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Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA to China. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey. Please note that your flight may depart just after midnight. Be aware, if it does, you must check in at the airport the evening prior to your departure date

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Beijing
Arrive in Beijing and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Beijing

DAY 3, Monday - Forbidden City & Summer Palace Tour
Enjoy a full day tour of the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. Begin at Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world. Erected in 1417 at the height of the Ming Dynasty, the square was renovated and renamed two centuries later at the onset of the Great Qing Dynasty. View several impressive monuments outlining the Square's perimeter, including the Great Hall of the People, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the Square's famed ceremonial gateway. From here, venture north for a visit to the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), a construction comparable to the Pyramids in Egypt. Known today as the Palace Museum, the entire site is comprised of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Later, enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant. Next, visit a local Pearl Shop before a visit to the Summer Palace. In the evening, your included dinner will feature the famous Peking Duck with wine
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Great Wall of China & Panda Visit
Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Great Wall of China, the longest man-made structure on Earth, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. Stop at a local Jade Shop before arriving to the Great Wall. Walk along the promenades and enjoy the unrivaled scenic views of beautiful mountain passes, plateaus and grasslands from this 7th-century defensive fortification. Afterwards, depart for lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. Following lunch, a brief photo stop at the Beijing Olympic village and then a visit with the famous Pandas at the Beijing Zoo before returning to Beijing
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Wednesday - Flight to Xian
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Later this afternoon, trace the beginnings of Chinese civilization at the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. Opened to the public in 1991, the museum is in southern Xian, and is home to a wealth of historical artifacts and treasures from the Han and Tang dynasties
Optional: Dumpling Dinner
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Thursday - Xian Antiquities Tour with Terracotta Army
This morning, after breakfast you will have the opportunity to visit Xingqing Park. Filled with culture, this local park is a hub of activity in the morning. You may witness and have the chance to participate in morning exercise, singing, and dancing. Later this morning visit to a local Lacquer Furniture Shop. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before a tour of Xian's antiquities. Your tour includes the archaeological site at the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang (259-210 B.C.), where more than 8,000 finely sculpted, life-size terracotta soldiers and horses were discovered by local farmers in 1974. The archaeological excavation of the three pits where the Terracotta Army was found continues today, more than thirty years since the time of its unearthing
Optional: Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Friday - Flight to Shanghai
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel
Optional: Shanghai by Night with Dinner
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Shanghai City Tour
This morning enjoy a tour of the major attractions of Shanghai. Wander the classical Yuyuan Garden, built during the Ming Dynasty by the high-ranking government official Pan Yunduan. The Gardens' total area occupies approximately five acres, and features pavilions, ponds, rockeries, cloisters, and streams all within six scenic zones, including the Sansui Hall and Wanhua Chamber. In existence for 400 years, the Gardens were specifically constructed for Pan's aging parents as a sanctuary in which to live out their lives. Next, experience the old world charm of the Bund, the former "Wall Street" of the foreign powers. Walk along its park-like waterfront promenade between the Wusong River and Old Town. Later today, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before stopping at a local silk carpet and embroidery shop. Continue to visit the Jade Buddha Temple which is the most famous and one of the most active Buddhist temples in Shanghai. It was built during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty to enshrine two beautiful jade Buddha statues that were brought from Burma. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure
Optional: Acrobatic Show with Dinner
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Sunday - Full Day in Shanghai
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Shanghai on your own
Optional: Full Day Suzhou with lunch
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Monday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast


Optional Tours

Dumpling Dinner Day #5 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Mar 2015 $15
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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 2015 $59
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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.

Shanghai by Night with dinner Day #7 01 Apr 2013 - 31 Dec 2015 $35
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Depart for dinner in a local restaurant. After the dinner, drive to the pier near the Bund waterfront to board a ship for a 40 minute cruise on the Huangpu River, the mother river of Shanghai. Witness the 200 years of Colonial history. You will see European style buildings on one side of the river and the futuristic skyline of Shanghai on the other side. After the cruise, experience an exciting drive through the city's wall of buildings to witness this thriving capital of the Far East. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Acrobatic Show with dinner 5:30 PM Day #7 01 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2015 $29
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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.

Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Full Day Suzhou with lunch Day #9 01 Apr 2013 - 31 Dec 2015 $59
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This morning embark on a two and a half hour drive from Shanghai to the ancient city of Suzhou. Located in the Jiangsu Province, the city has become known as both “Paradise on Earth” and the “Venice of the East.” The tour begins on the Grand Canal, the longest man-made canal in the world. As you travel leisurely down the narrow waterways and under elegant bridges you will have an extensive view of the ancient city and the daily life of the people who inhabit the banks of the canal. Before lunch at a local restaurant enjoy a stop at a local silk factory. Following lunch, visit the Garden of the Master of the Nets, a privately owned garden considered to be the most beautiful and perfectly proportionate in Suzhou. The Garden demonstrates the garden designers' adept skills at synthesizing art, nature and architecture to create unique metaphysical masterpieces. Later, enjoy free time along Guanquin Street, a famous street in Suzhou among locals for gathering, entertainment and food, and a favorite among visitors for its rich culture and sightseeing opportunities.

Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 9.5 hours.

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Mar 31 $1699*
Apr 7 $1799*
Apr 14 $1699*
Apr 19 $1899*
Apr 21, Apr 28 $1699*
May 3 $1849*
May 5 $1799*
May 12 $1899*
May 24 $2199*
May 26 $2099*
Jun 23, Jun 28 $2199*
Jul 26 $1999*
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