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Victoria Cruises Launches New ‘Tribes of the Three Gorges’ Excursion on China’s Yangtze River

March 20, 2012

Qutang Gorge Victoria Cruises is now offering a new optional Tribes of the Three Gorges excursion on its four-night upstream Yangtze River sailings from Yichang to Chongqing.

Victoria Cruises (http://www.victoriacruises.com) is now offering a new optional Tribes of the Three Gorges excursion on its four-night upstream Yangtze River sailings from Yichang to Chongqing.

Priced separately from Victoria Cruises’ standard excursion package at an additional $42 per person, the tour provides an introspective glimpse into local life in the Xiling Gorge region with opportunities to see Toad Spring, statues of the ancient Ba nationality, scenic Dragon Stream, Monkey Hill (featuring more than 200 wild specimens), Lover Bridge and Huanglong Waterfall. Additionally, passengers opting for the excursion will meet local fisherman and enjoy a boatman performance as well as Crying Wedding performance, a custom of the Tujia nationality.

Victoria Cruises’ standard excursion package is priced from $90 per person, which includes the “Ghost City” of Fengdu and Three Gorges Dam excursions, as well as an incredible sailing experience through the Small Gorges of the Daning River, one of the Yangtze’s tributaries (may be substituted for Shennong Stream tributary sailing at Victoria Cruises’ discretion). The Small Gorges excursion culminates with a tranquil sampan journey through the “Mini Gorges” of the Ma Du River, itself a tributary of the Daning.

Victoria Cruises also offers additional optional excursions, such as White Emperor City, which is priced at $38 per person, in addition to the cost of Victoria Cruises’ standard excursion package.

Overlooking the Western end of Qutang Gorge, White Emperor City has long been a refuge for would-be kings and poets who traveled there to be inspired by the breathtaking views. Legend has it that in 25 A.D., white vapor in the shape of a dragon rose from a well, and Gong Sunshu, a soldier who had been headquartered there, declared himself the “White Emperor.” Remains of the city wall can be seen on the hill behind Baidi Mountain, and a temple built to commemorate Gong’s reign dates back more than 1,950 years.

Travelers can book excursions as well as upgraded meal service and other VIP amenities offered through Victoria Cruises’ Executive Deck program in advance of departure, or they can upgrade onboard based on availability.

Victoria Cruises’ Executive Deck program features “white glove” concierge service, enhanced ship placement, access to exclusive VIP areas, exclusive shore excursions for groups of six or more, à la carte meal services or reserved window seating in the main dining room, exclusive happy hour, complimentary Internet access, exclusive cultural demonstrations and reserved seating for evening entertainment.

The four-night cruise is priced from $880 per person for a private balcony Superior Stateroom. Superior Staterooms on the Executive Deck start at $1,080 per person, while Executive Suites, Deluxe Suites and Shangri-La Suites start from $1,340, $1,820 and $2,300 per person, respectively. Prices are based on double occupancy and may vary based on ship and deck placement.

Based in New York, Victoria Cruises established new standards of excellence for sailing China’s Yangtze River when its first ship edged out of port in 1994. Since that time, Victoria Cruises has achieved tremendous success by introducing the majesty of the Yangtze River to travelers worldwide. A true pioneer and innovator, Victoria Cruises delivers an unrivaled and unsurpassed Yangtze River experience. An American-managed company, Victoria Cruises operates the largest fleet of vessels with the coveted five-star rating from the China National Tourism Administration. Victoria Cruises offers a variety of itineraries varying from four to nine days including Grand Yangtze Discovery, Three Gorges Highlights and Three Gorges Explorer.

Victoria Cruises has earned numerous awards and recognitions over the years and has most recently received the 2011 TravelAge West WAVE Award Editor’s Pick for Best River Cruise Line as well as Best New River Cruise Ship in 2010 with the launch of the luxurious Victoria Jenna. Travel Weekly also recently selected the Victoria Jenna as a Silver Award Winner for the Magellan Awards’ River Cruise Ship category.

China’s magnificent Yangtze River continues to awe and inspire and Victoria Cruises remains the finest guide for the journey.

