Day 1: March 15th 2016
Anticipation fills the air as we board our transpacific Air China flight bound for Beijing.
Day 2: March 16, 2016
Beijing – Shanghai (Crowne Plaza Hotel)
Our flight touches down in Beijing and we change flight and arrive Shanghai late in the evening.
Day 3: March 17th, 2016
Shanghai (B ) – Crowne Plaza
Enjoy the day free at leisure for you to relax and adjust the jetlag or join a day trip to Xian to see the Terra-cotta Army Museum with round trip airfare and lunch ($656.00 per person).
Day 4: March 18th, 2016
Shanghai (AB, L) – Crowne Plaza
After breakfast at hotel, we start our city tour in Shanghai. Once known as the “Pearl of the Orient”, Shanghai is China’s largest economic center and the world’s most populous city. Today we drive through Nanjing Road, a shoppers’ paradise. Our sightseeing includes visits to the Bund that traces the western bank of the Huangpu River and admire the dazzling views of Shanghai’s skyline. Afterwards, we visit the China No #1 shopping street- Nanjing Road. Stroll along the City God Temple Bazaar to see the old Chinese style restaurants and teahouse. After lunch , free at leisure for the rest of the day. Dinner is on own today.
Day 5:March 19th, 2016
Shanghai – Suzhou -Wuxi (B, L) – Crowne Plaza
Check-out our hotel after breakfast, we board our coach and heading for Suzhou. Also known as the “Venice of the East”, Suzhou is a breathtaking water town lined with canals, pagodas and over 100 classical gardens. Admire the ethereal beauty of Master of Nets Garden, pay a visit to a local silk factory to learn about the history and process of creating the delicate fabric. Drive by Tiger Hill and long the 2000 year old Grand Canal to view beautifully preserved homes and peaceful waterside scenery. In the afternoon we drive to Wuxi for overnight. Dinner is on own today.
Day 6: March 20th, 2016
Wuxi – Hangzhou (B,L,D) – Narada Grand
We visit Yuantouzhu Park and Lake Tai in the morning. After lunch we continue our bus ride to Hangzhou . As the capital of eastern China’s Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou is home to 2 million people and is a city of tremendous beauty. Visit the Winery Yard and the Lotus Pool, then end the day with a dinner of local specialty cuisine.
Day 7: March 21st, 2016
Hangzhou – Beijing (B, L) – New Otani
After breakfast, we enjoy a cruise of famed West Lake to admire this beautiful man-made lake, and visit Winery Yard and the Lotus Pool, the Flower Pond. We also have a chance to visit the tea plantation and taste the famous Chinese green tea. After lunch, we are transferred to the airport to catch the flight to Beijing. Upon arrival, meet our local guide and transfer to hotel. Dinner is on own today.
Day 8: March 22nd, 2016
Beijing (B, L,DP) – New Otani
Today enjoy an introductory tour of Beijing, whose roots stretch back over 3,000 years. The seat of the Ming and Qing emperors until the early 20th century, this captivating city blends gold-tipped temples with stark public monuments built by Chairman Mao. See Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public square, and the Forbidden City, the imperial residence of 24 emperors. Later, visit the exquisite UNESCO protected Summer Palace. Walk around this graceful park, a masterpiece of Chinese landscaping, to view the ornate bridges, temples and pagodas that encircle serene Kunming Lake. Finally we visit Temple of Heaven, a religious site constructed in the 15th century where emperors performed ceremonies to ensure a plentiful harvest. In the evening we indulge the famous Peking Duck dinner.
Day 9: March 23rd, 2016
Beijing (B, L) – New Otani
This morning, journey to the Great Wall or ‘Long Wall of Ten Thousand Li’ in traditional Chinese. Built more than 2,000 years ago to protect against nomadic invasions from the north, this mammoth edifice weaves for 5,500 miles across China like an imperial dragon. Walk the battlements and ogle the spectacular views over mountains and valleys stretching far into the distance. From here, continue to the Sacred Way and stroll along this stone pathway, also known as the ‘Divine Way’. Inspect the intricately carved marble figures of animals, humans and mythical creatures, including a lion, unicorn and dragon, that flank the route. Return back to the city for photo stops at the famed 2008 Olympics venues, the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. Dinner is on own today.
Day 10: March 24th, 2016
Beijing – USA (B)
Free at leisure in the morning until we check out of our hotel, transfer to the airport and board our home-bound international flight.
|Location||Dulles International Airport (IAD), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Los Angeles International Airport|
China is incredible in many ways. The list of sights to see and things to do here is endless, not to mention the rich culture and complex history of this country. A few notable must-sees include the barren highlands of Tibet via the Silk Road to the bewildering Forbidden City at Bejing and the magnificent Great Wall of China. There are also the amazing armies of Terracotta Warriors and Horses at the tomb of Qin Shi’huang in Xi’an, the intriguing citylife of Shanghai, the breath-taking scenic beauty of Yunnan and Asia’s original world city – Hong Kong. Beijing has come a long way from the dusty communist capital of the seventies and eighties to a modern city with the usual high rising buildings and shopping malls. Beijing has some of the most superb examples of Chinese architecture, including the magical ambiance of the old traditional “hutong” neighborhoods. No other place in China offers such a large number of old buildings as Bejing. Beijing is also one of the more convenient starting points for visiting The Great Wall.
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive 3 Hrs early for a smooth check-in process|
Land + air from IAD/JFK twin share
$1549 + fuel & tax $462 = $2011
From LAX- $1761.00
* price is valid for 10 or more passengers departing from IAD
- 3 nights hotel stay in Shanghai
- 1 night hotel stay in Wuxi
- 1 night hotel stay in Hangzhou
- 3 nights hotel stay in Beijing
- Daily breakfast at hotel
- Private use coach with professional driver
- Experience English speaking guide (Beijing is locally hosted)
- 6 lunches and 2 dinners at local restaurant
- Admission fee to scenic places as listed
- Travel insurance with interruption
Single supplement $400 additional