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Best of China with Yangtze River Cruise Tour - 14 Days

Destination: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Shanghai
Duration: Fourteen Day
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Transportation: Vehicle & Flight & Cruise
Best Travel Time:All Year
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This tour fulfills your dream to explore the mysterious yet remarkable China in a fortnight, you will get the chance to appreciate the breathtaking views down the Li River and Yangtze River, and not to mention the authentic local experience, high-end accommodation, great dining and plenty of chill-time along the way.


Sightseeing Highlights:
Beijing
Water Cube, Bird's Nest, Forbidden City, Hutong Tour, Mutianyu Great Wall, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square
 
Xian
Great Mosque, Muslim Street, Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian City Wall, Xian Museum
 
Guilin
Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Li River Cruise
 
Yangshuo
Local Family Visit, Electric sightseeing car ride
 
Chongqing
Panda House in Chongqing Zoo, Ciqikou Old Town
 
Yangtze River
Qutang Gorge, Shennong Stream, Shibaozhai, Wu Gorge, Xiling Gorge, Three Gorges Dam
 
Shanghai
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Huangpu River Cruise, Nanjing Road, Shanghai Museum, New Spot (XinTianDi), The Bund

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
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US$3210/persons 3210USD/Person

Day 1:Arrive in Beijing
The pre-arranged guide would be awaiting with a welcoming sign featuring our logo at the airport before the plane touches down. There would be no itinerary arranged for the rest of the day, considering your need to soothe the fatigue from the long-haul flight.

Free-time Ideas: The hotel you're staying is situated on the Xidajie (West Boulevard), the same boulevard connecting to the Tiananmen Square, only a few minutes' walk from the Chongwenmen Subway Station on Line 5 & 2, and within reasonable distance of Dongdan, Beijing Railway Station, Temple of Heaven and the likes, feel free to explore if interested.

 

Day 2:Beijing
The first day of the trip would start with a visit to the very heart of the country's capital, Tiananmen Square, a magnificent square extending in front of the Forbidden City, which has been the power center for nearly six centuries and has witnessed 24 emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties carried out their administration, followed by a pleasant lunch and a delightful afternoon in Summer Palace, the spectacular private garden for royal members only back in the imperial times.

Meals:  Breakfast + A La Carte lunch

 

Day 3:Beijing
This day's excursion begins with the Temple of Heaven, the sacred venue where the Ming/Qing Emperors performed major sacrificial and praying ceremonies for good fortune, prosperity and blessings. After that, embark on a 1.5 to 2-hour ride to the leg of Great Wall situated in Mutianyu, a not-so-overcrowded section of the Great Wall which extends over 2km but features cable car up and down the mountainous part. When the day draws to the end, a little detour would be taken on the way back, to the Bird's Nest stadium and Water Cube, the two ahead-of-the-time structures famed for not only holding most games during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but also for their world-recognized, innovating appearances.

Meals:  Breakfast + Regular Lunch

 

Day 4:Beijing - Xian
Take a trip to Lama Temple (better known as Yonghe Temple in Chinese), an over 300 years old temple and monastery for the Tibetan Buddhism established during the Qing Dynasty at the north eastern corner of Beijing. Later, a Hutong Tour on rickshaw around the most original and characteristic neighborhood, afterwards, you would be taken to the railway station for the high speed rail train to Xian, which takes approximately 5 hours, and along the way you would have the chance to admire a different scenery of the countryside. Upon arriving at the Xian North Station, the professional tour guide would pick you up and escort you to the hotel.

Meals:  Breakfast

 

Day 5:Xian
The highlight of the day is without doubt the most renowned feature of Xian and one of the most recognizable cultural symbols of China, which has been exhibited in dozens of different countries around the world ¨C the Terracotta Army, or better known as Bing Ma Yong in Chinese. As you may have heard, Terracotta Army is an army consists of thousands of soldiers, horses, chariots and loads of other items made of terracotta, under the demand of Qin Shi Huang, the first-ever emperor of China around the early 3rd century. More history, sagas and anecdotes behind this mysterious masterpiece would be presented by our guide on the tour. In the afternoon, the tour would be taken back to the downtown Xian, around the Xian City Wall, the 25.7km fortifications enclosing the city used to be the capital of China for 13 dynasties. The wall can be dated back to as early as the late 2nd century, but the existing wall was established in Ming Dynasty. Apart from it, also on the itinerary are the Great Mosque, the oldest Islamic mosque in the country, erected in 742AD, and the Muslim quarter built around it, which is rife with excellent historical buildings, favorable eateries, souvenir shops and the likes.

