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9 Days Beijing and Yangtze River Cruise Tour

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Take visits to some top landmarks of China. Beijing greets you with its profound history and culture, embracing you in the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Mutianyu Great Wall, Hutongs and much more attractions. Then set out for a cruise tour along the great Yangtze River and enjoy the beautiful Three Gorges, the fantastic Three Gorges Dam site and the mysterious Fengdu Ghost City. Rest your pace among the cuties of Chongqing Zoo and at the peaceful streets of Ciqikou Old Town.

Exploring Chinese history and culture at Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

Strolling around Tian'anmen Square & hiking alongMutianyu Great Wall

Cruising along the Yangtze River & taking shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam site

Feeling at ease at Chongqing Zoo (including Panda Breeding Base) & the traditional Ciqikou Old Town

Day 1 Arrival in Beijing: Pick-up & Hotel Transfer, Free Day
Today's Activities Set foot in the Capital Beijing and meet with our local tour guide. You will be escorted to the hotel for checking in. Take a good rest at the hotel and prepare for next day's activities. Or you can take a hang-around near the hotel for a peek of the city.
Day 2 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities To get knowledge of Chinese history, the Forbidden City is topping your "must-goes" list. Once serving as the imperial palace, the Forbidden City is one of the world's most gorgeous architecture complexes and is the best-preserved collection of imperial architecture in China. Numerous historical antiques and curios housed in the Forbidden City will surely win your "wow".

Walking out from the history, move to the Tian'anmen Square and take a leisure stroll around the spacious square. Then turn to the Summer Palace, another famous imperial complex in the Beijing "must-sees" list. This Chinese featured royal park will greet you with its typical Chinese architecture and splendid landscapes.
Highlights
Forbidden City Tiananmen Square Summer Palace          
Forbidden City Lion Sculpture Tian'anmen Square Summer Palace Dragon Statue          
Day 3 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Never miss the Great Wall for your Beijing Tour! After breakfast, let's take a bracing visit to the Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the best-preserved parts of this great ancient project. Take a cable car up the mountain and start some hiking along the Mutianyu Great Wall. The excellent landscapes on both sides will without doubt catch your eyes and your cameras! Slides are arranged for your convenience to down the mountain.

After the Great Wall, head for Changling Tomb, one of the 13 Ming Tombs (World Cultural Heritage Site 2003). It was the first and the largest one built in the area and was the mausoleum of Emperor Zhu Di of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644A.D.). Huge column, grand architecture and all sacrificial articles will leave you an awe-inspiring impression.

On your way back to the hotel, you will stop by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) and Water Cube (National Aquatics) for a view of the unique constructions and take some photos.
Highlights
Mutianyu Great Wall Changling Tomb Bird's Nest          
Mutianyu Great Wall Changling Tomb Bird's Nest          
Day 4 Beijing - Yangtze River, Transfer by Flight, Ship Boarding (Breakfast)
Today's Activities Start your day with the Temple of Heaven, an imperial sacrificial alter for heaven worship. Its overall layout symbolizes the relationship between earth and heaven - the human world and the God's world. Go explore the Chinese cosmogony in this dignified complex!

Withdrawn from the imperial culture of Beijing, let's dive into the commoners' life in the Hutongs. Feel the old Beijing while rambling among these old lanes.

After that, you will be sent to the airport for a flight to Yichang, where you will board the cruise ship and start your Yangtze River journey.
Highlights
Temple of Heaven Hutongs Hutongs          
Temple of Heaven Hutong Tour by Richshaw Hutong - "Fu" Sticker Wishing Happiness          
Day 5 Yangtze River (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities Set sail through the morning mist along the great Yangtze River. Take in the fresh air and start your day by doing some morning exercise on the deck or sipping a cup of coffee or tea at the restaurant.

