Day 3: Monday Beijing
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 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.
Day 5: Wednesday Beijing/Xian
This morning 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. After a special homemade lunch at a local family residence
in the Hutong Lane area, your family can learn to construct your own kites
under professional instruction. In the afternoon, visit China’s largest
temple and altar—the Temple of Heaven, which is often depicted as
the most recognizable symbol of China. Then relax and fly your handmade
kites with the others at the Temple of Heaven.
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: Thursday Xian
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). Visit
the Xi’an Museum for an in-depth look at China’s
extensive history with more than 2,000 items on exhibit. Enjoy the traditional
puppet show in the GaoJia Courtyard. Your children can practice with – the
puppets after the show.
Day 7: Friday Xian
Embark Embark on an amazing historical and cultural adventure
today, beginning with an exploration at the Terracotta Warriors and Horses
Museum, where you will find lifelike terracotta soldiers,
horses, chariots and weapons created more than 2,000 years ago to guard
first emperor’s tomb. Their vibrant painted details have worn away
and revealed their original earthy color. Learn to make JiaoZi
(traditional Chinese dumplings) in a local restaurant and
have a JiaoZi lunch there. In afternoon you will get on top the 950-year-old
city wall and ride 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 remained intact
in China today.
Day 8: Saturday Xian/Chengdu
After breakfast, your local guide and driver will
transfer you to Xian Airport for trip to Chengdu.
Xian/Chengdu CZ6433(10:45A/11:55A) (Your local guide has
Please meet your local guide and driver at the Chengdu airport
exit for transfer to the hotel. You will visit the People's Park Tea House
in the afternoon. Enjoy a traditional Chinese hot pot as your Christmas
Dinner in Chengdu tonight.
Day 9: Sunday Chengdu/Changsha
Embark on an extraordinary journey to the Panda
Breeding Research Base this morning. After lunch, visit the JinLi Old Town in
You will be transferred to the Chengdu Airport for your flight
to Changsha at late afternoon.
Chengdu/Changsha CZ3462(5:00P/6:30P)(Your local guide has
Meet your local English-speaking tour guide and driver at
the Changsha Airport for transfer to the hotel.
Day 10: Monday Changsha
After visit to the Hunan Provincial Civil Affairs and
a welcome ceremony, you will be transferred to the Changsha
Welfare Institute. You will bring the New Year gifts to the orphanage
children and may do volunteer work for 1/2 day there. Have lunch with
the orphanage children in the institute.
It is recommended to bring your New Year gifts to the children
of the orphanage today. It will be quite a surprise for them.
Day 11: Tuesday Changsha
Visit the local elementary school in Changsha this
morning. Have one class (45 minutes) with the local children
and exchange gifts in the classroom. After the included Chinese lunch,
you will visit the Hunan Embroidery Institute this afternoon.
Day 12: Wednesday Changsha/Guangzhou
You can either extend your trip to other places for other
orphanage visit (Optional program), or travel to Guangzhou via the high speed express train
(230 miles per hour). It is 2 hours train trip to Changsha from Guangzhou.
Today you will tour around Shamian Island: stopping at the
medical clinic where adoption medical exams are conducted and visiting
the photo shop where your child’s visa photo was taken. In the afternoon,
take another trip down memory lane when you visit the American Consulate.
Your guide will then escort you to a local park where you can linger and
relax while enjoying a story-time of traditional Chinese folktales to
deepen your understanding of the rich cultural heritage of your child.
Day 14: Friday Guangzhou/U.S.
Please meet your private English-speaking tour guide and driver at
the hotel lobby and travel to the Guangzhou New Baiyun International Airport
for your international flight back to the United States. Cross the International
Dateline and arrive home on the same day.
B = Breakfast L = Chinese Lunch D = Chinese Dinner
CA= Air China CZ=China Southern Airline MU=China Eastern Airlines
Note: child price is 80% of adult price.
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