15 Day China with Chengdu & Hong Kong

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Beijing-Xian, Chengdu-Shanghai & Shanghai-Hong Kong.

Passengers should select flights that depart Hong Kong between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm due to scheduled airport bus transfer times. Passengers arriving outside of these times will be required to either purchase a private transfer or take a taxi on their own.

Hong Kong is an independent extension and your tour manager will not accompany you. Local English-speaking guides will be there to provide limited assistance.

Passport information must be submitted to Gate 1 Travel at least 35 days prior to departure.

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. The Great Wall requires a climb of approximately 300 steps, some of which have an incline. It is recommended to wear sturdy shoes, and people who have knee problems may want to carry a walking stick. Some tours require walking in the open air with no shade. Air pollution is a problem in many of China's major cities. Please see the CDC website and/or consult with your healthcare provider for specific recommendations. The usage of a bandanna or, light scarf might help screen out some of the pollutants in the air. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for China
Depart for China

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, sprawling capital of modern China; meeting and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new surroundings
Overnight: Beijing

DAY 3, Tuesday - Great Wall of China & Summer Palace Tour
This morning travel to the extraordinary 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, one of the most amazing structures ever built by man, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. En route see an ultra-modern architectural site built for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics: the gigantic National Stadium and the Olympic Village. You will also stop at a local jade shop to admire wares crafted with one of China's most famous materials. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, continue to the fabled Summer Palace, former resort of the Empress Dowager and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a relaxing boat ride across the lake and enjoy the stunning scenery. Stroll along the sprawling palace with its lakes and gardens before returning to Beijing
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Wednesday - Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven
Your exploration of Beijing begins at huge Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world, built at the height of the Ming Dynasty. The square's Gate of Heavenly Peace was once used as a staging ground for imperial edicts and by Mao Zedong himself to declare the founding of the People's Republic in 1949. Enter the Forbidden City, once a residence of Chinese emperors from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. This extraordinary walled complex, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly a masterpiece of Chinese architecture; its complex consists of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and visit a pearl shop to learn about the popular Chinese pearls. After, travel to the massive Temple of Heaven, a Ming dynasty complex where emperors held their ritual prayer ceremony, paying homage to heaven
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Thursday - Flight to Xian
Morning flight to Xian, ancient capital of eleven dynasties and an archaeological treasure trove. Lunch at a local restaurant upon arrival. Later this afternoon, trace the beginnings of Chinese civilization at the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, home to a wealth of historical artifacts and treasures dating back to the Han and Tang dynasties; view the remarkable Tang Dynasty murals dramatically depicting life in ancient China. This evening, an optional Tang Dynasty 6-course dinner followed by a historical dance performance by the Tang Dynasty Troupe
Optional: Tang Dynasty Dinner with Entertainment
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Friday - Xian and the Terracotta Warriors
Morning visit to Xingqing park, center of the city's 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, a vast collection of life-size soldiers, horses and chariots that were entombed with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. This world-famous site, discovered by local farmers in 1974, is still being excavated today, more than forty years since the time of its first unearthing. At tonight's optional dumpling banquet, you can sample 15 delicious varieties of dumplings
Optional: Dumpling Dinner
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Saturday - High-Speed Train to Chengdu
This morning, visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China, constructed during the Tang Dynasty. It was moderately damaged during the major earthquake in 1556 and still stands today as a compelling symbol of Xian. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Afterward, board a high-speed train to Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province with its distinctive culture and very spicy food. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Sunday - Leshan Stone Buddha and Huanglongxi Village
This morning, visit Leshan, home of the famous stone Buddha which stands at nearly 230 feet high and dates back from 713 AD. Board a boat to approach the base of this impressive, larger than life statue carved into a cliff face along the river. Have lunch at a local restaurant and then travel back to Chengdu via Huanglongxi. Stop here to explore the stone paved streets and ancient, wooden houses of this traditional village, constructed during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Later attend the optional 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
Optional: Sichuan Opera Show (PM)
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Monday - Chengdu Panda Research Center
Travel to the Chengdu Panda Research Base of giant panda breeding, a facility dedicated to the preservation and protection of the pandas, to view and learn about Chengdu's most famous, furry celebrities. Due to many factors, including habitat destruction, pandas have become an endangered species. Housing more than 80 giant pandas, the center is one of the largest panda breeding facilities in the world. Visit the Giant Panda Museum to learn more about the conservation efforts conducted at the center. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive back into town and visit the peaceful and serene People's Park, a popular destination for the locals and their leisure activities. Afterward, stroll along pedestrianized Jinli street, one of the oldest streets that was once the center of Chengdu's thriving embroidery industry. The shops, tea houses and residences, now renovated, are modeled after an ancient architectural style dating back to the Qin Dynasty. Dinner together tonight at a local restaurant
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Tuesday - Flight to Shanghai
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to cosmopolitan Shanghai, the fastest growing city in Asia, with its dramatic ever-changing skyline. Have lunch at a local restaurant and spend the balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, perhaps explore some of the city's world-class international restaurants on your own. This evening, be sure to attend the optional Acrobatic Show with dinner. The Shanghai Circus death defiers will amaze and astound you with their high-flying versatility, fearlessness, and flexibility
Optional: Acrobatic Show with Dinner
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Wednesday - Shanghai City Tour
This morning, experience the old world charm of the Bund, as you walk along the park-like waterfront promenade with gorgeous vistas of old and new Shanghai. Next, visit the classical Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Happiness) built during the Ming dynasty. This beautiful and serene sanctuary features pagodas, lakes, and magnificent pavilions. After lunch, stop at a local silk carpet and embroidery shop to learn more about this ancient Chinese craft and see some of the beautiful creations. Next, visit the Jade Buddha Temple, built during the Qing Dynasty to enshrine two beautiful jade Buddha statues given as a gift from Burma. These precious statues are rare cultural relics carved with sparkling and crystal-clear white jade, giving them an aura of sanctity and purity. The rest of the afternoon is yours to discover the rhythm of this vivacious city on your own. Tonight, gather together for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Thursday - Flight to Hong Kong
Depart Shanghai on a flight to Hong Kong situated on China's south coast, known for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbor. Meet a local guide and transfer to your hotel in this extraordinary city. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own - there are endless things to see and to do and to buy. This is also a great city for adventurous eaters - street vendors abound on every corner with a huge assortment of regional specialties ranging from fish balls to tofu. Of course, there are many upscale restaurants as well, dedicated to the finest gourmet cuisine
Overnight: Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Friday - Hong Kong City Tour
Begin the morning with a tour of Hong Kong Island. Ascend Victoria Peak for a panoramic view of the city and the harbor below. The Peak is the highest mountain on the island and home to a variety of birds and colorful butterflies. Continue to Stanley Market, a bargain hunter's paradise. Return along the coast of fashionable Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay to Aberdeen Harbor, home to the floating fisherman's village. The remainder of the day is free to shop to your heart's content, or just "people-watch" from a local outdoor café. This evening, perhaps participate in the optional Hong Kong Harbour Cruise on a traditional Chinese sightseeing junk.* Marvel at the glittering panoramic views of the harbor. Afterward, enjoy a Cantonese dinner at a local Chinese restaurant
*If motorized sightseeing junk is not available, you will cruise on a modern double-decker sightseeing vessel.
Optional: Hong Kong Harbour Cruise & Dinner
Overnight: Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Saturday - Full Day in Hong Kong
On your last day in Hong Kong at leisure, don't miss the optional full day tour to Lantau Island and the Po Lin Monastery. You'll discover pristine beaches, lush valleys, soaring mountains and spiritual enlightenment. Stop at the Tai O fishing village with its traditional houses on stilts before ascending to the Po Lin Monastery. This Buddhist monastery features the Giant Buddha, the tallest outdoor seated Buddha in the world. After a vegetarian lunch at a local restaurant, end the day with a spectacular ride aboard the Skyrail cable car (weather permitting) offering stunning views of the South China Sea
Optional: Full Day Lantau & Po Lin Monastery Tour with Lunch
Overnight: Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Sunday - Depart China
Depart Hong Kong on your return flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Dine on Imperial set menu of 6 courses. All while you enjoy 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 China's Tang Dynasty. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #5 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2021 $59.00
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This evening, enjoy a delicious dumpling banquet featuring different 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. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #6 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2021 $15.00
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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.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #8 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2021 $45.00
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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 a local restaurant. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Please note: This tour may be canceled locally by the theater and refunded upon your return.

