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China Cruise Tour with Beijing, Xian, Shanghai  & Hong Kong Visits (17 Days)
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17 Days China Cruise Tour with Golden Triangle Visits

Hong Kong / Shanghai / Yichang / Yangtze Cruise / Chongqing / Guilin / Yangshuo / Xian / Beijing

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Tour Style:
Private Tour (personal guide, driver, private car/van and more services)
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You, your family, friends or group
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See the charm and beauty of China in one go! This tour offers you a wonderful experience in the thriving mega city Hong Kong & Shanghai, a fantastic cruise on the spectacular Yangtze River, a relaxing trip to Guilin, the most beautiful landscape under the heaven. And your tour will be more exciting with cultural explore in the capital city Beijing and the city of Xian.

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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

Hong Kong (2 nights), Shanghai (2 nights), Yangtze Cruise (4 nights), Guilin (3 nights), Xian (2 nights), Beijing (3 nights)

Highlights of the Trip

  • Embrace the integration of Chinese and Western culture in Hong Kong and Shanghai
  • Appreciate the dynamic landscape and nature in Guilin and Yangshuo
  • Enjoy the carefree lifetime Yangtze Cruise from Yichang to Chongqing
  • Explore the profound Chinese culture in Xian & Beijing

Trip Summary

Day 1-2: Hong Kong Arrival & Hong Kong

Hong Kong, linked by hundred international airlines to easily transfer to feel its energetic cultural blending and fantastic architecture, which is awesome to start your China Tour.

Day 3-4: Fly to Shanghai & Shanghai

Get to Shanghai with local guide, you can dig out the most attractive aspects of Shanghai for old days and present, like the Yu Garden, The Bund, etc.

Day 5: Fly to Yichang & Board Yangtze River Cruise

Transfer to Yichang for you to get ready for your lifetime Yangtze River Cruise. With enough time, you may tour around Yichang Museum before get onboard.

Day 6-9: Yangtze River Cruise to Chongqing

With quite a lot onboard cultural activities and typical shore excursions to Three Gorges Dam, Shibaozhai Pagodaand more, the 4 days Yangtze Cruise from Yichang to Chongqing can be a sweet memory.

Day 9-11: Fly to Guilin & Guilin

Visit the finest scenery under heaven in Guilin and experience the Li River Cruise in person, you will be surprised about the nature and picturesque landscape, rather than heard from others.

Day 12-13: Fly to Xian & Xian

Leaded by our local guide and driver, you can fully explore this ancient city by visiting terracotta warriors and ancient city wall, and followed by more attractions in Xian downtown.

Day 14-17: Fly to Beijing & Beijing

Find the best of Beijing with our tour guide, offering a private and unique experience for you by seeing unrestored Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, etc, to complete your China tour here.

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Hong Kong Arrival

Welcome to Hong Kong - China's most energetic city! After arrival in Hong Kong, our local guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rest of day is free at your own leisure.

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Day 2 Hong Kong (B)

After breakfast in your hotel, you'll be picked up by your guide to tour this city with a fascinating combination of East and West but it has its own unique and distinctive culture. Your half day tour will take in Victoria Peak, Hong Kong's number one tourist destination. It features the 112 year old Peak Tram and Hong Kong's most unusual building, The Peak Tower.

Next stop is Aberdeen Harbor which is home to hundreds of people living on fishing junks. If you would like close up look at this unusual way of life, you can take a sampan ride (US$10-12). Repulse Bay is the last stop today; it is one of Hong Kong's most exclusive residential areas.

After the tour, you will be transfer to your hotel.

Victoria Peak of Hong Kong

Day 3 Flight to Shanghai from Hong Kong (B)

Free in the day until our local guide escorts you to the airport for Shanghai. After arrival in Shanghai, our tour guide will meet you and picked up to your hotel, and the rest of day is free to explore the modern city on your own.

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Day 4 Shanghai ( B, L )

Today you will first visit the magnificent Yu Garden. Right out of the Yu Garden, you can observe local people's life at the Yuyuan Market (Yu Garden Market). Proceed to the Temple of Jade Buddha.

Take a stroll or shop in the famed Nanjing Road and then down to the Bund alongside the Huangpu River to explore the modern aspect of Shanghai. Drive to the Pudong New Area to enjoy a bird's eye view of Shanghai from the Jinmao Tower.

