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13 Days China Tour with Yangtze River Cruise

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 13 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): Hong Kong  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Boating and Sailing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1993 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3800 US Dollar (USD)

Your Itinerary:

Day 1: TBA - Hong Kong. We are met at the airport in Hongkong by our Discoverchinatours guide, and drive to the hotel.

Day 2: Hong Kong (Meals: B). Sightseeing: Victoria Peak / Aberdeen / Repulse Bay / Wong Tai Sin Temple / Kowloon Walled City Park / Jade Market. After an early breakfast, we set off for Victoria Peak. Overlooking the west of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak is the highest peak on this island. It is the most enduring tourist attraction in Hong Kong. Then we will visit Aberdeen Harbour, which is home to hundreds of people living on fishing junks. Their traditional lifestyle is dramatically juxtaposed against a modern high-rise community that spreads up the nearby hillsides. In the evenings, the thousands of twinkling lights reflected on the water are a magical sight. After that, we will then head to Wong Tai Sin Temple, which gives the district its name, is nowadays one of Hong Kong's best known cultural landmarks, probably the most well-known and busiest temple in the city. We will also pay a visit to Kowloon Walled City Park in the afternoon. It is a wonderfully landscaped park with archeological digs and reconstructions of traditional Chinese walled house enclosures.

Day 3: Hong Kong - Guilin (Meals: B). Enjoy some free time or indulge in some shopping before your afternoon flight to Guilin. Upon Arriving at Guilin, be met & transferred to your hotel with private vehicle & tour guide. After checking in, you will feel free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 4: Guilin-Yanghsuo-Guilin (meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Li River Cruise. Depart from your hotel in the morning to take Li River Cruise. Li River is by far the main reason to visit Guilin. Double-decker and triple-decker river boats which weigh anchor from a pier at 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 5: Guilin - Chongqing (Meals: B/L/). Sightseeing: Guilin- Reed Flute Cave / Elephant Trunk Hill. Have city tours in the morning in Guilin. Visit the Elephant Trunk Hill. Located on the west bank of the Li River by a small branch called Peach blossom River, the hill resembles a huge elephant standing on the bank of the river, sucking up water with its long trunk. The trunk is particularly striking and lifelike when viewed either nearby or afar. A circular foot cave called Shui Yue Dong (Moon-In-the Water Cave) separates the trunk and the body. A 3-story Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D) brick pagoda rises from the top of hill. Then visit the Reed Flute Cave. Aside ten minutes drive (half hour bike ride) from downtown, the cave is one of the largest known examples of what each tropical karst cone conceals within it. The script writers and set designers for Star Trek would have a field day in this cavernous underground stalactite/stalagmite maze-style theater. The dropping water is rich and the dripstones are not only in various types but also in big size, displaying a wonderful cave world. This cave was called “The Art Gallery of Mother Nature”. Colored fluorescent lights which cast shadows and illuminate shapes of imaginary animals, fruits and vegetables complete the unworldly effect. Take afternoon flight to Chongqing. Be transferred aboard your cruise ship.

Day 6: 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 7: Yangtze Cruise (Meals: B/L/D). Sightseeing: Shennong Stream. Yangtze cruise with some shore excursion to shore excursion to Shennong Stream.

Day 8: Yangtze Cruise - Yichang - Xian (Meals:B/L/). Sightseeing: Three Gorges Dam. Shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. Arrive at Yichang at noon time. Disembark from the ship, be transferred to the airport for your flight Xian. Arrive at Xian, be met & transferred to your hotel.

Day 9: Xian (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses / Huaqing Hot Springs / Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Today will be your highlights in Xian. Depart from your hotel after breakfast. To be transferred outside city to visit the 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. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Huaqing Hot Springs. Located 35 kilometers east of Xian city at the foot of the Lishan Mountain in a large park where there are a number of public baths and some modern palaces built in the Tang style, the hot springs, rich in minerals, were highly regarded more than 3000 years ago. After coming back to the city, have another tour to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Situated at south of the Xian city,as one of the main constructions in the famous Buddhist temple-Da-Ci-En Temple, the pagoda is one of the most distinctive and outstanding landmarks for Xian City.

Day 10: Xian - Beijing (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Xian-Shaanxi Provincial Museum / Ancient City Wall. Have city tours in Xian to visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, which is the largest comprehensive museum in the province. It is also te fist national level grand museum equipped with modern facilities. It exhibits primarily historical relics of past dynasties and displays precious art treasures and stone carvings of the Han and Tang dynasties. Walking through the exhibits in the museum is like walking through the 3000 years of China history. After having lunch at the local restaurant, visit the Ancient 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). Arrive at Beijing. Be met & transferred to your hotel.

Day 11: 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 sections of the ancient wall, admiring the splendid mountains scenery. After 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 12: Beijing (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: TianAnMen Square / Forbidden City / Temple of Heaven / Summer Palace. 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. 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. Then you will pay a visit to Temple of Heaven, which 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. Finally, visit Summer Palace, which was built in 1888, was once a summer retreat and the imperial park 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.

Day 13: Beijing (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Beijing Hutong tour. Have a Hutong tour in the morning. To be transferred to the airport for flight to next city in the afternoon.

Price Includes:
- 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.

Price Excludes:
- 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.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

* Prices are subject to change without notice.