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September 2018 Beijing, Xi’an & Guilin, China Tour

Beijing, Xi’an & Guilin, China Tour – September 20-October 3, 2018

Join us on a unique tour to China. First we go to Xi’an to visit the impressive Terracotta Warriors. Next it is off to Beijing with the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square and more.  Finally, it is off to Guilin to see the “gum drop” mountains and to set sail on a short Li River cruise. Also we travel to Longji to explore the fantastic rice terraces and ethnic tribes still living there.

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:

September 20 – Fly to Los Angeles and board a flight this evening to China!

September 21 – Continue flight and cross the International Date Line.

September 22 – Arrive late this morning into Xi’an, China. Transfer to your hotel and have some free time. Your exciting day in Xi’an ends with a relaxing bike ride on the ancient city wall or you may wish to take a ride in a traditional rickshaw. (Dinner)

September 23 – 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)

September 24 –  Learn the legend as to how the Wild Goose Pagoda received its name as you visit this holy place revered for centuries. Next enjoy a bullet train ride to Beijing and transfer to your hotel upon arrival. (Breakfast, Dinner)

September 25 – 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. Tonight enjoy an optional Chinese acrobatic show. You will be amazed at the acrobatic skills demonstrated in the performances. (Breakfast, Lunch)

September 26 – 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. Then, back to the hotel and it’s time for an optional foot massage. (Breakfast, Lunch)

September 27 – 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. In the afternoon, 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. (Breakfast, Lunch)

September 28 – Head over to see some pandas at the Beijing zoo! This afternoon 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. (Breakfast, Lunch)

September 29 – Take a morning flight to Guangzhou, China and then hop on a 2 hour bullet train to Guilin, China. Riding a bullet train through China is an experience not to miss! (Breakfast, Lunch)

September 30 – Set sail for a cruise down the Li River. The Li River cruise from that departs from Yangshuo is the centerpiece of your trip to Guilin. Gorgeous peaks give you surprises at each bend of the river under the blue sky. These “gumdrop” mountains have helped this part of the country gain worldwide recognition for being one of the most scenic spots in the entire world. Hold up your 20 Yuan bill and what do you see – the exact same view on the Li River you will cruise by! An optional live light show on the river this evening will be a great way to end the day. (Breakfast, Lunch)

October 1 – This morning you will transfer to the stunning mountain village of Longi. Take part in a cultural experience as the Longi women demonstrate their long hair that they cut once in their lifetime. You will then arrive at your mountain retreat where you will spend the night. Enjoy a walk up to your hotel built into the mountainside with incredible vistas overlooking rice terraces built into the mountains as far as eye can see! Walk through the surrounding mountainside village to be greeted by quaint minority shops, rich smells of delicious cuisine, and happy villagers. (Breakfast, Lunch)

October 2 – Spend some more time today exploring the gorgeous rice terraces and hiking/walking around the little village. (Breakfast, Lunch)

October 3 – Drive by motor coach back to Guilin and board the bullet train back to Guangzhou followed by your non-stop flight back to the USA where you will arrive this same evening. (Breakfast)

 

Alf GunnYour Host: Alf Gunn

Alf Gunn has hosted in China and loves that part of the world. He is also an expert on travel to Brazil with incredible first-hand knowledge of the customs, culture, and Brazilian lifestyle.  Fluency in Portuguese and Spanish afforded him a 30-year law enforcement career followed by security consulting in Latin America.  Now a veteran of nine specialty tours to Brazil, Alf maintains email newsletter correspondence with over 2,000 Americans who have lived in Brazil.  He admits he loves to meet people and his trips go beyond sightseeing to provide unique people-to–people experiences on international cruises and in-country tours.  He and Marcia call the Pacific Northwest their home, where most of their 12 grand kids live and where he bicycles and sea kayaks year-round.

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Beijing, Xi’an & Guilin Tour with Airfare from Los Angeles – Double Occupancy – $2599 per person (includes airfare, tour and taxes)

Single Occupant Cost – Additional $695

Chinese Visa – $200 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 – $900 per person  

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*Trip cancellation and emergency protection available
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*Full payment due 90 days before departure.
*Cancellation charges: non-refundable after deposit is made
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