October 5 - 13, 2019

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(per person, based on double occupancy)
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PACKAGE INCLUDES:
Round trip airfare from San Francisco, first-class hotel accommodations, all sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary, all taxes, & most meals.

Tiananmen Square Tiananmen Square Play Movie
Tiananman Square is a large city square in the center of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square is the fourth largest city square in the world. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.
Forbidden City Forbidden City Play Movie
The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.
Great Wall of China Great Wall of China Play Movie
The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC; these, later joined together and made bigger and stronger, are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall.
Temple of Heaven Temple of Heaven Play Movie
The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven is a complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It has been regarded as a Taoist temple, although Chinese heaven worship, especially by the reigning monarch of the day, pre-dates Taoism.
Olympic Village Olympic Village Play Movie
The 2008 Summer Olympic Games were held in Beijing, China from 8 to 24 August 2008. A total of 11,028 athletes from 204 NOCs (countries) participated in 302 events in 28 sports held in 37 competition venues. Events took place at eleven pre-existing venues, twelve new venues constructed for the Olympics, and eight temporary venues that were removed following the games. In addition, six venues outside Beijing hosted events, two of which were newly built for the Olympics.

Several of the venues were located at the Olympic Green Olympic Park. The largest venue at the games in terms of seating capacity was the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, which could at the time hold 91,000 spectators and was the site for the opening and closing ceremonies. The smallest venue in terms of seating capacity was the temporary Laoshan Mountain Bike Course, which had seating for 2,000 spectators.
Beijing Zoo Beijing Zoo Play Movie
The Beijing Zoo is a zoological park in Beijing, China. Located in the Xicheng District, the zoo occupies an area of 89 hectares (220 acres), including 5.6 hectares (14 acres) hectares of lakes and ponds. It is one of the oldest zoos in China and has one of the largest animal collections in the country.
Summer Palace Summer Palace Play Movie
The Summer Palace is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing, China. The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometres (720 acres), three-quarters of which is water.
Xian Xi'an Play Movie
Xi'an is the capital of Shaanxi province, and a sub-provincial city in the People's Republic of China. One of the oldest cities in China, with more than 3,100 years of history, the city was known as Chang'an before the Ming dynasty. Xi'an is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang. Xi'an is the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang.
Tang Dynasty Song & Dance Troop Tang Dynasty Song & Dance Troop Play Movie
Established in 1998, the Shaanxi Song & Dance Theater is a comprehensive theater restaurant, providing a permanent stage for the Shaanxi Provincial Song & Dance Troupe and offering traditional Chinese food. Every day the artists perform the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show on the spectacular stage. Having accommodation for 700 customers, the Shaanxi Song & Dance Theater provides you excellent services and enjoyment. Nowadays, the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show is treasured as a national art.
Terra Cotta Warriors Terra Cotta Warriors Play Movie
The Terracotta Army or the "Terracotta Warriors and Horses" is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.
Wild Goose Pagoda Wild Goose Pagoda Play Movie
Giant Wild Goose Pagoda or Big Wild Goose Pagoda, is a Buddhist pagoda located in southern Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China. It was built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty and originally had five stories, although the structure was rebuilt in 704 during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian and its exterior brick facade was renovated during the Ming Dynasty. One of the pagoda's many functions was to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler Xuanzang.

WEATHER
In China, a vast land spanning many degrees of latitude with complicated terrain, climate varies radically. China has a variety of temperature and rainfall zones, including continental monsoon areas. In winter most areas become cold and dry, in summer hot and rainy. For current weather go to weather.com or click here.

CURRENCY
Chinese Currency is called Renminbi (RMB or CNY) means "People's Currency" in Chinese language.
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ITINERARY:

Saturday, October 5th
We begin our China Expedition with a non-stop flight from the San Francisco to Beijing, China. This is an overnight flight.

