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12-day China Yangtze Passage

Tour code: ETC-Q23   

This is a classic China tours with Yangtze Cruise and other highlights: Kunming – for the comfortable visit in Spring city, Yangtze River Cruise - the "cross-the-century" dam and mysterious sites along the journey; Shanghai – where east meets west; Beijing – imperial city with grand historical sites like the Great Wall, Forbidden City…

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Kunming
Arrival in Kunming
2 Kunming
Stone Forest, Green Lake
3 Kunming / Chongqing
West Hill, Dragon Gate, Fly to Chongqing
4 Chongqing
Erling Park, Three Gorges Museum, Ciqikou ancient town, board the ship
5 Yangtze Cruise
Fengdu Ghost City
6 Yangtze Cruise
Shennong Stream or Lesser Three Gorges
7 Yichang / Shanghai
Three Gorge Dam, disembark the ship, fly to Shanghai
8 Shanghai
Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple , Oriental Pearl Tower, the Bund
9 Shanghai / Beijing
Zhujiajiao, fly to Beijing
Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City
11 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, Hutongs by Rickshaw
Day 01 Arrival in Kunming    
Landing at Kunming International Airport, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02 Kunming(B, L)
Make an excursion to the Stone Forest, a typical formation of Karst topography-- the most famous tourist attraction in Kunming. Then pay a visit to a minority village on the way to experience people's life and customs. Later, have a stroll around Green Lake.

Day 03 Kunming / Chongqing (B, L)
Drive to visit West Hill, take a cable car up and see the Dragon Gate. You will have a panoramic view of the Dian Lake. Transfer to the airport and fly to Chongqing.

Day 04 Chongqing (B, L, D)
After breakfast, visit Eling Park (Goose Neck Park) to have a bird's eye view of Chongqing. Then go to the Three Gorges Museum, occupying an area of 30,000 square meters, it is a monographic museum to display the history and cultural heritage of Chongqing and the Three Gorges area. Later, wander around Ciqikou Old Town, it is where you will find the local residents dedicated to their traditional way of life, unaffected by modern influences to be found in the larger towns and cities. Free time at Jiefangbei Shopping area. After dinner, board the cruise ship.

Day 05 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)
On board, shore excursion to "the Ghost City"--Fengdu or Shibaozhai depending on the schedule of the cruise companies. Since 2010, some cruise companies offer optional shore excursions during your cruise, please kindly check with your travel consultant for more information.

Day 06 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)
Today you’ll get a close look of the enchanting landscape as you board a small boat and cruise along a tributary to the Yangtze to explore the exceptionally beautiful Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream depending on the arrangement of the cruise company.

Day 07 Yichang/Shanghai by flight (B, L)
Shore excursion to Three Gorge Dam, which is by far the largest hydroelectric project in the world. Disembark at Yichang. Be met and transferred to airport to fly to Shanghai. Be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 08 Shanghai (B, L)

After breakfast, pay a visit to Yu Garden, it used to be a private garden with 400 years' history and features traditional architectural style of Yangtze Delta. Then go to Jade Buddha Temple, which is the most popular Buddhist temple in Shanghai boasting 2 precious jade Buddha sculptures from Burma. Later. Proceed to Oriental Pearl Tower, the best viewing spot of Shanghai located by the Huangpu River with the height of 468 meters. At last, stroll at the Bund, Shanghai's famous waterfront to see new-erect modern skyscrapers and aged buildings of the colonial period.

Day 09 Shanghai/Beijing (B, L)
is a water town on the outskirts of Shanghai, and was established about 1,700 years ago. Today, we drive to it to witness the traditional lifestyle at Yangtze Delta there. Then fly to Beijing. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 10 Bejing (B, L)
Private escorted tour to over 500 years' historical Temple of Heaven. The Temple is basically a huge communications terminal which the Emperor used to communicate directly with Heaven and is included in the World Heritage List in 1998. Then proceed to Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world. At last, go to the Forbidden City which was nominated as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1987 and recognized as one of the most important five palaces in the world.

Day 11 Beijing (B, L)
Today's excursion takes you to Mutianyu Great Wall, a less visited and more original part of the Great Wall. It is situated where vegetation is luxurious and over 90 percent of the land is covered with grass, forests and fruit trees. Then enjoy Hutong tour by 3-wheel rickshaw and stroll at Houhai area for leisure. The square layout of Hutong not only influences Beijinger's way of living, but also affects their thoughts and actions.

Day 12 Beijing (B, L)
Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.
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As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact 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 aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ 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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