Day 4 Beijing - Xi’an (B/L/-)
In the morning, transfer to have a tour of Summer Palace. The Summer Palace is a favorite among tourists sightseeing in Beijing. Indeed, it is one of the best parks in the city. Originally it was a retreat for emperors to escape the scorching summer heat of Beijing. The Summer Palace was used by emperors for 800 years, but fell into disuse in the 18th century. Then in the 19th century, the Empress Dowager Cixi made renovations and restored many buildings.
In the afternoon head to to Shichahai area behind Beihai Park for Hutong tour. First take rickshaw going around the deep Hutong in Shichahai area, visiting an ordinary family in a courtyard.
Here you will have the opportunity to learn Chinese traditional culture -have a Chinese Calligraphy Class in the residents’ family (Over the thousands of years, the style of Chinese calligraphy has evolved continually. About 213 B.C., under the famous Chin Shih Huang Ti, who perpetrated the 'burning of the books'.)
In China calligraphy occupies a distinguished position in the field of traditional art. It is not only a means of communication, but also a means of expressing a person's inner world in an aesthetic sense. To practise calligraphy requires the basic tools of 'four treasures of study' (writing brush, ink stick, paper, and ink slab) as well as much concentration on guiding the soft writing brush charged with fluid ink, and writing on the paper where the ink will diffuse quickly.
Finally walk in Wangfujing Snack Street Beijing is known for its great variety of snack, and Wangfujing Snack Street, downtown in Beijing, is the bustling for its snack. Everyday it attracts many customers, especially in the evening. The street is crowded with all kind of local cuisine throughout China, including the Bintanghulu from Beijing, coconut from Hainan, skewers with many types of meat (beef, chicken, scorpions, squid, grasshoppers, sparrow) from Xinjiang, snacks of Chinese prickly ash, chili from Sichuan, rice-flour vermicelli from Guilin, corn on the cob, fried pancakes with peking duck, noodles, seafood and desserts (see the picture below). Chinese snack is a must for visitor to Beijing, and the Wangfujing Snack Street is the best place to go.
In the evening, transfer to railway station for the overnight train to Xi’an Z19 ( 20:41-8:15+1)
Accommodation on the train ( Soft berth --4 pax share once compartment )