Essence of China Tour

An Incredible Journey of Discovery

China has fascinated travelers ever since the days of Marco Polo's voyages of discovery - fascinating cities of stunning beauty and breath-taking natural landscapes along with iconic landmarks like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. All this awaits on an incredible journey of discovery

Sample Essence of China Tour Itinerary

Day One: US Departure

Day Two: Shanghai

  • Shanghai - arrival and evening at leisure.

Day Three: Shanghai

  • Shanghai - China's most vibrant and westernized city. See the Children's Palace, the Yu Yuan Gardnes, the Jade Buddha's Temple the Bund and Shanghai Arts and Crafts Exhibition Center and if time permits an agricultural commune.
China - Suzhou


Day Four: Shanghai - Suzhou

  • Suzhou - described by Marco Polo as the "gardens of delights with six thousand bridges of stone." Enjoy our tour and cruise along the 1400 year old Grand Canal.

Day Five: Suzhou - Fly to Beijing

  • Suzhou - see one of the city's famous gardens and the National Embroidery Institute before flying to Beijing.

Day Six: Beijing

  • Beijing - capital of the Mongols, the Ming and the Manchu dynasties and of modern China. See the Imperial Palace, Tian An Men Square and the Summer Palace and enjoy our special Beijing Duck Banquet.

Day Seven: Beijing - Great Wall of China - Beijing

  • Great Wall of China - almost 5500 miles of wall, trenches and natural barriers protected China's northern boundary from nomadic invasions. Close to Beijing are the most dramatic and best preserved sections of the Great Wall from the Ming period.

Day Eight: Beijing

  • Beijing - sightseeing continues with the Lufthansa Center and the Temple of Heaven.

Day Nine: Beijing - Fly to Xi'an

  • Xi'an - capital during the glory days of the Tang Dynasty

Day Ten: Xi'an

  • Xi'an - see the Terracotta Warriors, 6000 soldiers and horses who have guarded the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi for 2000 years, Bampo Village which dates back to the Neolithic Age, the Dayan Pagoda and the famous Wild Goose Pagoda.
China - Guilin


Day Eleven: Xi'an - Fly to Guilin

  • Guilin - set in an incomparable karst landscape of jutting, mist-caressed peaks marching in ghostly procession beside the lazy Li River.

Day Twelve: Guilin

  • Guilin - day-long cruise on the meandering river with vignettes of old villages and pastoral life glimpsed through stands of feathery bamboo. Secluded valleys between the peaks can be viewed from atop Piled Silk Hill and in subterranean chambers, the lacework pattern of stalactites and stalagmites is illuminated by colored lights.

Day Thirteen: Guilin - Fly to Guangzhou

  • Guangzhou - formerly known as Canton and the southern gateway to China. See the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, Shishi Sacred Heart Cathedral and Huaisheng Mosque.

Day Fourteen: Guangzhou - Hong Kong by Catamaran

  • Hong Kong - for 156 years under British colonial rule and given back to China in 1997, this is where 'East meets West'.

Day Fifteen: Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong - visit Victoria Peak for a panoramic view of the city and outlying islands; the splendid beaches of Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay; the district of Aberdeen, famous for its floating restaurants and fishing village, where thousands of people live aboard junks and sampans.

Day Sixteen: Hong Kong - USA

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