Beijing, Forbidden City, Great Wall, Xian, Terracotta Warriors, Sichuan
THE SUPER VALUE TOURS DIFFERENCE
A BETTER WAY TO TOUR: To us, 'value' means making a better way to tour. We love to surprise our guests with unique experiences, top-notch service, hidden local delights, & memories of a lifetime. We include only the best highlights and leave out the tourist traps, making this one of the highest-quality tour experiences in China available. Travel with our world-class guides and explore highlights of China in-depth; perfect for first-time visitors.
Travel through time to relive the old Imperial era in Beijing, meet the famous Terracotta Warriors, unwind in one of China's most beautiful villages, and glimpse into the future with some of the most modern sights on the planet.
HIGHLIGHTS OF GOLDEN CHINA
Beijing: Waldorf Astoria – One of the best hotels in the city.
Great Wall: Dhawa Jinshanling Hotel – Nestled in the hills at the foot of the Great Wall.
Xi'an: Wyndham Grand Xian – Newly renovated, stay in the heart of Xi'an.
Qingchengshan: Mount Qingcheng Grand Hotel – Feel the beauty and nature at the foot of the mountain.
Chengdu: The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu – An oasis of luxury designed hotel in Chengdu city centre.
We take great pride in arranging and sharing great culinary experiences with you. Our development team samples each meal before presenting them to our guests. On this trip, you will have a chance to taste authentic Chinese delicacies including a local Beijing favorite for Peking Duck, mutton hot pot, Shanghai style dim sum, and much more.
SUPER VALUE STANDARD
Charismatic and knowledgeable guide with extensive Super Value training.
A comprehensive travel insurance plan. Details
High quality headsets to hear our tour guide's presentation clearly.
Unlimited bottled water is provided throughout the entire trip.
Porterage service included at every hotel.
Important note for Visas: Visas are required for US/Canada passport holders entering China. Please see our Visa Information Center for details. Visa fees not included in tour fare.
Depart North America for Beijing, China
Arrive in Beijing 【Dinner】
Waldorf Astoria Beijing
Waldorf Astoria Beijing
Beijing 【3 Meals】
Waldorf Astoria Beijing
Beijing (90 miles, 2.5 hours) Jinshanling 【3 Meals】
Beijing Airport (PEK) Xian 【3 Meals】
Wyndham Grand Xian (Near the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Tang All Day Mall)
Wyndham Grand Xian
Xi'an (High-Speed Rail 3hrs) ChengduQingchengshan【3 Meals】
Arrive in Qingchenshan and enjoy the hotel's facilities and inviting atmosphere.
Mount Qingcheng Grand Hotel
Panda Paradise: We offer a half day volunteer program for guests. The program includes cage clean-up, bamboo restock, and panda feedings.
Dujiangyan: Marvel at the dynamic designs, ancient statues and verdant gardens that surround the structure and hear a detailed history of the masterpiece to understand how brilliant the Dujiangyan Irrigation System is. (about 2hrs tour, difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆)
*IMPORTANT* Panda Paradise Volunteer Program: Please confirm your participation at the time of booking. At least one month notice is required to join the program.
Mount Qingcheng Grand Hotel
QingchengshanChengdu 【3 Meals】
Qingchengshan: Admire the history behind many of the temples at Qingchengshan; choose to take a cable car up and down the mountain.
Chengdu Wu Hou Shrine: The most influential memorial temple of the Three Kingdoms period in China. Here, you’ll learn about the heroes of the Three Kingdoms.
Jinli Street: Take a stroll through the Jinli Pedestrian Street, and experience traditional sugar glass making, straw handicrafts and paper-cutting art with locals.
The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu
Chengdu 【3 Meals】
Sanxingdui Museum: See a vast collection of ancient cultural relics dating back to Sanxingdui Civilization.
Sichuan Opera: Enjoy the essence of Chinese drama art performance (Optional).
The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu
Chengdu Your Next Destination【Breakfast】
After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport by a Super Value Tours representative. "Zai Jian" or "Goodbye!" Airport sendoff is available for flights departing CTU between 10:00AM-8:00PM.
Directly across the Forbidden City, Tiananmen (literally "Gate of Heavenly Peace") Square has been the site of several key events in China's history, and holds great cultural significance.
A half mile long and over a quarter mile wide, the gargantuan scale is hard to imagine for many people until they have a chance to see it in person. At maximum capacity, this famous square can contain over 100 million people simultaneously!
The Chinese Imperial Palace was the throne of power from the mid-Ming Dynasty (~1400AD) to the end of the Qing Dynasty (1920AD) from which the Emperors ruled for 500 years. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of ancient wooden structures in the world.
