Tour Code: ZGF-01
Attraction: Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Guangzhou
We prepare The Eight Different Cooking Styles in this itinerary, and this is its highlight.
Cooking is an ancient Chinese art. Some 3,000 years ago, the Chinese people already knew how to "deliciously" blend the five flavors- pungent, sweet, sour, bitter and salty, and today Chinese cuisine is ranked among the world's best and Chinese restaurants can be found in many countries and regions throughout the world.
Chinese cooking places great stress on the color, fragrance, taste, form and nutrition of the food and is very particular about cutting and temperature control. According to the rough estimate, there are more than 5,000 different local cooking styles in China. The most popular cooking styles in china are The Eight Different Cooking Styles.
Day by day itinerary
meet at the airport, transfer to the Hotel*, afternoon Hutong Tour.
Day 01 Beijing
Journey to Beijing,
A hutong is an ancient city alley or lane that was built during the Yuan (1206-1341), Ming (1368-1628) or Qing (1644-1908) dynasty according to the etiquette systems of the Zhou Dynasty. The lanes expand out from around the center of the city of Beijing, which is the Forbidden City, once the Royal Palace. The Hutongs, the small windy alleyways between the city's main boulevards are delightful. Taking a stroll or rickshaw here, you will experience the more authentic parts of the city and really get a sense of old Beijing.
Dinner: Tonight the spectacular Peking duck banquet at Qiamnen Quanjude Beijing Duck Restaurant, the most famous Beijing duck restaurant in the world, with a history of 137 years, will give you an enthusiastic welcome. Chinese wines and beers and soft drinks included
Please be suggested to get plenty of rest during the first day after your long journey. A Chinese foot message will be recommended to help you get out of the fatigue and sleep well.
Hotel: Zhaolong Hotel 5 star hotels
Address: No.2 Gongtibei road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Address: No. 14, Qianmen West Street, Beijing
Day 02 Beijing
At about 09:00 after a hotel breakfast, full day excursion to the Great Wall - the landmark of China. It is one of the most amazing feats of manmade construction on earth visible from outer space.
After lunch, a drive to the Ming Tombs along the sacred way with giant marble figures and animals guarding the tomb area for deceased emperors of the Ming Dynasty.
Peking Opera or acrobatic performance will be attended in the evening.
The world - renowned Great Wall, a symbol of ancient Chinese civilization, has stood grandly in the land of China for more than 2,000 years. Stretching from the coast at Bohai Bay in the east and terminating at Jiayu Pass in the west, it serpentines among lofty mountains for 12,700 li, or 6,350 kilometers, hence its Chinese name Wanlichangcheng (ten-thousand-li-long-wall)
A visit to The Commune by the Great Wall seems a best choice for the guests for this morning. The project has won international recognitions. You will be led to the wild Great Wall just behind the Commune after your visit in the Commune. The wild Great Wall tour should be a surprise for you because it is supposed to be the only non-commercial and least crowded section of the Great Wall around Beijing.
The Commune by the Great Wall is a private collection of contemporary architecture designed by 12 outstanding Asian architects. It was exhibited at La Biennale di Venezia in 2002 winning a special prize. Ms Zhang Xin, the mastermind and investor for the project, was recognized for her "bold personal initiative, which emphasizes the role of 12 Asian architects in building privately-owned houses in a definitively contemporary manner." The Center Pompidou, Paris now houses the exhibited model, made of wood and cardboard, as its first permanent collection from China.
The Commune has furniture and other interior decorations from such distinguished designers as Serge Mouille, Thierry Hoppe, Von Robinson, Philippe Starck, Alex Strub, Claudio Colucci, Ross Menuez, Kaname Okajima, Jonas Damon, Karim Rashid, Matthew Hilton, Marc Newson, and Michael Young.
Dinner: Fujian cuisine
Fujian cuisine is noted for its light touch, sweet and sour flavor. The cooking puts great attention in choosing the choicest ingredients, and is thus particularly apt in preparing seafood dishes. The dishes mostly marinated in wine, are souring sweet, specialize in all kinds of seafood, stir-fired, quick-fried and shallow oil-fried; simmered, with stress on flavor soup.
Tel :86-010- 64428833-5855
Address: No. 11, 3section AnZhenXiLi Chaoyang District, Beijing
Day 03 Beijing
Full day tour to Tian'anmen Square, the largest public square in the world, and the Palace Museum, known as the Forbidden City; the complex of imperial palaces are home to the emperors for over 500 years in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Some of the grand halls have been used as museums for fine collections of Chinese treasures. The Temple of Heaven, where the Ming and Qing emperors prayed for good harvest, is the largest temple complex remaining in China today. And the Summer Palace a former summer resort for the royal family. The area became known as the Summer Palace because the entire court of Qing Dynasty stayed there in the summer to avoid the Beijing heat. The palaces and other structures eventually fell into ruins due to neglect. In 1888, Empress Dowager Ci Xi (or Tzu His) had it rebuilt with large sums of money earmarked for expanding the Chinese navy which gives the marble boat constructed during her reign, now sitting on the edge of the lake, certain ironic significance. The Summer Palace was seriously damaged once again during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900 and was restored in 1903. Three-quarters of the 660 acres that make up the area is occupied by Lake Kunming, with the remaining quarter occupied by Longevity Hill and the foreshores.
