The Ancient Capitals

BeijingXi'anBeijing
Great Wall Mutianyu Section w/toboggan and cable carGreat Wall Mutianyu Section w/toboggan and cable car in Beijing Price: Duration: Dates: Tour code: Overview: Ask for a quotation 7 Days As you request TCG-3854 History buffs will love this tour.

On this truly eye-opening journey, we will take you from Beijing, which has held the title of capital on-and-off since the 11th century BC, to Xi’an, which held the title for an impressive 13 dynasties.

Your Beijing adventure includes a jaunt around the city’s hutong alleyways on the back of a cycle rickshaw. Any trip to Beijing is incomplete without a hike up the Great Wall, another great opportunity to learn about Chinese history where it all happened.

Next, you will take a high-speed train to Xi'an, where archaeological wonders seem almost ten-a-penny! Of course, the undisputed highlight of the Xi’an leg is the tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang and his Terracotta Warriors.

If you have a few extra days, a trip to Hua Shan Mountain, just outside of Xi'an, is a great chance to get back to nature. As is the case with all of our tours, your travel agent will happily customize your itinerary to suit your preferences.
day 1
  • Pick up from the Beijing airport
Pick up from the Beijing airport
Pick up from the Beijing airport
day 2
  • Meals: lunch
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
Jingshan Park
Jingshan Park
Hutong Rickshaw Tour with local family visit
Hutong Rickshaw Tour with local family visit
Walking at Houhai lake
Walking at Houhai lake
The Beijing Chaoyang Acrobatic Show
The Beijing Chaoyang Acrobatic Show
day 3
  • Meals: lunch
Great Wall Mutianyu Section w/toboggan and cable car
Great Wall Mutianyu Section w/toboggan and cable car
The Ming Tombs
The Ming Tombs
The Sacred Way
The Sacred Way
day 4
Morning activities in the park surrounding the Temple of Heaven
Morning activities in the park surrounding the Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
Lama Temple
Lama Temple
Summer Palace
Summer Palace
Pick up from the Xi'an Train Station
Pick up from the Xi'an Train Station
day 5
  • Meals: lunch
Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square Fountain Show
Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square Fountain Show
Tang Dynasty Show and Dumpling Dinner
Tang Dynasty Show and Dumpling Dinner
day 6
  • Meals: lunch
Bike or walk atop Xian's old city wall
Bike or walk atop Xian's old city wall
Bell Tower
Bell Tower
Forest of Stelae Museum & Calligraphy Street
Forest of Stelae Museum & Calligraphy Street
Great Mosque of Xian
Great Mosque of Xian
Muslim Street
Muslim Street
day 7
  • Shaanxi Museum Read more about Shaanxi Museum a fantastic museum to view artifacts from the tombs
  • Take the train to Beijing 2nd class seat
  • Pick up from the Beijing Train Station
  • Drop-off at the Beijing airport
Shaanxi Museum
Shaanxi Museum
Pick up from the Beijing Train Station
Pick up from the Beijing Train Station
Drop-off at the Beijing airport
Drop-off at the Beijing airport
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Tour code: TCG-3854
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  • » Flexible schedules and itineraries. Our tour itineraries are just suggestions. Our agents will help you design the perfect trip.
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  • » Meals as specified in quality local restaurants with unlimited standard drinks (Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea)


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The Forbidden City   故宫

The Forbidden City was the former imperial palace which was the home to twenty-four Chinese emperors over 491 years between 1420 and 1911. The Forbidden City is now known as the Palace Museum and is open to Beijing's visitors.

Wear comfortable walking shoes as the palace is 960 metres long and 750 metres wide. It has 9,999 rooms - a room being the space between four pillars.

The well guarded palace is surrounded by a moat 3,800 metres long and 52 metres wide. Intruders were discouraged by guards in watchtowers with bow and arrows.

There are five entrances to the gate - the central one reserved for the emperor. The empress was allowed through it only once - on her wedding day.

As well as walking through the wide open courtyards along its central axis, the sides offer some museum exhibits and small courtyards worth exploring.

An excellent view of the Forbidden...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
8:30am - 5:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm

Tiananmen Square   天安门广场

Most people visit Tiananmen Square on their way to the Forbidden City, both can be done together in a morning or afternoon. Chinese citizens from around the country descend on Tiananmen to take their photos in front of the portrait of Chairman Mao. When there is a breeze you can buy a kite and fly it on the square.

