China’s history, culture, and lands are vast and fascinating. Now you can experience the inimitable spiritual, environmental and modern influence of China in unique Spirit Quest’ style.
Come see China’s rivers, gardens, cities, temples, bridges, and… the Great Wall. Experience the food, culture, and atmosphere of each region with a focus on the spirituality of each area. See the breathtaking skyscrapers of Shanghai, and visit Wuzhen, a 6000-year-old city unchanged in its antiquity. Revel in contrasts as you experience the marvelous juxtaposition of the waterways and the streets, the 5-star hotels and the humble ancient guest house, the carved stone grottoes and the sleek designer buildings.
Not just as a tourist, but as a conscious traveler, accompany Spirit Quest Tours to experience China in all its splendor.
A visit to China “…is a continuing investigation, a boundless, endlessly fascinating mystery.”
— Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations, Travel Channel
Land package includes hotels, all in-country transportation, all activities, and most meals.
The itinerary includes the best and different angles on China’s must-see sites, and also expertise from our Chinese friends and special speakers sharing about education, culture, language, family, business, religion, arts, and history. You will enjoy the best food and accommodations along the way.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
$500 holds your spot.
Complete Trip: $4295 Single Supplement: $1050
Day 1 US/Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, China’s capital and largest city. Beijing is a city of amazing contrasts – an ancient capital with some incredible historical sites and a bustling modern metropolis which successfully hosted the 2008 Olympics. Upon your arrival in Beijing, our guide will meet you and whisk you off to the Jianguo Garden Hotel, a 5-star luxury hotel.
The rest of the day is free to rest or to explore by yourself.
Day 2 Beijing (B/L/SD)
As we walk through, marvel at the huge size – nearly 100 acres – the largest city square in the world. Then experience the ancient emperor’s daily life at the Forbidden City, where the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties governed for over 500 years. This massive complex, with almost 10,000 rooms, this well-preserved imperial palace is the largest in the world. After lunch, you will go to the Temple of Heaven, where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would make offerings to heaven and pray for good harvests. This evening we will enjoy a delicious Peking Duck Banquet in the time-honored Quanjude Restaurant, which was opened in 1869.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
Day 3 Beijing (B/L)
Today you experience the splendor of the Great Wall, the pride of China and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is an amazing man-made structure built over 2000 years ago to protect China from northern invaders.
Day 4 Beijing (B/L)
In the morning, ride a trishaw to tour the ancient city alleys of the Hutongs and experience the lifestyle of the local people.
We visit the Yonghe Lamasery, formerly an Imperial Palace and a court residence for eunuchs, and now known as “The Palace of Peace & Harmony”, one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world.
After lunch, we continue our exploration of Chinese spirituality and religions at the Confucius Temple.
I drift like a cloud, Across these venerable eastern lands
A journey of unfathomable distances,
An endless scroll of experiences...
Lady Zhejiang here we must part,
For the next province awaits my embrace.
Sad wanderer, once you conquer the East,
Where do you go?
— Tom Carter, China: Portrait of a People
Day 5 Beijing/Xi’an (B/L/D)
We take a morning flight to Xi’an, the most historic city in China and the capital of ancient China for 11 dynasties. Once in Xi’an, we will visit Da C’en Temple. The Pagoda was built in the 7th century to house the Buddhist sutras that Xuanzang (Tripitaka) brought back from his epic journey to India. The Temple complex has several large halls with some great Buddhist statues and murals. Then it’s off to the ancient Xi’an City Wall, a major landmark and the best preserved, as well as the oldest and largest of the city defense systems in China.
In the early evening, we check into the luxurious Grand Park Xi’an. Dinner is a sumptuous dumpling banquet and the spectacular Tang Dynasty stage show.
Day 6 Xi’an (B/L)
The Tomb Warrior Statues of the Chinese Qin Dynasty protect their emperors.
