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202: 14 Days of Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai

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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 01 Entry Beijing
No meals
Holiday Inn Central Plaza - the best Holiday Inn Hotel in Beijing  

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: If your international flight lands in Beijing in the morning and you have no difficulty in recovering from the jet lag, it is our recommendation that you pay a visit to the Beihai Park on your own. It is one of the oldest and largest gardens in best preservation in the center of Beijing. You will be deeply impressed by the picturesque scenery as well as the solemn religious constructions. The admission fee is CNY10.00 during high season and CNY5.00 during low season. It is not far away from your hotel. You could take a taxi there.

Day 02 Beijing
Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Holiday Inn Central Plaza - the best Holiday Inn Hotel in Beijing  

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
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Holiday Inn Central Plaza - the best Holiday Inn Hotel in Beijing  

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. This afternoon, stroll across the Sacred Path and reach the Ming Tomb. On the way back to downtown, drive by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium). You will see its appearance at a distance.

Tips: After a whole day tour, if you want to go somewhere to have a drink and relax, you are suggested to walk around Houhai area by yourself. Houhai actually is the name of a man-made lake. It is a new home of Beijing's nightlife. Many trendy bars, luxurious nightclubs, western-style restaurants and market with native specialties are set around the lake. Starbucks, Lotus Blue and Sexy City, decorated in classical Chinese architecture style are easy to find. You can even rent a boat to peddle in the lake. Now the Houhai area is as famous as Sanlitun Street in Beijing, even among the foreigners.

Day 04 Beijing - Xian
Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Grand New World Hotel  

After your morning duration at the Summer Palace and have a Hutong tour, enjoy an a la carte lunch at an elegant restaurant. Take a flight to Xian. Upon arrival, you will be met by your local professional tour guide and be transferred to check in at the well selected hotel.

Day 05 Xian
Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner
Grand New World Hotel  

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 Shaanxi Provincial History Museum after lunch. This evening you will be entertained with Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Performance.

Tips: After a busy historic schedule in Xian, take time this evening to go downtown area to visit a modern Xian street scene. Take a taxi from your hotel and ask the driver to head for the Kaiyuan Shopping Mall beside the Bell Tower, where the busiest streets Dongdajie (East Avenue) stands. Along the street, you will see various boutique stores, restaurants, local food stalls, pubs, cinemas and etc. En route, there is the newly built Luomashi Street on the south side which has become the new nightlife hotspot. There is a Wal-Mart is at the end of the street and if you are tired of the crowds of people on the street, you can wander around the big shopping malls like Kaiyuan, Xingzhengyuan, Parkson or Century Ginwa nearby. There are many good restaurants there also, both in Chinese and Western style. You can sample a dinner there by yourself.

Day 06 Xian - Guilin
Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Guilin Bravo Hotel - former Holiday Inn Hotel  

After visiting the City Wall in the morning, you will have a local family visit 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. Then take an afternoon flight to Guilin. Your local professional tour guide will greet you with comfortable airport-hotel transfer service.

Day 07 Guilin
Western buffet breakfast, Western-style lunch
Guilin Bravo Hotel - former Holiday Inn Hotel  

Today you will take a full day city tour including visits 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.

Tips: Guilin is entitled to be the city with the most beautiful landscape scenery in China. The Two Rivers and Four Lakes compose the main spirit of Guilin. Two Rivers, Li River and Taohua (peach blossom) River, flow through the city and the Four Lakes, Rong Lake, Shan Lake, Gui Lake and Mulong Lake, intersperse around the city. Decorated with the colorful glittering neon lights, the landscape with waters and mountains in Guilin is more charming and lovely. You can walk along the Binjiang Road after dinner to enjoy this fairy land freely on your own.

Day 08 Guilin - Yangshuo
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
New Century 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. (The cruise lunch may not be as good as your expectation, please be sure you are well fed this morning at the hotel.)

Tips: Impression Liu Sanjie is strongly recommended if you would like to enjoy a performance at night. It was directed by the celebrated Chinese director Zhang Yimou, who also directed the opening and closing ceremony of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Leaning upon the landscape of Li River, culture of ethnic minorities in Guangxi and creativity of elite artists in China, Impression Liu Sanjie is the largest live-action show of landscape in the world. Different natural scene creates endless magic charm to make the show attractive. The prices range from CNY188 to CNY680 per person and the site is only 1 kilometer away from the West Street, where your hotel stands. You may take a taxi or walk there for 10 to 15 minutes as you like.

