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China Essence with Yangtze

14-Day Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai

  • Code: SG03-2017
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[ B - Breakfast L - Lunch D - Dinner ]

Forbidden City, Beijing
Our guests in the Forbidden City, Beijing

Day 01: Arrival in Beijing

Upon your arrival at the Beijing airport, our tour guide will be waiting for you outside the customs of the airport. And our driver and guide will transfer you to the 4-star Holiday Inn Central Plaza Hotel, which is the best holiday Inn Hotel in Beijing, located at Caiyuan Street. You are suggested to take a good rest in the hotel, while if you arrive early, you can ask the guide for some advice to start your own exploration in the rest of the day.

Day 02: Beijing

There is brief meeting with your group members in the hotel after the breakfast, and our guide will explain to you about the itinerary of the following days. Today’s tour starts with the largest city central square, Tiananmen Square and the splendid imperial palace, Forbidden City. The Forbidden City is the biggest and most complete wooden garden complex in existence. After covering these two spots, it will be lunch time. To avoid the cheap restaurant as the most are doing now, we specially serve you an a la carte lunch at a famous and elegant restaurant (The lunch is valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price). Taking a short rest in the restaurant, you will head to Temple of Heaven, where emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties used to hold the annual Heaven Worship ceremony. The evening will be highlighted by a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at Red Theatre. Then your today’s tour comes to an end. (B+L)

Temple of Heaven, Beijing
Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Day 03: Beijing

Before heading to the Badaling section of the Great Wall, you are suggested to have a big breakfast in the hotel, for the lunch is not included today considering the restaurants in the mountain area are not good in quality. You can take some fast food for lunch to rally your strength. We will pay a visit to Badaling, one of the most famous sections of the Great Wall, the ancient construction wonders in the history. You will be given 1.5-2 hours to have a short excursion on the wall. Then visit a jade factory. Towards noon, you will proceed to the Sacred Way, also known as Changling Sacred Way, which is the approach to the Changling Tomb. On your ride back to the downtown area, you will get a chance to appreciate the outlook of the splendid Olympic National Stadium, otherwise known as Bird’s Nest on the way back to downtown area. (B)

Day 04: Beijing - Xian

Today is the last day in Beijing before taking a flight to Xian in the evening. You can still seize the opportunity to visit more attractions in Beijing. After the breakfast, you will head to the Summer Palace, the grandest and best-preserved imperial garden of China, which is reputed as the Museum of Imperial Gardens. For its endowed natural beauty and delicate construction work, the palace used to be the royalties' summer resort. Next stop is a pearl store. An a la carte lunch (CNY 150 per person included in our price) will be arranged at fancy restaurant with delicious food and great atmosphere. Finishing the lunch, you will trace the old Beijing culture by exploring the original Hutong alleys, appreciate the oldest grey brick courtyard residence and capture the lifestyles of local people. Then, you will board on a flight to Xian that we have booked for you already, and you are suggested to pack up your luggage well in advance. Upon arrival in Xian, with our guide and driver's accompany, you will be transferred to the five-star Sheraton Hotel, one of the nicest hotels in Xian. (B+L)

Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Xian
Terracotta warriors, Xian

Day 05: Xian

After the breakfast in the hotel, you will start your journey in the ancient city, Xian. Drive about 30 kilometers to our first stop, Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which enjoy the fame of The Eighth World Wonder. The site was founded in 1974 when a local peasant was digging a well. The 15 minutes' circamara will give you a brief introduction of the historical background and the status quo. Inside the museum, you can witness exhibits such as bronze chariots, bronze weapons, an enormous numbers of clay warriors and horses. The clay warriors are the highlights of the exhibits, for all of them have distinct facial expression, posture and costumes. Then visit a pottery-making factory. An a la carte lunch (valued at CNY100.00 per person and included in our price) at a local family will make your trip more fruitful. Then you will return to the downtown and head to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, built in the year 707 A.D during the Tang Dynasty. For relaxation tonight, we arrange a marvelous Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show after you have enjoyed a full Dumpling Dinner. (B+L+D)

City Wall, Xian
Our clients are riding bicycles on the City Wall, Xian

Day 06: Xian

As the early birds, you get a chance to visit another landmark of Xian, the City Wall, which is the best-preserved ancient city wall in the world. Once you atop the wall, you will perceive that the historical significance involved in this largest ancient military defensive system in the world. Meanwhile, flying kites and cycling on the wall are also interesting activities that attracts the visitors most. Then you will proceed to the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. Xian had been the capital city for 13 dynasties, and there is no doubt that the museum is the best witness to the thousands years' rise and fall of Xian. It stores up over 115,000 exhibits inside, which enables you to generate a brief overview of Shaanxi Province’s far-reaching history and profound culture. At lunch time, a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a local cuisine restaurant will be arranged for you. Proceed to the Great Mosque, one of the oldest and well-preserved Islamic mosques in China. Then we will leave you some free time at the market, you can do a simple shopping for the crafts or just wander around for photo shooting. Pack up your luggage well for the next day' s flight to Guilin. (B+L)

