Trip Highlight: Forbidden City，The Great Wall，Temple of Heaven，Summer Palace
Asia Fantasia 16 Days Trip
This special itinerary presents China’s key cities in just 16 days plus a warm gateway to the south Asian white sand beach in Phuket, Thailand. Starting from Beijing, explore the Forbidden City and the Great Wall; experience cosmopolitan Shanghai and the surrounding cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou; tour China with a difference in Hong Kong and Macao. Then soak in the warm water on the white sand beach of Phuket to for the best rewards for your long journey.
Day 1 Departure
To start off your amazing China Tour, you will leave your departure city and fly to Beijing. Meals and snacks will be provided on the plane.
Day 2 Arriving Beijing
When you arrive in Beijing, a Rewards Travel China local representative will meet and greet you at the airport. The local representative will transfer you to your hotel and the rest of the day is yours to explore and relax.
Day 3 Beijing ( Breakfast)
A day at leisure to explore at your own pace.
We suggest an optional excursion (USD$65/person) with lunch to the Forbidden City, the former seat of the emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is a true architectural masterpiece and home to the National Palace Museum. After an included lunch, proceed to the Summer Palace, a former royal retreat and now a lovely part. Then visit a Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine.
This evening, delight in an optional banquet (USD$35/person) featuring the famous "Peking Duck".
Day 4 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall (Juyongguan), one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”! Recognized by UNESCO, and get a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Then tour the iconic “Beijing 2008 Olympic Center”; which includes the famous Bird’s Nest and Water Cube which now hosts many spectacular opening ceremonies and events. Although there is no tour inside these buildings, it is a magnificent architectural structure from the outside, providing a perfect photo opportunity.Visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia enroute. After lunch, see skilled artisans work at a Cloisonné Factory.
Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, "The Golden Mask Dynasty" show (USD$50/person).
Day 5 Beijing fly to Shanghai, Bus to Suzhou (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (on airplane))
Today you are free to explore Beijing, or you can sign up to join one of our popular day tour programs. We will take a late evening flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival at Shanghai airport, transfer directly to Suzhou by bus. It is only about a one hour drive.
Additional one day tour Program: Take a morning tour to Temple of Heaven, Recognized by UNESCO, an architectural masterpiece built between 1406-1460 AD to be used by the emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties for ceremonies honoring the god of harvests. Then take a famous rickshaw Hutong Tour & Local Family Visit, this package also includes a traditional Beijing Zhajiangmian (“Fried Sauce noodles”) as lunch.(Optional $79/person)
Day 6 Suzhou / Wuxi (Breakfast, Lunch)
Suzhou–the city of paradise is also known as the Oriental Venice for its exquisite canals, bridges, pagodas, and beautiful gardens. Suzhou is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After breakfast, tour the Lingering Garden, a classic private garden with 500 years of history. Next, visit the Suzhou Silk Factory, the largest silk factory in the country to discover the mysterious processing of silk.
After lunch, enjoy Optional cruise along the ancient canal from the city to the picturesque Grand Canal(Optional $30/person).
Late afternoon, continue to Wuxi, visit the Lingshan Grand Buddha, One of China's largest Buddha statues at over 80m tall. The whole Lingshan area is a tourist attraction, with a musical fountain which plays out the story of the birth of the Buddha, as well as the Brahma palace (梵宫), a very grand palace with the pillars made of sandalwood, built to host the 2009 Buddhist conference.
Day 7 Wuxi-Hangzhou ( Breakfast, Lunch)
This morning tour the Brilliance of Lake Lihu located at Famous Lake Taihu, followed by visit a Fresh Water Pearl Farm.
Continue to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as "the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world".
This evening, you can enjoy an optional open-air performance, "West Lake Night" Show , This is a performance reflecting the long and splendid culture of the region. Songs, dances, opera, acrobatics and stunts are integrated in this performance to present Hangzhou's rich ancient civilization and remarkable customs. The performance consists of five scenes lasting around 1 hour in total. (USD$65/person).
