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201: 12 Days of Beijing - Xian - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai

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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: Beijing is a historic city full of cultural sites and refined scenery. Four days is definitely not enough time for you to explore it all. If you arrive in Beijing early in the day, you might take a taxi to the newly renovated Qianmen Street to explore on your own. It will take about 10 minutes to get there. Along the street you will see Qing Dynasty-style buildings, sample traditional Beijing snacks, explore antique stores and maybe even see an old Beijing cultural performance. Many old Beijing brands like Quanjude roast duck, Guanghe theatre, and tea inns can be found here. It is a good place for you to enjoy the culture of old Beijing.

Day 02 Beijing
American 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 is scheduled as evening delight.

Day 03 Beijing
American 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: We would like to remind you to be careful of your belongings during the tour, especially in crowded areas. Pick-pockets are unavoidable anywhere. Keep important documents such as your passport and visa in the safe at the hotel. But please remember to take them with you when you check out.

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

This morning, visit the Summer Palace and have a Hutong tour, after having an a la carte lunch at a nice restaurant, you will fly to Xian. Upon arrival, you will be met by a local professional tour guide and transferred to check in at the well selected hotel.

Day 05 Xian
American 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.

Day 06 Xian
American breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Shangri-la Golden Flower Hotel - South Wing  

Morning tour will take you to the ancient City Wall. Then keep on to a local family and a la carte lunch will be arranged in the home of the family that you visit, to taste the authentic home cooked Chinese dishes. In the afternoon, visit the Great Mosque. Make use of a short period free time given there and explore the Bazzar around the Mosque.

Tips: The well preserved City Wall which encircles the inner city of Xian is an ideal venue for cycling. Ascend the City Wall at the South Gate to find bicycle renting sites on the wall. Both the one-man bicycles and tandem bicycles are available there, priced at RMB 20-40 Yuan per 90 minutes. One and a half hours are almost right for a whole circle ride. You can also ask for a pedicab or an electric car to drive you around.

Day 07 Xian - Chongqing
American breakfast
President No.1  

Visit the Xian Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Head for Chongqing by flight, and your local professional tour guide will expect you with comfortable transfer service. Have a brief city tour to the Panda House in Chongqing Zoo if time allows. 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 08 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 09 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: Yangtze River cruise tour is one of the hottest destinations for tourists. The breathtaking natural scenery will impress you deeply when you cruise along the river. The Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge show their different but fantastic views, and the shore excursion leads you to know the Badong civilization well. It has to be an unforgettable experience. Due to the low water level, winter is usually not suitable for taking a cruise tour.

Day 10 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 11 Shanghai
American 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.

Day 12 Departure from Shanghai
American breakfast

Board your homebound flight. Comfortable private hotel-airport transfer is arranged according to your flight schedule.

Tips: If your international flight takes off late in the afternoon or evening, it is a good idea for you to do some shopping in Nanjing road by yourself. Alternatively, we recommend another site Qibao Old Town for you. It is only 18 kilometers (11.18 miles) from the downtown area, the nearest old town around Shanghai. Not only can you satisfy your curiosity of this water town, but also your lure for appetizing food can be met. There is a diversity of choices, such as the dried bean curd wrapped in lotus leaves, different flavored cakes and roasted sweet potatoes. Whatever your interests, you are advised to see more of this city before you say good bye.

Season Group Size 2-5 travelers 6-9 travelers 10 travelers & above
High season
(Mar 1st-Nov 30th)
Double Occupancy $2586 $2241 $2069
Single Occupancy $3437 $3092 $2884
Shoulder season
(Dec 1st, 2012-Feb 28th, 2013)
Double Occupancy $2545 $2201 $2029
Single Occupancy $3366 $3022 $2813
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