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Day 1: Beijing
Welcome to China. After the border and customs formalities, an assistant will be waiting for you, to give you basic initial information and accompany on the transfer to take you from the airport to the hotel. Free time.

18.30hrs.- We meet our guide and our fellow passengers  in the hotel reception area. Then we go on to familiarise ourselves with the city. We provide a transfer to Wangfujing street, a pedestrian and commercial street full of life with many shops and restaurants.  Dinner included and return to hotel.
Day 2: Beijing
08.30hrs-   An exciting day awaits us. We will discover the main points of interest in the Chinese capital. We will have a full day visit with a local guide in which we will visit some of the main points in the city. We will start walking through the immense Tiananmen Square one of the largest squares in the world, and from them, we will appreciate the Great National Theater, Beijing Opera House. Then, the Great Chinese Imperial Palace,  better known as "The Forbidden City",  the most majestic architectural complex in China from where 24 emperors ruled for almost 500 years. We will also have the opportunity to visit Jingshan Park where the Coal Hill is located, one of the best preserved imperial gardens in Beijing. We ascend to the top of the hill to have the best views (if the day is clear) on the Forbidden City.  Lunch is included. In the afternoon we include a tricycle ride  through the traditional neigbourhood of Beijing, known as Hutong. In this area we can see the typical life style in these popular neighborhood, visit typical shops and even a traditional house, a Siheyuan, with all its lounges around a courtyard. We will finish our visit knowing the SUMMER PALACE, the Imperial House of the Qing Dynasty with its beautiful gardens and lakes. 

We finish the visit around 17:00 hrs..- You can return to the hotel with the bus or stay in the center (in this case, return to the hotel will be by your means. We always recommend you to bring the hotel card written in Chinese to explain to the taxi driver where do you want to go).

Day 3: Beijing
Total distance travelled: 190 km 
Note: Sometimes there is a large number of tourists in the Great Wall and it may be advisable to go walking avoiding the delays that may exist in the climb by funicular
Landscapes: Great metropolis of Beijing leaving the city, green mountains area around the wall.

08.00hrs.- Beijing, departure. Today’s programme includes an excursion to the Great Wall. 
09.30 hrs.- GREAT WALL OF CHINA (section Mutianyu). Arrival to this spectacular architectural work. Its history covers more than 2000 years. The day will include a cable car ride up and down to one of the most scenic areas. Free time to have lunch and enjoy the comercial area and the Exhibition Center on the Wall. 
Returning to Beijing, we will stop in the 798 th district, with its contemporary art located in an old military factory. We will also visit the TEMPLE OF HEAVEN, one of the country’s largest sacred complexes and a World Heritage  Site.  Before returning to the hotel, and as a way to rest from this intense day, we will take a Tai Chi class and enjoy a foot massage.  We will bid farewell to Beijing with a lacquered duck dinner included. Return to the hotel at 21.00hrs. 
Day 4: Beijing- Taian- Qufu
Total distance travelled: 560 km (470 on the high-speed train)
Scenery:  Interesting landscapes from the train. Fantastic in the Taishan mountain.
Notes: Wear comfortable shoes, we climb one of the sacred mountains of China. - The indicated schedule of the train can be modified. Every traveler must carry their own luggage on the train.

06.30hrs.- After breakfast, we go to the train station. We take one of China´s  high speed trains. Expected train departure at 08.35 hrs from Beijing. At 300 km/hour, in two hours we arrive at TAIAN, situated at the foot of Mount Taishan, which is considered the most sacred mountain in China. We will visit the DAI Temple, a magnificent complex of Taoist temples from the 11th century. From here, the pilgrimage route begins. Lunch included. After this, our visit will include the cable car that ascends to the “gates of heaven” of the sacred mountain. The last phase has to be done walking on foot up its steep staircase among hundreds of pilgrims. 

17.45 hrs- Taian- Departure.  We travel by bus on the excellent Chinese highways.
19.15hrs.-  QUFU, arrival to the city of Confucius, chinese thinker of the fifth century BC initiator of Confucianism, a small city in which it will not be difficult to walk through its historic center that offers a lot of tourist life. We recommend you a stroll.
Day 5: Qufu - Xuzhou
Total distance travelled: 185 km 
Scenery: Green landscapes, hills and wide agricultural plains.

07.30hrs.- We visit the city of Confucius,  We will enjoy the opening ceremony of the temple, musical and colorful (on some dates it may not be done). Our trip will include a visit and entrance to the Mansion and the Confucius Temple. 

10.30hrs.- Qufu- Departure. We will continue our trip by coach.
13.00hrs.-  XUZHOU. Arrival. Lunch included. We will discover the impressive underground Mausoleum of the Han Emperor, and we will be surprised by the sight of the terracotta army in the museum (similar, but smaller in size, to the extremely famous ones in Xian). After that, in the bus, we will pass by the beautiful Lake Yunlong, which is located in the centre of the city.

