Tour 1: Apr 22 – May 05, 2018 Tour Price: $2,995 + Tax
* Tour 2: Sept 12 – Sept 27, 2018 Tour Price: $3,7995 + Tax
*Tour 2 extends 16 days and coincides with the mid-Autumn festival
Extra 3 days/2 nights in Guilin are added
Optional: Tour 2 with extra 3 days-2 nights in Guilin
Guilin is considered the pearl of China’s tourism for its natural beauty and historic treasures. For decades, it has been proclaimed that “Guilin’s landscape is the best under heaven,” perhaps partially because of the rice terraces that are beautiful all year round: In the early stages when filled with water, and as the rice grows, matures and changes colors
Check in at Los Angeles Airport (LAX). Depart for Beijing, China. An AV Travel tour leader will assist and escort travelers throughout the trip.
Fly across the Pacific Ocean.
Arrive in Beijing in the morning. After hotel check-in and lunch, in the afternoon, we’ll begin our trip with visiting the Temple of Heaven – a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God’s blessing of the whole nation. Here you’ll find The Sacred Road (“the way leading to Heaven”). In ancient China, the Emperor of China was regarded as the “Son of Heaven”, who administered earthly matters on behalf of the heavenly authority. Thus, The Sacred Road is believed as the path that leads to Heaven, which is guarded on both sides with 12 stone statues. The Temple of Heaven was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1998. (B/L/D)
Today’s highlight is a visit to the Forbidden City, located at the exact center of the ancient city of Beijing, where it served as the imperial palace during the mid-Ming and Qing Dynasties. Its extensive grounds cover 720,000 square meters, 800 buildings and 9999 rooms. The Forbidden City is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world and was declared a World Heritage site in 1987.
This afternoon you will find yourself marvel at the Summer Palace, once served as a summer resort for Empress Dowager Cixi. The garden’s architecture and design is an outstanding expression of the creative art of Chinese landscape that harmoniously incorporates the work of humankind and nature. In December 1998, UNESCO included the Summer Palace on its World Heritage List. It declared the Summer Palace “a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. (B/L/D)
This morning, a cable car ride takes you to the Great Wall, which stands as a monument to both the strength and the weakness of the Chinese Ming Dynasty. The Great Wall stretches at least 3,750 miles (6,000 km). Taking 2000 years to build, the Great Wall is the only man-made structure that is visible from the moon.
Visit the Beijing National Stadium (affectionately known as Bird’s Nest) which hosted the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
After a full day of excursion, tonight you can enjoy a special dinner with Peking duck. (B/L/D)
Board a flight to Zhengzhou. Upon arrival, the guide directs you to a visit to the Shaolin Monastery in Dengfeng. Built in 495 AD, Shaolin Temple is the cradle of Kung Fu and the Chinese Buddhism. Your visit to the temple includes the Hall of Heavenly Kings, Pagoda Forest, Dharma Cave, Shaolin Temple Martial Art Training Center, and especially a Shaolin Kungfu performance.
Visit the White Horse Temple, which, according to tradition, is the first Buddhist temple in China. (B/L/D)
This morning, enjoy a spectacular visit to the Longmen Grottos, where the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese Buddhist art can be found. There are as many as 100,000 statues within the 1,400 caves, ranging from 1 inch (25 mm) to 57 feet (17 m) in height. The area also contains nearly 2,500 stone slabs and inscriptions as well as over 60 Buddhist pagodas. In 2000, the site was named as a UNESCO World Heritage site and an outstanding manifestation of human artistic and creativity. (B/L/D)
Visit the famous Terracotta Army, the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum. Visit Huaqing Palace, which features the story of Emperor Xuanzong and Concubine Yang Gui Fei.
In the evening, enjoy a Tang Dynasty show in Xian. (B/L/D)
This morning you will board a short flight to Hangzhou, one the most beautiful and elegant cities in the world. Hangzhou is famous for its natural beauty and is commonly referred to as the “Venice of China”. You will be guided to the Six Harmony Pagoda, which sits adjacent to a park with replicas of the world’s most famous pagodas. (B/L/D)
Embark on a cruise on West Lake, Hangzhou’s most famous scenic sight and take in everything that this beautiful city has to offer. Explore ancient Hefang Street then stop to marvel at a lavish mansion built in 1872 by billionaire Hu Xueyan, the founder of the Chinese Herbal Medicine Company and the richest man in China during his time. (B/L/D)
Venture to Suzhou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many visitors have confessed that this is the site where imagination and reality have no boundary. Put on your best walking shoes and visit the Humble Administrators Garden, the best representative of Chinese classical gardens, constructed in the Ming dynasty. Continue to visit the Garden of the Master of Nets (Lingering Garden), one of the smallest, yet considered one of the best designed and most elegant private gardens in existence. Lingering in the garden so you can marvel at its unique architecture and art. It’s small but beautifully landscaped with pools, pavements and a pavilion that is suitable for the change in each season. (B/L/D)
Arrive in China’s largest city, Shanghai, a bustling port and commercial center. Shanghai has gone through major revitalizations in recent years and is now one of Asia’s most vibrant and exciting cities. Enjoy a day cruise around Shanghai and see one of Asia’s most progressive cities. A cruise on Huang River gives you another way to see the Bund, the cultural district along the river. Visit the Yu Garden at the Old Quarter. It was built by the Pan family in the Ming Dynasty. It has been restored & become one of the most popular tourist sights in the city. The tour continues as we’ll take you to the Shanghai old town. Great place to stock up your souvenirs, whilst getting a glimpse of traditional life. This evening, enjoy an acrobatic show and dinner with your fellow travelers. (B/L/D)
Have the whole day to explore Shanghai on your own. The 5-star hotel we’ll be staying at – the Central Shanghai – is located right on Nanjing Road, China’s no.1 street for shopping and sampling local food. (B/D)
Enjoy your free time this morning then transfer to the airport for your return flight to Los Angeles. (B)
Optional: Tour 2 with extra 3 days/2 nights in Guilin
Guilin is considered the pearl of China’s tourism for its natural beauty and historic treasures. For decades, it has been proclaimed that “Guilin’s landscape is the best under heaven,” perhaps partially because of the rice terraces that are beautiful all year round: In the early stages when filled with water, and as the rice grows, matures and changes colors.