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This vast and varied country defies easy definition with a spirit somehow simultaneously dynamic and steadfast. An endless number of cultural, religious, and natural experiences are on offer between the ambitions of its scattered metropolitan juggernauts, the peaceful simplicity of its serene landscapes, and the majesty of its temples and monuments. Planning tips for Language: Chinese Mandarin Lijiang Myanmar Time Zone: 12 Hours Ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time Currency: Yuan, also known as RMB (CNY) Thailand Laos Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens: Passport (with a Minimum 6 Months Validity) and Visa travel Times Tibetan Plateau Lhasa/Tibet Mongolia Beijing Xian Chengdu Suzhou Shangri-La Yangtze River Shanghai Guilin Hangzhou Dali Shenzen Yangshuo Hong Kong Vietnam Macao WHEN SHOULD I VISIT: These are popular choices, your personal preferences may be different based on a variety of circumstances. Beijing JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Avg. Temp. 35 F 40 F 53 F 68 F 80 F 86 F 88 F 86 F 78 F 66 F 50 F 38 F Beijing to Chengdu Chongqing Guilin Hong Kong Lhasa Shanghai Shenzhen Suzhou Yichang Xian Mode Time 3 hrs 3 hrs 3 hrs 3½ hrs 4 hrs 2½ hrs 3½ hrs 1½ hrs 2½ hrs 2 hrs Low Low Shoulder Peak Peak Peak Shoulder Shoulder Peak Peak Shoulder Low Great Wall of China Guilin Victoria Cruises, the only American cruise line on the Yangtze River, proudly features the following services and amenities: All cabins have private balconies and bathrooms with bathtub and shower Luxurious suite accommodations feature a private sitting area All ships are fully air conditioned Fabulous breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets with alternate dining arrangements available in our a la carte dining room Yichang to Chongqing Upstream Itinerary Day 1: Depart Yichang (9:00 pm) Day 2: Morning visit Three Gorges Dam Site Sail through the Three Gorges ship locks & Xiling Gorge Day 3: Excursion to Goddess Stream or Shennong Stream Pass through Wu Gorge/Qutang Gorge Day 4: Excursion to Shibaozhai Day 5: Arrive Chongqing (09:00 am) Prices from $365, terms and conditions apply. For information on these, suite categories and deck plans, please call your travel consultant today. 22 I Handpicked Properties Extras Regional Highlights Recommended Vacations Recommended Independent Vacations to China Beijing - 3 nights Xian - 2 Nights Shanghai - 3 Nights Forbidden City, Beijing China Essentials Beijing, Xian & Shanghai With exciting discoveries around every corner, China's mustsee cities boast sights that highlight the country's ancient history, rich culture, and promising future. Experience Beijing's captivating mix of old and new from the seat of a wooden rickshaw. Head to Xian and unlock the secrets of China's ancient civilizations. Then feel the pulse of Shanghai's unique energy as you stroll along the Bund, taking in the most futuristic skyline in the world. 8 Nights Private Arrival & Departure Transfers Per City 3 Nights Beijing Private Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City Tour 9 Days/8 Nights from $1,595 Departs Daily from Beijing 2 Nights Xian Private Terracotta Warriors Tour 3 Nights Shanghai Private Shanghai Essentials Tour Pricing based on the following properties: Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel, Beijing; Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square, Xian; Howard Johnson Plaza, Shanghai. Hotel upgrades available. Included China Essentials Experiences Tiananmen Square in Beijing Visit the Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People s Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, and see the national flag raising ceremony. Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai The two precious jade Buddhist statues are not only rare cultural relics but also porcelain artworks. Both the Sitting Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved with whole white jade. Forbidden City in Beijing Previously off-limits to ordinary residents, the gates today lead to a fascinating display of China s long and complex history. The Forbidden City is probably the best-preserved and most expansive site of classical Chinese architecture. Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai Visit one of the world s most famous and oldest gardens, found in the center of Shanghai s fascinating Old Town. Yuyuan Garden, five acres of exquisite garden architecture, was finished during the Ming Dynasty over 400 years ago. Terracotta Warriors Museum in Xian With the personal and historic insight of a private guide, learn about the warriors built to protect and help Qin Shi Huang rule over the afterlife. Each member of this life-sized army of thousands has unique physical characteristic within their exceptionally detailed designs. The Bund in Shanghai A famous waterfront area featuring a vast and expansive array of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism, and the Renaissance, with stunning views across the river of modern Pudong. For in-depth itineraries and additional travel