Among all gorges you sail through, the Three Gorges is of course the most famous - Xiling Gorge, Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge. The first to meet you on the way is Xiling Gorge, which is especially known for its thrilling danger. The great hydroelectric power project Three Gorges Dam lies in this area. Take a shore excursion to the dam site and get further knowledge of this world-renowned project.

After the visit, return to the ship and keep on sailing through the Xiling Gorge, and later comes the Wu Gorge, which is best known for its serene beauty.

A good number of free activities are held onboard for your entertainment, including Captain's Welcoming Banquet and dancing shows. (Note: Different cruise will have different activities, e.g. Tai Chi Learning, Fashion Show, Music Salon, etc.)
Highlights
Yangtze River Three Gorges Dam Dancing Show          
Sunset on Yangtze River Three Gorges Dam Dancing in Ethnic Costume          
Day 6 Yangtze River (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities Keep on your journey along the Yangtze River and enjoy the ever-changing sceneries along way. Depending on different cruise itineraries you take, you will tour past the Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream. Either of them will embrace you with its luring natural landscapes. Then come to the Qutang Gorge and set your soul free among the grand and breathtaking sceneries.

(Note: Different cruise will have different free acitivities onboard, e.g. Tai Chi Learning, Face Changing Show of Sichuan Opera, Crew Cabaret, etc.)
Highlights
Lesser Three Gorges Shore Excursion by Boat Fengdu Ghost City          
Lesser Three Gorges Shore Excursion by Boat Face Changing Show          
Day 7 Yangtze River (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities Today's Yangtze River tour includes a shore excursion to the legendary Fengdu Ghost City. Explore the special ghost culture here and awe at the weird sculptures of ghosts and the buildings of the "Underworld".

(Note: Different cruise will have different activities onboard, e.g. Lectures on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Farewell Party, etc.)
Highlights
Fengdu Ghost City Fengdu Ghost City Fengdu Ghost City          
Fengdu Ghost City Elfin Ghost Sculpture The Underworld          
Day 8 Yangtze River - Chongqing (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Land at Chongqing in the morning and your Yangtze River journey draws to an end. Having a rest at the hotel and start your afternoon activities after lunch. Whistle a bright day to the Chongqing Zoo, and meet with the lovely pandas and other animals. The Chongqing Zoo is the largest zoo in southwest China, housing over 1,000 birds and 230 species of animals.

Then move your steps to Ciqikou Old Town (Porcelain Village), a village dating back to the late Ming Dynasty. Just experience the traditional local lifestyle here.
Highlights
Chongqing Zoo Ciqikou Old Town Ciqikou Old Town          
Lovely Panda at Chongqing Zoo Entrance Gate of Ciqikou Old Town Child Carried in Basket, Ciqikou Old Town          
Day 9 Chongqing / Departure (Breakfast)
Today's Activities May you have a big smile on your face while biding farewell to Chongqing city. You will be escorted to the airport for your departure for the next destination.
PackageDetails
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners Admissions: Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Flight/Ship Tickets: Beijing - Yichang, Yichang - Chongqing (Ship) Hotels: Accommodation in Beijing, Chongqing & on 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 attractions/ tours/ meals and international flights - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotels in 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
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
With its courtyard style, the hotel has retained its charm of the ancient time but as well merged in contemporary architecture and designs. The hotel is near the famous Tian'anmen Square and Wangfujing Business Street. It takes about 20 minutes from Capital International Airport (24km) and 5 minutes from Beijing Railway Station (3km). The hotel provides guests clean and comfortable service and amenities
Yangtze River Cruises
Victoria Series Cruises
As the only American cruise line currently sailing on Yangtze River, Victoria Cruises is a leading fleet line for over 12 years along the River and through its magnificent Three Gorges. Designed for maximum comfort, flexibility and maneuverability, and with their special double-bottom hulls, the Victoria Cruises epitomize safe and smooth navigation on Yangtze River's spectacular twists and turns.
President Series Cruises
President Yangtze Series ships are some of the most luxury sailing on Yangtze River. The company's dedication to high quality service and their state of the art equipment make President Series one of the best fleets on the Yangtze River.
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
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 Chongqing
JW Marriott Hotel
Located in the heart of Chongqing's main shopping and commercial district, the JW Marriott Hotel Chongqing brings an unparalled standard of comfort and service to this famous "Mountain City" in southwest of China. This 5-star Chongqing hotel boasts luxurious accommodations and numerous dining options, ranging from Chinese, Japanese, Western to its very own Steakhouse.
East Garden Hotel
Located in downtown Chongqing, the East Garden Hotel is a 4-star hotel close to Chongqing People's Square. The hotel offers 232 well-equipped rooms for guests' comfortable stay, as well as different styled restaurants serving Sichuan Food, Canton Food, Western cuisine and other meals for guests' enjoyment. Conference halls, sauna, beauty salon, fitness center and other facilities are also available.
Fortune Hotel
The 3-star Chongqing Fortune Hotel is located in the business district of the city, cloase to the Chongqing Liberation Monument (Jiefangbei), Chaotianmen Square and snacks street. The hotel offers different types of rooms as well as Chinese and Western Restaurants for guests' choice.

