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12 Day Best of China

Embrace the ancient civilization of China, see on of the Seven Wonders of the World and China's strongest symbol!
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12 Day Best of China

CruisePlus Land Offer

Beijing to Shanghai

April 5, 2019

G Adventures Land Tour

Mix the bustle of China’s metropolises with the tranquillity of rural life on a 12-day adventure. Explore the hidden corners of Beijing’s Forbidden City. Cycle along ancient city walls and learn about Xi’an’s famed terracotta soldiers. Enjoy a paddle on the gorgeous Li River. Along the way, discover how China’s many contrasts make it one of the world’s most intriguing places.

Highlights

  • Walk the Great Wall and cycle along the Xi’an city walls
  • Explore Beijing’s traditional alleys and backstreets known as hutongs
  • Face the Terracotta Warriors and visit the farming community where they were discovered

What we are Including

  • Roundtrip international airfare* (estimated air cost at time of booking – subject to availability)
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 3 dinners
  • Small group tour (max 16) with upgraded service level
  • 11 nights’ premium accommodations
  • Intra-travel (private bus, vehicle, plane, train, and bicycle)
  • Daily sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, and local guides
  • Taxes
  • Other dates are also available! Contact us for more details
Package Price
Vancouver $3479pp
Toronto $3509pp

*Ask us about your gateway! Some gateways depart April 6, 2019

Please note* optional excursions, meals, additional nights, and gratuities are extra and are not included.

All pricing is per person, based on double occupancy and in CAD

Itinerary

Beijing to Shanghai

DAY 1 BEIJING
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy a first taste of Chinese cuisine with a Peking Duck welcome dinner.
Private Vehicle
Beijing
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h
As group members will arrive at different times there are no arranged activities on Day 1 until our group meeting at 6 pm. You can find meeting details on the notice board in the hotel foyer. An included group dinner will follow the meeting, featuring the local specialty Peking Duck.

Meals included:

Dinner
DAY 2 BEIJING
Take a walk along the 500-year-old Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Spend time exploring the towers, views, and the magnificent structure of this unique wonder.
One of the greatest structures ever built, the Great Wall was constructed in stages over 2,000 years. This massive structure stretches 6,000km (3,728 mi) westwards from the sea to western China. The section we visit is called Mutianyu and is one of the best preserved Ming Dynasty sections reachable from Beijing.
Great Wall Mutianyu Visit
Mutianyu – Beijing3h
Climb the rolling hills of Huairou County at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Enjoy scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers.
Private Vehicle
Beijing
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Meals included:

Breakfast
DAY 3 BEIJING
Explore historic Beijing including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. After, take a walk through the hutongs — local backstreet neighbourhoods.
Today we delve into the history of Beijing, visiting the dramatic Forbidden City and the immense Tiananmen Square. Hear tales of emperors and their concubines, a long crafted culture and rich tradition. Witness how ancient Chinese customs are still valued today, while also blended with modern technology and western influences. Visit the Temple of Heaven and its surrounding grounds, full of locals whiling the hours away practicing water calligraphy and Tai Chi, playing cards, and walking pet crickets, all with the colourful Temple of Heaven in the background. Take a walking tour featuring some of Beijing's traditional alleyways and backstreets known as hutongs.
Please note that the timing of included activities can change and will be spread out over the course of days 2-4.
Tiananmen Square
Beijing
Explore one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Great Hall of the People.
Forbidden City Tour
Beijing2h
Our CEO will steer around crowds and help make the most of a visit to the Forbidden City.
Temple of Heaven
Beijing1h30m
Explore the stunning Temple of Heaven, which was built during the rule of the Ming dynasty. Learn more about the history and significance of this place, often referred to as the symbol of Beijing.
Hutong Walk
Beijing2h-4h
Take a walking tour through some of Beijing's traditional alleyways and backstreets (known as hutongs) and get a taste of this magnificent metropolis.
Private Vehicle
Beijing
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Kung Fu Show - Beijing
Beijing
42USD per person
Follow the tale of a young boy on his journey to becoming a kung fu master through six gripping scenes told through traditional Chinese art and live modern dance. (Don’t worry; there are subtitles above the stage). Developed by some of China’s top stage directors and designers, the performance showcases the skills of its talented cast, most of whom are just 17 years old.

Meals included:

Breakfast
DAY 4 BEIJING/XI'AN
Continue to explore Beijing with our local CEO and enjoy some free time on your own. In the evening, catch an overnight train to Xi'an.
Accommodation this evening will be in Soft Sleeper train cars which have 8-9 compartments per cabin. Each compartment includes 4 beds (two upper and two lower beds) and a sliding door which can be locked. Beds include a quilt, pillow, sheet, and reading lamp with space for luggage in each compartment.
Basic overnight train (beds)
Beijing – Xi'an12h-15hEvening
Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

Meals included:

