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Our five nights at Guilin Ming Garden were great as well! It is certainly our favorite place in China. The apartment is remodeled, extremely clean and has a great view; having internet access is a nice touch and there is plenty of room for our entire family. After a long day of fun, it was relaxing to come home to delicious home cooked meals prepared by our nanny Mrs Huang.She made us feel right at home with her traditional Cantonese home cooked dinners: her normal dinner consist of soup, two meat dishes and two vegetable dishes; very much like the meals our Cantonese parents made for us when we were younger and the meals had brought back fond memories.
-Helen Lee

April 2017 Spring Break Heritage Tour

April 2017 Spring Break Heritage Tour

Start with the spectacular sites of Beijing and then take the train to experience the treasure trove of history in Xian and experience the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Hug a panda in Chengdu and take in the local face-changing show; you and your companions will spend time trying to figure out the secret to this magical ancient art. In addition to all the cultural sites such as: the Great Wall; Forbidden City; ancient hutongs, this tremendous tour includes visiting a local school, making dumplings at a farmer's home and staying overnight there too! Your family can get "hands on" with a chance to do some traditional paper crafts and ride bikes atop the city wall in Xian. You can end this delightful trip with some downtime in Guangzhou or choose to explore a brand new gateway city as you choose the last days of your journey in China Contact Louie at louie@lotustours.net today to get questions answered or to find out more.

