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13 days, 11 nights tour to Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise, Yichang, Suzhou, and Shanghai

Tour Highlights:

Beijing : Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall of China, Ming Tomb
Xian : Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Emperor Qingshihuang's Mausoleum and Banpo Museum, City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shanxi Provincial Museum
Chongqing : Erling Park
Yangtze Cruise : Downstream from Chongqing to Yichang
Yichang : Binjiang Park
Shanghai : Yu Garden, The Bund, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Museum, and Xintiandi
Suzhou : The Lingering Garden, Grand Canal and Suzhou Silk factory, Zhouzhuang Water Village

Day 01   US/China
Board your flight for China today.

Day 02   Beijing
Upon arrival you will be met by our tour guide at Beijing International Airport and transferred to your hotel.  The remainder of the day will be at your own leisure as you accommodate yourself.
Park Plaza Beijing Science Park Hotel or similar

Day 03   Beijing   (B/L)
The day begins with a visit to Tiananmen Square, the political and symbolic center of modern day China.  Then visit the vast complex of courtyards and chambers within the Forbidden City, the ancient seat of imperial power, rounds off the morning.  After lunc, you willtour the Summer Palace, the beautifully preserved garden retreat of the emperors.  Then visit the Temple of Heaven, where Ming and Qing emperors worshiped the God of Heaven and prayed for good harvests.  Enjoy the free evening and dinner is on your own.

Day 04   Beijing  (B/L)

Day 05   Beijing / Xian  (B)
Enjoy your free day in Beijing.  Take the evening flight to Xian.  Upoin arrival, you will be met and transferred to hotel to enjoy the free evening.  Dinner is on your own.
Xian Garden Hotel or similar

Day 06   Xian  (B/L)
In the morning, you will visit the astounding Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses at the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. The warriors still stand on the original site, where farmers discovered them in 1974.  After lunch you will head off to the Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum and the Banpo Museum, which marks a settlement dating back to the matrilineal clan commune period of the Neolithic age.  Enjoy the free evening and dinner is on your own.

Day 07   Xian / Chongqing   (B/D)
This morning, visit the world renowned Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaanxi Historical Museum where you will discover how Xian became the capital and cradle of Chinese culture.  Then, you will take an hour flight to Chongqing.  Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to city center and pay a quick visit to Erling Park.  Enjoy your dinner before you board on your cruiser.
Yangtze River No. 1 Cruiser or similar

Day 08   Yangtze River  (B/L/D)
Enjoy an early breakfast while watching the riverside scenery glide.  In the morning, you will disembardk to visit Fengdu Ghost City.  A mountainside strewn with Buddhist and Taoist temples and statues, it is said to be a gathering place for spirits on their way to the underworld.  In the evening, join the welcome banquet hosted by the captain..

Day 09   Yangtze River  (B/L/D)
In the morning, you will either relax on board or have an option to visit the ancient, ornate halls and temples of the White Emperor City.  The additional cost is 240 yuan per person.  In the afternoon, you will be transferreed to a smaller vesel for a visit to either the Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream.

Day 10  Yangtze River - Yichang/ Shanghai   (B/L)

In the morning, you will visit the Three Gorges Dam and Tanziling, where you can have a panoramic view of the dam site.  You will disembark in Yichang at about 11:30 am.  After lunch have a stop at Binjiang Park, and then transfer to the airport for flight to Shanghai.  Upon arrival at Shanghai, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.  Enjoy the free evening and dinner is on your own.
Best Western New Century Hotel Shanghai or similar

Day 11   Shanghai   (B/L/D)
This morning, you will visit Yu Garden, a classical Chinese garden in the heart of Shanghai's old city.  Then visit The Bund.  It is an elegant Neoclassical and Romanesque facades face Pudong's gleaming 21st century skyline across the Huangpu River, with the recently rebuilt Bund promenade stretching over a dozen city blocks along the river below.  This afternoon you will visit Jade Buddha Temple and Shanghai Museum.  Afterwards, explore Xintiandi, a stylish restaurant and shopping district desighned by MIT architect Ben Wood.  Enjoy the free evening and dinner is on your own. 

Day 12   Shanghai - Suzhou - Zhouhuang - Shanghai   (B/L)
It will be a full day coach excurion from Shanghai to Suzhou, known as "Oriental Venice".  Suzhou is famed for network of canals linking to the ancient Grand Canal and gardens built by wealthy merchants and nobles.  You will visit the Lingering Garden, Grand Canal and Suzhou Silk Factory.  Besides, you will have a chance to visit Zhouzhuang Water Village on the way back.  After returning to your hotel in Shanghai, enjoy your free evening and dinner is on your own.

Day 13   Shanghai / US   (B)
Enjoy your time at your own leisure in Shanghai until you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight back to US.


Departure Dates:

Selected Monday *(Start Beijing Date)  

- Please check with our consultant for accurate departure dates.
- Operate only from March to November


Price:  $2270 per person based on twin share

Single Supplement: $890 per person
China Domestic airport taxes and fuel surcharges: $120 per person

Price includes:

  • 4 star Hotel accommodation on twin occupancy
  • Beijing to Xian; Xian to Chongqing, Yichang to Shanghai airfare, coach class 
  • Deluxe cruise sailing Yangtze River
  • Daily meals as specified in the itinerary (B-Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner; SD-Special Dinner)
  • all sightseeing and entrance fees;
  • English-speaking guide
  • Round trip airport / hotel transfers as specified in the itinerary

Price does NOT include:

  • International air ticket
  • Fuel surcharges & taxes
  • Visa application fees and travel insurance
  • Tips and personal expenses


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