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Program #15122RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Sep 7 — Sep 22, 2013

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Day One: Saturday, September 07 - Departures
In Transit: International flight Departures

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Originally built in the 1950s, this modernized hotel is located in a traditional district south of Beijing's famous Chan An Avenue and short distance from many of Beijing's historic and monumental sites, including Tian'anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Forbidden City. It also maintains a well-known theater devoted to nightly performances of Beijing Opera.

Ship Information: na

Contact info:
175 Yonggan Road
Xuanwu District
Beijing, NA 100050 China
phone: +86 -10-6301-6688
web: www.qianmenhotel.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, satellite television, free room non-wifi internet access, international direct-dial telephone, safe-deposit box, mini-bar, laundry service, coffee- and tea-making facilities. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Four restaurants with Western and Chinese cuisine, rooftop bar, business center, fitness center, beauty salon, Liyuan Peking Opera theater.Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby with free cost.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Program Provider (CAEE)
Additional nights pre-program can be arranged by your Program Provider.


Day Two: Sunday, September 08 - Arrive China’s Capital Beijing/Welcome Meeting
Afternoon: Arrive at Beijing International Airport where your Group Leader (National Guide) will be waiting for you. After check-in and a short rest, get together for a Welcome Meeting at your hotel. Note: CAEE Group Leaders are qualified National Guides who are full-time permanent members of our offices. All are university graduates, fluent in English, well-educated in safety and protocol and are supported by offices nation-wide.

Dinner: Dinner will be at your hotel.

Evening: at your leisure

Lodging: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Originally built in the 1950s, this modernized hotel is located in a traditional district south of Beijing's famous Chan An Avenue and short distance from many of Beijing's historic and monumental sites, including Tian'anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Forbidden City. It also maintains a well-known theater devoted to nightly performances of Beijing Opera.

Ship Information: na

Contact info:
175 Yonggan Road
Xuanwu District
Beijing, NA 100050 China
phone: +86 -10-6301-6688
web: www.qianmenhotel.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, satellite television, free room non-wifi internet access, international direct-dial telephone, safe-deposit box, mini-bar, laundry service, coffee- and tea-making facilities. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Four restaurants with Western and Chinese cuisine, rooftop bar, business center, fitness center, beauty salon, Liyuan Peking Opera theater.Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby with free cost.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Program Provider (CAEE)
Additional nights pre-program can be arranged by your Program Provider.


Day Three: Monday, September 09 - BEIJING: Temple of Heaven/Forbidden City/Peking D...
Breakfast: buffet breakfast at our hotel at 7:45 am.

Morning: Depart the hotel at 8:45 am for the 15th century architectural masterpiece, the Temple of Heaven which symbolizes the relationship between heaven and earth. Walk the extensive grounds to the Temple itself or stay in its environs and enjoy the activities of local people practicing calligraphy, tai ji, musical instruments, dancing, or flying kites.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon, explore the Forbidden City – the 250- acre imperial compound that was once the residence and seat of the Qing Emperors and ‘forbidden’ to all others.

Dinner: At your Welcome Banquet, experience Beijing’s famous culinary delight: an authentic Peking Duck dinner.

Evening: After dinner, the rest of the evening is at your leisure.

Lodging: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Originally built in the 1950s, this modernized hotel is located in a traditional district south of Beijing's famous Chan An Avenue and short distance from many of Beijing's historic and monumental sites, including Tian'anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Forbidden City. It also maintains a well-known theater devoted to nightly performances of Beijing Opera.

Ship Information: na

Contact info:
175 Yonggan Road
Xuanwu District
Beijing, NA 100050 China
phone: +86 -10-6301-6688
web: www.qianmenhotel.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, satellite television, free room non-wifi internet access, international direct-dial telephone, safe-deposit box, mini-bar, laundry service, coffee- and tea-making facilities. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Four restaurants with Western and Chinese cuisine, rooftop bar, business center, fitness center, beauty salon, Liyuan Peking Opera theater.Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby with free cost.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Program Provider (CAEE)
Additional nights pre-program can be arranged by your Program Provider.


