|This is the year to visit China--2001. Join
us on a 24-day tour that includes the best of China. We will criss-cross the country, from
Lhasa to Beijing, from Chengdu to Shanghai. Our itinerary will satisfy both the
person who will make this their only visit, and the person who wishes to see the regions
that were missed on previous trips. Inevitably, it will also serve to whet the travel
appetite of others to go again to this fascinating country.
Fly from the U.S. to Beijing, a daylight
flight Lose a day en route by crossing the international dateline. We'll recover the day
on the return flight to the U.S. Transfer to our hotel.
Day 3 Beijing
After an orientation meeting, we
will see Beijing's famous Tiananmen Square and tour the Forbidden City where twenty-four
emperors lived from 1402 to 1911. After lunch, visit the Temple of Heaven. Our welcome
dinner features roast Peking duck.
Day 4 Beijing
This morning we drive to the Great
Wall, perhaps China's best-known landmark, at Badaling. Afterwards we walk the Sacred Way
to visit the tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors. If there is time, we may drop by a
This morning visit
the magnificent Summer Palace, the summer retreat for emperors, empresses, and their
court. After lunch, fly to Shanghai, the "Paradise of Adventurers" in past
centuries and China's commercial center today.
Jin Jiang Hotel
Day 6 Shanghai
Our full day of
sightseeing includes the old town, Children's Palace, the Jade Buddha Temple, and the Bund
(waterfront). If you wish, skip some of the included tour and enjoy free time to explore
on your own. You might wish to go to the Shanghai Museum, shop for freshwater pearls, or
just relax at a café. After dinner, attend an exciting acrobatic show (included).
Jin Jiang Hotel
excursion to Suzhou by bus. Our tour will include visits to a silk spinning factory, the
Institute of Embroidery, and the Garden of Master Fishnet. We'll take a boat ride on the
Grand Canal to view the traditional houses alongside and the life of the local people.
Return to Shanghai before dinner.
Jin Jiang Hotel
Fly to Wuhan.
Visit the Bonsai Garden and a museum renowned for the musical instruments found in a
2,500-year-old tomb. If time permits, we'll visit a carpet factory. Board the riverboat to
begin our cruise on the Yangtze River.
Day 9 Yangtze
to the Yueyang Tower, dating from the time of the Three Kingdoms (220-265 A.D.).
Afternoon activities on the boat. Enjoy the Captain's welcome-aboard cocktail party this
evening. Traditional Chinese cultural show after dinner.
Day 10 Yangtze River
cruise/new dam site
Gezhouba Dam this morning. Enter the Xiling Gorge and visit the new Three Gorge Dam site.
Beginning in 2003, when the dam is closed, much of what we see on the Yangtze cruise will
be gradually be inundated. Continue through the Wu Gorge, famous for its towering twelve
Day 11 Yangtze/Lesser
transfer to motorized sampans to tour the Lesser Three Gorges. Return to the riverboat and
pass through the Qutang Gorge.
Yangtze/Wanxian or Fengdu
in Wanxian or Fengdu, depending on the condition of the river. Wanxian is a mountain city
which will be partially flooded by the closure of the new dam. Fengdu, already known as
the "Town of Ghosts," will be totally flooded. Captain's farewell dinner
Chongqing after breakfast. Visit the People's Auditorium and the General Stilwell Museum.
Drive by bus to Chengdu for our flight to Lhasa tomorrow. Alternatively, if a flight from
Chongqing to Lhasa is available tomorrow, stay in Chongqing tonight.
Chongquing: Holiday Inn or Chengdu: Jijiang Hotel
Fly to Lhasa, capital
of Tibet, an enchanting city with important historical and cultural attractions. Transfer
to our hotel. Free day to relax and let your body adjust to the altitude. Tibet isn't
called the "Roof of the World" without reason.
Day 15 Lhasa
highlight is a visit to the fabled Potala, the former winter palace of the Dalai Lama.
Then we will see the Jokang Temple, one of Buddhism's holiest shrines. Afterwards, we'll
stroll in the local market around Jokang Temple where hundreds of vendors sell a great
variety of local handicrafts.
Day 16 Lhasa
This morning we
will drive into the unique countryside of the high Tibetan plateau to visit farmers in
their homes. In the afternoon, visit Nornulingka, the former summer palace of the Dalai
Lama. During dinner, enjoy a Tibetan dance show.
Day 17 Lhasa-Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu.
Transfer to our hotel at lunch time. Balance of the day, relax and adjust to the
lower altitude, or explore on your own.
Day 18 Chengdu-Xi'an
Visit the Panda
Sanctuary, an unforgettable experience. Pandas are native to this region. In the
afternoon, fly to Xi'an. Transfer to our hotel.
Hyatt Regency Xi'an
Day 19 Xi'an
magnificent terra-cotta warriors. Afterwards, visit the History Museum and Big Wild Goose
Pagoda. If time permits, we may drop by a jade carving workshop. A special dinner this
evening is accompanied by a Tang Dynasty dance show.
Hyatt Regency Xi'an
Day 20 Xi'an-Guilin
Stroll on the
ancient city wall, and visit a lacquer workshop. Fly to Guilin, famous for its unique
landscape. This evening, an optional boat tour is offered to watch fisherman using
cormorants to fish in the Li River.
