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11 Days China Tours To Beijing, Xi'an, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Yichang, Shanghai

Destinations: Beijing, Xi'an, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Yichang, Shanghai
Tour Code: Yangtze_02
Departure: Depending on the downstream cruise date of Cruises

1. Tour Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Beijing
Upon your arrival in
Beijing, our English-speaking tour guide will meet you at the airport or railway station. After claiming your luggage, you will easily find our guide holding a welcome sign with your name on it. Transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure to overcome jetlag.
Day 02 Beijing (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City (the Imperial Palace) and the Summer Palace. Enjoy the Beijing Duck Dinner and the Peking Opera in the evening.

Tiananmen Square: The biggest downtown Square of the world, it is located in the heart of urban Beijing and large enough to accommodate an assembly of one million people.
Forbidden City: Also called Palace Museum and is located at the center of Beijing. It was the imperial palace during the Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1616-1911) dynasties.
Summer Palace: The largest imperial garden of Ming and Qing dynasty. The whole Summer Palace covers an area of over 290 hectares including more than 3,000 buildings, such as halls, pavilions, towers, etc.
Beijing Duck Dinner: Beijing Roasted duck is renowned as the most delicious food of Beijing.
Peking Opera: Beijing Opera is deemed the national opera of China. The accompanying music, singing and costumes are full of Chinese cultural facts.
Day 03 Beijing (Breakfast + Lunch)
Take an excursion to the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs. See the appearance of the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) at a distance.

Great Wall Of China: One of the seven wonders in the world and the symble of China. The Great Wall extends to more than 5,000 kilometers.
Ming Tombs: Located 60 Kilometers north of Beijing, Ming Tombs consist of mausoleums of 13 Ming emperors.
Day 04 Beijing - Xi'an (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Tour to the Temple of Heaven. Transfer to the airport for flight to Xi'an. Visit Ancient City Wall. Enjoy the local speciality Dumpling dinner this evening.

Temple of Heaven: The place where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation.
Ancient City Wall: The wall is 15 meters wide and 11.9 kilometers in perimeter, it is the best preserved, oldest and largest ancient city defence system in China.
Dumpling: A traditional and popular food with a long history in China. There is a popular saying in China: "There is nothing more delicious than Jiaozi."
Day 05 Xi'an (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Visit the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, the Forest of Stone Steles Museum and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Enjoy Tang Dynasty Show this evening.

Terra Cotta Warriors Museum: Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, with its 40 meters high tumulus, was built in the third century B.C. for Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.). In 1974 a huge pit with numerous Qin pottery figures was discovered to the east of the mausoleum. The unearthed clay warriors and horses are huge and life-like and provide valuable data for the study of the military weaponry and sculpture of the time. The excavation of this incredibly rich find is a continuing process and visitors can actually see the archaeologists at work revealing more and more of these remarkable statues. Nothing comparable to it has ever been uncovered in China before.
Forest of Stone Steles Museum: The Stele Forest stores voluminous artworks which possess not only eximious value of handwriting and art, but also rich cultural connotation. The Stele Forest began to be built in 1087.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda: This pagoda is on the grounds of the DaCiEn Temple. It was built in 652 A.D. Xuan Zhuang, the famous master monk of the Tang Dynasty, here translated Buddhist texts that he had brought back from India. The pagoda, as it stands today has seven stones and is 64 meters high. Spiraling staircases lead to the top where one is rewarded with a good view of Xi'an and the surrounding area.
Tang Dynasty Show: A performance of Chang'an music and dances that was originated in the Tang dynasty of Chinese history over a thousand years ago.
Day 06 Xi'an - Chongqing (Breakfast + Lunch)
Visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum and the Great Mosque. Transfer to the airport for flight to Chongqing. Our guide will pick you up from the airport. Visit the Chongqing Zoo and Ciqikou old street. After dinner, board the Cruises for a memorable voyage down the mighty Yangtze River.

Shaanxi Provincial History Museum: The museum, with a floor space of over 4,000 square meters, was opened in 1952. There are more than two thousand ancient artifacts on display. They are divided into three sections: Forest of Steles (the oldest and richest collection of such stone tablets in China), Gallery of Stone Sculpture, and Historical Relics.
Great Mosque: Built in 742 A.D., the mosque was restored in each of the Yuan (1271 - 1368), Ming and Qing Dynasties. The distribution of pavilions, halls, towers and platforms in the mosque is compact and exquisite, blending the traditional architectural styles of Islam and Han.
Day 07 Shibaozhai (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
07:30-09:30, disembark for an excursion to
Shibaozhai. Shibaozhai was first built in Qing Dynasty in 1750, the mountain looks like a rectangular rock with sheer cliffs, and the wooden architecture that is built by catch upon the cliff with a height of 56 meters and 12 stories, standing on the riverside. Back to the ship and continue the cruise. The Captain's Welcome Party will be held in the evening.
Day 08 Three Gorges - Sandouping (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
07:00-07:30, sail through the
Qutang Gorge, its towering rock formations have names which reflect their bizarre shapes such as Hanging Monk Rock or Rhinoceros Looking at the Moon.

08:00-09:00, pass the second gorge -
Wu Gorge, celebrated for its lofty Twelve Peaks which almost blot out the sky. The guides will talk about legend of historic sites: Ancient Plank Road, Mengliang Stairway and the suspended coffins on the sheer cliffs.