Day Four: Tuesday, September 10 - BEIJING: Hutongs/Family Lunch/'China: Land and Pe...
Breakfast: Hotel buffet is offered between 6:30 am and 9:30 am. Optional tai ji class before breakfast at 7:15 am.

Morning: After breakfast this morning, depart at 9:00 am to explore a residential neighborhood of 'hutongs' (small lanes and alleys with courtyard homes) where we visit the former residence of Song Qing Ling (political activist and wife of Sun Yat Sen), and meet local families.

Lunch: Enjoy a typical north Chinese lunch of dumplings ('jiaozi') with local families in their homes.

Afternoon: After lunch return to your hotel for a Talk: China’s Land and Peoples.

Dinner: Dinner is at a nearby hotel.

Evening: At a nearby theater, enjoy a taste of Beijing opera, a unique art form that uses brilliant costumes, mannerized make-up, acrobatics and martial arts, various types of falsetto singing, and exuberant percussionists. The performance is presented with English and modern Chinese supertitles above the stage. Chinese Opera is an ‘acquired taste’ for Western ears. For an introduction to Beijing Opera and its traditions, try to see the film ‘Farewell My Concubine.’

Lodging: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Originally built in the 1950s, this modernized hotel is located in a traditional district south of Beijing's famous Chan An Avenue and short distance from many of Beijing's historic and monumental sites, including Tian'anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Forbidden City. It also maintains a well-known theater devoted to nightly performances of Beijing Opera.

Ship Information: na

Contact info:
175 Yonggan Road
Xuanwu District
Beijing, NA 100050 China
phone: +86 -10-6301-6688
web: www.qianmenhotel.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, satellite television, free room non-wifi internet access, international direct-dial telephone, safe-deposit box, mini-bar, laundry service, coffee- and tea-making facilities. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Four restaurants with Western and Chinese cuisine, rooftop bar, business center, fitness center, beauty salon, Liyuan Peking Opera theater.Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby with free cost.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Program Provider (CAEE)
Additional nights pre-program can be arranged by your Program Provider.


Day Five: Wednesday, September 11 - BEIJING: Great Wall/Tian’anmen Square
Breakfast: Hotel buffet is offered between 6:30 am and 9:30 am. Plan for an early breakfast as we depart early for the Great Wall.

Morning: This morning, depart at 8:00 am to travel outside of Beijing city to a green mountain range where you can walk the Great Wall and experience spectacular views as it winds up and down the distant mountains.

Lunch: Lunch is at a restaurant near the Wall.

Afternoon: On the way back to your hotel, visit ‘the heart’ of Beijing -- Tian’anmen Square.

Dinner: Walk to a restaurant near your hotel for dinner

Evening: Join your group leader to learn some useful Chinese phrases.

Lodging: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located inside the city walls in the heart of 'downtown' Xi'an, the Grand Noble (formerly known as the Royal Garden Hotel) is close to the city's main attractions, including the Bell Tower and Muslim Section.

Ship Information: .

Contact info:
334 DongDaJie (East) Street
Xi'an, NA 710001 China
phone: +86 29 87690000
Room amenities: Air-conditioning, television, free in-room internet (no wifi) access, mini-bar, hair dryer, room service. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Free wifi in hotel lobby, laundry service, business center, coffee bar ,Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby with free cost.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, September 12 - flight to XI'AN: History Museum/ English Corner
Breakfast: Begin the day at 7:15 am with tai ji movements and then enjoy your hotel's buffet breakfast.Hotel buffet is offered between 6:30 am and 9:30 am.

Morning: This morning, fly to Xi'an, the capital of China during the golden age of the Tang Dynasty. Depart the hotel at 8:30 am for Beijing airport.

Lunch: We'll stop for lunch at a restaurant before checking into our hotel.

