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10 Days China Picturesque Scenery and Yangtze River Cruise Tour

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Tour Description

Discover the picturesque Guilin and Yangshuo, and get a comparison with the modern Hong Kong, immerse yourself in Nature along the mighty Yangtze, and finally end your trip in metropolitan Shanghai.

Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and Shanghai

Experience the awesome beauty of Guilin's Li River and Yangshuo countryside

Enjoy the unforgettable scenery by a deluxe river cruiser down the spectacular Yangtze River

Day 1 Arrive in Hongkong: Pick-up and Check-in
Today's Activities Wish you a good journey to Hong Kong, and our guide will meet you outside the customs of Hong Kong Airport after you clear the customs, and then transfer you to check in the hotel. The rest of the day is flexible for your will, have a rest or take a walk near the hotel. In the evening you can choose to watch the fantastic show -  "A Symphony of Lights" at Victoria Harbour, which was recorded as "The World's Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show" by Guinness World Records in 2005. (The admission for this show is excluded.) Tonight you will stay at hotel in Hong Kong.
Day 2 Hongkong - Guilin ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by air
Today's Activities

After breakfast at hotel, you will visit Victoria Peak, which is the highest point of Hong Kong, and the best place to see the stunning views of the renowned Victoria Harbor. You will take the Peak Tram to get to the mountain top. The tram has been in operation for over 100 years. While standing on the platform of the tower, you wonder at magnificent view of the Central, the Victoria Harbour and Kowloon at the opposite side. With the wind blowing by, you gaze the brightly lit skyscrapers and are awed by it.

 

Then you will go to Repulse Bay to enjoy the bright sunshine and golden sandbeach. This charming beach stretches a long distance with clear azure blue water gently lapping the seashore. You can take the aquatic activities

Or just lay on the soft sandbeach to appreciate the wonderful scenery.

 

Afterwards explore the old Hong Kong lifestyle at Aberdeen which remains a fishing port for more than 100 years.  To know more about the life of the boat-dwellers, you can take a sampan ride to cruise around the Aberdeen. Also you will enjoy a free-of-charge travel by ferry boat to the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant to have a taste of delicious Dim Sum cuisine.

 

In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon your arrival, our English-speaking guide will meet you at the Guilin airport and escort you to the hotel. Tonight you will stay at the featured hotel in Guilin.

Highlights
view from victoria peak repulse bay aberdeen          
View from Victoria Peak Repulse Bay Thrilling Sampan ride in Aberdeen          
Day 3 Guilin - Longsheng - Guilin ( Breakfast, Lunch )

Today's Activities

Today you will totally immersed yourself in the picturesque sceneries of Longji Terraces. After breakfast, depart your hotel. With 2 hours driving and landscape sightseeing you will reach Longji Intersection. First you will visit the Guzhuang Village for about 1 hour. Then hike uphill towards the Ping'an Inn for lunch. All alongside the hiking route you will appreciate the splendid rice terraces, which will surely make a wonderful hiking experience.

 

After lunch, you will continue hiking for about 20 minutes to reach the Ping'an Terraces. Visit the No. 2 attraction of Ping’an Rice Terraces, The Moon in Company of Seven Stars. We’ll spend about half an hour appreciating the unbelievable joint work by nature and human intelligence. After visit, walk downhill to the parking lot and drive back to Guilin downtown area. Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Guilin.

Highlights
longji terraces the moon in company of seven stars pingan village          
Wonderful Longji Terraces The Moon in Company of Seven Stars Local product of Pingan Village          
Day 4 Guilin - Yangshuo ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities

After breakfast, drive to Zhujiang Dock in about 40 minutes. From the dock let's start the fascinating Li River Cruise. During the next 4 hours, you will wonder at the splendid scenery of Guilin landscape. Meanwhile, you'll enjoy a delicious local lunch buffet.

 

In the afternoon you will arrive at the Yangshuo Dock. Your tour guide will rent a bicycle for you to explore the beautiful rural scenery in Yangshuo.  The beautiful rural scenery will feast your eyes with a pure country life style, which is a nice experience.

 

After dinner, you can stroll around the famous West Street, a prosperous pedestrian street lit up with featured handicrafts, delicious snacks and romantic Western bars. Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Yangshuo.

Highlights
li river cruise yangshuo countryside cycling west street at night          
Li River Cruise Thrilling Yangshuo Countryside Cycling West Street at night          
Day 5 Guilin - Chongqing ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by air
Today's Activities

After breakfast, transfer to Guilin Airport for your flight to Chongqing. Upon arrival your tour guide will welcome you at the Chongqing Airport. Then drive to downtown Chongqing to have lunch.

