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Where should you go if you just have one week in China? The answer is simple: Beijing, Xian, and Chengdu.
Beijing has been the capital of China for over 800 years, with seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites to show for it. But it is also a city that is constantly evolving, and beside old hutong neighborhoods you now find modern shopping malls. Xian has an even longer history, and its Terracotta Warriors are an archaeological wonder. Chengdu has the giant pandas—another symbol of China—and the native Szechuan cuisine that makes every meal a delight.
On our QuickEscape – China, we also include the enriching cultural experiences that make for lasting memories: Learn tai chi from a master, enjoy access to a VIP exhibition at the Shaanxi History Museum, and play majhong with locals in a Chengdu tea house.
• Beijing’s famous Forbidden City & Summer Palace
• The Great Wall at Mutianyu
• Xi’an’s Terracotta Warriors
• Panda center in Chengdu
• Learn Tai Chi and Chinese calligraphy from masters
Day 1: Arrive Beijing
You are met on arrival by our local guide and transferred to your hotel. Beijing, the capital of China for over 800 years, is a sprawling metropolis with about 29 million people. Depending on your arrival time, you may be able to go on a walking tour around Tian’anmen Square this afternoon.
Day 2: Exploring Beijing
This morning starts with a lesson on tai chi in the beautiful Jingshan Park. Following the lesson, climb to the top of Jingshan for panoramic views of the Forbidden City before heading out to explore this former royal palace, where 24 emperors ruled the Middle Kingdom. After lunch, drive to the Summer Palace, a large royal garden and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that epitomizes the philosophy and practice of Chinese garden design. This evening, enjoy a Chinese Acrobatics Show.
Day 3: Excursion to the Great Wall & Temple of Confucius
Today explore the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, one of the more dramatic and beautiful sections, which sees surprisingly few visitors. Take cable car up the Great Wall and enjoy the stunning view and a short walk. Have a lunch at the Schoolhouse, where Michelle Obama dined in 2014. This afternoon explore the Temple of Confucius, China’s second-largest such temple. Tonight, enjoy a classic dinner of Peking roasted duck.
Day 4: Hutong Tour & Train to Xi’an
Take a rickshaw ride to visit a local family living in a hutong—the ancient alleys that trace their origin to the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty and are still found throughout Beijing. After lunch, take the bullet train to Xi’an, the capital of China for 13 different dynasties and the starting point of the Silk Road. During the Tang Dynasty, Xi’an was the largest city in the world, with a population of over one million people. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Day 5: Exploring Xi’an
This morning, visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses; it was one of the most significant archeological finds of the 20th century when these 2,000-year-old statues were unearthed. Your guide will take you to a special place where you can photograph the figures up close. Then drive to the Tangbo Museum for a lesson in Chinese calligraphy. Your last stop is the ancient city wall, originally built over 1,000 years ago during the Tang Dynasty.
Day 6: Shaanxi History Museum & to Chengdu
This morning, visit the vast collections of the Shaanxi History Museum, including a special VIP exhibition hall that houses close to 100 paintings from the Tang Dynasty. In the afternoon, say goodbye to the ancient city of Xi’an and board a flight to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province—known as the kingdom of abundance in Chinese history. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Day 7: Exploring Chengdu
Early morning finds you at a breeding and research center for the beloved giant pandas; this is an unusual opportunity to see these elusive creatures, both cubs and adults. Then visit Wenshu Monastery to learn about Buddhism. In the late afternoon, visit the People’s Park to see how locals spend their free time—perhaps you can even join a game of Mahjong. This evening, head to a local theater for a “Face Changing” show, a traditional art form that is unique to Sichuan.
Day 8: Depart Chengdu
Transfer to airport in time for your outbound flight.
2015/2016 Trip Dates
Private Departures Only – On Demand Year-round
Note: Winter months (November to March) require good-quality cold weather clothing
Trip Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Starting City: Beijing (airport code – BJS)
Ending City: Chengdu (airport code – CTU)
2015/2016 Land Cost
Luxury 5-Star Hotel Option
(Beijing – St. Regis; Xian – Sofitel Legend; Chengdu – St. Regis)
2 participants: $3,882 per person
3 – 5 participants: $3,489 per person
6 – 8: participants: $3,084 per person
Single Supplement: $1,693
Standard 5-Star Hotel Option
(Beijing – Wangfujing Hilton; Xian – Sofitel on Renmin Square; Chengdu – Sheraton)
2 participants: $3,234 per person
3 – 5 participants: $2,842 per person
6 – 8 participants: $2,437 per person
Single Supplement: $1046
Internal China Airfare & Train Fare
Xian – Chengdu flight: $120 (subject to change by airline)
Beijing – Xian train: $140
Included in Land Cost
• All accommodations, based on double occupancy
• All taxes and service charges
• All transportation using private, air-conditioned vehicles for all airport/hotel transfers and sightseeing excursions
• All arrival/departure airport/hotel transfers
• All meals after arrival in China (Dinner Day 1 to Breakfast Day 8)
• All entry fees at all temples, museums, and monuments on sightseeing excursions
• Services of a certified English-speaking Chinese Tour Guide
• Bottled water and snacks
• TourDirect’s Medical ($25,000), Accident and Evacuation Insurance ($500,000) and Assistance Plan
Not Included in Land Cost
• International airfare to/from China
• All internal China airfare and train fare – cost listed separately
• Items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone calls, etc.
• Movie, video, and still camera fees
• Gratuities to local staff (guides, drivers, bell boys, etc.)
• Trip Cancellation insurance
At TourDirect, we will assist you in obtaining any necessary visas or other travel permits required for your journey, all done through our Visa Service Partner. Detailed visa instructions, application forms, and information about applicable visa fees will be included in your Pre-Departure Packet.
You must have a valid passport with an expiration date more than 6 months from the date of your return to the U.S. The passport must also have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you will be visiting in Asia.
China: A China Tourist Visa is required for all foreigners traveling to China. China visas are NOT granted on arrival and must be obtained prior to departure from your home country.
No immunizations are required for entry into China or to return to the U.S. However, proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are coming from (or have recently visited) a country that has risk of yellow fever. Several immunizations are recommended by the U.S. Center for Disease Control. A copy of the CDC’s recommended immunization list and additional health information will be included in our Pre-Departure Packet.
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