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14-Day Historic China & Yangtze River Cruise
   

Starts: Beijing;                                                    Ends: Shanghai
Itinerary: Beijing / Xian / Chongqing / Yichang / Shanghai / Tongli / Suzhou / Shanghai
Duration:  14 Days 

This is an ideal vacation for travelers making their first visit to China. Come with us, spend 14 days and tour Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and the Yangtze River Cruise. You will learn about the long history and enjoy the beautiful landscape of this grand country. Whether you are an ancient-civilization freak or an extreme-sports fanatic, this trip has something truly special in store for you. This tour allows you to fulfill your dream of taking a deep breath on the majestic Great Wall in Beijing, enjoying the Qin Terracotta Army in Xian, cruising along the Yangtze River and shopping in Shanghai. You will come away with a deeper appreciation of this country. 

Highlights

  • Great Wall
  • Forbidden City
  • Summer Palace
  • Terra-cotta Warriors & Horses
  • Ancient City wall
  • Yangtze River Cruise  
  • Shanghai Museum
  • Bund
  • Water Town
  • Humble Administrator’s Garden

Starts: Beijing;                                                    Ends: Shanghai
Itinerary: Beijing / Xian / Chongqing / Yichang / Shanghai / Tongli / Suzhou / Shanghai
Duration: 14 Days
 

Day 01: Beijing Arrival 

  • Upon arrival in Beijing Capital airport, your private friendly guide will greet you at the airport. Then you will transfer to your hotel for check in and adjust the jet lag.
  • Overnight in Beijing

Day 02: Beijing (B, L)

  • Morning visit to Tian An Men Square, which was built in 1965. It is the world's largest public square, and several important monuments & buildings are situated around the square's perimeter. Then, you will proceed through the Heavenly Peace Gate to the incredible Forbidden City in which is the treasure of the imperial palace. It was the former residence of the Ming and Qing Dynasty emperors and included six main palaces surrounded by a wide moat. You will also see the treasure house inside the Forbidden City, the treasure House has the country's largest collection of ancient art works, some of which are invaluable national treasures.
  • Afternoon take a fantastic Hutong tour. Hutong is a special kind of old city alley of Beijing. There are thousands of them around the Forbidden City. Most of them were formed in Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties in Chinese history. You will visit the Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling in Hutong area, the residence was once a garden of one of the Qing Dynasty princes' mansions. The area along the banks of Rear Lake is quiet and beautiful, with shady willow trees lining the streets. There are some fantasic Hutong cultural options for your choice, such as paper cutting, calligraphy and dumplings making etc..
  • Overnight in Beijing

Day 03: Beijing (B, L)

  • Morning transfer to visit the Great Wall (Mutianyu Section), one of the world's architectural marvels, which winds like an immense dragon through the hills of Northern China and passes within 40 miles of BEIJING, Indeed, it is the only man-made structure visible to astronauts in space. Here you will have plenty of time to walk along the historic ramparts and marvel at its size and grandeur. You will also take a cable car to view the beautiful landscape. 
  • In the afternoon, transfer to visit one of the thirteen Ming Tombs – Ding Tomb with the Sacred Way, which means the road leading to heaven. The Emperor, known as the Son of the Heaven, who came from Heaven to his country through the Sacred Way, also deservedly would return to Heaven through this road.
  • Overnight in Beijing

Day 04: Beijing - Xi'an (B, L)

  • Flight: TBA
  • In the morning, transfer to visit the Temple of Heaven-the imperial construction for Emperors to pray to Heaven for a good harvest. It is a masterpiece of 15th century architecture set within an extensive park and enclosed by walls.
  • In the afternoon, travel to the outskirt of Beijing to visit the magnificent, 800-year-old Summer Palace. It is the largest and the best preserved of all imperial palace gardens associated with Empress Dowager Ci Xi. Here you can feast your eyes with the Long Corridor. Other attractions include the Longevity Hill and a boat trip on the beautiful Kunming Lake.
  • Transfer to the airport and catch the flight to Xian. Upon arrival in Xian, your private guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to the hotel for rest.
  • Overnight in Xi'an

Day 05: Xi'an (B, L)

  • Your stay in Xian starts with taking a walk along Xi’an City Wall. Then you will stroll around the Muslim Quarters. Next you will visit the Great Mosque, which is the largest and best preserved of the early mosques of China and was built primarily in the Ming Dynasty. Finally you will visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda built in Tang Dynasty.
  • Overnight in Xi'an

Day 06: Xi'an (B, L)

