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203: 15 Days China Tours of Beijing - Xian - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Hong Kong

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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 01 Arrival in Beijing
No meals
Crowne Plaza  

Our guide will meet you outside the customs of Beijing Airport after you retrieve your luggage and clear the customs, and then transfer you to the hotel. The left hours of the day are free for individual activities.

Tips: Your hotel is well located in the downtown area of Beijing and is about a 50 minute drive from the airport without traffic delays. After picking you up, we intend to leave the day free for you to recover from the long journey and the jet lag. If you still feel energetic, you can explore the city on your own. For your information, the traffic in Beijing is terribly busy during the rush hours and is best to avoid driving during that period. There are two traffic peaks everyday, 7:00-9:00 in the morning and 17:00-19:00 in the evening. If you want to go out during these periods, the best way is on foot.

Day 02 Beijing
Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Crowne Plaza  

Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City this morning. Then an a la carte lunch is served at a very nice restaurant to taste the authentic Chinese food. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven. A lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at Red Theatre is scheduled as evening delight.

Day 03 Beijing
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Crowne Plaza  

You will be accompanied by our local professional guide to one of the greatest world heritage sites - the Great Wall, Badaling section. Drive to escape the shopping site tourist restaurants near the Great Wall to have a decent meal -Sichuan food, for lunch. Visit the Sacred Way and the Ming Tomb in the afternoon. On the way back to downtown, drive by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium). You will see its appearance at a distance.

Tips: It will be an energy consuming day for you as you will climb lots of steps on the Great Wall and walk a long distance along the Sacred Way. A pair of shoes suitable for walking may ease you somewhat. When climbing the Great Wall, bringing a bottle of water is a wise idea, especially if you are traveling in summer. Along the way in front of the Great Wall, there are many vendors selling various souvenirs who are always aggressive. They will keep saying hello to you, waving their goods in hand. If you are not interested or have no intention of buying, you can just ignore them and walk on by.

Day 04 Beijing - Xian
Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Shangri-la Golden Flower Hotel - South Wing  

Visit the Royal Garden-Summer Palace and have a Hutong tour, you will enjoy your a la carte lunch at an elegant restaurant. Head for Xian by air. Upon arrival, you will be met by your local professional tour guide and transferred to check into the well selected hotel.

Day 05 Xian
Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch, Tang Dynasty dinner show
Shangri-la Golden Flower Hotel - South Wing  

You will have a visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum which is said to be the Eighth Wonder of the world. Your a la carte lunch is served at the best local restaurant. Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Provincial History Museum. In the evening, we will arrange the marvelous Tang Dynasty Dinner Show at the splendid Tang Dynasty Palace.

Tips: As an ancient city, there are many places other than the scheduled itinerary to experience the old cultural atmosphere of Xian. One suggestion: Take a taxi from your hotel to the South Gate area and you will find a street named Shuyuanmen Street (College Gate Street). During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, this was the location of the highest college in Shaanxi Province. Now it is a street lined with stores offering artifacts, decorative items, calligraphy and paintings and other handcrafts. There are some upcoming artists writing or painting on site along the street. Once you are there, you can feel the peaceful and intense culture atmosphere.

Day 06 Xian - Chongqing
Western buffet breakfast
President No.1  

After visiting the City Wall, head for Chongqing by an afternoon flight. Your local professional tour guide will expect you with comfortable transfer service. You will board the luxurious President Cruise Ship. As the ship departs from Chongqing at about 22:00, your relaxing Yangtze River cruise begins.

Day 07 Chongqing - Shibaozhai
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

Disembark at Zhongxian at 14:00, have an excursion to Shibaozhai. Back on board at 16:00. You can participate in cultural programs this morning and the Captain's Welcome Cocktail Party at 20:00 tonight invites our passengers to participate.

Day 08 Badong (Shennong Stream) - Xiling Gorge - Sandouping
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

Begin the passage with Qutang Gorge, the shortest and the grandest of the Three Gorges. Later we will pass the Wu Gorge with its famous lofty and misty peaks. Disembark at Badong for an excursion to the Shennong Stream. The trip features natural beauty and an exciting boat ride drifting along the crystal stream. The pea boat allows you to experience a speedy adventure and have a close look at mossy rocks, verdant plants, plank roads, ancient coffins and precious animals. The unique songs of the local Tujia people are very impressive. The continue sailing into the western section of Xiling Gorge. Dock overnight at Sandouping, close to the Three Gorges Dam.

