China is a land of history and refinement unparalleled in the world. Attentive visitors are immersed in a sea of visual and cultural experiences unlike any other they may have had elsewhere. Each geographic area in China teems with its own identity as an energetic variation on the great theme of Chinese civilization. You will be amazed at how regions differ vastly in landscape, vegetation, people and food yet express similar values and ideas.
This journey begins in Xi’an, once the largest city in the world. Visit and explore the Terracotta Warriors Museum in homage to Qinshihuang. It is considered China’s preeminent archaeological discovery. Tour other important historic sites in the ancient Tang Dynasty capital. Most excitingly, you will join hundreds of other Canadians for a Grand City-Entering Welcome Ceremony re-enacted by local people and performers. It will be a fun and memorable event.
Take a high-speed train to Chengdu, a place of color, spirit and fiery food. A visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Center is a highlight to any fan of the adorable but endangered bears. See the history and culture of Sichuan at museums and teahouses and watch the marvelous face changing show and relax in a local restaurant for a taste of the genuine Sichuan cuisine.
Travel by air to Shanghai, China’s most populous city and economic powerhouse. The European Bund still retains the glamour of the colonial era; modern western pubs and bars and boutiques scatter all around the center of Shanghai. Visit the traditional Yuyuan Garden and spend some time exploring Shanghai Museum, one of the best in the country.
Another two-hour long flight takes us to Beijing, for an exploration of the beauty of the imperial city and meetings with urban Chinese residents. Discover the splendor of China’s glorious past: the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Great Wall; also witness the dynamic and ever-changing life pace in today’s capital of China.
Conclude this exciting China adventure and fly back home from Beijing.