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Day 1 Depart USAYou will leave for China. The adventure begins! Meals on the plane.
Day 2 BeijingWhen you arrive in Beijing, you will be met by a guide and transferred to your hotel.
BEIJING - The capital of China, where many miraculous structures have been built for the glory of the Emperor! This city is rich in history and culture. Here you will experience China from the last 500 years of history to modern times.
Day 3 BeijingIn the morning you will go to TianAnmen Square, and then to the Forbidden City. In addition to seeing the buildings and grounds of the Emperor's palace, you will also see the Emperor's clock collection and the Qing Dynasty Jewelry, Robes and Relics collection (which Westerners rarely see). After lunch, you will be taken to the Summer Palace. B, L, D
Evening Option: Visit Lotus Lane in the Hutong Bar Street area (a festively lit strand of bars, restaurants, and shops on the lake in the Hutong District).
Day 4 BeijingThe day begins with a tour of a Chinese Hutong. This begins with a rickshaw ride through the old neighborhood, then a short walking tour into the narrow streets of the Hutong. You will be able to visit the home of a family who lives there; feel free to ask any questions. This is the traditional housing in old Beijing that was generally four small houses surrounding a court area. The Hutong has been home to both the poor and the rich. These quaint dwellings are disappearing in the continual modernization of China. After lunch you will be taken to the massive Temple of Heaven. This area contains the circle of what the Chinese believed was the center of the earth and where the emperor would go once a year to commune with the gods for a good harvest. The grounds are actually twice the size of the Forbidden City. If there is time you can visit the 2nd Hand Street Market. This is where the Beijingers shop. It is only open on Saturdays and Sundays and is a cultural experience as much as it is a shopping experience. B, L
Evening Option: Beijing Opera or visit the Hard Rock Cafe.
Day 5Beijing Today you will visit the Ming Tombs, including the Sacred Way and the Ding Ling Museum. You will be able to enter one of the tombs. In the Ding Ling Museum you can see artifacts and replicas from the tomb itself. After lunch you will go onto the incredible Great wall of China (at Badaling). It is an incredible feeling to be standing on one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which is over 3,900 miles in length! Then you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arriving your Shanghai guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. B, L (dinner on the plane)
Day 6 ShanghaiSHANGHAI - The East meets the West city! This historic home of European and American headquarters in China is still witnessed by the historic Bund.
Today you will be taken to the world-class Shanghai Art Museum. This fantastic museum boasts a number of quality exhibits including an ancient coin collection and an ethnic minority exhibit which features their costumes, masks, and various implements and tools. After lunch, you can see the old Nanjing Road area, which is now a major shopping and social area. Then you will be taken to the Bund. After dinner, you'll see the Bund area magically transformed in the evening lights. B, L, DEvening Option: Stop by the Peace Hotel to see the famous Peace Hotel Jazz Band.
Day 7 ShanghaiToday we will start the day with a trip to the gorgeous classic Chinese garden, the Yu Yuan Gardens. This provides an excellent example of the Chinese sense of beauty and their environments of serenity. The exit of this garden goes directly into a major shopping area of Shanghai, the YuYuan Market. The area is complete with shops, markets and a Classic Tea House with a zig-zag bridge. To give you an idea of how westernized Shanghai has become, this section of Shanghai is called, China town. After lunch you will be taken to the Jade Buddha Temple and if there is time to the Jade Carving Factory.
EVENING OPTION: Shanghai Acrobats
Day 8 Return USAYou will be transferred to the airport for your flight home with a lifetime of wonderful memories!
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