During this Super Value China Splendor Tour, you will visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs with Sacred Way, The Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Hutong Tour, a Peking Duck Dinner and a cultural show in Beijing. You will also tour the Ancient City Wall, the Terra ...Read Full Description
- Beijing, China; Guilin, China; Shanghai, China; Suzhou, China; Xian, China
- Trip Length:
- 13 days
- Best Time to Go:
- Any time.
- Recommended for:
Infants (under 2)
Children (2 - 5)
Children (6 - 8)
Children (9 - 11)
Children (12 - 14)
Children (15 - 17)
Adults (18 - 20)
Adults (25 - 29)
Family Trip, Group Retreat, Trip Around the World
Detailed Trip Description
During this Super Value China Splendor Tour, you will visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs with Sacred Way, The Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Hutong Tour, a Peking Duck Dinner and a cultural show in Beijing. You will also tour the Ancient City Wall, the Terra Cotta Army, Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum, and enjoy a Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Show in Xi'an. Sightseeing includes a visit to Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Xian Tian Di, the Shanghai Museum, an acrobatic show in Shanghai and Fubo Hill, Piled Silk Hill, and a Li River Cruise in Guilin.
Day 1 - On the Plane
Depart USA for Bejing, China
Day 2 - Beijing
Your tour of one of the most fascinating countries in the world begins in the capital of the People’s Republic of China. An English-speaking guide will meet your flight, drive you to your hotel and help you check in.
Stay at Best Western Premier or similar (4 star).
Day 3 - Beijing
Your adventure begins in Tiananmen Square, the heart of Beijing and the largest public space on earth.
Step back in time as you pass through the Gate of Heavenly Peace and enter the Forbidden City, home to the Imperial Courts of the Ming and Qing Dynasties for more than 500 years. The Forbidden City is an enormous complex of perfectly preserved palaces, temples, magnificent squares and formal gardens.
You’ll stroll cobblestone paths once known only to the Emperor’s most intimate advisors, visit the private apartments of Imperial concubines and see stunning collections of priceless art, furnishings, and jewelry.
After lunch you’ll visit the Summer Palace, a fairyland of pagodas, pavilions and stone bridges on the outskirts of the city.
Food and Dining
Tonight you’ll sample the delicious local cuisine at a neighborhood restaurant. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Beijing
Leave the bustle and traffic of Beijing behind and journey through the countryside to see one of the Wonders of the World – The Great Wall. There will be plenty of time to walk along a portion of this 3700-mile long marvel or to simply sit and contemplate the wonders of China’s past.
After lunch you’ll visit the massive tomb complex of the Ming Emperors where you’ll walk along the “Sacred Way” passing between pairs of huge stone sculptures.
Food and Dining
Enjoy dinner tonight at a Beijing restaurant. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Beijing
This morning you’ll visit the Temple of Heaven, one of China’s most photographed attractions. This ornate wooden structure was where the “Sons of Heaven”, as the Chinese Emperors were known, worshipped the gods and prayed for good harvests. It is the largest temple complex in China and the lovely park surrounding the ancient tower is a popular spot for morning Tai Chi.
After lunch you’ll forget about the skyscrapers and construction cranes of modern Beijing as you venture into Hutong, where the atmosphere of Old Peking lives on.
You’ll bicycle or ride rickshaws down narrow lanes and alleyways, past vegetable markets, traditional medicine shops and tiny, wooden teahouses.
Food and Dining
This evening you’ll enjoy the capital’s most famous dining experience - a Peking Duck Dinner Party – then attend a special cultural performance. (B,L,SD)
Day 6 - Xian
Beijing - Xi'an.
Take a two-hour flight to Xian, Imperial Capital of the Tang Dynasty and eastern terminus of the fabled Silk Road, a city with a long tradition of welcoming foreign visitors.
You’ll begin your visit with a tour of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built in 652 AD to house Buddhist scriptures from India.
You’ll stroll through Xian’s bustling markets and visit the Provincial History Museum where you’ll see artifacts from the Paleolithic period, priceless Tang Dynasty bronzes and treasures from the Silk Road caravans.
Food and Dining
Lunch and dinner will be at local restaurants.
Stay at Grand New World Hotel or similar Hotel (4 star).
Day 7 - Xian
Today you’ll visit what for many is the high point of their trip to China - the excavation site of the Terra-Cotta Warriors. More than 6000 soldiers, ministers and horses, each individually sculpted from a real life model, stand guarding Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s still unopened tomb.
You’ll have plenty of time to explore the site, get a good look at the warriors from various vantage points and visit the excellent museum.
Tonight you’ll celebrate Xian’s rich history with dinner and entertainment – enjoy a magnificent Tang Dynasty Show while sampling the regional specialty – Xian Dumplings. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Guilin
Xi’an - Guilin.
Today fly to Guilin, a small city nestled among undulating, green hills.
Guilin’s mystical landscape has inspired generations of painters and poets. The gumdrop hills and misty limestone pinnacles have romantic names such as the Peak of Solitary Beauty and the Mountain of Piled Silks.
You will tour the Elephant Trunk Hill and Piled Silk Hill for spectacular views of the magical scenery.
Stay at Bravo Hotel or similar (4 star).
Day 9 - Guilin
River or Barge Cruise
A highlight of any trip to China is the Li River cruise which passes through some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery on earth. Simply relax and enjoy the views as you slowly wind our way through rain-washed valleys, past bright green rice paddies, through bamboo forests and beneath towering cliffs.
Afterwards there will be time to explore Guilin on your own or to visit the markets and bargain for souvenirs. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - Shanghai
Guilin - Shanghai.
Fly to Shanghai, China’s most cosmopolitan city and the most dynamic city in Asia.
An English-speaking tour guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Stay at Best Western Longmen Hotel or similar hotels (4 star ).
The rest of the day is free. Indulge in a shopping spree along Nanjing Road. Stroll the avenues and immerse yourself in the city’s atmosphere.
Food and Dining
Stop for a cup of tea or a beer in a small café and chat with locals.
This evening experience Shanghai’s world-famous nightclubs or simply enjoy the hotel’s amenities and rest up for tomorrow’s adventures. (B)
Day 11 - Shanghai
Today you’ll recall Shanghai’s past as you visit the Bund, the city’s lively waterfront, and see the remains of the banks and other colonial institutions of the 19th century.
You’ll visit Yuyuan Garden in the old part of the city and the Jade Buddha Temple with its fine collection of carved jade statues.
You’ll also tour a carpet factory.
After dinner, you’ll attend a thrilling acrobatic show. (B,L,D)
Day 12 - Suzhou
Day excursion to Suzhou, known as the “Venice of the East.” You will visit the Lingering Garden and a silk embroidery institute.
You will also visit the ancient Panmen Gate and cruise on the world famous ancient Grand Canal of more than 2400 years. (B,L,D)
Day 13 - Shanghai
Bid farewell to Shanghai. You’ll be driven back to the airport for your flight home. B.
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