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16 Days Yangtze Cruise from Hong Kong, Extend to Guilin, Lijiang, Shanghai
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16 Days China Best Tour from Hong Kong

HongKong / Guilin / Yangshuo / Kunming / Dali / Lijiang / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang / Shanghai

  • Cycling around the Paradise Yangshuo Town
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This tour can offer you to experience China's stunning landscapes, ancient culture and unique architecture. With a Yangtze River cruise, you'll discover China's unique blend of ancient traditions and modern cities, explore world treasures.

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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), Guilin (3 nights), Kunming (2 night), Dali (1 night), Lijiang (2 nights), Yangtze Cruise (3 nights), Shanghai (2 nights)

Highlights of the Trip

  • Embrace the integration of Chinese and Western culture in Hong Kong and Shanghai
  • Visit the ethnic Yunnan and enjoy the fabulous minority culture and sceneries
  • Leisure tour along Yangtze River Cruise to Shanghai for modern China city experience

Trip Summary

Day 1-2: Hong Kong Arrival & Hong Kong

Hong Kong, linked by hundred international airlines to easily transfer, which is awesome to start your China Tour. Tour around, you can feel its energetic cultural blending and fantastic architecture after seeing the Aberdeen Harbor and Victoria Peak.

Day 3-5: Fly to Guilin & Guilin

Visit the finest scenery under heaven in Guilin and experience the Li River Cruise in person, you will be totally immersed yourself in the nature and picturesque landscape.

Day 6-7: Fly to Kunming & Kunming

Reputed as the Spring City, Kunming is the ideal place for you to come every time around. The Stone Forest is such a wonder with various shapes towering for dozens of meters to form a nature karst landscape, which can’t be missed out.

Day 8: Fly to Dali & Dali

Dali, another highlight of Yunnan, is more like ancient town surrounded by Cangshan Mountain, Erhai Lake and more natural sceneries, great for you to walk around.

Day 9-10: Drive to Lijiang & Lijiang

Lijiang is the must see city of Yunnan, even in China. Go after the local guide, you will find more about minority culture survived in Lijiang local residents in Naxi Dongba Culture Museum and authentic scene of Lijiang by visiting Lijiang Ancient Town .

Day 11: Fly to Chongqing & Board Yangtze Cruise

Flying to Chongqing to get onboard of Yangtze Cruise is the priority. With the local transfer and guide, you also can tour around this city to visit Chongqing Zoo and Ciqikou Old Town and more, if time permits.

Day 12-14: Yangtze River Cruise to Yichang & Fly to Shanghai

Make yourself at home, this Yangtze cruise do much that it says. Land tours, historical sites, meet with locals, explore the changes along Yangtze, you have more to find out. Float down the stream, this tour takes you to Shanghai as well.

Day 15-16: Shanghai & Shanghai Departure

End your tour at Shanghai with 2-day downtown sightseeing to the Bund, Nanjing Road, Yu Garden, etc, you will satisfied not only with local guide but also this whole enjoyment this tour gives to you.

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)

Be picked up from your hotel by your guide after breakfast in your hotel. Today’s tour will last about 5 hours. Hong Kong is 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.

Victoria Peak of Hong Kong

Day 3 Flight to Guilin from Hong Kong (B)

Free in the day until our local guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon your arrival in Guilin, you will be met and escorted to your hotel in Guilin. Rest of the day is free at your own leisure.

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Day 4 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 5 Guilin (B, L)

Today, you will be driven back to Guilin downtown within 1.5 hours, 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 6 Flight to Kunming from Guilin (B, L)

Today will be free until your tour guide and driver escort you to the airport to Kunming. After arrival in, your local tour guide and driver will escort you to the hotel in Kunming. The rest day is free for you to explore this "Spring City".

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Day 7 Kunming (B, L)

After breakfast, you'll be driven 1.5 hours to visit Kunming’s famous Stone Forest, a Stone world, like bizarre lock formation created over millennia of rain and weather. You'll marvel at its natural stone masterpieces and be bewitched by the intricate formations.

Then, come to visit minority village of Sani People, to admire their colorful minority costumes and exotic tradition cultures. And listen to the touching love story of Ashima told by local old people.

Later, drive back to Kunming downtown and head to the Flower Market, Kunming is a city of 'flower'. Then go to visit the West Hill, looking like a beautiful young lady lying beside Dianchi Lake. Stop by to see the magic Dragon Gate.

