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Travel in the splendid China landscape - This package focuses on the southern part of the country, which is milder in weather and suitable for travel all the year round.

Cruising along the magnificent Yangtze River

Charming natural sceneries in Guilin & Mt. Huangshan

Closer experience with giant pandas in Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Base

Day 1 Arrive in Hong Kong: Airport Pick-up & Hotel Transfer
Today's Activities Set foot on the internatinoal city Hong Kong. Our local guide will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel for checking-in. Today is all yours to explore the city. Enjoy your free time!
Day 2 Hong Kong (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Light up your Hong Kong tour with Kowloon Walled City Park first, a rare classic Chinese garden in this great metropolis. Then move to Avenue of Stars, where you can enjoy great view of the Victoria Harbour and across to Hong Kong Island. Won Tai Sin Temple is the next stop. It is one of Hong Kong's most renowned temples and you can take a peek over local traditional culture and worship.

The afternoon is free for you to go shopping. Hong Kong is a great shopping paradise and always ready with all kinds of stuff. It will never disappoint you.

Things You Can Try (Not Included in Package): Victoria Harbour Cruise in the evening to enjoy Hong Kong's fantastic night view.
Highlights
Kowloon Walled City Park Avenue of Stars Won Tai Sin Temple          
Kowloon Walled City Park Avenue of Stars Won Tai Sin Temple          
Day 3 Hong Kong - Guilin (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by Flight
Today's Activities Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and then catch a flight to the beautiful Guilin. Local guide will pick you up at the airport and escort you to the hotel for checking in. Today is all yours to arrange your own activities.
Day 4 Guilin - Longsheng (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities After breakfast, head for the spectacular Longji Rice Terrace of Longsheng County. Scenic area cart will take you up to the Ping'an Zhuang Minority Village, where you can enjoy the essence of the rice terrace. Each season will offer different sceneries. Just relax yourself among the natural beauty as well as the local lifestyle. After the visit, you will return to Guilin downtown.

Things You Can Try (Not Included in Package): Appreciate the gorgeous Guilin night view around Two Rivers and Four Lakes Scenic Area.
Highlights
Longji Rice Terrace Longji Rice Terrace Longji Rice Terrace         
Longji Rice Terrace Longji Rice Terrace Longji Rice Terrace          
Day 5 Guilin - Chengdu (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by Flight
Today's Activities Catch up with Guilin's landmarks today. Elephant Trunk Hill is especially known for its interesting shape, while Reed Flute Cave features spectacular Karst caves with numerous bizarre-shaped stones and stalactites. The following Seven Stars Park is a large & nice place to spend some leisure time.

Later of the day you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Chengdu.
Highlights
Elephant Trunk Hill Reed Flute Cave Seven Stars Park          
Elephant Trunk Hill Reed Flute Cave Seven Stars Park          
Day 6 Chengdu - Chongqing/Ship Boarding (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by Train
Today's Activities Wake up your day with a lovely tour to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Spend the morning with these cute creatures, both large and baby ones. They will surely win your heart!

After lunch you will visit the Wuhou Memorial Temple, where you can get an interesting insight into the history of the Three Kingdoms Period (A.D.220-280). Followed up is the China Lane - Kuanzhai Ancient Street of Qing Dynasty, which offers you a nostalgic experience with traditional styled buildings, wood carvings and scenes, as well as a taste of local lifestyle.

Later of the day you will be escorted to the train station and head for Chongqing, where local guide will pick you up and send you to Chaotianmen Dock for boarding the Yangtze River Cruise ship.
Highlights
Giant Panda Breeding Research Base Wuhou Memorial Temple China Lane Kuanzhai Ancient Street          
Giant Panda Breeding Research Base Wuhou Memorial Temple China Lane - Kuanzhai Ancient Street          
Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities Sailing along the magnificent Yangtze River, you can take some exercise on the deck on join the Tai Chi class to get a refreshing morning. Today you will tour the Fengdu Ghost City, which features a special Underground culture in Chinese history and tradition.

