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Golden Triangle & Yangtze

S-401: 11 Days Standard Beijing Xian Chongqing - Yangtze River Yichang Shanghai
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Departure: Based on 2017 cruise sailing dates.

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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 to hotel transfer. (B)
Day05 Xian
Terracotta Amy Museum, Provincial History Museum, City Wall. (B)
Day06 Xian - Chongqing
Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Fly to Chongqing. Panda House if time permits. Yangtze River tour begins at about 22:00. (B)
Day07 Chongqing - Shibaozhai
Yangtze River cruise trip. (B+L+D)
Day08 Badong - Xiling Gorge - Sandouping
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, A la carte lunch, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise, an ancient cultural street. (B+L)
Day11 Departure from Shanghai
Bid farewell at the airport. Thank you for travelling with us. (B)
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Day01 Arrival in Beijing
Our outstanding English-speaking guide will greet you outside the arrival hall of the airport in accordance with your flight schedule. Then a comfortable private drive will take you to check in at the hotel. Have a good rest during the remainder of the day.  

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day02 Beijing
Great Wall
Photo by our client Ms. Michelle Jariabka
Your private journey starts from the world's largest urban square, Tiananmen Square. It covers an area of 44 square kilometers, spanning 880 meters from north to south and 500 meters from east to west. The square, which could hold 1,000,000 people at the same time, is an assembling place for celebrations in the traditional Chinese festivals and important events. On the other hand, the square is well-know for travelers because it is just the entrance to the splendid Forbidden City. According to Chinese history, except for the officials and royal family relatives, the ordinary people were not allowed to enter this imperial palace. This is why it is called Forbidden City. It is also a palace museum fully demonstrating the imperial life in the Ming and Qing dynasties. 

With a great variety of dishes for you to choose from, we believe the a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) today will appease your appetite. Your afternoon visit continues to the Temple of Heaven, an ancient majestic royal altar. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day03 Beijing
Our travel consultant Lydia with her clients
Today you will take an excursion to Badaling Great Wall. It is the most touristy and popular part. It was initially set up as a fortification to keep away from being intruded by the invaders. Inside the wall, the width enables 5 horses to gallop abreast. The small holes on the wall were used to shoot arrows. It is a landmark witnessing the great intelligence and hardship of ancient Chinese people. Lunch is on your own arrangement.

In the afternoon, continue your visit to the Sacred Way and Ming Tomb. On the way back to the city center, we will pass by the Bird's Nest, namely the Olympic National Stadium and stop over there for a few minutes. You can take some pictures of this significant building from a distance. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day04 Beijing - Xian
A nice riding experience on the ancient City Wall
After breakfast at the hotel, we will first transfer you to visit the Summer Palace, the most fantastic attraction of which is the Long Gallery. Being seven hundred twenty-eight meters (796.2 yards) long, the Long Gallery artfully links Longevity Hill with Kunming Lake. In 1990 it was rated as the longest gallery in the world. Constructed along the natural terrain of Longevity Hill and the turns of Kunming Lake, the gallery offers a picturesque view at each step. Admiring the intricate paintings while listening to the old stories can make visitors learn a lot about the five-thousand-year-old Chinese culture. Then you will experience a Hutong tour by rickshaw. Different from visiting the sites, a visit to Hutong area offers you an opportunity to walk into the traditional alleys and get acquainted with the local people's life there. 

Lunch is on your own arrangement. After that, you will take a high speed train to the next destination of yoru 11 days China tour package - Xian. Our local guide will meet you at the railway station and accompany you to the hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day05 Xian
Terracotta warriors
You will start the day tour from the famed Terracotta Army. The discovery of Qin Terracotta Army is a miracle of the world. Located 1,640 yards to the east of the Mausoleum of the first Emperor Qin Shihuang, the pits of Qin Terracotta Army were built to bury along with the emperor. By far three pits have been discovered where unearthed about 7,000 terracotta warriors and a large amount of war horses, chariots and weapons. The figures of the terracotta warriors symbolize the household cavalry to guard the underground imperial city. Lunch is not included today. 