options, visit our website at I 23 Recommended Independent Vacations to China Beijing - 4 nights Xian - 2 Nights Chengdu - 2 Nights Shanghai - 3 Nights Flavors of China Beijing, Xian, Chengdu & Shanghai On this delicious journey you will taste your way through the country's exotic culture and ancient history. Learn to cook local dishes, visit a famous night market to see savory and strange offerings, try your hand at dumpling making, see the first city in Asia to have a UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation, test your spicy limits with Sichuan cuisine, enjoy an interactive hot pot meal, and much more including gorging yourself on delectable dim sum! 11 Nights Private Arrival & Departure Transfers Per City 4 Nights Beijing Private Mutianyu Great Wall Tour Private Night Market Tour 2 Nights Xian Private Old Xian Tour 2 Nights Chengdu 12 Days/11 Nights from $2,859 Departs Daily from Beijing Private Hot Pot Dinner in Kuanzha Xiangzi District Private Museum of Sichuan Cuisine plus Cooking Class 3 Nights Shanghai Private Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour Private Cooking Class Tour Pricing based on the following properties: Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel, Beijing; Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square, Xian; Yinhe Dynasty Hotel, Chengdu; Howard Johnson Plaza, Shanghai. Hotel upgrades available. Included Flavors of China Experiences Wangfujing Eat Street in Beijing This food market offers over 100 different delicacies such as strawberry on a stick. More adventurous eaters enjoy exotic bites including scorpions, silk worms, beetles, and much more! Museum of Sichuan Cuisine from Chengdu Visit the only museum in the world dedicated to the culture and history of a local cuisine. Exhibits range from antique utensils to models of dishes to a small farm with livestock. Muslim Quarter in Xian For over 1,300 years, Muslims have been an integral part of daily life in Xian, with the city s Hui community tracing their roots back to Persian and Arabic traders. The sights and smells will entice you and the flavors will inspire you. Hot Pot Dinner in Chengdu A big pot filled with hot spicy oil and surrounded by plates of raw meats and vegetables. The pieces of meat and vegetables are sliced very small so that they will cook very quickly. The aromas fill the air as you savor this typical dish in the culinary capital of China. Zhujiajiao Water Town from Shanghai Filled with every type of bridge imaginable, from wood to stone to marble, in differing sizes and styles, this town has simple and elegant Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture and makes for a memorable trip from Shanghai. Dim Sum Lessons in Shanghai Spoil your senses on the aromas and flavors of traditional Dim Sum during a private cooking class in Shanghai. Under the guidance of an expert chef, learn traditional techniques and prepare flavorful fillings. 24 I Restaurant Bar Pool Beach Access Family Friendly Air-Conditioning Elevator Parking Romance Property Recommended Independent Vacations to China Beijing - 3 nights Xian - 2 Nights Yangtze River - 4 Nights Shanghai - 3 Nights Guilin - 1 Night Yangshuo - 1 Night Hong Kong - 3 Nights The Great Wall China Discovery Xian, Beijing, Shanghai, Yangtze River, Guilin, Yangshuo & Hong Kong Explore ancient tombs and iconic pagodas in Xian before traveling to Beijing by high-speed rail, where you will visit the largest public square in the world. Then, experience the bright lights and futuristic skyline of Shanghai. Once you've had your fill of city living, sail through stunning gorges before transferring to Guilin where you will delight in spectacular limestone karst scenery before ending in fascinating Hong Kong. 17 Nights Private Arrival & Departure Transfers Per City 2 Nights Xian Private Terracotta Warriors Tour 3 Nights Beijing Private Temple of Heaven Tour Private Summer Palace Tour 3 Nights Shanghai Private Shanghai Essentials Tour 18 Days/17 Nights from $3,529 Departs Daily from Xian ERA Acrobatic Show 4 Nights Yangtze River Cruise plus Meals 1 Night Guilin Li River Cruise Tour from Guilin 1 Night Yangshuo Private Biking in Yangshuo Tour 3 Nights Hong Kong Symphony of Lights Cruise Pricing based on the following properties: Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square, Xian; Park Plaza Wangfuijing, Beijing; Howard Johnson Plaza, Shanghai; Victoria Cruises, Yangtze River; Sheraton, Guilin; Secret Garden, Yangshuo; Cityview, Hong Kong. Hotel upgrades available. Note: Flight from Guilin to Hong Kong not included. Included China Discovery Experiences Terracotta Warriors in Xian With the personal and historic insight of a private guide, learn about the warriors built to protect and help Qin Shi Huang rule over the afterlife. Each member of this life-sized army of thousands has unique physical characteristic within their exceptionally detailed designs. Temple of Heaven in Beijing In one of the busiest cities in the world, you can find an oasis of peace and tranquility. Surrounded by one of China s busiest urban areas in the midst of a gorgeous 660-acre park, find an