Trip Itinerary & Travel Details
Day 1 Entry Beijing (B)
You are welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Beijing. The rest of the day on your own to recover at the hotel or walk around in the city to get familiar.
Day 2 Beijing (B, L)
Visit the Tian'anmen Square as your first stop. And then visit the world-famous Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. The Forbidden City is lay at the center of Beijing, which is called Gugong in Chinese. Nowadays, the Forbidden City, or the Palace Museum is open to tourists home and abroad.
Day 3 Beijing (B, L)
In the morning, you will go to the one of the world-famous eight wonders - Badaling Great Wall, which is the earliest section to be open to the tourists among all the parts of the whole Great Wall. This immense wall was built to keep out invaders as well as to retain the inhabitants. In order to avoid having the cheap and inferior lunch, we will specially arrange a generous lunch for you at a local popular Sichuan food restaurant. In the afternoon, transfer you to the Sacred Way and the Dingling Ming Tomb. In the front part of the imperial necropolises, there usually is a Sacred Way (or Divine Road) which means the road leading to heaven. Among many Sacred Ways, the one leading to Dingling Tomb is best preserved and complete. After passing through this road, you will reach the Dingling Tomb, the mausoleum of Emperor Zhu Yijun, the thirteenth emperor during the Ming Dynasty. You will also have a chance to enter the underground chambers, but take care if you have heart problems, for the atmosphere and dull lighting there can be a problem. The whole day tour will come to end after seeing the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) afar on the way back, you may take some pictures for few minutes if you like.
Day 4 Beijing - Xian (B, L)
Before go to the next stop, have a tour to the Summer Palace, which is the largest imperial garden in the world and it is a veritable museum of classical Chinese garden architecture. Then have a short stay at the Beijing zoo to see lovely Pandas. After a close contact with the pandas, you will be transferred to the airport and fly to the ancient Xian. Our guide will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel in the downtown area.
Day 5 Xian (B, L)
The first place to visit in Xian must be the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. The terra cotta soldiers are remarkably realistic sculptures. The figures are mostly 1.8 meters (5 feet 11 inches) in height, the lower part of the body being solid and the upper part hollow. The tour in the afternoon only includes the famous Buddhist Big Wild Goose Pagoda located about 4 kilometers away from the urban center.
Day 6 Xian (B, L)
Today's tour will commence in the city area. Visit the City Wall, which encircles the city in a rectangle with one gate on each side. The wall was built of earth, rammed layer upon layer during the early time. The base layer was made of earth, quick lime, and glutinous rice extract, tempered together. This made the wall extremely strong and firm. In the afternoon, proceed to a local family to talk with the host and experience the local life. Then have a short visit to the Great Mosque in the Muslim residential area. There is a very famous Muslim Bazaar nearby, you will have some free time to stroll around and select some interesting things or souvenirs for you or your family.
Day 7 Xian - Chongqing (B)
Today, comfortable transfer will take you to the Xi'an Xianyang airport for the flight to Chongqing. On the way, you will pass by the Hanyanglin Museum - the Mausoleum of Western Han Emperor Liu Qi. After a short visit, get to the airport and board the flight to Chongqing. Our guide will wait for you according to your flight schedule and transfer you to the downtown. Before boarding a deluxe Yangtze River Cruise Ship, we will arrange you having a decent dinner at a local noted restaurant.
Day 8 Chongqing - Fengdu ( B, L, D)
At 08:00 am, your memorable Yangtze River tour begins. This morning, join in the activities arranged in the ship to have a good preparation for your Yangtze Exploration. In the afternoon the ship will stop for your initial onshore excursion to the Snow Jade Cave
Day 9 Badong - Xiling Gorge - Sandouping (B, L, D)
You will visit Badong and take a small junk for a close-up view of the breath-taking natural splendors along the Shennong Stream. You are sure to be impressed by the dexterity the team of trackers as they push and haul the wooden sampans over the rapids. Back to the ship to continue your cruise into the western section of the Xiling Gorge and pass through the five-step ship lock.
Day 10 Sandouping - Yichang - Shanghai (B)
Your sweet cruise tour will be concluded after visiting the under construction Three Gorges Dam Project. Then pack up and disembark the cruise ship. Our guide will meet you on board and drive you to Yichang to visit the Yichang Museum in the downtown area. After lunch, transfer you to Yichang airport and fly to modern city - Shanghai. Another local guide will pick you up at Shanghai airport and transfer you to your hotel. We plan to leave the rest day free for your flexible plan and the dinner is also on your side.
Day 11 Shanghai (B, L)
You will visit the Shanghai Museum in People's Square. This museum was established in 1952 and reputed to be one of the four largest museums in China. Then continue to the beautiful Yuyuan Garden, each pavilion, hall, stone and stream in the garden can express the quintessence of South China landscape design from Ming and Qing dynasties. After lunch, have a short cruise tour on the Huangpu River in the afternoon. You can enjoy a sight of rows of magnificent buildings on the banks and ships of different sizes briskly plying the Huangpu River. Our guide will transfer your group back to the hotel.
Day 12 Exit (B)
Your pleasant China tour will come to end on this day. After having a big breakfast at the hotel, pack your luggage and check out the hotel before 12 o'clock. Then take a shuttle bus to get to the airport for your homeward flight on your own. However, if you plan to stay on rather than return home right away, our tour specialists will be pleased to arrange an extension private tour for you! (B)