Treasures of China

Departure Dates:                                                 Return Dates:

Thursday, April 6                                                      Sunday, April 16, 2017
Thursday, May 4                                                      Sunday, May 14, 2017
Thursday, July 20                                                    Sunday, July 30, 2017
Thursday, September 7                                           Sunday, September 17, 2017

 Tour Length: 11 Days/10 Nights (G)

Delve into the unique world of China during this magnificent tour as you explore Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, and Shanghai. History, amazing sights, cosmopolitan cuisine, and loads of fun await you on this fascinating China tour. It’s a vacation of a lifetime!

Day One: Arrive in Beijing, China

Welcome to China! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day Two: Beijing

tianamen-squareYour full-day sightseeing starts with a visit to Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Next, explore the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest palace complex in the world. Once the home of China’s great emperors, today it showcases ancient Chinese architecture, landscaped gardens, and displays of rare art and artifacts. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, followed by free time to explore on your own. This evening, savor a special Peking Duck welcome dinner.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day Three: Beijing- Great Wall Excursion

great-wall-smallThe Great Wall of China once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. Return to Beijing for some time at your leisure. Tonight, you may choose to attend a performance of the Peking Opera, a traditional form of Chinese theater or attend the Legend of Kung Fu Show, with a fusion of kung fu, dance, and acrobatics.

(Breakfast and Lunch)

Day Four: Beijing/Xi’an

This morning, visit the Temple of Heaven and enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing’s Hutongs, the city’s ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighborhood as you are invited into the courtyard of a family’s home to learn more about their life. A short flight brings you to the city of Xi’an in central China.

(Breakfast and Dinner)

Day Five: Xi’an

terracotta-soldiersOne of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi’an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with the enormous tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of Terracotta Warriors that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. During lunch, enjoy a noodle making demonstration by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Next, visit the Dayan Pagoda, built in 652 AD. This evening, attend the “Tang Dynasty” dinner show, featuring a colorful assemblage of classical performances.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

 Day Six: Xi’an/ Guilin

Today, fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful areas. Tonight you may choose to join our optional trip to see trained cormorants dive for fish, the traditional Lijiang fishing method.

(Breakfast)

Day Seven: Guilin

guilinLimestone mountains, their needle peaks hidden in the mist, rise from the green plain surrounding Guilin. The scene conveys a sense of mystery that for centuries artists have tried to capture. Savor unique vistas during a leisurely cruise on the Li River, where you’ll enjoy a light lunch. Afterward, visit a local tea farm for a hands-on demonstration of the tea-making process, followed by a tea ceremony.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day Eight: Guilin/ Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai, China’s most populous city and center of trade and industry. This evening, sip a drink as you cruise on the Huangpu River for stunning views of the Bund.

(Breakfast)

Day Nine: Shanghai

This morning, your sightseeing starts at the Yu Yuan Gardens, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Then, learn about the silk-making process at a silk factory. For lunch, stop at a local restaurant for a traditional dim sum feast. This culinary treat originated as a snack centuries ago in roadside teahouses established for weary traders traveling along the Silk Road and hard-working farmers. Today, it has evolved into a full meal featuring a wide variety of steamed buns, dumplings, and mini rice-noodle rolls. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Perhaps visit Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s main pedestrian and shopping area with more than 400 stores. This evening, consider joining an optional tour to see a spectacular acrobatic show.

(Breakfast and Lunch)

Day Ten: Shanghai

shanghai-museumThis morning, visit the Shanghai Museum, featuring stunning displays of ancient bronze, jade, and ceramics. Then, take a walking tour of the former French Concession, once Shanghai’s leading residential and retail area. Today, the qualities that made the area so popular endure—from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Along the way, see the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi, and visit Fuxing Park, where locals play chess, dance, practice tai chi, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.

(Breakfast and Dinner)

Day Eleven: Shanghai

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

(Breakfast)

Details

Departure Dates:                                                 Return Dates:

Thursday, April 6                                                      Sunday, April 16, 2017
Thursday, May 4                                                      Sunday, May 14, 2017
Thursday, July 20                                                    Sunday, July 30, 2017
Thursday, September 7                                           Sunday, September 17, 2017

Tour Length: 11 Days/10 Nights (G)

Your Package Includes:

  • 10 Nights accommodations
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches
  • 5 Dinners
  • Visit Tian’anmen Square
  • Explore the Forbidden City
  • Visit the Great Wall of China
  • Leisure time in Beijing
  • Visit the Temple of Heaven
  • Enjoy a rickshaw ride
  • View a local home and family
  • Flight to Xi’An, China
  • Visit the tomb of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi
  • View the Terracotta Warriors
  • Enjoy a noodle making demonstration
  • Visit the Dayan Pagoda
  • Flight to Guilin
  • Cruise the Li River
  • Visit a local tea farm
  • Flight to Shanghai
  • Cruise the Huangpu River
  • Admission to the Yu Yuang Gardens
  • Visit a silk factory
  • Free time in Shanghai
  • Admission to the Shanghai Museum
  • Walking tour of the French Concession
  • View the Art Deco Cathay Theater
  • Visit Fuxing Park
  • Full time tour director
  • Small group discovery trip- meaning there are never more than 20 people on this vacation
  • Private land transportation
  • Taxes and Gratuities (Note: gratuities for your local guides, tour director and driver(s) are not included and are at your discretion based on service).

Optional Excursions at Additional Cost:

Beijing:

  • Peking Opera
  • Legends of Kung Fu Show

Guilin

  • Dream on Water Cruise

Shanghai

  • Shanghai Acrobatics
  • Zhujiajiao half day tour
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Pricing Information:

Per person double occupancy from 2279.00

Note: Notch Above Tours will gladly arrange airfare along with pre and post night stays.