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.
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Tour Type: Private Tour
Best Season: All seasons
From $2,959 USD p/p
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
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!
The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Temple of Heaven, Shahe Cloisonne Factory
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.
Beijing to Xian by Air China CA1235 Dep 16:40 - Arr 18:30
Summer Palace, 798 Art District, Exterior visit of Beijing Olympic Stadiums(Bird's Nest and Water Cube), Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing), Airport Transfer (Xian)
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.
Ancient City Wall, The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts 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.
Xian to Chengdu by China Southern Airlines CZ6255 Dep 16:55 - Arr 18:10
Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarters, Great Mosque, Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Chengdu)
Later today you will fly to Chengdu. Check in upon arrival.
Volunteer Plan in Bifeng Valley Panda Center, Our guide and driver will escort you from Chengdu to Yaan, Bifeng Valley Panda Centre
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.
Our guide and driver will escort you from Yaan to Chengdu, Wu Hou Temple, Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Chengdu Kuan-zhai Lane, Chengdu Shu Embroidery Co.
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.
Chengdu to Chongqing to Yangtze
Hotel to Train station Transfer (Chengdu), Train station Transfer (Chongqing), Goose Neck Park, Ciqikou Old Town, 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.)
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.
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
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.
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).
Sails through the 5-steps Ship locks.
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.
YichangYichang to Shanghai
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
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.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower(INCL Shanghai History Museum）, The Bund, Yuyuan Garden, French concession region, Xintiandi, Tianzi Fang, Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop
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.
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.
Shanghai to Departure City
Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai)
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!
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.
A national hobby reaches its pitch at dawn and again dusk in almost city, that is Open-air Dance. Have you ever seen anything like that? The group of dance devotees with size down to 20 and up to 500, music types from Chinese folk to lousy street pop.
Shanghai Community Church
No matter you are a believer or a passer-by, at Shanghai Community Church, you will see how God blesses the people and the city. Shanghai Community Church is the city's biggest Christian church and the most important one.(Address: No.53, Hengshan Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai)
Hershey's Chocolate World
Hershey's Chocolate World in Shanghai is the first store opened outside the States. The first floor is a typical Hershey retail selling all kinds of chocolate and the second floor you will see a model of Hershey factory.(Address:No.290, Xizang Zhong Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai)
Ding Tai Fung Restaurant
Ding Tai Fung Restaurant doesn't have to sell itself. Xiaolongbao (steamed bread), Xiajiao (shrimp dumplings), noodle soup and other dim sum provide you a nice dining experience after a walk at the Former French Concession or Yuyuan Garden.
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