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With more than 5,000 years of history and development of civilization, China is endowed with splendid historical and cultural treasures. One of the best ways to appreciate China’s cultural history is to visit the museums. Also, Buddhist ideas and practices have shaped Chinese culture in a wide variety of areas, including art, politics, literature, philosophy, medicine, and material culture. In this tour, AbsolutePanda will take you to some of the top national-level museums, such as the Palace Museum of the Forbidden City, Shaanxi Historical Museum and the Terracotta Army Museum to learn about China’s amazing history and culture.
Day 1 : Arrival Beijing
Upon your arrival, you will meet AbsolutePanda guide and transferred to your hotel. If time permits, we can have city tour and visit hutongs today.
Day 2 : Beijing
Mutianyue Great Wall & Forbidden City
Pick up from your downtown hotel in Beijing and have half day excursion to the Mutianyue Great Wall. The hike takes about 2-3 hours. It has an extremely beautiful natural landscape once you are up on the wall, green, densely wooded. This section of the Great Wall is comparatively smoother than most of other sections.
After lunch, head back to the downtown Beijing to Forbidden City. The Forbidden City is the Chinese imperial palace from the mid-Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. For almost 500 years, it served as the seat-bed of the Emperors in Ming and Qing Dynasties as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government.
Day 3 : Beijing to Xi'an
Wall & Shaanxi Provincial History Museum
Transfer early this morning to the airport for your flight to Xi'an, the ancient Chinese capital rich in centuries of history under 10 dynasties. Visiting city's ancient wall originally built in 200 BC, one of the oldest and best preserved in China.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you'll visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. The province is rich in cultural relics, and the museum houses more than 370,000 precious relics unearthed in Shaanxi, including gold, silver and bronze wares, pottery figures and ancient coins. We will visit the basement of the museum offers the opportunity to also see the magnificent mural paintings from Tang tombs.
Day 4 : Xi'an
Terracotta Warriors & Xi'an's Muslim Quarter.
Depart early this morning for Xi'an's most famous sight, the Terracotta Warriors museum. A collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife. After your museum visit, enjoy a delectable noodle lunch at a restaurant on the premises popular for this local specialty.
This afternoon head to Xi'an's Muslim Quarter. One of the world's oldest Muslim communities, it was founded some 1,300 years ago by Persian and Arab traders who traveled the Silk Road and settled in the then-capital of China's Tang dynasty (618-907 AD).
Day 5 : Xian to Chengdu
Leshan Giant Buddha
Transfer early this morning to the airport for your flight to Chengdu, The Leshan Giant Buddha is a 71-metre (233 ft) tall stone statue, built during the Tang Dynasty. It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province in China, near the city of Leshan. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below his feet. It is the largest stone Buddha in the world and it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world.
Day 6 : Chengdu
Panda Base & Sanxingdui Museum
In the morning, we will pick you up around 7:30AM to visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding Base, a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. We will visit different sections of the center to get a full overview of a panda’s development, from a baby panda to the full-grown giant panda.
In the afternoon, we will visit Sanxingdui, is the name of an archaeological site and the previously unknown Bronze Age culture for which it is the type site. Sanxingdui is now believed to be the site of a major ancient. The Bronze Age culture which inhabited it was re-discovered in 1987 when archaeologists excavated remarkable artifacts, that radiocarbon dating dated as being from the 12th-11th centuries BCE.
Day 7 : Chengdu
Jinsha & Jianchuan Museum Cluster
In the morning, we will visit Jinsha. The Jinsha flourished around 1000 BC and shares similarities in burial objects with the Sanxingdui site. Ivory, jade artifacts, bronze objects, gold objects and carved stone objects were found at the site. Jinsha culture (1200–650 BC) was a final phase of Sanxingdui culture and represents a relocation of the political center in the ancient Shu Kingdom.
In the afternoon, we will visit Jianchuan Museum Cluster. The complex features more than two million historical and cultural artefacts, mainly from the founder, Dr. Fan Jianchuan’s personal collection, and has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as an example of “the increasing openness about the way recent history is viewed in China.” The museum cluster is made up of 15 museums. It has a rich repository of over 8 million pieces of artifacts, with 121 of them classified as Class-One National Treasures. This is the largest museum cluster in China.The museums are organized by four major themes: Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945), the ‘Red era’, the Wenchuan Earthquake, and Folklore & Culture.
Day 8 : Chengdu to Dazu
Anyue Buddha stone carvings
We will visit Anyue Buddha stone carvings (around 521 AD), flourished in the Tang and Five Dynasties and the Song. Dating back over 1,300 years.
Day 9 : Dazu
Dazu Rock Carvings
Listed as a World Heritage Site, the Dazu Rock Carvings are made up of 75 protected sites containing some 50,000 statues, with over 100,000 Chinese characters forming inscriptions and epigraphs. Their rich diversity of subject matter, both secular and religious.They provide outstanding evidence of the harmonious synthesis of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.
Day 10 : Chongqing to Kunming
Yunnan Nationalities Museum
Yunnan Nationalities Museum is a comprehensive ethnology museum. The ecological environment, religious customs, culture and arts and ethnic relics of the ethnic groups of Yunnan are collected in it. The 120,000 items of objects fall into the 16 categories such as ethnic groups, dresses and personal adornment, technique, arts, ecology, ancient books, and strange stones etc. Among these, the large-scale wooden sculpture Buddha Image of Dali State made on the basis of Painting Volume of Painter Zhang Shengwen attracts the gaze of people.
Day 11 : Depart Kunming
We can tailor make this trip so as to better meet your timing, budget and interests or arrange an private extension to explore China as you wish. Please contact us for more information.
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* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
* Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.
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