Day 1: Depart for Beijing on United Airlines.
Day 2: Arrive in Beijing this evening at 9:00PM. Your local guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.
Day 3: After breakfast, take a morning flight to China's ancient capital city of Xian. After lunch, enjoy an in-depth tour of the ShaanXi Provincial Museum's-- China's most comprehensive historical museum. This evening is free for you to explore the city. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 4: The highlight of your stay in Xian is this morning's visit to the army of Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gaze in awe of thousands of stone soldiers more than 2,000 years old. After lunch, board an afternoon train for the ancient city of Pingyao. Arrive in Pingyao tonight and transfer to your hotel. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: This morning is free for your own exploration of this interesting city. In the afternoon, your local guide will give the group a guided tour of the historic districts of this UNESCO World Heritage City. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 6: This morning visit the two centuries old Wang Family Courtyard home. This home was built over a period of three generations of family members and is well preserved. Continue on to the Chang Family Courtyard before taking a motorcoach to Tiayuan and checking into your hotel. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 7: Board a train this morning for Datong. After lunch, your group will enjoy an extraordinary visit to China's largest steam locomotive museum. On display are the oldest steam engines of China, the carriage once Empress Dowager Cixi traveled on, the earliest bells, head lights, various tools used on the railway in China as will as the 1st, China-made steam engine by this plant. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 8: Visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site today - the astounding Yungang Grottoes containing China's largest and oldest stone sculpture. It is comprised of 53 large caves, 1,100 small ones and niches with 51 thousand stone-carved statues of Buddha typical examples of the combination of Chinese and foreign sculptural arts at the time. This evening board an overnight train for your return to Beijing. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 9: Arrive in Beijing from Datong this morning. Following breakfast, tour the magnificent Imperial Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), commonly referred to as the Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square, the largest open square in the world. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 10: Today, enjoy a full-day tour of the Great Wall and explore the ancient neighborhood's of Beijing's Hutongs. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 11: After breakfast, begin your tour with a leisurely stroll through the Summer Palace bordering Kunming Lake. After lunch, continue on to the Temple of Heaven. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 12: Transfer to the airport after breakfast this morning for your international flight home to the USA on United Airlines. Includes: (B), (L).
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