China Elite Tour 11 Days / 10 Nights WOW 6
Shanghai is China’s most comprehensive industrial and commercial city, ranking the first in population and population density. As a tourist city, it attracts travelers from both home and abroad by its commercial activity rather than scenic beauty. Shanghai is situated on the bank of the Yangtze River Delta, with East River in the east and Hangzhou delta in the south. Housing a population of over 16 million at present, it was once a small town supported by fishing and weaving before the first Opium War. Late in 1990, the central government started developing the area, and has since become the well-known booming metropolis city.
The city of Hangzhou was founded about 2,200 years ago during the Qin Dynasty. It is listed as one of the Seven Ancient Capital of China. Hangzhou is renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty. It has been ranked as one of the ten most scenic cities in China. Although Hangzhou has been through many recent urban developments, it still retains its historical and cultural heritage. Today, tourism remains an important factor for Hangzhou’s economy. One of Hangzhou’s most popular sights is West Lake. The area includes historical pagodas, cultural sites, as well as the natural beauty of the lake and hills. The Venetian Marco Polo visited Hangzhou in the late 13th century and referred to the city as “beyond dispute the finest and the noblest in the world.”
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.
Chongqing is a well-known city with a history of more than 3000 years. It is the famous historical and cultural city in China. Chongqing is the birthplace of the Bayu Culture. At present, Chongqing is a municipality directly under the Central Government with the largest area, the most administrative districts and the largest population. The original area of the whole city is 82,000 square kilometers, governing former Chongqing, Wanxian, Fuling cities as well as 43 districts, cities and counties in the Qianjiang Region. Chongqing has a population of 30,020,000, most of them are of Han nationality. 49 other ethnic minorities, such as Tujia, Miao, Hui, Man, and Yi also live here but retain their own traditional customs. The colorful local customs have already become an important tourist attraction in Chongqing
Lying on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, Yichang covers an area of about 8,108 square miles. It is an ancient city and its history can be traced back for 4,000 years. Now, after thousands of years’ development, the city stands out with its various unique characteristics. Located in the middle of China, Yichang is the transportation center which connects the eastern and the western parts of China. Yichang has abundant water resources.
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 Shanghai
Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will be met by an English-speaking guide and transferred to Portman Ritz Carlton Shanghai for 1 nights stay. Depending on your flight arrival time, in the afternoon visit Shanghai Museum, the Bund, and shopping at Nanjing Road.
|2||Shanghai/Hangzhou [B, L, D]
Private transfer by car to Hangzhou accompanied by your tour guide. Upon arrival in Hangzhou, transfer to Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake for 1 night. You will visit Ling Yin Temple—Temple of Soul’s Retreat, also known as Cloud Temple, is one of the famous Buddhist resort in China. Founded in the first year of Eastern Jin dynasty (326AD), it is located at the northwestern side of the west lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Enjoy lunch, a Vegetarian Meal in Linyin Temple*, which is the best Vegetarian Meal ever in Hangzhou. This Vegetarian Meal is not open to the public. It is said that if anyone ever have the karma to taste the Vegetarian Meal in Linyin Temple, then that will be considered a very honorable experience. The ingredients are all strictly selected like the discipline of Buddhism. Cooking of the temple adopts folk vegetarian cooking skills and the essence of the royal family. And the knife using skill is extraordinarily delicate. Beside color, aroma and taste, the shape of each dish are wonderful and imitate the nature remarkably true to life. After lunch, you will take a West Lake Boat Cruise to visit the Leifeng Pagoda.
In the evening, enjoy the Impression West Lake Show,* set under the background of the world famous West Lake. You will have VIP seating, watching the performance from a boat. After the show, transfer back to Sofitel Hangzhou West Lake hotel.
|3||Dragon Well Tea Village [B, L]
Visit Dragon Well Tea Village with a chance to pick tea leaves or roast tea leaves* Our VIP guests can enjoy picking tea leaves in spring and autumn and learn the skill of roasting tea leaves in summer and winter. Please note this is only available during Spring and Autumn when tea leaves are ready for picking. If tea leave picking is not available, we will take you to the Dragon Well Tea Leave Village to enjoy tea tasting and talk to local farmers to learn about how tea is grown and picked.
Fly from Hangzhou to Xian in the afternoon and transfer to Sofitel Xian at Remin Square for 2 nights stay. Free at leisure after check-in to the hotel in Xian.
|4||Terracotta Warrior Museum & Shaanxi Archaeological Research Institute* & Xian Museum with White Glove Experience* [B, L, D]
Explore the Terracotta Museum and see the buried treasures that took 38 years to complete. Enjoy a behind-the-scene tour at the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeological Research* where you come face-to-face with the Terracotta Warrior figures and have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hold and examine ancient artifacts in your White Glove* hands at the Xian Museum.
|5||Forest of Stone Steles Museum* [B, D]
Explore ancient calligraphies of China’s most famous scholars at the Forest of Stone Steles Museum. Learn to make an imprint etching of your favorite Chinese calligraphy stone stele. Fly to Chongqing and, if time allows, Chongqing city tour. Have an early dinner before embarkation. Transfer to the Chongqing pier where you will hop on the Yangtze Cruise for 3 nights. Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world.
|6||Yangtze River Cruise [B, L, D]
Enjoy the Yangtze River Cruise with a shore excursion to Fengdu, Shibaozhai or Wanzhou.
|7||Yangtze River Cruise [B, L, D]
Continue to set sail on the Yangtze River Cruise to the scenic Three Gorges region in the Yangtze River – Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge. The ship docks for an excursion to Daning River Small Gorges or Shennong Stream.
|8||Yangtze River Cruise [B, L]
On the final day of the cruise, visit the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric river dam. In the afternoon, disembark from Yichang and transfer to the airport where you’ll board a flight to Beijing. Transfer to The Peninsula Beijing for 3 nights stay.
|9||Great Wall & Ming Dynasty Tombs [B, L, D]
Visit the legendary Great Wall, followed by the Ming Dynasty Tombs – UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy some local shopping of your choice.
|10||Tour of Beijing [B, L, D]
Visit Beijing’s most famous sights – Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, VIP tour of the famous Shu Fang Zhai,* and Temple of Heaven. Visit Hutong, traditional courtyard homes, and see how local Beijing residents live. Practice the art of Chinese calligraphy with a calligrapher and enjoy lunch with a Hutong family.
|11||Return to Hong Kong [B]
Bid farewell to Beijing with your private guide and transfer to the Beijing airport. Take Cathay Pacific from Beijing to Hong Kong and enjoy a convenient connection back to the U.S.
*These are VIP Venues NOT open to the Public
The price includes
- Sofitel Hangzhou West Lake hotel or similar hotel with Standard room for 1 night stays, with daily breakfast at hotel.
- The Portman Ritz Carlton Shanghai hotel or similar hotel with Standard room for 2 nights stays, with daily breakfast at hotel.
- Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square Hotel or similar hotel with Standard room for 2 nights stays, with daily breakfast at hotel.
- The Peninsula Beijing hotel or similar hotel with Standard room for 3 nights stays, 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)
- Hangzhou to Xian
- Xi'an to Chongqing
- Yichang to Beijing
- Inbound and outbound international air (Economy L Class) through the Cathay Pacific Package. Routing based on specific package purchased.
- Yangtze Cruise: Standard cabin
- VIP venue access fees
- Impression West Lake Show with VIP seating
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
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