China Discovery

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Your Package Includes

  • 11 Days 9 Nights
  • Code: PCX
  • From: $1000

From ancient wonders to natural marvels, this tour will introduce you to some of China's most popular and diverse cities. Walk across Beijing's imposing Great Wall, gaze at stoic Terra-cotta warriors in Xian, experience the vibrant pulse of Shanghai, explore the stunningly picturesque, Suzhou Hangzhou, and Wuxi. From the iconic to the breathtaking, each location features its own distinct mixture of cultural and geographic wonders.

Itinerary at a glance

DAY 1
USA - Beijing, China
DAY 2
Beijing
DAY 3
Beijing
DAY 4
Beijing
DAY 5
Beijing -Xian
DAY 6
Xian
DAY 7
Xian - Shanghai - Hangzhou
DAY 8
Hangzhou -Wuxi
DAY 9
Wuxi - Suzhou - Shanghai
DAY 10
Shanghai
DAY 11
Shanghai - USA
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Overnight Stay
Beijing (3 nts) - Xian (2 nts) - Shanghai - Hangzhou (1nt) - Wuxi (1nt) - Suzhou - Shanghai (2 nts)

TRIP TIMELINE

DAY 1

USA - Beijing, China

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

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

After breakfast, our introductory Beijing tour starts with a visit to Tiananmen Square, the world’s biggest public square followed by the Forbidden City, the enigmatic residence of 24 emperors. This UNESCO World Heritage site is girded by 10-meter high walls and consists of more than 8,000 rooms, all exuding imperial majesty. Later, visit the captivating UNESCO-protected Summer Palace. Walk around this entrancing park, to view the elaborate bridges, temples, and pagodas that flank Kunming Lake. Afterward, we stop at the bustling Qianmen Street. In the evening enjoy a delicious meal at a local cuisine restaurant.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Special Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★★ New Otani Hotel or Similar

DAY 4

Beijing

After breakfast at your hotel, travel to the Great Wall or "Long Wall of Ten Thousand Li" as it's named in old Chinese. Built over 2,000 years ago to stave off nomadic invasions from the north, the vast wall trails for over 5,500 miles across China like an imperial dragon. Stride along the battlements and behold the views over the mountains and valleys stretching into the distance. Cap your day with photo stops at the imposing Bird's Nest and Water Cube stadiums, built for the 2008 Olympics. Tonight indulge your palate with a traditional Peking Duck Banquet for dinner.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Special Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★★ New Otani Hotel or Similar

DAY 5

Beijing -Xian

Today’s sightseeing starts at the Temple of Heaven*, a fascinating complex of imperial cult buildings centered on a sacrificial altar pavilion. Constructed in the early 15th century, the temple compound was used by China’s emperors to perform animal sacrifices that they believed would secure bountiful harvests. Admire the halls and pavilions before catching a short flight to Xian and arriving at your hotel in time for dinner tonight.

 

Included: Breakfast, Dinner at hotel

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Xian Sheraton North City Hotel or Similar

Optional Tours:

DAY 6

Xian

Once China’s capital and the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, the vibrant city of Xian dates back 3,000 years and is best known as the home of the Terracotta Warriors. Unearthed by farm workers in 1974, this 6,000-strong mass of carved life-size soldiers and horses represent the real army that guarded China’s first emperor, Qin Shih Huang, and were interred with his tomb in 200 BC. After viewing the ranks of warriors, neatly arranged in the battle order of the time, visit the nearby Mausoleum of Qinshihuang*. Afterward, return to the city limits for a view of the ancient city wall. After a mouthwatering imperial dumpling banquet, enjoy a Tang Dynasty Stage Show.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and show

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Xian Sheraton North City Hotel or Similar

DAY 7

Xian - Shanghai - Hangzhou

Take a flight to Shanghai, China’s largest city, and board a coach to Hangzhou, with a stop at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda* overlooking the ancient Bell Tower. Arrive in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province and a popular tourist spot for its West Lake—an iconic lake celebrated by China’s poets and artists down the centuries. This evening enjoys a dinner of tasty local cuisine.