 

In the afternoon  you will visit the Chongqing Zoo, a reserve and the base of the breeding program for pandas, South China Tigers and other endangered species. Of course, you will have chance to see the lovely pandas. Then you will climb up on top of Eling Mountain, where the Eling Park lies, to enjoy the grand view of Yangtze River and Jialing River. 

 

Afterwards, proceed to visit the charming Ciqikou Old Town. You can experience old Chongqing lifestyle, such as having a cup of tea in an antique tea house, or appreciating a wonderful Sichuan Opera show. Also you will be dazzled by the ancient building on both sides of the street.

 

After the visit, head to the Chongqing Pier for cruise boarding. It will set sail in 22:00. Ready for the following wonderful voyage along Yangtze River!

Highlights
chongqing zoo eling park ciqikou old town          
Lovely panda at Chongqing Zoo Eling Park Entrance of Ciqikou Old Town          
Day 6 Yangtze River Cruise ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities Set sail along the mighty Yangtze River today! You will embrace the breeze and enjoy the marvelous views of Yangtze River along way. Spend some time for a shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City to feed your curiosity about this special ghost culture.

A variety of free activities will be held on the cruise for your entertainment, including welcoming banquet and dancing shows. 

(Note: Different cruise will have different activities, e.g. Tai Chi Learning, Fashion Show, Music Salon, etc.)
Highlights
yangtze river cruise fengdu ghost city chinese instrumental music show          
Yangtze River Cruise Fengdu Ghost City Chinese instrumental music show          
Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities Today you will continue your voyage on Yangtze River through hidden reefs and tumbling rapids. Get past the famous Three Gorges - Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge, and you will find yourself among step precipices and luxuriant flora. You will also tour past Shennong Stream or the Lesser Three Gorges depending on different cruise itineraries. 

(Note: Different cruise will have different activities, e.g. Tai Chi Learning, Face Changing Show of Sichuan Opera, Crew Performance, etc.)
Highlights
qutang gorge shennong stream lion dance          
Qutang Gorge Tour Shennong Stream by boat Lion dance show          
Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise - Shanghai ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by air
Today's Activities Awed at sight of the majestic Three Gorges Dam take a visit to the site; it's the largest hydroelectric power project in the world! You will get some knowledge of the blueprint and achievement of this great project during the tour.

Later finish your voyage and call at Yichang Port, after which you will be escorted to Yichang Airport for your departure for the next destination - Shanghai. Upon arrival your tour guide will welcome you at the Airport and escort you to the hotel for check-in. Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Shanghai.
Highlights
three gorges dam Oriental Pearl TV Tower Shanghai night view          
Wonderful Three Gorges Dam Three Gorges Dam Night view in Shanghai          
Day 9 Shanghai ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities

After breakfast you’ll launch the whole day tour from the old town to the brand-new area of Shanghai. You start with the over- 400-year-old Yuyuan Garden to appreciate the elegant pavilions, villa, lotus pond and bridges, especially the Mid-Lake Pavilion. Then move to the neighboring Yuyuan Market to explore how elaborate and cute the traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works are.


Strolling along this 1,599-meter-long Nanjing Road is much like being immersed in seas of garment, shoes, jewelry, accessory, snack and souvenir. The pedestrian street leads you to The Bund. Here you can embrace the best cityscape, feast on the rich architectural fashions (Gothic, Baroque, Rome, Renaissance, Classic and Mixed Eastern and Western style, etc.) 

Finishing the historic part of Shanghai, you will steer to the new landmark Oriental Pearl Tower. On the ground floor, you’ll first visit Shanghai Municipal History Museum. The Museum shows you a vivid panorama of Shanghai’s development. The part of old Shanghai life during 1920s to 1940s is the most attractive. Then you’ll be elevated to the top of Oriental Pearl Tower. At the height of 468 m (1,535 feet) you’ll enjoy a bird's eye view of this vibrant city.

