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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

Traveling from Hong Kong to Yangtze River, you will visit Chengdu, Xi'an and Beijing with a 3-day relaxing cruise on the Yangtze River.

Highlights

  • Major sites in Chengdu Xian and Beijing
  • World-class cruise junks
  • Flight from Hong Kong included
  • Professional escort

Tour Itinerary

DAY
1
Hong Kong to Chengdu by Dragon Air KA820 Dep 10:25 - Arr 13:15
  • Activities: Airport Transfer (Hong Kong), Airport Transfer (Chengdu)
  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Sofitel Wanda Chengdu 5-star hotel  |  Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu 4-star hotel  |  Chengdu Comfort Hotel 3-star hotel

Today our Hong Kong tour guide will escort you to the airport. A flight will take you to Chengdu. Check in upon arrival.

- Smart Tips:

  • Travel smartly, this tour includes an entry flight from Hong Kong. If you need help booking interntaional flight to Hong Kong, please contact us.
  • DAY
    2
    Chengdu
    • Activities: Wu Hou Temple, Panda Breeding and Research Center, Half Day Panda Breed Reserve Tour, , Chengdu Kuan-zhai Lane
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Sofitel Wanda Chengdu 5-star hotel  |  Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu 4-star hotel  |  Chengdu Comfort Hotel 3-star hotel

    This morning we will drive outside the city to the Panda Breeding and Research Center. These cute friends will make you smile all day!

    Drive back to downtown and have lunch. This afternoon, life is gonna get real: your will walk along the Kuanzhai Lane and experience some simple Chengdu life style. Later, you will check out the historical Wuhou Temple. Shu Brocade Institute and Factory will be our last stop for today.

    - Smart Tips:

  • If you want to interact with the pandas, please request in advance. Extra cost might apply.
  • For some leisure experience, try ear-picking after a cup of tea. You can find countless tea houses in Chengdu, and we recommend Heming Tea House, which is ranked #3 on Lonely Planet.
  • DAY
    3
    Chengdu to Chongqing to Yangtze
    • Activities: Hotel to Train station Transfer (Chengdu), Train station Transfer (Chongqing), Cruise pier Transfer (Chongqing), Board the ship from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and departs Chongqing at 9:00pm.(Dinner is not included)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: On the Ship

    Today you will take a high speed train to Chongqing.

    Arrive in Chongqing in the afternoon. At the evening, our local tour guide will escort you to the pier. Board on your Yangtze River cruise and enjoy the night!

    - Smart Tips:

  • Embark time for the cruise is 9:00pm and our tour guide will get you to the pier ahead of time.
  • DAY
    4
    Yangtze
    • Activities: Welcoming Banquet, Dancing Party,Shibaozhai (14;00-16;00).Optinal tour to Fengdu Ghost City(RMB260 per person).
    • 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.

    Shibaozhai

    DAY
    5
    Yangtze
    • 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(RMB280 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.

    DAY
    6
    Yichang to Xian
    • Activities: Cruise pier Transfer (Yichang), Airport Transfer (Yichang), Airport Transfer (Xian), Three Gorges Dam Site.
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Hilton Hotel Xian 5-star hotel  |  Grand Noble Hotel  4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

    After visit the imposing site of Three Gorges Dam, we will fly to Xi'an

    Check in hotel and enjoy the rest of today at leisure.

    DAY
    7
    Xian
    • Activities: Xian City Wall with Bicycle, Great Mosque, Muslim Quarters, Shaanxi History Museum
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Hilton Hotel Xian 5-star hotel  |  Grand Noble Hotel  4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

    After breakfast in hotel, we will visit Xi'an city highlights including Muslim Quarter, Great Mosque, Ancient City Wall and Shaanxi History Museum

    DAY
    8
    Xian
    • Activities: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts center
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Hilton Hotel Xian 5-star hotel  |  Grand Noble Hotel  4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

    After breakfast, our Xi'an tour guide will take you the wonder of ancient China: Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Have lunch and stop by at a handicraft center.

    In the afternoon, you will be back to Xi'an downtown, waiting is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the oldest Buddhism temples in China.

    Big Goose Pagoda

    DAY
    9
    Xian to Beijing by Hainan Airlines HU7238 Dep 09:10 - Arr 10:45
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Beijing), Summer Palace, Exterior visit of Beijing Olympic Stadiums(Bird's Nest and Water Cube)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • 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 fly to Beijing. Chekc in upon arrival.

    This afternoon, we will visit Summer Palace. Later, take a free stroll outside Bird's Nest and Water Cube.

    Bird's Nest in Beijing.

    DAY
    10
    Beijing
    • Activities: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Hutong Tour by Rickshaw in Xicheng District, Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling, Lizexiang Pearl Store
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    A fresh coffee kicks a good start for your morning.

    Today you will firstly visit Tian'anmen Square and then the Forbidden City.

    Have lunch and 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!
  • DAY
    11
    Beijing
    • Activities: Badaling Great Wall (round way cable car), The Badaling Great Wall, Temple of Heaven
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    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 Badaling Section, where you will take a cable car ride up the peak and walk along with your tour guide. Have lunch and we will drive back to Beijing.

    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.
  • DAY
    12
    Beijing to Departure City
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing)
    • Meals: Breakfast

    Today our Beijing tour guide will help you check out and escort you to the airport.

    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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