Included: Breakfast, Special Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Zhejiang Narada Grand Hotel or Similar

DAY 8

Hangzhou -Wuxi

Begin your time in this garden city with a scenic cruise on the West Lake*. Absorb the timeless calm and Hangzhou’s forested hills as you glide by shores dotted with willows, pagodas, and bridges, afterward visit two of the ten most beautiful sites around West Lake, “Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond” and “Winery Yard and Lotus Pool”. Later travel on to Wuxi, in the evening enjoy relaxing dinner at a local restaurant. 

 

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Special Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Sheraton Wuxi Binhu Hotel or Similar

DAY 9

Wuxi - Suzhou - Shanghai

This morning visit the beautiful Yuantoudu Park* and Lake Tai, the third largest lake in China. Afterward depart for Suzhou, a picturesque city known as the “Venice of the East”. Built around Grand Canal, owing to its many picturesque classical gardens, Suzhou is also known as the “Garden City”. After enjoying Suzhou local cuisine for lunch, enjoy a city tour of Suzhou featuring visits to Lingering Garden* and Hanshan Temple*, overlooking the Tiger Hill and pass by the Grand Canal. Today's tour ends in Suzhou, from there travel by coach to cosmopolitan Shanghai.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★★ The Kunlun Jing An Hotel or Similar

DAY 10

Shanghai

This morning after breakfast, enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Shanghai’s landmarks. Head to the famous Bund waterfront to admire its stately colonial-era buildings—many of them in Art Déco style—and its views over the skyscraper-packed Pudong district on the opposite banks of the Huangpu River. Stroll around the exquisite Yu Garden*—a classical garden dating to the time of the Ming dynasty—and visit the City God Temple Bazaar, where streets filled with stalls, shops, and restaurants surround an ornate 600-year-old Taoist temple in the heart of old Shanghai. After visiting the Shanghai Museum (no audio service), the remainder of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy any last explorations of the city.

 

Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation:

★★★★★ The Kunlun Jing An Hotel or Similar

DAY 11

Shanghai - USA

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

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 hotels and local specialty cuisines:

Beijing ..........Local Snack Food, Peking Duck Banquet
Xian ...............Imperial Dumpling Banquet
Hangzhou......Local Traditional Cuisine
Wuxi ...............Lake Tai Cuisine
Suzhou ...........Local Traditional Cuisine

Daily comprehensive sightseeing program as outlined in the itinerary.

Special entertainment:

Xian ...................Tang Dynasty Stage Show

Air-conditioned tour coach with professional driver service.

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

Easily identified 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.

Upgrade your trip

Create your ideal getaway with the following upgrade options. Extensions and upgrades can be added during the booking process or speak to one of our travel advisors to tailor your perfect trip.

*Subject to availability

AVAILABLE AIRLINES AND GATEWAYS

Airfares included in the advertised Land + Air Package prices are from Los Angeles(LAX)/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.

  • Air China:

    JFK FROM $100 PP

*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

Xian Xian Sheraton North City Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Step into one of our 491 inviting guest rooms and suites, and escape the stresses of the day. Special, updated touches such as an ergonomic chair, generous work area and High Speed Internet Access—as well as our signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper? Bed—will make you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Details

  • 32 Weiyang Rd, Lianhu Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China
  • +86 29 8886 6888

Hangzhou Zhejiang Narada Grand Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details

  • 122 Shuguang Rd, Huang Long Shang Quan, Xihu Qu, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China
  • +86 571 8799 0888

Wuxi Sheraton Wuxi Binhu Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details

  • 49 Liangxi Road, Binhu District, Wuxi, Jiangsu, 214062 China
  • +86 510 8116 6888

Shanghai The Kunlun Jing An Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Located in the heart of the former French Concession, the Kunlun Jing An hotel is within walking distance of many popular shanghai attractions and offers 714 well-appointed rooms and suites with magnificent sweeping views of the city. Choose from one of the 18 meeting rooms to host your Shanghai conference, meeting or wedding reception. Shanghai airports and train stations are easily accessible from the hotel. In Shanghai's business, entertainment districts.

Details

  • No.250 Huashan Road Jing' an District, Shanghai, China
  • +86 216 248 0000
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