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An epic tour across most of the China land - From ancient capitals Beijing and Xi'an, along the longest river Yangtze, to the serene Guilin and to the metropolitan Shanghai and Hong Kong. This tour package is going to reveal different charms of China to you in just about half a month. Try it now.

Encountering history at Beijing and Xi'an

Sailing through one of China's Mother Rivers - the Yangtze River

Contrasting the natural Guilin and modern Shanghai & Hong Kong

Day 1 Arrive in Beijing: Pick-up & Hotel Check-in
Today's Activities Upon setting foot on China's Capital City Beijing, you will be welcomed by our local guide at the airport and escorted to the hotel for checking in. Today is all yours to arrange your own activities, whether to have a good rest at the hotel, or to take a first peek at the city.

Things You Can Try (Not Included in Package): Go shopping & taste local snacks at Wangfujing Pedestrian Street.
Day 2 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel, and set out for the Tian'anmen Square, heart of the city and the nation. Then move to the Forbidden City to explore the royal culture. Stylish red-wall and golden-roof lead you through the life of the royal family as well as their anecdotes. A good number of antiques are also on display.

In the afternoon, you will tour the Summer Palace, the royal garden once served as the summer getaway, where you can appreciate the Chinese featured architectures as well as splendid landscape.

Things You Can Try (Not Included in Package): Boating on Kunming Lake of the Summer Palace; Taste the famous Peking Duck for dinner.
Highlights
Tian'anmen Square Forbidden City Summer Palace          
Tian'anmen Square Forbidden City Summer Palace          
Day 3 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities In the morning you will visit the Temple of Heaven, which embraces harmony of heaven and earth, and once served as the praying altar for good harvest. Now it's also a public park where locals go Tai Chi, play chess, etc.

Surely the Great Wall is on your must-visit list. After lunch, you will head for the Mutianyu Great Wall, a section of this great ancient project which is less crowded yet with very beautiful scenery. Cable car is arranged to save your energy for better exploration at the higher walls.

Things You Can Try (Not Included in Package): Enjoy evening shows like Chinese Kung Fu or Peking Opera.
Highlights
Temple of Heaven Mutianyu Great Wall Mutianyu Great Wall          
Temple of Heaven Mutianyu Great Wall Mutianyu Great Wall          
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by Flight
Today's Activities Start today with Prince Gong's Mansion, a typical Siheyuan layout and gardens, known as one of the most ornate and extravagant residence compounds in all of Beijing. Then move to experience the ordinary people's life at Beijing Hutongs. Wandering among the narrow alleyways and walking past the local houses, you can have a peek at a different culture that made up Beijing.

In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Xi'an, another ancient capital of China best known for its Terracotta Warriors. Local guide will pick you up at the airport and escort you to the hotel. The rest of the day is all yours.
Highlights
Prince Gong's Mansion Beijing Hutongs Beijing Hutongs          
Prince Gong's Mansion Beijing Hutongs Beijing Hutongs          
Day 5 Xi'an (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities You will never want to miss the Terracotta Warriors & Horses. Grand and mysterious, these ancient army troops standing in lines welcome you with bustling silence, appealing you to read carefully their over 2200-year's historical meanings.

In the afternoon you will take an exploration at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist temple dating back to 652 A.D. You can feast your eyes with the architectural elegance of the Buddhist buildings, as well as discover the legends of Hierarch Xuanzang and his 16-year pilgrimage to India for the Buddhist Culture, which has inspired the great Chinese novel - Journey to the West.

Later move to the local Muslim community at the Muslim Quarter, where a great deal of exotic shops and savory restaurants are there for you.
Highlights
Terracotta Warriors Big Wild Good Pagoda Muslim Quarter          
Terracotta Warriors Big Wild Good Pagoda Muslim Quarter          
Day 6 Xi'an - Chongqing (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by Flight
Today's Activities After having breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Shaanxi History Museum for a vivid summary of the long history of Xi'an and China. Ancient articles far from the prehistorical times to modern times are all well preserved and clearly labeled here.

Then have a real touch of the Ancient City Wall, which was once the fortification ramparts of this ancient capital. Strolling leisurely on the top of the Ancient City Wall, you can easily catch an overview of the old city center.

Later of the day you will catch a flight to Chongqing, where the local guide will get you to Chaotianmen Dock for boarding the Yangtze River Cruise ship.
Highlights
Shaanxi History Museum Ancient City Wall Ancient City Wall          
Shaanxi History Museum

Ancient City Wall

Ancient City Wall

         
Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities Greeted by the fresh air and sceneries of the Yangtze River, you can take a leisure stroll on the deck to appreciate the natural beauty along way, or learn doing Tai Chi to refresh a new day. Today you will also take a shore excursion to the Fengdu Ghost City to experience a special Chinese culture of the Underworld ghost culture.

Various free activities including welcoming banquet and dancing shows will also be presented. (Note: Different cruise will have different 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 enjoy: 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 will be on your visit-list today. You will get closer look at the dam and learn about its working process.