Tiananmen Square is the largest public square in the world. It is a tourist site everyone tends to visit on their trip to Beijing. A vast desert of paving stones, the square can hold over one million people. It lies on the historical central axis going through the Forbidden City.

Expect to go through airport level security when going onto the square, with metal detectors and x-ray machines. There is also a high level of police presence. Nonetheless people are very friendly and its on most Beijing itineraries.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
5:00am - 10:00pm

Jingshan Park   景山公园

Jingshan Park was a part of the Forbidden City until the early 1900's when the walls were pulled down and a road cut through it destroying several gates and buildings between the park and the rear entrance of the palace. The hill in Jingshan Park was made with the earth removed to create the palace moat. It is well worth the climb on a clear day for spectacular views of the Forbidden City and Beijing.

The best view of Beijing is from the Pavilion of Everlasting Spring (Wanchun-ting) perched on top of the middle peak, which used to be the highest point in the city. Northwards, one can see the Drum and Bell Towers, a traditional feature of old Chinese cities. To the northwest, the two slabs of water of the Shichahai and Beihai Lake are intersected by Di’anmen Dajie. To the south, the golden roofs of the Imperial Palace can be seen stretching into the distance.

Just north of the Imperial Palace, the...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5
Opening hours:
6:30am - 8:00pm with last admission at 7:30pm

Hutong Rickshaw Tour with local family visit   胡同游

Hutongs are the old traditional alleyways and courtyard homes which once covered all Beijing. Many still survive today and are pleasant to walk or bike through. Not much has changed and you can see how people lived in the past.

The China Guide's Hutong Tour starts with a cycle rickshaw ride through the hutongs. Cycle rickshaws are a traditional means of transportation in the old narrow streets.

We take you into a traditional family courtyard home. The family will greet you, serve tea and show you through their home. Your guide will explain the cultural and historic significance of various aspects. For instance, the layout of the courtyard, who lived where and how to tell the importance of the people living in a home.

Nanluoguxiang is a trendy hutong area with fun restaurants and cafes, nice to visit during the day for a coffee or lunch, or return in the evening for dinner.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Walking at Houhai lake   后海

Houhai is a lake north of the Forbidden City in the heart of Beijing. It is surrounded by hutongs (alleyways) and old Chinese style courtyard houses. It's within walking distance from the subway and the Drum and Bell Towers.

Houhai is always bustling with Chinese people and foreigners alike. It is a great place to walk around during the day and go out at night. The area around the lake is chock full of places to eat and shop. There are many tea shops where they will let you try the tea before you buy and of course many other souvenir shops. All along the lakeside there are bars and cafes from which you can choose from to have lunch or dinner. Make sure whichever one you end up choosing has a rooftop bar so you can get a good view of the Drum and Bell Tower.

Please note the cost of boating is not included in the price as you will be charged by hour and needs to pay deposit.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 12:00am

Great Wall Mutianyu Section w/toboggan and cable car   慕田峪长城

For those who want to see a restored section of the wall which is more fun and less touristy than Badaling and not as far as Simatai or Jinshanling, then Mutianyu is a good choice. Just over an hour from Beijing in normal traffic, it is possible to see in a morning or afternoon and combines well with the Ming Tombs.

Mutianyu has some good options. You can take the cable car up, have a little stroll on the wall then come back down the cable car. Or you can take the cable car up and walk for about 45 minutes on the wall, down hill mostly, to the toboggan sled. Its pretty long run on the toboggan track down the hill from the wall. There are double cars for parents with kids as well as the usual single cars. Fun and safe, everyone seems to enjoy this.

In Mutianyu village there are fish farms and restaurants, so you can fish out your own trout from the pond and have it cooked up for your lunch.
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Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
8:00am - 5:00pm with last admission at 5:00pm

The Ming Tombs   定陵

Of the 16 emperors who ruled during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), 13 are buried in a canyon. Most of the tombs are not open to the public. We take you to the underground Ding Ling tomb, an underground palace rediscovered in 1956. It was the burial place of the Wanli emperor (reign 1572-1620), his wife, and his favorite concubine. Construction of the burial chamber commenced before the emperor was 20 years old.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:30am - 5:00pm with last admission at 4:30pm

The Sacred Way   神路

The Sacred Way, the road leading to heaven, is a long, straight path flanked by statues first of ancient government officials and then by animals.

