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15 Days Essential China and Yangtze River Cruise Tour

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Tour Code: HRC-CRS08

Tour Description

Do you want to discover all of the biggest attractions on vast China land? Take action now! You will gaze at the ancient wonders in Beijing and Xi'an; fall in love with beautiful natural scenery through river cruise in Yangtze River and Li River, and thrilling cycling in Yangshuo countryside; and experience vibrant life in Hongkong.

Read an ancient China in Xi'an and Beijing - famous ancient capitals

Explore a natural China through a cruise journey along the majestic Yangtze River

Find a distinctive China in splendid Yangshuo countryside and the wonderful Guilin scenery

Dive into a vibrant China in prosperous Hongkong.

Day 1 Arrive in Hongkong: Pick-up and Check-in
Today's Activities

Wish you a good journey to Hongkong, and our guide will meet you outside the customs of Hongkong 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 we prepare an optional show for you -  "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. Today you will stay at hotel in Hongkong.

Day 2 Hongkong - Guilin ( Breakfast, Lunch )
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 hotel in Hongkong.

victoria peak repulse bay aberdeen          
View from Victoria Peak Repulse Bay Thrilling Sampan ride in Aberdeen          
Day 3 Guilin - Longji - 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.

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.


At 13:30 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.

li river cruise yangshuo cycling west street at night          
Li River Cruise Thrilling Yangshuo Countryside Cycling West Street at night          
Day 5 Guilin - Chongqing ( Breakfast, Lunch)
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!

panda in chongqing zoo eling park ciqikou old town          
Lovely panda at Chongqing Zoo Eling Park Entrance of Ciqikou Old Town          


Day 6 Yangtze River ( 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.)

Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Summer Palace          
Yangtze River Cruise Fengdu Ghost City Chinese instrumental music show          
Day 7 Yangtze River ( 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.)

wu gorge shore excursion by boat face changing          
Wu Gorge in the mist Shore excursion by boat Face changing show          
Day 8 Yangtze River - Yichang - Xian ( Breakfast, Lunch )
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 - Xi'an. 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 Xi'an.

three gorges dam three gorges dam xian night view          
Wonderful Three Gorges Dam Three Gorges Dam Xian Night View          
Day 9 Xian ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities

After Breakfast, visit the Shaanxi History Museum which is a huge modern museum with Tang Dynasty architectural style, housing a marvelous collection of over 300,000 items. After meandering among this treasure strove, you will known more about the Chinese History.


Then move to the Great Mosque. It has standed quietly in the bustling Muslim Quarter for thousands of hundreds of years. You will enjoy the amazing featured architecture which is a great mixture of Chinese and Arabic styles. In about 1 hour, you also can see how the Chinese Muslims worship.


After lunch, visit the Muslim Quarter which is the main gathering place of the local Muslim community. You will taste local featured food in savory restaurants and buy sme suvenir in the exotic shops. Relax yourself here for about 1 hour.


Afterwards walk to Gao's Courtyard where you can see the exhibitions of period furniture, paintings, pottery, porcelain, photos and demonstrations of folk art. Also, you will be exciting to enjoy the interesting Shadow Puppet Play, a shadow puppet play with traditional music. No doubt, you will applaud with amazing cheers for this exquisite folk drama. Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Xian.

shanxi history museum great mosque gao's courtyard          
Shaanxi History Museum Great Mosque Gao's Courtyard          
Day 10 Xian ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities

After breakfast at the hotel, prepare yourself for one of the top attractions in this tour - the fantastic Terracotta Warriors Museum. With just 1- hour drive, the grand ancient army troupes apear in front of you. Thousands of Terracotta Soldiers stand solemnly in the grand excavation site for your inspection. You will spend 2 hours in exploring the mystery of these ancient army troupes and also the legend of the First Qin Emperor (Qin Shihuang) in the Mausoleum. After the visit, you will have lunch at the Friendship Restaurant inside the Scenic Area. Then drive back to Xi'an downtown and begin your afternoon trip for the Ancient City Wall and Big Wild Goose Pagoda.


After  visual feast of Terracotta Warriors, you will have a leisure time in Ancient City Wall (Circumvallation). With 12 meters high and 15 meters width, the ancient wall is the best preserved of this kind in China. You can climb up on top of it, enjoying the wonderful city view. Also you can hire a bike to ride along the City Wall which is an optional but wonderful choice (the price not included in this package).


Then head for the square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which is a Buddhist pagoda with 7 stories standing 64.5m (211.61ft) high. You can stroll leisurely on the square, enjoying the quiet and mysterious atmosphere.  Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Xian.

terracotta warriors ancient city wall big wild goose pagoda          
Terracotta Warriors Ancient City Wall Big Wild Goose Pagoda          
Day 11 Xian - Beijing ( Breakfast )
Today's Activities

After breakfast at hotel, transfter to Xian Airport for the flight to Beijing. Upon arrival your tour guide will welcome you at the airport and escort you to down hotel for checking in. Later you are free to arrange your own activities. We recommend you to stroll around Wangfujing Street - a very famous commercial street for shopping and tasting Beijing local snacks. Tonight you will have a sound sleep at the hotel in Beijing.

wangfujing street wangfujing street beijing roast duck          
Prosperous Wangfujing Street Wangfujing Street at night Famous Beijing Roast Duck          
Day 12 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities

After breakfast at hotel, you will visit the Tiananmen Square to start your Beijing tour. It is the heart and soul of Beijing and ranks as the biggest square in the world. You will stroll leisurely around the large square, experiencing its ancient history and modern vigour. Then walk north to the Forbidden City. As the largest and best-preserved imperial palace in China, it vividly indulges us with a whole impression of the royal life. And also you can appreciate lots of national treasures in Treasure House of the Forbidden City. 


