China Discovery

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China Discovery

  • 10 Days / 8 Nights
  • CODE: RDX
  • From: $1799

China offers a world of variety and experiences—almost too much to explore in one vacation. This 10-day tour provides the perfect introduction to this vast nation by visiting three of its greatest cities and many of its signature sights in one enjoyable journey. Step out on the Great Wall and walk in the footsteps of China’s grand emperors at Beijing’s Forbidden Palace. Gaze into the inscrutable faces of the Terracotta Warriors in ancient, walled Xian. And finally, dive into exciting Shanghai, the country’s economic powerhouse, to experience its 21st-century skyscrapers, colonial architecture, and classical bazaars and gardens.

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Itinerary at a glance:

DAY 1
USA – Beijing, China
DAY 2
Arrive in Beijing
DAY 3
Beijing
DAY 4
Beijing
DAY 5
Beijing – Xian by high speed train
DAY 6
Xian
DAY 7
Xian – Shanghai by flight
DAY 8
Shanghai
DAY 9
Shanghai – Suzhou Optional Tour
DAY 10
Shanghai - USA
Beijing (3 nts) Xian (2 nts) Shanghai (3 nts)
day
1

USA – Beijing, China

Fly to Beijing, China’s extraordinary capital.


day
2

Arrive in Beijing

On arrival, meet your guide at Beijing airport and relax with a convenient transfer to your hotel. The rest of today is yours to take things easy at your hotel or get acquainted with this captivating and eclectic city.


accommodation:

★★★★★
day
3

Beijing

Today enjoy an introductory tour of Beijing, whose origins extend back 3,000 years. The seat of the Ming and Qing emperors until the early 20th century, China’s capital fuses gleaming temples with austere public monuments built by Chairman Mao. Ogle Tiananmen Square, the world’s biggest public square, and visit the Forbidden City, the secret-steeped residence of 24 emperors. This UNESCO World Heritage site is girded by 10-metre high walls and consists of more than 8,000 rooms, all exuding imperial mystique. Later, visit the gorgeous UNESCO-protected Summer Palace. Walk around this entrancing park, a vision of Chinese landscaping, to view the elaborate bridges, temples and pagodas that flank Kunming Lake. Cap your day with photo stops at the impressive Bird’s Nest and Water Cube stadiums, built for the 2008 Olympics.


Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at hotel

accommodation:

★★★★★
day
4

Beijing

After breakfast at your hotel, travel to the Great Wall or ‘Long Wall of Ten Thousand Li’ as it’s named in old Chinese. Built over 2,000 years ago to stave off nomadic invasions from the north, the gargantuan wall trails for over 5,500 miles across China like an imperial dragon. Stride along the battlements and behold the views over the mountains and valleys stretching into the distance. Next, continue to visit Temple of Heaven, a fascinating complex of imperial cult buildings centered on a sacrificial altar pavilion. Constructed in the early 15th century, the temple compound was used by China’s emperors to perform animal sacrifices that they believed would secure bountiful harvests. Dinner on own.


Included: Breakfast, Lunch

accommodation:

★★★★★

Optional Tours & Extras

Peking Duck Dinner (Min 10 Pax): $50 pp

day
5

Beijing – Xian by high speed train

In the morning board the high speed train to Xian. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and visit Xian’s ancient City Wall. Dinner at the hotel.


Included: Breakfast, Dinner at hotel

accommodation:

★★★★★
day
6

Xian

Once China’s capital and eastern terminus of the Silk Road, the vibrant city of Xian dates back 3,000 years and is best known as the home of the Terracotta Warriors. Unwittingly unearthed by farm workers in 1974, this 6,00o-strong mass of carved life-size soldiers and horses represent the real army that guarded China’s first emperor, Qin Shih Huang, and were interred with his tomb in 200 BC. After viewing the ranks of warriors, neatly arranged in the battle order of the time, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, visit Xian’s ancient City Wall and ornate Big Wild Goose Pagoda . Enjoy the Tang Dynasty dinner show at night.


Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and show

accommodation:

★★★★★
day
7

Xian – Shanghai by flight

Take a flight to Shanghai, China’s largest city, after breakfast this morning. Located where the Yangtze River empties into the East China Sea, and sometimes referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, this exciting city mixes 21st-century skyscrapers with elegant 1930s architecture, old world teahouses and traditional pagodas and pavilions. A brief orientational tour upon arrival.


Included: Breakfast, Dinner

accommodation:

day
8

Shanghai

After breakfast, set out on 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 imperious promenade bustles with activity and affords stirring views over the glass high-rises of the Pudong district. See its highlights on our sightseeing tour, taking in everything from the handsome Bund waterfront to the City God Temple Bazaar and the teeming shopping avenue of Nanjing Road.


Included: Breakfast, Lunch

day
9

Shanghai – Suzhou Optional Tour

A free day today gives you the opportunity to explore dynamic Shanghai independently, perhaps browsing for souvenirs and enjoying its tempting restaurants. Alternatively, book our optional excursion to Suzhou, often called the ‘Venice of the East’. Strategically situated on ancient trade route, Suzhou has been an epicenter of silk production for centuries and serves up photogenic canals, stone bridges and ornamental gardens. Discover its highlights on a guided tour, which includes a cruise on the Grand Canal and time at the Master of the Nets Garden. Return to Shanghai late afternoon.


Included: Breakfast

accommodation:

day
10

Shanghai - USA

Bid a fond farewell to China as you board your homebound international flight. Re-cross the expansive Pacific Ocean once again to arrive back in the United States.


Included: Breakfast

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What's included

Beijing - New Otani Hotel (5*) 3 nights

Xian - Hilton Xian (5*) 2 nights

Shanghai - The Kunlun Jingan Hotel Shanghai (5*) 3 nights

8 hotel buffet breakfasts, 4 restaurant lunches, 4 hotel or restaurant  dinners

Beijing : Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and Great Wall
Xian : Terracotta Warriors Museum, City Wall
Shanghai : The Bund, Nanjing Road

Comprehensive sightseeing tours including entrance fees as per itinerary

Services of an expert tour manager throughout China

Beijing to Xian High Speed train experience

Specialist English-speaking local guides

Xian to Shanghai flight economy class

Group airport transfers in China

Deluxe air-conditioned coach touring

Special entertainment: Xian - Tang Dynasty Dinner Show

All hotel taxes, duties and surcharges

Guaranteed departure with a minimum of 10 guests

Beijing: New Otani Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong, a five-star international hotel with a distinctive exterior, is located in the heart of Beijing, China. A long history of exceptional service assured by the New Otani Hotel Management of Japan, your Beijing experience begins at the moment you enter the oriental garden designed courtyard adjacent to the lobby.

Xian: Hilton Xian or similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Find us within the ancient city walls of Xi'an, directly opposite the popular Dongxin Street Night Market. Wulukou metro station is 900 meters from our hotel, and historic sites such as the Bell Tower and Big Wild Goose Pagoda are within seven kilometers. We have landscaped roof gardens, an indoor pool, and a spa.

Shanghai: The Kunlun Jing An Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Perfectly situated in the heart of Shanghai, The Kunlun Jing An enjoys an exceptional location in one of Shanghai's most fashionable and commercial districts, only a short walk from the famous Jing An Temple and West Nanjing Road. Our spacious rooms are bright and luxurious, with natural light and sweeping views of the surrounding cityscape or nearby Jing An Temple. All rooms at the Kunlun Jing An feature a marble bathroom with double vanity area, bathtub, shower room, and luxury amenities.

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