Home > Best of China Tour with Yangtze River Cruise

Tour Informations:

Tour Type:
A private tour for your family or your friends exclusively
 Duration: 15 days, 14 nights
 Pick-up point: Pudong International Airport (Shanghai International Airport or Beijing International Airport)
 Finishing point: Pudong International Airport (Shanghai International Airport or Beijing International Airport)
 Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry)
 Payment Types: Cash, Wire, Paypal, WesternUnion
 Available: Daily
 (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)

Itinerary Hights:
You will learn the long history and rich culture of the ancient Beijing & Xian. Visit Beijing, the heart of since ancient times, magnificent-Terra-cotta Warriors in Xian, shop at the most modern city of Shanghai and enjoy the unforgettable scenery by a deluxe river cruiser 3 days down the spectacular Yangtze River. Have a close contact with giant pandas, your China journey is going to be a perfect experience.

Day 1. Arrive Beijing

Place & Transport: Arrive in Beijing, The international flight not included
Today's Activities:
Transfered from Airport to your hotel.
Accommodation: Three Stars, Four Stars or Five Stars Hotel(Can be customized) in Beijing
Meal: No meal

  Arrive in Beijing,the capital of China. You are greeted by your guide at the airport outside the luggage claim area with a welcome signage displayed and then transferred to the Hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax and recover from jetlag.




Day 2. Beijing    B, L

Place & Transport: Shanghai
Today's Activities: Tiananmen Squar, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Hutongs

Accommodation: Three Stars, Four Stars or Five Stars Hotel(Can be customized) in Shanghai.

Meal: B,L

  Today your memorable tour starts! This morning you will visit the grand Tiananmen Squar the biggest urban city square in the world. Many constructions of great historical importance have been built on and around it. From there you will enter the Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City to explore its fascinating halls and pavilions. Here, you will not only learn how the emperor handled political affairs and lived their lives, but also appreciate numerous ancient art treasures.

After Chinese lunch in a local restaurant,continue your visit to the Temple of Heaven where you can see the local people do morning exercise. The Temple of Heaven, where the emperors worshipped the heavens in hopes of good harvests. As the dwelling of the God of Heaven, it covers an area even larger than the dwelling of the emperor, Forbidden City.

At last, enjoy a rickshaw tour to explore the traditional Hutongs. A special trip to the old Hutongs will conclude your memorable Beijing trip. Taking the local rickshaw and traveling along the narrow lanes, you will get a close touch with the original Beijing lifestyle and culture. Drive you back to your hotel.

Tiananmen Squar
Forbidden City

Temple of Heaven
Beijing Hutongs




Day 3. Beijing    B, L

Place & Transport: Beijing
Today's Activities: Great Wall (Mutianyu section, round-trip cable car included), Sacred Way, Ming Tomb, Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium)
Accommodation: Three Stars, Four Stars or Five Stars Hotel(Can be customized) in Beijing

After breakfat, drive to the Mutuanyu Great Wall. One of the most important activities for the entire Beijing trip is the brief hiking at the Great Wall, Mutianyu section. No words can tell its amazement to the world. It is the must place you should visit in China. Its tremendous influence is well-known around the world. The Mutianyu stretch of the Great Wall is 22 kilometers long and has 22 watchtowers - the highest of which reaches an altitude of 540 meters above sea level, thanks to the mountain peak on which it is erected - making it the most densely packed section of the Great Wall as far as watchtowers go.

After lunch at a local chinese restaurant, you will continue the visit to the Sacred Way and the Ming Tomb. The Ming Tomb was originally built only as Changling, the tomb of Emperor Zhuli and his empresses. This is the most magnificent of the tombs. The succeeding twelve emperors built their tombs around Changling. We feel that it is necessary to remind visitors with heart problems to consider carefully whether they should enter the underground chambers. The atmosphere and dull lighting can be a problem. As always, do not hesitate to consult your guide, who will be able to offer advice.

On the way back to your hotel, you are fortunately to pass by the famous Bird's nest and the Water Cube. You can take their exterior photography photographs to keep track of the two grand constructions and leave a pleasant memory here.

Sacred Way
Bird's nest
Great Wall (Mutianyu section)
Ming Tomb




Day 4. Beijing - Xi'an    B

Place&Transport: Beijing to Xi'an
Today's Activities: Summer Palace, Arriving Xi'an
Accommondation: Three Stars, Four Stars or Five Stars Hotel(Can be customized) in Xi'an
Meal: B

Summer Palace


 A
fter breakfast, you will visit the exquisite Summer Palace which is the largest existing imperial garden with a graceful landscape and magnificent constructions.

