B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1-2**APR 14 – 15 | Honolulu – Beijing
We start our vacation by boarding a Direct Flight to Beijing, the huge capital of China and an ancient city of great splendor whose history goes back 3 millennia.
*** Meet at night at the airport on April 14th for our midnight flight. ***
Day 3**APR 16 | Beijing | (L)
Upon arrival at Beijing International Airport, an Air & Sea travel representative will greet us and take us to the Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is widely regarded as the noblest example of religious architecture in all of China. This is where emperors came to worship heaven for a bountiful harvest. The design shows that heaven is high and the earth is low and reflects an ancient Chinese saying: ‘the heaven is round and the earth is square’. After that, we will visit a Fresh-water Pearl Shop. After lunch, we will check in at our hotel, and explore the city or enjoy free time on our own.
Day 4**APR 17 | Beijing | (B, L, D)
This morning, we will walk around Tiananmen Square, probably the largest and most magnificent public square in the world. We will then explore the Forbidden City, the largest and most well-preserved imperial palace and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vast and exotic palace was brilliantly captured in the movie “The Last Emperor”. Seat of supreme power for over five centuries (1416-1911), the Forbidden City in Beijing, with its landscaped gardens and many buildings with nearly 10,000 rooms containing furniture and works of art, constitutes a priceless testimony to Chinese civilization during the Ming and Qing dynasties. In the afternoon, we will go to the Olympic Park, where the 2008 Summer Olympic was held and is now the newest tourist attraction in Beijing. View the exterior of two of its most iconic venues – the “Bird’s Nest” (Beijing National Stadium) and the “Water Cube” (National Aquatics Center) where Michael Phelps won 8 Olympic gold medals. Tonight’s Welcome Dinner features China’s famous Peking Duck.
Day 5**APR 18 | Beijing | (B, L)
Today’s highlight is the fabled Great Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a massive defensive structure built to keep intruders out. The feeling is awesome! China has many things to see, but the one great wonder is the Great Wall. We can see it undulating for miles across the mountains. The scale of this wall must be seen to be believed. Then, we will visit a Jade Workshop, where we will learn about Chinese jade culture. Our next stop is Wangfujing Street, a large shopping street with lots of restaurants like KFC. We are not accustomed to the non-western style of shopping here, but it is fun to browse.
Day 6**APR 19 | Beijing – Xi’an | (B, L*, D)
In the morning, board a flight to Xi’an, one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Xi’an held that position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history. We will visit the City Wall – one of the few ancient city walls still standing in China. It refers to a defensive system used to protect towns and cities in China in pre-modern times. The system consisted of walls, towers, and gates which were often built to a uniform standard throughout the Empire. Enjoy the local cuisine that includes Dumplings or Jiaozi. It is commonly eaten and considered part of Chinese Cuisine. Jiaozi typically consists of ground meat and/or vegetable filling wrapped in a thinly rolled piece of dough and then sealed by pressing or crimping the edges together. Common meat fillings are pork, mutton, beef, chicken, fish, and shrimp, and is usually mixed with chopped vegetables. Popular vegetable fillings include Napa cabbage, scallion (spring onions), leek, celery and garlic chives. Dumplings are eaten with a soy sauce-based dipping sauce that may include vinegar, garlic, ginger, rice wine, hot sauce, and sesame oil. After dinner, we will sit and enjoy the breeze at the Northern Square of Dayan Pagoda.
Day 7**APR 20 | Xi’an | (B, L, D)
In the morning, we will visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the 20th Century – the Terracotta Warriors. The Terracotta Army or the “Terra Cotta 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 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife. Archeologists estimate there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits. For souvenirs, we will visit the Reproduction Factory. Then we will transfer to Muslim Street lined with various restaurants and stalls, some specializing in cakes, dried fruit, and snacks. The most famous dishes of Xi’an are available on Muslim Street, including Marinated Meat in a Baked Bun, Pita Bread Soaked in Lamb Soup, Bean Threads in Shaanxi Flavoring, and Xi’an Dumplings. Tonight, let’s enjoy a Hot Pot Dinner.
Day 8**APR 21 | Xi’an –Shanghai | (B, L, D)
In the morning, we take a short flight to Shanghai, the most populous city in China. Due to its rapid growth in the last two decades, it has again become a global city, exerting influence over finance, commerce, fashion, and culture. Upon arrival, we will check into our hotel before visiting a Gem Store and Xintiandi for souvenirs.
Day 9**APR 22 | Shanghai | (B, L, D)
The Bund is the Landmark of Shanghai, with many historical buildings along the river. All these buildings were used for government organizations a few years back. Now, there are many restaurants, bars, clubs and boutiques in them. This morning, we will explore the Special Economic Zone of Pudong and walk along the East Side of Huangpu River with memorable views of the Bund and PuDong (the new financial district). We have arranged a visit to a Silk Factory. The process of silk production, from silk worms to finished products, is fascinating. Of course silk products are available at the gift shop. After enjoying the Dim Sum Meal in China, we will visit the Yuyuan Garden, a famous classic garden in the architectural style of the Ming dynasty. It is peaceful and beautiful throughout the year. Take some time to wander along the narrow paths, ponds, and bridges. After exiting the garden, we will be at the entrance to the Bazaar or Open Market at the City God Temple. We can enjoy shopping for souvenirs or checking out food shops. We will enjoy a Chinese Acrobatic Show, ERA. Their death-defying acrobatic acts are excellent and should top other shows you may have seen. This 90 minute show with extremely skillful performers is one of the must-do-things or highlights in Shanghai.
Day 10**APR 23 | Shanghai – Beijing | (B, L)
After breakfast, we have free time to explore the city in the morning. After lunch, we will visit Shanghai Museum. As a museum of ancient Chinese art, Shanghai Museum possesses a collection of over 1,000,000 objects, about 120,000 of which are precious national-graded works of art. Its rich and high-quality collection of ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy is specially celebrated in the world. Tonight, we will transfer to the airport for our return flight home via Beijing.
Day 11**APR24 | Beijing – Honolulu
Our flight to Honolulu leaves after midnight, ending our wonderful tour in China.
We arrive at Honolulu on April 24th at approximately 5:30PM.
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