Day #10 24 Apr 2019 - 25 Apr 2019 $29.00
27 Apr 2019 - 29 Apr 2019 $29.00
01 May 2019 - 30 Apr 2021 $29.00
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This evening begins with a Harbour cruise on a traditional Chinese sightseeing junk where you can enjoy the exciting night views of Hong Kong Harbour*. Unlimited drinks are included during the cruise. Places of interest like Causeway Bay, North Point, Lei Yue Mun Village are all brilliantly glittering to cheer up your evening. Sailing along the Kowloon Promenade shows you the typical Hong Kong at night and followed by Cantonese Dinner at a Chinese restaurant.

*If motorized sightseeing junk is not available, you will cruise on a modern double-decker sightseeing vessel.

Hotel pick up and drop off is provided. Tour duration is approximately 5 hours.

Day #13 01 Mar 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $92.00
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Full day tour to Lantau Island, the largest island in Hong Kong. Drive along the expressway and the Tsing Ma Bridge, the world's longest road-and-rail suspension bridge to the island. This island is often referred to as "the lungs of Hong Kong", owing to its abundant indigenous forests and undeveloped land. Highlights of this full day excursion includes a visit to 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, one of the tallest outdoor seated Buddha in the world. A vegetarian lunch will be served at the local restaurant. The tour ends with a spectacular ride aboard the Skyrail cable car offering stunning views as you descend to Tung Chung (Should the Skyrail be canceled due to inclement weather or other safety reasons, alternative transportation will be arranged).

Pick up and drop off is provided. Tour departs at 8:45 am. Approximate tour duration is 7 hours.

Please note this tour is not an exclusive tour and therefore you may be with passengers from other tour companies.

Day #14 01 Mar 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $145.00
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