10-Night Treasures of China Escorted Tour, Beijing to Shanghai
2019 DEPARTURES: April 19; May 5 & 19; June 2 & 9; September 1, 15 & 22; October 6 & 13
From $2,199(1)(2) per person, based on double occupancy (airfare not included)
Includes hotel accommodations; 20 meals; on-tour motorcoach transportation
Three on-tour flights are not included in the price and must be purchased through Globus to participate in this tour.
Delve into the unique world of China during this magnificent tour as you explore Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and Shanghai. This Small-Group Discovery tour won’t have more than 20 travelers in a group, allowing you to be truly immersed in the destination and local culture. A highlight of this itinerary is a visit to the Great Wall of China. Known as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, it is the only man-made object that can be seen from space by the naked eye. As you walk along the wall, see how expansive it is and imagine what it was like to construct it—at a time without modern construction machinery! If the Great Wall does not astonish you, wait until you see the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an. Discovered accidentally in 1974, construction on the roughly 8,000 soldiers, chariots and horses started in 210 B.C.—all to help China’s first emperor in the afterlife. You’ll also be entertained at a show of music and dance from the Tang Dynasty, which reigned over 1,000 years ago, and ride a rickshaw through one of the hutongs of Beijing, the city’s ancient alleys. Natural beauty abounds in Guilin, where you will cruise on the stunning Li River and visit a local tea farm for a hands-on demonstration of the tea-making process. Then you’ll participate in a tea ceremony. In Shanghai enjoy a traditional dim sum feast at a local restaurant and a cruise on the Huangpu River for stunning views of the Bund. History, amazing sights, cosmopolitan cuisine and loads of fun await you on this fascinating cultural tour.
- Hotel accommodations in Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and Shanghai
- American breakfast daily, plus five lunches and five dinners
- Peking Duck Welcome Dinner in Beijing
- Farewell Dinner in Shanghai
- Li River Cruise at Guilin
- Huangpu River cruise in Shanghai
- Tour Director & Local Guides
- VIP Access at must-see attractions
- Motorcoach transportation
- Taxes and service fees
Day 1 — Beijing
Welcome to China! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2 — Beijing
Your full-day sightseeing tour starts with a visit to Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Next explore the Forbidden City, the largest palace complex in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once the home of China’s great emperors, today it showcases ancient Chinese architecture, landscaped gardens and displays of rare art and artifacts. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, followed by free time to explore on your own. This evening savor a special Peking Duck Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 — Beijing – Great Wall excursion
The Great Wall of China once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. Return to Beijing for some time at leisure. Tonight you may choose to attend a performance of the Peking Opera, a traditional form of Chinese theater, or the Legend of Kung Fu Show, a fusion of kung fu, dance and acrobatics.
Day 4 — Beijing – Xi’an
This morning visit the Temple of Heaven and enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing’s hutongs, the city’s ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighborhood as you are invited into the courtyard of a family’s home to learn more about their life. A short flight brings you to the city of Xi’an in central China. (Please note that on-tour flights are not included and must be purchased through Globus to participate in this tour.)
Day 5 — Xi’an
One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi’an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with the enormous tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of Terracotta Warriors that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. During lunch enjoy a noodle-making demonstration by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Next visit the Dayan Pagoda, built in 652 A.D. This evening attend the Tang Dynasty dinner show, featuring a colorful assemblage of classical performances.
Day 6 — Xi’an – Guilin
Today fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful areas. (Please note that on-tour flights are not included and must be purchased through Globus to participate in this tour.) Tonight you may choose to join an optional trip to see trained cormorants dive for fish, the traditional Lijiang fishing method.
Day 7 — Guilin
Limestone mountains, their needle peaks hidden in the mist, rise from the green plain surrounding Guilin. The scene conveys a sense of mystery that artists have tried to capture for centuries. Savor unique vistas during a leisurely cruise on the Li River, where you’ll enjoy a light lunch. Afterward visit a local tea farm for a hands-on demonstration of the tea-making process, followed by a tea ceremony.
Day 8 — Guilin – Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai, China’s most populous city and the center of trade and industry. (Please note that on-tour flights are not included and must be purchased through Globus to participate in this tour.) This evening sip a drink as you cruise on the Huangpu River for stunning views of the Bund.
Day 9 — Shanghai
This morning your sightseeing starts at the Yu Yuan Gardens, which date back to the Ming Dynasty. Then learn about the silk-making process at a silk factory. For lunch, stop at a local restaurant for a traditional dim sum feast. This culinary treat originated as a snack centuries ago in roadside teahouses established for weary traders traveling along the Silk Road and hard-working farmers. Today it has evolved into a full meal, featuring a wide variety of steamed buns, dumplings and mini rice-noodle rolls. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Perhaps visit Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s main pedestrian and shopping area with more than 400 stores. This evening consider joining an optional tour to see a spectacular acrobatic show.
Day 10 — Shanghai
This morning visit the Shanghai Museum, which features stunning displays of ancient bronze, jade and ceramics. Then take a walking tour of the former French Concession, once Shanghai’s leading residential and retail area. Today the qualities that made the area so popular endure—from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Along the way see the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi and visit Fuxing Park, where locals play chess, dance, practice tai chi and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening your Tour Director will host a special Farewell Dinner.
Day 11 — Shanghai
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
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