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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

Making Shanghai your gateway to China, you will visit Shanghai, Suzhou, Xi'an and Beijing, plus a relaxing Yangtze River Cruise.

Highlights

  • Experience the modern Shanghai including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower
  • Take a Rickshaw ride in Suzhou
  • Enjoy Chinese garden art in Humble Administrator's Garden
  • Have a comfortable and unforgettable journey along the Yangtze River
  • Visit Chinese key historical attractions in Beijing and Xi'an
  • Enough free time to explore your own journey

Tour Itinerary

DAY
1
Shanghai Arrival
  • Activities: Airport Transfer (Shanghai)
  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel



Today you will land in Shanghai airport, where your Shanghai tour guide picks you up. The ride to hotel for check-in comes with a briefing about Shanghai as well as your China tour.

After check-in, have some free time getting to know the city.

 

- Smart Tips:

  • One of the best ways to get a glance at Shanghai is taking a night cruise on the Huangpu River. Your Shanghai tour guide can book the ticket for you.
  • DAY
    2
    Shanghai
    • Activities: The Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower(INCL Shanghai History Museum), French concession region, Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Seagull Palace
    • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

    Arrive in Shanghai in the morning, your Shanghai tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for check-in. You will have some simple breakfast.

    Today's tour aims at getting to know Shanghai from its past and present. Firstly, you will walk along The Bund and take a ferry crossing the Huangpu River. Later, you will visit the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Shanghai History Museum. Have lunch in a traditional Shanghai restaurant.

    The Former French Concession holds the memories of yesterdays and is meant to offer you serendipitous discoveries. A silk store will be our last stop for today.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • ERA Time Acrobatic Show is a wonderful way to kill the night.
  • Jimi Kee Noodles in Shaanxi Nan Lu, gives you a flavor of Hong Kong even when you are wandering in Shanghai.
  • DAY
    3
    Shanghai
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Shanghai to Suzhou, Humble Administrators Garden, Rickshaw ride, Panmen Gate, Suzhou Embrodidery Institution, Our guide and driver will escort you from Suzhou to Shanghai
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Shuixianglou Restaurant
    • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

    

    This morning, your Shanghai tour guide will escort you to Suzhou. The ride takes about 1 hour.

    As we arrive in Suzhou, one of the most beautiful Suzhou-style gardens will open up to you: Humble Administrator's Garden. The old garden dates back to the 16th century and now holds flower and bonsai exhibitions occasionally. Have lunch in a local restaurant.

    After lunch, a rickshaw ride through the city would be quite relaxing. Later, get to the Panmen Gate, which is not literally a gate but more of a a small fortress that was used to seal off the canel to control the boats entering the city.

    Back in Shanghai, you already knew how the silk is processed. Now at an embroidery institute in Suzhou, you can see artists hand-stitching beautiful art works.

    At the evening, you will be back to Shanghai.

    DAY
    4
    Shanghai to Yichang to Yangtze
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai), Airport Transfer (Yichang), Cruise pier Transfer (Yichang), Board the ship from 5:00pm to 10:00pm and departs Yichang at night--00:00am.(Dinner is not included)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: On the Ship

    

    This morning, you will have some free time in Shanghai. We have listed out something you might be interested. Plan your free time wisely.

    When you get to Yichang, you will get taken to the pier in time for the Yangtze River Cruise. Enjoy your night!

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Outside Shanghai, there is a lovely small old town worthy a check out: Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.
  • City God Temple near the Yuyuan Garden, claimed to be "Sights of old China in the middle of modern Shanghai".
  • Carving for snacks? Looking for place to dine? You can find Din Tai Fung Restaurant, featured as "Authentic Culture of Shanghai" by Trip Advisor, both near the Yuyuan Garden and Xintiandi.
  • die Yangtze Kreuzfahrt

    DAY
    5
    Yangtze
    • Activities: Passes though the 1st Gorge----Xiling Gorge
      Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site.
      Passes though the 5-steps ship locks.
      Captain’s Welcome Banquet.
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch ,Dinner
    • Hotels: On the Ship

    

    On your spectacular Yangtze River cruise today, the first gorge of the day will be Qutang Gorge and then later pass through Wu Gorge. After lunch, you will have the chance to go on land to visit Shennong Stream, a tributary of the Yangtze River. It is a dramatic piece of natural beauty with water rushing past karst caves, vertical cliffs, numerous waterfalls, three-colored springs, an ancient plank path, and much more. As well, there is an option to visit the White Emperor City, also known as Baidi city (price not included).

