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Tour Overview

Discover China’s past and present on this 6-day adventure. In Xian, marvel at the Terracotta Warriors, cycle atop the Ancient City Wall, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the Muslim Quarter. Journey to Chongqing for a Yangtze River Cruise, practicing Tai Chi, exploring Shibaozhai Pagoda, and sailing through the majestic Three Gorges. Immerse yourself in local culture with Tujia ethnic performances. Conclude with a visit to the Three Gorges Dam, blending ancient wonders and modern marvels in a seamless exploration of China’s rich heritage.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore Ancient Marvels: Witness the life-sized Terracotta Army and ascend the Ancient City Wall, immersing yourself in Xian’s rich history and culture.
2. Yangtze River Cruise: Embark on a scenic journey, sailing through the Three Gorges, practicing Tai Chi, and enjoying cultural shore excursions.
3. Cultural Encounters: Engage with the Tujia ethnic minority, experiencing their vibrant music and dance. Explore local markets and streets in Xian’s Muslim Quarter.
4. Three Gorges Dam Visit: Discover the engineering marvel of the Three Gorges Dam, a testament to China’s modern achievements, blending nature and innovation.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Xian! Upon arrival, your guide and driver will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. After check-in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city on your own. Take a leisurely stroll through the streets and get a feel for the local atmosphere.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Xian

  2. Begin your day with a visit to the awe-inspiring Terracotta Warriors and Horses, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Marvel at the thousands of life-sized soldiers, chariots, and horses that stand guard over Emperor Qin Shi Huang's tomb. Engage in a hands-on experience by crafting your own miniature Terracotta Warrior as a unique keepsake.

    Xian-Terracotta Warriors and Horse
    Terracotta Warriors and Horse

    Next, take you to explore the historical charm of Xi'an further by visiting the Ancient City Wall. You have the option to enhance your experience by riding a bike along the well-preserved wall, providing a unique perspective of the city's layout and surrounding areas. Continue your journey to the vibrant Muslim Quarter, where you can sample local delicacies and experience the rich blend of cultures.

    As the sun sets, take a leisurely walk along the Grand Tang Dynasty Ever Bright City, illuminated with lights and vibrant colors. Consider the optional activity of attending the Tang Palace Dance Show, a mesmerizing performance that showcases the art and culture of the Tang Dynasty. Conclude your evening with a hearty dumpling dinner, a specialty of the region.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xian

  3. Delve into Xian's rich history with a visit to Da Cien Temple, a serene Buddhist temple housing a stunning statue of Buddha. Explore the tranquil surroundings and soak in the spiritual ambiance. Then, admire the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, where you have the option to climb to the top for panoramic views of the cityscape. Please note that there's an additional cost for this experience.

    Big Wild Goose Pagoda Xian
    Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    In the afternoon, board a high-speed train bound for Chongqing, a city poised on the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. Upon arrival, experience the vibrant atmosphere of Chaotianmen Dock as you embark on your Yangtze River cruise, setting sail between 18:00 and 20:00.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: on Cruise

  4. Begin your morning with the ancient art of Tai Chi, savoring the tranquility as you embrace the gentle movements on the deck. Engage in a fascinating lecture, delving into the rich history and culture of the Yangtze River. Enjoy a cup of coffee on the sundeck, soaking in the breathtaking scenery.

    Yangtze River Cruise Ship
    Yangtze River Cruise

    The shore excursion takes you to Shibaozhai Pagoda, a unique wooden structure built against a steep hill. Explore the pagoda's intricate architecture and the fascinating history it holds. Visitors can climb to the top for panoramic views of the Yangtze River and surrounding scenery. For an additional fee, consider a visit to the mysterious Fengdu Ghost City, known for its eerie statues and depictions of the afterlife.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: on Cruise

  5. As dawn breaks, sail through the spectacular Three Gorges, where towering cliffs and lush landscapes create a mesmerizing panorama. Your journey continues with an adventure to the primitive Shennv Stream. Switch to a smaller boat to navigate the crystal-clear waters and witness the untouched beauty of this scenic spot. Immerse yourself in the local culture with an entertaining music and dance show presented by the Tujia ethnic minority. Experience the vibrant traditions and lively performances that showcase the unique heritage of the region. Return to your ship, relax and enjoy the scenic surroundings.

    Shennv Stream Boat Trip
    Take a smaller boat on Shennv Stream

    Return to your ship, where the Captain's Farewell Party awaits, filled with camaraderie and celebration. For those seeking more, the optional White Emperor City visit offers a final glimpse into the region's historical significance.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: on Cruise

    White Emperor City
    White Emperor City

  6. After breakfast, explore the engineering marvel of the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydropower project. Marvel at the architectural feat and learn about the engineering marvels that went into its construction. The informative guide will provide insights into the dam's impact on the local environment and its significance in China's development.

    Three Gorges Dam
    Three Gorges Dam

    Your local guide and driver will ensure a smooth transfer to the airport or train station, which marks the end of your enriching journey through Xian and the Yangtze River. Service Ends!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

Price Includes

  • 5 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;
  • Second-class high-speed train from Xian to Chongqing;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Xian / off Yichang;
  • 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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