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July 19 Overnight Flight to Beijing

July 20 to July 21:Beijing on our own

July 22 : Beijing
As fellow group members will be arriving throughout the day there are no planed activities until the group meeting in the early evening, followed by dinner. On arrival please check the notice board in the hotel entrance for details of the time and place of the meeting.

July 23 to July 24: Beijing
The Chinese capital, Beijing, is one of the world’s most impressive and vibrant cities. Spend a day at the Great Wall (Mutianyu Section), a monumental feat of engineering intended to protect China from the northern barbarians. Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City as a group before boarding an overnight train to Xi’an.

You have the option to visit, during your free time, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, Yonghegong Tibetan Monastery and some of Beijing’s many markets.

On the evening of Day 3, we will fly to  Xi’an early the following morning.

July 25 : Xi’an
Arrive in Xi’an in the early morning and, after checking into the hotel, take an orientation walk through one of Xi’an’s most fascinating areas – the Muslim Quarter. Tour the lovely and unusual Great Mosque (a wonderfully serene place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city), great souvenir stalls and enjoy some of the best street food in China. The remaining city walls are a great place to watch the sunset or join the locals for ballroom dancing or tai chi in the early morning.

This former imperial capital is also homebase for a day trip to the Terracotta Warriors, situated a short drive out of town (approximately 1 hour). The warriors were re-discovered in 1974, having been buried for over 2000 years. All face east in battle formation, complete with horses and chariots to guard the tomb of the emperor Shi Huang Di.

July 26 : Hangzhou
Overnight train to Suzhou.

July 27 Private transport to Hangzhou 

An ancient capital, Hangzhou is full of beauty, from the tranquility of West Lake to the Buddhist carvings at Lingyin Temple, one of the few temples to escape the ravages of the Cultural Revolution. Hangzhou is famous for its medicinal food, and you can take a trip to one of the oldest medicine shops in China, or alternatively sit in a Lakeside teahouse and enjoy the local Longjing (Dragon’s Well) tea, famous throughout the world for its delicate flavour.

to July 28: Shanghai and Wuzhen Canal Town
On the morning of day 6 we depart for Shanghai, with a trip to an ancient water town along the way. This whole region was once connected to the Grand Canal by a system of waterways, and a trip to one of the towns provides a rare glimpse into a traditional Chinese lifestyle that is rapidly disappearing.

In the afternoon of day 6 we arrive in Shanghai and you are free to explore the delights this most modern of Chinese cities has to offer. Day 7 is a free day and you could take a stroll along the Bund, the old Colonial waterfront, or shop on the famous Nanjing Road before having a final dinner with your tourmates. On evening of day 6 or day 7 we will go and watch a traditional Chinese acrobat performance.

July 29 to July 30:Shanghai

July 31: All day flight to Chicago

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