China_ Tibet _ the Yangtze River

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  China, Tibet &
the Yangtze River
September 15-October 3, 2012
With HMNH Leader Wenfei Tong

19 days from $5,495 — air, land & cruise inclusive
Tour membership strictly limited to 20 Travelers

19 days from $5,495 — air, land and cruise inclusive
       his distinctive small group journey combines a special visit to remote,

T      spiritual Tibet with a memorable cruise on the Yangtze, China’s
       fabled “long river.” Enhancing this highly popular itinerary:
intriguing Beijing, the extraordinary Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian, and
cosmopolitan Shanghai. East meets West in a joyful convergence.
                                                                     Saturday, September 15: Depart U.S. for
                                                                     Beijing, China

                                                                     Sunday, September 16: Arrive Beijing We
                                                                     arrive in the Chinese capital and transfer to our
                                                                     hotel. After time to relax, we embark on a brief
                                                                     walking tour. Dinner tonight is on our own.

  Map Legend
                                                                     Monday, September 17: Beijing After a
      Destination                                                    morning briefing about the journey ahead, we
                                                                     begin our discovery of this 2,000-year-old city
      River Cruise
                                                         China Sea   at vast Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden
                                                                     City, seat of imperial power during the Ming
                                                                     and Qing dynasties. Tonight we savor a tradi-
  Avg. High (°F)               Sep              Oct
  Beijing                      77               66                   tional Peking Duck dinner at a local restaurant.
  Lhasa                        67               61                   B,D
  Shanghai                     79               72

                                                                     Tuesday, September 18: Beijing/Great Wall
  Your Small Group Tour Highlights                                   This morning we tour the splendid Temple of
                                                                     Heaven complex, where China’s rulers once wor-
  Beijing touring, including Tiananmen Square, Temple                shipped. After lunch we visit the Great Wall,
  of Heaven, Great Wall ... Beijing hutong tour and home             the network of ancient defense installations that
  visit ... Giant Panda Protection & Research Center,                stretches almost 4,000 miles from the East
  Chengdu ... Dazu Rock Carvings … Three-night visit to              China Sea to Central Asia. B,L,D
  fascinating Tibet ... Lhasa’s 1,000-room Potala Palace
  ... Visit with a Tibetan family ... Three-night Yangtze            Wednesday, September 19: Beijing This
  River cruise including Three Gorges ... Terra Cotta
                                                                     morning we enjoy a small group highlight, as we
  Warriors of Xian ... Shanghai touring
                                                                     ride rickshaws through Beijing’s ancient back
  Day Itinerary Hotel                           Rating               roads and alleys (hutongs) and enjoy a home
  1        Depart U.S. for Beijing                                   visit, giving us a glimpse of the traditional com-
  2-5      Beijing         Sofitel Wanda        Deluxe
                                                                     munal lifestyle. Then we visit the Summer
                           Beijing                                   Palace, the former royal retreat that is now a
  6-7      Xian            Sheraton Xian        Sup. First Class
                                                                     lovely park. B,L
  8        Chengdu         Crowne Plaza         Deluxe
  9-11     Lhasa, Tibet    Xin Ding Hotel       First Class
                                                                     Thursday, September 20: Beijing/Xian We
  12       Chongqing       JW Marriott          Deluxe
                                                                     fly this morning to Xian, a provincial backwater
  13-15 Yangtze Cruise Victoria Cruises         Sup. First Class
                                                                     until the accidental discovery of the Terra Cotta
  16-18 Shanghai           Hilton Shanghai      Deluxe
  19       Depart Shanghai for U.S.
                                                                     Warriors in 1974. Upon arrival we tour the
                                                                     impressive nine-mile city wall and moat, then
  Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel
  industry standard reference.                                       enjoy a special dumpling lunch. Next: Shanxi

Cover photo: Tibet’s Potala Palace, traditional seat of the Dalai Lamas and UNESCO World Heritage Site
A UNESCO site, China's Great Wall winds across deserts and grasslands, mountains and plateaus for almost 4,000 miles.