Dinner: Anhui cuisine
Anhui cuisine follows strict rules in the use of heat and salt; stewed in brown sauce with stress on heavy oil and sauce.
Restaurant: Huangshan Hui Restaurant
Tel :86- 010-63031467
Address: TianQiaoLiuXue Road ChongWen District, Beijing
Day 04 Beijing -Shanghai
Take a morning flight to Shanghai-the bustling commercial heart of China. City tour begins with a stroll along the lively waterfront "The Bund". An acrobatic show for your evening entertainment.
shanghai is China's largest industrial and commercial city, ranking No.1 in population density. Shanghai is a science, technology and business center. As a tourist destination, it attracts travelers from both home and abroad more by its vibrant metropolitan beat and fast pace of changes. shanghai has been famed as "the Shopping Paradise" and "the Oriental Paris' in history. Visitors come to Shanghai with a purpose of appreciating the beautiful urban scenery, as well as shopping in its various kinds of shops and stores.
Dinner: Zhejiang cuisine
Zhejiang food is represented by Hangzhou, Ningbo, and Shaoxing styles. Zhejiang cuisine is tender, mild and fresh.
Hotel: Changning Equatorial Serviced Apartments
Address: No.889 Changning Road,Shanghai
Restaurant: FeiHuangRenWen Restaurant
Tel : 86- 021-63249533
Address: No.330 Tiantong Road Hongkou District, Shanghai
Day 05 Shanghai
Full day sightseeing includes Nanjing Road, the bustling shopping district, and the Jade Buddha Temple, known for its large Buddha carved from a single piece of white jade.
The 5.5-km long Nanjing Road is the most bustling and prosperous street, which was first built in 1851.Here, one will find hundreds of modernised malls, famous old-brand stores and special product shops. It has become the largest collecting and distributing centre of retail goods and an information centre. The every-day visitors flowing here reach over a million person/times.It is known as the "China's No 1 Shopping Street".
Built in 1881, the Jade Buddha Temple is located at eh intersection of Anyuan road and Jiangning Road. It is called Jade Buddha because it contains two Buddha statues carved out of white jade. Rebuilt in 1918, the temple consists of the Amitabha Hall (Mituodian), the Grand Hall (Daxiongbaodian), the Hall of Three Sages (Sanshengdian), and the Jade Buddha Tower (Yufolou). The last-mentioned is located in a courtyard, and visitors must exchange their street shoes for a pair of clean slippers before entry is allowed. Inside the central alcove is a sitting statue of the Jade Buddha, 1.9 meters in height, radiant, and solemn. In the story below is the recumbent Buddha, carved out of white jade; lying on a wooden couch and supporting his head with one hand, he keeps his eyes open and looks serene. According to legends, both statues were shipped to Shanghai from Burma by the monks of Mount Putuo.
Dinner: Shandong cuisine
Shandong food consists of Jinan and Fushan food. Jinan food makes good use of soup seasoning, frying in deep oil and steaming. Shandong roast chicken is especially good with wine and the chicken is and tender. Tasting it is guaranteed to make the diner believe. Shandong cuisine is known for its light seasoning, qualities of freshness, clear colors and delicate fragrance and pure tastes.
Restaurant: Luwei Restaurant
Tel : 86-021-63738270
Address: No.18 Yunna nan Road Huangpu District, Shanghai
Day 06 Shanghai- Suzhou
An excursion to Suzhou by an express train. You will visit the classical gardens of Humble Administrator, the Garden Fishermen, the Tiger Hill and the Embroidery Institute.
The Chinese consider gardens a serious art form and as with painting, sculpture and poetry aim to attain in their design the balance, harmony, proportion and variety that are considered essential to life. "Dongwu Garden", bearing the hallmark of the world-famous Suzhou classical gardens, is a representative work of the Jiangsu Outdoor Garden Exhibition in the '99 World Horticulture Fair held in Kunming.
Dinner: Jiangsu cuisine
The origin of Jiangsu cuisine can be traced to pre-Christian times. Jiangsu cuisine specialties are lightly flavored, whether they combine sweet-and-salty tastes. Soya sauce and spices are mild and used sparingly, although the use of rich-flavored broth is extensive.
Hotel: Aster hotel
Address: No.488 Sanxiang Road Jiangsu
Restaurant: BaoFangYuan Restaurant
Tel : 86- 0512-67206597
Address: No. 207 Pishi street Pinjiang District Suzhou
Day 07 Suzhou- Hangzhou
An excursion to Hangzhou- the "Paradise on Earth" where sightseeing focuses on the lovely gardens, lakes and landscape island. Boat ride on West Lake; sightseeing excursions to Three Pools Mirroring the Moon and Pagoda of Six Harmonies.
