China Sightseeing

Beijing Sightseeing
No Image Full Day Forbidden City & Summer Palace with lunch
Enjoy a full day excursion to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Begin at Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world. Erected in 1417 at the height of the Ming Dynasty, the square was renovated and renamed two centuries later at the onset of the Great Qing Dynasty. View several impressive monuments outlining the Squares perimeter, including the Great Hall of the People, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, and the Squares famed ceremonial gateway. From here, venture north for a visit to the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), a construction comparable to the Pyramids in Egypt and the flowing Great Wall of China. Known today as the Palace Museum, the entire site is comprised of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant close to the Forbidden City before visiting the Summer Palace. Known for its architecture and exquisite scenery, the Palace once served as the summer residence for the imperial households of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Return to Beijing in the early evening.
No Image Full Day Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven with lunch
Enjoy a full day excursion to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Begin at Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world. Erected in 1417 at the height of the Ming Dynasty, the square was renovated and renamed two centuries later at the onset of the Great Qing Dynasty. View several impressive monuments outlining the Squares perimeter, including the Great Hall of the People, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, and the Squares famed ceremonial gateway. From here, venture north for a visit to the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), a construction comparable to the Pyramids in Egypt and the flowing Great Wall of China. Known today as the Palace Museum, the entire site is comprised of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant close to the Forbidden City before visiting the Temple of Heaven, where the Emperor (considered the "Son of Heaven") displayed his respect to the heavens through ceremonial prayer. The temple is the grandest of the four great temples located in Beijing and is famous for its white-marbled, circular altar. Departs at 9:30 a.m. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Pick-up and -off at the hotel.
No Image Full Day Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Panda visit at Beijing Zoo with lunch
Begin at Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world. Erected in 1417 at the height of the Ming Dynasty, the square was renovated and renamed two centuries later at the outset of the Great Qing Dynasty. View several impressive monuments outlining the Squares perimeter, including the Great Hall of the People, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the Squares famed ceremonial gateway. From here, venture north for a visit to the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), a construction comparable in scope to the Pyramids in Egypt. Known today as the Palace Museum, the entire site is comprised of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Enjoy lunch at an authentic Chinese Restaurant close to the Forbidden City before a visit to the Summer Palace and Panda Visit in the Beijing Zoo
No Image Full Day Great Wall & Ming Tombs with lunch 8:00 AM
Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Great Wall of China, which remains the longest man-made structure on earth. The Great Wall, constructed during the 7th century, spans nearly 4,000 miles of Chinas northern frontier and served as a defensive fortification. You will have the opportunity to walk along a portion of the Walls well-preserved promenades and enjoy the unrivaled views of beautiful mountain passes, plateaus and grasslands. The Ming Tombs are another must-see attraction that remains from the ancient dynasties and are comprised of over a dozen individual tombs of famous emperors and empresses. The day also includes a stop at a local Jade shop and lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Beijing. Pick-up and -off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 8.5 hours
No Image Half Day Hutong Tour
In Old China, Hutongs (lanes no wider than 9 meters) are formed by lines of siheyuan (compounds comprising of rooms around a courtyard) that connect the ancient city surrounding the Forbidden City. As is tradition, the houses of Old Beijing were constructed in this form on the basis of Fengshui: the ancient Chinese practice of design and spatial arranging. On this tour, travel by rickshaw through Beijings unique Hutong area to absorb the culture and traditions of Old China, including a visit with a local family. Here you will have the opportunity to interact and discover the similarities and differences of the Hutong people
No Image Half Day Hutong Tour with Transportation & lunch
In Old China, Hutongs (lanes no wider than 9 meters) are formed by lines of siheyuan (compounds comprising of rooms around a courtyard) that connect the ancient city surrounding the Forbidden City. As is tradition, the houses of Old Beijing were constructed in this form on the basis of Fengshui: the ancient Chinese practice of design and spatial arranging. On this tour, travel by rickshaw through Beijings unique Hutong area to absorb the culture and traditions of Old China, including a visit with a local family. Here you will have the opportunity to interact and discover the similarities and differences of the Hutong people. Further to this discovery, you will learn to prepare Jiao Zi (Chinese dumpling) which you will dine on for lunch with your new found friends
No Image Peking Duck Dinner
The Peking Duck Dinner has the reputation of being the most culturally famous meal in China. It is a must to experience during your visit to the country. Enjoy the culinary presentation as the chef roasts the duck directly over the fire and than slices the meat tableside. The duck is served with very thin pancakes, Chinese onions and special sauce. Transfers to and from your hotel included.