unrivaled altar of Confucian design that was formerly used for ancient ceremonies. ERA Acrobatic Show in Shanghai ERA is a multimedia odyssey inspired by the relationship between traditional Chinese acrobatic arts and modern technology. An extravaganza like no other, this circus is a universally powerful experience made for those who want nothing less than to be amazed. Shibaozhai on Yangtze River Cruise Prepare to be amazed by this state protected holy site. Each and every floor of this wooden pagoda is dedicated to famous generals, scholars, or Chinese poets of the Three Kingdoms period. Li River in Guilin Enjoy an upstream cruise on the Li River passing the indescribable beauty and scenery surrounding it. Disembark at a small village where you will have the chance to visit a local family and learn about the culture and life of those who live along the river. Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong A famous laser lights and music show in Hong Kong. It is presented by the Hong Kong Tourism Commission through organizing 44 skyscrapers and landmarks that lie on the sides of the Victoria Harbour and is an extraordinary display that only Hong Kong can deliver. All prices are per person based on two passengers, unless noted I 25 Beijing Hotels & Extras BEIJiNG A capital of awe-inspiring contrasts located on the site of countless human settlements that date back half a million years. 4 Hotels from $249 Extra Night from $95 5 Hotels from $309 Extra Night from $125 1 Shichahai Shadow Art Hotel 4 Boutique A harmonious pairing of a theater and accommodations decorated in modern Chinese elements with a focus on being a peaceful retreat for its guests. 25 rooms. 3 Park Plaza 4 This hotel is an oasis in the heart of Beijing s cultural and commercial center, boasting three unique and exquisite dining outlets. 216 rooms. 5 JW Marriot Central 5 Ideally located in Xuanwumen, the ancient heart of Beijing, with luxurious rooms and superb cuisine from different continents at three restaurants. 404 rooms. 2 Shichahai Sandalwood Hotel 4 Boutique Set in a traditional Chinese courtyard and whose design was inspired by the design concepts from the famous Forbidden City, this hotel provides charm and style in comfort. 10 rooms. 4 DoubleTree by Hilton 4 Tastefully furnished rooms paired with a fitness center, sauna, outdoor and indoor pools, and a luxury spa. 540 rooms. 6 Regent 5 Located within walking distance of the Forbidden City, property with spacious rooms, a spa sanctuary, and three gourmet restaurants. 500 rooms. Beijing Extras Private 798 Art District Half Day Tour - $75 Once a complex that manufactured electronics, Factory Number 798 was divided, rented out, and converted into galleries, artist studios, design companies, restaurants, and bars. Kung Fu Show (1.5 Hours) - $89 A variety of kung fu styles are masterfully demonstrated in this 70-minute show, including classic Shaolin, contortion, and drunken boxing. Private Shopping at Beijing s Famous Markets Full Day Tour - $75 Hunt treasures at a famous pearl market, a 5-story silk market, and the Panjiayuan flea market (weekends only). Private Summer Palace Half Day Tour - $89 The Summer Palace is one of the largest and best-preserved imperial gardens in the world. The grounds today are stunning, as is the lovely Kunming Lake. Private Temple of Heaven Half Day Tour - $85 Learn more about the fascinating history behind this massive, circular structure and see local life unfold before your eyes. Private Confucius and Lama Temples Half Day Tour - $89 Visit one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world and the second largest Confucius Temple. Want More Extras? We also offer: Private Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City Private Sidecar Tour of Beijing Private Beijing Ghost Tour Private Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs. Additional tours available. Visit our website or call us for more details. 26 I Restaurant Bar Pool Beach Access Family Friendly Air-Conditioning Elevator Parking Romance Property Beijing Hotels & Extras 10 Beijing Zoo Beijing North Railway Station Forbidden City 2 Tiananmen Square Beijing West Railway Station Wangfujing Shopping Street S Jingshan Park Beijing Railway Station Temple of Heaven 7 Conrad 5 Situated just over a mile from the central business district, this modern hotel offers an indoor pool, fitness center, and stunning views. 289 rooms. 9 Waldorf Astoria 5 Deluxe Luxury property in the city center with a fitness center, indoor pool, spa, and garden. Rooms are expansive and have contemporary design. 176 rooms. 11 Rosewood 5 Deluxe Luxury hotel with spacious rooms featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, a spectacular indoor pool, and breathtaking views. 283 rooms. 8 St. Regis 5 An elegant spa hotel with pool, spa, three restaurants, and beautifully appointed guest rooms with soothing tones and stylish interiors. 258 rooms. 10 NUO 5 Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, this hotel offers accommodations in Wangjing in the heart of Chaoyang District. 439 rooms. 