Discovered accidentally in 1974, the Terracotta Warriors are an incredible army of over 7000 soldiers, archers, horses and chariots in full battle array, which have guarded Emperor Qin’s tomb since 210 BC. Each figure is unique, and the painstaking repair and excavations continue in 3 pits protected inside huge hangars.
On the way to the museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Houses, we will visit a Ceramic Workshop to see how the warriors are made. Then it’s back to Xi’an, where we will experience the Muslim Quarter and Bell Tower’s unique culture.
Today’s touring is to the vast treasure of the underground army of the Terracotta Warriors. They are to be found at an archaeological site which so far has yielded some 8000 ancient terracotta soldiers and horses, each a unique, finely detailed sculpture. In the afternoon visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
Day 7 Xian-Shanghai (B/L)
Take a flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival you visit Xintiandi, where "yesterday meets tomorrow in Shanghai today." As a re-creation born out of the sprawls of Shikumen housing, which is the architectural symbol of Shanghai in the 20th century, Shanghai Xintiandi, "the City's Living-room"
Day 8 Shanghai (B/L)
After breakfast, the day begins with a grand city tour of Shanghai – the classical Ming Dynasty Yu Yuan Gardens with pavilions, towers and terraces, Jade Buddha Temple, and Pudong, the new economic district across from the Bund.
If you look at ancient Chinese culture, and depictions of it, the relationship between people and nature was very different. It almost felt as though feelings were always attached to a certain landscape.
— Jia Zhangke
Day 9 Shanghai (B)
Free day to explore the city on your own
In Asia, red is the colour of joy; red is the colour of festivities and of celebration. In Chinese culture, blue is the colour of mourning
— Vincent Tan
Day 10 Shanghai- Hangzhou- Shanghai (B/L/D)
This morning, you are transferred to the train station for 1-hour bullet train ride to Hangzhou. We will take a leisurely cruise along the beautiful West Lake. Lying on the west edge of Hangzhou city, West Lake is the symbol of Hangzhou, and one of the most beautiful lakes in China. While there, we will visit Huagang Park, one of the ten scenic spots along the West Lake, where you can easily see hundreds of red carps.
Today we visit Lingyin Temple, called the Temple of Souls’ Retreat, a magnificent temple and one of the most famous south of the Yangtze River, which features rock-cut grottoes, carvings, and fresh springs. We will stroll along Qinghefang Pedestrian Street, a marvelous illustration the long history of Hangzhou. The cobblestone street is filled with well-preserved ancient two-story buildings, all hung with traditional red lanterns. Typical businesses like Chinese Medicine Pharmacies and Tea Houses operate in the same way as they have done for centuries. Coin, china and antique museums illustrate life in times past.
Then we visit a tea plantation to sample some of the best green tea in China and to see the ancient process of refining tea. It’s easy to relax in this magnificent setting, enjoying the unique culture, tasting the fragrant tea, all while appreciating the beautiful village scenery. Then we take the fast train back to Shanghai. Tonight is the farewell dinner in Shanghai.
Day 11 Departure Shanghai (B)
Today is at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flight home
“As there is paradise in Heaven, so there are Hangzhou and Suzhou on earth.”
— Ancient Chinese saying
Brenda Powell is an exercise physiologist, Yoga Instructor, Nutrition and Lifestyle coach and a seasoned wellness and spiritual travel guide. She answered the call early in life to combine a holistic lifestyle with coaching, teaching and travel, beginning by embarking on a cultural studies program in Europe and creating her path of discovery bicycling throughout Europe for several months. She put a punctuation mark on this experience by running the Paris Marathon and placing in the top 20 overall. She has a passion and belief that change begins within- and a strong body, mind, spirit connection helps us to create a stronger connection to our place in the world. She recently answered a deeper call to spirit by walking the Camino de Santiago- the sacred 500 mile pilgrimage through northern Spain – as a solo pilgrim and inner voyager. Brenda is very excited to team up with Spirit Quest Tours and add her extensive wellness, yoga and travel experience to their beautifully crafted tours.
Join Us For This Amazing Adventure!
Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yangtze, Shanghai, Hangzhou
The Great Wall, The Confucian Academy, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Terracotta Warriors, West Lake, Flower Harbour
All the unique, private experiences that Spirit Quest is famous for!
Dble Occupancy: $4295
Single Supplement: $1050
$4,295 per person includes your full land package as indicated in the itinerary and all flights inside China. The tour is based on a minimum of just 10 persons. Deposit is $500 to hold your space – just call us at 877-406-5206 to reserve your spot.
Cost is based on double occupancy; a single room supplement is $1050.
Departure taxes, security and fuel surcharges are subject to changes without notice.
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
All in-country transit.
Transfers and Sightseeing – by deluxe motorcoach, as specified in itinerary; all admissions and entrance fees to places visited as per the itinerary.
Hotel Accommodation – room accommodations are provided at the hotels indicated, in deluxe/garden view category, unless an upgrade is indicated. Accommodations are based on two persons sharing a twin-bedded room or (for couples) king bed, with private bath.
Roommates/Single Supplements – Single rooms are available upon payment of a single room supplement of $1050 per person.
Tips and Taxes – all local taxes and tips on room accommodations, porterage, and meals are included in the cost of the tour, except airport taxes and gratuities to local guides.
TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
International Airfare, tipping of local guides or drivers ($10/day suggested, all-inclusive) documentation costs, Entrance or exit visa charges, travel insurance, excess baggage charges, beverages not on the menu of table d’hôte meals, optional tours and activities specified herein or not specifically included in the itinerary, laundry, other insurance, or any other item of a personal nature not specifically mentioned herein.
All travelers need a passport valid for at least twelve months after the date of entering the country. Holders of American Passports are required to obtain visas IN ADVANCE to visit China (see VISAS below)
Please note: You MUST HAVE A VISA PRIOR TO ENTERING CHINA. You must also have a passport that DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF your departure. It must have at least ONE BLANK PAGE (not including the last 3 pages of the passport). YOU MUST SEND YOUR ORIGINAL PASSPORT IN TO APPLY FOR A VISA (unless you visit a Chinese Consulate office yourself and get your visa there). It is safe to do so, as long as you use a good overnight service, with tracking.
DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE IN THE CASE OF CANCELLATION, EXCEPT AS NOTED: AT LEAST 120 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE, DEPOSITS ARE FULLY REFUNDABLE, LESS A $250 ADMINISTRATIVE FEE, AT LEAST 61 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE RECEIVE A 50% REFUND. ALL PAYMENTS ARE DUE WITHIN 60 DAYS OF TRAVEL, AFTER WHICH NO REFUNDS SHALL BE ISSUED – WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ALL TRAVELERS TO BUY TRIP INSURANCE TO GUARD AGAINST THE POSSIBILITY OF CANCELLATION.
Between North America and Asian destinations, each passenger is allowed two pieces of checked baggage. Please check with your own airline for the specific size restrictions.
Spirit Quest Tours has made arrangements for the tour services described in this brochure. Hotels, airlines, and other suppliers providing tour services are independent contractors and are not the agents, employees or servants of or joint venturers with Spirit Quest Tours. All certificates and other travel documents for tour services issued by us or our booking agent, CTS, are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the supplier and the laws of the countries in which the services are supplied.
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1. the act or omission on the part of any person from Spirit Quest Tours, CTS or its employees;
2. acts of God, sickness, theft, labor disputes, mechanical breakdown, government actions, weather, or any cause beyond Spirit Quest Tours’ or CTS’ direct control.
No person, other than a representative of Spirit Quest Tours or CTS, authorized by a document in writing, may vary, add or waive any term or condition in this brochure, including any term or condition set forth in the preceding provisions.
Written notice of any claim against Spirit Quest Tours must be received no later than fourteen (14) days after the date that services were provided to a tour participant.
Although every effort will be made to deliver the trip exactly as in the itinerary, all terms and conditions, including fares, schedules, locations and rates are subject to change without notice.