Trip Itinerary & Travel Details
Day 1: Arrival in Beijing (/)
Our guide will pick you up at Beijing airport and transfer you to the hotel. Rest and relax the rest of the day.
Day 2: Beijing (B, L)
We will start to visit Beijing Tiananmen Square. And then we will visit the Forbidden City. After lunch and short visit at Niujie Mosque we will visit the Temple of Heaven, the place where the Emperors worshipped the Heaven for good harvests.
Day 3: Beijing (B, L)
Visit the Great Wall is the highlight of China tour. In the afternoon we will visit the Ming Tomb Sacred Way.
Day 4: Beijing to Xian by train (B, L)
In the morning we will visit the Summer Palace. After afternoon prayers at Madian Mosque we will view the 2008 Beijing Olympic Venues of Bird Nest and Water Cube from outside. After dinner at local restaurant we will board our deluxe soft sleeper berth to Xian.
Day 5: Xian (L)
After breakfast we will drive for about 45 minutes to the Terra Cotta Warriors of Emperor Qin Shihuang. This is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world with three exhibition halls, the largest of which is 180 meters by 60 meters, housing the continuing excavation of an army of 8,000 terra-cotta soldiers and horses that guard the tomb of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of the unified China. It is a stunning exhibition of ancient artifacts that is well laid out and easy to view. Back to the city in the afternoon, we will visit Shaanxi History Museum, which houses a large collection of historic and cultural artifacts unearthed in Shaanxi Province.
Day 6: Xian (B, L)
We will visit the Stone Tablets Museum in the morning. Named by UNESCO as one of the 50 famous museums in the world, the Stone Tablets Museum was built on the site of the original Xian Confucius Temple constructed in the Song Dynasty (AD907-AD1279). This is the best known Museum in China for its collections of Stone Tablets where masterpieces of ancient Chinese calligraphers' work were carved and Confucius classic works are preserved. In the afternoon, we will visit the most famous mosque in Xian, the Tang Dynasty constructed Great Mosque of Xian (built in 742) and its nearby Muslim community and Bazaar. Enjoy a superb Tang Dynasty Stage Show at night.
Day 7: Xian to Chongqing by flight (B)
We will visit the City Wall -the best preserved, oldest and largest ancient city defense system in China. The wall has a history of over 600 years. The last stop will be the Bell Tower or Drum Tower in downtown Xian. They are both on the top list of 10 the must see attractions in Xian. Fly to Chongqing in the afternoon and board 5-star China Regal Cruiser after dinner in Chongqing.
Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)
We set sail in the morning on our three night downstream cruise to Wuhan. Our first port of call is the Ghost City of Fengdu. In the past, Fengdu was believed to be the abode of devils and the 700 temples on Mingshan Hill with their bizarre statuary bear testimony to the city's notoriety as the City of Ghosts.
Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)
Today we navigate the magnificent Yangtze Gorges. In the morning we pass through the shortest and narrowest gorge, Qutang Gorge (8KM). Later take an exciting ride by small craft along the swift waters of the Shennong Stream, one of the many tributaries in this fertile area. Here the imposing mountains, dramatic precipices and crystal clear waters form a secluded scene. Later we enter the second gorge, the Wu Gorge, (44km) with peaks rising to dizzy heights above the river. The Xiling Gorge is the last and longest of the three Gorges and its 75 km are renowned for their swift current and dangerous shoals.
Day 10: Yichang/Shanghai by Flight (B)
Visit the Three Gorge's Dam construction site at Sandouping, one of mankind greatest engineering feats to date and navigate the lock of the incredible Gezhouba Dam. We will fly to Shanghai in the afternoon.
Day 11: Shanghai (B, L)
We will visit the Yuyuan Garden, which is characteristic of the architectural style of the Ming dynasty. The highlight of the day is shopping at the Chenghuangmiao Market, a great place to test your bargaining skills. Being the center of silk production of China, a visit to local silk factory can not be missed. We will also visit the Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China and the Xintiandi, which is a newly developed recreation area in Shanghai with old styled buildings. After prayer at Xiaotaoyuan Mosque we will visit the third tallest TV tower in the world; the Oriental Pearl Tower. We will also stroll along the Bund and Nanjing Road to appreciate early 19th century European Style architectures.
Day 12: Departure from Shanghai (B)
Transfer to the airport after breakfast at hotel. End of service.