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11 Days Leisure & Romantic China Tour for Senior Couples

Perhaps you’ve always longed to journey to China with your love of your life, to discover some sites and structures of greatest civilization in human history. Maybe you plan to set sail along the Yangtze River to soak up the country’s breathtaking natural scenery. This comprehensive 11 days China vacation for senior couples combines history, culture, scenery and luxurious cruise is going to make your dream of China fulfilled.

We wholeheartedly understand that it isn’t an ordinary trip, and it will turn out to be a unique and memorable one.

CCT Advantages:

  • 1. Travel with expert guide to explore and understand Forbidden City and Summer Palace;
  • 2. Ascend the Great Wall by cableway, and walk around this ancient fortification hand in hand;
  • 3. Master the secret way of health cultivation by practicing Taiji in front of Temple of Heaven;
  • 4. Discover the cultural traditions on a rickshaw hutong tour, and attend a calligraphy lesson to write Chinese characters;
  • 5. Explore the legendary tomb of Terracotta Army and face to face with thousands of over 2000-year-old “soldiers”;
  • 6. Make dumplings at a local family, experience the real Chinese family life;
  • 7. Cruise for 3 nights on the mighty Yangtze, enjoying the luxury service and interesting excursions;
  • 8. Ride a vintage sidecar snaking through the skyscrapers, the Bund and old corners of Shanghai;

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11 Days Leisure & Romantic China Tour for Senior Couples

Day 1, Arrive Beijing

Meals: No Meals

Be met and greeted by your China Culture Tour private guide and chauffeur at Beijing Capital International Airport. Transfer to your hotel in downtown Beijing, with a good location close to the shopping streets, restaurants and famous sites. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Recommended hotels:

  • Beijing luxury hotels: Aman Summer Palace, Peninsula, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing or similar
  • Beijing boutique hotels: Double Happiness Beijing Courtyard Hotel or similar
11 Days Leisure & Romantic China Tour for Senior Couples

Day 2, Cultural Immersion – Taiji Class, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Temple of Heaven is an ancient architectural masterpiece of unique design and a sacred site built by Ming and Qing emperors to communicate with the gods. By taking a Taiji class in front of Temple of Heaven, following a master to practice Taiji moves, you learn the Taoism’s philosophy of balancing physical and spiritual health. 

Visit a bustling local antique market, named Panjiayuan Market, if you travel in Beijing on a weekend, to discover countless antique accessories, ornaments, coins and so forth.

Have a wondrous journey through Forbidden City – the imperial palace of ancient China for about 500 years. Before entering Forbidden City, you will walk across Tiananmen Square and see Chairman Mao’s portrait on Tiananmen Rostrum. Witness the awe-inspiring wooden architectures and precious artistic displays of Forbidden City and learn its history.

Watch a performance of Peking Opera or Shaolin Kung Fu with VIP seat (optional).

11 Days Leisure & Romantic China Tour for Senior Couples

Day 3, the Majestic Great Wall to Humble Hutong Alleyways

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Drive to the Mutianyu Great Wall and take cableway to the summit. This endless wall was an enormous and effective fortification for over 2000 years and reflects the intelligence and diligence of ancient Chinese people. Mutianyu section is longest and one of the best-kept and most scenic Great Wall, with relatively less tourists.

In the afternoon, ride a vintage rickshaw through the winding hutong alleyways with a snapshot of local Beijingers’ life. Visit a traditional courtyard house where you take a calligraphy lesson. Learn to write “I Love You” and her/his name in Chinese.

Enjoy a special, romantic dinner - dinning on Beijing Roasted Duck (optional).

>> Looking for something particular to celebrate your wedding anniversary? How about tailor-making for her a piece of cheongsam dress and for him a Tang suite, and taking exotic anniversary photos?

11 Days Leisure & Romantic China Tour for Senior Couples

Day 4, Royal Cruise in Summer Palace, Beijing to Xian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Summer Palace is the most sophisticated royal garden of ancient China, built based on the superb traditional garden art and beautiful natural environment. The main structure of the palace was built against Wanshou Hill, which is so grand and solemn. Take a royal cruise on Kunming Lake to overlook the palace and the distant picturesque Yuquan Hill.   

Experience a bullet train journey from Beijing to Xian and travel further to the south. Xian is an amazing place for history lovers.

Recommended hotels:

  • Xian luxury hotels: Wyndham Grand Xian South, Gran Meliá Xian, Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel or similar
  • Xian boutique hotels: Grand Mercure Xi'an on Renmin Square or similar
11 Days Leisure & Romantic China Tour for Senior Couples

Day 5, Museum of Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Dream of exploring the ancient tombs around the world with your love? Well then the imposing tomb of Emperor Qinshihuang’s Terracotta Army is must-visit in China. Stand in awe before this great army that consist of thousands of armed soldiers, and learn from your expert guide about its legendary history dating back to more than 2000 years ago.

