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15 Day China Panorama

  

Tour Code: OAH

Visits: Beijing - Xian -Guilin - Shanghai - Hong Kong

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : 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.
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Day 02 : Arrive Beijing

The flight arrives at 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.
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Day 03 : Beijing

As the capital of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Beijing is the nation's center of government and culture. 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 of Moscow. Located inside the Forbidden City is the Palace Museum, which you will visit as well. After lunch, continue on to Old Town Beijing for a journey through the Hutongs via pedicab, stopping to visit the siheyuan (traditional local courtyard style home) of a local resident. Return to your hotel to rest and wash up before this evening's special activity - a savory Peking Duck Feast!
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Day 04 : Beijing

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 have plenty of time to walk atop the Wall until your heart's content, 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 at your convenience.
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Day 05 : Beijing

Recognizing that travelers need some free time, no activities have been planned for today. Spend time exploring Beijing on your own or lounge about the hotel, enjoying the numerous luxury facilities of the Ritz Carlton.
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Day 06 : Beijing - Xian

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. Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.
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Day 07 : Xian

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 inside city limits, stopping at the Bell Tower for a visit. Returning to the city, you attend a delightful Imperial Dumpling Banquet, tasting local Xian specialties. After dinner, attend the spectacular, world reknowned Tang Dynasty Stage Show.
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Day 08 : Xian - 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.
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Day 09 : Guilin

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.
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Day 10 : Guilin - Shanghai

Depart Guilin for Shanghai, China's most populous city and also its most modern. 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. After dinner this evening at the hotel, hop aboard a cruise of the Huangpu River, taking in the magnificent twinkling night scenery of Shanghai.
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Day 11 : Shanghai

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. After ample time admiring the numerous exhibits, you'll be given an opportunity to shop for the highest quality silk goods. Return to the hotel to wash up before going out for a farewell dinner. After dinner, cap off the day by attending a performance of exciting Chinese Acrobatics.
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Day 12 : Shanghai - Hong Kong

Today, your Ritz national guide bids you adieu as you board the short flight to Hong Kong. Among its many nicknames are "Jewel of the Orient" 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.
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Day 13 : Hong Kong

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!
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Day 14 : Hong Kong

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.
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Day 15 : Hong Kong - USA

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!
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Hotels
¡¤ Beijing - Ritz Carlton Financial Street (5*)
¡¤ Xian - Sofitel Hotel(5*)
¡¤ Guilin - Sheraton Hotel(5*)
¡¤ Shanghai - St. Regis Hotel(5*)
¡¤ Hong Kong - Inter Continental Grand Standford(5*)
Features
Fine Dining
3 meals a day for the entire trip except arrival day, free day in Beijing and Hong Kong portion
Full American or buffet breakfast daily at hotel
Lunches at local restaurants
Chinese or western dinners in hotels or dinner party and show at local restaurants
Local specialties: Peking Duck Feast in Beijing, Imperial Dumpling Banquet in Xian
Special Entertainment
Beijing - Old Hutong Rickshaw Ride
Xian - Tang Dynasty Stage Show
Guilin - Li River Cruise, Minority Folk Dance Show
Shanghai - Huangpu River Night Cruise, Chinese Arobatics Show
Air Fare
Round trip trans-Pacific air ticket
China domestic air ticket(s)
Comfortable air-conditioned tour coach with professional service of experienced drivers
Sightseeing
Comprehensive sightseeing as specified
Experienced and knowledgeable tour director escorts the group throughout in China
Specialist local guides added in major cities
Travel Protection
Travel Protection Insurance is provided at no additional charge to you if final payment is received 60 days prior to the departure date
USTOA $1 Millon Travelers Assistance Program
¡¤ Tax for this package is $252

Pricing
Departure - Return Los Angeles
(LAX)
San Francisco
(SFO)
New York
(JFK)
Single
Supplement
International
Air Taxes
3/29/2007 - 4/12/2007 $ 3499.00 $ 3499.00 $ 3649.00 $ 1400.00 $ 252.00
4/12/2007 - 4/26/2007 $ 3599.00 $ 3599.00 $ 3749.00 $ 1500.00 $ 252.00
4/26/2007 - 5/10/2007 $ 3599.00 $ 3599.00 $ 3749.00 $ 1500.00 $ 252.00
5/10/2007 - 5/24/2007 $ 3599.00 $ 3599.00 $ 3749.00 $ 1500.00 $ 252.00
5/24/2007 - 6/7/2007 $ 3599.00 $ 3599.00 $ 3749.00 $ 1500.00 $ 252.00
6/7/2007 - 6/21/2007 $ 3599.00 $ 3599.00 $ 3749.00 $ 1400.00 $ 252.00
6/21/2007 - 7/5/2007 $ 3599.00 $ 3599.00 $ 3749.00 $ 1400.00 $ 252.00
7/5/2007 - 7/19/2007 $ 3599.00 $ 3599.00 $ 3749.00 $ 1400.00 $ 252.00
7/19/2007 - 8/2/2007 $ 3599.00 $ 3599.00 $ 3749.00 $ 1400.00 $ 252.00
8/2/2007 - 8/16/2007 $ 3499.00 $ 3499.00 $ 3649.00 $ 1400.00 $ 252.00
8/16/2007 - 8/30/2007 $ 3499.00 $ 3499.00 $ 3649.00 $ 1400.00 $ 252.00
9/6/2007 - 9/20/2007 $ 3699.00 $ 3699.00 $ 3849.00 $ 1600.00 $ 252.00
9/20/2007 - 10/4/2007 $ 3699.00 $ 3699.00 $ 3849.00 $ 1600.00 $ 252.00
9/27/2007 - 10/11/2007 $ 3699.00 $ 3699.00 $ 3849.00 $ 1600.00 $ 252.00
10/4/2007 - 10/18/2007 $ 3699.00 $ 3699.00 $ 3849.00 $ 1700.00 $ 252.00
10/11/2007 - 10/25/2007 $ 3699.00 $ 3699.00 $ 3849.00 $ 1700.00 $ 252.00
10/18/2007 - 11/1/2007 $ 3699.00 $ 3699.00 $ 3849.00 $ 1700.00 $ 252.00
10/25/2007 - 11/8/2007 $ 3499.00 $ 3499.00 $ 3649.00 $ 1700.00 $ 252.00
11/8/2007 - 11/22/2007 $ 3399.00 $ 3399.00 $ 3549.00 $ 1600.00 $ 252.00
Domestic China Airport Taxes (by Gateway)
Los Angeles (LAX) San Francisco (SFO) New York (JFK)
$ 32.00 $ 32.00 $ 32.00
 
  


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