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Discover China’s past and present — from historicBeijing to the bustling metropolis of Shanghai. Visitthe iconic Terra Cotta Warriors and giant pandas,and explore the storied Yangtze River on anall-balcony river cruiser.

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Beijing, China
    Arrive in the capital city of Beijing, China’s longtime seat ofpower, where you are transferred to your luxurious hotel. Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing  
  2. Day 2
    Beijing
    Today, participate in a privately led tai chi lesson taughtby a master instructor at the Temple of Heaven, a stunningexample of classical Ming period architecture. After lunch,take in the sweep of history at Tiananmen Square beforeexploring the imperial grandeur of the Forbidden City.Tonight, gather for a special welcome dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Beijing
    This morning, Ride Like a Local on a pedicab through ahutong, a vast yet intimate neighborhood of small, windingalleyways dating to China’s dynastic period. Then, travelto the well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wallof China. Ride a cable car to the top of the wall to takein sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. Afterexperiencing this wonder of the world, return to Beijing. Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  4. Day 4
    Xian
    Fly to Xian, a modern city cloaked in over 3,000 years of history. Once the eastern terminus on the Great Silk Road, Xian has become a melting pot of Middle Eastern and Asian influences. Upon arrival, enjoy a Chef’s Table noodle-throwing demonstration, followed by lunch. Visit the old city’s Muslim Quarter with its teeming markets and beautiful Great Mosque, a 14th-century national heritage site. A blend of classic Chinese temple architecture and central Asian embellishments make it one of the most fascinating sites in Xian. Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Xian  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  5. Day 5
    Xian
    Today, accompanied by an on-site specialist, visit theexcavation site of the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, thelife-size army created during the Qin Dynasty to protect QinShi Huang, China’s first emperor, in his afterlife. More than8,000 remarkably crafted soldiers are spread throughoutthree dig pits, each revealing a unique face. After lunch, strollalong the impressive ramparts of the City Wall. Tonight,gather for dinner. Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Xian  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Chengdu
    Travel by bullet train to Chengdu, the capital of SichuanProvince. For lunch, enjoy a spicy Sichuan hot pot, a regional specialty. Afterward, immerse yourself in local life andculture at People’s Park, where area residents play traditionalChinese instruments, practice calligraphy and engage in taichi. Then, learn about unique, centuries-old matchmakingtechniques still in use today, before checking in to your hotel,where you observe a traditional tea demonstration.Hotel: Waldorf Astoria Chengdu  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Chengdu & Chongqing
    Today, visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center. Enjoy the rare opportunity to observe these endangered creatures roaming freely in their specially designed habitat. Then, board a high-speed train for a ride through the Chinese countryside to Chongqing, where you embark on your river cruiser, ‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer,’ for a three-night journey to Yichang. Settle into your cabin as the ship sets a course downstream to the stunning Three Gorges region. Hotel: ���Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer���  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Cruising the Yangtze
    Start your morning with tai chi on the deck before breakfast.Disembark in the small city of Fuling for a visit to the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum. Descend 150 feetunderwater to see centuries-old rock carvings. Afterward,continue to a local market to gain insight into the region’srich culinary culture. Back on board, learn about Chinesetraditional medicine and reflexology. Tonight, attend theCaptain’s Reception.Hotel: ���Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer���  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Cruising the Yangtze
    Early this morning, ‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’ navigates theQutang and Wu gorges before anchoring at Badong, whereyou board a ferry and travel up Shennong Stream. Transferto “peapod” boats, poled by Tujia boatmen, to view a scenicgorge. The Tujia are members of a local minority culturefamed for their boat-building skills and keen knowledge ofthe Yangtze. Gain insights into their daily lives on a villagevisit. Return by ferryboat to your ship. Tonight, savor a“Taste of China” dinner, followed by onboard entertainment. Hotel: ���Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer���  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Yichang & Shanghai
    This morning, disembark in Yichang and fly to Shanghai,stopping briefly to photograph the Three Gorges Dam,a project that resulted in the resettlement of 1.2 millionresidents of the cities submerged behind it. Upon arrival inShanghai, transfer to your elegant hotel, located on the city’shistoric Bund. Hotel: Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  11. Day 11
    Shanghai
    Explore dynamic Shanghai, where stunning modernskylines meet classic street markets and gardens. Head tothe observation deck of the Shanghai Tower, where you aretreated to a bird’s-eye view of the Huangpu River, the Bund and Shanghai’s panorama of skyscrapers.  This afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:Walk Shanghai’s Historic Jewish Quarter and learn howit became a haven for Jews fleeing Europe in World War II.Enjoy a Shopping Excursion to the trendy FrenchConcession to browse the superb selection of artisan shopsand navigate the maze of shikumen homes.Savor a Street-Food Tour, sampling local specialties, suchas soup dumplings and steamed crab.Then, toast your day with a relaxing Scenic Sundowner. Hotel: Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund  
    Meals: Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    Shanghai
    Today, walk along the Bund, Shanghai’s most popularpromenade, and then explore the Shanghai Museumaccompanied by its curator, viewing exceptional collections ofhistorically significant art and housewares, including bronzes,ceramics, jade, furniture and coins. Savor lunch at a localrestaurant, and later stroll the streets of Old Town and visitthe 16th-century Yu Garden, with its pavilions and ponds.Hotel: Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Depart Shanghai
    After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart for home.
    Meals: Breakfast

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The A&K guides in China were superior. The overall guide was as good as a Tauck tour director. This is the first A&K tour (we have taken 3) that was as good as the Tauck tour we took to Turkey in 2014.

Top notch, first class every step of the journey. It's a pleasure travelling with a company that anticipates your needs before you have to ask.


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