Day 1: Depart for Beijing, the capital of China.
Day 2: Beijing. Arrive Beijing. You are greeted and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3: Beijing. Begin the day with a visit to Tiananmen Square, the world largest. Then, move on to the Imperial Palace, also known as the "Forbidden City" that symbolizes the imperial and traditional China. After lunch, you will go to visit the enchanting Summer Palace, one of China's largest and best-preserved imperial gardens. A Peking Duck banquet concludes your first full day activities in China. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Beijing. Today's highlight is your visit to the Great Wall, symbol of Chinese civilization. On the way back, make a stop at a mountain village and meet local residents. At the foothills, is the statue-lined Shenlu (Spirit Road) leading to the Ming Tombs. Afternoon, you will visit Temple of Heaven, the place where the emperors of Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties worshiped heaven and prayed for peace and harvest. Go to Beihai Park this evening to sample the imperial cuisine at the famous Fangshan Restaurant, followed by a Peking Opera show. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Beijing - Wuhan. Explore some of Beijing's old "hutongs", traditional courtyard residences cut into blocks by narrow alleyways. Here you will have chance to visit some families who have lived in the courtyard houses for generations. Fly to Wuhan in the afternoon and view the fantastic exhibits of the Hubei Provincial Museum. Board the Cruise Ship after dinner preparing for Yangzi River cruise. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Yangzi River Cruise. Today you start your cruise upstream from Wuhan. Your ship will dock at Yueyang, a bustling city sitting on the south bank of the Yangzi River. Explore the famous Yueyang Tower and active local markets. Back on boat in the evening, party and socialize with your fellow travelers at the captain's welcome banquet. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Yangzi River Cruise. Today you are going to see the Three Gorges Dam up and close with the construction work still going on. Take an excursion to Three Gorges Dam and Locks, the world's largest hydroelectric project and the newest attraction on the Yangzi cruise line. Beyond the dam lies the longest of the Three Gorges - Xiling Gorge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Yangzi River Cruise. The highlight of today's cruise is to be thrilled at one of China's greatest natural wonders - the extraordinary Three Gorges of Yangzi River, featuring towering peaks and sheer cliffs. The gorges began to form 70 million years ago when two mountain ranges collided and the river began to erode the gorges to their present state. The appeal of the Yangzi lies not only in its natural beauty but also in the cultural and historical significance the river has embedded in the nearby towns and villages. Discover the hidden charm in the lesser gorges by boating on the Daning river and listening to locals telling legends of the old times. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Yangzi River Cruise. Today's activity features a shore excursion to Fengdu, popularly known as the "Ghost Town". Visit Ming Hill's unique temples with statues of ghosts and devils, and listen to the explanations on the strange and mysterious taboos and customs associated with these ghost temples. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Chongqing - Guilin. Cruise ends in Chongqing. Fly to Guilin, one of China's most beautiful cities. Visit Fubo Hill for a panoramic view of Guilin and Seven Star Park for its huge caverns and charming pavilions. In the evening, enjoy an ethnic song and dance performance. Check in the hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Guilin. Visit the Elephant Trunk Hill in the morning. Then get on a motorboat for a 4 hour Li River cruise, which stretches 83 kilometers from Guilin to Yangshuo. The cruise will give you a chance to savor the lovely view of the area's extraordinary limestone peaks. The cruise ends in Yangshuo. Visit local markets, souvenir shops and restaurants. Return to Guilin by bus. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Guilin - Hong Kong. Enjoy some relaxing time this morning. Later go to visit the Ludi Cave with its elaborate naturally formed Crystal Palace of the Dragon King, capable of holding a thousand people. Also, stop by the Diecai Hill, dotted with interesting ancient sculptures and carvings. Take an afternoon flight to Hong Kong, Asia's busiest port and major financial center. Check in your hotel. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 13: Hong Kong. Today you will take a half-day guided tour of the Hong Kong Island. Climb to the top of Victoria Peak for spectacular views of Kowloon, the harbor, and the South China Sea. Visit the tranquil fishing village of Aberdeen, where life style seems unchanged for centuries. Also tour the beautiful Repulse Bay with sandy beaches. Enjoy a traditional Cantonese dim sum lunch. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 14: Hong Kong. Transfer to the airport today and board your homebound flight. Includes: (B).
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