About 17:00hrs we arrived at our hotel. Accommodation. The city of Xuzhou is commercial and pleasant, you can take a walk on your own.
Day 6: Xuzhou- Nanjing
Total distance travelled: 320 km
Scenery: Great agricultural plains. Beautiful entrance in Nanjing taking the suspension bridge over the Yangtze River.

07.30hrs.- Xuzhou- Departure. We travel through large agricultural areas. We enter Nanjing across the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia.

12.15 hrs.-, we arrive in NANJING, a city of eight million people and considered by many to be the most pleasant in China. We will be amazed by the activity and commercial life of this modern metropolis. We will visit the Purple Mountain, where we will look round the SUN YATSEN mausoleum and the picturesque Lingu Temple. 

About 18.00 hrs accommodation at the hotel. We suggest you to stroll in the city, modern, pleasant and full of commercial life and restaurants. Free time later on. Overnight.

Day 7: Nanjing- Suzhou- Tongli- Shanghai.-
Total distance travelled: 350 km. 
Scenery: Plain and lakes 
Note: We can first visit Suzhou and then Tongli.    

07.30hrs.- Nanjing- Departure. We continue our route to the south of China.   10.45hrs.- SUZHOU, arrival to the city which has wonderful gardens that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch is included. This city was the main silk producer in the world, and was always associated with beauty and elegance. We include entrance tickets to the garden of the humble administrator. We will have free time to stroll along the very picturesque Pingjian road.

15.15hrs.- Suzhou- Departure. We soon enter the immense megalopolis of almost 25 million inhabitants.      
16.00hrs.- TONGLI, arrival to this charming lake town with its small houses next to the canals and their gondolas. We included a nice boat ride.    

18.00hrs.- Tongli- Departure.   
20.00hrs.-  SHANGHAI. Arrival.
Day 8: Shanghai.-
09.00hrs.- In the morning, our trip includes a visit round this impressive city.  We will know the area of Pudong, located across the Huangpu River, is now the financial district, with its skyscrapers as the Pearl Tower. We will walk around the elevated walkways with a spectacular view of the modern towers and take a local ferry to cross the river to get a view of the scenery from the water and see the city life. We come to the Bund, with its 19th-century European style buildings. Then we will go to the Old City and the Yuyuan Garden, a private garden that was built during the Ming Dynasty. We will enjoy a demonstration of the Tea ceremony, traditional drink that plays an important cultural role in China. We will pass by one of the most fashionable neighborhoods of the capital, Xintiandi. Lunch included. Then, visit Tianzifang, a former residential area known for its narrow, labyrinthine traditional streets with its small craft shops and art galleries. We finish the visit along the Bund with its old buildings that remind us of the influence of European trade.    

We finish the visit around 17:00 hrs..- You can return to the hotel with the bus or stay in the center (in this case, return to the hotel will be by your means. We always recommend you to bring the hotel card written in Chinese to explain to the taxi driver where do you want to go).  
Day 9: Shanghai- Luoyang.-
Distance travelled by high-speed train: 1020 km  
Scenery: Plains, mountains, a variety of scenery seen from our comfortable train.  
Note: The train timetable may be changed. Each passenger must carry their luggage on the trip.   

05.30 hrs.- Departure from the hotel. Picnic type breakfast. Transfer to the railway station. We take one of the fantastic Chinese high-speed trains. The train is expected to leave at 07.17 hrs.-  Enjoy your railway trip, scenery of inland China, large plains, rice paddies, mountainous areas and greenery.    

12.59 hrs.- LUOYANG – LONGMEN - Arrival -. Lunch included. After this we will see the LONGMEN CAVES-. The impressive Buddhist caves over a kilometre long. In the rocky wall of the river, more than 100,000 images of Buddha were cut. We will walk along its base and visit the most spectacular of them, including a boat trip to see them from the water.   

At around 17 hrs we go to our hotel and are transferred to the old city, going in through its impressive wall and where we can enjoy the great traditional activity and its lit up streets. We are shown the life of a small provincial capital of inland China. Return to the hotel.
Day 10: Luoyang- White Horse Temple- Mount Hua- Xian.-
Distance travelled: 410 KM 
Scenery: Pleasant scenery. Spectacular at Mount Hua. 
Notes:  Wear comfortable footwear, above all for the climb up to Mount Hua. If you travel at times of high temperatures, we also recommend you take water with you when climbing in the cable car (cable cars do not have air-conditioning and the temperatures in the cabins can be very high). Sometimes due to the weather or excessive crowding (there is a maximum authorised number of visitors) we might not be able to climb Mount Hua, in which case we would visit Huaquing, with its beautiful gardens and 19th-century palace on our route to Xian).

