See China’s ancient and modern capitals of culture and commerce Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin, and Hong Kong
This tour gets its name from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.). It was founded by the Li clan, who seized power during the decline and collapse of the previous Sui Empire. With its capital at Chang’an (present-day Xian), the most populous city in the world at the time, Tang is regarded by most historians as a high point in Chinese civilization as well as a golden age of cosmopolitan culture. This tour combines the sights of the city, along with beautiful tranquility, punctuated by a ride on the speedy Maglev Train.
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Included meals follow the day’s description and accommodation (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner).
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Day 1 Depart North America
Fly to China from your nearest airport and via the best routing. We can book your international air individually for your convenience.
Day 2 Beijing
Arrive at Beijing Capital Airport. You are met by ACT service staff and transferred by vehicle to your fine hotel. Meet your fellow travelers at the Evening Reception and learn more about upcoming activities.
Hillton Beijing Wangfujing (Evening Reception)
Day 3 Beijing
Your exploration of Beijing starts in Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest. Observe the ultra-modern “Egg” National Performing Arts Center. Next, visit the Forbidden City, the magnificent imperial palaces of the Ming and Qing dynasties which were built almost 600 years ago. After lunch, explore by a pedicab ride some of Beijing’s old Hutongs (alleyways) and traditional courtyards. Climb up the nearby Drum and Bell Towers for a great aerial view of the traditional neighborhood below. Visit a local home then return to the hotel for relaxation. Enjoy a welcome banquet featuring Peking Duck this evening.
Hillton Beijing Wangfujing (B-L-D)
Day 4 Beijing
Visit the Temple of Heaven early this morning. Observe Beijing residents doing traditional Taichi and other exercises in the tranquil parklands. Behold the beautiful Hall of Prayers, one of four UNESCO World Heritage sites you will visit in Beijing.
Stop by the lively Silk Market, a bustling place where buyers and vendors bargain hard over clothes, accessories, beddings, and traditional arts and crafts. After lunch on your own, go to visit the enchanting Summer Palace, a renowned imperial retreat of the Qing dynasty. Enjoy a boat ride on tranquil Kunming Lake. For tonight’s dinner, savor the famous Imperial Cuisine in a courtyard restaurant that was favored by the Ming and Qing Emperors.
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing (B-D)
Day 5 Beijing
Put on your hiking shoes for an excursion to the extraordinary Great Wall of China. The rugged and scenic Mutianyu section is a fine example of the Ming era construction. Stop by a small mountain village for lunch and meet local rural residents. Return to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to discover more of Beijing’s treasures or to just relax.
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing (B-L)
Day 6 Beijing – Xian
After breakfast visit the trendy 798 Art Complex on the way to view some Chinese modern art created by Beijing’s newest artists. Go to the airport and fly to Xi’an, the ancient capital of the Qin and many of the following dynasties. After refreshing in the hotel, go to visit the massive ancient City Walls and a nearby street market. Tonight, enjoy a special Xi’an Cuisine Dinner in an elite local restaurant.
Shangri-La Xi’an (B-D)
Day 7 Xian
A morning excursion takes you to the magnificent 2,200-year-old Terracotta Warriors of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shihuang, one of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites. This archaeological excavation site is a stunning exhibit of over 7000 individually unique ancient terracotta life-size statues. Upon returning to the city, visit the elegant Big Goose Pagoda which has survived over a millennium of war and earthquakes. Tour the fine Xi’an History Museum for its wonderful collection of ancient relics spanning almost 3,000 years. In the evening, you will enjoy a Special Dumpling Dinner in a local restaurant followed by an elaborate Tang Dynasty-Style Stage Show.
Shangri-La Xi’an (B-L-D)
Day 8 Xian – Shanghai
This morning visit the Great Mosque and the Muslim Market in a neighborhood dating back to the Silk Road. Later, transfer to the airport for an afternoon flight to Shanghai. On the way, visit the remarkable Yangling Archaeological Site Museum that displays priceless antiquities found in the Han imperial tomb. Upon arrival in Shanghai, financial center of China, take the Maglev Train at 430 kph to the city and transfer to hotel by vehicle. The evening is free time and dinner is on your own tonight.
Fairmont Peace Hotel on the Bund (B-L)
Day 9 Shanghai
After breakfast in your hotel, you will visit the exquisite Yuyuan Garden and the European Art-Deco architecture of the Bund. Gaze across the river at the towering structures of the modern Pudong district. In the afternoon, visit the marvelous Shanghai Museum, whose galleries contain fine collections of art and artifacts dating back millennia. Wander around the former French Concession, represented by the leafy Fuxing Park and colonial era architecture. Stop by Xintiandi, a redeveloped neighborhood with trendy pubs, coffee shops, chic restaurants, and fashion stores frequented by Shanghai’s new yuppies. After enjoying a Shanghai Cuisine dinner in a fine restaurant, go to a Shanghai theater to enjoy an amazing Acrobatic Show.