After lunch, drive to Chinese featured royal park - Summer Palace, which boasts of typical Chinese architecture and splendid landscapes. After appreciating the ancient building you can also take a leisurely stroll on the willow-shaded paths and arched bridges that encircle the Kunming lake. You will marvel at the beautiful scenery along your way.  Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Beijing.

tiananmen square forbidden city summer palace          
Grand Tian'anmen Square Forbidden City Picturesque Summer Palace          
Day 13 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities

Today you will experience the old and modern Beijing. Later after having breakfast, drive to visit the wonderful Mutianyu Great Wall, which has a storied history of over 1400 years, and is considered the most beautiful section of the Great Wall. You will take a cable car to view this vital section of the China Great Wall.


Then move on to the most famous tomb of Ming Tombs - Changling, it is the largest in scale and is completely preserved, inhumed the fourth emperor of Ming Dynasty. Also you will visit the Sacred Road of the tombs, which was originally built to lead to the Changling mausoleum. 


After the visit, drive back to downtown Beijing. En route, you will stop by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) and Water Cube (National Aquatics). You can view the unique constructions and take some photos.  Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Beijing.

mutianyu great wall ming tomb bird's nest          
Mutianyu Great Wall Owe-inspiring Changling Bird's Nest          
Day 14 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities

On this day we mainly visit downtown attractions of Beijing. After breakfast at hotel, drive to visit the Temple of Heaven, where the Emperor of the Ming and Qing dynasties would worship heaven and pray for good harvests. Nowadays, it serves as a park. You can see local people doing morning exercises and practicing Taichi. 


Later explore Beijing Hutong where you will learn more about the life and culture of ordinary Beijing people. You can go across the alleys by rickshaw (not included in the package) to appreciate the featured archetecture and enjoy the air of local life. Also, you will have a visit to a local family to have contact with local people, and learn to make dumplings. This is really a distinctive experience!


After lunch you are free to arrange your own activities. We highly recommend you to walk around Xiushui Street where you will find many delicate silk products. You can purchase several interesting souvenirs of chinese style for your friends. Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Beijing.

temple of heaven beijing hutong xiushui street          
Temple of Heaven Beijing Hutong Silk market in Xiushui Street          
Day 15 Depart Beijing: See-off at airport ( Breakfast )
Today's Activities After breakfast at hotel, your tour guide will escort you to Beijing Airport for your next destination. Wish you a happy journey in China!
Package Price and Details
Your Group Size Deluxe Class Superior Class Tourist Class
1 person $5208 / $4550 $4328 / $4050 $3828 / $3700
2 - 5 persons $3509 / $3145 $3009 / $2365 $2709 / $2105
6 - 9 persons $3100 / $2712 $2500 / $2402 $2250 / $2102
single room supplyment $900 / $690 $520 / $480 $340 / $290
The price in Red stands for High Season (Apr.1 - Nov.30), and Black for Low Season (Dec.1 - Mar.31).
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 2 dinners. Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Train, Flight Tickets: all listed in itineraries; Hotels: accommodation in mentioned cities;
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.
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.
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 cruises
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 yangtze cruises
CSC Yangtze 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 Xian
sheraton hotel 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
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.
city hotel xian
City Hotel Xi'an
Located in the booming city center, City Hotel is within walking distance to the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Muslim Quarter, the Great Mosque and the Ancient City Wall. It's right behind the Bell Tower Hotel. Bus station, metro and Airport Express stop are within easy reach. It's about 50 minutes' drive from the Airport. The hotel is a 3-star modern hotel offering comfortable living space with simple but elegant decor.
Hotels in Beijing
crowne plaza hotel
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Beijing, as the 2008 Olympic City of great culture and tradition, the booming capital of modern-day China, its many faces are on your doorstep during your Crowne Plaza Beijing stay. Our Wangfujing Avenue location is just a 10-minute stroll from the inspiring Forbidden City.
sunworld hotel
Sunworld Hotel
The Sunworld Hotel (formerly the Tianlun Songhe Hotel) is located in the center of downtown Beijing at the corner of Wangfujing and Dengshikou (the "Golden Street" and "Silver Street" of Beijing). The hotel is near many famous historical and cultural landmarks, including the Forbidden City. There are many commercial buildings and shopping malls in close vicinity of the hotel and transportation is very convenient.
days inn forbidden city beijing
Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing
Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing is a courtyard style establishment surrounded by thousand year old trees. The hotel has retained its old world charm but at the same time merged in contemporary architecture and designs.


Meals as mentioned in the itinerary include 14 breakfasts provided by the hotel, 12 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:


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'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.

Guilin Rice Noodles Yangshuo Beer Fish


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)


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


Dear Sara, For sure, we enjoyed very much our holidays in your country, everything were under as planned and whole people involved were very kind and helpful, specially your permanent contact whenever was needed. No doubt that we recommend your company to our friends. Thanks again.

Customer: Ms. Ortiz

Destinations: Beijing- Xi'an - Chengdu – Guilin – Longsheng - Yangshuo – Shanghai – Hong Kong

Related Tour: 12 Days China Experience Tour, 12 Days China Discovery

Hi Nancy, We finished OK our tour this morning, In general, we are satisfied with the service your company provided, except for the train trip, the change of tickets in Xi'an and lunches in Shanghai everything went fine. Thanks so much!

Customer: Ms. Guell

Destinations: Beijing – Datong – Pingyao – Xi'an –Shanghai – Zhouzhuang - Shanghai

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