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Shanghai

Salat at historical mosques, dinning at hand-picked Halal restaurants, staying at international standard four or five star hotels, fully escorted by Muslim expert tour guides, this 13-Day Best of China Tour will take you to visit Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai. Imperial Beijing offers seven UNESCO world heritage sites including the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace and Ming Tombs. Home to Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Xian is the starting point of the famous Silk Road and China’s ancient capital for 13 dynasties lasting for over 1100 years from 1046 BC to 907 AD. Guilin is China’s most photographed city, its crystal clear rivers and spectacular jagged-peak limestone hills have earned the reputation: Guilin’s landscape is the best under heaven. The beautiful Nanjing used to be the capital of six regional dynasties as well as the capital of the Republic of China. Marco Polo was impressed and overwhelmed by the fabled cities of Hangzhou and Suzhou, he referred to Hangzhou as “beyond dispute the finest and the noblest in the world”, and called Suzhou “the Venice of the East”. Once reputed as Paris of the East; Shanghai is China’s most modern cosmopolitan city whose glass and steel towers can rival any city in the world.

Highlights
  • Salat prayer at historical mosques during sightseeing
  • Meals (lunch & dinner) at hand-picked Halal restaurants
  • Exclusive private tour guide and private vehicle
  • Feel the heartbeat of China at Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world
  • Explore the Forbidden City, home to 24 Chinese emperors and their households for almost 500 years
  • Discover Temple of Heaven where Ming & Qing Emperors pray to Heaven for good harvest
  • Hike Juyongguan Great Wall, popular for its breathtaking natural scenery
  • Learn Fengshui theory at the Sacred Way of Ming Tombs where 13 Ming emperors were buried
  • Savor the stunning view of Summer Palace, the best preserved imperial garden in the world
  • Marvel at the life-sized Terracotta Warriors, considered the eighth wonder of the world
  • Salat at Xi’an Great Mosque, the largest ancient mosque of China
  • Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle Muslim Quarter of Xian to experience the life of Hui Muslims
  • Admire the towering Little Wild Goose Pagoda, landmark of Xian since it was built in 707
  • Stroll along Xian City Wall, one of the oldest and best-preserved Chinese city walls in the world
  • Cruise Li River past spectacular limestone peaks, one of the best river cruise experiences in the world
  • Explore the mesmerizing Reed Flute Cave, the most beautiful karst cave in China
  • Wander along Yangshuo West Street for its mixed lifestyle and culture of East and West
  • Enjoy a scenic chairlift ride to the top of Yao Mountain and admire gorgeous views of misted hills
  • Experience tea-leaf picking at Yaoshan Tea Plantation
  • Admire Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, the final resting place of the founder of the Republic of China
  • Visit Presidential Palace, the Office of the President of the Republic of China from 1927 to 1949
  • Wander the bustling streets around Confucian Temple Area, enjoy an impressive view over Qinhuai River
  • Savor the view of Suzhou’s Humble Administrator’s Garden, the finest garden in all of southern China
  • Visit Panmen Gate, the oldest city gate of Suzhou and the only existing water and land gate in China
  • Stroll along Shantang Street, a window to experience traditional lifestyle of Suzhou
  • Cruise West Lake, so beautiful that it was recreated as Beijing's Summer Palace
  • Admire Six Harmonies Pagoda, an iconic building of Hangzhou for a comanding view of Qiantang River
  • Stroll along Qinghefang Ancient Street, the only well persevered antique historic street in Hangzhou
  • Wander through the zigzag path of Yu Garden, the most celebrated classical garden in Shanghai
  • Roam around the Bund where colonial buildings stand in sharp contrast to futuristic skyscrapers
  • Visit Shanghai Museum, one of China’s first world-class modern museums
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Beijing, Greet & Meet at Airport, Transfer to Hotel

Destination: Beijing
Meals Included: Dinner at local Halal restaurant
Accommodations: Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao Hotel or similar

Your professional Muslim expert tour guide will meet you at the arrival hall of the airport with your private vehicle on standby and assists you to your hotel. Relax at hotel to recover from the jet lag.

