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China tour Summer '09 中国暑假旅游09年

Posted by daizi December 4, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

Tags: travel, train, bus, tour

I travel to China with 15 or so students every three or four years. Each time I map out a different tour. This coming summer I would like to try a coastal tour. These trips always involve slower modes of transportation (train, bus, boat, bicycle, foot) with an emphasis on visiting at least a few places off the beaten track and intermingling with the locals. This last bit might be a bit difficult given the path of this itinerary. I welcome comments, warnings, and suggestions on destinations, sites, hotels, etc. from the many inveterate China travelers here on CPod.

Cheers. Randall

So far, this is what I have worked out (with the help of my long-time Chinese tour insider): 

Day 01   Beijing 北京

  • Arrive late in the afternoon
  • No hotel yet (looking for something near intersection of Wangfujing-Chang’an streets)
  • Dinner in a dumpling restaurant

Day 02  Beijing 北京

  • Tian'An Men Square
  • Forbidden City
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Summer Palace
  • Peking Opera show at Lao She Tea House

Day 03  Beijing 北京-长城

  • Simatai and  Jinshanling section of the Great Wall, with some hiking and hawker dodging
  • Peking Duck Dinner at Qianmen Quanjude Duck Restaurant

Day 04  Beijing 北京/ Qingdao 青岛 (overnight train to Qingdao)

  • Morning tour of Hutong, with bicycle rental
  • Local kindergarden visit
  • Tour the 2008 Beijing Olympics venues (including Water Cube and Bird Nest)
  • Walk around the famous Silk Alley Market
  • Qingdao by overnight train

Day 05 Qingdao 青岛

  • Stay at the Equatorial Hotel Qingdao in Old Town
  • Afternoon walking tour

Day 06  QIngdao 青岛/ Tai’an 泰安

  • Bus to Tai’an
  • Stay at International Hotel Tia'An near the Dai Temple for 2 nights
  • Afternoon walking tour of town & temples

Day 07  Tai’an 泰安 / Mount Tai 泰山 / Tai’an 泰安

  • Full-day tour at Mount Tai, with hiking (or, if you’re too lazy, cable car ride)
  • Return to Tai’an for dinner

Day 08  Tai’an 泰安/ Qufu 曲阜

  • After breakfast, depart Tai’an for Qufu
  • Tour in Qufu including Confucious Temple / family residences and etc.
  • Stay at Queli Hotel  

Day 09  Qufu 曲阜/ Zhujiayu 朱家峪 / Jinan 济南/ Shanghai 上海(overnight train to Shanghai)

  • Bus to Jinan
  • On the way, stop by in Zhujianyu village. Walking tour of village and lunch. Then proceed to Jinan by coach
  • Depart Jinan for Shanghai by overnight train 

Day 10    Shanghai 上海

  • Stay at  Boadway Mansions Hotel Shanghai for 2 nights
  • Visit the Bund and East Nanjing Road / Xin Tian Di area. 

Day 11 Shanghai 上海

  • Old Town
  • Yu Garden
  • The Shanghai Museum
  • Wander the French Concession. 
  • Acrobatic show in evening

Day 12 Shanghai 上海 / Moganshan 莫干山

  • Depart Shanghai by bus to Moganshan in Zhejiang Province
  • Stay at Jianquan Shanzhuang for 1 night
  • Afternoon hiking 

Day 13 Moganshan 莫干山 / Hangzhou 杭州

  • Depart Moganshan for Hangzhou by bus
  • Stay at Sunny Hotel Hangzhou
  • Afternoon tour on West Lake

Day 14 Hangzhou 杭州/ Shenzhen 深圳 (overnight train to Shenzhen)

  • Morning at leisure. 
  • Depart Hangzhou for Shenzhen by overnight train

Day 15 Shenzhen 深圳/ Hong Kong 香港 (Tsim Sha Tsui 尖沙嘴)  

  • Shenzhen to Hong Kong by bus
  • Stay at the YMCA Salisbury House
  • Night tram to Victoria Peak

Day 16 Hong Kong 香港/ USA 美国

  • Free day at leisure. 
  • Depart HKG for USA by air

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