China Cultural Essence
-- Yellow River Tour
Year 2003-2004 Suggested Departure Dates: Mar. 30, Apr. 27, May 25, Jun. 29, Jul 27
Aug. 31, Sept. 28, Oct.26, Nov. 29
Tour Costs: $2,399 per person;
Land only: $1,699 per person;
Single Supplement: $550 .
Add-ons: $50-$150 (call for your city)
Day 1 San Francisco/Beijing
Leave San Francisco with United Airlines¡¯ trans-Pacific wide-body jumbo liner and
fly to Beijing.
Day 2 San Francisco/Beijing (D)
Arrive Beijing this afternoon. You will be greeted by our local representative and
escorted to check into 5-star Prime Hotel after dinner.
Day 3 Beijing (B, L, D)
Visit the World¡¯s largest Square -- Tiananmen Square, 400-year magnificent royal
court -- Forbidden City, royal garden Temple of Heaven. An authentic Peking Duck dinner
Day 4 Beijing (B, L, D)
Excursion to the Great Wall. Lunch on the way. On the way back, visit Ming Tombs for 13
emperors. Walking on the Sacred Way and appreciate the scenery in the valley.
Day 5 Beijing/Xian (B, L, D)
Fly to Xian, capital for 13 dynasties, and check into your deluxe Grand Castle Hotel.
Half day at your own exploration in this populous, modern and ancient city.
Day 6 Xian (B, L, D)
Venture out of the city and visit "one of the Eight wonders of the world"
Terra-Cotta Army, royal palace Huaqing Hot Spring in the morning. Visit Wild Goose Pagoda
and explore a big local market for groceries and clothing in the afternoon ¨C have a
close look at people¡¯s life.
Day 7 Xian/Luoyang (B, L, D)
Take a decent tourist train Y6 leaves Xian at 9 am and arrives Luoyang at 4 pm.
Transfer to your brand new Peony Plaza Hotel.
Day 8 Luoyang (B, L, D)
Visit Longmen Grottos and one of the largest factories in China: Glass Factory or
Tractor Factory, in the morning; After a brief tour to the Ancient Tomb Museum, White
Horse Temple, visit the village where people live in caves and you will be warmly welcome.
Day 9 Luoyang/Dengfeng/Zhengzhou (B, L, D)
Coach to Dengfeng to see the Shaolin Temple, China¡¯s most famous temple and Mecca
for Chinese martial arts lovers. Visit Pagoda Forest, viewing Martial Arts Performance and
buy swords and other martial arts instruments. Then continue to Zhengzhou. Check into nice
and new Best Western Weilai Hotel.
Day 10 Kaifeng (B, L, D)
One-hour coach drive to Kaifeng, capital of Northern Song Dynasty (960 A.D. -1127
A.D.). Visit the Riverside Scene Park, Iron Pagoda, Dragon Pavilion and Jewish historical
Sites: Kaifeng Museum which hosts the synagogue steles, the Jewish people neighborhood in
Scripture-Teaching Lane, Jin Family Graveyard and trip to Yellow River which caused
flooding that destroyed the city of Kaifeng and its synagogue in Ming Dynasty. Coach back
to Zhengzhou in the late afternoon after tasting Kaifeng¡¯ s famous night snacks market.
Day 11 Zhengzhou/Shanghai (B, L, D)
Visit the newly built Henan Museum and foreign language school in the morning. From
newly-built and clean Zhengzhou Airport, one of China¡¯s bests, we fly to Shanghai, a
rising economic center of Asia, and transfer to 4 star Equatorial Hotel.
Day 12 Shanghai (B, L, D)
In the morning visit the Bund, Jade Buddha Temple and Yu Garden; or, visit Kongkew
area, where thousands of Jews had stayed to escape from Nazi persecution during WWII:
visit the old synagogue building and attend the lecture by noted Chinese scholar on this
field of study. Shopping along the Nanjing Road, the world famous commercial center, in
Day 13 Shanghai (B, L, D)
Free on your own exploration at this world famous city: shopping, visiting, or relax at
the hotel by yourself. As many others, you will love the leisure time.
Day 14 Shanghai/US (B)
Transfer to the airport after breakfast and fly to US. You will be arriving home the
same day, with memory of the wonderful China trip.