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13 Days Classic China Tour with Yangtze Cruise from $ 2,324

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Want to explore the most recommended highlights of China in a leisure way? This is the ideal trip which takes you to some of the most impressive destinations in China, including Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai, plus Yangtze River region. During this tour, you will not only uncover the best collections of historical sites, such as Forbidden City, Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, etc., but also embrace the fabulous nature beauty of China, including the tranquil Guilin and the great Yangtze River.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Cover the best highlights of China in a pleasant and smooth itinerary full of diversities;
  • Immerse in the splendid history and culture of ancient China’s relic sites;
  • Please your eyes and mood with the peaceful scenery landscape in Guilin;
  • Enjoy a leisure onboard living on luxurious cruise on the beautiful Yangtze River cruise.

Basic Trip Information

Travel Route:
Beijing / Xian / Guilin / Yangshuo / Guilin / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang / Shanghai
Travel Length:
13 Days and 12 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-CCT-13
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureEcological
Departure:
Any day you want

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1~4 Arrival & Beijing Tour

Two full days and a half day sightseeing covering the grand Tiananmen Square, historical Forbidden City, spectacular Temple of Heaven, manmade wonder Great Wall of China, royal park Summer Palace, traditional Hutong, etc.

Day 5~6 Xian Tour & Flight to Guilin

One full day to visit the incredible Terracotta Warriors, leisurely walk on the Ancient City Wall and Muslim Quarter. Before leaving for Guilin, explore the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaan’xi History Museum.

Day 7~8 Guilin Tour & Flight to Chongqing

Take a relaxing Li River cruise from Guilin city to Yangshuo old town, then explore the amazing countryside landscape around Yangshuo. Before departing to Chongqing, visit the famous Elephant Trunk Hill and Reed Flute Cave.

Day 9~11 Yangtze River Cruise

Board your ship in Chongqing, the rlaxing Yangtze River cruise starts. Explore the stunning scenery along Yangtze River, such as Three Gorges, Three Gorges Dam and interesting excurtions to Shibaozhai, Shennongxi Streem, etc. Also relax yourself with rich activities on board.

Day 12~13 Shanghai Tour & Departure

Experience the great contrast of Shanghai by visiting the traditional Yu Garden and Jade Buddha Temple, modern and prosperous Shanghai World Financial Center, Nanjing Road and the Bund, etc.

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Ni Hao, welcome to Beijing, the iconic city as well as the capital of China! You will be met by local tour guide at the arrival hall of Beijing Airport and escorted to check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.

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Day 2 Beijing (B, L)

After breakfast, start to explore the historical face of Beijing with a brief visit to Tiananmen Square which is now the largest city plaza in the world. Tiananmen Gate on the northern square was the site where the Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Stepping into the Tiananmen, you will see one of the world’s 5 most important palaces – Forbidden City, a huge palace complex of more than 9,000 rooms where 24 emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties used to live in. Pass through various doorways to admire the magnificent and well preserved buildings decorated with yellow glazed tile roof, white marble base and splendid colorful paintings.

After lunch, drive to the outskirts of Beijing to spend an enjoyable time in Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. Stroll around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and corridors. Feast your eyes on the vast lotus in Kunming Lake and the colored paintings in Long Corridor.

Optional activity: you can watch a wonderful Kungfu Show in theatre after dinner.

  • Tiananmen Square Tiananmen Square
  • Forbidden City Forbidden City
  • Summer Palace in Beijing Summer Palace

Day 3 Beijing (B, L)

After breakfast, drive about 70km to witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World – Great Wall. The less-crowded Mutianyu, a well-preserved segment of Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty, lives up to all of your nice expectation. Take cable car or walk about 40 minutes to set your feet on Great Wall. Climb up the rising towers to enjoy scenic views as the wall wriggling along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall.

Continue your trip to Ding Tomb, mausoleum of the 13th emperor of Ming Dynasty. Follow your tour guide’s introduction to observe the geomantic arrangement as well as to visit the underground palace to get closer observation. Then, drive back to Beijing City, and take a short stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to view the magnificent Bird’s Nest and Water Cube from the outside.

