Arrive Beijing, China
Arrive in Beijing, China’s political and cultural hub. Transfer to your luxurious hotel.
Beijing | Adventure at the Great Wall
Travel to the less-visited Mutianyu section of the magnificent Great Wall of China, which you walk along as great warriors once did, before hopping in a toboggan for an exciting ride back down. Later, view the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the “Bird’s Nest,” and the National Aquatics Center, dubbed the “Water Cube.” Gather for a cocktail and a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Beijing | Tai Chi & Kung Fu
Start the day with a morning tai chi class for the family, which you experience at the Temple of Heaven. Ride Like a Local with an exciting pedicab ride through a maze of winding alleyways known as a hutong. After lunch, walk in the footsteps of emperors in the Forbidden City and wander Tiananmen Square. Tonight, take in a thrilling kung fu show.
Xian | The Art of Dumpling Making
Fly to Xian and enjoy lunch. Then, enter the Ancient Gate of Xian’s City Wall and stroll along its ramparts above the city. Tonight, a fun culinary adventure awaits with a Family Foodie Experience at a local restaurant, where you learn to make traditional dumplings.
Xian | The Emperor’s Ancient Army
Play archaeologist today with a visit to the site of the legendary Terra Cotta Warriors, where thousands of life-size ceramic soldiers who “guard” the tomb of China’s first emperor continue to be unearthed. Later, visit with artisans at a local pottery factory and enjoy the chance to make your own clay soldier. Fly to Chengdu.
Chengdu | Face to Face with Giant Pandas
In the morning, visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center, where you encounter the adorable giant panda — China’s living national emblem — in a beautiful, sprawling habitat. Later, attend the Sichuan Opera for a dazzling “face-changing” performance.
CRUISING THE YANGTZE | THE THREE GORGES
Enjoy your morning at leisure before hopping on a high-speed train to buzzy Chongqing. On arrival, board your river cruiser to begin a three-night voyage on the Yangtze River. Spend the next two days cruising the Yangtze and travelling through its rocky, towering Three Gorges. Board a traditional sampan longboat for an excursion along the bright green Shennong Stream, where you learn about the legendary Tujia boatmen who once pulled boats up the Yangtze with their bare hands. You also have the opportunity to meet the locals who live along the river’s banks. On board, families enjoy everything from calligraphy and Mandarin language lessons to Chinese opera mask painting and tea ceremonies.
SHANGHAI | PEARL OF THE ORIENT
Arrive at the Three Gorges Dam for a photo stop. Fly to Shanghai and transfer to your luxury hotel on the Bund with views to a glittery sea of skyscrapers. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore as a family.
Shanghai | Where Old Meets New
This morning, take part in an interactive kung fu class. Then, pass through the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel by electric cart and visit Shanghai Tower for more remarkable vistas of action-packed Shanghai. Step back in time with a stroll in Old Town and a visit to the beautiful Yu Garden. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly home.