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12 Days Yangtze River Panorama Tour (Nov. 22 - Dec. 03, 2016)

Chongqing / Yichang / Wuhan / Jingdezhen / Jiuhuashan / Yangzhou / Shanghai

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Tour Code:
Tour Style:
Century Paragon Cruise + Private Tour
Group size:
You, your family, friends or group
Fixed: November 22 to December 03, 2016
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Expect a relaxing China tour with both Yangtze River cruise and land tour?

Century Paragon, the leading luxurious river cruise on China's Yangtze, has scheduled itinerary with 10 well-arranged shore excursions from Nov. 22 to Dec. 01, 2016, taking travelers to appreciate enchanting nature beauty along Three Gorges, fresh your eyes and mind in Wuhan, explore cultural highlights at the lower reaches in Jingdezhen, Jiuhuashan and Yangzhou. You'll disembark Century Paragon in Shanghai, but your trip never stops at this moment for China Discovery takes you to have further exploration in the metropolis city for more fun!

Price from request

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, 2024.

Places Visited

Chongqing (3 nights), Yichang (1 night), Wuhan (2 nights), Jingdezhen (1 night), Jiuhuashan (1 night), Yangzhou (1 night), Shanghai (2 nights)

Highlights of the Trip

  • Enjoy gorgeous scenery along Three Gorges
  • Marvel at the world famous Three Gorges Dam Site
  • Immerse yourselves in a world of china by reaching Jingdezhen Porcelain Town
  • Pay pilgrimage visit to Mount Jiuhua with many Buddhist temple for Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva
  • Relax your body and mind in Yangzhou, the typical Jiangnan city with enchanting scenery
  • Visit the metropolis city of Shanghai and enjoy the modern pace

Trip Summary

Nov. 22, 2016: Chongqing Arrival & Board Century Paragon

Transfer to Chongqing for your late afternoon luxury Yangtze River Cruise - Century Paragon. Ship starts at 21:30!

Nov. 23, 2016: Shibaozhai Pagoda (B, L, D)

Enjoy colorful life on Century Paragon as well as take shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda.

Nov. 24, 2016: Shennv Stream (B, L, D)

Pass through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge and take shore excursion to Shennv Stream.

Nov. 25, 2016: Three Gorges Dam Site (B, L, D)

Enjoy morning shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site and your ship continue sailing through Xiling Gorge and Gezhou Dam.

Nov. 26, 2016: Wuhan (B, L)

Century Paragon will make a stop at Wuhan Port. You will enjoy Wuhan city tour by visiting Chu River and Han Street and enjoying Han Show.

Nov. 27, 2016: Wuhan (B, D)

On this day, you will continue visiting Hubei Provincial Museum, Hubu Alley and Shouyi Square in Wuhan city.

Nov. 28, 2016: Jingdezhen Porcelain Town (B, L, D)

Take a 9-hour visit in Jingdezhen Porcelain Town by exploring history and culture about ceramics, learning how pottery is made.

Nov. 29, 2016: Mount Jiuhua (B, L, D)

On this day, make a 5-hour trip to Mount Jiuhua, one of the Four Sacred Mountain in China.

Nov. 30, 2016: Yangzhou (B, L, D)

On this day, have a relaxing tour in Yangzhou city by visiting the beautiful Heyuan Garden. Return to Century Paragon and enjoy themed cruise activities of Caribbean Pirate Night.

Dec. 01 - Dec.02, 2016: Century Paragon Disembarkation & Shanghai (B, L)

After breakfast on Century Paragon, guests will disembark around 09:00 am from the Shanghai International Harbor. Take a Shanghai city tour by visiitng Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, Jade Buddha Temple and Yuyuan Garden & Bazaar, Jinmao Tower, Nanjing Road and The Bund.

Dec.03, 2016: Shanghai Departure (B)

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel to the airport in time for the scheduled flight to your next destination, or back home.

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 November 22, 2016: Chongqing Arrival & Yangtze River Cruise

Ni Hao! Welcome to Chongqing, the Mountain City of China! Upon arrival, you will be met by local tour guide and driver at the arrival hall of Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport or Chongqing North Railway Station who is holding a sign on which says your name.

Then, you’ll be transferred to Chongqing Chaotianmen Port and board luxury Century Paragon in the late afternoon. Your lifetime Yangtze River cruise starts at 21:30!

