China Impression Journey

11-Day Beijing - Xian - Chongqing - Yangtze River - Yichang - Shanghai

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.

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Tour Itinerary

DAY 1 Beijing Arrival
  • Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, 5-star) / Sunworld Hotel Beijing (in the center of Beijing, 4-star) / Dongfang Hotel Beijing (3-star)
  • None

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!

DAY 2 Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City Explore, Jingshan Park (Coal Hill), Temple of Heaven
  • Breakfast and lunch

After a fresh breakfast, we will set off to discover the old part of Beijing. First, you will take a relaxing visit to the 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.

Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
DAY 3 The Mutianyu Great Wall(cable car up and slideway down)
  • Breakfast and lunch

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 watchtowers, and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains.

You will return by slideway and get a more fun experience. You could also choose to get down by chairlift or walk.

Free time to explore ideas

  • A Chinese massage will be a cure for 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 an exciting Red Theater Beijing Kung Fu Show.
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
DAY 4 Hutong Tour, Making a Chinese Paper Cut, Beijing to Xian by Train
  • Sofitel on Renmin Square (5-star) / Grand Noble Hotel (4-star) / Titan Times Hotel Xian (3-star).
  • Breakfast and lunch

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 Paper Cut in the Hutong area.

Enjoy Peking Roast Duck as a Beijing farewell lunch and learn how to eat in the correct way.

Take a 5-hour High-speed train from Beijing to Xi’an to feel Chinese speed.

Free time to explore ideas:

  • Walk around Muslim Square to find typical Xi’an food. Imagine pita bread with lamb and Chinese noodles!
Beijing Hutongs
Beijing Hutongs
DAY 5 The Terracotta Warriors, Xian City Wall with Bicycle, Make Terracotta Warrior at a Cave Dwelling
  • Breakfast and lunch

First, you will discover the wonder of ancient China: Terracotta Warriors and Horses. The first emperor of China - Qin Shi Huang, had his tomb built along with thousands of clay warriors, horses, and battle chariots in hopes to rule his afterlife world.

Later we will learn how to make Terracotta Warrior at a cave-dwelling and find out more about the history of the Terracotta Army.

Lunch at a 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.

Evening Ideas

Tang Imperial Banquet & Show - A wonderful performance inspired by court songs, dance, and music from the Golden Age of the Tang Dynasty, in a world-class theatre restaurant. Combined with a delicious dinner

The Terracotta Warriors
The Terracotta Warriors
DAY 6 Xian to Chongqing to Yangtze. Panda Room in Chongqing Zoo, Ciqikou Old Town. Board the ship between 19:00 and 21:00
  • Century Legend or Century Paragon (5-star) / President 7 or President 8(4-star)
  • Breakfast and lunch

Flight from Xi'an to Chongqing

We will go to Chongqing Zoo to see cute giant pandas.

After a Chinese lunch at a local restaurant, we will go to Ciqikou Old Town. This lively old area has been partly restored and remains an authentic and busy community.

After the visit, you will be transferred to the port for your cruise. Boarding time at between 19:00 and 21:00

Chongqing Zoo
Pandas in Chongqing Zoo
DAY 7 Shore excursion to Shibaozhai, Optional tour to Fengdu Ghost City(RMB290 per person), welcome party
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

In the morning, an optional tour to Fengdu Ghost City, CNY290 Per Person

Buffet lunch on board

Get off the 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.

Dinner (Buffet) and enjoy the welcome party

Fengdu Ghost City
Fengdu Ghost City
DAY 8 Shennong Stream, optional tour to White Emperor City(RMB290 per person).
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

In the morning, the cruise will pass 2 gorges of the Three Gorges--Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge.

The scenery there is amazing. In the afternoon, have a shore excursion on Shennong Stream. You have the option of visiting White Emperor City(RMB290 per person).

Meals all serve on board.

Shennong Stream
Shennong Stream
DAY 9 Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam, disembarking at Maoping Pier of Yichang, flight from Yichang to Shanghai
  • Breakfast

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 idea in Shanghai

You have been advised to find typical food in Shanghai's old streets and don’t miss the taste Nanxiang soup dumplings.

Three Gorges Dam
Three Gorges Dam
DAY 10 Yuyuan Garden, French concession region, Oriental Pearl TV Tower(INCL Shanghai History Museum), In-depth Bund Culture Discovery
  • Breakfast and Lunch

You will experience the ancient and modern sections of 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 to Yuyuan Garden, a typical Suzhou-style garden. Later, carry on the tour at French Concession.

Evening Ideas

The ERA Acrobatics Show is guaranteed to give you a wow night. Our Shanghai tour guide will help you book tickets.

Yuyuan Garden
Yuyuan Garden
DAY 11 Hotel to airport Transfer, Shanghai Departure
  • Breakfast

You will be transferred to Shanghai Pudong International Airport in time for your flight home.

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