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Feel the Ancient Flavor of Yanzhao, Visit the Beautiful Scenery of Hebei-- Seven-day Cultural Tour i

1,Features

Visit the cultural site of three ancestor culture, the Yellow Emperor City, the Hometown of the Three Kingdoms Culture-Zhuozhou, Jingke Tower, ancient site of Yanxiadu, to feel the ancestor culture, the three Kingdoms culture and the Warring State culture. Visit the World Cultural Heritage- the Western Qing Tombs, Mancheng Han Tomb and know more about the royal burial culture.

Visit Dingzhou, Zhengding and Guangfu Ancient city, feel the extensiveness and profoundness of ancient town culture, visit the revolutionary base Xibaipo, the former general’s command in Shexian County and know more about red culture.  2, Main stops

Beijing --Zhangjiakou( Yellow Emperor City)--Baoding( Zhuozhou Sanyi Palace, studio city, Western Qing Tombs, Jingke Park in Yixian, Yanxiadu Site, Mancheng Han Tombs, Zhili Governor Office, Ancient Lotus Pond) --Dingzhou Ancient City-- Shijiazhuang( Zhengding Ancient City, Xibaipo, Zhaozhou Bridge, Bailin Temple)--Xingtai( Bianque Temple, Guo Shoujing Memorial Hall)--Handan (Yongnian Guangfu Ancient City, Xiangtang Mountain Grottoes, former general’s command in Shexian County,Temple of the Goddess Nüwa,Zhaoyuan Park, Huangliang Dream and Immortal Lv Temple)

3, Recommended itinerary

D1: Beijing --Zhuolu Yellow Emperor City--Zhuozhou(Sanyi Palace, Zhuozhou Studio City) and stay in Zhuozhou.

In the morning you will start from Beijing, drive along the Jingkun express way and Capital Ring Road to Zhuolu County and visit the Sacred Place of Chinese Three Ancestor Culture- the Yellow Emperor Cultural Tourism Area, learn China’s five thousand years’ history by seeing the Three Ancestors Hall, the Yellow Emperor Spring, Xuanyuan Lake, Yellow Emperor Site, and Chinese Hefu Altar.

In the afternoon we’ll head to Hometown of Three Kingdoms Culture-Zhuozhou, to visit the Sanyi Palace where Liubei Zhangfei and Guanyu took oath in the peach garden. You can visit the Zhuozhou Studio city for the so-called Luoyang City, Prime Minister’s Residence, Jingzhou City, Wuguo Street, Palace of the Prince, Tongque Tower and the shooting place of the TV seriesRomance of the Three Kingdoms.

At night you can try the Three Kingdom Meal and stay in Zhuozhou.

D2: Zhuozhou-- Yixian County(Western Qing Tombs, Jingke Park, Yanxiadu Site)--Mancheng Han Tombs--Baoding City(Zhili Governor Office, Ancient Lotus Pond) and stay in Baoding for the night.

In the morning you can drive for 50 minutes to visit the Western Qing Tombs, which is a Key National Cultural Heritage Protection Unit and World Cultural Heritage. You will see the beauty of mountains, rivers and culture here by visiting the hundreds of palaces buildings, and sculptures. Later you can visit the Jingke Tower and Jingke Park, to feel the sadness in the well-known quote: Did the hero leave lonely, never he comes back truly. Then is the Yanxiadu Site and exhibition hall where you can feel the long history and culture of Yan State. Then you will have lunch in Yixian County.

In the afternoon, a one-hour drive along Jingkun express way will take you to Mancheng Han Tombs, which is also a Key National Cultural Heritage Protection Unit and AAAA level scenic area. There are the tombs of Prince Liu Sheng of Zhongshan State and his wife Dou Wan in the Han Dynasty and the largest extant cave palace.

Then you can drive for half an hour to visit the best-preserved ancient provincial government-Zhili Governor Office and feel its culture and history because people say this Office can demonstrate half of the history of the Qing Dynasty. Then you can visit one of the top ten gardens of China and one of the top eight views in Baoding, the Ancient Lotus Pond, see the Immortal Gentleman’s Hall, Inscription Corridor, Lotus Pond Academy, the mountain, water, building, tower, terrace, pavilion and enjoy the beauty of classical gardens.

At night you can stay in Baoding.

D3: Dingzhou Ancient City--Zhengding Ancient Town--Xibaipo, and stay in Shijiazhuang

In the morning we will drive for one hour to Dingzhou and the examination hall

where students take exams, Dingzhou Confucius Temple in respect of Confucius, and the Kaiyuan Temple Tower. Dingzhou is also the birthplace of Zhongshan Culture, and you can learn yangge dance and feel the cultural charm of this ancient town with a thousand years’ history. You can have lunch here.