(Suggestions: If you take flight, you’d better choose flight arrived in Chongqing before 17:00; if by train, you’d better take a train arrived in Chongqing before 18:00. If arrived in the morning, you can take half day Chongqing tour with us. Please feel free to tell us your likes and needs.)

Day 2 November 23, 2016: Shibaozhai Pagoda (B, L, D)

In the morning, you can enjoy lectures of the Yangtze River and Three Gorges Dam Project as well as other cultural activities on Century Paragon.

After lunch, take shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda, a 12-story wooden pagoda which rests against the rock wall of mountain, where you can also climb up to the top for a panoramic view of the winding river, village and countryside.

In this evening, enjoy Captain’s Welcome Reception Party and Crew Cabaret Show for entertainment. The captain and the entire management team invite you for a Cocktail Reception in the lounge before dinner. While after dinner, enjoy an evening of China going through traditions and highlights of the Yangtze River area folklore which are performed by the talented staff.

Day 3 November 24, 2016: Shennv Stream (B, L, D)

Century Paragon will sail through the spectacular Qutang Gorge followed by the magnificent Wu Gorge before lunch.

In this afternoon, you will have the excursion at Shennv Stream (Goddess Stream). Changing from your Century Paragon into a smaller boat you will cruise up the newly created waterways between well-wooded hills and sheer cliffs where you can enjoy spectacular sceneries and see the most famous hanging coffin. 

Returning back to your Century Paragon, you will continue cruising in direction to Three Gorges Dam Side through 5-stage of ship locks.

Day 4 November 25, 2016: Three Gorges Dam (B, L, D)

After an early breakfast, you will join the shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site, the world’s largest hydropower project, located at the middle of Xiling Gorge in Yichang. Marvel at the largest dam in different angles, learn more background history of Three Gorges Dam Project and enjoy beautiful landscape around.

Upon return to your Ship Century Paragon sails through the natural beauty of the Xiling Gorge and go through Gezhou Dam.

Day 5 November 26, 2016: Wuhan (B, L)

Century Paragon is sailing along the middle reaches of the might Yangtze River before your ship arrival in Wuhan Port. Either leave yourselves in the library, swimming pool, gym, or enjoy the reading and relaxing onboard. Of course you could join the variety of onboard activities!

Touring at Chu River & Han Street around 16:00 after arrived in Wuhan. Then the grand Han show will amuse you at night between 20:00-21:30. (Please Note: Dinner is on your own upon your interests at Chu River & Han Street.)

Chu River and Han Street is the longest commericial pedestrian street at 1.5 kilometers in Wuhan Central Cultural Zone, which encompasses tourist attractions, business, commercial and living accommodation. Chu River and Han Street feature a combination of landscape, ecological projects, cultural exhibition as well as shopping centers.

Han Show: Directed by the world's greatest show mastermind Mr.Franco Dragone, the Han show is a creative masterpiece blending world leading technologies and performance taht challenges physical boundaries. The Han Show Theater shapes like a red lantern. This state-of-the-art theater is purpose-built for the Han Show featuring moving seats and a huge stage pool. It brings the audience a splendid sensory experience with 3 levels of performance: aerial, aquatic and immersive stage.

Day 6 November 27, 2016: Wuhan (B, D)

In the morning, disembark your ship Century Paragon after your breakfast around 08:30 for a city tour to the Hubei Provincial Museum, one of the top ten museums in China and well-known East Lake area. It mainly includes three parts: Chime Bells Exhibition Hall, the Chu (a state in the Spring and Autumn Period) Culture Exhibition Hall, and the Comprehensive Exhibition Building.

Later, pay a visit to Hubu Alley with a history of 400 years. Located on Ziyou Road in Wuchang, Hubu Alley is well-known for a variety of local foods with distinctive Wuhan style. At present, there are over 30 different kinds of breakfast foods and snacks. Being here, you will dazzled by the various foods and complain about the stomach space. (Note: Lunch is on your own upon your interests at Hubu Xiang Street.)

After lunch, you will be followed trip to Shouyi Square which is located in Wuchang district. There are more than 100 streets in the square. There are also many buildings of the revolutionary age, like Red Tower, Wuchang Shouyi Memorial Hall, Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Bronze Statue and so on.

Upon return to your ship Century Paragon enjoy dinner onboard.

