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CHINA TOUR - 2007

 
 

Extraordinary Wonders of China and The Yangtze River Cruise

 
 

From 8 to 28 June 2007 we participated in the Vantage Travel Company group tour to China. It was a wonderful experience. The Vantage Company took care of everything. And China is an amazing place, where we were able to see much of the ancient civilization and culture as well as experience first hand the excitement that permiates the rapidly modernizing Chinese society today. Here (links on the left) we record impressions from the tour and provide some of the photography taken during our too brief visit. And below are links to the photography of each location and city.

 
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Day one - May 8 - Departure from Dulles Airport, Virginia.

 
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photo of ice and water between Alaska and Siberia - and another photo from the aircraft during great circle flight

 
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Day two - May 9 - Arrive at Beijing, China - check into Presidential Plaza Hotel

 
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Day three - May 10 - Tour of Beijing - Forbidden City palace - visit Military Museum

 
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Day four - May 11 - Tour to Great Wall and Ming Tombs - visit Aviation Museum

 
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Day five - May 12 - tour through Hutong area in Xuanwu District including lunch with Chinese family and tea with another family - Tour to Summer Palace - and visit to Bang Fu Chun Fresh Water Pearl Store - visit to the Temple of Heaven- evening at Peking Opera

 
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Day six - May 13 - Bus drive to airport for flight to Xi'an - Drive through city, check into ANA Grand Castle Hotel - walk around city - Banquet dinner and musical show at Tang Dynasty dinner theater.

 
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Day seven - May 14 - Visit to the Xi'an Jin Jiang Jade Store - visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda - lunch at the Jiaozi Dumpling Restaurant - Tour the Qin Museum of the Terra Cotta Army.- evening walk around the city

 
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Day eight - May 15 - Bus to airport - fly to Hangzhou - check into the Radisson Plaza Hotel - Visit the provincial museum complex, especially the archeological exhibits.

 
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Day nine - May 16 - Tour to Lingyin Temple - West Lake cruise - Huangang Park - tea farm and museum - lunch with Chinese family -

 
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Day ten - May 17 - Visit to Huqingyutang Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy museum - lunch - walking tour of Hefang street - bus to train station for high speed train to Shanghai - check into Regent Shanghai Hotel - evening attendance at Chinese Acrobatic Troup in spectacular convention center

 
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Day eleven - May 18 - Bus tour of Shanghai - Bund - Old Town and Yu Garden - Shanghai Museum - evening tour including to tall building for view of city.

 
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Day twelve - May 19 - Bus tour to Zhujiajiao Ancient Water town

 
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Day thirteen - May 20 - Attend Church service - bus to airport for flight to Yichang - drive through Yichang and dinner - board the Victoria Cruise line ship for cruise on Yangtze.

 
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Day fourteen - May 21 - Cruising on Yangtze - visit to the Three Gorges Dam - pass through the lock and cruise through the Xiling Gorge

 
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Day fifteen - May 22 - Stop at Wushan - transfer to smaller ship for cruise up Daning River through the Little Three Gorges - then travel in small boat through narrow canyon.

 
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Day sixteen - May 23 - Cruise on Yangtze - stop to visit Fengdu "ghost' town.

 
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Day seventeen - May 24 - Arrive Chongqing and disembark - tour to Stilwell Museum and Flying Tiger Chenault Museum - transfer to airport for flight to Guilin - check into Lijiang Waterfall Hotel - evening view the waterfall and walk around the downtown area.

 
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Day eighteen - May 25 - Full day cruise on the Li River - stop for shopping in Yangshou - a town devoted to the tourist trade.

 
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Day nineteen - May 26 - Visit to Seven Star Park and Reed Flute Cave - transfer to airport for flight to Hong Kong - check into Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers.

 
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Day twenty - May 27 - Bus tour of Hong Kong - tramway to top of Victoria Peak- tour to Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Fishing Village including harbor ride in small boat. Fairwell banquet in hotel

 
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Day twenty- one - May 28 - Bus to huge Hong Kong airport and flight back to Washington D. C.

 
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Beijing - photos of the city and locations there.

 
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Forbidden City - photos of buildings in this huge complex

 
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Summer Palace - photos of the lake and buildings

 
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Temple of Heaven - photos of the temple complex

 
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Great Wall - photos taken along the wall

 
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Military Museum - photos of some of the exhibition halls

 
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Aviation Museum - photos of aircraft inside the hanger and on the runways

 
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Xi'an - photos of the city, the Terra Cotta Army, Smaller Wild Goose Pagoda and Tang Dynasty show

 
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Hangzhou - photos of the city and temples

 
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Shanghai - photos of the city and local tour locations,

 
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Yichang - few photos of our brief stop for dinner prior to boarding the cruise ship

 
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Yangtze River - extensive photography of the Three Gorges Dam and the gorges and cities along the river.

 
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Wushan - photos of the excursion through the Little Three Gorges

 
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Fengdu - photos of the temples in the 'ghost city'.

 
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Chongquin - few photos of our brief stop between debarking the cruise ship and going to the airport - the Stilwell and Chenault museums

 
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Guilin - photos of the city and of the cruise on the Li River

 
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Hong Kong - photos of the city and harbor and Victoria Bay

 

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