Chengdu Sightseeing
No Image Sichuan Opera Show
Be swept away and mesmerized by a colorful Sichuan Opera as performers take the stage in elaborate costumes to enact various performances. Traditional performances include theatrical dance pieces, opera solos, a :"rolling oil lamp" sequence, hand-shadow play, stick puppets, and the famous Bian Lian (face changing performance) where actors can imperceptibly swap vividly colored masks in the quick swipe of a fan. Transfers to and from your hotel are included
No Image Sichuan Opera Show
Be swept away and mesmerized by a colorful Sichuan Opera as performers take the stage in elaborate costumes to enact various performances. Traditional performances include theatrical dance pieces, opera solos, a :"rolling oil lamp" sequence, hand-shadow play, stick puppets, and the famous Bian Lian (face changing performance) where actors can imperceptibly swap vividly colored masks in the quick swipe of a fan. Transfers to and from your hotel are included
Fengdu Sightseeing
No Image Shibaozhai Excursion
Straddling a narrow strip of land between mountains and the Yangtze, Shibaozhai Temple, a 12-tier wooden pavilion, is a gem of Chinese architecture. The temple, whose name means Stone Treasure Stronghold, is an incredible feat of engineering, having been built without any nails. In the rear hall, you will learn the legend Rice Flowing Hole, a small hole in one of the walls that produced a steady trickle of rice. When the monks became greedy and attempted to make the hole larger, the rice flow ceased forever. If you decide not to purchase this optional tour, there will be an approximately 100 RMB / $15 fee to disembark from the ship at this port.
Fengjing Sightseeing
No Image Full Day Fengjing
Enjoy a full day tour of the historical water town of Fengjing with its 1,500 year history. It is famous for its beautiful canals, old bridges, temples, and well-preserved architecture. In the small town, visit famous attractions including the Old Street Long Corridor along the river and the Ancient Drama Stage. Continue to visit a well-preserved former Peoples Commune, a historical site and museum, representing the Chinese Cultural Revolution period. Enjoy the beautiful and naturally scenic river cruise through the water town canals passing by the ancient stone bridges. We will stop for a lunch at the local restaurant before returning to Shanghai
Hong Kong Sightseeing
No Image Full Day Lantau & Po Lin Monastery Tour with Lunch
Enjoy a full day tour to Lantau Island, the largest island in Hong Kong. Drive along the expressway and the Tsing Ma Bridge which is the worlds longest road-and-rail suspension bridge to the island. The island is often referred to as &#147the lungs of Hong Kong&#148, owing to its abundant indigenous forests and undeveloped land. Highlights of this full day excursion include visits through Tsing Ma Bridge, the tranquil Tai O Fishing Village, and a steep mountain climb to Po Lin Monastery on the Ngong Ping plateau in Hong Kong. Founded in 1927, the Buddhist monastery of Po Lin features the impressive Tian Tan Buddha, the tallest outdoor seated Buddha in the world. Enjoy a vegetarian lunch at the local restaurant. The tour ends with a spectacular ride aboard the Skyrail cable car offering stunning views as you descent to Tung Chung (Should the Skyrail be canceled due to inclement weather or other safety reasons, alternative transportation will be arranged).
No Image Full Day Macau Tour with lunch
Enjoy a full day tour of Macau, with lunch. After an hour-long ferry ride, your sightseeing begins with a drive along the famous Guia Circuit, site of the annual Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix. Continue to visit the Temple of A-Ma, dedicated to the deity after whom Macau was named by the Portuguese settlers in 1554. See Porta do Cerco, the historic barrier gate between Macau and China, en route to visit the ruins of St. Pauls Cathedral in Sao Paulo. Considered Macaus most notable landmark, the ruins of this 16th-century church feature an impressive facade with ornate carvings by Italian and Japanese Jesuit priests. Continue to Penha Hill Church, a graceful chapel first built in the 17th century as part of the Guia Fort, and enjoy commanding views of the Pearl River, Macau Inner Harbor and the city. Afterwards, enjoy a Western-style lunch at a local restaurant, followed by a visit to Macaus world-famous Casino Lisboa (L). Departs daily times to be advised locally.
