12 Days China Yangtze
Cruise Tour: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo,
Chongqing, Yangtze River, Yichang, Shanghai
on the downstream cruise date of Cruises
1. Tour Itinerary
Arrive at Beijing airport or railway
station. Our English-speaking tour guide
will meet and welcome you at the arrival
hall, and then you will be transferred
to your hotel for checking in. Remaining
day is free at your own leisure.
+ Lunch + Dinner)
Square, the Forbidden City (the Imperial
Palace) and the Summer Palace. Enjoy
the Beijing Roasted Duck Dinner. Optional
program in the evening: Peking Opera,
Kungfu show or Chinese acrobatics.
was the front gate of Forbidden City
- the imperial palace during the Ming
and Qing dynasties. Measuring 880 meters
in length and 500 meters in width, Tian'anmen
Square is located in the center of Beijing;
military parade takes place here on
China's National Day.
known as the Imperial Palace, it was
the ruling center and living residence
of 24 emperors in Ming (1368-1644) and
Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. The Forbidden
City is situated right in the center
of Beijing, covers an area of 740,000
square meters, and has 9999.5 rooms.
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.
Duck Dinner: Beijing
Roasted Duck is renowned as the most
delicious food of Beijing. The duck
is hung in the oven and roasted by flame
burning from fruit-wood. The finished
duck is characteristic with crispy skin,
tender meat and the fragrance from the
national opera and it is also China¡¯s
traditional art. It combines music,
vocal performance, mime, dance, and
acrobatics. It arose in the late 18th
century and became fully developed and
recognized by the mid-19th century.
Traditional opera is very popular among
Chinese people, especially seniors.
Nowadays, appreciting an authentic Beijing
Opera Show in famous Liyuan Theater
is a must-do when you are traveling
Take an excursion
to the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs.
Wall Of China: Ancient
military defence work. Construction
of the Great Wall began during the Spring
and Autumn Period to the Warring States
Period (770BC-221BC), Badaling is the
most famous and most-visited section
of the Great Wall in China. Most travelers
visit this section when they travel
Beijing. This is largely because it
is well maintained and provides smooth
walking, while Mutianyu, Jinshanling,
and the vertiginous Simatai require
a full day's outing. A grand view can
be enjoyed on top of the fortresses.
Look into the distance; there is a sea
of lofty mountains and ridges where
the Great Wall arises from the clouds
and rapidly runs out of sight into the
60 Kilometers north of Beijing, Ming
Tombs consist of mausoleums of 13 Ming
- Xi'an (Breakfast
Tour to the Temple
of Heaven. Transfer to the airport for
flight to Xi'an.
Visit Ancient City Wall. Optional program
in the evening: Tang Dynasty Dinner
of Heaven: An
example of China's ancient architectural
art and the architectural structure
for worshipping the heaven. Covering
an area of 2,700,000 square meters,
it is located in the southeastern part
of central Beijing. The temple of Heaven
was built in 1420 AD Ming Dynasty and
then expanded and reconstructed. It
was for emperors of the two dynasties
to worship heaven and pray for rich
harvest. Now, it has been a famous tourist
City Wall: The
wall was erected in the 14th century
Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it encircles
and protects the ancient part of Xian
City. A wide and deep moat ran around
the 13-kilometer walls. Visitors could
rent a bike and go all around the city
wall; it is a fun and peaceful way to
experience the city.
Visit the Terra
Cotta Warriors Museum, the Forest of
Stone Steles Museum and the Big Wild
Cotta Warriors Museum: Qin
Shi Huang Mausoleum, with its 40 meters
high tumulus, was built in the third
century B.C. for Qin Shi Huang, the
first emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221-206
B.C.). In 1974 a huge pit with numerous
Qin pottery figures was discovered to
the east of the mausoleum. The unearthed
clay warriors and horses are huge and
life-like and provide valuable data
for the study of the military weaponry
and sculpture of the time. The excavation
of this incredibly rich find is a continuing
process and visitors can actually see
the archaeologists at work revealing
more and more of these remarkable statues.
Nothing comparable to it has ever been
uncovered in China before.
of Stone Steles Museum: The
Stele Forest stores voluminous artworks
which possess not only eximious value
of handwriting and art, but also rich
cultural connotation. The Stele Forest
began to be built in 1087.
Wild Goose Pagoda: This
pagoda is on the grounds of the DaCiEn
Temple. It was built in 652 A.D. Xuan
Zhuang, the famous master monk of the
Tang Dynasty, here translated Buddhist
texts that he had brought back from
India. The pagoda, as it stands today
has seven stones and is 64 meters high.
