury), flight (economy to first class), optional tours and other special requests. Kindly email us at info@funkytravels.com to get the correct price for your selected trip.

    INCLUDES:

    • Accommodation on twin or double sharing basis.
    • All meals as stated in itinerary.
    • All tours and transfers in private air-con vehicle with English speaking guide and including all entrance fees

    EXCLUDES:

    • International Airfare and airport / government taxes.
    • Visa (if required).
    • Travel insurance.
    • Beverages in the restaurants where meals are included.
    • Optional tours mentioned in the itinerary will be charged extra.
    • Gratuities to guide and driver.
    • Personal and other expenses such as bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary.