Air & Land
Land Only

12 Day China with Chengdu

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Los Angeles-Beijing, Shanghai-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Beijing-Xian, Xian-Chengdu & Chengdu-Shanghai
  • 10 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights Beijing
    • 2 nights Xian
    • 2 nights Chengdu
    • 1 night Mt. Emei
    • 2 nights Shanghai
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager (Days 2-10)
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Visit the Forbidden City and Summer Palace
  • Savor a famous Peking Duck Dinner with Wine
  • Visit the Great Wall, the World’s longest man-made structure
  • See the world famous Terracotta Army
  • Visit the Chengdu Panda Research Center
  • See the Giant Buddha at Mt. Emei
  • Explore the classical Yuyuan Garden and the Bund Riverside
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for China
Depart for China. Your international flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, sprawling capital of modern China; meeting and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new surroundings
Overnight: Beijing

DAY 3, Friday - Forbidden City & Summer Palace Tour
Morning briefing with your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that awaits you. Our exploration of Beijing begins at huge Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world, built at the height of the Ming Dynasty. The square's Gate of Heavenly Peace was once used as a staging ground for imperial edicts and by Mao Zedong himself to declare the founding of the People's Republic in 1949. Enter the Forbidden City, once residence of Chinese emperors from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. This extraordinary walled complex, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly a masterpiece of Chinese architecture; its complex consists of 800 buildings with more than 9000 rooms. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and visit a Pearl Shop to learn about the popular Chinese pearls. After, continue outside the city to the fabled Summer Palace, former resort of the Empress Dowager. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner featuring Peking Duck with wine to celebrate your arrival in China
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Great Wall of China
A day of spectacular scenery! Travel to the extraordinary 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, one of the most amazing structures ever built by man, spanning nearly 4000 miles of China's northern frontier. En route, stop at a local jade shop to admire wares crafted with one of China's most famous materials. Then it's time to climb the ramparts of this ancient wonder to view beautiful mountain passes, plateaus and grasslands from atop this 7th century defensive fortification. Afterward, lunch at a nearby restaurant. Return to Beijing via the striking ultra-modern architectural site built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics; see the gigantic National Stadium and the Olympic Village. End the afternoon at the massive Temple of Heaven, a Ming dynasty complex where emperors held their ritual prayer ceremony, paying homage to heaven
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Sunday - Flight to Xian
Morning flight to Xian, ancient capital of eleven dynasties and an archaeological treasure trove. Lunch at a local restaurant upon arrival. Later this afternoon, trace the beginnings of Chinese civilization at the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, home to a wealth of historical artifacts and treasures dating back to the Han and Tang dynasties; view the remarkable Tang Dynasty murals dramatically depicting life in ancient China
Optional: Dumpling Dinner
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Monday - Xian and the Terracotta Warriors
Morning visit to Xingqing park, center of the city's lively activities, where you may have the chance to join the residents in their morning exercise, singing and dancing. Afterward, stop at a lacquer furniture shop to learn more about this ancient technique that is still used today. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then, an unforgettable experience! Visit the archaeological site of the magnificent Terracotta Warriors, a vast collection of life-sized soldiers, horses and chariots that were entombed with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. This world-famous site, discovered by local farmers in 1974, is still being excavated today, more than thirty years since the time of its first unearthing
Optional: Tang Dynasty Dinner with Entertainment
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Tuesday - Chengdu and the Sichuan Culture
Depart Xian by flight to Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province with its distinctive culture. Upon arrival, visit pedestrianized Jinli Street, one of the oldest streets in the city's history, once center of Chengdu's thriving embroidery industry. The shops, tea houses and residences, now renovated, are modeled after an ancient architectural style dating back to the Qin Dynasty. Tonight, dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Sichuan Opera Show (PM)
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Chengdu Panda Center and Museum
Travel to the Chengdu Panda Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a facility dedicated to the preservation and protection of the pandas, to view and learn about Chengdu's most famous, furry celebrities. Due to many factors, including habitat destruction, pandas have become an endangered species. Housing more than 80 giant pandas, the center is one of the largest panda breeding facilities in the world. Visit the Giant Panda Museum to learn more about the conservation efforts conducted at the center. After lunch, depart for Mt. Emei. En route, stop and take a short boat ride to visit the Leshan Stone Buddha, an ancient statue carved into a cliff face that stands at approximately 230 feet and dates back to 713 AD. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Mt. Emei
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Full Day at Mt. Emei*
Today, ascend Mt. Emei, one of the four most sacred Buddhist mountains in China, endowed with towering majestic beauty, as well as mysterious relics associated with Buddhism and Taoism. Travel by cable car to the Golden Summit, its main peak that seemingly reaches the sky. The first Buddhist temple in China was built in these beautiful surroundings in the 1st century AD. The area is also notable for its exceptionally diverse vegetation, with trees more than 1,000 years old. Relax over lunch before returning to Chengdu. Dinner together tonight at a local restaurant
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Flight to Shanghai
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to cosmopolitan Shanghai, the fastest growing city in Asia, with its dramatic ever-changing skyline. Have lunch and a local restaurant and spend the balance of the day at leisure. Tonight, perhaps explore some of the city's world-class international restaurants on your own
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Saturday - Shanghai City Tour
This morning, experience the old world charm of the Bund, as we walk along the park-like waterfront promenade with gorgeous vistas of old and new Shanghai. Next, visit the classical Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Happiness) built during the Ming dynasty. This beautiful and serene sanctuary features pagodas, lakes, and magnificent pavilions. After lunch, stop at a local silk carpet and embroidery shop to learn more about this ancient Chinese craft and see some of the beautiful creations. Next, visit the Jade Buddha Temple, built during the Qing Dynasty to enshrine two beautiful jade Buddha statues given as a gift from Burma. These precious statues are rare cultural relics carved with sparkling and crystal-clear white jade, giving them an aura of sanctity and purity. The rest of the afternoon is yours to discover the rhythm of this vivacious city on your own
Optional: Acrobatic Show with Dinner
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Sunday - Depart China
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Please be aware that the bus will be unable to reach the cable car station and therefore a walk of approximately 20 - 30 minutes, including many steps, is required.