Various free activities including welcoming banquet and dancing shows will also be presented onboard. Different cruise will have diefferent activities every day, e.g. Fashion Show, Music Salon, etc.
Highlights
Yangtze River Cruise Morning Tai Chi Onboard Fengdu Ghost City          
Yangtze River Cruise Morning Tai Chi Onboard

Fengdu Ghost City

         
Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities The mighty Yangtze River grants you splendid natural sceneries to appreciate: breathtaking gorges, steep precipices, tumbling rapids... You will also experience a pea-pod boat ride tour to the Shennong Stream or Lesser Three Gorges depending on different cruise itinerary.
Highlights
Yangtze River Cruise Boat Excursion Onboard Activity          
Yangtze River Cruise Boat Excursion Onboard Activity          
Day 9 Arrival in Yichang - Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by Flight
Today's Activities The great hydroelectric power project Three Gorges Dam is your target today! You will get a closer look at the dam and learn about its constructing and working process.

After lunch, the ship will reach Yichang Port, where you will be tranasferred to the airport for a flight to Shanghai. Local guide will pick you up at the airport and escort you to the hotel for check-in and rest.
Highlights
Three Gorges Dam Shiplock Three Gorges Dam Three Gorges Dam          
Three Gorges Dam Shiplock Three Gorges Dam Three Gorges Dam Model          
Day 10 Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities After having breakfast at the hotel, set out for the traditional Shanghai first. The over-400-year-old Yuyuan Garden shows you its architectural elegance and beauty, while the neighboring Yuyuan Market is a great display of local lifestyle with various traditional art crafts.

Next visits are top landmarks of Shanghai - the Bund and the Oriental Pearl Tower. The Bund offers a great collision of Chinese and Western building styles, while the Oriental Pearl Tower grants you a bird's eye view of the city from height. You will also enjoy your shopping hours at the prosperous Nanjing Road.
Highlights
Yuyuan Garden The Bund Oriental Pearl Tower          
Yuyuan Garden The Bund Oriental Pearl Tower          
Day 11 Shanghai - Mt. Huangshan (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by Flight
Today's Activities Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and then visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, where you can get knowledge of the city's development through times and future blueprint.

Later of the day you will catch a flight to Mt. Huangshan, and local guide will welcome you at the airport and take you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for your own arrangement. You can stroll around the downtown center - Tunxi Ancient Street to get a first peek over the city.
Highlights
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Tunxi Ancient Street          
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Tunxi Ancient Street          
Day 12 Mt. Huangshan (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Start at around 9:00am after breakfast, and drive about 1.5 hours to Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain). Take cable car from Yungu (Cloud Valley) Station to White Goose Ridge Station, and then feast your eyes with the splendid Mt. Huangshan and its fabulous pines and bizarre rocks - Beginning-to-Believe Peak, Meng Bi Sheng Hua (Flowers Blooming from a Writing Brush), Tuanjie Pine (Unity Pine) and many more.

After lunch, prepare for a tour to the West Sea Grand Canyon, a less trodden place perfect for hiking. You will also enjoy a marvelous sunset at the Cloud Dispelling Pavilion and spend the night time on the mountain.

Travel Tips 1) Mind your steps when you're lost in the scenery or when taking photos;
2) Take only a light package uphill to save your energy for the trip. Other stuff can be stored at downtown hotels;
3) Summer in Mt. Huangshan is quite rainy. So better cloth your camera with some waterproof cover;
4) In winter days, bring more spare batteries for the camera as the low temperature speeds up power consumption.
Highlights
Mt. Huangshan Beginning-to-Believe Peak West Sea Grand Canyon          
Mt. Huangshan Group Tour Beginning-to-Believe Peak West Sea Grand Canyon          
Day 13 Mt. Huangshan - Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by Flight
Today's Activities Get up early; you will never want to miss the spectacular sunrise of Mt. Huangshan! You will have some free time to get around and enjoy Mt. Huangshan by yourself until taking cable car downhill.

