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China Explorer Tour 10 Days / 9 Nights WOW 2

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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 The old city walls have been replaced by ring roads, and many of the old residential districts of alleys and courtyard houses have been turned into high-rise hotels, office buildings, and department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

  • Hotels
    • 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

Notes

  • 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

Activities

Cuihua Mount National Geological Park, Xi'an

Description : Located in the north of Qin Mountains in Chang' an county, Shaanxi. Cuihua Mount located 40 km away from Xian City. Scenic attractions include Taiyi Pool, Wind Cave, Ice Cave and Cuihua Temple. Taiyi Pool, surrounded by high and steep mountains, is a lake between hills. Its crystal green water, slightly rolling waves and the reflection of grand mountains all add to the beauties of the scenic spot. Boating on the pool will undoubtedly ensure you an absolute relaxation from daily busy works and make you return to the nature. The Wind Cave, fashioned by two big granite rocks is situated west of Taiyi Mountain and is 15 meters high and 40 meters deep. Towards the north of Wind Cave, there lays Ice Cave, Even during summer's hard ice can be found in the cave. Temple Fair is held in front of Cuihua temple from June 1-3 in lunar calendar every year. During this period a great number of tourists come to experience the magnificent scene.
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Famous Local Calligrapher

Description : Visit a calligrapher who lives in Hutong during his whole life. His house is 300 years old. He knows much more about Hutong area.
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Fan Zhou Chinese Painting Museum

Description : Fan Zhou Chinese Painting Museum of Zhongnanshan artistic creation basement was founded in 2001.Located along the heaven lake of the Cuihua Mountain National Geo Park which is China's magnificent scenery. Having area of 1800 square meters, and consistent by two modern architecture in the north and south. It is a modern art exhibition show venues of art collection and education. The Museum display Mr. Fan Zhou's painting work collections and as well a good place for displaying works of artists from nation and abroad. The Exhibition area is 800 square meters, the hall is equipped with multi-media presentation area so as to know artist background information with works on displayed, and we have all types of art books on shelves for spectators. There are painting desk, chair, Sharon-space in reception area for the communication of the artists and audience. And the 30 meters wide transparent window of the art creation exhibition hall make the whole landscape both within and outside seems harmonious.
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Forest of Stone Steles Museum

Description : Once the site of the Temple of Confucius during the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127), the Forest of Stone Steles Museum is situated on Sanxue Street, near the south gate of Xi'an City Wall. With 900 years of history, this treasure house holds a large collection of the earliest stone steles of different periods, from the Han Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty, all together there are 3,000 steles.
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Han Yang Ling

Description : The Mausoleum of the Western Han Emperor, Liu Qi, is located at Zhangjiawan Village, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Xian City, Shaanxi Province. It is a joint tomb of Liu Qi, a notable emperor of the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-220AD), and his empress, Empress Wang. It was built in the year 153 AD and covers an area of 20 square kilometers (4,942 acres). It is a magnificent and abundant cultural relic, comprising the emperor's tomb, empress' tomb, the south and north burial pits, ceremonial site, human sacrifice graveyard and criminals' cemetery. The mausoleum is neatly arranged, centered with the emperor's tomb, revealing the strict hierarchical social structure. The Outside Pits Exhibition Hall was opened in 2006 and is the first underground museum in China.
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Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area

Description : The 'World Wonder' and 'Fairy Land on Earth' are names enjoyed by the Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area, which is well known for its colorful lakes, snow clad mountains, valleys and virgin forest. It was included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1992. The Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area is located in Songpan County, in the northwest part of Sichuan Province and encompasses the Huanglong and Muni Valley. Huanglong's major scenery is concentrated in the 3.6-kilometer (2.2 miles) long Huanglong Valley that includes snow-clad peaks and the easternmost glaciers in China. Due to its layered calcium carbonated deposit patterns, the valley resembles a golden dragon winding its way through the virgin forest, stone mountains and glaciers. Along the valley are scattering numerous colorful ponds of different sizes and shapes, which are strewn with gold colored limestone deposit giving a shimmering golden hue to water, so in sunlight, a golden dragon seems to surge forth from the forest. Thus it was named 'Huanglong Valley' (Yellow Dragon Valley). Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area are famed for its outstanding travertine (calcium carbonate) formations. With the virgin forest as its backdrop, the travertine scenery holds colorful ponds, beaches, lakes, springs, waterfalls, caves, etc. The travertine formations scenery is No.1 in China.
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Hutong Tour

Description : Hutong is an ancient city alley or lane typical in Beijing. Surrounding the Forbidden City, many were built during the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. Hutong is composed by Siheyuan which the traditional residence of Beijingers, each consisting of a rectangular courtyard surrounded by one-storied tile-roofed houses, usually one to six meters wide. By visiting Hutong, it is a good way to see how traditional residents live and a kind of life style that keep several hundreds. Visit local family who live in Hutong and talk with them to known how they live. Taste the real Chinese family dishes in courtyard.
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Local family

