Day 1: Entry Beijing, Temple of Heaven. Be picked by private vehicle and English speaking tour guide from airport. Be transferred to hotel. After a short rest in hotel, visit Temple of Heaven. Built in 1420, Temple of Heaven is the best preserved and largest sacrificial building complex in the world. Take sightseeing in the attraction for one hour. Be transferred back to hotel.
Day 2: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Beijing Opera. Be picked up from hotel at 08:30 am. Visit Tiananmen Square -the biggest downtown Square of the world. Walk around on Tiananmen Square. Then we will enter the Forbidden City from the north end of Tiananmen Square. Forbidden City also called Palace Museum and is located at the center of Beijing. It was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Rectangular in shape, Forbidden City is the world's largest palace complex. Take sightseeing in Forbidden City along the central axis for 1.5 to 2 hours.
Then we will drive to Summer palace, 20 km northwest of downtown Beijing. Summer Palace is the largest imperial garden of Ming and Qing dynasty. The whole Summer Palace covers an area of over 290 hectares including more than 3,000 buildings, such as halls, pavilions, towers, etc. Take sightseeing for 1 to 1.5 hours.
Have dinner in a restaurant with Beijing local favor. Enjoy Beijing opera in theater. Beijing Opera is deemed the national opera of China. The accompanying music, singing and costumes are full of Chinese cultural facts. It presents an encyclopedia of Chinese culture as well as unfolding stories, beautiful paintings, exquisite costumes and graceful gestures. Be transferred back to your hotel after the whole day tour. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Sacred Way. Be picked up from hotel at 08:30 am. Drive one and half hours to the famous Badaling Great Wall, the most famous section of Great Wall, well maintained. It is easy to walk along this section of defensive project of ancient China. Take sightseeing on Badaling Great Wall for about 2 hours. Cable car is optional to get the top to have a bird view of the wall. Drive 30minutes to local restaurant with Sichuan flavor to have Chinese lunch. Drive 20minutes to Ming Tombs. Located 60 km north of Beijing, Ming Tombs consist of mausoleums of 13 Ming emperors. Changling is the most famous one. Construction of the Changling was started in 1409 and completed in 1427. Visit the tomb for one hour. Move on to visit the sacred way for half an hour.
Drive back to Beijing city to have Beijing Roast Duck for Dinner. Eating Peking duck is seen to be one of the two things you are absolutely supposed to do while in Beijing. Be transferred back to your hotel after the whole day tour. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Beijing Hutong tour, Beijing-Xian. Be picked up from hotel at 08:30 am. Be transferred to Beijing Hutong -ancient city alley in Beijing. Many of them were built during the Yuan (1206-1341), Ming (1368-1628) and Qing (1644-1908) dynasties surrounding the Forbidden City. Take rickshaw to visit the ancient Beijing Hutong including Drum tower, Local family, Shicha Lake, Kindergarten and Bar Street. Be transferred to airport to connect flight to Xian. Xian tour guide will meet you in Xian airport. Be picked up from airport and transferred to your hotel by private guide and English speaking tour guide. Visit the Great Mosque -the largest and best preserved mosques of China, which serves as an important spot for religious activities of over 60,000 Muslims in Xian. Be transferred back to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: Xian. Be picked up from your hotel at 09:00 am. Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum-the Eighth Wonder of the World. More than 6,000 different looking pottery figures depict the history of the Qin Dynasty from 221 BC-206 BC. After lunch, visit the Forest of Stone Steles Museum, a classical courtyard styled structure with the oldest and richest collection of steles in China.
Move on to visit the City Wall, the best preserved, oldest and largest ancient city defense system in China. The wall has a history of over 600 years. Taste local Dumpling Dinner -traditional food for Chinese New Year. It is a must taste food in China. Enjoy Tang Dynasty Show -performance of Chang'an music and dances that was originated in the Tang dynasty over a thousand years ago. The musicians present the music with the Tang-dynasty-style musical instruments. You will enjoy a national art that reflects the glory and richness of the Tang Dynasty era. Be transferred back to your hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Xian-Chongqing. Be picked up from your hotel at 09:00 am. Visit the Provincial Museum, a magnificent architectural complex in the Tang Dynasty style. It is the first huge state museum with modern facilities in China. Then we will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, originally built in 652 of Tang Dynasty, the pagoda is functioned to collect Buddhist materials that were taken from India by the hierarch Xuanzang. Now it is Landmark of the Xian. Be transferred to airport to connect flight to Chongqing.
Be picked up by English speaking tour guide and vehicle from Chongqing airport. Visit the Panda House in Chongqing Zoo and the Residence of General Joseph W. Stilwell if time permits. After dinner in a local restaurant, be transferred to cruise port. After dinner in a local restaurant, be transferred to cruise port. Leave Chongqing at 23:30. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Yangtze River Cruise (Cruise Ship: Century Star, 5 star). Go ashore to visit-Fengdu, the Ghost City, where the Chinese believe the soul of the dead goes. They say that spirits go to heaven, and evil goes to Fengdu. The balance of the day is free for you to explore the ships amenities. The only people here are those who make a living from visiting cruise boats. In the evening, you will be the guests at the captains cocktail party. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise (Cruise Ship: Century Star, 5 star). Cruise through the two of the great Three Gorges: Qutang Gorge, framed by steep mossy cliffs and Wu Gorge, celebrated for its 12 peaks. Then shore excursion to Shennong Stream, Shennong Stream is another tributary of the Yangtze River, and its fast-flowing, crystal clear water runs southwards through deep gorges. Next, sail through Xiling Gorge, the last and most scenic of the Three Gorges. Pass through the five-step ship locks. Enjoy Farewell Party in the evening. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Yangtze River-Shanghai. Shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site, the largest hydroelectric project in the world. Construction of the dam formally began in 1994. The body of the dam was completed in 2003, and the whole construction will be competed in 2009. Arrives in Yichang at 11:30. Be transferred to airport to connect flight to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai. Be met and transferred to your hotel. After a short rest in hotel, take a city tour to visit Shanghai Museum, known as the Museum of Ancient Chinese Art, where you will find more than 120,000 precious and rare works of art. Visit the Bund -famous waterfront with art-like buildings in China, the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 10: Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Children's Palace, River Cruise, Acrobatic. Pick up from your hotel. Visit Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the world's third tallest TV and radio tower, which combines ancient concepts with 21st Century technology. Get a bird-eye-view of whole Shanghai city by mounting Jin Mao Tower, the tallest building in China. Then we will visit Nanjing Road and the Children's Palace, where gifted children attend and learn to dance, sing and other art skill. Have a short Cruise on Huangpu River. Enjoy Acrobatic Show in the evening. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Yu Garden and Market, departure. Be picked up from your hotel at 09:00 am. Visit Yu Garden, one of the best Suzhou-style gardens in southern China. and Yu Market. Be transferred to airport to connect flight. Includes: (B).
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