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Tour Overview

Discover the diverse landscapes and rich cultures of China on this 12-day tour. Begin in Guilin, exploring its enchanting lakes and terraced rice fields. Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the Li River before venturing to Yangshuo for countryside adventures. In Chengdu, witness adorable pandas and experience local traditions. Cruise from Chongqing along the magnificent Yangtze River, exploring ancient towns and embracing cultural performances. Conclude your journey in vibrant Shanghai, where modernity meets tradition in a captivating blend. This tour promises a remarkable exploration of China’s natural wonders and cultural treasures.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Marvel at Guilin’s Beauty: Explore Two Rivers and Four Lakes, immersing yourself in Guilin’s charm as evening lights dance on the tranquil waters.
2. Longji Rice Terrace Panorama: Climb Nine Dragons and Five Tigers for a breathtaking view of cascading Longji Rice Terraces and traditional villages.
3. Li River Serenity: Cruise the Li River, relishing picturesque landscapes that inspired ancient Chinese art, arriving in Yangshuo for vibrant rural exploration.
4. Panda Encounter in Chengdu: Visit the Chengdu Panda Base, witnessing adorable pandas in a natural habitat, a heartwarming experience for animal lovers.
5. Yangtze Delights: Attend Tai Chi sessions, explore Shibaozhai Pagoda, and navigate Shennv Stream, embracing the rich culture along the Three Gorges.
6. Shanghai’s Urban Splendor: Roam Yu Garden, ascend Shanghai World Financial Center, and cruise the Huangpu River for a dazzling Shanghai skyline and city lights.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Arrive in Guilin from Hong Kong via a comfortable high-speed train journey, enjoying scenic views along the way.

    Warmly greeted by a local guide upon arrival, who will provide information about the city. Transfer to your hotel, a comfortable and centrally located accommodation. Evening exploration on your own, strolling along the picturesque Two Rivers and Four Lakes.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Guilin

    Guilin Two Rivers and Four Lakes
    Two Rivers and Four Lakes

  2. Depart from your accommodation in a comfortable vehicle, enjoying scenic views en route to Longji Rice Terrace. Your guide will provide insights into the region's history and cultural significance. Hike along scenic trails, explore ethnic minority villages and witness traditional farming practices.

    Guangxi Longji Rice Terraces
    Longji Rice Terraces

    Arrive at Huangluo Yao Village, renowned for the Red Yao women and their incredibly long hair. Engage in a cultural exchange, learning about their traditions, and perhaps even participating in a traditional dance. Continue to Ping'an Zhuang Village, surrounded by lush greenery and stunning terraced fields. Interact with locals, gaining insights into their daily lives and unique customs.

    Embark on a scenic climb to the observation deck of the Nine Dragons and Five Tigers. Your efforts will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the terraced landscape and surrounding villages.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Guilin

  3. Embark on an enchanting journey as you board the Li River Cruise, where the breathtaking scenery unfolds like a living scroll painting. Drift along the Li River, flanked by towering limestone karst peaks draped in lush greenery. Upon arriving in Yangshuo around noon, check into your accommodation and take some time to rest.

    Li-River-Cruise Guilin
    Li River Cruise

    Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a riverside restaurant, sampling local specialties while taking in the serene atmosphere. Embark on an exploration of the picturesque Ten-mile Gallery, where traditional villages and stunning landscapes unfold. Visit the iconic Big Banyan Tree, a symbol of longevity and resilience. Continue your journey to Moon Hill, a unique natural wonder with a distinctive arch. Take a scenic hike to the top for panoramic views of the surrounding karst peaks.

    Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of West Street. Explore shops, try local snacks, and witness street performances, creating lasting memories. Optional Activity (Evening): Consider attending the Impression Liu Sanjie Show, a grand performance on the Li River featuring hundreds of performers (additional fee applies).

