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12-Day, 10-Night Tour of China and Hong Kong with Airfare, Hotels, and Some Meals from Chinatour.com

City-Hopping Tour of China’s Ancient and Modern Marvels

Beijing’s Forbidden City was completed in 1420 after about 15 years of construction carried out by more than a million workers. China’s emperors ruled from this palatial fortress, which was closed to the outside world for more than 500 years. Step behind the palace walls with this Getaway from China Travel, which includes nonstop, roundtrip flights on Air China from Los Angeles. New York City, or San Francisco as well as luxury hotel accommodations, transportation to all tour points, and some meals. You must purchase two vouchers to travel with a friend; a single supplemental surcharge of $600 will apply to those traveling alone. Click here for a full day-by-day itinerary.

Day 1: Travel from LAX, SFO, or JFK.

Days 2–4: After arriving at Beijing Airport, you’ll meet your tour guide and head to the Beijing Traders Upper East Hotel, where you can rest up after the marathon plane ride. Day 3 includes a full-day tour of China’s capital city, with stops at the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Summer Palace, which was built along a lake in the 18th century. Its imperial grounds are filled with Qing-style pavilions, grand temples, and gardens. The next morning, you’ll hike along the Great Wall and later, drive by the Olympic National Stadium and National Aquatics Center, a marvel of ultramodern architecture and the stage on which swimmer Michael Phelps won eight gold medals for his performance in a 2008 Wheaties commercial.

Days 5–6: In the morning, your group will fly to Shanghai, where you’ll visit the Jade Buddha Temple and see magnificent Burmese Buddha statues carved from white jade. Then it’s off to the 2,500-year-old city of Suzhou, nicknamed the “Venice of the East” for its labyrinthine canals lined with stone sculpture gardens. On day 6, the group will tour a silk-spinning factory before taking a detour to the city of Hangzhou, along with a boat trip on West Lake—a serene waterscape dotted with islands that has had a lasting influence on Chinese landscaping. Customers will stay at the Renaissance Shanghai Putuo Hotel, named the 25th best hotel in Shanghai by TripAdvisor.

Days 7–9: A visit to the Green Tea Village and Six Harmony Pagoda concludes your stay in Hangzhou. That night, you and the group will drive to Shanghai, a flickering, frenetic mega-metropolis and a pillar of China’s staggering growth. As a group, you’ll tour bustling commercial districts such as the Bund and Nanjing Road, but you’ll also have some time to explore Shanghai on your own.

Days 10–11: On the morning of day 10, you’ll fly to Hong Kong, a densely populated region known for its expansive skyline. Spend the rest of the day exploring Hong Kong’s modern boulevards and towering skyscrapers on your own. After a stay at TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2012 Winner Langham Place Hong Kong, the following morning a half-day bus tour brings the group to the Floating Market and Victoria Peak, which rises to an altitude of 1,811 feet (552 m) and offers sweeping views of the central business district and Victoria Harbour.

Day 12: You’ll be escorted to the Hong Kong airport for your return flight to LAX, SFO, or JFK.

What You Get

12-day, 10-night tour of China and Hong Kong; purchase two Groupons to travel with a friend, or pay a $600 additional fee to travel solo.

  • $2,035 per person, departing from JFK on November 21, 2012
  • $1,935 per person, departing from LAX on November 28, 2012
  • $2,035 per person, departing from JFK on December 5, 2012
  • $1,935 per person, departing from SFO on December 6, 2012
  • $1,935 per person, departing from LAX on January 6, 2013
  • $2,035 per person, departing from JFK on January 17, 2013

Included in all options:

  • Roundtrip airfare on Air China
  • Luxury hotel accommodations
  • Ground and air transportation in China
  • English-speaking guides
  • Eight breakfast buffets; some lunches and dinners
  • Admittance fees to all sightseeing stops
  • Accident insurance
  • All airport taxes and fees

Book by: 8/31/12

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The Dragon Child At Skirball Center For The Performing Arts

Join the China Children’s Art Theater at NYU’s Skirball Center for a performance of The Dragon Child. The dragon child, who was lucky enough to be raised by the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, lives in a colorful and beautiful world. Find out what happens when pollution and disappearing natural resources destroy their world. An environmental lesson for us all, this is a stunning performance which combines art, music, puppetry and animation. For ages 6 and up!

Friday April 20, 2012

Varied times
New York, New York

Pricing & Ticket Info: $25-$40

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$23 for a Four-Course Asian-Fusion Prix Fixe Meal for Two at Shanghai Mong (Up to $48.90 Value)

Dining at a fusion restaurant allows people to sample the flavors of multiple cultures at once without stapling spaghetti noodles to a burrito. Sup artfully prepared exotic dishes with this Groupon.

