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International Horticulture Exposition 2011 Xi’an TOUR

 

Expo-2011-Xi'an ( HEX-004 ) Shanghai-Xi’an-Lhasa-train to Beijing (16 days / 15 nights)   

International Horticultural Exposition 2011 Xi’an will be held in the Chan-Ba Ecological District, Xi’an from April 28 to October 22 with the theme of
“eternal peace & harmony between nature & mankind, nurturing the future earth”. Landmarks of International Horticulture Exposition 2011 Xi’an
Park include Chang’an Tower, Theme Pavilion, Greenhouse and Guangyun Entrance.
This tour focuses on attending Xi’an Horticulture Exposition 2011, also visit the classical cities of Shanghai and Beijing, as well as the “Roof of the
World” – Tibet. Experience the highest railway in the world – Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

 

Day01 Arrive in Shanghai 

Arrive in Shanghai, known as “Paris in the East”. Meet your guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel on arrival. (D)

Day02 Shanghai

After breakfast, you will visit Shanghai Museum (excluded audio guide), a leading attraction of the city since it opened in 1994, containing some
priceless collections of paintings, porcelains and bronzes. Move on to visit Yuyuan Garden, a well-restored Suzhou-style garden, which was
specially built for Pan’s parents as a place to enjoy themselves a tranquil and happy time in their old age. The pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and
cloisters are unique characteristic. And also take a walk through Chenghuangmiao (known as Yuyuan Garden Market) built in the fifteenth century
during the Ming Dynasty. It filled with antique markets and specialty stores. Then, take one hour cruising on Huang Pu River. ... (The one-hour night
cruise provides the most dramatic views of Shanghai, both old and new. The granite offices, banks, consulates, and hotels of Shanghai's past
colonial masters form a stately panorama along the Bund, while the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Jin Mao Tower, and the new skyscrapers form the
tallest and most expensive new building project in the world on the Pudong side. There's the river traffic, too, to keep your eyes from ever resting.)
(B,L,D)

Day03 Shanghai

Visit Jade Buddha Temple, built in 1882 to keep two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. The two
precious jade Buddha statues, one sitting Buddha and one Recumbent Buddha, are carved with whole white jade. Pay a visit to Shanghai Xintiandi,
located in the center of Shanghai city south of Huaihai Zhonglu. For its concept of constructions, Xintiandi become an urban tourist attraction, a
fashionable pedestrian street composed of Shikumen and modern architecture style. It retains the old walls, tiles and exterior of the Shikumen
housing of old Shanghai. On the other hand, its interior appears a totally different world of international gallery, bars and cafes, boutiques or theme
restaurants. Visit Tianzifang nearby, known as “Creative Art Park”, it is developed from the local residence area. Take some free shopping on
Nanjing Road, a must-see metropolitan destination attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world today. (B,L,D)



Day04 Shanghai-Xi’an 


Take a morning flight to Xi’an. Climb the ancient City Wall, actually built on the fortifications of Tang Forbidden City, standing 12 meters high, 12-14
meters across the top, 15-18 meters thick at the bottom, 13.7 meter in length with a deep moat surrounding it. It is the most complete city wall that
has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Then, pay a visit to the Great Mosque, built
primarily in the Ming Dynasty when Chinese architectural elements were synthesized into mosque architecture, and it is the largest and best-
preserved one of the early mosques of China. Walk around Bell & Drum Tower Square, here marks the geographical center of the ancient capital,
the East, South, West and North Streets cross here. (B,L,D)

Day05 Xi’an

Visit the expo site. (B,D)

Day06 Xi’an

Visit the expo site. (B,D)

Day07 Xi’an 
After breakfast, visit Shaanxi History Museum, the first huge state museum with modern facilities in China,
and given the reputation of “bright pearl of ancient city, treasure house of China”. Then, visit once-in-a-
lifetime viewing of the extraordinary Terracotta Warriors and Horses, 2,200-year-old underground army of
he first feudal Emperor, Qin Shihuang. Life size terracotta figures of warriors and horses arranged in battle
formations are the star features at the museum. Drive back to the city and pay a visit to Big Wild Goose
Pagoda
, originally built in 652 A.D. in Tang Dynasty (618-907A.D.), it functioned to collect large volume of
Buddhist scriptures that were taken from India by the eminent monk of Xuanzang. Have a characteristic
Dumpling Dinner and enjoy Tang Dynasty Show in the evening. (B,L,D)