For more information and a free color brochure or promotional DVD, contact Victoria Cruises at 57-08 39th Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377; phone 800-348-8084, 212-818-1680; fax (212) 818-9889. Send e-mail to contact@victoriacruises.com or visit http://www.victoriacruises.com.

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Pacific Delight Sets ‘Once-a-Year’ China Special Package featuring Beijing, Shanghai, Yangtze River Cruise from $1899 With Air

October 10, 2011

Pacific Delight (www.PacificDelightTours.com) is launching  its annual promotion offering major savings on one particular date. The Once A Year China Special kicks off with a Jan. 11, 2012 departure from Los Angeles (add $200 for New York’s JFK) covering Beijing (three nights) and Shanghai (two nights) and featuring a four-night Yangtze River sailing with Victoria Cruises. Rates start at $1,899 per person including airfare.

“Don’t let the rate fool you, despite the attractive price tag this special departure features 20 meals including a Beijing Duck dinner with American breakfast and all the deluxe amenities you’d expect from a Pacific Delight program,” said Larry Kwan, president of Pacific Delight Tours. “We’re confident that this is without a doubt the best value to China in the market.”

Pacific Delight’s Jan. 11 Once A Year China Special features four- and five-star hotels as well as five-star accommodations on a luxurious Victoria Cruises vessel, international air transportation from Los Angeles (add $200 for JFK), intra-China flights and transportation, and meals as specified in the itinerary.

The program also includes a plethora of sightseeing including The Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace in Beijing as well as the classical Yu Gardens and Temple of the Town God in Shanghai. The Bund, Shanghai’s colonial waterfront promenade, is also included along with a visit to the Shanghai Museum.

A relaxing Victoria Cruises sailing through the mist-shrouded Three Gorges of the Yangtze River complements the journey perfectly with excursions such as the scenic Daning River and tranquil Ma Du River tributaries (the Ma Du segment utilizes a traditional sampan) and the impressive “Ghost City” of Fengdu.

Rates start at $1,899 per person, based on double occupancy, with departure from Los Angeles on Jan 12, 2012.

Consult your local travel agent or contact Pacific Delight Tours at 800-221-7179 for more information. Visit Pacific Delight Tours at www.PacificDelightTours.com.

See also:

HANGZHOU: CHINA’S CITY OF ROMANCE
Marco Polo’s ‘City of Heaven’ As Alluring as Ever

HANGZHOU: ANCIENT & MODERN COME TOGETHER IN CHINA’S RESORT CITY

ZHEJIANG PROVINCE PRESENTS
MICROCOSM OF CHINA, OLD & NEW

Region Was Cutting Edge, Even in Marco Polo’s Time

For more travel features, visit:

www.travelwritersmagazine.com/TravelFeaturesSyndicate

www.examiner.com/eclectic-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

Victoria Cruises Offers up to 50% Off China’s Yangtze Sailings; Hosts 4 Chinese New Year Trips

October 10, 2011

Highlights of the experience onboard Victoria Cruises include cultural entertainment featuring traditional Chinese costumes

Winter is the perfect time to see China’s mist-shrouded Yangtze River while taking advantage of steep discounts on Victoria Cruises’ (http://www.victoriacruises.com) popular Three Gorges Highlights program with 4- and 5-day sailings departing every Thursday and Sunday, respectively, in January and February 2012.

Discounted rates start at $470 per person, based on double occupancy, for a superior stateroom with private balcony. Executive Suites (pictured right) – which feature upgraded accommodations and ship placement along with VIP amenities such as “white glove” concierge service, access to exclusive ship areas, à la carte meal service, private cultural lectures and reserved seating for evening entertainment – start at $870 per person, based on double occupancy, throughout January and February 2012.

Additionally, Victoria Cruises will be offering four special Chinese New Year celebratory cruises departing January 23, 24, 26 and 27. A $150 per person surcharge will be applied for passengers on these four departures.

Victoria Cruises’ steeply-discounted Three Gorges Highlights winter special sails upstream from Yichang to Chongqing (five days/four nights) as well as downstream from Chongqing to Yichang (four days/three nights) on Victoria Cruises’ lavish five-star vessels.