No Image Full Day Sea & Land Tour with Lunch
This value-added tour offers the best of both worlds, combining a harbour cruise, a delicious dim-sum lunch and an afternoon land tour. Cruise leisurely around the famous Victoria Harbour with its stunning waterfront followed by a traditional Chinese lunch. After lunch, begin your afternoon adventure with a tour to Lantau Island with enchanting beaches and quaint fishing villages crafting its shores ancient monasteries and temples nestling among its lush mountains. Lantau is truly an adventurous island close to the metropolis. Embark on an adventurous ride on the Skyrail to Lantau and enjoy delightful panoramas along the way. (Should the Skyrail be cancelled due to inclement weather or other safety reasons, alternative transportation will be arranged.). Upon arrival, pay tribute to the giant bronze Buddha at Po Lin Monastery before exploring the ancient Tai O Fishing village with its traditional stilt houses. Finish your adventure with a ferry ride from Lantau back to Central before navigating your way back to hotel. Tour departs at 10:15 am from Kowloon Public Pier No. 3. Please report 30 minutes prior to departure. Tour is approximately 8.5 hours
No Image Hong Kong Cultural Walking Tour
This half day walking tour introduces you to the living culture of the locals by visiting Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok districts. The journey begins at Yuen Po Street Bird Garden. This charming Chinese-style garden is the favored gathering place of Hong Kong&#146s songbird owners. Next, you will visit the Flower Market which is the center of Hong Kong&#146s wholesale and retail flower business. Visit Goldfish Market, also known as &#147Goldfish Street&#148. It is a place for turtles, corals, fish food, fish tanks, and all kinds of aquarium supplies. Walk along Nathan Road to Shanghai Street, one of the city&#146s oldest streets. Before the 1970s, Shanghai Street was the leading business corridor in Hong Kong. With over a hundred shops, the district became the most prosperous area from late 19th century to mid 20th century. The shops there were related to traditional Chinese trades, including wedding gowns, Fung Shui tools, pawnshops, traditional Chinese utensils and ceremonial items. Be sure to take your camera with you as you won&#146t want to miss these unique photo opportunities of Hong Kongs everyday life, away from the tourist areas
No Image Hong Kong Harbour Cruise & Lei Yue Mun Village Seafood Dinner
This evening begins with a harbor cruise on a traditional Chinese sightseeing junk where you can enjoy the exciting night views of Hong Kong harbor. Unlimited drinks are included during the cruise. You will disembark at Lei Yue Mun fishing village for a brief walk ashore. Situated at Hong Kongs Eastern harbor, it is widely known to gourmets as a seafood paradise. Here you can watch locals choose from a variety of seafood fresh from fishmongers stalls and tanks to have it cooked to their own specifications in one of Lei Yue Muns many restaurants. Enjoy a traditional Chinese Seafood Dinner and then return to the ship to sail back, enjoying more of the glittering harbor views by night. Hotel pick up and off is provided. Tour is approximately 3 hours
No Image Hong Kong Island Tour PM
This afternoon, enjoy a half day tour of Hong Kong Island. Visit the famed Victoria Peak for a panoramic view of the city and bay below. The Peak, as it is referred to locally, is the highest mountain on the island, and is home to a variety of birds and colorful butterflies. Visit Stanley Market, famous for its bargain shopping, before returning along the coast of Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay to Aberdeen Harbor, the floating fishermens village. Stop at a local jewelry factory near Aberdeen for a glimpse into the art and craftsmanship that has made Hong Kong famous.
No Image Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village Dinner Cruise
Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village, situated at Hong Kongs Eastern Harbour is widely known to gourmets as a seafood paradise. Here you can watch locals choose from a variety of seafood fresh from fishmongers stalls and tanks, and have it cooked to their own specifications in one of Lei Yue Muns many restaurants. This evening begins with a harbour cruise on a traditional Chinese sightseeing junk where you will enjoy the exciting night views of Hong Kong Harbour. Unlimited drinks are included during the cruise. You will disembark at Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village for a brief walk ashore, and for a delicious Chinese Dinner. On the return journey, enjoy more of the glittering harbour views by night. Tour departs at 6:15 pm from Kowloon Public Pier No. 3. Please report 30 minutes prior to departure. Tour is approximately 3 hours.
