What you get
One week of iconic sights in China
A huge country. The oldest civilization in the world. One can study this culture forever. But it is best to begin with visiting all the main places of the country, famous throughout the world!
- Visit the legendary Shaolin monastery and see the impressive Kung Fu show of monks -martial arts masters
- Explore the Forbidden City - a huge palace of Chinese emperors and the largest square in the world
- Walk a few kilometers along the Great Wall of China, which stretches for another 21 thousand kilometers!
- Study the faces of thousands of soldiers of the Terracotta Army
- Try the real Peking duck, all kinds of famous dumplings, noodles, unusual vegetables and original sweets.
The price of the trip includes:
- Domestic flight Xian-Beijing;
- All transportation, including trains, buses, city transport and taxis;
- Accommodation throughout the trip;
- Entrance tickets to all attractions along the route;
- Professional guiding services.
What is NOT included:
- Flight to Beijing and back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best flights);
- Food ($15-20 per person per day);
- Insurance (mandatory);
We arrive in Beijing and check into a hotel in the guesthouse in the old Hutong area. This is old Beijing, as it was hundreds or even thousands of years before us. Stone houses here are not taller then two floors. By tradition, the family lives on the second floor, and on the first floor it runs a business - a shop, cafe or workshop. The streets here are narrow, filled with children and the neighbors go to visit each other. Did we mention street food?! Dumplings with all kinds of fillings, steamed buns, traditional herbal tea and all kinds of noodles ... Very tasty!
We get to the center and find ourselves in the heart of the noisy metropolis. This is the famous Tiananmen Square - the largest square in the world! The meticulous experts calculated that more than 1 million people can fit here shoulder to shoulder. True, by Chinese standards, this is not such a large number of people ...
We walk to the Forbidden City - the former main palace of the Chinese emperors. Built in 1420, it was used until the overthrow of the monarchy in China. Have you seen the movie The Last Emperor? These events unfolded here!
By bus we go to Badalin (about an hour and a half on the way). This town is known for the part of the famous Great Wall of China, which has been preserved better than others. We will try to get here at a time when crowds of tourists are still not walking around.
Feel all the greatness of this grand structure - one of the new wonders of the world. A wall with a height of 7 meters, along which we will walk, stretches more than 21 thousand kilometers! They began to build it back in the 3rd century BC to protect the Chinese kingdoms from nomads. The famous emperor Qin Shi Huang - the founder of the Qin dynasty, was particularly concerned about the construction and fortification of the Wall. Have you seen the famous movie "Hero"? This is the one we are talking about.
In the evening we return to Beijing and go to the restaurant for a traditional Beijing duck.
In the morning we leave for Luoyang by high-speed train (approximately 4 hours on the way). We check into the hotel, and then go to see the main Buddhist caves of China - Longmen Caves.
These limestone rocks and caves near the river began to be used by Buddhist monks as early as the 5th century. Since then, hundreds of small man-made caves with dozens of temples, hundreds of Buddha statues and his disciples, and hundreds of unique wall paintings have appeared in the rocks. The height of the main statue of Buddha is 15 meters!
Walking through the caves, we will see unique images of saints, celestial dancers and animals - some of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. This place is perfect for learning more about Buddhism.
In the evening, we return to the hotel in Luoyang.
In the morning we leave for Shaolin - an iconic Buddhist monastery, famous for its monks-masters of Chinese martial arts. Walk through the temple, which is located in the middle of the forest, listen to silence, enjoy the aroma of incense and learn about the history of this unusual place.
It is believed that this monastery was founded by a Buddhist monk from India. He gained such popularity that prominent officials and empresses came from the capital to his place. By the way, the monastery itself was robbed and burned several times. In the West, Shaolin became famous thanks to Hollywood.
Now it is visited by tourists, for whom every day the monks show a fascinating kung-fu performance. Fame did change this place. But it definitely did not affect the skill of the local monks!
In the evening we take a train to Huashan (1 hour on the way) and check into a hotel.
In the morning we go to Mount Huashan. One of the five sacred Chinese mountains, Huashan has always been a place where the saints and sages went to a hermitage. The Chinese believe that immortals live on this mountain to this day.
The picturesque karst slopes, covered with emerald jungle, now adorn many temples of various Buddhist schools. We get to one of the peaks of the mountain of 2380 meters above sea level on the funicular. Then we will walk for 2 hours. Clouds will float right under our feet! These feelings are unforgettable.
Before the funicular was built here, the pilgrims climbed this 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 “Death Train” - a steep path over the precipice!
Day 6 - 8
In the morning we leave by train to Xi'an (approximately 1 hour on the way). We check into the hotel in the center. This is the former capital of China and one of the most ancient Chinese cities with 3000 years of history. It is best known for the famous Terracotta Army.
Remember the emperor Qin Shihuadi, who built the Great Wall of China? He is buried here. And more than 8 thousand full-sized figures of soldiers of clay were created to protect the peace of the great ruler. Creating his masterpiece took 38 years! Now the warriors stand in a battle formation in a specially built huge pavilion a kilometer from the tomb of the emperor.
We head to the 6th Century Wild Goose Pagoda to walk through the halls of the seven-tiered structure, examining Buddhist relics and statues of famous Chinese thinkers. In the evening we walk around the city and try all kinds of famous local dumplings.
On the last day we go to the airport and fly to Beijing. There we transfer to a flight home.
Is this trip for you?
Citizens of almost all countries need a visa to visit China.
The visa is issued before the trip in the Chinese embassy in your country of residence.
We provide free visa advice for clients.
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