Later be escorted to the airport for a 2-hour flight to Xian, a capital of the ancient China which has a history of over 3100 years. Hotel check-in upon arrival and rest of the day is free at leisure.



Day 5   Xi'an    B, L

Place&Transport: Xi'an
Today's Activities: Qin Terra-cotta Army, Shaanxi History Museum
Accommondation :Three Stars, Four Stars or Five Stars Hotel(Can be customized) in Xi'an
Meal: B,L

 Today your first stop is to see the incredible Terracotta Warriors, one of the most significant archeological finds in 20th century. 6000 life-size terra soldiers and horses in battle formation have guarded Emperor Qin Shihuang¡¯s mausoleum for 2200 years.

After lunch at a local chinese restaurant, you will tour the Shaanxi History Museum where you can learn more history about this ancient city through the valuable bronze wares, jade, potteries, and murals from the Prehistory Period to the Qing Dynasty exhibited there. Drive back to your hotel.

Terracotta Warriors
Shaanxi History Museum

 

Day 6   Xi'an    B, L

Place&Transport: Xi'an
Today's Activities:Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall, the Forest of Stone Tablets Museum, Muslim Quater
Accommondation: Three Stars, Four Stars or Five Stars Hotel(Can be customized) in Xi'an
Meal: B,L

  After breakfast, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda which was originally built in 652 during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), it functioned to collect Buddhist materials that were taken from India by the hierarch Xuanzang.In ancient times£¬successful candidates in the highest imperial examinations always left their signature in the tower which was called Superscription of the Wild Goose Tower. In addition, many celebrities left poems or some other literature works.

After that, you will visit the Ancient City Wall.This wall represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Now it is 12 meters tall, 12-14 meters wide overing 14 kilometers in length with a deep moat surrounding it. You can walk, or even cycle on the wall.

After lunch at a local chinese restaurant, visit the Forest of Stone Steles, which holds a big collection of steles in China. It is one of the centers of ancient Chinese stone-engraving classic. It is also the center of the works of art of noted calligraphers of past dynasties. The numerous standing steles likens a forest, hence the name " Forest of Steles"'.With a history of over 900 years, it is an art treasure well known at home and abroad.

At last, visit the Muslim Quater which offers a wide range of bargains. The Muslim Quater is the main gathering place of the local Muslim community and offers a great deal of exotic shops and savory restaurants. Drive back to your hotel.

local Muslim community
Ancient City Walls


Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Forest of Stone Steles



Day 7   Xi'an - Chengdu    B

Place&Transport: Xi'an to Chengdu
Today's Activities: Jinli Ancient Street
Accommondation: Three Stars, Four Stars or Five Stars Hotel(Can be customized) in Chengdu.
Meal: B


  After breakfast, you will be drove to the Xi'an airport for your flight to Chengdu.

After landing, drive you to the hotel immediately. And then you can go to Jinli Street to do some leisure walk. Chengdu Jinli Ancient Street was set up and opened for public in 2004. Walking in this street, historic lanes, old official residences, vernacular dwelling, inns and shops will bring you back to the ancient China. The elegant style of the architectures tells you what Sichuan looks like during the Qing Dynasty. Sichuan Culture is inlayed in this ancient street. In Jinli, you can not miss snack. More famous and delicious foods are buckwheat noodle, Sandapao, Chinese crispy bread with beef, yellow fermented glutinous rice, fried sugar pastry ball, and so on.



Day 8   Chengdu       B, L

Place&Transport: Chengdu
Today's Activities: Thatched Cottage of Dufu, Wuhou Shrine, Wangjiang Pavilion Park, Hot Pot
Accommondation: Three Stars, Four Stars or Five Stars Hotel(Can be customized) in Chengdu.
Meal: B,L


  After breakfast, visit the Du Fu's Thatched Cottage, is a park of his former residence for Du Fu and is arguably the most beautiful green space in Chengdu.Dufu lived here for about four years and composed more than 240 poems that are still popular today, and Dufu Thatched Cottage of Chengdu is considered to be ¡°holy land in history of Chinese literature¡±. The cottage is a simple ancient architecture and elegant beautiful gardening, with rich, precious collections, ingenious and wonderful signboards and great stone inscriptions.

Then move to The Wuhou Shrine, is a memorial to Zhuge Liang (181-234), a general and prime minister of the Three Kingdoms period who was renowned and respected as much for his wisdom and loyalty as he was for his military brilliance.