Breakfast
DAY 5 XI'AN
Explore Xi'an like the locals with a bike ride along the ancient city walls. Later, visit the Muslim Quarter and local markets then enjoy a unique, behind-the-scenes experience at the historic Gao’s Grand Courtyard House. Visit backstage, interacting with the local artists, and enjoying a performance of shadow puppetry.
Arrive in the ancient Chinese capital and traditional silk road terminus, Xi'an, in the morning. We will be met and transferred to our hotel. After settling in, we will gather for an inner city bike ride along the 14km (9 mi) of ancient city walls. In the evening, explore the multicultural feel of the Muslim Quarter with shopping lanes and street-side food stalls selling naan, kebabs, and a fine array of sweets. Opt to try some of the best street food in China – the spicy beef and lamb kebabs are always a favourite.
Cycling Xi'an City Walls
Xi'an1h-2h
Rent a bike and cycle the Xi’an city walls. The walls – built for protection in the Tang Dynasty and expanded in the Ming dynasty –are a great way to absorb local history. Hop off where you like and admire the views as you pedal along the 12m (39 ft) wide wall, which takes about 2 hrs to cycle along.
Muslim Quarter Orientation Walk
Xi'an1h
Enjoy a walk around Xi'an’s Muslim Quarter with our CEO, and be introduced to favourite streets, artists, chefs or food stalls in the quarter. Each CEO offers a unique perspective. Get a better feel for the district and have plenty of time to roam around on your own, shopping and eating along the way.
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Chinese Shadow Puppetry
Enjoy a unique, behind-the-scenes experience at the historic Gao’s Grand Courtyard House, visiting backstage, interacting with the local artists, and learning about the ancient art of shadow puppetry. Feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, surrounded by 400-year-old Ming Dynasty architecture and artifacts, and enjoy a performance. Then try your own hand at it with a set of shadow figures – a feat not quite as easy as you may expect.

Meals included:

Breakfast
DAY 6 XI'AN
Visit the famed Terracotta Warriors — the archaeological wonder built over 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Afterwards, head to a local village and enjoy lunch. Opt for a Tang Dynasty dinner banquet in the evening.
Terracotta Warriors Guided Tour
Xi'an4h
Take a guided tour of the Terracotta Warriors where more than 8,000 clay soldiers and hundreds of replica horses and chariots stand in three pits. Learn why the Emperor Qin Shihuang commissioned the statues to serve as his army in the afterlife and how they were discovered. Spend a half-day exploring this archaeological wonder.
Village visit and lunch
Xi'an1h
Visit a Village close to where, in 1974, a local farmer digging a well unearthed one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the century: the Terracotta Warriors. Explore a bit and enjoy a delicious local lunch.
Private Vehicle
Xi'an
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Tang Dynasty Dinner

Xi'an
88-158CNY per person
Opt to enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner this evening, sampling a banquet of local cuisine in the true style of an emperor and empress. Dinner will never be the same again.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch
DAY 7 YANGSHUO AREA
Fly to Guilin and continue on to China's lush southwest to experience the rural culture and unique limestone karst scenery of the Yangshuo area. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Li River.
Plane
Xi'an – Guilin1h45m-2h
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Private Vehicle
Guilin – Yangshuo1h30m-2h
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Li River Boat
Yangshuo1h30m
Enjoy a float on the Li River a centrepiece of any trip to northeastern Guangxi Province. Take in breathtaking scenery and a taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis. See gorgeous karst mountains peeking out each river bend, water buffalo patrolling fields, and locals reaping rice paddies. Greet school kids and fishermen as they float by on bamboo rafts.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner
DAY 8 YANGSHUO
Trek through the beautiful countryside, passing through villages and rice and fruit fields. Later, try preparing local cuisine at a cooking school and enjoy the results for dinner.
Countryside Walk
Yangshuo4h-5h
Embark on a day of walking, venturing out from Yangshuo into the countryside by the Dragon River area to take in the montage of rural scenes, including small villages surrounded by karst mountains, winding rivers, and stunning scenery.
Private Vehicle
Yangshuo
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Your Foodie Moment: Central Chinese Cooking Class - Yangshuo
Calling all foodies! Get an inside look at real Chinese food with a tour of the Yangshuo market to learn about the ingredients used in the Yangshuo area. Afterward, learn to cook Chinese food in a traditional Chinese farmhouse in the beautiful countryside just outside Yangshuo. After the cooking class you can sit down and enjoy the delicious dishes you have prepared.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner
DAY 9 YANGSHUO
Rise early for a private tai chi class with a local expert. Later, you'll have the opportunity to wander the shop and café-lined streets or relax with a drink.
Enjoy a free afternoon, which you can choose to spend relaxing. Later on, opt to experience some of Yangshuo's vibrant nightlife.
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Tai Chi Class
Start the day early with a private Tai Chi class led by a local expert. This weaving together of calming yoga and meditation is practiced by millions daily throughout China and around the world. Learn the basic principles and moves of this ancient practice and start to discover firsthand why Tai Chi is revered for such health benefits as stress relief, improved balance and circulation, and overall well-being.
Free Time
YangshuoHalf Day
Kick back and relax in scenic Yangshuo before tomorrow's journey to bustling Shanghai.

Meals included:

Breakfast
DAY 10 YANGSHUO/SHANGHAI
Fly to Shanghai and take an orientation walk along the Bund area.
In a great day of contrasts, you'll awake overlooking the rural countryside and finish the day in the heart of China's bustling metropolis, Shanghai. Cosmopolitan Shanghai is a mesmerizing array of old and new, from the 19th century Asian-infused Victorian and early 20th century Art Deco architecture to the bold 21st century futuristic skyline additions.
Plane
Guilin – Shanghai2h
Private van transfer to airport and private bus from airport to hotel.
Orientation Walk of the Bund
Shanghai1h
Take a stroll along the Bund, a main road that follows the Huangpu River, with our CEO. This is a great opportunity to get a layout of the city and figure out what you want to explore next.

Meals included:

Breakfast
DAY 11 SHANGHAI
Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant city on your own. Opt to visit Yuyuan Gardens, the Shanghai Museum, or catch the famed Shanghai acrobats in performance this evening.
Free Time
ShanghaiFull Day
There's plenty to see and do in Shanghai, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting the Shanghai Museum, wandering around the Yuyuan Gardens, and taking in a traditional Chinese acrobats show. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Meals included:

Breakfast
DAY 12 SHANGHAI
Depart at any time.
Departure Day
Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Meals included:

Breakfast

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