Optional activity: reward yourself a tasty Peking duck dinner after a full day of sightseeing.

  • Mutianyu great wall The Magnificent Mutianyu Great Wall
  • Ding Tomb Ding Tomb
  • Bird's Nest Bird's Nest

Day 4 Beijing & High Speed train to Xian (B,L)

After breakfast, drive to the imperial site – Temple of Heaven. It was originally used to pay homage to Heaven and pray for harvest, now becomes a bustling place for locals to take part in traditional activities, such as Tai Chi, dancing, kite flying, water calligraphy, etc.

Then, get back to central city to hop on a rickshaw to experience Beijing Hutongs – small alleys made of neighboring quadrangle dwellings. Shuttle among different Hutongs to feel the old Beijing life style, meet various antique shops and small boutiques, feel the historical changes of Beijing.

Till now, your Beijing tour is about to end. Your tour guide will see you off at the Beijing West Railway Station for your high speed train to Xian (about 5 hours). Be pick up by your tour guide at Xian North Railway Station, and escorted to your hotel in Xian. The rest of today is on your own to explore this ancient capital of China.

  • Temple of Heaven in Beijing Temple of Heaven
  • Hutong Hutong

Day 5 Xian (B, L)

After breakfast, drive about 40km to discover one of the greatest man-made wonders in the world – Terracotta Warriors and Horses, built by the first emperor Qin Shihuang to protect his afterlife. Over 8, 000 life-size warriors, horses and chariots, buried in 3 pits more than 2000 years until uncovered by local farmer in 1974, forms an ancient military army with complete battle unites, such as infantry, cavalry, etc. Standing in front of these figures, one can’t help being amazed not only by the ambition of Qin Shihuang but also the fabulous artistic skills of ancient Chinese artisans.

After lunch, return back to Xian to take a wonderful stroll on the Ancient City Wall, the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China. Enjoy panoramic views of modern Xian and walk leisurely on the well-maintained city wall which is 12 meters high and 18 meters wide with a total circle of nearly 14 kilometers. It is followed by a relaxing wandering around bustling and lively Muslim Community, where you can taste the most delicious Xian food and various snacks, as well as experience local culture.

Optional activities: 1). Take a relaxing cycling on the Ancient City Wall; 2). Enjoy a wonderful Tang Palace Dance Show after a hearty dumpling dinner.

  • Terra Cotta Warriors Terracotta Warriors
  • Ancient City Wall Ancient City Wall
  • Muslim Snack Street Muslim Community

Day 6 Xian & Flight to Guilin (B, L)

After breakfast, head to Da Cien Temple, a famous Buddhist sutra translation place in Tang Dynasty. Big Wild Goose Pagoda is the most famous building in the temple. With a height of 64.5 meters, the pagoda was built by the famous Buddhist master Xuanzang to reserve classic scriptures he bought from India in early Tang Dynasty. (Xuanzang, the prototype character of Tang Seng in the novel of Journey to the West).
Note: it charges extra 30 RMB to climb up the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

Following is an educational visiting to Shaanxi History Museum. Ramble in the modern exhibition halls to appreciate relics, such as porcelains, paintings, currencies from Zhou to the Tang periods (1100BC to 907 AD). (Note: It charges extra 30 RMB to climb up the Big Wild Goose Pagoda)

The rest of today is free for you until get escorted to catch flight to Guilin (about 2hrs), the darling of tourists. You will be welcomed by local tour guide at airport, then be escorted to your hotel in Guilin City. The rest of today is at your leisure to have fun.

  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Shaanxi History Museum To Explore the Spectacular Heritages of Ancient China

Day 7 Guilin (B, L)

As the declaration in Chinese textbook” Guilin’s landscape is the best under heaven”, today you will explore this best landscape starting with a relaxing sightseeing cruise along the Li River from Zhujia Pier to Yangshuo Town. Along the 84-kilometer cruise, dazzling scenery overwhelms your eyes like a vast endless Chinese painting of winding river, green limestone karst mountains, fascinating countryside views.

