Visits: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai, Hong Kong Tour Code: OAH
USA - Beijing
Anticipation fills the air as you board an international jetliner to embark on your Ritz Premiere Vacation to China. The widebody jet traverses the Pacific, crossing the international date line to arrive at Beijing.
The flight arrives at Hong Kong where you disembark for a transfer flight to Beijing, the capital city of China. Make sure all of the required customs forms have been filled out before deplaning to retrieve your baggage. Your Ritz Tours guide awaits the group in the arrival hall. Please look for a red Ritz Tours flag! Transfer to the deluxe luxury accommodations provided for a good night’s rest.
Beijing (AB, L, DP)
As the capital of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Beijing is the nation’s center of government and culture. The latest population report shows that Beijing is home to over 13 million residents. Established in 1045 B.C., it is an ancient cultural city that served as the capital for five dynasties. Start the city tour by visiting the Ming Dynasty Tiananmen Square, which means "Gate of Heavenly Peace." It is the world’s largest urban square, even larger than the Red Square at Moscow. Walk through the square and across the street just north to the Forbidden City, home to Ming and Qing emperors. Construction of the Forbidden City was started in 1406 under Ming emperor Yongle and was completed in 1420. Comprised of 800 buildings covering 720,000 sq. meters, it is the world’s largest palace complex. Located inside the Forbidden City is the Palace Museum, which you will visit as well. Rounding out the day’s sightseeing will be a visit to the Emperor’s Summer Palace. Return to your hotel to rest and wash up before this evening’s special activity - a savory Peking Duck Feast!
Beijing (AB, L, DH)
The star attraction of China is its Great Wall, a massive defensive structure built to keep intruders from entering the mainland. At once a symbol of national pride and ingenuity, the Great Wall stretches an impossible 4000 miles across China’s north, covering nine provinces. An enormous undertaking that originally began under Qin Shi Huang (first emperor of China) in 200 B.C., the Great Wall was not completed until the Ming Dynasty in 1640. This morning, you will take the cable car up to the Wall and have plenty of time traverse its ancient steps, descending to visit the nearby Sacred Way to the Ming Tombs. The Ming Tomb Museum will also be visited. Returning to the city, dinner will be served at the hotel.
Beijing - Xian (AB, L, DH)
On the way to the airport this morning, we will stop at the Temple of Heaven for a visit. In China’s imperial era, the emperor was considered the "Son of Heaven" and ruled the nation under the mandate of heaven. Each year, the emperor would fast and come to the Temple of Heaven to pray for a bountiful harvest. Board a short flight later to Xian. A proud city with 5000 years of history, Xian is located in China’s Shaanxi Province and is an important hub for commerce. Driving into town from Xianyang Airport, the bus will pass through the massive City Wall, the best preserved ancient wall structure on earth. Stop here for an opportunity to go atop the City Wall as well as visit the nearby Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.
Xian (AB, L, DS)
The serendipitous discovery by farmers of the Terra Cotta Warriors in 1974 have drawn throngs of visitors to Xian each year and ranks as one of the world’s most important recent archaeological finds. Three excavation pits have been opened to the public with a fourth underway; during his visit to China, President Clinton came to visit the dig. Spend ample time reviewing the fine troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. After lunch, the motorcoach takes us back to the city. This evening, the group attends the spectacular, world reknowned Tang Dynasty Stage Show. Dinner will be served at the show.
Xian - Guilin (AB, L, DS)
Before departing Xian today, the group will attend a delightful Imperial Dumpling Banquet lunch, tasting local Xian specialties before flying to Guilin. Guilin is a city of great natural beauty located on the banks of the Li River that enjoys the reputation of possessing the most picturesque landscapes in all of China. As the old Chinese saying goes, "The scenery of Guilin is unrivalled under heaven." Karst limestone formations imbue Guilin’s landscape with a mystical quality. Explore Elephant Trunk Hill and the Reed Flute Cave where fantastic stalactite and stalagmite formations impress us as magical and otherworldly. In the evening, we will attend a Minority Folk Dance performance after dinner.
Guilin (AB, L, DH)
A meandering river cruise down the Li River is a delightful way to savor the serene, fairy-tale scenery of Southern China as it passes by. You may even catch the fascinating sights of fisherman with cormorant birds! Lunch is served aboard. Our riverboat arrives at the town of Yangshuo, where you disembark. Take some time to walk along Xijie, the main boulevard of Yangshuo lined by numerous coffee shops and stores. Later, take the motorcoach back to Guilin.
Guilin - Shanghai (AB, L, DH)
Depart Guilin for Shanghai, China’s most populous city and also its most modern. Upon arrival today, the group is transferred to the fabulous St. Regis Shanghai. Use the free time to catch up on some rest or use the luxuries facilities afforded.
Shanghai (AB, L, DS)
Dazzling and dynamic, Shanghai today shows many signs of ample international influences since the turn of the 20th century. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined by architecture of European design, the area shows off the flair with which Shanghainese live life. The city tour also includes a visit to the Ming Dynasty Yu Garden, considered to be one of the four great Chinese gardens. The bus will drive through Nanjing Road, a bustling shopping area locals frequent. The rest of the afternoon is free at leisure. Tonight, the group attends a performance of Chinese Acrobatics before retiring for the evening.
After breakfast this morning, the group will visit the Shanghai Museum and view the exhibits of ancient Chinese art. Designed by a local Shanghai architect, the current building was completed in 1993 and resembles the shape of a bronze cooking vessel. Spend as much time as you desire today admiring the numerous exhibits as there will be no pre-set schedule today. The bus will return at appointed times in the afternoon, providing pick up service back to the St. Regis.
Shanghai - Hong Kong (AB)
Today, your Ritz national guide bids you adieu as you board the short flight to Hong Kong. Among its many nicknames are "Asia’s World City" and "Asia’s Shopping Paradise." Once a colony of Great Britain, Hong Kong returned to Chinese control in 1997 and has continued to prosper. Upon arriving at Hong Kong, the group is met by the Ritz Hong Kong tour leader and transferred to the hotel.
Hong Kong (AB)
Recognizing that Hong Kong is a destination that begs to be explored on your own, we have planned just a half day city tour this morning. Scenic spots visited include Stanley Market, Repulse Bay and the Aberdeen Floating Community. Finally, take a cable car ride up to Victoria Peak where you are presented with a jaw-dropping, panoramic view of Hong Kong and its harbor. The rest of the day is free at this point!
Hong Kong (AB)
No activities have been scheduled for this day. Take the time to do some last minute souvenir and gift shopping, explore the city on your own, or even take the ferry to Macau for a day visit. Optional free time activities are numerous and can be scheduled with the Ritz Tours Hong Kong office.
Hong Kong - USA (AB)
Your vacation is over all too soon as you board your homebound international jetliner, bidding China and Hong Kong a fond farewell. The plane re-crosses the international date line to arrive back in the United States. The trip is over, but the memories will certainly last for a lifetime!
Departure & Pricing
Price includes fuel surcharge $174 Taxes of $102 not included
September 11th security fee $2.50 - $10.00 not included