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Shanghai, situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta in East China, is the largest city of the People's Republic of China and the ninth largest in the world. Widely regarded as the citadel of China's modern economy, the city also serves as one of the most important cultural, commercial, financial, industrial and communications centers of China. Shanghai is also one of the world's busiest ports, and became the largest cargo port in the world in 2005.

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  • Ancient Capitals of China

Ancient Capitals of China

Code: SHAL05

Explore the spectacular icons in three of China’s greatest cities, including the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

Day 1

After disembarking from the ship, you will transfer to the Shanghai Pudong Airport and fly to Xi’an. Upon arriving, you will transfer to the highly popular Defachang restaurant for an authentic dumpling lunch.

Afterwards, 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.

Then, it’s on to 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.

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

Day 2

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 visiting, you will have lunch nearby and then continue to the Great Mosque, one of China’s oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques. Built in the late 14th century, and then rebuilt a few centuries later, the Great Mosque offers a wonderful introduction into the city’s history and features a unique blend of traditional Arabian and Chinese architectural styles.

Following the exploration of the mosque, you will transfer back to the hotel. A few hours later, you will depart for the Tang Palace restaurant to watch the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. This performance of traditional dance and music provides a wonderful look into the artistry that flourished in China approximately 1,500 years ago. Following the performance, you will return to the hotel for the evening.

Day 3

After breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to the Xi’an Airport and fly to Beijing, the historical capital of China. Upon arriving, you will soon transfer to a restaurant for lunch.

Then, it’s on to the undisputed highlight of the day: the Great Wall of China. You will enter at the Juyongguan section, which stretches over a natural pass just outside of the city. Built in the 3rd century B.C. to protect China’s northern border from foreign invaders, the entire wall rambles over thousands of miles east to west. It is the world’s largest military structure and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Following your time at the Great Wall, you will check into the Regent Beijing for the evening. Dinner is on your own.

Day 4

After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties. The world’s largest palace, the Forbidden City is a sprawling 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing treasures of China’s imperial past.

Continuing on, you will then see impressive Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public square. It has long been a gathering place for cultural and political events, perhaps the most notorious being the government’s brutal crackdown on protesting students who set up camp here in 1989. The square contains numerous monuments and buildings, including Tiananmen Tower, the Monument to the People’s Heroes, and the Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao.

After walking about the square, you will enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant and then transfer to the pier and re-board the ship.

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

DAY 1

6:30am Depart from the pier for the Shanghai Pudong Airport

7:45am Arrive at the Shanghai Pudong Airport

9:10am Fly to Xi’an Flight FM9201 (subject to change)

11:55am Arrive in Xi’an and transfer for lunch

1:15pm Dumpling lunch at the Defachang restaurant

2:45pm Visit the city walls

4:00pm Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda

5:30pm Hotel check in. The remainder of the day is on your own

Overnight at the Hilton Xi’an

DAY 2

Buffet breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Depart from the hotel

10:00am Visit the Terracotta Warriors Museum

1:00pm Lunch

3:00pm Visit the Great Mosque

4:30pm Return to the hotel

6:45pm Depart from hotel

7:15pm Tang Dynasty Dinner Show

10:00pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at the Hilton Xi’an

DAY 3

Buffet breakfast at the hotel

7:00am Depart from the hotel

8:00am Arrive at Xi’an Airport

9:00am Fly from Xi’an to Beijing Flight MU2103(subject to change)

10:55am Arrive in Beijing and transfer for lunch

12:45pm Lunch

2:45pm Visit the Great Wall of China

6:00pm Check into the Regent Hotel, dinner on own

DAY 4

Buffet breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Depart from the hotel

9:30am Visit the Forbidden City

11:00am Visit Tiananmen Square

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm Transfer to the port of Tianjin

4:15pm Arrive at the pier and re-board the ship

Expected Weather: In February, the temperature in Xian is cold 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, sunglasses, warm clothing and sweater.

Note about restrooms: Not all restrooms in China have conventional toilets; some are squat toilets only slighter higher than the floor. You will encounter both conventional and squat toilets while traveling. It is advisable to always carry hand sanitizer and extra tissues and toilet paper in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese currency is Renminbi (RMB) and the rate is approximately 6.1 RMBY to one U.S. dollar. Exchanging money is available at the hotels, and most shops accept U.S. 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: The maximum allowed is one checked bag weighing up to 44 pounds (20 kilograms) and one piece of carry-on luggage weighing up to 11 pounds (5 kilograms).

Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.

Hotel addresses:

Hilton Xi’an

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

TEL: 86-29-87388888

Regent Beijing

99 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China

Telephone: + 86 10 8522 1888

If a similar hotel is required due to unforeseen circumstances, it will be of equal ratings and standards and guests will be notified in advance.

Program includes:

• Economy-class air tickets between Shanghai, Xian and Beijing

• Accommodation for two nights at the Hilton Xi’an (Hilton Guest Room) and one night at the Regent Beijing (Deluxe room)

• All tours as per itinerary

• 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner (lunch and dinner include one soft drink, local beer or mineral water)

• All transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the program

Program excludes:

• Meals and drinks not specified above, tips to drivers and tour guides, hotel gratuities, 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.

Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Overland Programs must be purchased no later than 45 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 45 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.