Grand China Tour with Yangtze Cruise

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Grand China Tour with Yangtze Cruise

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Length of trip:

22 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. Just enjoy your trip in this exotic destination! You will visit many places including Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City in Beijing, Li River cruise and cycling tour in Yangshuo, Yangtze River cruise, Xian Tang Dynasty show, Beijing Hutong tour by rickshaw and many more.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Hong Kong (SAR)

    Arrive Hong Kong.
    Commercial Flight

    International Flight on your own arrangement.

  • Day 2 - Hong Kong (SAR)

    Visit Victoria Peak, Aberdeen, Repulse Bay, Stanley Market.
    Sightseeing

    Today, you will explore Hong Kong's unique blend of Chinese heritage and colonial influences. Your tour will include Victoria Peak, the floating community of Aberdeen and the Ocean Park, Repulse Bay and Stanley Market of Hong Kong Island. Accommodations: Regal Kowloon Hotel HK, Meals: B

    Sightseeing

    Victoria Peak: the island's highest point with 552 meters high, which has spectacular views of city's famous skyline, Victoria Harbour and the romantic South China Sea on a clear day.

    Sightseeing

    Aberdeen: a harbor area crowded with junks and sampans, where 6,000 people live and work on junks.

    Sightseeing

    Repulse Bay: one of the most famous beaches in Hong Kong where you can enjoy a more relaxed holiday atmosphere.

    Shopping

    Stanley Market: great for bargain-hunting, this market specializes in factory outlet clothes.

  • Day 3 - Hong Kong (SAR)

    Visit Bird Market,Jade Market,Wong Tai Sin Temple.
    Sightseeing

    After breakfast, you will enjoy a tour of Kowloon Peninsula including the Wong Tai Sin Temple, the Jade Market and the Bird Market. The rest of the day is yours to explore this metropolis and do some shopping if you feel like.

    Shopping

    Bird Market: Bird Market: a narrow alley filled with shops selling a large variety of birds, cages, live bugs for food, etc.



    Jade Market: this famous Jade Market has about 450 stalls selling jade of all colors, where you need bargain hard!

    Hotel

    Accommodations: Regal Kowloon Hotel HK, Meals: B

  • Day 4 - Guilin

    Flight to Guilin.
    Commercial Flight

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

    Hotel

    Upon you arrive in Guilin, you will be escorted to your hotel. Accommodations: Regal Kowloon Hotel HK, Meals: B

  • Day 5 - Guilin

    Guilin / Yangshuo.
    Sightseeing

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

    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.

  • Day 6 - China

    Visit Yangshuo County.
    Bicycling

    After breakfast, you will experience an interesting and enjoyable cycling tour along the Road in Yangshuo. Accommodations: New Century Hotel, Meals: B,L


    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 7 - Guilin

    Yangshuo / Guilin / Chongqing.
    Sightseeing

    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.



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



    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.



    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 8 - 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 before your transfer to board the Regal China (5 stars).

    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.

    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

    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.

    River or Barge Cruise

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

  • Day 9 - 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 10 - China

    Yangtze River Cruise.
    River or Barge Cruise

    Shore excursion to Shennong Stream or Lesser three Gorges by smaller vessels. 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.

  • Day 11 - 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 12 - China

    Disembarking Wuhan / Xian.
    Commercial Flight

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

    Hotel

    Upon you arrive in Xian, you will be escorted to your hotel. Accommodations: Hotel Royal Garden, Meals: B

  • Day 13 - China

    Visit Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Ancient City Walls, Bell Tower.
    Sightseeing

    Today, you will enjoy a full-day excursion to the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors and Horses. After lunch, visit the Ancient City Walls and the Bell Tower. Complete the day with a savory dumpling dinner and the Tang Dynasty show both at Shaanxi Grand Opera Theatre. Accommodations: Hotel Royal Garden, Meals: B,L,D

    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

  • Day 14 - Beijing

    Xian / Beijing.
    Sightseeing

    After breakfast, you will have a city tour to the Shaanxi Provincial Museum and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

  • Day 15 - Beijing

    Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City in Beijing.
    Sightseeing

    You will have a city tour to the the historic Tiananmen Square, and then the magnificent Forbidden City. Accommodations: Jianguo Garden Hotel, Meals: B,L

    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.

    Forbidden City: located in the center of Beijing, used to be the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years, it is the grandest integral palace complex still remaining in China.

  • Day 16 - Beijing

    Visit Ding Tomb, Great Wall and Sacred Road in Beijing.
    Sightseeing

    Today's full-day excursion will take you to the majestic Great Wall(Badaling section), the Ding Tomb of Ming Tombs and Sacred road. Accommodations: Jianguo Garden Hotel, Meals: B,L

    Ding Tomb: the burial site of the emperor Wanli, the 13th emperor of the Ming Dynasty who ruled for 48 years until his death in 1620, it is the only underground tomb of the thirteen Imperial Ming tombs ever excavated.

