Treasures of China (OB) - 2015 / 2016

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11 Day Tour from Beijing to Shanghai

Treasures of China
Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an
Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an
The Forbidden City, located in Beijing, houses the Palace Museum
Beijing Tower
Shanghai, China is the most populous city and center of trade and industry
Illuminated pagodas on the bank of Fir Lake in Guilin
The Tiananmen Gate welcomes you to the Imperial Palace
Guilin, China, located on the west bank of the Li River
The Forbidden City, once the Chinese imperial palace
The Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west and measures 5,500.3 miles

Vacation Overview

Delve into the unique world of China during this magnificent vacation and visit Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, and Shanghai. As you’d expect, a tour highlight is your visit to the Great Wall of China. Known as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, it is the only man-made object that can be seen from space by the naked eye. As you walk along the wall, see how expansive it is and imagine what it was like to construct the wall—at a time without modern machinery to help! Natural beauty abounds in Guilin as needle peaks of limestone mountains rise from the green plain surrounding the Li River. Your included cruise will bring these unique vistas to life. You will also visit a local tea farm to learn how tea is made and partake in a tea ceremony.

Discovered accidentally in 1974, the Terracotta Warriors—consisting of roughly 8,000 soldiers, chariots, and horses—were constructed to help China’s first emperor in the afterlife. Other highlights include a music and dance performance from the Tang Dynasty, which reigned over 1,000 years ago; a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing’s hutongs, the city’s ancient alleys; and a traditional Peking duck dinner.

History, cultural immersion, and amazing sights await you on this fascinating journey through China!

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  • Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.

DAY 1Arrive in Beijing, China

Welcome to China’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.


DAY 2Beijing

Your full-day sightseeing starts with a visit to the FORBIDDEN CITY and its IMPERIAL PALACE, once the home of China’s great emperors. Nearby is 100-acre TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and continue to the former SUMMER PALACE, a complex of pavilions, temples, and galleries set among beautifully landscaped grounds and situated on Kunming Lake. This evening, savor a special Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite PEKING DUCK WELCOME DINNER. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The Tiananmen Gate welcomes you to the Imperial Palace 
The Forbidden City in Beijing

The Forbidden City in Beijing

"The Forbidden City – the largest imperial palace in the world – is situated in the center of Beijing and covers more than 178 acres of land in China. As an ancient Chinese legend goes, “the God resided in the heavens, known to all as the “Purple City.”” During the 17th Century, Chinese emperors claimed to be the sons of the God in an effort to justify their absolute power, and thus their homes would be considered a forbidden area to the common people. As a result, “Purple Forbidden City” became the official name for the emperor’s palace."

DAY 3Beijing. Great Wall Excursion

The GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. Then, visit a CLOISONNÉ WORKSHOP and see local artisans use the techniques of this ancient art form to turn pieces of copper into colorful decorative items. After lunch at a local restaurant, take a leisurely walk down the SACRED WAY of the Ming Tombs and marvel at the impressive hand-carved stone statues. Tonight, you may choose to attend a performance of the Peking Opera, including a behind-the-scenes look at the colorful make-up being applied to the performers. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Walk along the Great Wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress 
Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

"As many scholars have stated, the Great Wall was meant to stop the invasions of the northern nomads, but nomads were never actually stopped by the wall. Constructed in 221 B.C. by the order of the first Chinese emperor, Qin Shihuang, the Great Wall was originally designed to be a military base where Chinese infantries would fight against cavalries from the north. In order to complete the daunting task of constructing the Great Wall, Emperor Shihuang drafted more than 400,000 men – nearly half of the total male population in China – to work on this project. The construction lasted for more than 10 years and more than one-third of the workers died from harsh working conditions and deadly plagues. While the wall protected the emperor from northern invasions, it did nothing to help defend him against the backlash and disdain that society had for him."

DAY 4Beijing–Xi’an

This morning, enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing’s Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HUTONGS, the city’s ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighborhood as you are invited into the courtyard of a family’s home for tea. A short flight brings you to the city of Xi’an in central China. Look forward to this evening’s highlight, the “Tang Dynasty” DINNER SHOW, featuring a colorful assemblage of classical performances. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Forbidden City, located in Beijing, houses the Palace Museum Beijing Tower The Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west and measures 5,500.3 miles The Forbidden City, once the Chinese imperial palace 

DAY 5Xi’an

One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi’an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with a visit to the DAYAN PAGODA, built in 652 AD. During lunch, enjoy a NOODLE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. In 1974, the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, was accidentally discovered by local farmers. Marvel at the legion of TERRACOTTA WARRIORS that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Noodle-Making in Xian The Terracotta Warriors are a cultural landmark left by Emperor Qin Shihuang, the first Chinese emperor 

DAY 6Xi’an–Guilin

Today, fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful areas. Tonight you may choose to join our optional trip to see trained cormorants dive for fish, the traditional Lijiang fishing method. (Breakfast)

The scenic city of Lijiang Guilin, China, located on the west bank of the Li River Illuminated pagodas on the bank of Fir Lake in Guilin 

DAY 7Guilin

Limestone mountains, their needle peaks hidden in the mist, rise from the green plain surrounding Guilin. The scene conveys a sense of mystery that for centuries artists have tried to capture. Savor unique vistas during a leisurely CRUISE on the Li River, where you’ll enjoy a light lunch. Afterward, visit a local Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TEA FARM for a hands-on demonstration of the tea-making process, followed by a tea ceremony. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

China’s Li River 

DAY 8Guilin–Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai, China’s most populous city and center of trade and industry. This afternoon, stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard that is lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. This evening, consider joining an optional tour to see a spectacular acrobatic show. (Breakfast)

The beautiful city of Shanghai at night Shanghai, China is the most populous city and center of trade and industry The Bund, a famous waterfront area in Shanghai, China The fabulous cosmopolitan city of Shanghai 

DAY 9Shanghai

This morning, visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM and experience the YU YUAN GARDENS. Afterward, stop at a local restaurant for a traditional DIM SUM lunch. This culinary treat originated as a snack centuries ago in roadside teahouses established for weary traders travelling along the Silk Road and hard-working farmers. Today it has evolved into a full meal featuring a wide variety of steamed buns, dumplings, and mini rice-noodle rolls. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Perhaps visit Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s main pedestrian and shopping area with over 400 stores. (Breakfast, Lunch)


DAY 10Shanghai. Suzhou Excursion

This morning, take a BULLET TRAIN to the ancient watertown of Suzhou. Start your sightseeing with a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BOAT RIDE on the Old Canal, followed by a visit to the tranquil GARDEN OF THE MASTER OF THE FISHING NETS, designed during the Song Dynasty. Last stop is a SILK REELING FACTORY to learn more about the silk-making process. Return to Shanghai by BULLET TRAIN and enjoy a bit of time at leisure. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


DAY 11Shanghai

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)


American breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 4 dinners including a Peking Duck welcome dinner in Beijing and a farewell dinner in Shanghai

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Years of Experience: 8 years

China is a country with 5,000 years of history, a colorful culture, delicious food and fantastic scenery. On behalf of Globus Tour Directors, I am happy and grateful to have the opportunity to share my stories and experiences with my fellow travelers and explore my beautiful country together!

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Treasures of China:

  • Imperial Palace
  • Summer Palace (2015 departures only)
  • Temple of Heaven (2016 departures only)
  • Great Wall of China
  • Terracotta Warriors