In the afternoon, you can visit Zhengding Ancient Town, a National Famous City of History and Culture. You’ll also find the famous temple built in Sui Dynasty, Longxing Temple and Tianning Temple Lingxiao Tower, Hua Tower of Guanghui Temple, Chengling Tower of Linji Temple, and feel the glamour of this Oriental City of Buddhism. There is also Rongguo Mansion, the shooting place of TV seriesDream of the Red Chamber,where you can review the classical scenes from the TV series, go shopping on the Ningrong Street and Zilong Square, visit Zhaoyun Temple and the ancient city wall.

At night you can try local cuisine like Song’s Eight Bowls, stay in Zhengding or drive to Shijiazhuang.

D4: Pingshan Xibaipo-- Zhaoxian County(Zhaozhou Bridge, Bailin Temple, Zhaozhou Dharani Stone Pillar) and stay in Zhaoxian County.

In the morning you can take the Xibaipo express way to visit one of the top five sacred places of revolution, Xibaipo Memorial Hall, the former headquarter of Central Committee of the CPC, and the stone carving park. There will also be a theme exhibition calledNew China Coming From Here,receive education on red culture and the great Xibaipo Spirit. Lunch can be taken in local farmer’s restaurant.

In the afternoon you can go to Zhaoxian County, one of Hebei Famous City of History and Culture, visit the Zhaozhou Bridge Park, and see the First Bridge under Heaven. Then you can see one of the oldest temple in China, the Bailin Temple, admire the grand Buddhism buildings and Buddhist culture. Here you can also find the First Tower of China, Zhaozhou Dharani Stone Pillar, which is famous for its beautiful shape and exquisite carving technique. You can also try the First Pear under Heaven, Zhaozhou Snowflakes Pear.

At night you can stay in Zhaoxian County.

D5: Zhaoxian County--Xingtai (Bianque Temple, Dahuo Spring Garden, Guo Shoujing Memorial Hall)--Guangfu Ancient City and stay in Handan for the night.

In the morning you can start from Zhaoxian County and drive to Bianque Temple. There is the largest and earliest Bianque memorial temples, tombs, inscriptions, bridges, cypresses and mythical creatures statues. Then you can drive back to Xingtai City for lunch.

In the afternoon you will visit the five-star park- Dahuo Spring Park, Guo Shoujing Research Center - Guo Shoujing Memorial Hall, where you can see his bronze statue, the Star Observing Tower and learn about his great achievements. Then you can move on to AAAA level scenic area, Guangfu Ancient City, which is also one of China Famous Towns of History and Culture. There are the ancient city wall, the sister bridge of Zhaozhou Bridge, Hongji Bridge and the former residences of Yang Luchan and Wu Yuxiang, who are the founders of Yang style and Wu style of Tai chi respectively. You can also learn to play Tai chi here.

At night you can try Yongnian cuisine like lamb soup, Nan sugar, crisp fish and pork, buy some local specialty and stay in Handan for the night.

D6: Handan--Xiangtang Mountain Scenic Area,--Shexian County( Former Command of 129 Division of the Eighth Route Army, Temple of Goddess Nüwa) and stay in Handan.

In the morning you can visit National Scenic Area-Xiangtang Mountain  and its grotto that’s regarded as the“format of Northern Qi Dynasty”, where there are around 30 grottoes with 5000 Buddha statues and go to Shexian County for lunch.

In the afternoon you can visit the Former Command of 129 Division of the Eighth Route Army and the Temple of Goddess Nüwa, which is also the one of the five ancestor worshiping places and the ancestral temple of the Chinese. Here you can the the temple, the cultural square and the museum and after that you can drive along Qinglan express way and belt highway to Handan City.

As for dinner, we have prepared Oil Dumplings and roast chicken for you.

D7: Handan ( Wuling Congtai Park, Zhaoyuan Park,Huangliang Dream and Immortal Lv Temple)--Beijing.

In the morning you can visit the Wuling Congtai Park with a history of 2000 years and feel the old Zhao State culture by seeing the Congtai, Wangzhu Pavilion, Seven Sages Hall, Erdu Plum Park; then you can move to Zhaoyuan Park, the legendary venue of King Wuling of the Zhao State training his men horse riding and archery, and you can visit the Arrow Hill, Sword Casting Stove, the Royal Princess Nunnery, Han Tombs and Eyebrow Pond; next will be the only scenic area with the theme of dream culture, the Huangliang Dream and Immortal Lv Temple, where you can visit three palaces of Zhong Li, Lv Zu, and Lu Sheng, China’s Famous Dreams Hall and the palace for Dowager Cixi and Emperor Guangxu.

After finishing the tour, you can begin to return home.