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Vicky Wen
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Getting close to the cute giant pandas, this China tour takes you to Chengdu, Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai. Relax on a Yangtze River Cruise.

Highlights

  • One of China Travel's best Panda tours
  • Important historic and cultural sites in Beijing and Xi'an
  • Relaxing Yangtze River Cruise
  • Ideal for families and senior travellers who have a heart for nature

Tour Itinerary

DAY
1
Beijing Arrival
  • Activities: Airport/Train Station/Port to Hotel Transfer
  • 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

Destinations & activities: Airport - hotel transfer

Beijing is kinda an important signature of China. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be immersed in its hospitality and vigor.

Free time after check-in your hotel.

 

DAY
2
Beijing
  • Activities: Hutong Tour by Rickshaw in Xicheng District,Tiananmen Square,Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling,The Forbidden City
  • Meals: Lunch at Bai Shi Da Restaurant
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

Destinations & activities: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Former Residence of Soong Chin Ling, Hutong rickshaw ride and family visit

A fresh coffee kicks a good start for your morning.

Pack up your gear and today you will firstly visit Tian'anmen Square and then the Forbidden City.

Have lunch, we will get to the Former Residence of Soong Chin Ling, more widely known as the birthplace of China's last emperor Puyi. Get on a rickshaw and the rider will take you into Beijing's beating heart: Hutong. Following up is some quality time with a local family in the Hutong.

Today you will also have a chance to learn how to spot fake pearls at a time-honored pearl store.

 

- Smart Tips:

  • The Corner Tower of the Forbidden City is always a favorite spot for photographers. Spend some time there if the time allows.
  • Today's tour ends up at the Hutong area near Houhai, where you can find a decent place to kick back and enjoy a brisk Beijing night.
  • It takes some nerve to dance in public. But moves don't matter if you got the passion - at least it's so for Chinese dance devotees. Go check out China's national hobby: Square Dance in Beijing!
  • Hutong house in Beijing

    DAY
    3
    Beijing
    • Activities: Airport Transfer (Beijing), A Free CH cell phone package
    • Meals: 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

    Destinations & activities: Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall, a cloisonné factory and Kungfu Show at night

    In morning, we will first visit the holy site of Temple of Heaven, where Chinese emperors used to worship God with their sacrifices. Later, drive up to the Great Wall at Mutianyu Section, where you will take a cable car ride up the peak and walk along with your tour guide. Visit a local cloisonné store before lunch.

    In the afternoon, we will be back to the city. Free night for you to thrill.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Don't leave Beijing without a bite of the legendary Peking Duck. Dine like a royalcourt member at Hua's Restaurant.
  • Tired of today's walking and photo-taking? Let's rub it away with a traditional Chinese massage. Your Beijing tour guide sure knows some decent place.
  • If you want to carry on with excitment, a Kungfu Show will be the best bet. Ask your guide for ticket and direction or you can check on our "Solo Adventure!" tag.
  • Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall

    DAY
    4
    Beijing to Xian by Air China CA1235 Dep 16:40 - Arr 18:30
    • Activities: The Forbidden City, Treasure Houses, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace with boat Cruise and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony, Lizexiang Pearl Store
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Beijing Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant
    • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel  |  Xian Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

    Destinations & activities: The Summer Palace, Bird's Nest and Water Cube, 798 Art Zone and transfer to the airport

    In the morning, you will take a relaxing tour at the Summer Palace. Enjoy the boat ride on Kunming Lake. Later, visit the less-visted yet much interesting Yonghe Lama Temple. Have lunch in a traditional Sichuan Restaurant.

    Bird's Nest and Water Cube were made known in the world for the grand Olympics 2008. This afternoon you will take an exterior visit at this great site. Later, feel up Beijing's art touch at 798 Art Zone.

    Later today you will fly to Xi'an. Check in upon arrival.

    Summer Palace

    DAY
    5
    Xian
    • Activities: The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Shahe Cloisonne 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

    Destinations & activities: Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Ancient City Wall and a handicraft center

    After breakfast, your tour guide will take you to some simple breakfast and help you check in. Later, you will visit the wonder of ancient China: Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Have lunch in a Sichuan restaurant nearby before a walk at a handicraft center.

    In the afternoon, you will be back to Xi'an downtown, waiting is the Ancient City Wall, one of the oldest milatry defense systems in China.

    Have the rest of today free at your pace.

     

    Terracotta Army

    DAY
    6
    Xian to Chengdu by China Southern Airlines CZ6255 Dep 16:55 - Arr 18:10
    • Activities: Hutong Tour in Xicheng District, Temple of Heaven, Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing), Airport Transfer (Xian)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Qianzhou Restaurant (Xiao Yanta Branch)
    • Hotels: Sofitel Wanda Chengdu 5-star hotel  |  Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu 4-star hotel  |  Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel  3-star hotel

    Destinations & activities: Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter, Great Mosque and transfer to the airport

    In the morning, you will visit one of the most important Buddhist temples in China: Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Later, get to the bustling Muslim Quarter and visit its Great Mosque.

