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2009 Total Solar Eclipse and Qiantang Tide Watching tour(Beijing/Xian/Shanghai/Hangzhou/Haining) (tour code:Sc-1022)

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Day 01:beijing
Place & Transport: Arrive in Beijing, Flight not included
Today\'s Activities: Airport to Hotel Transfer (Beijing)

Day 02:beijing
Place & Transport: Beijing
Today\'s Activities: The Tian\'anmen Square, Treasure Houses, Hall of Clocks and Watches, The Forbidden City, National Grand Theater
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- The Tian\'anmen Square: The world\'s largest city square and enduring symbol of China\'s national pride, surrounded by many imposing buildings including the Heavenly Gate (entry to the Forbidden City), Museums, government buildings and Chairman Mao\'s Mausoleum.
- Treasure Houses: Treasure house has undergone 4 time renovations, the present one takes up almost 220 square metres, more than 440 treasures on display belonged to Qing dynasty royalty, half of which have not never been on display in the old one. It\'s worthy of visiting.
- Hall of Clocks and Watches: It sits in the northeast of the Forbidden City, there are more than 200 clocks and watches belonged to the 18 century on display. Mostly made in Switzerland, England, France, the U.S and Japan, those clocks and watches have been working over 200 years, but they are still working quite well. They are stylish, sophisticated best represents the technical standard at that time. Some Chinese made timepieces are on display as well.
- The Forbidden City: The Imperial Palace, home to 24 Emperors between 1420 and 1911. Great squares, halls and gates contrast with the intricate networks of side halls, gardens, courtyards and quarters for those who lived in this \'city within a city\'. The exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, are also absolutely fascinating. Expect to spend at least 2-3 hours, wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.
- National Grand Theater: National Grand Theater, designed by French architect Paul Andreu, is an arts complex which people describe as a futuristic signature building. Located to the west of Tiananmen Square and with gorgeous design, it contains three large halls¡ª a 2,416-seat opera house, a 2,017-seat concert hall and a 1,040-seat theater.

Day 03:beijing
Place & Transport: Beijing
Today\'s Activities: Great Wall at Mutianyu, Mutianyu Cable Car(round trip), Temple of Heaven
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner at Roasted Duck at Hepingmen

- Great Wall at Mutianyu: This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a pleasant drive 90km NE of Beijing. A cable car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. You can return by cable car, walk down or walk along the wall for about an hour to descend by chairlift. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.
- Mutianyu Cable Car(round trip): It is a challenging climb up to the Mutianyu Great Wall for it is much steeper than Badaling section. Here you have the option of taking the Cable car to the highest point or down to the foot in a few minutes instead of climbing more than 1,400 steps, while you can also have a bird view of the wall.
- Temple of Heaven: Situated in the southern part of the city, the temple of heaven covers the total area of 2,700,000 square meters. The temple was built in 1420A.D. It is the place where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would offer sacrifice to heaven and pray for good harvests. The main buildings of the temple including the Circular Mound Altar, Imperial Vault of Heaven and Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest.The surrounding gardens are full of interesting activities, particularly weekend mornings.
- Roasted Duck at Hepingmen: In the evening enjoy the Peking Roasted Duck which is renowned as the most delicious food of Beijing

Day 04:xian
Place & Transport: Beijing to Xian, Flight No. TBA
Today\'s Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing), Airport to Hotel Transfer (Xian), Hutong Tours in Rickshaw, Beijing Olympic Green
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Hutong Tours in Rickshaw: A maze of historic alleyways and old single storey traditional courtyard houses, now fast disappearing. Dotted around the hutong are the Drum and Bell Towers, Tea House, and local people\'s houses. Your tour includes a visit with a local family.
- Beijing Olympic Green: Located at the north end of the central axis of Beijing City£¬Olympic Green hosts 50% of the competitions in the Olympic Games. With a large area of 1215 hectares, it contains a 760 hectares green forest, National museum, exhibition area, Olympic Village and Olympic competition avenues. Approximately 31 venues are used in Beijing Olympics, including National Stadium, the Bird\'s Nest and National Aquatics Center, \'H2O3\'.

