Day 1 | Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing, China's capital, you will be greeted and escorted to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to relax or begin exploring on your own.
Day 2 | Beijing (B, L, SD)
The full day tour of China’s fascinating capital begins with the Tiananmen Square and the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City, home of Chinese emperors for more than 500 years. After lunch, visit the Summer Palace. Take a leisurely stroll admiring the thousands of ancient murals along the Long Corridor and later a boat ride on Kunming Lake (weather permitting). If time permits, you’ll visit a Pearl exhibition.
This evening, enjoy a fabulous welcome banquet featuring the famous Peking duck at Qiamen 1416 Duck Restaurant.
Day 3 | Beijing (B, L)
The highlight today is an excursion to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Enjoy the dramatic vistas and marvel at the Wall as it climbs and descends steep ridges and narrow valleys. A scenic cable car ride enhances your visit through the steep hills. Lunch stop will be at a local Jade workshop. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven where the emperors came to pray for good harvest twice a year.
Day 4 | Beijing Xi'an (B)
This morning take high speed train to Xi’an.
Upon arrival, check into your hotel.
Day 5 | Xi'an (B, L, DS)
Today's highlight is a visit to the Archaeological Museum, home to an army of more than 6,000 life-size Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses excavated from the tomb of the 1st emperor of the Qin Dynasty. On the way to the culture site, you’ll have a short stop at the Qin Terra-Cotta Figures Factory to learn about the history background of the tomb. A Circle Vision documentary is also available on site at the Archaeological Museum.
In the evening enjoy a special dumpling dinner and cultural show recreating the music, costumes and dance of the Tang Dynasty.
Day 6 | Xi'an Shanghai (B, L)
Today’s sightseeing features the Ancient City Wall, built during 1374-1378 AD. Then visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of Xi’an. After the tour, transfer to railway station for overnight train to Shanghai.
Day 7 | Shanghai (B, L)
Arrive in Shanghai in early morning, greeted by local guide and start your morning with a visit to the Shanghai Museum, China's most up-to-date museum showcasing the country's ancient glory. Then transfer to hotel for check-in around noon time. In the afternoon, visit Yu Garden, famous for its rock gardens, pavilions, halls and ponds, and Old Shanghai Bazaar, with shops filled with all manner of interesting curios. Continue your visit stopping in the Old Town and modern Xintiandi. Visit the local Silk Spinning Mill, where you will learn about Chinese silk product.
Day 8 | Shanghai (B)
Spend today at leisure and explore this vibrant city on your own.
Day 9 | ShanghaiHome (B)
Farewell to Shanghai. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight back to the USA.