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Best China Tour: Shanghai Guilin Yangtze Zhangjiajie Beijing - 14 Days
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14 Days China Yangtze Tour with Zhangjiajie Landscape

Shanghai / Guilin / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang / Zhangjiajie / Beijing

Tour Code:
YRC-SHZT-14
Tour Style:
Private Tour (personal guide, driver, private car/van and more service)
Group size:
You, your family, friends or group
Departure:
You Choose!
Experience:
Hiking Photograph ship
Features:
Explore the breathtaking natural scenery in Guilin, Yangtze River and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. See the ancient and modern landmarks in Beijing and Shanghai that you won't miss the wonders like Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, the Bund and more sites. All the best highlights of China are offered in 14 days.

Price fromrequest

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

Shanghai (2 nights), Guilin (3nights), Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise (3 nights), Yichang, Zhangjiajie (2 nights), Beijing (3 nights)

Highlights of the Trip

  • Take a 4-hour Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo
  • Enjoy the breathtaking scenery along Yangtze River
  • Step into Zhangjiajie National Forest Park to explore the AVATAR world

Trip Summary

Day 1-2: Fly to Shanghai & Shanghai

Your lifetime Yangtze Cruise tour begins with welcome from your local guide at the Shanghai airport. In the metropolis Shanghai, you'll visit Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yu Garden and more sites.

Day 3-5: Shanghai & Fly to Guilin

Have a leisure exploration in Shanghai to stroll along Nanjing Road and The Bund; fly to Guilin and take leisure Li River cruise to Yangshuo and explore more sites in Guilin like Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill, Reed Flute Cave.

Day 6-8: Fly to Chongqing & Yangtze River Cruise

Fly to Chongqing from Guilin and board Yangtze River cruise at Chonqing Chaotianmen cruise port. Enjoy the relaxing leisure life on Yangtze cruise, take shore excursions to Three Gorges Dam Site, Shibaozhai Pagoda, Shennv Stream, appreciate breathtaking scenery along Three Gorges - Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge.

Day 9: Disembark in Yichang & Train to Zhangjiajie

In the morning, you'll have an exciting tour to Three Gorges Dam Site. After the dam visiting, take a train to Zhangjiajie.

Day 10-11: Zhangjiajie National Park & Fly to Beijing

Have two full days exploration in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. You'll see the highlights of Zhangjiajie like Yellow Stone Village, Golden Whip Stream, Yuanjiajie and Tianzi Mountain. Take night flight to Beijing from Zhangjiejie.

Day 9-12: Beijing & Beijing Departure

In Beijing, explore the classic historical sites like Great Wall of China, Summer Palace, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven etc. Transfer to the airport and end your amazing China Yangtze tour.

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

Welcome to Shanghai, the Oriental Paris in China! Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at the airport/train station or cruise port. A comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. The guide will help you check in. The rest of today is on your own to explore the west-meet-east city.

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Day 2 Shanghai (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel. First, get to Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center which displays Shanghai’s urban planning and development. Here, you’ll have vivid ideas about how Shanghai became a cosmopolitan from a shabby fishing village.

Later, head to the 400-year-old Yu Garden, a famous classical garden in south China. Out from Yuyuan Garden, move to Yuyuan Bazaar to explore how elaborate and cute the traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works are, and savor some local flavor snacks. Drive to the highest tower in Aria - Oriental Pearl TV Tower and have a bird view of the Bund and Huangpu River.

Evening Ideas: In this evening, enjoy the stunning acrobatic show with a lot of exciting programs. It is one of the oldest performing arts in China which will make you astonished and amazed.

Yu Garden in Shanghai

Day 3 Shanghai & Flights to Guilin (B, L)

After breakfast, have a walk along the Bund to witness Shanghai Pudong skyline and appreciate many beautiful old buildings from the colonial era. Stroll along China’s No.1 shopping street – Nanjing Road to see the middle-end and high-end brands and do some shopping here if you like.

After the tour, be escorted to the airport and take a flight from Shanghai to Guilin (about 2.5 hrs). Welcome to Guilin, the most beautiful city in China. Upon arrival, meet by the local guide and be transferred to your hotel. Have a good rest today.

The Bund of Shanghai

Day 4 Guilin & Li River Cruise to Yangshuo (B, L)

After breakfast, you'll be driven to Zhujiang Pier to cruise the Li River, a must-do for any Guilin tourists and a mile-long natural gallery.

This was what Bill Clinton said: “I heard of the name of Li River long ago. Today I visit Li River. It is more vivid and genuine than what I thought before. Nowhere is like Guilin. It makes me think of the traditional Chinese paintings”.

After about 4 hours cruise, disembark at Yangshuo, the paradise of Guilin. Check in your hotel, the rest of today is free to explore Yangshuo and find out why West Street is so popular among tourists.

Guilin Li River Landscape

Day 5 Yangshuo - 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 & Board Yangtze Cruise (B)

In the morning, take a flight to Chongqing from Guilin. After arriving at Chongqing Jiangbei Airport, continue to have some leisure time to explore the Mountain City. You’ll first visit Ciqikou Old Town, which was a Chongqing's old harbor and was once the home of many of Chongqing's rich merchants. Also take a visit Eling Park for a bird's eye view of the whole city.

Then, you'll be transferred to the Chongqing Chaotianmen Port, 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.)