Spiraling staircases lead to the top
where one is rewarded with a good view
of Xi'an and the surrounding area.
Dynasty Show: A
performance of Chang'an music and dances
that was originated in the Tang dynasty
of Chinese history over a thousand years
- Guilin (Breakfast
Visit the Shaanxi
Provincial History Museum and the Great
Mosque. Transfer to the airport for
flight to Guilin.
Provincial History Museum: The
museum, with a floor space of over 4,000
square meters, was opened in 1952. There
are more than two thousand ancient artifacts
on display. They are divided into three
sections: Forest of Steles (the oldest
and richest collection of such stone
tablets in China), Gallery of Stone
Sculpture, and Historical Relics.
in 742 A.D., the mosque was restored
in each of the Yuan (1271 - 1368), Ming
and Qing Dynasties. The distribution
of pavilions, halls, towers and platforms
in the mosque is compact and exquisite,
blending the traditional architectural
styles of Islam and Han.
- Li River Cruise - Yangshuo
Our tour guide
will meet you in your hotel lobby in
the morning, then take our private car
/ van to the Zhujiang Pier where the
Li River cruise starts (50 minutes'
driving), board the cruise boat (large,
air-conditioned ship). Usually the boats
set off at 09:00-09:30. Lunch will be
served onboard. The boat trip takes
4 hours. After arriving at the Yangshuo
Pier, you can have a stroll over the
busy West Street that lined with restaurants,
shops and caf¨¦s. Transfer
to your hotel in Yangshuo. There are
optional tours available in Yangshuo:
taking bamboo raft on Yulong River and
seeing cormerants catching fish; biking
to the countryside and visiting a local
farmer's family; visiting the Silver
River: Also called Lijiang River,
it flows 83 kilometers from Guilin to
Yangshuo, winding between green karst
hills and lush green fields. Cruising
down the river, you will encounter poetic
rural landscapes with rolling mountains,
steep cliffs, fishing boats, wild birds,
water buffalos, quiet villages, graceful
bamboo groves, and breathtaking views
of fantastic peaks.
- Guilin - Chongqing (Breakfast
Drive back to
Guilin. Visit the Elephant Trunk Hill
and the Reed Flute Cave. Have a pleasant
stroll around the picturesque Fir Lake,
the Banyan Lake and the Southern Ancient
Gate. Transfer to the airport for flight
Our guide will pick you up from the
airport. Visit the Chongqing Zoo and
Ciqikou old street. After dinner, board
the Cruises for a memorable voyage down
the mighty Yangtze River.
Flute Cave: A
fascinating limestone cave famed for
the odd-shaped Karst formations. The
length of the tour is about 550 meters
offering a magic land of stalagmites,
stalactites, stone curtains and stone
pillars in fantastic shapes and colors.
It has been one of Guilin's interesting
attractions for over 1,200 years.
Trunk Hill: The
hill is located on the western bank
of Li River. The shape of this famous
rock formation is just like a huge elephant
drinking water from the river with its
trunk, hence the name. On the top of
the hill there is a Puxian Pagoda which
was built in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644),
the pagoda looks like the handle of
River Cruise (Breakfast
+ Lunch + Dinner)
Get up early and enjoy a spectacular
journey on the mighty Yangtze River.
Depart Chongqing at 8:00am. After lunch,
take shore excursion at Shibaozhai or
Fengdu according to the schedule of
your cruise company. Return to the boat
and continue the cruise. Around 20:30,
the Captain's Welcome Party will be
held in the evening.
Built against sheer cliffs in 1750,
it is a 12-storey red wood pavilion
with a height of 56 meters.
It is known for its special culture
of ghosts. The city has a large complex
of shrines, temples and monasteries
dedicated to the afterlife.
- Sandouping (Breakfast
+ Lunch + Dinner)
Passing through the magnificent Qutang
Gorge and beautiful Wu
Gorge. Transfer to a small sampan
to cruise the Shennong Stream or Lesser
Three Gorges. The sampan allows you
to experience a speedy adventure and
have a close look at mossy rocks,
verdant plants, plank roads, and ancient
coffins. Sail into the longest and
the most scenic Xiling
Gorge. Finally, pass the Five
Level Ship Lock in the evening.
A tributary of the Yangtze River.
