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15 Days China Splendid Tour with Yangtze Cruise

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( Great Wall - Terracotta Warriors - Potala Palace - Yangtze River Cruise - The Bund )
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Tour Code: CTG-CRS09

Tour Description

The itinerary arrangement of this tour cannot be better any more. Mixing all splendid things of China, we trend to present a vivid whole image of China to refresh your old and partial views. This is an incomparable tour at favorable price to string several outstanding tourist gems of China in 15 days. Just feast your eyes on a real China!

Ranked as the best-value tour itinerary at guaranteed low price, it strings all essences of China.

One-stop service, incl. tour guide, hotels, meals, transportation, attraction admissions and insurance, etc.

Caring, experienced local guide & driver will be of great help to ensure your safety and comfort on the way.

Day 1 Arrive in Beijing : Pick-up and Check-in
Today's Activities Once you land at Beijing International Airport, our tourist guide will meet you at the arrival hall. Be there, be square. Then we will take you to your reserved hotel to have a break. The rest of today is free for you to breathe a blend air of west meets east in Capital Beijing. You are highly suggested to wander near the hotel and tour the local night market randomly to try some street food.
Day 2 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities Tian'anmen Square will be your first spot to see. Spacious Square, hugged by distinctive Chinese-style buildings and world-class skyscrapers, hits you with a unique impression of New Beijing.
Later we will enter the heart of Beijing city - Forbidden City, truly a miracle it is that keep your mouth open all the time once seeing it. Our smart tourist guide will take you to explore the most beautiful part of this grand royal palace and discover an authentic picture of Ming and Qing Dynasties of China in less than three hours. The lunch is included, allowing you to try the real Chinese dishes.
In the afternoon, we will visit another royal garden - Summer Palace. The royal family was used moving here for spending blazing summer. We believe this day will refresh your understanding about China and its history.
Highlights
Tiananmen Square Tiananmen Square Summer Palace          
Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Moat Summer Palace          
Day 3 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )

Today's Activities

Today before we hit the road to the famous section of China Great Wall, we will go to visit a royal tomb of Ming dynasty - Changling of Ming Tombs, it is ranked as the largest in scale and being completely preserved, inhumed the fourth emperor of Ming Dynasty.
Then we will head for Mutianyu Great Wall and to take a round-trip cable car to see this vital section of Great Wall. Mutianyu, with a written history of over 1400 years, features distinctive seasonal changes of natural views to feast your eyes. Thus this is a renowned place for photography.
In addition, Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, two modern landmarks of Beijing, are waiting for us on our back way to the downtown.
Highlights
Changling of Ming Tombs          
Changling of Ming Tombs Mutianyu Great Wall Water Cube          
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by air
Today's Activities This day you will hug the Temple of Heaven, where the Emperor of the Ming and Qing dynasties would worship heaven and pray for good harvests. After that, you will explore Beijing Hutong by rickshaw to know more about the life and culture of ordinary Beijing people. This visit can provide you with a distinctive travelling experience compared to other attraction. Later of this day, you will transfer to airport to Xi'an. Upon arrival, our Xian tourist guide will pick you up to do check-in at Xi'an downtown hotel.
Highlights
Temple of Heaven Beijing Hutong South Luogu Lane          
Temple of Heaven Visit Hutong in rickshaw Beijing Hutong Tour          
Day 5 Xi'an ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities After having breakfast, you will head to world-famous Terracotta Warriors to start wonderful Xi'an tour, maybe you have seen them many times on TV or magazines before, but it's a total different experienc to see them with your own eyes. Also with a sidetrip to Mausoleum of the Qin Emperor, who owned this awesome underground kingdom, you would know more about the first dynasty of China - Qin dynasty.
Later you will return to downtown for seeing the Great Mosque of Xi'an, where still hold prayer services each day; Within minutes' walk to Muslim Quarter, you can buy some interesting souvenirs and taste various delicious local snacks. Optionally visit: Tang Dynasty Show.
Highlights
Terracotta Warriors Great Mosque Muslim Quarter          
Terracotta Warriors Great Mosque Muslim Quarter          
Day 6 Xi'an ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities Today you’ll look into the religious architectural art of Xi’an. Buddhism and Islam melt into Xi’an thousands of years ago with grant Buddha pagodas and magnificent mosques being built. Small Wild Goose Pagoda is the delicate version of the larger-scale Big Wild Goose Pagoda. These two pagodas light up each other and reach an aesthetic balance.
Then you will deeply explore Xi'an in many fields by seeing Shaanxi Historical Museum this morning, where you can get more knowledge about Chinese national treasures and other precious cultural relics.
Later you will step on Xi'an Ancient City Wall. As the best-preserved old city wall in China, you can take beautiful views of Xi'an city, and even optionally cycling on the wall is available for you.
Highlights
Exhibits in Museum Ancient City Wall          
Sculpture Before Pagoda Exhibits in Museum Cycling on Ancient City Wall          
Day 7 Xi'an - Lhasa ( Breakfast ) Transfer by air
Today's Activities After breakfast, you will be transferred to airport for several hours' flight to Lhasa of Tibet, then be picked up by our Tibetan tour guide in the Gonggar Airport. Later you will check in at Lhasa downtown hotel. Upon your arrival at Lhasa, please have a good rest at hotel to adapt yourself to the high altitude of about 3,650 meters above sea level.

