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12 Days China Splendor Tour with Yangtze Cruise

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

  • Linggu Temple
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Would you like to experience the China of yesterday, today and tomorrow? Take this 12 days China tour and you will witness its history, splendor and treasures in China's capital Beijing, witness the astounding changes of today by cruising down the Yangtze River, and see China's future by touring the cosmopolitan metropolis of Shanghai.

Price from$1925

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 River Cruise (4 nights), Chongqing, Xian (2 nights), Beijing (3 nights)

Highlights of the Trip

  • Relax on a luxury cruise ship on Yangtze River from Yichang to Chongqing
  • Marvel at the world famous project Three Gorges Dam Site
  • Hike on the Great Wall of China
  • Come face to face with Terracotta Warriors

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: Shanghai & Fly to Yichang to board Yangtze River cruise

Have a leisure exploration in Shanghai to stroll along Nanjing Road and The Bund; fly to 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 & Fly to Xian

In the morning, your cruise will disembark at Chongqing Chaotianmen cruise port. Escort to the ancient capital Xian and Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Show in the evening. Have nice day tour in Xian by visiting Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Ancient City Wall.

Day 9-12: Fly to Beijing & Beijing

Fly to the capital of China - Beijing from Xian. Explore the classic historical sites like Great Wall of China, Summer Palace, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven etc.

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 & Flight to Yichang for Yangtze Cruise (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. Then, transfer to the airport and take a 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. Your lifetime Yangtze Cruise Starts!

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

The Bund of Shanghai

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 & Flight to Xian (B, L)

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 Xian, the ancient heart of China.

After arriving in Xian, our local guide will meet and transfer you to the hotel in Xian. In the afternoon, take a trip to the Shaanxi History Museum - a large modern museum of the national level. Then move to visit the Muslim community and sightsee around.

Shaanxi History Museum

Day 8 Xian ( B, L, D)

In the early morning, your tour guide will pick you up in your hotel. Today your first stop is to get close to observe how the terracotta warriors and other arts are made in the Terracotta Factory. And then, visit and see the Terracotta Warriors which is famed as “the 8th wonder of the world”. You will explore this amazing museum for about 3 hours.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Ancient City Wall which is the largest and best-kept city walls on earth. Strolling on the Walls is quite an enjoyable experience. Next things to do for today is to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the old-line Xian, a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists.

In the evening, firstly you will have a traditional dumpling banquet, and then attend the famous Tang Dynasty Show in the Shanxi Grand Opera House.

Relaxing Cycling on Xian Ancient City Wall

Day 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 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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The Famous Elephant Trunk Hill

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