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Classic China Tour with Yangtze River Cruise

 
Tour Code: LCTP003   Map of Classic China Tour with Yangtze River Cruise
Trip Duration: 14 Days & 13 Nights  
Departure Day: Daily    
Visiting:Beijing,Xian,Guilin, Chongqing, Three Gorges Cruise, Yichang,Shanghai  
Summary: Watch China's history and culture unfold during this incredible journey, which ranges from the imperial splendor of Beijing to the dynamism of Shanghai, and from the archaeological wonders of Xi'an to the majestic Yangtze's Three Gorges. Feel the presence of over 2,000 years of history as you walk along the Great Wall, one of the man-made marvels of the world...

 
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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive at Beijing (-/-/-)

Transfer via: International Flight arranged by you

Welcome to Beijing, where the capital, political, and cultural center of China lies. We meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After check-in, you have free time to relax.

Day 2 Beijing (B/L/-)

Beijing Forbidden CityToday's highlight is the visit of the Great Wall (Mutianyu Section), one of the "Seven Wonders of the World" and a symbol of Chinese civilization. You will take the cable-car up the Great Wall and walk along the Wall, through the water towers you will enjoy the super views as the wall snakes across the mountains. You will go down also by the cable car or if you like, you can walk down. If you walk down, good walking shoes are needed.

Day 3 Beijing (B/L/-)

After breakfast, begin the day's activity with a visit to Tian'anmen Square, the largest urban square in the world. Then, move on to the Imperial Palace, also known as the "Forbidden City", the biggest palace complex in the world. In the afternoon, visit Summer Palace, one of China's largest and best-preserved imperial gardens..

Day 4 Beijing / Xian (B/L/-)

Transfer via: High Speed Train arranged by us

After a relaxed breakfast at hotel this morning, tour to Temple of Heaven, the place where the emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for good harvest. In the afternoon, you will take a ride in rickshaw through some old "Hutongs", lanes or alleys formed by lines of Siheyuan (a compound with houses around a courtyard) where you will visit some family.Afterwards, transfer to the Train Station for the high speed train to Xian, one of the oldest cities in Chinese history and has more than 3,100 years of history. Upon arrive in Xian, be met and transferred to the hotel.

Day 5 Xian (B/L/-)

Xian TourBegin the day's activity with an once-in-a-lifetime viewing of the extraordinary 2,200-year-old Terracotta Warriors of China's first feudal Emperor, Qin Shihuang. On your way back to the city, stop at a mountain village and meet local residents. After lunch, you will visit the Ancient City Wall which has been guarded the inner city for more than 600 years.

Day 6 Xian / Guilin (B/L/-)

Transfer via: Internal Flight arranged by us

After breakfast, visit Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum. This roomy, modern museum contains over 370,000 relics chronicling Shaanxi civilization and culture from as far as prehistoric times. The collection is strong in ceramics, bronzes, jade pieces, gold and silver items, ancient coins, and calligraphy mainly from the pre-Ming periods. Then visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. If you have time before you get your flight to Guilin, head to the Muslim Quarter and wander through the alley ways to explore and taste the local Hui Cuisine and visit the old Mosque.

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Guilin. Upon arrive in Guilin, be met and transfer to the hotel.

Day 7 Guilin (B/L/-)

After breakfast, visit Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill. Elephant Trunk hill resembles a huge elephant standing on the bank of the river, sucking up water with its long trunk. It is regarded as the symbol of Guilin landscape. Reed Flute Cave is a huge cave system with stunning rock formations, stalagmites and stalactites, illuminated with coloured lights. The cave can hold comfortably 1000 people. Then visit the Fubo Hill, a classical scenic spot offering a lovely view of the town.

Day 8 Guilin / Yangshuo / Guilin (B/L/-)

Li River of GuilinTransfer via: Van and boat arranged by us

Today's highlight is cruising down the Li River, which stretches 83 kilometers from Guilin to Yangshuo. The cruise will give you a chance to savor the lovely view of the area's extraordinary limestone peaks. The cruise ends in Yangshuo. Visit local markets. Yangshuo is a charming small town with its main street lined with small hotels, countless souvenir shops and restaurants. Then, drive back to Guilin.

Day 9 Guilin / Chongqing (B/L/-)

Transfer via: Internal Flight arranged by us

Check out and depart hotel for the flight to Chongqing, which is located at the juncture of the Yangtze River and the Jialing River in the southwestern China. In the rest of the day, visit the Chongqing Zoo, The zoo is located at the western suburb of the main urban area. Pandas are most popular in the zoo. In the Panda Ground at the foot of a hill and by a little stream, visitors can see charmingly native giant and lesser pandas and their offspring. Visitors can actually play with them and take pictures with them.

Then pay a visit to the Ciqikou Ancient Town (old name Longyin Town), which is located 14 KM to the west of Chongqing city. It used to be a very important water and land communication hub in the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911 A.D). There are more than a hundred tea bars with their own particular characteristics in such a small town. Here friends enjoy a chat or meet to discuss business. You will have opportunity to meet the locals and enjoy the unique folk opera in the tea bars. At the end, our guide will escort you to board your cruise ship.

Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise (B/L/D)

Yangtze CruisesOn this day you will have a shore excursion to visit "Ghost City" - Fengdu, which is where the devil lives, according to Chinese legend. They say that spirits go to heaven, and evil goes to Fengdu.

Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise (B/L/D)

On this day you will have an excursion to Shennong Stream, where you will drift along the river on a traditional boat and be astounded by the natural Scenery that surrounds you, or have an excursion to the Lesser Three Gorges, where three smaller gorges will give visitors a sense of awe as the natural scenic wonders unfold in front of you. The ship company will decide which excursion you will take.

Day 12 Yichang / Shanghai (B/L/-)

ShanghaiTransfer via: Internal Flight arranged by us

In the morning, you will disembark to have land excursion to the world-renown Three Gorges Dam, the largest dam in the world. Arrive in Yichang at about 1:00pm. Take a afternoon flight to Shanghai, the bustling commercial heart of China, known as "Paris of the East".

Day 13 Shanghai (B/L/-)

Firstly today you will visit the typical Shanghainese life at Caoyang New Neighborhood and Shikumen. Then pay a visit to south China's classical landscape garden at Yuyuan Garden and Yuyuan Market, a shopper's paradise filled with local arts and crafts. After that you will have a bird's eye view of Shanghai on the sightseeing deck Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Finally, have a walk along the Bund, the financial center of Shanghai known as a"museum of buildings"

Day 14 Shanghai / Departure (B/-/-)

Transfer via: International / Internal Flight arranged by you

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

Accommodation

City 3 Star Hotel 4 Star Hotel 5 Star Hotel
Beijing King Parkview Hotel Sunworld Hotel Crowne Plaza Beijing
Xian Skytel Hotel Xian Grand New World Hotel Hyatt Regency Xian
Guilin Hotel Grand 0773 Guilin Bravo Hotel Sheraton Guilin Hotel
Shanghai Express by Holiday Inn Putuo Shanghai The Bund Riverside Hotel The Eton Hotel Shanghai
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