In addition to spectacular views of centuries-old pagodas nestled along the Yangtze and a scenic passage through the famous Three Gorges, a one-time shore excursion fee of $65 per person (inclusive of all excursions) provides guests with an educational visit to the massive Three Gorges Dam as well as unforgettable sightseeing at the “Ghost City” of Fengdu (pictured right).

Also included in the shore excursion package, an incredible sailing experience through the Small Gorges of the Daning River – one of the Yangtze’s tributaries – culminates with a tranquil sampan journey through the “Mini Gorges” of the Ma Du River, itself a tributary of the Daning.

Guests can also participate in an optional shore excursion to White Emperor City (pictured right), overlooking the western end of Qutang Gorge.

According to legend, in 25 A.D. white vapor rose from a well to form the shape of a dragon, and Gong Sunshu, a soldier who had been headquartered there, declared himself the “White Emperor.” Remains of the city wall can be seen on the hill behind Baidi Mountain, and a temple built to commemorate Gong’s reign dates back more than 1,950 years and has long been a refuge for would-be kings and poets who have traveled there to be inspired by the breathtaking views. The optional White Emperor City shore excursion is available this winter for an additional $38 per guest.

Passengers can also participate in exciting onboard activities such as Tai Chi lessons, demonstrations of acupuncture/acupressure and discussions on the Yangtze’s history. Nightly entertainment options include traditional Chinese dance and musical performances (pictured below).

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements are available. Itineraries are subject to change based on river conditions.

For more information or to book, or for a list of tour operators which include the Yangtze River in their value-priced winter programs, contact Victoria Cruises toll-free at 800-348-8084 or visit www.VictoriaCruises.com.

Victoria Cruises

Based in New York, Victoria Cruises established new standards of excellence for sailing China’s Yangtze River when its first ship edged out of port in 1994. Since that time, Victoria Cruises has achieved tremendous success by introducing the majesty of the Yangtze River to travelers worldwide. A true pioneer and innovator, Victoria Cruises delivers an unrivaled and unsurpassed Yangtze River experience. An American-managed company, Victoria Cruises operates the largest fleet of vessels with the coveted five-star rating from the China National Tourism Administration. Victoria Cruises offers a variety of itineraries varying from four to nine days including Grand Yangtze Discovery, Three Gorges Highlights and Three Gorges Explorer.

Victoria Cruises has earned numerous awards and recognitions over the years and has most recently received the 2011 TravelAge West WAVE Award Editor’s Pick for Best River Cruise Line as well as Best New River Cruise Ship in 2010 with the launch of the luxurious Victoria Jenna. Travel Weekly also recently selected the Victoria Jenna as a Silver Award Winner for the Magellan Awards’ River Cruise Ship category.

China’s magnificent Yangtze River continues to awe and inspire and Victoria Cruises remains the finest guide for the journey.

For more information and a free color brochure or promotional DVD, contact Victoria Cruises at 57-08 39th Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377; phone (800) 348-8084, (212) 818-1680; fax (212) 818-9889. Send e-mail to contact@victoriacruises.com or visit http://www.victoriacruises.com.

See also:

HANGZHOU: CHINA’S CITY OF ROMANCE
Marco Polo’s ‘City of Heaven’ As Alluring as Ever

HANGZHOU: ANCIENT & MODERN COME TOGETHER IN CHINA’S RESORT CITY

ZHEJIANG PROVINCE PRESENTS
MICROCOSM OF CHINA, OLD & NEW

Region Was Cutting Edge, Even in Marco Polo’s Time

For more travel features, visit:

www.travelwritersmagazine.com/TravelFeaturesSyndicate

www.examiner.com/eclectic-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

Chinatours.com to award free China tour for participants in Facebook, Twitter lottery

July 22, 2011
East Lake, Zhejiang Province, china

A scene in the living history village at East Lake in Zhejiang Province, China © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

XIAN, CHINA, July 21, 2011 — China Tours, a private tour specialist within China, has embraced social media in an ongoing initiative to encourage travelers to visit China. All followers of @Chinatours.com on Twitter and fans of Chinatours.com on Facebook will have a chance to win a FREE trip to China excluding international airfares.

