1 - USA/Shanghai
Your journey begins as you board an international flight bound for
2 - Shanghai
Landing in Shanghai, once known as the "Paris of the East",
you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Remarks: Shanghai cuisine is typically seasoned with sugar, soy
sauce and Shaoxing wine - a sweet and zesty combination. Shanghainese
specialities are freshwater hairy crabs, fried fish in sweet and
sour sauce, and shrimps served over sizzling rice.
Day 3 - Shanghai (B/L/SD)
Immerse in the culture and sophistication of Shanghai on a tour
of the city's premier sights. Wander the lovely paths and pavilions
of the 500-year-old Yu Garden; view all manners of Chinese arts
displayed in the astounding galleries of the new Shanghai Museum;
and shop at the Old Shanghai featuring all manner of antiques, curios
and Chinese medicine. Return to the hotel at day's end to prepare
for a special evening of Shanghai Cuisine at the prestigious Lu
Bo Long Restaurant.
Day 4 - Shanghai/Zhouzhuang/Suzhou (B/L/D)
Travel to Zhouzhuang, the perfect embodiment of the serene villages
of the Yangtze Delta. Tour the stone lanes and interlaced streams
where the 900-year-old town's stories are depicted in landmark mansions
and magnificent bridges resembling keys, rainbows, and musical instruments.
Continue by coach to the garden city of Suzhou for an evening gala
at the esteemed Garden of the Master of Nets. Enjoy special performances
of classical music and dance, and an opportunity for an evening
stroll on the intimate paths with surprises at every turn.
Day 5 - Suzhou (B/L/D)
Suzhou is a charming city of canals filled with Ming and Qing gardens,
many dating back centuries. Exploring a selection of magnificent
garden havens cherished by ancient scholars and visits the Embroidery
Research Institute to marvel at the designs. End the day with a
delicious dinner at the SongHeLou Restaurant.
Remarks: The feature of Suzhou-style dishes is their natural flavor
in original stock and a mixture of salty and sweet taste. Among
the best-known dishes are sizzling rice with shrimps, boat-shaped
fried duck, braised pork in preserved bean-curd sauce, five-spiced
chicken drumstick and so on.
6 - Hangzhou (B/L/SD)
Take a morning train to Hangzhou, a silk center acclaimed by Marco
Polo as a "paradise on earth". Cruise on West Lake in
the heart of the city, dotted with palaces, reflecting pools, pagodas
and gardens inspired by the highly-cultured Song Dynasty. Complete
the day with a dinner overlooking the lake at the famous Louwailou
Restaurant which has hosted nine state dinners
Remarks: Dishes of Hangzhou style are meticulously prepared, hence
tasty and crisp. A blend of freshness and saltiness are the characteristic.
The local specialties are the Beggar's chicken, vinegar fish from
the West Lake, Dongpo meat (braised and steamed pork), and prawns
in Dragon Well tea sauce.
Day 7 - Hangzhou (B/L)
The morning tour includes the cave carvings at the Lingyin Monastery
built in the year 321 AD by a Buddhist monk from India, the view
from Pagoda of Six Harmonies, and Hangzhou's famous tea plantation
where China's most famous tea is produced.
Day 8 - Hangzhou/Xian (B/L/SD)
Your journey continues with a short flight to Xian. This evening,
enjoy a dazzling dumpling dinner banquet at Defachang Dumpling Restaurant,
where over 100 kinds of dumplings are available.
Remarks: Xian cuisine is the blending of the different types of
dishes brought by the court officials during the Ming and Qing Dynasties
with the native dishes of the regions. Pork, duck, lamb, and other
meats are primarily eaten due to the cold weather in winter. Rich
food and pot dishes are popular. The area is rich in wheat and many
dishes are based on grain, popular items being dumplings, noodles,
cakes, etc. Famous dishes are braised abalone with shells, fried
sea cucumber with fistulous onion and fragrant calamus in milk soup.
Day 9 - Xian (B/L/SD)
Xian was the cradle of ancient Chinese civilization dating back
to 4,000 BC, and the capital city for eleven dynasties up to the
9th century. Tour the highlights of the city and outskirts today,
none more spectacular than the army of Terra Cotta Soldiers buried
around the tomb of Emperor Qin for 22 centuries, but hidden beneath
the earth until their discovery in 1974. Also explore the Provincial
Museum, the landmark Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and Ming-era City Gate.
This evening, enjoy a dazzling dinner banquet and stage show at
the Tang Dynasty Theater.
Day 10 - Xian/Beijing (B/L/SD)
Fly to Beijing, the capital of China with an incredible mix of historic
and modern landmarks. Explore the famous Tiananmen Square and the
imposing Forbidden City, a treasure trove of art and heirlooms.
This evening enjoy Mongolian Hot Pot, a regional styles of cooking,
at DongLaiShun Restaurant, famous for its instant sliced Mutton
Hot Pot and Barbecue dinner.
Remarks: Beijing food, originating in the imperial courts of northern
China, is strongly spiced with coriander, peppers and garlic. Noodles
and dumplings are featured, instead of the typical southern staple
of rice. Stir-frying and deep frying is a favorite cooking method.
You will find the texture crispy, and yet at the same time, tender.
Beijing roast duck renowned for its scented crisp skin, which is
so crisp that once taken in the mouth it breaks.
11 - Beijing (B/L/SD)
With its various segments stretching nearly 4,000 miles across the
rugged terrain of northern China, the Great Wall is truly a world
wonder. Today's visit will allow ample time to linger at the site,
photograph it from dramatic perspectives, and contemplate the resilience
of the ancient people who toiled under the harshest conditions to
erect the wall entirely by hand. Continue to the Ming Tombs, burial
site of the Ming Dynasty's royalty before returning to the city
for a delicious Peking duck dinner.
Day 12 - Beijing (B/L)
Tour the awesome Summer Palace with lovely pagodas, pavilions, and
courtyards, still much as they were during the court of Empress
Dowager. Enjoy a special lunch with the students and staffs at the
Culinary School prior to Lama Temple, a Tibetan Buddhist temple
with finely detailed Thanqka paintings and beautifully carved Buddha
Day 13 - Beijing (B/L/SD)
Ride in old-fashioned pedicab through Hutongs, the "old city"
neighborhood of narrow alleyways and courtyard gardens hidden behind
Beijing's modern facade. After lunch, continue to the Temple Heaven
with its exuberant interior and delightful park setting and is one
of the best examples of Ming Dynasty architecture in Beijing. This
evening, feast on a special Imperial dinner banquet at the renowned
Fangshan Restaurant in Behai Park. The chefs here recreate the food
eaten by former Emperors and Empresses. You will be dining on the
most exotic foods imaginable.
Day 14 - Beijing/USA (B)
Bid farewell to China as you fly aboard your selected airline home.
LAX / SFO
NYC / IAD
|Apr 03, 24
|May 08, 22, 29
|Jun 05, 19, 26
|Jul 03, 17
|Aug 07, 14,
|Sep 04, 18, 25
|Oct 09, 16, 30
|Nov 06, 20,
|Dec 04, 18
|Jan 15, 22,
|Feb 05, 12
|Mar 04, 11, 18
Shanghai Central Hotel
Suzhou Banboo Grove Hotel
Hangzhou Continental Hotel
Xian Hyatt Hotel
Beijing New Otani Hotel
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