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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