Day 1: Arrive at Beijing. Arrive at Beijing, the capital of China. To be met at the airport then transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure in the evening.
Day 2: Beijing (Meals: B/L/). Sightseeing: TianAnMen Square / Forbidden City / Temple of Heaven / Peking Opera Show. Depart from your hotel in the morning to have city tours to visit the Tian An Men Square, the symbolical heart of China and gathering place for the masses. It is the biggest public square in the world, which can hold one million people. Having a free walk there, imagining the great historic events of the 20th century took place there. You will also see legendary landmarks including the Great Hall of the People and the towering 125 foot granite obelisk, Monument to the Peoples Heroes, honoring those who died in revolution. Walking across the Golden River Bridge, enter the Forbidden City, the inner sanctum and palace where for centuries Chinese emperors ruled their world. It has 9000-room maze of courtyards, places, and ceremonial halls, where 24 emperors used to live. Forbidden City was indeed a forbidden place, where commoners were kept out for nearly 500 years in the past. Tour the palace and imagine the mystery, intrigue and incredible power that reigned here. After having lunch at the local restaurant, visit the Temple of Heaven. It was built in the 15th century, a sacred site for ancient Beijing, where the emperor and his 1000 member entourage would retreat twice a year for religious ritual. Surrounded by enormous grounds designed in accordance with fengshshui, the Temple complex consists of the Celebrated Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a unique wooden and blue-tiled structure built without a nail. It is considered the supreme achievement of traditional Chinese architecture.
Day 3: Beijing (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall / Ming Tombs / Spirit Way. Depart from your hotel after breakfast. Spending about 1.5 hours to be transferred outside city to the surrounding countryside to visit the Badaling Great Wall, one of the most remarkable feats of mankind, built over 2,000 years ago. You will be able to climb and walk one of the best preserved section of the ancient wall, admiring the splendid mountains scenery. After having lunch at local restaurant, visit the fabled Ming Tombs, the resting places of thirteen emperors and their splendid treasures, passing down the Spirit Way, a road lined with statues of dignitaries, as well as huge elephants, lions, camels and horses, you will encounter the marble tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors.
Day 4: Beijing (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Hutongs tour by rickshaw / Xiushui Street. Depart from your hotel after breakfast, visit Hutongs by rickshaw, Hutongs are a kind of ancient city alley or lane that is typical in Beijing. Most of them are found around the Forbidden City, and many were built during the three dynasties of Yuan, Ming and Qing. Today, the Hutong is a living museum of Beijing history showing the traditional lifestyle of Beijing people. Tricycles hold two people and peddled by an experienced bicyclist. Stops are made to visit a local family and see first-hand how the people of Beijing live. After lunch, explore in the Xiushui Street, A market where you can find a number of duplicates of clothing in traditional Chinese style such as clothes, caps, gloves. Enjoy bargains with sellers and pleasant surprise of finding a real treasure if you are lucky enough.
Day 5: Beijing - Xian (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Xian - Provincial Museum / Ancient City Wall. Check out and depart from your hotel, take morning flight to Xian. Xian is one of the most important cities in China's history and nowadays. It was the first Chinese city to open up its doors to the Ancient world during the Tang dynasty when Xian blossomed as the first and important stop on the Silk Road. To be met & transferred to your hotel, have lunch in the local restaurant. Then visit the Provincial Museum and Ancient City Wall in the afternoon. Xian Ancient City Wall is the most complete city wall survived in China as well as one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. The wall was built in the Tang dynasty (618 -907) and enlarged in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The construction of the Xian City was formally started in the seventh year of Emperor Hongwu reign (1374) and completed in the eleventh year of Hongwu reign (1378). After its completion, the circumference of the city wall was 13.75 kilometers long in an oblong shape. Its height is 12 meters; its top is 12-14 meters wide and its base, 15-18 meters wide.