No Image Symphony of Lights Cruise PM
"A Symphony of Lights" has been awarded the worlds "Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show" by Guinness World Records. This nightly spectacle combines interactive lights of 33 key buildings on both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon with musical effects to showcase the vibrancy and glamorous night vista of Victoria Harbour. Board the authentic Chinese sightseeing cruise boat as she sails around the Victoria Harbour, one of the worlds most impressive natural habours. At night time, the spectacular Hong Kongs skyline on both side of the harbour will fire your imagination as the dazzling neon cityscape emerges. The synchronized 20-minute Symphony of Lights display is set to music and commentary that depicts the growth of Hong Kong from a sleepy fishing village to the dynamic world city it is today. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the dazzling show with unlimited drinks on board for an unforgettable Hong Kong by Night. Tour departs at 7:45 pm from Kowloon Public Pier No. 3. Please report 30 minutes prior to departure. Tour is approximately 1.5 hours.
Qutang Gorge Sightseeing
No Image White Emperor City Excursion
Explore the White Emperor City, which overlooks the western end of Qutang Gorge. It has long been a refuge for would-be kings and poets, who have traveled here to be inspired by the majestic views of Qutang Gorge. Legend has it that in 25 AD, white vapor in the shape of a dragon rose from a well here, and Gong Sunshu, a soldier who had his headquarters here, declared himself the White Emperor. Remains of the city wall can be seen on the hill behind Baidi Mountain, and a temple built to commemorate Gongs reign dates back over 1,950 years. If you decide not to purchase this optional tour, there will be an approximately 100 RMB / $15 fee to disembark from the ship at this port.
Shanghai Sightseeing
No Image Acrobatic Show in Shanghai
Having undergone thousands of years of evolution, the Shanghai acrobatic arts has now blossomed into a unique style. The Shanghai Circus death-defiers will amaze and astound you with their high-flying versatility, fearlessness, and flexibility. This evening, enjoy a world-class performance that includes dance, magic, acrobatics and beautiful music. Departs at 6:45 p.m. Pick-up and -off at the hotel.
No Image Acrobatic Show with dinner
Having undergone thousands of years of evolution, the Shanghai acrobatic arts has now blossomed into a unique style. The Shanghai Circus death-deifiers will amaze and astound you with their high-flying versatility, fearlessness, and flexibility. This evening, enjoy a world-class performance that includes dance, magic, acrobatics and beautiful music after dinner at local restaurant
No Image Full Day Hangzhou & Nanjing Road by High Speed Train
Full day tour to Hangzhou, with its enchanting natural beauty and fascinating cultural heritage, known as "Heaven on Earth." Travel aboard the new high-speed Bullet Train - a great experience Once there, cruise on West Lake with its scenic beauty that blends naturally with the many surrounding historic and cultural sights. After lunch at a local restaurant return to Shanghai, well take you to famous Nanjing Road, with time to shop to your heartís content in this elegant neighborhood with its astonishing array of international shops and boutiques. Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.
No Image Full Day Suzhou with lunch
This morning, depart your hotel for a 2.5 hour drive from Shanghai to Suzhou. Located in Jiangsu Province, this ancient city enjoys the name of "Paradise on the earth" or Venice of the East. Your day begins on the famous Grand Canal, the longest man made Canal in the world. Travel leisurely down the narrow waterways and under the elegant bridges. From your boat you will see the sites of this ancient city and the daily life of the people who inhabit the banks of the canal. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant, visit the local Silk Factory, which Suzhou is famous for. After lunch, visit the Garden of the Master of the Nets. This privately owned garden is one of the most beautiful and most perfectly proportioned in Suzhou.The garden demonstrates Chinese garden designers adept skills for synthesizing art, nature, and architecture to create unique metaphysical masterpieces. Return to Shanghai later this evening.