Later the ship will reach Yichang Port, and you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Shanghai. Local tour guide will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel for a rest.
Highlights
Three Gorges Dam Shiplock Three Gorges Dam Three Gorges Dam          
Three Gorges Dam Shiplock Three Gorges Dam Three Gorges Dam          
Day 10 Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel, and then discover Shanghai from its traditional part. The over 400-year-old Yuyuan Garden welcomes you with its architectural elegance and beauty, while its neighboring Yuyuan Market gives you a dive into the local ordinary lifestyle. The market especially specializes in traditional Chinese artcrafts.

Then move to the Bund, where a great collision of the Chinese and Western building styles is presented. The Oriental Pearl Tower across the river is the landmark of the city, and grants you a bird's eye view of Shanghai from height. You will also enjoy your shopping hours at the booming Nanjing Road.

Things You Can Try (Not Included in Package): Enjoy a Shanghai Acrobatics Show in the evening.
Highlights
Yuyuan Garden The Bund Oriental Pearl Tower          
Yuyuan Garden The Bund Oriental Pearl Tower          
Day 11 Shanghai - Guilin (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by Flight
Today's Activities Today's visit is the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, where you can learn about the city development through times and future vision.

Later of the day, you will take a flight to Guilin, a city famed with its serene natural beauty.
Highlights
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Guilin Scenery          
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Guilin Scenery          
Day 12 Guilin (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel, and then set out for the interesting Elephant Trunk Hill and the local favored Seven Star Park. Followed up in the afternoon is the Reed Flute Cave, which offers you a fantastic banquet for the eyes with all its bizarre-shaped natural stone arts.

Things You Can Try (Not Included in Package): Enjoy night views of the Two Rivers and Four Lakes Scenic Area.
Highlights
Elephant Trunk Hill Reed Flute Cave Reed Flute Cave          
Elephant Trunk Hill Reed Flute Cave Reed Flute Cave          
Day 13 Guilin - Yangshuo (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by Cruise Ship
Today's Activities You will never want to miss the Li River Cruise. Head for Zhujiang Dock after breakfast, and start at around 09:30am. The cruise ride takes about 4 hours, with picturesque natural landscapes all around you and a tasty local lunch prepared onboard.

As the cruise draws to the end, you will reach Yangshuo County, which is best known for its pastoral sceneries and the backpackers' paradise West Street. The rest of the day is all yours to explore the local neighborhood. There are a great deal of bars, local snakc booths and handicrafts on display for you. Stay overnight at Yangshuo.

Things You Can Try (Not Included in Package): Live Musical Night Show - Impression Liu Sanjie, directed by famous Zhang Yimou, and naturally staged on the Li River.
Highlights
Li River Cruise Yangshuo West Street Yangshuo West Street          
Li River Cruise Yangshuo West Street Yangshuo West Street          
Day 14 Yangshuo/Guilin - Hong Kong (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by Flight
Today's Activities Wake up your morning with a refreshing bicycle ride. The pleasant countryside will reveal its charm to you along the way.

Later of the day you will be transferred to Guilin airport for a flight to the metropolitan Hong Kong. Local guide will welcome you at the airport and escort you to the hotel.
Highlights
Yangshuo Bicycling Yangshuo Bicycling Hong Kong Night View          
Yangshuo Bicycling Yangshuo Bicycling Yangshuo Bicycling          
Day 15 Hong Kong (Breakfast)
Today's Activities Let's get to know Hong Kong from Victoria Peak, which offers the best bird's eye view for the prosperous city, including the famous Victoria Harbour. The following Repulse Bay is a romantic place for a leisure breath. And the Aberdeen takes you back to the old fishing village that Hong Kong once was, and it will provide you the most delicious seafood with scores of floating restaurants to choose from.

Lunch is left for your own arrangement. And you are free for the rest of the day to discover the city by yourself.

Things You Can Try (Not Included in Package): Experience the glorious Hong Kong night view by taking a Victoria Harbour Cruise with the fantastic light show "A Symphony of Lights".
Highlights
Hong Kong Overview from the Peak Aberdeen Repulse Bay          
Hong Kong Overview from the Peak Aberdeen Repulse Bay          
Day 16 Hong Kong / Departure (Breakfast)
Today's Activities Today you are free to have your own activities until the flight for departure. Local guide will send you to the airport. Wish you a nice memory back home!
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 2 dinners Admissions: Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Flight Tickets: Beijing - Xi'an, Xi'an - Chongqing, Yichang - Shanghai, Shanghai - Guilin, Guilin - Hong Kong; Yangtze River Cruise Ticket Hotels: Accommodation in Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Guilin, Yangshuo, Hong Kong 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 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.
Hotels in Xi'an
Sheraton Hotel Xi'an
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 Xi'an
Grand New World Hotel Xi'an
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 Xi'an
City Hotel Xi'an
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.
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 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 Yangshuo
Green Lotus Hotel
Green Lotus Hotel
Located 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.
New Century Hotel
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.
New West Street Hotel
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.
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

Meals in the Package

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary include 15 breakfasts, 13 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:

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

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

Guilin & Yangshuo

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

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

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Customer:Ms. KirpalaniTour Code:23992

Destinations: Beijing- Xi'an -Yangtze River - Shanghai - Beijing

Related Tour: 11 Days China Explorer & Cruises

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