Optional side trip to Xi'an
Citslinc designed this optional trip to Xi'an mainly for those who are visiting China for the second time, as they have already visited Suzhou and Hangzhou during their first visit to China.
Day 1-Day 4 - Same itinerary as everyone else.
Day 5 - Morning flight to Xi'an (approx. 1 hour), stay at Grand Castle Hotel. Afternoon sightseeing to the Big Wild Geese Pagoda. Evening entertainment of Tang Style Dancing.
Day 6 - Morning bus excurses to the Terra-Cotta Warriors at the Tomb of the First Emperor of Qin Dynasty. On the way back, visit the Huaqing Hot Spring Park and Banpo Museum, a preserved pre-historical cavemen site.
Day 7-Day 9 - Flight to Shanghai, then the same itinerary as everyone else.
The additional cost is $450/per person. A minimum of 10 passengers must be signed up for the Xi'an trip to take place. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like to register for the Xi'an side trip.
Optional tours are subject to change and are offered at the discretion of the tour operator, depending on time schedule and availability.
There is no need to sign up or pay in advance for any optional tour. Your bus tour guide will accept reservations and cash payments only for any optional tour. Please have exact cash needed to pay for the optional trips.
Hutong Tour in Beijing, $35 /person (Highly Recommended)
Hutong is a traditional living area for ordinary Beijing citizens, the history of which dates back to 1,000 years ago. Hundreds of thousands of houses of traditional architecture style are densely flanked on both sides of narrow and zigzag streets in which people have been living a peaceful and traditional life there through many generations. Tourists will first get on a traditional rickshaw, two for each, for a Hutong tour, riding through those narrow streets tracing the last of the historical life of an oriental country. Afterwards, tourists will visit local families interviewing their life and cooking Chinese dumplings with the family members. During lunch time, tourists will be served with delicious Chinese domestic dishes and the dumpling tourists make. During the two hours Hutong tour tourists will learn a lot of China's modern life and its people. It is another highlight after the Great Wall.
Boat Ride on Grand Canal in Suzhou, $25/person (Highly Recommended)
Grand Canal is a pure artificial object completed 1,300 years ago by Chinese people. It starts from Beijing and ends up in Hangzhou with a total length of more than 1,000 miles. During the 50 minutes boat ride on it, tourists may enjoy the view of both modern and old life of Suzhou.
Peking Opera, $20/person, $40/person for VIP seat
Peking Opera is the masterpiece of China's traditional culture and art and it is born in Beijing. Until today it is more than three hundred years old. The Opera lasts an hour and thirty minutes, covering several different plays, of which some are full of fighting and some traditional singing and dancing. The show is beautiful for its colorful costumes, impressive facial designs and staging style of oriental culture.
ERA-Intersection of Time-by Cirque du Soleil, $35/person
As a multimillion-dollar stunning acrobatic extravaganza, the first of its kind in China, ERA is a multimedia odyssey whose inspiration is a direct result of the combination of traditional Chinese acrobatic arts and modern technology. Just like Shanghai, ERA evolves through a constant collision between the past and future. ERA is a love story, yet it is also contemplation across the millennia, a fascination with that other dimension man has yet to conquer: time. ERA's acrobats are on a quest to find that tenuous point of balance, the intersection between X, Y and Z. Not only will the audience be amazed by the acrobats' control and precision, they will be enchanted by the world that is created through the use of multimedia, technology, lighting and sound effects, elaborate costumes, original live music and a lot more. As such, ERA can remain universal, without language or cultural barriers. A thousand-year-old gesture is worth a thousand emotions, a thousand images, a thousand words. Allow us to feed your imagination and bring your dreams back to the present.
Shanghai Maglev Train, one way ticket $15/person, round trip $25/person
Shanghai maglev train, the first commercial rail line of its type in the world, links Metro Line 2 at Longyang Road with the Pudong International Airport by a train traveling at top speed of 431 kilometers per-hour which is much faster than the Bullet Train in Japan. Shanghai Maglev Train takes only 7 minutes and 20 seconds to cover 30 kilometer trip, which currently takes 30 to 40 minutes by driving. Invested with a total amount of 10 billion yuan, it took 2.5 years to complete. Powered by electromagnetism, when running it is suspended in air, about 10 millimeters above the track on a magnetic cushion. It brings a speed revolution to the world in ground transportation, and riding on the train will be an exciting experience for you!
The Legend of Kung Fu, $25/person
The Legend of Kung Fu is the a production which combines the elements of kung fu, story-telling, acrobatics, modern dance, and original music to celebrate the philosophy and skill of martial arts. The show tells the story of a young boy, Chun Yi (the pure one), who in order to pursue spiritual and physical harmony is apprenticed as a monk to learn kung fu. Along the way he overcomes obstacles, is distracted and tempted, but ultimately achieves the designation of master who will enlighten the younger generations. Invited by Canada's most experienced cultural brokers, John Cripton of Great World Artists, 'Chun Yi: The Legend of Kung Fu' had its first North America tour from August 2005 to January 2006. During the time, it played 150 performances in Vancouver, Toronto, Reno and other North American cities and won enormous audience admiration.
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