From ancient capitals to cosmopolitan cities, China’s stunning diversity offers visitors the chance to explore both its modern allure and ancient past. Experience China at its best with our well-designed China tour packages. Visit the golden triangle cities of Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai, together with the modern city of Hong Kong. Enjoy the highest level of service with round trip airfare, luxury hotel accommodations, ground transfers, friendly English-speaking tour guides and sightseeing. Luxury China tours at an unbeatable value.
Board an international flight bound for Beijing, eager to begin our China vacation. Spend the night aboard as our flight crosses the International Date Line.
We arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. Greet our local guide in the arrivals hall and transfer to our luxury accommodations for a good night's rest.
Today, we start our Beijing Capital tour with Qianmen Street. Qianmen Street was a commercial and entertainment hub due to its convenient location, connecting the Imperial Palace with other communities in Beijing. In the run-up to the 2008 Olympics, the street underwent a rejuvenation to restore the streetscape to that of the early 20th. A visit to Tiananmen Square, the world-famous and historic Tiananmen Square, or “Gate of Heavenly Peace”. Located in the heart of Beijing, Tiananmen Square was once the main gate to the Imperial Palace during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Today, it is home to the Monument to the People’s Heroes, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, National Museum of China, and the Great Hall of the People. Afterwards, we drive by the famed Olympic Site and have a photo stop at Olympic National Stadium (the Bird's Nest), Olympic National Aquatics Center (the Water Cube) and National Center for the Performing Art. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to explore the home to Ming and Qing emperors, Forbidden City. Comprised of 800 buildings covering 720,000 sq. meters, it is the world's largest palace complex.
**For those travelers joining the Forbidden City optional tour - your passport is required for entry. Please note if your passport does not match the passport on file for your reservation, you will be denied entry at the Forbidden City and your ticket will be nonrefundable**
Spend the day free or take the tour to visit the Great Wall, which is one of the man-built architectures that can be seen from the low orbit of the earth. The Great Wall is a massive defensive structure built to keep intruders from invading the mainland. It stretches an impossible 4000 miles across China's north, covering nine provinces. An enormous undertaking that originally began under Qin Shi Huang (first emperor of China) in 200 B.C., the Great Wall was not completed until the Ming Dynasty in 1640. This morning you have plenty of time to walk along its ancient path and experience part of China's fascinating history.
Today we continue our journey by flying to Xian, the capital of Shannxi Province, one of the oldest cities in China. Xian is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China with more than 3100 years of history. The city was known as "Chang'an" before Ming Dynasty. Xian is the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and home to the Terra Cotta Warriors. Upon arrival in Xian, we will drive into town, passing through its massive City Wall, the best preserved defensive wall structure on earth and have a picture stop at Drum Tower and Bell Tower. In the evening, don't miss the chance to taste the local famous dumpling banquet.
Spend the day free or take the tour to witness the famous "Terra Cotta Warriors." The serendipitous discovery of the Terra Cotta Warriors in 1974 has drawn throngs of visitors to Xian each year, and ranks as one of the world's most important recent archaeological finds. Three excavation pits have been opened to the public with a fourth underway. Spend some time admiring the fine troops, horses, and carriages in battle formation. After lunch, the motorcoach takes us back inside city limits to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. It is rated as a National Key Cultural Relic Preserve as well as an AAAA Tourist Attraction. Tonight, take the opportunity to enjoy the cultural musings of the Tang Dynasty Show, a song and dance performance which reflects the rich cultural history and prosperity of the Tang Dynasty (618-907).
Board a flight to Shanghai, the largest metropolitan center of China. She is a bright pearl at the mouth of the Yangtze River and China's largest economic center.
This morning, we visit the Shanghai Museum and view the exhibits of ancient Chinese art. Designed by a local Shanghai Architect, the current building was completed in 1993 and resembles the shape of a bronze cooking vessel. Afterwards, we visit City God Temple Bazaar, the Nanjing Road and the Bund. Spend the afternoon to relax at the hotel or take the optional tour to Lujiazui Finance and Trade Development Zone and a ride on Huang Pu River Cruise. In the evening, do not miss the opportunity to experience the exciting Chinese Acrobatics Show (with dinner).
Spend the day free at leisure or take an optional excursion to the charming water village of Suzhou. Suzhou, often known as the “Venice of the Orient”, is a historic city located at the heart of the Yangtze Delta in the southern part of the Jiangsu Province. Beautiful stone bridges, pagodas, and classical gardens line the canals that cover 42 percent of the city.
Transfer to the airport and board a short flight to the dynamic island of Hong Kong. Upon arrival, check into our selected hotel and spend the rest of the day free at leisure.
