Day 1: Los Angesles / Guangzhou. Board your international flight late this evening to begin your Majestic China tour.
Day 2: Enroute. Cross the International Dateline on your way to China.
Day 3: Guangzhou / Chengdu. Arrive in Guangzhou and transfer to your connecting flight to Chengdu. Your English-speaking guide and driver will meet you at the airport and provide a transfer to your hotel where you may check in. After lunch, visit the fascinating SanXingDui Museum. Little is known about the mysterious cultural and religious beliefs of the people of SanXingDui, yet visitors can gain a sense of the culture through intriguing displays of ancient and rare artifacts used in daily life, and religious ceremonies. Includes: (L).
Day 4: Chengdu / Lhasa. Take a morning flight to Lhasa. Tibet is the world's largest and highest plateau, often called the "rooftop of the world". At 3,700 meters, Lhasa (Holy Place) has a history of 1,300 years. Your local English-speaking guide and driver will meet you at the airport for a scenic one-hour drive into the city. After lunch, adjust to Lhasa’s elevation with a tour of Norbulingka (Treasure Park). The Dalai Lama traditionally lived at Norbulingka during the spring and summer months, holding festivals and celebrations here as well as important meetings concerning political affairs. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: Lhasa. Today visit the Drepung (Rice Heap) Monastery founded in 1416 and home to the fifth Dalai Lama during the construction of the Potala Palace. Continue on to the Sera (Wild Rose Garden) Monastery. Housing 5,000 to 6,000 monks in the monastery’s early days, approximately 300 continue to study here today at one of the monastery's three colleges. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 6: Lhasa. This morning, you will begin your exploration of Lhasa at the sacred Potala Palace. Originally constructed for Princess Wencheng in 641 AD, the palace was damaged by a lightning strike and later destroyed by warfare. In the 17th century, the palace was rebuilt to its current size. Touring continues at the Jokhang Temple, built in 647 AD by Songsten Gampo for his wives Chinese Princess Wencheng and Nepalese Princess Tritsun. After lunch, stroll along Barkhor Street (Octagon Street) in the center of old Lhasa. This circular street is the oldest street in Lhasa and serves as the sacred pilgrims' path for Buddhists making their pilgrimage to the Jokhang Temple. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 7: Lhasa / Chengdu. After breakfast, bid farewell to Lhasa, as you take a morning flight to Chengdu in Sichuan Province. Your English-speaking guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you into the city for lunch. Following lunch, tour the WuHou Temple (Temple of Marquis Wu), located in the southern part of Chengdu. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 8: Chengdu / Chongqing. This morning transfer to Chongqing via comfortable motorcoach. Your drive will take you through the beautiful Sichuan countryside comprised of evergreen forests, farms, fields and small villages. Upon arrival in Chongqing, you may check into your hotel. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 9: Chongqing / Dazu / Yangtze River Cruise. After breakfast depart for a day of sightseeing at the Dazu Grottoes, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1999. More than 50,000 Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian rock carvings make up the grottoes scattered around the Dazu area, reflecting the religious teachings of both Buddhist and Confucian belief systems. Return to Chongqing in the late afternoon and board your cruise ship. Set sail late this evening. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise. After breakfast, get acquainted with the layout of the ship before your first shore excursion this afternoon: either the market town of Wanxian or the City of Fengdu (City of Ghosts). A visit to the 2,000-year-old market town of Wanxian takes in an acrobatic show and a tour of the local free market where you can shop for local produce and wares. Visitors to the city of Fengdu visit the kingdom of Hell up at the 288-meter high Mt. Mingshan, which is accessible via stairs or cable cars. There are altogether 48 Taoist and Buddhist Temples laid out in a unique fashion in this gathering place for ghosts. Late this afternoon return to your cruise ship. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Yangtze River Cruise. Cruise through the first of the three gorges this morning when you enter Qutang Gorge through Kuimen Gate-- a symbol of the Three Gorges at more than 1,500 meters high followed by the Wuxia Gorge. Disembark late this morning for a cruise through the lesser three gorges via motorized sampans. Occasionally golden monkeys can be observed playing in the treetops, and your local guide will point out caves where suspended coffins of the ancient Ba people have been found. Return to your ship this afternoon and resume your journey. Sail through the locks of the Three Gorges Dam this evening. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Yangtze River Cruise. Early this morning, sail through the last of the Three Gorges-the Xiling Gorge. Strategically important since the Three Kingdoms period, the new Three Gorges Dam is built within the east end of the gorge on Zhangbao Island. Disembark at Yanjiawang for a tour of the comprehensive Three Gorges Dam visitor’s center before transferring to Wuhan and checking into your hotel. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 13: Wuhan. After breakfast, tour the grounds and pavilion of the Yellow Crane (Huanghe) Tower. At 51.4 meters high, the tower offers a panoramic view of the Yangtze River Bridge and the city of Wuhan. Continue on to Guiyuan Temple with buildings dating from the late Ming and early Qing dynasties. After lunch, visit the Hubei Provincial Museum noted for its extensive collection of archaeological artifacts. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 14: Wuhan - Guangzhou - Los Angeles. Depart for Guangzhou this morning and enjoy a city tour of Guangzhou today including the Chen Family Temple. In 1890, all families surnamed Chen residing in the 72 counties that make up Guangdong Province contributed to the construction of this beautiful temple. After lunch, visit Sun Yat-Sen's Memorial Hall. The memorial hall is 47 meters high and has more than 12,000 square meters of floor space and an auditorium with more than 4,700 seats. Continue on to the world famous ancient Buddhist Liurong (Six Banyan Tree) Temple. Late this afternoon, your guide and driver will provide a transfer to the airport for your International flight back to Los Angeles. Arrive in the United States the same day. Includes: (B), (L).
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