Begin your exciting discovery of China with a visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. You’ll stroll through the square and enter the nearly 200-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its characteristic red walls and yellow tile roofs. After your tour, relax with a traditional foot massage; later, indulge in a Welcome Dinner of succulent Peking duck with wine.
Fly to the ancient Tang Dynasty capital of Xi’an, where you’ll be greeted with a special welcome ceremony at the city gate; then breeze through your hotel check-in at the tranquil Shangri-La hotel. In the evening, indulge in a traditional dinner with rice wine and a cultural performance that re-creates the music, folk dances, and historic costumes of the Tang Dynasty.
One of the most astonishing archaeological finds of the last century, the life-sized Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses were made more than 2,200 years ago to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. About 8,000 of these figures have been excavated, and some are displayed at a museum dedicated to the incredible find. At the end of your day, delight in a traditional Xi’an dumpling banquet, where each dumpling is a delectable work of art.
Visit Suzhou’s UNESCO-designated classical gardens and marvel at the intricate designs at the Embroidery Research Institute. Afterwards, settle in to the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, where you will enjoy dinner in the evening.
Note: Due to water conditions we may substitute a Lesser Gorges boat tour for the Shennong Stream boat tour.
Note: The Cruise/Tour Manager will not accompany you to Hong Kong. You will have the services of a local expert instead.