Many say Beijing represents China of today, Xi'an represents the China of yesterday, and Shanghai the China of tomorrow. See for yourself!
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If this is your first trip to China and/or your vacation time is limited, this would be your ideal itinerary.
Day 1 Depart USA for Beijing, China.
Day 2 Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing Airport, you will meet your English speaking Regent Local Guide, who will escort you to your deluxe hotel.
Day 3 Beijing
This morning, one hour comfortable motor coach ride will take you to the statue-lined Sacred Way to the Ming (1368 - 1644) Dynasty Tombs (Tranquil Ruins of Deling). En route, we will stop to visit a Cloisonne Factory where you will observe artisans working on this 500 years old unique art of China. After lunch, we will continue traveling to the Great Wall for breathtaking views of this man made structure that is visible from outer space.
Day 4 Beijing
Today we will visit the Temple of Heaven where Chinese Emperors throughout the ages went to pray and thank gods for the harvests every year. On the way, we will take a look how pearls are cultured and made into jewelry.
After lunch, explore the labyrinth of more than 9,000 treasure-filled chambers and hundreds of secret courtyards of the Forbidden City, where the movie Last Emperor was filmed.
Dinner is served at Dai Minority Restaurant with colorful dancers from southern China who will invite you for cheerful dancing.
Day 5 Beijing
Full day excursion to Summer Palace with a Cruise on Kunming Lake,
In the evening, try out the famous Peking Duck Dinner and watch a fabulous Acrobatic Show.
Day 6 Beijing / Xi'an
After one hour's flight you will reach Xi'an, the ancient capital of China. A free afternoon to relax, and mingle with the local people in city center area.
In the evening, taste dozens of different Xi'an dumplings at Dumpling Banquet.
Day 7 Xi'an
An army of over 7, 000 life size warriors, horses and chariots were buried underground over 2,000 years ago and was discovered in 1974. Emperor Qin Shihuang’s tomb attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Only when you are actually standing in front of the lined up troops will you realize how the Emperor was able to conquer all other kingdoms and unite China for the first time.
In the evening, we will watch the elegant Qin (Dynasty) or Tang (Dynasty) Performance.
Day 8 Xian
This morning we will pay a visit to Great Wild Goose Pagoda, which is centered in a working Buddhist temple. A panoramic view of Xi’an will be in front you when you climb up the pagoda. We will also take a stroll on Xi’an City Wall, the best preserved ancient city wall in China.
Day 9 Xian / Shanghai
A morning flight takes us to the biggest city in China - Shanghai. Shanghai Museum is among the finest in the world, where you can spend hours and hours marveling at all the treasures from ancient China.
Day 10 Shanghai
Today we will explore the Old City Market outside Yuyuan Garden, where old Shanghai still retains its charm, a combination of hundreds of small stores and eateries.
Before the day is over, we will go to the Bund on the waterfront lined with colonial buildings and look into China’s future across the river at the skylines of the New Shanghai. We will have an evening cruise on the Huangpu River after dinner.
Day 11 Shanghai - USA
Our flight regains the day lost crossing the International Date Line. We arrive home on the same day.
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