Provincial History Museum, with an acclaimed                   spiritual place where Buddhism has infused all
collection of historic and cultural artifacts.                 aspects of life for 13 centuries. We see evi-
Tonight we attend a Tang Dynasty show and din-                 dence of this at 17th-century Potala Palace,
ner. B,L,D                                                     with 200,000 Buddha images and 1,000 rooms,
                                                               some of which we explore this morning. This
Friday, September 21: Xian Our day begins                      afternoon we visit the vast Sera Monastery.
with a visit to the revered Wild Goose Pagoda                  B,L,D
(c. 652 AD). After lunch we tour the museum
housing the army of 7,000 life-sized Terra Cotta               Wednesday, September 26: Lhasa/
Warriors that had lain buried and forgotten for                Chongqing We depart for the flight to
more than two millennia. B,L,D                                 Chongqing, where we visit the Stilwell Museum
                                                               commemorating WWII General Joseph Stilwell.
Saturday, September 22: Xian/Chengdu We                        Dinner tonight is at our hotel. B,L,D
fly this morning to Chengdu, where we visit the
renowned Giant Panda Protection & Research                     Thursday, September 27: Chongqing/Dazu/
Center, the only such refuge in the world. B,L,D               Board Ship T    oday’s excursion features the Dazu
                                                               Rock Carvings dating back more than a millen-
Sunday, September 23: Chengdu/Lhasa                            nium – and now a UNESCO World Heritage
Early today we fly to Lhasa, Tibet’s capital and               site. These cliffside carvings reflect Buddhist
only major city. Sitting on a plateau between                  teachings, tenets of Confucianism, and local folk-
two Himalayan ridges, the Chinese province of                  lore. Tonight we board our river ship and set sail
Tibet covers an area as large as Western                       downstream. B,L,D
Europe. On the way to our hotel we stop to
visit with a Tibetan family in their home. Since               Friday, September 28: Yangtze Cruising –
the altitude here is approximately 12,000 feet                 Shibaozhai or Fengdu Prized for its haunting
above sea level, we spend the remainder of the                 natural beauty, the Yangtze is one of the world’s
day acclimating. B,L,D
                                                                  Post-Tour Extension: Oct. 3-5, 2012
Monday, September 24: Lhasa Our tour
begins in the heart of the old city at Jokhang,                     SHANGHAI – ON YOUR OWN
Tibet’s holiest temple. Built in 647, Jokhang is
                                                                                3 days/2 nights for $245
an intriguing complex that attracts pilgrims day                                  Single Supplement: $195
and night. Surrounding Jokhang is Barkhor, a
                                                                         Spend additional time exploring dynamic
plaza lined with chanting monks, street per-                            Shanghai, China’s most prosperous, vibrant,
formers, and vendors. Later we tour the sum-                                      and cosmopolitan city.
mer palace of the Dalai Lamas at Norbulinka;
tonight, we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.                       Your Tour Price Includes
B,L,D                                                                 • 2 nights’ accommodations at Shanghai Hilton
                                                                      • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
Tuesday, September 25: Lhasa Opened to for-                           • Transfer to the airport
eigners only since 1984, Tibet is a profoundly
longest (3,600 miles) and busiest rivers. This                  We continue on to beloved 16th-century Yu Yuan
afternoon we visit either the Red Pagoda in                     Garden. After lunch together we tour the acclaimed
Shibaozhai, or the “ghost city” of Fengdu. B,L,D                Shanghai Museum. Tonight we dine on our
                                                                own then attend a lively acrobatic show. B,L
Saturday, September 29: Yangtze Cruising
– Qutang Gorge/Small Three Gorges/Wu                            Tuesday, October 2: Shanghai This morn-
Gorge/Xiling Gorge Today we pass through                        ing we visit the Bund, the mile-long riverside
narrow Qutang Gorge, then board a small sam-                    embankment and commercial center where foreign
pan for a cruise through the stunning Small                     investors once held sway. Then the remainder
Three Gorges. Back aboard our ship this after-                  of the day is at leisure. Tonight we toast our
noon we enter tranquil Wu Gorge then cruise                     China adventure at a farewell dinner. B,D
42-mile Xiling Gorge. B,L,D
                                                                Wednesday, October 3: Depart for U.S.
Sunday, September 30: Yangtze Cruising –                        We depart Shanghai for our return flight. B
Three Gorges Dam/Shanghai After visiting
the site of the immense Three Gorges Dam we
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continue on to Yichang, where we disembark
and transfer to the airport for the flight to                                 Breakaway Journeys deliver
                                                                              HMNH’s promise of small,
Shanghai, the “Paris of the East.” B,L                                        escorted groups to unusual and
                                                                              exclusive destinations, with an
Monday, October 1: Shanghai Our day                                           educational focus — but with a
begins with a visit to the Children's Palace,                                 greater emphasis on value, freedom,
where adolescents learn traditional Chinese arts.                 and local immersion. For more information
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     Dear Traveler,
     We invite you to discover the highlights of China, including the mysteries of Tibet and the grandeur of
     the Yangtze River. Our small group of no more than 20 travelers will travel in the company of Wenfei
     Tong, a PhD candidate in Harvard’s department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Wenfei is
     interested in the evolution of conflict and cooperation. A native of Singapore, Wenfei has led HMNH
     trips to Tanzania, Galapagos, China, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, and has traveled to Tibet.
     Our journey begins in 2000-year-old Beijing, site of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple
     of Heaven, and of course the legendary Great Wall. Next, we fly to Xian where we’ll see one of the
     greatest archaeological discoveries of recent time: the intact life-size army of nearly 8,000 terra-cotta
     warriors, horses and chariots. We'll visit the renowned Giant Panda Protection & Research Center,
     before traveling to Lhasa in the Chinese province of Tibet. With three days here we’ll have time to accli-
     matize to the high altitude and explore the city’s sacred temples and its vast Potala Palace. Then we'll
     relax during a three-night cruise on the Yangtze River, one of the world’s longest and busiest rivers. A
     highlight is the monumental Three Gorges Dam. Our tour concludes in dazzling Shanghai, a city that
     epitomizes 21st-century China.
     With room for only 20 guests on the entire tour, space will fill quickly; please call us today to reserve
     your place!
     Warm regards,

     Lauren Bruck
     Director of Travel Program

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