10 Days China Historic tour along with Yangtze Cruise
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from $ 2000 to $ 4000
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Through out Chinese history, Beijing has long been the heart and soul of politics and society and is now moving forward in gigantic leaps. New arrivals are deeply struck by the city's sharp contrast, as they explore Beijing's ancient past and enjoy its exciting modern development. It is a city of contrast, vast neon-lit avenues coexist with narrow hutongs (alleys) and futuristic structures of titanium and glass cast their shadow over ancient palaces. In the heart of China lies Xi'an, the country's old capital and a city of mystical charm. As the starting point of the ancient Silk Road and home to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, Xian is a cradle of history and an astounding treasure trove of cultural and religious relics that beckon travelers from far and wide. On a Yangtze River cruise you can participate in the onboard cultural activities, go exploring the riverside ancient towns, or simply relax on deck, breathe some fresh air, view the stunning passing scenery and take photos.
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Day 1 - Beijing
Arrive in Beijing.
Flight to Beijing.
Upon your arrival at Beijing airport, our local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Accommodations: Jianguo Garden Hotel
Day 2 - Beijing
Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven.
Today you will first visit the historic Tiananmen Square, and then the magnificent Forbidden City. In the afternoon, you will marvel at Beijing's splendid Temple of Heaven. Enjoy the Peking Opera Show at Liyuan Theatre in the evening.
Tiananmen Square: the largest city square in the world and the spiritual heart of China, where the national flag is raised exactly at sunrise everyday.
Accommodations: Jianguo Garden Hotel. Meals: B
Day 3 - Beijing
Full-day excursion in Beijing.
Today's full-day excursion will take you to the majestic Great Wall (Badaling section), the Ding Tomb of Ming Tombs and Sacred road. Enjoy a famous Peking Duck Banquet for dinner.
Great Wall: the most famous symbol of China and one of the world's most remarkable architectural wonders, it was built over 2,000 years ago and stretches about 6,700km.
Accommodations: Jianguo Garden Hotel, Meals: B,D
Day 4 - Beijing
Visit Summer Palace in Beijing.
After rest for a little while and lunch, you will have a city tour to the exquisite Summer Palace. Located on the northwestern outskirts of the city, it was an imperial summer resort of the Qing Dynasty. With its perfect layout, magnificent buildings and enchanting landscape, it is the most splendid classical garden in China.
Day 5 - Xiangfan
Full-day excursion in Xian.
Today, you will enjoy a full-day excursion to the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors and Horses. After lunch, enjoy cylcing on the Ancient City Walls (about 1.5 to 2 hours). Complete the day with a savory dumpling dinner and the Tang Dynasty show both at Shaanxi Grand Opera Theatre.
Terracotta Warriors and Horses: discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well, this is one of the most significant archeological finds of the 20th century. These 6,000 life-size painted Terracotta Warriors and Horses --individually sculpted from real-life models and arranged in battle formation have been protecting the mausoleum of the first emperor in Chinese history--Emperor QinShihuang for 2,200 years ago.
Accommodations: Hotel Royal Garden, Meals: B,D
Day 6 - Xiangfan
Visit Bell Tower, Great Mosque in Xian.
After breakfast, you will visit the Bell Tower and then the Great Mosque. If you feel like, you can spend some time strolling along the backstreets of the mosque which have been home to the city's Muslim community for centuries.
Bell Tower: standing in the center of the city and built in 1582, the Bell Tower is a three-story wooden structure with traditional Chinese architectural features. It is so called because an iron bell is hung in the tower to give the correct time.
Accommodations: Hotel Royal Garden, Meals: B
Day 7 - Chongqing
Xian / Chongqing Embarking.
In the afternoon, you will have a city tour to the Shaanxi Provincial Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
Shaanxi Provincial Museum: opened in 1991, the largest comprehensive museum in the province. The museum exhibits over 3,000 historical relics which is just a fraction of their collection. Most of the exhibited items are rare treasures, showing you the splendid Chinese culture.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. .
And our local guide will meet you and escort you to your ship. Disbarking Chongiqng at about 8:00PM.
Day 8 - Chongqing
Yangtze River Cruise.
River or Barge Cruise
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
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.
Day 9 - Chongqing
Yangtze River Cruise.
River or Barge Cruise
Shore excursion to Shennong Stream or Lesser three gorges by smaller vessels.The ship company will choose one of the scenic spots as your excursion destination. Accommodations: On the Cruise, Meals: B,L,D
Day 10 - Yichang
Disembarking Yichang / Exit.
River or Barge Cruise
Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam site. 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.
Transfered to airport to take flight to your next destination.
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