China Explorer Tour 10 Days / 9 Nights WOW 2
Xi’an is a city with incredible history, as well as a prosperous modern city. As the capital city of Shaanxi province, it holds a key position in the fertile plain between the highland plateau of the north and the Qinling Mountains to the south. Xi’an has been the capital of eleven dynasties for more than 2000 years. Along with Rome and Constantinople, this city played a vital role in bridging the gap between east and west. There are important sites and relics in this city. The Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin is regarded as the eighth wonder of the world.
As the capital of China, Beijing is one of the world’s truly imposing cities, with a 3,000-year history and 11 million people. Covering 16,808 square kilometers in area, it is the political, cultural and economic center of the People’s Republic of China. Situated in northeast China, Beijing adjoins the Inner Mongolian Highland to the northwest and the Great Northern Plain to the south. Five rivers run through the city, connecting it to the eastern Bohai Sea. Administratively, the Beijing municipality equals the status of a province, reporting directly to the central government. Rich in history, Beijing has been China’s primary capital for more than seven centuries. China’s imperial past and political present meet at Tiananmen Square, where the Forbidden City palace of the emperors gives way to the Great Hall of the People congress building and the mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong. The old city walls have been replaced by ring roads, and many of the old residential districts of alleys and courtyard houses have been turned into high-rise hotels, office buildings, and department stores. Beijing, a dynamic city where the old and new intermingle, remains a magnet for visitors from inside and outside China.
|1||Arrive in Xian
After a comfortable flight, you’ll arrive at our home, Hong Kong. Transit to Xian* where you will be met by an English-speaking guide and transferred to the Tang Paradise Hotel for 5 nights stay. Free at leisure for the remaining day.
*Please note, flights from SFO and LAX require an extended transit time in Hong Kong. Use of The Traveler’s Lounge will be arranged.
|2||Forest of Stone Steles Museum & Xian Museum [B, L, D]
Explore ancient calligraphy of China’s most famous scholars at the Forest of Stone Steles Museum. Enjoy an introductory course on Chinese calligraphy and etching. After lunch, visit Xian Museum and you will have the rare opportunity to examine artifacts thousands of years old.
|3||Shaanxi History Museum [B, L]
Learn about Chinese history, specifically Qin, Han and Tang Dynasty. In the afternoon, visit Shaanxi History Museum and marvel at the national treasures of the ancient Chinese people.
|4||Terracotta Museum & Shaanxi Archaeological Research Institute [B, L, D]
Explore the Terracotta Museum and see the buried treasures that took 38 years to complete. Private tour at the Shaanxi Archaeological Research Institute.
|5||Cuihua Mount National Geological Park & Fan Zhou Chinese Painting Museum [B, L]
Travel to Cuihua Mount National Geological Park for mountain climbing and beautiful scenery. Learn Chinese painting at the Fan Zhou Chinese Painting Museum.
|6||Hanyangling Museum & arrive in Beijing [B]
Morning visit to Hanyangling Museum where you will explore the cultural relics from the tombs of Emperor Liu Qi and his empress, Empress Wang. Fly to Beijing in the afternoon and transfer to Haoyuan Hotel for a 4 nights’ stay.
Please note: Impact of the current Beijing traffic situation may affect travel time to attractions such as the Great Wall and Ming Tomb. Depending on the day’s traffic situation, an additional 30-60 minutes of travel time may be incurred. Presently, travel time to the other venues such as Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace has not been affected.
|7||Beijing Tour [B, L, D]
Visit Beijing’s most famous sights – Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Beijing Imperial Palace. VIP tour of Shu Fang Zhai.
Enjoy a stroll at the Temple of Heaven to appreciate how the ancient emperors worshipped heaven to get blessings for the country.
|8||Hutong & The Great Wall [B, L]
Visit Hutong, traditional courtyard homes, and see how local Beijing residents live. Meet a famous calligrapher in the Hutong area. In the afternoon, visit the Great Wall. The Great Wall is China’s most famous site and stretches over 3,700 miles.
|9||National Museum of China [B, L, D]
Learn about Chinese history, specifically Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasty. Afternoon visit to the National Museum of China.
|10||Return to Hong Kong [B]
Depart from Beijing and fly Cathay Pacific from the Hong Kong to the U.S.
* These are VIP Venues NOT open to the Public
The price includes
- Xi'an Tang-paradise Hotel or similar hotel with Superior room for 5 nights, with daily breakfast at hotel
- Beijing Haoyuan hotel with Superior room for 4 nights, with daily breakfast at hotel
- Entrance fees to sightseeing as stated in the itinerary
- Airport transfers and ground transportation as stated in the itinerary
- Meals as stated in the itinerary
- B = Breakfast in hotel
- L = Lunch outside of hotel at designated local restaurant
- D = Dinner outside of hotel at designated local restaurant
- Private English speaking tour guide, and driver
- China domestic airfare (Economy Class)
- Xian to Beijing
- Inbound and outbound international air (Economy L Class) through the Cathay Pacific Package. Routing based on specific package purchased.
The price excludes
- Gratuities for the Guides and Drivers
- Incidentals in hotel such as dry cleaning, phone, mini bar
- Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel Insurance
- China visa
- Hotels used may be changed prior to tour but will be replaced with similar category of hotels
- Price and availability subject to change without notice until deposit is received
- For Terms and Conditions, please go to Cathay Pacific's FAQ