Afternoon: Explore Xi’an History Museum, one of China’s finest and which provides an enlightening window into China’s dynastic history.

Dinner: at restaurant

Evening: After dinner, visit the campus of Xi’an International Studies University to join their ‘Thursday English Corner’ – a weekly gathering of students and some local citizens who want to practice spoken English and with whom you can have informal chats.

Lodging: Grand Noble Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located inside the city walls in the heart of 'downtown' Xi'an, the Grand Noble (formerly known as the Royal Garden Hotel) is close to the city's main attractions, including the Bell Tower and Muslim Section.

Ship Information: .

Contact info:
334 DongDaJie (East) Street
Xi'an, NA 710001 China
phone: +86 29 87690000
Room amenities: Air-conditioning, television, free in-room internet (no wifi) access, mini-bar, hair dryer, room service. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Free wifi in hotel lobby, laundry service, business center, coffee bar ,Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby with free cost.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, September 13 - XI'AN: Terra Cotta Warriors
Breakfast: Enjoy early morning tai ji movements at 7:15 am and then enjoy your hotel's buffet breakfast. Hotel buffet is offered between 6:00 am and 10:00 am.

Morning: This morning, depart the hotel at 8:30 am to experience one of the most astounding archeological discoveries of the 20th century -- the huge tomb site of the Qin Emperor, containing an army of life size terra cotta infantrymen, cavalry, horses, and graceful archers.

Lunch: At restaurant nearby.

Afternoon: This afternoon return to your hotel and the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. If you’d like to do some exploring on your own, your local guide can give you some suggestions.

Dinner: Enjoy a unique dumplings dinner, a Xi'an specialty.

Evening: Get together with your group leader to learn number counting and useful phrases.

Lodging: Grand Noble Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: A new well-appointed hotel located beside a pretty branch of the Li River, the Fortune Condominium Hotel is surrounded by a residential neighborhood, ideal for early morning walks and allowing for glimpses of everyday life. This lovely hotel is within 15 minute walk to Chuanshan Park and Seven Star Park. All the rooms are two-bedroom suites.

Ship Information: na

Contact info:
28 Shijiayuan Road
Guilin, Guangxi , NA 541004, China
phone: +86 773-3111555¡¡
web: www.guilinfortunehotel.com/en/hotel_introduction.html

Room amenities: IDD / DDD Telephone, Mini-Bar, Coffee and Tea Making Facilities, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, High Speed Internet Access, CNN / CCTV Channels, Alarm Clock, Hair Dryer

Facility amenities: Business Centre Money Exchange (24hrs) Room Service (06:30am � 01:00am) Laundry and Valet Service Hotel Shop (Kiosk) Fitness Room Safe-deposit Box Wi-Fi is not available

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, September 14 - XI'AN: Chinese Cultural History/fight to GUILIN
Breakfast: Enjoy tai ji class at 7:15 am followed by hotel buffet breakfast at 8:00 am, before checking out of the hotel. (Hotel buffet is offered between 6:00 am and10:00 am.)

Morning: We depart at 8:45 am for Xi’an International Studies University for a Talk: Chinese Cultural History. (This lecture discusses Daoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism as a way of understanding Chinese ‘character.’).

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the university dining room. After lunch, walk the campus and speak with university students to learn about China's new generation.

Afternoon: Depart for Xi'an airport at 2:30 pm for flight to Guilin.

Dinner: A light supper will be served in flight.

Evening: If time permits, get together with your group leader to practice Chinese.

Lodging: Fortune Condominium Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated beside the beautiful Li River, the Sovereign Hotel is located in the center of this small town and is ideal as a base for walks and exploration on foot.

Ship Information: .