Travel Tips Remember that you should start taking anti-AMS medicines a week in advance before arrving in Tibet. When you arrived at the hotel, please be not so curious to walk much around the hotel, and all you need is a good rest in your room for necessary acclimatization, otherwise you may easily get mountain sickness. Besides, try to aviod catching a cold. And a first aid kit including aspirin, antibiotics and AMS medication is highly recommended.
Highlights
View from Plane Lhasa Lhasa Airport          
Mountains from Plane Lhasa City Overview Gonggar Airport          
Day 8 Lhasa ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities It believes that this day must leave a lifetime memory for your whole life. In the morning, you will visit the splendid Potala Palace, which originated from 7th century and once homed to Dalai Lamas.
The Jokhang Temple, we head to later, as the spiritual center of Tibet, will deeply impressed you by its magnificence and sincere pilgrims.
Barkhor street, hugging the jokhang temple, is regarded as the crowded central Market in ancient section of Lhasa, and at where you can buy various Tibetan or other minorities’ souvenirs for your family and friends.

Travel Tips

1. Due to the popularity of Potala Palace and restriction on visitor numbers, perhaps it has difficulty on booking entrance tickets, so the visit of Potala Palace may shift to another day. But don't worry, we will make appropriate changes accordingly. 
2. For the protection of this world-famous cultural heritage, the visiting time for Potala Palace is limited in 1 hour.

Highlights
Potala Palace Jokhang Temple Barkhor Street          
Potala Palace Jokhang Temple Pilgrims Barkhor Bazaar          
Day 9 Lhasa ( Breakfast, Lunch )

Today's Activities

After having breakfast, we will drive to the western suburb of Lhasa City for visiting the Norbulingka, and which is meaning 'Treasure Park' in Tibetan. It is the biggest man-made garden in Tibet, covering an area of 360,000 square meters (88 acres), with 374 rooms in the various buildings.
Then we will have a side trip to Lhasa Carpet Factory, where you could see lots of elegant rugs and other beautiful handicrafts.
Later that day, after having lunch, the next visit is Sera Monastery, the second monastery in Tibet. Distinctively its famous debating activities are holding around 3-4 pm regularly every working day that you should never miss.

Travel Tips 1. It is a good idea to pack some food, snacks, and drinking water along your trip.
2. When you are in a monastery or a museum, please do not smoke, consume alcohol or make unnecessary noise; neither, do not touch, walk over or sit on any religious texts, objects or prayer flags.
Highlights
Buddhist Debate          
Norbulingka Workers of Thangka Debates in Sera Monastery          
Day 10 Lhasa - Chongqing - Boarding Yangtze River Cruise ( Breakfast ) Transfer by air and vehicle

Today's Activities

We will arrange you to take the morning flight from Lhasa to Chongqing, and our tourist guide of Chongqing will wait for you at the arrival hall, then you will have a rest in the car and later start a half-day visit of Chongqing.
We will discover one by one - Eling Park, Chongqing Zoo and Ciqikou Old Town (Porcelain Village). Eling Park is a wonderful spot to have a grand view of Yangtze River and Jialing River. In Chongqing Zoo, you will see lovely giant pandas, south China tigers and other endangered species. Ciqikou Old Town is an old town that you will find the local residents dedicating to their own traditional way of life.
At last, we will head for Chaotianmen Dock for cruise boarding. Are you ready for the voyage along Yangtze River?

Travel Tips It is estimated that the cruise ship sets sail at around 22:00.
Highlights
         
Eling Park Carving Panda in Zoo Ciqikou Street          
Day 11 On Cruise ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )

Today's Activities

You can appreciate the beautiful sceneries along the river banks at sightseeing deck and take photos. Just enjoy relaxation of a full day and explore different spaces of the ship. During this day, we will take a shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City to feed your curiosity about special Chinese ghost culture and the thought towards karmic cycle of life. It is totally different from western christian world. We also especially prepare a variety of free activities for passenger entertainment, like Tai Chi Learning, Fashion Show, Music Salon, etc.