    The crew will later put on a performance for your entertainment, and the vessel will sail through the 5-step ship locks, bringing you back to Yangtze.

     

    - Smart Tips:

    White Emperor City is an option upon your request. Please inform the crew if you'd visit it. Cost will be on your own.

    DAY
    6
    Yangtze
    • Activities: Shore excursion to Shennong Stream(8:00-12:30).You have the option of visiting White Emperor City(RMB260 per person).
      Passes though the 2nd gorge--Wu gorge.
      Passes though the 3rd gorge--Qutang.
      Crew performance.
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch ,Dinner
    • Hotels: On the Ship

    Waking up in the wave sound of the Yangtze River, you will embrace the morning of nature. Today you will take a short visit to Shibaozhai. Shibaozhai, literally meaning Stone Treasure Fortress, and its riverside location is what allows the historic hill site much of its beauty. The sheer vertical cliffs below it stand more than 56 meters tall, thus creating much curiosity over the centuries. The red pavilion found there was first built in 1750 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and has since been restored. Inside, visitors can see many interesting artifacts since each of the 12 floors is dedicated to a famous general from the Three Kingdoms Period (220-265), a local scholar, or a known Chinese poet.

     

    - Smart Tips:

    Fengdu Ghost City is not included in our itinerary, but it's available to book after you get on the cruise. Cost will be your own exspense.

    DAY
    7
    Yangtze
    • Activities: Shore excursion to Shibaozhai (08:00-10:00).
      Captain’s Farewell Banquet.
      Night on the Yangtze River-Gathering Party.
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch ,Dinner
    • Hotels: On the Ship

    Carrying a dreamy time, today you will continue to enjoy the Yangtze River Cruise with intoxicating views.

    

    DAY
    8
    Chongqing to Chongqing to Xian
    • Activities: Cruise pier Transfer (Chongqing), Panda Room in Chongqing Zoo, Goose Neck Park, Chongqing National Arts Institute Gallery , Airport Transfer (Chongqing), Airport Transfer (Xian), Arrives in Chongqing at 9:00am.
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Wanyue Restaurant
    • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel  |  Xian Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

    The upstream Yangtze Rriver Cruise reaches the terminal destination: Chongqing. Your Chongqing tour guide will pick you up at the pier.

    You will visit the Panda Room in the Chongqing Zoo, where you can meet up the precious pandas. Later, have lunch in a traditional restaurant serving Sichuan cuisine.

    In the afternoon, visit Goose Neck Park, home to special plant species and you can get a bird's view of the entire city at the top of Liangjiang Pavilion. An art gallery will be our last stop in Chongqing.

    A flight will take you to Xi'an, a graceful city rich in history and culture. Check in upon arrival.

    DAY
    9
    Xian
    • Activities: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Fountain Square of Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall, Chongde Handmade Pottery Factory
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at A Wa Shan Zhai Restaurant(Qinling Branch)
    • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel  |  Xian Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

    One of the most remarkable features of the famous Terracotta Army is that, each of the over-7,000 soliders comes in different sizes and styles, including beards, hairstyles and facial expressions. It is like they are still guarding the tomb of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China. After a couple of hours at this incredible site, you will stop by an art center.

    After lunch, you will be wandering freely on the Fountain Square, from where you can get a great full view of the famous Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Get a great view of Xi'an city at the Ancient City Wall best time to visit is sunrise and sunset.
  • DAY
    10
    Xian to Beijing by Flight No. TBA
    • Activities: Free time, Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Beijing)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    Today you will be free in this ancient yet lively city.