Day 05:xian
Place & Transport: Xian
Today\'s Activities: Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Great Mosque, Muslim Quarters of Xi\'an
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Terracotta Warriors: Discovered accidentally in 1974, this incredible army of over 7000 soldiers, archers, horses and chariots in full battle array has guarded Emperor Qin\'s tomb since 210BC. Each figure is unique, and the painstaking repair and excavation continues in 3 pits which are protected inside huge hangars. 1.5 hours from Xian, there is also an excellent museum and film about the history of the vaults. Photos (no flash) are allowed. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Big Wild Goose Pagoda: A major Buddhist site, the simple, elegant brick Pagoda stands in the grounds of the attractive Da Ci\'en Temple. The Pagoda was built in the 7th century to house the Buddhist materials that Xuanzang (Tripitaka) brought back from his epic journey to India. The Temple complex has several large halls with some great Buddhist statues and murals.
- Great Mosque: In the heart of Xian\'s Muslim quarter, close to the city centre, this is one of the largest Islamic mosques in China. Remarkable for the combination of Chinese architecture with Islamic practice, the courtyards align from east to west facing Mecca. The pavilions, halls and gateways are wonderfully decorated, and this is an active place of worship for the Hui descendants of Silk Road traders and travelers.
- Muslim Quarters of Xi\'an: The Muslim quarters lies 100 meters west of the Bell tower in downtown Xi\'an.The 500 meters long avenue paved by bluestones are dotted with many unique stall, souvenir shop, caf¨¦ and bars which are mostly run by Muslim people. Tourists, especially from overseas come and shop here.

Day 06:shanghai
Place & Transport: Xian to Shanghai, Flight No. TBA
Today\'s Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport to Hotel Transfer (Shanghai), Shaanxi Historical Museum, Forest of Stone Steles Museum, Xian City Wall
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Shaanxi Historical Museum: The history of Shaanxi is said to be the history of China, and this museum is quite simply one of the nation\'s best. Four major galleries in large, Tang-style buildings house a vast and impressive collection, beautifully displayed. Most of the item labels are in English, although some other information on the exhibitions is not, but your guide can help here. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Forest of Stone Steles Museum: A fascinating collection of inscribed stone tablets (steles), from very ancient to quite modern (Han-Qing Dynasties, 206BC-1911). All kinds of calligraphies and scripts tell stories, poems, classics, reports from around the Empire. Other exhibits include early sculptures and objects from Imperial tombs. This was once a Confucian temple, and the architecture and grounds are well worth a visit on their own account.
- Xian City Wall: It is a major landmark, and the best preserved, as well as the oldest and largest of the city defense systems in China.You also can bike along the city wall (the rental fee is included).

Day 07:shanghai
Place & Transport: Shanghai
Today\'s Activities: Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, The Shanghai World Financial Center, The Bund, Yuyuan Market
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Yuyuan Garden: In the centre of Shanghai next to the Yuyuan Bazaar, this exquisite old 5-acre garden is famous for its design. The paths wander across bridges, past rockeries and miniature lakes, and through pretty halls and pavilions. The trees and shrubs are planted with an eye to providing charming views, and a sense of peace and harmony.
- Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall: A short walk across Renmin Square from the Shanghai Museum, this is a fascinating insight into Shanghai¡¯s future. The 2nd floor has a giant walkaround model of the city, and other floors have great displays, interactive exhibitions and walkthroughs of aspects such as the ports, greening, leisure etc.
- The Shanghai World Financial Center : The Shanghai World Financial Center is a supertall skyscraper under construction in Shanghai, China. It is a mixed use skyscraper which will consist of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the ground floors. The hotel component will open with 175 rooms and suites in mid-2008 as the Park Hyatt Shanghai. On September 14, 2007 the skyscraper was topped out at 492.3 meters (1,615.2 ft) and became the tallest structure on mainland China, including Hong Kong, as well as the world\'s third tallest building (including unfinished ones), after the Burj Dubai and Taipei 101.
- The Bund: Once the home of the foreign traders and major banks, the embankment has taken on a new vitality; lovely old European-style buildings mix with futuristic developments, chic restaurants, top end shops and bars offer plenty to see and do ¨C and by night it\'s magic!
- Yuyuan Market : Located at a very busy marketplace in a complex of traditional-style buildings, backing onto Yuyuan Gardens.You can find everything there from popular local snacks and food, crafts, antiques and souvenirs to Starbucks, tea-houses and some great restaurants. There is a small (reconstructed) Temple (Chenhuang: Temple of the City Gods) in there as well.