Day 6: Xian (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses / Big Wild Goose Pagoda / Bell Tower. Depart from your hotel after breakfast, after 45 min. driving to surrounding countryside to visit Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. It has been regarded as The 8th Wonder Of The World! Over 2,200 years ago, the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang in search of immortality, ordered the construction of a vast army of 8,000 life-sized Terra Cotta warriors and buried with him to protect his empire after his early death. They were discovered accidentally in 1974 by farmers digging a well. For history lovers, the sight is truly breathtaking. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the main constructions in the famous Buddhist temple-Da-Ci-En Temple is situated at south of the Xian city. The pagoda is one of the most distinctive and outstanding landmarks for Xian. Finally have a tour to Bell Tower, which is the most well-preserved and best-known one among many ancient cities of China. It was originally built in the Yingxiang Temple in 1384, at the intersection of West Street and Guangji Street. Then in 1582, it was moved to its present pivotal position, in the very heart of the city at the junction of four main streets extending to the east, south, west and north, for rebuilding and later restorations. With magnificent carved beams and painted rafters, this classical building is truly elegant.
Day 7: Xian - Chongqing (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Chongqing - Erling Park / Chongqing Zoo / Ciqikou Ancient Town. Check out and depart hotel for the flight to Chongqing, which is located at the juncture of the Yangtze River and the Jialing River in the southwestern China. Arrive at Chongqing and be met at the airport & transferred to your hotel, In the rest of the day, Visit Erling Park, Located on the Eling (Goose Hill), the park used to be an ancient private garden named “Li Garden” made by Mr. Li Yaoting from 1909-1911 A.D. With its good location and beautiful natural scenery, it is one of the best places to have a birds-eye-view of the whole city. Then pay a visit to the Chongqing Zoo, The zoo is located at the western suburb of the main urban area. Pandas are most popular in the zoo. In the Panda Ground at the foot of a hill and by a little stream, visitors can see charmingly native giant and lesser pandas and their offspring. Visitors can actually play with them and take pictures with them. As sunset approaches, we stroll along the Ciqikou Ancient Town (old name Longyin Town), which is located 14 KM to the west of Chongqing city. It used to be a very important water and land communication hub in the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911 A.D). There are more than a hundred tea bars with their own particular characteristics in such a small town. Here friends enjoy a chat or meet to discuss business. You will have opportunity to meet the locals and enjoy the unique folk opera in the tea bars. Be transferred aboard your cruise ship.
Day 8: Yangtze Cruise (Meals: B/L/D). Sightseeing: Fengdu. The ship departs Chongqing at 9:00 AM. Yangtze cruise with some shore excursion to Fengdu.
Day 9: Yangtze Cruise Yangtze Cruise (Meals: B/L/D ). Sightseeing: Shennong Stream. After lunch, disembark to have shore excursion to visit Shennong Stream.
Day 10: Yangtze Cruise (Meals: B/L/D). Sightseeing: Three Gorge Dam. In the morning, you will disembark to have land excursion to Three Gorge Dam site.
Day 11: Wuhan - Shanghai (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Wuhan - Guiyuan Buddhist Temple / Yellow Crane Tower. Arrive in Wuhan at noon. Upon your arrival, our tour guide will meet you and continue your trip to Yellow Crane Tower. Located near the southern end of the Yangtze River Bridge in Wuhan, the Yellow Crane Tower is the one of the four most famous towers in China. The tower inspired many ancient poets and artists. Now it is the symbol of Wuhan city. Then you will head to Guiyuan Buddhist Temple, which is one of the four largest Buddhist temples in Hubei Province as well as an important Buddhist temple in China. The temple is famous for its beautiful structures, Buddhist scriptures, the statues of Weito (the temple guardian) carved of oak, the 500 disciples of Buddha (arhat) with various looks and gestures. Be transferred to airport for the flight to Shanghai.
- Hotel accommodations with breakfast as specified (but hotels are subject to change to the same category before finally confirmed.
- All meals as specified in the itinerary.
- Transfers among airports & hotels as specified in the itinerary by private car or coach with driver & English-speaking guide.
- Entrance fees for sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary with English speaking guide.
- Domestic flights, trains or buses as specified in the itinerary.
- Domestic airports departure taxes have been charged with the flight tickets.
- Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
- Arrangements for the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
- Any meals which are not included in the "The trip price includes."
- Single Room Supplements (as the above quotation for accommodation is based on twin sharing room).
- International air and train tickets for coming to & leaving mainland China. Air tickets or train tickets not specified in the itinerary on the first arrival day and last departure day.
- Excess Baggage Charges.
- Personal expenses: Items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips to guides or drivers, FAX, telephone, excess baggage charges, or sightseeing or meals which are not included in the day-to-day itinerary.
- Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
- Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.
- Visa fees.
Prices are subject to change without notice.
Also see tour packages in:
Asia China Local Culture Cultural Journey