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17 Days Yangtze River Cruise from Hong Kong, extend to Guilin, Beijing and Shanghai
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17 Days China Essence Tour from Hong Kong

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

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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! Hong Kong: the most energetic and world-famous metropolis; Guilin: most beautiful landscape under the heaven; Yangtze cruise: get to the heart of China’s culture, history and beauty; Shanghai: the modern metropolis and world finance center; Beijing: the imperial capital of the world.

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

Highlights of the Trip

  • Embrace the integration of Chinese and Western culture in Hong Kong and Shanghai
  • 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 3-5: Fly to Guilin & Guilin

Guilin, the must see city, is known for its No.1 nature scenery of water and mountains around home and aboard. Followed by our guide, you can tour every essence of Guilin’s landscape with Li River Cruise.

Day 6: Fly to Chongqing & Board Yangtze Cruise

Fly to Chongqing and before you get onboard of Yangtze Cruise, you have time to tour around this mountain city and visit Chongqing Zoo and Ciqikou Old Town with local transfer service.

Day 7-9: Yangtze Cruise to Yichang & Fly to Shanghai

Enjoy your best part of this tour-Yangtze River Cruise and catch the greatest Three Gorges view along Yangtze with various shore excursions to Shibaozhai Pagoda, Shennong Stream, Three Gorges Dam, etc. provided. Disembark at Yichang and fly to Shanghai and meet your local guide, who escorts you to your hotel of Shanghai.

Day 10-11: Shanghai & Fly to Xian

Traveling in 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. Then fly to the ancient city of Xian.

Day 12-13: Xian & Fly to Beijing

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. After the Xian tour, transfer to the capital city of Beijing.

Day 14-17: Beijing & Beijing Departure

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)

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 (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 6 Flight to Chongqing from Guilin (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 in the late afternoon. Your lifetime Yangtze River Cruise starts! (Note: the departing 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)

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 9 Yichang & Flight to Shanghai from Yichang (B)

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. 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 a flight to Shanghai. Arrival in Shanghai, be escorted to the hotel, and the rest of the day is free.

World-famous Three Gorges Dam

Day 10 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.

The Bund of Shanghai

Day 11 Shanghai & Fly to Xian from Shanghai (B, L)

Today, you will be picked up and visit the People’s Square and the Shanghai Museum. After lunch, escorted to the airport with exciting Maglev Train Experience, and take the flight to Xian, the ancient heart of China.

Upon your arrival in Xian, be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of today is free to explore the ancient city on your own.

Shanghai Museum on the People's Square

Day 12 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 13 Xian & Flight to Beijing ( B, L )

Today after breakfast, 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.

After the tour, be transferred to the airport and take a flight to Beijing, the capital city of China. Be met and transferred to your hotel by the local guide and the rest of today is free at your leisure.

(Transfer Note: you could also take the high-speed train from Xian to Beijing with about 5 hours.)

the Grand Mosque in Xian

Day 14 Beijing (B, L)

Today you will first visit the world's biggest city plaza, the Tiananmen Square; then walk to the marvelous "Egg" (National Centre for the Performing Arts) to take some pictures from its outside; subsequently, go to the Forbidden City, the most complete imperial palace in China; and later proceed to the impressive Temple of Heaven. After the sightseeing tour, be driven back to your hotel.

Hall of Supreme - Typical Architecture of Forbidden City Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests of Temple of Heaven

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!

Summer Scenery of Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 16 Beijing (B, L)

After breakfast, you will marvel at the exquisite Summer Palace, the imperial garden.

Then head to visit the Drum Tower dating from 1420. Ascending the big Drum Tower, you will have a bird's eye view of the surrounding communities of Hutongs and Siheyuan from here. And then move on to an ordinary family courtyard home for a tea break. Afterwards, take a rickshaw to visit the most famous Hutongs keeping the original layout in the Shichahai area. Then move on to the Prince Gong's Mansion.

After the tour, back to your hotel.

Beijing Hutong Rickshaw Longevity Hill & Kunming Lake of Summer Palace

Day 17 Beijing Departure (B)

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

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Recommended Add-on Options

+ 3 more days to immerse in the World Spiritual land of Tibet

Tibet is the highest region on earth, widely referred to as the Roof of the World. It is home to Tibetan people and the Tibetan Buddhism. In Tibet, you can enjoy the snow-capped mountain ranges and vast grassland, and immerse yourself into the Tibetan Buddhism and all its mysteries.

Lhasa Sera Monastery

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

With a history of over 3000 years, Xian is the birthplace of Chinese civilization and capital of most important dynasties in early Chinese history. It is known as the eastern terminus of the famed Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army along with many other historical sites.

Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the Eighth Wonder of the World

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