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12 Days China Yangtze Cruise Tour: Beijing, Lijiang, Kunming, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Yichang, Shanghai

Destinations: Beijing, Kunming, Lijiang, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Yichang, Shanghai
Tour Code: Yangtze_04
Departure: Depending on the downstream cruise date of Cruises

1. Tour Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival
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.
Day 02 Beijing (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Visit Tiananmen 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.

Tiananmen Square: Tiananmen 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: The 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.
Summer Palace: The 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.
Beijing 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 fruit-wood.
Peking Opera: Beijing Opera is deemed the national opera of China. The accompanying music, singing and costumes are full of Chinese cultural facts.
Day 03 Beijing (Breakfast + Lunch)
Take an excursion to the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs.

Great 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.
Ming Tombs: Some 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.
Day 04 Beijing - Lijiang (Breakfast + Lunch)
Tour to the Temple of Heaven. Transfer to the airport for flight to Lijiang.

Temple 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.
Day 05

Lijiang (Breakfast, Lunch)
Tour to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang Murals and Ancient Shuhe Village of Naxi people. Explore Lijiang Ancient Town.

Jade 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 Naxi people.
Lijiang 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.
Lijiang 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.

Day 06 Lijiang - Kunming (Breakfast)
Free in the morning for you to explore the old town.. Take flight to Kunming in the afternoon.
Day 07 Kunming - Stone Forest - Kunming / (Breakfast, Lunch)
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.
Day 08 Kunming - 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.
Day 09 Yangtze 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.

Shibaozhai: Built against sheer cliffs in 1750, it is a 12-storey red wood pavilion with a height of 56 meters.
Fengdu: It is known for its special culture of ghosts. The city has a large complex of shrines, temples and monasteries dedicated to the afterlife.
Day 10

Three Gorges - 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.


Shennong Stream: A tributary of the Yangtze River. It originates in the southern part of Shennongjia Natural Reserve and flows into the Yangtze River via the Wu Gorge.

Day 11 Sandouping - Yichang - Shanghai (Breakfast + Lunch)
Shore excursion 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 cruise.


The 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.
Huang 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.
Day 12 Shanghai - Departure (Breakfast + Lunch)
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.

Shanghai Museum: Shanghai 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 paintings.
Yu 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.
Former 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

Destination Luxury Standard Comfort
Beijing Jinguang Hotel
Sunworld Hotel
King Parkview Hotel
Kunming Kai Wah Plaza
Kunming Hotel
Camellia Hotel
Lijiang International Hotel
Zen Garden Hotel
Xin Na Hotel
Yangtze Cruise President No.1
Three Kingdoms
Three Kingdoms
Shanghai Courtyard Xujiahui
Galaxy Hotel
Holiday Inn Express

3. Tour Price

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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 private facilities.
2. Meals
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 air-conditioned vehicle.
4. Transportation between Cities
The economic class air tickets of the domestic flight or soft berth/seat train tickets between cities as specified in the itinerary.
5. Entrance tickets
The main entrance tickets for the sights mentioned.
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.
7. Insurance
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 China.
2. Charge of arrival and departure
The international or domestic air / train charge of arrival and departure.
3. Single Room Supplement
Should a twin room is needed by a single guest, supplement of the twin room will be charged.
What 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 occupancy.
4. Personal Expenses
Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities or sightseeing, overweight baggage charges or meals not indicated, ect.
5. Optional Programs
Optional programs which are not specified in the above itinerary.
6. Tips to guides and drivers

 
 
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