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The Yangtze and Golden Triangle vacation is pleasant and comfortable. From the historically significant Beijing, to the marvelous Terracotta army in Xian, to the pleasurable ride on Yangtze and glowing skyscrapers and shops in Shanghai, you will experience the diversified landscape and liveliness in China. Combines a visit to the three gorges dam, this itinerary is very popular for travelers on their first visit to China.

Duration: 11 days & 10 nights

Destinations: Beijing - Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai

Starting Point: Beijing

Ending Point: Shanghai

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Arrive in Beijing. Our guide will meet you at the airport & transfer to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Full day Beijing city trip and lead you to 3 highlight spots: Tiananmen Square comes first. It is arguably claimed as the largest public square in the world. Then visit the Forbidden City, the largest imperial palace in China for 24 emperors' reign during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years. Later, go to the Temple of Heaven, where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God’s bless of the whole nation and it is regarded as a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design. 

Meal: B, L

Forbidden City

In the morning, drive to visit the Great Wall at Badaling section. Great Wall is the symbol of China and one of the great wonders in the world. Badaling Great Wall is the best-preserved and the most popular section of Great Wall. Chang Tomb is followed by the plan, which is an underground palace for Ming-dynasty emperor Yongle's afterlife. At the top of Chang Tomb, visitors can have a look of the other 12 Ming Tombs. Then walk on the Sacred Road. It is affiliated with the Ming Tomb and considered to be the road leading to heaven. The highlights are the 12 pairs of animal stone sculptures and 12 human stone sculptures on both sides of the road. Tasty Peking Duck Banquet (optional) is waiting for you at night. 

Meal: B, L, D

Great Wall at Badaling section

Have a Hutong tour on rickshaw to discover Beijing’s traditional alleyways. Hulong is a window into Beijing folk life. Then Take afternoon High Speed Train to Xian. Arrive at Xian, be met & transferred to your hotel. Evening is the free time for your own enjoyment.

Meal: B, L

Xian tour in-depth: in the morning, drive to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum-- an army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at Emperor Qin's tomb since 2200 year ago. Drive back to downtown Xian, and have a visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda area – an elegant park and a perfect mix of history, Buddhism and peace. Right close to Small Wild Goose Pagoda and the Jianfu Temple is the Xian Museum, showcasing the precious relics of ancient Xian, Buddhist statue arts, Chinese calligraphy, paintings and jade articles.

Meal: B, L

Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum

In the morning, visit Xian Old City Wall, the best-kept and biggest city walls in China. You may have a bike trip on the city walls (optional and on your own expense) and experience the contrast between the ancient and modern Xian. Later, you’ll be introduced to the Moslem Street (Muslim Street), Xian’s most famous food street, full of local flavor snacks. The street also features many cultural sites and historical mosques of different architectural styles. After lunch, transfer to the airport and fly to Chongqing. Board Yangtze Cruise Ship.

Meal: B, L, D

Xian Old City Wall

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

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 airport and fly to bustling Shanghai.

Meal: B, L

Classical Shanghai full day trip: first, visit Yu Garden to appreciate its brilliant historical garden art and have a leisure stroll in it. Jade Buddha Temple comes the sceond, which is the most popular Buddhist temple in Shanghai boasting 2 precious jade Buddha sculptures from Burma, visit Oriental Pearl TV Tower, 468-meter-high in total, its 267-meter-high ball has a revolving restaurant and a scenery-viewing platform that can accommodate 1,600 people. Then walk on The Bund, the perfect combination of modern and past, it is Shanghai's famous waterfront to see new-erect modern skyscrapers and aged buildings of the colonial period. By the side of the Bund, Nanjing Road is regarded as the busiest shopping street in Shanghai and brings you one-stop shopping fun. 

Meal: B, L

Yu Garden

Transfer to Shanghai Pudong Airport for your flight to your next destination.

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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