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Oct 10 - 20, 2016
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Women's Travel Group/SITA trips always have sights and scenes no one else includes. As you review this wonderful trip to China, that uniqueness will become evident- striking modern art, best bargains and fine shopping, a true insight to this evolving country.

Country counters? Continue to Mongolia for a 3 night stay; don't forget to bring home the worlds' finest cashmere after you say hello to Genghis Khan. We help with airfare.

Day 1: Monday Oct 10, 2016 Arrive Shanghai (D)
After passing through customs and collecting luggage, we will be met and transferred to our hotel.

Shanghai is considered to be one of the most dynamic cities in the world's fastest changing nation. It is an exhilarating, ever-morphing metropolis which is not only a fruition of China's dream, but is also setting the pace for the rest of the world. Enjoy Shanghai's European-style cityscapes and charming, tree-lined neighbourhoods, rub shoulders with the sci-fi skyline of Pudong. In-between the shopping malls and amazing modern architecture, you will find what is known as the old Shanghai, where temples nestle down alleys, along with street markets and classical Chinese gardens. You will find Shanghai to be a stunning contrast between the modern and the traditional.

Accommodation: Sunrise on the Bund

Day 2: Tuesday Oct 11, 2016 Shanghai (BL)

Enjoy our morning sightseeing tour of Shanghai. Stop to see Tai Ji explore Yuyuan Garden, a classic Chinese garden with traditional red walls, upturned tile roofs and beautiful pavilions. See the Jade Buddha Temple, famous for two Buddha statues of Burmese white jade. . The Sitting Buddha is six feet tall, encrusted with agate and emeralds. The Recumbent Buddha is shorter, lying on the right side in the so called 'lucky repose'.

Enjoy Shanghai Dim Sum lunch at a local restaurant.

This afternoon visit the Propaganda Poster Art Centre, a museum, with posters from the Maoist period of communist China, and the Cultural Revolution period. A friend who lives in Shanghai highly recommended this stop.
Accommodation: Sunrise on the Bund

Day 3: Wednesday Oct 12, 2016 Shanghai (BL)
This morning after breakfast, visit the China Art Museum which is a museum of modern Chinese art. The museum is housed in the former China Pavilion of Expo 2010. It is the largest art museum in Asia, one of the major museums in China. Lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch visit the Shanghai World Financial Center, a soaring skyscraper which shows the scope of modern Chinese projects. We’ll have a panoramic view of the city from the observation deck.

Visit the impressive Shanghai Museum, Its rich and high-quality collection of ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy is globally celebrated

Later today enjoy a foot message and a talk on Chinese medicine in a Chinese pharmacy

This evening enjoy the Shanghai Acrobatic Show Chinese Acrobatics is one of the oldest performing arts. This acclaimed troupe defies gravity with incredible feats as it stretches the limits of human ability.

Accommodation: Sunrise on the Bund

Day 4: Thursday Oct 13, 2016 Shanghai / Suzhou / Shanghai (BL)

We travel to Suzhou by high speed train. Suzhou, called the “Venice of the East” for its waterways and canals and graceful bridges, dates from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Visit the Garden of the Master of Nets and the Silk Spinning factory. Enjoy a Sampan ride on the Grand Canal, China’s ancient commercial waterway. Later, drive to the Suzhou Museum in the former residence of the Zhong Prince of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom. The building itself is an attraction, having been designed by I.M. Pei, world renowned award-winning architect.

Accommodation: Sunrise on the Bund

Day 5: Friday Oct 14, 2016 Shanghai to Xian (BL)

We will be transferred to the domestic airport for our onward journey. We will be met on arrival in Xian and transferred to our hotel.

Xi'an literally "Western Peace" is the capitol of Shaanxi province in the Peoples Republic of China. Xi'an is one of the four great ancient capitols of China. The city has more than 3,100 years of history and since the 1990s, as part of the economic recovery of interior China; the city of Xi'an has re-emerged as an important cultural, industrial and educational center.

