China Discovery & Hong Kong 12 Days 10 Nights(2015)[RDXH]Tour Code:RDXH

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

Go beyond the ordinary with this spectacular journey to the undisputed capitals of the Far East that include Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Admire the passage of time through Beijing's  stunning World Heritage Sites, reflect upon the lives of those under the First Emperor in ancient Xian; uncover the remnants of European influences in cosmopolitan Shanghai; and experience the unrestrained lifestyles of Hong Kong.

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Day 1   |  USA – Beijing, China 

Anticipate the wonders of China as you board your international flight to Beijing.

Day 2   |  Arrive in Beijing 

Your arrival at Beijing is greeted by your expert tour guide, who will assure your smooth transition to your hotel. There you can opt to explore the city on your own or unwind at the deluxe hotel.

Day 3   |  Beijing  (AB, L, DH)

Today enjoy an introductory tour of Beijing, whose roots stretch back over 3,000 years. The seat of the Ming and Qing emperors until the early 20th century, this captivating city blends gold-tipped temples with stark public monuments built by Chairman Mao. See Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public square, and the Forbidden City, the imperial residence of 24 emperors. This UNESCO World Heritage site is enclosed in 10-meter high walls and contains 8,000 rooms, all exuding regal mystique. Later, visit the exquisite UNESCO protected Summer Palace. Walk around this graceful park, a masterpiece of Chinese landscaping, to view the ornate bridges, temples and pagodas that encircle serene Kunming Lake. Also, enjoy photo stops at the remarkable Bird’s Nest and Water Cube stadiums, the settings for the 2008 Olympics. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 4   |  Beijing  (AB, L)

This morning, journey to the Great Wall or ‘Long Wall of Ten Thousand Li’ in traditional Chinese. Built more than 2,000 years ago to protect against nomadic invasions from the north, this mammoth edifice weaves for 5,500 miles across China like an imperial dragon. Walk the battlements and ogle the spectacular views over mountains and valleys stretching far into the distance. From here, continue to the Sacred Way and stroll along this stone pathway, also known as the ‘Divine Way’. Inspect the intricately carved marble figures of animals, humans and mythical creatures, including a lion, unicorn and dragon, that flank the route.

Day 5   |  Beijing – Xian  (AB, DH)

Start today at the Temple of Heaven, an elaborate medieval complex of imperial cult buildings dominated by a sacrificial altar pavilion. Constructed in the early 15th century, the complex is set in gardens and was used by China’s emperors to perform animal sacrifices to ensure good harvests. Admire the halls and temples before flying to Xian this afternoon. On arrival, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 6   |  Xian  (AB, L, DS)

With a 3,000-year-old history and once the eastern terminus of the legendary Silk Road, the vibrant city of Xian is now famed as the home of the Terracotta Warriors. Unwittingly unearthed by farmers in 1974, these massed legions of 6,000 carved life-size soldiers and horses represent the real individuals that formed the imperial guard of China’s first emperor, Qin Shih Huang, and were interred here in 200 BC. Marvel at this staggering treasure and after lunch at a local restaurant, view Xian’s ancient City Wall and opulent Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Enjoy an Imperial Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Show this evening.

Day 7   |  Xian – Shanghai  (AB, DS)

This morning fly to Shanghai, China’s largest city. Standing imperiously where the Yangtze River meets the East China Sea, and known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, this highoctane city fuses space-age skyscrapers with the elegant 1930s buildings of its waterfront Bund boulevard as well as traditional teahouses, pagodas and pavilions. See its highlights on our sightseeing tour, taking in everything from City God Temple Bazaar and Nanjing Road, the teeming main shopping street. After dinner this evening, sit down to a thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show.

Day 8   |  Shanghai  (AB, L)

Begin your explorations today with a sightseeing tour along the Bund, Shanghai’s riverside boulevard. Lined by grand colonial buildings built by foreign powers in the 1930s and 1940s, this grand avenue is now a thriving spot and commands splendid views over the gleaming skyscrapers of the Pudong district. After exploring here, head for the Shanghai Museum to admire its fascinating Chinese art and antiquities. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to spend as you please.

Day 9   |  Shanghai  (AB, DP)

A free day today provides ample opportunity to explore dynamic Shanghai, perhaps shopping for souvenirs and sampling the tempting restaurants. Alternatively, book our optional excursion to Suzhou, often dubbed the ‘Venice of the East’. Strategically situated on the ancient trade route, this lovely city has been a center of silk production for centuries and offers picturesque canals, stone bridges and ornamental gardens. Witness its highlights on our tour, which includes a cruise on the Grand Canal and visits to the Master of the Nets Garden and a silk factory. Tonight, celebrate your adventures with a dinner banquet.

Day 10   |  Shanghai – Hong Kong  (AB)

A short flight takes you from Shanghai to the island city of Hong Kong. Originally a colony of the British Empire, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 and has managed to retain its position as one of the world’s most fascinating ports of trade. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 11   |  Hong Kong  (AB)

Your half-day tour of Hong Kong begins aboard the Victoria Peak tram*, where you are treated to indescribable views of the energetic Hong Kong Harbor. You’ll then descend into Hong Kong’s southern district to take in the scenic Repulse Bay and shop along the street stalls of Stanley Market. As a finale, you’ll visit the iconic Aberdeen Floating Community to witness the life of the junkdwelling fishermen. Free at leisure in the afternoon to explore the city on own.

Day 12   |  Hong Kong – Beijing – USA  (AB)

Bid farewell to China and Hong Kong as you board your homebound flight to the US with abundant memories.
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