Cultural Beijing, Historical Xi'an, marvellous Three Gorges and modern Shanghai. This tour is a perfect combination for first time travellers to taste and admire the essence of China.
Day 01: Beijing – Arrival
Your exciting tour begins when your airplane lands at Beijing International Airport (PEK) with a warm greeting from your personal guide who has been arranged. Your guide and driver will escort you to your hotel and assist with check-in.
Day 02:Beijing – City Highlights (B,L)
A late start is suggested for you to recover from jet-lag. Today’s highlight is to visit the most famous Forbidden City (also named as Palace Museum or Imperial Palace). Walking through the Palace, you will be fascinated by the imperial architecture and beautiful stories. Your guide brings everything to life and you will feel like you are back six centuries ago. Before entering the Palace, you will walk around the largest city square on earth, Tiananmen Square. A La Cart lunch at Courtyard 7 gives you an authentic experience of your first Chinese meal.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Hutongs where you can travel by rickshaw or bike. Chinese Yo-Yo Play drags you closer in to the neighbourhood of the Hutongs and happily ends your day. The Hutongs are a reminder of ancient China while visiting a very modern city. Life goes on as it always has and will allow you to experience how many Chinese people have lived and still do so today.
Day 03:Beijing - Great Wall Exploration (B,L)
Today is an exciting day for you. Your personal guide and driver will take you to visit one of the greatest world heritage sites – the Mutianyu Great Wall. This is a less crowded and more scenic section of the Wall. A cable car takes you up to the 15th Watch Tower. It is recommend to hike along the oldest rocks for some hours. Lunch today will be served at a traditional garden restaurant, owned by local farmers. You will have some organic food that has been grown nearby. A photo stop is available at Olympic Green on the way back to your hotel.
Day 04: Beijing – Getaway Experience and Overnight/Speed Train to Xian (B,L)
Visit the Temple of Heaven in the morning and see people doing their morning exercise among old trees. It was built for the emperors to pray to the gods of heaven for a good harvest back in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Then continue on to visit the Summer Palace, a large park with pavilions and beautifully painted corridors, lakes and hills. After lunch, you will have some fun time with the children at a local kindergarten. Your guide will take you to buy some snacks and drinks before boarding the train. The overnight train is a unique way to experience Chinese people’s life style.
Day 05: Xian – arrival and Highlights Tour (B,L)
Upon arrival, your personal guide will take you to the hotel to relax and have breakfast. Then you will head off to visit the magnificent Terracotta Warriors and Horses. They’ve been standing there for over 2200 years. Continue to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Fountain Plaza.
Day 06: Xian – City Tour and Fly to Chongqing (B,L)
In the morning, you will visit the ancient City Wall where you could either have a leisurely walk or rent a bike to ride around the wall. Then followed by a tour to Shaanxi History Museum. Today’s lunch will be served in one of the local homes. Your host will show you how to make Chinese dumplings. You could try to make your own dumplings and taste and taste them. Home-cooked meals and pleasant conversation with local people is a special experience in the Far East. Take a late afternoon flight to Chongqing. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the cruise terminal. Your cruise ship disembarks at 2130hrs.
Day 07-08:Yangtze Cruise (B,L,D)
During the next two days you will pass through the Three Gorges and be able to take some shore excursions to Fengdu Ghost City, Shennong Stream or Lesser Three Gorges. Full board is included. In the morning you have a choice of a Tai Chi lesson on the sun deck, a session about Chinese calligraphy or traditional medicine which are all available for your interest. At mid-night of Day 8, the ship will pass the Five Level Ship Lock of the Three Gorges Dam.
Day 09: Yichang – Shanghai (B,L)
Your amazing journey on board the cruise ship will end with an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest irrigation project. In the morning, visit the Three Gorges Dam, which is the world's largest power station. After that, your cruise ship takes you to Yichang. Your guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for flight to Shanghai.
Day 10: Shanghai – City Highlights (B,L)
Today’s tour starts with a leisure walk in Yu Garden (Yuyuan), the top example of a Chinese classical garden. Followed by a tour to a modern Chinese village near Shanghai. You will see how local people do their daily shopping in the local food market and how seniors spend their time. Lunch will be served back at Old Shanghai. You will taste the finest Shanghai culinary dishes. In the afternoon, a tour to Pudong new district shows you how modern China has developed. A breath-taking panoramic view from the 100th floor at the World Financial Centre is a perfect ending for this memorable China tour.
Day 11: Shanghai – Departure (B)
Be packed and prepared for your flight home. Your personal guide and driver is ready to take you to Pudong International Airport (PVG) on time. Take back home good memories of history, culture, people and natural landscape. However there is a lot more to see and discover, so we hope you will come again.
|Standard Accommodation||Comfortable Accommodation||Deluxe Accommodation|
|Beijing||King Parkview Hotel Beijing||Sunworld Hotel Beijing||Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing|
|Xi'an||Grand New World Hotel||Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an||Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square|
|Yangzi River||The President Fleet||The President or Victoria Fleet||The Victoria or Century Fleet|
|Shanghai||Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai||The Bund Hotel Shanghai||Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World|