I wish to travel to Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai on my 8-10 days tour to China in the month of March. I am travelling alone. I am interested in Beaches, Mountains and Nature.

asked on 30 Dec 2015 Turkey
Interest: Nature, Mountains, Beaches
Priya
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A travel plan for Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai is ready for you!

Hi
Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou are noted as most popular Asian metropolis and are filled with so many amazing things to do and see. I will try my level best to create an interesting itinerary for you so that it leads to an amazing trip of yours.

Beijing

Day 1

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Being capital of the People's Republic of China, it is the nation's political, economic, cultural, educational and international trade and communication center.
 
 
There are numerous hotel options in Beijing that includes Beijing Jade Hotel, Novotel Beijing Xinqiao, Beijing Fuxing Holiday Hotel and for more options you can visit here.
 
On the first day you can visit Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven.

Tian'anmen Square

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Tiananmen Square is a large city square in the center of Beijing, named after the Tiananmen gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square is the fourth largest city square in the world. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.

Forbidden City

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The Forbidden City is China’s largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings, and the largest palace complex in the world. So called because it was off limits for 500 years, when it was steeped in stultifying ritual and Byzantine regal protocol, the otherworldly palace was the reclusive home to two dynasties of imperial rule until the Republic overthrew the last Qing emperor.

Temple of Heaven

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The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven is a complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It has been regarded as a Daoist temple, although Chinese heaven worship, especially by the reigning monarch of the day, predates Daoism.
 
With this you can call it a day and head back to your hotel for a nice sleep.

Day 2

On the second day of the tour you can visit the Great Wall, Ming Tombs and famous Bird Nest and Water Cube Stadiums

Great Wall

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The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe. The Great Wall, one of the greatest wonders of the world, was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 8, 851.8 kilometers from east to west of China.

Ming Tombs

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The Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties represents the addition of three Imperial Tombs of the Qing Dynasty in Liaoning to the Ming tombs inscribed in 2000 and 2003. The Three Imperial Tombs of the Qing Dynasty in Liaoning Province include the Yongling Tomb, the Fuling Tomb, and the Zhaoling Tomb, all built in the 17th century. Constructed for the founding emperors of the Qing Dynasty and their ancestors, the tombs follow the precepts of traditional Chinese geomancy and fengshui theory. They feature rich decoration of stone statues and carvings and tiles with dragon motifs, illustrating the development of the funerary architecture of the Qing Dynasty. The three tomb complexes, and their numerous edifices, combine traditions inherited from previous dynasties and new features of Manchu civilization.

Bird Nest and Water Cube Stadiums

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The National Stadium, also known as the “Bird’s Nest” due to its iconic design was the key competition venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and the 13th Paralympic Games. The opening and closing ceremonies of the two Games have taken place here, together with the football, and track and field competitions.
 
The National Aquatics Center, also known as “The Water Cube’‘, is one of the dramatic and amazing venues to host Beijing Olympics in 2008. This is the first building of this kind in China and it is also an economical and water-saving creation. The blue-colored material is much lighter than conventional glazing structures though has the same lighting effect. The building managed to make savings on the overall cost of construction as a joint venture managed to produce the material at a much cheaper cost than the original German producer’s costs.
 
After this you can head back to your hotel for a nice sleep.

Day 3

The itinerary if the third day should include Beijing Zoo, Summer Palace and a Kung Fu show. 

Beijing Zoo

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The Beijing Zoo is situated in the Xicheng District, it was the first of its kind to be opened in China. It contains a diverse collection of animals, a number of exhibition halls and some sites of historical interest. It is home to around 450 different species and has a population of some 5, 000 animals. Some of the most popular attractions among visitors are the wild and rare animals of China itself, such as the giant pandas, golden monkeys, milu deer and northeast tigers. However, the collection is far from restricted to those species found only in the People's Republic of China; the polar bears, American bison, zebras, kangaroos, giraffes and elephants also draw large crowds.

Summer Palace

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The Summer Palace is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing. The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three-quarters of which is water. The Summer Palace is the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China. Its Chinese name, YiHeYuan, translates as 'Garden of Nurtured Harmony' or 'Garden for Maintaining Health and Harmony'. As its name implies, the Summer Palace was used as a summer residence by China's imperial rulers - as a retreat from the main imperial palace now known as the Palace Museum (or 'Forbidden City') - a pleasure-ground in the countryside, yet near to the city. 

