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15 Days Amazing China Experience with Yangtze Cruise

Beijing / Xian / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang / Wuhan / Guilin / Shanghai

  • Cycling around the Paradise Yangshuo Town
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From north to south, this tour selects the best highlights of China. You will be amazed at the Great Wall in Beijing and Terracotta Warriors in Xian, linger over the stunning views of Yangtze River, wondered by the karst landscape everywhere around Guilin and enjoy the sparkling nightlife of Shanghai. Along the way is full of surprises!

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1. This price is based on a group (2 to 5 travelers) accommodated in 3-star hotel in lower seasons.

2. This price is subject to change according your group members and traveling time. Usually more travelers, lower the price; higher price in high seasons, lower in low seasons.

3. This price is valid until February 28th, 2018.

Places Visited

Beijing (3 nights), Xian (2 nights), Yangtze Cruise (3 nights), Wuhan (2 nights), Guilin (2 nights), Shanghai (2 nights)

Highlights of the Trip

  • Explore the splendid Chinese culture at Beijing and Xian
  • Have fun for the relaxing Yangtze Cruise from Chongqing
  • Get close to appreciate the rural serenity of Guilin Landscape

Trip Summary

Day 1-4: Fly to Beijing & Beijing

Beijing is a treasure city with profound heritage sites of Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace. Following our local guide and driver, your China Tour & Yangtze Cruise can have a pleasant beginning from here.

Day 4-5: Fly to Xian & Xian

Come to the ancient city ramparts of Xian and meet the mighty Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, etc, accompanying with local guide and personalized service.

Day 6: Fly to Chongqing & Board Yangtze River Cruise

Transfer to Chongqing for your late afternoon Yangtze Cruise. With local guide, you have chance to visit Chongqing Zoo and Ciqikou Old Town before getting onboard.

Day 7-9: Yangtze Cruise to Yichang & D-Train to Wuhan

Enjoy the Yangtze Cruise tour from Chongqing to Yichang with the famous Three Gorges Dam and various shore excursion sites included. Disembark at Yichang and take high speed train to Wuhan and meet your local guide here.

Day 10-11: Wuhan & High speed train to Guilin

With much history to carry, Wuhan welcomes you to visit the famous Yellow Crane Tower, Hubei Provincial Museum and East Lake for better understanding this cultural city. Later transfer to Guilin by high speed train and meet your local guide there.

Day 12-13: Guilin & Fly to Shanghai

Get your soul free in Guilin and enjoy the total natural Li River Cruise. And take a casual time to treat yourself a cup of coffee in Yangshuo. Then transfer to Shanghai for free explore the metropolis city by yourself.

Day 14-15: Shanghai & Shanghai Departure

Different prospective in Shanghai feast your eyes with sparkling and bustling environment. Travel to The Bund and Nanjing Road, you will amazed at the China’s changes and progress.

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Welcome to Beijing! Our tour guide who is holding a sign with your name written on will meet you at the first time in the Arrival Hall and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is your own time.

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Day 2 Beijing (B, L)

After breakfast, your Beijing tour begins with Tiananmen Square and move to the Forbidden City to glean the history fragment left by the imperial palace. Then go to the Temple of Heaven to explore the ancient Chinese altar for harvest and enjoy unique Ming & Qing architecture with different decorations. After the sightseeing, you are taken back to your hotel.

Enjoy Panoramic View of Forbidden City

Day 3 Beijing (B, L, D)

With the old saying “One who fails to reach the Great Wall is not a hero”, today you will visit the famous Great Wall (Badaling Great Wall Section) for about 1.5 hours hiking. Along the way, you can see ancient watchtowers and enjoy the stunning mountain views. Judging by the physical conditions, you may return by cable car or descend by chairlift. Then move to the Sacred Way, the first scenic spot to enter the Ming Tomb. Walking through the 7 km’s solemn road decorated by splendid architectures, you come to the Changling to explore further of the tomb.

On the way back to your hotel, you might make a stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to take some photos of the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube from the outside.

For the dinner, we prepare you with the typical local food-Peking Roast Duck to end today's tour!

Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking in Autumn Season

Day 4 Beijing to Xian (B, L)

After breakfast, you will visit the Summer Palace leisurely to enjoy exquisite layout of this royal garden within ancient pavilions, temples and bridges. Later move to Drum Tower and take a rickshaw or bike to explore this cultural Hutong and Siheyuan nearby, depending on the weather. Or you may visit to one of the family of Hutong to get more insights of their local life. Then go to the Prince Gong’s Mansion for sightseeing.

After the tour, our guide will escort you to the airport and take the flight to Xian.

Longevity Hill & Kunming Lake of Summer Palace

Day 5 Xian (B, L, D)

After breakfast, our guide will pick you up at your hotel to the Terracotta Warriors, the most significant archeological discoveries of 20th century. Facing with the massive artificial warriors and horses, you will be stunned about the great artwork and craft back to Qing dynasty. Later, head for the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Ancient City Wall, the top must see attractions to explore the culture and enjoy the best panoramic view over Xi'an. After that, you can enjoy the local special Dumpling Dinner served in a fine restaurant in the evening.

Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the Eighth Wonder of the World

Day 6 Flight to Chongqing from Xian (B, L)

Today, your guide will send you off at airport to flight to Chongqing for your Yangtze River Cruise. Before that, you have time to tour around Chongqing downtown by visiting the Chongqing Zoo and meet the Giant Panda, and go to the Ciqikou Old Town where to explore the changes of Chongqing and find some local snacks and souvenirs.

