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Tour Overview

Experience the wonders of China on a captivating 14-day journey. Begin in Shanghai, immersing yourself in its dynamic culture and iconic skyline. Cruise the Yangtze River, exploring the Three Gorges and ancient traditions. Encounter the Terracotta Warriors in Xian before venturing to Guilin’s scenic beauty. Fly to Beijing for a historic exploration, from the Forbidden City to the Great Wall. Engage with local life in Hutongs and savor cultural shows. This comprehensive itinerary showcases China’s diversity, blending modernity with ancient wonders for an unforgettable adventure.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Shanghai Skyline: Marvel at Shanghai’s futuristic skyline from the Shanghai World Financial Center, a breathtaking panorama of modern architecture.
2. Yangtze River Cruise: Embark on a serene Yangtze River cruise, where each bend reveals the mystique of the Three Gorges.
3. Terracotta Warriors Workshop: Craft your miniature Terracotta Warrior, a hands-on encounter with ancient craftsmanship in Xian.
4. Li River Scenery: Cruise the Li River to Yangshuo, surrounded by iconic karst peaks, an ethereal journey through Guilin’s natural wonders.
5. Forbidden City Grandeur: Walk the vast courtyards of Beijing’s Forbidden City, a living testament to China’s imperial opulence and history.
6. Mutianyu Great Wall Ascent: Ascend Mutianyu Great Wall, an awe-inspiring feat of engineering, offering sweeping views of the Chinese countryside.
7. Three Gorges Dam Visit: Witness the engineering marvel of the Three Gorges Dam, a symbol of China’s prowess in harnessing nature.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival, a friendly guide and driver will greet you, ensuring a smooth transfer to your hotel. Take the evening to immerse yourself in the bustling energy of Shanghai, exploring its streets, sampling local cuisine, and soaking in the city's vibrant atmosphere.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

    the Bund
    The Bund, Shanghai

  2. After breakfast, start your day with a visit to the Shanghai Museum, located in the heart of the city. Explore its extensive collection of ancient Chinese art, including ceramics, calligraphy, and traditional costumes. The museum provides a deep dive into China's rich cultural heritage.

    Next, immerse yourself in the beauty of Yu Garden, a classical Chinese garden that dates back to the Ming Dynasty. Stroll through picturesque pavilions, lush greenery, and tranquil ponds. Afterward, explore the bustling Yuyuan Bazaar for a taste of local snacks and unique souvenirs.

    Shanghai Yuyuan Garden
    Yuyuan Garden

    Head to the Shanghai World Financial Center in the afternoon. Ascend to the observation deck for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Marvel at the modern skyline and the Huangpu River winding through Shanghai. It's a perfect vantage point for capturing the city's dynamic energy. Take a leisurely walk along Nanjing Road, one of the world's busiest shopping streets. Browse through luxury boutiques, international brands, and local shops. Later, stroll along the Bund, Shanghai's iconic waterfront promenade, offering a blend of historic and modern architecture.

    For a magical experience, consider taking a Huangpu River night cruise. Sail along the illuminated skyline of Shanghai, enjoying the glittering lights of the city. This optional activity provides a different perspective of Shanghai's beauty at night.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

    Shanghai Huangpu River night cruise
    Huangpu River night cruise

  3. In the morning, visit the Jade Buddha Temple, a spiritual haven in the midst of urban Shanghai. Admire the exquisite jade statues and serene atmosphere, providing a peaceful contrast to the city's vibrancy. Explore the artistic enclave of Tianzifang in the French Concession. Wander through narrow lanes lined with charming boutiques, art galleries, and cafes. This area showcases Shanghai's modern creative spirit.

    Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple
    Jade Buddha Temple

    After your morning explorations, make your way to the Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal. This is the starting point for your Yangtze River cruise adventure. Take the bus arranged by the cruise company for a comfortable transfer to Maoping Port, the gateway to the stunning Three Gorges region. After arrival, board your Yangtze cruise ship. Settle into your cabin and prepare to embark on a memorable cruise through the breathtaking landscapes of the Three Gorges.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: on Cruise

  4. In the morning, learn the ancient art of Tai Chi, practiced on the deck of your Yangtze cruise ship. Enjoy the serene surroundings as you engage in this peaceful and health-promoting exercise. Following your Tai Chi session, savor a cup of morning coffee, taking in the beauty of the river. Attend a captivating lecture on the history and culture of the Yangtze River. Learn about the significance of this mighty waterway and its role in shaping the region's rich heritage.