10:00-13:30, disembark at Badong and take a sampan tour to the picturesque Shennong Stream. The Shennong Stream is a tributary carrying clear, cooler water into the Yangtse. The "stream" runs through steep gorges, in which the ancient asian Bahu people used to live, thousands of years ago. Back to the ship and continue the cruise.

16:00-17:00, pass the
Xiling Gorge. About 66 km long, it is the longest of the Three Gorges and is entirely within Hubei Province. This gorge is full of shoals and rapid currents.

20:00, pass the 5-stage shiplock. Dock overnight at Sandouping.
Day 09 Sandouping - Yichang - Shanghai (Breakfast + Lunch)
08:00-10:00, shore excursion to visit the Three Gorges Dam, it is planned to be by far the largest hydroelectric project in the world. Back to the ship and continue the cruise. Disembarkation in Yichang at about 13:00, Our local guides will get on board to meet you. Transfer to the airport for flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Have an evening cruise over Huangpu River.

Huang Pu River: A tributary of the Yangtze and there is plenty of traffic on it to prove its importance. You'll see the magnificent building skylines on both the historic west side (the Bund), and the modern east side (Pudong) as well as the working area of coal boats filling barges and sending them downriver. It's fun to see such lively river life as well as Shanghai's amazing skyline.
Day 10 Shanghai (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Visit the Shanghai Museum, the Yu Yuan Garden, Shanghai Old Street and former French Concession. Have a stroll over the Bund. Enjoy the Portman Acrobatic Show in the evening.

Shanghai Museum: The museum boasts over 120,000 pieces of collection, including bronze, ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, ancient Chinese coins, jade furniture, and western art.
Yu Yuan Garden: A traditional Chinese park complete with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations.
Former French Concession: The French Concession is the area of Shanghai once designated for the French. Today, the area's central Huaihai Rd is a busy shopping street, but the tree-lined avenues and their many Tudor mansions still retain an air of the "Paris of the East".
The Bund: With a length of 1 km, the bund is dotted with various grandiose solid buildings of western style dating back to the early this century in its west. Due to these imposing buildings, the bund is also reputed as "an international exhibition of architecture".
Day 11 Departure (Breakfast)
Transfer to the airport for your departure, end of service.

2. Quotation And Hotel Accommodation
For the quotation below, discount availible for group number more than 5 people. The private guided tour is tailored for you exclusively. No other participants will be in your group and you will not take part into any tours of others on land services.

Hotel Luxury Standard Comfort
Destination Beijing Jing Guang Hotel
Sunworld Hotel
Yuexiu Hotel
Xi'an Sheraton Hotel
Tangcheng Hotel
City Hotel
Yangtze Cruise President No.1
Three Kingdoms
Three Kingdoms
Shanghai Courtyard Xujiahui
Galaxy Hotel
Holiday Inn Express
1 person high season US$ 3410
US$ 3067 US$ 2846
low season US$ 3067 US$ 2896 US$ 2689
2-5 persons high season US$ 2100 p.p. US$ 1929 p.p. US$ 1818 p.p.
low season US$ 1929 p.p. US$ 1843 p.p. US$ 1739 p.p.
single room suppl. US$ 950 US$ 782 US$ 661

3. Tour Price

Please send us an email and provide the information below, we will quote LATEST FAVORABLE PRICE for the above tour.
1. Your name and nationality;
2. The number of persons in your party, if there are childre, please let us know their age;
3. Your travel date;
4. The code of the tour that you are interested in (each tour has a code like: CNT_18, you can find the code of a tour at the top of the page where the tour is);
5. Please let us know would you like 5-star luxury hotels or standard 4-star hotels or comfortable 3-star hotels for your tour;
6. If you would like us to tailor make a new tour for you that is different from above tour, please let us know your requests.

 

4. Quotation Inclusions For The Above Tour:

1. Hotel accommodation
The hotel is based on two persons sharing one twin or double standard room with private facilities.
2. Meals
Daily American or Chinese breakfast at the hotel, Chinese lunch and dinner in local Chinese restaurant as specified in the itinerary.
3. Private Transport
Private transport between airport or railway station and hotel and all the sights by air-conditioned vehicle.
4. Transportation between Cities
The economic class air tickets of the domestic flight or soft berth/seat train tickets between cities as specified in the itinerary.
5. Entrance tickets
The main entrance tickets for the sights mentioned.
6. Guiding service
All normal sightseeing tours in each city with English-speaking guide and admission fees where applicable. Our guide will not fly with you from one city to another. Upon your arrival at each city, a new local guide and driver will pick you up, be with you for local tour and see you off after you finish the itinerary of each city. The cruise shore excursion is in-group assigned by the cruise company.
7. Insurance
China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance. We highly recommend that you purchase full coverage travel insurance from you country of origin.

8. Tibet Travel Permit application fee
The Tibet Travel Permit application fee if your tour covers Tibet.

 

5. Quotation Exclusions For The Above Tour:

1. Visa Fees
Charge of obtaining your visa to enter China.
2. Charge of arrival and departure
The international or domestic air / train charge of arrival and departure.
3. Single Room Supplement
Should a twin room is needed by a single guest, supplement of the twin room will be charged.
What is single supplement?
The hotel is based on double occupancy. If the visitor travels alone or the number of the travelers is odd (such as 3,5, 7...), who stays in one single room has to pay the single room supplement. As the hotel is on double occupancy.
4. Personal Expenses
Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities or sightseeing, overweight baggage charges or meals not indicated, ect.
5. Optional Programs
Optional programs which are not specified in the above itinerary.
6. Tips to guides and drivers

 
 
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