11 days Yangshuo Cycling Tour and Yangtze Cruise

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11 days Yangshuo Cycling Tour and Yangtze Cruise

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Length of trip:

11 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 3000 to $ 4000

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.


Detailed Description of this trip:

China is a land of ferocious contrasts. Shanghai's ambitious skyline is a triumphant statement. If you are a nature lover, the amazing landscape and country scenery in Guilin, will never disappoint you. You will enjoy many places including Li River cruise and cycling tour in Yangshuo, Dazu Rock Carvings in Chongqing and Yangtze River cruise.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Guilin

    Arrive Guilin.
    Commercial Flight

    International Flight on your own arrangement.

    Hotel

    Upon your arrival in Guilin, you will be escorted to your hotel. The rest of day is free at your leisure. Accommodations: Guilin Park Hotel.

  • Day 2 - Guilin

    Guilin / Yangshuo.
    Private Car Service

    After breakfast, drive to Zhujiang Pier (about 40-minute drive) to start the boat cruise along the tranquil Li River, the highlight of your sightseeing tour in Guilin, until you get to Yangshuo County.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Li River Cruise: Along the river, you will be inspired by the breathtaking views of peaks and pinnacles, crystal-clear water and reflections in the water together with the serene pastoral views of rice paddies and water buffaloes.You will certainly feel like you are walking into a traditional Chinese painting by cruising on this wonderful river.

    Hotel

    Free time in the afternoon after checking in the hotel in Yangshuo. Accommodations: New Century Hotel. Meals: B,L

    Sightseeing

    West Street(Yangshuo): a busy and exotic slate street in Yangshuo County, about 2km long crammed with shops, pubs, cafes and hotels, where you can relax yourself and do some souvenir shopping.

  • Day 3 - China

    Enjoyable cycling tour along the road in Yangshuo County.
    Bicycling

    After breakfast, you will experience an interesting and enjoyable cycling tour along the road in Yangshuo County.


    Yangshuo County: founded in 590 AD, Yangshuo County has been booming because of tourism. With so many beautifully shaped mountains surrounding this county, it is described as "the world of green lotus and jade bamboo shoots".

  • Day 4 - Chongqing

    Yangshuo / Guilin / Chongqing.
    Private Car Service

    Today, drive back to Guilin (1.5-hour drive) and have a city tour of the Elephant Trunk Hill, the Fubo Hill and the Reed Flute Cave.

    Sightseeing

    Elephant Trunk Hill : the symbol of Guilin, which resembles a giant elephant drinking water from the Li River.

    Sightseeing

    Fubo Hill: where you can see lots of Buddha statues left about 1000 years ago in the Returned Pearl Cave and have a birds' eye view of the whole city after climbing up to the very top.

    Sightseeing

    Reed Flute Cave: 5 kilometers away from the city center, famed as "A Natural Palace of Art", in which you can see lots of stalactites & stalagmites illuminated by the lights of different colors. You will also learn how they were formed.

    Commercial Flight

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chongqing.

    Hotel

    Upon your arrival in Chongqing, you will be escorted to your hotel. Accommodations: Holiday Inn Yangtze. Meals: B,L.

  • Day 5 - Chongqing

    Visit Dazu Rock Carvings, Beishan Grottoes, Baoding Grottoes in Chongqing.
    Private Car Service

    Today, you will have a visit to view Dazu Rock Carvings in Dazu County(about 2.5-hour-drive), and pay a visit to the two major sites--the Beishan(North Mountain) Grottoes and Baoding Grottoes.

    Sightseeing

    Dazu Rock Carvings: The steep hillsides of the Dazu area contain an exceptional series of rock carvings dating from the 9th to the 13th century. They are remarkable for their aesthetic quality, their rich diversity of subject matter, both secular and religious, and the light that they shed on everyday life in China during this period. They provide outstanding evidence of the harmonious synthesis of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. In 1999, Dazu Rock Carvings, mainly consisting of Beishan and Baoding Grottoes, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Sightseeing

    Beishan Grottoes: smaller than Baoding Grottoes, with nearly ten thousand statues, mainly donated by common folks on subjects that fall in 51 categories and mainly about esoteric Buddhism. Carvings here are famed for the refined and meticulous depicting, showing clearly the development and change of grotto art as well as the beliefs of common Chinese from the 9th to mid 13th century.

    Sightseeing

    Baoding Grottoes: constructed from 1179 AD to 1249 AD by Tantric monk Zhao Zhifeng, the subjects of carvings here are mainly illustrations of Buddhist sutras, aiming at a representation of familiar and secular life in content. The depicting style of these grottoes is quite different from other grottoes, and the thousands of statues here never repeat each other in subject matter.