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    Dumpling Dinner

    Day #5 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Mar 2016         $15
    This evening, enjoy a delicious dumpling banquet featuring nearly 20 varieties of jiaozi, or dumplings, stuffed with an assortment of vegetables, meats, and seafood. The traditional banquet also includes rice wine and bronze hot pot soup. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

    Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

    Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show

    Day #6 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Mar 2016         $59
    Dine on Imperial set menu of 6 hot courses. All while you enjoy the beat of Chang' an music. After dinner, enjoy the celebrated Tang Dynasty show, a one-thousand-year-old dance performed by the passionate Tang Dynasty Troupe. This historical performance is a national art, reflective of the glory and richness of China's Tang Dynasty. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

    Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

    Sichuan Opera Show

    Day #7 01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2016         $45
    Be swept away and mesmerized by a colorful Sichuan Opera as performers take the stage in elaborate costumes to enact various performances. Traditional performances include theatrical dance pieces, opera solos, a :"rolling oil lamp" sequence, hand-shadow play, stick puppets, and the famous Bian Lian (face changing performance) where actors can imperceptibly swap vividly colored masks in the quick swipe of a fan. Transfers to and from your hotel are included.

    Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

    Acrobatic Show with dinner

    Day #11 01 Jan 2012 - 31 Mar 2016         $29
    Having undergone thousands of years of evolution, the Shanghai acrobatic arts has now blossomed into a unique style. The Shanghai Circus death-deifiers will amaze and astound you with their high-flying versatility, fearlessness, and flexibility. This evening, enjoy a world-class performance that includes dance, magic, acrobatics and beautiful music after dinner at local restaurant. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

    Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

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    *Not Included:
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    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Beijing-Xian, Xian-Chengdu and Chengdu-Shanghai

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    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.


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