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Private China Tour: Yangtze Tour with Tibet & Panda - 17 Days
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17 Days China Yangtze Tour with Tibet & Giant Panda Visit

Shanghai / Yichang / Yangtze Cruise / Chongqing / Chengdu / Lhasa / Xian / Beijing

Tour Code:
YRC-SH-17
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:
Architecture Culture Religious ship
Features:
This trip is perfect for you who are interested in culture & nature, showcasing all the natural and cultural highlights. Explore the ancient achitectures and historic wonders in Beijing & Xian and futuristic metropolise in Shanghai. Cilmb to the last pure land to discover the Tibetan cultures & religion. Get face to face with the giant pandas and spend some happy hours with the cute bears. You should never miss any highlights of them!

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), Yichang, Yangtze Cruise (4 nights), Chongqing, Chengdu (2 nights), Lhasa (3 nights), Xian (2 nights), Beijing (3 nights)

Highlights of the Trip

  • See the best of China has to offer, view the icon sights, man-made wonders & local lifestyle
  • Relax on a luxury Yangtze River cruise from Yichang to Chongqing
  • Have close contact with cute pandas in Chengdu
  • Explore the roof of the world - Tibet to realize your dream

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 Yu Garden, Nanjing Road, The Bund, Jade Buddha Temple, Jinmao Tower and more sites.

Day 3: Shanghai & Fly to Chongqing to board Yangtze River cruise

Have an depth exploration in Shanghai by visiting Shanghai Museum on the People’s Square; fly to the Yichang city and transfer to the cruise port to board your Yangtze River cruise.

Day 4-6: Yangtze River Cruise

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 7-8: Disembark in Chongqing & D-train to Chengdu

On day 7, disembark your Yangtze River cruise in Chongqing. Have some time to explore the Mountain City by visiting Eling Park and Ciqikou Ancient Town before taking a high speed train to Chengdu. Visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, and have more leisure time in Wushu Temple, Jinli Old Street, and Renmin Park etc.

Day 9-11: Fly to Lhasa & Lhasa

Fly to the Holy Land Lhasa from Chengdu. In Lhasa city, you’ll visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and more holy sites.

Day 12-13: Fly to Xian & Xian

Fly to the ancient capital Xian and visit Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall and enjoy the dumpling dinner in a fine restaurant.

Day 14-17: Fly to Beijing & Beijing

Fly to Beijing from Xian and explore the capital of China by visiting Great Wall of China, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Ming Tombs.

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)

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 3 Shanghai & Flight to Yichang (B, L)

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

After Yichang arrival, our guide will take you to visit Yichang Museum if time permits. And then be transferred to the cruise pier, and board your ship in the late afternoon. Your lifetime Yangtze cruise starts! (Note: the boarding time changes based on the cruise ships, seasons, water level, weather, etc.)

Shanghai Museum on the People's Square

Day 4 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Today's onboard activities include: Taichi exercise in the morning; shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site, the world-famous project; Captain's Welcome Banquet at 18:00; Evening entertainment at 20:00 to enjoy the Chinese folk dancing and music performance.

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.

World-famous Three Gorges Dam

Day 5 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!

Wu Gorge

Day 6 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 7 Chongqing & High-speed Train to Chengdu (B, L)

You will disembark in Chongqing at around 9:00am, and your local tour guide will meet and escort you to visit Ciqikou Old Town, which was a Chongqing's old harbor and was once the home of many of Chongqing's rich merchants. Also can visit Erling Park for a bird's eye view of the whole city.

Then, you'll be escorted to the train station by high-speed train to Chengdu, about 2 hours. Upon arrival, be transferred to your hotel by the local guide. The rest of the day is free on your own to explore this city in a relaxing pace.

Ciqikou Old Town

Day 8 Chengdu (B, L)

After breakfast, you guide will pick you up at your hotel. On this day, you will visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, followed by a trip to the Wenshu Temple where you can spend some time sitting in its tea house enjoying a cup of traditional Chinese tea and absorb the special atmosphere of Chengdu and Jili Old Street.

Chengdu Giant Panda

Day 9 Flight to Lhasa from Chengdu (B)

Today after breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport to take the flight to Lhasa. After Lhasa arrival, you'll be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Lhasa. The rest of today is free to acclimatize yourself to the high altitude in the afternoon.

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Day 10 Lhasa (B)

Visit Lhasa's cardinal landmark Potala Palace, the spiritual center of Tibet, Jokhang Temple, and stroll around at the famous Barkhor Street.

Potala Palace is known as the highest palace in the world, well worth visiting for its artistic value, historic purposes, and cultural awareness, has been regarded as the No. 1 must-see attraction in Tibet.

Jokhang Temple (or Jokhang Monastery), situated at the heart of the old town of Lhasa, is the spiritual center of Tibet and the holiest destination for all Tibetan pilgrims, as well as a prime seat of the Gelugpa of the Tibetan Buddhism.

Jokhang Temple in Lhasa

Day 11 Lhasa (B)

Explore the Drepung Monastery up on the hillside, experience wonderful views of the whole of Lhasa city on the roof of the hillside, visit Norbulingka - the summer palace of Dalai Lamas, and enjoy interesting "Buddhism Scriptures Debating" at the Sera Monastery.

Lhasa Sera Monastery

Day 12 Flight to Xian from Lhasa (B)

Today is free until your guide will pick you up and escort you to the airport and take the flight to Xian from Lhasa.

After arriving in Xian, our local guide will meet and transfer you to the hotel in Xian. Rest of the day is free to explore the hidden gems of the ancient center.

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Day 13 Xian (B, L, D)

In the morning be picked up at your hotel then driven to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses; the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century, It is one of the most popular tourist spots not to be missed by any visitor to China. After lunch, move on to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Ancient City Wall;

Evening Idea: enjoy the local specialty Dumpling Dinner served in a fine restaurant in the evening.

Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the Eighth Wonder of the World

Day 14 Flight 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)

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.

Enjoy Panoramic View of Forbidden City

Day 16 Beijing (B, L, D)

After breakfast, drive to the Badaling Great Wall (about 80 km, 1.5hours) where you will experience at first hand the wonder of the Great Wall. For lunch you'll sample some delicious fare in a local restaurant. Afterwards, visit the Sacred Way and Changling, one of the Ming Tombs; 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.

In the evening, enjoy a Peking Roast Duck dinner that you will complete today's tour!

Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking in Autumn Season

Day 17 Beijing Departure (B)

Today will be free until you are escorted to the airport for your flight back home or to your next destination.

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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

+ 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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