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Enjoy the best of China vacation with a stopover in Seoul, Korea
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Day 1 USA / Beijing
Depart USA for Beijing, China
Day 2 Arrive at Beijing
Your tour of one of the most fascinating countries in the world begins in Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China. An English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport, drive you to your hotel, and help you check in.
Day 3 Beijing B,L,SD
Your tour begins in Tiananmen Square, the heart of Beijing and the largest public space on earth. Step back in time as you pass through the Gate of Heavenly Peace and enter the Forbidden City, home to the Imperial Courts of the Ming and Qing Dynasties for more than 500 years. The Forbidden City is an enormous complex of perfectly preserved palaces, temples, magnificent squares and formal gardens. You’ll stroll down cobblestone paths once known only to the Emperor’s most intimate advisors, visit the private chambers of Imperial concubines and see stunning collections of priceless art, furnishings, and jewelry. After lunch you’ll visit the Summer Palace, a fairyland of pagodas, pavilions and stone bridges on the outskirts of the city. You will also visit a Pearl Workshop. This evening you’ll enjoy the capital’s most famous dining experience - a Peking Duck Dinner – then attend a special cultural performance – Legend of Kung Fu.
Day 4 Beijing B,L,D,
Leave the bustle and traffic of Beijing behind and journey through the countryside to see one of the Wonders of the World – The Great Wall. You will walk along a portion of this 3700-mile long marvel or to simply sit and contemplate the wonders of China’s past. After lunch you’ll visit the massive tomb complex of the Ming Emperors where you’ll walk along the “Sacred Way” passing between pairs of huge stone sculptures. If time permits, you will visit a Jade Carving Factory and observe the skilled artisan at work as they create intricate designs. You will also have photo stops at 2008 Summer Olympic Venues – The “Bird’s Nest” and “Water Cube”. Enjoy dinner tonight at a local restaurant.
Day 5 Beijing B,L,
This morning you’ll visit the Temple of Heaven, one of China’s most photographed attractions. This ornate wooden structure was where the “Sons of Heaven”, as the Chinese Emperors were known, worshiped the gods and prayed for good harvests. It is the largest temple complex in China and the lovely park surrounding the ancient tower is a popular spot for morning Tai Chi. Afterwards, venture into a Hutong neighborhood, where the atmosphere of Old Peking lives on. You’ll bicycle or ride rickshaws down narrow lanes and alleyways, pass vegetable markets, traditional medicine shops and tiny, wooden teahouses. Then, you will stroll along the Liulichang Culture Street where the shops in the architectural style of the late Qing Dynasty stand side by side, selling an enormous variety of goods, such as pottery and porcelain, and carved lacquer wares and jewels. In the evening, you will stroll around Wang Fu Jing Street and experience the colorful night market.
Day 6 Beijing / Xian B,L,D,
Take a short, two-hour flight to Xi'an, Imperial Capital of the Tang Dynasty and eastern border of the fabled Silk Road, a city with a long tradition of welcoming foreign visitors. You’ll begin your visit with a tour of the Ancient Wall, then the Provincial Museum and Muslim Street.
Day 7 Xian B,L,SD
Today you’ll visit what for many is the high point of their trip to China: the excavation site of the Terracotta Warriors. More than 6000 soldiers, ministers, and horses, each individually sculpted from a real life model, stand guarding Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s still unopened tomb. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the site, get a good look at the warriors from various vantage points and visit this excellent museum. Then you will visit a lacquer factory. Tonight you’ll celebrate Xi'an’s rich history with dinner and entertainment; enjoy the magnificent Tang Dynasty Show while sampling the regional specialty – Xi'an dumplings.
Day 8 Xian / Shanghai B,
Fly to Shanghai, China’s most cosmopolitan city and the most dynamic city in Asia. An English- speaking tour guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Indulge in a shopping spree along Nanjing Road. Walk down the avenues and immerse yourself in the city’s atmosphere. Stop for a cup of tea or a beer in a small café and chat with locals. This evening, experience Shanghai’s world-famous nightclubs or simply enjoy the hotel’s amenities and rest up for tomorrow’s adventures.
Day 9 Shanghai B,L,D,
Today you’ll travel to the Bund, the city’s lively waterfront, and see the remains of the banks and other colonial institutions of the 19th century. Then you will visit Yu Yuan Garden which is in the old part of the city. Revisit Shanghai’s past as you walk into Shikumen, the stone-framed gated houses. In addition, you'll tour a carpet factory. After dinner, you’ll attend a thrilling acrobatic show.
Day 10 Shanghai - Suzhou – Shanghai B,L,
Day excursion to Suzhou, known as the “Venice of the East.” You will visit the Lingering Garden and a silk embroidery institute. After lunch, you'll cruise on the world famous ancient Grand Canal of more than 2400 years. Return to Shanghai.
Day 11 Shanghai / Seoul B,
Bid farewell to Shanghai. You will be driven to the airport for your flight to Seoul. Upon arrival at the airport, meet with our driver and transfer to your hotel in Seoul. Check-in at the hotel.
Day 12 Seoul B,
After breakfast, you will meet with our guide and start full day Seoul Tour to Gyeongbok Palace. Located in and around the complex are numerous buildings that made up the royal palace, on of which is the National Folk Museum that sits in the northern section of the palace the museum comprises of three interconnected buildings. After palace tour, you will visit Insa-dong Antique Street, where you can find a lot of small shops selling and displaying antique, pottery and paintings. Next visit is at Seoul Tower where you will have a panoramic view of Seoul. On the way to the hotel, you will visit Dongdaemun Market where there is a wonderful mix of the conventional and the modern flavors.
Day 13 Seoul B,
Today you are free to explore Seoul on your own. Optional tours are available per your request.
Day 14 Depart Seoul B,
Transfer to the airport for your flight retun home or to your next destinaiton.