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  Day 1 Depart USA
  Day 2 Beijing
  Day 3 Beijing
  Day 4 Beijing
  Day 5 Xian
  Day 6 Xian
  Day 7 Hangzhou
  Day 8 Suzhou
  Day 9 Shanghai
  Day 10 Shanghai
  Day 11 Shanghai
  Day 12 Journey Home
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Nowhere else can you get a more concentrated impression of the old and new China than in Beijing. Reigning as both an ancient capital of imperial China and the modern capital of a thriving nation, Beijing is a treasure trove of Chinese culture, where many of the sights that make China a world-class destination are located - the Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Forbidden City, and Tian'anmen Square. It was home to Peking Man about 500,000 years ago. The "new Beijing", site of the 2008 Summer Olympics,is China's most modern city, and now rivals Tokyo and Hong Kong as one of the great cities Asia. Since its entry into the World Trade Organization, Beijing's new vision includes improving the quality of life for its people. Throughout Beijing today, you can tour with ease and safety, stay in comfortable deluxe hotels, try new Chinese delicacies, enjoy familiar Western cuisine, shop in modern designer boutiques, or explore centuries-old markets and shopping arcades. You can tour the countryside while exploring one of the oldest cultures of the world, and see some of the most extraordinary sights imaginable. Beijing is the dream place to be for travelers from around the world, and definitely the kind of place you will want to visit more than once.
Today’s Shanghai, China’s largest city of over 13 million people, weaves the infamous seaport legacy of its past (silk, tea and opium trade) together with impressive new 21st-century hotels and shopping complexes. No other city in the world is quite like it. An intriguing, highly sophisticated and exhilarating city, where East meets West, the city’s pulse equals the excitement of New York, London or Paris. Shanghai is symbolic of the many changes afoot in China. With the addition of a state-of-the-art underground railway and freeway system, and a new international airport, Shanghai is poised to welcome travelers to China as "the Gateway to the Orient" in the 21st century. The new Pudong area is fast taking over other Asian cities as the financial and trade center in the East. City highlights include the Bund (Zhong Shan Road), the riverfront avenue lined with grand historic buildings from the city's colonial past. Visit the Old Town with its winding alleyways, and the tranquil Yu Yuan Gardens. Shoppers can bargain with merchants in designer boutiques day and night along Nanjing Road, the Fifth Avenue of China, thronged by more than 1 million visitors every day. Or visit the Shanghai Museum at People’s Square, with its collection of 123,000 cultural artifacts. Shanghai also enjoys an international reputation for excellent cuisine. Dine in some of the finest restaurants in China, or eat on the streets from one of many vendors. At night, Shanghai comes alive with entertainment, including theater, opera, acrobats, discos and karaoke clubs. Take a cruise around the harbor, an excellent way to capture the spectacular view of the Bund and the new Shanghai skyline, with its impressive futuristic 1,510 foot "Oriental Pearl" TV tower.
Suzhou is a famed silk production center, and a celebrated retreat brimming with gardens and canals. It is one of the oldest towns in the Yangtze Basin. Suzhou was mentioned in 514 BC, since it was the capital of the state of Wu during the period of the Warring States (403-221 BC). With the completion of the Grand Canal in 609 AD, Suzhou found itself strategically located on a major trading route, and the city's fortunes and size grew rapidly. Suzhou flourished as a center of shipping and grain storage, bustling with merchants and artisans. By the 14th century it had attained its present dimensions and layout. Suzhou's most prosperous period was during the Ming and Qing dynasties, when many officials, scholars and artists settled here, and local traders grew rich. This wealth was largely invested in 287 villas and garden retreats.

Grand Canal
The world's longest canal, the Grand Canal once meandered the almost 1800km from Beijing to Hangzhou and is a striking example of China's sophisticated engineering prowess. The grand canal's construction spanned many centuries. The first 85km were comleted in 495 BC; but the mammoth task of linking Yangtze River and Yellow River was undertaken during Sui times by a massive conscripted labour force between 605 and 609 AD. The canal enabled the government to capitalize on growing wealth of the Yangtze basin and to ship supplies from south to north.
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