Day08 Xi’an-Lhasa

Take a morning flight to Lhasa, rightly one of the most featured and dreamt-about cities in the world, not
only limited accessibility for its remoteness and its high altitude at 3,650 meters, but also the mysterious
Tibetan religion. In Tibetan, Lhasa means the Holy Land or the Buddha Land. The guide will meet you at
Konggar Airport, and transfer you to Lhasa city with about 1.5 hours’ driving (90km). On the way, you’ll be
greeted with Nie Tang Buddha – a Buddha image engraved in the mountain face. Upon arrival, rest and
acclimatize yourself to the local time and altitude. (B,D)

Day09 Lhasa

The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa’s cardinal landmark - Potala Palace, an awe-inspiring Tibetan architectural complex. The stone-and-
wood-structured Potala Palace consists of the White Palace and Red Palace. The White Palace, comprising halls, temples and courtyards, serves
as the living quarters of the Dalai Lama. The Red Palace includes various chambers for worshipping Buddha and chambers housing the eight
stupa that contain the remains of fifth through thirteenth Dalai Lama. All the stupas are covered with gold foil. Some 2km to the east of the Potala is
the most revered religious structure and the holiest temple in Tibet - Jokhang Temple. Bustling with worshippers and redolent with mystery, the
Jokhang is an unrivalled experience. A golden statue of the young Buddha Sakyamuni at age 12 brought to Tibet by Princess Wen Cheng from
Chang'an, capital of the Tang Dynasty, is enshrined in the center of the main hall. The quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang is the
Barkhor Market - Lhasa’s most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of the Old Town is both the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the main
commercial district for Tibetans. The rest of day is free. (B,L,D)



Day10 Lhasa


Today’s highlight is the sightseeing of Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka and Sera Monastery in Lhasa. Drepung Monastery, known as the most
important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was established in 1416 by Tsong Khapa's disciple Jamyang Qoigyi, and
under the patronage of plutocrats, it developed as the richest monastery of Gelugpa and became the mother temple of Dalai Lamas. Norbulingka
Park
(Treasure Garden) was built in the 1740s during the reign of the seventh Dalai Lama. Later it was renovated and enlarged and became the
Dalai Lama’s Summer Palace, where they handle political affairs, practiced religious activities and spent holidays. Sera Monastery, located a few
miles to the north of Lhasa, is one of three famous monasteries in Lhasa along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. The
debating traditions in the Sera Monastery are unique among the three famous monasteries in Lhasa. Debates are conducted by the lamas in the
monastery every day beginning at 3:00pm. In a battle of words, they supplement their efforts by using a variety of gestures including clapping their
hands, pushing their partners for an answer, or plucking their prayer beads to win the virtue of the Buddha. (B,L,D)

 

Day11 Lhasa-Beijing

Transfer to the railway station, and take a train to Beijing. (B)



Day12 On the train


On the train. (NO meal)



Day13 Arrive in Beijing


Arrive in Beijing in the morning, the capital of China. Transfer to the hotel for breakfast (No guarantee of early check-in). Begin the day’s activity with
a visit to Tian’anmen Square, the largest urban square in the world. Tian’anmen was built in 1417 and served as the entrance gate to the Imperial
Palace. Move on to visit the Imperial Palace, well-known as Forbidden City which is the large scale construction of the palace extended from 1406
to 1420. It was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. 24 emperors lived and ruled China from here. In the afternoon, visit Temple
of Heaven
, built in 1420 A.D., which was originally the platform to offer sacrifices to Heaven during Ming and Qing Dynasties. The buildings and
parklands reflect an ancient Chinese thought of “the Heaven is round and the earth is square”. (B,L,D)