  • In the morning drive to visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Dynasty are praised as "the eighth miracle of the world". The 2000 year old Army of Terracotta Warriors remains stunningly well-preserved.  The amazingly lifelike figures are arranged in traditional battle formations and stances.  Every figure of the several thousand figures of warriors, horses and chariots unearthed to date is unique and individual.
  • After lunch in the afternoon, your tour guide will bring you to the visit the Shaanxi ProvincialMuseum (closed on Mondays), a treasure trove of archaeological and historical unearthed from historical Shaanxi.
  • Overnight in Xi'an

Day 07: Xi'an - Chongqing (B, L)

  • Flight: TBA
  • Time for leisure until transfer to the airport and catch the flight to Chongqing. 
  • Upon arrival in Chongqing, the local guide will pick you up at the airport and then transfer to visit Hu Guang Guild and Ciqikou Situated on the bank of the Jia Ling River, not far from its confluence with the mighty Yangtze is the ancient village of Ci Qi Kou. The history of Ci Qi Kou can be traced back for more than 1700 years. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911) it was famous for its production of porcelain.
  • Hotpot will be arranged for dinner.
  • Transfer to get on board
  • Overnight on the cruise

Day 08: Yangtze (B, L, D)

  • After breakfast, briefing on the cruise.
  • Shore excursion to Fengdu (Ghost City) or Wanzhou or Shibaozhai..
  • Overnight on the cruise

Day 09:  Yangtze (B, L, D)

  • Sail through Qutang Gorge/Wu Gorge. 
  • Excursion to Daning River Small Gorges or Shennong Stream
    Optional Excursion to White Emperor City (river conditions permitting).
  • Sail through Three Gorges dam ship locks
  • Overnight on the cruise

Day 10:  Yichang - Shanghai (B, L)

  • Flight: TBA
  • Morning visit Three Gorges Dam site
  • 1:30 pm disembark Yichang.
  • Transfer to the airport and catch the afternoon flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai, the local guide will pick you up at the airport and then transfer to the hotel for rest.
  • Overnight in Shanghai

Day 11:  Shanghai (B, L)

  • In the morning transfer to visit the Yuyuan Garden, a beautifully preserved example of a Ming dynasty garden nestling among the throngs of the Old Town. Then transfer to visit the French concession lilong and take a bird's eye view of Shanghai from the top of JinmaoTower.
  • In the afternoon, transfer to visit the fabulous Shanghai Museum, which is one of the best museums in the country.
  • This evening take a Boat trip on the Huang Pu River for about 40 minutes. Stroll along the Shanghai waterfront –the European styled Bund.
  • Overnight in Shanghai

Day 12:  Shanghai - Tongli - Suzhou (B, L)

  • Morning transfer to Suzhou. On the way, visit the famous Ancient Water Town - Tongli.
  • On reaching Suzhou,visit the Lion Forest Garden (with a history of more than 650 years). Because there were a lot of grotesque rocks in the garden resembling lions, the garden was thus named the Lion Forest. With an area of 10,000 square meters, this garden has had the reputation as the "Kingdom of Rockery" for a long time.
  • *iI's only one hour by vehicle between each destination*
  • Overnight in Suzhou

Day 13:  Suzhou- shanghai  (B, L)

  • In the morning travel to the Humble Administrator's Garden (Zhuozheng Yuan) which was built in the early 16th century.
  • Afternoon visit West Garden Temple, Guanqian Ancient Street, Silk Factory (See how they get silk from the silkworms) and take a 40-minutes' boat trip on an ancient canal.
  • Finally transfer to Shanghai for rest.
  • Overnight in Suzhou

Day 14:  Shanghai Departure (B)

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Time for leisure until transfer to the airport and catch the flight back home
  • End of service

Price:


Group Size

2 people

3-5 people

6-9 people

Package Price

*sharing a room*

RMB 20,500
per adult

RMB 18,200
per adult

RMB 16,300

per adult

Accommodations:

City

Hotel Name

Room Type

Beijing

Novotel Xinqiao Hotel (4 Star)

Standard Room

Xi’an

Mercure on Renmin Square (4 Star)

Standard Room

Yangtze Victoria Cruise (5 Star) Standard Room

Shanghai

Pine City Hotel (4 Star)

Standard Room

Suzhou Garden Hotel Suzhou  (5 Star) Standard Room

Included Services:

  • All domestic flight mentioned in the program in economy class including airport tax and fuel surcharge.
  • All private transfers mentioned in the program with air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • Accommodation in mentioned hotel with breakfast.
  • Private, professional English speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing.
  • All meals mentioned in the program (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D:dinner).

Excluded Services:

  • Meals not mentioned above.
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers and hotel porters.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.

Remarks:

  • The above mentioned rates are subject to availability.

