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 yet express similar values and ideas.
Your grand China tour starts in Beijing. Enjoy 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, and Great Wall; also witness the dynamic and ever-changing life pace in today’s capital of China.
Travel by high-speed train to 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.
The next stop of your tour is Chengdu, a place of color, spirit and fiery food. A visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Center will prove to be a thrill. Watch the marvelous face-changing show and relax in a local restaurant for a taste of the genuine Sichuan cuisine.
Fly 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, the best in China. Take a pleasant stroll in the tree-lined French Concession.
Your next destination is Guilin, and together with Longsheng and Yangshuo, this south China region of picturesque karsts mountains rising from rice paddies and rice terraces cultivated by local farmers. This is one of the most idyllic landscapes of China, and your cruise down the Li River will reveal its beauties at each bend of the river.
The last stop is Hong Kong, the southern gateway to modern China and the mainland’s window on the world. Here, people are attracted by the dramatic scenery: the bustling harbor with its backdrop of skyscraper-covered hillsides, the outlaying rugged islands and the New Territories, where traditional walled villages and ancestral temples exist alongside the new towns.
Fly home from Hong Kong.