Day 1: Home - Beijing. Depart for Beijing.
Day 2: Beijing. Arrive in Beijing. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and escorted to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure.
Day 3: Beijing. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and provide a full day tour including Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Liulichang which has been well known since 17th century Qing Dynasty as the street selling old books, paintings, calligraphy and other arts. Whether you buy or not, it will be an interesting place to visit. In the evening, enjoy Peking Opera in Huguang Guild Hall where the best Peking Opera is performed. You will have dinner in the neighboring Chuwan Hall with excellent cuisine. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Beijing. Today your guide will take you to the Great Wall, Ming Tomb, and Sacred Way. Last stop is at the Beijing’s famous Acrobatic Show. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Beijing. Experience a ride on a tricycle in Hutong (the Old Beijing) and visit a typical traditional Chinese home where you can learn how to make dumplings, enjoy lunch in the home. Visit Drum Tower (Drums were used for telling time in the morning and at dusk and also for music as early as 3rd century BC. Then visit Yonghegong Lamasary, and Shichahai scenic and leisure area with three lakes surrounded by historic places, old style homes and courtyards, and many fine restaurants. This evening, you will have dinner at the famous Kaorouji BBQ Restaurant. After dinner, have a stroll on Wangfujing Street. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Beijing - Taiyuan - Pingyao. Visit Beijing Zoo to see Pandas. You will be escorted to Beijing railway station. Take the high speed train to Taiyuan. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to Pingyao ancient city, an exceptionally well preserved example of a traditional Han Chinese city. Here you can see the architectures, city layout, streets and storefronts mostly retaining the original appearances of Ming and Qing dynasties. It is so striking and unusual that UNESCO designated the whole city as a World Heritage site including two famous Buddhist temples. Check in to your hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Pingyao - Xian. Explore Pingyao Old Town – Ming & Qing Street, City Wall, Rishengchang Draft Bank, and Pingyao Ancient Government Office. Then visit Shuanglin Temple to see 2000 Buddhist color sculptures. After full day tour, you will be escorted to Taiyuan airport and fly to Xian. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Xian. Today, you will visit Terra Cotta Warriors, Huaqing Hot Spring, and in the afternoon, visit the ancient City Wall perfectly preserved from Tang Dynasty of 8th century. If you know how to ride a bike, you are invited to ride a bike on the wall with your guide. This may become a highlight of your tour. Then drive to Andingmen Gate (a photo stop) which is the starting point of the Silk Road, and then visit Big Goose Pagoda. In the evening, you will treated with Dumpling Banquet and Tang Dynasty Cultural Show. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Xian - Chongqing - Yangtze Cruise. By mid-morning, you will be transferred to airport and fly to Chongqing. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and provided with an introductory tour of Chongqing before being transferred to the pier for embarkation on Yangtze cruise ship. Sailing starts in the evening. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Yangtze Cruise. Arrive at Fengdu and enjoy a short excursion. See the new resettlement town on the Yangtze’s south bank, a farmer’s home and a local market. Sail continues. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Yangtze Cruise. Sail through the first of the fabled Three Gorges: Qutang Gorge. And at Wushan, take an excursion up the Daning River to see the splendid Small Gorges. Or you may visit Shennong Stream with its beautiful small gorges. Sail through Wu Gorge with its Twelve Peaks. Next is Xiling Gorge, the most scenic of all the gorges. Sail through the huge Three Gorge Dam ship locks. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Yangtze Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai. In the morning, stop at San Dou Ping for a shore excursion to see construction at the massive Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric project. Arrive in Yichang. You will be greeted and transferred to Yichang airport for a flight to Shanghai, the China’s largest and most cosmopolitan commercial and business center. You will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 12: Shanghai. Visit the Bund and enjoy Huangpu River cruise along the Shanghai’s skyscrapers and historic land marks, walk Bund Sightseeing Tunnel under the Huangpu River. Visit Jinmao Tower Observation Deck, and Shintiandi (New World), super modern shopping, entertainment and restaurant district where you can explore and enjoy a fine Western dining. Dinner is on your own. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 13: Shanghai. Breakfast at the hotel. Full day is yours to explore the city. Don’t the excellent shopping bargains in the Nanjing Street shopping district and other famous shopping areas. You will also enjoy visiting Shintiandi (New World) where you can enjoy fine Western cuisines from all over the world, and upscale shopping. Includes: (B).
Day 14: Shanghai - Zhouzhuang - Suzhou - Shanghai. Drive to Zhouzhuang, an ancient town built in the water with numerous waterways. The town is well-preserved. Upon arrival in Suzhou, visit Humble Administrator’s Garden and have a cruise on Grand Canal, and.Suzhou’s #1 Silk Factory. Drive back to Shanghai. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 15: Shanghai - Home. Breakfast at hotel. You will be transferred to airport for departure. Includes: (B).
* Low: December, January, February
* Shoulder: March, April, June, July, August
* High: May, September, October, November
- Departure daily from March through November.
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