Tips: When you visit the Three Little Gorges, you will observe cliff coffins and ancient plank paths. Today we are still unsure of how the ancient coffins were put on the high, steep cliffs. The Three Little Gorges include Dragon Gate Gorge, Misty Gorge and Emerald Gorge, which are regarded as the pearl of the Yangtze Cruise. Here you will experience the powerful grace of the Chinese way of life, as your boat is guided by boat trackers who will pull the vessel through difficult terrain.

Day 09 Yichang - Shanghai
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Renaissance Shanghai Yuyuan Hotel  

Disembark for an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. Then pack your luggage and complete check-out procedures. Visit the Yichang Museum if time allows. Head for Shanghai by flight and your local professional tour guide will expect you with comfortable transfer service.

Day 10 Shanghai
Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Renaissance Shanghai Yuyuan Hotel  

Visit the Shanghai Museum and the Yuyuan Garden. At noon, an a la carte farewell lunch will be served at a fancy and famous local restaurant, which offers authentic Shanghai and Cantonese cuisine. After lunch, transfer you to the Bund area, where you will take a cruise tour on the Huangpu River. Leave you some free time to explore the Bund area on your own. Then visit an ancient cultural street.

Tips: You may have heard of a famous shopping, entertainment, dining and culture area in Shanghai which is called Xintindi. It is a place where the new meets the old and East meets West. The buildings there combine the style of the traditional Shikumen lane with the newest modern architecture. When evening comes, the Xintindi area becomes a shining star in the city center. You can wander in the Shikumen lane to enjoy its unique construction, have dinner at the outdoor tables, or do some shopping in the fashion shops. The various styles of night bars can absolutely satisfy and enrich your night life. It takes five minutes to go there by taxi and takes fifteen minutes if you walk there. Please ask the hotel bellboy to help you.

Day 11 Shanghai - Guilin
Western buffet breakfast
Sheraton Hotel  

No escorted tour is scheduled in the morning and you could explore the city on your own pace. Head for Guilin by afternoon flight, your local professional tour guide will expect you with comfortable airport-hotel transfer service.

Day 12 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Sheraton Hotel  

Travel to Yangshuo by cruising along the magnificent Li River which itself is the highlight of today. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, a brief country-road tour by bicycle will then be arranged. A local family will be somewhere along the road expecting your visit. If you are less skillful of riding a bicycle, we will transfer you there instead. Transfer back to Guilin. (Tip: Since the lunch on the Li River cruise can hardly meet your expectation, we suggest you have enough breakfast at the hotel this morning.)

Tips: Your Li River cruise usually is scheduled to depart at 9:30 am. Since wind is relatively strong while cruising, you are advised to wear a jacket when you take the cruise on Li River, especially in the cold season. Though both bicycles and car are provided as options, we highly recommend you to ride a bicycle if you are capable of it. It is a better way to enjoy the pastoral scenery of Yangshuo.

Day 13 Guilin - Hong Kong
Western buffet breakfast, Western-style lunch
InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong  

The highlight Guilin tour continues to the Reed Flute Cave, the Seven Star Park and the Elephant Trunk Hill. A western-style lunch will be served to you at a nice and decent local restaurant. Head for Hong Kong by flight and please arrange the airport-hotel transfer on your own upon arrival.

Day 14 Hong Kong
Western buffet breakfast
InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong  

Full day is free and we only book the hotel with breakfast for you. You are recommended to have the peak tram ride to mid-level of Central District, visit the Victoria Peak, the Repulse Bay, Aberdeen, Stanley Market and take taxi to the Pier to take Star Ferry to Kowloon side, walk along the waterfront promenade back to Hotel.

Tips: Hong Kong, a bright pearl of China, plays prominently in the entertainment industry in China, even in Hollywood. Many film stars have broken into Hollywood, like Jackie Chen, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun Fat and Ziyi Zhang who are popular overseas. If you are interested, you are suggested to go to Madame Tussauds museum located at the top of Taiping Hill, which exhibits the world famed figures' waxworks. It opens from 10:00- 22:00 everyday for the whole year, tickets are priced at HKD$120.00 for adults, and HKD$70.00 for children and senior citizens.

Day 15 Departure from Hong Kong
Western buffet breakfast
 

After breakfast, arrange the hotel-airport private transfer on your own to board your homebound flight.

Season Group Size 2-5 travelers 6-9 travelers 10 travelers & above
High season
(Mar 1st-Nov 30th)
Double Occupancy $3832 $3416 $3178
Single Occupancy $5094 $4678 $4409
Shoulder season
(Dec 1st, 2012-Feb 28th, 2013)
Double Occupancy $3791 $3375 $3138
Single Occupancy $5023 $4607 $4339
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