08.00 hrs.- Luoyang – Departure -. In the outskirts of the city there is 
08.45 hrs.- Buddhist temple of the WHITE HORSE.- We ask for great respect when visiting this place, which is not accustomed to receiving many tourists and where you will see the places where the monks live and the temples built in the style of the different countries where Buddhism is practised.    

10.15 hrs.- White Horse Temple – Departure -.  We travel towards the mountains.  Lunch en route.
14.15 hrs.- HUA SHAN, the tallest of the five sacred Taoist mountains.  We will go up in the cable car (at certain times, there may be long waits or it might not even be possible to visit it due to excessive crowding), the scenery is spectacular and the atmosphere loaded with spirituality.   

17.30 hrs.- Hua Shan – Departure -.  
19.30 hrs.- XIAN – Arrival and accommodation -. We are in the fascinating city where the silk route began.  
Day 11: Xian
Total distance travelled: 105 km.

08.00hrs.- First thing in the morning, we will go to see the TERRACOTA ARMY, with its thousands of life size clay soldiers that were found underground. This fantastic archaeological site is less than an hour from the center of Xian.

12.30hrs.- Terracota Army. Departure.
13.00 hrs.-  XIAN. We will visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda  where we will enjoy a brief Chinese calligraphy course. Later, we go across through the walled centre. We will cross the Muslim quarter there and we will enter the mosque, where we will be able to see the multiple cultures and religions that have left their mark on this country. Our tour will also include entry tickets to the Drum Tower where we will enjoy a short show of traditional instrument playing. Free time.- We will then take a walk through its Muslim quarter and enter the mosque, where we can think about how the different cultures and religions that have populated the scenery have left their mark.  

At around 17:30 p.m. we finish our visit. You can return to the hotel or walk around on your own in the active historic center.

Day 12: Xian, Lingfen, Clan Wang Mansion, Pingyao
Total distance travelled:  530 km (365 on the high-speed train)
Scenery: Some mountainous areas, beautiful landscapes from the train.
Note: The indicated train schedule can be modified. In the train journey each passenger must carry their luggage.

07.00hrs.- Hotel departure. Transfer to the train station. We leave from Xian in a very modern high speed train and in less than three hours we will arrive in Lingfen (expected train departure at 08.08hrs from Xian).  From here, we continue our route in our coach.

11.30hrs.- MANSION OF THE WANG CLAN, arrival.- The Mansion was built by a wealthy family between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Lunch is included. 

13.00hrs.- Mansion of the Wang Clan- Departure.  
15.00 hrs.- PINGYAO, arrival to the China´s best preserved historical city, which has 4,000 ancient buildings and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will enjoy this charming traditional city. Our tour will include entry tickets that allow visitors access to all the temples, mansions and city walls.
Day 13: Pingyao- Wutai
Total distance travelled: 330 km
Scenery: Changing scenery, green landscapes, small towns, forests and mountains as we approach Wutai.
Note: Wutai Mountain is a sacred place for many pilgrims; We ask you to wear appropriate clothes and maximum respect towards those believers who travel to this place.

08.30hrs.- Pingyao- Departure.- Entry procedures to the area of the Wutai Mountain National Park. Magnificent landscapes and succession of monasteries.-  We travel to one of the most exciting spiritual places in China.

13.00hrs.- WUTAI MOUNTAIN. Arrival. This place, situated between green mountains and forests, is one of the centres of the Lamaism form of Buddhism. There are more than 40 ancient monasteries (and a similar number of monasteries have been built in more recent years), which are home to a large community of monks. We will visit Nanshan Temple with our guide, and later we will leave time free for you to look for less visited temples, where you can respectfully observe the monks.

17.30hrs.- We will go to our hotel, located outside the sacred precinct, near the entrance to the National Park. 
18.00 hrs.- arrival at the hotel. Dinner included.

Day 14: Wutai- Yanmenguan- Yinkxian- Hanging Temple- Datong.-
Distance travelled: 440 KM 
Scenery: Interesting scenery, rather mountainous areas with few inhabitants. 
Notes: Wear good footwear to walk on the Great Wall and to climb up to the hanging temple. We do not recommend climbing to this temple if you suffer from vertigo, cluster phobia or have health problems.   

07.30 hrs.- Wutai – Departure -.  
10.30 hrs.- YANMENGUAN – Arrival -.  Not far from the border with Mongolia, on a mountain walk, we will see part of the GREAT WALL, we can walk calmly as this is an area with very few tourists.   

12.15 hrs.- Yanmenguan – departure -. 
13.30 hrs.- YINGXIAN. We stop for lunch (included) in this peaceful picturesque village with an outstanding wooden pagoda.   