Day 2 Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Fresh Water Pearl, Temple of Heaven

Destination: Beijing
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at Halal restaurants
Salat prayer: Niujie Mosque
Accommodations: Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao Hotel or similar

Explore Beijing from Tiananmen Square in the morning. Located in the center of Beijing, Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world and it has great cultural significance as it was the site of many important events in Chinese history such as Chairman Mao’s declaration of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China on Oct, 01, 1949. Next walk to the Forbidden City. As the royal residences of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties from the 15th to 20th century, the Forbidden City was the centre of state power in late feudal China and witnessed the enthronement of 14 Ming and 10 Qing emperors over 505 years. Visit fresh water pearl shop and the Temple of Heaven after lunch at a local Halal restaurant and Salat at the 900 year old Niujie Mosque. The Temple of Heaven, built between 1406 and 1420 by the same emperor who was responsible for building the Forbidden City, is where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would worship the god of heaven and pray for good harvest. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site regarded as a masterpiece of architectural and landscape design.

Day 3 Great Wall, Jade Carving, Sacred Way of Ming Tombs, Photo Stop at Olympic Venues

Destination: Beijing
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at Halal restaurants
Accommodations: Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao Hotel or similar

Visit the Great Wall of China and jade carving factory in the morning. The Great Wall was continuously built from the 3rd century BC to the 17th century AD on the northern border of China as the great military defense project of successive Chinese Empires. Today, the wall is still impressive at 3,750 miles in length, stretching from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. The Great Wall embodies unparalleled significance as the national symbol for safeguarding the security of the country and Chinese people. Visit the Sacred Way of the Ming Tomb after lunch and Salat at a local Halal restaurant. The Sacred Way is a stone paved path which stretches as long as one kilometer to the north of the main gate of the Ming Tombs. Next, make a photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Venues of Bird Nest (National Stadium) and Water Cube (National Aquatics Center).

Day 4 Summer Palace, High Speed Train to Xian (about 5 hours)

Destination: Beijing & Xi’an
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at Halal restaurants
Accommodations: Mercure Xi ‘an Downtown or similar

Morning visit to the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China, the Summer Palace. Using Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill as the basic framework, the Summer Palace combined political and administrative, residential, spiritual, and recreational functions within a landscape of lakes and mountains, in accordance with the Chinese philosophy of balancing the works of man with nature. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. Board second class high speed train to Xian in the afternoon. Xian is the ancient capital city of China and the starting point of Silk Road.

Day 5 Terracotta Warriors & Reproduction Factory, Great Mosque, Muslim Quarter

Destination: Xi’an
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at Halal restaurants
Salat prayer: Xian Great Mosque
Accommodations: Mercure Xi ‘an Downtown or similar

Morning visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses and its reproduction factory. Considered one of the foremost archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the 2,000-year-old Terracotta Army was discovered by accident in 1974 by local farmers digging a well. The 8,000-plus life-sized figures are arranged in vaults to guard the tomb of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China, a major architect of the Great Wall and unifier of China. Visit the Muslim Quarter after lunch and Salat at Xian Great Mosque. The area north of the Drum Tower is the Muslim Quarter of Xian which covers several blocks with an estimated 60,000 Muslims in the region. There are about seven ancient mosques in the area, among which the Great Mosque built in 742 is most famous and popular among all. Experience a seemingly endless labyrinth of street food, restaurants and bustling local life at Xian’s Muslim Quarter.

Day 6 Little Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian Museum, City Wall, Fly to Guilin

Destination: Xian & Guilin
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at Halal restaurants
Accommodations: Guilin Park Hotel or similar

Visit Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xian Museum in the morning. With a history of more than 1,300 years, Small Wild Goose Pagoda was built to store the Buddhist scriptures delivered from ancient India. It is a perfect example of the multi-eaved square brick pagodas built in ancient China. Currently there are 13 storeys left as the top two storeys were destroyed in earthquakes. Continue to visit Xian Museum. Xian Museum boasts nearly 130,000 relics that all relate to the history of Ancient China and Xian specifically. Afterwards visit Xian City Wall. The City Wall of Xian is one of the oldest and best-preserved city walls in the world. Walking atop the Wall you can get the panorama of Xian skyline. Fly to Guilin late in the afternoon or at night.