    Hotel

    After the tour, drive back to Chongqing. Accommodations: Holiday Inn Yangtze. Meals: B,L

  • Day 6 - Chongqing

    Chongqing / Embarking the ship.
    Sightseeing

    After breakfast, you will enjoy the city tour including Erling Park, Stillwell Museum, Chongqing Zoo and Ciqikou ancient town.

    National Parks

    Erling Park: one of the old private gardens in Chongqing, built in late Qing Dynasty around 1909 AD, due to its relatively high altitude, there you can have a bird's eye view of the whole city.

    Museums

    Stillwell Museum: the private residence of General Stillwell - the commander of the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II, now it is a museum displaying the wartime heroics of the Flying Tigers and honoring the US participation against Fascist in World War II.

    Sightseeing

    Chongqing Zoo: the largest zoo in southwest China with over 1000 birds and 170 species of animals, where you can see charmly naive giant pandas, lesser pandas and their offspring, golden hair monkeys and South China tigers.

    Sightseeing

    Ciqikou Old Town: it was Chongqing's old harbor and was once the home of many of Chongqing's rich merchants, where you can still see lots of Ming and Qing dynasty architecture, local shops, tea houses, local Sichuan street performance and so on.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Transfer to board Regal China Cruise(5 stars). Accommodations: On the Cruise. Meals: B,L

  • Day 7 - China

    Yangtze River Cruise.
    River or Barge Cruise

    Departs Chongqing at 08:00AM. Shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City or Shibaozhai. The ship company will choose one of the scenic spots as your excursion destination. Accommodations: On the Cruise, Meals: B,L,D

    Sightseeing

    Fengdu Ghost City: constructed on the Mingshan Hill by the river bank, it is so called because of the legend which goes that about 1,700 years ago, two officials, Yin and Wang (the combination of their surnames means "Ghost King ") became Taoists here and eventually Immortals. Now with fantastic temples of underworld demons and gods, it shows the Chinese ghost culture and is a place for punishing the devil and awarding the good.

    Sightseeing

    Shibaozhai: a gem of Chinese architecture, literally means Stone Treasure Fortress in English. It is a 12-storey red wood tower which was first built in Qing Dynasty with a history of 300 years. It was built against a rectangular rock with sheer cliffs on the river bank, 56 meters high, on the top of which you can enjoy a panoramic view of the rapid river and the surrounding countryside.

  • Day 8 - China

    Yangtze River Cruise.
    River or Barge Cruise

    Shore excursion to Shennong Stream by smaller vessels or Lesser three Gorges. The ship company will choose one of the scenic spots as your excursion destination. Accommodations: On the Cruise, Meals: B,L,D

    Sightseeing

    Shennong Stream: a small tributary of the Yangtze River is 60 kilometers long and is famous for its picturesque scenery. Shennong Stream is beautiful and ancient. When you take a sampan drifting along it, which is not without risk yet exhilarating and a challenge to battle with the nature. You will be attracted and surprised by its crystal clear steam flowing swiftly from north to south through deep gorges, steep ridges and peaks, thick vegetation and wild flowers, flying birds and a plank road built along a cliff and ancient hanging coffins. Sweet love songs will be presented to you by the local ethnic people.

    Sightseeing

    Lesser Three Gorges: indicating three separate valleys along the Daning River, the chief tributary of the Yangtze River, they are called "Dragon-Gate Gorge", "Misty Gorge" and "Dicui (Emerald) Gorge" respectively. You can take a small boat to enjoy the spectacular views and experience a water-borne sensation you have never had before when the natural scenic wonders unfold in front of you with clear water flowing fast through the gorges, sheer cliffs and steep mountains rising on either side to create one fine art gallery.

  • Day 9 - China

    Yangtze River Cruise.
    River or Barge Cruise

    Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam site. Accommodations: On the Cruise, Meals: B,L,D

    Sightseeing

    Three Gorges: spanning the Yangtze at Sandouping, Yichang, Hubei province, China. Construction began in 1994, and the 'Three Gorges Dam' is now the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. The Dam will be 2,335 meters long, 18 meters wide, and its bottom will be 130 meters wide after completion in 2009. When completed, the water level will rise to 135 meters above sea level. The reservoir began filling on June 1, 2003, and it will occupy the present position of the scenic Three Gorges area, between the cities of Yichang, Hubei, and Fuling, Chongqing Municipality.

  • Day 10 - Shanghai

    Disbarking Wuhan / Shanghai.
    Commercial Flight

    Disembark the ship in Wuhan at 11:30AM. Then you will be escorted to take flight to Shanghai.

    Hotel

    Upon you arrive in Shanghai, you will be escorted to your hotel. Accommodations: Holiday Inn Shanghai -Downtown. Meals: B

  • Day 11 - Shanghai

    Fly back home.

    You will be free until you will be escorted to take the international flight to your sweet home.

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