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Just a tip: you are going to take a Yangtze River cruise from Yichang to Chongqing on this China backpacking tours. Since there will be formal parties on board at night, it is not compulsory but a suggestion that you bring some formal clothes. See more Yangtze Cruise Tips.
Please have a good rest on the plane today and get ready for your following trip!
Accommodation Suggestion: Manhattan Bund Business Hotel
Getting out of the garden, you can wander about the Old Street in front of the nearby Old City God Temple to view the sights of old Shanghai and have a taste of local food in one of the century-aged restaurants on the street.
Shanghai is not only a destination to delve into the modern history of China from 1920s, but also a metropolis of the 21st century, where urbanites all live a fast lifestyle. Want to know about it? We recommend the following hiking route to you: walk west along the Old Street for about 430 yards to South Henan Road; enter Fangbang Road and keep walking all the way west to Xin Tian Di; go along South Huangpi Road, and you will enjoy both historical Shikumen residences and modern buildings by your side. You can also take a taxi to Xin Tian Di if you find it too energy-consuming to follow this 30-minute walk, and the taxi fare is around CNY20. Xin Tian Di is divided into South Block and North Block by a quiet lane and the Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China is located at the northern side of the road. It is worth a visit if you are interested in Chinese history.
On your way back to the hotel, you can take subway line 10 from Xintiandi to East Nanjing Road, and then walk back to your hotel.
After 7 hours' journey, you will arrive at Yichang East Railway Station. Then go out the exit, you will find the Yichang Tourist Information Center, where have free shuttle bus to the pier. The bus transfer will take 1.5 hours. Shuttle Service is available daily from 16:00 to 21:30. Upon arrival, check in at the 5-star President No. 6 cruise ship and stay overnight onboard. From now on, your Yangtze River cruise begins.
Cruise: President No.6
There will be about one hour's trip sailing through the eastern section of the Xiling Gorge. After having lunch on the ship, you will go ashore to visit the Three Gorges Dam. At night, a welcome party will be held at 18:00. The crew on the ship will put forward various performances to entertain you, including dancing, singing, and games.
Since it is the last night on the ship, the captain will throw a farewell party to draw a happy ending to your Yangtze River Cruise.
A Countryside Woman with Traditional Clothes
When landing at Xian Xianyang International Airport, you can take a taxi to the downtown area to find a hotel for rest. We recommend you the 3-star Ibis Hotel, which is located on Heping Road and a few minutes walking distance to the Bell Tower. You can take airport shuttle bus East Street Line to the terminal, and then walk south along Heping Road for 600 yards to find the hotel. The bus trip should take around 1 hour and cost CNY25.
Accommodation Suggestion: Ibis Hotel
From your hotel, walk south to take bus no. 30 at Huaxia Bank bus stop. Get off at Cuihua Road after 6 stops, walk west for 120 yards and you will arrive at the gate of Shaanxi History Museum. It's free to visit, but you still have to queue up for a free ticket using your passport. The recommended visiting time in the museum is two hours.
Getting out of the museum, you can walk eastwards for 600 yards to the North Square of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. There are a few restaurants on the square, where you can taste Xian noodles and Chinese hamburger.
Afterwards, walk west along East Xiaozhai Road to find Dayanta bus stop; take tourist bus no. 8(610) there and get off at Bell Tower (Zhonglou), then walk towards the Drum Tower. Behind it, you will find the way to the Great Mosque at the Huajue Lane and the Muslim Quarter. You can feast your stomach with local snacks there. Then, take a taxi back to your hotel at a cost of CNY15.
Upon arrival at the train station, walk south for 350 yards to take bus 14 or 40 to Heping Gate, through which you can climb up to the City Wall. You will have an afternoon exploring the City Wall either on foot or by bike.
After that, you are suggested to descend down from Heping Gate and walk north for 400 yards to your hotel.
Pit 1 of Terracotta Army Museum
Upon your arrival at Beijing West Railway Station, we recommend you head for the 3-star Ibis Jianguomen Hotel for three nights' stay. You may take subway line 9 to Military Museum, where you can transfer to line 1 to Jianguomen Station; leave from Exit B and walk eastwards for 700 yards; turn south into South Jianhua Road and the hotel is 130 yards ahead of you. For the convenience, you may also get to the hotel directly by taxi, which costs around CNY40. After having a short rest, you may do some shopping at Beijing Silk Street (Xiushui Street). From your hotel, you can walk north to Jianguomen Outer Street and then go east for 500 yards to the market.
Accommodation Suggestion: Ibis Jianguomen Hotel
After having a meal in a nearby restaurant, you can walk to Jingshan Park, which is opposite the Gate of Divine Prowess, to have a full view of the Forbidden City. Get out from the west gate of the Jingshan Park and keep heading west, you will get to the Beihai Park. Opposite the northern gate of the Beihai Park is Shichahai Area, which is a good place to experience the nightlife in Beijing.
When you return, you can walk to Shichahai Subway Station to take line 8 to Gulou Dajie, where you can transfer to line 2 to Jianguomen. Please note that the subways in Beijing usually stop at around 23:00. Or, you may take a taxi back to your hotel, which may cost you CNY30.
Our clients at the Temple of Heaven
Photo by our client Mr. Slagmulder
On the way back, you may still take bus Chang 68 to Shahe Stop, but transfer to bus Chang 19 or Zhuan 49 to Zhuxinzhuang Subway Station then. There, you can take subway line 8 to Olympic Sports Center. Get out from Exit B2, you will see the National Stadium (Bird's Nest) and National Aquatics Center (Water Cube) in front of you.
When today's tour is over, take subway line 8 to Gulou Dajie and transfer to line 2. Get off at Jianguomen and walk back to your hotel.
As the non-stop flight from Beijing to Mexico City is not available, it is recommended that you take an early morning flight HU7609 0630/0850 of Hainan Airlines or MU5183 0740/0950 of China Eastern Airlines from Beijing to Shanghai Pudong Airport, and then connect flight AM99 1335/1903 from Shanghai to Mexico City. You will arrive home the same day after 18.5 hours' flight. According to the current flight information, flight AM99 is scheduled to fly on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Other than Shanghai, you can also make transfer at Vancouver, Paris, Chicago, New York or Washington before flying back home.
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