    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.

    Sightseeing

    Sacred Road: the path lined with stone statues of animals, mystical beasts and officials who are supposed to serve the emperor in his afterlife, through which the sitting emperors would go to perform memorial rituals for the ancestors once a year.

  • Day 17 - Beijing

    Visit Lama Temple(Yonghe Lamasery), Temple of Heaven, Beihai (north lake) Park.
    Sightseeing

    Today you will first marvel at Beijing's splendid Temple of Heaven and then tranquil Lama Temple. After lunch, visit the elegant Beihai Park. Enjoy the Peking Opera Show at Liyuan Theatre in the evening. Accommodations: Jianguo Garden Hotel, Meals: B,L

    Lama Temple(Yonghe Lamasery): the largest preserved lamasery in Beijing, a Buddhist lamasery of the Yellow Hat sect, a sect that's mainly associated with Tibet, it is an extravagant building of some beauty. Inside the temple, in the center of the Hall of Infinite Happiness (Wanfuge), stands a grand statue, an 85-foot-tall Tathagagata (Maitreya) Buddha made from a single Tibetan sandalwood tree.

    Temple of Heaven: the place which was visited yearly by the emperors who performed intricate rituals to insure a good harvest for the whole nation at ancient times.

    Sightseeing

    Beihai (north lake) Park: the oldest ancient imperial garden in Chinese history, built around the bei hai (north lake), the park's charms include pavilions and gardens, a stunning Tibetan-style pagoda and an elaborate Nine-Dragon Screen.

    Performing Arts

    Peking Opera Show: a kind of singing drama which is an ingenious and colorful combination of elements from many sources: traditional music, poetry, singing, recitation, dancing, acrobatics, and martial arts.

  • Day 18 - Shanghai

    Beijing / Shanghai.
    Sightseeing

    After breakfast, you will visit Hutongs by rickshaw. Lunch will be served in one of the local people's home during the tour, when you can learn how to make dumplings.

    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 19 - Shanghai

    Visit Shanghai Museum, The Bund, Nanjing Road, Yu Garden, Yuyuan Market 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. Accommodations: Holiday Inn Shanghai -Downtown, Meals: B,L

    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.

    Shopping

    Nanjing Road: known as "China's No.1 Shopping Street" with a huge selection of merchandise on sale.

    Sightseeing

    Yu Garden: located in the Old Town of Shanghai and laid out in 1559 AD by a powerful Ming official, Yu Garden recreates a beautiful landscape of pagodas, pavilions, rockeries, fountains, ancient trees and precious flowers.

    Shopping

    Yuyuan Market: outside the Yu Garden, a bustling market with different snacks and trinkets.

  • Day 20 - Shanghai

    Shanghai / Suzhou / Shanghai.
    Sightseeing

    One full-day tour to Suzhou (100km away from Shanghai), which has been known as the Venice of the East. After your arrival, be met by your local guide, and your tour in Suzhou includes: the classical Humble Administrator's Garden and the attractive Lingering Garden, the ancient Tiger Hill Park and the No.1 Silk Factory. Back to Shanghai after the tour in Suzhou. Accommodations: Holiday Inn Shanghai -Downtown, Meals: B,L

    Sightseeing

    Humble Administrator's Garden: covers 10 acres and is the largest garden in Suzhou. It was built in 1509 during the Ming Dynasty and is divided into the eastern, middle and western parts. All of this centers upon the broad expanse of a lake to form the poetic and picturesque garden landscapes and waterscapes with exquisite buildings and luxuriant vegetation.



    Lingering Garden: is one of the four most famous gardens in China and was constructed in 1593 during the Ming Dynasty. It is famous for its artistic way of dealing with the spaces between various kinds of architectural forms and garden courts.



    Tiger Hill Park: a symbol of the city, with a history of over 2,500 years, the Tiger Hill has had the reputation of being the No.1 sight of Suzhou, with a Song-dynasty leaning pagoda on top which was built in brick to imitate wood architecture.

    Sightseeing

    The No.1 Silk Factory: Suzhou is famous for its silk production. In the factory you can learn more about silk production and detailed steps of the silk making process, and you will have an opportunity to purchase some of the incredibly delicate works as well.

  • Day 21 - Hong Kong (SAR)

    Shanghai / Hong Kong.
    Commercial Flight

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

    Hotel

    Upon you arrive in Hong Kong, you will be escorted to your hotel. Accommodations: Majestic Hotel Hong Kong, Meals: B

  • Day 22 - Hong Kong (SAR)

    Fly back home.

    You will be free until you will be escorted to take flight to your sweet home. Meals: B

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