China Tour from Boston

SG07-INTL: 13 Days Tour of Boston - Beijing - Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai - Boston
Tour Type: Independent Travel
Accommodation: 6 nights at nice 3-star hotels, 3 nights on Yangtze River cruise
Meals: 9 western buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Unwind with a Yangtze River cruise tour & see the Three Gorges
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
Day 1 Flying from Boston
One direct flight is available a week for tourists from Boston to Beijing. The overall travel time is around 14 hours. Please get to the airport by yourself on your departure day.
Day 2 Arrival in Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing, please take a taxi to the hotel we booked for you in advance. The taxi ride to your hotel from Beijing capital airport takes around one hour and may cost CNY120, but it may take 1.5 hours from Daxing airport and the taxi fee is CNY160. After check into the hotel, you can have a good rest or explore the neighborhood on your own.
Accommodation: Days Inn Forbidden City Hotel
Day 3 Beijing
Our clients at Tiananmen Square
Our clients at Tiananmen Square
Today, we would like to suggest you take our Beijing Mini Group Day Tour to visit the Tiananmen, Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall, Bird’s Nest and old Hutongs with an professional tour guide. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing
Today another Beijing One Day Mini Group Tour is recommended to you. You will have an insight to this imperial city.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Beijing to Xi’an by Overnight Soft Sleeper Train
We remain the day free for your individual activities. If you want to do some shopping or taste local foods, the famous Wangfujing area near your hotel would be a great choice. Other places we would like to recommend are Shichahai Hutong area, and the nearby Nanluoguxiang Hutong food street. The check-out time of the hotel is before 12:00. You can store your luggage at the hotel reception and retrieve it before heading to the railway station.

If you take public transfer from your hotel to the train station, you may proceed as follows: From the entrance of the hotel, please turn left to reach the Nanheyan Street. Then walk north down the street about 50 meters and there is a bus station. Take bus No. 2 for 2 stops, get off at Qianmen Station, and you will find bus No. 9 or 67 which are just a few steps away. After 4 stops, either of these buses will take you to the Beijing West Railway Station which is just across the street. The whole journey may take about an hour if the traffic is good.

Before getting on the train, we suggest you have dinner elsewhere or inside the railway station. The train tickets will be given to you by your local guide the day before. If you have any concerns, please ask your guide in advance.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight soft sleeper train
Day 6 Xi'an
Terracotta Army
Terracotta Army
We suggest you start today with our guided Xian Mini Group Day Tour. On this day tour, you will tour around the highlights of this city, including the Terracotta Army, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, the ancient City Wall and bustling Muslim Bazaar.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Days Inn City Centre Xi'an
Day 7 Xi’an to Chongqing by Soft Sleeper Train
As your hotel is located in the city center, it is very easy for you to wander around by yourself. For your information, there are many scenic spots near your hotel, including the well-preserved City Wall, the Bell Tower and Drum Tower, the Great Mosque and the Muslim Bazaar, the Shuyuanmen Antique Cultural Street and the Forest of Stone Steles Museum. The Muslim bazaar is a great place for you to have lunch, where you will find various local snacks. You can arrange your tour of the Great Mosque and Muslim bazaar at the noon time.

Bus No. 608/616 will take you directly from your hotel to Xi'an Railway Station in about 30 minutes. The bus station is near your hotel, or you can take a taxi to the station in about 10 minutes if no traffic. The train tickets will be booked for you in advance.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight soft sleeper train
Day 8 Chongqing
The train will arrive in Chongqing in the morning. Please take a taxi to Chaotianmen Port at a cost of CNY50 and leave your luggage at the cruise ship. Then you can explore Chongqing on your own. We suggest the Panda House in Chongqing Zoo, General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum, and Ciqikou Village. Chongqing is famous for hot pot which is loved by almost everyone. You can try some local snacks. Your memorable Yangtze River cruise tour begins as it sets sail at 22:00, so you would better get to the port by 20:00.

Accommodation: President No.7/No.8 with balcony
Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze River cruise
Yangtze River cruise
Today you will have a shore excursion to the Mount Shuanggui, also called Mount Luming. It has been a famous place of interest since the Song Dynasty and attracted a great number of writers and poets. Here you can also see old pavilions and temples built in memory of the important historical moments and some great people who had visited the place. After the sightseeing, you will board the ship and the cruise continues. Please enjoy yourself at the Captain's Welcome Party tonight.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise
The essential part of your river journey is coming today. You will appreciate the unique scenic splendor of the three gorges. First, the ship will sail through the Qutang Gorge, the grandest and most dangerous section. Standing on the deck, you will see the steep precipices on both banks of this narrow stretch of water. After that, you will enter the Wu Gorge which is famous for lofty peaks and mountains, especially the twelve charming and lively peaks standing in different postures and manners. The ship will then take you to the Xiling Gorge, the longest but gentlest one among the three. Between the Qutang and Wu gorge, you will take an interesting junk adventure for about three hours to Shennong Stream. While drifting through this zigzagging watercourse on a small boat, you can feast your eyes on the beautiful landscape.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Yichang to Shanghai by High Speed Train
The final onshore excursion is a visit to the Three Gorges Dam, a project which brings great benefits in flood control and power generation. There is a viewing platform named Tanziling where you can overlook the entire Three Gorges Dam. After that, the cruise company will transfer you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city, where your local guide and driver will meet you and then transfer you to the railway station to catch a high speed train from Yichang to Shanghai. Buy some foods and fruits before boarding the train.

The train ride takes about 7.5 hours. Upon arrival in Shanghai, please go to the hotel we have booked for you by yourself. If you arrive at the Hongqiao Railway Station, you can take subway line 10 (Xin Jiang Wan Cheng Direction) to South Shaanxi Road Station and then change to subway line 12(Jinhai Rd. Direction). The second stop on the subway is the Hanzhong Road, from where your hotel is about 500 meters away on the west side of the Hengfeng Road. Alternatively, you may take a taxi (about CNY70) to the hotel directly. If you arrive at Shanghai Railway Station, we suggest you take subway line 1 (Xinzhuang Direction) and get off at Hanzhong Road Station, exit from Exit No. 4 and walk to the hotel. Or you may hail a taxi to the hotel directly with a cost of about CNY20.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Golden River-view Hotel
Day 12 Shanghai
The Bund, Shanghai
The Bund, Shanghai
Shanghai has a convenient public transportation network and nearly all sightseeing spots are in downtown area, so it is easy for you to travel independently. We suggest you use taxis between scenic spots. The first spot we recommend is the Shanghai Museum which is located near the Renming Square (People's Square). The museum houses a large number of historical art works like bronze, sculpture, jade, porcelain and ceramic wares. We suggest you rent an audio guide for CNY40 to make sure the major collections are not missed. The next stop is the Yu Garden. With halls, pavilions, bridges, pools and corridors carefully laid-out, it is like a work of nature, not a manmade garden. The surrounding area is the Shanghai Old Town, and you can easily find a nice restaurant to have lunch.

In the afternoon, take a taxi to the Bund area along the Huangpu River. Having the reputation as the mother river of the city, Huangpu River is famous for sightseeing, shipping, irrigation, fishery and climatic regulation. The Bund is located on its west bank where a cluster of western-style buildings form the 'Museum of International Architecture'. Looking across the river to its east bank, you will see modern skyscrapers one by one.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 13 Shanghai - Boston
Your China tour form Boston draws to a close today. Please head to the airport on your own to board the flight home. We kindly suggest you book a taxi at the hotel concierge desk beforehand. There is one direct flight a week flying from Shanghai to Boston except Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The overall travel time is around 14 hours. Wish you a nice journey home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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