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East West understands that each client have different interests and preference. Listed below are tour and package selections that will help you in planning your itinerary. These items are grouped according to the type of experience you have selected.

Tea House in Hutong

Take a short break while you are in Hutong and visit one of the tea houses in the area. Take a sip of authentic Chinese tea and enjoy the pause while surrounded by the beautiful bygone era atmosphere. 

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Dingling Tomb

The Dingling Tomb is one of the tombs at the Ming Dynasty Tombs site. It belongs to Wanli Emperor, the thirteenth emperor who occupied the throne during the Ming Dynasty for 48 years, the longest among all of the emperors of the Ming Dynasty. The Dingling tomb is the only Ming Dynasty Tombs to have been excavated. The tomb has great historical value, and consist of main features such as the Stone Bridge, Soul Tower, Baocheng and the Underground Palace, which was unearthed between 1956 and 1958. The Soul Tower forms the entrance to the underground chambers and is a symbol of the tomb.

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Eastern Qing Tomb

The Eastern Qing tombs are an imperial mausoleum complex of the Qing dynasty located in Zunhua, 125 kilometres northeast of Beijing. They are the largest, most complete, and best preserved extant mausoleum complex in China.

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Rickshaw ride in Hutong

This unique tour will be by pedicab (3-wheeled bicycle).

The word hutong was from Mongolian, which mostly built during the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. They are the narrow networks of lanes created by closely built quadrangular homes. The houses and courtyards, hidden away and boxed in, are themselves closed off with wooden gates that often have carved characters intended to bring good fortune to the house owner and his trade. You will ride through the narrow alleys to visit a home for tea and meet a typical family. The residents, who have lived through great changes, interesting and sometimes difficult times, are delighted in answering questions.

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Chang Tomb
Changling is the earliest and largest tomb of the Ming Tombs. It was built for the Yongle Emperor, Zhu Di, and took 18 years to complete. Emperor Zhu Di ordered the construction of the Forbidden City, and commissioned the Great Dictionary of Yongle(Yongle Dadian), along with sending the eunuch Admiral Zheng He to South-East Asia, Ceylon, India, Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
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SIC - Olden Days of Beijing

Sacred Way is a arch which is one kilometer north of the the main gate of the Ming Tomb area - the main gate of the palace called the Great Red Gate. There are two tablets used to be placed on both sides of the gate which said: "Dignitaries, officials and other persons arriving here must dismount from their horses. The central entrance was reserved for the body of the dead emperor; the living emperor had to use the left entrance when he came to pay homage to his ancestors. One more kilometer north of the main gate of the palace is a stele pavilion, on the back of the stele marble was engraved resume of Zhu Di, the emperor - Chenzu of the Ming Dynasty and on the upper front was engraved some characters. The stele is carried on a marble tortoise, which, according to Chinese Legend, is the Son of Dragon, which the emperor called himself.

Ming Tombs are the cemeteries of the 13 Ming emperors, 23 empresses, and many imperial concubines, crown princes and princesses after the Ming Dynasty moved its capital city to Beijing. Ming Tombs covers 40 square kilometers in the Changping District. The unique ensemble of cultural landscapes is evidence to a cultural and architectural tradition that surpassed the Ming Dynasty and had an everlasting impact in Chinese history. It boasts high historic and cultural values due to its grand architecture, complete system and long history. 

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Badaling Great Wall is one of the well-preserved part out of all the whole of Great Wall. In the past, it was built to protect the north side of the Beijing City from their enemies. Now, not only it has become millions of tourists' favoritte but also has become China's iconic structure was listed among the New Seven Wonders of the World.

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SIC - Historical Beijing

The Tiananmen "Gate " to the Forbidden City was built in 1415 during the Ming Dynasty. Towards the demise of the Ming Dynasty, heavy fighting between Li Zicheng and the early Qing emperors damaged (or perhaps destroyed) the gate. The Tiananmen square was designed and built in 1651, and has since enlarged four times its original size in the 1950s.The Tiananmen, the third largest city square in the world is named after the Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North which separates it from the Forbidden City. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history. 

Visit to Forbidden City - the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty for almost 500 years. This also served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.
The Forbidden City is one of the world?s most famous historical sites.  Located to the north of Tiananmen Square, it served as the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.  Covering some 74 hectares, the Forbidden City (or Palace Museum as it is now called) is the world?s largest palace complex.   The color yellow is one of the main features that you will see as you make your entrance into the Forbidden City.  Yellow is the symbol of the royal family and roofs of the 9,999 buildings except one were built using yellow glazed tiles.  Even the bricks on the ground were made yellow using a special process.

