China International Concert Tour
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Perform in China and Hong Kong

Beijing, Xi’an, Hong Kong

The People’s Republic of China is one of the largest countries in the world, covering 3.7 million square miles and containing 20% of the world’s population. The rich diversity in such a large area extends from the culture to the language to the extremes of landscape, and yet the country as a whole retains an air of mystery that intrigues visitors. The dichotomy of ancient alongside modern, as well as the reverence for the past, makes China an incredible and fascinating destination.

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Highlights

Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Departure from North America
  • Flight to Bejing Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from North America.
Day 2 Welcome to Bejing
  • Arrival in Bejing Our Tour Director will meet us at the airport. Our private coach will be waiting to transfer us to our hotel in Beijing. Founded in the 13th century, and home to Ming and Qing dynasty emperors, the capital city of Beijing is one of China's true ancient citadels. After a period of isolation, the modern city is undergoing significant reform and change, embodying all the fascinating contradictions of modern China. Old Beijing continues to survive in its temples, palaces, and old alleyways, often set among sprawling avenues, towering skyscrapers, and shopping malls.
  • Hotel Check In Our base for the next three night(s) will be Beijing (area).
  • Dinner Tonight we will enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 3 Tour Bejing
  • Tiananmen Square Explore Tiananmen Square, the world's largest public square and equivalent to the size of 90 American football fields. In the centre of the square stands the Monument to the People's Heroes (Renmin Yingxiong Jinian Bei), a 38m granite obelisk erected in 1958 and engraved with scenes from famous popular Chinese uprisings.
  • The Forbidden City Discover the Forbidden City, a massive complex of red-walled buildings and pavilions topped by a sea of glazed vermilion tile. Visit the Inner Court, where only the emperor, his family, his concubines, and the palace eunuchs were allowed; the Hall of Mental Cultivation, where emperors lived after Yongzheng moved out of the Qianqing Gong and the Nine Dragon Screen, an 11½ft high wall covered in glazed tile dragons frolicking above a frothing sea, built to protect the Qianlong emperor from prying eyes and malevolent spirits.
  • Dinner Tonight we will enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner.
  • First Concert Performance Your concert performance is today.
Day 4 A Closer Look at Bejing
  • Temple of Heaven Visit the Temple of Heaven, an enormous park and altar directly to the south of the Forbidden City. Each winter solstice, the Ming and Qing emperors would lead a procession here to perform rites and make sacrifices designed to promote the next year’s crops and curry favor with Heaven for the general health of the empire.
  • Great Wall of China Visit the Great Wall of China, one of the world’s most awesome and impressive sights. The series of stone and earthen fortifications snakes its way east to west for nearly 4,000 miles, and was built, rebuilt, and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century AD to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire.
  • Ming Tombs Visit the Ming Tombs, where 13 of the 16 emperors who ruled China during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) are buried in a box canyon at the southern foot of Tianshou Shan. This is the most extensive burial complex of any Chinese dynasty and the tombs are constructed in conventional fashion, with memorial halls at the front and burial chambers to the rear.
  • Dinner Tonight we will enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.
  • Circus Acrobats Performance Tonight we will attend either a Martial Arts Demonstration Show or an Acrobatic Show.
Day 5 Fly to Xi’an
  • Arrive in Xi'an, Hotel Check in Our hotel in Nanjing (area), will be our base for the next two night(s).
  • Xi’an The modern capital of Shaanxi, Xi’an served as capital to 11 dynasties over a period of 4,000 years, including the powerful Tang Dynasty, which marked the city’s peak. With a rich history and stunning location, the Qinling Mountains to the south and the Weihe River to the north, Xi’an is one of the most popular destinations in China.
