China Hightlights - 18 Days


TOUR ITINERARY

Meals Included With Tour As Specified: IM=In-Flight, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Plus 1 Beverage of Your Choice Per Meal: Beer, Soda, Tea or Water
, This Tour Includes Two Western-Style Lunch besides daily American Buffet breakfast

Day 01-San Francisco/Beijing (IM)
Depart San Francisco on Air China's Boeing 747 wide-body aircraft and fly (12 hours) non-stop to Beijing. Cross the International Dateline.

Day 02-Beijing (IM)
Arrive Beijing in the evening. Lodging at Jiangxi Grand Hotel () or similar.

Day 03-Beijing (B, L, D)
After breakfast, tour Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest and most famous square. Followed by a tour of the Forbidden City. Visit the picturesque Summer Palace on Kunming Lake.

Day 04-Beijing (B, L, SD)
After breakfast, depart Beijing by deluxe motor coach to explore the Great Wall, one of the seven world wonders. After lunch, take a tour to the Historic Hutong (narrow alleyways), which is protected by the Beijing Cultural Relics Protection Association. This will give you a chance to experience what China was like before high-rises and shopping malls took over a city. Enjoy a special Peking Duck Dinner.

Day 05-Beijing/Xi'an (B, L, D)
After breakfast, visit the Temple of Heaven, where dynastic Chinese rulers historically worshipped the Emperor of Heaven. Fly (1 ½ hours) to Xi'an. Lodging at Wan Nian Grand Hotel ().

Day 06-Xi'an (B, L, SD)
After breakfast, the morning is primarily devoted to leisurely view the world famous Army of Terracotta Warriors, horses, and chariots buried with the first Chinese Emperor, Qin Shihuang. After lunch, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. After a Dumpling Dinner, enjoy a traditional Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

Day 07-Xian/Chengdu (B, IM, D)
After breakfast, take a city tour and then fly to Chengdu, an ancient city of China’s richest agricultural province, Sichuan. Visit the Panda Research Institute. Lodging at Tibet Hotel ().

Day 08- Chengdu/Leshan/Lijiang (B, L, D)
After breakfast, take a day excursion to see the Giant Buddha in Leshan, which is the world's largest and measuring about 210 feet high. After dinner, fly to Lijiang, which is listed as 1 of 29 world heritage sites in China, but what’s the most attractive about this city is that it’s living and breathing rather than an exhibition site. Lodging at Hexi Hotel ().
 
Day 09-Lijiang (B, L, D)
After breakfast, explore the ancient city, visit Baisha Fresco, where murals over 600 years old are located.  Then visit the Black Dragon Pool, Shuhe Village plus Jade Lake Village.  After dinner, enjoy a Naxi Classical Music Concert.

Day 10-Lijiang/Dali (B, L, D)
After breakfast, travel by motor coach (3 hours) to Dali, which is populated with over 20 minority groups, but mainly the Bai Nationality. Visit Xizhou Village, which will bring their life style and culture live to you. Lodging at Asia Star Hotel ().

Day 11- Dali (B, L)
After breakfast, visit the Three Pagodas followed by a walking tour of the Old Town. After lunch, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Day 12-Dali/Kunming (B, L, D)
After breakfast, fly to Kunming, the capital of Yunan Province, also know as “City of Eternal Spring.” take a day excursion by motor coach to the Stone Forest (Shilin), which was once a shallow sea over 270 million years ago. Due to geological movement over the years, it is now 96,000 acres of uniquely shaped limestone landscape. Lodging at Kunming Golden Dragon Hotel ().

Day 13- Kunming/Guilin (B, L, IM)
After breakfast, visit the Bamboo Temple, which is famous for its 500 monks made of clay. After lunch, take a City Tour. Fly to Guilin and check into Guilin Plaza Hotel ().

Day 14-Guilin (B, L, D)
After breakfast, visit Reed Flute Cave. After lunch, visit Solitary Beauty Peak, which offers a panoramic view of the city.

Day 15-Guilin/Yangshuo (B, L, D)
After breakfast, travel by deluxe motor coach through lush countryside surrounding Guilin, where you will see bamboo, water chestnut, sugar cane, and rice fields. Arrive at a local village and embark on a memorable 3-hour Li River Cruise passing through scenic Yangshuo. Lunch will be served onboard. Disembark cruise ship and check into New West Street Hotel (). The rest of the day is at your leisure. Either rent a bicycle or a tuk-tuk to go to the countryside of Yangshuo to experience the real life of Chinese Farmers.

Day 16-Yangshuo/Guilin/Shanghai (B, IM, SD)
After breakfast, travel by motor coach to Guilin, followed by a flight (2 hours) to Shanghai. Upon arrival, check into General Hotel () or similar class. Afternoon sightseeing introduces us to the famous Bund, a waterfront promenade known for its landmark neo-classic architecture of European style. Some free time will be arranged for you to shop on the popular shopping street of Nanjing Road. Enjoy an amazing Shanghai Acrobatic Show in the evening before a special farewell dinner.

Day 17-Shanghai (B)
After breakfast, enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city on your own.

Day 18-Shanghai/Beijing/San Francisco (B, IM)
After breakfast, depart Shanghai** on Air China and fly (16 hours) to San Francisco with a same day arrival. (Flight time includes a change of equipment in Beijing. Your luggage will be transferred automatically). **Some tours will have the opportunity to travel by Maglev to the airport.




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