China Cultural Experience
Few cities on earth have changed as fast as Beijing. There are new hotels, shopping malls and commercial plazas. But, beyond the modernity, Beijing offers a bountiful hotpot of tourism attractions, including architectural and cultural treasures, exquisite temples and of course, it serves as a base to visit the Great Wall of China.
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: ON THIS 14-DAY CULTURAL EXPERIENCE THROUGH CHINA
This comprehensive cultural tour is the ultimate luxury journey through mainland China. The tour begins in Beijing that offers a bountiful hotpot of tourism attractions and world-famous architectural wonders; the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen square and many others. This huge and spread out city is a magnificent gateway to China and Chinese history.
After a comprehensive tour of Beijing, you will travel north, close to the border with Inner Mongolia to an important cultural city of Datong. The town founded in 200 BC has been prosperous in the past during which it left the city with a series of splendid historic and cultural relics like the Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery.
Visit the Wutai Shan Mountains (meaning the Five Plateau Mountain); the most important for Buddhists who believe that the highly revered Manjusri, the Bodhisattva of wisdom, once lived and taught Buddhism here.
Continue to the Ancient City of Ping Yao, an outstanding example of a Han Chinese city of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (14th-20th centuries). It is best to get up early and stroll through hidden alleys and quiet corners. You’ll pass temples, historic buildings and small museums. Later we will visit the courtyard of the Qiao Family where the movie, 'Raise the Red Lantern' was filmed.
Next, travel to the ancient capital of Xian, a major stop on the Silk Road. See the famed Terracotta Warriors and the massive city walls. We will explore the lively Muslim Quarter, visit the important Big and Small Goose Pagodas and tour the impressive Shaanxi Provincial History Museum and the Forest of Stelae, a fascinating library of tall stone tablets.
Travelling East, you will visit Luoyang and explore its rich historical and cultural sites. The Longmen Grottoes is a treasure house of stone sculptures. The White Horse Temple is the first Buddhist temple and the 'Cradle of Buddhism in China'. Then visit Zengzhou to see the Shaolin Temple, the place of origin for Chinese Zen Buddhism and the cradle of Chinese Martial Art.
The tour ends in Shanghai, China’s most stylish and modern city. During private touring, learn about Shanghai’s history through the architecture of the Bund and its museums. Visit up-and-coming neighbourhoods filled with art galleries, design shops and stylish new restaurants. But also explore the old town to sample local specialities and experience its soul while walking down its narrow longtangs.
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Chinese people celebrate a lot of festivals each year. Most of these festivals take place on important dates in the Chinese lunar calendar. It is important to know which festivals to avoid, like the Chinese New Year when travel is difficult and which ones to attend, like the Dragon Boat and Shanghai Tea festivals held in May-June. Other festivals include the Shanghai Film festival in mid-Jun and the Shoton Festival, one of the most popular traditional festivals in Tibet held in the month of August.
Beijing Capital International Airport, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) northeast of the city centre, is served by numerous international carriers from the UK. Taxis at the airport are plentiful; the ride into town costs about $20 and can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic. For the adventuresome there's also a train that whisks you in 23 minutes to a fairly central station in Beijing from which you can cab it to your hotel.