Travel Tips 1. Three meals cover Chinese traditional cuisines and western food or buffets.
2. The ship has various sections for different functions, such as business center for internet surfing, coffee bar, chess room, restaurant, lobby hall, reading room, sightseeing deck and performing stage, etc.
3. Commonly, we will arrange a welcome banquet and dancing show for you and inform of the detailed itinerary and cruising tips.
4. You should note that different cruise ships offer different amusing activities.
Highlights
         
Cruising Birdview Underground feudal court Distinctive Statues          
Day 12 On Cruise ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )

Today's Activities

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 steep precipices and luxuriant flora. You will also tour past Shennong Stream or the Lesser Three Gorges depending on different cruise itineraries.
Highlights
Xiling Gorge Lesser Three Gorges Lesser Three Gorges Boat          
Shennong Stream Lesser Three Gorges Boat Tour on Yangtze River          
Day 13 Arrive in Yichang - Shanghai ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by air

Today's Activities

Awed at sight of the majestic Three Gorges Dam and 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 flight to Shanghai.
Highlights
three gorges dam birdview three gorges dam Yichang city          
A Wonder of World Three Gorges Dam Yichang Birdview          
Day 14 Shanghai ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities As the biggest city of China, Shanghai definitely offers many lures. Begin from Yuyuan Garden and Yuyuan Market, you will appreciate Chinese garden construction and know more about Shanghai local people. Then with a stroll from Nanjing Road to the Bund, you will be impressed by Modern Shanghai amazingly compared with Xi'an.
Later you can view the whole city at the highest floor of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and know about the development of Shanghai with a following visit to Shanghai Municipal History Museum at the pedestal of the tower. At night, Shanghai Acrobats Show can be optionally appreciated.
Highlights
Yuyuan Garden Oriental Pearl TV Tower Shanghai Municipal History Museum          
Yuyuan Garden Oriental Pearl TV Tower Exhibits in Municipal History Museum          
Day 15 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, go on 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: 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches. Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Flight Tickets: all listed in itineraries; Hotels: accommodation mentioned in the itinerary;
Tour Guide: local experienced English-speaking guides 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.
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.
Hotel in Lhasa
Brahmaputra Grand Hotel
Brahmaputra Grand Hotel Lhasa
Brahmaputra Grand Hotel Lhasa is chain-operated hotel. It is located in Wenjiang District and was opened in 2006. It is a business holiday hotel with more than 200 guest rooms. The hotel also provides elegant Chinese and Western restaurants, splendid banquet with modern facilities, conference room and recreation items. It abuts to Lhasa riverside and Gong Ba Ri Mammon Mountain. People can enjoy wonderful views of Lhasa.
Lhasa Hotel
Lhasa Hotel
A 4-star hotel, the Lhasa Hotel is located in the Holy Land of Lhasa with an altitude of 3,600 meters. It occupies 7-floors and was recently renovated in 1999. The hotel has a range of restaurants that provide Sichuan, Western, Indian and Tibetan food. The hotel is near the famous Norbulingka or Lobulinka, the Palace of the Dalai Lama. Located only 10 minutes by car to the center of Holy Town and the magical and Potala Palace. Situated approximately 95kms from the airport.
Shambhala Hotel Lhasa
Shambhala Hotel Lhasa
As a 3 star hotel, Shambhala Hotel Lhasa is near the Barkhore Bazaar, Jokhang Temple and the Potala Palace with easy access to all great attractions. With a total of 70 comfortable rooms and suites, the hotel is 10km away from the Railway Station and 70km away from the Lhasa Airport.
Yangtze River Cruise - Ship Option
Victoria Cruises, yangtze river cruise
Victoria Cruises
The only cruise fleet on Yangtze River managed by an American company, and the favorite for overseas travelers with its luxurious amenities and superior hospitality, the Victoria Cruises epitomize safe and smooth navigation on the Yangtze's spectacular twists and turns.
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President Cruises
President Cruises, as the forerunner of the Yangtze River Cruises, have grown into a great feet of seven deluxe cruises and gained an excellent reputation for delivering excellent on cruise enjoyment and service.
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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.
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.
Shanghai Grand Mercure 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.
Express Holiday Inn Zhabei Shanghai
Express Holiday Inn 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.

Overview

- Breakfasts offered by hotels or cruise ship: just start your happy tour after having breakfast in the morning, especially for deluxe class, sometimes buffet breakfast is available;
- It supplys lunch according to different classes of tour, such as deluxe in city-famous restaurants and tourist in popular tourist restaurants;
- Dinner option is open to you, you could find your favorite place to eat, or take our recommendations.

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

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

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 Local Cuisine at Friendship Restaurant

Lhasa, Tibet

You do not have to eat the same food every time in tourist restaurants; It means that you can choose your favorite restaurant to have a meal. And in Lhasa, wider choices that you can have relatively, like western food, chinese set meal or something else, also you could try very local Tibetan foods, such as Buttered Tea, Zanba, dry yak and cow jerky;

Common Meals in Tibet Restaurant Tibetan Sesame Lamb Chops

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

Thank you Nancy,

Our time in Beijing has been very interesting and we have been very impressed with the city and the tours organised. Hopefully will be better soon and able to enjoy more of your fascinating country. Cheers,

Customer: Mr. Carr

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

Related Tour: 11 Days China Explorer & Cruise, 3 Days Guangzhou History and Culture Tour

Dear Nancy,

Thank you. Everything is working out perfect so far. Your guides are very nice and the program fine.

Customer: Ms. Biil

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

Related Tour: 11 Days China Explorer & Cruise, 3 Days Kunming Essence Tour

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