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12-Day Beijing Xian Shanghai with Yangtze Cruise

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Tour Code: CFT-1001
Tour Name: 12-Day Beijing Xian Shanghai with Yangtze Cruise
Note: B—Breakfast, L—Lunch, D—Dinner

Destination: Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yichang, Shanghai

Departs: Anytime

Tour Highlights

>>Forbidden City
>>Mutianyu Great Wall
>>Terra Cotta Warriors
>>Yuyuan Garden
>>Yangtze Cruise
>>Yu Garden
>>Zhujiajiao Water Town

Tour Overview
Best China tour combined highlights of Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and enjoy relaxing Yangtze River Cruise. Wonderful experience for 1st timers to China and families with child.

Day 1 Arrival in Beijing (no meal)

Meet your guide at the Beijing Capital International Airport and then transfer to the hotel. Time at leisure to get acquainted with your new surroundings. 

Day 2 Beijing (B, L)
After breakfast in hotel, you will be picked up and go to visit Tian'anmen Square , the largest city square in the world. You will have chance to visit the Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao at south end of the Square. Afterwards, visit the Forbidden City 

at the otherside of Chang'an Street. It is the largest imperial palace in China for 24 emperors' reign during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years. Later, move to visit the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation. 

Optional night show: The Legend Of Kung Fu

Day 3 Beijing (B, L, D)
Today's excursion takes you to the Mutianyu Great Wall, a less busy part of the Great Wall than Badaling & Juyonguan. Take carble car to the tower and then spend around 2hrs to explore the steps and towers. Take toboggan slider down the hill with great fun. After lunch in local restaurant, go to visit the Dingling Tomb, one of 13 Ming Tombs and one of the 2 escavated tombs. This tomb has an underground palace. You will also take a walk at the Sacred Way, which is a road with stone statues of various animals and leads to the tomb complex. Transfer back to hotel and take a photo stop at Olympic Green, in which "Bird Nest" and "Water Cubic" were served as stadiums during Peking Olympic Games. Enjoy tasty Roast Peking Duck for dinner. 

 Day 4 Beijing/Xian (B, L)
Check out after breakfast, and then go to visit the Summer Palace, an imperial garden in Qing Dynasty. Take a walk in Hutongs near Houhai Lake and have lunch in local courtyard family restaurant. Transfer to train station in time for high speed train to Xi'an. 

Day 5 Xian (B, L)
Explore the famous Terracotta Warriors and the Tomb of Qingshihuang this morning. Back to down town in the afternoon and visit Grand Mosque located at the heart of ancient city of Xian and next to the Drum Tower. It is the hub of the Moslem community in Xian City, and offers a variety of local flavor snacks. In the evening, enjoy the wonderful Tang Dynasty Dinner Show.

Day 6 Xian/Chongqing (B, L, D)
This morning, go to the Ancient City Wall, where you can take a walk or rent a bike to ride on the Wall. Afterwards, visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which is the symbol of Xian City and has a history of 1300 years. After sightseeing, fly to Chongqing and enjoy hotpot dinner before boardding your Yangtze cruise ship. The ship departs at around 9.30pm.

Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)
Taichi boxing at 6:30 (if you like you can join it), coffee and tea are free in the bar.  After breakfast, you will attend a meeting to listen to the introduction about the itinerary and the ship's facilities. When reach Fengdu in the afternoon, you will have a shore excursion to this legendary ghost town where you will see many Taoist temples and experience the mysterious Chinese ghost culture. After dinner, take part in a welcome party.

Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)
Cruise through the Qutang Gorge -- a grand gorge flanked by steep mossy cliffs. Then, sail on through Wu Gorge, celebrated for its 12 peaks. At Badong, transfer to a small cruiser for an exciting excursion to Shennong Stream or Lesser Three Gores based on different cruise programs. Next, sail through the breathtaking Xiling Gorge, the last and most scenic of all the gorges. Finally, pass through the giant Three GorgesShip Lock. After dinner take part in a party. 

Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise/Yichang/Shanghai (B)
This morning, you will stop at Sandouping to view the largest hydroelectric project in the world -- Three Gorges Dam. Disembark in Yichang and transfer to the airport for the flight to Shanghai. 