So much for the charms of the West Lake as a whole. In so far as individual scenes and sights are concerned, the mere mention of the West Lake never fails to call to mind the " Ten Scenes of the West Lake", The "Ten Scenes of the West lake" have pinpointed the charms of the West lake in different places, different seasons and different times of the year. In terms of seasonal beauty, the lake is represented by the " Spring Descending upon the Su Dyke" , the " Wind-blown Lotus Flowers of Quyuan Garden", the " Autumn Moon on the Calm Lake", and the " Snow on the Broken Bridge". The other six scenes serve to show the salient features of the West Lake:" Orioles Singing in the Willows", " Viewing Fish in Huangong Pond", "Three Pools Mirroring the Moon", " Sunset beyond the Leifeng Pagoda", Evening Bell Tools on the Nanping Mountain", and " Twin Peaks Soaring through the Clouds". The only difference is that the West Lake of today has become even more enchanting than it was during the Southern Song or Qing dynasty. All but one of " Ten Scenes of the West Lake" have been expanded and their beauty enriched considerably.
Dinner: Hunan cuisine
Hunan cuisine takes curing, simmering, steaming and stewing as the main cooking methods. It is fragrant and fresh , sour and peppery, yet soft and tender.
Hotel: Crown plaza Hangzhou
Address: No.88 Tiancheng Road Hangzhou
Restaurant: DingXianFang Restaurant
Tel : 0571-87823878
Address: No.456 Qingtai Road Shangcheng district, Hangzhou
Day 08 Hangzhou
Today's full day excursion takes you visit Hangzhou Botanical Garden, Dragon Well Village and Lin Yin Temple. And then enjoy the ancient art of silk weaving at a silk factory and visit a tea farm.
Dragon Well tea, one of the most precious kinds of tea in China, is the best choice for Chinese food. Tourists love to visit the Dragon Well during this time so as to see tea anecdotes.
Dinner: Sichuan cuisine
Distinct features of Sichuan style: they prefer steaming, simmering, and smoking. The cooking is elaborate and meticulous and the flavoring highly varied and mixed. The taste of each dish is very distinct. A common Chinese saying about Sichuan cuisine is that each meal has its own unique taste, and no two dishes have the same flavor. Sichuan cuisine is world-famous for its diverse hot and spicy flavor.
Restaurant: ChuanLiuBuXi Restaurant
Tel : 86-0571-86069777 87172577
Address: No.246 Jiefang Road Shangcheng District , Hangzhou
Day 09 Hangzhou-Guangzhou
Take morning flight to the capital of Guangdong Province and the southern China's most dynamic and developed commercial center. City sightseeing features Six Banyan Tree Temple and then see the city's free market.
Situated on Liurong Street in Guangzhou, it was built in 537. Six banyan trees once grew in its courtyard. The six banyan trees impressed the great poet and calligrapher Su Dongpo ( 1037--1101 ) of Song dynasty so much that he immediately wrote two characters "Liu Rong" ( six banyan trees ) on the panel board for the temple. In the temple there is a 17-storied, 57.6 m high Flower Tower, the tallest old structure in the city. In addition, there is a corridor where stone tablets are displayed. In the main hall of the temple, there are three giant bronze Buddha Statues built in 1663, each six meters high, weighing 10 tons, the biggest old pieces of bronze in Guangdong Province.
Dinner: Guangdong cuisine
In preparing the Guangdong cuisine, dozens of varieties of ingredients are often involved and more than 30 different kinds of cooking methods such as frying, grilling, stewing, simmering, deep-frying, roasting, and braising, etc. Freshness is everything to the Guangdong cuisine.
Hotel: Guangzhou International Financial Building
Tel: 86-020- 83321688
Address: No.197-199 Dongfengxi Road, Guangzhou
Restaurant: ALiuShiJia Restaurant
Tel : 86- 020-83516761
Address: No.302 Huanshizhong Road YuexiuDistrict , Guangzhou
Day 10 Guangzhou
This morning, a tour of Memorial Hall of Dr. Sun Yat-sen and Ancestral Temple of Chen Family. Then pack up and we wish you a pleasant journey homeward.
Chen's ancestral temple in the 7th Zhongshan Road Guangzhou city was builded from 1890 to 1894 by chen's family from 72 county of GuangDong province. Chen's ancestral temple is historical and cultural relics under state protection in China, and most integrity most grandiose most fancy decorate ancestral temple in GuangDong province till now. It is discussed in this paper that the unique decorate art follow the gradation as well as the outside decorate of Chen's ancestral temple - upholstery of Chen's ancestral temple - meaning of decorate in Chen's ancestral temple.