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 on your own for the rest of the day.
Day 2: Beijing (Meals: B/L/). Sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall / Ming Tombs / Spirit Way. A full day excursion by seat-in coach to the Great Wall - the landmark of China. 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. Visit one of the spectacular tombs.
Day 3: Beijing (Meals: B/L/D). Sightseeing: Tiananmen Square / Forbidden City / Summer Palace. A full day seat-in coach city tour. Depart from your hotel in the morning to have city tours to visit the Tiananmen 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 Summer Palace. Built in 1888, it was once a summer retreat and three imperial for emperors. Have a lakeside cruise on the lovely Kunming Lake, enjoy the magical views of the hills, bridges and pagodas that grace the Palace grounds. This evening you will be treated to a delicious Beijing roasted duck dinner.
Day 4: Beijing - Xian (Meals: B/L/). Sightseeing: Temple of Heaven / Ancient City Wall. Depart from the hotel in the morning to visit the Temple of Heaven, which 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. After lunch, take a two-hour flight to Xi'an, the great ancient capital and the eastern end of the Silk Road. Be met at the airport then to visit the Old City Wall. It 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).
Day 5: Xian (Meals: B/L/). Sightseeing: Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses/ Big Wild Goose Pagoda. This exciting day of sightseeing will include the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses at the Tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first Qin Emperor, and the Bronze Chariots. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda which was built in 652 AD. It contains a large volume of Buddhist scriptures which were obtained from India by the eminent monk Xuanzang, Remainder of day is at leisure.
Day 6: Xian - Chongqing (Meals: B/L/). Sightseeing: Shaanxi Provincial Museum / Victoria Cruises. This morning, visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum where you will discover how Xian became the cradle of Chinese culture. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. Arrive at Chongqing, be met & transferred to embark your ship Dragon Cruises. The ship departs from Chongqing at 22:00 in the evening. Stay tonight: 4-star cruiser.
Day 7: Yangtze Cruises (Meals: B/L/D). Sightseeing: Yangtze cruise arrive at White Emperor City. Arrive at White Emperor City. Disembark to have shore excursion to visit the White Emperor City. Stay tonight: 4-star cruiser.
Day 8: Yangtze Cruises (Meals: B/L/D ). Sightseeing: Shore excursion to Daning River or Shennong Stream. Enter the Qutang Gorge. Arrive at Wushan, disembark to take small boats to have cruise on Daning River or Shennong Stream which is the tributary of the Yangtze River. Back to the ship and keep on sailing and passing through the Wu Gorge. Stay tonight: 4-star cruiser.
Day 9: Yichang - Shanghai (Meals: B/L). Sail through the beautiful Xiling Gorge in the morning. Cruise ends at Yichang at 12:00 in the morning. After lunch, to be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, a cosmopolitan, bustling and heavily populated city in China. Be met & transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 10: Shanghai (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Yuyuan Garden / the Bund / Jade Buddha Temple / Acrobatic show. Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit the Bund. Have a stroll along the waterfront to experience the smells, sights and sounds of the old "Wall Street" in Shanghai. Banks, trading houses, residences, hotels and clubs all had a view of bustling Huangpu River traffic as they shared in the city's rising and falling fortunes. Then walking along the famous shopping street-Nanjing Road. It is said that shopping in Shanghai is the most varied and rewarding in China. Then visit the Yu Garden. This delightfully restored labyrinth of tiny specialty shops, tea and snack houses centered on a Ming-dynasty mandarin Suzhou-style garden is a fascinating spot to people-watch over a pot of tea, to shop for unique souvenirs and to get a feel for Old Shanghai. It is well worth a meander through the Yu Garden, which has many scenic courtyards decorated with baroque rockery, pools and flora, all connected by corridors and passageways. After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Jade Buddha Temple. Built in 1911, it is the most famous and one of the most active Buddhist temples in Shanghai. Named for its two bejeweled white jade Buddha, one is 1000 kg, 1.9 meter-high figure carved from Burmese jade brought to China in 1882, and a smaller reclining Buddha, the temple receives thousands of visitors and worshipers daily. Although Chinese New Year and the Buddha's birthday are the most popular time to visit the temple for the faithful, it is possible to witness ceremonies at other times. Enjoy an acrobatic show for your evening entertainment after dinner.
Day 11: Shanghai - Guilin (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Shanghai Museum. Visit Shanghai Museum in the morning. As a museum of ancient Chinese art, Shanghai Museum possesses a collection of 120,000 precious works of art. Its rich and high-quality collection of ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy is specially celebrated in the world. The present Shanghai Museum has eleven galleries and three special temporary exhibition halls. After lunch, fly to Guilin, a city known for its beautiful landscape, the spectacular pointed mountains, the winding rivers and the limestone rock formation. Be met & transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 12: Guilin (Meals: B/L/). Sightseeing: One day Li River Cruise. Depart from your hotel in the morning. Be transferred to the Zhujiang Pier your Li River Cruise. This cruise is by far the main reason to visit Guilin. Double-decker and triple-decker river boats which weigh anchor from Zhujiang, about 40 minutes from Guilin by bus, and meander through the sleepy countryside are relaxing way to enjoy the superlative river scenery and life along its banks. In contrast to the burgeoning cities of the north, it is quiet here; the rural scenery is magnificent. You will enjoy the picturesque mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank. After about 4.5 hours, the one-thousand-year-old town - Yangshuo, the disembarking point, comes into sight. It is well-worth browsing around this quaint town and its environs. Have a short exploration to the old town before to be transferred back to Guilin city.
Day 13: Guilin - Guangzhou (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Reed Flute Cave / Fubo Hill. A city tour this morning includes descending into the most extraordinary scenery underground in the Reed Flute Cave, and climbing up the Fubo Hill for a panoramic view of the city. After lunch at a local restaurant, take a one-hour flight to Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province and the southern China's most dynamic and developed commercial center. City sightseeing features Six Banyan Tree Temple and then see the city's free market.
Day 14: Gaungzhou - Hong Kong (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Memorial Hall of Dr. Sun Yat-sen / Ancestral Temple of Chen Family. This morning Depart from your hotel to visit the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, which is the most symbolized building of Guangzhou, and a key venue for the large-scale meetings and performances as well. It was built in 1931 in memory of Sun Yat-sen, the pioneer of China's bourgeois democratic revolution. The memorial hall, occupying an area of 12,000 square meters with a height of 46 meters, has magnificent exterior and elegant interior decorations. The whole building, in octagonal shape, is designed with typical Chinese architecture style. Then visit the Ancestral Temple (memorial hall) of the Chen Family, also known as Guangdong Folk Art Museum, was built in the 1890s. It is now the largest and best preserved and decorated ancient architecture existing in Guangdong province. The decoration combines wood carving, brick carving, stone carving, clay sculpture, ash sculpture, brass and iron foundry, grotto, etc. The special historical, artistic, and scientific aspects of the temple have made it an important attraction in Guangzhou. Ancestral Temple of Chen Family. After lunch, you will be transferred to the wharf for your onward journey to Hong Kong by jetfoil.
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