Passport & Visa:

The passengers are responsible for all visas, entry documents, health and other requirements and any documents required by laws, regulations, orders and/or requirements of countries visited. All passengers traveling in China and other Asian countries require a Passport, valid for at least 6 months beyond the conclusion of their trip, and with appropriate visas. Multiple-entry visas are required if the passengers need to reenter the country. It is the responsibility of each passenger to have a valid Passport and necessary visas, as well as to comply with entry, health or other requirements of the countries visited. The Operators and agents are not responsible for passport, visa requirements, entry, health or other requirements of the countries visited or for any loss sustained by you for failing to comply with laws, regulations, orders and/or requirements of countries visited.
China tourist visa is L visa issued for a stay of short duration, usually 30 days, but not more than 90 days, and can not be extended upon expiration.

Climate & Clothing: 

Unless you have a need for formal or dressy clothes, jeans, slacks, shorts, shirts, blouses and T-shirts will do fine.
A comfortable pair of walking shoes is a must. You will be doing a great deal of walking both in the rural and urban areas of China.
Bring a swimming suit if you wish to swim. Many hotels have a swimming pool. Sun block, sunglasses and a light hat are also suggested items.
In spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) you will need a lined jacket, woolen sweater or light coat. In summer (June to August) cool cotton garments are recommended. In winter (December to February) a fleece jacket, sweatshirt, or heavy sweater will probably keep you warm enough in the south, but in the north a heavy woolen coat or down parka is a must.
It is often rainy in late spring and late summer, especially in the southern part of China, so bring some rainwear with you, or you can buy it at your destination.

Beat Jetlag on China Tours: 

Get plenty of rest before your trip. Starting out sleep-deprived makes jet lag worse. If you're traveling east, try going to bed one hour earlier each night for a few days before your departure. Go to bed one hour later for several nights if you're flying west.
Drink plenty of water before, during and after your flight to counteract the dehydrating effects of bone-dry cabin air. It's not clear whether dehydration actually causes jet lag, as some experts maintain, but there's no doubt it makes symptoms worse. For the same reason, avoid alcohol and caffeine, both of which dehydrate you further.
Move around during the flight, walk up and down, do some stretching exercises, to keep the blood circulating, and keep the joints from stiffening. While seated, swirl your ankles around from time to time.
Try to sleep on the plane if it is nighttime at your destination. Earplugs, headphones and eye masks can help block out noise and light. If it's day where you're going, resist the urge to sleep.
Set your watch to the new time before you leave. Once you reach your destination, try not to sleep until nighttime, no matter how tired you are.
Finally, if you just cannot resist and your eyelids are drooping and you feel more and more tired, then set you alarm for four hours, have a hot bath, and jump into bed.

Luggage Allowance for China Tours

Free Baggage Allowance in Weigh
On international and regional flights, the free baggage allowance for each published adult-fare or half-fare passenger is as follows:
First class ticket: 40 kilogram (88 pounds)
Business class ticket: 30 kilogram (66 pounds)
Economy class fare ticket: 20 kilogram (44 pounds)
No free baggage allowance is granted to infants paying 10% of the adult fare.

Free Baggage Allowance by pieces
The free baggage allowance by pieces is applicable only on China-USA and China-Canada international flights. According to the class of tickets, the free baggage allowance for each full-fare of half-fare first-class and business-class passenger is two pieces, and the sum of the length, width and height of each piece must not exceed 62 in. (158cm). The free baggage allowance for each economy-class and discounted tourist-class passenger is two pieces, and the sum of the length, width and height of each piece must not exceed 62 in. (158cm). The sum of the length, width and height of the two pieces of baggage must not exceed 107 in. (273cm); the weight of each piece must not exceed 32 kg. An infant paying 10% of the adult fare is allowed one piece of free baggage, and the sum of its length, width and height must not exceed 45 in. (115cm). In addition, a collapsible infant carriage or stroller is allowed to be carried free. If baggage exceeds the free baggage allowance in pieces, or the sum of the length, width and height of each piece exceeds the prescribed limits, an excess baggage charge must be paid.

Carry on Baggage
In addition to the free baggage allowance in weight, each passenger holding a full-fare or half-fare ticket may carry the following articles: a lady's handbag, an overcoat, a raincoat or a traveling blanket, a walking stick or an umbrella, a small amount of reading material for the trip, a small camera, a pair of small binoculars, infant's food for consumption in flight, an infant's carrying basket, a fully collapsible wheelchair, a pair of braces or artificial limbs. In addition to the free baggage allowance in pieces, regardless of the fare class of the ticket, the passenger may also carry hand baggage that can be placed under the passenger seat, and the sum of the length, width and height of all the pieces must not exceed 45 in. (115cm).

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