Today's China symbolizes not only the new wealth and innovation, but also the newly unleashed creativity, set confidently in the millennia of history, traditions and the cultural refinement of the Middle Kingdom. It offers a multitude of visual and cultural experiences: from the futuristic skylines of Shanghai and Beijing to the mystical beauty of the Li and the Yangtze Rivers, from the archeological marvels of the Terracotta Army to the modern cultural phenomena of dance, theatre and the martial arts, and from the past architectural glories of the Great Wall, the Bund and the Forbidden City to the space age modernity. China remains the ultimate synthesis of East and West, the old and the new, where ancient traditions blend with the modern lifestyles, and skyscrapers rise above ancient temples. It is a place of profound culture and graceful beauty: Chinese Opera, traditional tea ceremonies, the martial arts, the eight culinary traditions cultivated uniquely in each city and region which teem with their own identity as an energetic variation on the great theme of Chinese civilization, while all expressing similar values and ideas. Remarkably diverse in every aspect, China boasts a wide variety of cultures, peoples and landscapes.
With the Gems of China Tour, we'll embark on a luxurious journey through this exotic land, full of wonders. As we experience one of the most fascinating places on the planet today, we'll explore the world of ancient Chinese cultural traditions, see dizzying, exhilarating cityscapes, tranquil palaces and fog-wrapped peaks which bring to mind Taoist philosophers and also some of the most dramatic scenery in existence. Each day will bring new highlights and new discoveries.