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Classic China with Ningxia Muslim Culture Tour

Classic China with Ningxia Muslim Culture Tour - 15 Days

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Beijing - Xi'an - Yichuan - Zhongwei - Guyuan - Shanghai
This itinerary will take you to visit not only the top three Chinese cities - Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai but also a less-explored destination - Ningxia Province in northwestern China. Sliced into two by the Yellow River, Ningxia is the homeland of the Muslim Hui ethnic minority with raw landscape of dusty plains and stark mountains.
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Day 1 Beijing

airport-hotel transfer in Beijing

Day 2 Beijing

breakfast, lunch
Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City , Temple of Heaven, a silk gift shop en route
The Tian’anmen Square is the world’s largest and renowned public square where many historical events once took place.
The Forbidden City (UNESCO) is the imperial place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ruled for nearly 500 years (1420-1911). Experience the architectural splendor of the palaces, ceremonial courtyards, and private quarters.
The Temple of Heaven (UNESCO), where ancient Chinese emperors made sacrifices to Heaven and prayed for bountiful harvests, demonstrates the supreme achievement of traditional Chinese architecture.

Good to know: Usually the guide service for a full day tour is about from 9:00 to 17:00, and the evening time is on your own. If needed, your guide is happy to offer some tips or help you buy tickets for evening entertainment.

Ideas for leisure time: If you are interested in Chinese Kung Fu, the Legend of Kung Fu is a good choice for tonight. It is stunning Kung Fu show with a great story line and martial arts skills.

Day 3 Beijing

breakfast, lunch
Great Wall, Summer Palace , a cloisonné workshop en route
The Great Wall is one of the most spectacular structures ever built by humans and is the only one visible from space.
The Summer Palace (UNESCO) is the largest imperial garden in the world. Emperors of successive dynasties created a summer retreat of Chinese gardens and pavilions, around the tranquil waters of Kunming Lake.

Ideas for leisure time:

1. Enjoy the Peking Duck dinner at time-honored restaurant - Quanjude or Bianyifang. The duck is characteristic with its crispy skin, tender meat and the fragrance from the fruit-wood.

2. Watch a breathtaking acrobatic show at Chaoyang Theater or Tiandi Theater.

Day 4 Beijing - Xi’an (by bullet train)

hotel - train station transfer in Beijing, train station - hotel transfer in Xi’an
breakfast

Day 5 Xi’an

breakfast, lunch
Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a ceramic & pottery workshop en route
The Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses (UNESCO) is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world. More than 6000 life-sized terra cotta warriors, archers, infantrymen, horses, and bronze chariots have silently guarded the tomb of China's First Emperor for over 2,200 years.
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a Tang Dynasty landmark, is a seven-story pagoda initially constructed in 652 AD. One of the pagoda's many functions is to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler - Xuanzang.

Ideas for leisure time: Enjoy a tasteful Dumpling Banquet followed by an exquisite traditional Tang Dynasty Show.

Good to know: If you have an extra day in Xi’an, you could explore the Mount Hua and get impressed of its unique natural beauty. Or to take a day trip to Luoyang by bullet train and visit the Longmen Grottoes, one of the Three Most Famous Buddhist Grottoes in China.

Day 6 Xi’an - Yinchuan (by air)

hotel - airport transfer in Xi’an, airport - hotel transfer in Yinchuan
breakfast, lunch

Take morning flight from Xi’an to Yichuan. After lunch, visit the Shuidonggou Ruins and the Yinchuan Ming Great Wall. Shuidonggou Ruins, with a history of 30,000 years, is an archaeological site among the earliest excavated Chinese ruins of Ancient Stone Age. Abundant materials in the late Paleolithic age were found here, such as fossils of animals and stone tools. The Yinchuan Ming Great Wall is less-explored by visitors compared to its counterparts in Beijing. Tourists may admire the landscape of both the Great Wall and the magnificent Helan Mountain in the background.

Day 7 Yinchuan

breakfast, lunch

Visit the Rock Art of the Helan Mountains and Baisikou Twin Pagodas in the morning. Rock Art of the Helan Mountains is a national cultural relic in China. It was created by northern ethnic minorities to record their daily lives and express their pursuit of a better future. Baisikou Twin Pagodas are a pair of pagodas that were built at the east foot of the Helan Mountain about a millennium ago. Earthquakes in the Ming and Qing Dynasties destroyed other buildings in this region. Only the twin pagodas survived.