Highlights
Yuyuan Market the bund Oriental Pearl TV Tower          
Yuyuan Market Featured Architectures along the Bund Oriental Pearl TV Tower          
Day 10 Depart Shanghai : See-off at airport (Breakfast)
Today's Activities This is the last day of your tour, you can have free activity in Shanghai, shopping or have a rest, and later the tour guide will take you to airport for your flight to next destination. We believe you will love China and keep forever memories about China in your whole life.
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 2 dinners; Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary;
Flight Tickets: Hongkong to Guilin, Guilin to Chongqing; Hotels: accommodation in Hongkong, Guilin, Yangshuo and Shanghai;
Vehicle: a private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers; Tour Guide: a local experienced English-speaking guide;
Car Driver: an experienced licensed driver; Luggage Transfers: a hand for your heavy luggage;
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance; Government taxes & Service charges.
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional attractions / tours / meals and international flights; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotels in Hongkong
marco polo hong kong hotel
Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel
Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel is situated by the waterfront overlooking Victoria Harbour on the doorstep of Star Ferry, right in the heart of the commercial, shopping and entertainment district of Hong Kong. Short walks to Kowloon Park, Hong Kong Museum of Arts, Space Museum, Cultural Centre and Tsimshatsui Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station.
golden mile holiday inn hongkong
Golden Mile Holiday Inn Hongkong
Enjoying a central location in the heart of Hong Kong's commercial and business district – Tsim Sha Tsui, guests are in close proximity to the shopping area of Kowloon.
imperial hotel hongKong
Imperial Hotel HongKong
The Imperial Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Tsimshatsui - Hong Kong's premier retail, cultural and leisure district. Surrounded by numerous tourist attractions, shopping arcades, fine restaurants and fabulous night entertainment. Only 30 minutes travel time will take you to the Hong Kong Airport.
Hotels in Guilin
sheraton guilin hotel
Sheraton Guilin Hotel
First opened in 1988 and renovated in 2008, Sheraton Guilin Hotel is ideally located on the west bank of Li River within minutes' walk from the Elephant Trunk Hill and Fubo Hill. It's about 2km from the Railway Station and 30km from the Guilin International Airport.
guilin bravo hotel
Guilin Bravo Hotel
Guilin Bravo Hotel (Holiday lnn Guilin) is located in the city center besides the Banyan Lake Park. 28km from Guilin Liangjiang International Airport and 3 km from Guilin Railway Station.
hotel universal guilin
Hotel Universal Guilin
Hotel Universal Guilin is situated on the bank of Li River, within walking distance to the local market, shopping area and tourist hot spots. It houses 222 tastefully decorated guest rooms, and provides a comprehensive range of facilities and services.
Hotels in Yangshuo
yangshuo green lotus hotel
Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel
DescriptionLocated at the foot of the Green Lotus Peak in Yangshuo, where bears the famous saying, "Guilin's Landscape tops those elsewhere, while Yangshuo's landscape tops that of Guilin", and on the bank of the Li River, Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel is a top luxury hotel integrating the natural beauty of mountains and rivers and the local minority peoples' architectural feature.
yangshuo new century hotel
Yangshuo New Century Hotel
New Century Hotel Yangshuo is a 4-star hotel centrally located in downtown Yangshuo. It is adjacent to the well-known Yangshuo West Street and the beautiful Yangshuo Park.
yangshuo new west street hotel
Yangshuo New West Street Hotel
Located on the center square of Yangshuo, Guilin, the New West Street Hotel has elegant environment, convenient traffic and faces Yangshuo Park with beautiful scenery. It's only 3 minutes from the world famous foreign street - the West Street.
Hotel in Shanghai
Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai
Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai
The hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Shanghai, 2 minutes from Nanjing Road, People Square and the Bund. It offers easy access to the city's most important business, cultural and entertainment hubs. The elegantly designed and tastefully decorated rooms provide you with an experience of exceptional luxury and comfort.
Grand Mercure Zhongya Hotel Shanghai
Grand Mercure Zhongya Hotel Shanghai is an international 4-star business & leisure hotel located next to Shanghai Railway Station. The hotel is within 2 minutes walking from Shanghai Railway Station and entrance of Shanghai Metro Line 1, 3 and 4. The famous attraction nearby is Jade Buddha Temple.
Magnificent International Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai is a 3-star business hotel. The hotel enjoys much transportation convenience. It's within walking distance to the Shanghai Metro Line 3 and Line 4 Shanghai Circus World Station. Moreover, it's merely 1.5 km from Shanghai Railway Station and 20 km from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.

Overview

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary include 9 breakfasts provided by the hotel, 8 lunches and 2 dinners.
You can just feel free to make dinner arrangements as per your personal taste.

We promises no worries about the dining quality, plus flexible choices that you can have depending on your preference. If having any special requestment, just tell our trip advisor directly. In all, we aim to satisfy your tongue and stomach with our recommendation as follows:


Hongkong

Hong Kong may well be considered the lap of luxury for the gourmet and the gourmand alike. Look no further than Causeway Bay, Lan Kwai Fong, Soho and Stanley, and wander the winding streets of Kowloon for a taste of traditional Chinese and local Cantonese cuisine. Sea food is great in Hong Kong and you should not miss it. Tanks of live seafood like fish, lobster, prawns, crab, geoduck, clams, scallops, oysters vie for attention.