After a day’s tour, back to your hotel.

Kunming Stone Forest

Day 8 Fly to Dali from Kunming (B, L)

Take the morning flight to Dali. Dali is a historically and culturally famous city of China, is renowned for her historical interest and Bai ethnic culture. On this day, you’ll visit Three Pagodas,with a history of over 1,800 years, made of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle.

Then move to the nearby Erhai Lake, which has 200 Bai ethnic families around 1000 people in Jinsuo Island. In Erhai Lake cruise, you will enjoy the green Cangshan Mountain and the Three Pagodas from a far as well as lots of birds and seagulls flying over the lake.

After that you will go to visit Dali Old Town to walk around the Foreigner Street and enjoy the relax time with local people. Or climb up to the City Wall of Dali, you will have panoramic view of the Erhai Lake.

Three Pagodas of Dali

Day 9 Dali - Lijiang (B, L)

After breakfast, you’ll be driven about 18 km to Xizhou Ancient Town. Xizhou is going to show you the Bai minority cultural, the local people’s daily life and natural beauty. The Morning Market in Xizhou, a place for local people trading daily supplies, including fresh vegetable, fruits, meats, and many kinds of food and daily necessities. It is a great opportunity for getting close to local living conditions.

Then, continue to head for Lijiang. After arrival, you’ll start your memorable Lijiang tour from Lijiang Ancient Town, a well-preserved UNESCO old city of ethnic minorities with brilliant culture. Also you can visit the Lion Hill inside the town. Then, rest of the day will be free to explore the beautiful ancient county on your own!

Lijiang Old Town

Day 10 Lijiang (B, L)

On this day you will be driven to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the sacred mountain for local Naxi People, and have a bird view of the Lijang Old Town. After, you will visit the ancient Baisha Mural Paintings, the part of Lijiang Dongba culture, is a mixture of several religions of local, Mahayana Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Taoism.

Later, head for Black Dragon Pool Park to feel the harmoniousness of nature and architecture. Then to visit the Naxi Dongba Culture Museum where you can learn Naxi pictograph character and explore the rich Naxi minority culture in the museum.

Lijiang Black Dragon Pool

Day 11 Fly to Chongqing from Lijiang (B, L)

Today will be free until your guide picks you up to the airport and flight to Chongqing. After arriving in Chongqing city be met and transferred to the Chongqing downtown. Your tour guide and driver will take you to the Chongqing zoo to see the Giant Panda, and then visit the Ciqikou Old Town, if time permits.

Then, you'll be transferred to the Cruise pier, and board the ship from 17:00 to 20:00. Your lifetime Yangtze River Cruise starts in Chongqing at around 22:00. (note: the departing time changes based on the cruise ships, season, water level, weather, etc.)

Chongqing Zoo

Day 12 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 13 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Shore excursion to Shennv Stream by smaller vessels. Shennv Stream, called Goddess Stream, is reputed as the Original Virgin Valley of Yangtze where you could see extraordinary view.

Note: Some cruise ships make the shore excursion to the Shennong Stream. Shennong Stream is a collection of local culture. The nature scenery, boat tracker, local sampan, ancient hanging coffins, unique ethnic minority Tujia culture… all is worth your exploration.

You have the final say on which excursion to make, as we can book any of the cruise ships at great rates!

Shennv Stream

Day 14 Yangtze River Cruise to Yichang & Fly to Shanghai (B, L)

Today's highlight is your morning excursion to the world-famous Three Gorges Dam. Be prepared for your check-out procedure and the ship will arrive in Yichang at about 11:30-12:00. Our guide will expect you on board and visit the Yichang Museum if time permits. After lunch at a local famous restaurant, drive to the Yichang airport and take the flight to Shanghai.

After arrival in Shanghai, our local tour guide and driver will escort you to your hotel in Shanghai. Rest of the day is free to explore the metropolis on your own.

World-famous Three Gorges Dam

Day 15 Shanghai (B, L)

Today you will first visit the 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 16 Shanghai Departure (B)

After breakfast, be free until the tour guide escorts you to the airport to your next destination, or back to home.

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Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests of Temple of Heaven

+ 2 more days to explore the Ancient of Heart - Xian

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Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the Eighth Wonder of the World

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