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  • Package includes: Beijing, Xian & Shanghai
  • Duration: 10 Days, 9 Nights
  • Priced (in USD$) from:

    USD $5,725* (2 or more, dbl occupancy)

 

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Great Wall? Been there. Terra Cotta Warriors? Done that.

 

This tour is ideal for seasoned China travelers who want exclusive behind-the-scenes access to some of China's most popular attractions.

 

10-Day Itinerary

 

Depart from the U.S.
Fly Cathay Pacific from the U.S. to Hong Kong. Aboard, enjoy a choice of delectable Asian or Western cuisine, nonstop on-demand entertainment and our signature "service straight from the heart" hospitality.

 

  • Day 1
    Arrive in Beijing
    After a comfortable flight, you'll arrive at our home, Hong Kong. Transit to Beijing where you will be met by an English-speaking guide and transferred to The Peninsula Beijing.

    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.

  • Day 2
    Beijing Tour [B,L,D]
    Visit Beijing's most famous sights - Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Beijing Imperial Palace and Temple of Heaven. VIP tour of the Shu Fang Zhai.

    Enjoy exterior views of the Beijing National Stadium and National Aquatics Center. Famously known as "The Bird's Nest" and "Water Cube", these two structures hosted many competitions during the 2008 Summer Olympics.
  • Day 3
    Hutong & The Great Wall [B,L]
    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.

    In the afternoon, visit the Great Wall. The Great Wall is China's most famous site and stretches over 3,700 miles.
  • Day 4
    Arrive in Xian & the Forest of Stone Steles Museum [B,L,D]
    In the morning, fly to Xian and transfer to the Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square.

    Explore ancient calligraphies of China's most famous scholars at the Forest of Stone Steles
    Museum. Enjoy an exclusive VIP opportunity to make impressions of the stone steles on a sheet of rice paper.
  • Day 5
    Terracotta Museum & Xian Museum [B,L,D]
    Explore the Terracotta Museum and see the buried treasures that took 38 years to complete.

    In the afternoon, visit Xian Museum and you will have the rare opportunity to examine and specially handle thousands year old artifacts up close while experts speak to the historical significance of each piece.
  • Day 6
    Shaanxi Archaeological Research Institute & Shaanxi History Museum [B,L,D]
    Enjoy a private tour at the Shaanxi Archaeological Research Institute and the opportunity to examine ancient artifacts. VIPs will get an exclusive access to view some of the Terracotta Warriors up close. Marvel the national treasures of the ancient Chinese people at the Shaanxi History Museum.
  • Day 7
    Arrive in Shanghai, Shanghai Museum & The Bund [B,L]
    In the morning, fly to Shanghai and transfer to The Portman Ritz Carlton Shanghai.

    Enjoy ancient Chinese art at the Shanghai Museum. Learn about Shanghai architecture with a visit to the Bund. The Bund is an area of Shanghai lined with historic buildings and a spectacular riverside promenade. Then take a break at a local tea shop.
  • Day 8
    Shanghai/Suzhou/Shanghai [B,L,D]
    Private transfer from Shanghai to Suzhou

    Enjoy a full-day city tour of Suzhou with visits to Tiger Hill and Wangshi Garden.
  • Day 9
    Jade Buddha Monastery & Nanjing Road [B,L]
    Enjoy the day exploring the Jade Buddha Monastery & shopping at Nanjing Road.


  • Day 10
    Depart Shanghai [B]
    Depart from Shanghai to Hong Kong and connect on Cathay Pacific to the U.S.


 

[B] Breakfast at hotel, [L] Lunch outside of hotel at designated local restaurant, [D] Dinner outside of hotel at designated local restaurant.

 

 

 

Note: Price listed includes Economy Class travel in "L" fare class.

 

During peak seasons, the "L" fare class may not be available on your desired dates. There may be instances where you are required to purchase the next higher up fare class. Our tour sales staff will advise you of any surcharge at time of booking.