Various Hong Kong Dim Sum Various sea food in a street restaurant of Lei Yue Mun

Guilin

Guilin's tasty dishes are also well-known except its charming landscapes. Traditional cuisines include Duck Stewed with Ginkgo Seeds, Lipu Taro Pork, Stewed Clams and Chicken, Lohan Boiled Chicked, and Fried Chicken with Water Chestnut. An abundance of special snacks are also offered throughout the city, like the famous Guilin Rice Noodles.

Chinese Dumpling Dinner Yangshuo Beer Fish

Shanghai

We say little about the dining in Shanghai, since Shanghai is regarded as a delicious kingdom, where you can taste everything almost. Here we strongly suggest you take M on The Bund into consideration.
M on the Bund Shanghai
-- Dedicated to creating a dining experience as exciting, as sophisticated, as delectable as Shanghai itself
-- "One of the top 20 restaurants in Asia" (Miele Guide, 2009-2010)
-- "Best Global Cuisine" (City Weekend Readers' Choice Awards, 2010)
-- "M on the Bund: Most Popular Restaurant in Shanghai" (Zaqat Survey Shanghai, 2008)

Shanghai M on The Bund Restaurant Brandboard of M on the Bund

Comments

Dear Sara,

We are now at the end of a really enjoyable and memorable holiday and we would like to thank you for making it so special. Your organisation was faultless and everything went so smoothly. We now fully realise that this type of trip in china would be almost impossible to arrange ourselves without very specialist knowledge and the help of excellent tour guides and experienced drivers. 

Your guides have been excellent and we would particularly like to commend Bobby..Mr Wu and his driver in Guiyang and Guilin who went out of their way to make the trip thoroughly enjoyable and really looked after little details for us. Bobby knew his way Round the Dong and Miaou villages and had a good rapport with the villagers which made us feel very comfortable with him. It was relaxing and fascinating.

The hotels were well chosen and some of them had great character especially the villages Zhaoxing ...The Indigo Lodge and Longshen and Dali and Lijiang. The only exception was the hotel in Shangri La where the quality of the breakfast and the hygiene was very substandard in the dining room. In fact no one had cleared up rubbish from the night before's party! ( We both suffered from altitude sickness and it may be worth warning people about this...may miss this place out when recommending your itinerary to friends.)

However, the scenery was truly spectacular and we loved visiting the older parts of towns and villages to see the local minority people and their ways of living, making handicrafts etc.

We would thoroughly recommend your company to anyone interested in making such a trip.

Best Wishes

Customer: Ms. Molyneux

Destinations: Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Shangri-La - Guiyang - kaili - Zhaoxing - Longsheng - Guilin - Yangshuo

Related Tour: 16 Days Amazing Minority and Majestic Scenery Tour; 15 Days China Best Treasure

Hi Sara,

I have appreciated a great deal you professionnalism since November 2011 while preparing the extension part of our trip in China. I was very pleased about the fact that you did all you could to contact us for the Shanghai/Guilin flight time change. Also I was happy talking to you in Yangshuo when we asked for a "western style" meal !!!

Concerning the whole package you organized for us I can say that we were very satisfied about eveything. In Guilin and Yangshuo, Jennifer was very nice with us. She did all she could to please us. In spite of the bad temperature the day of our arrival and the next one, we found Guilin, the Li river, Yangshuo and its countryside wonderful, and the show absolutely extraordinary.

In Hong Kong, we had a marvelous time also. Benny, our guide, was funny and very dedicated to us. In fact, like I discussed with you, we arranged with him to go to Aberdeen. He did not even asked to be paid. Afterward,he brought us is a local restaurant for a Dim Sum lunch that was so yummy. We paid for his lunch since he was so nice with us. He was less shy than Jennifer. I suppose that in Hong Kong they are more used to deal with tourists. even though we have not been a very long time with Benny, we have rapidly developed a certain friendship with him.

Be sure Sara that I will stay in contact with you and, as a matter of fact, I might do it soon for some friends who would like to visit China in 2013.

Best regards,  

Customer: Ms. Couturier

Destinations: Guilin - Yangshuo - Hong Kong

Related Tour: 4 Days Guilin & Yangshuo Picturesque Tour; 2 Days Hong Kong and Lantau Island Group Tour

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