-Beijing-Xi¡¯an-Yangtze cruise-Zhangjiajie-Shanghai /15 days
Day 01: Arr. Beijing
Arrive Beijing, China¡¯s exciting capital and cultural heart. The local guide will meet you at
Airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Beijing (B D)
We have full day tour of Beijings most historic and impressive sights:
Forbidden City --- a powerful maze of ancient palaces and courtyards from which the emperors ruled the land for 500 years.
Summer Palace --- a vast and beautiful landscape of elegant gardens, lakes and pavilions.
Tian¡¯anmen Square --- a place where a lot of major historical events took place
Temple of Heaven --- a masterpiece of architectural harmony and precision.
Lunch will be at local Chinese restaurant, which is highly recommended by China Tourism Administration.
Optional Program 1: (Not included in the quote)
Evening cruise at the Beijing Houhai Lake from April to Oct, with traditional Chinese Musical
Instruments, including Beijing Mogolian Barbecue (will be sent to the boat by famous barbecue
House beside the lake): USD35 per person
Optional Program 2: (Not included in the quote)
Special Imperial Lunch at Beijing Fangshan Restaurant in Beihai Park: USD40 per person
Optional Program 3: (Not included in the quote)
Enjoy a short episode of classic Peking Opera after dinner: USD15 per person
Day 03: Beijing (B SD-special dinner)
Full day tour includes:
The Great Wall (Juyongguan section)--- the excursion to this symbol of China promises to be the highlight of your tour, where you will learn about its 2000-year history and visit the most scenic spots of the 3700-mile wall.
Ming tomb ---Thirteen of the 16 Ming Emperors rest here, hence the sites Chinese name Ming Shisanling (The 13 Ming Tombs).
Enjoy a famous Peking Duck Banquet for dinner.
Day 04: Beijing/Xi¡¯an (B D)
Full day wonderful and special tour includes:
Hutong tour--- Arrive at the 700-years-old Drum Tower, the ancient town clock by rickshaw and climb the high tower to over-look both the old city area and the new city in the outskirts. Visit the old quadrangles inhabited by Beijing residents. Tour in the Prince Gong¡¯s Palace and have a cup of tea. You also have an opportunity to visit a local kindergarten. (COYM Privilege)
Take afternoon flight to Xian, Chinas former capital, and gateway to the legendary Silk
Road, Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Day 05: Xi¡¯an (B L SD -special dinner)
Today you will visit the most spectacular and important places in China:
Terra Cotta Warriors --- This is one of the most spectacular and important places to visit in China. The painted-ceramic army of more than 8,000 life-size soldiers were buried to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin about 2,200 years ago.
Huaqing Hotspring --- A beautiful place full of legend, where Emperor Tang Xuanzongs concubine Yang Guifei used to bath and entertain her king.
Grand Mosque and Muslim area
Enjoy Tang Dynasty dinner show in the evening.
Day 06: Xi¡¯an/Chongqing (B L D)
Today¡¯s tour includes:
Big Wild Goose Tower --- one of the most famous towers in China known for its age and history. You will also enjoy a great view of the whole city.
Ancient city wall --- Xian City Wall is the oldest and probably the best preserved city walls in China. Riding bicycle at the top of the wall (COYM Privilege).
Shaanxi Provincial History Museum--- This museum is one of the best in China. It is definitely on a par with museums in Beijing and Shanghai.
Take flight to Chongqing. Your guide will meet you at airport. Visit the Residence and
Headquarters General Joseph W. Stilwell Chief Commander if time permit. Board the cruise
Day 07: Yangtze cruise (Chongqing) (B L D)
At 9:00am as the cruise leaves Chongqing, your memorable Yangtze River tour begins. In the
afternoon disembark at Fengdu, the Ghost City for an excursion. Captains Welcome Party
with Chinese folk dancing and music performance is arranged in the evening.
Day 08: Yangtze cruise (B L D)
You have a morning excursion to White King City. The ship enters the Qutang Gorge,
the shortest and grandest of the Three Gorges. After lunch, pass the Wu Gorge with its twelve
lofty and misty gorges. Then disembark at Badong for an adventure tour to Shennong Stream, a
newly opened unspoiled river with verdant plants, ancient coffins and precious animals.
Day 09: Yichang/Wuhan (B L)
Disembark at Sandouping for an excursion to the new and still under construction, Three
Gorges Dam. Pack your bags and complete check-out procedures before the ship arrives in
Yichang at about 10:30. Our guide will meet you on board. Transfer to Wuhan. Visit Yellow
Crane Tower in the afternoon.
Timetable for cruise is for general reference only. Precise port and gorge times subject to
seasonal changes at time of operation.
Day 10: Wuhan/Zhangjiajie (B L)
Take flight to Zhangjiajie. Meet and transfer to hotel.
Day 11: Zhangjiajie (B L)
Do sightseeing in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park , we¡¯ll take cable car to yellow stone stronghold ( you can¡¯t claim to have come to Zhangjiajie if you don¡¯t visit Yellow Stone Stronghold), we¡¯ll take big loop walk around the top to get panoramic view of the mountain.
In the afternoon, we take an amazing walk in golden whip brook (the most beautiful canyon in the world¡ªabout 7.5 km)
Breakfast and lunch
Day 12: Zhangjiajie (B L)
Take Bailong lift (the highest lift in the world) to Yuanjiajie (the heart of world natural heritage)
Doing sightseeing in breathtaking scenic spot (Mihutai), and No1 natural bridge.
Take park bus (40 minutes) to Tianzi Mountain
Do sightseeing in Helong Park; Enjoy the sea of multitude of high peaks
Experience mysterious atmosphere of the Tianzi Mountain
Take cable car down the mountain
Day 13: Zhangjiajie (B L)
Visit Yellow Dragon Cave (the longest cave in the world and wonderland underground)
Do sightseeing in Baofeng lake
Day 14: Zhangjiajie/Shanghai (B L D)
Fly from Zhangjiajie to Shanghai, Chinas largest city and vibrant commercial heart. Upon arrival in Shanghai, meet and transfer to the hotel (Golden River View Hotel).
See the former Colonial Concessions along the Bund, with their distinctive style of architecture
Take a stroll on the bustling shopping street - Nanjing Road
Day 15: Shanghai (B L)
Stop at the most impressive Shanghai Museum
Proceed to the Jade Buddha Temple to see Buddha statues carved out of white jade
Visit the Yu Garden, formerly a private garden with beautiful rockeries, pavilions and ponds.
Day 16: Leave Shanghai (B)
Departure transfer to airport. Fly for home.
Hotels in each city:
Beijing---------Jianguo Garden hotel or similar****
Xian------------Aurum International hotel or similar****
Chongqing--Yichang ----Overnight on cruiser
Wuhan---------Asia hotel or similar****
Zhangjiajie-----Wantai hotel or similar****