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Day 1 - Depart US to Beijing
Meals: In-Flight Meal

Embark on a memorable journey when you board Air China's non-stop flight to Beijing via Boeing 777 featuring personal entertainment system for each passenger..  En route, cross the International Dateline and lose one day.

Flight Detail: SFO to Beijing is 12 hours non-stop.  JFK to Beijing is 13.5 hours non-stop.  Air China's Flight Schedule

Air China
Day 2 - Arrive Beijing
Meals: In-Flight Meal

Arriving at Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 3 at 5:55 pm local time. You will be greeted by our experienced tour guide(s) outside the customs and they will transfer you to your hotel, located at the heart of Beijing. On the way to the hotel, your guide(s) will briefly introduce themselves to you and provide you with some important information regarding your trip.

Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel or similar.

Beijing International Airport
Day 3 - Beijing
Meals: Breakfast

A deluxe motor coach and your devoted tour guide(s) are ready for your memorable trip. Today, visit the Temple of Heaven, built during 1406 to 1420; it was used by Chinese Emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties to pray for bountiful harvests. The Temple of Heaven is a complex of Taoist buildings with some of the most exquisite architectures in Beijing. Capture the detailed essence of all the rich colors blended together on the hand painted tiles and roofing of the structures. This remarkable construction is pledged highest level of Chinese traditional architecture. Today, it has become a popular leisure activity center for the local elders. You will likely bypass people engaged in exercise, tai chi, martial arts, and Chinese opera, as you make your way from the tour bus to the main buildings.

Afterwards, you will travel to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, also considered as one of the greatest wonders of the world. This massive wall stretches well over 4,000 miles and once was used as the soldiers' safeguard to protect the Chinese empire's northern boarders against invaders. You then have the opportunity to climb up the mammoth sized wall at your own pace. Be sure to take in the experience and enjoy the breath-taking view from the top of one of the greatest achievements of civilization.

Temple of Heaven

 

Great Wall
Day 4 - Beijing
Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a delectable American breakfast buffet before starting your day. A deluxe motor coach and your devoted tour guide(s) are ready for your memorable trip. Your first peek into the capital city of Beijing begins with a visit to the world's largest and renowned public square where many historical events once took place - Tiananmen Square. Around the vast square, you can see The Great Hall of People, holding the congress of the Communist Party and National People's Congress, History Museum, Military Museum and Monuments to the People's heroes. When available, you can visit Mao's Mausoleum, where his body is in a crystal coffin. Under the famous Mao's portrait, which is positioned at the center "The Gate of Heavenly Peace" entrance, you will walk into the Forbidden City (also known as Imperial Palace), which holds 9,999 rooms. Experience the intricate architecture and exquisitely designed layout of these grand buildings once housed by Chinese Emperors who ruled during the period of the Qing and Ming Dynasties for almost 500 years (1420-1911). Thereafter, you will partake in a tranquil visit to the picturesque landscape of the Summer Palace with historic temples, numerous pavilions, marble boat and famous 728-yard Long Corridor, situated on the man-made Kunming Lake.

Tiananmen Square

 

Forbidden City
Day 5 - Beijing to Guilin
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, fly to your next destination of Guilin, a city recognized for its stunning landscape! Be prepared for a city recognized for its stunning landscapes and captivating lifestyles of the people who call this enchanting place "home." Tourists will regret missing the chance to soak in Guilin's most amazing beauty. Guilin is a must see!

Guilin Bravo Hotel or similar.

Guilin
Day 6 - Guilin to Yangshuo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Guilin is said to be "the best scenery under heaven" for its unique limestone karsts creating the picturesque of the location. This city of surreal beauty is prevalent of aromatic Osmanthus trees and is famous for its hills along the Li River. You will embark on a memorable 3.5-hour Li River Cruise passing through the scenic landscape of Yangshuo. As the whimsical cruise docks, you will then hop on a trolley that will transport you to your hotel. Take a glimpse of the lush agriculture that surrounds you. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own. If you are willing and ready to exit the door of your hotel, you will find yourself immersed in a market full of vendors anxiously waiting for you from all directions. Test you bargaining skills and have fun! There is also the option to rent a bicycle or a tuk-tuk to go around the countryside and get an up close and personal look at the hills of Yangshuo and the life of the Chinese residing in this city. Depending on the weather conditions, you will have the choice to partake in an evening show directed by the famous Zhang Yimou who designed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Optional Tour Disclosure: The "Lui San Jie" evening show (aka The Impression Show) will not run if the weather does not permit. If the performance is available, the cost is US$40/person. The Impression Show is choreographed by Zhang Yimou who designed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Jasper International Hotel or similar.

