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14 Days China Highlights and Yangtze Cruise Tour

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(The Bund -Yangtze River Cruise -Terracotta Warriors -Mutianyu Great Wall)
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Tour Code: HRC-CRS06

Tour Description

This tour highlights the famous landmarks and most popular destination cities to offer a dazzling China from ancient sights to modern marvels, from natural beauty to manmade wonders. Also a leisurely Yangtze River Cruise to get insight of Chinese culture.

Visit the sumptuous historic heritage that Beijing & Xi'an, two ancient capitals of China grant.

Sailing along Yangtze River and past Three Gorges, the beloved attractions of ancient Chinese poets.

Explore Shanghai to see how the city rolls the traditional ingredients and the modern into one.

Day 1 Arrive in Shanghai: Free-time activities
Today's Activities After airport/ railway station pick-up, hotel transfer and some rest at the hotel, you’ll have your energy come back before the night falls. The night is your free time, the dazzling metropolis Shanghai for sure presents multiple choices for good night life. Recommended is Xintiandi where there are rows of Western bars and old-Shanghai houses. You may as well go enjoy Shanghai Acrobatic show. As one of the oldest performing arts in China, the acrobatics displayed on stage include a number of feats focusing on flexibility, strength, endurance and sheer will-power. Cheer up your bravos!
Highlights
Shanghai Acrobatic show Shanghai Acrobatic show Xintiandi          
Shanghai Acrobatic Show Shanghai Acrobatic show Open-air bars in Xintiandi          
Day 2 Shanghai ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities Today let’s tour from the traditional to the modern. In Yuyuan Garden, you would find elegance in those sophisticatedly arranged pavilions, lotus ponds and winding corridors show grace and wit of the creators. Don’t miss the two highlights, Mid-Lake Pavilion and the nearby Zigzag Bridge. About 1.5 hours later, let’s move to the neighboring Yuyuan Market to explore the here-and-there traditional Chinese art works and crafts. Then stroll along the 1,599-meter-long Nanjing Road (East), you will be dazzled by numerous shops where varicolored clothes, ornaments, and other shopping stuff are on display.

Withdrawing from the shopping aspect, let's turn to The Bund and Shanghai World Financial Center and take an overlook of this big city. The Bund offers you a long array of magnificent buildings in different architectural styles: Gothic, Baroque, Rome, Renaissance, Classic and Mixed Eastern and Western style...Here you can not only embraces an epitomized old Shanghai, but also take in the booming view of the new Shanghai on the other side across the River. There is where Shanghai World Financial Center stands. You will enjoy the stunning panorama of Shanghai city standing at the 100th –floor sightseeing platform(474-meter-high).
Highlights
Yuyuan Market Nanjing Road Shanghai World Financial Center          
Yuyuan Market Nanjing Road Sightseeing platform in Shanghai World Financial Center          
Day 3 Shanghai - Yangtze River Cruise ( Breakfast ) Transfer by flight

Today's Activities

Having breakfast at the hotel, you'll spend 2 hours or so as free-time activities. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the airport heading for Yichang. The local guide will pick you up and send you to the port for cruise boarding.
Day 4 Yangtze River Cruise ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )
Today's Activities Today you will tour pass the No.1 hydroelectric power project in the world – the tremendous Three Gorges Dam. At night you’ll feast on the happy Captain welcome banquet. Besides, you can have great fun taking part in various free activities like dancing shows held on the cruise.
Highlights
Three Gorges Dam Three Gorges Dam Shanghai          
Three Gorges Dam Three Gorges Dam Captain welcome banquet          
Day 5 Yangtze River Cruise ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )
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.)
Highlights
Shennong Stream Lesser Three Gorges Onboard Face Changing Show          
Boat trip along Shennong Stream Lesser Three Gorges Face Changing Show onboard          
Day 6 Yangtze River Cruise ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )
Today's Activities Enjoy the marvelous scenery along Yangtze River and spend some time for a shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City to explore a special and fabulous ghost culture. Don't miss the merry free activities held on the ship during the free time.
Highlights
Yangtze River Fengdu Ghost City Onboard Dancing Show          
Sightseeing and kite flying on the deck Fengdu Ghost City Chinese ethnic folk dance on the ship          
Day 7 Arrive in Chongqing - Xi'an ( Breakfast ) Transfer by flight