After lunch, set out for the local featured Hongcun Ancient Village, a World Cultural Heritage Site offering traditional views and lifestyles for you to explore and experience.

Biding goodbye to Hongcun, you will head for the airport and fly to Shanghai. Local guide will pick you up at the airport and take you to the hotel for check-in and rest.
Highlights
Mt. Huangshan Sunrise Tunxi Ancient Street Hongcun Ancient Street          
Mt. Huangshan Sunrise Mt. Huangshan Pine Tree Tunxi Ancient Street          
Day 14 Shanghai / Departure(Breakfast)
Today's Activities Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Free time for you until your flight to next destination. Local guide will send you to the airport. Wish you a nice memory back home!
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 2 dinners Admissions: Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Flight Tickets: Hong Kong-Guilin, Guilin-Chengdu, Yichang-Shanghai, Shanghai-Huangshan round trip; Train Tickets: Chengdu-Chongqing; Yangtze River Cruise Ticket Hotels: Accommodation in Hong Kong, Guilin, Chengdu, Shanghai, Huangshan Downtown & on Mt. Huangshan, and on the 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 tours / meals / flights not mentioned in itinerary; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotels in Hong Kong
Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel
Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel
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
Golden Mile Holiday Inn Hong Kong
Golden Mile Holiday Inn Hong Kong
Holiday Inn Golden Mile,located in the heart of Kowloon''s business and shopping district, is the winner of the 2002 Hong Kong Tourism Board Tourism Services Award
Imperial Hotel Hong Kong
Imperial Hotel Hong Kong
The Imperial Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Tsimshatsui - Hong Kong's premier retail, cultural and leisure district
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.
The Guilin Bravo Hotel
The 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 Chengdu
sheraton lido hotel chengdu
Sheraton Lido Hotel Chengdu
Sheraton Lido Hotel Chengdu is a deluxe 5-star hotel nestled in downtown Chengdu City. The hotel boasts great location. It's 3 minutes walking to the metro station, 15 minutes driving to Chengdu Railway Station and 30 minutes driving to Shuangliu International Airport. In addition, the hotel neighbors lots of places of entertainment like Chengdu Sports Center, Tianfu Square, Gallery of Sichuan Province, Chunxi Road, etc.
tianfu sunshine hotel chengdu
Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu
Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu is a 4-star business hotel centrally located in Chengdu. It's only 20 minutes driving to Shuangliu International Airport, 10 minutes driving to Chengdu Railway Station. Neighboring are many attractions like Chunxi Road Pedestrian Street, Tianfu Square, Wenshu Temple, Culture Palace, etc.
holiday inn express gulou chengdu
Holiday Inn Express Gulou Chengdu
Holiday Inn Express Gulou Chengdu is a 3-star business hotel located in CBD of Chengdu. It's only 15 minutes walking to Chunxi Road Pedestrian Street, 30 minutes driving to Shuangliu International Airport, 20 minutes driving to Chengdu Railway Station. Neighboring are many attractions like Chunxi Road Pedestrian Street, Tianfu Square, Wenshu Temple, Chengdu Sports Center, Giant Panda Breeding Base, etc.
Yangtze River Cruises
Victoria Series 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 Cruise
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.
New Century Series Cruise
New Century Series Cruises
New Century Cruises on the Yangtze River is a deluxe fleet including 4 super 5-star ships. Sailing on modern, comfortable vessels with state-of-the-art amenities and spacious public areas is surely an enjoyable ride along the Yangtze River.
CSC Changjiang Series Cruises
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.
Hotels 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
Grand Mercure Zhongya Hotel
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.
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai
Holiday Inn Express Zhabei 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.
Hotels in Huangshan Downtown
Huangshan International Hotel
Huangshan International Hotel
Located in Huangshan City's central district – Tunxi, Huangshan International Hotel is a 4-star hotel with an ideal location for getting around the city. Facing beautiful Xin'an River, standing in front of Xiao Hua Mountain, the hotel is of ancient Hui-style in accordance with the ancient looking of the streets. The hotel consists of over 400 rooms of different standards, 7 well-equipped conference halls, Chinese and Western Restaurants, a bar, and other entertainment facilities.
Huangshan Xinan Country Villa Hotel
Huangshan Xinan Country Villa Hotel
Surrounded by ancient Hui-style gardens, the 4-star Xin'an Country Villa Hotel stands at the intersection of three rivers and affords scenic mountain views for guests. It's very convenient to get to the airport and Tunxi Ancient Street from the hotel.
The hotel boasts 64 rooms with first-class amenities. The Zhuxiangju Restaurant serves local Anhui cuisine. Modern conference centers offer various business services.
Hotels on Mt. Huangshan

