Your tour - at a glance
Day 1~3 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 4~7 Yangtze River Cruise & High Speed Train to Shanghai
Explore the stunning scenery along Yangtze River, such as Three Gorges, Three Gorges Dam and interesting excursions to Shibaozhai Pagoda, Shennv Stream, etc. Also relax yourself with rich activities on board.
Day 8~9 Shanghai Tour & Departure
Experience the great contrast of Shanghai by visiting great collections in Shanghai Museum and explore the charming Yuyuan Garden, also discover the 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 and capital of China! You will be met by our local tour
guide at the arrival hall of Beijing Airport and escorted to your
downtown hotel by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of the day is
your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby areas, feel free to get
some practical suggestions from your tour guide.
Arrival Ideals: At present, there are many international and domestic flights to Beijing. Besides, you can take a high speed train to this capital city from Shanghai (5-6 hrs), Xian (5.5 hrs), Guangzhou (8-9.5 hrs), etc.
Day 2 Beijing ( B, L )
After breakfast, start to explore the historical face of Beijing with a brief visit to Tiananmen Square, now
the largest city plaza in the world. Tiananmen Gate on the northern
side of the square was the site where Chairman Mao announced the
establishment of the People's Republic of China. Stepping into the
Tiananmen, you will see one of the world’s five most important palaces - the Forbidden City, a huge palace complex of more than
9,000 rooms where 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived.
Pass through various doorways in this magnificent structure to admire
the beautiful and well preserved buildings decorated with yellow-glazed
tile roofs, white marble bases and splendid colorful paintings.
After lunch, drive to the outskirts of Beijing to spend an enjoyable time in the Summer Palace,
the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. Stroll around
ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and corridors while
feasting your eyes on the vast lotus in Kunming Lake and the colorful
paintings in the Long Corridor.
Optional activities: 1) You can watch a wonderful
Kungfu Show in the Red Theater (Hong Ju Chang) which usually starts at
19:30; 2) Enjoy the classic Chinese art performance of Beijing Opera at
Liyuan Theater between 19:30-21:00.
Woo's group visited Tiananmen Square
Summer Palace Shot by Our Guest Nguyen in 2017
Forbidden City Photographed by Our Customer
Day 3 Beijing ( B, L )
After breakfast, drive about 70km to witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Great Wall. Visit the Mutianyu,
a less crowded yet well-preserved segment of the Great Wall built in
the Ming Dynasty. It will more than live up to all of your expectations! You’ll
take a cable car to ascend the Great Wall, then hike the most beautiful and
interesting part of Mutianyu. It's a wonderful experience to climb up its
rising towers to enjoy scenic views and take brag-worthy photos of the wall
wriggling along mountain ridges. After the exciting time, descend Mutianyu
Great Wall by cable car. (Note: If energy permits, you can hike up or down
which takes about 40 minutes to climb steps. Please tell your likes to your
Continue your trip to Ding Tomb, the mausoleum of a
13th century emperor of the Ming Dynasty. Follow your tour guide to
observe its geomantic arrangement as well as visit the underground
palace for a closer observation. Then drive back to Beijing City and
take a short stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to view its famous
Bird’s Nest and Water Cube from the outside.
Optional activity: After the whole day’s tour, treat yourself a great dinner to taste the famous Peking Roasted Duck at Quanjude.
Mutianyu Great Wall Shot by Our Customer Kim
Our customers visited Bird's Nest in 2019
Day 4 Beijing & Flight to Chongqing ( B, L )
After breakfast, drive to the imperial site of the Temple of Heaven.
Originally a site used to pay homage to Heaven and pray for good
harvests, it is now a bustling place where locals take part in
traditional activities such as Tai Chi, dancing, kite flying, water
calligraphy, and others.
Then get back to the central city to hop on a rickshaw to experience the Beijing Hutongs - small alleys made by neighboring quadrangle dwellings. Shuttle among
different Hutongs to get a feel of the old Beijing life style, visit
various antique shops and small boutiques, and truly feel the historical
changes of Beijing, also pay a visit to a local family’s home in
the traditional Hutongs.
After the tour, Your Beijing tour is about to end. After lunch, you tour
guide will see you off at Beijing Capital Airport and you will take 3
hours flight to Chongqing.
