14 Days China Ancient Architecture Tour

Beijing, Datong, Pingyao, Xian, Shanghai, Tongli Water Town, Suzhou

Traveler Reviews


Tour Code: TCT-Cultural-03

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

  Well-designed tour leads you to get a deep touch with the Chinese architectural culture
  Suitable for those tourists who are interested in China culture and architectures
  Hand-picked scenic spots combined with fine-designed itinerary to make you an impressive holiday
  Reasonable price, awesome private trip and service beyond your expectation
 

Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November.

Price from $ 1753 1578

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Day 1Beijing
Transfer service to hotel

Meals: No Meals
Recommended Hotel: Citadines Ritan Service Apartment ★★★★

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. You will be greeted and met by TCT tour guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel, whenever your flight arrives in Beijing. After check-in, free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Beijing City View
Beijing City View

Day 2Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Temple of Heaven, Panjiayuan Antique Market

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Citadines Ritan Service Apartment ★★★★

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the historical city of Beijing.

[09:30-12:30] You will reach the Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Walk through the square and visit today’s highlight: Forbidden City , the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Hike to Jingshan Park, where gives a nice panoramic view of the Forbidden City at the top of Coal Hill.

[12:30-14:00] Lunch time at Shi Yuan Restaurant, Chinese local food, famous for the braised eggplant, vegetable ball, and diced chicken with walnuts in soya sauce.

[14:00-16:30] Visit Temple of Heaven, which was used to pray for harvest by the emperors. It is China's existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven. Shopping time at Panjiayuan Antique Market and Pearl Market.

[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night show or the Peking duck dinner with your guide and ask for suggestions.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City

Day 3Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, The exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Citadines Ritan Service Apartment ★★★★

[08:00-08:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Great Wall.

[08:30-12:30] Drive to Mutianyu Great Wall, which section is more popular among foreign visitors. Upon arrival, you can choose to hike on the Great Wall, or take cable car up and walk around.

[12:30-13:30] Lunch time at Xiaolongpu Restaurant, famous for the vegetable food, such as fried vegetables, dry-fried beans, sweet corn cake

[13:30-16:30] Drive back to Beijing city, while you can take a nap in the car. Visit the exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube, the amazing architectures that built for Beijing Olympic Games. After that you will experience Chinese tea at tea house.

[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night activities, such as foot massage, houhai night bars and Sanlitun bar street.

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 4Beijing
Summer Palace, Hutong tour by rickshaw

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Citadines Ritan Service Apartment ★★★★

[09:30-10:00] Have a relaxing breakfast in the morning. Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and have half day leisure tour in Beijing.

[10:00-11:30] Drive to Drum Tower area for taking a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw , which is the way to know the Beijing local lifestyle.

[11:30-14:30] Drive to Summer Palace, which is the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. Boat ride on Kunming Lake is included. Lunch will be arranged at nearby restaurant, named Xiangyangtun, with opera stage inside.

Free at leisure in the afternoon. You could explore around Wangfujing Commercial Street or Dashilar near Qianmen, where you could find many old established shops.

Hutong Tour by?Rickshaw
Hutong Tour by Rickshaw

Day 5Beijing - Datong
Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Monastery, Nine Dragon Scream

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Weidu Internation Hotel Datong Centre ★★★★

Check out from the hotel in the early morning and catch the only flight from Beijing to Datong in the morning. The Datong local is waiting for you at the airport exit and pick you up to start the tour in Datong.

[09:30-12:00] Firstly drive you to the magnificent Yungang Grottoes, with 53 caves containing over 51,000 stone carvings of Buddha and Buddhist.

[12:30-13:30] Lunch time at local restaurant, enjoying the local Chinese food

[14:00-16:30] Drive to Datong downtown for a visit to Huayan Monastery, the largest and best preserved monastery of the Liao Dynasty. Then a short stop in Nine Dragon Wall, the oldest and largest glazed screen in China.

[16:30-17:30] Drive you to check in the hotel and have a rest.

Yungang Grottoes
Yungang Grottoes

Day 6Datong - Pingyao
Hanging Temple, Yingxian Wood Pagoda

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Hongshanyi Hotel ★★★★

[08:00-08:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby, checking out and transfer back to Pingyao for about 5-6 hours.

