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View Of Li River

15-Day China Classic Tour with Yangtze Cruise

Tour Facts

  • Tour Days: 15 days
  • Tour Code: CH-16
  • Tour Price: From US$2819/Person
  • Destination: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Yangshuo, Guilin, Chongqing, Yichang

Detail Itinerary

This route will take you to discover China’s most popular tourism cities to admire the historical and cultural treasures. The highlight will be Yangtze River Cruise, giving you the opportunity to enjoy some of the most marvelous sceneries. This itinerary will let you learn about China from different angles.

  • Upon arrival at Beijing Capital Airport, you will reclaim your luggage and clear the customs first. Our local guide will meet you outside the customs, holding a sign on which your name is written. A comfortable private transfer will take you to check in the hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to rest or explore.

    Meals: No meals

  • In the morning, our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel. To begin with, we will drive you to the heart of Beijing city to visit the world’s largest urban square, Tiananmen Square. After strolling around the square for a while, we will proceed to visit the splendid Forbidden City, which is known as the largest and best-preserved imperial palace dated back to 590 years ago. As is our practice to avoid the cheap tourist restaurants, we will transfer you to enjoy an a la carte lunch at a famous local restaurant, where you will taste the authentic Chinese food. In the afternoon, our tour will be extended to the Temple of Heaven, the holy royal temple where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worship for gods of heaven. You will be impressed by the magnificent architecture. In the evening, a wonderful and exciting Chinese Kung Fu Show will be arranged for you.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Today will come to the highlight of Beijing tour. We will take you to visit Badaling Great Wall in the morning. With a history of about 600 years, Badaling is the best-preserved and the elite section of China Great Wall. After exploring a Jade Factory, you will be served a decent an a la carte lunch at a famous local restaurant, where offer authentic Sichuan food. After lunch, continue the trip to the Sacred Way and the Ming Tomb. The Sacred Way stretching seven kilometers leads to the Ming Tomb. You will see numerous stone statues of animals and officials standing on both sides of the road. In the end of the road is the Ming Tomb, which is the largest royal graveyard complex of the nation. To conclude today’s tour, we will guide you to visit the grand Bird's Nest for 2008 Olympic Games on the way back to the downtown.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • After breakfast, we will take you to visit the Summer Palace. With a history of over 260 years, the palace was constructed to be a resort for the royal families. In the existing largest imperial garden, you will be impressed by the natural landscape and delicate gardening design. Then have a short stop at a nearby Pearl Store. After that, you will be arranged to take a special rickshaw riding through the traditional Hutong alleys. It is a good way to experience the original Beijing culture. Around noon, you will be served an a la carte lunch at a fancy local restaurant, where you could enjoy delicious cuisine and wonderful environment. Late in the afternoon, you will board a flight to Xian. Upon your arrival, our guide will greet you outside the airport baggage claim area and transfer you to the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • This morning excursion will start with the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. In the grand underground military museum, you will see the splendid warriors and horses dated back to about 2,200 years. Life-sized terracotta figures were arranged orderly in battle formations to guard the great Emperor Qin Shi Huang. After visiting a Pottery-making House, we will take you to enjoy an a la carte lunch at a famous local restaurant rather than having a low-quality lunch at the tourist eateries where offer mass-produced food. Later, continue the trip to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the landmarks of Xian. The pagoda was built 1,300 years ago in the Tang Dynasty to house the Buddhist statues, relics and scriptures from India. The next stop will be Provincial History Museum. You will have a deeper knowledge of the thousands of years of Chinese history and the splendid ancient cultures of olden times. In the evening, you will be scheduled to watch a delicate Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show and taste the local Dumpling Dinner at Shaanxi Opera Theatre (Addr: No. 165, Wenyi Road).

