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Day 1: Hometown to Beijing
Fly to Beijing. All meals, beverages, and entertainment will be provided.

Day 2: Arrive in Beijing

Upon arriving at Beijing airport, a China Tour representative will greet you and arrange for your transportation to the hotel, allowing you the first chance to see and experience China.

Summer Palace

Summer Palace

Day 3: Explore Beijing (AB, L, D)
Today you’ll begin your China sightseeing tour. The first stop is Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing. Then head for the magnificent Forbidden City, which stood as the imperial palace for China from the Ming Dynasty until the end of the Qing Dynasty, a period of 500 years. According to UNESCO, it represents the largest collection of preserved, ancient, wooden structures in the world. Visit a local Pearl Store, then you’ll take a 40-minute car ride from the Forbidden City to the Summer Palace, a favorite retreat in summer for many emperors during the Qing Dynasty.

Great Wall

Great Wall

Day 4: Explore Beijing (AB, L, SD)
The Great Wall will be the main attraction during this second day of exploring the Beijing area. One of the world’s great man-made wonders, it runs about 5,500 miles through 150 different counties. You will then have a Seminar on Chinese Jade Culture at a local Jade Museum. Then you’ll visit a slowly disappearing Chinese treasure, the Hutongs, alleys created by courtyard houses and see how families lived together as a community. The next stop will be the exotic Lotus Flower Market where beautiful and colorful displays cover the area. At last, have a nice Peking Duck Banquet before enjoying the iconic martial arts story, a live presentation of “The Legend of Kung Fu”.

Day 5: Beijing to Xian (AB, D)
  
This morning our guide will take you to the Beijing Zoo where you’ll have the chance to see the lovely, intriguing Giant Pandas. In the late afternoon you’ll board a plane and fly to Xian, a famous historical and cultural city in China. Upon arrival, visit the Ancient City Wall of Xian, constructed in 1370 during the Ming Dynasty to completely enclose the city as protection against invaders.

Day 6: Explore Xian (AB, L, SD)
The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses have been called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Nearly 8,000 life-size terra cotta soldiers and horses were buried about 2000 years ago to protect the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, in his afterlife. You will visit Terra Cotta Army replication factory and back to the city. Your dinner tonight will be the feast of the Imperial Dumpling Banquet, followed by the splendid Tang Dynasty Stage Show.

Day 7: Xian to Guilin (AB, L)
  
The day starts by touring another major landmark of Xian – the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a temple built in 642 for the Tang Dynasty Buddhist monk, Xuan Zang. A Chinese version of Marco Polo, he made a famous pilgrimage to India–and the inspiration for the novel, “Journey to the West–so the pagoda was originally created to store the exotic artifacts he brought back. At last, board a plane for Guilin in southern China.

Day 8: Guilin to Yangshuo (AB, L, D)

A leisurely four-hour cruise down the Lijiang River from Guilin to Yangshuo begins the day. Enjoy the picturesque landscape, surrounded by the hills and bamboo that have inspired many artists over the centuries. Upon arriving at Yangshuo, you’ll then have the afternoon to explore on your own by either renting a bike or taking a walk around West Street, a 1,400-year-old street paved with marble. Explore some of the diverse and charming stores and shops around the area. In the evening, enjoy a wonderful light show, “Impression of Sister Liu” (“Liusanjie”), directed by the famous director Zhang Yimou and performed by local villagers and fishermen.

Elephant-Trunk-Hill

Elephant Trunk Hill

Day 9: Yangshuo to Guilin to Shanghai (AB, L)
  
Drive back to Guilin and visit the incredible Elephant Trunk Hill awaits you at the junction of the Peach Blossom and Li Rivers. The Hill got its name because the formation resembles an elephant just enjoying a refreshing drink of water. And then make a stop at Saltwater-pearl Factory before taking the flight to Shanghai.

The Bund

The Bund

Day 10: Experience Shanghai (AB, L, D)
Today’s portion of the tour will take you into Shanghai, China’s financial center. Take some time to explore the commercial aspects of Old Street, Nanjing Road, and the Lujiazui Financial Area before checking out the 120,000 art exhibits in the Shanghai Museum. Visit a Gem Exhibition Center where you can doing some shopping. Stroll around the Bund, the waterfront of Shanghai, and alongside the Huang-pu River. A special farewell dinner of Shanghai cuisine will be served after enjoying the world-famous .

Hanshan-Temple

Day 11: Shanghai (AB)
Free day at leisure.

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