[08:30-11:00] Drive from Datong downtown to Hunyuan County for a visit to the Hanging Temple   - the masterpiece of ancient wooden constructions.

[11:00-14:30] Keep drive for about 1 hour to Yingxian County, where we have a stop to visit Yingxian Wooden Pagoda , regarded as one of the three pagodas in the World. Lunch at local restaurant.

[14:30-18:30] Drive to Pingyao Ancient City. Upon arrival, drive you to the hotel and have a rest.

Hanging Temple
Hanging Temple

Day 7Pingyao
Qiao Courtyard, Rishengchang Exchange Shop, Ming Qing Street

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen ★★★★

[09:00-09:30] Enjoy your leisure time and have buffet breakfast in hotel. Meet at the hotel lobby.

[09:30-12:30] Firstly drive to the Qiao Courtyard to get touch with the ancient Jinshang (Jin area merchant) Qiao Zhiyong’s home - a powerful trading family with significant commercial influence.

[12:30-14:30] Drive back to Pingyao Ancient Town and lunch time at local restaurant enjoying the local food

[14:30-16:30] Have a visit in Pingyao Ancient Town, including ishengchang Exchange Shop, the first bank which was established in 1643 in China. You can have a leisure walk on Ming Qing Street.

Qiao Courtyard
Qiao Courtyard

Day 8Pingyao - Xian
Wang's Courtyard

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen ★★★★

After a night rest in Pingyao, riding for Wang's Courtyard in Lingshi County, which consisting of 54 courtyards and 1,052 rooms, the epitome of Oriental domestic architecture. Then be transferred back to Pingyao for a high speed train to  Xian.

Wang's Courtyard
Wang's Courtyard

Day 9Xian
Terracotta Warriors, Tang Bo Art Museum, Bell Tower, Muslim Quarter

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen ★★★★

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Ancient city.

[09:30-12:30] Drive to Terracotta Warriors and explore one of the world's most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. Shuttle bus will be arranged for your convenience.

[12:30-14:00] Lunch time at Lanchi Restaurant, professional for buffet and local food, such as dim sum, noodles and Chinese hamburger.

[14:00-17:00] Afternoon visit Tang Bo Art Museum, where gives you brief history and examples of Chinese art. The calligraphy lesson will be arranged and you will be taught how to write a couple of Chinese characters. Then visit the Bell tower, which is the largest Bell tower in structure and shape and the best-preserved one in China. Continue to visit Muslim Quarter and enjoy your shopping time there.

[17:00-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night activities, such as Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner.

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

Day 10Xian - Shanghai
Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda and north square, Hanyang Tomb

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Sunrise On The Bund Hotel ★★★★

[09:30-10:00] You will have enough time to pack up and check out. Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and have one day leisure tour in Xian before leaving for Shanghai.

[10:00-12:30] Visit the Ancient City Wall, which represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Bicycle or sightseeing car will be arranged on the wall to go around. After that visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and you will have chance to watch the North plaza fountain show.

[12:30-16:30] Special lunch will be arranged as dumpling banquet at local restaurant. After lunch, drive to Xian airport, on the way visit the Hanyang Mausoleum, the largest museum with largest floor space in China.

Fly to Shanghai. Your Shanghai tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.

Ancient City Wall
Ancient City Wall

Day 11Shanghai
Jade Buddha Temple, the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden; Shanghai Old Street, The Bund

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Sunrise on the Bund Hotel ★★★★

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Modern city of China.

[09:30-12:30] Visit Jade Buddha Temple, which is famous for the seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels, which is said to weigh 1,000 kg.Then visit the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, while walking on Riverside Promenade Bingjiang Da Dao.

[12:30-13:30] Lunch time for the local special food, Dim Sum and Steamed Bun

[13:30-16:30] Visit Yuyuan Garden, which is a Chinese classic garden in city downtown, shopping time at Shanghai Old Street and Nanjing Road which is the earliest commercial street in Shanghai, you could look for some special souvenirs and silk product there. After that, enjoy a leisure walk along the Bund, famous for groups of buildings known as "a Gallery of world architecture".

[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night Acrobatic Show, especially the ERA show, which is one of the most popular evening entertainments in Shanghai.

