China is simply too much – too big, too grand, too vast, too busy, too complex – to fit neatly into the space of a few pages. Hong Kong is the flashy metropolis that blends East and West, and Taiwan presents its own unique cultural story.
China is the massive stone wall spread along the its spine, the little girl in the pink dress sitting on her grandfather’s lap in a Beijing park, the river that has carried a nation on its broad back, the utter rush of Shanghai and Hong Kong, and the delicate songs of a Chinese opera. For more than five centuries, emperors ruled from the magnificent Forbidden City with its 9,999 rooms. In distant southeast China, ordinary people crated some 2,415 statues and paintings as well as ancient textiles, historic documents and 50,000 Buddhist scriptures, and over the course of a thousand years placed them in the grottos of Magao Caves. An emperor created a red clay army of more than 7,000 soldiers, horses and chariots.
The country’s majestic legacy had been forged in the ancient water towns of Jiangnan and along the legendary Silk Road. Just 80 kilometers/112 miles off the southeastern coast of China, Taiwan has more than 5,000 Buddhist, Taoist and Confucius temples. It is a rare tropical island of which two thirds is covered with high mountain ranges. From momentous civilizations to phenomenal human achievements, China’s influence has been felt across the globe. What scale, what style… what an adventure!
Legendary China 29 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $14,350
Explore the depth of China, its vast history and amazing cities and towns. See the inspiration for the mountain in the movie "Avatar." Enjoy unique excursions such as traveling in a sidecar of a replica of a 1930’s BMW M71 motorcycle in Shanghai; touring Guilin by bicycle; and taking a bamboo raft along the Yulong River through amazing landscapes.
Custom China Including Tibet Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $3,850
Travel the vast land from the Great Wall to Tibet.
China’s Canal Cities 12 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s):
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Discover the historic Grand Canal, which originates in Beijing and is the longest canal, or artificial river, in the world. Enjoy authentic encounters as you explore a portion of the Great Wall first built in Northern Qi Dynasty (550-557DC) and take train journey to Zhanjiang on the lower Yangtze River in Jiangsu Province.
China: Legacy of the Uyghur 15 Days Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $8,950
Journey off the tourist track to the last station in China on the ancient Silk Road.
China 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $7,430
Explore vivacious Shanghai, heritage rich Beijing, and traditional villages of Longsheng and Guilin.
Kao Gu China 12 Days New Reality Interest(s):
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Visit historic sites such as the Mogao and Thousand Buddha Caves on this journey, and explore one of the world's most fascinating cities - Beijing and its Great Wall. Discover the Hanyang Tomb archeological site followed by a visit to the antique renovation room to speak with the resident archaeologist in a one-on-one setting.
China’s Captivating Visions & Timeless Horizons 15 Days Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $7,100
Experience life in southern China on this journey named one of National Geographic Traveler's 2011 “50 Tours of a Lifetime.” Discover the China of centuries past and immerse yourself in the vibrant, modern culture of Shanghai.