 

When planning your trip, be sure to have alternate travel dates planned so that our tour sales team can better assist you.

 

Updated: 25 June, 2012.

Tour Highlights

 

On board, you'll experience a world that revolves around you. Our new cabin offers fully flat beds in Business Class and fixed back shell seats in Economy Class that ensures no one intrudes on your personal space.

 

A choice of delectable Asian or Western cuisine will be offered along with a selection of complimentary wines and beverages. And, our widescreen personal TV with enhanced Audio Video On Demand gives you total control over hundreds of movies, TV shows, CDs and games.

 

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Beijing

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City was home to 24 different Chinese emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties and the main stage for five centuries of royal intrigue, drama and scandal.

 

Today, it is the best-preserved collection of ancient architecture with 800 buildings spanning 720,000 sq meters.

Beijing Imperial Palace - Shu Fang Zhai

Shu Fang Zhai

While the Shu Fang Zhai has never been opened to the public, it has served as a reception area for Heads of State and visiting dignitaries. On this VIP tour, you'll also have the unique opportunity to view the two stages where the Imperial family would host operas for celebratory banquets or treat specially invited officials with the tea of three purities during the first Lunar month.

 

Most of the furniture you'll see inside date back to the Qing Dynasty.

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square

At the heart of Beijing is the world's largest public square, Tiananmen Square.

 

On a clear day, the views at this historical square can be breathtaking with kites soaring through the sky and tourist huddling together for quintessential photo opportunity with the great helmsman's portrait.

Beijing National Stadium

Beijing National Stadium

Now a historical landmark of the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Beijing National Stadium has also become the icon for a modern Beijing. Its stunning web of interlacing steel beams mimic the interwoven twigs of a nest, which is why local quickly dubbed the stadium, The Bird's Nest.

National Aquatics Center

National Aquatics Center

The National Aquatics Center - better known as the Water Cube - was host to many of the 2008 Summer Olympics water sports. Employing water as a structural and theatrical theme, the stadium's most discerning design element is based on the organic formation of soap bubbles.

Hutong Tour

Hutong

The ancient city alleyways and traditional courtyard homes that make up the Hutongs are unique only to Beijing.

 

In a city that continually morphs towards modernization, the hutongs represent an important element of Old Beijing that is rich in culture and history.

The Great Wall

The Great Wall

Spanning 3,700 miles across China, The Great Wall is a genuine masterpiece of engineering and architecture.

 

This impressive brick and earth structure dates back to the Ming dynasty, when the wall was built to defend against Mongol forces to the North. The Great Wall stands 26 feet tall and 23 feet wide at the base.

 

Xian

Forest of Stone Steles Museum

Forest of Stone Steles Museum

In Xian's Confucius Temple, the Forest of Stone Steles Museum holds nearly 3000 steles that contain the original calligraphies of China's most famous scholars. Inside, you'll explore 900 years of history with steles that date back from the Han Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty.

Forest of Stone Steles Museum Hands on Instruction

Forest of Stone Steles Museum Hands on Instruction

On this tour of the Forest of Stone Steles Museum, the staff will host a VIP class where you'll learn to make inscriptions of a pre-selected stele.

Terracotta Tour

Terracotta Tour

Silently standing guard for over 2 millennia, the life-size army of Xian's Terracotta warriors and horses is the most significant archeological excavation of the 20th century.

 

The construction of this mausoleum began in 246 BC, when Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China, ascended the throne. In 1974, local farmers near the Xian, Shaanxi province discovered the Terracotta figures.

Xian Museum

Xian Museum

China's first national museum equipped with modern facilities, the Xian Museum holds a collection of 2,000 historical relics in the Xian City during the ancient dynasties.

 

Along side the museum, is the Small Goose Pagoda and Jianfu Temple which was built during the Tang Dynasty. Since its opening, this museum has become a favorite of local residents to learn Xian's history and enjoy the fantastic scenery that found throughout the complex.

