12 Days Beijing, Xian, Yangtze River, Wuhan & Shanghai Tour

Beijing / Xian / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang / Wuhan / Shanghai

  • Terracotta Warriors were built by the first emperor of China Qin Shihuang to protect him in his afterlife
  • Temple of Heaven Tour
  • The Lesser Three Gorges
  • Yellow Crane Tower
  • Beautiful The Bund
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  • Yellow Crane Tower
  • Beautiful The Bund
  • The Lesser Three Gorges
  • Temple of Heaven Tour
  • Terracotta Warriors were built by the first emperor of China Qin Shihuang to protect him in his afterlife
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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    Our private tour features:
  1. Affordable & worry free;
  2. Just you or your group;
  3. 1-to-1 travel consultant within 0.5~23.5 hrs;
  4. Flexible departure & itinerary;
  5. Private guide & vehicle;
  6. Customizable to your needs & interests;
  7. All inclusive service;
Experience:
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Departure:
Any day you want
Group size:
You, your family, friends or group
Tour Code:
CD-BXYWS-12
Features:
This tour highlights famous landmarks and most popular cities to offer a dazzling China from ancient sights to modern marvels, from natural beauty to manmade wonders. Also a leisurely Yangtze River Cruise to enjoy!

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Trip at a Glance

  • Day 1-4: Beijing
  • Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace
    Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven

  • Day 5: Xian
  • Terra-cotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall

  • Day 6: Chongqing
  • Ciqikou, Chongqing Zoo

  • Day 7-8: Yangtze River Cruise
  • Fengdu Ghost City, Lesser Three Gorges

  • Day 9: Yichang
  • Three Gorges Dam, Yichang Museum

  • Day 10: Wuhan
  • Yellow Crane Tower, Heptachord Terrace

  • Day 11-12: Shanghai
  • The Bund, Nanjing Road, Yuyuan Garden

Itinerary Details Day by Day

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Welcome to Beijing! Clear the customs and retrieve your baggage by yourself upon arrival, be greeted by our tour guide in the Arrival Hall who is holding a sign on which says your name; transferred by your private car/van to your hotel downtown. The rest of the day is your own time.

Traditional Lion Head Door Knocker
Day 2 Beijing ( B, L )

Today you will first visit the world's biggest city plaza, the Tiananmen Square; then walk to the marvelous "Egg" (National Centre for the Performing Arts) to take some pictures from its outside; subsequently, go to the Forbidden City, the most complete imperial palace in China; and later proceed to the impressive Temple of Heaven. After the sightseeing tour, be driven back to your hotel.

Temple of Heaven Tour
Day 3 Beijing ( B, L,D )

After breakfast, drive to the Badaling Great Wall (about 80 km, 1.5hours) where you will experience at first hand the wonder of the Great Wall. For lunch you'll sample some delicious fare in a local restaurant. Afterwards, visit the Sacred Way and Changling, one of the Ming Tombs; on the way back to your hotel, you might make a stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to take some photos of the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube from the outside.

Feel a little bit tired? Not to worry! We will arrange a foot massage (free of charge) for you, just relax and enjoy it! With a Peking Roast Duck dinner you will complete today's tour!

Harmony families hiking on the Great Wall
Day 4Beijing & Flight to Xian (B, L)

After breakfast, you will marvel at the exquisite Summer Palace, the imperial garden.

Then head to visit the Drum Tower dating from 1420. Ascending the big Drum Tower, you will have a bird's eye view of the surrounding communities of Hutongs and Siheyuan from here. And then move on to an ordinary family courtyard home for a tea break. Afterwards, take a rickshaw to visit the most famous Hutongs keeping the original layout in the Shichahai area. Then move on to the Prince Gong's Mansion.

After the tour, our guide will escort you to the airport and take the flight to Xian.

Summer Palace in Beijing
Day 5 Xian (B, L, D)

In the morning be picked up at your hotel then driven to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses; the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century, It is one of the most popular tourist spots not to be missed by any visitor to China. After lunch, move on to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Ancient City Wall; enjoy the local specialty Dumpling Dinner served in a fine restaurant in the evening.

Terracotta Warriors were built by the first emperor of China Qin Shihuang to protect him in his afterlife
Day 6 Flight to Chongqing from Xian (B, L)

Today will be free until your guide picks you up to the airport and flight to Chongqing. After arriving in Chongqing city be met and transferred to the Chongqing downtown. Your tour guide and driver will take you to the Chongqing zoo to see the Giant Panda, and then visit the Ciqikou Old Town, if time permits.

