Cultural Beijing, historical Xi'an, marvelous Three Gorges of Yangtze River, and modern Shanghai, which make a perfect combination of everything in one trip. You are going to see the big difference in culture between the north and south of China. As capitals of ancient China, Beijing and Xi'an, both located in the north, share a lot in common like Xi'an City Wall and the Great Wall. In the south, on the contrary, you mainly focus on the natural landscape along Yangtze River and a very comprehensive Shanghai.
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Cruise, History, Culture
Breakfast:10; Lunch:9; Dinner:2
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Your exciting tour begins when your airplane lands at Beijing International Airport (PEK) with a warm greeting from your personal guide. Your guide and driver will escort you to your hotel and assist with check-in.
A late start is suggested for you to recover from jet-lag. Today’s highlight is to visit the most famous Forbidden City (also known as the 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. À La Cart lunch at Courtyard 7 gives you an authentic experience for your first Chinese meal.
We will visit the Hutongs. Chinese Yo-Yo Play draws you closer to the neighborhoods of the Hutongs and happily ends your day. The Hutongs are a reminder of ancient China while visiting a very modern city.
1. The legend of kung fu premiered in 2004. In contrast to the traditional Kungfu show, it demonstrates Kungfu through dramatic stories. The group also tours abroad and has a good reputation.
2. Acrobatics at Chaoyang Theatre was founded in 1984. Their performances have won more than 30 awards at home and abroad. "Blue And White Porcelain" (balancing a stack of bowls on the head), which is one of them, was on the stage of the Spring Festival Gala in 2015.
3. Peking Opera is one of five major operas in China and the quintessence of Chinese culture with a history of near 200 years. It was entertainment only for the court in the beginning, and then slowly opened to common people as well.
Visit the Temple of Heaven in the morning and see local people doing their morning exercises among the old trees. The temple was built for the emperors to pray to the gods of heaven for a good harvest back in the Ming and Qing dynasties. You can learn Tai Chi for around half an hour following the master. And then we will drive you to one of the greatest world heritage sites – the Mutianyu Great Wall. 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.
Learning Tai Chi
The Mutianyu Great Wall is a less crowded and more scenic section of the Wall. A cable car (at your own expense) takes you up to the 15th Watch Tower. It is recommended that you hike along the oldest rocks for some hours. You will be back to your hotel at around 17:30.
The Mutianyu Great Wall
After breakfast, you will spend half of day in the Summer Palace, a large park with pavilions and beautifully painted corridors, lakes and rockeries. Have lunch at a local restaurant.
The Summer Palace
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 toys. Say goodbye to the kids, you will board the speed train to Xi'an.
On arrival at Xi'an north railway station, our guide will wait for you at the exit and accompany you to your hotel. Have sweet dreams.
After breakfast, you will go to visit the magnificent Terracotta Warriors and Horses. They’ve been standing there for over 2200 years and the site was honored as "the eighth wonder of the world" in 1987. Its large scale and superior craft are impressive. After that, you will visit a Cave Dwelling near there. You will see how ancient Chinese learned to improve their accommodation conditions with limited natural resources. Have lunch at a local restaurant.
Then we will head back to the city center to visit the the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Fountain Plaza. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda stored the Buddhist scriptures transported from India in the Tang Dynasty and was listed as a World Cultural Heritage site. And then you can wander around the Fountain Plaza which is located at the foot of the pagoda. It is the largest Tang-themed cultural square in Asia, and has become a cultural and tourism scenic spot in Xi'an for people to enjoy and gather.
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Recommended activity: Tang-Dynasty Palace Music and Dances is a performance that was re-created by many famous artists in Shaanxi province, displaying the essence of music, rhythm, and dance art in the Tang Dynasty.
After breakfast, you will visit the ancient City Wall where you could either have a leisurely walk or rent a bike to ride on the wall. Then the following visit is Shaanxi History Museum, which is known as the "pearl of ancient capital, treasure house of China".
(Note: we may replace the museum with the Muslim Street and the Great Mosque during July, August and public holidays as it will be packed with people.)
Today’s lunch will be served at 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 them. A homemade meal and pleasant conversation with local people in the Far East make for a special experience.
Xi'an City Wall
Take a late afternoon flight to Chongqing. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the cruise terminal. The boarding time is from 18:00 to 20:30 and your cruise departs at 21:00. There will be a safety briefing later.
