China Cultural Exploration

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Your Package Includes

  • 12 Days 10 Nights
  • Code: PCZ
  • From: $1500

Yellow River, “the Cradle of Chinese Civilization”, has nourished the region for thousands of years. Join us on a captivating cultural journey through multiple ancient cities like Datong, Pingyao, Zhengzhou, Kaifeng, Luoyang and explore a wealth of fascinating historical sites, each offering distinct local flavors and prominence in the history of “the Middle Kingdom."

Itinerary at a glance

DAY 1
USA - Beijing
DAY 2
Arrive Beijing
DAY 3
Beijing
DAY 4
Beijing -Datong
DAY 5
Datong -Pingyao
DAY 6
Pingyao -Taiyuan
DAY 7
Taiyuan -Zhengzhou
DAY 8
Zhengzhou -Kaifeng
DAY 9
Kaifeng -Luoyang
DAY 10
Luoyang -Zhengzhou
DAY 11
Zhengzhou -Beijing
DAY 12
Beijing -USA
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Trip/Visit Pass
Overnight Stay
Beijing (2 nts) - Datong (1nt) - Pingyao (1nt) - Taiyuan (1nt) - Zhengzhou (1nt) - Kaifeng (1nt) - Songshan - Luoyang (1nt) - Zhengzhou (1nt) - Beijing (1nt)

TRIP TIMELINE

DAY 1

USA - Beijing

Your China vacation starts as you board the international flight bound for Beijing, China's bustling capital. Spend the night aboard the plane. 

DAY 2

Arrive Beijing

Arrive in Beijing. After clearing customs and retrieving your baggage, meet your guide at Beijing airport and relax with a convenient transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation:

★★★★★ New Otani Hotel or Similar

DAY 3

Beijing

Today's city tour starts with a visit to Qianmen Street and photo stops at the “Water Cube” Aquatics Centre, and the “Bird's Nest” National Stadium. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Tonight enjoy a delicious Peking duck banquet at a popular local restaurant.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Special Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★★ New Otani Hotel or Similar

DAY 4

Beijing -Datong

Take a high-speed rail ride from Beijing to Datong. Upon arrival, your sightseeing tour begins with a visit to the 1500-year-old, world-famous Yungang Grottoes*. With 53 rock caves, the Yungang Grottoes is the largest cluster of grottoes and a treasure trove of art in China. Later enjoy a tour of Huayan Monastery* of the Liao and the Nine-Dragon Wall* of the Ming.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at hotel

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Howard Johnson Jindi Plaza or Similar

Optional Tours:

DAY 5

Datong -Pingyao

After breakfast travel to Pingyao by coach. On the way, visit the Overhanging Monastery* and Wooden Pagoda*, China’s tallest and oldest Buddhist pagoda constructed entirely of wood. The overhanging Monastery is an alpine complex built halfway up the slope of Hengshan, one of the five holy mountains in China, hanging on the rock face of a sheer cliff. Enjoy a delicious Jin family banquet for dinner.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Special Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Kylin Grand Hotel Pingyao or Similar

DAY 6

Pingyao -Taiyuan

This morning travel to the ancient city of Pingyao*, then onto Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi Province. On the way stop for a visit to the Qiao Family’s Courtyard House*. The house belonged to a rich merchant family before and is now recognized as an emblem of the Shanxi culture that thrived as a result of burgeoning local commerce. Slippery shaved noodles (Daoxiaomian) is the most popular pasta in Shanxi, for dinner tonight you'll have the chance to taste it.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Special Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Grand Metro Park Hotel or Similar

DAY 7

Taiyuan -Zhengzhou

End your city tour of Taiyuan with a visit to Jinci Temple* and then travel by high speed train* to Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province with a venerated 3000 year history. Upon arrival in Zhengzhou, transfer to your luxury hotel.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Yuda Palace Hotel or Similar

DAY 8

Zhengzhou -Kaifeng

Journey by coach to Kaifeng, one of seven ancient Chinese capitals. Serving for 168 years as the capital of the Northern Song some 900 years ago, Kaifeng was the wealthiest city in China. Our city tour of Kaifeng includes visits to Dragon Pavilion*, Lord Bao’s Kaifeng-Fu*, the amazing Iron Pagoda*, and a leisure walk along the ancient street.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Special Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★★ New Century Grand Hotel or Similar

DAY 9

Kaifeng -Luoyang

Today travel to Luoyang by coach. Start the day by touring the Shaolin Temple* at Songshan. The Shaolin Temple is best known for its martial arts, after exploring Temple, enjoy a riveting martial arts performance. Later travel to the nearby Tower Forest* (Talin). Continue to Luoyang, serving as the capital of China for 13 dynasties. Upon arrival,  the coach will take you to the Old Town. For dinner tonight enjoy a delicious banquet of local cuisine called “Ban Shuixi”.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Special Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Lee Royal Hotel Mudu or Similar

DAY 10

Luoyang -Zhengzhou

After breakfast, visit the world famous Longmen Grottoes*, one of the three finest examples of stone inscription art in China. Next stop at the Guan Mausoleum*, the burial site of general Guan Yu from Three Kingdoms Period. Later in the afternoon travel back to Zhengzhou and enjoy Henan local cuisine for dinner.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Special Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Yuda Palace Hotel or Similar

DAY 11

Zhengzhou -Beijing

Before leaving Zhengzhou for Beijing, enjoy an excursion to the Yellow River Zone*. Yellow River is the second-longest river in China, called the “Mother River” and “cradle of Chinese civilization”. After lunch, board a flight back to Beijing. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at your leisure. 

Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation:

★★★★★ New Otani Hotel or Similar

DAY 12

Beijing -USA

Following breakfast, enjoy a convenient transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S.

Included: Breakfast

YOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES

Experienced and knowledgeable tour guide throughout China.

Deluxe 5-star Hotel accommodation for your comfort.

Fine meals as specified in itinerary including daily breakfast in the hotel and local specialty cuisines:

Beijing .................................Peking Duck Banquet
Pingyao................................Jin Family Banquet
Taiyuan ...............................Shanxi Slippery Shaved Noodles
Kaifeng ................................. Baozi Banquet
Luoyang ............................... Ban Shuixi
Zhengzhou...........................Henan Local Food

Daily comprehensive sightseeing program as outlined in the itinerary.

Special entertainment:

Zhengzhou .................Shaolin Martial Arts Performance

Air-conditioned tour coach with professional driver service.

A bottle of mineral water is provided on the bus every day.

Easy recognized luggage tag, badge, and document holder are provided for your convenience.

Select city packages are available for you to extend your trip before or after the tour. See City Packages for more information.

AVAILABLE AIRLINES AND GATEWAYS

Airfares included in the advertised Land + Air Package prices are from Los Angeles(LAX)/Houston(IAH)/San Francisco(SFO)/Washington Dulles Interna(IAD) on Air China(CA), including fuel surcharge and taxes/fees, including any baggage fees or seat assignment fees.

Departures from other gateway cities, please add appropriate U.S. domestic add-on fares. For time zone of your gateway city, please call Peony Tours.

*Fares are subject to availability; for detailed gateway fares please view our dates & pricing

Beijing New Otani Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong, a five-star international hotel with a distinctive exterior, is located in the heart of Beijing, China. A long history of exceptional service assured by the New Otani Hotel Management of Japan, your Beijing experience begins at the moment you enter the oriental garden designed courtyard adjacent to the lobby.

Details

  • 26 Jianguomen Wai Ave. Beijing, China
  • +86 10 6512 5555

Datong Howard Johnson Jindi Plaza or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details

  • No. 88 Pingcheng Street, Datong, Shanxi, China
  • +86 352 603 9999

Pingyao Kylin Grand Hotel Pingyao or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details

  • Chenghuangmiao Street, Pingyao Xian, Jinzhong, Shanxi, China
  • +86 0354 568 9988

Taiyuan Grand Metro Park Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details

  • 126 Pingyang Road, Xiaodian District, Taiyuan, Shanxi, China
  • +86 351 765 8888

Zhengzhou Yuda Palace Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details

  • 220 Zhongyuan Zhong lu, Zhengzhou, Henan, China
  • +86 371 6743 8888

Kaifeng New Century Grand Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details

  • NO.1 ZhengKai Road, Economy Development Zone, Kaifeng, Henan, China
  • +86 0371 23399999

Luoyang Lee Royal Hotel Mudu or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details

  • No.239, Kaiyuan Street, Luonan District, Luoyang, Henan, China
  • +86 379 6597 9999

Customer Reviews

CHINA CULTURAL EXPLORATION

The whole 12 days were very enjoyable. We went to a lot of places that I had never been before. Most hotel rooms were clean, and the travel guides were excellent. Besides so many impressive art items to see in those old capitals, I also enjoyed riding the high speed train. When it rushed at 300+ KMH, it was amazing! The only thing I would like to mention is the hotel in Kaifeng. All rooms there had an ash tray and matches for the convenience of smoking. When I asked for a none-smoking room, they had trouble to find one. The only thing they could do was to clean up a room and label it “none-smoking”. I will recommend the tour to my friends and relatives.

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By CINDY YAN PING WU

CHINA CULTURAL EXPLORATION

I jointed the 12 days tour (09/08/2016 – 09/19/2016) and I enjoyed it every day. I got a broad picture of those famous old capitals. Most hotel rooms were very good, except the one in Kaifeng. They had a difficulty to offer me a none-smoking room. The local tour guides were very knowledgeable. I thought they could teach Chinese history in college. As we all know, everything should have a room for improvement. I suggest the tour to have a more considerate schedule. For example, on the high speed train from Taiyuan to Zhengzhou, if we could take it during the day instead of at late evening, it would be much more to see! Also, when we went to Luoyang, I expected to go Luo River to see 洛神. But it was not on the list of places! Luckily, when I asked, the local guide was kind enough to bring us there. I will recommend this tour to my friends and relatives.

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By DAVID ZI SHEN LEI

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DATE & PRICES

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