It originates in the southern part
of Shennongjia Natural Reserve and
flows into the Yangtze River via the
- Yichang - Shanghai (Breakfast
to visit the Three
Gorges Dam - the largest hydroelectric
project in the world. After that, you
will disembark at Yichang at about 13:00.
Our local guides will get on board to
meet you. Transfer to the airport for
flight to Shanghai.
Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
Have a stroll over the Bund.
Optional program in the evening: the
Portman Acrobatic Show or Huangpu River
Bund: As the
architectural symbol of Shanghai, the
Bund is on the west bank of Huangpu
River and winds one kilometer. The name
"the Bund" is derived from an Anglo-Indian
term meaning literally ¡°muddy embankment¡±.
To the west of the Bund, there are 52
magnificent buildings standing in different
styles: Rome, Baroque, Gothic, Renaissance,
Classic and the combination of Eastern
and Western style, most of them were
erected before 1937.
Pu River: A
tributary of the Yangtze and there is
plenty of traffic on it to prove its
importance. You'll see the magnificent
building skylines on both the historic
west side (the Bund), and the modern
east side (Pudong) as well as the working
area of coal boats filling barges and
sending them downriver. It's fun to
see such lively river life as well as
Shanghai's amazing skyline.
- Departure (Breakfast
Visit the Shanghai
Museum, the Yu Yuan Garden, Shanghai
Old Street and former French Concession.
Transfer to the airport for your departure,
end of service.
Museum is a treasure house of Chinese
cultural essence with a rich collection
of 120,000 valuable antique items. Shanghai
Museum is especially famous for its
treasures of bronzes (bells, knives,
axeheads, chariot ornaments), ceramics,
Chinese calligraphy and traditional
Yuan Garden: As
the most famous classical garden in
Shanghai, Yuyuan is located to the northeast
of the old town, not far from The Bund.
It was built from 1559 to 1577 during
the Ming Dynasty. Each pavilion, hall,
stone and stream in the garden is expressing
the quintessence of South China landscape
design from Ming and Qing Dynasty.
French Concession: It
is once designated for the French from
1849 to 1946, consisting of today's
Luwan and Xuhui Districts. Interesting
architecture built with French and Belgian
venture investments and showing mixed
Chinese-European styles. Today, the
area is characterized by quiet, tree-lined
avenues, French-style villas, interesting
boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes
that are not typical of China.
2. Hotel Accommodation
3. Tour Price
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1. Your name and nationality;
2. The number of persons in your party,
if there are childre, please let us know
3. Your travel date;
4. The code of the tour that you are interested
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5. Please let us know would you like 5-star
luxury hotels or standard 4-star hotels
or comfortable 3-star hotels for your
6. We specialize in customizing or tailor
making tour package to make it do exactly
what you want, if you have any request,
please let us know.
4. Quotation Inclusions For The Above Tour:
1. Hotel accommodation
The hotel is based on two persons sharing
one twin or double standard room with
Daily American or Chinese breakfast at
the hotel, Chinese lunch and dinner in
local Chinese restaurant as specified
in the itinerary.
3. Private Transport
Private transport between airport or railway
station and hotel and all the sights by
The economic class air tickets of the
domestic flight or soft berth/seat train
tickets between cities as specified in
The main entrance tickets for the sights
6. Guiding service
All normal sightseeing tours in each city
with English-speaking guide and admission
fees where applicable. Our guide will
not fly with you from one city to another.
Upon your arrival at each city, a new
local guide and driver will pick you up,
be with you for local tour and see you
off after you finish the itinerary of
each city. The cruise shore excursion
is in-group assigned by the cruise company.
China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
We highly recommend that you purchase
full coverage travel insurance from you
country of origin.
8. Tibet Travel
Permit application fee
The Tibet Travel Permit application fee
if your tour covers Tibet.
5. Quotation Exclusions For The Above Tour:
1. Visa Fees
Charge of obtaining your visa to enter
of arrival and departure
The international or domestic air / train
charge of arrival and departure.
3. Single Room
Should a twin room is needed by a single
guest, supplement of the twin room will
is single supplement?
The hotel is based on
double occupancy. If the visitor travels
alone or the number of the travelers is
odd (such as 3,5, 7...), who stays in
one single room has to pay the single
room supplement. As the hotel is on double
Expenses of a personal nature such as
laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call,
optional activities or sightseeing, overweight
baggage charges or meals not indicated,
Optional programs which are not specified
in the above itinerary.
6. Tips to guides