Contact info:
No.28 Guanlian Road, Yangshuo County,
Guilin City, Guangxi Province 541000, NA na China
phone: +86 -773 888 9988
web: www.yangshuohotel.net/en/index.asp

Room amenities: Air conditioning, TV, free in-room internet (non-wifi) access, hair dryer, mini bar. All rooms are non-smoking,

Facility amenities: Business center, currency exchange, laundry service, bar, restaurant , Wi-Fi is not available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Sunday, September 15 - GUILIN: Li River Cruise/YANGSHUO: Country Village...
Breakfast: Tai ji exercise at 7:15 am followed by hotel buffet breakfast at 8:00 am. Check out of the hotel after breakfast.(Hotel buffet is offered between 6:30 am and 9:30 am.)

Morning: This morning depart your hotel at 8:45 am for a cruise down the magnificent Li River to the town of Yangshuo. Arrive in Yangshuo about 1:30 pm in the early afternoon and check into your hotel situated near the Li River.

Lunch: Lunch is on board.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we depart at 3:00 pm to travel by ‘electric car’ to the nearby countryside for a view of Moon Hill and to visit local villages situated amongst the stunning karst mountains of the area.

Dinner: at your hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a demonstration and introduction to classical Chinese music.

Lodging: Sovereign Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: All cabins are exterior-facing Superior Cabins with private balcony, bathtub, and shower.

Ship Information: First class Yangtze River Cruise ship. All boats in Victoria Cruise Lines have steel, double-bottom hulls and have been built or completely refurbished between 2009-2013. Total capacity of 198-378 persons. See www.victoriacruises.com for additional information.

Contact info:
57-08 39th Ave
Woodside, NY 11377 USA
phone: 212-818-1680
web: www.victoriacruises.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, TV, exterior cabins, floor to ceiling glass doors leading to private balcony, private bathrooms with showers. Lower berth single beds. All cabins are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, laundry service, currency exchange, business center, beauty salon, reading room, shopping

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Monday, September 16 - flight to CHONGQING: Pandas/Yangtze Cruise Embar...
Breakfast: hotel buffet breakfast at 7:00 am.

Morning: This morning we depart the hotel at 8:00 am for the airport and fly to the port city of Chongqing on the Yangtze River.

Lunch: light lunch in flight

Afternoon: From Chongqing airport coach to a monorail station for a ride to Chongqing's Zoological Gardens to observe giant pandas, which are indigenous to this province (Szechuan) only.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant near the Yangtze Piers.

Evening: Board your Yangtze vessel and, as you set sail, view the hill city of Chongqing at night.

Lodging: Victoria Cruise Lines

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: All cabins are exterior-facing Superior Cabins with private balcony, bathtub, and shower.

Ship Information: First class Yangtze River Cruise ship. All boats in Victoria Cruise Lines have steel, double-bottom hulls and have been built or completely refurbished between 2009-2013. Total capacity of 198-378 persons. See www.victoriacruises.com for additional information.

Contact info:
57-08 39th Ave
Woodside, NY 11377 USA
phone: 212-818-1680
web: www.victoriacruises.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, TV, exterior cabins, floor to ceiling glass doors leading to private balcony, private bathrooms with showers. Lower berth single beds. All cabins are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, laundry service, currency exchange, business center, beauty salon, reading room, shopping

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Tuesday, September 17 - Yangtze River Cruise
Breakfast: Ship's buffet

Morning: Today, learn about the changes in the lives of families who have moved from an ‘old city’ to new housing above the Yangtze waters.

Lunch: Ship's buffet

Afternoon: You will be notified of times for shore visits, cultural programs and talks on a daily basis. Where possible, your national guide will also continue instruction in Tai Ji and Chinese conversation. This evening, the Captain invites you to a welcome reception.

Dinner: On board

Evening: Evening entertainment includes performances of Chinese music and dance.

Lodging: Victoria Cruise Lines

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: All cabins are exterior-facing Superior Cabins with private balcony, bathtub, and shower.

Ship Information: First class Yangtze River Cruise ship. All boats in Victoria Cruise Lines have steel, double-bottom hulls and have been built or completely refurbished between 2009-2013. Total capacity of 198-378 persons. See www.victoriacruises.com for additional information.