Fairmont Peace Hotel on the Bund (B-L-D)
Day 10 Shanghai
After breakfast, visit the World Finance Center in Pudong, the tallest building in China and the 4th tallest on earth, to have a panoramic view of the city on its 1555-foot observation deck. Stop by to visit Moganshan Road Art District and the Ohel Moshe Synagogue to reflect upon the scarcely reported history of Jews living in China during WWII. Transfer back to hotel. Afternoon and evening are free.
Fairmont Peace Hotel on the Bund (B)
Day 11 Shanghai – Wuzhen – Hangzhou
Travel by vehicle to the countryside and visit the water village of Wuzhen. Here, rivers and canals criss-cross the town and local residents maintain the traditional way of life in centuries-old courtyards and houses. Have lunch in a village restaurant. Continue travel to Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province and cultural gem of China. After check-in at the hotel, unwind in the comfort of the wonderful amenities and serene surroundings.
Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Hotel (B-L)
Day 12 Hangzhou
For centuries, Hangzhou has been known for the beauty and tranquility of West Lake, nestled in the city center. Its blue mists and soft hills have been the inspiration for countless poets and artists throughout the centuries. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the lake and pleasant strolls in the gardens and bamboo groves along the lakeshore. Next, visit the Lingyin Monastery in the suburban hills to witness the active practice of praying and worshiping. This spectacular temple is one of the most celebrated Buddhist monasteries in China. The city is flanked to the west by hills cultivated with lush tea bushes that produce the highly regarded Longjing Tea. Visit a Tea Plantation and the China Tea Museum to learn about the ancient art of tea cultivation. This evening, enjoy a Hangzhou Cuisine Dinner with its delicately flavored seafood followed by a masterly outdoor show Impression West Lake.
Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Hotel (B-L-D)
Day 13 Hangzhou – Guilin
Relax in your resort like hotel after breakfast this morning. Check out at noon and go to Hangzhou’s old neighbourhood for lunch and visit Huqingyutang Traditional Pharmacy. Transfer to the airport and fly over the southern mountains of China to Guilin, perhaps China’s most scenic city. You are met and transfer to hotel. Dinner is on your own.
Shangri-La Hotel Guilin (B-L)
Day 14 Guilin – Longsheng
Guilin is home to some of China’s most beautiful landscapes. Its lush limestone peaks and tranquil rivers create endless panoramas. After breakfast, travel to the mountainous Longsheng area by vehicle for a full-day excursion to see beautiful Rice Terraces and to visit villages of ethnic Dong and Yao peoples, two of China’s fifty-five ethnic minorities. Some moderate climbing is involved, so you will need comfortable walking shoes. Those who cannot hike can still enjoy all of the scenery as sedan-chair service is available. Return to Guilin by late afternoon. Enjoy a Sichuan Cuisine Dinner in a local restaurant.
Shangri-La Hotel Guilin (B-L-D)
Day 15 Guilin – Yangshuo
Today, you will board a cruise boat for a beautiful four-hour Li River Cruise. The cruise will give you a chance to savor the unique and charming views of the area’s extraordinary landscape of sheer limestone peaks and rice paddies that have inspired thousands of famous Chinese scroll paintings. Get off the boat in Yangshuo, a lovely and tourist-friendly small town with streets lined with small hotels, countless souvenir shops selling traditional ornaments, jewelry and paintings, and restaurants serving international foods. Visit a small farming village and the marvelous Sculpture Garden on the way back to Guilin. Dinner at a local restaurant. You will enjoy an evening lake cruise through the city waterways of lights and bridges.
Shangri-La Hotel Guilin (B-L-D)
Day 16 Guilin – Hong Kong
Enjoy some leisure this morning. Later, go to visit the Panda Garden in the Seven Star Park where you can get a closer look at the lovely bears. Then, climb up the Fubo Hill for a bird’s-eye view of the city. After
lunch, transfer to airport and fly to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, you are met and transfer to hotel.
The Peninsula Hong Kong (B-L)
Day 17 Hong Kong
Hong Kong has always been inextricably linked to mainland China through family ties, trade, economy and traditions. Although returned in 1997, the British legacy is still quite apparent due to 155 years of colonial rule. Take a half-day guided tour of Hong Kong Island. Ascend by cable car to the top of Victoria Peak for a spectacular view of the harbor, hills and masterpieces of modern architecture. Later, visit the south side of the island and the characteristic fishing Village of Aberdeen, where lifestyles seem unchanged for centuries. Finish your tour at beautiful Repulse Bay with sandy beaches facing the South China Sea. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. English signage and shopping opportunities abound in the Pearl of the Orient.
The Peninsula Hong Kong (B)
Day 18 Return Home
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel. Transfer to the airport and board your home-bound flight. Arrive in North America on the same day. (B)
18 Days (Tour Code-HGP)
This tour departs on Thursdays and returns on Sundays. There are six departures in 2013 and the dates fall in March, April, May, August, September, and October.
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