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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.

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

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