Enjoy your leisure time in Hong Kong.We will take you to visit the Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Floating community.Victoria Peak, one of Hong Kong’s most famous scenic spots, offers breathtaking views of Hong Kong’s skyline, Kowloon, and Victoria harbour. The Peak, as locals call it, is located on a mountaintop and is reachable by the Peak Tram. Pulled by steel cables, the tram climbs 1,200 feet (about373 meters) up the side of the mountain.Stanley also has beautiful beaches that are popular with windsurfers, as well as a wide variety of trendy bars and restaurants to enjoy after a long day of sightseeing.
Our voyage through China and Hong Kong comes to an end as we board our international flight back to the US.
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Included are our top rated optional excursions:
Great Wall & Sacred Way [Day 4]
Terracotta Warriors, First Qin Emperor's Mausoleum & Big Wild Goose Pagoda [Day 6]
Suzhou One Day Tour [Day 9] *min 6 participants*
Turn back time to the days of China’s great emperors on a 4-hour optional tour of Beijing’s historical showpiece: the UNESCO-protected Forbidden City. Located on the northern edge of Tiananmen Square in the heart of China’s vast capital, this gargantuan walled palace was the residence and political base of 24 emperors of the Ming and
Stride along the Great Wall of China and visit the Sacred Way of China’s past emperors on this fascinating 8-hour optional day trip from Beijing.
After pickup from your hotel in the city, soak in views of Beijing’s suburbs and rural China as you travel north to one of the most scenic sections of the Great
Enjoy a feast of dumplings, a universal favorite which holds a rich history in China. Tonight, you'll get a chance to taste 18 different varieties of dumplings, ranging from sweet to savory.
Visit the famed Terracotta Warriors Museum, where you'll tour the excavation pit, the copper chariot, and watch a circle vision film about the discovery. Enjoy lunch en route, then visit Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor and China's most well-preserved Buddhist pagoda, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Afterwards, we stop by at Arts & Crafts Center. (Will provide earphone if over 10 visitors.)
Enjoy a world-class dinner prepared by internationally-acclaimed chefs, then watch the legends of the Tang Dynasty unfold. This show recounts the cultural history and splendor the dynasty's past through captivating performances of song and dance.
Then, cruise along the city's main shipping artery, the Huangpu River, and enjoy sweeping views of Shanghai's cityscapes. Colonial buildings along the Bund and gleaming skyscrapers in Pudong.
Enjoy dinner and an acrobatics show, performed by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe. Watch as the award-winning performers execute jaw-dropping stunts and bring back the grandeur to acrobatics.
Depart for Suzhou, an ancient water village lined with canals and nicknamed the "Venice of the Orient". Our first stop is the Garden of the Master of the Nets", the smallest yet the most impressive of Suzhou's residential gardens. Take in the waterfront village scenery as you cruise along the Grand Canal, the longest in
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DAVID - My wife and I have recently returned from our Affordable World adventure, which included the cities of Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai and Hong Kong. We both found it to be an amazing trip with great accommodations, wonderful excursions and a terrific tour group. Each city had it's own distinct character, pace and a variety of things to experience. We found the tours to be varied, educational and memorable. Only on a couple of occasions, such as in Shanghai, did we feel that the schedule of events was too tight and rushed for the guests. By way of suggestion, perhaps you could consider avoiding duplication of tour sights. For example, if guests are going to visit the Bunde in the morning, it doesn't make sense to offer the harbour boat cruise in the afternoon, only to see the same things again. Perhaps offering the boat cruise at night in Shanghai might be a better option, when the guests will be able to enjoy the harbour under the lights. For the most part, our entire visit to China far exceeded our expectations !!! We loved the Great Wall, the Terra-Cotta Soldiers Museum, as well as Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Hong Kong was also beautiful and we were certainly glad we added it to our package. I also have to say that our tour group was extremely fortunate to have the tour guides we did. Tony (Beijing), Chou (Xi'an), Daniel (Shanghai) and Patrick (Hong Kong) were all top-notch, very interesting, knowlegable and professional. We found each one to be attentive to the needs of their guests and always more than willing to offer assistance and guidance. With regard to the issue of gratuity for the tour guides which I hear some guests complain about, my wife and recognize that this income is important to the tour guides. We believe that this fee ($10 per person per day) should perhaps be presented by your company as an "additional tour fee", an expectation, rather than a gratuity which is always viewed as optional. That way, it should be taken out of the hands of the individual tour guide to have to keep reminding people of their "gratuity". Then, if the guest doesn't like the service from the tour guide, they can write it in their evaluation or a letter of complaint to the company after the fact. Thank goodness, we didn't have a thing to complain about, as our guides were fantastic. We will definitely look at Affordable World for future adventures !!! Thank you for a great experience !!More Less