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The Highlights of China - 12 Days

China MapThis 12-day, 11-night itinerary touches on the highlights of any visit to mainland China and Hong Kong: the great monuments of Beijing, the spectacular Terra-cotta warriors in Xian, the famous Li River in Guilin and the excitement of Hong Kong. It also includes many unique programs such as the visit on rickshaw to the hutongs, the city’s back lanes, for a rare opportunity to see the day-to-day lives of Beijing residents, and an evening cocktail cruise to view the spectacular Symphony of Lights show in Hong Kong.  

Day 1 USA/Beijing Relax on your transpacific flight to Beijing.

Day 2 Beijing
Welcome to Beijing, capital of the People’s Republic of China. Upon arrival, you are met by your guide and transferred to a centrally located first class hotel for four nights stay. In Beijing, you have a choice staying in either a charming traditional Chinese courtyard style or a modern Hotel.

Great WallDay 3 Beijing Today we have a full day excursion to the magnificent Great Wall, the only man-made object visible from moon by naked eyes. After a very traditional northern Chinese style lunch served at local restaurant, we return the city via the valley of Ming Dynasty Tombs. This evening, you are invited to a Peking Duck banquet. (B, L, D)

Marble Boat in Summer PalaceDay 4 Beijing
After breakfast, you are off to see the sights, including the vast Tian An Men Square, and Ming treasures adorning the imperial palace in the once Forbidden City. In the afternoon, more Ming extravagances are evident as you tour the exquisite architecture and vivid embellishment of the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. We end the day with the pleasure of an evening cultural performance of Beijing Opera. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Beijing In the morning, we take rickshaws for a fascinating tour of Beijing’s Hutongs-old narrow lanes lined with ancient courtyard houses, giving us a glimpse into the daily life of Beijing residents. En route, we climb to the top of Drum Tower, used to report time in Ancient China, for a panoramic view of old Beijing. After lunch, you are free to explore the city this afternoon. (B, L)

Day 6 Beijing/Xi'an
We fly to Xian, a former grand capital of 11 Chinese dynasties, renowned for its wealth of antiquities. A city tour takes us to the 700 years old City Walls and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, one of the best history museums in the nation. We stay at centrally located Grand Mercure Xian Hotel for two nights. (B, L)

Terracotta ArmyDay 7 Xi'an
We have an excursion to the world renowned Terra-cotta Warriors, guarding the tomb of the first emperor of Qin Dynasty for over 2,000 years. We also visit the Huaqin Hot Springs and Banpo Neolithic Museum. Back in the city, we visit the Grand Mosque and its nearby Muslim living quarters. In the evening, we enjoy a fabulous Tang Dynasty Dance and Music performance. (B, L, Dinner show).

Day 8 Xian/Guilin
This morning we fly to Guilin, one of China's most beautiful cities that brings to life the classical scenery celebrated in Chinese paintings. Transfer to the Bravo Hotel Guilinl by the Li Rivers for two nights stay. In the afternoon, we visit the extraordinary underground caverns of the Reed Flute Cave and the Fubo Hills. (B, L, D)

Li RiverDay 9 Guilin
Today, we take a leisurely scenic cruise along the Li River, which winds its way through the pointed, craggy hills, rice paddies, limestone rock formations and be charmed by the romantic effects of mist and cloud. After lunch on boat, we disembark at the small town of Yangshuo. We spend some time browsing Yangshuo's antique and craft stalls before drive back to Guilin in the late afternoon. (B, L)

Day 10 Guilin/Hong Kong
Enjoy some free time in the morning. In the early afternoon, we embark on a unique excursion to Yaoshan for a chair-lifted ride and some magnificent views over the undulating hills around Guilin. After dinner, we board our evening flight to Hong Kong, where we are transferred to the Regal Kowloon Hotel for two nights stay. (B, D)

Day 11 Hong Kong We spend today enjoying this vibrant city's many sights and experiences. A half-day guided orientation tour will take us atop Victoria Peak for a 360-degree view of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the surrounding harbors and outer islands. Then a scenic drive takes us past Repulse Bay to the colorful floating community of Aberdeen, and vibrant Stanley Market, a favorite bargain shopping area. You are free to explore the other aspects of the city in the afternoon. In the evening, join in a cocktail cruise to view the spectacular Symphony of Lights show which is listed as the most elaborate in the Guinness book of the world records, followed by a Chinese seafood dinner at Lei Yue Mun fishing village.(B,D)

Day 12  Transfer to airport for your homeward flight.  (B)  

Land package price includes:
First class hotel accommodations with daily American breakfast
Domestic airfare
Round trip transfers in each city
Comprehensive guided tours, visits and excursions in a private vehicle with your English-speaking guide.
Admission and entrance fees Lunch and dinner indicated by symbols L, D
Evening cultural performances
Applicable hotel taxes and domestic airport tax.

Not included in the package price:

International Trans-pacific airfare.
China Visa fee
Other costs not stated as included

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