Beijing / Xi’an / Kaifeng / Shanghai / Suzhou

Highlights:

  • Explore Beijing’s ancient Forbidden City, Summer Palace and 2,000-year-old Great Wall of China
  • Explore the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an – the greatest archaeological discovery
  • Visit Kaifeng, the oldest Jewish community
  • Retrace the Shanghai’s Jewish history and legacy
  • Excursion to Suzhou – top exquisite water town in China

ACCOMODATIONS

CITY NIGHTS HOTELS
Beijing 3 Capital Hotel
Xi'an 2 Golden Flower by Shangri-La
Kaifeng 2 New Century Grand Hotel
Shanghai 4 Courtyard Shanghai Puxi
DAY 1
Arrival in Beijing

Arrive in Beijing. Meet and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2
Beijing

Morning sightseeing begins at Tiananmen Square, one of the largest city squares in the world. Then continue to two UNESCO World Heritage sites. The first is the Forbidden City, the palace complex that was home to Chinese emperors for five centuries. Then in the afternoon visit the Temple of Heaven, built in the early 15th century as a place of prayer. (B,L)

DAY 3
Beijing

Spend the day at two more UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Great Wall and the Summer Palace. On your way to your excursion, drive by the famous “Bird’s Nest,” the National Stadium used in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Once arriving at the Great Wall, walk along this architectural masterpiece that has been one of the symbols of China for nearly 2000 years. In the afternoon visit the Summer Palace, a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. (B,L)

DAY 4
Beijing | Xi'an

Morning travel by rickshaw through some of the city’s Hutongs, narrow streets or alleys in traditional neighborhoods. Later fly to Xi’an. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. (B,L)

DAY 5
Xi'an

Travel through the scenic countryside to tour another UNESCO World Heritage site, the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor with its extraordinary Terracotta army. This collection of sculptures has thousands of life-sized figures. In the afternoon, visit the famous Shaanxi Provincial Museum, one of the largest museums in China, and stop at a 7-story pagoda that was part of the Silk Road. In the evening, a special dinner and Tang Dynasty Show. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
Xi'an | Kaifeng

Travel by high-speed train to Zhengzhou at nearly 200 mph! Then drive to Kaifeng, where traces of an active Jewish community remain. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. (B,L)

DAY 7
Kaifeng

Kaifeng is known for having the oldest extant Jewish community in China. Tour includes visit to the Qingming Park exhibiting the city’s Jewish history, walk along South Teaching Sculpture Road, which was at the center of the Jewish community, the Great East Mosque, Shi Lei Museum and visit the home of a Jewish descendant. (B,L)

DAY 8
Kaifeng | Shanghai

Morning tour of the Kaifeng Museum, which includes artifacts from the ancient Kaifeng Jewish community. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, then transfer to your hotel. (B,L)

DAY 9
Shanghai

Tour the Old City of Shanghai, including the Yu Yuan Garden, the Shanghai Ghetto, where Jews were forced to relocate during World War II and the Ohel Moshe Synagogue. Afterwards, see the Fairmont Peace Hotel built by Sir Victor Sassoon, a wealthy descendant of a Jewish-Iraqi family in 1930. (B,L)

DAY 10
Shanghai | Suzhou | Shanghai

Excursion today to two UNESCO World Heritage sites in Suzhou. Cruise on the Grand Canal, the longest and oldest canal in the world. Later, visit the Classical Gardens of Suzhou, masterpieces of classical Chinese garden design. (B,L)

DAY 11
Shanghai

Morning visit to the famous Shanghai Museum. The afternoon is yours to continue to explore the city. (B)

DAY 12
Depart Shanghai

Transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)

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