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Explore an ancient China through tours to the famous ancient capitals – Beijing and Xi'an. The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Terra Cotta Warriors… History awaits your listening! Explore a natural China by taking a cruise journey along the majestic Yangtze River, through the splendid Three Gorges! And explore a modern China with a visit to the sleepless Shanghai! Just dive into a vibrant city life!
A tour through history in Beijing & Xi'an - Ancient Capitals of China
Sailing along Yangtze River - the longest river in China & 3rd in the world!
Visiting the bustling Shanghai - a world-known metropolitan city
|Today's Activities||Upon your arrival, our local tour guide will meet you at the airport or train station and escort you to the hotel. You are free to arrange your time for today, whether to have a good rest at the hotel, or to ramble around to get some impression of the city.|
|Today's Activities|| As a symbol of the nation, this world's largest city square - Tian'anmen Square is surely not to be missed during your tour in Beijing.
Another top feature of today's itinerary is the Forbidden City, one of the world's most beautiful architectural complexes serving as China's imperial palace for almost five centuries. It's the best-preserved collection of imperial architecture in China. You can just allow yourself among the massive scale and majestic design and numerous historical antiques, and feel the History around you.
Apart from the imperial culture, there is also a populace culture at the heart and soul of Beijing – Hutong Culture. Taking a rickshaw tour through the narrow alleyways and deep courtyards is like traveling back in time and exploring the life of local residents.
|Today's Activities||Visit the Temple of Heaven, a complex of Taoist which was visited by Emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties for annual Heaven worship for good harvest. Follow the special layout and try to get known of the cosmic harmonies carried by the complex.
You will also be led to a hiking tour on the magnificent Badaling Great Wall, which is the most popular section of the Great Wall and is about 3,741m (12,273ft) in length with an average height of 7.8m (25.6ft).
On your way back to the hotel, you can have an exterior view of the modern-styled Olympic Stadiums Bird's Nest and Water Cube.
|Today's Activities||Take a tour to the once imperial summer getaway – Summer Palace for catching a lasting impression of this splendid classical garden. After that you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to another ancient capital – Xi'an. Our local tour guide will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel.|
|Today's Activities|| The most known attraction of Xi'an City – Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses is surely on your visit-list. As the eighth wonder of the ancient world, these over 2,200-year-old oriental mummies await you to discover its mystery.
Another must-see for Xi'an City is the Great Mosque, which is one of the largest and best preserved early mosques in China. A special blend of Chinese architectural elements and mosque architecture is of course well worth seeing.
Also an exploration of the local Muslim community at the Muslim Quarter, where a great quantity of exotic shops and savory restaurants stand in lines for your visit.
|Today's Activities|| Take a walk on the 600-year-old Xi'an City Wall, one emblem of this ancient capital city and one of the largest well-preserved ancient military defensive systems in the world. Then have a visit to the Shaanxi History Museum, where you can take an extensive view of China's changes in the past 5,000 years.
After the visit, you will be transferred to the airport heading for Chongqing. Our local guide will pick you up and send you to the port for cruise boarding.
|Today's Activities|| Start your cruise tour on the mighty Yangtze River today! Enjoy the marvelous scenery along way and spend some time for a shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City to explore a special and fabulous ghost culture.
Various free activities including welcoming banquet and dancing shows will also be held on the cruise for your entertainment. (Different cruise will have different activities, e.g. Taichi Learning, Fashion Show, Music Salon, etc.)
|Today's Activities|| Go on with your cruise tour along China's longest river Yangtze, passing through the breathtaking gorges. Steep precipices, hidden reefs, perilous cliff and tumbling rapids… all are on your way along Yangtze River! You will also tour past Shennong Stream or the Lesser Three Gorges depending on different cruise itineraries.
(Different cruise will have different activities, e.g. Taichi Learning, Face Changing of Sichuan Opera, Crew Performance, etc.)
|Today's Activities|| Today is the last day on the cruise and you will tour pass the largest hydroelectric power project in the world – the majestic Three Gorges Dam.