Tour Overview
Tour Code: LY-HA17-0407
Trip Duration: 12 days/10 nights
Click below for: Tour Price / Accommodations
Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Yangshuo
Departure Dates: April 7, 2017
Day 1 : Friday North America/Beijing
meals: N/A
Leave your home city for Beijing today.
Day 2 : Saturday Beijing
meals: N/A
Arrive at the Beijing International Airport. Your private English-speaking guide and driver will take you to your hotel. Soak in your child's birth country while you adjust to your new time zone and surroundings.
Day 3 : Sunday Beijing
meals: B/L
Begin your day with a tour at the Forbidden City. Listed as a world heritage site in 1987, the Forbidden City contains the largest group of intact palace structures in the world. The palace is 720,000 square meters in size and contains 9,999 rooms, numerous pavilions, gardens and courtyards. Then visit the Tiananmen Square. Noted as the largest city square in the world, the square was initially designed for political rallies and important gala events. Today the square is flanked by the Forbidden City in the north, the Great Hall of the People in the west, Mao TseTung's Mausoleum in the south and the Museum of Chinese Revolution and the Museum of Chinese History in the east. After a special homemade lunch at a local family residence in the Hutong Lane area, you will explore the fascinating Hutong neighborhoods. Beijing's oldest Hutongs (alleys) were constructed during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Your tour will take you through some of the best-preserved Hutong neighborhoods that represented the history, culture and lifestyle of old Beijing.
Day 4 : Monday Beijing
meals: B/L/D
Begin your day with a tour at the Great Wall. Constructed more than 2,000 years ago by China's first emperor, the ancient wall is about 4,000 miles in length. Visit the Peking Duck Restaurant and see how the professional chef roasts Peking duck - Beijing's most famous dish, is traditionally served with Mandarin pancakes, and green onions for brushing on the hoisin sauce. Enjoy your Peking Duck dinner there.
Day 5 : Tuesday Beijing/Xian
meals: B/L/D
This morning you will visit China's largest temple and altar-the Temple of Heaven, which is often depicted as the most recognizable symbol of China. After a bowl of fresh hot noodles for lunch, you will visit the major 2008 Olympic Venues including the National Stadiums - "Bird's Nest" and the National Aquatics Center - "Watercube" in the afternoon. Then relax and fly your handmade kites with others at the Olympic Park. Early this evening, get onboard a luxury express train for your overnight journey to Xian.
Beijing/Xian Soft Sleeper Train Z19 (9:24P/8:25A + 1 day) (Your tour guide has tickets)
Day 6 : Wednesday Xian
meals: L
Arrive early this morning in China's ancient capital city of Xian. Known as ChangAn in ancient times, Xian was the capital city of China for 1,062 years (13 dynasties and 73 different emperors). Meet your local English-speaking tour guide and driver at the Xian Train Station Exit for transfer to the hotel. Travel on top of the 950-year-old city wall on a bike; be sure to enjoy the panoramic view. Built during the early Ming Dynasty with a core of mud and covered by three layers of bricks. Xian's city wall is the only city wall that remains intact in China today. Today you will try Chinese hot pot for your lunch. Visit the Tangbo Art Museum where you and your children can learn Chinese calligraphy.
Day 7 : Thursday Xian/Hu County
meals: B/L/D
Embark on an amazing historical and cultural adventure today beginning with the exploration of the Terracotta Warriors & Horses Museum, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1987. Created 2,000 years ago to guard the tomb of China's first emperor QinShiHuang, time and the elements have gradually worn away the vibrant painted details from the soldiers and horses to reveal their original earthy terracotta color. Learn making terracotta warriors in one local craft factory. Continue your trip to Hu County famous for its peasant farmer artists who create vibrantly colored peasant paintings and intricate paper cutouts. Visit the local elementary school and have a 45-minutes class with the local children (Please remember to bring some gifts to the children for the school visit).
Tonight you will have the rare opportunity to stay at a typical farmer's home to learn to make JiaoZi (traditional Chinese dumplings) and enjoy a home-made JiaoZi dinner there. After dinner, tonight you will have a dancing party with local farmers at the village grain-sunning ground.
Day 8 : Friday Hu County/Xian/Chengdu
meals: B/D
Enjoy a rare glimpse into China's countryside living through a visit to the workshops and galleries where you can learn about the artist's special techniques, purchase artwork or paper cutouts and even try your hand at creating your own magnificent work of art. Visit the farmer's old village and you will be surprised by the huge difference between the old village and new village where you are staying.
You will be transferred to the Xian Airport for your flight to Chengdu at noon.
Xian/Chengdu 3U8802 (1:30P/2:50P)(Your local guide has tickets)
Please meet your local guide and driver at the Chengdu airport exit for transfer to the hotel.
Day 9 : Saturday Chengdu/Guilin
meals: B/L
Go on an extraordinary journey to the Panda Breeding Research Base this morning. A professional panda caregiver will give a brief insight into panda research findings and everyone will have the rare opportunity to hold and hug a baby panda - something everyone in the family is sure to enjoy. After lunch, visit the Chengdu old town - JingLi Street, which combines the culture of the Three Kingdoms Period with the folk customs of Sichuan. The tea-houses, stores and hotels are modeled on the architectural style of a traditional old town in western Sichuan Province from the Qing (1644-1911) Dynasty. As you stroll down the narrow streets, you will find local artisan Shu Embroidery, lacquer products, calligraphy work and other local handicrafts. Visiting stores on this street, one feels like you have catapulted back in time and you will appreciate the relaxing and local unique flavor of this ancient street.?
Notes: When you tour the Panda Reserve Center, you will receive an introduction to panda research at the reserve followed by the opportunity to meet and hold a baby panda. Please note that the cost of holding the panda and taking a picture with one is an additional fee to the entry fee which is RMB2,000.00/per person for holding a baby panda. Although the Pandas are cute and adorable, they may inflict accidental injuries in their playful nature.
You will be transferred to the Chengdu Airport for your trip to Guilin late this afternoon.
Chengdu/Guilin CA4323 (7:30P/9:05P) (Your tour guide has tickets). Meet your tour guide at the Guilin Airport exit for transfer to the hotel.
Day 10 : Sunday Guilin/Yangshuo
meals: B/L/D
Visit the tea farm this morning. You will have Guilin Rice noodle for your lunch in one of the local famous rice noodle restaurant. More than 700 years ago, the Italian traveler, Marco Polo, introduced spaghetti to Italy and then to all western countries. After your Guilin Rice noodle lunch, you won't be surprised why local people can have noodles every day at every meal. Explore the Reed Flute Caves in afternoon. Enjoy the gorgeous views of beautiful backdrops created by the cool atmosphere and colorful lighting displays inside the caves as you pass by many fanciful shapes (don't forget to look for the Monkey King). You will be transferred to Yangshuo later this afternoon.
Day 11 : Monday Yangshuo
meals: B/L
This morning, your family gets a "hands on" opportunity with a cooking class in one of the local restaurants. Then relax and enjoy your own cooked Chinese lunch. After the lunch, embark on a Li River scenic cruise (You might be able to enjoy a bamboo raft instead of the cruise if weather is good enough). The landscape of Guilin is noted as the most stunning in China. With sparkling clear waters and magnificent green hills, you may even see fishermen fishing with their trained cormorant birds occasionally. Your children will be excited to watch water buffalos either grazing along the riverbanks or taking lazy afternoon swims.
Day 12 : Tuesday Yangshuo/Guilin/Other destination cities
meals: B/L
This morning you will explore the Yangshuo down town and walk along the Western Street of Yangshuo. Then you will be transferred to Guilin. After the included Chinese lunch, you will be transferred to either airport or train station, or bus station for traveling to the next destination city. Please give us your traveling information including orphanage city and your preferred international gateway city (Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, etc.). We will create remainder of the trip as a private family tour. You may choose timing for your visit to the orphanage, your child's hometown city visit and more. This customized portion of the trip is determined according to your specifications and is not included in the base tour cost.