Day 7 Li River Cruise, Yangshuo West Street, Two Rivers & Four Lakes

Destination: Guilin
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at Halal restaurants
Salat Prayer: Chongshan mosque
Accommodations:  Guilin Park Hotel or similar

Cruise the Li River in the morning. The 83-kilometer-long waterway from Guilin to Yangshuo is like an artist’s masterpiece, cruising is like traveling along a traditional Chinese landscape painting. The landscape is decorated with startling hills, steep cliffs, fantastic caves and farming villages, and is lined with bamboo. In a Chinese poem it is written: “The river is a green silk ribbon, and the hills are jade hairpins”. Cruising on the Li River is enjoyable no matter what the weather is like. During sunny days, you can see the inverted reflection of the hills on both sides clearly in the water. During cloudy days, the hills are surrounded by mist and you may feel that we are cruising in a mystical paradise. And when the rain comes, drizzle is like a vale, which covers the hills and river, and you may feel the poetic connotations of this too. Stroll along the famous West Street upon arrival at Yangshuo. Back to Guilin perform Salat at Chongshan mosque. Afterwards, visit the Two Rivers & Four Lakes Scenic Area. These lakes and rivers are linked up and formed Guilin’s central round-the-city water system, making Guilin just like a grand beautiful park.

Day 8 Yaoshan Mountain, Tea Plantation, Reed Flute Cave, Fly to Nanjing

Destination: Guilin & Nanjing
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at Halal restaurants
Accommodations: Mercure Nanjing Downtown or similar

Morning visit to Yaoshan Mountain with round-trip chairlift and Yaoshan Tea Plantation. Yaoshan Mountain is 903.3 meters above sea level and is the highest mountain in Guilin. Enjoy a beautiful view of rocks, flowers and brooks during the chairlift ride. Afterwards, experience tea-leaf picking and tea-making process at Yaoshan Tea Plantation. Continue with a visit to Reed Flute Cave. The Reed Flute Cave got its name from the verdant reeds growing outside it, with which people make flutes. Inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations formed by carbonate deposition. Illuminated by colored lighting, the fantastic spectacle is found in many variations along this 240-meter-long cave. Fly to Nanjing late in the afternoon or at night.

Day 9 Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, Confucian Temple, Yangtze River Bridge, Bullet Train to Suzhou

Destination: Nanjing & Suzhou
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at Halal restaurants
Accommodations: Mercure Suzhou City Center or similar

Morning visit to Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum which is situated in the middle of the Purple Mountains for the father of the Republic of China. This mausoleum is a great work of architecture & its foundation is built upon 392 steps & 7 platforms. Then, Head to the Presidential Palace. Featuring classical garden architecture clusters of the south of Yangtze River. The Presidential Palace is dotted with pavilions, terraces, open halls, bridges and ancient trees, and it is a blend of Western and Chinese architectural styles. After Salat at Nanjing Jingjue Mosque, stroll around the Confucian Temple, a group of imposing structures built in the early 11th century and served as the national academy for six dynasties ever since; and the bustling bazaars around it. Afterwards, move on to Yangtze River Bridge, the first bridge over the Yangtze River designed and built by China’s own technical strength. Yangtze River Bridge is the pride of Chinese people and a proof of the spirit and ability of the Chinese people in Mao’s time. Take second class bullet train to Suzhou (about one hour) late in the afternoon.

