A TASTE OF CHINA

A TASTE OF CHINA

INCLUDING AIRFARE FROM NEW YORK

A TASTE OF CHINA

Your Package Includes:

11 day china air inclusive package from $2,699 per person double occupancy

Beijing- Xian- Shanghai

From $2,699* per person (double occupancy) 

Land Only $1,885 per person (double occupancy)

 Including:

Round trip Airfare from New York – 9 Nights First Class Hotel Accommodations

9  Breakfasts- 6 Lunches- 3 Dinners*

*Tang Dynasty Show and Acrobatic Show

All transfers and Domestic flight air tickets and fuel surcharges

COMPLETE SIGHTSEEING PROGRAM PER ITINERARY

A CHINESE VISA IS REQUIRED FOR HOLDERS OF U.S PASSPORTS

*Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Single accommodations may be booked at additional cost and are subject to availability. This trip will operate with a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

 

DAY 1         Departure flight  from  New York. Meals will be served at appropriate times on the Trans-Pacific flight.

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DAY  2       

A cordial welcome by our English-speaking local representative who coordinates your ride to the hotel.

After checking in, you have free time to explore this amazing city that is feverishly modernizing, transforming right before your eyes.

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DAY 3   Breakfast at hotel. Lunch while on tour.

Stroll through Tiananmen Square China's historic heart of celebration and also turbulence for almost a century. Onward to the resplendent Forbidden City/Palace Museum (UNESCO site), home for Chinese Emperors since 1420. Walk through the world's largest royal compound that was off-limits to commoners and learn about important treasures of the Imperial collection on display in the vast inner courts. Have a Chinese lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon enjoy a ride on a two seat pedicab/trishaw with someone peddling you through the charming Hutong lanes of quickly disappearing old Beijing. Visit with a local family residing in a typical quadrangle home, local market and drum tower. Evening is free with dinner on own.

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DAY 4    Breakfast at hotel. Lunch while on tour. Peking Duck Dinner tonight.

Today, climb the truly awesome Great Wall of China (UNESCO World Heritage site). Visit the Badaling section. All portions ever made would equal a solid defense wall going around the equator one and one-half times. At the less visited Badaling section, one of the most impressive portions of the barrier, you have time to enjoy the area, photograph majestic views and maybe bargain with the local vendors.

Visit Beijing Jade Carving Factory followed by lunch at local restaurant. This afternoon, continue to visit the Summer Palace, which is the best-kept existing royal garden in Beijing, a complex of pavilions, temples, and galleries set among beautifully landscaped grounds, situated on Kunming Lake (subject the weather permitting).

Have a Peking Duck Dinner at local restaurant.

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DAY 5       Breakfast at hotel.  Lunch while on tour.

Explore the vast Temple of Heaven complex (Tiantan Park, a UNESCO site) that was once a sacred area used only by the emperors of China for important ceremonies to honor Heaven, the supreme power. The main structure is the grand Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, an impressive architectural feat. Today this park is a favorite gathering spot for local residents, a community center where people of all ages come to relax, exercise and express through song and dance. Joining in on activities is a fun way to interact with everyday Beijingers and is welcomed with warm smiles and open arms.

Visit the Lama Temple. It is the largest Buddhist temple of the Yellow-sect in Beijing and has been completely preserved. Built in 1694 as the residence of Count Yin Zhen, the fourth son of the Emperor Kangxi, it was called "the Palace of Count Yong." After Yin Zhen became the Emperor, he continued to use it as an imperial palace for short stays away from the capital. In 1744, it was converted into a lamasery. Yonghegong is the most renowned Tibetan Buddhist temple in China outside Tibet and holds treasures of both the Han and Tibetan cultures.

Beijing Noodle Lunch at a local restaurant.

Departure transfer to airport for flight to Xian, upon arrive Xian, meet your local English-speaking guide at airport and transfer to your hotel. Evening is free with dinner on own.

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DAY 6      Breakfast at hotel. Lunch while on tour. Special Dumpling Dinner followed by Tang Dynasty Show.

