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- 9 nights
- From $2795.00 USD
- Departing 22 September 2012
- Gay Men, Lesbians, and their Friends
Wonders of China in Style
China took centre stage during the Summer 2008 Olympics. And now it’s time for its encore, starring you and your small group. What’s on the playbill? How about an ancient wall 4,000 miles long … a city once forbidden to visitors … 8,000 stone warriors watching over an emperor … serene gardens that seek nothing less than metaphysical perfection.
•Beijing, including the Great Wall of China, Ming Tombs, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City
•Xian, including the Terra Cotta Soldiers
•Hangzhou, including West Lake, a silk factory and a tea plantation
•Suzhou, including the Master of Nets Garden
•Shanghai, including the Old Town, Jade Buddha Temple, Huangpu River cruise, the Bund, and Jinmao Tower
•All guiding and entrance fees included
•Accommodations for 9 nights in 5-star hotels
•Services of an expert, local guide in all cities
•$100 per person savings if you reserve 5 months before departure!
$800 USD, Not Required. We can match you with another traveller should you wish at no cost.
Crowne Plaza Wangfujing- 5 stars
Stay at the unique Crowne Plaza Beijing hotel for a central location on Wangfujing Street and easy access to Beijing's business district.
Step from the bustling Wangfujing Street into the soaring, 9-storey atrium of Crowne Plaza Beijing's Lobby, where you'll be greeted by our friendly Front Desk staff. You can refresh with coffee and check email with complimentary wireless Internet on our sumptuous, leather sofas or settle into your calming room or Suite.
Feel the pulse of the city from your central location on Wangfujing Steet, a short walk from Beijing's international banking and shopping districts. It's 45 minutes' drive to Crowne Plaza Beijing from Beijing International Airport and you're just 8 minutes' walk from Wangfujing subway station. Stroll 15 minutes to the mighty Forbidden City, Beijing's vast, imperial network of wooden temples and palaces, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Xi’an Sofitel on Remin Square - 5 stars
The majestic Sofitel Xian On Renmin Square is located in Renmin Square and complies with Chinese 5-star platinum standards, making it the most luxurious hotel in the region. The hotel houses several heritage buildings of historic importance and features 432 rooms, 4 restaurants and 2 bars. The hotel is ideally situated close to many of the city's historical sites including the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Great Mosque, Shaanxi History Museum & the Forest of Steles stone library. The airport & Terracotta Museum are both 45 minutes by car.
Suzhou Nanlin Hotel - 5 stars
Suzhou Nanlin Hotel occupies an area of 35,000 square meters, with easy access and quiet surroundings. The hotel combines modernized service facilities and Suzhou's traditional garden architecture into a pleasing whole, adding radiance and beauty to its nearby famous gardens.
Hangzhou Grand Metropark Hotel - 5 stars
Grand Metropark Hotel Hangzhou boasts 380 guest rooms of all types. Decorated according to 5-star hotel standard. Each room is most tastefully and comfortably appointed.and offers free internet service to all housed guest.
Sunrise on the Bund
The symbol of old and new Shanghai, the Bund (officially known as Zhongshan Lu) is Shanghai's most famous landmark. The Bund is from an Anglo Indian term meaning the muddy embankment on the waterfront, and it is the Huangpu River which helps create the uniquely colonial feel here and provides a feeling of space and openness which is lacking elsewhere in the city. Four kilometres long, the Bund has long been one of the most important areas in Shanghai. In the 1930s, the row of buildings was host to the city's financial and commercial centres and the world's greatest banks and trading empires established a base here.
Please note that the above cost includes all accommodation in 5 star, gay friendly hotels, with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips and service charges. All activities as outlined in the itinerary; all meals as per itinerary; economy class air tickets between cities, the services of an Escort throughout the trip; all ground transportation as per itinerary; Entrance fees to all sites on itinerary.
