Day 1: Depart for Beijing, China.
Day 2: Beijing. Upon arrival in Beijing Airport, you will meet your English speaking Regent Local Guide, who will escort you to your deluxe hotel.
Day 3: Beijing. This morning, one hour comfortable motor coach ride will take you to the statue-lined Sacred Way to the Ming (1368 - 1644) Dynasty Tombs (Tranquil Ruins of Deling). En route, we will stop to visit a Cloisonnes Factory where you will observe artisans working on this 500 years old unique art of China. After lunch, we will continue traveling to the Great Wall for breathtaking views of this man made structure that is visible from outer space.
Day 4: Beijing. Today we will visit the Temple of Heaven where Chinese Emperors throughout the ages went to pray and thank gods for the harvests every year. On the way we will take a look how pearls are cultured and made into jewelry. After lunch, explore the labyrinth of more than 9000 treasure-filled chambers and hundreds of secret courtyards of the Forbidden City, where the movie Last Emperor was filmed. Dinner is served at Dai Minority Restaurant with colorful dancers from southern China who will invite you for cheerful dancing. You are offered to visit Great Wild Goose Pagoda, Emperor Qin Shihuang's tomb in Xi'an.
Day 5: Beijing. Full day excursion to Summer Palace with a Cruise on Kunming Lake. In the evening, try out the famous Peking Duck Dinner and watch a fabulous Acrobatic Show.
Day 6: Beijing - Xi'an. Today we fly to Xi'an and will pay a visit to Great Wild Goose Pagoda, which is centered in a working Buddhist temple. A panoramic view of Xi'an will be in front you when you climb up the pagoda. In the evening we will watch the elegant Qin (Dynasty) or Tang (Dynasty) Performance.
Day 7: Xi'an. An army of over 7000 life size warriors, horses and chariots were buried underground over 2000 years ago and was discovered in 1974. Emperor Qin Shihuang's tomb attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Only when you are actually standing in front of the lined up troops will you realize how the Emperor was able to conquer all other kingdoms and unite China for the first time.
Day 8: Fly to Yichang. After one hour's flight you will reach Yichang, where the Three Gorge Dam is being built. A city tour today at this flourishing new city.
Days 9 - 11: Yangtze Cruise. Board the most luxurious Cruise Ship on the Yangtze River. The East King/Queen, prepare to sail through the world famous Three Gorges with shore excursions. We will pass Xiling Gorge, Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge today. We will also have a Shennong Stream Drifting shore excursion. We will visit Shibaozhai, one of the most important landmarks along the Yangtze River.
Day 12: Chongqing. Today we arrive in Chongqing, once the station for Flying Tigers. We will visit the Panda Reserve the largest of its kind in China for Giant Pandas.
Day 13: Chongqing - Shanghai. We fly to Shanghai, the future of China. Upon arrival, you will check in your hotel. City tour of Shanghai.
Day 14: Shanghai. Shanghai Museum is among the finest in the world, where you can spend hours and hours marveling at all the treasures from ancient China. Today we will also explore the Old City Market outside Yuyuan Garden, where old Shanghai still retains its charm, a combination of hundreds of small stores and eateries.
Day 15: Shanghai. A free day in Shanghai, or optional Suzhou Day tour.
Day 16: Departure. End of the services.
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