Explore both the ancient cultures and prosperous features, and relax on the Yangtze River Cruise to see the various sides of China. Your informative guides will show you around not only the most classic spots, like the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Terra-cotta Army, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden and Three Gorges but also take you for a genuine local experience by visiting adorable giant pandas and local markets.
Your international flight will land in Beijing. Our Beijing tour guide will welcome you at the arrival hall, and then your driver will transfer you directly to your hotel with a private car. Your guide will help you check in hotel. Have a good rest to recover from jet lag and welcome to China!
- Free time ideas: There are several small restaurants near your hotel. Noodles and mutton are very popular local food there. Please also feel free to ask for your tour guide’s recommendation for dinner.
Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City Explore, Jingshan Park (Coal Hill), Temple of Heaven
After a fresh breakfast, we will set off to discover the old part of Beijing.First, you will take a relaxing visit at Temple of Heaven, where Chinese emperors used to worship God with their sacrifices.
And then walk on Tian'anmen Square, which is the largest city square in the world. Later, have a Chinese lunch and take a short break.
Your tour guide will help you explore 12 carefully-selected places in the Forbidden City, to discover the deep secrets of the emperors and concubines of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Continue our tour to Jingshan Park, climb up to the mountain get the whole views of the Forbidden city and Hutong area.
Dinner recommendation: Spice up your trip with a hot pot dinner at Haidilao Hot Pot Restaurant.
The Mutianyu Great Wall, The Mutianyu Great Wall(cable car up and slideway down)
The less-crowded Mutianyu Great Wall section is about 2.5 hours' drive from downtown Beijing. A cable car will take you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. You will return by slideway get more funny experience. You could also choose get down by chairlift or walk.
Free time explore idea:
A Chinese traditional massage will be a cure to your tired body after the Great Wall hiking and you can get to know the essence of Chinese traditional massage.
In the evening, you can have a watch of an exciting Red Theater Beijng Kung Fu Show.
Beijing to Xian by Train No. G87 (Beijing Xi (west) Railway Station - Xian Bei (north) Railway Station) Dep 14:00 - Arr 18:20
Hutong Tour by Rickshaw in Xicheng District, Making a Chinese Paper Cut , Hotel to Train station Transfer (Beijing), Train station Transfer (Xian)
We will zip around the narrow Hutong by rickshaws and visit a local family. Pictures of local daily life will be unfolded for you. And then you will learn how to make a traditional Chinese handicraft in the Hutong area.
Enjoy Peking Roast Duck as Beijing farewell lunch and learn how to eat in a correct way.
Take 6-hour High-speed train from Beijing to Xi’an to feel China’s fast.
Free time explore idea:
Walk around Muslim Square to find typical Xi’an food. Imagine pita bread with lamb and Chinese noodles!
The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Xian City Wall with Bicycle, Learn How to Make Terracotta Warrior at a Cave Dwelling
Xi'an is a metropolis which is also served as China's ancient capital for over 10 dynasties.
First you will discover the wonder of ancient China: Terracotta Warriors and Horses. The first emperor of China, Emperor Qin Shi Huang, had his tomb built along with thousands of clay warriors, horses and battle chariots in hopes to rule his afterlife world. Time gone by but the Terracotta Army remains as an evidence of his power. Later we will Learn How to Make Terracotta Warrior at a Cave Dwelling which find more behind history about Terracotta Army. Lunch at local restaurant.
Back to the city, you will cycle on the Ancient city wall and enjoy the sunset on this over 600 years old wall.
Free time explore idea:
In the evening, take a night walk on the square in front of Big Wild Goose Pagoda and shot some nice photos.
Xian to Chongqing to Yangtze
Board the ship between 19:00 and 22:00, and depart from Chongqing at 22:00. (Dinner is not included on the first evening.), Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Chongqing), Panda Room in Chongqing Zoo, Ciqikou Old Town, Cruise pier Transfer (Chongqing)
We will go to Chongqing Zoo to see cute giant pandas.
