May 3/Tuesday Japan to Shanghai
Arrive Shanghai, transfer to hotel
May 4/Wednesday Shanghai (B, L, D)
Full day city tour includes the Bund (the Waterfront), Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple and Carpet Factory. Enjoy Shanghai Acrobatic Show tonight.
May 5/Thursday Shanghai to Beijing (B)
Arrive Beijing, the capital of China, our friendly guide will meet and transfer you to Chang An Grand Hotel or New Otani Hotel (5 Star deluxe).
May 6/Friday Beijing (B, L, D)
Full day escorted city tour includes Tiananmen Square, the Ancient Forbidden City, the beautiful Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven where the Emperors worshipped.
May 7/Saturday Beijing (B, L, D)
Full day escorted excursion to the Badaling Great Wall and the Changling Exhibition of the Ming Tombs with lunch and dinner
May 8/Sunday Beijing (B)
Free day at leisure for shopping or optional tours
May 9/Monday Beijing to Lhasa (B, L, D)
Take a morning flight to the Holy City of Lhasa with a stopover in Chengdu, upon arrival at Lhasa Gong Gar Airport, You will be greeted by your Tibetan tour guide and drive two hours to Lhasa City. Check into Lhasa Hotel.
Remainder of the day is at leisure to rest and adjust the high altitude.
May 10/Tuesday Lhasa (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will begin your exploration to this Holy City. Visit the Potala Palace, where the Dalai Lama used to preside. In the afternoon, visit the Jorkang Temple, which is located at the very center of the Lhasa city. Later you can stroll along the Barkore Street where Tibetan shops present Tibetan medicines, hand-made crafts, etc.
May 11/Wednesday Lhasa (B, L, D)
Today's sightseeing includes the Tsepung Monastery, one of the biggest in Tibet. Then you can visit a nearby Tibetan Carpet Factory. In the afternoon, visit Sera Monastery and Norbulingka Temple, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama
May 12/Thursday Lhasa to Chengdu (B, L, D)
Take a morning flight to Chengdu which is famous for its spicy food, upon arrival, your tour guide will take you to visit the Wangjiang Tower in Wangjianglou Park. Check into Chengdu Jinjiang Hotel (5 star deluxe)
May 13/Friday Chengdu (B, L, D)
Morning tour to visit Panda Breeding and Research Center on the superb of Chengdu, then drive to Sanxindui-over 3600- 4000 years ancient bronze museum which is the most important discovery in China in 1990s.
May 14/Satursday Chengdu to Guangzhou(B)
Free at leisure before transfer to airport and depart Chengdu for Guangzhou. Upon arrival, transfer to New Baiyun Hotel.
May 15/Sunday Guangzhou (B, L)
Sightseeing historical attractions on a city tour of this Pearl River city, including Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and the Chen Clan Temple.
May 16/Monday Guangzhou to Hong Kong (B)
Transfer to train station and take an express train to Hong Kong, upon arrival, check into Miramar Hotel located in the center of Kowloon.
May 17/Tuesday Hong Kong
Today, your tour of Hong Kong Island passes through Stanley Market, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen’s sampan community. Then up to Victoria Peak for spectacular views of the city and its harbor.
