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in Beijing in the early evening and transfer to the Grand Hotel
downtown in Beijing.
the day with a visit to the Forbidden City, the abiding symbol of
traditional China. Its construction is truly one of the great feats
of human history, employing hundreds of thousands of workers between
1406 and 1420. View its imperial gardens, expansive architecture,
and many museums of antiques and treasures unrivaled in the world.
the Liulichang Antique Street with its many shops of fine arts and
antiques. Enjoy a special Beijing Duck Banquet at Shangshangyuan
departure for the Great Wall, the visual experience that consistently
exceeds visitors' expectations. Visit Mutianyu, a less-crowded section
of the wall (with cable car).
visit the Temple of Heaven, which features stunning Ming Dynasty
architecture, built in the 15th century according to the most advanced
principles of mechanics and geometry available at the time.
a Peking Operal performance.
morning visit to Coal Hill Park to see Chinese engaged in taiji,
qigong and other health practices. Explore the Summer Palace, built
in 1888 by using funds originally intended for the imperial navy.
Walk down the painted Gallery, the longest covered walkway in China,
decorated with exquisite landscape paintings. There is time to explore
the architecture nad beauty of Kunming Lake and the newly-restored
the Houhai district of Beijing, a region of old courtyard homes
and hutongs that border the tree-lined lakes north of the Forbidden
City. Then tour the district by pedicab to get an up close view
of the traditional life that still goes on here. You'll enjoy lunch
in groups of four to six at a Beijing family's private home.
ready for a fabulous banquet at the Fang Shan Restaurant in Beihai
Park. Here the emperor's royal cuisine is a specialty.
to the ancient Tang dynasty capital, Xian and transfer to the Hyatt
Hotel. Explore the History Museum which is among China's best. Also
see the Xian wall.
the day with a once-in-a-lifetime viewing of the extraordinary 2,300-year-old
terracotta warriors of China's first emperor, Qinshihuang. The warriors
still stand on the actual site where they were discovered by peasants
in 1974. Tour the 5,000-year-old Banpo Neolithic site, a well-preserved
example of Yangshao culture. We will also walk down the Muslim street
and visit the Grand Mosque.
a Jiaozi Banquet featuring 18 kinds of dumplings.
to Chengdu and transfer to the JinJiang Hotel. Visit the Panda Breeding
Center in the city and hear the latest information on their efforts
to breed pandas.
27-28: CHENGDU/WOLONG PRESERVE/CHENGDU
bus to Wolong. Stay at the Wolong Guesthouse whose simple accommodations
include private bathroom. Meet with US and Chinese panda experts
and participate in a discussion regarding the successes and failures
of panda preservation. Follow the beautiful hiking trails into the
Our group will also adopt a giant panda and will have an opportunity
to name him or her.
morning, take the bus to Chongqing. Enroute, visit the Zigong Dinosaur
Museum. Also visit the Sichuan Fine Arts Gallery and General Stilwell's
Museum. After dinner, pre-board Victoria cruise ship.
30 - Oct 2: YANGZI RIVER CRUISE
four days aboard the Victoria, cruise down China's greatest
natural wonder, the Yangzi River, and thrill at the beauty of the
Three Gorges. The gorges began to form 70 million years ago when
two mountain ranges collided and the river began to erode the gorges
to their present state. Unfortunately, this geological marvel soon
will disappear as a result of the dam construction now underway.
The Qutang, Wu, and Xiling gorges each have their own visual power,
with cliff walls and dramatic vistas revealing themselves as the
ship passes through.
daily to visit a number of scenic spots including the "City
of Devils," Fengdu, and a poet's memorial at Ziqui. Enjoy a
thrilling side trip through the steep canyons of the Three Small
Gorges. See hanging coffins in the cliffs, an old Qing Dynasty village,
as well as the immense Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping. This is an
exhilarating four days.
ends in Wuhan on the fourth day. Take an afternoon flight to Shanghai
and stay at the Peace Hotel on the famous Bund by the Huangpu River.
the Shanghai Art and History Museum, with its outstanding art collection.
Evening farewell banquet at JingJiang Hotel North Wing, famous for
its Shanghai cuisine.
for Tokyo, and the next leg
of our trip.
Dr. Meg Sutherland-Smith has worked as a veterinarian at the San
Diego Zoo for the past 10 years. She has traveled to several cities
in China to participate in the CBSG (Captive Breeding Specialist
Group) Giant Panda Biomedical Survey. She was an instructor for
a workshop on veterinary medicine for Chinese veterinarians held
in Chengdu. She has also had the opportunity to visit the China
Research and Conservation Center of Giant Panda in Wolong during
the birthing season. She welcomes you to share her enthusiasm for
the natural and cultural history of China as well as the culinary