Upon arrival at Chongqing, you’ll be transferred to Chongqing Chaotianmen Port
to board your cruise ship between 18:00-20:00 that evening. Your
once-in-a-lifetime Yangtze River cruise sails at 21:00! (Please note:
the boarding time and departure piers change based on the ship line,
water level, season, weather, and other factors. Your travel consultants
will ensure you have the actual departure time and boarding pier before
Chongqing Chaotianmen Port
Hutong Shot by Our Customer Taylor
Temple of Heaven in Beijing Shot by Our Customer
Day 5 Yangtze River Cruise ( B, L, D )
In the morning, wake up leisurely and
enjoy the gentle sunshine shining over the tranquil and beautiful Yangtze
River. It will be colorful and interesting whether you decide to stay onboard
or go ashore at river stops.
Onboard you will enjoy different kinds
of activities, like practicing Tai Chi on the boat’s sundeck, drinking a
relaxing morning coffee, attending a Yangtze River history and culture lecture,
or taking part in the Captain’s Welcome Party and evening shows.
Next follow a local guide and make a
shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda, one of the “Pearls” of
the Yangtze River. A gem of Chinese architecture, this 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: Comfortable shoes are
highly recommended since there will be lots of stairs to climb up!)
Excursion: Take a shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City for an
extra fee. Called the “City of Ghosts”, it is endowed with mysterious stories
about underworld and cruel tortures and different kinds of devils and Chinese
demons. Entering this ghost city, you will find many statues of demons and
vivid scenes of their perfidious activities. (Note: Once again, the visit to
Fengdu Ghost City requires much walking and comfortable shoes are again highly
A Lifetime Relaxing Yangtze River Cruise
Day 6 Yangtze River Cruise ( B, L, D )
Today you will sail through the
spectacular Three Gorges while relaxing on the sun deck
and soak up the breathtaking gorge scenery passing by as you drift through
Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge respectively.
In Wu Gorge you will take an enjoyable
adventure to primitive Shennv Stream (Goddess Stream). Switch
to a smaller boat to sail down this beautiful stream running in a narrow side
gorge where you will have close-up views of high mountain peaks and hanging
coffins on the steep cliff faces. After watching an entertaining music and
dance show of local Tujia ethnic minority, sail back to your ship.
the evening, you will enjoy the Captain’s
Farewell Party as well as dancing show with all your mates
onboard to spend a wonderful night.
Excursion: Take a shore excursion to White Emperor City for
an extra fee. Located at the entrance of Qutang Gorge, this excursion offers
the best viewing spot to appreciate the magnificent Kuimen Gate.
Yangtze River Cruise
Day 7 Yangtze Cruise and High Speed Train to Shanghai from Yichang ( B )
After breakfast, you’ll begin to check out and disembark
at Maoping Port. Today’s highlight is a morning excursion to Three Gorges
Dam, the world’s largest hydropower project, located at the middle of
Xiling Gorge near Yichang. You will marvel at this gigantic dam from different
angles, learn more of the background history of the Three Gorges Dam Project and
enjoy the surrounding beautiful landscape and scenery. If you like, you
can take an optional experience to sail through Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift, the largest and the most sophisticated ship
lift in the world, which takes only 40 minutes with fresh insight into the dam
After the dam visiting, you’ll take the bus arranged by
the cruise company heading to Yichang
Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal for leave. Here you will be pick up by
our local guide be
transferred to Yichang East Railway Station for a high speed train to Shanghai.
After arrival in Shanghai, our local tour guide will pick you up at
the train station, and escort you to your hotel for check in. The rest of the
day is free for you to explore this cosmopolitan and lively city.
Tips: No matter you take Ship
Lift or not, you’ll check out and take your luggage away in this early morning.
(1) Only dam visiting: you’ll take bus from Maoping Port to Three Gorges Dam
for sightseeing, and then arrive at Yichang downtown around 12:30. (2) Dam
& Ship Lift Experience: travelers who are interested in Ship Lift will first
switch to a sightseeing boat to sail through the Ship Lift and then visit Three
Gorges Dam Site. You’ll arrive at Yichang downtown around 13:30.
