Visiting:Beijing(3 nts) - Xian(2 nts) - Guilin(2 nts) - Yangshuo - Shanghai(3 nts) - Hong Kong(2 nts) 

Capture the spirit of China on a tour that covers its major sites and attractions. From the Great Wall to the poetic Li River, highlights also include the Terra Cotta Warriors, cosmopolitan Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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Day 1   |  Arrive-Beijing 

Arrive in Beijing, China s capital and one of its most modern cities. Check in to our luxurious accommodations and enjoy the remainder of the day free at leisure.

Day 2   |  Beijing  (AB, L, DP)

Dive into Beijing s extraordinary history as we embark on a tour of the iconic Tiananmen Square. Walk through the vast square and past by Chairman Mao s Mausoleum, then venture to the Forbidden City, so called because it was closed to the public for over 500 years. Admire the royal treasures in the on-site Palace Museum and then continue to the Summer Palace, a royal garden which boasts exquisite pavilions, temples and bridges surrounding Kunming Lake. Stop for photos at the 2008 Olympic Sites, Bird s Nest and Water Cube, and this evening enjoy the local delicacy of a sumptuous Peking Duck dinner.

Day 3   |  Beijing  (AB, L, DH)

This morning we visit the legendary Great Wall, which snakes 4000 miles across China s Northern borders. Spend some time walking across this immense defense system and admire the dramatic panoramas of China s rugged landscapes. Afterward we visit the Sacred Way, a "divine road" leading to the Ming Tomb Museum.

Day 4   |  Beijing-Xian  (AB, L, DH)

This morning we visit the Temple of Heaven, constructed for the Ming and Qing emperors annual pilgrimages of prayer to the heavens. Located south of Tiananmen Square, the massive Temple of Heaven Park is China s largest complex of ancient sacrificial buildingds. Board a short domestic flight to Xian, transferring to our hotel where dinner is served this evening. Deeply ingrained in history as the political and cultural capital of China for more than 1,000 years, Xian also marks the starting point of the Silk Road.

Day 5   |  Xian  (AB, L, DS)

Our city tour begins with a visit to the world-famous Terra Cotta Warriors, a life-size army which stands in fighting formation for China s first Emperor. During lunch, we enjoy a traditional noodle-making demonstration. This afternoon we visit the Ming Dynasty City Wall and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and in the evening we enjoy a spirited Tang Dynasty dinner show.

Day 6   |  Xian-Guilin  (AB, L, D)

Today, we enjoy an Imperial Dumpling Banquet for lunch, complete with local Xian specialities. Board a short flight to Guilin, a beautiful city with scenery "unmatched under Heaven." Upon arrival we visit Elephant Trunk Hill, a long-standing symbol of Guilin, then head to Reed Flute Cave. This magnificent cave boasts unique natural rock formations which create an otherworldly experience.

Day 7   |  Guilin-Yangshuo-Guilin  (AB, L, DH)

Cruise along the jade waters of the Li River and admire the timeless landscapes of mist shrouded mountains and meandering boats. From Guilin, the Li River winds its way along spectacular scenery and picturesque villages to the town of Yangshuo. Disembark at Yangshuo and stroll along its charming streets, lined with cafes and restaurants.

Day 8   |  Guilin-Shanghai  (AB, L)

Fly to Shanghai, a dynamic metropolis once called the "Paris of the Orient." Shanghai is an ever-changing metroplis of stunning contrasts, where glittering high-rises rub shoulders with Chinese classical gardens and tree-lined neighborhoods

Day 9   |  Shanghai  (AB, L, DS)

Sightseeing takes us to the Bund, Shanghai s famed waterfront boulevard which runs along the west shore of the Huangpu River. Admire the dazzling skyline, then venture to Yu Garden, a renowned classical garden from the Ming Dynasty complete with glittering pools and ornate pavilions. Drive through the famed shopping district, Nanjing Road, and later this evening, enjoy an exciting Chinese Acrobatics Performance.

Day 10   |  Shanghai  (AB, DP)

This morning we visit the award-winning Shanghai Museum, which holds the world s finest collection of ancient Chinese art and antiquities. Admire some of the 120,000 cultural artifacts and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon free at leisure. Reconvene in the evening to attend our farewell banquet.

Day 11   |  Shanghai-Hong Kong  (AB)

Board a short flight to Hong Kong, where ancient traditions are woven throughout this ultramodern city.

Day 12   |  Hong Kong  (AB)

Embark on a half-day tour of Hong Kong as we board a tram ride on the world s steepest funicular railway to the top of Victoria Peak. Marvel at the gorgeous panoramic vistas of Hong Kong Island and then drive by Repulse Bay. Visit the bustling Stanley Market and Aberdeen Fishing Village, home to a community of fishermen who still live aboard traditional junks.

Day 13   |  Hong Kong -USA  (AB)

Our grand tour comes to an end as we say "zai jian" (good bye) to China & Hong Kong and transfer to the airport.
AB = Full American Breakfast  B = Breakfast at hotel or on cruise
L = Lunch  LH = Lunch at hotel
D = Dinner at Local Restaurant  DH = International Buffet Dinner at Hotel  DP = Special Dinner Party  
DS = Dinner and show