Odyssey in China: Beijing, Chengdu & Hong Kong

NEW for 2019! Our new once-in-a-lifetime China journey takes you from Beijing's ancient hutong neighborhoods to Giant Pandas at a renowned Chengdu conservation center... a memorable Li River cruise... a walk atop the Great Wall... a talk by a preservationist at Xi'an's great Terra Cotta Warriors... Leshan's ancient Giant Buddha... Shanghai's Bund and much more!

NEW for 2019! The journey of a lifetime... 16 days exploring the best of China, filled with ancient treasures, a look at modern life, and discovering the world of the panda! Spend three nights in both Beijing and Chengdu, and two nights each in Xi'an, Yangshuo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, where travels take you from the Great Wall to the dynamic cities that define China today. Visit a breeding facility for giant pandas with an opportunity to hold a panda... enjoy a private talk with a conservation expert at Xi'an's Terra Cotta Warriors Museum... go on a private tour, a rickshaw ride, and a visit with a family inside one of Beijing's disappearing hutongs... and attend a magical face-changing Sichuan Opera performance. Featuring stays at world-class hotels throughout, Odyssey in China: Beijing, Chengdu and Hong Kong includes three nights in Beijing for a guided walk along the Great Wall and visits to the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and the mausoleum of Mao Zedong; Xi'an, with visits to Han Yang Ling Underground Mausoleum, the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, and Shaanxi Museum as well as a dim sum lunch; Yangshuo, where a traditional boat cruise takes you along the tranquil Li River and you attend an interactive cooking demonstration; Chengdu, for a visit to Chengdu Panda Base; a hot pot lunch; and an excursion to Leshan to see the 233 ft.-tall Giant Buddha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Shanghai, where you'll visit Yu Gardens, the Urban Planning Center, and Shanghai Museum; take a walk to see historic shikumen homes; and view an acrobatic performance; and marvelous Hong Kong for rides on the Star Ferry, a private double-decker bus, and a funicular tram to the top of Victoria Peak.

Giant Panda conservation center visit & Sichuan opera show in Chengdu; Forbidden City, Great Wall and Hutong insider visits in Beijing; Tauck Exclusive behind-the-scenes experience at the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an; excursion to Giant Buddha of Leshan; Li River cruise; ERA acrobatic show, Shanghai Urban Planning Center and the Bund in Shanghai; sightseeing tour of Hong Kong

Traveling Well Includes:
  • Visit to the Chengdu Panda Base, a conservation and breeding center for the vulnerable Giant Panda - with an opportunity to hold a panda
  • Tauck Exclusive private talk with a conservation expert at the Terra Cotta Warriors museum in Xi'an
  • Insider experience in one of Beijing's traditional hutong neighborhoods, including a rickshaw ride and a visit with a local family
  • Ancient face-changing Sichuan Opera performance in Chengdu and an excursion to the Giant Buddha of Leshan
  • Visits to the Han Yang Ling Underground Museum and the Shaanxi History Museum
  • Traditional boat cruise along the Li River and an interactive cooking demonstration
  • Introduction to Shanghai at the Shanghai Urban Planning Center
  • Authentic dining experiences at local restaurants
  • Performance of Shanghai's daring, hi-tech ERA acrobatic show
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 34 meals (15 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners) with gratuities to local guides, taxes, service charges, and admission fees

  • Call (800) 979-2266 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14346804

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2019
    Duration
    16 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1BeijingArrive in Beijing

    Tour begins: The Waldorf Astoria Beijing at 6:30 PM. Transfers are included from Beijing Capital Int'l Airport to the Waldorf Astoria Beijing. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner this evening.

    Lodging:Waldorf Astoria Beijing

    Meals: D
    Day 2BeijingThe Great Wall & Beijing's Hutongs

    They don't call it The Great Wall for nothing... Besides being the only man-made structure visible from space, the Great Wall of China tops most travelers' lists of the Earth's must-visit places. Take a walk atop the highest point of its Badaling section, then walk down to the bottom along an ancient stone path where you'll travel a short distance for lunch at the Commune by the Great Wall - enjoy the views of this architectural wonder surrounding you. This afternoon, gain some insights on the city's centuries-old hutongs - unique traditional neighborhoods threatened by ongoing urban development - when you take a private tour of a hutong - ride a rickshaw and visit a local family in their home.

