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CHINA BESTOUR B (Privately Escorted)
A diverse overview of China's most requested cities, landscapes, gardens, & waterways.
11 days / 9 nights
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Beijing, the emperors' city (3 nights)
Xian & the great terra cotta army (2 nights)
Hangzhou, Marco Polo’s favorite city (2 nights)
Xitang, the ancient water town
Shanghai, the amazing city (2 nights)

Extensions to complement & personalize your vacations:
Tokyo, the bustling city (3 nights)
Hong Kong, the Pearl of the Orient (3 nights)

Tour Features
  • All domestic airfare included within China
  • Premium or Deluxe hotels throughout
  • 9 breakfast (B), 6 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D or SD-special dinner)
  • 3 gala evening events including Peking Duck dinner, Tang dynasty Theater, and Shanghai Acrobats.
  • Full-day Great Wall and Ming Tombs outing
  • Pedicab tour of the seldom-visited Hutong quarter of Old Beijing
  • Visit the excavation site of 8,000 terra cotta soldiers
  • “heavenly city” Hangzhou’s West Lake cruise
  • Visit Xitang, the ancient water town
  • See the astounding art of the innovative new Shanghai Museum
  • Comprehensive sightseeing of each city's highlights
Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Depart Hometown
Depart the U.S. on your odyssey to China aboard your selected airline to Beijing.
Day 2: Arrive Beijing, China
Transfer to your luxury hotel amidst the treasures in the center of China's capital.
HOTEL: THE PENINSULA PALACE or THE REGENT (Premier)
HOTEL: NEW OTANI or SOFITEL (Deluxe)
Day 3: Beijing (2 Meals included - B,L)
Walk in the steps of ancient emperors today as you tour the powerful Forbidden City, hidden from public view for over 500 years; and the masterpiece Temple of Heaven, the embodiment of grace and harmony. Enjoy glorious aerial views during lunch at the fine revolving restaurant, before continuing to the outstanding Summer Palace, now a favorite recreational spot for locals. The pomp and grandeur of imperial China lives on in these historic landmarks so integral to the nation’s soul.
Day 4: Beijing (3 Meals included - B,L,SD)
Take in the dramatic sight of the Great Wall, ascending to the horizon through the rugged hills of China's northern frontier. Continue to the ornate and ghostly Ming Tombs and Olympic site (Bird’s Nest and Water Cube) before returning to the city for an imperial-style dinner of Peking Duck. After dinner, enjoy a cultural performance – Kung Fu show or Peking Opera.
Day 5: Beijing/Xian (1 Meal included - B)
Your exploration of the capital continues with a pedicab tour of the pre-Revolutionary Hutong neighborhoods of Old Beijing and an ascent of the 15th-century Drum Tower for panoramas of this historic quarter or visit to the or Museum of China Ancient Architecture & History of Beijing. Travel by air to Xian, gateway to the fabled Silk Road that linked China with Rome, Venice, and Istanbul in ancient times.
HOTEL: SHANGRI-LA or SOFITEL (Premier)
HOTEL: SHANGRI-LA GOLDEN FLOWER or GRAND PARK (Deluxe)
Day 6: Xian (3 Meals included - B,L,SD)
The highlight of today’s sightseeing will be an excursion to the resident army of 8000 terra cotta horses and soldiers, individually carved down to the scuffmarks on their shoes. After lunch visit the ancient city wall with its Ming dynasty gates, the History Museum, and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the few to survive the wars that devastated the area in ancient times. The day will be capped by a dumpling banquet and gala stage show at the Tang Dynasty Theater.
Day 7: Xian/Hangzhou (1 Meal included - B)
Fly to the charming natural setting of Hangzhou, a silk center acclaimed by Marco Polo as a "heavenly city" of "beautiful palaces and wonderfully built houses".
HOTEL: SOFITEL (Premier)
HOTEL: ZHEJIANG INTERNATIONAL (Deluxe)
Day 8: Hangzhou (2 Meals included - B,L)
The premier sights of this Song Dynasty city are scattered on West Lake, whose placid waters you'll tour today by boat, stopping to explore tranquil islands, gardens, reflecting pools and other colorful settings. Survey other highlights in town, and shop for Hangzhou's famous silks and teas.
Day 9: Hangzhou/Xitang/Shanghai (2 Meals included - B,L)
Today, be among the few travelers to Xitang, a well-preserved ancient town dating back to Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasty. Old buildings scatter in the area of a square kilometer, The perfect embodiment of the serene villages. Tour the stone lanes and interlaced streams where the 600-year-old town's stories are depicted in landmark mansions and magnificent bridges resembling keys, rainbows and musical instruments. After lunch, coach to Shanghai and arrive cosmopolitan Shanghai in the afternoon, known as the "Paris of the East".
HOTEL: FAIRMONT PEACE or WESTIN ON THE BUND (Premier)
HOTEL: HUA TING (Deluxe)
Day 10: Shanghai (2 Meals included - B,L)
Your tour of this city of contrasts begins in the old Chinese quarter at Yu Yuan Gardens, dating to the 15th century. Proceed to the Art Deco and European ambiance of the bustling riverfront Bund, and then explore the innovative Shanghai Museum, the post events of Shanghai World Expo (the China Pavilion), and the enchanting Xintiande, an urban tourist attraction imbued with the city’s history and culture. Complete the day with a thrilling evening at the Shanghai Acrobatics Show.
Day 11: Shanghai/Hometown (1 Meal included - B)
Depart for home with unforgettable memories of your exotic adventure in this ancient land.
Pricing
The above is the suggested itinerary for individual, family and group travel. The itinerary and features may be changed to suit your needs. For further details and competitive pricing please contact us at info@bestour.com.

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