Yu Garden in Shanghai

Day 5 Shanghai & Fly to Yichang (B, L)

Today you will visit the People’s Square and the Shanghai Museum. Then after lunch, you will be escorted to the airport and take the flight to Yichang.

After arriving Yichang, our guide will take you to visit the Yichang Museum if time permits. Then go to the Cruise Pier, and board your Yangtze Cruise Ship in the late afternoon.

(Please Note: the boarding time changes based on the cruise ships, seasons, water level, weather, etc.)

Shanghai Museum on the People's Square

Day 6 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

The first day onboard, you will have the Taichi exercise in the morning and the shore excursion site to the Great Three Gorges Dam. Here you can explore the world largest hydroelectric engineering project from different angles.

Three Gorges Dam Site on the Yangtze has been a dream for generations and is one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken by mankind. This great dam, the biggest hydropower project in the world, provides China with tremendous power generation and flood control service.

Also you can enjoy the Chinese folk dancing and music performance in the evening.

World-famous Three Gorges Dam

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

Today you've arranged the shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges by smaller vessels. As you may seen, the Lesser Three Gorges, like a shinning pearl hiddden in remote mountains, are much smaller, narrower and have some dramatic scenery to offer. That is the most splendid river adventure throughout China for you.

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.

Qutang Gorge

Day 8 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 9 Flight to Guilin from Chongqing (B)

You will disembark in Chongqing at around 9:00am, and your local tour guide will meet and escort you to the Chongqing airport from the cruise pier.

Take the flight to Guilin and your local guide will pick you up at the airport. Then you'll be transferred to your hotel in Guilin, and rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful city on your own.

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Day 10 Guilin Li River Cruise & Yangshuo Town (B, L)

After breakfast today, you’ll be driven to Zhujiang Pier (40-minute drive) to start your boat cruise down the picturesque Li River, which is the highlight of any visit to Guilin, until you get to Yangshuo County. Along the river, you’ll be inspired by breathtaking views of peaks and pinnacles, crystal-clear water and picturesque pastoral views of rice paddies and water buffaloes. Visitors feel they have stepped into a traditional Chinese painting. After checking into your hotel in Yangshuo, free to explore the beautiful town and its famous West Street.

Guilin Li River Landscape

Day 11 Guilin (B, L)

Today, you will be driven back to Guilin (1.5-hour drive), where you will tour Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill and Reed Flute Cave.

Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin, got its name because it looks like an elephant drinking water. The round opening that would be under the elephant’s trunk is known as Water-Moon Cave because at night the reflection of the moon can be seen through the arch and it looks like it is under the water and floating on the surface of the water at the same time.

Fubo Hill is a solitary peak, standing elegantly half on land and half on water, situated to the west of Li River and the north of Guilin. Reed Flute Cave known as the Palace of Natural Arts is is a fantastic cave decorated by peculiar-shaped stalactites, stalagmites, and rock, being in Guilin urban area.

The Famous Elephant Trunk Hill

Day 12 Flight to Xian from Guilin (B, L)

Today will be free until your guide picks you up to the airport and flight to Xian. After arriving in Xian be met and transferred to your hotel. Having a local lunch and short rest, you’ll visit the Great Mosque, a tranquil and historic mosque that has served Xian’s Muslim community for more than a millennium. By the way, you’ll stop by the Muslim Community.

the Grand Mosque in Xian

Day 13 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 14 Fly to Beijing from Xian (B, L)

Today will be free until your guide escorts you to the airport and take a flight to Beijing. After arrival in the Capital city, be transferred to your hotel in Beijing.

After check in and having a short rest, you will marvel at the splendid Summer Palace, the former royal garden, it is the largest and most beautiful Chinese imperial garden. After the tour, you will be driven back to your hotel.

Longevity Hill & Kunming Lake of Summer Palace

Day 15 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 16 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 17 Beijing Departure (B)

Today after breakfast, your guide will escort you to the airport for you onward flight back to your home or your next destination.

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Lhasa Sera Monastery

+ 3 more days to feel a real Chinese white & black painting - Mt.Huang

Mt.Huangshan is located on the south side of Yangtze River, well known for its scenery, sunsets, peculiarly- shaped granite peaks, pine trees, and views of the clouds from above. Huangshan is a frequent subject for traditional Chinese paintings and modern photography. It is now one of the major tourist destinations in China.

Yellow Mountain

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