Day14 Beijing


Today’s highlight is the visit to the Great Wa ll (Badaling or Juyongguan Section, excluded cable car), one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” and
a symbol of Chinese civilization. Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across mountains. Then, drive to visit the statue-
lined Shenlu (Spirit Road) leading to the Ming Tombs, here you can see some marvelous stone sculptures. The Ming Tombs area is for 13
deceased emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Visit the Changling Tomb which is the largest of the 13 as you can imagine it is quite impressive. On the
way back to the hotel, stop at Olympic Park and outside view the National Stadium (Bird's Nest, no entry) and the National Aquatics Center (Water
Cube, no entry), which are the main stadium of the 29th Olympiad in 2008. You could have your pictures taken by these marvelous buildings! (B,L,D)




Day15 Beijing 


Visit the Yonghe Lama Temple, the largest and most perfectly preserved Tibetan Buddhist Lama Temple outside Tibet. It was built in 1649 as the
residence of Prince Yong of Qing Dynasty, and was converted to a temple after he became Emperor moving to Forbidden City. Then, move on to
Confucius Temple, the place where people paid homage to Confucius during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasty. Now the temple houses the Beijing
Capital Museum. You take a rickshaw through some old “Hutongs”, lanes or alleys formed by lines of Siheyuan (a compound with houses around
a courtyard). Walk along Nanluogu Lane (Nannluoguxiang) where has a history of over 700 years dating back to Yuan Dynasty in 13th and 14th
century. Running from north to south, this lane is about 800 meters long with 16 hutongs - 8 hutongs on each side of the lane. The lane is now
famous for the cafes and bars and clothing and handcraft shops that line its hutong laneways as well as its traditional hutong and courtyards
(Siheyuan). Enjoy Peking Duck for dinner. (B,L,D)



Day16 Depart from Beijing


Transfer to the airport, and prepare for boarding on your homebound flight. TOUR ENDS! (B)

Note: B-Breakfast  L-Lunch  D-Dinner

Hotel list (or the same standard):
Standard A: 3-star
Shanghai: *** New Asia Hotel Shanghai
Xi’an: *** Wan Nian Hotel Xi’an
Beijing: *** Ping An Fu Hotel Beijing

Price in 1/2 double room: RMB--pp


≥10pax

Single Supplement

6-9pax

Single Supplement

2-5pax

Single Supplement

Apr, May, Sep & Oct

11380

2475

13561

2960

16105

2960

Jun, Jul & Aug

11310

2400

13456

2850

16000

2850

 

Standard B: 4-star
Shanghai: **** Best Western New Century Hotel Shanghai 
Xi’an: **** Bell Tower Hotel Xi’an
Beijing: **** Qianmen Jian Guo Hotel Beijing

 

Price in 1/2 double room: RMB--pp


≥10pax

Single Supplement

6-9pax

Single Supplement

2-5pax

Single Supplement

Apr, May, Sep & Oct

12085

3175

14465

3860

17010

3860

Jun, Jul & Aug

11750

2840

14150

3545

16695

3545

 

Included:

  1. Twin sharing accommodation with buffet breakfast
  2. Domestic fights in economic class and its airport tax: Shanghai-Xi’an, Xi’an-Tibet
  3. Train ticket (soft sleeper): Lhasa-Beijing
  4. Lunch and Dinner as mentioned in the itinerary in good local restaurant including Peking Roasted Duck in Beijing and Dumpling Dinner in
    Xi’an. A glass of soft drink or beer is included in the mainland China
  5. (first) Entrance fee mentioned above
  6. English speaking accompanying guide through out program on all days with excursions
  7. All Transfers specified in the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicle 
  8. Travel Permit to Tibet

Excluded:

  1. International Flight and airport tax
  2. Tips, personal expenses
  3. Transfer for “day at leisure”
  4. Guide Service during the plane and train
International Horticulture Exposition 2011 Xi'an TOUR
( Expo 2011 Xi'an
China )
International Horticulture Exposition 2011 Xi'an TOUR
( International
Horticulture
Exposition 2011
Xi’an
)
Shanghai Pudong
( Pudong-Shanghai )
Tour Code: GW-HEX-003
Beijing-Xi’an-Guilin-Shanghai
Shanghai Yuyuan
( Yuyuan Garden-
Shanghai )
Tour Code: GW-HEX-004
Shanghai-Xi’an-Lhasa-train to Beijing
Expo-2011-Xi'an
 
 


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