THE WONDERS OF CHINA
9 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

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Awe and amazement abound in the world's third largest country as you live the wonders of China. Here, 5,000 years of history and modern day life intermingle to offer you a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in the Orient you are sure to cherish always. 8,000 life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors, The Great Wall of China, larger than life Dynasties, sacred temples, giant pandas and more are yours to discover in a country that offers splendid surprises at every turn.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cross the International Date Line
  • Experience the wonders of China
  • Chinese culture and traditions
  • Learn about the Ming and Qing Dynasties
  • Tiananmen Square
  • The Forbidden City
  • The Temple of Heaven
  • The Great Wall of China
  • Peking duck dinner
  • Tang Dance show
  • View the Terracotta Warriors in Xian
  • Visit Shanghai
  • The Bund
  • Visit factories & learn about Chinese industry

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DAY BY DAY ITINERARY


Day 1 Depart USA
Depart on your overnight flight from the USA to China.

Day 2 Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival at Beijing Airport you will be met by your Aventura World tour director and be transferred to your hotel. Welcome to China's capital city, a lively mix of neighborhoods and districts and home of ancient treasures such as the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. The Peoples' Republic of China beckons with a storied history dating back more than 5,000 years, revealed in its imperial antiquities and rich culture for you to experience.

Day 3 Beijing - City Tour
After breakfast at your hotel, a full-day tour to explore Beijing awaits. From Tiananmen Square or "Gate of heavenly peace," and the Forbidden City, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing Dynasties; to the Temple of Heaven, where Dynasties held sacred rituals; and on to the Olympic Village, built for the 2008 Summer Olympics - you will have the opportunity to delve into the past and present of this fascinating city. In the evening, savor an authentic Peking Duck Dinner for a delicious end to your day. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Beijing - Great Wall
Start the morning with breakfast at your hotel and then embark on a sightseeing adventure to one of the world's ancient wonders, The Great Wall of China. Extending about 5,500 miles today, the first sections of the wall were built by the Qin Dynasty starting in about 220 BC to keep nomads and invaders out of China. Over the next thousand years sections were added, yet the more modern sections measuring up to 25 feet were constructed starting in 1388 by the Ming Dynasty and feature 71 passageways, 827 platforms, and countless towers. Cultural Discovery Series - finish your day of adventures with a visit to a Jade factory. (B,L)

Day 5 Beijing
The day begins with breakfast at your hotel then the choices are yours for the taking! Today you have the full day at leisure to explore Beijing or to enjoy an optional tour to the Summer Palace, the Hutong rickshaw car tour and a visit to a typical Chinese home. Explore the city's amazing history and culture on this tour to the historic Summer Palace, said to be the best preserved imperial garden in the world, and the largest of its kind still in existence in China. First constructed in 1750, largely destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored in 1886 - is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples, and bridges to form a pleasant collective of outstanding visual value. Afterwards, you visit the Pearl Market and then enjoy a rickshaw ride through the hutongs, the old traditional alleyways, and courtyard homes which once covered all Beijing. The rickshaws are a traditional means of transportation in the old narrow streets. Here you visit a traditional family courtyard home where the family will greet you, serve tea and show you through their home. (B)

Day 6 Beijing/Xian - Tang Style Dancing Show
Rise and shine with breakfast at your hotel. This morning you will embark on a flight to Xian. Welcome to Xian, the capital of China's central Shaanxi province and a must for history buffs. Once the gateway to the Silk Road and a meeting point for scholars, poets, and monks, today is home to timeworn artifacts from another world. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to partake in an optional tour of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the city wall, and the Banpo Museum. At the Banpo Village Museum, your stop will take you 6,000 years in the past. We will tour the village and learn about the matriarchal community of the Yangshao culture through the various relics and exhibitions offered. Cultural Discovery Series - an exciting evening of entertainment and fun follow with an included Tang Style Dancing Show. (B,D)

Day 7 Xian - Terra - Cotta Warriors
Power-up with breakfast at your hotel and then board your first-class motorcoach for an excursion to see the acclaimed Terra-Cotta Warriors at the Tomb of the First Emperor of Qin Dynasty. In 1974 discovery of thousands of life-sized Terracotta Warriors was one of the greatest archeological finds of the 20th century. These figures date back to 210 BC and were meant to guard the first emperor of China in the afterlife. See the huge statue of the emperor that now guards the entrance to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, undeniable high point of any trip to Xian and the three enormous pits are filled with row upon row of these remarkable effigies, with the first pit alone holding some 6,000 examples in excellent condition. Cultural Discovery Series - on route, visit to the Xian Art Ceramic & Terra Cotta Factory gives you time to shop for artistic mementos to share your time in China. (B,L)

Day 8 Xian/Shanghai - City Tour
After breakfast, fly to Shanghai and transfer to your hotel. In 1841, the city was a small fishing village, but today it has transformed into the most westernized city in China and is at the forefront of China's modernization. The city is changing fast and nearly a quarter of the world's construction cranes are working in this city. This afternoon a panoramic city tour welcomes you to the vibrant sights and sounds of Shanghai. Often referred to as the "Pearl of China" or the "Paris of the Orient," your tour takes you to explore the essence of Shanghai visiting sites including the Bund located on the city's waterfront. The Bund is Shanghai's most famous attraction that ties together the city's old world and new, showcasing pre-1949 architecture in a row of buildings that served as its financial and commercial center in the 1930's. Cultural Discovery Series - en route visit the Shanghai Silk Factory. (B,L)

Day 9 Shanghai to USA or extend your stay with an optional Shanghai extension
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you transfer to the airport for your flight home or opt to stay an extra few days to explore even more of China's allure. (B)

OPTIONAL SHANGHAI EXTENSION
Day 9 Shanghai - Suzhou Tour
Today you will head out on a full-day tour to Suzhou, nicknamed “Venice of the East” and famous around the world for its methodically landscaped classical gardens and interweaving waterways. We visit the centuries-old Lingering Garden and West Garden Temple, covering an area of 1.6 acres and constructed in the Yuan Dynasty, it blends garden art and temple art harmoniously. Visit the Suzhou Silk factory and the National Embroidery Institute to see silk embroidery, an important local craft with 1,000 years of history. Take a canal cruise after lunch. Return to your hotel in Shanghai. (B,L)

Day 10 Shanghai
Have a hearty breakfast and get ready to live the magic of Shanghai with a full day at leisure. Discover Shanghai at your own pace, visit the Shanghai Museum, or visit the Jade Buddha Temple & Yu Garden. (B)

Day 11 Shanghai to USA
After breakfast today your transfer awaits to take you to the airport for your flight home. (B)


Hotel and itinerary are subject to change.

INCLUDES

  • ROUND TRIP AIR TRANSPORTATION - Air transportation from Los Angeles and all intra-China flights
  • FIRST-CLASS/DELUXE ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 13 included meals consisting of 7 buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Beijing city tour, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, Xian and the Terracotta Warriors, Shanghai and the Bund. Optional tours available
  • CULTURAL DISCOVERY SERIES - Our program encompasses cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy and social systems, and interaction with locals such as a Tang Style Dancing Show, visits to Shanghai Silk factory, Beijing Jade factory, Xian Art Ceramic & Terra Cotta factory with shopping opportunities
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour upon arrival in Beijing
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

OPTIONAL SHANGHAI EXTENSION TOUR FEATURES
  • FIRST-CLASS/DELUXE ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 2 included meals consisting of 2 buffet breakfasts
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing as per the day to day plan, including local guide and all entrance fees: seeing Suzhou
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

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