Contact info:
57-08 39th Ave
Woodside, NY 11377 USA
phone: 212-818-1680
web: www.victoriacruises.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, TV, exterior cabins, floor to ceiling glass doors leading to private balcony, private bathrooms with showers. Lower berth single beds. All cabins are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, laundry service, currency exchange, business center, beauty salon, reading room, shopping

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Wednesday, September 18 - Yangtze River Cruise/Shore Stops/Chinese Music an...
Breakfast: Ship's buffet

Morning: Today, pass through the magnificent Yangtze Gorges and cruise in sampans up a mini-gorge on a pristine tributary of the Yangtze where you can catch glimpses of red monkeys amongst the trees, goats clinging to the craggy cliffs, and 'hanging coffins' secured in the cliff face by the Ba people centuries ago.

Lunch: Ship's buffet

Afternoon: Free afternoon to enjoy the ship, the river and river towns.

Dinner: On board

Evening: Enjoy an on-board performance of Chinese music and dance.

Lodging: Victoria Cruise Lines

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: This five star hotel is in the city center, close to many of Shanghai's highlights and within walking distance of one of Shanghai’s most popular parks where locals gather for traditional exercises and exchange of local news.

Contact info:
No.1928 Gonghexin Road, Zhabei District
Shanghai, 200070 China
phone: +86 21 2602 2222
Room amenities: Air-conditioning, television, mini-bar, hair dryer, room service, rooms will be no smoking but hotel has smoking areas.

Facility amenities: AC, daily laundry, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, cafe, bar, restaurants, business center, currency exchange, free wi-fi in hotel lobby

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact your Program Provider.
contact your Program Provider;


Day Thirteen: Thursday, September 19 - Three Gorges Dam Site/flight to SHANGHAI:
Breakfast: ship's buffet.

Morning: This morning, take a short coach ride to the Three Gorges Dam site. From an observation deck, you will have a birds-eye view of the dam, the five-step ship lock, the diversion canal, and the power station. A nearby exhibition room displays a model of the dam, and a briefing will explain this project which is one of the largest construction ventures ever undertaken.

Lunch: Return to your vessel for a buffet lunch.

Afternoon: Disembark at the town of Yichang. Fly to Shanghai.

Dinner: at local restaurant in Shanghai en route to your hotel.

Evening: at your leisure.

Lodging: Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: This five star hotel is in the city center, close to many of Shanghai's highlights and within walking distance of one of Shanghai’s most popular parks where locals gather for traditional exercises and exchange of local news.

Contact info:
No.1928 Gonghexin Road, Zhabei District
Shanghai, 200070 China
phone: +86 21 2602 2222
Room amenities: Air-conditioning, television, mini-bar, hair dryer, room service, rooms will be no smoking but hotel has smoking areas.

Facility amenities: AC, daily laundry, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, cafe, bar, restaurants, business center, currency exchange, free wi-fi in hotel lobby

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact your Program Provider.
contact your Program Provider;


Day Fourteen: Friday, September 20 - SHANGHAI: Shanghai Museum/Longhua Temple/Acrobati...
Breakfast: Hotel buffet is offered between 6:00 am and10:30 am.

Morning: Depart the hotel at 8:30 am to visit the Shanghai Fine Arts Museum. This state-of-the-art museum is home to China's finest collection of paintings, ceramics, bronzes and sculptures and is an awe-inspiring testimony to China's long and rich culture.

Lunch: At Longhua Temple, enjoy imaginative vegetarian cuisine prepared by Temple monks.

Afternoon: After lunch, take some time to walk about Longhua, Shanghai's largest and most active temple.

Dinner: at restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy an evening of amazing skill and prowess at a performance by the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe. Acrobatics have, for thousands of years, been considered as one of the 'treasures' of Chinese performing arts and figure in other genres such as Beijing Opera.

