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Tour Overview

Experience the ultimate 14-day China Cruise Tour, blending cultural wonders and natural beauty. Begin in Hong Kong, exploring iconic sites like Victoria Peak and Temple Street Night Market. Journey to Guilin, discovering the terraced landscapes of Longji and the tranquil Li River. Cruise along the Yangtze River, unveiling historic gems like Shibaozhai Pagoda and the Three Gorges Dam. Explore the ancient marvels of Xian, including the Terracotta Warriors, before culminating in Beijing’s imperial grandeur and the unforgettable Great Wall adventure. Immerse yourself in a rich tapestry of history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Victoria Peak Panorama: Marvel at the breathtaking Hong Kong skyline from Victoria Peak, accessed by the historic Peak Tram.
2. Li River Serenity: Cruise the enchanting Li River, surrounded by picturesque landscapes, and explore the vibrant streets of Yangshuo.
3. Terracotta Wonders: Stand in awe before the ancient Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
4. Yangtze River Adventure: Embark on a captivating Yangtze River cruise, exploring Three Gorges, ancient pagodas, and captivating cultural performances.
5. Great Wall Majesty: Conquer the Mutianyu Great Wall, experiencing its grandeur with a cable car ascent and optional energetic hike.
6. Historical Icons in Beijing: Explore the historic Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Summer Palace, encapsulating China’s imperial legacy.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to the vibrant city of Hong Kong! Upon arrival, your guide and driver will greet you and ensure a comfortable transfer to your hotel. Take some time to relax and freshen up. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the bustling streets of Hong Kong.

    Consider taking the iconic Star Ferry between Tsim Sha Tsui and Hong Kong Island, providing stunning views of the skyline. In the evening, dive into the local culture at Temple Street Night Market, where you can browse through a variety of stalls offering everything from trinkets to local street food.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong Star Ferry at Night
    Star Ferry at Night

  2. Start your day with a journey to Victoria Peak, the highest point in Hong Kong. Take the iconic Peak Tram for a scenic and exciting ride to the top. Enjoy panoramic views of the city, Victoria Harbor, and the surrounding islands. After that, head to Aberdeen Fishing Village, a traditional fishing village blending old and new. Explore the floating village on a sampan boat ride, witnessing the daily lives of the fishermen.

    Victoria Peak Peak Tram
    Ascend with the Peak Tram to the Victoria Peak

    Continue to Stanley Market, a shopper's paradise. Browse through the market's stalls offering a variety of goods, from souvenirs to trendy clothing. Take a stroll along the Stanley Promenade for beautiful waterfront views. Immerse yourself in the cultural richness of Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple. Admire the vibrant architecture, intricate details, and the peaceful atmosphere. Explore the Fortune-telling and Kau Cim (random poetry) traditions.

    Next, relax in the tranquility of Nan Lian Garden, a classical Chinese garden. Marvel at the meticulously landscaped grounds, traditional architecture, and serene lotus ponds. Conclude your day with a leisurely walk along the famous Avenue of Stars. Enjoy the stunning views of Victoria Harbor and the city skyline. Capture the beautiful sunset and the Symphony of Lights show that illuminates the skyscrapers.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong Avenue of Stars
    Avenue of Stars

  3. Today, embark on a high-speed train journey from Hong Kong to Guilin. Upon arrival, your local guide will meet you and facilitate your transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring Guilin at your own pace. Consider an evening visit to Two Rivers and Four Lakes, where the city is beautifully illuminated against the water.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Guilin

  4. Depart from Guilin in the morning for a scenic drive to Longji Rice Terrace (Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces). Enjoy the picturesque landscapes along the way. After arrival, hike along picturesque terraced fields, exploring ethnic minority villages and witnessing traditional farming practices. Next, explore Huangluo Yao Village, known for the Long Hair Women of the Yao ethnic minority. Witness their traditional customs, including the women's long hair traditions.