Beihai Hotel Huangshan
Beihai Hotel Huangshan
Beihai Hotel is a 4-star hotel in North Sea (Beihai) Scenic Area of Mt. Huangshan. It's one of the best locations for catching the sunrise or sunset of Mt. Huangshan under or over the almost constant sea of clouds.
The hotel provides 245 well-equipped rooms, Chinese and Western Restaurant and other facilities.
Paiyunlou Hotel Huangshan
Paiyunlou Hotel Huangshan
Huangshan Paiyunlou Hotel is a 3-star hotel located at the foot of Danxia Mountain in the West Sea (Xihai) Scenic Area of Mt. Huangshan. The hotel is close to Cloud Dispelling Pavilion (Paiyunlou), which is one of the best places for enjoying Mt. Huangshan's sunrise and sunset.
The hotel has well-designed guestrooms and suites for guests' comfortable stay, and also a business center for not leaving off business. Restaurant provides delicious Chinese cuisine.

Meals in the Package

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary include 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 2 dinners.

-- Breakfasts are offered by the hotels
-- Lunches are arranged according to different classes of tour
-- Dinners are arranged for the Yangtze River Cruise. Others 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:


Hong Kong

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

Chengdu

Of the eight major culinary cuisines in China, Sichuan cuisine is perhaps the most popular throughout the country and across the world. It is recognized internationally for its zesty spices and deep flavor. In Chengdu, chili is as common at mealtime as rice is across the rest of China, with the food often arriving glistening under a layer of bright red chili oil. However, Sichuan cuisine boasts a variety of flavors and different methods of cooking, featuring hot, sweet, sour, salty, or tongue-numbing.

Malatang Meal Ma Po's Bean Curd

Huangshan

Local food of Huangshan City belongs to Anhui Cuisine, one of the Eight Culinary Traditions of China featuring elaborate choices and handling of cooking materials, ingredients, and strict control of cooking process. To savor the most original Anhui food, tourists are recommended to take one of the local restaurants:
-- Laojie Diyi Lou: built in traditional Hui-style, the restaurant offer both buffet and sit-down meals, featuring traditional Anchui cuisine.
-- Meishi Renjia: a two-storey Hui-style building with open kitchen, featuring local specialized foods & snacks
-- Leigang Restaurant: a Hui-style architecture in Hongcun Village dating back to 1131, featuring local food and homely dishes
-- Jushantang Hostel: a well-preserved old house of traditional style in Hongcun, featuring Anhui Cuisine

     
Laojie Diyi Lou    Meishi Renjia   

Shanghai

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

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Destinations: Beijing - Xi'an

Related Tour: 11 Days China Explorer & Cruises, 15 Days China Paradise Tour

Guilin:
Cory filled our tour time with shows (excellent seats = "Impression"), history, stories + humor. His English is "American" + very good! We highly recommend Cory.

Xi'an:
Zoe was very knowledgeable. She is very warm and friendly and made us very welcome.
Mr. Yuan + Zoe made sure we did everything we wanted and that we were comfortable and secure. Thanks to both of them for making our trip to Xi'an so lovely!
We would recommend Zoe to everyone!

Customer:Ms. Ebert Tour Code:19742

Destinations: Beijing - Xian - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai - Guilin - Hong Kong

Related Tour: 16 days China Odyssey and Yangtze River Cruise Tour

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