REMARKS:

    B = Breakfast      L = Chinese Lunch                D = Chinese Dinner
    CA= Air China     CZ=China Southern Airline     MU=China Eastern Airlines
Tour Prices:
$2295.00 per adult & $1836.00 per child   Booking Tour

Accommodations:
City Hotel Deluxe Class Superior Class
Beijing . Novotel Peace Hotel N/A N/A
Xian . Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing, Xi'an N/A N/A
Chengdu . Antai Anrong Hotel, Chengdu N/A N/A
Guilin . Sheraton Guilin Hotel N/A N/A
Guilin . Jasper International Hotel, Yangshuo N/A N/A

Hotel Information:
Hotel Indoor Pool Outdoor Pool Gym Safe Box Refrigerator Hair Dryer Kitchen
Novotel Peace Hotel   √     √   √   √   √
N/A            
N/A            
Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing, Xi'an       √   √   √   √
N/A            
N/A            
Antai Anrong Hotel, Chengdu         √   √   √
N/A            
N/A            
Sheraton Guilin Hotel     √   √   √   √   √
N/A            
N/A            
Jasper International Hotel, Yangshuo     √   √   √   √   √
N/A            
N/A            

Inclusions

  • Beijing/Xian soft sleeper train tickets.
  • Airfare of Xian/Chengdu/Guilin.
  • Airport/hotel/airport (or train station) transfer as listed on itinerary.
  • All listed sightseeing and tour programs with private English-speaking tour guide and private van or bus with driver.
  • Hotels and meals as stipulated on itinerary.
  • All prices are quoted in US Dollars and are subject to change without notice. Please check at time of booking.
  • All prices are quoted per person based on two people sharing a room (double occupancy). Single supplement applies for single travelers.

Exclusions

  • US/China/US international airfare. Please contact us for discount international airfare starting from your city.
  • Passport and/or China Visa Fees
  • Some meals
  • Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Orphanage visit filing fee
  • Extending trip to orphanage cities or other destination cities which can be arranged with extra cost by Lotus Travel.
  • The cost of holding the panda and taking a picture is additional to the entry fee. The cost is RMB 2,000.00/per person for holding a baby panda. Although the Pandas are cute and adorable, they may inflict accidental injuries in their playful nature.

Notes:

  • For different scheduled tour, please contact us for a price quote
  • A child has to be less than 12 years old to receive a discount.
  • Twin beds in China hotels, about 50 inches wide, are closer in width to the 54" double size beds in the U.S., and much wider than the 39 inches wide twin beds found in U.S. homes.
  • A soft sleeper train compartment is equipped with two bunk beds and sleeps four. If there are less than four people in your party, Lotus Travel highly recommends purchasing the extra seats in the compartment to ensure privacy.
  • If your itinerary states "free time" or "free day", no activities would be planned for you and your English-speaking tour guide and driver would not be present.
  • Lotus Travel highly recommends clients to purchase travel insurance. The Travel Plus Plan offered by the Travelex Insurance Company has excellent travel benefits and children 15 and under are free of charge when traveling with an adult.
  • A Chinese visa issued at the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles is good for 6 months. We recommend applying for travel visas at least two months before your departure. For detailed information, please visit the Web page at http://www.lotustours.net/promo/visas/index.shtml
  • Lotus Travel offers a very affordable cell phone rental package to help you stay in touch with families while in China. Please contact our cell phone rental specialist Theresa for more details.
  • A $500.00 per person non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.
  • Balance is due 60 days before departure.
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