7 Days China Ancient Capitals Tour of Beijing-Luoyang-Xian by High Speed Trains

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Beijing, Luoyang and Xian, are 3 of the 4 Great Ancient Capitals of China, attracting endless travelers from all over the world with their unique highlights: Beijing’s Great Wall and Forbidden City, Luoyang’s Longmen Grottoes and Shaolin Temple, Xian’s Terracotta Warriors and City Wall. All of these sites are covered in this 7 days Beijing-Luoyang-Xian tour in which you will deeply discover the Chinese history and learn the glory past of this country. Accommodation, trains, and land guided tour makes your whole trip hassle free! If you are a history & culture goer, you could never miss this trip for your China holiday!

Itinerary Details

Operated by: China Travel Service

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Day 1 Beijing Arrival (No Meal)

Stop At: Beijing

Upon your arrival at Beijing airport or train station, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in downtown by our driver, free on your own for the rest of time.

Duration: 2 hour

Day 2 Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall and Dingling Mausoleum

Stop At: Dingling Underground Palace

The first stop is Dingling Mausoleum, one of the 13 Ming Tombs in Beijing. This mausoleum is a shared burial area of the 13th Emperor of the Ming Dynasty Zhu Yijun and his wife and concubine. The mausoleum is also one of the three largest mausoleums in scale.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Beijing

Next, you will enjoy a 45 minute visit to Jade Carving Factory and have lunch in a local restaurant, you will have opportunity to purchase some fine products here.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Mutianyu Great Wall

Then you continue to join a Great Wall tour of the Mutianyu section. This part of the Great Wall famed of its magnificent landscape, while also being less crowded and touristy (cable cars are available and optional, you can pay it on spot). After the tour, we will transfer you back to your hotel.

Duration: 5 hour

Day 3 Beijing Forbidden City and Summer Palace Day Tour

Stop At: Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)

In the morning our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at a pre-confirmed time for your Beijing city tour. The first stop is Tian’anmen Square, the largest downtown city square in the world as well as the site of the founding ceremony of new China in Oct 1st, 1949.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

From the Square, you will arrive at entry of Forbidden City which used to be the imperial palace of the Ming and the Qing Dynasties. As the world’s largest and best-preserved wooden structured palace complex, Forbidden City is listed among the top five palaces in the world.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Beijing

Then we'll pay a short visit to Chinese Traditional Medicine Market where you will learn the unique Chinese traditional medicine culture and have opportunity to buy some as souvenirs if you are interested in it.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Temple of Heaven

After that, you will enjoy a local lunch. Then head to Temple of Heaven. It’s a place where emperors went each year at fixed day to worship for heaven and pray for agricultural harvest. Surrounding the Temple of Heaven there are a few other buildings built to prepare items needed for worshiping and prayer.

Duration: 3 hour

Stop At: Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

Next, we'll continue the tour to Summer Palace, the largest and most beautiful Chinese imperial garden. It is regarded as a museum of gardens in China. You will finally be transferred back to your hotel.

Duration: 2 hour

Day 4 Beijing-Luoyang by High Speed Train

Stop At: Beijing

In the morning, the local driver will pick you up from your hotel lobby and transfer you to Beijing West Train Station for high speed train to Luoyang (G671/07:49-12:10).

Duration: 6 hour

Stop At: Luoyang

Upon your arrival to Luoyang, the Luoyang guide and driver will greet you at the exit of train station by holding a name board. You will have a lunch before starting the visit.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Longmen Grottoes

After lunch, you will come to visit the famous Longmen Grottoes which is a treasure house of ancient stone-carving art more than 100,000 stone statues here, varying from 2-centimeter to 17.14-meter high, and extending for about 1,094 yards along both banks of Yi River. About 12 kilometers far away from Luoyang city, it is one of the three most valuable Buddhist Cave and rock carvings in China (2 hours).

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: LuoYang LaoCheng LiShi WenHua GuJie

Later, have a visit to Luoyang Old Street where you will find some interesting stalls selling crafts and snacks with local historical appealing.

Duration: 50 minutes

Day 5 Luoyang-Xian by High Speed Train

Stop At: Monastero Shaolin (Shaolin Temple)

Our tour guide and driver will pick you up in your hotel lobby in Luoyang at 8:30 am and then start the tour with the Shaolin Temple which is well-known for the birthplace of Chinese Zen Buddhism and Shaolin Martial Arts .You cannot wait for watching the Kongfu Show performance as the saying goes ‘All martial arts (Kongfu) are from Shaolin'. The Shaolin martial arts are an important part of the relics.

Duration: 5 hour

Stop At: Luoyang Museum

After lunch at local restaurant, we will drive to visit Luoyang Museum. It is a historical museum of China and houses over 1,700 cultural and historical relics in 5 showrooms — a presentation of 5 different social development periods such as the Primitive Society, the Slavery Society, and the Feudal Society. Afterwards, you will be transferred to train station for high speed train to Xian (G823/17:57-19:30) .

Duration: 2 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Xi'an

When you get to Xian, the local driver is wait for transferring you to hotel for check in.

Duration: 1 hour

Day 6 Xian Terracotta Warriors Day Tour

Stop At: Xi'an

Meet the tour guide at your hotel lobby and then start the group tour to Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. On the way to the Museum, you will have a short stop at Terracotta Figure Factory where you will know how the warriors statues were made and have chance to purchase some as souvenirs.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

Then come to the Terracotta Warriors Museum. Renowned as the eighth world wonder, Terracotta Warriors will surprise you will thousands of real-sized soldiers, generals, and horses figures.

Duration: 2 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)

After lunch, you will board the van to the next stop: Ancient City Wall which is the most complete city wall that has survived in China and one of the largest and most complete ancient military systems of defense in the world. Biking ride on the Wall is optional based on your own interest. (Payment on your own at spot) Hotel drop off at your hotel after the tour.

Duration: 4 hour

Day 7 Xian Departure

Stop At: Small Goose Pagoda

In the morning, after your breakfast at hotel, meet your tour guide at your hotel lobby and then head to Small Wild Goose Pagoda first, which is one of the two completely preserved Tang Dynasty Buddhist Pagodas in Xian.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Xi'an Museum

Next go to Xian Museum where you will find historical relics and learn about the history of this ancient capital city.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

The next stop is Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a landmark building in Xian, which was initially built to preserve the Buddhist sutras and statues brought back from ancient India by Monk Xuanzang in Tang Dynasty. You will listen to its interesting stories from your knowledgeable guide.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Muslim Quarter

The last stop of the tour is Bell & Drum Tower Square-Muslim Quarter where you will find lots of local snacks and handi-crafts.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Xi'an

After the tour, it's time to say good bye. You will be transferred to airport or train station for your next destination.

Duration: 1 hour
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