Royal Garden Hotel
Day 21 Guilin/Li
riverboat for a cruise on the Li River. Cruise through the beautiful landscape with its
fantastic limestone peaks. We'll see villages, water buffalo, and paddy fields along the
river and visit the market in Yangsuo. Our western-style dinner tonight is accompanied by
a folk dance show.
Royal Garden Hotel
breakfast, fly to Guangzhou, formerly Canton, the southern gateway of China. Visit the
Museum of Folk Arts, also called Chen Clan Family Temple. This afternoon, cruise to Hong
Kong by catamaran. Dinner in Hong Kong on your own, an opportunity to use your imagination
in this cosmopolitan city.
Regal Kowloon Hotel
Day 23 Hong Kong
Our guided tour
of four or five hours will visit Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay, Stanley Market, and Aberdeen
Typhoon Shelter. An optional sampan tour in Aberdeen is available and recommended. The
afternoon is free to explore or to enjoy tea with a view while reflecting on your China
experience. The tour ends in the early afternoon. You'll appreciate the freedom to wander
and enjoy this fascinating island. Lunch and dinner on your own
Regal Kowloon Hotel
Day 24 Hong Kong-U.S.
Fly to the U.S.
overnight, but arrive the same day. We recover a day by crossing the international date
B, in-flight meals
Note: All hotels are deluxe (5 star) except those in
Chongqing and Hong Kong (4 star), and Lhasa (3 star, best available). In unexpected
circumstances, a hotel of the same class may be substituted for those listed.
Our cruise is aboard a ship of
Victoria Cruises, based in New York. Victoria Cruises is the only line on the Yangtze
River that is owned and operated by an American company. See their web site for a description of the ship's
facilities and activities. Our tour will be booked into standard cabins, all outside with
picture windows, lower berths, television and private baths. Upgrades are available at
- Round-trip airfare from San Francisco
- Hong Kong departure tax
- All internal air and ground transportation in China and air
and ground transfers
- Baggage handling, including tips
- Sightseeing by air-conditioned motorcoach
- Top English-speaking guide in each city
- Deluxe hotels as noted
- Victoria Cruises riverboat, the only Yangtze River cruise
line operated by an American cruise company
- Daily full American breakfast buffet
- Chinese cuisine at included lunches and dinners, with
western selections on the Yangtze River cruise
- Shore excursions along the Yangtze River
- Small group size
- Admission fees for included sightseeing
- ChinaPlus Frequent Traveler Credit towards your next trip with ChinaPlus--5% of the list
price of the tour
- U.S. departure tax of $65
- Travel insurance
- Chinese visa
- Airport taxes within China Note: The taxes are not
included because the amounts may change. The tour leader will collect the entire amount in
Beijing and will pay the tax for the group at each airport. You will be notified of the
approximate amount before departure.
- Tips for guides and drivers
- Food and drinks not itemized on the included menu
- Any items of a personal nature
Tour arrangements are handled by ChinaPlus,
one of the most respected and reliable China specialists. Chris C. Lee, the founder and
owner of ChinaPlus, was a pioneer in establishing international travel in China. He
emigrated to the United States in 1990. Like her husband, Ping W. Lee is a native of China
and a U.S. citizen and was intimately involved in the travel industry in China before
coming to the U.S in 1988. Both Chris and Ping hold master's degrees earned in the U.S.
The Lees continue their leadership in China tourism by sending small escorted groups to
China on programs that are meticulously planned and often personally escorted by them.
Those who have traveled to China with ChinaPlus invariably rave about the experience. The
Lees will be happy to send a list of people who have traveled with ChinaPlus, along with
contact information. If you wish to contact ChinaPlus directly, write to them or call toll free at 888-868-8811.
The tour is being organized and escorted by
Harlan Hague, Ph.D., a writer and retired history professor, with over fifteen years
experience in organizing and escorting tours. For information on my background and
experience, see my web site and descriptions of tours that I have done and that are upcoming. I can also send a list
of people who have traveled with me. I always have repeat members in my tour groups. If
you have any questions, please write to me.
$4,689 from San Francisco
Single supplement $1,100*
Low add-on fares from other cities
*The single supplement of $1,100 ensures
single accommodation for the entire trip. If you express a willingness to share a room and
we can find a suitable roommate, you will not pay the single supplement. If we cannot find
a roommate, a single supplement of $900 must be assessed for the land portion of the tour.
The cruise company will try to find a suitable roommate for the Yangtze cruise. If they
cannot, there will still be no single supplement for the cruise.
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. On receipt of
your application, ChinaPlus will send a brochure, describing the travel insurance offered
by Travelex, if you request the brochure on your application. The insurance of course is
optional, and travelers are free to purchase insurance from other carriers, if they wish.
Note: insurance companies that cover pre-existing conditions usually
require that the insurance be taken out within 7-14 days of making your initial trip
deposit. Investigate if you are concerned about coverage for a pre-existing condition.
Also ask the insurance company for their definition of a pre-existing condition. It
ChinaPlus is a member of The National
Tour Association, which provides a $250,000 coverage against default of the travel
Ready to enroll?
If you are ready to sign on, read the ChinaPlus Conditions, then print the ChinaPlus application, and fill it out, following the
instruction at the bottom of the Conditions page. Please write to me at the same time so I
can welcome you to the group.
If you have questions, please
write to me.