    Yangtze River Cruise
    Yangtze River Cruise

    After that, embark on a journey to visit the impressive Three Gorges Dam. Explore the dam's engineering marvels and gain insights into its impact on the region. Marvel at the scale of this colossal structure and its significance in managing the Yangtze River's flow.

    For an extra fee, choose to embark on a shore excursion to the Tribe of Three Gorges in Xiling Gorge. Immerse yourself in the life and customs of the Bai people, gaining a deeper understanding of the local culture and traditions. Enjoy a relaxing evening on the cruise ship. Partake in evening entertainment or simply unwind as you sail through the picturesque landscapes of the Three Gorges.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: on Cruise

    Three Gorges Dam
    Three Gorges Dam

  5. As your ship sails through the breathtaking Three Gorges, relish the stunning scenery that unfolds around you. The towering cliffs and lush greenery create a mesmerizing backdrop, providing ample photo opportunities. Embark on an adventure to the primitive Shennv Stream. Hop on a smaller boat to sail down this picturesque stream, surrounded by pristine natural beauty. Absorb the tranquility and immerse yourself in the unspoiled landscapes. Enjoy an entertaining music and dance show presented by the local Tujia ethnic minority. Experience the vibrant cultural heritage of this community through their lively performances.

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

    Consider an optional excursion to White Emperor City, a historical site with ancient temples and fascinating legends. Explore the cultural significance of this landmark against the backdrop of the Yangtze River.

    After a day filled with adventure and cultural exploration, return to your cruise ship. Relax and reflect on the unique experiences of the day as you continue your journey along the majestic Yangtze River.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: on Cruise

  6. Today, you will have a fascinating shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda. This impressive wooden structure is perched on a hill along the Yangtze River and offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Explore the rich history and cultural significance of this unique pagoda. For an additional fee, choose to visit Fengdu Ghost City. Explore the intriguing temples and sculptures depicting the afterlife, providing insights into Chinese folklore and mythology.

    Shibaozhai Pagoda
    Shibaozhai Pagoda

    Enjoy a leisurely afternoon on your cruise ship. Take in the scenic beauty of the river as you cruise towards your next destination. Join the Captain's Farewell Party in the evening. Celebrate the conclusion of your Yangtze River cruise with fellow passengers and the ship's crew. Enjoy entertainment, delicious cuisine, and perhaps a dance as you bid farewell to the enchanting landscapes of the Three Gorges.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: on Cruise

  7. We disembark from the cruise ship as it arrives at Chongqing Chaotianmen Port around 09:00 am. Then, start your exploration of Chongqing with a visit to the Three Gorges Museum. Dive into the history and culture of the Yangtze River region through the museum's exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays. Next, head to Ciqikou Ancient Town, a charming area that preserves the traditional architecture and atmosphere of old Chongqing. Stroll through narrow lanes, explore tea houses, and shop for souvenirs. Immerse yourself in the local culture and witness the town's historical charm.

    Ciqikou Ancient Town
    Ciqikou Ancient Town

    After the tour, you'll be escorted to the airport for your flight from Chongqing to Guilin, where a new chapter of your journey awaits. Prepare to be captivated by the natural beauty and cultural richness of Guilin upon your arrival.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Guilin

  8. After breakfast, you will venture on a mesmerizing 4-hour cruise on the Li River. As the cruise meanders through the enchanting karst landscapes, be captivated by the surreal limestone peaks, tranquil waters, and traditional bamboo-lined shores. Arrive in Yangshuo, a charming town nestled along the Li River. Check into your accommodation, where the scenic surroundings become an integral part of your stay. Allow yourself a moment to absorb the laid-back atmosphere.

    Guilin Li River Cruise
    Li River Cruise

    In the afternoon, explore leisurely along the Yulong River, where the landscape takes on a dreamlike quality. Consider a bicycle ride through the countryside, immersing yourself in the idyllic scenery. Alternatively, opt for a bamboo rafting experience, gently floating down the river as the tranquility of nature surrounds you.

    As the sun begins to set, venture into the vibrant West Street, a lively hub lined with an array of shops, eateries, and cultural experiences. Absorb the eclectic atmosphere and perhaps indulge in some local delicacies or unique souvenirs.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Yangshuo

    Yangshuo West Street
    Night view of West Street

  9. After breakfast, return to Guilin and explore the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill, a natural landmark resembling an elephant drinking water from the Li River. Capture picturesque views of the river and surrounding landscapes. Then, venture into the fascinating Reed Flute Cave, known for its stunning limestone formations and colorful lighting. Marvel at the natural beauty and intricate stalactite and stalagmite formations inside the cave.