Follow @chinatourscom on Twitter or join the Chinatours.com Fan Page on Facebook, you can register to win the free tour. All qualifying entrants received from July 20th, 2011 to August 20th, 2011 will be entered into a random drawing to win a luxury 8-day stay in China, $1168 of value, including first-class accommodations, private English-speaking guide, all intra-China transfers, most meals, taxes and service fees, as well as admission fees to comprehensive sightseeing and activities.

Note that duplicate entries are invalid and will be deleted. Chinatours.com will award one person “8 days tour of Beijing-Xian-Shanghai” from all entries joining the draw, via an unbiased third party who conducts the drawing in a manner that is guaranteed to be fair.

To sweeten the customers further, those who don’t win the prize are eligible to get a $59 coupon when booking a travel package valued over $1000 with Chinatours.com in 2011 and 2012.

“It is part of our continued efforts to grab the attention of current and prospective travelers,” said the director manager of Chinatours.com. “This exclusive offer may engage global travelers who are seeking quality tours and better experiences to China. We are offer two opportunities for people to win a tour, one for Facebook users and another for Twitter users.”

Chinatours.com has just revamped its website for better navigation. The new interface features tour-class comparison, revamped routes and multiple payment options, which aim to improve user-friendliness and efficiency. Visitors to Chinatours.com now can see the updates live on the site.

This is chinatours.com’s first marketing campaign on the social networks and it will keep active on Twitter, Facebook and other SNS sites in the future.

Chinatours.com, the online shop of Xian ANZ International Travel Service Co., Ltd, mainly sells private tours in China, providing high quality tours to China at affordable price.

See also:

HANGZHOU: CHINA’S CITY OF ROMANCE
Marco Polo’s ‘City of Heaven’ As Alluring as Ever

HANGZHOU: ANCIENT & MODERN COME TOGETHER IN CHINA’S RESORT CITY

ZHEJIANG PROVINCE PRESENTS
MICROCOSM OF CHINA, OLD & NEW

Region Was Cutting Edge, Even in Marco Polo’s Time

And see other travel features at:

www.travelwritersmagazine.com/TravelFeaturesSyndicate

www.examiner.com/eclectic-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

 

 

USTOA Tour Company Members Offer Culinary Adventures in Five Asian Countries

July 2, 2011

USTOA member companies offer culinary adventures to China and other Asian destinations highlighted with cooking classes and feasts © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Tour companies are serving up a menu of Asian food adventures, from cooking classes to culinary feasts. Travelers can dine at the home of a noted chef in India, learn to cook five traditional dishes in Vietnam, or savor authentic Beijing duck in China.

Here are four representative tours from USTOA companies to suit varying tastes and palates.

India

“A Portrait of India”: 18 days/17 nights: Foodies can enjoy a cooking demonstration and dinner at the home of a noted Indian chef on Tauck’s 18 day, 17 night “A Portrait of India”. Visit New Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Cochin, Kumarakom, and Mumbai. Priced from $7,890 per person, land only, the tour must be booked by December 1, 2011 for travel available until December 21, 2011. According to Tauck, this virtually all-inclusive price reflects a savings of up to 40% over making the same arrangements on your own. For reservations and more information, phone 1-800-468-2825 or visit www.tauck.com.

Southeast Asia

Treasures of Angkor Wat and Vietnam: 16 days/15 nights:Experience a half day Vietnamese cooking class in Hoi An, including a visit to the market and preparation of five traditional dishes, with Explorations’ “Treasures of Angkor Wat and Vietnam” from Collette Vacations. This 16 day/15 night tour to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam offers a small group of twenty-eight passengers. Price begins from $2,999 per person, saving travelers up to 25% over independent booking, according to Collette. Book by March 1, 2012 for travel valid until April 12, 2012. International airfare is additional. For reservations and more information, phone 1-877-451-8687 or visit www.explorationstouring.