The Bund
The Bund

Day 12Shanghai - Suzhou
Tongli Water Town, Pingjiang Ancient Street, Tiger Hill

Meals: Breakfast& Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Garden Hotel ★★★★

[09:00-09:30] Guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby

[09:30-12:30] drive to Tongli Water town, where are famous for the traditional residences including gardens, houses and temples, built in the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. You will also experience Tongli Canal wooden boat through the waterways.

[12:30-13:30] Lunch time at local restaurant in Tongli water town

[13:30-16:30] drive to Suzhou city after lunch. Stroll around the Pingjiang Ancient Street, an ancient cultural road which has been preserved for more than 800 years. Continue visit to Tiger Hill, with a history of more than 2,500 years, the Tiger Hill has been known as No. 1 Sight of Suzhou. It is 34 meters height and a must see for tourists, for its natural beauty as well as historical sites.

[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel, rest of day at leisure. We suggest you visit Shantang Old Street or stroll around the Grand Canal to appreciate the beauty of Suzhou at night.

Tongli Water Town
Tongli Water Town

Day 13Suzhou - Shanghai
Lingering Garden, Suzhou Museum, Humble Administrator Garden, Silk Factory

Meals: Breakfast& Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Sunrise on the Bund Hotel ★★★★

[09:00-09:30] Guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby in the morning.

[09:30-12:30] Start the tour to visit the real gardens in China. You will firstly have a sightseeing tour to Lingering Garden - which is one of the great four gardens. And then, take a short visit to Suzhou Museum - the masterpiece of I.M. Pei.

[12:30-13:30] Lunch time at local restaurant nearby Suzhou Museum

[13:30-16:30] Enjoy your time at Humble Administrator Garden which is the largest garden in Suzhou. Afterwards, visit Silk Factory, a site for you to find out how silk is being made.

[16:30-18:30] Back to Shanghai and check in hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Humble Administrator's Garden
Humble Administrator's Garden

Day 14Shanghai
Transfer service to airport

Meals: Breakfast

Free day at leisure and be transferred to the airport for return flight. We can arrange the Maglev train ride to Pudong airport if you are interested in, or we will drive you directly to the airport.

Service Ends

Tour Price (US$ per person)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $2364 2127 $2477 2229
6 ~ 9 pax $1753 1578 $1867 1680
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $2509 2258 $2675 2407
6 ~ 9 pax $1896 1707 $2062 1856
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $2868 2581 $3173 2856
6 ~ 9 pax $2213 1992 $2518 2267
Price includes:

♦ Domestic flight or high-speed train as specified
♦ Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
♦ Private licensed English-speaking guide and driver service
♦ Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
♦ All attraction entrance fees as specified
♦ Meals mentioned in the itinerary, Chinese local food
China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

Price excludes:

* International Air tickets or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
* Tips to your tour guide and driver on your own discretion
* China Entry Visa Fees
* Personal expenses
* Optional tours, meals, activities and services


Remarks:

※ Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2019 to Feb 29, 2020, except Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
※ TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by exchange rate
※ No guide on the flight and Yangtze River cruise. 
※ Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
※ Special requirements should be advised to TCT in advance.
※ TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control.

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5.0

nt281

5.0

Our guide picked us up on time despite all the traffic of National Holiday Week and explained to us early on that her English was not great (however still enough to communicate some history of the village and the region) but she was very friendly and helpful. We were told we would go to another village rather than Ping'an because of the crowds which we much preferred because it meant we could explore this one (however we did not see a long hair show).
Til R

5.0

We were met at the airport by Christina Xiena from TCT at Xi'an train station. She was curtious and extremely knowledgeable. She started telling us the history of our scheduled itinerary in the car on the way to the hotel. That inspired and excited us for our upcoming visit to Xi'an. She was enthusiastic, energetic and protective. The hotel was great too. She took us to the Terracotta Army excavations, the Huashan Mountain, Thai Chi demonstration on the Wall of the City, calligraphy at the TangBo Museum, arranged our massages at her local salon (amazing!), Muslem area trip, pearl factory, lots of food and shopping. She was so willing to accommodate our every whim. She put me and my friend on the plane to Shanghai and helped us get our extra luggage on the plane using contacts from her travel company. In Shanghai we were met by Vicky. Another great guide. She knew how to get us around the city and most certainly spoke very good English. She took us to the Silk factory, Bottle opener building (Shanghai financial center) , Water city (unexpected add-on to the tour), Buddhist temple, plenty shopping and food. The hotel was great again. We recommend this travel company. You will never be disappointed. You can trust them from all angles.
Joseph C