Meals:  Breakfast + Regular Lunch

 

Day 6:Xian
This day's tour is still surrounded on the historical side of Xian, featuring the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a 43.4m (142ft) tall, 13-storey pagoda established during the Tang Dynasty, and the Xian Museum, showcasing nearly 15,000 pieces of items, right at the foot of it. After a special A La Carte lunch in a stylish local restaurant, you are able to explore this city on your own.

Meals:  Breakfast + A La Carte Lunch

 

Day 7:Xian - Guilin
You will be given a ride to the airport for your flight to the next destination, Guilin, and picked up from the airport straight to the hotel. After a short rest, you'll go visit the Elephant Trunk Hill, the landmark of Guilin, which refers to a mountain appears very much alike an elephant sticking its trunk into the river for water, followed by the Reed Flute Cave, a limestone cave filled with millions of years old stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in various shapes resembling countless items.

Meals:  Breakfast + A La Carte Lunch

 

Day 8:Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Board on a well-equipped cruise ship to sail down the gorgeous Li River. Just sit back, relax and take in the stunning sceneries along the river banks for four hours before arriving at Yangshuo. The most appropriate way to mill about a historical, captivating small town is evidently a ride in the electric sightseeing vehicle, followed by a visit to a local family to experience the most authentic lifestyle of the local people. You'll be transferred back to Guilin and stay there.

Meals:  Breakfast + Regular Lunch

 

Day 9:Guilin - Chongqing
You would be given a ride to the airport for your flight to the next destination, Chongqing, and picked up from the airport by the awaiting tour guide to the Chongqing Zoo, where you get to have a very close look at the giant panda, the adorable fuzzy animal originates from the vicinity of Sichuan, Chongqing, Shaanxi, hailed as the ¡°Treasure of the nation¡±. After the lovely company of the pandas, Ciqikou Old Town, a small town with more than a millennium's history and prides itself for the top-class porcelain-making craftsmanship, is to be visited. Before the end of the day, instead of resting at a hotel, you would embark on a cruise ship and stay overnight.

Meals:  Breakfast + A La Carte Lunch

 

Day 10:Yangtze River Cruise
Sail down the Yangtze River today with a little excursion to Shibaozhai, a 56m (184ft) tall, 12-storey tower firstly built during the Ming Dynasty. The tower's existence was once threatened by the Three Gorge Hydraulic Project, but is ingeniously preserved now like a giant Bonsai in the middle of the Yangtze River. Chinese folk dance and music show would be staged onboard at night as the captain's gesture of warm welcome.

Meals:  Breakfast + Regular Lunch + Dinner

 

Day 11:Yangtze River Cruise
Today the cruise ship would be passing through the world-renowned, imposing Three Gorges, meaning the Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge. On the way, stories, folk tales and anecdotes surrounding the ancient plank road, Mengliang Stairway, hanging coffins and so forth would be told by the knowledgeable local guide. A little wooden-boat ride is planned among the trip to the fabulous Shennong Stream for the unrivalled natural scenery there. A farewell party featuring enjoyable performances and entertainments would be hold onboard at the night.

Meals:  Breakfast + Regular Lunch +Dinner

 

Day 12:Yichang - Shanghai
A visit to the most spectacular hydraulic project in modern China, the Three Gorges Dam, would be arranged after breakfast. Later the cruise would reach Yichang around noon, where you would be picked up by another tour guide to enjoy lunch, before receiving a ride to the airport for your flight to the next destination, Shanghai, and picked up from the airport straight to the hotel.

Meals:  Breakfast + Regular Lunch

 

Day 13:Shanghai
With an experienced guide meeting you at the hotel, this day's destinations include Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, a museum stresses on urban planning, architecture, modern history of the metropolis, with seasonal art exhibitions and others. After that, feel free to have a captivating walk around the Bund and Nanjing Road, the upscale and busiest shopping hub of Shanghai, before proceeding to the Yuyuan Garden, a former privately-owned garden of traditional southern China architectural style, comprises of pavilions, ponds, bridges, rockeries trees and the likes. Afterwards, please take some time to roam about the nearby Yuyuan Market and Xintiandi (New Spot), the most traditional street market with hundreds of stalls peddling all kinds of trinkets and the up-and-coming high-end neighborhood featuring series of bars, caf¨¦s, restaurants, spa centers, clubs, galleries, boutiques and so forth. The day would be summed up by a 45-minute cruise ride down the Huangpu River, passing by the wonderful night view of legions of skyscrapers along the river banks.

Meals:  Breakfast + A La Carte lunch

 

Day 14:Depart from Shanghai
Ride to the airport for your homeward flight. The time before the flight is open to your own arrangement.

Meals:  Breakfast

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