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405: 15 Days Luxury & Standard Beijing Xian Chongqing - Yangtze River Yichang Shanghai Guilin Hongkong
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Day01 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Day02 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Day03 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Sacred Way, Ming Tomb, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
Day04 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, Hutong visit, A high speed train to Xian. Railway station pick-up. (B)
Day05 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Provincial History Museum. (B)
Day06 Xian - Chongqing
City Wall. Fly to Chongqing. Airport-pier transfer. Yangtze River cruise begins at about 21:30. (B)
Day07 Shibaozhai or Fengdu Ghost City
Yangtze River cruise trip. (B+L+D)
Day08 Shennong Stream or Three Little Gorges
Yangtze River cruise trip. (B+L+D)
Day09 Yichang - Shanghai
Three Gorges Dam. Disembark the cruise. Yichang Museum if time permits. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Day10 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, An a la carte lunch, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise, an ancient cultural street. (B+L)
Day11 Shanghai - Guilin
Free time in the morning. Fly to Guilin. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Day12 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside trip. Yangshuo-Guilin transfer. (B+L)
Day13 Guilin - Hong Kong
Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Elephant Trunk Hill. Fly to Hong Kong. Land transfer in Hong Kong is on your own arrangement. (B)
Day14 Hong Kong
Free time for the day. (B)
Day15 Departure from Hong Kong
Take a shuttle bus or a taxi to the airport. A pleasant trip home! (B)
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Day01 Arrival in Beijing
Our guide will expect you outside the Arrival Hall of the Capital Airport after you go through the customs. A comfortable private drive will take you to the hotel for a three-night registration. Relax for the remainder of the day to recover from the jet leg. 

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day02 Beijing
Great Wall, Photo by our client Ms. Amelia Atkin
After breakfast, your 15 days China tour starts from the largest city square in the world, Tiananmen Square. Walk to the Forbidden City after a short stroll around the square. As the world's largest imperial palace complex, the 590-year-old Forbidden City presents you splendid imperial buildings and a large collection of historical items. 

As it is our practice to avoid the cheap tourist restaurants, you will enjoy an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a noted local restaurant to taste the authentic Chinese food. 

Your visit continues to the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. Built in 1420, it was the imperial altar where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshiped heaven for good harvest. The most attractive sites there are the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest and the Echo Wall.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day03 Beijing
Our clients at the Tiananmen Square
Today's visit starts from the excursion to one of the greatest world heritage sites, the Great Wall at Badaling, which is the best-preserved section of the Great Wall and features solidity, majesty and its strategic importance. Today's lunch is on your side. Our guide will be pleased to offer you some suggestions upon request. 

In the afternoon, you will continue your China tour itinerary to the Sacred Way and Ming Tomb. When passing by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) on the way back to the downtown, you will have a short stay there and take some photos with the huge nest. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day04 Beijing - Xian
The first stop this morning is the largest royal garden, the Summer Palace, where you will see traditional Chinese garden architecture merged into the natural landscape of hills, woods and lakes in the most harmonious way. 

Enjoying the rickshaw riding through Hutongs will be your memorable experience. Here you will feel the special Beijing culture and history by visiting the famous romantic Shichahai Lake, classic Silver Ingot Bridge, dazzling Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street, grand Bell tower or Drum tower and local flavored family. 

Lunch is not included today. In the afternoon, you will head for Xian by a high speed train. Your local guide will meet you and accompany you to check in the hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day05 Xian
Terracotta army
In the morning, you will visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which is famed as the eighth wonder of the world. As an underground army served to protect the mausoleum of the first emperor Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of 2,200 years ago, the clay warriors and horses with distinct facial expressions and positions were arranged orderly in rectangular battle formations. The Bronze Chariots and Horses and weapons excavated here are also amazing parts of the museum. Lunch is not offered today. 