(Tips: you need to prepare your own dinner before you board the ship and can ask the tour guide for some advices. The itinerary below is subject to change based on different cruise company. )
There will be early bird coffee and tea served and Tai Chi practice during 06:30–07:00. After breakfast, you will have a shore excursion to Fengdu "Jade Emperor". The whole scenic area strives to interpret the religious beliefs of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism from the perspective of cognitive civilization. And then you will be back to your cruise for a buffet lunch.
Enjoy your free time onboard. There will be a captain's welcome reception starting at 17:15.
Buffet dinner is served from 18:00 to 20:00.
Yangtze River Cruise
You still have a choice of a Tai Chi lesson on the sun deck in the early morning. At around 10:45-11:00, the cruise will sail through Qutang Gorge and then Wu Gorge. Get your camera ready for the scenery. Have a buffet lunch at noon.
You will board a small boat to tour the Goddess Stream.
You will have a captain's farewell banquet and enjoy a minorities and dynasty crew cabaret.
Have an early buffet breakfast, then you will have a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, which is the largest hydropower project in the world. After that, you will take a shuttle bus to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal where our guide will wait for you.
Three Gorges Dam
Have lunch at a local restaurant. And then, your guide and driver will transfer you to the railway station for your train to Shanghai.
Our guide will meet you at the station in Shanghai and escort you to your hotel. Good night.
Today start your trip from the old French Concession, which was downtown in Shanghai between 1849 and 1943. The French-styled buildings witnessed the development of Shanghai in the early 20th century. Then continue your historical tour in Xintiandi, an ideal area for a walk. Most shops, restaurants and bars in this area are open in buildings with a history of 100 years. They are all amazing combinations of old fashioned and modernized. Have lunch at a local restaurant.
You will be whisked to the Bund from the historical tour. The skyscrapers on the Bund were all built after China opened its doors to the world in 1978. Admire the buildings and feel the pulse of modern Shanghai. The Jade Buddha Temple is your last stop of today’s tour. See how the local people relax in the 120-year old Buddhist temple.
1. A live acrobatic show by Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe or another one called ‘ERA, Intersection of Time’.
2. Night cruise along Huangpu to see the beautiful city lights on both sides.
Be packed and prepared for your flight home. Your personal guide and driver are ready to take you to the international airport. Take away great memories of history, culture, people and the natural landscape back home. However there is a lot more to see and discover, so we hope you will come again.
(Note: you can go shopping at Asia Pacific Plaza which is the biggest market for buying ‘fake’ goods in Pudong if you have free time in the morning.)
|Beijing||Penta Hotel Beijing||Regent Beijing|
|Xi'an||Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an||Wyndham Grand Xian South|
|Chong Qing||Yangtze River Cruise of The President or Victoria Fleet||Yangtze River Cruise of Century Fleet|
|Shanghai||Narada Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund||Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World|
1. Will we have any free time during the tour or is the entire day taken up with touring?
This is a private tour for your party only. Flexibility is our top priority; you can keep your own travel pace. In most cases, the tour is finished around 5PM every day. You will have your whole night free. Furthermore, you can stay longer or shorter in each spot based on your interest. Just tell your personal guide what you would like to do and he/she will accommodate it.
2. How are your guides? Are they well to get along with?
We select and train our tour guides based on China Educational Tours’ service standards. An annual test is given to see whether the guides are flexible and knowledgeable. We offer fair salary to the guides and even give them a bonus for their excellent work. So your guide will pay full attention to your needs and work hard to make your trip a lifetime memorable one.
3. Do you help me to get a China Visa?
Yes, we will send you an invitation letter for a visa application as soon the tour arrangement is confirmed and paid. The letter includes your full itinerary, hotels’ information, transportations and inviter’s details. You can submit the application to a Chinese embassy closest to your home or you can entrust someone else to drop off the visa application, or a travel/visa agency to help handle your visa application if you can’t go in person.
4. What’s the difference between a second class seat and a first class seat on speed trains?
Second class and first class seats are available on speed trains named “G, D, Z”. Second class seats usually have 5 seats in a row with 2 on one side of the aisle and 3 on the other side. While first class has 4 seats in a row and 2 on each side of the aisle. Hence, basically speaking, first class has bigger seats and wider aisles than second class with less people in one compartment, and of course costs more.