After lunch, visit the main attractions in the Wangjiang Pavilion Park includes the Well of Xue tao, Zhuojin Pavilion, Pavilion for reciting poems, Pavilion for washing bamboo slips and Pavilion of the five immortals in the sky, etc. The Wangjiang Pavilion is of a height of 39 meters and is also called Chongli Pavilion, which was built to memorize the great poetess - Xue tao.

Du Fu's Thatched Cottage
The Wuhou Shrine



Day 9   Chengdu       B, L

Today's Activities: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Sanxingdui Museum, Sichuan Opera
Accommondation: Three Stars, Four Stars or Five Stars Hotel(Can be customized) in Chengdu.
Meal: B,L

  You will start your one day tour with a visit to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, where you may have chance to see cute pandas. A number of pandas live there in large naturalistic habitats, helping visitors to understand how these animals live in the wild. The human-made structures have been designed to blend well with the natural scenery. The giant panda program is not the only successful one there. Red pandas and black-necked cranes also are being studied and have had successful reproduction programs at the base.

Then continue your tour to Sanxingdui Museum, which is recognized as one of world's most important ancient remains. Integrating collection, preservation, academic research and social education all in one, the museum showcases kinds of precious cultural relics unearthed at Sanxingdui Site.

In the evening, you can choose to appreciate the Sichuan Opera for an optional activity. Sichuan Opera performances are always full of wit, humor, lively dialogues, and pronounced local flavors. To portray special characters, the opera incorporates a series of stunts, including the famous "face-changing." In Chinese opera, facial makeup is usually painted, but in Sichuan Opera, the performer can change his or her facial makeup in the snap of a finger right on stage.

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Sichuan Opera

Day 10   Chengdu to ChongQing      B, L, D

Place&Transport: Chengdu - Chongqing
Today's Activities: Erling Park, Hongya Cave Folklore Street.
Accommondation: Based on Victoria Cruise, room with balcony
Meal: B,L, D

  After breakfast, take the high-speed rail from Chengdu to Chongqing. Firstly, you are picked up at the Chongqiang Train Station to view the delicate scenery in the Erlin Park. The park displays the typical layout of Suzhou classic gardens. Pavilions, platforms, high buildings, winding paths and corridors, lotus ponds, arc bridges and other relics can be seen in the whole park. In a lot of Chinese ancient poems, the Erlin Park is also very beautiful. Additionally, potted landscape gardens and the man-made landscapes on the mountain also look quite elegant.

Then we will be picked up to visit the well-known Hongya Cave Folklore Street. Relying on the mountains for support, the buildings in the area are constructed along the riverside and extend from Jiefangbei directly to the riverside. Visitors to the area can take in the rows of raised buildings, admire Hongya Dripping, stroll mountain towns and old streets, appreciate the Bayu culture, and warm oneself over a mountain-side hotpot meal. Walking along the Hongya Cave Folklore Street, you can appreciate delicious food, exquisite commodities, traditional Bayu traditional culture shows and bars. After the city tour, you will be transfered to your Yangtze Cruise ship. Depart Chongqing - 9:00 pm: Sail from picturesque Chongqing, the ¡°Mountain City¡±.

Erlin Park


Day 11   Cruise      B, L, D

Place&Transport
: Chongqing, Cruise along Yangtze River, Fengdu
Today's Activities: Yangtze Cruise, Fengdu, Shibaozhai
Accommondation: Based on Victoria Cruise, room with balcony
Meal: B,L,D

  As the largest water system in China, Yangtze River is historically, economically and culturally important to the country. It has numerous tributaries including Min River, Han River, Jialing River, Gan River, and Huangpu River.

Today you will have an excursion to Fengdu, visiting either the "Ghost City" known for its statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill, or the new relocation village, built for families who have moved as a result of the Yantgze's rising waters brought by the Three Gorgres Dam.

Optional Excursion to Shibaozhai (river conditions permitting), visiting the impressive 12-story pagoda. Known as "The pearl of the Yangtze", it is one of the gems of Chinese architecture. The 18th Century red wooden temple is an architectural delight full of Legends and beautiful stories. Climbing on the top, you can have a panoramic view of the Yangtze River. Inside the pavilion, there are steles and inscriptions of past dynasties of each floor. Visitors can also admire the spectacular Yangtze River from the windows of each floor.