5.0

We (my wife and I) visited the Tienanmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven park and the Great Wall of China. Kurt was our guide. He did an excellent job. Was very helpful, respectful and knowledgeable. A great guy to be with. Mr Wu was the driver. Very good. We had a lovely spacious car with the driver and the guide (KURT) for the entire tour.Beijing is a very beautiful place. Never experienced any pollution.Very good food and friendly people. Thanks to Raylene who arranged this tour. She is wonderful and gave us the right advise. Thank you Raylene.
Geonannie

5.0

Top China Travel is the the tops! I booked an 21 day tour of China for my husband and I and from the very first contact with Lily Lui I was totally impressed. We communicated via e-mail and Lily was very quick and helpful with her responses. Because this was not our first trip to China, I wanted an itinerary that was different from the norm. Lily's recommendations were top notch. The hotels she used were top shelf as we requested. Our guides and drivers were fantastic. What impressed me the most was that when we were in China, Lily called to speak to me and make sure everything was going well. When I ran into some issues due to altitude sickness, I contacted her and she had the itinerary changes done and finalized within an hour. This was a private tour with guide and driver and I honestly can say there was not one thing I wished we had done differently. Thanks to Top China Travel and Lily our trip to China was perfect. I will definitely be contacting Lily when we return to China for yet another visit.
bp1234_12

5.0

Very satisfied with my recent Beijing>XIAN> Shanghai tour with Top China Travel. I wanted to have the services of a tour to navigate China given the language and short visit. From the inception Joyce my tour coordinator was very helpful and responded promptly to my many questions and clarifications. All aspects of the tour and options were very well explained and communicated. Guides were very knowledgeable and communicated with no issues in English. They were prompt, informative, helpful and Jolly which made the experience more pleasant. All aspects of the trips including internal train and flights were well planned and orchestrated so there was never any concerns and confusion at the sites and going on to the next destination. Guides were also helpful in suggesting venues for Dinner and currency exchanges, souvenir shops etc. Special call out to Ocean in Beijing who really goes all out to ensure you have an enjoyable and positive experience. Being an avid traveller, I can certainly recommend Top China Travel.
Candi S

5.0

Raylene did a wonderful job organizing our tour to meet our time constraints. She answered all questions very efficiently. Our tour guide Rocco met us at the airport and the Driver was waiting near by. I have specific dietary restrictions and the guide was extremely helpful communicating that with the restaurants. The trip was so easy and we always felt safe. My husband and I are looking forward to booking a more extended trip in the future. There is so much to see and the food is wonderful!
geeta a

5.0

I booked my trip with Top China Travel,extremely professional and prompt.I was guided by the guides Cathy in Xian and Eric in Beijing,very knowledgable,knew the English language very well,knew history,stories,always ready to help with any of my problems that I feel I was travelling with companions.I was very happy and I know you
AgencyVanGogh

5.0

We have spent two days in Guilin and surroundings with a special interest group of geographers, visited the rice fields/terraces and local vilages, had a nice river cruise. The Tour Operator TCT organized several trips for us in the past all over China and all the service received from them were impeccable thanks to the meticulous work of Janet, our partner. A highly recommended and reliable partner in China for you!
Haider_SITTOUR

5.0

I have taken a 8 days tour program for one of my distinguished client from top china travel and it was the one of my best decision. A big thank to Ms Yocky for arranging such a nice tour program and the services that she and her team have provided to my client with such efficiency. undoubtedly, Top China Travel is one of the best tour operator in China. I highly recommend this tour operator for those who have plan to make their trip a memorable one.
WojtekPoland2015

5.0

As a partner for few events in China in a different localisation and with different programs, the TCT represented by Mrs Janet Chan, showed unexpected involvement on all details. Helpful hints, flexibility and many other features ( relations with local subcontractors ) made our business on highest leavel with uncommon feedback....
Maja505