Then, you'll be transferred to the Cruise pier, and board the ship in the late afternoon. Your lifetime Yangtze River Cruise starts in Chongqing. (Note: the boarding time changes based on the cruise ships, season, water level, weather, etc.)

Ciqikou Old Town
Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Shore excursion to the Fengdu Ghost City to check why it has been regarded as the "City of Ghosts". It is where the devil lives according to Chinese legend. The temples built on Ming Mountain show punish instruments and demon paintings, depicting the Chinese people’s imagination of hell.

Note: Some cruise ships make the shore excursion to the Shibaozhai Pagoda. Shibaozhai, like a pearl on Yangtze River, is 278 kilometers away from Chongqing. As the gem of Chinese Architecture, the 12-story, 18th Century red wooden temple is an architectural delight full of Legends and beautiful stories. You have the final say on which excursion to make, as we can book any of the cruise ships at great rates!

Shibaozhai Pagoda
Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges by smaller vessels.

The Lesser Three Gorges, like a shining pearl hiddden in remote mountains, are much smaller, narrower and have some dramatic scenery to offer. That is the most splendid river adventure throughout China for you.

Note: Some cruise ships make the shore excursion to the Shennong Stream. Shennong Stream is a collection of local culture. The nature scenery, boat tracker, local sampan, ancient hanging coffins, unique ethnic minority Tujia culture… all is worth your exploration. You have the final say on which excursion to make, as we can book any of the cruise ships at great rates!

The Lesser Three Gorges
Day 9 Yichang & D-train to Wuhan from Yichang (B, L)

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.

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 in Yichang at about 12:30. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to the Yichang East Railway Station to catch the 2-hour high speed train to Wuhan.

After arrival in Wuhan, our local tour guide and driver will escort you to your hotel in Wuhan. Rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful city on your own.

Three Gorges Dam Tour
Day 10 Wuhan - Shanghai (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Today, you’ll first visit Hubei Provincial Museum. Founded in 1953, Hubei Provincial Museum has 6.5 hectares with 200,000 exquisite items include bronze, jade and lacquer work, porcelain and paintings. You can enjoy a performance of chime bells, stone chimes and other ancient instruments. The museum is a window to explore Chinese history.

Later, head to the Heptachord Terrace (Guqin Tai), located on the south bank of Moon Lake, near the western foot of Tortoise Hill. It is the beautiful site with great layout where you could appreciate the sincere friendship between Yu Boya and Zhong Ziqi in Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.).

Lastly, transfer to Yellow Crane Tower, one of the most renowned towers south of the Yangtze River. It enjoys the fame of “The First Scenery under Heaven”. And its cultural significance led to its being made the symbol of Wuhan City.

After the tour, your guide and escort you to Wuhan Aiport to catch the flight to Shanghai. Stay overnight in Shanghai.

Yellow Crane Tower
Day 11 Shanghai (B, L)

Today after breakfast, our guide and driver will escort you to visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, a must-see for all true Shanghainophiles to witness how Shanghai became a cosmopolitan city from a shabby fishing village.

Later you will be taken to visit the 400-year-old Yu Garden – the representative traditional Chinese garden in Shanghai. Out from Yuyuan Garden, move to Yuyuan Bazaar to explore how elaborate and cute the traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works are, and savor some local flavor snacks here…And then drive to Pudong New Area to enjoy a bird's eye view of Shanghai from the Jinmao Tower.

Followed a trip to a silk factory to see how silk is produced from the cocoons of silk worms, and turned into the beautiful fabric we all know and love.

Evening ideas: To maximize your enjoyment of Shanghai, in the evening, you can watch an awesome Acrobatic Show. (Optional)

Yu Garden
Day 12 Shanghai Departure (B)

After breakfast, head to the famous Bund to witness Shanghai’s skyline, and stroll along China's No.1 shopping street - Nanjing Road.

Then continue to Jade Buddha Temple to admire the largest jade Buddha in the world and exquisite religious artifacts.

Being free until transferred to the airport or train station to take the flight or train to your next destination or back to home. Service ends.

Beautiful The Bund

This trip is from Per Person

What's included?

