China. All famous sights, holy mountains, and pandas

Price
$1728
+ flight to Beijing and back home
Duration
12 days

What you get

China
Cities and mountains
Transportation
During the entire trip
Guiding
Professional tour leader-traveler
Tickets
To all attractions
Accommodation
11 nights
Physical grade
Level 3 (medium) out of 5

China. All famous sights, holy mountains, and pandas

A busy journey through the most famous places in China. From ancient districts to skyscrapers, from temples and palaces to caves and picturesque mountains. We will see everything!

  • Peer at the immortal faces of the famous Terracotta Warriors who guard the tomb of the most famous Chinese emperor 
  • Watch funny big pandas in a natural habitat in Chengdu
  • Enjoy a traditional Chinese opera
  • Visit the legendary Shaolin monastery and enjoy the impressive Kung Fu performance of local monks
  • Walk on two sacred mountains - Huashan and Emeishan. The most courageous can walk the famous "Road of death" - a narrow path over the abyss!

Trip code
CHIQ
China. All famous sights, holy mountains, and pandas

The price of the trip includes:

  1. Domestic flight;
  2. All transportation, including trains, buses, city transport and taxis;
  3. Accommodation throughout the trip;
  4. Entrance tickets to all attractions along the route;
  5. Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included:

  1. Flight to Beijing and back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals);
  2. Food (about $ 15-20 per person per day);
  3. Insurance (mandatory);
  4. Visa to China.

Departures

Day 1

The capital of Beijing Forbidden City Tiananmen Square

We arrive in Beijing and check into the guesthouse in the old Hutong district. This is old Beijing, with two-story traditional houses and narrow streets. On the second floor families live, and on the first floor they run a family business - a shop, cafe or a workshop. Needless to say that the food here is delicious. Dumplings with various fillings, rice steam buns, traditional herbal tea, noodles, grilled meat, tofu cheese and eggplants cooked in different ways ... Enjoy!

We get to the famous Tiananmen Square - the largest square in the world. It can fit up to 1 million people. In the West, this area gained fame after the suppression of popular demonstrations here in 1989. 

Next - is iconic Forbidden City - the main palace of the Chinese emperors for over 500 years. The name speaks for itself - this palace complex is located on 72 hectares and consists of 980 buildings!

Day 2

The Great Wall of China Traditional Peking duck

By bus we go to Badalin (about an hour and a half on the way). This part of the Great Wall of China has been preserved very well. We will walk along the Wall for a few kilometers (the walk will take about 2 hours), enjoying scenic views on both sides. Imagine that quite recently it divided the Chinese kingdoms from the nomadic tribes. 

A wall with a height of 7 meters stretches more than 21 thousand kilometers! They began to build it back in the 3rd century BC. A crucial role was played by the legendary emperor Qin Shi Huang - the founder of the Qin dynasty. Have you seen the famous movie "Hero"? That is the one. 

In the evening we return to Beijing and enjoy a traditional dinner of the famous Peking duck.

Day 3

The city of Luoyang Longmen caves

In the morning we leave for Luoyang by high-speed train (approximately 4 hours on the way). We check into a hotel and then go to see the main Buddhist caves of China - Longmen caves. Back in the 5th century, Buddhist monks settled here and began digging caves into limestone rocks. Now there are hundreds of them here!

The largest cave temples boast huge statues of Buddha and his disciples. And the height of the main statue is 15 meters! Perhaps the main pride of these places - unique wall painting, which are considered the best examples of Chinese Buddhist art.

We learn more about Buddhism and return to the hotel in Luoyang in the evening.

Day 4

Shaolin monastery Kung-fu show

In the morning we leave for Shaolin - a famous Buddhist monastery known for monks-masters of Chinese martial arts. It is located in a once very secluded place, but now quite a lot of tourists come here. It is believed that Shaolin was founded by a Buddhist monk from India. Soon this place became so popular that the first people of the empire began to come here. 

In the West, Shaolin became famous thanks to Hollywood. Now monks show their skills in Kung-fu for the tourists. And those who wish can even stay in the monastery to study Chinese martial arts. 

We will enjoy the show, observe Buddhist ceremonies in the temple of the monastery and in the evening go by train to Huashan (1 hour on the way). There we check into a hotel. 

Day 5

Holy Huashan mount The "Walk of Death"

In the morning we go to the sacred mountain Huashan just outside of the city. This is one of the five sacred Chinese mountains, where famous sages of the Middle Kingdom went to hermitage. In ancient times medicinal plants were collected on this mountain. The Chinese believe that eating plants from this mountain leads to immortality. 

Now these picturesque karst slopes covered with emerald jungle adorn many temples of various Buddhist schools. We will get to a height of 2380 meters on the funicular, and then we will walk for about 2 hours to the very top. Clouds will float right under our feet - an unforgettable experience! 