Today's Activities

Upon arrival at Chongqing Port, you will be transfer to the airport for a flight heading to Xi’an. Local tour guide will pick you up and escort you to the hotel for rest.
Day 8 Xi'an ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )

Today's Activities

Stroll your hour at the tranquil Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Even you're not a Buddhism follower, you can still enjoy the elegant environment, exquisite building style and the grand old bell. Then have an eye-opening tour with Shaanxi History Museum. Every antique displayed there, ranging from the eroded bamboo stroll to the well-kept glaze ceramic (Tangsancai), is able to provide strong statement of the vibrant civilization of ancient China. On the way back to downtown Xi'an, you'll stop by the grand Bell Tower, Drum Tower and the magnificent Ancient City Wall.
Highlights
Xi'an Small Wild Goose Pagoda Shaanxi History Museum Xi'an Bell Tower          
Small Wild Goose Pagoda Glazed pottery of ancient officials in Shaanxi History Museum Xi'an Bell Tower Square          
Day 9 Xi'an ( Breakfast, Lunch )

Today's Activities

No matter how many times you view the Terracotta Warriors via television or pictures, you would fail to describe the invincible vigor they give off when you’re finally face-to-face with them. You’ll have a feast on the gorgeous arrays of terracotta warriors at pit 1, 2 and 3 along with groups of ancient bronze chariot s and horses after you establish some impression of the great works by watching a circular-screen movie. The eighth world’s wonder never lets you down!

The then capital city of Tang dynasty Xi’an was known for its generosity towards various religions. People with totally different beliefs lived happy together at that time. The next stop Great Mosque sports more than 1,200 years' history as one of the four grand Islamic mosques in China. It will let you see how Muslim architecture and Chinese traditional buildings light up each other. As to the Muslim Quarter, it is a big stock of exotic souvenir markets and savory restaurants.. You may as well have a supper and some shopping around.

In the Muslim quarter there hides a Gao's Courtyard, which you're to visit as the last stop today. The courtyard buildings have exhibitions of period furniture, paintings, pottery, porcelain, photos and demonstrations of folk art, including a shadow puppet play with traditional music.
Highlights
Xian Terracotta Warriors Great Mosque Muslim Quarter          
Have a close look at Terracotta Warrior Great Mosque Souvenir stands in Muslim Quarter          
Day 10 Xi'an - Beijing: Free-time activities ( Breakfast ) Transfer by flight

Today's Activities

After breakfast you'll say goodbye to Xi'an and board the flight for Beijing. Later the guide will meet you at the Beijing airport, and transfer you to the downtown hotel. The rest of the day is flexible for your will, have a rest at the hotel or take a walk around the famous Wangfujing Pedestrian Street or Xiushui Street.
Highlights
Wangfujing Pedestrian Street Wangfujing Pedestrian Street xiushui Street          
Wangfujing Pedestrian Street Snack in Wangfujing Pedestrian Street Shopping at Xiushui Street          
Day 11 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities You’ll marvel at Tian'anmen Square, the largest square in the world and all the lofty jade stone bridges, moats, monuments, ornamental columns, stone lions, etc. Later walk northward and you reach Forbidden City. The largest and best-preserved imperial palace in China vividly showcases a whole set of the royal life. You’ll be shown around several main halls like the Hall of Supreme Harmony. Have a good view of the emperor’s chair, sculpture of mythical beasts, eave decoration and the like, you can touch some daily routine of the ancient Chinese emperors, courtiers and princesses.