Kung Fu show

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The Legend of Kung Fu, presented by China Heaven Creation International Performing Arts Co., Ltd. (CHC) -- China's leading performance art production company, every night has Kungfu show at Red Theatre is a must-see production in Beijing for tourists and Kung Fu lovers. A group of the best Kung Fu practitioners of China are collected and the best directors and designers of the country are invited by CHC. There are English subtitles shown above the stage to keep you informed of the story line. There is no speaking of the actors, just Kung Fu show, dance and acrobatics. The fusion of modern dance with Chinese traditional martial arts makes this performance unique and spectacular.
 
After this you can head back to your hotel for a nice sleep as the next day you need to head to Shanghai.

Shanghai

Day 4

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The city of Shanghai is counted among few world cities that evoke so much history, excess, glamour, mystique and exotic promise in name alone. As per the train schedule the train leaves at 11:00 hours from Beijing South station and after a journey of four hours and fifty five minutes you will reach Shanghai HongQiao Station by 15:55 hours.
 
 
There are numerous hotel options in Shanghai that includes Ruijing Business Hotel, Shanghai Meitian Hotel and for more options you can visit here.
 
On arrival in Shanghai you can head to your respective accommodation and rest as I would suggest you to spend this day t your own leisure. You can rest or even go for a stroll in the city.

Day 5

On the fifth day of your tour to China you can visit Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, Madame Tussauds and Jade on 36. 

Shanghai Museum

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The Shanghai Museum is located in the Huangpu district of Shanghai and it houses a collection of over 120, 000 pieces, including bronze, calligraphy, furniture, ceramics, jades, seals, ancient coins, paintings, sculptures, foreign art and minority art. The grand museum opened in 1996, boasts of eleven state-of-the-art galleries. The admission is free only special exhibitions have an admission fee of 20 Yuan.

Jade Buddha Temple

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Jade Buddha Temple is a Buddhist temple located in the western part of Shanghai. Founded in 1882 two of the jade statues were imported from Burma by sea. The temple features a reclining Buddha 1.95 meters tall and weighing 3 tons. The temple layout can be broken down into various sections- Chamber of Four Heavenly Kings, Grand Hall and Jade Buddha Chamber.

Madame Tussauds

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Madame Tussauds wax museum in Shanghai's Huangpu district is world famous for its life-like wax figures. There are about 80 wax statues in the museum. Here tourists are allowed to make their own hand models by themselves and take them home as souvenirs.

Jade on 36

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You can retire for the day by having a delectable dinner at Jade on 36 located in the Pudong district of Shanghai. The interiors of this restaurant is superb, and to add on to the ambiance they have soft lights and soft music. Dishes include Foie Gras, French oyster in size 3, lots of seafood like crabs, shrimps, different types of sausage, salmon with caviar, cheese station, pancake station, dessert with Port wine.
 
After this you can call it a day and head back to your hotel for a nice sleep.

Day 6

The itinerary of the sixth day should include Shanghai Circus World, YuYuan Garden, City God Temple and Shanghai Science & Technology Museum.

Shanghai Circus World

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Shanghai Circus World, regarded as China's 'No. 1 Circus World' is located in Zhabei District. Situated opposite the Zhabei Stadium to the south it is adjacent to Guangzhong Park to the north. It has a distinctive architecture with a splendid golden vault and can seat an audience of 1638. The advanced stage facilities, lighting and sound equipment enable it to be a comprehensive performance site, which holds domestic and international circus programs, acrobatics, singing and dancing performances as well as the Shanghai International Magic Festival amp Competition.

YuYuan Garden

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Located in the old city of Shanghai, Yuyuan Gardens is a 5-acre park with classical Chinese architecture. Also known as the garden of contentment, the area is divided into 6 sections each separated by a boundary wall.

City God Temple

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The City God Temple or Chenghuang Miao is a temple located in Shanghai, China, within the old walled city. Today the "City God Temple" not only refers to the large temple complex, but also the traditional district of commerce in the city, surrounding the temple. There are over a hundred stores and shops in this area, and most of these store buildings are nearly a century old. The temple connects to the Yuyuan Garden.

Shanghai Science & Technology Museum

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Shanghai Science and Technology Museum is a large museum in Pudong, Shanghai, close to Century Park, the largest park within the inner districts of the city. The original design of the museum and its core exhibits was managed by Shanghai based high tech and multimedia firm Creative Star Digital. The construction of the museum cost 3.75 billion RMB, and now features over 14 interactive multimedia exhibits.
 