    Guilin Reed Flute Cave
    Reed Flute Cave

    After your morning explorations, head to the airport for a flight to Xi'an. Prepare for a new chapter in your journey as you transition to the historical city of Xi'an.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xian

  10. Embark on a journey to visit the world-renowned Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Marvel at the ancient army of life-sized clay soldiers, each with unique features, guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Participate in a hands-on experience by making your own mini warrior as a unique and personalized souvenir.

    Xian-Terracotta-Army
    Terracotta Warriors and Horses

    After that, explore the Ancient City Wall, a well-preserved defensive structure that encircles the city center. You can choose to enhance your experience by riding a bike along the wall at an additional cost. Then, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Muslim Quarter, known for its bustling markets, delicious street food, and historical mosques. Take in the lively ambiance and explore the diverse offerings of this cultural hub.

    Xian Muslim Quarter
    Food stalls in the Muslim Quarter

    Enjoy a leisurely evening walk along the Grand Tang Dynasty Ever Bright City, soaking in the atmosphere of this cultural and entertainment district. Consider an optional activity in the evening by attending the Tang Palace Dance Show, featuring captivating performances from the Tang Dynasty era. Enhance the experience with a hearty dumpling dinner, adding a culinary delight to your cultural evening.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xian

  11. Today's journey begins with a visit to Da Cien Temple, a Buddhist temple with a rich history and cultural significance. Continue to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, an iconic structure built during the Tang Dynasty. If you wish to enjoy a panoramic view of the city, there's an option to climb up the pagoda for an additional fee of 35 RMB.

    Xian Big Wild Goose Pagoda
    Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    Afterwards, explore the Shaanxi History Museum, which houses a vast collection of artifacts showcasing the history and culture of the Shaanxi province. In the afternoon, catch a high-speed train to Beijing. Enjoy the comfort and speed of China's modern railway system as you travel to the capital city.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  12. After breakfast, your guide will take you to visit Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest public squares. Explore the historical and political significance of this iconic site. Next, walk into the Forbidden City, a vast imperial palace complex that served as the home of Chinese emperors for centuries. Marvel at the grand architecture, intricate details, and rich history contained within its walls.

    Beijing Forbidden City
    Forbidden City

    After lunch, visit the Summer Palace, a sprawling imperial garden known for its beautiful landscapes, pavilions, and the iconic Kunming Lake. Take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque grounds and enjoy the tranquility of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Evening:

    In the evening, consider an optional activity by watching a Chinese Kung Fu show at the Red Theater. Experience the artistry and athleticism of traditional Kung Fu performances. Please note that this activity may involve an additional cost, but it promises an entertaining and cultural experience.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  13. Embark on a thrilling excursion to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Take a cable car up to the wall and, if energy permits, you can choose to hike up or down for a more immersive experience. Marvel at the incredible views and historical significance of this iconic structure.

    Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall
    Mutianyu Great Wall

    After that, explore the Sacred Way, an ancient pathway leading to the Ming Tombs. Admire the stone statues and sculptures lining the path, each with its own unique historical and cultural significance. After your morning explorations, drive back to Beijing, enjoying the scenic landscapes along the way.

    On your return to Beijing, take the opportunity to view the famous Bird's Nest (National Stadium) and Water Cube (National Aquatics Center) from the outside. These architectural marvels were iconic structures during the 2008 Summer Olympics.

    In the evening, treat yourself to the famous Peking Roasted Duck at Quanjude. Indulge in this culinary delight, renowned for its crispy skin and succulent meat. Please note that there may be an extra cost for this optional experience.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

    Beijing Food - Roast Duck
    Beijing Roast Duck

  14. Today is the last day of your 14-day China Yangtze River Cruise Tour. First, take you to visit the Temple of Heaven, an imperial complex where emperors performed rituals to ensure a good harvest. Explore the intricate architecture and serene gardens of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Beijing Temple of Heaven
    Temple of Heaven

    Next, you will experience the charm of Beijing's traditional Hutongs. Explore these narrow alleys, each with its own unique character. Visit a local family's home to gain insights into the daily life of Beijing residents.

    After the visit, your driver will escort you to the airport for your flight to your next destination or back home.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $2235 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

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

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Shanghai / off Beijing;
  • 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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