Flights have just been booked! I am so excited to go venture on a ten day tour of China beginning on my Birthday!
I have always loved travelling and I always learn so much along the way.
A little Itinerary of what I am doing while I am there:
Day 1 Depart YVR to BEIJING
Day 2: Beijing (Which is actually my BIRTHDAY!)
Beijing, one of the world’s oldest cities, is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. Located on the edge of the North China Plain, it is the second largest city in the country with a population of more than 12 million.
Day 3: Tian’an Men Square and Forbidden City
Tian’anmen Square is at the very center of the modern city of Beijing.Covering 44 hectares, it is the largest public square in the world. In the center of the square are the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall.
Crossing Changan Avenue and directly behind the Rostrum is the entry to the Forbidden City, so called because it was off limits to commoners throughout the history of Imperial China. Commoners caught in the palace during this period were executed.
Afternoon visit of Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven dates back to the same period as the Forbidden City--1406 and is ranked among the most famous structures in China.
Late afternoon: The Peking Opera
Peking opera of China is a national treasure with a history of over 200 years. The present Peking opera whose richness of repertoire is internationally recognized presents a great number of artists and performances and has a profound influence on all forms of arts in China.
Day 4: Great Wall of China
The Great Wall: One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall is a breathtaking sight and an awesome experience.
Peking Duck Dinner at local Restaurant
The journey to the tombs is started with the “Sacred Way”. The pathway that led to the Mausoleums Is guarded by massive marble monuments of animals, mythical creatures and generals and Confucius scholars that are some of the most beautiful relics left to us today. Many legends surround these great sculptures and enhance the journey to the tombs.
Day 5 Beijing- Xian (B,L,D)After breakfast, Visit of Hutong including Rickshaw Tour and visit with Local Family
China’s first great melting pot. A city where East and West mingled a millennium before Marco Polo’s great journey. Home to the 8th Wonder of the Ancient World, the tomb of the first Emperor of China, in which part of it is the 10,000 army of the Terra Cotta Warriors. The world’s first city to have a population of a million people, and the source of the great ancient Silk Road, Xian was the capital of Imperial China for the better part of 1100 years covering some of its greatest dynasties including the Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui and Tang.
Day 6: After breakfast, Visit of the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum
Ancient City Wall
Unlike many of China's modernized cities, Xi'an has managed to retain a major piece of its ancient past with the city wall. Forming an enormous rectangle around the old imperial heart of the city, the Xi'an City Wall dates back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), although several sections have been recently rebuilt.
Tang Dynasty Show and Dinner
Of the 13 dynasties that established their Capital in Xian (also known as Chang An), the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) is distinguished as the most progressive and prosperous era in the history of China. The music and dance of this period symbolize the splendor and the glory of the Chinese civilization and is world-renowned.
Day 7 Xian-Shanghai (B,L)
Shanghai is a bustling city with a pronounced International flavor that continues from its heyday in the early 1900’s when it was one of the world’s great maritime crossroads and the Bund was the Wall Street of the East. A walk through Shanghai’s old neighborhoods reveals a fusion of early 20thcentury European architecture and old Chinese facades.
Afternoon flight to Shanghai
Day 8 Shanghai (B,D)
After breakfast we depart for a full day tour in Shanghai
Yu Yuan Gardens followed by free time for shopping in the old town
Yuyuan Garden: Yuyuan Garden is a traditional Chinese park completed with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations. This small park is located in the heart of Shanghai’s old Chinese quarter and links to Yuyuan Market. Built in 1559, in the Suzhou style by a high official in honor of his father, the garden has maintained its classic beauty over the centuries.
Food is also a great temptation (for the adventurous) in the Old Town Market with local delicacies such as xiao long bao, pigeon egg dumplings and spicy cold noodles from the street stalls or numerous restaurants. Lunch on your own here.
Yuyuan Old Town Market: found beside Yuyuan Garden is a bazaar of stores that sell a mish-mash of items including traditional Chinese arts and crafts and souvenirs, ornate chopsticks, Chinese medicine, walking sticks, fans, silk umbrellas, bamboo and rattan furniture, goldfish, pottery and much much more.
Jin Mao Tower is 420.5m high, with altogether 88 stories and total construction area of 290,000 square meters. It is a perfect combination between the Chinese Traditional Architecture Style and the advanced technologies of the world.
The Observation Deck on the 88 Floor has a construction space area of 1,520 square meters.
Day 9: DISNEYWORLD
Total free day to explore Shanghai on your own or opt for optional tours like going to the world's largest DisneyworldDay 10: Depart Home to YVR
An Apple A Day
Michelle Apples xx