Lodging: Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: This five star hotel is in the city center, close to many of Shanghai's highlights and within walking distance of one of Shanghai’s most popular parks where locals gather for traditional exercises and exchange of local news.

Contact info:
No.1928 Gonghexin Road, Zhabei District
Shanghai, 200070 China
phone: +86 21 2602 2222
Room amenities: Air-conditioning, television, mini-bar, hair dryer, room service, rooms will be no smoking but hotel has smoking areas.

Facility amenities: AC, daily laundry, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, cafe, bar, restaurants, business center, currency exchange, free wi-fi in hotel lobby

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact your Program Provider.
contact your Program Provider;


Day Fifteen: Saturday, September 21 - SHANGHAI: The Bund/ Yu Garden/Xin Tian Di/Free Af...
Breakfast: Hotel buffet is offered between 6:00 am and 10:30 am.

Morning: This morning, we depart the hotel at 9:00 am for a stroll on the Bund, Shanghai's Huangpu River promenade, to view the busy river activity and the iconic art deco and neo-classic buildings dating from the time of 'foreign concessions' in Shanghai.Then, explore Shanghai's historic old section and the nearby Yu Garden, whose classical pavilions, fountains, and arching bridges exemplify traditional Chinese garden landscaping.

Lunch: Coach to Shanghai’s Xin Tian Di (‘new heaven earth’) district – a restoration project that has set a benchmark for Asia. Walk about this fashionable area; take lunch on your own in one of its many cafes or international cuisine restaurants. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. The coach is available for those who want to return to the hotel after lunch time.

Afternoon: This afternoon is at your leisure.

Dinner: Enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a nearby restaurant. Depart the hotel at 6:45 pm.

Lodging: Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Sixteen: Sunday, September 22 - International Departures or Post-Program Travel
Breakfast: hotel buffet,Hotel buffet is offered between 6:00 am and 10:30 am.

Morning: This morning depart for Shanghai Airport for international departures or post-program travel. Your Group Leader will advise you as to departure time.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Xi'an
Forest of Stone Steles MuseumThis small, pleasant museum -- once a temple with peaceful gardens -- houses ancient stone tablets with exemplary Chinese calligraphy. As well, it has a small collection of sculpture and ceramics.
Night MarketXi'an's night market bustles with activity. Locals and visitors stroll, chat and look for bargains.
People's ParkTypical meeting place where various generations gather for tai ji, to air pet birds, play traditional musical instruments or practice local opera.
Shanghai
French ConcessionThe former French concession contains mansions from colonial past, many now turned into chic restaurants and pubs, often with garden seating. The area also includes Huaihai Road with upscale shops and the former residence of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, now a small and pleasant museum open to the public.
Hall of Urban Planning CenterThe Shanghai Exhibition Hall of Urban Planning (not far from the Shanghai Museum) includes archival photos and a vast scale model of Shanghai as projected in 2020.
Huangpu River CruiseThere are many cruise offerings both night and day and differing in length of time. Ask your local guide in Shanghai how to arrange for tickets. Evening cruises can sometimes be very crowded.
Oriental Pearl TV TowerBuilt in 1994, situated on the Pudong side of the river, the TV tower offers 365 degree views of Shanghai. Lines can sometimes be quite long.
Peace HotelThis art deco hotel built by the Sassoon family has recently been restored. Enjoy the lobby or walk up to the roof and garden bar for spectacular views of the Bund and the Huangpu River and the newly developed Pudong area on the opposite bank.
Beijing
Summer PalaceLocated outside Beijing, the Summer Palace is among the largest and best preserved of imperial parks. It is famed for Kunming Lake which is laced with lily ponds and crossed by steep arching bridges. It can be reached easily by taxi or by metro.
Beihai ParkThis former imperial garden with a scenic large lake is a lovely spot to walk about or just to sit and people-watch as it is a favorite park for families to relax.

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