Sunday, October 6th
Once we pass through customs and collect our luggage, we will be met by our guide, who will escort us to our private motor coach. We will drive to our hotel, located in the central part of the city. Tonight we will enjoy a delicious “welcome dinner” at our hotel and have an opportunity to meet everyone traveling in our group. D

Monday, October 7th
This morning following a delicious breakfast, we will depart for TIANANMEN SQUARE and the walk through the incredible FORBIDDEN CITY. Following our tour we will enjoy a tasty lunch before visiting one of the best known shopping places in all of Beijing, the PEARL MARKET. There will be time to shop with dozens of shops offering all kinds of merchandise. Later in the day we will sample one of the best known dishes in the city, a special PEKING DUCK DINNER. We will return to our hotel and the remainder of the evening is at your leisure. B, L, D

Tuesday, October 8th
This morning, following an early breakfast, we will stop at a Jade Carving Factory. We will have an opportunity to shop in their showroom and purchase one-of-a-kind items. Following our visit, we will continue on until we arrive at one the most famous man-made wonders of the world, THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA. You will have a first-hand opportunity to experience China’s magnificent past as you take your first steps on the wall and enjoy the spectacular views from high above. Following our visit to the Great Wall, we will travel to the government owned Friendship Store where we will enjoy our tasty lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit a Cloisonné Factory and see artisans at work creating intricate masterpieces. We will have dinner in a nearby restaurant and finish the day with a very special FOOT MASSAGE! It will be a day of Chinese art, ancient history and total relaxation. B, L, D

Wednesday, October 9th
Today, following breakfast, we will visit the famous TEMPLE OF HEAVEN, located in a lovely park. Here we will stroll and take in all the sights and sounds of the local people. It is quite an experience to witness everyday life of the Chinese. Near the temple, we will stop at an art store that features the work of local students. From here we will drive to the old part of Beijing and take a ride in a traditional rickshaw as we explore the Hutong Neighborhood. This ancient area of the city is a vivid contrast to the rapidly changing culture of the modern metropolis of Beijing. We will enjoy lunch in the home of a local family and learn more about their every day lifestyle. Following lunch we will visit the OLYMPIC VILLAGE to take photographs of the famous “Birds Nest,” along with other recognizable buildings and structures. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and a special scrapbooking workshop. B, L, D

Thursday, October 10th
After enjoying a delicious breakfast this morning, we will drive to the BEIJING ZOO to see the giant pandas. We will have time for photographs before we continue on to a SILK SPINNING FACTORY. Here we will learn how silk is spun from the silk cocoon and eventually made into silk fabric. There will be time to shop in their large showroom for high-quality silk fabric and other silk items. We will have lunch together in a local restaurant and in the afternoon we will travel to the Summer Palace, which has been labeled as “a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design.” We will stroll along the lake and enjoy the lovely scenery and gardens before driving back at our hotel. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. B, L, D

Friday, October 11th
This morning, following a very early breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and board a flight to the city of XI’AN. The capital of a dozen ancient dynasties, Xi’an is one of the world’s cultural treasures. Upon our arrival we will meet our driver and travel to our hotel where we will check in and enjoy lunch. This afternoon there will be a special scrapbooking workshop. Tonight we will dine on a sumptuous dinner of special dumplings and enjoy a terrific show, Tang Dynasty Song and Dance Troupe. The troupe will perform music and dances that originated in China’s Tang Dynasty more than a thousand years ago. Don’t forget your cameras; this is certain to be a special evening that you will not want to forget. B, L, D

Saturday, October 12th
This morning after breakfast we will drive to see the exhibit of the famous TERRA COTTA WARRIORS. Life-size infantrymen, archers, military officers and their horses, all rendered in exquisite detail, guard the tomb of the first emperor of China. This is truly an extraordinary spectacle, and one that will be most memorable. There will be time for shopping and lunch before we travel to the WILD GOOSE PAGODA. There will be time for photographs and walking around before we return to our hotel, tonight we will enjoy a delicious dinner together. B, L, D

Sunday, October 13th
This morning we will check out of our hotel and drive to the Xi’an Airport. Our luggage will transfer separately, so we don’t have to worry about taking our large suitcases with us. We will check in at the airport and fly back to the United States. B