The Great Wall at Jinshanling was initially built from 1368 to 1389 during the Ming Dynasty. Later, under the direction of General Qi Jiguang, the wall was rebuilt from 1567 to 1570. It received its name because it was built on the Greater and Lesser Jinshan ('Gold Mountain') Ranges.
Jinshanling's Great Wall is in a mountainous area 80 miles northeast of central Beijing. This section of the wall connects the Simatai Great Wall section on the east, and Gubeikou Section on the west. Special features of this section are the 31 watchtowers. Because of the varied terrain, the watchtowers were built in different shapes: tall or short, rectangular or square, with three to five embrasures. A rare three-floor watchtower can be found at the west end of the Jinshanling section (currently a military restricted area).
This second palace served the Qing Dynasty as an imperial retreat from the stifling confines of the Forbidden City. The complex suffered two major attacks, one during the Anglo-French invasion of 1860 and again during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900. The surviving garden was rebuilt in 1886 and 1902, and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in December 1998.
A Hutong is a neighborhood of narrow streets or alleys, most commonly associated with Beijing. An ancient style of city planning, the grid-shaped streets in Hutongs were formed by joining the outer walls of Shiheyuan (literally: courtyard surrounded by 4 buildings) homes together. These folk-style neighborhoods have a long history spanning over 1000 years, but even today, they are still inhabited and retained as an important part of Beijing heritage.
The temple also known as Tian Tan, is one of the largest temple complexes in China and a paradigm of Chinese architectural balance and symbolism. The complex was visited by the Emperors in Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to heaven for a good harvest. Today, the park surrounding the Temple of Heaven has become a favorite gathering place for early morning practitioners of Tai Chi and other bustling social activities.
Covering 700,000 square feet, the newly-built museum recreates Tang-dynasty architecture and successfully symbolizes the great extent of Shaanxi (ancient name for Xian) history and its remarkable culture. This is the best starting point on our journey back through time.
Just as the Forbidden City symbolizes Beijing, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a popular piece of ancient architecture in China and symbolizes Xian. The pagoda was erected in the Tang-dynasty (~ 650AD) as a fireproof storehouse for sutras and other Buddhist relics imported from India.
The life-sized Terracotta (clay) warriors and horses of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor who unified China, date back over 2,000 years (210BC) and were unearthed in 1974 by local farmers. The delicately carved figures include warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians, each with different expressions and unique faces. A vast collection has been unearthed across 3 separate pits, but archeologists estimate the entire army consists of over 8,000 soldiers with a majority of the original warriors still buried in the pits.
The Ancient City Wall of Xi'an was constructed in the early Ming Dynasty (1300AD), and is a symbol of great significance for China's most famous historic cities. A main feature of the Xi'an City Wall lies in the fact it has been preserved, which is rarely seen elsewhere in the world. The Ancient City Wall has corner towers, ramparts, sentry towers, gate towers, battlements and a number of city fortifications with very strong defensive capabilities.
Breaking from typical tour itineraries, we include bamboo rafting in lieu of the usual Li River cruise since it is a much more fulfilling "up close and personal" experience. Drifting down the Yulong River on a raft gives you a chance to enjoy the natural "miles of art galleries" on both sides of the river up close. Pleasing to both the eye and the soul, enjoy the river while drifting lazily downstream; enter a poetic world of harmonious freedom with nature and man blended in one.
Located 25 kilometers outside of Chengdu City, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is a popular tourist place where visitors can watch cute Giant Pandas. The institution has a huge facility that replicates the natural habitat of giant pandas. Its primary aim is to preserve and increase the population of the pandas to eradicate extinction. Locals and tourists have the chance to see the giant pandas as well as the raccoon-like red pandas.
Dujiangyan Irrigation System is honored as the 'Treasure of Sichuan', which still plays a crucial role in draining off floodwater, irrigating farms and providing water resources for more than 50 cities in the province. Dujiangyan is the oldest and only surviving no-dam irrigation system in the world; and a wonder in the development of Chinese science. The project consists of three important parts, namely Yuzui, Feishayan and Baopingkou scientifically designed to automatically control the water flow of the rivers from the mountains to the plains throughout the year.
Mount Qingcheng, located in the southwest of the Dujiangyan Irrigation System of China in Sichuan Province, is one of the most famous Taoist mountains in China. It is also a very attractive and intriguing scenic spot that is covered by luxurious and verdant trees. The mountain, which is surrounded by numerous peaks and shaped like a city, is dubbed 'the most peaceful and secluded mountain under heaven' and combines perfectly with its evergreen scenery.
