China is a land of history and refinement unparalleled in the world. Attentive visitors are immersed in a sea of visual and cultural experiences unlike any other they may have had elsewhere. Each geographic area in China teems with its own identity as an energetic variation on the great theme of Chinese civilization. You will be amazed at how regions differ vastly yet express similar values and ideas.
This journey begins in Beijing with an exploration of the beauty of the imperial city and meetings with urban Chinese residents. Discover the splendor of China’s glorious past: the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Great Wall; also witness the dynamic and ever-changing life pace in today’s capital of China. Fly to Xi’an, terminus of the Silk Road and once the largest city in the world.
Visit and explore the Terracotta Warriors Museum in homage to China’s first emperor Qinshihuang, considered China’s preeminent archaeological discovery. Tour other sites such as Big Goose Pagoda, the Great mosque and City Walls in the ancient Tang Dynasty capital. Your itinerary also includes Guilin, Longsheng, and Yangshuo, the south China region of picturesque karst mountains rising from tranquil rivers and rice paddies. This is one of the most idyllic landscapes of China and your cruise down the Li River will reveal its sublime splendor. The last stop of your tour is Shanghai, China’s most populous city and economic powerhouse. The European Bund still retains the glamour of the colonial era; modern western pubs, galleries and boutiques fill central Shanghai. Visit the traditional Yuyuan Garden and spend some time exploring the Shanghai Museum, the best in China. Fly home from Shanghai.
- Architecture Tours / Arts & Crafts Tours / Historical Sites / History & Archaeology Tours / Museums & Galleries / Performances: Concerts – Theaters – Shows – Dances & Musicals / Cooking Classes / Gourmet Dining / Music / Small Towns / Villages / Walking Tours / Gardens / Hiking