    Longji Rice Terraces in Autumn
    Longji Rice Terraces in Autumn

    Continue your journey to Ping'an Zhuang Village, another charming village surrounded by rice terraces. Immerse yourself in the local Zhuang minority culture, interacting with locals and gaining insights into their traditional way of life. Climb up to the observation deck of the Nine Dragons and Five Tigers to marvel at the breathtaking panoramic view of the rice terraces and surrounding villages. Capture the beauty of the landscape and enjoy the tranquility of the terraced fields.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Guilin

  5. Embark on a captivating 4-hour Li River Cruise, a scenic journey through the mesmerizing karst landscapes. Marvel at the iconic limestone peaks, picturesque villages, and lush greenery along the Li River. Arrive in Yangshuo around noon. Check into your accommodation and take some time to relax after the cruise.

    Li-River-Cruise Guilin
    Li River Cruise

    In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Yangshuo's countryside. Consider exploring by bike or on foot, wandering through charming villages, and enjoying the serene landscapes. As the sun begins to set, venture into Yangshuo's vibrant West Street. Stroll along this bustling pedestrian street lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants. Experience the lively atmosphere and discover local crafts and souvenirs.

    If you're up for an enchanting evening, consider the optional activity of watching the Impression Liu Sanjie Show (at an extra fee). This open-air performance, set against the natural backdrop of the Li River, features colorful lights, traditional music, and a cast of hundreds, showcasing the culture and folklore of the region.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Yangshuo

    Impression Liu Sanjie Show
    Impression Liu Sanjie Show

  6. After a delightful breakfast, depart for Chongqing via high-speed train. Enjoy the scenic journey and arrive in Chongqing, a city renowned for its spicy cuisine and rich history. After arrival, begin your exploration with a visit to Ciqikou Ancient Town, a well-preserved area showcasing traditional architecture and local crafts. Stroll through narrow lanes, explore local shops, and savor authentic Sichuan snacks. After that, head to the Three Gorges Museum, a cultural treasure trove that delves into the history and art of the Three Gorges region. Gain insights into the region's significance and cultural heritage through fascinating exhibits.

    Chongqing Three Gorges Museum
    Three Gorges Museum

    After the museum visit, be escorted to Chaotianmen Dock to board your Yangtze River cruise ship. Check in and settle into your comfortable cabin as you prepare for the cruise journey. Between 18:00 and 20:00, set sail on your Yangtze River cruise adventure.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: on Cruise

  7. Begin your day with rejuvenating activities such as practicing Tai Chi on the deck. Attend a Yangtze River history and culture lecture to enhance your understanding of the region. Relax with a cup of morning coffee, soaking in the serene atmosphere of the river.

    Disembark for a shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda, a stunning wooden structure built into a riverside hill. Climb the pagoda for panoramic views of the Yangtze River and the surrounding landscapes. If interested, take an optional excursion to Fengdu Ghost City (additional fee).

    Shibaozhai Pagoda
    Shibaozhai Pagoda

    Explore this unique site known for its eerie architecture and mythology related to the afterlife.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: on Cruise

  8. Today, enjoy a scenic cruise through the majestic Three Gorges. Marvel at the towering cliffs, lush greenery, and the ever-changing landscapes as you navigate this iconic stretch of the Yangtze River. Embark on an adventurous journey to the primitive Shennv Stream. Hop on a small boat to sail down the narrow stream, surrounded by untouched natural beauty. Witness the enchanting scenery and learn about the local flora and fauna from your knowledgeable guide. Enjoy an entertaining music and dance show presented by the local Tujia ethnic minority. Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural expressions and traditional performances.

    Shennv Stream Boat Trip
    Take a smaller boat on Shennv Stream

    After the shore excursions, return to your cruise ship and relax. Join the Captain's Farewell Party in the evening. Celebrate the end of your cruise journey with music, dancing, and a festive atmosphere.

    If you're up for more exploration, consider the optional activity of visiting White Emperor City.

    Discover historical sites and enjoy panoramic views of the Yangtze River (additional fee applies).

