19 days China In-depth Tour with Great Wall Hiking

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19 days China In-depth Tour with Great Wall Hiking

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Length of trip:

19 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 4000 to $ 6000

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 after history, indulge yourself in China's imperial monuments, stretching from Beijing to Xian and beyond. Seekers of modernity will find their requirements met in Shanghai and Beijing. If you are a nature lover, the amazing landscape and country scenery in Guilin, will never disappoint you. You will enjoy Great Wall hiking from Jinshanling to Simatai, Hutong tour by Rickshaw, cycling on Xian Ancient City Walls, cycling tour around Yangshuo, Shanghai acrobatic show and visit many places including Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall, Simatai Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and Horses.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Beijing

    Arrive Beijing.
    Commercial Flight

    International Flight on your own arrangement.

    Hotel

    Upon your arrival at Beijing airport, our local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure. Accommodations: Jianguo Garden Hotel

  • Day 2 - Beijing

    Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven in Beijing.
    Sightseeing

    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 a famous Peking Duck Banquet for dinner.

  • Day 3 - Beijing

    Visit Great Wall, Simatai Great Wall in Beijing.
    Sightseeing

    Drive to Jinshanling Great Wall to do the hiking to Simatai section the whole day and come back to downtown late today. It would be a very tiring day today.

    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.

  • Day 4 - Beijing

    Visit Summer Palace in Beijing.
    Sightseeing

    You will be free to take a rest this morning. The local guide will pick you up to have lunch and then you will have a city tour to the exquisite Summer Palace.

    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.

    Hotel

    Accommodations: Jianguo Garden Hotel, Meals: B, L.

  • Day 5 - China

    Beijing / Xian.
    Sightseeing

    After breakfast, you will visit Hutongs by rickshaw. Hutongs: the old narrow paths with lots of courtyard homes where common people are living. They are like villages within a megalopolis. Through the hutongs' teeming maze of alleyways, you will see the old houses and learn about the daily life of ordinary Beijing citizens.

  • Day 6 - China

    Visit Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Bell Tower, Banpo Museum in Xian.
    Sightseeing

    Today, you will enjoy a full-day excursion to the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors and Horses. After lunch, visit the Banpo Museum and the Bell Tower.

    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.

    Museums

    Banpo Museum: discovered in 1953, it is the actual archaeological village representing 6000-year-old Neolithic Yangshao culture that is renowned for its colorful ceramics.

    Hotel

    Accommodations: Hotel Royal Garden, Meals: B,L.

  • Day 7 - China

    Visit Shaanxi Provincial Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Walls in Xian.
    Sightseeing

    After breakfast, you will have a city tour to the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. In the afternoon, you will have a visit to the Ancient City Walls and do some cyclying on the Wall. Complete the day with a savory dumpling dinner and the Tang Dynasty show at Shaanxi Grand Opera Theatre in the evening.

    Museums

    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.

    Big Wild Goose Pagoda: regarded by many as a symbol of the city Xian, the pagoda was built in 652 A.D. in the Tang Dynasty to house the sutras brought back from India by the famous monk Xuan-zang.

    Hotel

    Accommodations: Hotel Royal Garden, Meals: B,L,D, Special Dinner: Dumpling Dinner.

  • Day 8 - Guilin

    Xian / Guilin.

    After breakfast, you will visit 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.

    Great Mosque: the largest mosque in Xi'an and one of the four grand Islamic mosques in China with more than 1200 years' history. The mosque possesses not only traditional Chinese architectural style, but also features peculiar to Islamic mosques and now it is a major spot for religious activities of 50,000 Muslims in Xi'an.

  • Day 9 - Guilin

    Guilin / Yangshuo.
    River or Barge Cruise

    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.

    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.

  • Day 10 - China

    Visit Yangshuo County.
    Bicycling

    After breakfast, you will experience an interesting and enjoyable cycling tour in Yangshuo.

    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".

    Hotel

    Accommodations: New Century Hotel, Meals: B,L.

  • Day 11 - Guilin

    Yangshuo / Guilin.
    Bus

    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.

  • Day 12 - Chongqing

    Guilin / Chongqing.
    Commercial Flight

    Free in the day until our local guide escorts you to the airport to fly to Chongqing.

    Sightseeing

    Upon your arrival at Chongqing, the largest city in Southwest China, our local guide will meet you and escort you to the city to have a half day city tour including Erling Park, Stillwell Museum and Ciqikou Old Town.

    Sightseeing

    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.

    Enjoy a hot pot dinner before your transfer to board Regal China (5 stars). The hot pot (huoguo) has a long history in China. It originated in the north, where people have to fend off the chill early in the year. It spread to the south during the Tang dynasty (A.D. 618-906).

    River or Barge Cruise

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

  • Day 13 - 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.

  • Day 14 - China

    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.

    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 15 - China

    Yangtze River Cruise.
    River or Barge Cruise

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

    Adventure

    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 16 - Shanghai

    Disembarking 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 17 - Shanghai

    Full day excursion in Shanghai.
    Sightseeing

    Today, your full-day excursion of incredible Shanghai will include: Shanghai Museum, the Bund and the Nanjing Road, Yu Garden and Yuyuan Market. Enjoy a wonderful Acrobatic Show tonight.

    Museums

    Shanghai Museum: often ranked as China's best museum, it is the biggest museum in China with a fine collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese artifacts.

    The Bund : where the great trading houses and banks had their headquarters in the 1920s and the 1930s. The Bund is about about a mile long, it is the city's fulcrum.

    Hotel

    Accommodations: Holiday Inn Shanghai -Downtown, Meals: B,L

  • Day 18 - Shanghai

    Free day to explore the modern city.
    Relaxation

    You will have a free day today to explore this modern city by yourself.

    Hotel

    Accommodations: Holiday Inn Shanghai -Downtown, Meals: B.

  • Day 19 - Shanghai

    Fly back home.

    Free in the day until our local guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

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