“I cannot thank you enough for organizing such a fabulous tour of China. It was outstanding in all aspects: luxury hotels and restaurants, interesting itinerary to see both the ancient monuments, and wonderful guides. I shall always remember this trip, and thank you for making it memorable.” ~ Past traveler, M. Parsons.
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19-Day Spirit of China – Reveal China’s ancient history, and experience the dynamic of the modern China. Travel to the capital city of Beijing, the ancient capital of Xian, and to China’s modern city, Shanghai. Sail through China’s picturesque Three Gorges on board the deluxe Century Paragon. Visit four UNESCO world Heritage sites, including one of the grandest archeological excavations, the Terra Cotta Warriors museum and an opportunity to see the Forbidden City and climb the monumental Great Wall of China.
Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. Meet your experienced local guide and transfer to the hotel. Check in at your hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure.
Full day visit the Temple of Heaven, an important site for the emperor worship, the largest square in the world – Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, where the last emperor resided. Enjoy a national dish, Peking Duck dinner as a welcome dinner.
Climb the Great Wall of China. The 4,000-mile long and 2,000 years old construction is said to be the only man-made structure visible from the moon. Pass by 2008 Olympic Sites. Evening, enjoy dinner at your own leisure.
Morning, explore the Summer Palace, an ancient royal resort. Cruise on the Kunming Lake. Fly to Xian, an ancient capital of China.
Enjoy a full day excursion to the Eighth Wonders of the World, Terra Cotta Warriors Museum and visit the City Wall, the best reserved ancient military system. You will have a special dumpling lunch today. Explore some unique snacks at the Muslim Quarter.
Fly to Lhasa, capital city of Tibet. Tibet occupies more than 460,000 sq miles. Tibet is bordered by the by the Himalayas in the South and mighty Yangzi River in the East. After check in, rest of the day free at leisure to get used to the plateau-climate.
Step on Potala Palace, originally built in the 7th century as an imperial palace, the Potala Palace has experienced a 600-year’s queasy time until to the reconstruction in the 17th century. The Potala Palace was built on the Lhasa highest point, Marpo Hill; it is the greatest monumental structure in Tibet. Continue to the Sera Monastery, the second largest monastery in Tibet which is well-known for the excellent debating of Buddhist doctrines among lamas. It founded in 1419, once home for 5000 monks. You will see the activity center where the monks debate and study. Weave through the famous Barkhor Street, a symbol of Lhasa, this street assembles a large number of pilgrims, travelers, businessmen and expats.
Journey of Tibet Monastery, visit Jokhang Monastery, the best architectural combination of Tibet, Han, Nepal and India and a holy Buddhist temple of worshiping the rare life-size statue of Sakyamuni at age twelve. Continue to Norbulinka is the most beautiful and largest man-made park in Tibet. This park has been built for 200 years and used to be the Summer Palace of religious leaders of Tibet. This afternoon, explore Thangka Art School. The Thangka form developed alongside the tradition of Tibetan Buddhist wall paintings, which are mostly in monasteries. The skills of making Thangka is kept as secret in Tibet, today you’ll have a chance to visit the best Thangka Art School in Tibet and have a peek of the Thangka making process.
Fly to Chengdu , the birth place of Giant Pandas. Chengdu is a modern city with relaxed culture, typified by its pleasant gardens and teahouse. With lunch stop, explore the city to Wuhou Shrine. It is dedicated to Zhege Liang, a noble and intelligent officials During the Three Kingdom period (220-800). Many Chinese follows the strategy adopted by him. Then, visit Jinli, one of the oldest street in Chengdu. Here you will see many traditional Sichuan’s customs, and souvenirs. You also have to try the many tasteful Sichuan snacks. This evening, you will enjoy the famous Hot Pot Dinner.
Begin your morning by visiting the famous Panda Breeding Center to see both adult and baby pandas; this is a great opportunity to take pictures with the lovely pandas. This afternoon, tour the Taoist temple, Green Ram Temple; where you will find the beautiful garden, pagoda and also learn about the Taoism philosophy of Yin and Yang. Tonight, enjoy a colorful Sichuan Opera Show, an unique performing arts which captures the world attention.
Fly to Guilin, a beautiful scenic city of China. Check in and relax at your hotel.
Full day Li River Cruise. Li River is also the soul of Guilin scenery. Along the beautiful Li River and explore the luscious Chinese countryside. Enjoy lunch on board. Arrive in Yangshuo and explore the famous West Street. West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1,400 years. Over the last 20-some years, West Street has become a meeting place for eastern and western cultures, and the biggest ‘foreign language center’ in China. Return to Guilin.
(Disembark every Tuesday)
Today, fly to Chongqing, where you will embark your boutique luxury river cruiser, Century Paragon for a three-night journey to Yichang. Settle into your cabin as the ship sails downstream to the stunning Three Gorges region. Enjoy dinner on board.
Start your morning with traditional Chinese exercise. Enjoy the natural scenery of China’s longest river, the Yangtze River. Afternoon, shore excursion to Shibao Pagoda, a 12 story pagoda built without nails rises stunningly against a rocky hill along the Yangtze River. Evening, enjoy a Captain Welcome dinner.
Cruise through the graceful and charming Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Shore excursion of Lesser Three Gorges or Shen-nong Stream, where you will see cascading waterfalls, steep cliffs, karst caves, three-colored springs, and an amazing array of fish, birds, and monkeys as they play near the water’s edge. Captain’s farewell dinner.
Arrive at the Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Center to learn the history and capacity of the world’s largest dam. Disembark in Yichang around midday, fly to Shanghai, known as “Paris of the East” .
Explore the past, present and future of Shanghai by walking along the Bund. Continue to Yu Garden with its largest outdoor bazaar . Learn about the silk weaving at the Silk weaving workshop. Chinese silk is one of the best souvenirs to bring home. Pass by the beautiful French concessions and the People square. Enjoy a farewell dinner.
Full day free at leisure or join an optional tour to Suzhou, “Venice of the East” and best known as the Garden City of China.
Depart to airport for flight to home.