Wu Hou Shrine, also known as Wu Hou Shrine Temple of Marquis, is dedicated to Zhuge Liang, the Marquis Wu (Wuhou) of the Kingdom of Shu in the Three Kingdoms Period (220 - 280). Zhuge Liang was an excellent politician, militarist, diplomat and astronomer. In addition, the Temple of Liu Bei, the emperor of Shuhan, and his mausoleum are well-known historical sites inside this large scenic spot.
Chengdu is a city brimming with leisurely ambience with Jinli Street as a great example. It is recorded that as early as the Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC), Jinli Street was the most famous place for finding baldachin - a rich, ornate cloth. It was also one of the busiest commercial areas during the Shu Kingdom (221-263). Hence, it is known as 'First Street of the Shu Kingdom'. In order to reclaim the prosperity of its former days, it was restored with contributions from the Wuhou Temple and opened to public in October of 2004. Ever since, visitors from all over China and abroad gather here to relax, admire the traditional-style buildings, and taste local snacks.
Sanxingdui Museum is located in Northeast of Three-Star Piles archeological site, west of the famous cultural city of Guanghan, on the bank of Jian River (commonly called Yazi River), 40 kilometers north of Chengdu City. This arcehological museum opened in October 1997, and boasts an exhibition area of 4,000 square meters, with excellent modern facilities. The cultural relics preserved here were mostly unearthed from the Sanxingdui excavation site.
Winner of the Forbes Travel Guide 5-star honor in 2017 and 2018, the Ritz Carlton flawlessly combines Chinese tradition and modern elegance. This distinctive hotel is in the heart of Beijing's legendary financial street, just minutes to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
Rich Chinese tradition and modern affluence flawlessly combine at Waldorf Astoria Beijing. This distinctive hotel is in the heart of the Wangfujing area, with 10 minutes walking distance to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
Nestled in the hills at the foot of the Great Wall, Dhawa Jinshanling fuses cutting-edge design with China's rich cultural heritage. This stylish new resort merges seamlessly into its ancient surroundings. Accommodations feature classically designed exteriors paired with modern, yet undeniably Chinese, interiors. Our rooms are set around a large communal courtyard with outdoor seating. The main restaurant serves cuisine ranging from Northern Chinese dishes to contemporary Cantonese entrees, and there is also an indulgent bar that we're sure you'll appreciate.
Special Features: Excellent location (Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Downtown)
Located in the heart of the Tang Dynasty city of Xi'an, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, numerous scenic spots, and unique local shopping are within easy reach. The 3100-year history of Xi’an is a magnificent backdrop which inspired the design of the hotel itself. The exterior reflects the deep history of Xi'an while the interior has a smooth modern design. Guests staying here will feel exquisite Chinese hospitality and modern comfort.
Centrally-located in the city called the "cradle of Chinese civilization," The Westin Xian is just steps from the ancient city’s myriad cultural attractions, great restaurants, and unique shopping.
Located along Yulonghe River, our Yangshuo hotel boasts an immersive view of tranquil water, delicate mountain peaks, leisurely clouds, and stretches of green fields. It's location also makes it perfect for exploring the nature of Yangshuo.
As one of the world’s top resort brands, a stay in a Banyan Tree resort is always full of expectations. Our hotel in Yangshuo brings both sight and sound together to give our guests a wonderful impression of the expansive local nature. Enjoy panoramic views of the karst mountain ranges and feel the song of the Lijiang River without leaving your home. Away from the city, you are immersed in a rustic and romantic hideaway during your stay here with us.
Special Features: location, historic atmosphere & reputation
When this legendary hotel first opened in the 1920s, it welcomed distinguished guests from all over the world, including General Marshall, Charlie Chaplin and George Bernard Shaw. Its prime location along the Bund and luxurious construction earned the hotel fame and preference as the site of many important social and political milestones.
Restored in 2010, the Peace Hotel today is a renown landmark of Shanghai offering a great balance of comfort and convenience.
The hotel is also renown for its Old Jazz Bar, popular with the local expatriate community. Here, the Old Jazz Band (band members average over 70 years old!), offers a special chance for us to relive the glamour of roaring twenties Shanghai in person.
Located in the Dujiangyan area, this hotel is a popular choice for travelers. From here, guests can make the most of all the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. Mount Qingcheng Grand Hotel offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Chengdu. The property offers access to a vast array of services, including 24-hour security, convenience store, 24-hour front desk, restaurant, safety deposit boxes.
Perched on the site of what was once an imperial palace, The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu pays homage to the historic splendor of the city's rich past as it heralds the future of luxury hospitality. This 5-star hotel welcomes visitors to China's Sichuan province with opulent accommodations and a serene spa, fine dining at Li Xuan and prime placement in Chengdu's lively downtown district, a short distance from landmarks including Tianfu Square.
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