Come back to earth followed by a leisure walk on Muslim Quarter, the renowned food street of Xian. Indulge in the happy relaxing atmosphere and have a taste of hundreds of Xian Han and Hui snacks. Then Come to the Great Mosque of Xian in Huajue Alley, a grand Islamic mosque blending traditional Chinese architectural art yet strictly in accordance with the Islamic layout system.

Tonight, like the Tang Dynasty king and queen, enjoy the classical music and dance of Tang Dynasty (optional). 

11 Days Leisure & Romantic China Tour for Senior Couples

Day 6, Xian History Discovery & Dumpling Making Experience, Xian to Chongqing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

The prestigious capital of ancient China, today Xian still retains its unique historic atmosphere, as well as its ancient city wall, which is the longest and best preserved in China. Get in the city wall and feel like you travel through time from the ancient to nowadays.

Continue to be embraced by history and visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian’s iconic structure, to admire one of China’s first Buddhist pagodas and get to know the history of the great Silk Road that connected Chang’an (ancient name of Xian) and West Asia and even Mediterranean countries.

Before moving to Chongqing, where your Yangtze cruise departs, visit a local family to experience a real Chinese family life. Also join the kind, enthusiastic hosts to make dumplings

.11 Days Leisure & Romantic China Tour for Senior Couples

Day 7, Romantic, Relaxing Yangtze Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake in fresh air and soft morning sunlight. Invite your husband/wife participate in the onboard Taiji practice. Feel connected with your body and spiritual again. The rest of the morning free at leisure or you may take some cultural activities onboard.

In the afternoon, join the other passengers for a shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda, which is a beautiful black-and-red wooden structure built surprisingly on a hill cliff, thus praised as one of the most outstanding architecture marvels in the world.

At tonight’s welcome party, meet the captain and crew, and enjoy your husband’s/wife’s company at the ball.

11 Days Leisure & Romantic China Tour for Senior Couples

Day 8, Romantic, Relaxing Yangtze Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, the ship will sail through the Three Gorge landscape, which incorporates Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge and is renowned for the majestic views of mountains and steep cliff. Relax at the deck, breathing the fresh air and enjoying the scenery of water and greenery. Then take a small boat to slide through Goddess Stream (Shennv Stream) – a hidden gem along the Yangtze, with access to the tomb of hanging coffins and cliff coffins, and local people’s humble village.

Attend the Captain’s Farewell Party. Enjoy the fantastic performances, with a relaxed, fun, yet refined atmosphere.

11 Days Leisure & Romantic China Tour for Senior Couples

Day 9, Three Gorge Dam, Yichang to Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, check out, and disembark in Yichang this morning. You will be driven to the site of Three Gorge Dam, along with all the other passengers. The dam is a multipurpose hydraulic project, being the biggest and most efficiency of its kind in the world, and creating a spectacular scene on the Yangtze River.

Before flying to Shanghai, have a visit of Sanyou Cave, a famous cultural site in Yichang, with ancient pavilions and military fort. Many ancient literati and poets came here successively and left hundreds of cliff inscriptions and poems.

Recommended hotels:

  • Shanghai luxury hotels: Peace Hotel, Les Suites Orient Bund, Peninsula or similar
  • Shanghai boutique hotels: Hotel Indigo on the Bund, The Yangtze Boutique or similar
11 Days Leisure & Romantic China Tour for Senior Couples

Day 10, Shanghai Highlights: Skyscrapers to Old Secret Corners

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Experience a dash of culture, history and local way of living in Shanghai. Get in Fuxing Park, a lively, pleasant corner of French colonial style, where the local people enjoy an active morning by dancing and practicing Taiji.

Then walk in the heart of traditional Shanghai – the Town God Temple area, where you visit Yu Garden, Shanghai’s finest traditional garden, and the bustling food streets, where various steamed bun, dim sum, pancakes, candies, traditional noodles… are for sale.

Do you want to experience Shanghai’s old good days? Ride a vintage sidecar with him/her to discover the historic charm and stories of the Bund. And ride through the ornately decorated skyscrapers to the old secret streets to glimpse into Shanghainese’s traditional life. 

Finally if you’re still looking for a little thrill, enjoy a fabulous acrobatics show tonight (optional).

11 Days Leisure & Romantic China Tour for Senior Couples

Day 11, Depart Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

It is the end of your 11 days China vacation. Hopefully you have had a wonderful tour experience with your love that will soon become an important part of your life-time memory. Be transferred to Shanghai Pudong International Airport and fly home safely.

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