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This china tour showcase some of the best sceneries from the grand great wall to the leisure city Chengdu. You will have experience the comfortable journey on the luxury yangtze cruise ship and explore the amazing countryside of Yangshuo. You will visit other highlights like Yu Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund, Nanjing Road, Li River, Yulong River, Reed Flute Cave, Stone Forest, Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Leshan Giant Buddha, Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum...

Duration: 22 days & 21 nights

Destinations: Shanghai - Guilin - Yangshuo - Kunming - Lijiang - Chengdu - Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Beijing

Starting Point: Shanghai

Ending Point: Beijing

Day
Be met at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check in.

After breakfast, visit the beautiful classical Chinese Garden Yu Garden. A saying goes as:" Those who have visited Shanghai but missed Yu Garden cannot claim that they have been to the city." Thus, it will be great to experience peace and comfort in it which is just located in the heart of bustling Shanghai. After wander around Yu Market, go to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the best viewing spot of Shanghai located by the Huangpu River with 468 meters high. Transfer to visit the Bund and Nanjing Road. The Bund is the waterfront of Huangpu River to see new-erect modern skyscrapers and aged buildings of the colonial period. Nanjing Road, 5.5 km in full length, enjoys the reputation as China No. 1 commercial center. It was the earliest commercial street along the Bund in Shanghai since the city opened to the outside world. 

Meal: B, L

Yu Garden

Pick up at the hotel and transfer to airport. Be met at the airport and transferred to check into hotel.

Meal: B, L

Take a leisurely Li River cruise, disembark at the beautiful small town famous for its Karst landscape—Yangshuo. At Yangshuo, you can have a free afternoon for your own exploration. At night, the West Street is a must-go where shows lively nightlife with both Chinese and western style. Besides, you can also go to watch the optional evening show 'Impression Sanjie Liu' on the natural stage along Li River. 

Meal: B, L

Li River cruise

The happy day begins by biking to Yangshuo countryside to see the stunning scenery, rice paddies, water buffalo and local farmer's life. Optional tour: a 1-hour bamboo rafting down Yulong River. Lunch at a local restaurant.

Meal: B, L

Biking to Yangshuo countryside

Drive back to Guilin and visit Reed Flute Cave near Guilin downtown--inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations created by carbonate deposition. Then transfer to the airport for the flight connects to Kunming. Upon arrival, be met at the airport and transferred to hotel.

Meal: B, L

Reed Flute Cave

One day tour to the Stone Forest, it is about 90 km from Kunming City and requires only a 2-hour drive. It covers an area of 400 square kilometers and includes both large and small forest as well as many other scenic spots. En route, pay a visit to the local Sani village to get close to Sani people and know about their life, customs and culture. Later, have a stroll around Green Lake.

Meal: B, L

Stone Forest

Pick up at the hotel and transfer to the airport, Be met at the airport and transferred to check in hotel.

Meal: B

After breakfast, go to the Joseph Rock's Former Residence at Yuhu Village, where you can know more about Joseph Rock and his life there. Secondly, visit Baisha Mural, painted in Baisha Town in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it is an interesting co-existence of Buddhism, Taoism and Lamaism in the artworks. Thirdly, go to Shuhe Old Town. Shuhe is the earliest settlement of Naxi people in Lijiang when their ancestors first moved to this region. Compared with Lijiang, the town is less touristy and polished with more original characters. At last, explore Black Dragon Pool Park, with an area of 40 hectares, it provides a heaven for birds and water-life, with spectacular plants.  

Meal: B, L

Shuhe Old Town

Pick up at the hotel and transfer to airport, Be met at the airport and transferred to hotel.

Meal: B, L

Drive to visit Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center, founded in 1987, it is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. Later, go to visit Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest stone-carved Buddha in the world sitting by the side of Mount Lingyun. 

Meal: B, L

Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center

After breakfast, you're escorted to the airport for the flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and transfer to hotel check in, then visit the Ancient City Wall--13,912 meters in circumference, 12 meters in height, the foundation is 18 meters in width and the top of the wall is 15 meters wide. 

Meal: B, L

Drive to visit Xian's highlight--Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It is known as the eighth wonder of the world and a museum to display terra-cotta warriors and horses in Qin Dynasty. Later, pay a visit to the Muslim Quarters to enjoy local snacks and get close to Muslim people's life. 

Meal: B, L

Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum

Transfer to the airport and fly to Chongqing. Upon arrival, be picked up to visit Ciqikou Ancient Town, which dates back to the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), 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.  

Meal: B, L

Drive to Dazu, 60 km west of Chongqing. Watch the Dazu Rock Carvings (the section in Mt. Baodingshan), listed as a World Heritage Site, the carvings are made up of 75 protected sites containing some 50,000 statues. Later, transfer back to Chongqing. After dinner, go to the pier and board a Yangtze cruise ship. 

Meal: B, L, D

Dazu Rock Carvings

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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: B, L, D

Shennong Stream

Shore excursion to the amazing Three Gorge Dam: it is the world's largest power station in terms of installed capacity (22,500 MW). Later, disembark at Yichang. After lunch, transfer to the Three Gorges Airport for the flight to Beijing. 

Meal: B, L

Private escorted tour to Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation. Then go to the largest city square in the world, Tiananmen Square. Later, go to the Forbidden City, which is the largest imperial palace in China for 24 emperors' reign during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years.

Meal: B, L

Temple of Heaven

Private escorted tour to Mutianyu Great Wall (round-way cable car included). It has the largest construction scale and best quality among all sections of Great Wall which is less crowded and has better architecture than at Badaling. Then visit one of the famous Ming Tombs--Changling, which is the tomb for Emperor Yongle, the third Ming emperor, and his wife Empress Xu. He ruled for 22 years and made some achievements in political, military, economic, cultural and diplomatic fields.

Meal: B, L

Mutianyu Great Wall

Visit the Summer Palace. Locates northwest of Beijing, it was listed on the World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO in 1998--a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design with outstanding aesthetic value. Then pay a visit to Yonghe Lama Temple, originally it was a prince mansion of Qing Dynasty, later changed to the head office of Lama administration. At last, enjoy a Hutong tour by pedicab. The name of a Hutong represents its origin, location or history. It is in these gray-tiled long lanes that families play, buy goods, gossip, and connect. 

Meal: B, L

Summer Palace

Pick up at the hotel and transfer to the airport.

Meal: B

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What's included

  • Guide

    Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide.

  • Meals

    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Transport

    Private transfers airport/hotel/airport.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodations with daily breakfast.

  • Other

    Domestic flights and trains listed.
    Admission fees.

  • Visa

    Visa arrangement. Please consult the local Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General first for the tourist visa.

  • Other

    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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