Deluxe and first class hotels with private bath/shower.
American breakfast daily and 13 Lunches.
Domestic airfare in China.
Local English speaking guide for sightseeing tours.
All transfers and sightseeing tours as per the itinerary.
Assistance by an ACTC representative at airports, train stations and hotels.
Monument entrance fees, guide fees, etc.
All Applicable taxes, fuel surcharge, etc.
Baggage handling and porterage.
Day to Day Program:
DAY 1 – SUNDAY
Arrive in Beijing, the ancient capital city of People’s Republic of China. Beijing has been a capital city for over 3,000 years. The remainder of the day is free to relax and adjust to time difference. QIANMEN JIANGUO HOTEL
DAY 2 – MONDAY
GREAT WALL EXCURSION & MING TOMBS
Commence with a tour of the Badaling Great Wall. Construction began more than 2,000 years ago that meanders more than 6,000 kilometers across the country. The Ming Tombs represents the addition of three Imperial Tombs of the Qing Dynasty in Liaoning to the Ming tombs inscribed in 2000 and 2003. They were built for the founding emperors of the Qing Dynasty and their ancestors, constructed on the principles of traditional Chinese geometry and fengshui. The Tombs are masterpieces of human artistic brilliance. The Sacred Way is part of the Ming Tombs complex, Located in the front part of the royal cemetery, which means the path leading to heaven. On return to Beijing option to drop off at Bejing Olympic Green or at Hotel. QIANMEN JIANGUO HOTEL; BL
DAY 3 – TUESDAY
TIAN ANMEN SQUARE, FORBIDDEN CITY, TEMPLE OF HEAVEN & KUNG FU SHOW
Many buildings were demolished to create Tian’an men Square, since 1949 square has been the venue of major rallies held during the Cultural Revolution. Visit Forbidden City, A Tang Dynasty poet wrote “Without seeing the magnificence of the royal palace, one can never sense the dignity of the emperor. Completed in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, it was the home of 24 emperors and scene of many important events affecting the course of Chinese history. In the afternoon visit the 700 acre Summer palace & enjoy boat ride and scenice views of the lake. Later this evening and after dinner, you will enjoy an exciting Chinese Kung Fu Show at Red Theater. QIANMEN JIANGUO HOTEL; BLD
DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY
HUTONG TOUR, TEMPLE OF HEAVEN & XIAN
Enjoy a pedi cab ride to the Hutongs, developed around the Forbidden City as early as the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368). To strengthen their authority, emperors planned city housing according to an etiquette system. Hutongs follow a strict quadrangular layout with four buildings arranged around an open inner courtyard. There were 3,600 hutongs at the beginning of this century and today only 2,000 exist. In the afternoon visit the Temple of Heaven or Altar of Heaven is a complex of Taoist buildings. It was visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. Time free at Hongqiao Parl Market. In the evening fly to Xi’an, called Chang’an in ancient times. It is one of the six ancient capital sites in China. GRAND NEW WORLD HOTEL; BL
DAY 5 – THURSDAY
TERRA COTTA WARRIORS & WILD GOOSE PAGODA
Spring of 1974 peasant workers unearthed an archeological find hidden for 2,200 years. Semi buried in the soil were hundreds of battered but beautiful terra-cotta statues of armed warriors, servants and horses pulling manned war chariots, retinue of unified first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Ti. See the excavated exhibition 1, 2, 3 and 4. You will see archaeologists at work at the actual sites. Tour the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the famous Buddhist pagodas. When Zhu Yuanzhang, the first Ming dynasty emperor (1368-1644) captured Huizhou, a hermit, Zhu Sheng, advised him to enlarge the wall built initially during the old Tang dynasty (618-907), creating modern Xi’An city wall. GRAND NEW WORLD HOTEL; BL
DAY 6 – FRIDAY
XI’AN / CHONGQING – CIQIKOU OLD TOWN & YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Travel by air to Chongqing, gateway to Yangtze. Tour Ciqikou, situated on the bank of the Jia Ling River, not far from its confluence with the mighty Yangtze, formerly known as Long Yin. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911) it was famous for its production of porcelain. The houses in the village are masterpieces of Chinese architecture. Much of the two and three storey construction is of bamboo and timber. Blue bricks and pillars set off the snow-white walls that contrast in turn with vermilion doors and lattice windows. Black tablets and lanterns adorn the gates to complete the authentic and traditional appearance of the properties. After the tour board M/S VICTORIA, the Yangtze River Cruiser. YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE SHIP M/S VICTORIA; BLD
DAY 7 – SATURDAY
YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Commence with your sailing toward the great gorges and the deep mountain valleys with a visit to the ghost city of Fengdu for a shore excursion. There is a necropolis called Fengdu modeled after the Chinese Hell in Taoist mythology, built over 1800 years ago. The famous ghost town will become an island after the Three Gorges Dam project is completed. Specifically, part of the ghost town of Fengdu will be submerged, but scenery above the “Door of Hell” will remain. You might get a glimpse of the new settlement town by the relocation of the new dam. Return to the boat and continue sailing. YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE SHIP M/S VICTORIA; BLD
DAY 8 – SUNDAY
YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Sail into the picturesque dark green Xiling Gorges. Board a small motorized boat into the fabled Three Lesser gorges along Shannong Stream. Proceed further entering the second Wu Gorge. The mossy cliffs are hemmed by the hanging pathways under the Twelve Peaks. Later pass through the great Qutang Gorge. Stay overnight on the cruise ship. YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE SHIP M/S VICTORIA; BLD
DAY 9 – MONDAY
YANGSHUO / SHANGHAI
Shore excursion today to see the Three Gorges Dam and the 5 ship locks raising the boat up 412 feet. Disembark at Yichang (time permitting city tour of Yichang will be provided) and board flight to Shanghai, the largest and most populated city in China. It is also China’s main center for industry, commerce, foreign trade, science and technology located at the spot where the mighty Yangtze meets the East China Sea. JINJIANG TOWER HOTEL; BL
DAY 10 – TUESDAY
SHANGHAI CITY TOUR
Begin your exploration of Shanghai with Jade Buddha Temple. Next visit the famous Shanghai Museum, constructed in 1952, one of the larges and comprehensive art museum of China and renowned for its collection of Chinese art. Take a stroll through the the Bund & Nanjing road to see the modern Shanghai, Shanghai old town and former French Concession district. JINJIANG TOWER HOTEL; BL
DAY 11 – WEDNESDAY
SHANGHAI / FLIGHT BACK HOME
Leave Shanghai and board your homeward flight filled with memories of your exciting journey through ancient China. B