Located close to the tombs this is a stop made on the way to the tomb by the emperor. We also try and put it as a stop on your itinerary (but not on your way to heaven). Out of the city, its best done in conjunction with a visit to the Great Wall.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:30am - 5:00pm with last admission at 4:30pm

Morning activities in the park surrounding the Temple of Heaven  

Visit the park surrounding the Temple of Heaven and see the wide range of physical activities and games people do. From taichi to dancing and activities you have never seen before, its an eye opener to see how the elderly stay active in China.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Temple of Heaven   天坛公园

The Temple of Heaven is the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would worship the god of heaven and pray for a good harvest.

The grounds are part of a huge parkland and in the morning you can see the locals practicing martial arts and other exercises. Located nearby is the Hongqiao Market and Toy Market as well as the Legend of Kungfu show in the Red Theater.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
6:00am - 5:30pm with last admission at 4:00pm

Lama Temple   雍和宫

Lama Temple Beijing (Yonghegong), or Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple or Yonghegong Lamasery, a renowned lama temple of the Yellow Hat Sect of Lamaism, is situated in the northeast part of Beijing city.

Lama Temple features five large halls and five courtyards with beautifully decorative archways, upturned eaves and carved details. It houses a treasury of Buddhist art, including sculptured images of gods, demons and Buddhas, as well as Tibetan-style murals.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 4:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm

Summer Palace   颐和园

Time allowing, the Summer Palace is well worth a visit for its historical significance and to enjoy strolling its spacious grounds. You may take a boat ride across the lake if you prefer not to walk. Located 15 km northwest from the central city and occupying an area of about 300 hectares, the Summer Palace is associated with the Qing dynasty's dowager empress Cixi, but has a history of more than 800 years as an imperial garden dating back to the 1150s.

The name in Chinese, Yiheyuan, means "garden of restful peace." It served as a suburban pleasance for emperors, a place in the countryside yet near the capital.

The Yiheyuan in its present form dates from Manchu rule over China, 1644-1911. In the 1750s the emperor Qianlong commanded the creation of the lake and redesigned the temple atop Longevity Hill. Severely damaged during the punitive Anglo-French expedition of 1860 the Empress Dowager ordered...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
7:00am - 5:00pm with last admission at 5:00pm

Terracotta Warriors   兵马俑

The buried army of Qin Shihuang is one of the largest and most stunning archaeological finds of the 20th century. Discovered in 1974 at Lintong, 35 kilometers east of Xi'an, the warriors and horses have deservedly become known as a Wonder of the World. Now exhibited in situ, the life-size terracotta figures so far excavated testify to the power of the man for whom they were moulded to protect in afterlife.

This site is an archaeological find on a monumental scale. Literally an army of sculptured warriors, it is a stunning display that every visitor to China should see.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
8:00am - 5:30pm with last admission at 5:00pm

Big Wild Goose Pagoda   大雁塔

The Big Goose Pagoda, perhaps the most beautiful building left standing in Xi'an today, is one of the city's most distinctive and outstanding landmarks. Completed in 652 CE, the pagoda was built at the request of Tang dynasty monk Xuan Zang, whose pilgrimage to India is immortalized in the 16th-century Chinese novel ‘Journey to the West’ (more often known in English as ‘Monkey’).

Xuan Zang asked Emperor Gaozong to build a large stone stupa like those he had seen on his travels. The emperor offered a compromise of a five story brick structure, about 53 meters high, which was completed in 652 CE. Originally called the Scripture Pagoda, it is said to be where Xuan Zang translated the Buddhist scriptures he brought back from India into Chinese. Its present name, Big Goose Pagoda, has never been satisfactorily explained.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:00am - 5:30pm with last admission at 5:00pm

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square Fountain Show  

This lovely water show set against the backdrop of the Wild Goose Pagoda is worth sticking around for after visiting the pagoda. It is especially nice at night when the square and pagoda are lit up. The surrounding area is also full of outdoor shopping streets and good places to get a bite to eat.

Showtimes differ on weekdays and weekends.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5

Tang Dynasty Show and Dumpling Dinner   唐歌舞饺子宴

The Tang Dynasty Dinner Show combines a Chinese traditional dumpling banquet with the fabulous dance and music of the Tang dynasty. The Tang dynasty (618 - 907AD) was the most prosperous dynasty in Chinese history and also the climax of China's development in music and dance.

