Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal Tour

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Introduction The Grand Canal of China, also known as the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal is the longest ancient canal or artificial river in the world. Starting at Beijing it passes through Tianjin and the provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the city o..

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The tour begins with a stroll along the lively waterfront "The Bund", then a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple. Sightsee the fascinating Yu Yuan (Mandarin's Garden), the Museum of Art and History. Suzhou, known as the garden of China, is famous for its embroidery. During the whole process, you will know much more about Chinese ancient culture.
 
Day 1 Arrive in Shanghai
Upon arrival, you will be met by our guide and transferred to hotel. The tour begins with a stroll along the lively waterfront "The Bund", then a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple where two rare jade statues of Sakyamuni Buddha are treasured.
 
Day 2 Shanghai
Sightsee the fascinating Yu Yuan (Mandarin's Garden), the Museum of Art and History. No visit to Shanghai would be complete without a stop at a craft factory or a curio shop that Shanghai is famous for. Pay a visit to the Children's Palace if time permits.
 
Day 3 Shanghai - Suzhou by train
Suzhou, known as the garden of China, is famous for its embroidery. You may visit the Tiger Hill, Garden of Harmony, Rock Lion Garden, and you will also visit an embroidery factory.
 
Day 4 Suzhou - Wuxi by boat
Today we board a China Grand Canal boat for a leisurely cruise along the ancient China Grand Canal to Wuxi. Our boat ride provides a glimpse of traditional life along the China Grand Canal most interesting section from Suzhou to Wuxi. Wuxi is the "Land of Rice and Fish". Your visit in Wuxi includes the lakeside Li Yuan Garden and Mei Yuan Garden. If time permitting, you may board a boat to island-dotted Lake Tai.
 
Day 5 Wuxi - Zhenjiang by boat
Zhenjiang is the former residential town of American Writer Mrs. Pearl S. Buck who lived there for 18 years when she was a child.
 
Day 6 Zhenjiang - Yangzhou by boat
In Yangzhou, you will visit the Slim West Lake, the Daming Temple and the Geyuan Garden.
 
Day 7 Yangzhou - Nanjing by coach
There will be a one-hour drive by coach to Nanjing. It is a well-known ancient capital of China for six different dynasties.
 
Day 8 Nanjing
Begin your cruise today with the might double-deck Yangtze River Bridge. Then onward to the imposing Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen and the site of the Ming Emperor's Tomb and Xuanwu Lake.
 
Day 9 Nanjing - Beijing by air
A morning flight takes you to Beijing, the capital of China. In the afternoon pay a visit to the Temple of Heaven, the largest temple complex remaining in China today.
 
Day 10 Beijing
Take a whole day excursion to the Great Wall. It is one of the most amazing feasts of human labor - the only man-made construction on earth visible from outer space. After lunch, a drive to the Ming Tombs along the Scared Way with giant marble figures and animals guarding the tomb area for deceased emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Dinner is the famous Beijing roasted duck at a local restaurant.
 
Day 11 Beijing
There will be a morning tour to Tiananmen Square, located in the heart of the capital, and the Imperial Palace (Forbidden City) - one of the greatest feats of ancient Chinese architecture. Afternoon sightseeing includes Summer Palace - a former summer resort area of the royal family. It includes a magnificent classical Chinese garden and lake with a beautiful marble boat.
 
Day 12 Beijing
Your China Grand Canal splendor cruise draws to a close as you fly back homeward with fond memories.
 
Quotation (USD)
720 US Dollar per person
 
Note:
Group Size: 2 - 25 people
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No