  • Bell Tower Visit the Bell Tower, originally constructed in the 17th year of Emperor Hong Wu’s reign during the Ming Dynasty, and moved to its current location in the 10th year of Wanli. The architecture is grand and the art is superb. The highlight of the visit will be an Ascent of the Tower, which offers a magnificent panoramic view over the city.
  • Wild Goose Pagoda Visit the Wild Goose Pagoda, built after the translation of the Buddhist scriptures, is square in shape and stands 64 meters high, with a spiral staircase leading to the top. Bodhisattva images are delicately carved on the lintels on four sides and the lower part of the pagoda features two stone tablets engraved with the Preface of Holy Teachings.
  • Dinner We will dine this evening in a local restaurant.
Day 6 Terra Cotta Warriors
  • Visit the Qin Terracotta Army Museum In 1974, a group of peasants digging a well made what was to become the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century when they unearthed fragments of a life-sized terracotta warrior. Excavations of three underground timber-lined vaults revealed thousands of warriors and their horses, an entire Terracotta Army designed to follow its emperor into eternity.
  • Shanxi Lìshi Bówùguan Explore the Shanxi Lìshi Bówùguan (Shanxi History Museum), which features an unrivalled collection of treasures. Exhibits take us through the dynasties chronologically, beginning with the Shang and Zhou dynasties.
  • Dinner We will dine this evening in a local restaurant.
  • Second Concert Performance Your concert performance is today.
Day 7 Fly To Guilin
  • Hotel Check in For the next two evening(s) we will enjoy the convenience of our centrally-located Guilin hotel, where daily breakfast will be included.
  • Reed-Flute Cave Visit the Reed-Flute Cave, which is widely acclaimed as an “Art Gallery of Nature,” because of its dazzling stalactite and stalagmite formations. Highlights include the vast Crystal Palace Grotto, capable of holding one thousand people, and artfully illuminated by multi-colored lights.
  • The City of Guilin The unusual city of Guilin, founded in the Qin Dynasty, is noted for the many karst peaks dotting the surrounding landscape that have inspired poets since the 6th century AD. After emerging as a provincial capital in the Ming dynasty, Guilin has grown into a picturesque city surrounded by crystal-clear waters, enchanting rock formations, and fantastic caves.
  • Dinner We will dine this evening in a local restaurant.
Day 8 Lijiang River Cruise
  • Li River Cruise Enjoy a Li River Cruise, a relaxing way to view the beauty of Guilin’s lush green valleys, bamboo groves and hundreds of fascinating karst rock formations. Learn the ancient method of fishing used by the locals, before concluding the cruise in Yangshuo, for a visit to the Local Market, one of the most colorful in the region.
  • Dinner We will dine this evening in a local restaurant.
  • Third Concert Performance Your concert performance will be today.
Day 9 Flight to Hong Kong
  • Arrive in Hong Kong Hong Kong is situated on one of the world’s most beautiful harbors, and is a major player in the industrial, political, and financial affairs of the world. Formerly a British colony, Hong Kong became a special region of China in 1997. It is a city on the verge of change, and provides visitors with some of the best shopping in the world, an exciting nightlife, and marvelous international cuisine.
  • Hotel Check in Our accommodation for the next three night(s) will be in Hong Kong.
  • City Tour An introductory City Tour will introduce the highlights today.
  • Dinner This evening, dinner will be provided in a local restaurant.
Day 10 Hang out in Hong Kong
  • Causeway Bay Visit Causeway Bay to explore some of the sidewalk markets, department stores, restaurants and shops all patronized by the locals.
  • Free Time We will have some free time for shopping and exploration.
  • Dinner This evening, dinner will be provided in a local restaurant.
Day 11 Perform in Hong Kong
  • Visit the Chi Lin Nunnery in Kowloon It is a magnificent building incorporating traditional Tangera architecture. The 3.2 hectare site, comprised of various Buddhist halls, is a living museum in the Tang Dynasty.
  • Times Square Shopping Mall Explore at your leisure the Times Square Shopping Mall offering 16 floors of shopping and dining. This mall has everything you could want.
  • Dinner Enjoy our last dinner this evening in a local restaurant.
Day 12 Final Farewell...
  • Departure from Hong Kong Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our Tour Director accompanies us to the airport on our final day.