Overview - Tours in China
China is one of the world’s most fascinating civilizations with thousands of years of history. But since it reopened its doors to the world in 1978, progress and development have thrust it forward from 19th to 21st Century in just a blink of an eye.
As a first-timer to China, you may want to begin your journey in Beijing, behind the walls of the Forbidden City, the home of emperors and the center of Chinese power for centuries. At the Temple of Heaven you’ll ascend the “Vermillion Steps Bridge,” to pray for a good harvest, as did the emperors before you. You can also walk the Great Wall and take in the surrounding beauty and think of times gone by.
Xi’an, the capital of Shanxi Province, is a must see when visiting China. I have been there twice and can go back again and again. Xian was the center of the Silk Road during China’s Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) heyday. You’re transported even farther into Chinese history with an up-close, face-to-face encounter with the more than 6,000, hand carved, life-sized terracotta warriors and horses at the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China (221-206 BCE). Each sculpture is detailed down to its strands of hair! The warriors are truly amazing!
Repeat visitors to China may want to retrace the fabled Silk Road that brought the brilliance and abundance, spices and splendor from Asia to Europe for over 2,400 years. In Uyghur Province in the northwest, you’ll encounter once vibrant walled cities, echoing in the midst of some of the most desolate, dry and inhospitable landscape. You’ll have milk, tea and baked maize cakes with a group of Muslim women in this now ethnically diverse area four times the size of California.
You may choose a relaxing, memorable Yangtze River cruise with a five-star ship as your overnight homebase. As you sail along the zigzagging route from Chongqing to Shanghai, you experience the power of the spectacular Three Gorges. Historic legends jump hundreds of meters from lush, vertical cliffs within meters’ reach of your deck, and the landscapes of ancient painted scrolls become your own reality.
Bustling Shanghai is the Paris of the Orient, blending East and West, old and new and an ever expanding population now at 20 million. Like the Champs-Elysees, the waterfront on the Bund offers the enchantment of century-old architecture and history. At the same time, Pudong just across the Huangpu River, is a 21st Century Cityscape offering the excitement of the new – modern galleries, designer shops, and trendy cafes. Pudong, just planned in the 1990s, is now the financial and commercial hub of China!
China is speeding fast into the future but is uncovering more and more of its past. Let Geringer Global Travel take you from ancient history to the China fast track. End your trip aboard the Shanghai Transrapid Maglev and zoom from downtown Shanghai to Shanghai Pudong International Airport at more than 300 miles per hour! Explore the past and greet the future at the same time!
Geringer Global Travel are experts in travel to China and can plan your custom tour. We have the knowledge to plan that special itinerary that suits your particular interests and budget. Tours with or without international airfare are available, and the option to have a guide is available for each tour. However, guides are highly recommended to make the most of your experience!
To learn more about China custom tours; including its UNESCO heritage sites, museums, cities, rural areas, mountains, national parks, the Great Wall in Beijing, the Teracotta soldiers in Xian and more. Call or email Susan at Geringer Global Travel, your specialist in planning your China custom tour package.