Later you'll tour Summer Palace, the royal garden. You can keenly feel the imperial grandeur when strolling across the 17-arch bridge, huge Kunming lake and the 728-meter-long painting-rich corridor. What's more, an exciting cruise on the Kunming Lake will be arranged to add more beautiful pictures to your album of Summer Palace impression.
Highlights
Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Summer Palace          
Tian'anmen Square Forbidden City at dusk Cruise on Kunming Lake in Summer Palace          
Day 12 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities After breakfast at hotel, you will have an excursion to the Mutianyu Great Wall. By roundtrip cable car you can feast on this vital section of the world famous China Great Wall. Mutianyu not only boasts a surprisingly long history of over 1400 year but sport a special structure of three watchtowers on end.

Afterwards, you will visit the most famous tomb of Ming Tombs - Changling. The tomb is inhumed with the 3rd emperor of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Zhu Di and his queen. Its tremendous scale and perfect degree of maintanence well fits the great achievement Emperor Zhu Di secured during his reign over China.

On the way back to downtown Beijing, you will stop by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) and Water Cube (National Aquatics), to view the unique constructions and take some photos.
Highlights
Changling of Ming Tombs Bird's Nest          
Mutianyu Great Wall Changling of Ming Tombs Bird's Nest          
Day 13 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities After breakfast you’ll head for Temple of Heaven where the Emperor of the Ming and Qing dynasties(1368-1911) would worship heaven and pray for good harvests around the kingdom. Here you would have an eye-opening understanding of Oriental architectural aesthetics and the deeply rooted awe of heaven in ancient Chinese, from the emperor to the masses. You may have chance to see the locals doing morning exercise, playing Tai-chi or sword in the big park.

Later let’s leave the blocks of royal buildings for the populace culture that hide itself in the Hutong. Taking a rickshaw tour through these narrow alleyways, you’ll be impressed with the simple happy kids, the old enjoying their leisure time under the tree, exquisite old quadrangles, delicious sugared plums and all kinds of Beijing snacks at roadside peddlers. Plus, in a friendly family in the Hutong you’ll enjoy the most authentic Beijing cuisine with them. You may optionally experience how the delicious dumpling is made.

Later you will head to Lama Temple, which is reputed as the Buddhist temple as well as the top Buddhist museum in China. Depart the temple and you're to meet the most thriving shopping paradise in Beijing, Xiushui Street. The street is lined with cute boutiques and grand department stores. You can find whatever featured articles you wish to find there.
Highlights
Temple of Heaven Beijing Hutong Beijing Lama Temple          
Locals doing exercise at Temple of Heaven Enjoy lunch with the local family in Hutong Lama Temple          
Day 14 Depart Beijing ( Breakfast )
Today's Activities This is the last day of your tour, you can have free activity in Beijing, shopping or have a rest, and later the tour guide will take you to airport for your flight to next destination. Wish you a happy journey!
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 4 dinners. Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Train, Flight Tickets: all listed in itineraries; Hotels: accommodation in Shanghai, Xi'an, Beijing & on Yangtze River cruise ship;
Tour Guide: a local experienced English-speaking guide Car Driver: an experienced licensed driver
Vehicle: a 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.
Hotel in Beijing
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing
Located in the golden business area of Wangfujing, the hotel only takes 10 minutes to Forbidden City and Dongfang Square. With stylish guest rooms and newly renovated Crowne Plaza Club floor – Crowne Plaza Beijing has anticipated every need while providing easy access to business, commercial districts and historical landmarks.
Sunworld Hotel Beijing
Sunworld Hotel Beijing
Situated on the intersection of Wangfujing Avenue and Dengshikou Street, Sunworld Hotel Beijing is close to many famous historical and cultural landmarks, including the Forbidden City. Guest rooms and suites are designed with a traditional and refined style. From servies to amenities, the hotel strives to make your stay a pleasant experience.
Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing
Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing
With its courtyard style, the hotel has retained its charm of the ancient time but as well merged in contemporary architecture and designs. The hotel is near the famous Tian’anmen Square and Wangfujing Business Street. It takes about 20 minutes from Capital International Airport (24km) and 5 minutes from Beijing Railway Station (3km). The hotel provides guests clean and comfortable service and amenities.
Yangtze River Cruises
Victoria Series Cruises
As the only American cruise line currently sailing on Yangtze River, Victoria Cruises is a leading fleet line for over 12 years along the River and through its magnificent Three Gorges. Designed for maximum comfort, flexibility and maneuverability, and with their special double-bottom hulls, the Victoria Cruises epitomize safe and smooth navigation on Yangtze River's spectacular twists and turns.
President Series Cruises
President Yangtze Series ships are some of the most luxury sailing on Yangtze River. The company's dedication to high quality service and their state of the art equipment make President Series one of the best fleets on the Yangtze River.
CSC Changjiang Series Cruises
Divided into two series: Yangtze Premier Cruise Series and Yangtze Classic Cruise Series, the CSC fleet with its professional service team aims at providing guests with an unmatched and high-quality voyage along the Yangtze River.
Hotel in Xian
Sheraton Hotel Xi'an
Located near the 600-year-old City Wall and close to the city centre, Sheraton Hotel is just 35 minutes from Xi’an Xianyang International Airport. With first-class amenities, facilities and family-friendly services, Sheraton Xi’an Hotel will make you feel at home.
Grand New World Hotel Xian
Grand New World Hotel Xian
Located within the Ancient City Wall and styled in an extraordinary mix of tradition and modernity, the hotel is just 4km from the railway station and 45km from Xianyang International Airport. The large Parkson shopping centre is close by, while the Terracotta Warriors Museum is about 35km from the hotel. The hotel provides a satisfying range of contemporary accommodation together with business services and recreational facilities.
City Hotel Xian
City Hotel Xian
The hotel is located in the centre of Xi’an city and just near the well-known Bell Tower, Drum Tower and Ancient City Wall. The hotel offers a total of 137 well-appointed guestrooms for guests’ comfortable living space. The elegant and magnificent restaurants serve delicious flavor of many varieties.
Hotels in 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.
Shanghai Hotel
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. The famous attraction nearby is Jade Buddha Temple. Open in 2010, the new hotel boasts 288 rooms /suites that come with French styled decor and rich facilities.
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. Open in 2008, the hotel boasts a total of 472 rooms /suites. Most rooms enjoy as spacious as 32 square meters and comfortable bedding.

