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

    USD $4,855* (2 or more, dbl occupancy)

 

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Perfect for the adventurous explorers who want to see China yet give back to locals at the same time.

 

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 Hilton Doubletree.

    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 and the Forbidden City. Visit Hutong, traditional courtyard homes, and see how local Beijing residents live.

  • Day 3
    The Great Wall, Beijing National Stadium & National Aquatics Center [B,L]
    In the morning, visit the Great Wall. The Great Wall is China's most famous site and stretches over 3,700 miles.

    In the afternoon, 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 4
    Arrive in Xian & the Shaanxi History Museum [B,D]
    Fly to Xian and transfer to Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square Hotel.

    In the afternoon, marvel the national treasures of the ancient Chinese people at the Shaanxi
    History Museum.
  • Day 5
    Terracotta Museum & Banpo Museum [B,L,D]
    Explore the Terracotta Museum and see the buried treasures that took 38 years to complete.

    Visit the Banpo Museum, an excavation site housing fascinating ancient artifacts.
  • Day 6
    Arrive in Shangri-La [B]
    Fly to Kunming, and then take a connecting flight to Shangri-La. Transfer to Paradise Hotel.


  • Day 7
    National Parks Tour & Shangri-La Old Town [B,L,D]
    Enjoy a day outdoors and breathtaking scenic views of the the Pudacuo National Park,
    Shudu Lake, Militangya Alpine Pastures and the Bitta Hai National Park.

    In the afternoon, visit Shangri-La Old Town.
  • Day 8
    Full Day Volunteer Work [B,L,D]
    Full day volunteer work in The Eastern Tibet Training Institute.

    The East Tibet Training Institute provides vocational training in a variety of subjects to young people from rural areas in Eastern Tibet. On this day, you'll be teamed up with local students and conduct educational activities such as English conversation class, games, and cultural exchange.

    www.etti.org.cn
  • Day 9
    Local Tibetan Crafts [B,L,D]
    Spend a day with a local Tibetan. You'll learn wood crafts from locals of Sanjia Village and pottery from locals of Tangdui.

  • Day 10
    Return to Hong Kong [B]

    In the afternoon, depart from Shangri-La to Hong Kong (transit in Kunming).

     

    Fly Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Xian

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.

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.

Banpo Museum

Banpo Museum

The Banpo Museum, located just east of Xian at the base of the Banpo excavation site, houses a fascinating collection of artifacts from this very early settlement of a Neolithic matriarchal community dating back about 6,000 years.

 

Shangri-La

Pudacuo National Park

Pudacuo National Park

Recently established as China's first national park, the Pudacuo National Park in Shangri-La is located in one the most biodiverse regions of the world.

 

Nestled deep in the mountains of southwest China, this natural wonderland is an integral part of the Three Rivers that is home to rare species of fish found no where else in the world, beautiful orchids and black-necked cranes.

Shudu Lake

Shudu Lake

East of Shangri-La, Shudu Lake is the biggest lake in the county surrounded by an awe-inspiring landscape of plush pastures and a dense forest of fir spruce and birch. Each Spring and Summer, herds of yak and goat can be seen grazing beside the lake.

Militangya Alpine Pastures

Militangya Alpine Pastures

A trip to Shangri-La would be incomplete without a visit to Militangya Alpine Pastures.

 

Here you'll enter a paradise where you can simply take in the picturesque natural beauty of the never ending pasturelands and unique animals that call this place home.

Bitta Hai National Park

Bitta Lake

Bitta Lake is a huge alpine lake that is 3000 meters in length and 700 meters in width. Most notable to this lake are the beautiful azaleas that bloom each year.

Shangri-La Old Town

Shangri-La Old Town

A visit into Old Town, Shangri-La and you'll be transported back in time to a period of peace and tranquility.

 

Amongst the traditional Tibetan homes and local temples, you'll quickly notice the intoxicating spirit of the Tibetan people pulsing through this quaint town.

 

Volunteer

The Eastern Tibet Training Institute

The Eastern tibet Training Institute

The Eastern Tibetan Training Institute is a non-profit organization focused on giving local Tibetan students the vocational skills they'll need to succeed in the rapidly developing tourism economy of the Shangri-La regions.

 

For more information, visit the Eastern Tibetan Training Institute website.

Sanjia Village

Sanjia Village

Sanjia Village is a natural village tucked away in the Youngchun country that is famous for its beautiful handmade wooden bowls. Experience true Tibetan culture as local residents explain the art and intricate detailing behind this traditional craftsmanship, otherwise known as 'orweju'.

Tangdui Village

Tangdui Village

Tangdui Village is most famous for its exquisite artisan pottery making that includes everything from teapots to hotpots. Here, you'll spend a day following a local family as you experience the daily activities of Tibetan and even learn the intricate art of making Tibetan handicrafts at the Shangri-La Institute.