Day 8 Hangzhou-Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch)
Hangzhou, also known as the “Paradise on Earth”, has been immortalized by countless poets and artists. The West Lake Cultural Landscape has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After breakfast, visit The West Lake, the most beautiful lake in the country.
You may take an optional boat ride on the serene West Lake (USD$35/person), the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites.
Then, visit No.1 Tea Plantation and taste the well-known Dragon Well Tea. Many studies say that green tea is excellent for your health. Dragon Well Tea is the best Green Tea in China. After lunch, drive to Shanghai. Walking along the famous Bund, lined by the colonial architecture of European design, this area is the best place to capture the Western influences of the old days. It is now the called “Wall Street of the East”.
At night, you may enjoy and optional "Huangpu River Night Cruise" and get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai at your own expense (USD$50/person)
Day 9 Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch)
In the morning, tour Shanghai Museum, to see ancient Chinese art, furniture and jade, followed by a visit to an Emerald exhibition center. Then visit the City God Temple Bazaar, which is composed of specialty stores, selling traditional Chinese arts and crafts, medicine and souvenirs.
Evening choose optional Chinese Acrobatic Show - "ERA The Intersection of Time" (USD$60/person)
Day 10 Shanghai-Hong Kong ( Breakfast )
Take flight to Hong Kong in the morning, after check-in the hotel in downtown, the rest of the day is your free time in this shopping paradise.
Day 11 Hong Kong ( Breakfast )
Today you have free time to explore Hong Kong. Or you can sign up an for optional Hong Kong half day tour till 2PM to have an in-depth view of this city, so called “Oriental Pearl”.
Optional half day tour Program: Visit Victoria Peak in the morning to have a panorama view of the city. It is the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island. Then shopping at Stanley Market, one of the must-go places for tourists when they visit Hong Kong. You will find an interesting array of little shops selling silk garments, sportswear, art, Chinese costume jewelry and souvenirs. Take an Sampan ride in the Aberdeen Fishing Village and tour the Harbor area. It is a feast for photographers! You can get a sense for what things were like long ago and how modern life is catching up to the old traditions. You can choose to be dropped in the downtown area or head back to our hotel after the tour is finished. (Optional $69/person)
Day 12 Hong Kong- Phuket ( Breakfast )
Today is free to explore Hong Kong. We will take the evening flight to Phuket. Sign up a 10 hour optional day tour to Macao-the only Portuguese overseas territory in China until 1999 is also a good idea to fill in the gap before you depart to Phuket is a good choice. Suggested Airline (Hong Kong Express Airway UO736 23:40/02:10)
Optional One day tour Program: In the morning, take a Turbojet Ferry to Macao. Explore the Ruins of St. Paul, Monte Fortress, including a section of the old city wall, and Senado Square. See the Border Gate and shop for local souvenirs at the sidewalk stalls. After lunch at local restaurant, continue city sightseeing with a visit to the A-Ma Temple, from which Macao gets its name! Visit the famous casinos for a look around if time permits. Return to Hong Kong hotel before dinner time. (Optional $129/person)
Day 13 Phuket (Breakfast)
Upon arrival, local representative will greet you at airport and transfer you to your hotel. Today you are free to enjoy the sunshine and the beach. Phuket is a rain-forested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, one of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. It offers a rainbow spectrum of spectacular holiday sights from blue lagoons and pink sunsets to orange-robed monks. It has been rated Top 10 Asian beaches by “TRIPADVISOR” since 2012; also filmed several famous movies like “the Beach” by Leonardo DiCaprio and “Tomorrow Never Dies” in the 1997 James Bond Movie. A perfect gift to completing your long-dreamed China Tour.