    Lodging:Waldorf Astoria Beijing

    Meals: B, L
    Day 3BeijingImperial Beijing

    This morning, visit a grand example of traditional Chinese architecture - Beijing's Temple of Heaven, a round, three-tiered wood structure intricately decorated with gold leaf and colorful designs; try to imagine a long-ago time when the emperor and his entourage would travel here in secret processions from the Forbidden City to hold solemn ceremonies asking the gods for a bountiful harvest. Learn the moves from the locals as you take part in a Tai Chi racquet lesson in one of the Temple's beautiful parks. After lunch at a local restaurant, you'll explore the legendary Forbidden City itself, where Imperial China's emperors dwelt for centuries; tour the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the Hall of Middle Harmony, the Hall of Preserved Harmony, the Hall of Mental Cultivation, the Imperial Garden and more. Just beyond the Forbidden City, continue to Tiananmen Square, a witness to much of modern Chinese history and home to Mao Zedong's mausoleum; view his portrait hanging above the Gate of Heavenly Peace. Dine at your choice of fine restaurants at the hotel this evening.

    Lodging:Waldorf Astoria Beijing

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4Xi'anXi'an on the Silk Road

    Board a flight to 3,000-year-old Xi'an, one of China's great ancient capitals. Upon arrival, you'll visit an amazing place - the Han Yang Ling Underground Mausoleum and museum. Known locally as the most underrated tomb in Xi'an, it was undisturbed for about 2,100 years before opening to the public in the last decade. You'll find an amazing collection of cultural relics that depict life as it was during the Western Han Dynasty. Dine at your leisure this evening.

    Lodging:Hyatt Regency Xi'an

    Meals: B, D
    Day 5Xi'an ChinaTerra Cotta Warriors & Shaanxi Museum

    8,000 lifelike soldiers guarding an emperor's tomb for 2,000 years... get an insider's view of the Terra Cotta Warriors from a leading museum staffer! Enjoy a traditional dumpling lunch at a local restaurant. Explore ancient China further with a special visit to the Shaanxi History Museum, home to 300,000+ works of art and artifacts.

    Lodging:Hyatt Regency Xi'an

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6GuilinChengdu's Traditions

    Take a high-speed train in First Class this morning from Xi'an to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. After lunch at your hotel in Chengdu, visit the ancient Buddhist Wenshu Temple to see its revered artworks, examples of calligraphy, and gardens. The temple is home to some 300 Buddha statues! Stroll down narrow Jinli Street, lined with tea houses and artisan shops, to get the feel of traditional provincial life. Dinner is served this evening at your hotel.

    Lodging:The St. Regis Chengdu

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 7GuilinPandas of Chengdu

    Today enjoy a special experience learning about China's iconic Giant Pandas - and observing them in a natural setting. You'll have an opportunity to hold one, if you like - quite a photo op! During a visit to the Chengdu Panda Base, discover them living their lives in a quiet outdoor sanctuary, and hear about the breeding and conservation issues of this vulnerable species. Their home is a park-like landscape that simulates their natural environment - with wild bamboo, green lawns, rivers, lakes, rocky outcroppings, caves, and dens. Keep your eyes open for swans, peacocks, and butterflies as well. A hot pot lunch at a local restaurant is followed by tea tasting at People's Park. This evening discover one of China's oldest and most popular art forms, Sichuan Opera. The highlight of the performance is a magical skill called face changing that will have you on the edge of your seat.

    Lodging:The St. Regis Chengdu

    Meals: B, L
    Day 8ChongqingLeshan and the Giant Buddha

    Prepare to see what's likely to be the largest buddha you've ever encountered this morning. Head to Leshan for a brief boat ride along a river to the foot of the ancient Giant Buddha - an inspiring approach to a truly monumental sacred sculpture. The buddha is surprisingly detailed; there are more than 1,000 buns in its coiled hair! After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy some free time in Chengdu.