May 18/Wednesday Hong Kong
Free day at leisure to explore or shop on Nathan Road
May 19/Thursday Hong Kong to Japan
17 Day Visits: Shanghai, Zhujiajiao, Yichang, Yangtze River Cruise, Chongqing, Guilin, Xi’an & Beijing
July 4 Arrive Shanghai
Welcome to Shanghai, China, the economic capital of the People’s Republic of China, one of the most fascinating countries in the world. (D)
July 5 Shanghai
A full-day sightseeing tour of the booming city of Shanghai includes visits to the Old Town, with its narrow streets and traditional buildings; the Yuyuan Gardens, an island of tranquility amid the hustle and bustle of the city; the Bund, the waterfront area that was the center of 19th century colonialism; and the Children’s Palace, a Chinese-style fortress where local children play after school. Tonight you are sure to enjoy the amazing performers at the Acrobatic Show. (B, L, D)
July 6 Shanghai 每Zhujiajiao 每Shanghai
Morning excursion to Zhujiajiao, a beautifully preserved riverside village known as the new Venice of China, lunch at a local restaurant, afternoon visit the Shanghai Museum, the architectural master piece. (B, L, D)
July 7 Shanghai – Yichang – Board Cruise
A visit to the most important temple in Shanghai, the Jade Buddha Temple, brings you to the home of two white jade statues of Buddha, given to China as a gift from Burma. Fly to Yichang, the “Gateway to the Three Gorges”, before boarding your ship for a 4 night cruise of the Yangtze River. (B, L, D)
July 8 Cruising – Gezhou Dam – Xiling Gorge
Visit the construction side of the Three Gorges Dam project. The dam is 27 miles upstream from Yichang City proper, at Sandouping Village, inside the first of the three gorges. It is planned to be, by far, the largest hydroelectric project in the world. (B, L, D)
July 9 Cruising – Wu Gorge
Your excursion today includes a visit to the Shennong Stream in pea boats or the Daning River. You will see breathtaking scenery of the Parrot & Dragon Boat Gorges. You will also pass through the Wu & Quatang Gorges. (B, L, D)
July 10 Cruising 每 Shibaozhai
Stop at Shibaozhai, a graceful red pagoda clinging to the cliffs over the Yangtze. This 12-story wooden pavilion was built over 400 years ago and was constructed without nails, to make it easier for the monks and visitors to reach the temple at the top. This magnificent structure has been appropriately nicknamed the “Pearl of the Yangtze”. If you wish, you can climb to the top of the pavilion via a spiral staircase. (B, L, D)
July 11 Chongqing – Disembark Ship – Guilin
You arrive at the scenic mountain city of Chongqing. Disembark your ship and if time permits, visit the Stilwell Museum, Eling Park and Painter’s Village. This afternoon you fly to the unique city of Guilin. (B, L, D)
July 12 Guilin
This morning visit Shangri-La Park, located on the Swallow Lake. You will board a small boat for a short cruise to see farmers at work, local villages and breathtaking landscapes. You will have the opportunity to walk through a minority village and see the minority people weave and making local crafts. Travel to Yangshou and enjoy lunch overlooking the famous Li River before enjoying a motorcycle ride to Moon Hill, passing through the local village of Ai Shan. This evening’s entertainment includes a Minority Cultural Show. (B, L, D)
July 13 Guilin 每 Xian
Visit the Reed Flute Caves, with its wonderful underground scenery. After lunch enjoy a tour of landmark Guilin City and stop at Elephant Trunk Hill before boarding your flight to Xian, located in China’s interior. (B, L, D)
July 14 Xian
Your tour of this former capital of China begins with visits to its imposing city walls and the classical Wild Goose Pagoda. Later, a visit to the excavation site of the Terra-Cotta Warriors will simply astound you with its vast stone army created to guard one of China’s emperors in the afterlife. After lunch, you will visit the impressive Provincial Historical Museum. Enjoy a special Xian dumpling dinner this evening. Then attend the Tang Dynasty music show. (B, L, SD)
July 15 Xian 每 Beijing
This morning you fly to the capital of China, Beijing. Enjoy a fascinating sightseeing tour of Beijing, with visits to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace. This evening, a special treat is in store – a Peking duck dinner. (B, L, D)
July 16 The Great Wall
No visit to China would be complete without visiting the Great Wall. Travel through the valley of the Ming Tombs, where you will visit the Chang Ling burial site. Then you continue to the Great Wall where you will have the chance to walk along a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Tonight, enjoy a special Peking Opera show. (B, L, D)
July 17 Beijing
This morning you take an once-in-a-lifetime rickshaw tour through the narrow streets and alleys of the oldest part of Beijing and enjoy lunch with a local family in their home. A visit is made to the Temple of Heaven, an impressive shrine where Chinese emperors worshipped their gods. Attend a tea ceremony at the Imperial Tea House. (B, L, D)
July 18 Beijing
Full day free at leisure for shopping, a farewell dinner tonight – enjoy Fangshan Imperial food. (B, D)
July 19 Beijing – USA
Transfer to airport for your return flight to the U. S. Arrive home the same day. (B)
B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner
Tour cost includes:
- All intra-China air/land transportation
- 14 night accommodation in deluxe 5 star hotels with daily breakfast
- Deluxe Victoria cruise ship with shore excursions
- Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel and baggage handling
- Private escorted sightseeing tours, bilingual tour guides, admissions
- Evening cultural entertainments and meals as specified
- China domestic airport taxes
- The international air transportation
- Chinese visa fee: $180 each
- Tips to tour guides and drivers:
- Any personal expenses
Shanghai: Huating Hotel & Tower
Cruise: Victoria cruise
Guilin: Guilin Waterfall Hotel
Xi’an: Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel or similar
Beijing: International Hotel or Kunlun Hotel