Day 14 Phuket (Breakfast)
Today you are free to enjoy the sunshine and the beach. you can take a optional Phi Phi Island day tour by cruise including lunch
Optional Phi Phi island tour by cruise + Lunch 8 Hrs Joined Tour and Transfer: A visit to Phuket would not be complete without a visit to Phi Phi Island, regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, stunning scenery, beautiful beaches and bays, including the famous Maya Bay where the movie The Beach was filmed, a paradise for snorkelling and swimming. (Optional $79/person)
Day 15 Phuket (Breakfast)
Today you are free time to enjoy the sunshine and the beach. Join the optional tour of Elephant Trek and pet baby elephants will be a unique experience in Phuket*.
Optional Elephant Trek plus pet baby elephants 4 Hrs Joined Tour: Elephant trekking is an unforgettable experience and a great activity for everyone. A platform will easily bring you into the two passenger seat on the back of the elephant. The tour guide will take you through paths on the high plain. Plus petting a baby elephant and an elephant show are memorable moments to your tour. (Optional $69/person)
Day 16 Phuket- Beijing (Breakfast)* Overnight Flight *Lounge Access
Today you are free to enjoy the sunshine and the beach. You will leave hotel in the evening after late check-out and take your over-night flight return. Suggested Airline (Hainan Airline HU7930 23:55/07:00)
Day 17 Beijing- Home
Connect via Beijing and fly back to your gateway cities Suggested airline (Hainan Airline HU495 15:50/10:35)*
Upon arrival at Beijing Airport, you can relax and enjoy the refreshments provided by Hainan Airline Lounge inside the airport terminal to comfort your lay-over before next flight.( Hainan Airline lounge in T1, pass included)
**Please Note: Due to the long flight between Phuket and North America via Beijing, we offer a comfort flight package which includes an over-night stay in Beijing at a 5-star hotel, 2 breakfasts per person, round-trip transfers between hotel and airport for $249 per person. If you choose this package you can relax in the Beijing hotel after your morning arrival and fly out the next day, your trip will estend for one more night in China.(maybe 2 nights for some gateways and departure dates, call us for this upgrade)**
Extend your trip to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia or any other Asia Cities for a discounted rate. Call us for more information
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* All Price in USD
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The above prices are Los angles/San Francisco/San Jose/San
Diego/Seattle/Kalispell departures only.
*Add USD$100 for Chicago/Portland/Denver/Dallas/Little Rock/St. Louis/ Detroit/ Indianapolis/Cleveland departures
*Add USD$150 for Phoenix/Austin/Kansas City/Minneapolis/Oklahoma City/Atlanta/Louisville/Charlotte/New York City departures
*Add USD$250 for Salt Lake/Las Vegas/Nashville/San Antonio/Releigh/ Houston departures
*Add USD$300 for Washington D.C /Boston/Miami/Fort Lauderdale/ Hartford and other Major North American Cities
*A USD$300/person non-refundable deposit at time of booking
*A USD$1200/person air-ticket fee at 6 months prior to the departure
*Balance due 3 months prior to the departure
* International flights and airport transfer service;
* Intra-China transportation (air, cruise, coach);
* All deluxe hotel accommodation (based on double occupancy)
* Meals and featuring regional delicacies mentioned in the itinerary
* All visits and admission fees including entertainment shows mentioned in the itinerary
* English speaking guide;
* Taxes and fuel surcharges.
Price does not include:
* Chinese Visa Application fees multiple entries (US passport):
USD$190/person. (Canadian passport): USD$160/person.
* Service charge & all gratuities: USD$200/person for the entire trip
* Travel insurance.
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Chinese cuisine includes styles originating from the diverse regions of China, as well as from Chinese people in other parts of the world. The history of Chinese cuisine in China stretches back for thousands of years and has changed from period to period and in each region according to climate, imperial fashions, and local preferences. Over time, techniques and ingredients from the cuisines of other cultures were integrated into the cuisine of the Chinese people due both to imperial expansion and from the trade with nearby regions in pre-modern times and from Europe and the New World in the modern period.