Then, get back to downtown district and visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which is considered the symbol of the city. Built over 1,300 year ago in the Tang Dynasty, the seven-storey square cone-shaped pagoda has seen huge changes and development of Xian City. Then you will visit the Provincial History Museum, one of the best museums in our country. 
Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day06 Xian - Chongqing
Local people's life
Today's visit starts from another landmark of this ancient capital, the City Wall. If time permits, you can either walk or rent a bicycle to ride around on the wall to discover the history and modern beauty of the city by yourself.  After that, you will proceed to Chongqing by flight, where your local guide will provide you with comfortable transfer service. Your memorable Yangtze River cruise will begin after you board the comfortable ship. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day07 Shibaozhai or Fengdu Ghost City
The river guide will give you a brief introduction of the cruise and the itinerary after breakfast. You can walk around on the deck and enjoy the picturesque scenery of clear water and grotesque hills and peaks along the river in the morning. Then you will disembark and take an initial onshore excursion to the legendary Shibaozhai with a history of over 400 years or Ghost City of Fengdu. The Captain's Welcome Party will be held tonight.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day08 Shennong Stream or Three Little Gorges
Shennong Stream pea-boat floating
The highlight of your cruise experience comes today - you will appreciate the unique scenery of the Three Gorges, which is composed of Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, and Xiling Gorge. As you sail on to the border between Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge, you will disembark and take an interesting junk adventure along Shennong Stream, where you will sit on the special local sampan and enjoy the breath-taking scenery of rip currents, lofty peaks and mountains, gorgeous Karst caves, beautiful waterfalls and many historical relics. Besides, the boat trackers' beautiful folk songs will accompany you on the way. The adventure lasts about 3 to 4 hours. Or, you will have a boat excursion to Three Little Gorges instead according to the arrangement of cruise company. When embark again, you will sail into the Xiling Gorge, which is the longest and most gorgeous one among the three. In the evening, the ship will pass through the Five Level Ship Lock of the significant Dam.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day09 Yichang - Shanghai
In the morning, you will disembark for an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, the largest water project in the world. Standing on the gigantic dam, you can not only enjoy the grand view of the river blocked by the dam and endeavoring to pass through it, but also have a bird's eye view of the beautiful scenery around the dam. Then embark again, please pack your luggage and follow the check-out procedures. Our local guide will be waiting for you onboard and transfer you to downtown Yichang. In the afternoon, visit Yichang Museum if time permits, where you will learn more about the history and culture of the Three Gorges area. Then head for Shanghai by flight. Your local guide will expect you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day10 Shanghai
The remarkable Bund
Your private day tour starts from one of our best museums, Shanghai Museum, which is renowned for the large collections of historical items, such as bronze ware, chinaware, Chinese paintings and calligraphy works. Then continue to the famous Yuyuan Garden, which is a traditional Chinese garden with delicate buildings, exquisite layout and beautiful landscape. 

Around noon, you will have a sumptuous a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price). After lunch, proceed to the Bund area, and take a Huangpu River cruise, enjoying the different scenes on the two banks of the river: the skyscrapers on the east bank while old-style western buildings on the west. After that you will explore the Bund area and then visit an impressive old street. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day11 Shanghai - Guilin
Li River cruise
No escorted sightseeing is scheduled in the morning so you can explore the city on your own. You may take a taxi to the newly rising Xin Tian Di (New World area) where the buildings perfectly combine both classical Chinese and western styles. The pubs and cafes there are very popular with local residents as well as foreign travelers. People at Xin Tian Di can almost speak some English, so basic communications will not be a problem. In the afternoon, you will head to Guilin by air. Our local guide will greet you with our comfortable airport-hotel transfer service and help you check in the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day12 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Your Guilin sightseeing starts from the elite of it, Li River Cruise. As you cruise down to Yangshuo town, you will see the splendid scenery of peaceful river and elegant hills all the way. The cruise lasts around 4 hours and reaches terminal Yangshuo at about 14:00. As the cruise company offers lunch box on the ship. It may fail to meet with your approval. TravelChinaGuide is aware of the shortcomings and suggests you prepare for the cruise with a generous breakfast at the hotel.

Upon arrival, you will be driven along the countryroad to enjoy the natural beauty of Yangshuo, and a family visit on the way to learn about the local farmers' life. After the sightseeing in Yangshuo, you will return to Guilin by our private car.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day13 Guilin - Hong Kong
Elephant Trunk Hill, Photo by our clients Mr. Klaus Zanker and Ms. Helen Zanker
Today you will visit three famous attractions in the city area, the Reed Flute Cave, the Seven Star Park and the Elephant Trunk Hill. The Reed Flute Cave is famous for the exquisite stalagmites and stalactites with interesting names. In the Seven Star Park, you can not only enjoy the beautiful stalactites, but also learn about the city's history from the historical sites, such as temples, bridges and stone tablets. Your last stop today is the Elephant Trunk Hill, which is a huge rock resembling an elephant drinking water at the riverside.

Then your guide will see you off for the flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, you will head to the hotel by yourself. You can follow the signposts to take the Airport Express and get off at Kowloon Station. At the train station, the free bus K3 could transfer you to the hotel directly. Alternatively, you can also take a taxi from the airport to the hotel; the charge is around HKD350.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day14 Hong Kong
Our clients in Hong Kong
Full day is free for you to explore the city on your own. We only reserve the hotel accommodation with daily breakfast for you in Hong Kong. Hereunder are our suggestions for your exploration, you can also make your own arrangement. In the morning, you can have a half-day Hong Kong Island trip. Take a peak tram ride to mid-level of Central District and then get to the Victoria Peak. The Repulse Bay, Aberdeen and Stanley Market are all the must-sees in this great metropolis. Finally you will come to the pier to take the Star Ferry to Kowloon and then walk along the waterfront back to your hotel. If feel interested, you could visit the Victoria Harbor to watch the wonderful A Symphony of Highlights at 20:00. If you travel with chidren, the Disneyland should not be missed in your family tour.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day15 Departure from Hong Kong
Today you will head to the airport for your return flight by yourself. Please consult the hotel bellboy about where to take the limousine to the airport, or you can take free bus K3 to Kowloon station, from where you could transfer to the Airport Express directly. Wish you a pleasant journey home! 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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