Then, you'll be transferred to the Cruise pier, and board the ship in the late afternoon. Your lifetime Yangtze River Cruise starts! (Note: the boarding time changes based on the cruise ships, season, water level, weather, etc.)

Chongqing Zoo

Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Today you will embrace your first shore excursion site-Shibaozhai Pagoda. With 278 kilometers away from Chongqing, Shibaozhai is a pearl on Yangtze River. As the gem of Chinese Architecture, the 12-story, 18th Century red wooden temple is an architectural delight full of Legends and beautiful stories. Climbing on the top, you can have a panoramic view of the Yangtze River.

Optional Site: Some cruise ships make the shore excursion to the Fengdu Ghost City instead. Also called as the City of Ghosts, it endows kinds of mysterious stories about the underworld cruel tortures and kinds of devils. Enter inside, you can find more devil statues and vivid cruel scenes.

Note: Once you told us which excursion site you choose, we’ll arrange the right cruise ship for you at great rates.

Shibaozhai Pagoda

Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Each day is a flesh new. Today, you have shore excursion to Shennv Stream by smaller vessels. Known for the original virgin valley of Yangtze, it attracts you with the peaceful stream and stunning nature site you never seen before.

Optional Site: Some cruise ships make the shore excursion to the Shennong Stream instead. Having a great culture, Shennong Stream is more famous and mature. The riverside sceneries, boat tracker and unique local ethnic culture will give you a different cruise experience.

Note: Once you told us which excursion site you choose, we’ll arrange the right cruise ship for you at great rates.

Shennv Stream

Day 9 Yichang & High speed train to Wuhan (B, L)

Passing through the Three Gorges, today you have time to visit the most highlight of Yangtze River-Three Gorges Dam. Here you can explore the world largest hydroelectric engineering project from different angles.

Later the cruise ship will arrive in Yichang at about 11:30-12:00am. Get ready to disembark. With abundant time, our guide will take you to visit the Yichang Museum.

After the tour, take the 2-hour D-train from Yichang East Railway Station to Wuhan. After arriving in Wuhan, the local guide will pick you up at the train station and escort you to the hotel. Stay overnight in Wuhan.

World-famous Three Gorges Dam

Day 10 Wuhan (B, L)

After breakfast, you will begin to visit Guiyuan Temple. First built in the early Qing Dynasty, Guiyuan Temple is one of the four biggest temples for Buddhist meditation in Hubei as well as an important Buddhist temple in China.

Later, head to the Heptachord Terrace (Guqin Tai), located on the south bank of Moon Lake, near the western foot of Tortoise Hill. It is the beautiful site with great layout where you could appreciate the sincere friendship between Yu Boya and Zhong Ziqi in Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.).

Lastly, transfer to Yellow Crane Tower, one of the most renowned towers south of the Yangtze River. It enjoys the fame of “The First Scenery under Heaven”. And its cultural significance led to its being made the symbol of Wuhan City.

Yellow Crane Tower

Day 11 Wuhan & High Speed Train to Guilin (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Today, you’ll first visit Hubei Provincial Museum. Founded in 1953, Hubei Provincial Museum has 6.5 hectares with 200,000 exquisite items include bronze, jade and lacquer work, porcelain and paintings. You can enjoy a performance of chime bells, stone chimes and other ancient instruments. The museum is a window to explore Chinese history.

Later, take 5-minute walk to East Lake. It is the largest lake within a city in China. Take the ferry boat to explore the scenic area with pavilions and gardens.

After the tour, be escorted to Wuhan Railway Station and take G train to Guilin within 5 hours. Arrival in Guilin, you'll met and transferred to your hotel by the local guide and the rest of today is free at your leisure.

Hubei Provincial Museum

Day 12 Guilin (B, L)

After breakfast, you'll be driven to Zhujiang Pier to cruise the Li River, a must-do for any Guilin tourists to see the natural gallery of karst landscape, like a vivid traditional Chinese paintings.

After about 4 hours, you’ll disembark in Yangshuo, the paradise of Guilin. Then you’ll be free to explore Yangshuo and find out why West Street is so popular among tourists. After tour in Yangshuo, be driven back to Guilin in late afternoon within 1.5~2 hrs.

Guilin Li River Landscape

Day 13 Guilin & Fly to Shanghai (B, L)

Today you have an essential Guilin city tour. The first stop surely is the Elephant Trunk Hill, the city symbol. Then head to visit the fabulous Reed Flute Cave to see the beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, and stone flowers with various shapes.

After the tour, be escorted to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, the most cosmopolitan city of China. Upon your arrival, transferred to your hotel in Shanghai in private vehicle.

The Famous Elephant Trunk Hill

Day 14 Shanghai (B, L)

After breakfast, you'll visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, a must-see for all true Shanghainophiles to witness how Shanghai became a cosmopolitan city from a shabby fishing village.

Then walk leisurely around the beautiful Yu Garden, a pleasant enough, well-contained classical Chinese garden, and savor some local flavor snacks at the Yu Garden Bazaar.

Later you will visit the French Concession to appreciate its old French-style villas and special colonial culture. In the evening, enjoy the breathtaking Acrobatic Show. (Optional)

Yu Garden in Shanghai

Day 15 Shanghai Departure (B, L)

After breakfast, you go to the Temple of Jade Buddha, which is an extraordinary jade Buddha rarely seen in big city. Then you’ll head to the famed Nanjing Road to feel the bustling and booming lifestyle. Then ascend the Jinmao Tower to get an amazing bird’s eye view of this metropolis. Later visit The Bund to explore the modern aspect of Shanghai.

After the tour, be free until the tour guide escorts you to the Shanghai airport or train station to your next destination. Service ends!

Jade Buddha Temple

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