$23 for a Four-Course Asian-Fusion Prix-Fixe Dinner for Two (Up to a $48.90 Value)

  • Eight fried-dumpling mini bites with sweet-and-sour sauce (a $9 value)
  • One shared entrée (up to an $18.95 value)
  • One shared plate of fried rice (an $11.95 value)
  • Two mini bowls of pho (a $9 value)
  • See the full prix-fixe menu

Shanghai Mong

Shanghai Mong’s eclectic menu of flavorful soups, texture-rich pho, and shareable starter plates entices appetites with broad-spectrum cooking styles served up 24 hours a day. Like a hot air-balloon expedition during the rainy season, the bill of fare takes diners on a whirlwind tour of Asia, with detours by colorful Vietnamese and Korean noodle dishes before dropping by China’s fried rice and tenderloin chop steak in spicy szechuan sauce. Plates entice the eye with vibrantly colored spices coating the crispy duck, glazed with a sweet soy-plum sauce, and Mara beef with fresh green beans and bright jalapeños. As diners clack onyx-hued chopsticks or clink glasses of authentic Chinese liquor, deep red accents cocoon guests in a soothing ambience, as flickering chandeliers cast a low, golden light on the feastings and set a stage for finger-puppet operas.

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6- or 10-Night Tours of China Including Roundtrip Airfare from Chinatour.com. 10 Options Available.

Beijing’s Forbidden City was completed in 1420 after about 15 years of construction carried out by more than a million workers. China’s emperors ruled over their dynasty from this palatial fortress, which was closed to the outside world for more than 500 years. Step behind the palace walls with this Getaway deal from Chinatour.com. Choose from the following package tours of China:

  • An 8-day trip with a 6-day tour, departing New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on January 21, 22, 23, or 24. Choose between the following options:
    • $1,299 per person to travel with a friend
    • $1,539 for one person
  • A 12-day trip with 10-day tour, departing Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on February 10, 12, 17, or 21. Choose between the following options:
    • $1,499 per person to travel with a friend
    • $1,889 for one person
  • A 12-day trip with a 10-day tour, departing LAX on January 22. Choose between the following options:
    • $1,599 per person to travel with a friend
    • $1,989 for one person
  • A 12-day trip with a 10-day tour, departing LAX on February 26. Choose between the following options:
    • $1,599 per person to travel with a friend
    • $1,989 for one person
  • A 12-day trip with a 10-day tour of China, departing LAX on March 7, 14, 21, or 28, or April 4, 11, 18, or 25. Choose between the following options:
    • $1,699 per person to travel with a friend
    • $2,089 for one person

The travel-with-a-friend options are valid only in conjunction with a second Groupon, allowing you to combine your Groupon with a friend’s for a two-person trip without putting the entire cost on a single credit card. Hotel stays are based on double occupancy, so single travelers should purchase the one-person option to get the full package.

Click here for a day-by-day itinerary of the 8-day JFK option.

Click here for a day-by-day itinerary of the 12-day LAX option.

Each Getaway deal includes roundtrip airfare from JFK on China Eastern or from LAX on Air China. Airport taxes and fees ($87 from JFK; $103 from LAX) are not included. All hotels are based on double occupancy. Each tour group is limited to 25 or 36 people.

English-speaking guides lead multicity tours of eastern China via packages that include meals, luxury hotel accommodation, and all transportation. Flights arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport, where local representatives whisk travelers to a palatial downtown hotel. After a restful night, the tour begins in earnest the next day with visits to some of Beijing’s most stirring sights, including Tiananmen Square and the Summer Palace. The second day in Beijing combines a trip to the Great Wall with stops at the Olympic National Stadium and National Aquatics Center—the “Bird’s Nest” and “Water Cube,” respectively—to explore China’s ultramodern architecture and recall the stage on which swimmer Michael Phelps was awarded eight gold medals for his performance in a 2008 Wheaties commercial.

After two full days in the capital, travelers on the 10-day itinerary will bid adieu to Beijing and hop a 90-minute plane to Xi’an, about 700 miles to the southwest. Highlights of this ancient city include the Terra Cotta Horses and Warriors Museum, which displays 8,000 life-size statues of Chinese warriors and horses, created more than 2,200 years ago to protect the Emperor Qin Shi Huang after he crossed the threshold from life into death.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Lingering Garden blooms within the center of Suzhou, a 2,500-year-old city nicknamed the “Venice of the East” for its labyrinthine canals. Visitors happily lose themselves within the garden’s impossibly lush and impeccably manicured greenery, punctuated by eroded stone sculptures and Chinese pavilions. A short bus ride away in Hangzhou, a traditional boat awaits at West Lake to ferry travelers across a serene waterscape surrounded by the bustling city.