This afternoon visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. Later visit a local street market for crafts.

Accommodation: Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing

Day 6: Saturday Oct 15, 2016 Xian (BL Dinner show)

Today we visit one of the most significant archaeological excavations of the twentieth century: the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses. In 1974, peasants digging wells uncovered pottery belonging to the third-century BC tomb of Emperor Qin Shi HuangThe life-sized armoured warriors, who stand at attention or kneel in archery positions, were created to accompany the emperor into the afterlife. We’ll have lunch at the Museum Restaurant with a Noodle-making demonstration

This afternoon return to town for a guided walk of the Muslim Quarter and its local market. This area is the hub of the Muslim community in Xian. .

This evening, enjoy a Chinese dumpling banquet and a traditional Tang Dynasty show: music and dance that originated in China's Tang Dynasty (618-907). This type of performance is treasured as a national art that reflects the glory and richness of the Tang Dynasty era.

Accommodation: Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing

Day 7: Sunday Oct 16, 2016 Xian to Beijing (BLD)

We transfer to the airport for our flight to Beijing. Upon arrival, after collecting our luggage, we will be met and transferred to our hotel.

After lunch we stop at the Lama Temple: a monastery of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism. It is one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. Later enjoy a tour of Beijing’s thousands of hutongs, or ancient city alleys. Enjoy dinner at a local hotpot restaurant.

Accommodation: Grand Mercure Beijing Dongcheng

Day 8: Monday Oct 17, 2016 Beijing (BL)

Today visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. The Mutianyu section is one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall. Compared with other sections of the Great Wall, Mutianyu possesses unique watchtowers rarely seen elsewhere. Enjoy a rooftop lunch at The Schoolhouse with a view of the Great Wall. Explore the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace is the largest imperial garden in the world and is filled with reproductions of garden architecture and landscaping from various palaces.

Accommodation: Grand Mercure Beijing Dongcheng

Day 9: Tuesday Oct 18, 2016 Beijing (BL)

This morning we, explore the Temple of Heaven, possibly the most popular symbol of China. The third Ming emperor built the temple in 1420 where emperors would communicate with the gods. The temple was believed to be the closest place to heaven. We will also visit the Beijing Zoo’s Panda Hall. The zoo is a charming place to observe Chinese family life. Enjoy a noodle lunch at a local restaurant

After lunch visit the Forbidden City, officially known as the Former Imperial Palace or Gugong. The name "Forbidden City" was given to indicate that only the emperor's court and ministers-plus the occasional ambassador was allowed inside. Next, we head to Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world.

Accommodation: Grand Mercure Beijing Dongcheng

Day 10: Wednesday Oct 19, 2016 Beijing (BLD)

Wangfujing Street is Beijing’s major shopping street. We begin our walking tour at the south end of Wangfujing Street. The Gongmei Building is a high-end arts and crafts center, opened in 1954 and also the first franchise store dealing in arts and crafts in Beijing. Lunch at a local restaurant

We also visit Beijing 798 Art Zone, named after the 798 factory, built in the 1950s, located in the northeast corner of Beijing city. 798 Art Zone, characterized by modern art, has become the exhibition center of Chinese culture and art. The area is like a Soho of new trends.

This evening, enjoy a farewell Peking Duck Dinner at Hua’s restaurant. This dish is purportedly one of the most delicious foods that Beijing has to offer.

Grand Mercure Beijing Dongcheng

Day 11: Thursday Oct 20, 2016 (B)
We will be met at our hotel and transferred to the airport for our onward journey with memories of you experience in China.

Day 11: Thursday Oct 20, 2016 Beijing to Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ulaan Baatar

After passing through customs and collecting our luggage, we will be met and transferred to our hotel. Note: US passport holders do not require visas for Mongolia unless staying more than 90 days

Day 12: Friday Oct 21, 2016 Ulaan Baatar (B)

The Equestrian Statue is a 40 metre tall statue of Genghis Khan on horseback, on the bank of the Tuul River east of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar). The statue is symbolically pointed east towards his birthplace. We will also visit a ger (yurt) camp

Later visit the Gobi Cashmere factory, where you watch the production process from goat hair to high-quality clothes. Mongolia is the second largest producer of raw cashmere, after China. Did you know that some of the finest cashmere comes from Mongolia?

