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20-day Yangtze Cruise+Eco-ethnic Adventure

Tour code: ETC-S10   

A well-design private China travel package! First, witness Shanghai's history and modern man-made marvels. Next, enjoy cruising on the two most spectacular water wonders in China, The Yangtze River and Li River! Then, experience the unique ethnic culture in Lijiang, Dali and Longsheng. A pleasant surprise maybe in Chengdu and Leshan...

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Shanghai Arrive Shanghai, Free Day
2 Shanghai Yu Garden, Yu Market, Jade Buddha Temple
3 Shanghai/Yichang
Board the cruise ship
4 Yangtze Cruise
Three Gorges Dam
5 Yangtze Cruise
Lesser three gorges or Shennong Stream, White Emperor City
6 Yangtze Cruise
Shore Excursion to Fengdu, Shibaozhai or Wanzhou
7 Chongqing / Chengdu
Disembark cruise ship, transfer to Chengdu by Train
8 Chengdu / Leshan
Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Leshan Giant Buddha
9 Chengdu / Lijiang
Fly to Lijiang, visit Lijiang Old Town, Black Dragon Pool Park.
Free day
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Lijiang / Dali
Xizhou Town
Dali Ancient Town, Erhai Lake
Dali / Kunming / Guilin
Transfer to Kunming, fly to Guilin
Princess Jingjiang, Reed Flute Cave, Mount Yao
Guilin / Yangshuo
Li River Cruise
Cycling at countryside yangshuo
Yangshuo / Guilin / Longji
Longji Rice Terraces
Longji / Guilin / Hong Kong
Drive back to Guilin, Fly to Hong Kong
Day 1 Arrival / Shanghai
Be met at the airport and transferred to hotel for check in.

Day 2 Shanghai (B)
Spend the whole morning exploring Yu Garden, it features traditional architectural style of Yangtze Delta which used to be a private garden with 400 years' history. Then go to Jade Buddha Temple, the most popular Buddhist temple in Shanghai boasting 2 precious jade Buddha sculptures from Burma. Afternoon is free for your own exploration around.

Day 3 Shanghai / Yichang (B)
The guide escorts you to the airport for the flight to Yichang. Upon arrival, be picked up to the pier and board the cruise ship.

Day 4 Three Gorges' Cruise (B, L, D)
Morning visit to the Three Gorge Dam: it is the world's largest power station in terms of installed capacity (22,500 MW). Later, sail through the Three Gorges dam ship locks and Xiling Gorge.

Day 5 Three Gorges' Cruise (B, L, D)
Excursion to Daning River and explore the exceptionally beautiful Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream depending on the arrangement of the cruise company. Pass through Wu Gorge/Qutang Gorge. If river conditions permit, may have an optional excursion to White Emperor City, at the entrance to Qutang Gorge, where some ancient architecture can be seen and Tuogu Tang (Entrusting Son's Hall) is the most attractive one.

Day 6 Three Gorges' Cruise (B, L, D)
On board, shore excursion to "the Ghost City" --Fengdu or Shibaozhai depending on the schedule of the cruise companies.

Day 7 Chongqing / Chengdu (B)
Be met at the pier and transferred to train station. Upon arrival, our guide will meet you and drive to the hotel. Free time at the rest of the day.

Day 8 Chengdu/Leshan (B, L)
In the morning, visit Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, where 40 plus pandas as well as other endangered species like lesser pandas and black-necked crane currently reside at the base in quarters. Then, transfer to Leshan for a boating in Min River to see the Giant Buddha, which is qualified as the largest stone-carved Buddha in the world.

Day 9 Chengdu / Lijiang (B)
Drive to the airport for the flight connecting to Lijiang. Be met at the airport and transferred to hotel. Later, visit Lijiang Old Town, originally called Dayan, it is a very well preserved old town built by Naxi people with unique cultural background. It was listed as the World Cultural Heritage Sites in 1997. Then visit Black Dragon Pool Park, located at the foot of Elephant Hill, it shows visitors picturesque scenery with a large crystal pool, luxuriant trees, a snow-capped mountain and historic buildings in graceful shapes.

Day 10 Lijiang (B)
Free for your own exploration.

Day 11 Lijiang (B, L)
Start trekking along the Tiger Leaping Gorge, the canyon on the upper reach of the Yangtze River where offers a pleasant walk through spectacular scenery. Moreover, legend says a tiger could jump across the river at the narrowest point (still 25 meters wide), hence the name.

Day 12 Lijiang(B, L)
Continue trekking along Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Day 13 Lijiang / Dali (B)
Continue the journey to Dali by private car. On the way, see Bai people's Residential Houses at Xizhou--the typical town with Bai's characters, the houses here are decorated with woodcarvings, colored patterns, marbles and wash drawings, which represents the masterpieces of Bai's architecture.

Day 14 Dali (B, L)
In the morning, visit Dali Ancient Town. The town's layout was uniform, with five main streets from south to north and eight main streets from east to west, while marketplaces were neatly arranged within the town, which has remained unchanged to this date. Then enjoy boating at Erhai Lake--one of the seven biggest fresh water lakes in China. Afternoon is free at leisure.

Day 15 Dali / Kunming / Guilin (B)
Transfer from Dali to Kunming by express bus. Be picked up at the bus station and head for the Kunming airport. Fly to Guilin, stay at the hotel in Guilin.

Day 16 Guilin (B, L)
3 highlights of today are: Palace of Prince Jingjiang-- commonly known as Wang Cheng (Prince City), located in the inner city of Guilin, it was originally the official residence of Zhu Shouqian, the great nephew of Zhu Yuanzhang (the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty). Reed Flute Cave-- known as "Natural Art Gallery", it is famous for its fantastic stalactites and stalagmites formation. Mount Yao (by round-way chair-lift)-- the highest mountain in Guilin city, which boasts brilliant natural views in different season and have a panoramic view about the whole city.

Day 17 Guilin / Yangshuo (B, L)
Take a leisurely Li River cruise, disembark at the beautiful small town famous for its Karst landscape-Yangshuo. Have a free afternoon for your own exploration. At night, you can go to watch the optional evening show 'Impression Sanjie Liu' on the natural stage along Li River.

Day 18 Yangshuo (B, L)
The happy day begins by biking (2 hours) to the countryside to see the stunning scenery, rice paddies, water buffalo and local farmer's life. Enjoy leisure time along the roads. Free afternoon.

Day 19 Yangshuo / Guilin / Longji (B, L, D)
Drive to see Longji Rice Terraces via Guilin. Built into the hillsides, the terraces look like great chains or ribbons as they wind from the foot to the top of the hill. This ingenious construction makes best use of the scarce arable land and water resources in the mountainous area. Overnight at the guesthouse of Ping An Village.

Day 20 Longji / Guilin / Hong Kong departure (B, L)
View the beautiful rice terraces in the morning. Then drive back to Guilin for your flight to Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, you can continue your trip or take the homebound flight.

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As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give an exact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as a guideline you should expect to pay from US$3550 for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services
Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";
Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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