Day 07: Xian - Guilin

Taking a morning flight to Guilin, after two hours, you will be picked up by our Guilin guides in the airport. At first, you will drop by the Reed Flute Cave, situated about 5 kilometers from the city center. The cave is really a natural stunner shaped by the karst landforms. There are all kinds of stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations growing in the cave, which looks marvelous, especially in the shimmering color lights. Then you will visit a sea water pearl store. Finishing the sightseeing, our guide and driver will transfer you to the 5-star Sheraton Hotel. If you plan to take a walk around or have a simple meal on your own, you can ask the advice for our guide. (B)

Li River, Yangshuo
Li River cruise

Day 08: Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin

In the morning, you will take the memorable cruise along the Li River down to Yangshuo with lunch on board. Since the lunch box on the Li River cruise cannot meet your expectation or be up to our taste, you are suggested to have a rich breakfast at the hotel today. As the ship sail down slowly, you will be fully soaked up into the fantastic picturesque mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wandering around on both sides of the river bank on the way. Disembark at Yangshuo, and we will drive to the rural Yangshuo for sightseeing. You may also have a chance to pay a visit to the local people’s home and get to know how the dwellers spend their daily life. When we back to Guilin, we will straight head to the Elephant Trunk Hill. As you can imagine, the hill gets its name for its elephant trunk-like outlook. (B+L)

Day 09: Guilin - Chongqing

Another fresh exploration comes along with the morning flight to Chongqing. Upon your arrival, you can have a simple lunch on your side. Then we will have a glimpse to the Liberation Monuments, a symbol of modern history. The Panda House in Chongqing Zoo will be our next stop, where you are able to see the giant panda lively. Then you will proceed to the Ci Qi Kou ancient town, lying at the bank of Jialing River. With a history of more than 1700 years, the town keeps attracting tourists from home and abroad. A lot of crafts shops, teahouse and bars lined in the old street, where you can have a short recreation. Then you will check in at the deluxe 5-Star President No.8 cruise ship for a three nights stay. The ship departs from Chongqing at about 22:00, and your several days relaxing Yangtze River cruise begins. (B)

Yangtze River cruise
Yangtze River cruise tour

Day 10: Shibaozhai

The whole morning is to relax and enjoy the view along the river. A brief introduction to this cruise will be given by the river guide after the buffet breakfast. And if you have any questions or requirements, please ask him/her. In the afternoon, you will have your first onshore excursion which is to the Shibaozhai at 14:00 around. Shibaozhai is noted for its unique architecture style. Two wooden towers are the highlights of the scenic area. The largest 9-story tower erects abruptly from the foot of the hill, while the other three-story towers at the top of the mountain, which looks like they are a united one. You will be amazed at the design and the enchanting river view on the hill. Afterwards, the ship will continue sailing down to the Three Gorges Dam. At the Captain's Welcome Party tonight, you will enjoy performances represented by the versatile cruise staff and if you want to show your talent, it is always welcome! (B+L+D)

Day 11: Badong - Xiling Gorge - Sandouping

In the course of the cruise, when you wake up, you have got close to the Qutang Passage, the shortest and the grandest of the Three Gorges. And then you will reach the Wu Gorge, soaked in its fairy lofty and misty peaks, especially gorgeous in the cool morning. After a big breakfast, you will disembark at Badong to take a pea-boat floating along the Shennong Stream. The serpentine stream is sandwiched between the steep cliffs and the current is sometimes swift, sometimes gentle. As the skills of the 6 boatmen are adept and reassuring, you just need to enjoy the exciting drift and the valley view. Transfer back to your cruise by ferryboat for lunch, and the sailing continues to the western part of the Xiling Gorge. Tonight your cruise will pass through the splendid five-step ship lock. The whole process takes 2.5-3 hours and you may observe it on the deck. (B+L+D)

