China is a land of history and refinement unparalleled in the world. Attentive visitors are immersed in a sea of visual and cultural experiences unlike any other they may have had elsewhere. Each geographic area in China teems with its own identity as an energetic variation on the great theme of Chinese civilization. You will be amazed at how regions differ vastly yet express similar values and ideas.
This journey begins in Beijing with an exploration of the beauty of the imperial city and meetings with urban Chinese residents. Discover the splendor of China’s glorious past: the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Great Wall; also witness the dynamic and ever-changing life pace in today’s capital of China.
Travel by air to Xi’an, once the largest city in the world. Visit and explore the Terracotta Warriors Museum in homage to Qinshihuang. It is considered China’s preeminent archaeological discovery. Tour other important historic sites in the ancient Tang Dynasty capital.
Board a flight to Guilin, and together with Yangshuo, the south China region of picturesque karsts mountains rising from rice paddies cultivated by local farmers and ethnic minorities, is always a ‘must’ on any visitor’s China itinerary. This is one of the most idyllic landscapes of China, and your cruise down the Li River will reveal its beauties at each bend of the river.
The last stop on your tour is Shanghai, China’s most populous city and economic powerhouse. The European Bund still retains the glamor of the colonial era; modern western pubs and bars and boutiques scatter all around the center of Shanghai. Visit the traditional Yuyuan Garden and spend some time exploring Shanghai Museum, the best in the country.
Fly back home from Shanghai.