In the afternoon, you will visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum and ascend the City Wall. Unique historical and culture heritage of Shaanxi is undoubted worth the praise as treasure house of Chinese civilization, and Shaanxi History Museum is definitely a palace of art to display Shaanxi's history and culture and ancient civilization. There are as many as 370,000 antiquities collected in the 11,000-square-meter exhibition halls and 8,000-square-meters storage, ranging from prehistorical relics to that of the 1840s. Time spans more than one million years and the collection is superior in value, quantity, rank and species. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day06 Xian - Chongqing
Captain's Welcome Party on the ship
This morning you will have a chance to see one of the most important surviving marks of the ancient capital Chang'an in the Tang Dynasty, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda including Xian Museum. Then you will head to Chongqing by flight. Our local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to see the Panda House in Chongqing Zoo, time permitting. After that, we will transfer you to get on board the comfortable cruise. Your memorable Yangtze experience begins at 22:00 as the ship sets sail.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day07 Chongqing - Shibaozhai
After breakfast, you will attend a briefing on the cruise. Today's onshore excursion is to visit Shibaozhai, whose main construction - Shibaozhai tower, built leaning on the Jade Seal Mountain, with upturned eaves and unique appearance, is one of the rare existing wood structure buildings. Late in the afternoon, there will be a ceremonious Captain's Welcome Party waiting for your participation, and then enjoy a banquet dinner. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day08 Badong - Xiling Gorge - Sandouping
Three Gorges Scenery
The most essential part of your ship ride comes today. The ship will first sail through the short but grandiose Qutang Gorge and then the most brilliant Wu Gorge. In Wu Gorge, you will disembark at Wushan Daning River for an excursion to Shennong Stream. When you visit the verdant Shennong Stream, you will first take an electric boat for about 40 minutes. The scenery along the both tributaries is more comely and delicate compared with the splendid Three Gorges. The current of these sections becomes gentle and the water becomes clearer gradually. After that you will take a little pea-boat with some other guests (about 10 guests or more sharing a boat), rowed by local boatmen. The local guide, dressed in clothes of Tujia minority, may sing melodious folk songs with the boatmen for you along the way. It is advisable to follow the guide's instruction to wear your life jacket properly even though the stream seems not to be dangerous at all. It is a scenic joy to roam among the green mountains and blue waters. Get back to the ship and at 18:00 the cruise will sail through the three gorges ship lock. At the same time, your farewell dinner is served well at the dinning hall on board. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day09 Yichang - Shanghai
Yuyuan Garden
Photo by our client Mr. Terence Openshaw
Early in the morning you will disembark for an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydro-electric power station in the world. Get back to the ship and the cruise continues sailing into the western section of Xiling Gorge. Historically known for its tortuous channel, dense reefs and shoaly waters, Xiling Gorge is the longest and most dangerous gorge of the Yangtze River. After decades of improvements and the accomplishment of Gezhouba Water Conservancy Project, the river now flows more gently while the splendid landscape remains the same. Then please pack your luggage and complete check-out procedures. Our local guide in Yichang will come to meet you on board. After having lunch in Yichang city, you will visit Yichang Museum if time permits and then take a flight to Shanghai. Our local guide will greet you at the airport and accompany you to the hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day10 Shanghai
Huangpu River cruise
Shanghai is regarded as the most dynamic and fastest-growing city in our country. Today, you will first visit Shanghai Museum, one of the most renowned museums. It is a large treasure house of ancient Chinese art with a collection of 120,000 antiques which especially features bronze, pottery, calligraphy and panting articles. Then go to visit the Yuyuan Garden, a classical garden having a history of about 400 years. It is a quiet and elegant garden with the Southern architectural features of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It boasts 40 scenic spots, such as Grand Rockery, Ancient Theater, Nine Dragons Pool, Nine Zigzag Bridge, Lotus Pool, Sanhui Hall and Dianchun Hall.  

After enjoying an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) with the best Shanghai cuisine, you will visit the Bund and take a cruise on Huangpu River, which symbolizes and epitomizes the image of the city. Along the banks of the river stand groups of high-rise buildings of exotic style. It has become the must see for sightseers. Then you visit an old street of the city and have some free time there.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day11 Departure from Shanghai
Your 11 days guided tour of China will come to an end today as we transfer you to the airport and help you board the flight back home.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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Remarks:
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount for 2018 departures.
  • If you book a 2017 China tour 30 days in advance, you will enjoy a 10% discount.
  • If you prefer to book your own hotels, we are happy to offer a lower quote that does not include room rates.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Yangtze River cruise with full board
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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Book a 2018 China tour before Dec. 31, 2017, and you will enjoy a guaranteed discount of 12% off the tour price.