Marvel at the important Terracotta Warriors and Horses underground army pits of the 1st Qin Emperor (3rd century BCE, UNESCO site) with your own eyes and understand the magnitude of this portion of the entire mausoleum project. There are thousands of pottery soldiers and each one looks different. Their solemn assignment was to protect the Emperor Qin Shihuangdi in the afterlife. A circle-vision film reenacts the related events of 2300 years ago. Visit the Xian Ceramic and Art Workshop to learn how to make Terra Cotta replica. Chinese lunch at local restaurant including the Noodle-making demonstration.

Afternoon visit the ancient Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum, it is considered one of the birth places of Chinese culture, the capital of thirteen dynasties such as Zhou (1046 BC-256 BC), Han (202 BC-220) and Tang (618-907), and has its own unique history and cultural features. The Shaanxi History Museum in Xian, regarded as "the pearl of ancient dynasties and house of Chinese treasures", gives a miniature overview of the thousands of years of Chinese history and the splendid ancient cultures of olden times.

You will have your dumpling Dinner followed by Tang Dynasty Show.

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DAY 7        Breakfast at hotel.  Lunch while on tour.

Morning visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda - regarded by many as a symbol of the city, the pagoda was built in 652 A.D in Tang Dynasty to house the sutras brought back from India by the famous monk Xuan-zang. Visit the Ancient City Wall, built during the 14th century on Tang Dynasty foundations, date to the Ming Dynasty; the walls are the largest and best-preserved ancient fortress in the world. You will have your lunch at local restaurant.

Departure transfer to airport for flight to Shanghai, upon arrive Shanghai, meet your local English-speaking guide at airport and transfer to your hotel. Evening is free with dinner on own.

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DAY 8       Breakfast at hotel.  Dinner at a local restaurant followed by Acrobatic Show.

Start the day to visit the 400 year's old Yu Garden and Old Town, Yu Garden was finished in 1577 by a government officer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) named Pan Yunduan. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan's parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age. Outside the garden, is the famous Chen Huang Miao - an area of shops, restaurants and recreation facilities. Lunch is on your own at the Old Town.

Afternoon, spend time at the Bund/Waterfront area on the Huangpu River where historical landmarks of yesteryear proudly stand across the river from the contemporary skytowers of the newly developed Pudong area. Off to the world-famous Shanghai Museum where you can use an audio info guide to enjoy this thoughtfully distinguished art collection at your own pace. Fine Chinese pieces, from Neolithic to contemporary, pottery to porcelain, bronze to jade, sculpture to furniture are all represented.

Dinner at local restaurant followed by Acrobatic Show.

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DAY 9         Breakfast at hotel. Dinner while on tour.

Full day excursion to Suzhou Water Town via high-speed train (2nd class soft seat). Arrive Suzhou, visit the Garden of the Master of Fishing Nets and Suzhou No. 1 Silk Spinning Factory. The Garden of the Master of Fishing Nets is recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The garden demonstrates Chinese garden designers' adept skills for synthesizing art, nature, and architecture to create unique metaphysical masterpieces. The Master of the Nets is particularly regarded among garden connoisseurs for its mastering the techniques of relative dimension, contrast, foil, sequence and depth, and borrowed scenery.

Afternoon, enjoy the Grand Canal Cruise and Old Town. The Suzhou section of the Grand Canal is the part of the world-famous Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. It is an ancient grandeur project in the Eastern Plains. It is the earliest and longest manmade watercourse in the world. With an overall length of 1794 kilometers, the ancient Grand Canal started in Beijing in the north and reached Hangzhou in the south, flowing through 4 provinces and 2 cities. In the long history, the Grand Canal has made enormous contribution to the communication between North China and South China in both economy and culture. You will have Chinese lunch at local restaurant.

Evening is free with dinner on own.

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DAY 10      Breakfast at hotel.

Free day at leisure or go for Optional Tours.

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DAY 11    Breakfast at hotel.

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight home. Meals will be served on the Trans-Pacific flight at the appropriate times.

 

 

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: $759

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