China's Ever Changing Faces (2011)

22 Days from only $4259

Beijing, Xian, Chengdu (Panda Reserve), Le Sha (Grand Buddha), Lijiang, Dali, Kunmin, Stone Forrest, Guilin, Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise, Suzhou, Tongli (water town), Shanghai


This phenomenal itinerary brings you China's most renowned wonders as well as the hidden gems of Shangri-La and minority culture.

You start with Beijing's imperial wonders including the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall of China, as well as a stroll through the old maze-like Hutongs for a glimpse at how most urban Chinese families once lived. Continue to Xian, home of the impressive legion of Terracotta Warriors. Then visit Chengdu's Giant Panda Reserve and admire the world's largest Grand Buddha in Le Shan.

Fly to China's Southwest Yunnan Province, also known as "South of the Clouds" for its hidden treasures of Lijiang, ancient town of Dali and Kunmin's Stone Forrest.

Continue your trip to the subtropical Guilin and spend a day sailing down the Li River, as a rich tapestry of limestone hills rise majestically out of the earth in front of you. This scenery of timeless beauty inspired Chinese poets for thousands of years. Onward to Chongqing for a 3-night cruise down the Yangtze. Sail through its picturesque Gorges, and tour the Three Gorges Dam site, coming to understand why the Yangtze has been China's lifeline for millennia.

Your trip concludes in 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 and Tongli, which have delightful gardens, bridges, canals, and traditional homes.
What's Included

Roundtrip non-stop flights between San Francisco (SFO) or New York (JFK) and Beijing on Air China
All Intra-China flights, ground transportation and transfers
First class hotel accommodations with private bath, daily American buffet breakfast
3-night downstream Yangtze Cruise aboard China’s official 5-star M.V. President No. 1. Outside cabins with private balcony, picture window and private bath
Comprehensive private sightseeing tours and evening shows including entrance fees
56 bountiful meals including 20 American buffet breakfast, 18 lunches and 18 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 visit to a local family home and home-hosted lunch, etc.
Special evening shows including Tang Dynasty stage show and a breathtaking Shanghai Acrobatics
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
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