In the afternoon, visit the Western Xia Imperial Tombs. Western Xia Imperial Tombs are the royal mausoleums of the emperors in the Western Xia Dynasty (1038-1227). The Tombs represent the Tangut civilization at the largest scale and in the highest rank.

Day 8 Yinchuan

breakfast, lunch

Take the car to the town of Bayanhot, Alxa Left Banner. Visit Dingyuan Fortress in the morning and have lunch near the Fortress. Dingyuan Fortress was completed in 1733. It served as the political, military, and economic center of Alxa Left Banner for over two centuries.

After lunch, take the off-road vehicle to the Moon Lake of Tengger Desert. Moon Lake is located in the hinterland of Tengger Desert. The lake is a beautiful and magic natural freshwater lake with a shape similar to the map of China.

Day 9 Yinchuan - Qingtongxia - Zhongwei (by automobile)

breakfast, lunch

In the morning, head for Qingtongxia City, where you will visit A Hundred and Eight Dagobas and the Yellow River Tower. A Hundred and Eight Dagobas, with a history of about 1,000 years, is an array of one hundred and eight Buddhist stupas on a hillside on the western bank of the Yellow River. Yellow River Tower, standing on the western bank of the Yellow River, was completed in 2012 and now serves as a museum to showcase the Yellow River civilization.

After the tour in Qingtongxia, take the car to Zhongwei and overnight. 

Day 10 Zhongwei - Jingtai - Zhongwei (by automobile)

breakfast, lunch

In the morning, head for Jingtai Town. Have lunch at Longwan Village in the Yellow River Stone Forrest. In the afternoon, visit the Yellow River Stone Forrest. Yellow River Stone Forrest is composed of many sand stalagmites and stone pillars in various sizes and shapes. It was formed by the rising of the Earth’s crust.

After the visit, return to Zhongwei by car and overnight.

Day 11 Zhongwei - Guyuan (by automobile)

breakfast, lunch

In the morning, visit the Shapotou Scenic Area in Zhongwei. Shapotou Scenic Area is a government-granted 5A level scenic spot. Here tourists can admire the landscape of desert, the Yellow River, mountains, and oases. This scenic area is not just about sight-seeing. People can slide on the slope, ride camels and experience sitting on the sheepskin raft to cross the Yellow River.

Take the car to Guyuan and overnight.

Day 12 Guyuan - Yinchuan (by automobile)

breakfast, lunch

In the morning, visit the Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan. Xumishan Grottoes, on the eastern edge of Mount Xumi, are a collection of more than 130 Buddhist cave temples. The grottoes were built between the fifth century and the tenth century.

After lunch, visit the Huoshizhai Geological National Park. Huoshizhai Geological National Park houses the largest Danxia landforms in northern China. Danxia landform is formed from red-colored sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age.

Take the car to Yinchuan and overnight.

Day 13 Yinchuan - Shanghai (by air)

hotel - airport transfer in Yichuan, airport - hotel transfer in Shanghai
breakfast

Day 14 Shanghai

breakfast, lunch
Yu Garden, Jade Budda Temple, Shanghai Museum, Bund, a local gift shop en route
Owing to its ingenious design in Ming and Qing dynasties, the Yu Garden becomes a real museum of Chinese ancient architecture.
The Jade Budda Temple is famous for its two precious jade Buddha statues brought from Burma, which are not only rare cultural relics but also exquisite artworks.
The Shanghai Museum has a collection of 120,000 pieces of Chinese ancient treasures.
The Bund,featured outstanding European colonial architectures, is full of new skyscrapers and historical buildings in the center of Shanghai.

Ideas for leisure time:

1. Acrobatic Shows in Shanghai are known as the best in China. You can never imagine how exciting the show is.

2. Or you could take a Huangpu River Night Cruise which is the perfect way to enjoy the gorgeous night view of Shanghai.

Day 15 Shanghai

hotel - airport transfer in Shanghai
breakfast

Service ends.

Tour Includes :

-- Private tour guide

-- Private air-conditioned coach

-- Land transfers between airport or railway station and hotel

-- Entrance tickets as listed

-- Chinese lunch as listed

-- Centrally located hotels with breakfast

-- Domestic flights with taxes and train ticket (2nd class seat) as listed

-- Service charge & government taxes

Tour Excludes :

-- International flights with taxes

-- Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, phone bills, optional activities

-- Tips for guides and drivers

-- China Visa

-- Travel insurance

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