Day 10 Humble Administrator’s Garden, Silk Factory, Panmen Gate, Shantang Street, Drive to Hangzhou

Destination: Suzhou & Hangzhou
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at Halal restaurants
Accommodations: Mercure Hangzhou West Lake or similar

Praised by Marco Polo as the Venice of the Orient, Suzhou has always been the silk capital of China as well as the whole world for centuries. Visit the UNSCO World Heritage Site of Humble Administrator’s Garden in the morning. The Humble Administrator’s Garden is the largest garden in Suzhou and considered to be the finest garden in all of southern China. Next, visit the silk factory to see a display of the life-cycle of the silk worm and demonstrations of how the silk is harvested from the cocoons and eventually woven into fabric. After Salat at Taipingfang Mosque, visit the Panmen Gate which is the original entrance to the city of Suzhou and is said to boast a history spanning 2,400 years. Then walk along the 1200 year old Shantang Street with old residences and shops selling snacks and handcrafts, like wood engravings and embroideries. Drive to Hangzhou late in the afternoon.

Day 11 Cruise on West Lake, Six Harmonies Pagoda, Qinghefang Ancient Street, Drive to Shanghai

Destination: Hangzhou & Shanghai
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at Halal restaurants
Salat prayer: Phoenix Mosque
Accommodations: Pullman Shanghai Jing’an Hotel or similar

Cruise the West Lake in the morning. Held on three sides in the embrace of hilly peaks, the West Lake has been an attraction for centuries and it had been a favorite imperial retreat in the ancient times. Afterwards, climb the Six Harmonies Pagoda for a beautiful view of Hangzhou with buildings and bridges lining the landscape on one side with the Qiantang River, and green verdant trees lining the other side of the pagoda. Salat prayer at the Yuan Dynasty constructed Phoenix Mosque. Continue with a walk on Qinghefang Ancient Street. This street is one of the oldest streets and is the only well persevered antique historic street in Hangzhou. Drive to Shanghai in the afternoon.

Day 12 Yuyuan Garden, The Bund & Nanjing Road, People’s Square, Shanghai Museum

Destination: Shanghai
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at Halal restaurants
Salat prayer: Xiaotaoyuan Mosque
Accommodations: Pullman Shanghai Jing’an Hotel or similar

Morning visit to Yuyuan Garden. This garden is a maze of Ming Dynasty pavilions, elaborate rockeries, arched bridges, and goldfish ponds, all encircled by an undulating dragon wall. Then spend some time shopping at the Chenghuangmiao market located outside the garden. Afterwards, stroll along the Bund and nearby Nanjing Road. The Bund refers to Shanghai’s famous waterfront stretching for 1.6km along the west shore of the Huangpu River. Nanjing Road is the main shopping street of Shanghai and one of the busiest shopping streets in the world. Continue with a visit to the People’s Square and Shanghai Museum after lunch and Salat at Xiaotaoyuan Mosque. The People’s Square was once the finest racecourse in Asia before 1949, it is now a large open space in which locals hang out all day, every day, practicing Tai Chi and flying kites. Shanghai Museum is specially celebrated in the world for its rich and high-quality collection of 120,000 precious works of art including ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy.

Day 13 Departure from Shanghai

Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight (without guide). Wish you a pleasant journey home and thank you for traveling with IslamiChina.

Price Inclusions

  • Second class bullet train ticket as specified in the itinerary
  • Domestic economy class flight airfare with tax included as specified in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodations with daily breakfast
  • Halal meals (lunch & dinner) as specified in the itinerary
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with experienced driver for land transportation
  • Experienced private English language speaking tour guide
  • All admission tickets to sightseeing places

Price Exclusions

  • International airfares
  • Optional tour & insurance
  • Gratuities or tips to guides and drivers
  • Excursions & activities not included in itinerary
  • Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, etc

Complementaries

  • Two bottles of mineral water every day during tours
Booking Notice
  • This tour starts in Beijing, ends in Shanghai
  • 80% of adult price applies to child between 2-12 without occupying a bed
  • Contact us if you have child (2-12 years of age) traveling with you
  • Free for infants (under 2 years of age) traveling with parents
  • If you prefer to book your own hotel, feel free to contact us for a quote without accommodation
  • If you have your pick of hotels and want a quote based on your picks, feel free to contact us
  • If you want to book domestic flights on your own, feel free to contact us for a quote without airfare
  • This itinerary can be tailored to your individual interests
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