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Golden Triangle & Yangtze

SG04: 11 Days Small Group Tour to Beijing Xian  Chongqing Yangtze River Cruise Yichang  Shanghai
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
As the flight lands at Beijing Capital Airport, your long-anticipated 11 days guided tour of China starts with a warm welcome by our guide. We will transfer you to the hotel and the rest of the day remains free for you to relax and recover from jet lag. A full day of scheduled sightseeing awaits you tomorrow.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven, Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
Our group at Badaling Great Wall
Photo by our clients David and Elizabeth Francis
After breakfast, you will meet your guide and other group members at the orientation briefing held in the hotel. The exciting trip begins with a visit to the world famous Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in the morning. In the Forbidden City, the world's biggest imperial palace complex, 24 emperors ruled continuously for 490 years. Nowadays, travelers can trace its gorgeous history from the well-preserved majestic palaces and valued collections. Lunch will feature an authentic a la carte Chinese meal (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a nice restaurant, avoiding the tourist eateries arranged by most agencies. 

In the afternoon, you will visit the historically significant Temple of Heaven. After today's sightseeing, you will enjoy a fabulous Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Sacred Way, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
An old grandpa with his hookah
Have a big breakfast at the hotel today and then head for the majestic Badaling Great Wall and a jade factory. Only a small section of the Great Wall, Badaling has embodies the best of this wonderful military project. Climbing the great wall is energy-consuming but memorable, so TravelChinaGuide specially prepares red wine for a group toasting on the Great Wall to celebrate and commemorate this moment. Lunch is not included in today's itineraries as the restaurants nearby are not up to TCG's standards. You can have some fast food for lunch by yourself.

The exploration continues with  a visit to the Sacred Way in the afternoon. The day's sightseeing will come to an end after seeing the Bird's Nest on the way back to the city. Our driver will stop there for a few minutes for you to take pictures.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, A la carte lunch, Hutong visit. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Terracotta warriors and soldiers, Xian
Photo by our client Mr. Bruce Malkin
This morning you will first visit the Summer Palace, which offers a harmonious combination of Chinese royal buildings, a Buddhist pagoda, classical garden design, man-made hills and lakes. After paying a short visit to a pearl store, you will enjoy a delicious a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at an elegant local restaurant.
Continue your visit to the old Hutongs this afternoon. After that, our guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Xian. The local guide in Xian will pick you up at the airport and help you check in at the hotel for a two-night stay.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 5 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, A local family visit, Home-cooked lunch, Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
Chinese countryside people celebrating the traditional festival
After breakfast, you will set out for the world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and a pottery-making factory. The large quantity of life-size and vivid terracotta statuaries made 2,200 years ago will definitely amaze you. An authentic home-cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) awaits you at the home of a local family in downtown Xian, which avoids the tourist restaurants near the warrior site and also is a good opportunity for you to learn about the local people's life. Also, there is a good chance for you to learn about one or two Chinese dishes from the host. 

In the afternoon, go on to visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda & Xian Museum. Tonight, feast your eyes on the famous Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show after you enjoy the local specialty -- a Dumpling Dinner.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner
Tips: Since the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show will be closed in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, we do not calculate the price of the show and dumpling dinner for tours starting during this period. Clients will enjoy a free night by themselves.
Day 6 Xian - Chongqing
City Wall. Fly to Chongqing. Ciqikou if time permits. Yangtze River tour begins at 22:00. (B)
The Captain's Welcome Party on Yangtze cruise
A morning excursion will take you to one of Xian's landmarks, the City Wall. You can rent a bicycle and enjoy a special ride on the old wall (bike rental fee is on your own). 