Accommodation: Bayangol Hotel

Day 13: Saturday Oct 22, 2016 Ulaan Baatar (BL)

We visit Gandan Monastery for the morning ceremony. We will get an idea as to how the monastery used to dominate the ger districts.

Tsagaany Ovoo. This is a stone shrine on a small hill to the east of the monastery where the locals come to make an offering to the local spirits. Right in the heart of Ulaan Baatar this has great views out over the surrounding ger districts.

Take a walk through Sukhbaatar Square with its statues of Genghis Khan and Sukhbaatar. Right in the heart of downtown UB this is always a delightful place to wander.

Visit the newly renovated State Department Store or for something more local visit the NWL (New Way Life) Mongolian Quilting Shop (the aim of this project is to provide women with traditional handicraft skills to create an accessible and sustainable source of income. Mongolian Quilting Centre.

Accommodation: Bayangol Hotel

Day 14: Sunday Oct 23, 2016 Ulaan Baatar - Beijing (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing where you connect to your flight home.

2016  
   
Main Tour based on min. 10  
Double Share $2,590 per person
Single Supplement $890
 
Ullan Baatar Extension: based on min 6
Double Share $2,120 per person
Single Supplement $290
   

Sunrise on the Bund
Sunrise on the Bund is an old Shanghai and European style luxury hotel, providing 140 luxurious rooms. The hotel features 4 high-end restaurants, a private club and 3 distinct bars. Sunrise on the Bund Hotel is centrally located in the heart of The North Bund, opposite The North Bund Green Land.

Days Hotel & Suite Xinxing
This high rise hotel has 319 rooms. Each room is comfortable and spacious, with elegant design, and luxurious western style furniture. Helpful staff on hand fully displays the 'Guest First' concept. The hotel is conveniently located in the Central Business District of Xi'an

Grand Mercure Beijing Dongcheng
Located in central Beijing north of the Forbidden City, the upscale Grand Mercure Beijing Dongcheng is near the Lama Temple. The hotel has 200 rooms, 2 restaurants, 1 bar and a fitness center.

Ulaan Baatar Extension

Bayangol Hotel
This landmark 12-storey twin tower hotel is superbly situated amidst seven acres of landscaped gardens in the heart of Ulaanbaatar's business, entertainment, and shopping district. Only a five-minute walk is the city center, main cultural centers and state institutions

   
 
Inclusions:

Land Program INCLUSIONS:
All the ground transportations and sightseeing tours with admission fees as per the itinerary by private coach/driver.

Domestic Airfare for ShanghaiXi'an/Beijing by economy class incl. air departure taxes & fuel surcharges.

Current fuel surcharges are included, however, these are subject to change prior to tour start date by the airlines. Taxes are subject to change by the government

9 Chinese Lunches on Oct 11-19 with one soft drink or local mineral water per person per meal.

4 Chinese Dinners on Oct 10, 15, 16 19 with one soft drink or local mineral water per person per meal.

10 nights’ hotel accommodations & breakfast (sharing twin) listed as per the itinerary.

English-speaking local guide to assist group in each city.

Land Program EXCLUSIONS:
Transpacific Air fares.

NO meals unless specified according to above itinerary..

Personal expenses and gratuities to guides and motorcoach drivers.

Extension INCLUSIONS:
3 Nights hotel accommodation in Bayango based on twin share, entrance fees, sightseeing and meals per the itinerary. Beijing/Ulaan Baatar round trip airfare Private transfers with English speaking guide.

Extension EXCLUSIONS:
Alocoholic drinks in meals and gratuities to guide and motorcoach driver.

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