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Doubletree by Hilton

Doubletree by HiltonDoubletree by Hilton

168 Guang An Men Wai Avenue, Beijing, China 100055

Conveniently situated next to the Central Official District of Beijing and Beijing's prestigious Financial Street business district. Guests will enjoy easy access to Beijing's major tourist sites.

 

View the Doubletree by Hilton website »

Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square

Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin SquareGrand Mercure Xian

319 Dongxin Street, Xian, Shaanxi Province 710004, China

Within the ancient walls of Xian, Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square is surrounded by serene courtyards and enchanting gardens which encapsulate the historic richness of the region.

 

View the Grand Mercure Xian Hotel website »

Paradise Hotel

Paradise HotelParadise Hotel

Changzheng Middle Road, Shangri-La County, Zhongdian, Yunnan, China

Enjoy 5-star service in one of Shangri-La's biggest hotels, where the beauty of nature is right at your doorstep.

Hong Kong

 

We invite you to extend your vacation in vibrant Hong Kong, home of Cathay Pacific. From hotel stays to city tours, Peregrine travel professionals are ready to assist you.

 

Call them directly at 1-855-MY-PEREGRINE or 1-855-697-3734.

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Pricing

  1. Prices are per person and quoted in U.S. dollars. Price includes all air transportation (includes taxes and fuel surcharges), land transportation, hotel accommodations, sightseeing, admissions, meals (as listed in itinerary (B) Breakfast at hotel, (L) Lunch and (D) Dinner are provided at restaurants outside of hotel as designated by local tour operator. Meal hours are at local tour operator's discretion. Locations subject to change) and tour guides services.

 

Hotel Accommodations

  1. The accommodations listed with the tours are intended to be used with each tour. If changes become necessary for any reason, the accommodations substituted will be equivalent in standard to those shown. Unless requested otherwise, a non-smoking room will be requested on your behalf.

 

Tickets and Payments

  1. To ensure air and hotel availability, we suggest you book your trip as far in advance as possible and at least 60 days in advance.
  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.
  3. Reservations must be made 60 days prior to departure. For reservations made less than 60 days before departure, payment in full is required upon booking confirmation.
  4. A copy of each traveler's valid passport will be required by our tour sales staff at time of booking.

 

Change Fees

  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.
  2. For changes made within 60 days of departure date, the booking will be treated as a cancellation and the cancellation policy applies. Please refer to Cancellation Fees #1 outlined below.
  3. Cathay Pacific promises to make every effort to operate all tours as advertised. Cathay Pacific promises to make every effort to operate all tours as advertised. We reserve the right to alter or curtail the itinerary, or substitute sightseeing, hotels, and/or conveyances as deemed necessary. Any savings realized by these changes will not be refunded to passengers. Any resultant added expense will be covered by Cathay Pacific. Although not expected, prices on this website may be modified due to unexpected significant external factors not forecasted at the time of printing.

 

Cancellation Fees

  1. If you cancel your tour, you will be charged the following:
    • 60-45 days prior to departure; 20% of total price
    • 44-30 days prior to departures, 30% of total price
    • 29-15 days prior to departure, 50% of total price
    • 14-7 days prior departure, 80% of total price
    • 6 days or less prior to departure, 100% of total price.
    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.

 

Visa and Travel Documents

  1. Passengers are responsible for obtaining the necessary visas to enter China. Passengers must also make sure that their passport has a sufficient remaining validity period for entry into the countries being entered or transited.
  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.

 

International and Chinese Domestic Air Transportation

  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.

 

Disclaimer

  1. Domestic American and Mainland China airlines, accommodations and other suppliers providing services are independent contractors and are not agents, employees of Cathay Pacific Airways, or its affiliates. Cathay Pacific Airways and assumes no responsibility and will not be held liable for any personal injury, property damage, or other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience, or irregularity by reason of (1) any wrongful or negligent acts or omissions on the part of its suppliers, (2) any wrongful, negligent, or unauthorized acts or omissions on the part of any employee of those suppliers, (3) any defect in or failure of any vehicle, equipment or instrumentality owned, operated, or used by any of these suppliers, or (4) any wrongful or negligent acts or omissions on the part of any other party not under the control, direct or otherwise, of Cathay Pacific Airways or (5) acts of God.
  2. Schedules and prices are subject to change without notice.
  3. Cathay Pacific reserves the right to terminate or change this offer without prior notice.
  4. Local land tour arrangement, transportation, hotel accommodations, sightseeing, admissions, meals, and tour guides services are provided by Peregrine Travel Group. State of California Seller of Travel Certificate of Registration # 1014854.

 

 

Additional Details

 

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.

 

Photography of Tour

  1. Occasionally, Cathay Pacific may use photographs taken by fellow guests or our tour guide for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify your tour guide at the start of your tour.

 

Gratuities

  1. Gratuities for the local guides and drivers are not included, and are at the guest's discretion. Gratuities are not included in the tour price. Suggested gratuity for tour guide is US$5-$10 per person per day and for driver is US$3-$5 per person per day.
  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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