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Wonders of China

10 Days from $2,295 per person

Style: Value | Pace: Active

Experience the riches of China on this trip which showcases cosmopolitan Shanghai, the scenic Li River, the Terracotta Warriors and the majestic Great Wall.

Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Overview

Experience the riches of China on this trip which showcases cosmopolitan Shanghai, the scenic Li River, the Terracotta Warriors and the majestic Great Wall.

Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Welcome to Shanghai. On arrival transfer to your hotel and later meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Meeting followed by dinner.

    meal(s):Dinner
    hotel:Ocean
  2. This morning your city tour begins with a visit to The Bund; a famous waterfront which has been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. It is lined with buildings of various architectural styles from the past alongside the modern skyscrapers of the present day. Continue with a visit to a silk museum and then on to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre where the focus is on a large scale model of urban Shanghai. It showcases the old streets of 1930's Shanghai and futuristic plans demonstrated with the use of virtual reality. Later enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping in Nanjing Road; the earliest shopping street of the city. Today it houses over 600 businesses including modern shopping malls, theaters, international hotels and stores selling famous designer brand name goods. Later return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  3. After a late start this morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin and on arrival continue on to Yangshuo and check in to your hotel. The small ancient city is surrounded by karst peaks and spectacular scenery. It is bordered by the Li River on one side and it is regarded as one of the most beautiful areas of China. This evening enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Amari Yangshuo
  4. Start the day with a drive through the stunning countryside around Yangshuo to Ten Miles Gallery Resort and transfer on to an electric shuttle bus to continue your tour past rolling hills and idyllic villages. Make a stop to see the Big Banyan tree; a well-preserved tree which was planted on the banks of the Jinbao River during China's Sui Dynasty 1,400 years ago. This 55-foot-tall tree is featured in a romantic love scene from the famous old Chinese movie 'Third Sister Liu' which has turned it into a popular spot for courting couples. See Moon Hill, a karst formation so named due to its wide semi-circular hole. Following lunch, join a relaxing cruise on the Li River from Yangshuo to Yangdi sailing on crystal clear waters surrounded by picturesque karst peaks, lush bamboo groves and steep cliffs that line the river banks. This evening an Optional Experience to see a show in the world's largest natural theatre is up for grabs to complete the day.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  5. This morning fly to the city of Xi'an, the oldest of the four great ancient capitals. After checking in at the hotel, head out to the Tangbo Art Museum and discover a varied collection of artworks which depict the cultures, history and folklores of the Tang Dynasty. This evening, enjoy a meal at a local restaurant followed by a stroll around the Muslim Quarter which comes to life as night falls. Walk through these fascinating streets with their stores selling mouth-watering exotic food, souvenirs and local products from the Shaanxi Province.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Skytel Xi'an
  6. Today visit one of the world's greatest archaeological discoveries: the Terracotta Warriors which were discovered in 1974 by some peasants digging a well. This large collection of life-size terracotta sculptures in battle formations were positioned according to their rank and buried with China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang to accompany him during his eternal rest. Following lunch in a local restaurant return to the hotel and this evening perhaps choose to take an Optional Experience to see the ‘Tang Dynasty Show.'

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  7. This morning take a short flight to Beijing and on arrival check in at the hotel. Later consider joining an Optional Experience to visit the Temple of Heaven; a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site. The three-tiered wooden masterpiece was built during the Ming Dynasty in 1420 and once a year the emperors went there to worship heaven and to solemnly pray for a good harvest.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Sunworld
  8. Start the day with a visit to Tiananmen Square; located in the center of Beijing it is one of the largest people's squares in the world with a capacity to fit around 300,000 people. It was built by Chairman Mao to flaunt the epic scale of the Communist project. Continue with a visit to the UNESCO listed Forbidden City; a large complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens ringed by scarlet citadel walls which served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Later enjoy the afternoon at leisure and this evening consider an Optional Experience to see ‘The Legend of Kung-Fu' show; a mixture of traditional martial arts and modern theater.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  9. This morning it's time to visit the Great Wall; a series of fortifications built along an east-to-west line across the northern borders of China to keep out invaders. Its winding path over rugged country and steep mountains takes in some great scenery and this engineering triumph demonstrates the genius of the Ming Dynasty. Take a walk along the wall to be rewarded with heavenly views of the wall snaking over the hilltops before lunch in a local restaurant. This evening why not complete your stay in China with an optional Peking Duck Dinner?

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  10. Transfer to Beijing International Airport for your onward flight.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Flights: Prices include internal airfares and taxes for flights from Shanghai to Guilin, Guilin to Xi'an and Xi'an to Beijing and are accurate as of 1 June 2018.

Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued upon entry to the country.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Breakfast Daily Breakfast Daily
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Meal Summary

9 Buffet breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Shanghai - Visit the Bund, a Silk Factory Outlet, Shanghai Exhibition center and Nanjing Road
  • Guilin - Li River cruise and see the Big Banyan tree
  • Xi'an - Visit the Terracotta Warriors, Tangbo Art Museum and the Muslim Quarter
  • Bejing - Visit the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden city
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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Important Visa Information

    Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Important Visa Information

    Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to China must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Travelers visiting China will also need an entry visa.  We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit travel.state.gov to learn more.

  • The currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB).  Yuan is the name of a unit of the renminbi currency – something may cost one yuan or 20 yuan.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in China. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  The history of Chinese cuisine dates back thousands of years and varies by region.  You’ll discover an array of specialties with the country’s “Eight Cuisines” – Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Sichuan, and Zhejiang.  Staples foods include rice, noodles and vegetables such as bok choy, bean sprouts, and watercress.  Dishes are usually flavored with things like fresh ginger, garlic and scallions, as well as chilies and dried mushrooms.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable clothes that can be layered to give you many options for how to dress in China’s various climates. A lightweight jacket will come in handy and study walking shows are recommended for sightseeing excursions. Keep in mind that your shoulders and legs should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • In China it is not common practice to leave a tip when dining out.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it is customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Important Visa Information

    Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

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