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The Temple of Heaven, one of the most strictly protected and preserved cultural heritages of China.  The Temple used to serve as an exclusive altar for Chinese monarchs during the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest.The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven  express in simplified Chinese is a complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing.  It has been regarded as a Daoist temple, although Chinese heaven worship, especially by the reigning monarch of the day, predates Daoism.

The Summer Palace in Beijing China as you see it to-day 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 history of the Summer Palace dates back during the Jin Dynasty 1122.  What is more popularly shared by our guide is that in 1888, it was given the current name, Yihe Yuan as it served as a summer resort for the Empress Dowager Cixi.     

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Lunch at Nuo Hotel

Travel the world, a taste at a time. Inspired by the maritime voyages of the Ming Dynasty's greatest naval explorer Zheng He, N'Joy invites you to discover beautifully bronzed Peking duck, fragrant Malay curries, gently steamed Atlantic lobster, a sea of sensuous desserts and much, much more. Live cooking stations are tended by a team of visionary chefs from around the world, ensuring mouth-watering authenticity with every bite. Seasonality at N'Joy takes centre stage, from the impeccable local sourcing to the table arrangements, with sun-shaded garden seating in the warmer months.

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Photo Stop at the Olympic Stadium, Beijing

On the way back from the Great Wall of China visit, Stop by the Olympic Stadium for a quick photo opportunity at the Water Cube and the Bird's Nest. Located at the Olympic Green, the stadium cost US$428 million. The design was awarded to a submission from the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron in April 2003 after a bidding process that included 13 final submissions. The design, which originated from the study of Chinese ceramics, implemented steel beams in order to hide supports for the retractable roof; giving the stadium the appearance of a bird's nest.

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Qianmen Pedestrain Street

Regarded as the oldest pedestrian street, Qianmen Street is situated at the south end of the Tiananmen Square and was formerly known as the front gate of the Inner City of Beijing. Discover the mix of modern branded shops along with some that have been present for generations. 

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Beijing Stopover - Glimpse of the Great Wall

Get a glimpse of one of the wonders of the world: The Great Wall of China. Take a drive from the airport to see this wonder and check it off your bucket list. Whether just a short view from the bottom or climb up the wall, you will be mesmerized by this great structure for sure. The amount of time spent on location depends on the amount of layover time between your connecting flights.

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3 Days 2 Nights Glimpse of Beijing

In this package, you will be transported to all the must see sights that Beijing has to offer. Starting from one of the wonders of the world to the Imperial places in Beijing. You will leave knowing that bucket lists have been checked and you might even leave with a longing to come back for more.

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3 Days 2 Nights Beijing Discovery

This package allows you to discover Beijing with all of the sights and scenes, through history and modernity. Everything that you can ask for in your short but sweet Beijing stop over.

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3 Days 2 Nights Shanghai Experience

Embark on a 2 days tour in Shanghai to explore the various sides of Shanghai's and see what it has to offer!

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11 Days 10 Nights Beijing, Xian, Shanghai

Experience China through the country's history in Beijing and Xi'an followed by all the modern China has to offer in Shanghai.

Beijing: Day 1 - Day 5

Xi'an: Day 5 - Day 6

Shanghai: Day 6 - Day 11

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2 Days 1 Night Beijing Shore Excursion

Step off the cruise ship and discover the Ancient City of Beijing with all of its history and wonder. Start the program with a visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World: The Great Wall of China at the Juyongguan Section. Spend the night in Beijing City and continue the adventure the next day with a visit to the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven before returning back to the ship for the next shore adventure.

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15 Days 14 Nights China Exploration

Be amazed by the vast land of China. Discover all the beutiful sites, taste the most delicious local cuisine and be enthraled by the magnificient scenery that China has to offer. In the package you will be transported to Beijing, Pingyao, Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo and Shanghai.

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8 Days 7 Nights Beijing and Shanghai - Tale of Two Cities

Spend the time to explore the two major cities in China: Beijing and Shanghai. Be mesmerized by both cultural and historical aspects of the two cities along with all the delicious culinary finds throughout the program.

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Shore excursion, Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen & Hong Kong

This package will take you through all the popular sites in Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen and Hong Kong. It is especially designed for the foodie who not only love to eat but also love learn about the Chinese cuisine. Experience hands on cooking classes throughout different cities and discover what makes each of the special. 

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19 Days 18 Night (Beijing-Xi'an-Lhasa-Chengdu-Guilin-Shanghai-Hong Kong)
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