Take a spellbinding tour around the wonders of China, on a 9 night odyssey to Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin and Xian. Marvel at the iconic Great Wall in Beijing, gaze out over Xian’s vast Terracotta Army, and witness the dreamlike karst scenery of the Li River at Guilin – a serene landscape beloved in Chinese art history. Finish in pulsating Shanghai, where cutting-edge towers, old temples and colonial architecture from the country’s most electrifying metropolis. Enjoy the highest level of service at an unbeatable value. Your China adventure begins with Affordable World Tours.
Excitement fills the air as we board the international flight to Beijing. As the plane crosses the International Date Line we spend the night aboard.
Touch down in the capital city of China and greet our local guide in the arrivals hall. Transfer to our luxury hotel where we can unwind and relax for our full day of sightseeing tomorrow.
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 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 teminus 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.
Rest at the hotel or take the opportunity to visit one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the Terra Cotta Warriors. One of the four ancient capitals of the world, Xian has been lauded for its abundance of historical relics, including its most famous, the Terra Cotta Warriors. Serendipitously discovered by a farmer in 1974, the realistic army of clay soldiers, horses and carriages has won the city international acclaim. Unearthed from the mausoleum of China’s first emperor, the life size army stand proudly in battle formation. After surveying the troops, we venture back to the city and visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the best-preserved Buddhist pagodas in China. 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).
Depart for Guilin, a city renowned for its picturesque landscapes and dramatic natural beauty. Nestled on the banks of Li River, it is a charming escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby city life. As the old Chinese saying goes, "The scenery of Guilin is unrivalled under heaven.” Karst limestone formations imbue Guilin's landscape with a mystical, dreamlike quality.
Today,we will explore Reed Flute Cave, where fantastic stalactite and stalagmite formations create a hauntingly beautiful atmosphere. After lunch, our tour continues to the Longji Ancient Zhuang Village and Longji Rice Terraces. These majestic terraced fields are built along the slope winding form the riverside up to the mountain top, the highest point being 880 m in elevation. The Longji rice terraces are simply breathtaking during every season – from the lush green paddies in the summer to the golden yellow sheen in autumn, the Longji Rice terraces are a sight you won't want to miss.
Relax at the hotel today or join our optional excursion to witness the rolling landscapes of Southern China as we cruise down the jade waters of the Li River. A dazzling backdrop of mist-shrouded hills, steep cliffs and leisurely boats meandering by transports us to a place far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. Lunch is served aboard. The riverboat will arrive at the town of Yangshuo, where we disembark for a brief city tour before returning back to Guilin. Afterwards we will depart Guilin for Shanghai, China’s most populous and modern city. Once dubbed the “Pearl of the Orient,” Shanghai holds an important place in modern China. Along the city’s famous waterfront Bund, glittering skyscrapers juxtapose older sections of the city, offering a glimpse into China’s past and present
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 Bund and the Bund. Spend the afternoon relaxing 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).
Board the flight headed home, filled with memories to last a lifetime.
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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]
Li River & Yangshuo Xi Street [Day 8]
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.
Cruise along the poetic Li River, one of Guilin's most renowned scenic destinations. Soak up the tranquil scenery, dotted with rice paddies, limestone karst formations, and the ocassional water buffalo or fisherman. Disembark at Yangshuo and stroll along the famed Xi Street, where you can find traditional handicrafts as well as modern cafes and bars.
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.
The whole trip was on point day in day out, got to see so many main parts of China, no time wasted, money well spent to see some of the most talked about places in China, the guides always taking care of us, very informative, patient and loved what they do. Best tour guide was Journey in Beijing, she was amazing! All 4 hotels were top quality, excellent views, by far more than what I was expecting, breakfast was bi ...
I took this tour on May 2018, and it was a wonderful experience. The tour guides were excellent, the hotels were great, and we had fabulous time. We never had any glitches with our tour and our highlight of the trip was Guilin, it was unbelievable to see the beauty of God's creation in these beautiful hills that are beyond descriptions and one has to see by oneself to fully appreciate them. I highly admire the professionalism ...
We just went on the China Scenic 11 days/9 nights tour (Dates: 3/16/2018 to 3/26/2018). We really enjoyed our trip!!! There are local tour guides in each city. Leo did a great job taking care of us in Beijing. He communicated each day’s itinerary with us very clearly. We walked through Qianmen street, passed by Tiananmen Square, and toured the Forbidden City. Afterwards, we did an optional visit to the Summer Palace (extra cost). The next day, we went to ...
Everything was outstanding, especially the local guides at each city, they made the whole vacation wonderful. The guides took time and adjusted the schedule to make sure we saw all the attractions and even worked out timing to allow extra time, especially in Beijing working around the APEC restrictions and Xian with the Terra Cotta warriors.
I would say that this was an amazing adventure going to China! Everyone in the tour group became a tight-knit family, the hotels were fantastic, the buses we used to travel around in were great, the tour guides (2 out of 4 of them) were amazing and so very interesting. The places were saw were excellent. Some of the additional optional tours they add on while your there can be quite excessive in price! Beware! ...
My fiancé and I were skeptical about joining a tour since we are used to making our own itinerary. But the trip (8/30 to 9/13) went beyond our expectations. The hotels and ground transportation in all the cities were excellent, with plenty of food and shopping. Taxis are also cheap if you want to explore. Here are some highlights and FYIs for each city. Beijing: Forbidden City: get ready to do lots and lots of walking because it is bigger than you ...
We took the trip in late September. The weather was good for sight seeing, not so good for fotos, although our excellent guides (Leo Qin in Beijing, Gao Ying/Sally in Xi'An, Michelle in Guilin, Shirley in Shanghai) gave us ample opportunities to do so. They were all accommodating , knowledgeable and caring. The hotels with breakfast buffet were beyond our expectations. Tours, airport pick ups and drop offs were well organized. I can recommend the tour for "sampling" China ...
Everything was excellent about this from the hotels which were top of the line, to the attractions they took us, to the tour group and specially our tour guides who were very knowledgeable, patient and experienced. This trip was perfect and I would highly recommend it to anyone. The deal is unbelieveable and you can't beat it. I have been mentioning it to lots of people already. Definitely a trip of a lifetime!!