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The Best of China Tour

19-Day Tour of Beijing, Xi'an, Nanjing, Yangzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Guilin and Guangzhou

A.  Departure Dates

Feb. 7, 21    Mar. 7, 21    Apr. 11, 25    May 9, 23
Jun. 6, 20     Jul. 4, 18       Aug. 8, 22      Sept. 5, 19
Oct. 10, 24   Nov. 7, 21   Dec. 5, 19

B.  Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 
    Arrive Beijing

    Welcome to Beijing, capital of China. On arrival you will be met by our CITS guides and transferred to you hotel.
  • Day 2

    Morning tour to Tian An Men Square. Located in the heart of the capital, and the Imperial Palace (Forbidden City) - one of the greatest feats of ancient Chinese architecture. Afternoon sightseeing includes the Summer Palace - a former summer resort area of the royal family, or a visit to the Temple of Heaven where the emperors prayed for good harvest. Dinner is the famous Beijing roasted duck at a local restaurant.
  • Day 3
    A full day excursion to the Great Wall - the landmark of China. It is one of the most amazing feats of human labor - the only man - made construction on earth visible from outer space. After lunch, a drive to the Ming Tombs along the Sacred Way with giant marble figures and animals guarding the tomb area for deceased emperors of the Ming dynasty.
  • Day 4
    Beijing - Xi'an by air
    A 2-hour flight to Van, the great ancient capital and the eastern end of the Silk Road. City tour begins with a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda which was built in 652 AD. It contains a large volume of Buddhist scriptures which were obtained from India by the eminent monk Xuanzang. A cultural performance will be provided if available.
  • Day 5   
    A full day visit includes the unparalled highlight of an excursion to the incredible Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses at the Tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first Qin emperor. Added highlights are a visit to the Huaqing Hot Spring - a former resort area especially for the emperors and the royal family and a visit to the Banpo Village - the remains of a Neolithic village dating back 6,000 years. Primitive tools and household utensils are displayed in the Banpo Museum.
  • Day 6
    Xi'an - Nanjing by air
    Nanjing, a famous ancient capital of China for six different dynasties, is the capital of Jiangsu Province.
  • Day 7   

    Begin your exploration today with the mighty double-deck Yangtze River Bridge. Then onward to the imposing Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen and the site of the Ming Emperor's Tomb and Xuanwu Lake.
  • Day 8
    Nanjing - Yangzhou by coach
    A one hour drive by coach to Zhenjiang before getting to Yangzhou by the ferry. Sightseeing there includes visits to the Slim West Lake, the Gaming Temple and the Geyuan Garden
  • Day 9
    Yangzhou - Wuxi by train
    Back to Zhenjiang by the ferry before taking a 2-hour train ride to Wuxi, known as the "Land of Rice and Fish". Your visits in Wuxi include the lakeside Li Yuan Garden and Mei Yuan. Time permitting, you may also board a boat to cruise island-dusted Lake Tai.
  • Day 10
    Wuxi - Suzhou by boat
    Today we board a canal boat for the leisurely cruise along the ancient Grand Canal - Suzhuo. Our boat ride provides a glimpse of traditional life along the canal's most interesting section from Wuxi to Suzhou.
  • Day 11 
    Suzhou, known as the garden of China. Visits to the Tiger Hill. Garden of Harmony Rock, Lion Garden, an embroidery factory and more.
  • Day 12
    Suzhou - Hangzhou by boat
    Travelling by boat to Hangzhou from Suzhou, we can observe life on the tranquil waters of 1,300-year old Grand Canal, which is still a principal form of transport in the area.
  • Day 13   
    A full day sightseeing features a cruise on the famous West Lake and a visit to the Pagoda of Six Harmonies. Time permitting, visit a silk factory.
  • Day 14
    Hangzhou - Shanghai by train
    A morning tour to view the 4th century Ling Yin Temple. Then board an afternoon train to Shanghai, a cosmopolitan city.
  • Day 15 
    Your visit today begins with the 400 years old Yu Yuan Garden and a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, a craft factory or curio shop. Afternoon, stroll the lively waterfront Bund and shop along the famous Nanjing Road where shops stay open late. An acrobatic show for your evening entertainment.
  • Day 16
    Shanghai - Guilin by air
    A 2-hour flight brings you to Guilin with a visit to the most famous Reed Flute Cave or Fubo Hill up where you can climb for the panoramic view of the city.
  • Day 17 
    Take a boat ride along the Li River to Yang Shuo, viewing the spectacular scenery as it reflects in the crystalline water. You can explore Yang - a small town with many stalls selling traditional Chinese arts and crafts articles. Return to Guilin by coach for dinner.
  • Day 18
    Guilin - Guangzhou by air
    A 50-minute flight to Guangzhou, the southern gateway to China. City sightseeing features the Memorial Hall of Dr. Sun Yat-sen: the Six Banyan Pagoda and Temple, and the Statue in the Yuexiu Park.
  • Day 19 
    Guangzhou/Hong Kong
    Cast your last glimpses of China as you board an express train for Hong Kong through the rural New Territories.


C. Tour Costs

  • $3,150 per person.
  • Land package only: $2,350 per person (without internatioanl air tickets).
  • Add-on arefare in US: $100--$250. Please call for your city.


D. Included Features

  1. San Francisco/China round trip international air tickets;
  2. Deluxe 4-5 star hotels or best available in each city;
  3. 3 meals daily with American Buffet Breakfast, Chinese lunches and dinners;
  4. All air and ground transportation between cities;
  5. All the sightseeing as specified in the itinerary;
  6. English speaking tour guides with private car or bus;
  7. All entrance fees;
  8. All transfers between airport / hotel, with the baggage handling assistance, etc.

E. Excluded

  • China visa application;
  • Airport taxes and International Departure Taxes;
  • Gratuities;
  • Travel incurance.

F. Notes

  • This tour can be customized.

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