The expedition concludes in Shanghai, a metropolis of 23 million that sits at the forefront of China’s economic future. In addition to the Bund, Shanghai’s equivalent of Wall Street, sojourners can seek retail therapy on Nanjing Road, one of the world’s busiest shopping streets. Travel which takes place around January 23 will coincide with the Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, allowing travelers to see China’s most festive traditional holiday.

What You Get

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Luxury hotel accommodations
  • Ground and air transportation in China
  • English-speaking guides
  • Daily breakfasts, as well as several lunches and dinners
  • Admittance fees to all sightseeing stops
  • Up to $30,000 travel insurance per traveler

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Seven- or Nine-Day Tours of Beijing and Shanghai Including Airfare from SNA Tours. Six Options Available.

There’s nothing like a plane ride to sneak away, watch movies over a stranger’s shoulder, and find out what happens when you microwave Mentos at 35,000 feet above sea level. Experiment on air with this Getaway deal from SNA Tours. Choose from the following options:

  • For $999, travel with a friend (price per person) on a seven-day, five-night China Experience tour of Beijing.
  • Or, for $1,299, one person can travel on the China Experience tour of Beijing.
  • Or, for $1,998, two people can travel on the China Experience tour of Beijing.
  • For $1,399, travel with a friend (price per person) on a nine-day, seven-night Classic of China tour of Shanghai and Beijing.
  • Or, for $1,819, one person can travel on the Classic of China tour of Shanghai and Beijing.
  • Or, for $2,798, two people can travel on the Classic of China tour of Shanghai and Beijing.

The travel with a friend options are valid only in conjunction with a second Groupon, allowing you to combine your Groupon with a friend’s for a two-person trip without putting the entire cost on a single credit card. Hotel stays are based on double occupancy, so single travelers should purchase the one-person option to get the full package.

Each Groupon includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, or Vancouver. Flights servicing Toronto, Calgary, or Edmonton can be added for an additional $200, and flights to other cities may be available for an additional fee. Airport taxes are not included at any location (about $380+).

The amiable, English-speaking guides of SNA lead sojourners on cleverly plotted escapades through the two largest cities of China during tour packages that include meals, lodging, and transportation. Flights for the seven-day, five-night China Experience tour arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport, where a kindly docent awaits to arrange transport to a palatial hotel such as the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Beijing. Standard one- or two-bedroom hotel rooms act as cushy home bases after days spent exploring famous Beijing landmarks, such as the seemingly endless Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City. Sightseers partake in a traditional tea ceremony, visit a silk factory, and walk or crabwalk around the Lama Temple, one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist temples on Earth.

Flights for the nine-day Classic of China tour come in for landing at the Shanghai airport, where the SNA’s cheerful leader escorts travelers to the DoubleTree or Eiffelton Shanghai Hotel. A whirlwind tour of Shanghai ensues over the next two days, including a stop at the Oriental Pearl TV tower, the tallest freestanding structure in China and the 12th tallest in the world, and a cruise through ancient Zhujiajiao Water Town, also known as “the Venice of Shanghai,” with its water-filled streets. An evening flight to Beijing brings guests to their second set of lodgings, and sleepy heads hit the pillows to be refreshed for the adventures entailed above in the Beijing tour.

What You Get

  • All accommodations
  • Daily meals
  • Transportation
  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, or Vancouver. Other cities can be accommodated for an additional fee.
  • English-speaking guides

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Dearfoams Women’s Long Cloud Fleece Sherpa Shawl Print Robe only $22.99

Dearfoams Women’s Long Cloud Fleece Sherpa Shawl Print Robe, only $22.99, that’s 52% off its regular retail price of $49.99! Long cloud fleece sherpa shawl print robe.

  • 100% Polyester
  • Machine Wash
  • Lush cloud fleece fabrication
  • Sherpa lined shawl collar and sleeve cuffs
  • 2 side pockets
  • Made in China

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New York City Dumpling Festival in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

If you and the kids love Chinese takeout nights, be sure to stop by the 3rd Annual Tang’s Natural New York City Dumpling Festival. Whether your favorites include the classic Chinese potsticker, the Korean mandoo or the Italian ravioli, encourage the kids to practice keeping an open mind with deliciously unique offerings from Malaysia to China to Poland. This partnership with the Food Bank for New York City is a great chance to slip in a little education about hunger, too. For more information, visit dumplingfestival.com or call 718-744-6999.

Saturday September 17,2011

12:00pm-5:00pm
Sara D. Roosevelt Park at E. Houston Street
Pricing & Ticket Info: Free admission; $20 ticket good for four tastings with 10% off 10 tickets

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