12 THE Peninsula 5 Deluxe This hotel has several fine dining restaurants and a shopping Arcade situated a short stroll away from Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Beijing rail station. 525 rooms. Beijing Extras Private Hutongs by Rickshaw and Tea Ceremony Half-Day Tour - $95 Recapture the feeling of Beijing s past from the seat of a traditional rickshaw through narrow alleyways surrounded by ancient courtyards. Private Mutianyu Great Wall (5 Hours) - $195 Explore the much quieter Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Not only will you walk along this wonder of the world yourself, but you also have the opportunity to see it from above during a breathtaking cable car ride to the top. Private Temple of Heaven, Beijing Zoo, and Summer Palace Full Day Tour - $225 Get a glimpse of local life, see China s national animal, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and relax lakeside aboard a boat at the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Private Temple of Heaven with Tai Chi Class Half Day Tour - $229 Learn more about the fascinating history behind this massive, circular structure and see local life unfold before your eyes. Private Classic Beijing Full Day Tour - $229 See all the classic Beijing sights including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and hutongs by rickshaw, plus a Chinese-style lunch. Private Beijing Highlights Full Day Tour - $279 Visit three of the most significant attractions of Beijing: the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Great Wall, all in one day and all with a private guide. Want More Extras? We also offer: Private Mutianyu Great Wall and 798 Art District Tour Private Gubeikou Great Wall Trek Private Wet Market Visit and Cooking Class Private Wild Great Wall. Additional tours available. Visit our website or call us for more details. All prices are per person based on two passengers, unless noted I 27 Shanghai Hotels & Extras Shanghai The largest industrial city in China is situated on the estuary of the Yangtze River and is home to 24 million people, including 2 million living in floating villages. 4 Hotels from $315 Extra Night from $55 5 Hotels from $395 Extra Night from $75 Regal International East Asia 4 This property with an elegant décor provides the option of three unique restaurants, a club, spa, and swimming pool. 320 rooms. Howard Johnson Plaza 4 Distinct architecture, luxurious guest rooms, and an ideal location complement features like a Swedish sauna, fitness center, bar, and Chinese restaurant. 360 rooms. The Langham Xintiandi 5 In the most popular fashion district, this hotel offers timeless style, elegant rooms, a fitness center, a spa, and several restaurants for both Asian and Western cuisine. 357 rooms. Sofitel Hyland 4 Modern guestrooms with panoramic views in the heart of the commercial district. Facilities include two restaurants, a coffee shop, bar, gymnasium, and more. 383 rooms. Portman Ritz-Carlton 5 A timeless icon of luxury in downtown with well-appointed rooms, six restaurants and lounges, and an extensive health club with swimming pool. 610 rooms. Ritz-Carlton Pudong 5 Deluxe Luxury Art Deco property with views of Huangpu River and The Bund has a spa, several restaurants, and rooms boasting large windows with great views. 285 rooms. Renaissance Yu Garden 4 Property decorated in vibrant colors has luxurious accommodations, a 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool, and 6 dining options. 341 rooms. Fairmont Peace 5 Luxurious Art Deco masterpiece reinvented for the 21st century. With so much style and panache, a great choice for those who love historic hotels. 270 rooms. THE Peninsula Hotel 5 Deluxe Spacious guest rooms feature stylish interiors with modern furnishings. Enjoy a large indoor pool, a spa and fitness center, and two restaurants. 235 rooms. Shanghai Extras Private Shanghai Old and New Full Day Tour - $145 visits to the Shanghai Urban Planning Center, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai World Financial Center, and more. Suzhou Full Day Tour - $249 Highlights that inspire including the Garden of the Master of the Nets, the Suzhou Museum, and more along with a local lunch. Want more extras? We also offer: Zhujiajiao Water Town Cooking Class Tallest Building in China Tour Caoyang New Village Tour ERA Acrobatic Show Shanghai Essentials Zhouzhuang Water Town Tour. Additional tours available. Visit our website or call us for more details. 28 I All prices are per person based on two passengers, unless noted Xian Hotels & Extras Xian See the rows upon rows of Terracotta Warriors with your own eyes and walk along the glass floors of the Hanyang Tombs to find treasures that archaeologists have unearthed. 3 Hotels from $175 Extra Night from $55 4 Hotels from $219 Extra Night from $75 5 Hotels from $265 Extra Night from $95 GRAND MERCURE XIAN on Renmin Square 3 Surrounded by serene courtyards and enchanting gardens which encapsulate the historic riches of the region. 194 rooms. Wyndham Grand South 4 Just minutes from Dayan Pagoda, this luxury hotel exudes style and taste in classic desig
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