You begin with a dumpling banquet before the show. Dumplings come in various artistic shapes and sizes, all handmade, and are filled with different combinations of meat and vegetables. If you've ever experienced dim sum in the west then you might want to give this variation a try.

After dinner, sit back, digest, and watch a show fit for an emperor!

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Bike or walk atop Xian's old city wall   城墙

Xi'an's 14th-century wall still stands, although today it is intersected by a few modern roads. The high, wide wall is topped by a smooth, peaceful road, which is wide enough to walk or even cycle. You can bike the entire circuit (around 14 kilometers) in 1-2 hours or just cruise along part of it then come back. Construction on the wall began during the reign of Hongwu, the first Ming emperor, and took eight years to complete. Repairs and renovation have been carried out by the local government to restore the wall to its original splendor and the structure is now once again completely connected.

Please note that the bike experience is only available for children above 10 years old.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:00am - 6:00pm with last admission at 5:30pm

Bell Tower   钟楼

Every Ming-era city in China had a bell tower and a drum tower. If you are in Xi'an for more than a brief stop then the Bell Tower is worth a visit. It is located adjacent to the Drum Tower and close to Muslim Street. The structure of the tower itself is an imposing 27.4 meters high.

The original great bell inside the tower no longer exists, but a small replica bell is kept in a corner of the brick platform for visitors to strike.

There is an exhibition of ancient instruments on the first floor, and traditional musical performances every hour from 9am to noon, and from 2-5pm. On the second floor there are exhibitions of Chinese calligraphy, art, and porcelain.

While the Drum and Bell towers are closed in the evening, they are illuminated by lights. The pedestrian square surrounding them is a nice area to walk and people watch.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:30pm with last admission at 5:00pm

Forest of Stelae Museum & Calligraphy Street   碑林

Formerly a Confucius Temple, the Stone Forest Museum (also know as the “Stelae Forest”) is home to nearly 3,000 stone tablets, sculptures and epigraphs; the biggest collection of stelae in all of China. The outstanding collection of inscribed tablets are all engraved with poems, calligraphy, fables, moral codes, and religious texts from across China, some so precious that they have been deemed “national treasures”.

Leading to the museum is a wonderful alley selling all manner of items used for Chinese calligraphy. This interesting street is a great place to browse for unique souvenirs to bring back home.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5

Great Mosque of Xian   西安大清真寺

The Great Mosque of Xi’an is located down an alley off of Muslim Street. Unlike most mosques in Middle Eastern or Arab countries, the Great Mosque of Xi'an is built in a completely Chinese architectural style, having neither domes nor traditional-style minarets.

The Great Mosque of Xi’an is the largest and best preserved of the early mosques of China. Built primarily in the Ming Dynasty when Chinese architectural elements were synthesized into mosque architecture, the mosque resembles a fifteenth century Buddhist temple with its courtyards and pavilions aligned along a single axis.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm

Muslim Street   穆斯林街

While touristy, Muslim Street is genuinely local too. It is a great place to stroll around and see traditional Muslim culture alive and well in China. One of the best things about this area is the food; you can try all manner of authentic snacks, from sweet cakes and pastries to spicy beef and lamb noodles.

The early Muslims in China came from what was known at Xiyu, or 'the west', areas usually identified as Arabia or Persia. These people were much different from the Chinese in terms of their language, culture, and physical appearance. Like other foreigners in China, they were labeled 'foreign sojourners'. Islam was first introduced by Arab merchants during the Tang dynasty, and flourished during the Yuan (1279-1368). The Muslims gradually became concentrated in the northwestern part of the walled city, where they remain to this day. The community now numbers more than 60,000, or about one percent of the city's...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 8:00pm with last admission at 7:00pm

Shaanxi Museum   陕西历史博物馆

The National Museum of Shaanxi History opened in 1991, eighteen years after Premier Zhou Enlai first suggested that such an establishment was needed to exhibit the province's archaeological treasures. Occupying a large site in Xi'an's southern suburbs close to the Big Goose Pagoda, the museum, housed in a complex of striking Tang dynasty style pavilions, is popular with visitors to the city.