Victoria Cruise



Day 12   Cruise      B, L, D

Place&Transport
: Cruise along Yangtze River
Today's Activities: Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Goddess Stream, Shennong Stream, White Emperor City
Accommondation: Based on Victoria Cruise, room with balcony
Meal: B,L,D

  Enter the Three Gorges, one of nature¡¯s most extraordinary sculptures. Today you will pass through the first two¡ªQutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Qutang Gorge is the shortest (5 miles), narrowest (500 feet), and most dramatic. The 25-mile long Wu Gorge is known for its quiet beauty, forest-covered mountains, and cliffs so sheer that the sun barely penetrates the precipices. Transfer to another vessel for a relaxing excursion through the attractive gorges of Goddess Stream. Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be substituted to the gorges of Shennong Stream. Enter Xiling Gorge, the longest (41 miles), and the deepest of the Three Gorges. In the evening, sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks. Additional optional Shore Excursion to White Emperor City (river conditions permitting), an ancient city overlooking the western end of Qutang Gorge.

Cruise along Yangtze River

 

Day 13   Cruise - Shanghai       B, L, D

Place&Transport:
Cruise along Yangtze River, Fly to Shanghai
Today's Activities:Three Gorges Dam
Accommondation:
Three Stars, Four Stars or Five Stars Hotel(Can be customized) in Shanghai
Meal:
B, L

  This morning you will visit the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping, the largest hydroelectric power project in the world. As well as producing electricity, the dam is intended to increase the Yangtze River's shipping capacity and reduce the potential for floods downstream by providing flood storage spaceLater sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks.

Then the cruise finish and we will drive you to Yichang airport for your flight to Shanghai. You can have a comfortable sleep in a cosy hotel of Shanghai.

Three Gorges Dam



Day 14   Shanghai       B, L

Place&Transport:
Shanghai
Today's Activities: The Bund area, Oriental Pearl Tower, Yu Garden, Silk factory, Jade Buddha Temple
Accommondation:
Three Stars, Four Stars or Five Stars Hotel(Can be customized) in Shanghai
Meal:
B,L

  After breakfast, you will cross Huangpu River and visit famous Bund area, which is teemed with the futuristic, avant-garde buildings - Oriental Pearl Tower, Jin Mao Building, Bank of China Tower. Completed in 1995 to a highly innovative design, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower has become a symbol of excellence in architecture and is a favourite sight for tourists in Shanghai. At 468 meters, it is the third tallest TV and radio tower in the World. On the TV Tower, to have a bird's eye view of Shanghai City.

Later you will be taken to visit the 400-year-old Yu Garden ¨C the representative traditional Chinese garden in Shanghai. Each pavilion, hall, stone and stream in the garden is expressing the quintessence of South China landscape design from the Ming and Qing Dynasty. Over forty spots, divided by dragon walls, wound corridors and beautiful flowers, form a unique picture featuring "one step, one beauty; every step, every beauty". Out from Yuyuan Garden, move to Yuyuan Bazaar to explore how elaborate and cute the traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works are, and savor some local flavor snacks here.

Followed a trip to a silk factory to see how silk is produced from the cocoons of silk worms, and turned into the beautiful fabric we all know and love.Then continue to Jade Buddha Temple to admire the largest jade Buddha in the world and exquisite religious artifacts. The essence of the temple is the two jade Buddhist statues brought back from Burma by the Monk Huigen for Putuo Mountain during the Qing Dynasty.

The Bund


Day 15   Depart Shanghai         B, L

Place&Transport:
Shanghai
Today's Activities: The Bund area, Oriental Pearl Tower, Yu Garden, Silk factory, Jade Buddha Temple
Accommondation:
Three Stars, Four Stars or Five Stars Hotel(Can be customized) in Shanghai
Meal:
B,L

  Free on your own.We will send you to the airport and you can fly back home. Have a pleasant trip!

 


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Price Includes:
1. Transportation:
Inter city flights including airport taxes, trains, buses, etc., specified in the itinerary Privatecar with air-conditioning in every tour city
2. Hotels specified in the itinerary, all based on two persons sharingone standard room;
3. Meals specified in the itinerary: Western breakfast in hotels Chinese lunch and dinner in local restaurants
4. Sightseeing: All arrangements mentioned in the itinerary will be covered All first admission/entrance fees in the itinerary
5. Tour guide: Tour guide: In every tour city of China, each tour is conducted by a professional tour guide
6. Free baggage allowance: Passages holding adult-fare air tickets are entitled to free baggage allowance of 40 kg for first class, 30kg for business class,and 20kg for economy class.No free baggage allowance is granted to infants Free baggage transfer between airport and hotel



Price Excludes:

1. Chinese visa.
2. International or domestic air tickets which are not listed in the itinerary.
3. Meals not specified in the itinerary.
4. Tips for guides and drivers.
5. Personal expenses: phone bills, laundry, optional tours, postage, excess baggage charge, entertainment fees out of the itinerary.
6. Single Room Supplement.
7. Taxi Fee




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