No Image Full Day Yu Yuan Garden & Jade Buddha with lunch 8:30 AM
The morning begins with a visit to one of Shanghais main attractions, the classical Yuyuan Gardens, built roughly 400 years ago during the Ming Dynasty by Pan Yunduan, a high-ranking government official. The total area covers 20,000 square meters, or about five acres, and features pavilions, ponds, rockeries, cloisters and streams all within six distinct scenic zones including the Sansui Hall and Wanhua Chamber. Depart Yuyuan Gardens for a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, the most famous and active Buddhist Temple in the city. The Temples name derives from its two white-jade Buddhas, one recumbent on a redwood bed, the other seated on a lotus flower. It was built during the Guangzu Period of the Qing Dynasty to enshrine the two beautifully crafted Buddha statues that were brought from Myanmar. Conclude the day with a stop at a local carpet shop and embroidery shop. Pick-up and -off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 8 hours
No Image Half Day Shanghai Museum
Visit the Shanghai Museum, home to a collection of 120,000 precious cultural relics. Steeped in ancient wisdom and philosophical vision, the museums galleries are overrun with art from various China dynasties, including the Ming, Qing, Shang and Zhou. View bronzeware, jadeware, pottery and porcelain, Chinese calligraphy and paintings, seals and Buddhist sculptures, as well as priceless tokens and handicrafts of the minority nationalities
No Image Half Day Yu Garden & Bund
Enjoy a visit to one of Shanghais main attractions, the classical Yuyuan Garden. Built during the Ming Dynasty by the high-ranking government official, Pan Yunduan. The Gardens total area occupies 20,000 square meters (about five acres), and features pavilions, ponds, rockeries, cloisters, and streams all within six scenic zones, including the Sansui Hall and Wanhua Chamber. Existing some 400 years, the Gardens were specifically constructed for Pans aging parents as a sanctuary in which to live-out their lives. Depart Yuyuan Gardens for a visit to Bund. Walk the park-like promenade between the Wusong River and Old Town and experience the old-world charm of the Bund, former "Wall Street" of the foreign powers.
No Image Shanghai by Night with dinner
Depart for dinner in a local restaurant. After the dinner, drive to the pier near the Bund water front to board a ship for a 40 minute cruise on the Huangpu River,the mother river of Shanghai. Witness the 200 years of Colonial history. You will see European style buildings on one side of the river and the futuristic, skyline of Shanghai on the other side. After the cruise, experience an exciting driving through the city Wall of buildings to witness this thriving capital of the Far East.
Xian Sightseeing
No Image Tang Dynasty Dinner with Entertainment in Xian
Dine on traditional Chinese dumplings to the beat of Chang an music. After dinner, enjoy the celebrated Tang Dynasty show, a one-thousand-year-old dance performed by the passionate Tang Dynasty Troupe. This historical performance is a national art, reflective of the glory and richness of Chinas Tang Dynasty. Tour details and departure times to be advised locally.
No Image Terra Cotta Warriors
Morning visit to Xingqing park, center of the citys lively activities, where you may have the chance to join the residents in their morning exercise, singing and dancing. Afterward, stop at a lacquer furniture shop to learn more about this ancient technique that is still used today. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then, an unforgettable experience Visit the archaeological site of the magnificent Terracotta Warriors, the life-size clay army was unearthed from the mausoleum of Chinaís First Emperor Qin Shi Huang. This world-famous site, discovered by local farmers in 1974, is still being excavated today. Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 8 hours
No Image Xian Dumpling Dinner with R/T Transfers
This evening, enjoy a delicious dumpling banquet featuring nearly 20 varieties of jiaozi, or dumplings, stuffed with an assortment of vegetables, meats, and seafood. The traditional banquet also includes rice wine and bronze hot pot soup. Pick-up from your hotel at 6:30pm. Drop-off at your hotel at approx. 8:30pm
Yichang Sightseeing
No Image 4 nights Yangtze River Optional Shore Excursion Package
DAY 6 - Visit Three Gorges Dam, the worlds largest electricity-generating plant DAY 7 - Visit the natural scenic wonders of the Lesser Three Gorges, the separate valleys on the Daning River "Dragon Gate Gorge", "Misty Gorge" and "Emerald Gorge" DAY 8 - Visit Fengdu, with a stop at the Snow Jade Cave. Named the Snow Jade because of the abundant white stalactites of this recently discovered cave.
No Image Yangtze River Optional Shore Excursion Package
1) Visit Three Gorges Dam, the worlds largest electricity-generating plant (2) Enjoy the natural scenic wonders at the Small Three Gorges Dam (3) Visit Fengdu, "Ghost City" Well known as the resting place of the spirits of the dead, Fengdu is now the most characteristic and reputed historic and cultural town in China
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