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Legendary China Yangtze Cruise Tour -15 Days

Destination: Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Yangtze River, Shanghai
Duration: Fifteen Day
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Transportation: Vehicle & Flight
Best Travel Time:All Year
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Snatch this impressive yet affordable deal before it ends, it incorporates the magnificent royal facilities of the historical Beijing, the phenomenal Terracotta Army of Xian, the thrilling experiences of Lhasa, the splendid views along the Yangtze River, and finally, the dazzling ambience of Shanghai.


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, Shaanxi History Museum, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Xian City Wall
 
Lhasa
Bhakhor Street & Lhasa Nunnery, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka, Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Tibet Museum
 
Yangtze River
Qutang Gorge, Shennong Stream, Shibaozhai, Three Gorges Dam, Wu Gorge, Xiling Gorge
 
Shanghai
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Huangpu River Cruise, Nanjing Road, New Spot (XinTianDi), The Bund, Yuyuan Garden

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
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US$3920/persons 3920USD/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.

 

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. On the way back to the hotel, there will be a stop at the Bird's Nest stadium and Water Cube, and you'll have some time to take pictures.

 

Day 4:Beijing - Xian
After breakfast, 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.


 
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.

 

Day 6:Xian
This day's tour is still surrounded on the historical side of Xian, featuring the Shaanxi History Museum, the largest museum in Shaanxi Province housing a collection of more than 370,000 pieces artifacts displaying the past of Shaanxi, spanning over 1million years. The next stop would be the Small Wild Goose Pagoda Scenic Area, a 43.4m (142ft) tall, 13-storey pagoda established during the Tang Dynasty. Apart from them, 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.

 

Day 7:Xian - Lhasa
You would be given a ride to the airport for the first flight to the next destination, Lhasa, and picked up from the airport straight to the hotel. The rest of the day is open to your own arrangements but a good rest is seriously recommended so as to adapt yourself to the high altitude.

 

Day 8:Lhasa
Today's sightseeing tour starts with a visit to Potala Palace, the imposing palace constructed in mid 17th century as the chief residence of the Dalai Lama and the spiritual centre of the prefecture. After lunch, proceed to the Jokhang Temple, the monastery dubbed as the most sacred and important in Tibet, built in mid 7th century, originally for the two brides of Songsten Gampo, Princess Wencheng of China and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. The temple is situated in the middle of the Bhakhor Street, the most bustling bazaar in the city, rife with shops, stalls, restaurants and pilgrims from all around the world. The nearby Lhasa Nunnery is also worth visiting, for it's the only one nunnery in downtown Lhasa.

 

Day 9:Lhasa
The highlights of today include Norbulingka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lama since the mid 18th century, and Tibet Museum, which houses a collection of precious artifacts displaying the remarkable history and culture of Tibet. After that, moving on to the Sera Monastery, one of the great three Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet in which monks debate the philosophy of Buddhism.

 

Day 10:Lhasa - Chongqing
You'll be driven to airport for your flight to Chongqing. Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the airport and enjoy your dinner. Before the end of the day, instead of resting at a hotel, you would embark on a cruise ship and stay overnight.

 

Day 11: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.

 

Day 12: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.

 

Day 13: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.

 

Day 14: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.

 

Day 15:Depart from Shanghai
Ride to the airport for your homeward flight. The time before the flight is open to your own arrangement.

 

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