Before the funicular was built here, the pilgrims climbed the mountain not just on foot, but along the sheer wooden steps that we will see from above. Those interested can test themselves and climb this famous “Walk of Death” - a narrow steep path over the very precipice!

Day 6 - 7

The ancient capital of Xi`an Terracotta Army Pagoda of the wild goose

In the morning we leave by train to Xi'an (approximately 1 hour on the way) and check into a hotel in the center. We came to the old capital - one of the most ancient cities in the world, the first mention of which dates back 3 thousand years! The world-famous Terracotta Army is situated here. 

Remember the emperor Qin Shihuadi, who built most of the Great Wall of China? An army of more than 8,000 full-size clay warriors was created to guard the emperor in the afterlife. Clay soldiers, horses and carts took 38 years to make and were placed around the burial place of the ruler. Now the army is located in a specially built huge pavilion a kilometer from the tomb. Peer into the faces of these immortal warriors. Each has unique facial features, facial expressions and character! 

We go to the Pagoda of wild goose of the 6th century. It was built in the style of Indian pagodas. You will not see the same style anywhere in China. We walk on all seven tiers, admiring Buddhist relics. In the evening we walk in the center and try all kinds of famous local dumplings.

Day 8

The city of Chengdu Museum of Du Fu The largest mall in the world Tradtional Sichuan opera

We take a bus to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province (4 hours on the way). We check into a hotel, and take off to explore the city. We will walk along the famous shopping street with more then 700 shops and visit the best preseved Buddhist temple in the province - Wenshu monastery. 

Ready to try traditional local spicy food? Meat with sprouts and vegetables is hot and delicious! We head to the park and museum of Du Fu - the famous Chinese poet of the 8th century. Here we will walk in the hut, recreated from the hut, which the poet built with his own hands and which was his home for 4 years. It was here that he created the best of his poetry. In the park around the hut there are many lakes, exhibition halls with objects of Chinese art. 

We return to the modern and visit the largest shopping mall in the world - the New Century Global Center. This huge glass building boasts an area of 1 million 700 thousand square meters of shops, restaurants and hotels. But this is not your average mall! For example, it has an artificial beach with sand, an Olympic-sized ice-skating arena, a “Mediterranean village” and a huge pirate ship. 

In the evening we head to the traditional Sichuan opera. One and a half hours of national music and singing, shadow theater, acrobats and mask shows!

Day 9

Wolong Panda Research Center

In the morning we head to the Wolong Panda Research Center. Thanks to this unique place, Chegndu is known all over the world. Here, on an area of 2 square kilometers, more than 150 big pandas live. They are sharing the Center with snow leopards, red pandas, golden monkeys and deer. 

All these animals live in the wild, and a group of scientists and doctors monitor their health and do scientific researches. We will learn more about these unique animals, which have become a kind of symbol of China and will observe how pandas live in their natural environment. There will be a lot of bamboo and cute scenes! 

In the evening, we take the train and Emeishan (1 hour on the way). We check into the guesthouse at the foot of the mountain.

Day 10 - 12

Holy Emeishan mount Leshan Giant Buddha

In the morning we take a cable car to the top of Emeishan mount. This is one of the four sacred mountains of Chinese Buddhists. They believe that one of the main disciples of the Buddha, the bodhisattva Samantabhadra, reached enlightenment here. On the mountain, between the wild jungle, there used to be more than a hundred Buddhist temples. But they all suffered greatly from the Cultural Revolution of the Chinese Communists. Now some temples are restored. 

We will go, in particular, to the 9th century temple, which boasts an ancient statue of Samantabhadra on the elephant. 

Next morning we head to nearby Leshan. Here we will visit the famous 71-meter tall statue of Buddha, which used to be the tallest statue in the world. Built in the 8th century, the Buddha’s face faces Mount Emei, and his feet rest on the confluence of three rivers. We will ride a boat on the river and watch local fishermen. Here, in the serene Chinese countryside we bid farewell to China. 

Next morning we return to Chendu, from there we fly to Beijing and take a flight back home.

Tour leader

Olga Dashyvets
tour leader

Is this trip for you?

This trip is of medium level of physical activity. It includes long walks in the cities and in nature. We will travel by buses and trains (trips for up to 4 hours). We will also use a cable car to get to an altitude of 2380 meters above sea level, and then a walk up for about 2 hours. Accommodation in rooms for two people in tourist class hotels and guesthouses. All will have their own bathroom with hot water and wi fi internet.

Visa

Citizens of almost all countries need a visa to enter China. 

The visa should be obtained in the Chinese embassy in the country of residence before the trip.

We provide free visa advice for clients.

Additional options

3g mobile internet in China
Price: + $30
Prepaid local sim card (no international calls) with 2GB internet package

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