Ciqikou Old Town

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

Take shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda. Shibaozhai, like a pearl on Yangtze River, is 278 kilometers away from Chongqing. As the gem of Chinese Architecture, the 12-story, 18th Century red wooden temple is an architectural delight full of Legends and beautiful stories.

Please Note: Some cruise ships make the shore excursion to the Fengdu Ghost City. Reach the top of Ming Mountain to check why it has been regarded as the "City of Ghosts". It is where the devil lives according to Chinese legend. The temples shows punish instruments and demon paintings, depicting the Chinese people’s imagination of hell. You have the final say on which excursion to make, as we can book any of the cruise ships 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!

Qutang Gorge

Day 9 Yangtze Cruise & Train to Zhangjiajie from Yichang (B)

Today's highlight is your morning excursion to the world-famous Three Gorges Dam.

After visiting the Dam, your tour guide may pick you up at Three Gorges Dam Site or Dock in Yichang (depending on your train time to Zhangjiajie). Then drive to the Yichang train station and take train to Zhangjiajie. Zhangjiajie is an awesome place that features the unique Karst mountains and picturesque forests, bringing you to the most surreal world - AWATAR world.

After arriving in Zhangjiajie, the local guide will pick you up at train station and transfer you to the hotel. Have a good rest today!

World-famous Three Gorges Dam

Day 10 Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (B)

After breakfast, you’ll visit the most beautiful scenic spots in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park which is known for its exquisite forests, odd-shaped peaks and rocks, the beautiful canyons, the limestone caves, and the breath-taking panoramic views.

First, you’ll take the cable car to Yellow Stone Village which is 1080m above the sea level. It is the biggest sightseeing platform to view the spectacular scenery in the national park. A saying goes “He who does not reach Huangshi Village does not pay a true visit to Zhangjiajie.”

Later, explore the famous Golden Whip Stream which covers a distance of 7.5 km, winding across mountains and valleys. It is famous for its pristine water, its verdant mountains, its steep cliffs and its serene valley. As a veritable "paradise" for plants, its pathways are adorned by an abundance of flowers, trees, and grasses.

Zhangjiajie National Park

Day 11 Zhangjiajie National Forest Park & Flight to Beijing (B)

On this day, you’ll first take Bailong elevator up to Yuanjiajie, which is situated in the north of Zhangjiajie National Park. This scenic area is world famous as the mountains here inspired the floating mountains in the Hollywood movie Avatar. The peaks in Yuanjiajie are nearly at the same height, which makes it a mountain platform great for enjoying sweeping vistas.

Next, take a sightseeing bus to Tianzi Mountain, where you can have a stunning view of the peaks rising one after another. Atop of the mountain offers a full extent of the whole scenic area, which is magnificent and spectacular. There are four wonders in Tianzi Mountain: the Sea of Clouds, the Radiance of the Moonlight, Rays of Sunshine and the Snow in winter.

After the exciting tour, you'll return back via the same route (first by sightseeing bus then Bailong elevator). Then, transfer back to Zhangjiajie City.

Be free until you guide and driver escort you to the airport to catch a flight to Beijing. Stay overnight in Beijing.

Zhangjiajie Tianzi Mountain

Day 12 Beijing (B, L )

Today our tour guide will meet you and pick you up from your hotel in the morning. Then drive to the beautiful Mutianyu Great Wall (80km away from Beijing downtown), it is known for its beautiful surroundings. It is a superb location to appreciate the grandness of the Great Wall as well as to avoid the crowds at Badaling.

After hiking on the Mutianyu Great Wall for about 1 or 2 hours, then move on to the Ming Tombs (Changling or Dingling) and its Sacred Way.

On the way back, you may make a stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to take some pictures of the world-famed "Bird’s Nest" and the "Water Cube" from the outside. Later you will be taken to Beijing Liyuan Theatre to enjoy the Beijing Opera.

Autumn Scenery of Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 13 Beijing (B, L )

After breakfast, our guide will pick you up at your hotel. Firstly you will visit the world's biggest city plaza, Tiananmen Square (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace). Subsequently you will move on to the Forbidden City, the most complete imperial palace in China.

After having Chinese lunch, you'll visit the Temple of Heaven - the largest ancient imperial worship architecture group in the world where the ancient Emperors prayed for peace and harvest.

Hall of Supreme - Typical Architecture of Forbidden City

Day 14 Beijing Departure ( B )

In the morning, 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, be escorted to the airport to catch your flight to next destination or back home.

Longevity Hill & Kunming Lake of Summer Palace

Recommended Add-on Options

+ 2 more days to visit the city with best scenery under heaven - Guilin

Surrounded by karst peaks, Yangshuo is situated on the bank of Li River in Guilin. Yangshuo has long been renowned as a popular place for foreign tourists. It is said “guilin landscape tops those elsewhere, and yangshuo landscape tops that of Guilin”. Outdoor options are plenty here and West Street is a good place to explore.

The Famous Elephant Trunk Hill

+ 2 more days to shop in the world's shopping paradise - Hong Kong

Expansive skylines and deep natural harbor nurtured the world financial and trade centre. It is the most densely populated area in the world. Highly developed social system make Hong Kong an optimal destination for many tourists. And Hong Kong is frequently described as a place where "East meets West".

Hong Kong Shopping

+ 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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