DAY 1 ARRIVE BEIJING, CHINA
Arrive in the capital city of Beijing, China’s longtime seat of power, where you are transferred to your luxurious hotel.
DAY 2 BEIJING | CHINA’S DYNASTIC CAPITAL
After your welcome briefing, participate in a private tai chi lesson taught by a master instructor at the Temple of Heaven, a stunning example of classical Ming period architecture. After lunch, take in the sweep of history at Tiananmen Square before exploring the imperial grandeur of the Forbidden City. Tonight, gather for a special welcome dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 3 BEIJING | VIEW THE WORLD FROM THE GREAT WALL
Travel to the well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Walk or ride a cable car to the top of the wall to take in sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. After experiencing this wonder of the world, return to Beijing. Then, Ride Like a Local on a pedicab through a hutong, a vast yet intimate neighborhood of small winding alleyways dating to China’s dynastic period. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 4 XIAN | KEY TO THE GREAT SILK ROAD
Fly to Xian, a modern city cloaked in over 3,000 years of history. Once the eastern terminus on the Great Silk Road, Xian has become a melting pot of Middle Eastern and Asian influences. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch, and then visit the old city quarter with its teeming markets and beautiful Great Mosque, a 14th-century national heritage site. A blend of classic Chinese temple architecture and central Asian embellishments make it one of the most fascinating sites in Xian. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 5 XIAN | TERRA COTTA WARRIORS, ARMY FOR THE AFTERLIFE
Today, accompanied by an on-site specialist, visit the excavation site of the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, the life-size army created during the Qin Dynasty to protect Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, in his afterlife. More than 8,000 remarkably crafted soldiers are spread throughout three dig pits, each revealing a unique face. Then, enjoy a Chef’s Table dumpling-making demonstration followed by lunch. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 6 CHENGDU | EXPLORING THE PEOPLE’S PARK
Travel to Chengdu, the charming capital of Sichuan Province. After lunch, immerse yourself in local life and culture at the People’s Park, where area residents play traditional Chinese instruments, practice calligraphy and engage in tai chi. Observe a traditional tea demonstration and learn about unique, centuries-old matchmaking techniques still in use today. Tonight, enjoy a special Sichuan hot pot dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 7 CHENGDU/CHONGQING | PANDAS & A BULLET TRAIN
Today, visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center. Enjoy the rare opportunity to observe these endangered creatures roaming freely in their natural habitat. Then, board a high-speed train for a ride through the Chinese countryside to Chongqing, where you embark on your river cruiser, ‘Yangzi Explorer,’ for a three-night journey to Yichang. Settle into your cabin as the ship sails downstream to the stunning Three Gorges region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 8 CRUISING THE YANGTZE | ALONG ASIA’S GREAT RIVER
Start your morning with tai chi on the deck before breakfast. Disembark in the small city of Fuling and enjoy a shore excursion, beginning with a visit to the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum. Descend 150 feet underwater to see centuries-old rock carvings. Afterward, continue to a local market to gain insight into the region’s rich culinary culture. This afternoon, learn about Chinese traditional medicine and reflexology. Tonight, attend the Captain’s Reception. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 9 CRUISING THE YANGTZE | THE THREE GORGES
Early this morning, ‘Yangzi Explorer’ navigates the Qutang and Wu Gorges before anchoring at Badong, where you board a ferry and travel up Shennong Stream. Transfer to “pea pod” boats poled by Tujia boatmen to view a scenic gorge. The Tujia are members of a local minority culture famed for their boatbuilding skills and keen knowledge of the Yangtze. Gain insights into their daily lives by visiting a village before returning by ferryboat to ‘Yangzi Explorer.’ Tonight, savor a “Taste of China” dinner, followed by onboard entertainment. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 10 YICHANG/SHANGHAI | DISEMBARK ‘YANGZI EXPLORER’
This morning, disembark and fly to Shanghai, stopping briefly to photograph the Three Gorges Dam, a project that resulted in the resettlement of 1.2 million residents of the cities submerged behind the 600-foot-tall engineering marvel. Upon arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your elegant hotel, located on the city’s historic Bund. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 11 SHANGHAI | PEARL OF THE ORIENT
Explore dynamic Shanghai, where stunning modern skylines meet classic street markets and gardens. Contrast this experience with a visit to charming Zhujiajiao, a traditional water village harkening back to China’s imperial past. Glide along its main canal on a sampan (wooden boat). Tonight, attend a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe, featuring dazzling feats of strength, balance and athleticism. (Breakfast)
DAY 12 SHANGHAI | LIFE ON THE BUND
Stroll the streets of Old Town and visit the 16th-century Yu Garden with its pavilions and streams. Walk along the Bund, Shanghai’s most popular promenade. This afternoon, explore studios and galleries in the M-50 Contemporary Art District. Then, gather tonight for a festive farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 13 DEPART SHANGHAI
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart for home or begin a Hong Kong Post-Tour Extension. (Breakfast)
Beijing: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
Xian: Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xian
Chengdu: Waldorf Astoria Chengdu
Yangtze River: Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'
Shanghai: Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
Pre Tour Extension: Beijing & the Summer
Days: 3 | From: $1,695
Arrive Beijing, China, and transfer outside the city center to your extraordinary hotel — a tranquil, luxurious sanctuary located just steps from the historic Summer Palace.
Aman Summer Palace
Visit the Summer Palace, the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces is acclaimed as a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. Tonight, gather for dinner.
Aman Summer Palace | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Visit the Water Cube and Bird’s Nest in Olympic Park. Encounter the 798 Art District, a once-industrial complex built by East Germany, this area has been reclaimed by a thriving artist community. Check in to the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing for the start of your main tour.
Four Seasons Hotel Beijing | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Post Tour Extension: Hong Kong
Days: 3 | From: $1,995
Internal Air Routing: Shanghai/Hong Kong
Arrive in Hong Kong, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, experience a local night market with your guide and enjoy the Symphony of Lights along Hong Kong’s skyline.
Rosewood Hong Kong
Transfer to Sheung Wan to stroll its herbal medicine market. Take an informative look at Man Mo Temple, and take a tram to Victoria Peak for stunning views of the city. Drive to Aberdeen and board a sampan to experience the floating villages of the Tanka community. Gather for dinner this evening.
Rosewood Hong Kong | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today, transfer to the airport and depart.
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