12 Days China Yangtze
Cruise Tour: Beijing, Lijiang, Kunming,
Chongqing, Yangtze River, Yichang, Shanghai
Tour Code: Yangtze_04
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 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.
Forbidden City China is a symbol of
oriental culture, Established on the
basis of the Imperial PaLace of the
Ming and Qing dynasties. One cannot
be counted as having visited China if
he or she has never visited the Forbidden
City of China.
largest and most famous imperial garden
in China which is located in the northwestern
outskirts of Beijing. The Summer Palace
was first built in 1750 as a summer
resort for the emperors in the Qing
Dynasty. It was built in order to celebrated
Emperor Qianlong's mother's 60th birthday,
and survived from several major damages
a couple of times in late Qing Dynasty.
The most attractive sight in Summer
Palace is the Kunming lake. You can
take a boat to cruise it in the summer
and enjoy skiing on the frozen lake
in the winter.
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
Opera is deemed the national opera of
China. The accompanying music, singing
and costumes are full of Chinese cultural
Take an excursion
to the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs.
Wall Of China: One
of the seven wonders in the world and
the symble of China. The Great Wall
extends to more than 5,000 kilometers.
50 kilometers northwest of the downtown
Beijing, the Ming Tombs are generally
combined with a visit to the Great Wall.
Otherwise known as the "13 Tombs", this
is the burial site of 13 out of 17 emperors
of the Ming Dynasty.
- Lijiang (Breakfast
Tour to the Temple
of Heaven. Transfer to the airport for
flight to Lijiang.
of Heaven: Situadet
in the South-Eastern part of Beijing,
the Temple of Heaven is the largest
still existing sacrificial temple in
China. It was used as the site for imperial
sacrifices during the Ming and Qing
dynasties. It was here that the emperor
conducted the elaborate and most exalted
sacrifices addressed to "the Supreme
Ruler of the Universe" to ask for the
heavens blessings and good harvest.
Tour to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain,
Lijiang Murals and Ancient Shuhe Village
of Naxi people. Explore Lijiang Ancient
Dragon Snow Mountain: A holy mountain
for the Naxi people that is located
15km north of Lijiang city with an
altitude of 5600 meters (18,400 feet)
above sea level. Visit villages of
Murals: Made in succession from
the early Ming dynasty to the reign
of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing dynasty.
These mural paintings, with their
fine and smooth lines, bright colors,
vivid pattern and balanced and harmonious
composition are a wonderful sight.
Ancient Town: It is situated on
a plateau at an elevation of 2,600m
and is impressive because of its scenery
and lush vegetation. There is no other
town in China like Lijiang which incorporates
the folkways of so many people and
the architectural styles of both north
and south China.
- Kunming (Breakfast)
Free in the morning for you to explore
the old town.. Take flight to Kunming
in the afternoon.
- Stone Forest - Kunming / (Breakfast,
After breakfast, drive 1.5 hours (90
KM) to visit the Stone Forest. Return
to Kunming in the afternoon.
Stone Forest: The 26,000-hectare Stone Forest is located in Lu'nan Yi Nationality Autonomous County, about 120 kilometers southwest of Kunming. The area is believed to have been originally under the ocean. With eons of movement of the earth crust the area rose and broke through. The limestone left behind went through sun, rain, wind, and earthquakes and finally developed into the beautiful stone forest we see today.
- Chongqing (Breakfast
+ Lunch + Dinner)
Transfer to the
airport for flight to Chongqing.
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.
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 ˇ°muddy embankmentˇ±.
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,
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3. Your travel date;
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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