Description : Spend one day in a Beijing local residence, experience the local life in the family for a while or just learn to cook in local flavor.
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Municipal Institute Archeological Research

Description : At this Institute, our VIP clients will be offered a ONCE IN A LIFE TIME EXPERIENCE. They will have the chance to hold artifacts of thousands of years old and examine them closely while an expert describes the history and significance of each piece.
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Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Emperor Qin Shi Huang

Description : The Terracotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Upon ascending the throne at the age of 13 (in 246 BC), Qin Shi Huang, had work begun on his mausoleum. It took 11 years to finish. It is speculated that many buried treasures and sacrificial objects had accompanied the emperor in his after life. It is a sight not to be missed by any visitor to China.
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Palace of Double Glory (Chonghua gong)

Description : This is a VIP Venue NOT open to the Public The Chonghua gong (Palace of Double Glory) located in the western route of inner count and built by the Yongzheng emperor for his heir-designate (the Qianlong Emperor) in 1727. After Qianlong ascended the throng, although he moved out from Chonghua gong, he met friends and ministers in this palace as a private place. Every New Year day, emperor would get the ministers in Chonghua palace to make poems and tea banquet. The furniture and buildings' arrangement are all same as the Qianlong period. Since travelers can rarely visit here, the courtyard is so quiet and only you can hear is history voice.
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Shaanxi History Museum

Description : Shaanxi History Museum Shaanxi Province is the birthplace of the ancient Chinese civilization. Xian City was the capital city in thirteen dynasties which in total lasted over 1100 years. The Shaanxi History Museum considers it an obligation to be a showcase of ancient civilizations. It was opened to the public in 1991. Over 700,000 people visit this national treasure each year.
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Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archeological Research

Description : This is a highly secured government building that is NOT open to the public. VIP clients can enjoy those terracotta warriors inside the research center closely. This is a VIP Venue NOT open to the Public
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Shu Fang Zhai

Description : This is a VIP Venue NOT open to the Public Shu Fang Zhai Palace is close to Chonghua Palace. Constructed from the basis of a former price residence, the Lodge consists of a courtyard and an "I" shaped building. It is characterized by two stages. The large one is located in the courtyard and is the largest one-story stage in the Imperial Palace. The small one is in the west of the rear hall of the building and was mainly used to perform highlights of operas during imperial family banquets. All the furniture inside Shu Fang Zhai is original relics from the Qing Dynasty. Shu Fang Zhai was also used as the study by the most famous emperor of Qing Dynasty, Emperor Qianlong. Around the New Years Day, the emperor would accept congratulations from officials and invite them to the large stage to watch operas. From the first to the tenth day of the first lunar month during the Qianlong period (1736-1795), the emperor would choose an auspicious day to treat a small group of officials here with the tea of three purities, which include fingered citron, plum blossoms, and line nuts. Since 1925, the very year when the Palace Museum (Forbidden City Museum) was established, Shu Fang Zhai was used as the VIP reception chamber for heads of states and dignitaries.
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Temple of Heaven

Description : Temple of Heaven was built in 1,420 in the Ming Dynasty, which is the most holy of all Beijing's imperial temples. This is where the Emperor came every winter solstice to worship heaven and to solemnly pray for a good harvest. True to the Chinese saying, “Round Heaven, Square Earth.” The park is in a square shape and the temple in a round shape which symbolizes that the emperor had to leave the Earth (represented by the square) for Heaven (represented by the round-roofed building).
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The Bund (Waitan)

Description : The Bund (Waitan) is one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai. "Bund" derives from an Anglo-Indian word for an embankment along a muddy waterfront and that is what it was in the beginning when the first British company opened an office there in 1846. Located on the west bank of a bend (running north and south at this point) in the Huangpu River and just south of Suzhou Creek, the Bund became the site of some of the earliest foreign settlements after Shanghai was opened as one of five "Treaty Ports" in the Treaty of Nanjing that ended the Opium War in 1842. Because of its proximity to the Yangtze (Changjiang) River--the path into central China, Shanghai grew rapidly as the economic center of foreign interests.
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The Forbidden City

Description : Forbidden City was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties which is the largest palace complex in the world. It surrounded by 10-meter high walls and a 52-meter wide moat. It covers 74 hectares and has 9,999 rooms. In the forbidden city, you can get more knowledge about the eastern architecture, splendid painted and beautiful craftwork.
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The Great Wall

Description : The Great Wall is perhaps China's most famous and most mythologized site. Several sections are conveniently visited from Beijing, including at Badaling, the most popular site, about 70 km (43 mi.) northwest of Beijing and at Mutianyu, 90 km (56 mi.) northeast of Beijing. These impressive brick and earth structures date from the Ming dynasty, when the wall was fortified against Mongol forces to the north. The Ming wall is about 26 feet tall and 23 feet wide at the base, and could accommodate up to six horsemen riding abreast. Watch towers, built on high points every 200-300 meters or so with small garrison forces, used fire signals or fireworks as a means of communication. These stretches of the wall are part of a system that extends from the Shanhaiguan fortress on the Bohai Gulf in the east to the Jiayuguan fortress in the west, altogether some 6000 km (3700 mi).
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The Jade Buddha Monastery

