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Xiamen, China-port

Originally established as a major seaport in the Song Dynasty, Xiamen today remains an important Chinese trade center. Historical sites from many eras await your discovery from charming Old Town to the former international settlement on neighboring Gulang Island. Hulishan Fortress, built in 1894, offers a tour of the tunnels and trenches, and displays of ancient weaponry; Jimei Park features eclectic architecture and elegant pavilions along Dragon Boat Lake. For a look at ancient times, take in the most respected Buddhist venue in China, Putuo Temple complex, with its classic front gate, many halls, garrets, and ponds; and be sure not to miss the Seven Buddha Tower.

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  • Armies of the First Emperor

Armies of the First Emperor

Code: XMNL01

Day 1 – February 8th, 2015

Depart from pier and transfer via a scenic drive along the coastal road to the Xiamen Airport for your flight to Xian. Lunch will be served on the flight.

Upon arrival you will tour Xi’an’s landmark city wall, the most complete city wall surviving in China. The first emperor of the Ming Dynasty created it by enlarging an existing one constructed during the Tang Dynasty. Stretching around the entire old city, the 8.5-mile-long wall boasts 98 ramparts, stands 40 feet tall, and is 60 feet thick at its base.

Late in the afternoon, you will check into the beautiful Hilton Xi’an and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Day 2 – February 9th, 2015

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will enjoy a picturesque drive to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, a repository for thousands of clay soldiers that were buried with China’s first emperor to accompany him in his eternal rest. Considered one of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures, the 7,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses were buried for centuries until excavated in 1974.

The warriors are grouped in battle order, rank by rank, some mounted on horse-drawn chariots and others in infantry groups armed with spears, swords and crossbows. Each figure was individually created with unique characteristics.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will continue to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. One of China’s most revered pagodas, it was built in 652 A.D. to house the sutras and figurines of Buddha that a Chinese monk brought to Xi’an. The building was eventually expanded to ten stories, although only seven stories remain, as the others were damaged in various wars. Nevertheless, the pagoda is recognized as a symbol of Xi’an.

A stop will also be made at the Grand Mosque. Founded in 742, it is the oldest and one of the most renowned mosques in China. It remains a popular place of worship and is still used by Chinese Muslims today.

After some time to freshen up at your hotel you will be treated to a unique and fun dinner at the famous De Fa Chang Dumpling Restaurant, famed for its own version of the Dumpling Banquet.

Day 3 – February 10th, 2015

Following breakfast you will visit the Shaanxi Historical Museum. Built on the site of a former Confucian temple in the southern part of Xian, it is the most comprehensive museum in the province exhibiting unique historical relics of past dynasties including precious ceramics, bronze articles and stone carvings.

Following lunch you will transfer to the Xian Airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival you will transfer back to the ship in the Port of Shanghai.

Land Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and timings indicated are approximate. They are given here only for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

9:00am Depart from pier in Xiamen

9:00am Transfer to the airport via scenic drive through coastal road

10:00am Arrive at the airport

11:20am Take flight HU7852 Xiamen/Xi’an (Subject to change) Lunch served on the flight

2:15pm Arrive in Xi’an

4:00pm Visit to the City Wall

4:45pm Depart the City Wall for your hotel

5:15pm Check in at your hotel and rest of evening is at leisure.

Dinner on own

Overnight at the Hilton Xi’an or similar hotel

DAY 2

AM Breakfast

8:00am Depart from hotel and transfer to the Terra-Cotta Warriors’ Museum

9:00am Visit to the Terra-Cotta Warriors’ Museum

11:45am Lunch at local restaurant

12:45pm Transfer to Big Wild Goose Pagoda

1:45pm Visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda

3:15pm Visit to the Great Mosque

4:45pm Return to the hotel and refresh

6:30pm Depart from hotel for dinner

7:00pm Dumpling Banquet Dinner at De Fa Chang Restaurant

9:00pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at the Hilton Xi’an or similar hotel

DAY 3

9:30am Depart from hotel

10:00am Visit to the Provincial Museum

11:15am Depart for lunch

11:45am Lunch at local restaurant

12:45pm Depart for airport

1:45pm Arrival at the airport

3:00pm Take flight MU291 Xi’an/Shanghai (Subject to change)

5:05pm Arrive in Shanghai

Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the ship

Expected Weather: In February, the temperature in Xian is cold. It sometimes snows with the temperature dropping below zero at night. The average high temperature is 8 C / 46 F and the average low temperature is -1 C / 30 F.

What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, sun glasses, wind-proof jacket and sweater.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Currency is Renminbi (RMB) and the rate is approx. RMBY 6.1 = US $ 1.00

Money exchange is available at the hotel cashier. Most shops accept US dollars and credit cards.

Electricity: The Voltage in China is 220 volts (U.S. Standard is 110 volts). Adapters and transformers are available from the hotel housekeeping.

Luggage information: Maximum 20 kg/1 piece per person for check luggage and 5 kg/1 piece per person for carry-on luggage.

Documents and Visa Requirements: A Chinese Visa is required for this overland program as well as a valid passport.

Hotel address:

Hilton Xi’an

199 Dongxin Road Xincheng District, Xi'an, 710005, China

TEL: 86-29-87388888

*If a similar hotel is required it will be of equal ratings and standards

Program Includes :

• Coach class air tickets Xiamen – Xian - Shanghai

• 2 night’s accommodation at Hilton Xi’an or similar with daily breakfasts

• All tours as per itinerary

• 2 breakfasts and 3 lunches, 1 dinner ( lunch and dinner include a choice of 1 glass of soft drinks, local beer or local mineral water)

• All transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per program

Program Excludes:

• Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, hotel incidentals and other personal items;

• Chinese Visa

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

Free Land Programs and Land Programs from $499 is per person for guests 1 and 2 for one pre- or post-cruise program only. Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel package amenity. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information.