Afterwards, you will fly to Chongqing. Our guide will meet you at the airport and take you to visit Ciqikou Ancient Town. Then you will head for Chaotianmen Ferry Terminal to board the luxurious Yangtze River cruise ship, which is the most relaxed journey of your 11 days China itinerary. The ship sails at 22:00.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: President No.6 with balcony
Day 7 Shibaozhai
An excursion to Shibaozhai, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
In the morning, the river guide will give an introduction to the cruise schedule and the Yangtze River. At about 14:00, the ship will disembark at Zhongxian for an onshore excursion to Shibaozhai.  After that, you will re-board the ship and the cruise will continue towards the splendid Three Gorges. This evening, the cruise staff will invite you to join the Captain's Welcome Party.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Badong - Xiling Gorge
Yangtze Three Gorges with an excursion to Shennong Stream. (B+L+D)
Shennong Stream cruise, Yangtze River Three Gorges
The climax of your Yangtze River Cruise is coming today. The unique scenery of the Three Gorges will be unveiled in front of you. Among them, Qutang Gorge is the most dangerous and shortest. Wu Gorge is the most beautiful, renowned for its deep valley and elegant beauty. In Wu Gorge, you will change to a sampan to take a side trip along Shennong Stream for 3 to 4 hours. Shennong Stream features picturesque natural beauty, distinctive Tujia flavor, boat tracking culture and valued historical relics. After that, you will return to the ship and sail into Xiling Gorge

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Yichang - Shanghai
Disembark the cruise, Three Gorges Dam. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
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After breakfast, you will disembark for an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. Before that, you should pack you luggage and complete check-out procedures. After finishing the excursion, the cruise ship company will drive you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city. Our local guide will meet you there and take you to have lunch.  

After that we will see you off in the airport for the flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you in the airport and transfer you to the hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Equatorial Shanghai
Day 10 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise. (B+L)
Our group at the Bund, Shanghai
Photo by our client Mr. Lawrence Perkins
Shanghai is an international metropolis with a blend of rich history and fashionable modernity. The short one-day trip will give you a panoramic view of the city. In the morning, visit Shanghai Museum, the beautiful Yuyuan Garden and a silk shop. In the museum, there are over 120,000 historical collections from ancient China. Yuyuan Garden, which was a private residence constructed 400 years ago, is one of the best combinations of ancient Chinese buildings, water, mountain and natural scenery. Around noon, a luxurious farewell a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a famous restaurant with the best Shanghai cuisine. 

In the afternoon, you will be guided to stroll along the Bund to experience the thrills of old and modern Shanghai. You will also have a cruise tour along the Huangpu River. In the end, our guide and driver will transfer you back to the hotel and say goodbye to you at the lobby.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 11 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer is on your own arrangement. A pleasant trip home! (B)
There are two airports in Shanghai: one is Pudong International Airport (PVG) and the other is Hongqiao Airport (SHA). Please check carefully to see which airport you will depart from. You can book a taxi (CNY200 to Pudong, and CNY70 to Hongqiao) at the hotel Bell Desk the day before by yourself as your tour charge does not include the transfer from hotel to airport. We wish you a safe, smooth flight and hope in the near future we can serve you again.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Mar. 2018Mar 31(Sat) Apr 10(Tue) $1949$689
Apr. 2018Apr 05(Thu) Apr 15(Sun) $1869$629
Apr 12(Thu) Apr 22(Sun) $1869 $1775$629
Apr 19(Thu) Apr 29(Sun) $1869 $1775$629
Apr 26(Thu) May 06(Sun) $1929 $1832$669
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May 10(Thu) May 20(Sun) $1929 $1832$669
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May 31(Thu) Jun 10(Sun) $1849 $1664$609
Jun. 2018Jun 07(Thu) Jun 17(Sun) $1809 $1628$599
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Jun 21(Thu) Jul 01(Sun) $1809 $1628$599
Jun 28(Thu) Jul 08(Sun) $1879 $1691$599
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Jul 12(Thu) Jul 22(Sun) $1879 $1691$599
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Aug 30(Thu) Sep 09(Sun) $1929 $1736$669
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Oct. 2018Oct 04(Thu) Oct 14(Sun) $1929 $1736$669
Oct 11(Thu) Oct 21(Sun) $1929 $1736$669
Oct 18(Thu) Oct 28(Sun) $1929 $1736$669
Oct 25(Thu) Nov 04(Sun) $1929 $1736$669
Nov. 2018Nov 01(Thu) Nov 11(Sun) $1769 $1592$619
Nov 08(Thu) Nov 18(Sun) $1769 $1592$619
Nov 15(Thu) Nov 25(Sun) $1739 $1565$589

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