    Later today you will fly to Chengdu. Check in upon arrival.

     

    Muslim Quarter

    DAY
    7
    Yaan
    • Activities: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian Imperial Fine Arts center, Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Chengdu)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Hongzhu Hotel Yaan  4-star hotel  |  Hongzhu Hotel Yaan  4-star hotel  |  Hongzhu Hotel Yaan  4-star hotel

    Destinations & activities: Land transfer to Bifeng Valley Panda Center

    In the morning, your Chengdu tour guide will take you to Bifeng Valley Panda Center where you will be working as the babysiter of these cute creatures. At the center, the experts will tell you the panda's living habits, favorite food, important notes to take care of them and stuff you are interested.

    Tonight you will stay overnight in a hotel outside the center.

    DAY
    8
    Chengdu
    • Activities: Half Day Tour to Panda Breeding Reserve, Wu Hou Temple, Panda Breeding and Research Center, Jinli Old Street,
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Long Chao Shou Snack
    • Hotels: Sofitel Wanda Chengdu 5-star hotel  |  Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu 4-star hotel  |  Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel  3-star hotel

    Destinations & activities: Thatched Cottage Of Dufu, Wide and Narrow Lanes, Wuhou Temple and Shu Brocade Institute and Factory

    Dufu is a famous poet back in Tang Dynasty, and today you will get a glance at his life at Thatched Cottage Of Dufu. Have lunch in a traditional Sichuan restaurant.

    Get into the Wide and Narrow Lanes, aka Kuanzhai Xiangzi, learning about Chengdu local's daily life. Later, visit a traditional temple: Wuhou Temple. Last, you will visit the Shu Brocade Institute and Factory to learn about the delicate Shu embroidery art.

     

    DAY
    9
    Chengdu to Chongqing to Yangtze
    • Activities: Board the ship from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and departs Chongqing at 9:00pm.(Dinner is not included), Hotel to Train station Transfer (Chengdu), Train station Transfer (Chongqing), Ciqikou Old Town, Three Gorges Museum
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Cai Xiang Yuan Restaurant (Yangjiaping Branch)
    • Hotels: On the Ship

    Destinations & activities: Hotel - train station transfer, Goose Neck Park and Ciqikou Old Town, transfer to the pier

    Take a high speed train to Chongqing after about 2 and a half hours. Have lunch in a local restaurant. Later, visit the Goose Neck Park, here you can explore Bonsai Garden, Tiger Terrace and Sheng Bridge. Later, get to the Ciqikou Old Town.

    Later tonight, you will be taken to the pier. Board on your Yangtze River Cruise and enjoy the night.

     

    DAY
    10
    Yangtze
    • Activities: Welcoming Banquet, Dancing Party, Shore excursion to Shibaozhai(14;00-16;00).Optinal tour to Fengdu Ghost City.
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch ,Dinner
    • Hotels: On the Ship

    Destinations & activities: Welcome banquet, dance party, shore excursion to Shibaozhai; Fengdu Ghost City (Optional upon request)

    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
    11
    Yangtze
    • Activities: Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Shennong Stream(1:30pm-5:30pm), Crew's Performance
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch ,Dinner
    • Hotels: On the Ship

    Destinations & activities: Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Shennong Stream, crew performance

    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.

    Yangtze River Cruise

    DAY
    12
    Yichang to Shanghai
    • Activities: Cruise pier Transfer (Yichang), Airport Transfer (Yichang), Airport Transfer (Shanghai), Three Gorges Dam Site
    • 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

    Destinations & activities: Three Gorges Dam Site, hotel - airport transfer

    Today you will get to Yichang. Visit the imposing site of Three Gorges Dam.

    Later today, a domestic flight will take you to Shanghai. Check in upon arrival.

    Three Gorges Dam

    DAY
    13
    Shanghai
    • Activities: The Shanghai World Financial Center, Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Market, 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

    Destinations & activities: Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Former French Concession, Tianzifang and a silk factory

    Overlooking the Huangpu River and the Bund, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is absolutely Shanghai's pride and icon. Today you will be on the top of it, taking in a panoramic. Visit Shanghai History Museum, which is located inside the tower, with a great collection of wax work detailing the history of Shanghai. Take a walk along the Bund and go to have lunch at a local restaurant.

    After a stop at a local silk factory, visit Yuyuan Garden. Later,your Shanghai tour guide will take you on a romantic stroll at the Former French Concession and get to Tianzifang.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Enjoy the nightscape by the Bund at the jazz bar of the Peace Hotel.
  • After a walk at the Former French Concession, you can go to dinner at the famous dim sum restaurant Din Tai Fung Restaurant. Find its info on our tag or ask your Shanghai tour guide for direction.
  • Oriental Pearl TV Tower

    DAY
    14
    Shanghai to Departure City
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai)
    • Meals: Breakfast

    Destinations & activities: Hotel - airport transfer

    Thanks for taking this China tour with China Travel. Hopefully we've created a beautiful memory for you. Today your Shanghai tour guide will take you to the airport. 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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    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 :Spring Summer Autumn Winter

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