International airfare to/from China; airport transfers, passport & visa fees if applicable; personal travel and cancellation insurance; meals and activities not specifically included in the itinerary; services of a personal nature like alcohol; soft drinks; bottled water; laundry; telephone calls; faxes as well as customary tips to drivers and guides.
|Day 1||Arrive in Beijing||Plan to arrive at our Beijing hotel by 4:00 today. This evening join our welcome banquet, complete with Peking Duck!|
|Day 2||Great Wall and Ming Tomb||A day you won't forget! Your full day tour includes The Great Wall of China, one of the world's architectural marvels. The Great Wall, this imposing ancient Chinese structure stretches over 6000km and is one of the 8 wonders of the world. We then visit the Ming Tombs, a total of 13 Imperial tombs from the Ming dynasty emperors and see how the ancient emperors used to plan for life after death.|
|Day 3||Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer palace and Temple of Heaven||We visit Tiananmen Square today. At 100 acres, it is the largest public plaza in the world. We’ll also explore the 15th-century Forbidden City, whose 8,707 rooms and splendid halls are graced with imperial treasures now overseen by the Palace Museum. Later, we’ll admire the beautiful Temple of Heaven, visited by the Ming and Qing emperors to pray for good harvests. This afternoon, enjoy the Summer Palace, a complex of pavilions, temples and galleries situated on an immense man-made lake|
|Day 4||Beijing to Xian||This morning we fly to Xian, the eastern end of the famed Silk Road. We’ll traverse its imposing, ancient City Wall dating to the Ming Dynasty, then visit the grand Wild Goose Pagoda.|
|Day 5||Xian||Today we marvel at the ancient Terra Cotta Warriors. In 1974, they were stumbled on by farmers digging a well. Today, their legion stands 8,000 strong—alongside 130 chariots and 670 horses—though many of them are still buried. For 2,000 years, they have faithfully stood guard over the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Then we discover the Bell Tower and Drum Tower. The former once rang its bronze-casted bells at sunrise; and the latter beat its drums at sunset. This afternoon we visit Huaqing Hot Springs at Mt. Li, home to such wonderful diversions as Nine-Dragon Pool and Lotus Flower Pool. This was a preferred escape of the Tang Dynasty.|
|Day 6||Xian to Hangzhou||This morning we fly to Hangzhou. In Hangzhou, one of China’s most prosperous cities, we’ll cruise the lovely pagoda-lined shores of serene West Lake. You’ll see why it’s been regaled by poets and emperors for centuries. We then drive to a tea plantation to enjoy some of the best green tea in China, named Emperor Tea in the Qing dynasty|
|Day 7||Hanghzou to Suzhou||We start the day with a visit to a silk factory. Afterwards we stop at the canal-laced water town of Xitang. Nine rivers converge here, and its endless charms and ancient ambiance played a supporting role to Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible III. The drive will take us about two hours. Enjoy a full day tour to Suzhou, China’s city of gardens. We visit one of its most famous private gardens “Master of Nets Garden,” a perfect fusion of art, nature, and architecture into what many consider a metaphysical masterpiece.|
|Day 8||Suzhou to Shanghai||Transfer to Shanghai today. As we browse the Old Town, you’ll sample ancient Ming and Qing dynasty style houses. But what may impress you most about this modern city is its energy; over 20 million people call metropolitan Shanghai home. Tonight, take it in from the perspective of the Huangpu River on a river cruise.|
|Day 9||Shanghai||Pay a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple today. Then we explore the world-renown Bund, home to a remarkable mix of historic, colonial-era buildings and grand consulates that symbolise the city’s once and current dramatic financial and political rise. For a quieter slice of life here, you might observe morning tai chi on the promenade. We cross the river to ascend Jin Mao Tower, the tallest building on mainland China. From the 88th floor, we’ll take in spectacular views of the city. This evening a farewell banquet.|
|Day 10||Depart or extend to Hong Kong||Continue your China discoveries on our post-tour extension to Hong Kong. Otherwise, your tour ends today.|
|Day 11||11-12 Hong Kong||Hong Kong may have gained its sovereignty from Britain in 1997, but it retains a very Western flair. We’ll spend two nights here, taking in its must-see sights like Victoria Peak and Repulse Bay. And you’ll have ample time to explore this glittering metropolis on your own. Hop the Star Ferry or a city tram to expand your reach, or simply walk to your heart’s content among some of the most dizzying skyscrapers in the world.|
|Day 13||Depart for Home||Our tour ends today.|