    Lodging:The St. Regis Chengdu

    Meals: B, L
    Day 9FengduFly to Guilin and Yangshuo

    A flight takes you to Guilin and your resort hotel in Yangshuo, nestled in a picturesque landscape of limestone mountains and rice fields. Go for a walk with a local guide in Yangshuo Town on the Li River. Enjoy dinner at your resort hotel tonight.

    Lodging:Banyan Tree Yangshuo Resort

    Meals: B, D
    Day 10 A cruise on the Li River

    Spend the morning on a private Tauck cruise along the Li River, passing limestone peaks, bamboo groves, locals working in rice paddies, and water buffalo patrolling the fields. You'll see fishermen float by on bamboo rafts and get a glimpse of traditional village life. Afterward, a local chef gives a cooking lesson, and you can enjoy a lunch you help to make. Dinner is served at your resort hotel this evening.

    Lodging:Banyan Tree Yangshuo Resort

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 11ShanghaiDiscovering Old Shanghai

    Fly to Shanghai this morning, where you'll have some free time to discover fashionable Xintiandi. This sought-after historic neighborhood is good for walking and has been preserved intact with its characteristic 19th-century shikumen, traditional stone-gated homes, along narrow lanes. Dine at your hotel this evening.

    Lodging:Fairmont Peace Hotel

    Meals: B, D
    Day 12ShanghaiIn Shanghai, the Bund and Acrobats

    The Bund on the waterfront in Shanghai is famous for its stretch of historic buildings in international architectural styles built as the headquarters of the western banks, hotels, clubs, businesses, and other organizations that thrived in China before the revolution. A guided visit along the Bund shows you both Shanghai past and present. Step further back in history, to the 16th century, in Yu Gardens, where pathways wind through rock gardens and bamboo stands, and stone bridges cross pools filled with carp; yu means peace and health. Have lunch at a local restaurant. This evening enjoy premium seating at an acrobatic performance by Shanghai's acclaimed ERA troupe.

    Lodging:Fairmont Peace Hotel

    Meals: B, L
    Day 13ShanghaiShanghai past, present, and future

    Get a good introduction to Shanghai at the Shanghai Urban Planning Center, showcasing the city's past and future urban development through detailed models and multimedia displays, including a mock-up of 1930s Shanghai; a huge model of what the city might look like in 2020; a 360-degree, 3-D film and more. Then tour the Shanghai Museum, displaying 120,000 works of art and artifacts. After lunch on your own in the Xintiandi neighborhood, explore the area as you please, then learn about its vanishing traditional stone-gated shikumen homes on a guided walk. Have dinner tonight at the wonderful restaurant Jean Georges Shanghai, known for its cuisine and views.

    Lodging:Fairmont Peace Hotel

    Meals: B, D
    Day 14Hong KongWelcome to Hong Kong

    Fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong this morning, exploring the city as you wish for the rest of the day from your world-class hotel - The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, located on floors 102-118 in the International Commerce Centre overlooking Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour in Kowloon, and offering spectacular panoramic views of the city.

    Lodging:The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

    Meals: B
    Day 15Hong KongHong Kong from Many Viewpoints

    Discover the city with a local guide today by ferry and double-decker bus. A funicular tram ride takes you up the mountain known as Victoria Peak, where the views are as impressive as the high-end residential properties! Have lunch at a local dim sum restaurant, followed by a guided visit to the Hong Kong Museum of History or free time. Your hotel is in the heart of the city, within easy reach of cultural sites and shopping of all kinds, from luxury stores to little shops selling everything from sneakers to silk. Join us at our farewell reception and dinner this evening in your hotel, overlooking Kowloon and Victoria Harbour.

    Lodging:The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 16Hong KongJourney Home

    Tour ends: Hong Kong. Fly home anytime; a transfer is included from The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong to Hong Kong International Airport. Please allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.

    Lodging:

    Meals: B
    Dates/Pricing

    Click Quote or call (800) 979-2266 to get additional information on your chosen travel date. Special offers or competitive pricing may be available!

    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    09/08/2019$8,990.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    09/29/2019$8,990.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    Disclaimer
    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.

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