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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

Explore the two most important cities in China--Beijing and Shanghai. You will see both the ancient culture and the modern hi-tech civilization of China. And then rest while enjoying the awesome scenery on the Yangtze River.


  • Key tone of relaxing
  • Beijing and Shanghai's major attractions
  • Comfortable stay in Yangtze River Cruise
  • Smart and wise choice ideal for Expats or travelers with limited time

Tour Itinerary

Beijing Arrival
  • Activities: Airport Transfer (Beijing)
  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

Welcome to China! As you arrive in Beijing, you will feel warm welcome by your Beijing tour guide and driver. You will be escorted to hotel for check-in. Free time afterwards.

  • Activities: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Hutong Tour by Rickshaw in Xicheng District
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Courtyard 7 Restaurant
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

Good day for early risers: morning firstly go people-watching on the biggest public square that is Tian'anmen Square. Enter the Forbidden City, following history's footsteps. Also known as Gugong Museum or Royal Palace Museum, here you will visit Hall of Mental Cultivation, Hall of Supreme Harmony, Palace of Heavenly Purity and Royal Garden. Pay a short visit to a time-honored pearl store before lunch at Courtyard 7 Restaurant.

Sitting in comfort, a rickshaw will weave our way in the Hutong passing Houhai area. Here, you will make a stop at a local house, a greeting and chitchat come in order.


- Smart Tips:

  • Many tour groups enter the Forbidden City from the South Gate, with China Travel, you will do in from the North Gate to avoid the crowds.
  • Courtyard 7 Restaurant is located inside Hutong, a typical Siheyuan restaurant serving authentic Beijing food.
  • To kill the night, try Houhai Bar Street with bars and cafes of all sizes and styles.
  • DAY
    • Activities: Temple of Heaven, 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


    Last night's good sleep gets a full charge for your tour to the Great Wall at Mutianyu Section. Among all the sections, Mutianyu is noted for better views and less crowds. You will enjoy a one-way cable car life at this section. On the way back, take an exciting sild-way ride downhill. Have lunch in a farmhouse restaurant before get back to downtown Beijing.

    Stop by a cloisonné factory before your time is dedicated to the Temple of Heaven, where Chinese emperors used to offer God their best fruits and prayers. Have some free time before the Kungfu Show at Red Theatre.


    - Smart Tips:


  • No.3 restaurant of TripAdvisor's recommendation, Haidilao Hot Pot has its way to spice up your Beijing trip. Within 30min by a cab from the Temple of Heaven. ( Note: Transfer and meal are on your own exspense.)


  • DAY
    Beijing to Chongqing to Yangtze
    • Activities: Free time, Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing), Airport Transfer (Chongqing), Cruise pier Transfer (Chongqing), Board the ship between 19:00 and 22:00, and depart from Chongqing at 22:00. (Dinner is not included on the first evening.)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: On the Ship

    Today you will have Beijing to your own. Here's what we suggest:

  • Summer Palace is meant for a leisure day, boat trip on Kunming Lake inside it is definitely a bonus.
  • Old Summer Palace, also known as Yuanmingyuan, not far away from the Summer Palace, more for a quiet walk in the seemingly-forgotten ruins.
  • If you are traveling with kids, Beijing Zoo is ideal to get the kids entertained.

    Later today, your Beijing tour guide will take you to the airport for the ongoing flight to Chongqing. Your Choingqing tour guide will escort you to board on the Yangtze River Cruise. Enjoy your night!

  • DAY
    • Activities: Program: learn traditional Chinese tai chi, optional tour to Fengdu Ghost City in the morning, shore excursion to Shibaozhai in the afternoon, and in the evening the cruise welcome party
    • 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.

    die Yangtze Kreuzfahrt

    • Activities: Taichi exercise.
      Passes through the 1st gorge--Qutang Gorge.
      Passes through the 2cd gorge---Wu Gorge.
      Shore excursion to Shennong Stream(1:30pm-5:30pm). You have the option of visiting White Emperor City(RMB260 per person).
      Crew's Performance.
      Sails through the 5-steps Ship locks.
    • 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.

    Yichang to Shanghai
    • Activities: Cruise pier Transfer (Yichang), Airport Transfer (Yichang), Airport Transfer (Shanghai), Program: tai chi exercises, shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site, sail through the Eastern Xiling Gorges, and arrive at New Century Wharf in Yichang at 13:00
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

    Your cruise along the world famous Yangtze River will conclude today. In the morning, you will embark on one final shore excursion to visit the Three Gorges Dam Site. This is China and the world’s largest water conservancy project, a work in progress from 1994 until its final completion in 2009. The dam is an impressive 2,335 meters long and 185 meters high. Visitors are allowed the chance to access the top and appreciate the panoramic views.

    The vessel will then dock in Yichang for disembarkation at 1 p.m.

    • Activities: The Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower(INCL Shanghai History Museum), Yuyuan Garden, Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Home's Restaurant
    • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel


    Oriental Pearl TV Tower is our first stop. Inside the tower, Shanghai History Museum offers an informative visit with its waxwork display.Have lunch in a graceful French-style restaurant.

    Then will visit Yuyuan Garden, a classical private garden in the style of Southern China. It is located right in the hustle and bustle of the Temple of City God. Stop at Jiangnan Silk Factory to learn how silk is made. Take a walk along the Bund. Nanjing Road with shops ranging from street-style chic to high-end brands is our last stop for today.

    Shanghai to Departure City
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai)
    • Meals: Breakfast

    Good time flies fast. Today your Shanghai tour guide will see you off at the airport. Thanks for taking this China tour with China Travel. We hope to see you again soon!

    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

    Best Season :All seasons

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