The Middle Kingdom (2013)

12 Days from only $2499

Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shanghai

Overview

Ancient China called itself the "Middle Kingdom". In ages past, the custodians of the Middle Kingdom savored with certainty that they occupied the space at the very center of the world; other cultures simply revolved around its perimeter...

Designed for the first-time travelers to China, this phenomenal itinerary presents China's key highlights in just 12 days. The itinerary covers China's dynamic capitals, cultural & art centers, commercial ports and modern metropolis that played important roles in China's past 2,000 years. Look behind the fa├žade of modern China on an adventure that travels the highway of Chinese history. If experiencing China's cultural delight is the priority of your journey then this is the trip for you.

Your journey starts from "Capital Beijing" to discover its modern architectures and the timeless imperial treasures including the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Continue to Xian in Central China to admire China first emperor's 6000 life-sized Terra-cotta Warriors. Then cruise on the legendary West Lake and taste the "Dragon Well" Tea at Hangzhou, which is, according to Marco Polo, quote "the city of Heaven, the most magnificent in all the world". You also visit Suzhou's elegant classic gardens, canals and silk production. The last stop of our memorable trip is Shanghai, China's most modern metropolis.

 
What's Included

Roundtrip non-stop flights from Vancouver (YVR) and New York (JFK) to Beijing with Air China
 
All Intra-China flights and ground transportation and transfers
 
First class hotel accommodations with private bath, daily American buffet breakfast
 
Comprehensive private sightseeing tours including entrance fees
 
26 bountiful meals including 10 American buffet breakfast, 8 lunches and 8 dinners (subject to change depending on China internal flight schedule)
 
Unique Culinary Events including an authentic Peking Duck dinner, a traditional Mongolian Barbecue buffet lunch, and a delicious Dumpling Banquet in Xian
 
Special evening shows including Tang Dynasty stage show and a breathtaking Shanghai Acrobatics
 
Exclusive Culture InSites Programs in a facinating rickshaw Hutong Tour including a visit to kindergarten, DrumTower, local family visit, home-hosted lunch, etc.
 
Professional service of an expert, resident Tour Director throughout China for a group of 10 travelers or more
 
Professional local guiding service in each destination city
 
Baggage handling service throughout China
 
 
 
This 12-Day deluxe tour will be recategorized to "Specials" travel category from
November 2013 and all departures from then will be downgraded to 4-star hotel
accommodations and standard meal plan.
Trip Summary
 
Day 1
Depart Canada
Day 2
Beijing
Day 3
Beijing
Day 4
Beijing
Day 5
Xian
Day 6
Xian
Day 7
Hangzhou
Day 8
Suzhou
Day 9
Shanghai
Day 10
Shanghai
Day 11
Shanghai
Day 12
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