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Wings Over China- Spring (2017)
Limited to 15 guests
Days: 12 | From: $27,995
Day 1: Arrive Beijing, China
Arrive in Beijing, modern China’s dynamic capital city, where you are met and transferred to your luxurious hotel.
Day 2: Beijing | Atop the Great Wall
Begin this morning with a visit to the Great Wall. Climb or ride a cable car to the top of the well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, and enjoy the vistas of the surrounding mountains. After experiencing this largest of the New Seven Wonders of the World, return to the city. This evening, gather for cocktails and a welcome dinner at Cai Yi Xuan restaurant, a culinary hot spot in Beijing.
Four Seasons Hotel Beijing | Meals: B L D
Day 3: Beijing | The Forbidden City and Tiananmen
Start the day with a tai chi class taught by a master instructor at the ancient Temple of Heaven, the single most beautiful example of classical Ming period architecture. Then, ride by pedicab through a hutong, a neighborhood of small winding alleyways. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant, and then explore the imperial grandeur of the Forbidden City and take in the sweep of history in Tiananmen Square, the vast government plaza that has witnessed epic moments of confrontation and courage.
Four Seasons Hotel Beijing | Meals: B L
Day 4: Xian | Tang Dynasty Treasures
Fly by private charter to ancient Xian, where you begin your visit with lunch at a local restaurant. Then, see the old city quarter with its teeming markets and 14th-century Great Mosque; a blend of classic Chinese temple architecture and central Asian embellishments make it one of the most fascinating sites in Xian. Finish your day with dinner at a local restaurant.
Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel, Xian | Meals: B L D
Day 5: Xian | Close Up with the Terra Cotta Warriors
Today, accompanied by an on-site archaeologist, visit the excavation site of the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, the life-size army created to protect China’s first emperor in his afterlife. More than 8,000 soldiers stand at attention, each bearing a unique face, testifying to the remarkable craftsmanship that went into their creation. This evening, visit and cycle Xian’s well-preserved City Wall.
Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel, Xian | Meals: B L
Day 6: Xian/Shanghai | Yangling Museum
After a visit to the Yangling Museum, board your charter aircraft for a flight to Shanghai, before settling into your luxurious hotel. Enjoy dinner at a favored local restaurant.
Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong | Meals: B L D
Day 7: Shanghai | Lovely Yu Garden & Thrilling Acrobats
Set off on a guided walking tour of the Bund — a famous waterfront area in central Shanghai. Visit the 16th-century Yu Garden, with its picturesque pavilions and streams, and stroll in Old Town. After lunch, explore the French Concession Area, popular for its cafés, tree-lined avenues and tudor houses. Tonight, attend a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe, which thrills with feats of strength and extraordinary athleticism.
Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong | Meals: B L
Day 8: Shanghai | Traditional Water Village
Start your day with a sampan ride through charming Zhujiajiao, a traditional water village. This afternoon, explore more of dynamic Shanghai at your leisure. Tonight, have dinner at a popular local restaurant.
Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong | Meals: B D
Day 9: Guilin | Wondrous Reed Flute Cave
Board your private charter flight to Guilin. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting a tea plantation and picturesque Reed Flute Cave, a natural wonder carved out of a karst limestone mountain over millions of years. This evening, enjoy some cultural entertainment and dinner.
Banyan Tree Yangshuo | Meals: B L D
Day 10: Guilin | The Li River by Bamboo Raft
Begin the day by boarding a bamboo raft for a cruise along the Li River. Observe the quiet, rural life along the river with towering limestone pinnacles providing a dramatic backdrop. Watch as the locals ply the river, transiting between homes, markets and picturesque rice paddies. Later, fly by private plane to Hong Kong, China’s glittering gateway of international trade and finance.
The Peninsula Hong Kong | Meals: B L
Day 11: Hong Kong | Victoria Peak & Floating Villages
Depart for Sheung Wan, one of the earliest British settlements. Stroll through an herbal medicine market, and stop at Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road for an informative look at a typical Chinese temple. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city, Victoria Harbour and Lamma Island from atop Victoria Peak. Continue to Aberdeen for a leisurely sampan (wooden boat) ride through the floating villages of the Tanka community, observing the ebb and flow of everyday life. Tonight, gather with fellow guests for a cocktail and farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
The Peninsula Hong Kong | Meals: B L D
Day 12: Depart Hong Kong
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.