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2020 China's Imperial Cities

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Witness the art of kung fu where it originated,the Shaolin Temple; see the Terra Cotta Warriorsalongside an on-site archaeologist; and takea leisurely bamboo raft ride down the Li Riveron a fascinating journey through China.

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Shanghai, China
    Arrive in Shanghai, where you are met and transferred toyour hotel.Hotel: The Peninsula Shanghai  
  2. Day 2
    This morning, visit the Shanghai Museum accompanied by its curator, viewing exceptional collections of historically significant art and housewares, including bronzes, ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, jade, furniture and coins. Proceed to the observation deck of the Shanghai Tower, where you have the opportunity to enjoy a stunning birds eye view of the city. After lunch at a local restaurant, walk through Shanghai’s historic Jewish Quarter, and learn how it became a haven for Jews fleeing Europe during World War II. Visit the small museum and former synagogue. Tonight, meet your fellow guests for a cocktail and welcome dinner.Hotel: The Peninsula Shanghai  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Stroll the Bund, the waterfront promenade along theHuangpu River, popular with locals and visitors alike. VisitYu Garden, a former private garden built during the MingDynasty (1368-1644) that features an exquisite layout,beautiful scenery and garden architecture. Savor a lunch of steamed dumplings at a local restaurant. Then, transfer tothe airport and fly to Beijing. Upon arrival, check in to yourluxurious hotel.Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  4. Day 4
    This morning, journey to the Mutianyu portion of the GreatWall — its most well-preserved section. Marvel at the sizeand scale of the site, which began as a series of fortificationsin the seventh century BC to block the invading nomadictribes of the Eurasian steppe. Walk or ride a cable car tothe top of the wall and revel in magnificent vistas of thesurrounding mountains. Return to Beijing and proceed tothe hutongs (networks of winding alleyways), where youRide Like a Local by pedicab. Explore the area and its linesof siheyuan (courtyard residences) surrounded by buildingson all four sides.Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  5. Day 5
    Partake in a morning tai chi class at the historic Temple ofHeaven. Built in 1420, it is considered the most beautifulexample of Ming Dynasty architecture. After lunch, visitTiananmen Square, site of the mausoleum of Mao Zadongand the 1989 Chinese democracy movement protests.Continue to the Forbidden City, located in the heart of Beijing. Once off-limits to most for more than 500 years,it is one of the world’s largest palace complexes and featuresa vast collection of historic buildings. Take in the ChineseImperial Palace, the former home of the nation’s royalfamilies.Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  6. Day 8
    This morning, board a high-speed train to Xian, the capitalof Shaanxi Province. Set amid the Guanzhong Plain, it is oneof the oldest cities in China. After lunch at a local restaurant,stroll along the ramparts of Xian’s impressive City Wall. Checkin to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure, gathering later inthe evening for dinner.Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Xian  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 9
    Today, accompanied by one of Xian’s leading specialists,visit the excavation site of the Terra Cotta Warriors andHorses. The site includes a life-size army created during theQin Dynasty to protect China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang,in his afterlife. More than 8,000 soldiers, each with a uniqueface, exhibit remarkable craftsmanship. After lunch, boarda high-speed train to Chengdu, the charming capital ofSichuan Province. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel foran evening at leisure.Hotel: Waldorf Astoria Chengdu  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  8. Day 10
    This morning, visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Breedingand Research Center. This site provides pandas witha nurturing environment, affording an unforgettableopportunity to see these endangered living symbols ofChina as they roam freely in their natural habitat. Then,discover the beautiful, well-preserved Wenshu Templedating back to the seventh century. Stroll along Jinli WalkingStreet, a faithful reconstruction of a traditional Sichuanmarket street. Watch traditional Chinese handicrafts beingmade and folk artisans putting on entertaining shows, suchas shadow puppetry or a face-changing performance.Hotel: Waldorf Astoria Chengdu  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  9. Day 11
    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin. After lunchat a local restaurant, explore Elephant Trunk Hill and ReedFlute Cave, two of China’s most iconic natural wonders.Continue to your hotel in Yangshuo for an afternoon andevening at leisure. Later, gather with your fellow travellersfor dinner at the hotel.Hotel: Banyan Tree Yangshuo  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 12
    Today, embark on a leisurely bamboo raft trip on the LiRiver, drifting quietly downstream, past stunning limestonepeaks. Observe life along the shore, where fishermen usecormorants to collect their catch and farmers still cultivaterice paddies by hand. This afternoon, you may choose toexplore the area by bicycle or kayak. This evening, experiencethe Liu San Jie Impression Show, a stunning spectacle of sightand sound orchestrated by the mastermind of the BeijingOlympics’ opening and closing ceremonies.Hotel: Banyan Tree Yangshuo  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  11. Day 15
    Depart Hong Kong
    After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.
    Meals: Breakfast
  12. Day 67
    Fly to Luoyang and journey to White Horse Temple.Considered the first Buddhist monastery built in China, itwas established in the first century. After an authentic lunchat a local restaurant, transfer to your hotel for an evening at leisure. The next day, visit legendary Shaolin Templeand witness a thrilling private demonstration of Shaolinkung fu by resident monks. This Zen Buddhist monasteryis considered the birthplace of the martial arts, firstformalized here in the sixth century. Stroll through the stoneand brick Pagoda Forest. Enjoy lunch before visiting theSongyang Academy of Classical Learning, renowned centerof Confucian philosophy. Next, explore the spectacularLongmen Caves, a memorable opportunity to experiencethe rich history and arts of China. Devoted to the Buddhistreligion, its grottoes and niches contain the largest, most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late NorthernWei and Tang Dynasties.Hotel: Lee Royal Mudu Hotel  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 1314
    Hong Kong
    Fly to Hong Kong, China’s glittering gateway of internationaltrade and finance. Check in to your hotel and enjoy time atleisure exploring this world-class city. The next morning,depart for Sheung Wan, one of the earliest British settlements.Stroll through an herbal medicine market, and stop at ManMo Temple on Hollywood Road for an informative lookat a typical Chinese temple. Enjoy a panoramic view ofthe city, Victoria Harbour and Lamma Island from atopVictoria Peak. Continue to Aberdeen for a leisurely sampan(wooden boat) ride through the floating villages of the Tankacommunity, observing the ebb and flow of everyday life.After lunch, spend your afternoon at leisure. Tonight, gatherfor a cocktail reception and farewell dinner.Hotel: The Peninsula Hong Kong  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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