5.0

We chose TCT for an 13day/12 night private guided tour trip through Beijing, Hefei, and Shanghai. Lily helped us plan and finalize the itinerary for our trip via email andwas very accommodating and helpful during the entire process. She also kept in contact with us throughout the trip to make sure that everything went smoothly and to our satisfaction. For the city guides, we had Ms Grace in Beijing, Alvin in Hefei, and Rooney in Shanghai. Each of our guides were helpful and informative and made sure that our needs were met along the way, and all of them were flexible with any last-minute requests or issues that came up. Special mention also for our drivers in Beijing and Shanghai who always made sure that we had water and that we got to our destinations on time regardless of the traffic situation. Our trip overall was very action-packed and we were able to see almost everything planned on our schedule including some last-minute inserted locations which was a plus. We had a great time visiting on our first trip to China, and would recommend TCT for anyone looking to looking to plan their own trip there.
efjm23

5.0

My wife (34) and I (35) took a 13-day trip to China during the last two weeks of May organized by Top China Travel. Our tour organizer was Janet Chan with whom we had a very excellent experience. The arrangements were flawless. We did not join a group, all the arrangements were made only for the two of us. We had a guide, a driver and a sedan car in each city. All the internal flights, cruise and train tickets, and any other ground transportation was arranged by TCT. We visited Beijing, Xian, Guilin-Yangshuo, Chongxing-Yangtze River Cruise, and Shanghai. I won't talk too much about the cities since there is plenty of information in the internet. I just can tell that China is amazing. My top favorite sites/monuments/attractions were: The Great Wall (Mutianyu section), Terracotta Warriors, bicycle ride in Yangshuo, bicycle ride in Xian City Wall, cooking lesson in Yangshuo, shopping at Tianzifang and Old Town market in Shanghai and the food EVERYWHERE. The hotel selection by TCT was good, however, depending on needs and tastes, I would recommend to discuss and agree with TCT on specific hotels after doing a little research. Reasons: breakfast selection might not be suitable for everybody (chinese breakfast is very different from occidental breakfast), some hotels might not enforce non-smoking policies hard enough (Novotel Peace in Beijing for example). The Yangtze River cruise was a really nice experience, the landscapes are unique. It's something worth seeing. We took the President #8 Ship, the rooms are clean and comfortable, however, the entertainment activities on board are limited. Overall experience in China was excellent and I definitely recommend Top China Travel as the agency of choice.
silvertop65

5.0

My wife and I booked a private tour with Top China Travel for 6 days , From the outset the help we got from TCT was first class and Joyce our representative in China answered all our questions and tailored the tour accordingly . On arrival at Beijing airport the guide Venus and driver Mr Howe were there to meet us and take us to our very comfortable hotel which TCT had arranged. The second day we visited the Great Wall which was fantastic. Neil the guide for this trip was knowledgeable and very informative and later in the day we wandered around the beautiful Summer Palace at leisure. The Forbidden City with Venus our lovely guide was incredible as was meeting local people in the Hutong and market. A trip to Xi An to see the Terracotta Warriers taking the bullet train from Beijing was incredible travelling at 306 kilometres an hour. Comfortable and spotless taking just 4hr 20min to cover 1,200 Kms . Again when we arrived in Xi An station our guide Vincy and the driver Mr Toa were there to meet us and take us to our hotel. The next morning our car driver and guide took us to the Buddhist Pagoda in Xi An the first to be built in China, Very Interesting and so peaceful. The terracotta warriors were incredible, a massive site with five pits. We cannot thank Top China Tours enough for helping us to have an experience of a life time and we recommend them unreservedly. Clive and Lynne..
Alimeister77

5.0

I booked my flights without a tour thinking I could do it on my own. I soon realised it was not so easy as I thought. Top Travel China were a good option for booking a tour. Vicky helped with hotels, tours on our own (2 of us) and joining group tours. She arranged picking us up and dropping us off in luxury vehicles (Except the groups tours, which were in the normal not so great vans). The experience was awesome. Do be clear if you prefer spending more time in the village areas rather than the cities, but Vicky booked some awesome tours with some great guides, Annie in particular. A great service I have to say and what a fabulous trip.
brenda1lee2000

5.0

I found Top China Travel in the internet, and started a conversation via email with one of the travel agents, her name is Joyce Tang, needless to say, she was excellent and understood exactly what we wanted to do and visit as a family. Joyce created a semi-private itinerary for my family. Everything went perfectly as planned and as described in the itinerary that I received from Joyce. We visited Shanghai, Xian, and Beijing, a 6 Day itinerary. We are extremely happy with the service we received!
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