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The Middle Kingdom

Embark on a journey through China’s history, culture, and natural beauty. Wander through Beijing’s imperial landmarks, examine ancient relics in Xi’an, and admire pandas in Chengdu before rounding off your travels in Shanghai – the “Paris of the East.” Along the way, sip champange on the Great Wall, explore Xi’an’s Muslim Quar-ter, taste the famous spiciness of Sichuan cuisine, and enjoy a bird’s eye view of Shang-hai from a Pudong skyscraper. Experience the colorful fabric of this 5,000-year-old country as you visit China’s breathtaking palaces and iconic pandas. Chengdu/Shanghai/Suzhou

  • Food, culture, history
  • Must-see sights
  • VIP access to the Forbidden City
  • Meet an Imam at Xi’an’s Great Mosque
  • Discover Shanghai’s Jewish history with an expert
Day 1-3
Beijing

On arrival meet and greet and meet our guide who will transfer you to your hotel of choice.
We have a selection of hotels for you to select from.
Explore and enjoy the next 3 days with our guide.

  • Weave your way through Beijing’s ancient, interwoven hutong alleys
  • Visit the Forbidden City and enjoy exclusive access to the private chambers of Emperor Qianlong
  • Dine on Beijing’s signature Peking duck
  • Embark on a morning excursion along the majestic Great Wall, built to protect China’s heartland from invaders
  • Escape the crowds on the Wall with your own exclusive champagne break
  • Delve into the heart of Beijing’s contemporary art scene with an expert at the 798 Art District
  • Learn the calming art of taichi in a private lesson at the Temple of Heaven
  • Enjoy high tea in the tranquil surrounds of the Aman hotel at the Summer Palace
Day 4-5
Xi’an (B)

Stroll through the bustling streets and stalls of the Muslim Quarter

  • Experience Xi’an with more than just your eyes by sampling some famous dumplings
  • Embark on a bike ride atop Xi’an’s ancient city wall
  • Learn about Xi’an’s 1,300-year-old Muslim community by visiting the Great Mosque
  • Enjoy VIP access to underground murals from the Tang Dynasty at the Shaanxi Museum
  • Marvel at the iconic Terracotta Warriors, the eternal guards for the tomb of China’s first emperor
  • Decipher the inscribed stone tablets inhabiting the Stele Forest before trying your hand at calligraphy with an expert
Day 6-8
Chengdu (B/D)

Wander through the bustling “broad and narrow” alleys, a refurbished historical area.

  • Observe China’s cuddliest of icons at Chengdu Panda Base
  • Admire the ancient, alien-like sculptures of Sanxingdui Museum
  • Visit Qingyang Daoist Temple, considered the birthplace of Lao Tzu, the founder of Daoism
  • Visit Jinsha Archeological Museum, home to the relics of an ancient kingdom pre-dating Chinese settlement
  • Learn to play mahjong like a local at Wangjianglou Park
  • Savor a dinner of Sichuan hotpot
  • Marvel at the rapid skill of “face-changing” from VIP seats at a Sichuan Opera show
Day 9-10
Shanghai (B/L)

Enjoy lunch in the French Concession

  • Walk along the Bund, where the colonial buildings of Old Shanghai stand in sharp contrast to the futuristic skyscrapers of Pudong
  • Dine on delicately steamed dumplings
  • Marvel at a spellbinding ERA Acrobatics Show
  • Explore Shanghai Museum with a resident expert
  • Take in a bird’s eye view of Shanghai as you lunch in a Pudong skyscraper
  • Wander the maze of pavilions and bridges of Yu Garden, the most celebrated classical garden in Shanghai
  • Uncover the veiled stories of Shanghai’s Jewish Quarter, which went from burgeoning business center and political haven to windswept ghost town in a matter of decades
Day 11
Suzhou (B)
  • Explore Tiger Hill and enjoy classic Chinese gardens
  • Learn how to make silks at Suzhou Museum
  • Free time to rest and transfer to the airport for your onward flight

Land cost per person on twin sharing basis.
Please call us for a customized quote.