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Yangshuo

  4. Enjoy a delightful morning cycling along the scenic Yulong River, with stops to appreciate the Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your accommodation in Yangshuo. Next, embark on a delightful cycling along the picturesque Yulong River. Pedal through charming villages, lush countryside, and scenic landscapes. Your guide will share insights into the local way of life. Take a break to visit a local farmer's family. Gain firsthand experience of rural life, learn about traditional farming techniques, and enjoy a warm welcome from the locals.

    Yangshuo Countryside Cycling

    Enjoy a picnic-style lunch with local specialties, surrounded by the serene beauty of the Yulong River. In the afternoon, experience the tranquility of Yulong River with a bamboo rafting adventure. Drift along the gentle currents, surrounded by stunning karst peaks and lush greenery.

    After the bamboo rafting experience, return to West Street, the heart of Yangshuo's vibrant culture. Join a cooking class to learn the secrets of preparing traditional local dishes. Engage in a hands-on culinary experience, guided by expert chefs. Indulge in a dinner featuring the dishes you've prepared during the cooking class. Immerse yourself in the flavors of Guilin's cuisine.

    After a delightful dinner, your guide will drive you back to Guilin City for your accommodation, providing you with a comfortable journey to reflect on the day's adventures.

    Meal: Breakfast + Dinner

    Accommodation: in Guilin

  5. After breakfast, your guide will transfer you to Guilin Airport for a comfortable flight to Chengdu, a vibrant city known for its rich cultural heritage and culinary delights. The remainder of the day is yours to unwind, perhaps exploring the local cuisine or strolling through the vibrant streets of Chengdu.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Chengdu

  6. Begin your day with a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Marvel at these adorable creatures in their natural habitat and learn about the conservation efforts to protect this iconic species. Continue to the serene Wenshu Temple, a Buddhist temple with beautiful gardens and intricate architecture. Take a leisurely stroll, enjoying the peaceful ambiance.

    Chengdu Pandas
    Baby Pandas in Chengdu Giant Panda Base

    Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, savoring Sichuan cuisine known for its bold flavors. In the afternoon, head to Renmin Park for a delightful tea-tasting experience. Sip on a variety of teas while surrounded by the tranquil scenery of the park. Explore the vibrant Jinli Old Street, a bustling marketplace where you can immerse yourself in traditional Sichuan culture, shop for souvenirs, and sample local snacks.

    If interested, opt for the Optional Evening Activity: Attend a captivating performance of Sichuan Opera Face Changing (at your own expense). Witness the mesmerizing art of face-changing, a unique aspect of Sichuan opera.

    Your guide will escort you back to your hotel, ensuring a comfortable and safe return.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Chengdu

    Sichuan Opera Face-changing
    Sichuan Opera Face Changing

  7. After a hearty breakfast, check out from your hotel and proceed to the train station. Board a high-speed train to Chongqing, enjoying the scenic journey through the Chinese countryside.

    Arrive in Chongqing and head straight to Ciqikou Ancient Town. Wander through narrow streets lined with traditional shops, capturing the essence of ancient Chinese architecture. Then, you will be taken to visit the Three Gorges Museum, a fascinating repository of the region's history and culture. Explore the exhibits and gain insights into the Three Gorges Dam project.

    Chongqing Ciqikou Ancient Town
    Ciqikou Ancient Town

    After that, your guide will accompany you to Chaotianmen Dock, where you'll board your Yangtze cruise ship between 18:00 and 20:00. Settle into your cabin and enjoy a welcome dinner on the cruise, savoring a blend of Chinese and international cuisines.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: on Cruise

  8. Engage in a Tai Chi session led by a seasoned instructor, taking advantage of the tranquil surroundings to center your mind and energize your body. Attend an in-depth lecture by a knowledgeable guide, delving into the rich history and cultural significance of the Yangtze River, providing context for the wonders you'll encounter. Enjoy a delightful morning coffee on the ship's deck, soaking in the serene ambiance and preparing for a day of exploration.