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Today’s first stop will be City Wall, which is the existing largest and the best-preserved one in the world. Originally built in the Ming Dynasty, it once was a part of the military defensive systems. At present, a garden has been built along the 13.7 kilometers wall. After that, a local family visit will be specially arranged for you. The friendly host will carefully prepare a delicious lunch for you. Not only could you taste the authentic home cooked Chinese food, but also see the real life of the local people. If interested, you may learn to cook your preferred dishes with the help of the host. After saying goodbye to the local family, you will visit the Great Mosque at a leisurely pace. We will give you some free time to explore the nearby lively Muslim bazaar on your own.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • In the morning, visit Xian Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is one part of the museum. It was constructed during the Tang Dynasty for housing the Buddhist scriptures and Buddha figures taken back from India. Afterwards, we will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Guilin. Upon your arrival, our local guide will meet you at the airport and then escort you to the downtown hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to take Li River cruise starting from Guilin to Yangshuo. Cruising along the Li River, you will find yourself involved in a ‘painting gallery’ with the elegant mountains of different postures. Around noon, you will be offered a poor lunch on the ship which can not meet the serving standards of China-Adventures. You are suggested to take a hearty breakfast at the hotel this morning. As appreciating the series of stunning sceneries, you will arrive at Yangshuo after four to five hours’ cruising. After checking in at the hotel, an exciting countryside cycling is scheduled to you. You will enjoy the idyllic scenery of Yangshuo countryside. En route, we will arrange a visit to a villager’s home for you to have a close touch of the local family’s life. Of course, if you do not like taking bicycle, we can drive you there. For dinner tonight, we suggest you dine at one of many cafes and restaurants in the famous West Street.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • This whole morning is free for you to walk around this small but charming town. You can buy some souvenirs in the West Street or enjoy your time leisurely in some cafes or bars. In the afternoon, we will drive you back to Guilin and invite you to take a half day city tour. To begin with, you will visit the Reed Flute Cave. Various exquisite stalactite and stalagmite decorate this limestone cave, creating an art palace of nature. You will also visit a nearby Sea Water Pearl Store. After that, continue to visit Steven Star Park, the largest park of the area. This complex park is an epitome of the city’s astonishing landscape, showing you historical sites of temple and stone tablets, magnificent limestone cave, charming hills and flowing rivers. The Elephant Trunk Hill, the landmark of this beautiful city, will end this city tour. The huge hill resembles an elegant elephant drinking water in the Li River.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • After breakfast, you will fly to Chongqing. Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up at the airport and a comfortable private transfer will take you to downtown to have lunch. Later, we will guide you to visit Chongqing Zoo, where you will see the lovely giant pandas. After that, visit the Residence of General Joseph W. Stilwell, who was an American general making a big contribution to China during the World War II. Afterwards, go to explore the bustling ancient town of Ci Qi Kou. You could see many characteristic stores selling local snacks, Chinese paintings, antiques and traditional tea houses. According to the schedule of the luxurious President Ship, we will transfer you to the pier to board the ship. As the ship sails at 22:00, your excellent Yangtze tour begins.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • According to the schedule of the ship, you will have a shore excursion to Shibaozhai at about 14:00. Built in the Ming Dynasty, the tower has been a popular tourist spot for its unique location and magnificent appearance. Here, you will see an ancient temple, cultural relics' showrooms, a duck cave and other landscapes. After enjoying the sightseeing, you will get back to the ship. The Captain's Welcome Party will be specially arranged for you tonight.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • As the ship sailing, you will pass Qutang Gorge, the shortest and the grandest gorge of the Three Gorges. Later, you will see Wu Gorge, the most beautiful one among the Three Gorges. Upon arrival at Badong, you will board an Eco-friendly ferry to the Shennong Stream. Then, today’s highlight will come to you: take a pea boat drifting along the river. Not only could you appreciate the breathtaking scenery, but also enjoy beautiful singings from the guide and boat trackers, who are all local Tujia minority people. The special experience will last three to four hours. After that, you will be back onto the cruise ship. The cruise continues sailing into the Xiling Gorge and will pass the Five Level Ship Lock of the Three Gorges Dam tonight.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • In the morning, you will disembark to have an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, the most magnificent hydroelectric project in the world. Standing on the viewing platform, you will take a bird’s eye view of the dam, the hydropower stations and the navigation facility. After appreciating the magnificent project, you will get back to the ship and undergo the check-out procedure. Our Yichang guide will come to the cruise ship to meet you and transfer you to downtown. If time permits, the guide will accompany you to visit the Yichang Museum. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the airport and take a flight to Shanghai. Upon your arrival, you will find that our English-speaking guide is waiting for you outside of the custom. A comfortable transfer will take you to the hotel in the downtown area.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • In the morning, pay a visit to the Shanghai Museum, which is one of the best museums housing vast storage of historical relics including bronze, ceramics, paintings, jade and furniture of ancient times. The next stop will be the noted Yuyuan Garden, which was built 400 years ago. It is a private garden famous for the delicate buildings, exquisite layout and beautiful landscapes. After visiting a Silk Museum, you will enjoy an a la carte lunch at a well-decorated and famous local restaurant. You could taste authentic Shanghai and Cantonese cuisine. Afterwards, a short cruise along the Huangpu River will be scheduled for you to obtain different city views of both sides. After that, we will leave you some free time to walk along the Bund area at a leisurely step and then visit an old street.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Today, our guide and driver will transfer you to the airport to take your homebound flight. Wish you a happy journey with pleasant memories.

    Meals: Breakfast

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Price includes

  • 14 nights' accomodation

  • All meals listed

  • Private English-speaking guide

  • Private vehicle during the trip

  • Entrance to all sites listed