Municipal Institute Archaeological Research

Municipal Institute Archeological Research

With the guidance of a museum expert, you'll take a journey through time as you experience this once in a lifetime opportunity to examine 1000 year old artifacts and uncover the history and significance behind each historical piece.

Shaanxi History Museum

Shaanxi History Museum

Take an illuminating stroll through ancient Xian where you'll uncover an impressive display of Shang and Western Zhou dynasty bronze tripods, Qin burial objects, bronze arrows and crossbows and four original Terracotta Warrior statues. The Shaanxi History Museum is often touted as one China's best museums.

Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeological Research

Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeological Research

Through this VIP visit to the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeological Research, you'll meet the team of Chinese and German scientist who work to restore the newly excavated relics within the Xian province.

 

Under high government security, this building is closed to the public.

Shaanxi History and Museum - Mural Room

Shaanxi History and Museum - Mural Room

In this VIP tour to the National Treasure Vault, you'll have the unique opportunity to view the mural paintings from the Tang Dynasty tombs. Here, you'll get a glimpse into China's past through a pictorial display depicting daily pastimes including the introduction of the time-honored game of Polo.

 

Shanghai

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum

A showcase of Chinese civilization recounted via 120,000 exhibits, this intelligently designed museum will guide you through the pages of Chinese history.

 

With a high-quality collection of ceramics, paintings and calligraphy along with a famous collection of Ancient Chinese Bronzes, it's no wonder why this museum continues to be one of Shanghai's most highlighted sensations.

The Bund

The Bund

Originally a towpath for dragging barges of rice, the Bund gets its Anglo-Indian name from the embankments built up to discourage flooding (in Hindi, a bund is an embankment). Now, the Bund is Mainland China's most iconic concession-era backdrop and Shanghai's standout spectacle.

 

Take a stroll along the elevated riverside promenade. Or, take a boat trip down the Huangpu River and survey the aristocratic architecture of the Bund and the brash steel and glass horizon of Pudong.

Tiger Hill

The Bund

The hill, 3.5 kilometers northwest of the city, is surrounded by rivers and covered with pine and plum trees. On the hill stands the Yunyan Pagoda, Suzhou's oldest pagoda built in the Sui Dynasty (581-618), and the Duanliang (Broken Beam) Hall built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), which is known for its unique beams.

 

On the hill also lies the Jianchi Pond, under which the tomb of the King of the Wu State He Lu in the Spring and Autumn Period (770 B.C.- 467 B.C.) was built. With a dozen of other scenic spots, the hill is noted as the first tourist attraction in Suzhou.

Wangshi Garden

The Bund

Wang Shi Garden, or Garden of the Master of the Fishing Nets, was originally the residence of Shi Zhenglong, a high official of the Song court who built it after he retired. The whole compound is made up of a garden and living quarters. The garden is located in the west, with a lake serving as the central point of the layout.

 

On the lakeshores, corridors, pavilions, stone bridges and rockeries compose a scene of rich attractions. New York Metropolitan Museum of Art built a Chinese garden on the platform of the museum's second floor modeling after the Dianchunyi (Late Spring Studio) of the Wangshi Garden.

Yu Yuan Garden

Yu Yuan Garden

Located at the center of Shanghai's Old City, the Yu Yuan Garden is one of the most lavish and exquisite Chinese gardens in the region. Established in 1559, this classical garden was created by Pan Yunduan who spent nearly 20 years building a garden that would please his parents in their old age.

The Jade Buddha Monastery

The Jade Buddha Monastery

Founded in 1882, this active Chan (Zen) Buddhist monastery houses two jade Buddha statues imported from Burma by an abbot, Hui Gen, during a pilgrimage to Tibet. The two precious jade Buddha statues are not only rare cultural relics but also impressive porcelain artworks carved entirely out of whole white jade.

Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road

Famously named as one of the World's Seven Great Roads in the 1930s, Nanjing Road is now Shanghai's premier and busiest shopping streets. Nanjing Road begins at the Bund and stretches 3.4 miles west. Here, visitors will find a mix of high end stores and specialty shops selling jade, embroidery, silk goods and much more.


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The Peninsula Beijing

The Peninsula BeijingThe Peninsula Beijing

8 Goldfish Lane, Wangfujing, Beijing 100006, China

The Peninsula Beijing is a landmark in China's capital city, its refurbished rooms offering the superior standard of comfort and service that's expected of the city's premier address for business and leisure accommodation.

 

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Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square

Sofitel XianSofitel Xian

319 Dongxin Street , Shaanxi Province , 710004 Xian, China

Combining modern premier life and long historical culture, the Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square is ideally situated close to many of the city's historical sites including the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Great Mosque, Shaanxi History Museum and the Forest of Steles stone library.

 

View the Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square Hotel website »

The Portman Ritz Carlton Shanghai

The Portman Ritz CarltonThe Portman Ritz Carlton

1376, Nanjing Xi Lu, Shanghai, China

An unforgettable luxury hotel where you'll find yourself surrounded by a city rich in history and cosmopolitan delights. Located on the famous Nanjing Xi Lu, The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai hotel offers guests convenient access to the city's finest shopping, cultural attractions and entertainment options.

 

View The Portman Ritz Carlton Shanghai website »

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Pricing

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  2. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking confirmation. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure date. If Cathay Pacific does not receive final payment by this date, Cathay Pacific reserves the right to cancel the reservations without notice.
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  1. For changes made beyond 60 days, a change fee of $200 per occurrence will be charged for any alteration or revision made (i.e.: name change, travel date change) to a reservation once the deposit is paid.
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Cancellation Fees

  1. If you cancel your tour, you will be charged the following:
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    1. Please note, a change of traveler's name, date or itinerary within 60 days of departure date will be treated as a cancellation and the above cancellation policy will apply.
    2. Once on site, no partial or full refund if for any reason guests do not participate in any or all sections of the tour. This includes illness and change of interest. No exception is allowed.

 

Personal Expenses

  1. The following are not included in the tour prices: meals not specified in the itinerary, charges for passports, visas, vaccinations and inoculations, excess baggage, telephone, laundry, items of a personal nature, incidental charges in hotels, and any items not specifically listed as included.

 

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  2. Clients must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.

 

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  1. Air transportation from North America to/from Hong Kong is serviced by Cathay Pacific. Air transportation from Hong Kong to/from Mainland China are serviced by Cathay Pacific's sister airline, Dragonair or Cathay Pacific except Hong Kong to Xian, serviced by China Eastern Airlines. Air transportation within China (between Beijing, Shangri-La, Kunming, Shanghai, Xian) is serviced by Mainland Chinese carriers.

 

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Tour Guides

  1. All tour guides are carefully selected, fluent in English and have many years of experience. They are all professionals licensed by the China Tourist Board not just for their language skills, but also for their knowledge of the geographical areas they will be serving. Our tour guides' wealth of information, friendliness, and enthusiasm earn them the highest praise from our guests.
  2. The name and contact information of the tour guide will be provided in the itinerary voucher after confirmation of your trip. Tour guide will have a Cathay Pacific China Experience badge.
  3. The tour guides listed on the itinerary voucher are scheduled to accompany you during each tour. If changes become necessary for any reason, the tour guide(s) substituted will be equivalent in service, language and knowledge ability.
  4. The local tour operator, Peregrine Travel Group's China office phone contact information will also be provided in case of emergency.

 

Holiday and Museum Closures

  1. Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed. China celebrates The Labor Day festival on May-1 for one week and The National Day festival on October 1 for one week. During these extended holidays, travelers to China will encounter large crowds and some inconvenience.

 

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Gratuities

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  2. All appropriate gratuities for luggage handling, bellman, doorman, housekeepers, tour guides, and local crew are not included in the price of the tours.

 

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