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China Highlights with Yangtze and Pandas Tour - 15 Days

Destination: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Chengdu, Yangtze River, Shanghai
Duration: Fifteen Day
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Best planned for first-timers visiting China who wish to see the most iconic sites yet on limited time. Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Xian City Wall, the Bund, Nanjing Road and Yuyuan Garden are all covered in this itinerary, plus a voyage down the Yangtze river by a 5-star cruise.

Sightseeing Highlights:
Water Cube, Bird's Nest, Forbidden City, Hutong Tour, Mutianyu Great Wall, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square
Great Mosque, Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian City Wall, Xian Museum
Elephant Trunk Hill, Li River Cruise, Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park
Electric sightseeing car ride, Local Family Visit
Leshan Giant Buddha, Research Base of Panda Breeding Center, Wide and Narrow Alleys
Yangtze River
Ghost Town of Fengdu, Qutang Gorge, Shennong Stream, Shibaozhai, Three Gorges Dam, Wu Gorge, Xiling Gorge
New Spot (XinTianDi), The Bund, Nanjing Road, Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden

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US$4120/persons 4120USD/Person

Day 1: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 a la carte lunch and a delightful afternoon in Summer Palace, the spectacular private garden for royal members only back in the imperial times.


Day 2: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 3:Beijing - Xian
After breakfast, featured on schedule is a Hutong Tour on rickshaw around the most original and characteristic neighborhood and a visit to a local family.  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 4: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. After a dainty lunch, visit 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.


Day 5:Xian - Guilin
This day's tour is still surrounded on the historical side of Xian, featuring 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. Later in the day, you would 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.


Day 6:Guilin
This day kicks start with a visit to the Reed Flute Cave, a limestone cave filled with millions of years old stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in various shapes resembling countless items, and 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. Another landmark of Guilin, the nearby Seven Star Park, is scheduled in the afternoon.


Day 7:Guilin - Yangshuo
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. We take a ride in the electric sightseeing vehicle, maneuvering through the small town; experience an entirely different rural China atmosphere, followed by a visit to a local family.


Day 8:Yangshuo - Guilin - Chengdu
This morning you would be given a ride to the airport for your flight to the next destination, Chengdu. After arrival at Chengdu airport, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel.


Day 9:Chengdu
After breakfast, you are scheduled to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha, the biggest Buddha statue around the world, measuring at 71m (233ft), located nearly 170km from downtown Chengdu. Since the Buddha is sitting right in front of the Min River, you are scheduled to approach the Giant Buddha by boat, which allows the best view from beneath. But even better is to go up the mountain and walk down the stairs starting from the back of his head all the way down to the toe and take in all the beauty along the way. After that you would be driven back to downtown Chengdu. In the afternoon, take some time to relax in Wangjianglou Park, an over 78,000m2 park on the southeast corner of the city, where local people play mahjong, dance, play diabolo, exercise and so on. Also you can join the locals to drink tea (at your own expense) in one of the numerous tea houses, for it is the most favorable and characteristic pastime of theirs. The rest of the day would be spent in Kuanzhai Lane, a block of historical architectures dating back to Qing dynasty but has been transformed into the most fashionable neighborhood featuring numerous trendy tea houses, restaurants, museums, caf¨¦, bars, shops and the likes.


Day 10:Chengdu - Chongqing
Featured on today's schedule is the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, the biggest research and breeding center for giant pandas in China. The facility is practically a 2.3km2 park, home to dozens of giant pandas and series of other animals. After hanging around with the ¡°national treasure¡±, you would be taken to Chengdu railway station to board a bullet train to Chongqing and our guide will meet you at the destination. Before the day ends, board on the luxurious Yangtze Cruise ship. There is a necessary Safety, Orientation & River Briefing presentation for you.


Day 11:Shibaozhai - Fengdu
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. Or Fengdu, a small yet historical town with no less than 2,000 years of history and legions of interesting statues and architectures. Chinese folk dance and music show would be staged onboard at night as the captain's gesture of warm welcome.


Day 12:Shengnong Stream - Lesser Three Gorges
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 Museum, a museum generally dedicated to a collection of over 120,000 pieces of ancient art in various forms, such as pottery, bronze items, paintings, calligraphic works, chinaware and so forth. After that, feel free to have a delightful 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 on.


Day 15:Depart from Shanghai
After breakfast at the hotel, rest until your departure to airport.


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