The Magnificent Giant Three Gorges Dam
Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift
Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal
Day 8 Shanghai ( B, L )
You will take a full day of sightseeing to explore both the past and present of Shanghai. Your first stop is 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. To help you learn about the history and facts
about the relics in the museum easily, an Audio Explanation Device will be
prepared for you. Then you will take an interesting visit to Yu Garden,
a shining star among all the ancient Chinese gardens in Jiangnan. This
garden fully embodies the traditional design of Chinese architecture
with jagged pavilions with elegant decorations, glittering pools with
roving fish, and pine trees sprouting to the sky, all designed to
refresh your mood and spirit. Adjacent to the garden is the Yuyuan Bazaar where
you can savor tasteful local snacks and explore elaborate traditional
Chinese handicrafts and art works. Next, you will drive several
kilometers to enjoy a panoramic view of the modern face of Shanghai from
the 100th floor (474m) of “the Eye of Shanghai” - Shanghai World Financial Center.
You will then be transferred to another popular landmark of Shanghai, Nanjing Road, a
shopping paradise as well as a great place to take a wonderful walk to
experience the modern atmosphere of the City. Lastly, you will stop at
the Bund, originally a simple towpath for transporting
goods but now transformed into a feverish trading district. You will
stroll along the Bund, seeing and feeling the perfect fusion of Chinese
and Western cultures while at the same time taking in the stunning
Shanghai skyline with your own eyes!
Optional activity: Attend an entertaining Acrobatic
Show, including breathtaking “balls of death” acts, chair balancing,
hula hoops, juggling of benches, walking in the air, and other
breathtaking performances (usually performed during 19:30~21:00).
The Landmark Supertall Skyscraper of Modern Shanghai
Tourists Took Photo at The Bund with Backdrop of Lujiazui
Yuyuan Bazaar Shot by Our Customer Paul
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Day 9 Shanghai Departure (B, L)
After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. First, you will pay a wonderful visit to Jade Buddha Temple, the site of the largest Jade Buddha in the world and numerous religious artifacts, ancient statues and Buddhist scriptures. This peaceful kingdom of Buddhism hidden among modern blocks and dominating mansions is a great place for a nice break in this very busy city.
Next, you will be transferred to Tianzifang which is touristic arts and crafts enclave that has developed from a renovated traditional residential area. It is the typical tourist attraction to appreciate the preservation of local Shikumen architecture. In this place full of rich flavor of life, you can leisurely stroll along the clean old alleys to watch the daily life of local Shanghai people, savor a cup of drink at the open-air café, and find some interesting things in the novel shops to feel the international feature mixed with real Shanghai culture.
In the afternoon, your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight to next destination or home.
Woo's group visited Jade Buddha Temple
Spend Leisure Time at the Mazy Lanes of Tianzifang
Travel Tips for Traveling China
Beijing Great Wall Hiking Tips
You need to pack some personal gears, such as light and comfortable walking shoes, outdoor coat
You'd better also pack sun cream, sun glasses.
Tibet Travel Tips
1. A valid passport, a valid China visa and Tibet Permits are necessary documents for traveling
2. In Tibet, we suggest you avoid strong activity; do not take shower at the first day; drink
and avoid of alcohol; better not to take oxygen if your AMS symptoms are mild. Always remember
if you have any problems or feel uncomfortable, please tell your guide immediately or contact
3. A windbreaker, a pair of durable and comfortable shoes, a down jacket (better with hat),
cream, sun block, skin cream and lip balm, sunglasses, medicine for urgent use.
Panda Volunteer in Chengdu
Chengdu Research Base of Panda Breeding is only available to see giant pandas. If you are interested in
giant panda volunteer experience, please extend to Dujiangyan Panda Base, Wolong Shenshuping
Base or Ya'an Bifengxia Panda Base instead.
High Speed Train Experience
Taking high speed train to travel around China will be unique and special experience for you.
of taking flight, you can take high speed train from Beijing to Xian/Xian to Beijing, Chengdu
Chongqing, Yichang to Shanghai/Shanghai to Yichang, etc. All are within comfortable traveling
to reach the destinations. If you are interested, please feel free to ask our travel
to arrange high speed train for you.
