Upon your arrival, meet your local guide and transfer to downtown area and check in the hotel. You can have a good rest or explore the city on your own for the rest of the day.
Full day city tour to the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. The Beijing
Duck Dinner is served at a famous restaurant followed by a lively Peking Opera performance at the Liyuan Theatre.
Visit the BaDali
ng Great Wall. After lunch, take an afternoon flight for 1.5 hours to Harbin
which is the capital of China's northernmost province, Heilongjiang
. The guide will pick you up on time and transfer you to check in the local best hotel. The best time to visit Harbin
is in winter as this city is famous for its diversified ice activities like snow sculptures exhibition, skiing and winter swimming. The Harbin
jewish heritage will unfold before you during following two days' tour.
In the late 19th century and the early 20th century, Harbin
was once the biggest habitat in the Far East for Jews. Today's schedule will take you to the "Jewish Community” where you can feel the atmosphere of their lives a hundred years ago and see the appearance of the Main Synagogue, the sites of Jewish High School and Jewish Bank. Then visit the Harbin
Huangshan Jewish Cemetery, also the largest and the best-preserved one in East Asia.
Continue to follow the Jewish tracks in Harbin
to the New Synagogue, which is the largest Jewish synagogue in East Asia, and see the Harbin
Jewish History and Culture Exhibition in it. Take a flight for about 2.5 hours to Zhengzhou and check in the local hotel.
Drive about 2.5 hours to Kaifeng, which holds many jewish heritages. For the rest of the morning, visit Nan Jiaojing Hutong where the Jews start to live since the Northern Song Dynasty and drop by a local family. (You're advised to tip for CNY50 as an expression of your gratitude and respect to the host after the family visit) Then visit the Kaifeng Museum. After visiting the Kaifeng Judaic Exhibition and the Jewish Cemetery, transfer back to the hotel in Kaifeng.
Drive on speedway for 3 hours to Luoyang and check in the hotel. On the way, you will visit the world famous Shaolin Temple including Pagoda Forest, where you can also enjoy a marvelous Kungfu performance. Shaolin Temple is the cradle of the Chinese Zen Buddhism and the Shaolin Martial Arts such as Shaolin Cudgel. The Temple embraces many exciting attractions, such as the Hall of Heavenly Kings (Tianwangdian), the Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), the Pagoda Forest, the Dharma Cave and the Shaolin Temple Martial Art Training Center. Visitors may follow the virtual guide about the Shaolin Temple.
After breakfast, visit the world's art treasure, Longmen Grottoes which is one of the four Grottoes of China and World Cultural Heritages. From Northern Wei Dynasty to Northern Song Dynasty, the grottoes were continuously built for over 400 years. There are over 100,000 statues, 2,800 steles and 40 dagobas and 2,300 holes, so at least 2 hours are needed to appreciate these splendid artworks. Then take an afternoon flight to Shanghai and check in our carefully selected hotel on Nanjing Road.
Private transfer accompanied by your guide will take you to the airport ahead of your flight departure time. This pleasant Jewish tour ends here.