Li River

 

Yangshuo
Day 7 - Yangshuo to Guilin to Xi'an
Meals: Breakfast

A deluxe motor coach will take you to Guilin in the morning. Today, your sightseeing will be a visit to the Reed Flute Cave, which is another scenic spot in Guilin. Pay attention to the music the vendors make as they blow their flutes constructed from the actual reeds that grow outside the cave. Enjoy the radiating lights that illuminate the natural rock formation and stone pillars along the zigzag pathway within the cave. This afternoon, fly to the next captivating and history-filled city of Xi'an. Xi'an was the ancient capital for 11 dynasties and east end of the Silk Road. It was the worlds most open and prosperous ancient international metropolitan with over a million before Beijing became the political and economic center of China. It has been also considered a favorite to tourists for experiencing and understanding of this amazing city with its glorious past and splendid progress of today. Make sure to get some rest and relaxation and prepare for the next day's adventure.

Holiday Inn Xi'an Big Wild Goose Pagoda or similar.

Reed Flute Cave

 

Xi'an
Day 8 - Xi'an
Meals: Breakfast

Today you will be given ample time to tour the exhibit of the historical Terracotta Warriors belonging to the era when the infamous Emperor Qing Shihuang reigned. It was in 1974 when a farmer who was merely digging for water came across one of the biggest discoveries of the world which led to the massive excavation of an army of over 7,000 life-size Terracotta Warriors and horses molded by clay. Explore the vast sea of clay warriors in all three vaults. For the next 5 years, visitors will not only see the existing warriors and horses but might get lucky to witness some of the greatest new discoveries while the archeologists are digging the vaults in front of you. Then the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy!

Terracotta Warriors
Day 9 - Xi'an to Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

Today, you will take a flight to Shanghai. With a population of over 13 million, Shanghai, meaning "On the Sea," used to be a small fishing village about 200 years ago, has developed into a dynamic New York-like economic and financial center of Asia. The rest of the day is free to explore the city on your own.

Ocean Hotel or similar.

Shanghai
Day 10 - Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

You will first begin the day with a walking tour along the world renowned Shanghai Bund. This landmark known for its district neo-classic architecture of 52 European style buildings not only lined the Huangpu River but once upon a time housed the most influential financial institutions including national banks that were considered part of the "Big Four." Your walking tour will then end in the old town of Shanghai, the most ancient area of the city, still maintaining its circular shape as it did centuries ago. You will have some time to explore this area on your own. At the old town of Shanghai, you would find the City God Temple, and the famous Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

The Bund

 

Yu Gardens
Day 11 - Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

Today is a free day to explore the vibrant culture and lifestyle of Shanghai. Indulge yourself by shopping at the stores along Nanjing Road, which is the main shopping street of Shanghai and one of the world's busiest shopping streets. If you're just looking for a relaxing time, stop by the famous Old Jazz Bar at Peace Hotel. Its open daily from 8pm to 2am where you can enjoy jazz music dating back to the 30's and 40's and experience specially prepared cocktails and Irish or Italian coffee. You can also visit the massive Shanghai Museum with a collection of over one hundred thousand ancient artifacts, arts, and cultural relics.  Whatever you choose, you will enjoy the splendors of this magnificent city! 

Shanghai Museum

 

Old French Concession
Day 12 - Depart Shanghai to US
Meals: Breakfast, In-flight Meals

We hope you enjoyed your time in China and will be leaving this country with endless amounts of stories, memories, and captivating pictures of the entire journey. You will be transferred to the airport and Air China will take you home on the same day.

Flight Detail: 16-hour flight of Air China to SFO with stopover in Beijing. 17.5 hours to JFK with a stopover in Beijing. Your luggage will be checked through all the way from Shanghai to USA.  You will arrive back in the USA on the same day.

Farewell from China