Day 12: Yichang - Shanghai

In the morning, visit the grand Three Gorges Dam which was started construction in 1994 and has been finished in 2009. The dam itself is 2309 meters long and after it is finished, the storage capacity of reservoir can be 39 billion square meters. The whole project is an amazing masterpiece of human. Then back to the cruise to complete check-out procedures and pack up your luggage. Your local guide in Yichang will meet you on board and take you to lunch. In the afternoon, take flight to Shanghai, the last city of your trip. The guide in Shanghai will pick you up on time and transfer you to the 4-star Grand Mercure Shanghai Zhongya Hotel. And no dinner is offered tonight as it is convenient for you to find a good western restaurant nearby. After the dinner, you could take a walk along this lively commercial street leisurely on your own. (B+L)

Bund area, Shanghai
The Bund, Shanghai

Day 13: Shanghai

Partaking of the breakfast, you will be driven to the Shanghai Museum near the People's Square, where you can obtain an outlook of Shanghai history and culture. By the way, the ancient ceramics collection is peculiar to this museum. Proceed to Yuyuan Garden, a classical garden built in Ming Dynasty. Occupying an area of 20,000 square meters, it used to be the dwellings for Pan’s parents to spend their old life. Open to public in 1961, the garden bewitches tourists with its delicacy and elegance. Then visit a silk shop. After several hours' energy consuming, an a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served in a popular restaurant. Afterwards, we will head to the Bund area, located at the west bank of Huangpu River, were you can thoroughly perceive the modernization of Shanghai and the history as well as the culture behind this. Exploration at Nanjing Road will never be boring. It can be regarded as the shopping heaven in Shanghai, which attracts countless fashion hunters from every corner of the world. You can have a simple shopping for gifts, such as, clothes, bags, jewelries and souvenirs. The best part of shopping there is that you can bargain with then on the price. He last stop of our tour is ancient cultural street, Tianzifang, which developed from local residence area to a new art zone combing artistic centers, exotic restaurants and bars. Upon returning to the hotel our tour guide will see you into the lobby to say bon voyage. (B+L)

Day 14: Departure from Shanghai

Please find your own way to the airport according to your flight schedule. As also, welcome to look over our City Tour Packages to plan an extensional China visit! (B)

Dates and Prices (Based on double occupancy, per person)
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04-01-GY 4/01-4/14, 2017 USD2360.00 USD830.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
04-06-GY 4/06-4/19, 2017 USD2330.00 USD770.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
04-13-GY 4/13-4/26, 2017 USD2330.00 USD770.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
04-20-GY 4/20-5/03, 2017 USD2330.00 USD770.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
05-04-GY 5/04-5/17, 2017 USD2390.00 USD820.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
05-11-GY 5/11-5/24, 2017 USD2390.00 USD820.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
05-18-GY 5/18-5/31, 2017 USD2390.00 USD820.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
05-25-GY 5/25-6/07, 2017 USD2310.00 USD800.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
06-01-GY 6/01-6/14, 2017 USD2260.00 USD700.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
06-08-GY 6/08-6/21, 2017 USD2260.00 USD700.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
06-15-GY 6/15-6/28, 2017 USD2260.00 USD700.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
06-22-GY 6/22-7/05, 2017 USD2260.00 USD700.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
06-29-GY 6/29-7/12, 2017 USD2300.00 USD700.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
07-06-GY 7/06-7/19, 2017 USD2300.00 USD700.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
07-13-GY 7/13-7/26, 2017 USD2300.00 USD700.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
07-20-GY 7/20-8/02, 2017 USD2300.00 USD700.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
07-27-GY 7/27-8/09, 2017 USD2300.00 USD700.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
08-03-GY 8/03-8/16, 2017 USD2310.00 USD710.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
08-10-GY 8/10-8/23, 2017 USD2310.00 USD710.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
08-17-GY 8/17-8/30, 2017 USD2310.00 USD710.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
08-24-GY 8/24-9/06, 2017 USD2380.00 USD730.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
08-31-GY 8/31-9/13, 2017 USD2410.00 USD820.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
09-07-GY 9/07-9/20, 2017 USD2410.00 USD820.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
09-14-GY 9/14-9/27, 2017 USD2410.00 USD820.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
09-21-GY 9/21-10/04, 2017 USD2530.00 USD910.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
10-05-GY 10/05-10/18, 2017 USD2410.00 USD820.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
10-12-GY 10/12-10/25, 2017 USD2410.00 USD820.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
10-19-GY 10/19-11/01, 2017 USD2410.00 USD820.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
10-26-GY 10/26-11/08, 2017 USD2240.00 USD750.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
11-02-GY 11/02-11/15, 2017 USD2130.00 USD740.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
11-09-GY 11/09-11/22, 2017 USD2130.00 USD740.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
11-16-GY 11/16-11/29, 2017 USD2100.00 USD700.00 Closed Tour Enquiry
03-31-GY 3/31-4/13, 2018 USD2440.00 USD850.00 Open Tour Enquiry

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