Discover the best of China, from the ageless clay faces of the Terracotta Army to the iconic Tiananmen Square in Beijing and the pulsating cities of Shanghai and Hong Kong, this still-enigmatic land blends ancient history with imposing Maoist architecture and glittering, 21st century skyscrapers. Cruise through the wooded mountains of the mighty Yangtze River, the world’s third longest river, stretching nearly 4,000 miles through China’s heartlands, and winds through the breathtaking Three Gorges. Experience the magical allure of China both old and new with Affordable World Tours.
Depart from the US and head overseas for an adventure of a lifetime. Spend the night aboard as the jetliner glides across the International Date Line.
Our local guide is there to greet us as we arrive in Beijing, the economic and political center of the nation. Transfer to the luxury accommodations provided for a good night’s rest.
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 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**
Board a short flight to Yichang,the cultural and economic center of the western Hubei Province. Upon arrival , we board our ship sets for our Yangtze River adventure.
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Arrive at Sandouping, you can stay on board and rest or take the optional shore excursion to explore the Three Gorges Dam Site, located in the middle of the Xiling Gorge. Wonder at the magnitude of the dam and then cruise upstream, traversing the 5-stage Three Gorges Dam locks and breathtaking Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges.
Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch , Dinner
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Depending on the weather today, enjoy a memorable excursion to cruise along the serenely beautiful gorges of the Goddess Stream or Shennong Stream, two tributaries of the Yangtze. Afterwards, rejoin the cruise ship to glide past the elegant Wu Gorge, renowned for its vertical cliffs and 12 mist-shrouded mountains. Enter the final gorge, Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most impressive of the three.
Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch , Dinner
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Today, you can choose to stay on board or go ashore to visit either the Jade Emperor scenic area near Fengdu or the extraordinary Shibaozhai pagoda*, a 12-story wooden pagoda built 400 years ago without the use of a single nail and filled with Chinese art that rises from the banks of the Yangtze.
*Visting site will be determined by local weather conditions.
Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch , Dinner
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Our Yangtze River journey comes to an end as we dock in Chongqing, a scenic cliff-side city that overlooks the conflunece of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. Transfer 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.
Included: Breakfast at hotel
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 Harbor. 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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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
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
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
Undoubtedly an excellently executed tour. Any reservation and concerns we had prior to departure evaporated in Beijing when we met tour guide Garry. There were 12 of us in our immediate group and we were joined by 4 others making a total of 16. The transportation provided was very comfortable and all our bus drivers were very patient and professional. We were able to get to most of our venues on time. All our hotel accommodations were at least 4 ...
What an experience. This trip lives up to its billing, plus much much more. The guides made the difference - Tony in Beijing and Ocean in Shanghai were awesome. I love the way they made a little competition between Beijing and Shanghai, always in a playful way. The people on the tour were also awesome. We connected with everyone on Facebook and have made some lifelong friends. In fact we are planning another trip ...
This trip was all that I expected and hoped it would be. The initial arrival in Beijing and being greeted by Gary at the airport put any fears aside. Gary is an outstanding guide with great knowledge of the Beijing, its history, culture and customs. The Beijing Doubletree by Hilton was a welcome sight after many hours of travel. The hotel is clean, the rooms are spacious and the staff could not be more helpful. The ...
We have just returned to the U.S. after our Majestic China and Yangtze River 12 days tour and want to thank you for the exceptional service. The schedule and all the arrangements worked perfectly and as planned. We certainly could not have seen and learned as much about China in such a short time without your help. All your guides were very good and were keen to explain the local customs and history and to show us the best ...
My wife and I recently returned from our tour of China. I must say that I was very impressed with the manner Affordable World took care of all our needs. We had excellent guides in Beijing, Leo and Gary who were very knowledgeable not only in the historical aspects of China but of its current day place in the world. Kathy, our guide, in Xian was also well informed and provided excellent commentary on China. Although we ...
Just returned from our Majestic China and Yangtze River 12 Day trip. Everything from meeting the tour guides, checking into the hotels, tours and inter-China flights is well coordinated. Overall we had a fantastic time and would recommend this trip. LOW POINTS: 1. Our Tour Guide Kathy in Beijing was quite rude in her enforcement and controlling of tipping $10 per person per day to be given directly to her. Actually opening up the envelopes and ...
We took this package for our tour of China. We fell in love with the place and its people. Thanks, Affordable World. Both our international and domestic flights unfolded with no glitch. Thanks to our tour guides who were extra helpful with checking in our luggages and securing our boarding passes especially during our domestic tours. Meals in our domestic flights were a big surprise. Our hotels were nice and comfortable. Worthy of note is the Grand Nobel at Xian. ...
Donna and I just returned from this trip and continue to marvel how smooth and uneventful all the logistics were. We consider ourselves veteran travelers having visited over 50 countries, lived outside the U.S. and have hosted groups for visits. We appreciate all the hard work and effort that goes into making a great trip. Saying all this it is difficult to find fault with any aspect of this trip. The tours were well chosen and expertly guided, the accomodations ...
I was also on the Majestic China and Yangtze River 12 days as the above reviewer. I completely agree on all points. Jeffrey Qin was great - from offering us details of his own life in China to linking us to an amazing tailor for mens custom suits in Shanghai in 48 hours. The 4 in our party became quick friends with Jeffrey and I think he is one of your most valuable employees to provide travelers with a fantastic ...
My husband and I recently returned from our "Majestic" trip to China, which was amazing! Tom and Kathy, our tour guides in Beijing were professional and patient, trying to insure that all of us had the most positive experience possible. Adam, our tour guide in Xian, was equally helpful and gracious. During our tour of the Yangtze and Shanghai, Jeffrey was the best. Our river guide, Luther, gave several informative and insightful lectures which helped us ...