Day 7 November 28, 2016: Jingdezhen Porcelain Town (B, L, D)

After breakfast, enjoy a bus tour to Jingdezhen Town, the world-famed Porcelain Capital of China. The whole day tour takes about 9 hours.

Jingdezhen has a 1700-year history of ceramic making and a rich cultural heritage. In its long and glorious history, a brilliant art and craft has been handed down masters have been brought up in a number of dynasties. Jingdezhen porcelain has been formed its own four special features – “as thin as paper, as white as jade, as bright as a mirror, and as sound as a bell”. During today’s trip, you’ll fully explore the history and culture about ceramics, learn how pottery is made, talk about with the ceramic artists…

After the tour, come back to Century Paragon and continue sailing.

Day 8 November 29, 2016: Mount Jiuhua (B, L, D)

After an early breakfast, you will join in a shore excursion to Mount Jiuhua (Mountain of the Nine Lotuses). The Mount Jiuhua trip takes about 5 hours.

Mount Jiuhua (Jiuhuashan) is located in Anhui Province, near Yellow Mountain in the south. It owns the reputation of international Buddhist temple for Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva and known as one of the four famous mountains of Chinese Buddhism, along with Mt. Emei in Sichuan, Mt. Wutai in Shanxi and Mt. Putuo in Zhejiang. Mt. Jiuhua was originally known as Jiuzi Mountain, and due to the shape of lotus nine peaks, hence change the name to Jiuhua Mountain in Tang Dynasty. It contains 99 peaks and the highest one is about 1342 meters above sea level, followed by Tiantai Peak. Observant Buddhist make a pilgrimage to climb Greater Tiantai Peak which is regarded as Jiuhuashan’s most important.

Upon return to your ship Century Paragon enjoy dinner.

Day 9 November 30, 2016: Yangzhou (B, L, D)

The delicacy brunch will be served in the Globe restaurant. Complimentary Morning Coffee, tea, home baked cookies and Taichi exercise onboard will leisure the beginning of your day.

After morning onboard activities, Century Paragon will arrive in Yangzhou for the shore excursion around the city. You may visit the famous Heyuan Garden and a relax walking along "Dongguan Ancient Street" to explore China's Southeast typical tradition and custom element.

Get back to ship for dinner and enjoy the themed cruise activities of Caribbean Pirate Night.

Day 10 December 01, 2016: Shanghai (B)

After breakfast on Century Paragon, guests will disembark around 09:00 am from the Shanghai International Harbor.

Our local tour guide and driver will pick you up at the harbor and take you to explore Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center to see why Shanghai became a modern, vibrant and cosmopolitan city from a shabby fishing village. Besides that, you’ll have an overview of the ambitious plan for future.

Next is a wonderful visit to Jade Buddha Temple. Owning the largest jade Buddha in the world and numerous religious artifacts, ancient statues and Buddhist scriptures, the very pure land in the crowded downtown is a quiet place for nice break in this busy city.

Day 11 December 02, 2016: Shanghai (B, L)

Take a full day sightseeing to explore the past and present of Shanghai at once. First stop is Yu Garden, a shining star among all dotted ancient Chinese gardens in Jiangnan which fully embodies the traditional design of architecture. Jagged pavilion with elegant decoration, glittering pools with roving fish, sprouting pine trees, all these pleasant scenes refresh your mood.

Adjacent to the garden is the Yuyuan Bazaar where you can savor tasteful local snacks and explore elaborate traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works. Next, drive several kilometers to see the modern face of Shanghai from the observation deck on the 88th floor of Jinmao Tower.

You will then transfer to another popular landmark of Shanghai – Nanjing Road which is shopping paradise as well as a great place to take a wonderful walk to experience the local modern atmosphere. Lastly, you will stop at the Bund. Originally the towpath for transporting, the Bund transformed into a feverish trading district. Stroll along the Bund, feel the perfect fusion of Chinese culture and Western culture, and seize the stunning Shanghai skyline with your own eyes.

Optional activity: attend an entertaining and breathtaking Acrobatic Show, including balls of death, balance of chairs, hula hoops, juggling benches, walking in the air, etc.

Day 12 December 03, 2016: Shanghai Departure (B)

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel to the airport in time for the scheduled flight to your next destination, or back home. Before that, you can take a rest at the hotel or go for a walk nearby.

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