    Yangtze River Cruise Ship
    Yangtze River Cruise

    Embark on a guided tour of Shibaozhai Pagoda, learning about its architectural brilliance and cultural importance. Explore the pavilions and take in panoramic views of the river. For an extra fee, venture to Fengdu Ghost City, a unique cultural and spiritual site with a history dating back over 2,000 years. Visitors can explore intricate temples, statues, and eerie sculptures depicting the afterlife.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: on Cruise

  9. Begin the day with a hearty breakfast on board your cruise ship as you prepare for an exciting day. Sail through the breathtaking Three Gorges, marveling at the towering cliffs and lush greenery that surround the Yangtze River. Embark on an adventure to the primitive Shennv Stream, where you'll switch to a smaller boat for a more intimate experience. Drift down the narrow stream, immersing yourself in the untouched beauty of the surroundings. Attend an entertaining music and dance show performed by the local Tujia ethnic minority, gaining insight into their vibrant culture.

    Shennv Stream
    Take a smaller boat to sail down the Shennv Stream

    Return to your cruise ship, capturing the last glimpses of the stunning landscapes along the way. Relax and freshen up before the evening festivities.

    Join the Captain's Farewell Party, celebrating the memorable journey with fellow passengers and crew members. Enjoy a delicious dinner as you reminisce about the highlights of your Yangtze River cruise. If you're up for more exploration, consider a visit to the White Emperor City, an ancient site with a rich history and panoramic views of the river.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: on Cruise

  10. Have an early breakfast on board before disembarking for your day's adventures. Visit the impressive Three Gorges Dam, a remarkable feat of engineering. Learn about its significance and impact on the region. After exploring the dam, board a bus arranged by the cruise company, heading towards the Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal.

    Three Gorges Dam
    Three Gorges Dam

    Meet your local guide who will escort you to Yichang East Railway Station for a high-speed train journey to Shanghai. Enjoy the scenic views during your comfortable train ride, reflecting on the incredible experiences of your Yangtze River cruise.

    Arrive in Shanghai and check into your accommodation. Spend the evening at your leisure, perhaps exploring the vibrant city lights or trying some local delicacies.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

  11. Start your day with a visit to the Shanghai Museum, a treasure trove of Chinese art and cultural artifacts. Explore the exhibits showcasing ancient ceramics, paintings, sculptures, and more. Continue to the enchanting Yu Garden, a classical Chinese garden with picturesque pavilions, koi-filled ponds, and traditional architecture. Stroll through the adjacent Yuyuan Bazaar for unique shopping opportunities.

    Shanghai Yu Garden in Winter
    Yu Garden

    Savor a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, offering a taste of Shanghai's diverse culinary scene.

    In the afternoon, ascend the Shanghai World Financial Center for panoramic views of the city. Marvel at the skyline, the Huangpu River, and iconic landmarks. Next, take a leisurely walk along the bustling Nanjing Road, one of the world's busiest shopping streets. Explore a mix of modern boutiques and traditional shops. Then, head to the Bund, a historic waterfront area featuring colonial-era architecture. Enjoy a stroll along the riverbank, capturing stunning views of the skyline.

    the Bund
    The Bund

    In the evening, take a relaxing Huangpu River night cruise to see Shanghai illuminated by city lights (optional activity at an additional cost). Enjoy the glittering skyline from the water. After the tour, return to your hotel for a restful night.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

  12. In the morning, take a guided tour of the serene Jade Buddha Temple, home to two jade Buddha statues brought from Burma. Experience a moment of tranquility in this spiritual haven. Afterwards, immerse yourself in the artistic ambiance of Tianzifang. This vibrant area is known for its narrow alleys, art galleries, boutiques, and charming cafes. You can enjoy a leisurely lunch in one of the cozy eateries, sampling local and international flavors. If time permits, you can spend more time exploring the hidden gems of Tianzifang and discovering unique artworks and crafts.

    Shanghai Tianzifang

    After the tour, your guide will accompany you to the airport for your departure flight, bidding you farewell with memories of a remarkable China adventure.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $1779 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price Includes

  • 11 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Economy-class domestic flights or second-class high-speed trains in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Hong Kong / off Shanghai;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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