Day 10 Shanghai (B, L)
Full-day tour to explore Shanghai city, an international cosmopolis mix with both traditional Chinese and western cultures. Tour starts from Yu Garden, one of the most famous classic gardens in south China. Chenghuangmiao, also called Yu Market, is adjacent to the garden and popular for free shopping and bargain. Enjoy dim sum meal for lunch, and then visit Shanghai Museum at Renmin Square. The Museum is one of the best one in China and is mainly for ancient arts. Take a walk at Nanjing Road and go to the Bund by Huangpu River. The Bund once was the financial center of the Far East and is considered as the city's symbol since the 1920s. It is often referred to as "the museum of buildings", as many different old colonial-era buildings can be found here. 

Day 11 Shanghai (B, L)

Visit Zhujiajiao water town this morning. Water towns are dotted in Yantze delta and Zhujiajiao is one of the well preserved ones. It is about 50 kilometers away in the western outskirts from the city centre and features beautiful waterways, arched stone bridges, ancient streets paved with stone, you will take a gondola style boat cruise along its water lanes. Transfer back to down town in the afternoon and take a walk at Xintiandi area, a district composed of an area of reconstituted traditional mid-19th century shikumen ("stone gate") houses on narrow alleys. 

Optional night activity: Acrobatics Show

Day 12 Shanghai/Exit (B)
Transfer to the airport to board your homebound flight.

Service Ends 

Dear Vivian:

My husband and I were VERY pleased with our tour of China. Some of the highlights and my observations:


We were met at the airport by May Zhou, who was absolutely delightful in every way. We appreciated the fact that she introduced us to our driver, Mr. Chang. She went into the hotel with us and made sure we were settled before leaving us that first afternoon, which was very helpful. She laid out the plans for the upcoming time in Beijing and also made sure we knew what our options were for dinner that first evening. The itinerary was terrific. Since we were struggling a bit with jet lag, it was great that we spent the first full day in town seeing Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven, saving the more strenuous stuff for the next day. We were very glad the Mutianyu Gate was the one selected for our visit--everything I've read says it is the "better" entrance to visit, even though it is further away from Beijing.

The hotel, Citytel, was comfortable and well located. We even had a view of the rooftops of the Forbidden City! All of the meals were good and May made sure we had an opportunity to try a variety of different dishes. Our visit to the hutong was quite charming and Andy, our hutong guide, was very sweet. We also enjoyed our brief visit with a resident of the hutong. It was really eye-opening.

All our tour guides were great, but May was something extra special. She was professional, friendly and very knowledgeable. Not only did she provide us with the facts and figures, but she also filled us with interesting side notes about the things we were seeing and doing. She was simply top notch and we enjoyed her immensely.


Lily met us at Xi'an and also took us into the hotel to make sure we were settled in easily. Our son arrived late that evening, as expected. Lily and the driver picked us up Saturday morning and we headed out to see the Terra Cotta Warriors. She was also very knowledgeable about the history of the site.

Lily suggested a fabulous dumpling restaurant in the heart of Xi'an. My husband and I agree that this dinner was absolutely the very best of our entire time in China -- and we enjoyed all our meals! We were all very glad she had recommended it to us.


I highly recommend that everyone coming into Shanghai for the first time, arrive at night, like we did. The Shanghai city lights were absolutely breathtaking!

We really enjoyed Jimmy's enthusiasm for his lovely city. He seemed proud to show us the sights. Our visit to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower was especially memorable, with its glass viewing floor. We also enjoyed the time we spent in Zhujiajiao and were glad it had been included in the itinerary.

The Jinjiang Inns in both Xi'an and Shanghai were clean, comfortable and conveniently located.

My husband and I were very impressed with all of the arrangements made on our behalf and will be very pleased to recommend you and your travel services to anyone planning a trip to China. We could not have been more pleased and we wish to thank you sincerely for making our first trip to China so memorable.

Thank you again,

Nancy *

Client's Information:
Name: Nancy *
Nationality: USA
Tour Starting Date: early May, 2017

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