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OPTIONAL TOURS: All the tour programs on the itinerary are covered by your tour package. However, you may wish to choose some of the following optional programs, with additional charges.

The price for this amazing adventure to China is all inclusive.  You will see some of China's ancient landmarks as well as some of their modern marvels.  To enhance your China experience we have designed some optional tours you may want to consider. These tours will give you the opportunity to see aspects of China many tourists never see. If you are interested in going to see the Terra Cotta Warriors we need to know before the deadline.  For all the other optional tours you can let us know when we are in China.

1. The Terra Cotta Warriors
(USD $450.00 Per Person)
This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of the 20th century's greatest archaeological finds, often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the Ancient World.
China's First Emperor, the boy king who united the country in 221 BC and began construction of the first Great wall, was not only obsessed with building but also a fanatic about death. After experimenting with potions to prolong his life, the megalomaniac king resigned himself to death on his own terms. He would build a standing army of 7,000 soldiers to enforce his rule over the afterlife.
This terra cotta army of soldiers, servants, musicians, acrobats, and animals silently remained underground for two thousand years. Until, in 1974, Chinese farmers accidentally discovered the tomb's terra cotta army in 1974 while digging a well. Today modern buildings cover the unearthed treasures and provide a protected environment for them.


Note: This optional 2 day tour will includes airfare to Xi’an.  After Beijing you will fly to Xi'an for the tour and then reconnect with the main group in Shanghai. By taking this tour you will not be able to see Suzhou and Hangzhou.

2. Acrobatic show in Beijing
(Covered by the Package)
Beijing acrobatic troupe is a first class performance in China. Some of the performances of which have been awarded with gold medals from time to time through the International Acrobatic Competition.

3. Peking Opera

(USD $20.00 Per Person, USD $40.00 Per Person for VIP Seating)
Peking Opera is the masterpiece of China’s traditional culture and art and it is born in Beijing. Today it is more than three hundred years old. The Opera lasts an hour and thirty minutes, covering several different plays, of which some are full of fighting and some traditional singing and dancing. The show is beautiful for its colorful costumes, impressive facial designs and staging style of oriental culture.

4. Boat ride on Grand Canal in Suzhou
(USD $25.00 Per Person)
Grand Canal is a pure artificial object completed 1,300 years ago by Chinese people. It starts from Beijing and ends up in Hangzhou with a total length of more than 1,000 miles. During the 50 minute boat ride, tourists may enjoy the view of both modern and old life of Suzhou.

5. Ancient City of Song Dynasty in Hangzhou
(USD $25.00 Per Person)
In order to film the famous story “Three Kingdom,” the city was built 10 years ago. Besides its gorgeous decorations and its huge size, the highlight is the Grand Dynasty Show, given by hundreds of performers in traditional dress and singing and dancing style. The stay in there will turn out to be a great enjoyment of Traditional Chinese Culture.

6. Evening Cruise on Huangpu River
(USD $25.00 Per Person)
This cruise will absolutely build in everyone an unforgettable impression of Grand Shanghai! The evening view of Shanghai from the cruise is gorgeous, charming and unbeatable.

7. Hutong Tour in Beijing
(USD $35.00 Per Person)
Hutong is a traditional living area for ordinary Beijing citizens, the history of which dates back to 1,000 years ago. Hundreds of thousands of houses of traditional architecture style are densely flanked on both sides of narrow and zigzag streets in which people have been living a peaceful and traditional life there through many generations. Tourists will first get on a traditional rickshaw, two for each, for a Hutong tour, riding through those narrow streets tracing the historical life of an oriental country. Afterwards, tourists will visit a local family interviewing their life and will be served a delicious lunch with Chinese domestic dishes. During the two-hour Hutong tour, tourists will learn a lot of China’s modern life and its people.

8. ERA – Intersection of Time by Cirque du Soleil
(USD $35.00 Per Person)
As a multimillion-dollar stunning acrobatic extravaganza, the first of its kind in China, ERA is a multimedia odyssey whose inspiration is a direct result of the combination of traditional Chinese acrobatic arts and modern technology. Just like Shanghai, ERA evolves through a constant collision between the past and future. ERA is a love story, yet it is also contemplation across the millennia, a fascination with that other dimension man has yet to conquer: time. ERA’s acrobats are on a quest to find that tenuous point of balance, the intersection between X, Y and Z. Not only will the audience be amazed by the acrobats’ control and precision, they will be enchanted by the world that is created through the use of multimedia, technology, lighting and sound effects, elaborate costumes, original live music and a lot more. As such, ERA can remain universal, without language or cultural barriers. A thousand-year-old gesture is worth a thousand emotions, a thousand images, a thousand words. Allow us to feed your imagination and bring your dreams back to the present.

9. Shanghai Maglev Train
(USD $15.00 Per Person One Way, USD $25.00 Per Person Round Trip)
Shanghai Maglev Train, the first commercial rail line of its type in the world, links Metro Line 2 at Longyang Road with the Pudong International Airport by a train traveling at top speed of 431 kilometers per-hour which is much faster than the Bullet Train in Japan. Shanghai Maglev Train takes only 7 minutes and 20 seconds to cover 30-kilometer trip, which currently takes 30 to 40 minutes by driving. Invested with a total amount of 10 billion Yuan, it took 2.5 years to complete. The train is powered by electromagnetism. When the train is running it is suspended in air, about 10 millimeters above the track on a magnetic cushion. It brings a speed revolution to the world in ground transportation, and riding on the train will be an exciting experience for you!

10. The Legend of Kung Fu
(USD $25.00 Per Person)
The Legend of Kung Fu is a production which combines the elements of kung fu, story telling, acrobatics, modern dance, and original music to celebrate the philosophy and skill of martial arts. The show tells the story of a young boy, Chun Yi (the pure one), who in order to pursue spiritual and physical harmony is apprenticed as a monk to learn kung fu. Along the way he overcomes obstacles, is distracted and tempted, but ultimately achieves the designation of master who will enlighten the younger generations. Invited by Canada’s most experienced cultural brokers, John Cripton of Great World Artists, ‘Chun Yi: The Legend of Kung Fu’ had its first North America tour from August 2005 to January 2006. During the time, it played 150 performances in Vancouver, Toronto, Reno and other North American cities and won enormous audience admiration.

     

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