    Later today, you will take a flight to the capital of China: Beijing. Check in upon arrival.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • For foodies, march to the Muslim Quarter for some halal food or snacks alike.
  • Reviewed as a "hidden gem". the Gao's Grand Courtyard hides behind the Muslim Quarter, inviting you for an insightful visit. Shadow Puppet Show (20CNY / Person) here is said to be one of the best in the country.
  • DAY
    11
    Beijing
    • Activities: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Hutong Tour by Rickshaw in Xicheng District, Pearl Store
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Courtyard 7 Restaurant, Dinner
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    For many Beijingers, the Tian'anmen Square is where they start the day. This morning, you will pay a visit to this vast square. Later, go visit 4 major sites inside the Forbidden City, including the Palace of Heavenly Purity, Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Mental Cultivation and Royal Garden.

    At noon, your Beijing tour guide will take your into a Beijing noodle house for lunch. Stop at a pearl store after lunch.

    A Hutong visit is essential to a China tour. Riding on a rickshaw, you will get deep into Beijingers' day-to-day life. Stop at local family for a couple of hours, have easy conversation over a cup of tea.

    Tonight, your Beijing tour guide will take you to an old Peking Duck restaurant for a real feast.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Kung Fu Show at Red Theatre creates a cinematic visual experience for you.
  • DAY
    12
    Beijing
    • Activities: Exterior visit of Beijing Olympic Stadiums(Bird's Nest and Water Cube), The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Shahe Cloisonne Factory
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    Slightly farther than Badaling Section, Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall is significantly less crowded. One can even see the desert of Mongolia in the distance during a clear day.

    At noon, a farm-house-style restaurant prepares a good meal for you. Later, pay a brief visit at a cloisonné factory to see how the clay turns into a bowl.

    Driving back downtown Beijing takes about 2 hours, relax en route. Later, visit the Temple of Heaven. Here, you will approach the beautiful Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests via the Danbi Bridge.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • A foot massage or a body massage is needed if you want to relax after all the walking today. Ask your Beijing tour guide for direction.
  • You can get a nice insight of China's postmodern art at 798 Art Zone, where you can also find TimeoutBeijing's favorite art center Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (UCCA).
  • DAY
    13
    Beijing
    • Activities: Free time
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    Today you will have a whole free day in Beijing. Refer to our suggested activities as follow.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Beijing Zoo is an all-time favorite for both kids and adults.
  • The Drum Tower still keeps drumming every hour from 9:30am to 4:30pm (except 12:30pm), 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am etc. Aside the drumming show, the tower offers great view of how everything in Beijing is aligned with the Forbidden City.
  • A boat trip on Kunming Lake in the Summer Palace is essential for a relaxing China holiday. Or a less-crowded choice, go to the Old Summer Palace near it.
  • DAY
    14
    Beijing to Departure City
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing)
    • Meals: Breakfast

    Today your Beijing tour guide will esort you to the airport for departure flight. Thanks for taking this China tour with us. Hope to see you again before long!

    Prices (Go Solo Private Tour)

    $ USD
    Apr.1- Nov.31 Superior Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class Single Room Supplement
    1 person -
    2-5 persons / /
    6-9 persons / /

    * The price may change during some festivals including the Spring Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, Labor Day (1st May), Mid Autumn Day and National Day (1st Oct.).

    * The price is subject to change based on exchange rate.

    What's Included & Excluded

    Price Inclusion

    • Entrance fees.
    • Meals listed in the itinerary.
    • Private transfers.
    • Private English-speaking guide and driver.
    • Hotels listed in the itinerary.
    • Service Charge & Taxes.
    • China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
    • Luggage Transfers.

    Price Exclusion

    • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    • China Entry Visa Fees.
    • Excess Baggage Charges.
    • Personal Expenses.
    • Any meals that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary.
    • Single Room Supplement.
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    Tailor-make a China tour based on your needs.

    Key sites in the three major cities Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai are all included in this 8-day China tour. Plus, No hidden fees and No tourist traps at all!

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    Tour Type : Private Tour

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