Oct 7/Thursday CHICAGO to BEIJING
Oct 8/Friday ARRIVE BEIJING
Arrive Beijing, upon arrival Beijing, the capital of China, your friendly tour guide will meet you and escort you to Jingguang New World Hotel (confirmed).
Oct 9/Saturday BEIJING AB, L, SD
Full day private escorted tour ofTiannamen Square, theForbidden City, the Imperial Palace and theSummerPalace. Followed by a walking tour ofBeijing's Hutongs(traditional courtyard neighborhood from Ming and Qing Dynasty). Welcome Peking Roasted Duck dinner tonight.
Oct 10/Sunday BEIJING AB, L
Full ¨C day private escorted excursion to the Great Wall of China, Mutianyu section, cable car to the summit. Later, drive along the famed Sacred Way to visit the Ming Tombs.
Evening: Enjoy a traditional Chinese entertainment while sipping the tea and local dessert delicacies in Laoshe Tea House.
Oct 11/Monday BEIJING AB
Morning tour to the Temple of Heaven where the Qing emperors worshipped. Afternoon free at leisure.
Oct 12/Tuesday BEIJING TO Xi’an AB, L
Take a morning flight to Xi’an, your tour guide will meet you and take to visit Xi’an Tang Dynasty sites: Ancient city walls, Bell Tower, Drum Tower and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Also visit the Great Mosque. Check into Dynasty Hotel (confirmed).
Oct 13/Wednesday Xi’an AB, L, SD
Today's highlights includes the visit to the Archaeological Museum with more than 6,000 life-size terra cotta warriors and horses excavated from the tomb of the first emperor of Qin Dynasty. Also, visit the Huaqing Hot Springs and Neolithic Village of Banpo. Evening: enjoy the regional dumpling dinner, then attend the Tang Dynasty music show.
Oct 14/Thursday Xi’an TO GUILIN AB, L
Take a morning flight to Guilin, the most scenic city in China, your tour guide will meet you and transfer you to deluxe Waterfall Hotel (confirmed).
Oct 15/Friday GUILIN AB, L
Embark on a gorgeous cruise on the Li River. Experience the magical beauty of limestone formations and farmland commonly seen in Chinese landscape paintings. At Yangshuo, browse at the free market, then drive back to Guilin through the picturesque countryside.
Oct 16/Saturday GUILIN TO KUNMING AB, L
Morning visit the Reed Flute Cave, Fubo Hill and the Elephant Trunk Hill. Fly to Kunming, transfer to Harbor Plaza Hotel (confirmed).
Oct 17/Sunday KUNMING to LIJIANG AB, L
Drive to the legendary Stone Forest. The limestone formations consist of rock caves, arches and pavilions, about a mile of labyrinthine trails. Enjoy a cultural performance by the Sani Yi minorities in their village. Take an evening flight to Lijiang, transfer to Guanfang Grand Hotel (confirmed).
Oct 18/Monday LIJIANG AB, L
Today you visit the ancient town of Lijiang, situated in the northwestern part of Yunnan Province. Sightseeing include Dayan Town ¨C a community of traditional architectures where living habits and clothing are unique, Yulong (Jade Dragon) Snow Mountain, Black Dragon Pool, Dragon King Temple, Wufeng Tower and Dongba Culture Research Institute. Enjoy Naxi ancient music show.
Oct 19/Tuesday LIJIANG to SHANGHAI AB, L
Take a morning flight to Shanghai, upon arrival, visit the newly built Shanghai Museum- the architectural master piece, the Bund-waterfront, the People's Square and bustling Nanjing Road. Attend Shanghai Acrobatic Show in the evening.
Check into Shanghai Huating Hotel & Tower (confirmed).
Oct 20/Wednesday SUZHOU DAY TOUR AB, L
Transfer to the train station and take an hour pleasant train to Suzhou, known as the ¡°Venice of the East¡±. Upon arrival, visit the Tiger Hill, Hanshan Monastery, the Humble Administrator's Garden, Silk Reeling factory and Silk Embroidery Research Institute. Return to Shanghai via an afternoon train, transfer to your hotel.
Oct 21/Thursday SHANGHAI AB, L
Today you visit the old town, Yu Garden, then drive to Pudong new area, see the Nanpu Bridge and TV Tower ¨C the Oriental Pearl.
Oct 22/Friday SHANGHAI to CHICAGO AB
Transfer to airport for your return flights.
AB= American breakfast
L= Chinese lunch
D= Chinese dinner
SD= Special dinner
Deluxe 4 or 5 star hotels:
Beijing Jingguang New World Hotel (5 star)
Xi’an Dynasty Hotel (4 star)
Guilin Waterfall Hotel (5 star)
Kunming Harbor Plaza Hotel (5 star)
Lijiang Guanfang Hotel (5 star)
Shanghai Huating Hotel & Tower (5 star)
- Round trip transpacific transportation via UA/CA flights
- All intra-China air/land transportation
- 14 night hotel accommodations
- Round trip transfers between airport and hotel with assistance of baggage.
- Private escorted sightseeing tours and admissions as listed in the itinerary
- Daily buffet breakfast, lunches and dinners as listed
- Evening programs: Laoshe Tea House in Beijing, Xi’an Tang Dynasty music show, Shanghai Acrobatic show
Tour does not include:
- Tips to tour guides and drivers
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses