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April 2018 The Mountain Wonderland & Highlights of China

The Mountain Wonderland and Highlights of China – April 2-14, 2018

Join Alan McKay and journey to an incredible destination – Zhangjiajie, China! This scenic frontier inspired the box office hit Avatar with its thousands of jagged quartzite sandstone columns. Part of the experience is the newly opened glass-bottom bridge crossing an impressive gorge making it the world’s longest and tallest glass-bottom bridge.

Along with Zhangjiajie, see Beijing with the must-see Great Wall of China! Also included are the Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an.

Included is: round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, all hotel accommodations, sightseeing as outlined in itinerary, most meals, ground transportation via deluxe coaches, and excellent English speaking guides.

Itinerary:

April 2 – Depart from Los Angeles midday and travel to Beijing, China!

April 3 – Welcome to China! Transfer to your hotel for a good night’s rest.

April 4 – Today you will visit the Forbidden City which was built in the 15th century. The Forbidden City includes the Imperial Palace which was the residence of the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Later you will walk on the 98-acre quadrangle of Tiananmen Square, which is one of the largest public squares in the world. This evening enjoy some free time or an optional massage at the hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch)

April 5 – Winding across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, the Great Wall of China stretches over 4,000 miles. Today as you experience climbing a section of the Great Wall, marvel at its size and grandeur. Not far from the wall you will explore the Ming tomb area and stroll down the path of the Sacred Way of the Animals. (Breakfast, Lunch)

April 6 – The Temple of Heaven is first on our agenda today and is located in a beautiful park. Elderly Chinese come by the thousands daily to exercise and to participate in Chinese cultural activities. Most tourists find themselves participating in the middle of these activities with the local Chinese. Next experience a Hutong Tour, and take a glimpse into the world of yesterday while being pedaled through the narrow streets on bicycle-pedaled rickshaws. You will see how neighborhoods in Old China existed and how they are preserved in the middle of a modern city today. Tonight enjoy an optional Chinese acrobatic show. You will be amazed at the acrobatic skills demonstrated in the performances. (Breakfast, Lunch)

April 7 – Today you’ll pay a visit to the Summer Palace which is listed as one of the world UNESCO World Heritage Sites and ranked as one of the finest classical gardens in the world. Nearby learn about China’s fresh water pearls and visit one of the largest pearl showrooms on the planet. Also planned today is a stop to see some adorable PANDAS! (Breakfast, Lunch)

April 8 – Stops in Beijing today include the Confucius Temple and also the Lama Temple. A flight later today will take you to Zhangjiajie, China where you will overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch)

April 9 – After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Take a cable car to the top of Tianzi mountain to begin your exploration. Visit Yuanjiajie area and Avatar mountain.  On the summit, spend time walking around to discover the Pillar of the Southern sky. The scenery inspired the famous “Hallelujah Mountains” in the movie Avatar.
Proceed to the platform of Forgetfulness to enjoy the nearby mountain views and then walk across the NO. 1 Bridge under Heaven. (Breakfast, Lunch)

April 10 – After breakfast, it is back to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park to explore the Golden Whip Stream. This charming valley will transport you into the wonderland of the movie Avatar. You will have free time to explore along the stream or you can just relax with the beautiful mountains, fresh air, and pure water surrounding you. Later, venture out on the world’s longest and tallest glass bottom bridge. This engineering feat will be a trip highlight for sure. (Breakfast, Lunch)

April 11 – Proceed to the Tianmen mountain cable car following breakfast. Take the world’s longest cable car to the top of Tianmen mountain which is the highest mountain in Zhangjiajie city. You will have a wonderful experience on the sky walk which is made of glass. You can also see the 99 turn road and the 999 steps leading to the gate of the Tianmen. Finish the day at a beautiful sandstone paint gallery to get a taste of local artistic flare in this region. (Breakfast, Lunch)

April 12 – This morning fly to Xi’an, China. Your exciting day in Xi’an begins with a relaxing bike ride on the ancient city wall or you may wish to take a ride in a traditional rickshaw. Learn the legend as to how the Wild Goose Pagoda received its name as you visit this holy place revered for centuries. Your day will wind down as you enjoy the city water fountain show accompanied with orchestrated music. (Breakfast, Lunch)

April 13 – You will be in awe as you visit the Terracotta Warrior museum. It has been said to be the most exciting archaeological find of the 20th century and considered as the 8th Wonder of the World. It is nothing short of astonishing! (Breakfast, Lunch)

April 14 – Travel back to the USA today and catch connecting flights to your home city. Welcome home!

 

Alan McKayYour Host: Alan McKay

Alan started guiding tours when he was a senior in high school. Since that time, he has traveled with hundreds of groups all over the world, including tours to England, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, China, and Thailand. His degree in history from Utah State University adds richness to the tours that he leads. He and his wife, Ida Mae, live in Ogden, Utah and are the proud parents of four sons.  Alan’s love in life is to see the world with incredible people and to share his knowledge of travel with all of his groups. Come and become one of his “travel groupies” today.

 

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Complete Tour with Airfare from Los Angeles – Double Occupancy – $2799 per person (includes airfare, tour and taxes)

Single Occupant Cost – Additional $625

Chinese Visa – $195 per person

Airfare to and from Los Angeles – Call for assistance or arrange your own

Credit Card Fee – 3.5% (only applies to final payment-pay by check to avoid it)

Deposit Required for Reservation – $1500 per person  

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