Day 08:hangzhou
Place & Transport: Shanghai to Hangzhou, Train No. D657 (Shanghai South Railway Station - Hangzhou Railway Station) Dep 9:30AM - Arr 10:48AM
Today\'s Activities: Hotel to Train station Transfer (Shanghai), Train station to Hotel Transfer (Hangzhou), ancient village Wuzhen,
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- ancient village Wuzhen: Wuzhen lies in the far north-east of Zhejiang province, about 90 minutes by road from Shanghai. The name \'water town\' is especially apt; besides lying on the Grand Canal, the settlement is completely encircled by two rivers - the Dong Shi and a smaller tributary, which meet at a T-junction.

Day 09:Haining
Place & Transport: Hangzhou to Haining
Today\'s Activities: Lingyin Temple/ Monastery of the Hidden Souls, Cruise on the West Lake, Meijiawu Tea Plantation
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Lingyin Temple/ Monastery of the Hidden Souls : Lingyin Temple is one of the ten most famous ancient Buddhist temples in China. It also houses various Buddhist literature and treasures situated in front of the Temple, and is famous for its more than 470 stone carvings of Buddhist figures, which dated from the 10th to 14th centuries.
- Cruise on the West Lake: Lying on the west edge of Hangzhou city, West Lake is the symbol of Hangzhou as well as one of the most beautiful sights in China.
- Meijiawu Tea Plantation: Tea village is seated at the hinterland of West Lake Park and it boasts the most important tea production basis. Here you are in an original natural environment, just relax your feelings and enjoy the special tea culture, taste the fragrant tea while appreciating the beautiful village scenery.

Day 10:hangzhou
Place & Transport: Haining to Hangzhou
Today\'s Activities: Solar eclipse viewing in Haining Ancient Town, Qiantang Tide Watching
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Solar eclipse viewing in Haining Ancient Town: A unique astronomical phenomenon will take place in China on 22nd July 2009. The total eclipse will cover many cities, including Hangzhou, Haining, and Huangshan. Haining in Zhejiang Province is one of the best observation places to witness the longest total solar eclipse in over a century. The eclipse will start around 8:30, and the maximum time of the total phase will last about 5 minutes. Standing under the shadow of the sun is a rare opportunity and one that is inexpressibly spectacular.
Special note: Looking at the Sun directly without proper viewing glasses will damage your eyes. Sunglasses and common astronomical telescopes do not work unless special filters are placed on the lenses. Experts advise watching the Sun only for short periods of time. The continuous viewing time should be no more than 1 minute.

- Qiantang Tide Watching: Originating in Han Dynasty (A.D.100-A.D.600), the annual Qiantang Tide is a marvelous spectacle which is only rivaled by the Amazon River\'s tide surge. It is celebrated by both the local people and the visitors from abroad. Yanguan in Haining is the best place to watch the swelling tidal wave. The tide is the biggest on the eighteenth day of the eighth lunar month .The maximum tide reach a height of 30 feet and make a deafening sound like thunder or thousands of horses galloping.
Special note: The rushing tide can be dangerous, so follow the advice of the local guide who will ensure your safety and security.


Day 11:shanghai
Place & Transport: Hangzhou to Shanghai, Train No. D658 (Hangzhou Railway Station - Shanghai South Railway Station) Dep 10:00AM - Arr 11:18AM

Today\'s Activities: Hotel to Train station Transfer (Hangzhou)

Meals: Breakfast

 
PACKAGE PRICE
Hotel A Class B Class
City Beijing Sunworld Hotel Beijing
Xian Meihua-Goldentang Internationa
Shanghai The Bund Hotel Shanghai
Hangzhou Lakeview Hotel Hangzhou
Haining Royal Palace Hotel
Quotation 2-5 persons class US$2092 p.p. US$0 p.p.
6-9 persons class US$1680 p.p. US$0 p.p.
Singel room suppl US$435 p.p. US$0 p.p.
 
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