After a Chinese lunch at local restaurant, we will go to Ciqikou Old Town. This lively old area has been partly restored, and remains an authentic and busy community. The old wooden houses and narrow streets decorate the town. Near a river there are craft, souvenir shops, teahouses, and lots of local food and snacks shops. After visit, you will be transfer to port for your cruise.
Dinner is not included. It is a good choice to taste Hotpot at a local restaurant in Chongqing.
Shibaozhai, Cruise pier Transfer (Yangtze), Program: learn traditional Chinese tai chi, Optional tour to Fengdu Ghost City(RMB 290 per person)., shore excursion to Shibaozhai in the afternoon, and in the evening the cruise welcome party
Get off board to visit Shibaozhai which was built in the Qing Dynasty in 1750. With a height of 56 meters and 12 stories, the wooden architectures stand on the riverside and was built upon sheer cliffs.
Shennong Stream, Cruise pier Transfer (Yangtze), 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) to see hanging coffins, local Tujia minority houses and their custom.. You have the option of visiting White Emperor City(RMB290 per person).
In the morning, the cruise will pass 2 gorges of the Three Gorges--Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Scenery there is amazing. In the afternoon, have a shore excursion on Shennong Stream. You have the option of visiting White Emperor City.
YichangYichang to Shanghai
Cruise pier Transfer (Yichang), Three Gorges Dam, Airport Transfer (Yichang), Airport Transfer (Shanghai), Program: Disembarking at Maoping pier of Yichang&Shore excursion---Three Gorges Dam Site,take bus to Yichang, arrive in Yichang at 12:30pm.
Shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam after breakfast. Three Gorges Dam is the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by man.
And then take flight from Yichang to Shanghai.
Free time explore idea:
Shanghai is a modern city with mix-culture of orient and western country. And the food is full of shanghai style. You are advice find typical food in Shanghai old street and don’t miss taste Nanxiang soup dumplings.
Yuyuan Garden, French concession region, Oriental Pearl TV Tower(INCL Shanghai History Museum）, In-depth Bund Culture Discovery
You will experience the ancient and modern sections Shanghai in a day. After breakfast, we will In-depth Bund Culture Discovery to get a taste of 1920s Shanghai. Have a bird eye view of Shanghai in the top of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. There, you will also visit a wax museum. Have a visit of Yuyuan Garden, a typical Suzhou-style garden. Later, carry on the tour at French Concession.
Recommended evening activity: An interesting EAR Time Acrobatic Show will give you a wow night. Our Shanghai tour guide will help you book the tickets.
Shanghai to Departure City
Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai)
You will be transferred to Shanghai Pudong International Airport in time for your flight home.
What's Included & Excluded
Meals listed in the itinerary.
Private English-speaking guide and driver.
Hotels listed in the itinerary.
Service Charge & Taxes.
China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
China Entry Visa Fees.
Excess Baggage Charges.
Any meals that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary.
Single Room Supplement.
Drumming Show at the Drum Tower
Replaying how people used to keep timing back in the day, the Drum Tower has several drumming shows every hour from 9:30am to 4:30pm (except 12:30pm), 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am etc. (No.9, Zhonglou Wan, Dongcheng District, Beijing (near Di'anmen))
Hongya Cave in Chongqing
The funkily-named Hongya Cave is not a real cave but a great place to kill some free time. Here you can find something to eat or a cafe to kick back.(Address: Hongya Cave, No.88, Jiabin Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing)
Vintage Side-car Drive in Shanghai
A vintage side-car motorcycle roams you around the city. An experienced foreigner will be your driver, who has been living in China for some time and will be happy to share his prespective with you. The side-car is safe and in good conditione, with capacity of at most 2 travelers in one car. Contact our travel advisor for booking info.
For an authentic travel experience, contact one of our travel advisors. Our local experts are always ready to create a hassle-free tour for you.