General

Ancient China

 The name alone stirs the imagination and assaults the senses.  At some time in life, a visit to China is an absolute must for every avid traveler. The biggest challenge is where to begin. With such a diversity of cultures, an immense territory, and a variety of attractions, China offers limitless opportunities for exploration. So where do you start?  The answer is with a sensible plan, because you’ll never be able to see it all in one trip. China is an experience to be savored, a destination to be unwrapped slowly, like turning leaves of precious rice paper. As tour groups and more and more independent travelers are discovering, this destination can never be just another quick notch on your travel belt. At the dawn of the 21st century, the oldest civilization in the world is going through yet another change, welcoming in the new, yet in many ways still entrenched in a majestic and curious past. It’s a change that makes this destination doubly fascinating, open to the west with warm welcome that will surprise and delight you, yet still clinging to the values of the mystic east. Here you will find all the trappings of modern society and the comforts of home, but with an unexpectedly raw and fascinating edge.  Along with the awesome architecture, curious customs and sensational scenery, all this is part and parcel of the experience that is China.

Ancient & Modern Capitals of China: Beijing/Xian/Shanghai/Guilin

So far China has designated 99 cities as famous historical and cultural cities of national caliber, and placed 750 cultural relics under key protection. There are also 119 national scenic and tourist resorts across the land. Nineteen Chinese sites have appeared on UNESCO’s list of world natural and cultural heritage sites. China’s venerated history and splendid culture have produced a land pockmarked with cultural relics and treasures.

 Highlights:

  • Explore Beijing and the Great White Wall of China
  • Discover the Terra-Cotta Warriors
  • Visit Shanghai city- the sharp, sophisticated face of modern China
  • Tour Guilin city with its astonishing scenery

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 Arrival in Beijing/Xian
Arrive in Beijing.  Fly from Beijing to Xian. Tour Xian and visit the old City Wall, Wild Goose pagoda, visit Terra-Cotta Warriors, Huanqing Pool.

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Shanghai
Fly from Xi’an to Shanghai.  Sightseeing features the bustling shopping street Nanjing Road, the famous promenade along the Huangpu River, the Bund. Tour the Shanghai Museum, proceed to the Jade Buddha Temple, and then Children’s Palace

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 Guilin
Fly from Shanghai to Guilin. Tour of the Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill. Enjoy a cruise along the Li River downstream to Yangshuo

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Beijing
Fly from Guilin to Beijing. Visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City & the Temple of Heaven.

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Beijing/Great Wall
Full-day excursion to the Great Wall. Beijing Roast Duck in the evening.

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 Beijing
A pedicab tour of the Hutongs, the “old city” neighborhoods of narrow alley-ways and courtyard gardens hidden behind Beijing’s modern facade. Visit Prince Gong’s Palace, the Drum Tower, and old-style courtyard houses still inhabited by Beijing residents. Visit the Summer Palace.

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