Upon arrival at Yichang Port, you will be transfer to the airport for a flight heading to Shanghai. Local tour guide will pick you up and escort you to the hotel for rest.
|Today's Activities|| Set out for an energetic day at this pulsing metropolitan city Shanghai! Begin with the over 400-year-old Yuyuan Garden, which is famed as “An Architectural Miracle in the Region South of Yangtze River”, then move to the neighboring Yuyuan Market (or Yuyuan Bazaar), which is a lively market specializing in traditional Chinese arts and crafts.
Nanjing Road, the earliest and most prosperous shopping street in Shanghai offers you with all kinds of all-in-one shopping malls and savory restaurants.
Another must-do in Shanghai is a visit to the symbol of the city – the world-famous Oriental Pearl Tower, which is located on the bank of Huangpu River, just opposite of The Bund. It's also where the Shanghai Municipal History Museum lies.
Of course you won't miss another symbolic landmark of Shanghai – The Bund, where you can embrace the best cityscape of Shanghai. The famous restaurants on top of The Bund No.3 and No.5 are highly recommended for your dinner choices.
|Today's Activities||The last day of your tour is free for your own arrangement. You can go shopping for some souvenirs or just stay in the hotel and prepare your package. Later our tour guide will take you to the airport for you flight to next destination.|
|Your Group Size||Deluxe Class||Superior Class||Tourist Class|
|1 person||$3794 / $3154||$2831 / $2577||$2683 / $2488|
|2 - 5 persons||$2658 / $2217||$2002 / $1836||$1941 / $1798|
|6 - 9 persons||$2421 / $1978||$1766 / $1599||$1704 / $1562|
|single room supplyment||$1150 / $821||$643 / $524||$588 / $490|
|The price in Red stands for High Season (Apr.01-Nov.30), and Black for Low Season (Dec.01-Mar.31).|
|Tour Package Includes:|
|Dining: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 2 dinners||Admissions: Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in itinerary|
|Flight/Ship Tickets: Beijing - Xi'an, Xi'an - Chongqing, Chongqing - Yichang (Ship), Yichang - Shanghai||Hotels: Accommodation in Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai & on Yangtze River cruise ship|
|Tour Guide: Local experienced English-speaking guides||Car Driver: Experienced licensed drivers|
|Vehicle: Private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers||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.|
-- Breakfasts are offered by the hotels & cruise ship
-- Lunches and dinners (including onboard) are arranged according to different classes of tour
-- Other dinners are for your own arrangement
We promise worry-free dining quality, plus flexible choices regarding your preference. Any special requestment please tell our trip advisors directly. Other recommendations are as follow:
Beijing, being the Capital of China, boasts a good number of restaurants with Chinese featured cuisines. Different restaurants, like Great Northeast Restaurant, Gold Palace Restaurant and Tang Yuan Restaurant, lead you for a feast of Chinese classic cuisines.
-- Great Northeast Restaurant: featuring seafood, Sichuan food, Canton food, food of China Northeast Region
-- Gold Palace Restaurant: featuring Canton food, Sichuan food, Shandong food, Japanese & Korean food
-- Tang Yuan Restaurant: featuring Canton cuisine
|Dining Hall of Great Northeast Restaurant||Main Hall of Tang Yuan Restaurant|
Xi'an features distinctive cuisines of China Northwest, such as various-shaped Chinese dumplings and other wheaten food. Muslim Quarter gathers lots of delicious local food like Rou Jia Mo and shish kebabs, etc.
(1) Here we highly recommend Chinese Dumpling Dinner, which also named Jiaozi, typically consist of a ground meat and/or vegetable filling wrapped into a thinly rolled piece of dough, which is then sealed by pressing the edges together or by crimping. As a must-try for visitors, it serves with Tang dynasty show. And it belongs to an [add on] item in the tour.
(2) Rou Jia Mo, also called Chinese Hamburger, is very similar to the Western hamburger essentially, but with different cooking method.
|Chinese Dumpling Dinner||Rou Jia Mo ( Chinese Hamburger )|
Shanghai is regarded as a kingdom of delicacies, where you can taste almost everything. 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|
Customer: Mr. SquissatoUpdate Date: Apr. 28, 2012
Destinations: Chongqing - Yangtze River - Yichang
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Customer: Mr. DananUpdate Date: Feb. 2, 2012
Destinations: Shanghai - Suzhou - Yichang - Yangtze River - Chongqing - Shanghai
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