14 Days Best China Yangtze Tour

Day 01: Shanghai Arrival

Activities: Transfer from Airport to Hotel (Shanghai)

Accommodation: Shanghai Greenland Jiulong Hotel Four-star

Transfer from Airport to Hotel (Shanghai)

Day 02 Shanghai (B, L)

Activities: Yuyuan Garden, Old Town Market, French Concession, Shanghai Museum, The Bund

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Shanghai Greenland Jiulong Hotel

Yu Garden, 12 Days Best China Yangtze River Tour, Small Group China ToursYuyuan Garden: Located in the center of Shanghai's Old City, it is a famous classical garden in the south of China. It was constructed in the period of Emperor Jiajing's rein of Ming dynasty from 1559 and completed in 1577.

Shanghai Museum: As a museum of ancient Chinese art, Shanghai Museum possesses a collection of 120,000 precious works of art. Its rich and high-quality collection of ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy is specially celebrated in the world.

The Bund: The Bund alongside Huangpu River once was the financial center of the Far East. It is considered the city's symbol since the 1920s. It is often referred to as "the museum of buildings", as many different styles of European buildings can be found here.

Day 03 Shanghai (B)

Activities: Free day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Shanghai Greenland Jiulong Hotel

Day 04 Shanghai / Yichang (B, D) 

Activities: Transfer from Hotel to Airport (Shanghai), Transfer from Airport to Cruise (Yichang), Yiling Square, Chinese Sturgeon Museum

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Yangtze Angel Five-star

Transfer from Hotel to Airport (Shanghai)

Transfer from Airport to Cruise (Yichang)

Chinese Sturgeon museum, 12 Days Best China Yangtze River Tour, Small Group China ToursChinese Sturgeon Museum is a part of the Chinese Sturgeon Garden. The museum was set up in 1993 by the Chinese Sturgeon Research Institute. This institute aims to preserve the rare species of Chinese sturgeon that includes 27 species of sturgeon that still exist in the world. Chinese sturgeon, also known as Green Sturgeon, is a kind of migration fish. Having lived on the earth for 140 million years, the Chinese sturgeon is one of the oldest vertebrate lying between chondrichthian and bony fish. In this case, Chinese sturgeon are called the 'living fossil'.

Day 05 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Activities: Pass Through Xiling Gorge, Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Yangtze Angel

Day 06 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Activities: Shore excursion to Shennong Stream, Pass Through Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Yangtze Angel

Day 07 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Activities: Shore excursion to Ghost City of Fengdu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Yangtze Angel

Notes:
Yangtze River Cruise, 12 Days Best China Yangtze River Tour, Small Group China Tours1. The above cruise itinerary are subject to change due to weather conditions, water level navigation and seasonal conditions.
2. If there is additional time, one or two optional shore excursions may be organized according to sailing conditions. The fee for the optional shore excursions is not included in the cruise package.

Day 08 Chongqing / Xi'an (B, L)

Activities: Ciqikou Old Town (Porcelain Village), Chongqing Zoo, Transfer to railway station (Chongqing)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Soft sleeper train cabin

Terra-Cotta Warriors & Horses Museum, 12 Days Best China Yangtze River Tour, Small Group China ToursCiqikou Old Town (Porcelain Village): Perched on a hill overlooking the Jialing River in the west of the city, Ciqikou Old Town (Porcelain Village) dates back to the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It was named as it had supplied large amount of porcelain dating during Qing and Ming Dynasty. It has become one of the most popular tourist sites in Chongqing today.

Chongqing Zoo: As the largest zoo in southwest China, the Chongqing Zoo boosts over 1000 birds and 230 species of animals, including the charming giant panda, golden hair monkeys, and exotic tigers from South China.

The Chongqing People's Hall: Constructed in 1951, the Chongqing People's Hall complex is a cluster of attached structures featuring Ming and Qing architecture styles. It is the symbol of Chongqing City.

