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China & Yangtze River Explorer

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 10 - 40 people
Destination(s): China  
Specialty Categories: Boating and Sailing   Cultural Journey  
Season: May
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2349 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3049 US Dollar (USD)

The Yangtze River (Chang Jiang) is the third largest river in the world, just behind the Nile and the Amazon. The Three Gorges Dam Project remains a controversy worldwide since its construction and it is the largest construction project in China after the Great Wall. In fact, Sun Yat- Sen, the father of modern China was the pioneer of the project.

He proposed to build a hydroelectric dam at the Three Gorges in 1919. The Three Gorges Dam will become the largest hydroelectric dam in the world; some of its primary functions include generating electrical power from Chongqing to cities as far as Shanghai and preventing notorious Yangtze River floods. Around 100 towns were “drown” due to a water rise in 2003 and the sceneries at the Three Gorges has changed ever since. Be sure to enjoy the gorgeous view throughout your cruise!

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart the United States today to begin your Yangtze River adventure. Cross the International Date Line and en route to China.

Day 2: Arrive in Beijing late this afternoon. Your English-speaking guide and driver will meet you upon your arrival and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 3: Beijing - Explore the Great Wall today. China's first emperor Qin Shihhuang commanded thousands of workers to build the ancient wall in an attempt to guard China's northwestern border. After lunch, continue on to the Sacred Way lined with willow trees and statues guarding the road to the tombs. Includes: (L), (D).

Day 4: Visit the extensive grounds of the Forbidden City to view the palace's most important halls, pavilions and cultural relics this morning. Continue your tour at Tiananmen Square. Initially designed for political rallies and important gala events, today the square is usually crowded with kite flyers, strolling couples and exercising athletes. After lunch, visit China's largest temple and altar--the Temple of Heaven. Built in 1420, Ming and Qing emperors prayed for good harvests in the prayer hall of the temple. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 5: After breakfast, explore the Summer Palace and its gardens, halls, pavilions, courtyards and the world's longest covered corridor decorated with ornate patterns and scenes from Chinese literature. Empress Dowager Cixi's infamous Marble Boat, constructed with funds from the China's Navy is permanently moored along the edge of Kunming Lake. This afternoon, visit the ancient hutong neighborhoods before departing China's capital. The oldest hutongs were constructed during Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. You will be able to see the best-preserved neighborhoods that represent the history, culture and lifestyle of old Beijing. Get onboard your overnight train to Xian after dinner. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: Arrive in Xian this morning and be prepared to visit the breathtaking Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which is also known as the 8 th World Wonder. You will see more than 8,000 lifelike Terracotta soldiers and their horses, chariots and weapons that have been carefully excavated and restored. Careful observers will notice that each terracotta soldier has its unique facial expression. In the afternoon, visit Xian's ancient city wall and enjoy the panoramic views. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 7: After breakfast, visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum for an in-depth look at China's extensive history. Constructed in the Tang Dynasty style, the museum currently has 2,000 historical and cultural items on display; in fact, they are just small representations of the entire priceless relics collection. After lunch, get onboard your afternoon flight to Chongqing. Upon your arrival, your English-speaking guide and driver will transfer you to the cruise ship. Set sail late this evening. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 8: This afternoon, you will enjoy a shore excursion to either the market town of Wanxian or the city of Fengdu (City of Ghosts). Return to your cruise ship this evening for a special Captain's welcome dinner as your ship resumes its voyage. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 9: Sail through the first two gorges: Qutang and Wuxia Gorge as you enter Kuimen Gate. Then explore the beautiful Lesser Three Gorges, where you will go upstream along the pristine waters by boat, pass by farmland and villages, and at the same time enjoy the spectacular countryside sceneries. Return to your ship this afternoon and resume your journey. Sail through the ship locks of the Three Gorges Dam this evening. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 10: Early this morning, sail through the last and most treacherous of the Three Gorges: the Xiling Gorge before arriving in Yanjiawang for a comprehensive Three Gorges Dam visitors' center tour. In the afternoon, take a quick flight to Shanghai and check into your hotel. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 11: After breakfast, visit the Yu Yuan Garden that is constructed in 1559. The gorgeous garden has ancient trees, ponds, bridges, sculptures and more than 40 buildings. Pass by the main shops and restaurants in the neighboring Yu Yuan Bazaar on your way to lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Jade Buddha (Yufo) Temple. The temple is comprised of three main halls and two courtyards. This Buddhist temple draws its name from the two large jade Buddha carvings brought to Shanghai from Burma in 1882. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 12:Your guide and driver will transfer you to the airport this morning for your international flight back to the United States. Includes: (B).

Airfare is included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Super Deluxe (4 or 5-Star) hotels. In the event that a 4 or 5-Star hotel does not exist in a city, we will use a top-class hotel in that city.
- Prices listed above are based on a group size of 10 or more passengers
- If less than 10 people sign up for a tour, Lotus Travel reserves the right to cancel the tour and issue a full refund to participants.
- Tour price includes sightseeing and meals as specified on the itinerary; intra-China airfare, private transfers, ground transportation, hotel accommodations, and the services of an English- speaking guide and driver.
- All prices are quoted per person, based on two travelers sharing a room (double occupancy). Single supplement applies for single travelers.
- International airfare is included in air and land packages.

Price Excludes:
- Passport or Chinese visa application fees
- Tips to guides and drivers
- Expenses of a personal nature.

About This Supplier
Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Mar 2002
Client Request Served: 281

Our company has been established in Washington State by Louie Yi in 1995. Since beginning operations, the company has arranged travel for more than 15,000 visitors to China and SE Asia, by focusing on carefully designed custom itineraries and personalized service. As travel to China and SE Asia increases, tour...

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