Description : The Jade Buddha Monastery is famous for the Jade Buddhas in it. During the rule of Emperor Guang Xu of the Qing dynasty, Hui Gen, an abbot from Putuo Mountain, went on a pilgrimage to Tibet traveling through China and finally arriving in Burma. He found Burma to be rich in jade and superb in craftsmanship. He wanted to bring carved jade Buddha back to China. He obtained donation of over 20,000 taels of silver and got special permission from the Burmese king to dig and select jade in the mountains. He hired excellent jade carvers to carve five jade Buddhas in various sizes, all decorated with treasured stones and big pearls. On his way back from Burma, he left two Buddha carvings in Shanghai for the Buddhist disciples there to worship.
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Tiananmen Square

Description : Tiananmen Square is the largest downtown square in the world. It covers an area of 44 hectares, big enough to hold one million people. Here is the most sacred place for Chinese people. Beijing is the heart of China, and Tiananmen Square is the heart of Beijing.
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Xian Museum

Description : The Xian Museum in the west displays more than 2,000 precious historical relics. In the central axis, there are the White-Clothing Pavilion, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, the Sutra Depository, the Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian) and the Maitreya Pavilion in the Jianfu Temple. Verdant trees, grass and beautiful flowers can be found throughout the time-honored building complex. Moreover, beside the museum sits a big circular square and an artificial lake with two stone arch bridges featuring delicate designs.
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Hotels

Beijing Haoyuan Hotel

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Description : Haoyuan Hotel is located in No.53 Shijia Hotong of Dongcheng District, Beijing, which falls within the downtown area of Beijing. Its origin dates back to the latter Qing Dynasty and is a typical quadrangle compound with two separates courtyards in the front and back respectively. The outer courtyard is comprised of the north suite and wing-rooms on the east and west. The corridor and back buildings around the main suite displays the host's senior status and dimity. A stay in Haoyuan Hotel will bring you in-depth experience of appreciating the beauty of oriental classical buildings and provide unparalleled enjoyment.
Amenities: Laundry Service 24 hour hot water English reception Telephone/fax facilities Car/bike service Luggage storage Airport pickup
Restaurant: The Chinese and Western restaurants both enjoy their special features and make a perfect pair like two pearls joined together.
Guest Rooms: The suites are located in the inner courtyard: They are the best, most luxurious and largest suites available. The Chinese-style furniture and graceful decoration match each other in harmony. Made of rosewood, the furniture features carved dragons and phoenix. The guestrooms in the East wing: Here you will find a framed wooden bed, carved with the picture "8 gods and goddess across the sea" (an ancient Chinese fairy tale) and a long bed-like seat (for sitting or laying during your stay) carved with plum, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum.
Location: No.53 Shijia Hotong of Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
Location Description: The Beijing Haoyuan Hotel is located near Dongdan Street and Wangfujing Street, about 10-minutes from the Forbidden City and the famous Wangfujing shopping district. The No. 111 bus, No. 108 bus, No. 116 bus and No. 807 bus stop are located nearby.
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Tang Paradise Hotel Xian

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Description : Sweet-smelling forest garden hotel lie in Datang lotus garden east wing , located in the lotus lakeside, one imitative Tang type imperial family ultra five-star fine works hotel. Hotel as characteristic , from Tang wind building of musical sound Tang , decorate with culture Tang to imitative type Tang, reach China traditional imitative Tang of quintessense of culture resist dinner , reflect royal honour identity and grade of noble invariably and then.It is a super 5-star hotel with unique royal garden characteristics. Inheriting the traditional culture of the Tang Dynasty, the staff of Tang Dynasty Hotel offers their guests high-quality service and gives them a royal experience. The hotel has 61 rooms.
Amenities: Business center LaundryParking Currency Exchange Sauna Meeting Rooms Wheelchair accessible Health club Restaraunts in hotel Chess room Room service Domestic direct-dial phone Coffee shop Karaoke Massage Air conditioning International direct-dial phone
Restaurant: The hotel provide delicious and tasteful food and local snacks to clients, which makes the clients feel really enjoyable in the hotel.
Guest Rooms: Tang Paradise Hotel owns 61 deluxe Tang Dynasty guest rooms and high level facilities. All rooms are equipped with modern amenities such as air conditioning, IDD, DDD, cable TV and Internet access.
Location: No.1 Furong Road, Xian, China
Location Description: Tang Paradise Hotel, affiliated with Tang Paradise, is located in the south of Xian city. It lies at the side of the beautiful Furong Lake. It is about 15kms from the city centre, 30kms from the railway station and about 50kms from the airport.
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