After about 4 hours’ cruise, disembark in Yangshuo Town, and check in your hotel. Take a short break, throw yourself into the stunning countryside views and relaxed atmosphere. Be enthralled by the patches of paddy fields nestling under green hills and near the mirror-like river, with farmers cultivate the soil with their water buffalos.

This evening is for you to walk leisurely on the ancient West Street to witness how the western culture and Chinese culture perfectly and peacefully coexist here. Whether you want to enjoy a cup of drink in bar, taste some local food, or just experience the relaxing atmosphere, you get it here.

Optional activity: experience the splendid evening performance Impression Liu Sanjie with Li River itself as the stage, directed by famous director – Zhang Yimou.

  • Li River Cruise in Guilin Li River Cruise
  • Yangshuo Cycling Yangshuo Cycling
  • Old Alley in Yangshuo Yangshuo West Street

Day 8 Flight to Chongqing from Guilin (B, L)

After breakfast, transfer back to Guilin in a comfortable vehicle (1.5~2hrs). Then make a visit to the symbol of Guilin landscape - Elephant Trunk Hill. A giant rock hill vividly shapes like an elephant which is drinking water. Besides, there are many historical sites here for you to explore, such as stone carving, Buddhist temple, relic exhibition, etc. Then, drive about 7 kilometers to next attraction - Reed Flute Cave, a majestic underground palace with sparkling different colors. The magical Mother Nature condenses millions years of natural efforts to form the incredible stalactite, stalagmite, stone shield and stone waterfall of different sizes and shapes.

Lastly, your tour guide will take you to airport to catch flight to Chongqing (about 1.5hrs). Your local tour guide will pick you up at the airport, and then escort you to Chongqing Chaotianmen Port to board your Yangtze cruise ship during 18:00-20:00. Your lifetime Yangtze River cruise sails at 21:00! (Please note: the boarding time and pier change based on Yangtze cruise ships, water level, season and weather, etc. Your travel consultants will tell you the detailed time and pier before your boarding.)

  • Chongqing Chaotianmen Port Chongqing Chaotianmen Port
  • Reed Flute Cave Reed Flute Cave
  • Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill

Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

In the morning, wake up gracefully and enjoy the gentle sunshine over the tranquil Yangtze River. It’s colorful and interesting no matter you stay onboard and go ashore.

Onboard: Enjoy different kinds of activities, like playing Taichi on sundeck, drinking morning coffee, attending Yangtze River history and culture lecture, taking part in Captain’s Welcome Party, having fun in evening show, etc.

Shore Excursion: Today, follow the local guide and make shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda, a Pearl on Yangtze River. As the gem of Chinese architecture, the 12-story, 18th century red wooden temple on the northern bank of Yangtze River is an architectural delight full of legends and beautiful stories. (Note: please wear comfortable shoes for there are lots of stairs you need to climb up.)

Optional Excursion: Take shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City which charges extra fee. Called as the City of Ghosts, it endows mysterious stories about underworld cruel tortures and kinds of devils. Entering the ghost city, you can find many devil statues and vivid cruel scenes. (Note: It needs a lot of walk up to Fengdu Ghost City and make sure wear comfortable shoes while visiting.)

  • Shibaozhai Pagoda Shibaozhai Pagoda
  • Relaxing Yangtze River Cruise A Lifetime Relaxing Yangtze River Cruise

Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

On this day, you’ll sail through the spectacular Three Gorges - Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge. Relax on the sun deck and soak up the breathtaking gorge scenery passing by.

Take enjoyable adventure to primitive Shennv Stream (Goddess Stream) in the Wu Gorge. You’ll switch to a smaller boat sailing down the beautiful stream in a narrow gorge and get close-up views of high mountain peaks and hanging coffins in the steep cliffs. Entertain yourselves with local music and dance offered by the Tujia ethnic minority.

In this evening, enjoy Captain’s Farewell Party with all the mates onboard. About 23:00, you can watch the process of passing through Three Gorges Dam Five-stage Ship Locks.