Peking Duck is a famous duck dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the imperial era. The meat is prized for its thin, crisp skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. Ducks bred specially for the dish are slaughtered after 65 days and seasoned before being roasted in a closed or hung oven. The meat is eaten with scallion, cucumber and sweet bean sauce with pancakes rolled around the fillings. Sometimes pickled radish is also inside, and other sauces (like hoisin sauce) can be used.
Zha Jiang Mian or“Fried Sauce Noodles” So famous in China that the mere mention of it immediately makes people think of Beijing. It’s sold everywhere—from street vendors to restaurants in five star hotels. Prices can vary from $2 to $30, but higher prices don’t necessarily guarantee better taste. A dish of perfectly chewy noodles with a rich, meaty sauce…it’s just another one of those perfect dishes that you can’t miss in China.
Xiao Long Bao is a type of steamed bun from the south region of China, especially associated with Shanghai. It is traditionally prepared in xiaolong, small bamboo steaming baskets, which give them the name. Xiaolongbao are often considered as a kind of "soup dumpling" filled with a nugget of seasoned pork and a burst of warm soup. To eat, pick up the soup dumpling by its topknot using chopsticks, and transfer to a Chinese soup spoon. Then poke a hole in the side with your chopstick and sip out the soup, and then eat the dumpling.
Dim sum means ‘touch your heart’ and with as many as 150 items on a restaurant menu, and 2,000 in the entire range, it is a challenge to not find something you love. As Cantonese people tend to avoid fried foods early in the day, steamed dishes dominate most dim sum menus. There are also snack-sized portions of pan-fried, deep-fried, and baked served in bamboo containers, which are designed to be eaten communally and washed down with tea. Hence, going for dim sum is known as yum cha, which literally means ‘drinking tea.’ Usually a brunch or lunch affair, it is a common form of family, co-worker and other group get-togethers.
Today, dim sum restaurants come in all shapes and sizes, from straight shooting to high falutin’. Start with one of the large mid-priced eateries where in the midst of boisterous conversations you will see multiple generations gather around the table for a no-nonsense family feed and office workers enjoying a short but effective break from the daily grind. When you enter, let the waiter know how many people are in your group, be seated, decide on what type of tea you want, order your dim sum, and enjoy a quintessential Hong Kong experience!
Barbecue might conjure up images of steaks and salad in a backyard, and while this is also common in Hong Kong it comes nowhere near the popularity of Chinese barbecue. Known as siu mei, restaurants serving these barbecued meats -- they also usually serve a delicious type of steamed chicken – are your window into traditional Chinese roasts.
It is impossible to miss this cuisine in Hong Kong because after the highly-seasoned meats are roasted on spits over an open fire or in a rotisserie oven, they are hung inside the restaurant and visible from the street. You’ll see it hanging in fast-food chains, high-end restaurants and supermarkets. It is a sight – and taste -- that is ubiquitous wherever there are Chinese communities.
An original Chinese drama play, 'The Golden Mask Dynasty' was sponsored by Overseas Chinese Town, OCT, which invested 200 million yuan into building the Beijing OCT Theater for the play. The play has eight chapters and included more than 200 actors from China and abroad. Produced by Chinese playwrights, directors and designers, the play features Chinese dances, acrobatics, costumes, and lighting and acoustics.
Chinese Acrobatics is one of the oldest performing arts. Its history can be traced back to the beginning of civilization. It is believed that acrobatics grew out of labour and self-defence skills, which people practice and demonstrated during their leisure time. The modern acrobatics have been evolved into a kind of performing art and became well known worldwide while performances are presented along the Silk Road. In Europe and North America, Chinese acrobatic performances always attract large audiences.
The Romantic Show of Songcheng It is the symbolic performance of Hangzhou, being performed over 2,000 times per year. Since it was created, the show has been performed more than 20,000 times, and entertained over 60 million audience. It is the theatre performance that has been performed for most times and has the largest audience number; along with the O Show in Las Vegas, and the Moulin Rouge in Paris, the three are regarded as the "Top 3 Famous Shows in the World".