Transfer to railway station (Chongqing)

Day 09 Xian (B, L)

Activities: Transfer from Railway station to Hotel (Xi'an), Xian City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi Provincial History Museum

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Grand New World Hotel Four-star

Transfer from Railway station to Hotel (Xi'an)

Yu Garden, 12 Days Best China Yangtze River Tour, Small Group China ToursXian City Wall: The Xian City Wall is the best preserved, oldest and largest ancient city defense system in China. It is also one of the most important landmarks of the Xian city. The original foundation of the Xian City Wall was based on the ruins of the Imperial City Wall of Chang'an City--the capital of the Tang Dynasty.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda: Situated in the Da Ci'en Temple, about four kilometers from the urban center, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the famous Buddhist pagodas in China. As an architectural marvel, it was built with layers of bricks but without any cement in between. The grand body of the pagoda with its solemn appearance, simple style and high structure, is indeed a good example of ancient people's wisdom and talent.

Shaanxi Provincial History Museum: Shaanxi Provincial History Museum is the first huge state museum with modern facilities in China, and given the reputation of "bright pearl of ancient city, treasure house of China." Exhibited in the main exhibition hall are 2,700 pieces works of art selected from all periods and show the development of civilization in this region.

Day 10 Xi'an / Beijing (B, L)

Activities: Terra Cotta Army, Moslem Street, Transfer from Hotel to Railway station (Xi'an)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Soft sleeper train cabin

Terra Cotta Army, 12 Days Best China Yangtze River Tour, Small Group China ToursTerra Cotta Army: Located east of Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum, the well-known Terra-cotta was buried underground to protect the afterlife of Emperor Qinshihuang from 2200 years ago. There are more than 8,000 life-size terra cotta figures of soldiers and horses excavated from this area. They are all displayed in the practical battle formation in 3 pits respectively.  The Terra Cotta Army is now regarded as the Eighth Wonder of the World.

Moslem Street: Located behind the Drum Tower, Xian Moslem Street is a fascinating region to wander around. It is well known for serving Muslim food for centuries, with a wide diversity of tastes and strong ethnic delicacies.

Transfer from Hotel to Railway station (Xi'an)

Day 11 Beijing (B, L)

Activities: Transfer from Railway station to Hotel (Beijing), Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Beijing Jianguo Hotel Qianmen Four-star

Transfer from Railway station to Hotel (Beijing)

Forbidden City, 12 Days Best China Yangtze River Tour, Small Group China ToursTiananmen Square: The Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing is the biggest square in the world. It is 880 meters from north to south, and 500 meters from east to west, with total area of 440,000 square meters and can hold one million people.

Forbidden City: Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, was where 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties lived. It was off-limits to ordinary citizens and is the biggest and best-preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China.

Temple of Heaven: Dating to the 15th century, the Temple of Heaven was where the emperor made an annual pilgrimage to pray for good harvests. Occupying an area of 273 hectares with four gates at the cardinal points, and walls to the north and east, it is China's largest existing complex of ancient sacrificial buildings.

Day 12 Beijing (B)

Activities: Juyongguan Great Wall, Exterior Visit to Bird Nest, Exterior Visit to Water Cube

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Beijing Jianguo Hotel Qianmen

Juyongguan Great Wall, 12 Days Best China Yangtze River Tour, Small Group China ToursJuyongguan Great Wall: Located in ChangP//ing County, about 50 km from Beijing, JuYongGuan Great Wall is the nearest section of the Great Wall in Beijing. It is circular with a perimeter of about 4,142 meters (about 4,530 yards).Situated in a valley surrounded by mountains, Juyongguan Pass has long been a military stronghold and is one of the three greatest passes of the Great Wall of China.

Bird Nest: Located in the Olympic Green, Bird Nest was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. The design, which originated from the study of Chinese ceramics, implemented steel beams in order to hide supports for the retractable roof; giving the stadium the appearance of a "Bird's nest".

Water Cube: Beijing National Aquatics Center, nicknamed the Water Cube is an aquatics center that was built alongside Beijing National Stadium in the Olympic Green for the swimming competitions of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Day13 Beijing (B)

Activities: Free day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Beijing Jianguo Hotel Qianmen

Day14 Beijing Departure (B)

Activities: Transfer from Hotel to Airport (Beijing)

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer from Hotel to Airport (Beijing)

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