Practical Info about Traveling with Us
Restaurant & Food
Vegetarian food Requirement
Vegetarian food in Chinese cuisine culture is usually divided into 3 categories: the Monastery
Food, the Court Vegetarian Food and the Folk Vegetarian Food. And the main ingredients are:
taro powder, mushrooms, fresh vegetables and tofu (bean curd). It will be easier to find the
restaurants in big cities of china, such as: Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, HK, etc.
If allergic to some food
We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel
know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our guides
different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.
Do our guide and driver join the meal with us?
The tour guides and driver will be at the same restaurants with you, but they will only join the
when you invite. Sometimes the drivers are shy to join as they usually eat fast and could not
English talk around the table, so the guide will be with you more often.
Will we be able to try some local foods during our visit?
Yes, you will. There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private
will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants, if you
interested in local food tasting. But remember, some local snacks may not match your stomach,
ask your guided for more information before eating.
What to buy in China?
In China, there are myriads of souvenirs for visitors, and each city has its own specialty.
Some of the best buys are:
Beijing: Cloisonné; Fresh water pearls
Xi'an: Replicas of the Terra Cotta soldiers; Tangsancai (Tang Dynasty hand
Shanghai: Silk carpets
Hangzhou: Longjing Tea; Silk
Guilin: Scroll paintings; China Southern Sea Pearls
Yunnan: Mounted Butterflies; Pure tea; Dali Batik (tie-dyed fabric)
Xinjiang: Carpets; jade articles
Tibet: Thang-ka（tanka）(Sheep skin wall hangings)
How to bargain?
Bargains are not acceptable in big supermarkets and department stores. But in some night markets
shops, you can bargain for a lower price, since the vendors always ask for very high price for
certain item. You’d better ask the opinion of the guide first, and then the guide will tell you
real value and quality of the item. Please note that when the bargain is processing, the guide
be hesitate to help as it may annoy the bosses. Just try to let the guides know you will
What to do with persistent vendors?
If you do not need something from them, just do not ask for price. Some of the venders are very
and if they keep selling things to you, you can simply say “No, thanks.” (Chinese
”Bu, XieXie”). If they do not give up, you just keep silence. Silence is sometimes useful to
More Tips for free-time shopping
- 1. If you think you have no desire or interest, you do not feel embarrassed to let our
DIRECTLY (since some of our guides are enthusiastic in taking you shopping)
- 2. Better to choose the shops run by the state when buying expensive articles.
- 3. Do not shop everything in one city, because every place has its unique local products
- 4. Do not feel obligate to buy anything only because the shop attendants are very kind to
- 5. Be smart consumers. Do not spend big money on things you are not familiar with. Do ask
guarantee, contacts and certificates when purchasing big items like antiques, jade, arts
- 6. Leave plenty of time for transactions. When you see something you like - buy it.
would not find it elsewhere and you would not have time to go back.
- 7. Always verify the date of antiques before you purchase them. Antiques dated before 1795
legally be exported.
- 8. Articles made from rare wild animals are contraband and will be confiscated by customs
Private tour & Group Tour
A: Private tours
- 1. Private guide, driver and vehicle are for your exclusive use; no matter you are
or in a family or friends group. The tour is run exclusively for you without strangers.
- 2. Every itinerary can be customized to meet your specific interests/ wishes, that is, you
your favored hotels, sightseeing spots, the tour length, means of transportation, budget,
All are free of charge.
- 3. Start the tour on any date you want.
- 4. Escort you through the whole tour. All private transfers during the tour are offered,
airport/train station transfer, hotel-attractions round trip transfer.
- 5. The sightseeing during the tour could be based on your own timetable and pace. Flexible
at your short notice.
- 6. Ideal for people who need considerate care and assistance, such as elderly, the
with small children.
B: Group tours
- 1. Low Price;
- 2. Share a guide and driver;
- 3. Share a clean, safe and air-conditioned vehicle;
- 4. Good chance for you to meet and make friends from all over the world;
- 5. Tour date is fixed and unchangeable.
Call your guide, or if you can’t find your guide, call your travel consultant or our office
All the phone numbers include in our confirmation letter. Keep the letter with your during your
Note: As our Beijing office is using the different guide arranging system, so
we will not
be able to provide the Beijing guide information until the day before you arrival, but once we
it, we will email you immediately.