Day 09 Yangshuo - Guilin - Chongqing
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
President No. 2 or President No. 3  

Take a morning flight to Chongqing, a mountain city where your Yangtze River Cruise will begin. Visit the Residence of General Joseph W. Stilwell and Ci Qi Kou. Our guide will help you board the luxurious cruise ship and your memorable Yangtze River tour begins at 22:00.

Day 10 Shibaozhai
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

At about 14:00, have a shore excursion to Shibaozhai. Follow the sightseeing, board onto the ship and continue sailing. The Captain's Welcome Party will be held this evening and you are invited to join for fun.

Tips: If you have special physical needs such as the use of a wheelchair, please inform us when you book your trip so that we can check if appropriate facilities are available. Many cruise companies have improved their facilities so that travelers who are physically challenged can enjoy their trip as fully as possible. However, on the ships the narrow corridors, lips on the doorways, and steps at public area are unavoidable. Ships cruising along the Yangtze River may inevitably docks at some of the rural area like small towns or village. Elevators or cable cars are not readily available. Wheelchair access may be limited and sometimes impossible. Your notice ahead is important for us if you need this kind of service.

Day 11 Badong - Xiling Gorge - Sandouping
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

The essential part of the Yantze River cruise is coming today. You will appreciate the unique scenery of the Three Gorges. Qutang Gorge, the shortest but the grandest one. Wu Gorge is famous for its lofty peaks and mountains on the both sides. Xiling Gorge, the longest one among the three. An interesting junk adventure to Shennong Stream will add much joy to the marvellous day. It lasts about 3-4 hours. After a whole day sailing, the ship will stop at the Sandouping village.

Day 12 Yichang - Shanghai
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Ya Fan Long Men Hotel  

The final Yangtze onshore excursion is arranged to visit the Three Gorges Dam. After that, pack your luggage and follow the check-out procedures. Drive to Yichang to visit the Yichang Museum if time permits. Then head for Shanghai by flight and your local professional tour guide will expect you with comfortable transfer service.

Tips: If you would like to find a recreational area for relaxation after you arrive in Shanghai, the newly constructed XinTianDi may meet your needs. This new hotspot was rebuilt from old Shanghai residences. The buildings still keep the old Shanghai Shikumen style in appearance, but have been renovated to be cafes, pubs, boutiques, restaurants, stores and decorated modernly inside. Here is where "Shanghai's yesterday and today meets”. It takes you about 10 minutes by taxi from your hotel and costs about 12 RMB.

Day 13 Shanghai
Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Ya Fan Long Men Hotel  

The first stop of Shanghai is to visit the Shanghai Museum which houses large collections of historical items. Then go ahead to the famous 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, walk around the Nanjing Road,Bund area along the Hangpu River and visit an ancient cultural street, Tianzifang, which developped from local residence area to a new art zone combing artistic centers, exotic restaurants and bars.

Day 14 Shanghai Exit
Western buffet breakfast
 

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

Tips: Please note that the hotel check-out time is 12:00 o'clock at noon. Generally you need to get to the airport 2 hours in advance for your domestic flight while 3 hours for your international flight. If your flight schedule is late, you can store your luggage at the reception at your hotel when you check out. It is free of charge. After make an appointment with your guide when to meet at the hotel lobby, you can take the rest time to take a last glimpse of the city. After weeks of visit in China, you may miss your food in your country. Along the Nanjing Road, there are western restaurants like pizza huts, KFC, McDonald and some cafes also offering western food. You can go there for a lunch a conclusion of your China trip.

Season Group Size 2-5 travelers 6-9 travelers 10 travelers & above
High season
(Mar 1st-Nov 30th)
Double Occupancy $2847 $2411 $2183
Single Occupancy $3531 $3095 $2795
Shoulder season
(Dec 1st, 2012-Feb 28th, 2013)
Double Occupancy $2806 $2371 $2143
Single Occupancy $3460 $3025 $2724
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