15122
China
Classic Icons of China and Yangtze River Cruise
Sail the Yangtze River alongside experts as you learn about and explore the icons of China, enjoying lectures, gaining insider knowledge and walking on the Great Wall.
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Program No. 15122RJ
Length
16 days
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Flights start at
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16 days
15 nights
37 meals
14 B 12 L 11 D
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive China’s Capital Beijing/Welcome Meeting
Beijing
D
Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

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

DAY
3
Summer Palace, Tian'anmen Square, China: Land & Peoples
Beijing
B,L,D
Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel buffet is offered between 6:30 am and 9:30 am.

Morning: This morning, enjoy the beauty of the Qing Emperor’s Summer Palace where lily ponds and arched bridges border its serene lake and painted pavillions depict stories that reflect the rich history of Chinese life and art.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: On the way back to your hotel stop at Tian'anmen Square, known as the 'Heart of Beijing'. Then, return to your hotel for a Talk: China’s Land and Peoples.

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.

DAY
4
Temple of Heaven, Old Beijing, Family Lunch, Forbidden City
Beijing
B,L,D
Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Depart the hotel 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: Enjoy a typical north Chinese lunch of dumplings ('jiaozi') with a local family in 'Old Beijing' hutong homes. (Hutongs are small residential alleys and courtyards that are rapidly disappearing.)

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: Dinner is at a nearby restaurant.

Evening: Get together with your group leader to practice Chinese.

DAY
5
China's Great Wall, Fly to Xian
Xi'an
B,L
Grand Noble Hotel

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, 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: A simple box lunch is provided to eat at a spot of your choosing on the wall.

Afternoon: This afternoon, fly to Xi'an, the capital of China during the golden age of the Tang Dynasty.

Dinner: A light supper served in-flight.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Chinese Life Views, Dynastic Treasures in Museum of History
Xi'an
B,L,D
Grand Noble Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel buffet is offered between 6:30 am and 9:30 am. If you like, join your Group Leader for a pre-breakfast tai ji session.

Morning: At Xi'an International Studies University, one of China's key universities, you learn about Daoism, Buddhism and Confucianism as a way of understanding Chinese character and customs. After, visit the campus with students from the university's renowned English Department and learn about student life in China.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the university dining room.

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

DAY
7
A Qin Emperor's Terra Cotta Warriors, Muslim Area Walkabout
Xi'an
B,L
Grand Noble Hotel

Breakfast: Join your Group Leader to continue tai ji movement and then enjoy your hotel's buffet breakfast.

Morning: This morning, 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 or join your group leader for an informal walk in Xi'an's Hui Muslim section.

Dinner: A chance for you to choose your own local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Fly to Guilin, Coach to Yangshuo, Music on the Li River
Yangshuo
B,L,D
Green Lotus International Hotel

Breakfast: Enjoy optional tai ji class followed by hotel buffet breakfast before checking out of the hotel.

Morning: This morning fly to Guilin/Yangshuo.

Lunch: A light lunch served in flight.

Afternoon: Arrive at Guilin Airport and coach to Yangshuo (about two hours).

Dinner: Dinner at hotel or nearby restaurant.

Evening: This evening, enjoy the open-air musical, 'Third Sister Liu,' directed by the renowned Zhang Yi Mou (the director of Beijing Olympics magnificent Opening and Closing Ceremonies). Set amidst the natural scenery of the Li River and surrounding mountains, Zhang's musical Folk Opera uses actors and singers from local fishing families wearing ethnic costume and singing traditional folk songs in an extraordinary setting.

DAY
9
Village Country Life and Li River Cruise
Yangshuo
B,L
Green Lotus International Hotel

Breakfast: Tai ji exercise followed by hotel buffet breakfast. (Hotel buffet is offered between 6:30 am and 9:30 am.)

Morning: This morning, travel to the nearby countryside for a view of Moon Hill and visit local villages situated amongst the stunning karst mountains of the area.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant.

Afternoon: Depart for the banks of the Li River, a source of much Chinese landscape painting and poetry. Embark on an afternoon's cruise amid this serene and unique landscape.

Dinner: Your chance to explore local fare.

Evening: Learn about Chinese landscape painting in a demonstration by a Master at your hotel.

DAY
10
Fly to Chongqing, Giant Pandas, Yangtze River Sailing
Yangtze River Vessel
B,L,D
Victoria Cruise Lines

Breakfast: Hotel buffet breakfast. Check out of hotel after breakfast.

Morning: Depart early 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.

DAY
11
New Yangtze Village Relocated Families, Afternoon at leisure
Yangtze River Vessel
B,L,D
Victoria Cruise Lines

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.

DAY
12
Sail through the Yangtze Gorges and Mini-Gorges
Yangtze River Vessel
B,L,D
Victoria Cruise Lines

Breakfast: Ship's buffet

Morning: Today, pass through the magnificent Yangtze Gorges and ferry 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.

DAY
13
Three Gorges Dam Site, Fly to Shanghai
Shanghai
B,L,D
Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel 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: Lunch en route to Yichang Airport

Afternoon: Flight to Shanghai.

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

Evening: at your leisure.

DAY
14
Arts Museum, Riverside Bund, Shanghai Acrobatics
Shanghai
B,D
Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai

Breakfast: Hotel buffet is offered between 6:00 am and10:30 am.

Morning: Explore the state-of-the-art Shanghai Museum, home to China's finest collection of paintings, ceramics, bronzes and sculptures and a dynamic testimony to China's long and rich culture.

Lunch: The museum contains a small café where you can take lunch on your own at a time that is convenient for you as you explore the museum. Your group leader can also give you suggestions for restaurants nearby.

Afternoon: Depart the museum 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.

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.

DAY
15
Ming Dynasty Yu Garden, Longhua Temple, Taikang Road
Shanghai
B,L,D
Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai

Breakfast: Hotel buffet is offered between 6:00 am and 10:30 am.

Morning: This morning, we depart the hotel to explore Shanghai's historic old section and the nearby Yu Garden, whose classical pavilions, fountains, and arching bridges exemplify traditional Chinese garden landscaping.

Lunch: Enjoy imaginative vegetarian cuisine near Longhua Temple, Shanghai's largest and most active temple.

Afternoon: Stop at Taikang Road area (also known as Tian Zi Fang). Once a Shanghai residential neighborhood in the former French Concession this district is now a lively area with cafes, craft shops, design studios and tea houses.

Dinner: Enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a nearby restaurant.

DAY
16
Program Concludes
Shanghai
B

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.