With this you can end your day and have dinner and after that head back to your hotel for a nice sleep as the next day you need to Hangzhou.














Hangzhou

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Hangzhou's beautiful scenery is "paradise on earth", and the setting of romantic legends. For travellers who have never been to this beautiful place, we provide this guidance on planning a Hangzhou tour.

Day 7

The itinerary of this day should include visit to West Lake, Qing Hefang Jie, Wushan Hill (Wushan Tian-Feng) and Lei Fang Pagoda.

West Lake

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West Lake is a freshwater lake in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province in eastern China. It is divided into five sections by three causeways. There are numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands within the lake.

Qing Hefang Jie

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Qinghefang Ancient Street is a section of Hefang Street which is located at the northern foot of Wu Shan Hill in Hangzhou. It is just several hundred meters away from the beautiful West Lake. With an area of 13 hectares, the street is the only well-preserved part of the ancient city. As a miniature of the city's long history, it is the best place to embody the historical and cultural character of Hangzhou.

Wushan Hill (Wushan Tian-Feng)

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There’s not a lot to recommend about this place, though it does feature some nice scenery, especially on its southern side. It’s free to walk around the hill, but if you want to visit the summit it costs ¥30. Chenghuang Temple (built in the early 15th Century once stood at the summit but only a recreation of it exists now. The main feature at the summit is Chenghuang Pavillion (City God Pavillion). At 41.6m this seven storey pagoda is one of the tallest in Hangzhou. Unfortunately, like Leifeng Pagoda, this is a brand new creation complete with elevator. Nevertheless, there are some nice views from the top and the ground floor has some displays recreating life in the Southern Song Dynasty – Hangzhou’s glory days.

Lei Fang Pagoda

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Leifeng Pagoda is a five-storey tower with eight sides, located on Sunset Hill south of the West Lake in Hangzhou, China. Originally constructed in the year AD 975, it collapsed in 1924 but was rebuilt in 2002. Since then it has been a popular tourist attraction.
 
After this you can call it a day and head back to your hotel for a nice sleep.

Day 8

The itinerary of this day should include Hangzhou’s Xixi National Wetland Park and Lingyin Monestary

Xixi National Wetland Park

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Situated in the western part of Hangzhou, less than 5 km from West Lake, Xixi National Wetland Park is a rare urban wetland. With rich ecological resources, simple natural landscape and profound culture, it is known as one of the Three "Xi's" along with Xihu (West Lake) and Xiling (the Seal Engravers' Society). It is the first and only wetland park in China combining urban life, farming and culture. It has not only broad open views, but also a variety of water views. Warm and humid, the area enjoys a comfortable climate featuring abundant precipitation and four distinct seasons.

Lingyin Temple

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Lingyin Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Chan sect located north-west of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. The temple's name is commonly literally translated as Temple of the Soul's Retreat. It is one of the largest and wealthiest Buddhist temples in China, and contains numerous pagodas and Budddhist grottoes.
 
After this you can call it a day and head back to your hotel for a nice sleep.

Day 9

On this day you can head for a day trip to Wuzhen.

Wuzhen

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Wuzhen, a 1300-year-old water town on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, is a national 5A scenic area and one of China’s top ten historical & cultural towns. Located on the Hangzhou-Jiaxing-Huzhou Plain in northern Zhejiang Province, it is at the center of the golden triangle consisting of Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou. Wuzhen can be easily accessed through a number of expressways and national highways.
 
In 2001, Wuzhen was named as a candidate for UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List. At the end of 2006, it was included in the revised List of China’s Candidates for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. In 2009, Wuzhen was named as the first PATA eco-tourism destination in Mainland China.
 
The ancient Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal flows through the town, which is divided by waterways into four areas, Dongzha, Xizha, Nanzha, and Beizha. Since its foundation in 872 A.D., Wuzhen has never changed its name, location, waterways, or way of life. Traditional buildings remain intact today even after hundreds years of weathering.
 
After this you can call it a day and head back to your hotel for a nice sleep as the next day you need to head back to Izmir.

Day 10

This is the last day of your trip you need to head back to Izmir. Make sure you pack all your belongings carefully and reach airport three hours’ prior your flight timings.
 
I hope the destinations mentioned, according to your interest will lead to a memorable trip. I wish you return with the most exciting experience and memories of your life. 
 
Have a wonderful trip!
 
Priya Singh

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