Laos and Vietnam: Sacred Jewels of Southeast Asia: 16 days/15 nights: On International Expeditions’ “Laos and Vietnam: Sacred Jewels of Southeast Asia.” travelers sample the famous roast chicken at Anh Tuyet’s restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam, featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations.” In Laos, culinary offerings include lunch at Makphet Restaurant in Vientiane. and Italian cuisine at Xe Pian ecolodge. Also offered is an elephant fish lunch in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. Activities include sightseeing by cyclo-rickshaw, tuk-tuk, long boat, sampan boat and elephant back. An overnight cruise on Halong Bay in Vietnam aboard a Chinese junk, plus visits to Luang Prabang in Laos and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam are also included, as are excursions to local markets, villages, and sustainability projects, a private baci welcome ceremony, and a sacred tak bat ceremony. Hotel accommodations are for thirteen nights, with three nights in secluded Xe Pian National Protected Area. The tour, which can be booked at any time, is priced from $4,298 per person, land only, and is available until December 1, 2011. For reservations and more information, phone 1-800-633-4734 or visit www.IEtravel.com/explore-laos.

China

China Impressions: 10 days/9 nights: Savor a Beijing duck dinner and local culinary lunches on Pacific Delight Tours’ 10 day, 9 night “China Impressions” tour. Cost starts from $2,199 per person, representing up to a 40% savings over booking independently, according to Pacific Delight Tours. The itinerary visits Beijing, Xi’an, Suzhou, and Shanghai, and includes international airfare from Los Angeles (add $200 for New York), deluxe hotels, meals, sightseeing, and transfers. This tour is available through March 2012. For reservations and more information, phone 1-800-221-7179 or visit www.pacificdelighttours.com.

“Today’s traveler to Asia wants a total experience, including tasting local cuisine and learning about a culture through its food,” says Terry Dale, president of the U.S. Tour Operators Association. “These tours, by introducing travelers to local cuisine, provide an immersion and greater understanding into Asian cultures.”

 

All tour prices are based on double occupancy. Restrictions and additional security fees, departure and local taxes and fees may apply. Prices may vary based on departure date.

For more information on Asia vacations with culinary interest visit: www.USTOA.com, or www.USTOA.travel.

USTOA member companies have met the travel industry’s highest standards, including participation in the association’s Travelers Assistance Program, which among other things protects consumer payments up to $1 million in case the company goes out of business. USTOA is the premier association of companies providing vacation packages, tours, and custom travel itineraries for more than 11 million people yearly.

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www.examiner.com/eclectic-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

Wendy Wu Tours Sells Fully Inclusive 16-day ‘Wonders of China’ Tour Priced from $3,690 with Air

June 30, 2011

Wendy Wu Tours is offering packages to China fully inclusive of air fare, that feature the iconic places © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Wendy Wu Toursis offering an opportunity to become immersed in the history and traditions of China with fully-inclusive 16-day “Wonders of China” tours. Wendy Wu Tour packages combine many of China’s top sites with special touches: at the Great Wall – access at entry points away from the crowds and vendors; a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River, which links the historic Bund and futuristic Pudong areas of Shanghai; and entry into the Great Mosque in Xi’an’s lively Muslim Quarter, to name a few.

The fully-inclusive prices for each tour cover all costs, including round-trip air from NY or LAX, all meals, excursions, stellar accommodations, a full-time Wendy Wu Tours Manager escort – even the visa fee, processing and taxes. Pricing for “Wonders of China,” which has 32 departures between May 22 and Nov. 9, 2011, ranges from $3,690 to $4,390 per person, double.

Highlights include both the sites that all visitors to China must see – Shanghai’s breathtaking Yu Gardens and Old Town; Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall in Beijing; the Great Pandas at the Chongqing Zoo; and Xian’s Terracotta Warriors and Ancient City Wall – as well as some that are not included in the mass market tours: an exploration of the unique 1920’s style shikumen buildings in Shanghai’s restored Xintiandi area; and Beijing’s Summer Palace are examples.

Meals and excursions play an important role on the tour — whether it is authentic Shanghai cuisine; Peking Duck, artfully carved at tableside; a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty Dancing; the Islamic food markets in the Muslim Quarter; or a fascinating Chinese Acrobatic show in Beijing.

Group Tours have a maximum of 28 persons, comfortably ensconced in 49-passenger coaches for most tours. Single supplements are available as well as sharing opportunities. A new 68-page full-color brochure has been produced highlighting the many offerings, and a new North American website has been unveiled to serve the consumers and travel agents: www.wendywuschina.com. Wendy Wu Tours also offers Private Tours — fully-inclusive but offering more flexibility and excellent for small groups, reunions, family groups, alumni groups or just friends looking to have a nice private vacation together in a mystical land.