Optional Excursion: Take shore excursion to White Emperor City which charges extra fee. Located at the entrance of Qutang Gorge, it offers the best viewing spot to appreciate the magnificent Kuimen Gate.

  • Qutang Gorge Qutang Gorge
  • Shennv Stream Shennv Stream

Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise & Flight to Shanghai from Yichang (B, L)

Today’s highlight is your morning excursion to Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydropower project, located at the middle of Xiling Gorge in Yichang. Marvel at the largest dam in different angles, learn more background history of Three Gorges Dam Project and enjoy beautiful landscape around.

After the excursion, get back to your ship and continue your cruise to Yichang. Your ship will arrive at Yichang Port around 12:30. Be prepared for your check-out procedure and disembark. You will be picked up by local tour guide at the port and escorted to visit the Yichang Museum. Drive to the Yichang airport and take the flight to Shanghai (about 2hrs).

Be met and transferred to you hotel in Shanghai, and the rest of today is at your own pace.

  • Three Gorges Dam The Magnificent Giant Three Gorges Dam

Day 12 Shanghai (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel to start your Shanghai exploration. The first stop is to visit Shanghai Museum, one of the Best Four Museums in China. This modern museum, with a round top and a square base which symbolizing the ancient Chinese perception of the world as "round sky, square earth", has collected many international-standard exhibits of bronzes, paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, jade from more than 5,000 years ago to the Qing dynasty. It is an ideal place to learn about the profound Chinese history and culture.

Then, take an interesting visit to Yu Garden, a shining star among all dotted ancient Chinese gardens in Jiangnan which fully embodies the traditional design of architecture. Jagged pavilion with elegant decoration, glittering pools with roving fish, sprouting pine trees, all these pleasant scenes refresh both your eyes and mood. Adjacent to the garden is the Yuyuan Bazaar where you can savor tasteful local snacks or bargain at some elaborate traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works as souvenirs.

After lunch, drive a few kilometers to Lujiazui Area of Pudong New District to visit visit “the eye of Shanghai” - Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) where you can have a panoramic view of the whole Shanghai and Huangpu River area. Ascend yourselves to 474 meters on the 100th floor to experience sky walk on the transparent glass-walled walkway and feel Shanghai lying under your feet and blue sky hanging above your head.

Later, move to another popular landmark of Shanghai - Nanjing Road which is shopping paradise as well as a great place to take a wonderful walk to experience the local modern atmosphere. Lastly, you will stop at the Bund. Originally the towpath for transporting, the Bund transformed into a feverish trading district during European concession period. Stroll along the Bund, feel the perfect fusion of Chinese culture and Western culture, and seize the stunning Shanghai skyline with your own eyes.

Optional evening activities: 1). take a relaxing Huangpu River night cruise to see the city’s most significant edifices and streets sparkling under the atmospheric cover of darkness (about 50 minutes); 2). take Huangpu River cruise to enjoy fantastic night view of Shanghai. 

  • the Bund The Bund
  • Shanghai Yu Garden Shanghai Yu Garden
  • Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai World Financial Center

Day 13 Shanghai Departure (B)

Before your departure, you will make fully use of your time to explore two more great sites in Shanghai – the Urban Planning Exhibition Center and Jade Buddha Temple.

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center is a fashionably designed modern museum, themed with “City, Citizens, Environment and Development”. It vividly displays how Shanghai developed from a swampy fishing village into the most vibrant and biggest cosmopolitan city of China. Different usages of photography, models and interactive multimedia displays make your visit enjoyable and entertaining. The best features are the old rare photos of landmarks, such as the Bund, Nanjing Road, Yu Garden, during the international settlement, and the large scale model showing the detailed layout of Shanghai.

Owning the largest jade Buddha in the world and numerous religious artifacts, ancient statues and Buddhist scriptures, the Jade Buddha Temple is a peaceful kingdom of Buddhism hidden among modern blocks and dominating mansions. 

After the sightseeing, the rest time is free for you until your tour guide escort you to catch your flight/train to next destination.

  • Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center with Visitors Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center with Visitors
  • Jade Buddha Temple Jade Buddha Temple
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