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: on Cruise

  9. After breakfast, take a guided tour of the world-famous Three Gorges Dam, one of the largest hydroelectric power stations in the world. Learn about the engineering marvel and the impact it has on the region. After that, take a bus arranged by the cruise company to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal.

    Three Gorges Dam
    Three Gorges Dam

    Upon arrival, a local guide will escort you to Yichang Airport. Board your flight to Xian, a city with a rich history and cultural heritage.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Xian

  10. Today, you'll be transported back in time as you visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. This vast underground army, created to protect Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a mesmerizing sight to behold.

    Xian-Terracotta Warriors and Horse
    Terracotta Warriors and Horse

    Next, you'll explore the Ancient City Wall, a well-preserved defensive structure that encircles the city center. You can opt to take a leisurely bike ride or a pleasant stroll along the wall to enjoy scenic views of Xian. Then, immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of the Muslim Quarter.

    In the evening, wander along the enchanting Grand Tang Dynasty Ever Bright City. Optionally, indulge in a cultural feast at the Tang Palace Dance Show, accompanied by a delightful dumpling dinner.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xian

  11. Today's journey begins with a visit to Da Cien Temple, a significant Buddhist temple known for its historical and cultural importance. Explore the serene grounds, marvel at the architecture, and absorb the spiritual atmosphere. Next, head to the iconic Big Wild Goose Pagoda, an ancient structure built to house Buddhist scriptures brought from India. Consider climbing the pagoda for panoramic views of Xian (an

    Big Wild Goose Pagoda Xian
    Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    additional fee of 35 RMB applies).

    Immerse yourself in the rich history of Shaanxi province at the Shaanxi History Museum. Explore the extensive collection of artifacts, spanning from the prehistoric era to the Qing dynasty. After the tour, catch a flight to Beijing, China's capital and a city steeped in history and modernity.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  12. Start your day at the heart of Beijing, Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest public squares. Marvel at historical monuments like the Monument to the People's Heroes and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. Next, walk to explore the awe-inspiring Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the imperial palace of Chinese emperors for centuries.

    Forbidden City in Beijing
    Forbidden City

    Wander through the grand halls, courtyards, and gardens, experiencing the rich history and architectural splendor.

    After lunch, visit the enchanting Summer Palace, a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. Stroll through the picturesque gardens, cross elegant bridges, and admire the beautiful Kunming Lake.

    In the evening, consider an optional visit to the Red Theater for an exhilarating Chinese Kung Fu show (additional cost). Be captivated by the skillful martial arts performances and cultural storytelling.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  13. Today, you will embark on a journey to the Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the best-preserved sections. Take a cable car to the top for breathtaking views, and if energy permits, consider a hike up or down the wall.

    Mutianyu Great Wall
    Mutianyu Great Wall

    Afterwards, take you to visit Ding Tomb, one of the Ming Dynasty Tombs, known for its historical significance and architectural beauty.

    Drive back to Beijing and catch a glimpse of the iconic Bird's Nest and Water Cube, the architectural wonders from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Take photos of these modern landmarks from the outside. In the evening, indulge in the famous Peking Roasted Duck at Quanjude (additional cost). Savor this culinary delight, a must-try when in Beijing.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  14. After breakfast, you will be taken to the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of Chinese architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the expansive temple complex, known for its Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the iconic Circular Mound Altar. Then, immerse yourself in the charm of Beijing's Hutongs, narrow alleys lined with traditional courtyard homes. Visit a local family's home to gain insight into daily life, customs, and traditions. Experience the warmth of Chinese hospitality and perhaps participate in traditional activities.

    Beijing Hutong Local Family
    Visit a local family in a traditional hutong

    After the tour, your driver will escort you to the airport for your next destination or return home.

    Reflect on your journey through Beijing, rich in history, culture, and local experiences.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $2545 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;
  • 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;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • Economy-class domestic flights or second-class high-speed trains in the itinerary;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Hong Kong / 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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