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Imperial China, Tibet & Hong Kong (2012)

22 Days from only $5599

Beijing, Xian, Chengdu (Panda reserve), Lhasa, Tibet Holy Lake, Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise, Shanghai, Suzhou & Tongli, Guilin, Longsheng (Dragon Spine Terraces), Hong Kong

Overview

Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of China, Tibet, Yangtze cruise and Hong Kong on this unforgettable land and river cruise vacation! Your trip begins in Beijing, where you visit the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and other imperial palaces and gardens. On to Xi'an to marvel at the famous legion of Terracotta Warriors guarding Emperor Qin's tomb, and visit the Giant Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu.

Then journey into the Himalayas to get inspiration from the Tibetan Buddhism at Lhasa. Tour the Potala Palace, once the center of the Tibetan government and the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama, and visit Tibetan local family home. Soak the timeless beauty of Tibet highland and visit the holy lake of Yamdrok Yumtso.

Continue to Chongqing, China's most populous mountain city, to embark on your 3-night river cruise down the Yangtze. From the private balcony you witness the timeless landscapes along the Yangtze valley and sail through the picturesque Gorges and canyons. Tour the Three Gorges Dam site and fly to Shanghai, an ultra-modern city that offers a fascinating glimpse into China's future. Watch the world-famous Shanghai Acrobats perform their magnificent gymnastic feats, enjoy the view from one of the city's tallest buildings. From Shanghai, spend a day visiting the charming water town of Suzhou, which have delightful gardens, bridges, canals, and traditional homes.

Fly to the subtropical Guilin to cruise on the Li River and indulge yourself in "The best scenery under Heaven". Travel to Longsheng for an off-the-beaten-path hiking tour to the Dragon Spine Terraces. Your tour concludes in the cosmopolitan Hong Kong, where the East meets the West. This is a journey covering China's past, present and future, a trip of religious inspiration and eye opening.

This 22-day tour itinerary is a longer version of our 18-day Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey tour, with an extension to Guilin and Hong Kong. These two tours share the same itinerary for the first 16 days.
 
What's Included

Roundtrip non-stop flights from San Francisco (SFO) and New York (JFK) to Beijing with Air China
 
All Intra-China flights, ground transportation and transfers
 
First class hotel accommodations with daily buffet breakfast
 
Comprehensive private sightseeing tours and evening shows including entrance fees
 
54 bountiful meals including 20 American buffet breakfast, 18 lunches and 16 dinners (subject to change depending on China internal flight schedule)
 
Unique culinary events including an authentic Peking duck dinner, and a delicious Dumpling Banquet in Xian
 
Exclusive Culture InSites Program: Hutong tour in rickshaws, including a local family visit, home-hosted lunch; Tibetan family visit; enjoy an afternoon tea at Chengdu's traditional teahouse
 
Professional service of an expert, resident Tour Director throughout China (for group of 10 travelers or more)
 
Professional local guiding service in each destination city
 
Baggage handling service throughout China