The prices include all costs aside from gratuity. All international flights (from NYC and LAX), fuel surcharges, taxes, accommodations in centrally-located superior-three- and four-star hotels, three meals a day, intra-China transportation, daily tours and entrance fees, evening entertainment, English speaking guides, a Wendy Wu Tours Manager escort – even the $190 visa fee and processing.

Reservations, brochures and information can be obtained from travel agents and Wendy Wu Tours, telephone (877) 993-6399; web site: www.wendywuschina.com.

See also:

HANGZHOU: CHINA’S CITY OF ROMANCE
Marco Polo’s ‘City of Heaven’ As Alluring as Ever

and slideshow

HANGZHOU: ANCIENT & MODERN COME TOGETHER IN CHINA’S RESORT CITY
and slideshow

ZHEJIANG PROVINCE PRESENTS MICROCOSM OF CHINA, OLD & NEW
Region Was Cutting Edge, Even in Marco Polo’s Time

ChinaExperience Explores China from Ancient to Modern with 10-Day Package, from $1,699

February 22, 2011

In Hangzhou, a scenic cruise on picturesque West Lake brings into view classic Chinese scenes © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

ChinaExperience.com, an offshoot of Pacific Delight Tours, is offering a 10-day program contrasting  China’s magnificent history with its modern, almost-futuristic splendor. Starting at $1,699 per person, based on departure in April 2011, the value-oriented tour operator’s Ancient & Modern China itinerary not only covers historical Beijing and ultra-modern Shanghai, it also features the natural scenic beauty of Hangzhou and the quaint water town of Suzhou, often described as “Venice of the East.”

The program begins in Beijing, where visitors will marvel the historical significance of sites like Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City as well as the famed Great Wall of China. Travelers will also learn about the farming and cultivating of pearls in China with a visit to a local Pearl Factory, followed by a tour of Summer Palace, the summer vacation home of many of China’s great emperors. A visit to the Temple of Heaven will be highlighted by the morning’s Tai Chi ritual (weather permitting) which is a sight to behold in and of itself.

Travelers will next explore Suzhou, a well-known ancient water town commonly referred to as “Venice of the East.” A city tour in the morning will be followed by a stroll through Lingering Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is arguably considered one of China’s most stunning. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about raising silk worms and harvesting their silk with a tour of a local Silk Factory.

In Hangzhou, travelers will begin with a tour of the Temple of the Soul’s Retreat, one of the largest and wealthiest Buddhist temples in the Wulin Mountains, lined by numerous grottoes and pagodas. A scenic cruise on picturesque West Lake will feature a special treat – a culturally enlightening visit to a historic Tea Plantation.

Guests will enjoy a scenic drive to Shanghai where they will stroll through the old Shanghai Bazaar and learn about the delicate procedure and production of Chinese silk carpets at a renowned Silk Carper Factory. They will also have the opportunity to peruse more than 120,000 ancient works of Chinese art at the Shanghai Museum. An optional night out to see the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatic Show will cost an additional $40 per person (includes dinner) and is highly recommended.

Starting rate of $1,699* per person is based on double occupancy accommodations with transpacific air from Los Angeles (add $200* per person for New York City) in April 2011. Starting rates increase to $1,799* per person ($1,999* from New York City) for travel in May and November 2011, and $1,999* per person ($2,199* from New York City) for travel June through October 2011 out of Los Angeles.

The program includes intra-China flights, fuel surcharges, all transfers, hotel accommodations, American breakfast daily and most meals, baggage handling, hotel taxes and services charges.

Visit www.ChinaExperience.com for more information or to book.

Read:

Hangzhou: Marco Polo’s ‘City of Heaven’ as alluring as ever and see slideshow:

Hangzhou: Ancient & Modern come together in china’s resort city and see slideshow

See more features at
www.travelwritersmagazine.com/TravelFeaturesSyndicate

www.examiner.com/eclectic-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

www.examiner.com/eclectic-traveler-in-long-island/karen-rubin