Meals in the Package

-- Breakfasts are offered by the hotels
-- Lunches and dinners (including onboard) are arranged according to different classes of tour
-- Other dinners 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

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

Chongqing

Chongqing food is largely a hybrid of Sichuan cuisine and local specialty dishes. Compared with Chengdu's Sichuan Cuisine, Chongqing's has a stronger taste, spicier and more innovative. Famous Chongqing Cuisine include Chongqing Hotpot, Qianzhang (Beam Cream Skim), Jiangtuan Fish, Sliced Meat with Cripsy Rice, etc.
-- Chongqing Hotpot: Most famous Sichuan traditional dish. Characterized by heavy flavors, diverse ingredients, and steaming aromas, hotpot is to the local culture what tea is to Chinese culture. If spicy food doesn't agree with you, you can also take a Yuanyang Hotpot, which offer both hot and light tastes in different containers at a time.
-- Sliced Meat with Crispy Rice: Slice meat with crispy rise is another local favorite. The meat is soft and tender while the rice is crispy, forming a sharp but great contrast.
-- More Information about Chongqing Dining

For travelers who spend their time and dinner before boarding the cruise ship, Qinghuayuan Restaurant is a good choice. Only a few steps away from the Chaotianmen Dock, the restaurant is of local styled architecture, especially featuring in seafood and Sichuan food.

Local Architectural Style of Qinghuayuan Restaurant Elegant Arrangement of Qinghuayuan Restaurant

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Hi Cherry,

Your time and service is very much appreciated. We had a great time in China with no difficulties in the far away land. All the booking turned out exactly as per your scheduled with no complications.

Your country and your people were most welcoming everywhere we went and every one we met in China.

Customer: Mr. Squissato

Destinations: Chongqing - Yangtze River - Yichang

Related Tour: 4 Days Chongqing and Yangtze River Cruise Tour

Dear Sara,

We went to China for 10 days! What a treat to make the Chinese New Year Spring Festival our debut! We saw all the sights on our personal itinerary, and were delighted. There wasn't one hitch or snag the whole time! The people, music, food, and scenery were marvelous! We flew from Shanghai - Yi Chang to catch the Century Cruises 4 day Yangtze River cruise to Chongqing..,then flew to Guilin and back to Shanghai. It was much cleaner than we expected. We envied their roadways for the perfect condition and surprising expense in the landscaping, even the streetlights and overpasses had form and function.

The people are much more free, they come and go, there wasn't even a customs inspection, in or out. They say they are a socialist country led by the Communist Party. They consider North Korea a Communist country.

Customer: Mr. Danan

Destinations: Shanghai - Suzhou - Yichang - Yangtze River - Chongqing - Shanghai

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