Overview

- Breakfasts are offered by hotels;
- Lunches are supplied according to different classes of tour;
- Dinners are for your own arrangement.

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:


Beijing

As the capital of China, Beijing boasts many good restaurants with featured cuisines. Our package takes you to have A La Carte dinner at Great Northeast Restaurant, Gold Palace Restaurant and Tang Yuan Restaurant, leading you to grasp the essence of Chinese classic cuisines.

Dining Hall of Great Northeast Restaurant Main Hall of Tang Yuan Restaurant

Xi’an

Xi'an features distinctive cuisines of China Northwest, such as various-shapes chinese dumplings and other wheaten food. At Muslim Quarter, where 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

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 Nancy,

I'm writing to appreciate all the great help you've done for my trip. Your country is amazing. I often met many traditional elements after I was shown around some modern building. That was quite interesting and much richer than I expected.

The accommodation on the cruise ship, with the buffet, was very appealing. Hotel in Xi'an looked somewhat old yet I had OK sleeps there. I want to give thanks to the Xi'an guide Sharon especially. She told many many fresh things about the city to me. Thanks again.

Customer: Mr. Chalmers

Destinations:Shanghai - Yichang - Yangtze River Cruise - Chongqing - Xi'an - Beijing

Related Tour: 14 Days China Highlights and Yangtze Cruise Tour

Hi Christine,

We had a great time in China, the Yangtze cruise was big enjoyment. Thank you for all the considerate arrangement.

At length I know why you Chinese poets love Three Gorges so much with lots of sightseeing on the deck. Alas, things would be fine if I should recite some ancient Chinese poems admist the cruise.

The tour guides at Beijing and Xi'an sections were very professional and accomplished. Plus, my daughters enjoyed Beijing snack and the acrobatic show in Shanghai. Again thanks to you for your good recommendation .

Customer: Mrs. McKey

Destinations:Shanghai - Yichang - Yangtze River Cruise - Chongqing - Xi'an - Beijing

Related Tour: 14 Days China Highlights and Yangtze Cruise Tour

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