14.45 hrs.-  Yingxian – Departure -. 
16.00 hrs.-  Xuancong Temple. HANGING TEMPLE, an impressive temple built on the side of a very tall cliff, a feat of architecture.   

17.30 hrs.-Xuancong – Departure -.  
19.00 hrs.- DATONG – Arrival -. In the coach we will see its impressive walls from outside and its interesting rebuilt historic centre.  
Day 15: Datong- Yungang- Jiming Post- Beijing.-
Distance travelled: 390 KM.   

08.00 hrs.- Datong – Departure -. In the outskirts of the city there are 
08.30 hrs.- YUNGANG CAVES – Arrival - the most impressive complex of cave art in China, with more than 51,000 statues in its 252 caves dug out in the fifth century.    

10.15 hrs.- Yungang Caves – Departure. We travel to Peking. Stop in a service area for lunch (not included). 
14.00 hrs.-  JIMING POST – Arrival -. The small traditional Chinese town that maintains its peaceful provincial life, it was created as a rest place for the mail that the Emperor sent, and is protected by powerful walls. A sensation of “another China”, one that is agricultural, less-developed, more anchored in the past when strolling through its streets. 

15:30 H Jiming Post -Departure -. We have around a hundred kilometres to the beginning of the metropolis that is the capital of China. 
18.30 hrs.- BEIJING – Arrival -.
Day 15:
End of our services. Check the time of your flight in case you need an additional night.  

Price includes


  • Europamundo General Services: Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance and breakfast buffet.
  • Includes arrival transfer
  • City tour in: BEIJING, QUFU, Shanghai
  • Excursion: Tricycle ride through the traditional neigbourhood in BEIJING, Great Wall of China Mutianyu section in BEIJING
  • Boat: Boat Ride in TONGLI, Boat trip in LONGMEN
  • Evening transfer: Wangfujing street in BEIJING, Old City in LUOYANG
  • Ticket admission: The Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Summer Palace in BEIJING, Great Wall of China Mutianyu, Temple of Heaven, foot massage, Tai Chi class in BEIJING, Dai Temple in TAIAN, Mansion and the Confucius Temple in QUFU, Underground Mausoleum of the Han Emperor in XUZHOU, The Sun Yatsen Mausoleum and Lingu Temple in NANJING, Garden of the humble administrator in Suzhou, Yuyuan Garden and demonstration of the Tea ceremony in Shanghai, White Horse Temple in LUOYANG, Buddhist caves of Longmen in LONGMEN, Terracota Army Museum, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Chinese calligraphy course, mosque, show of traditional instrument playing in Drum Tower in Xian, Mansion of the Wang Clan in MANSION CLAN WANG, Temples, mansions and city walls in PINGYAO, Nanshan Temple in WUTAI, Great Wall in YANMENGUAN, Hanging Temple in HANGING TEMPLE, The Yungang Grottoes in DATONG, Small traditional Chinese settlement in JIMING POST
  • Funicular: Great Wall of China in BEIJING, Gates of Heaven in TAIAN, Hua Shan in MOUNT HUA
  • High speed train: Beijing - Taian in TAIAN, Shanghai - Luoyang in LUOYANG, Xian - Lingfen in LINGFEN
  • 8 Lunch included in: BEIJING, TAIAN, XUZHOU, Suzhou, Shanghai, MOUNT HUA, MANSION CLAN WANG, YINKXIAN
  • 3 dinner included in: BEIJING, BEIJING, WUTAI

Planned Hotels


Tower 18, A 5 Shuguang Xili, Chaoyang, 100028 Pekín, China
100028 PEKIN

Chunqiu Middle Rd, Qufu Shi, Qufu, Shandong Sheng, China
273100 QUFU
29 Haihai E Road, Gulou District, Xuzhou, Jiangsu
221005 XUZHOU

1 Huaibin Rd, Gulou Qu, Nanjing Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China, 210011
210011 NANJING

1199 Ying Chun Road Pudong, Shanghai
200135 Shangai

300 Zhongzhou Middle Rd, Xigong Qu, Luoyang Shi, Henan Sheng, China
471000 LUOYANG
No.135 West Street, Lianhu District, Lianhu, 710002 Xi´an, China
710002 Xian
No. 154 Shuncheng Road, Pingyao, Pingyao, Jinzhong

No 300 Daganhe Village, Xinzhou, Wutai County, China
035514 WUTAI

19 Yingbin St, Datong Shi, Shanxi Sheng, China
037008 DATONG
No.10 Dongsanhuan North Road, Chaoyang District
100025 PEKIN

No.1 Shuncheng Road, Jinzhong, Shanxin, China.
031100 PINGYAO

No.16 Yingbin Street, CP 037000 Datong
037000 DATONG

A-1 Pengrun Mansion, No.26 Xiaoyun Road, Chaoyang District, Pekín (Beijing) 100016, China
100016 PEKIN
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