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zChina By High-Speed Rail

11 days

Never more than 16 guests

Small Group Discoveries for our World Travelers

+ Dive into Shanghai’s colorful culinary scene with a local chef.
+ Spend time with a scholar at a century-old academic society in Hangzhou and learn how to carve a stone engraving seal.
+ Learn about Hangzhou’s ancient tea-growing traditions when you join a local farmer for lunch.
+ Feel the ancient rhythms of Xian as a shopkeeper guides you through the colorful local market.
+ Sit down to lunch with a Beijing family that’s lived in their hutong for 3 generations. You’ll gain personal insight into the challenges and rewards of balancing traditional ways with modern life.
+ Enjoy a Tai Chi lesson on the lovely grounds of the Temple of Heaven.
+ Includes 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites c

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Day
1

By Maglev into Shanghai

From the airport, join your guide aboard the fastest passenger train in the world and travel into Shanghai at speeds up to 268 miles per hour. From the rail station, transfer to the Fairmont Peace Hotel.

Day
2

Discover Shanghai

Tour Yu Yuan Garden and the Shanghai Museum. The waterfront Bund and French Concession reveal more recent chapters of Shanghai’s history. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine and local beer. meals b+l+d

Day
3

Tastes of Shanghai

Get to know the city’s thriving culinary scene as you explore a busy market with a local chef. Sample world-famous Shanghai-style soup dumplings for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. This evening, thrill to a performance of the Shanghai Acrobats. meals b+l

Day
4

High-Speed to Hangzhou

Board Train G7507 in Shanghai this morning and enjoy Executive Class on your rail journey to Hangzhou. Upon arrival, a home-cooked lunch with a tea farmer and his family offers a look into their life and farming traditions. Enjoy a cruise on West Lake and a 2-night stay at the 5-star JW Marriott Hotel. meals b+l

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5

Culture + History in Hangzhou

Spend time with a scholar from the Xiling Seal Engravers Society and learn to carve a stone seal with a Chinese character. We’ll have a personalized one for you as a special gift. Marvel at the octagonal tower of Lei Feng Pagoda and visit Lingyin Temple, founded 1,000 years ago. meals b+l

Day
6

Xian, China’s Ancient Capital

Fly to Xian and explore a colorful market as a local shopkeeper shares his insight into the centuries-old trading traditions of this ancient town, once the eastern gateway to the fabled Silk Road. Tonight’s festive dinner features traditional dumplings, a regional favorite. Overnight at the deluxe Hilton Hotel. meals b+d

Day
7

Touch Antiquity

See the vast Terra Cotta Army buried 2,000 years ago to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor. Then join museum curators to Touch Antiquity, a unique opportunity to handle priceless ancient relics. Enjoy the regional cuisine of Yong Xing Fang before a guided evening walk to see the ancient city walls, now dramatically lit. meals b+l+d

Day
8

High-Speed Rail to Beijing

Sit back and enjoy Executive Class service on board Train G656. Arrive Beijing and transfer to the luxurious Fairmont Beijing Hotel. meals b

Day
9

Out + About in Beijing

Journey into the mountains north of the city to explore the Great Wall at Juyong Pass. Today this is one of the most scenic sections of the Great Wall, but centuries ago it was the site of many fierce battles. Your tour of the Temple of Heaven includes a private Tai Chi lesson on the lovely temple grounds. meals b+l

Day
10

Beijing’s Imperial Splendor

Marvel at the vast expanse of Tiananmen Square and then follow in the footsteps of Ming Dynasty emperors as you tour the Forbidden City. Explore by rickshaw through the narrow lanes of a hutong and spend time with a family in the traditional courtyard home where they’ve lived for generations. Tonight’s festive Peking Duck banquet includes local beer and wine. meals b+l+d

Day
11

Depart Beijing

We’ll take you to the airport today for your homeward flight. meals b

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Be A Hong Kong Insider

Our resident guide will take you around town like a savvy insider to discover facets of Hong Kong which few visitors ever glimpse! We include transfers, a choice of fine city-center hotels, our exclusive Be a Hong Kong Insider full-day private tour, and more!

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Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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