9 or 12 days
Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, with extension to Hong Kong

Learn about the pampered life of emperors and the everyday life of schoolchildren. Step into history on the Great Wall and into the future on the Shanghai Bund. Explore Xi’an, the Chinese capital through 11 dynasties. Ride a rickshaw, sip tea, try Taiji. Experience China: culturally fascinating, politically relevant, and home to a sixth of the world’s population.

  • Day 1: Fly overnight to China

  • Day 2: Beijing

    Arrive in Beijing

  • Day 3: Beijing

    Take a guided tour of Beijing

    Visit the Forbidden City

    Visit a local school

    Visit Tiananmen Square

    Participate in a tai chi lesson at the Summer Palace

    Visit the Summer Palace

    Participate in a tai chi lesson at the Summer Palace

    Enjoy a dragon boat ride

  • Day 4: Beijing

    Travel to Badaling

    Participate in a tea ceremony

    Take a tour of the Great Wall of China

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    The Legend of Kung Fu show

    The Legend of Kung Fu show

    Tonight, see the show that tells the story of a young boy, Chun Yi (the pure one), who in order to pursue spiritual and physical harmony becomes a monk and learns kung fu. Along the way he overcomes obstacles, is distracted and tempted, but ultimately achieves the designation of master. This performance combines story-telling, kung-fu, acrobatics, modern dance and original music to celebrate the philosophy and skill of martial arts.

  • Day 5: Xi'an

    Fly to Xi’an

    Visit the Temple of Heaven Park

    Take a tour of Xi'an

    Take a bike ride on the ancient City Wall

    Visit the ancient City Wall

  • Day 6: Xi'an

    Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum

    Visit the Terracotta Warriors

    Participate in a calligraphy lesson

    Take a guided tour of Xi’an

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Tang Dynasty show and dinner

    Tang Dynasty show and dinner

    This evening, experience the splendor of the Tang Dynasty at this world-class theater and restaurant featuring famous Cantonese cuisine. As music, food and dance delight your senses from every angle, you’ll see why more than 2.5 million visitors have proclaimed this a favorite part of their Chinese experience.

  • Day 7: Shanghai

    Fly to Shanghai

    Visit the Shanghai World Financial Center

    Visit the Bund

    Attend an Acrobatics show

  • Day 8: Shanghai

    Take a guided tour of Shanghai

    Visit Yu Yuan Garden

    Visit the Jade Buddha Temple

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 9: Hong Kong

    Fly to Hong Kong

    Enjoy “A Symphony of Lights” from the Avenue of Stars

    Take a ride on the Star Ferry to Kowloon

  • Day 10: Hong Kong

    Take a guided tour of Hong Kong

    With your expert local guide you will see:
    • Aberdeen
    • Repulse Bay

    Enjoy free time in Hong Kong

    Visit Man Mo Temple

  • Day 11: Hong Kong

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Lantau Island

    Lantau Island

    Opt to join this half-day excursion to beautiful Lantau Island, the largest of the 230 islands that belong to the territory of Hong Kong. Begin your tour with a 25-minute cable car ride that offers panoramic views of the South China Sea and the lush mountains on the island. Continue on with a visit to the Po Lin (Precious Lotus) monastery and then climb the stairs up to the island’s main attraction: the world’s tallest, outdoor, seated bronze Buddha, measuring 111 feet tall and weighing more than 250 tons. A short walk away is the Wisdom Path, where ancient prayers are inscribed on wooden columns set in a figure eight to signify infinity.

  • Day 12: Depart for home

  • Day 1: Fly overnight to China

  • Day 2: Beijing

    Arrive in Beijing

  • Day 3: Beijing

    Take a guided tour of Beijing

    Visit the Forbidden City

    Visit a local school

    Visit Tiananmen Square

    Participate in a tai chi lesson at the Summer Palace

    Visit the Summer Palace

    Participate in a tai chi lesson at the Summer Palace

    Enjoy a dragon boat ride

  • Day 4: Beijing

    Travel to Badaling

    Participate in a tea ceremony

    Take a tour of the Great Wall of China

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    The Legend of Kung Fu show

    The Legend of Kung Fu show

    Tonight, see the show that tells the story of a young boy, Chun Yi (the pure one), who in order to pursue spiritual and physical harmony becomes a monk and learns kung fu. Along the way he overcomes obstacles, is distracted and tempted, but ultimately achieves the designation of master. This performance combines story-telling, kung-fu, acrobatics, modern dance and original music to celebrate the philosophy and skill of martial arts.

  • Day 5: Xi'an

    Fly to Xi’an

    Visit the Temple of Heaven Park

    Take a tour of Xi'an

    Take a bike ride on the ancient City Wall

    Visit the ancient City Wall

  • Day 6: Xi'an

    Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum

    Visit the Terracotta Warriors

    Participate in a calligraphy lesson

    Take a guided tour of Xi’an

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Tang Dynasty show and dinner

    Tang Dynasty show and dinner

    This evening, experience the splendor of the Tang Dynasty at this world-class theater and restaurant featuring famous Cantonese cuisine. As music, food and dance delight your senses from every angle, you’ll see why more than 2.5 million visitors have proclaimed this a favorite part of their Chinese experience.

  • Day 7: Shanghai

    Fly to Shanghai

    Visit the Shanghai World Financial Center

    Visit the Bund

    Attend an Acrobatics show

  • Day 8: Shanghai

    Take a guided tour of Shanghai

    Visit Yu Yuan Garden

    Visit the Jade Buddha Temple

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 9: Hong Kong

    Fly to Hong Kong

    Enjoy “A Symphony of Lights” from the Avenue of Stars

    Take a ride on the Star Ferry to Kowloon

  • Day 10: Hong Kong

    Take a guided tour of Hong Kong

    With your expert local guide you will see:
    • Aberdeen
    • Repulse Bay

    Enjoy free time in Hong Kong

    Visit Man Mo Temple

  • Day 11: Hong Kong

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Lantau Island

    Lantau Island

    Opt to join this half-day excursion to beautiful Lantau Island, the largest of the 230 islands that belong to the territory of Hong Kong. Begin your tour with a 25-minute cable car ride that offers panoramic views of the South China Sea and the lush mountains on the island. Continue on with a visit to the Po Lin (Precious Lotus) monastery and then climb the stairs up to the island’s main attraction: the world’s tallest, outdoor, seated bronze Buddha, measuring 111 feet tall and weighing more than 250 tons. A short walk away is the Wisdom Path, where ancient prayers are inscribed on wooden columns set in a figure eight to signify infinity.

  • Day 12: Depart for home

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Everything you get

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  • Airfare & transportation

    Your flights—covered. Buses, trains, cruise ships, ferries and subways—covered. We take care of getting you around so you can enjoy the ride.

  • Hotels

    Safe, comfortable hotels with private bathrooms will be waiting for you at your destination.

  • Meals

    Includes breakfast and dinner daily

  • Entrances

    Summer Palace; Taiji Lesson; Forbidden City; Tiananmen Square; Great Wall of China; Tea ceremony; Rickshaw Tour; Temple of Heaven Park; Bike ride on Xi’an City Wall; Terracotta Warriors/film; Jade Buddha Temple; Yu Yuan Garden; Shanghai World Financial Center; With extension: Star Ferry Ride; Peak Tram; Man Mo Temple; Dim Sum Tasting

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your dedicated Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

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  • Continuous Support

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