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Beijing | Xi’an | Shanghai | Yangtze River

Highlights:

  • Scenic cruise down the Yangtze River
  • Explore Beijing’s ancient Forbidden City, Summer Palace and 2,000 year-old Great Wall of China
  • Visit the Temple of Heaven – an architectural masterpiece
  • Marvel at the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an
  • Indulge in the glamorous and exotic Shanghai

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ACCOMODATIONS

CITYNIGHTSHOTELS
Beijing3Penta Hotel
Xi'an2Mercure Xi'an on Renmin Square
Yangtze Cruise3Victoria Cruise Ship
Shanghai3Hotel Equatorial Shanghai
Guilin (Optional Extension)2Sheraton
Hong Kong (Optional Extension)3Langham
DAY 1
Arrival in Beijing

Welcome to Beijing! Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2
Beijing

Morning sightseeing begins at Tiananmen Square, one of the largest city squares in the world. Then continue to two UNESCO World Heritage sites. The first is the Forbidden City, the palace complex that was home to Chinese emperors for five centuries. Then in the afternoon visit the Summer Palace, a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. In the evening, feast at a “Peking Duck” banquet and watch a “Legend of Kung Fu” performance. (B,L,D)

DAY 3
Beijing

Spend the day at two more UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs. On your way to your excursion, drive by the famous “Bird’s Nest,” the National Stadium used in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Once arriving at the Great Wall, walk along this architectural masterpiece that has been one of the symbols of China for nearly 2000 years. Then proceed to the Ming Tombs, a collection of mausoleums built by the emperors of the Ming dynasty, starting in the early 15th century. (B,L)

DAY 4
Beijing | Xi'an

Morning visit to the Temple of Heaven, built in the early 15th century as a place of prayer and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then, transfer to the airport for your flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (B,L)

DAY 5
Xi'an

In the morning, visit the famous Shaanxi Provincial Museum, one of the largest museums in China. Continue to tour another UNESCO World Heritage site, the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor with its extraordinary Terracotta army. This collection of sculptures has thousands of life-sized figures. On your way back to the city, stop at the Great Mosque. In the evening, another special dinner and performance. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
Xi'an | Chongqing (Yangtze Cruise)

Morning tour to the 2,000-year-old Han Tombs. Then, head to the airport for your flight to Chongqing, the gateway to the Yangtze River. If time permits, you can explore the city on your own before you board your Victoria cruise ship for the 3-night Yangtze River cruise. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
Yangtze Cruise: Shibaozhai Excursion – (Fengdu or Wanzhou)

Today’s excursion is to Shibaozhai Temple, a 12-story, 18th-century structure, built on a nearly 700-foot high hill along the banks of a river, representing one of the gems of China architecture along the banks of the Yangtze River. (Shore excursion may be replaced by Fengdu or Wanzhou).(B,L,D)

DAY 8
Yangtze Cruise: Yangtze Gorges & Small Gorges

Marvel at the scenery, as your ship passes through the celebrated Qutang and Wu Gorges. Excursion today to the Goddess Stream, a 15 kilometer long tributary to the Yangtze. Later, sail through the Three Gorges ship locks. (Shore excursion may be replaced by Daning River or Shennong Stream). (B,L,D)

DAY 9
Yichang | Shanghai

Morning visit to the Three Gorges Dam, a 600-foot high engineering masterpiece that is one the most productive power station in the world. Then transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Meeting and transfer to your hotel upon arrival. (B)

DAY 10
Shanghai

Full-day city tour of Shanghai, including The Bund, a popular waterfront area and the classical Yu Yuan Gardens, a highlight of the Old City. After dinner, enjoy an acrobatic show. (B,L,D)

DAY 11
Shanghai

The day is yours to continue exploring the city. (B)

DAY 12
Depart Shanghai or Extension to Guilin (Optional)

Departure transfer to the airport for your return flight or extend your trip to Guilin and Hong Kong. (B)
OR
Flight to Guilin, afternoon visit Reed Flute Caves, also know as “The Palace of Natural Arts,” the largest natural limestone cave in Guilin. (L)

DAY 13
Guilin (Optional)

Morning cruise on the Li River. Marvel at the impressive karst mountain landscape with literally hundreds of karst peaks towering up from both sides of the river. Then visit Yangshuo town, a popular tourist spot for mountain climbing, hiking, biking and other outdoor adventures. In the evening, see a cormorant fishing demonstration, a traditional method of fishing with trained cormorants. (B,L)

DAY 14
Guilin | Hong Kong (Optional)

Full-day excursion to the Old Town of Daxu, whose history dates back to over 2,000 years ago. Ascend by cable car up to Yaoshan Mountain, the highest peak in Gulin for breathtaking views. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong; arrival and transfer to your hotel. (B,L)

DAY 15
Hong Kong (Optional)

Morning tour of Hong Kong Island including Wan Chai, a busy commercial area; Repulse Bay, one of the most expensive real estate areas; and Victoria Peak, the highest hill in Hong Kong, from where you can view the cityscape. (B)

DAY 16
Hong Kong (Optional)

The day is yours for shopping, exploring or relaxing. (B)

DAY 17
Depart Hong Kong (Optional)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)

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