The exhibits here represent the very best of the museum's collection, the greater portion of which remain stored in its underground warehouse. The permanent exhibition on the ground and first floors is supplemented by touring exhibitions, usually two, in the basement. Included elsewhere in the museum are lecture theaters, conference rooms, a library, research laboratories and an extensive restoration centre. A new unit for restoration has been funded by an Italian Antiquities Department donation of US$4 million.

For...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm

Beijing 北京

Beijing is an enormous municipality abundant in culture, history, beautiful landscapes, and fine cuisine.

The first sight is one of a sprawling city, dotted with towering buildings with only the giant, red Chinese characters atop to show visitors they have arrived in China. This is when it becomes important to look a little closer in order to find out what Beijing has to offer. The real gems in this city are the low-rise, narrow alleyways known as hutongs, which give you an exciting glimpse into the local culture and history. Strolling into a hutong, with its grey brick walls and upturned ‘artichoke-leaf’ roofs, you disappear into the Beijing of old. The noisy city melts away and is replaced by sleepy seniors sitting and watching the world go by, people going about their daily business, and the curious and delicious smells of truly authentic restaurants. It is a view of old Beijing before modernization, and represents...   Read more

Xi'an 西安

Xi’an, the first imperial capital of China, is considered a must-see for people the world over. The large wall that encloses the city dates to the Ming dynasty and is thoroughly well preserved, allowing visitors to stroll or cycle around its entirety. Within the walls, the city has a special atmosphere

The city has hosted a human settlement for at least 6,000 years. The preserved settlement of Banpo east of the walled city provides an interesting look into the Neolithic Yangshao Culture. Since then, people have come and gone and left their mark on the city. This is most obvious in the Muslim Quarter, an area with distinct Chinese Islamic architecture and cuisine. Make sure you come to this area with an empty stomach, as the food is superb, especially if you love spices and cooked lamb. Highlights are mutton dumplings; roujiamo, a slow-cooked, pulled-beef sandwich; and paomo, a delicious mutton and bread soup. Don’t...   Read more

The Beijing Chaoyang Acrobatic Show

The Chaoyang Acrobat Show is in our opinion one of the best shows to see while on tour in China. It appeals to all ages, from young children to adults. It is very visual and the show is not made of "tricks" but is feats of skill and fitness. It is comparable to many international Cirque style shows but at a price much lower and an opportunity to sit much closer. Having seen all the acrobat shows in Beijing and Shanghai, we consider this one to be the best of the lot.

Duration:
60 minutes

Breakfast

Most hotels come with breakfast, or if not it can be added at a cost. Four and five star hotels will generally offer a good western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Three star hotels may only have a Chinese breakfast, or a Chinese interpretation of a western breakfast. Anyway a Chinese breakfast is not bad - rice porridge, eggs, Chinese style breads and vegetables.

Drinking Water

Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.

Children and Special Diets

Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Lunch on Tour

We consider experiencing good Chinese cuisine to be an important part of the tour experience. When on a tour, lunch is generally Chinese style and normally included in the price. Our guides will help you order according to your taste. Mild, spicy, meat, vegetables, rice and/or noodles. Dishes are served family style and shared by the guests. The driver may eat on his own but the guide will join you if you like.

Food in Beijing is quite good quality and we take our guests to genuine local restaurants, not tourist traps. We consider it distasteful to ask you for small amounts of money during the tour, so we offer unlimited standard drinks including Coke, Sprite, local bottled water and Chinese tea. You also won't leave the table hungry, if you need more to eat just let your guide know.

We don't have fixed restaurants we must use, it depends on where you are at the time you are hungry. When traveling around China we normally have the same arrangements outside Beijing but this may vary depending on your exact itinerary.

Drinking Water

Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.

Children and Special Diets

Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Dinner on Tour

Unless there is a special activity planned or you prefer to have all your meals catered, guests often prefer to relax after a day tour and arrange their own dinner. This gives you flexibility in time and cuisine. Having all your meals catered every day can be tiresome. Handling your own dinner allows you to have some control and also strike out on you own. Your guide can give you restaurant suggestions and in big cities you can find lots of options for fine dining, fast food, both western or Chinese. Hotel staff can often make restaurant recommendations within walking distance.

If you get the taste for a burger or pizza after a lot of Chinese food, this is easily found in Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities around China. Many hotel restaurants offer nice food. China also has its share of McDonald's, KFC and Subway sandwich chains if you need a fix.

Drinking Water

Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.

Children and Special Diets

Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

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