  • Transportation as listed;
  • All attraction entrance fees as listed;
  • All meals as listed;
  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Accommodations as listed;
  • Domestic flights or high-speed train as listed;
  • Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels;
  • Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges;
  • Private escorted tour only for your group members.

What's excluded?

  • China Entry Visa Fees;
  • Personal expenses;
  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China;
  • Tips to your tour guide and driver;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Single Room Supplement.

Yangtze River Cruise FAQs & Tips

How is the all-inclusive Yangtze River tour like?

Compared to book a China Tour only, booking a Yangtze River Tour Package will save you more money and time.

The Yangtze cruise ship will take you directly to the destination and the staff on board will arrange various activities on board. The prices of meals, accommodations onboard and entrance fees of arranged shore excursions are included in the Cruise price. All you need to think about is joining and enjoying.

Which cruise line should I choose?

Yangtze River cruise lines are sailing between Chongqing, Wanzhou (a county in Chongqing), Yichang, Wuhan, Nanjing & Shanghai for different duration. Usually, cruise between Chongqing and Yichang are chosen by 95% visitors. To meet different needs of different customers, we offer all the cruise lines with our top cruises for you at the most discounted price. Just send us your requirement, we’ll do the rest.

What are the best ships for Yangtze River Tours?

There are over 30 cruise ships on the Yangtze River. The newest and the most luxury cruises are Victoria Cruises, Century Cruises, Yangtze Explorer & President Cruises. To narrow down you choices, we carefully selected the “TOP” for you their high quality services, luxury accommodation and reasonable prices.

 

2013 best-value Yangtze Cruises:
Victoria Jenna & Anna, Century Sun & Sky, President Prime, Yangtze Explorer, Victoria Sophia (Chongqing=Shanghai), Century Diamond (Chongqing=Nanjing)

2013 Most luxury Cruise Ships:
Yangtze Explorer, Century Legend & Paragon, Victoria Jenna & Anna

>>More 2013 Yangtze River Cruises

How to book my Yangtze River cruise?

Specialized in China Yangtze River Tour arranging & Yangtze Cruise booking for many years, we guarantee you the best cruise experience & the most personalized service at the lowest possible price. Just feel free to contact our professional travel experts who are glad to book the best cruise for YOU.

Practical Info about Traveling with Us

Restaurant & Food

The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.

Note: If you have any special dietary needs, just let your travel consultant know while booking.

Vegetarian food Requirement

Vegetarian food in Chinese cuisine culture is usually divided into 3 categories: the Monastery Vegetarian Food, the Court Vegetarian Food and the Folk Vegetarian Food. And the main ingredients are: soybean, taro powder, mushrooms, fresh vegetables and tofu (bean curd). It will be easier to find the vegetarian 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 consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our guides in 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 meal when you invite. Sometimes the drivers are shy to join as they usually eat fast and could not understand 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 guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants, if you are interested in local food tasting. But remember, some local snacks may not match your stomach, so ask your guided for more information before eating.

Vehicles

We offer sedan cars, SUVs, business vans (MPV), and different types of buses. Different vehicles will be used according to different group size.

Shopping

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 painted China); Antique Furniture
  • Shanghai: Silk carpets
  • Hangzhou: Longjing Tea; Silk
  • Suzhou: 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 or tourist shops, you can bargain for a lower price, since the vendors always ask for very high price for a certain item. You’d better ask the opinion of the guide first, and then the guide will tell you the real value and quality of the item. Please note that when the bargain is processing, the guide will be hesitate to help as it may annoy the bosses. Just try to let the guides know you will bargain in advance.

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 persisted, and if they keep selling things to you, you can simply say “No, thanks.” (Chinese pronunciation: ”Bu, XieXie”). If they do not give up, you just keep silence. Silence is sometimes useful to handle this situation.

More Tips for free-time shopping

  • 1. If you think you have no desire or interest, you do not feel embarrassed to let our guide know 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 which worth buying.
  • 4. Do not feel obligate to buy anything only because the shop attendants are very kind to you.
  • 5. Be smart consumers. Do not spend big money on things you are not familiar with. Do ask for shop guarantee, contacts and certificates when purchasing big items like antiques, jade, arts pieces.
  • 6. Leave plenty of time for transactions. When you see something you like - buy it. Usually, you 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 cannot legally be exported.
  • 8. Articles made from rare wild animals are contraband and will be confiscated by customs without compensation.

Private tour & Group Tour

A: Private tours

  • 1. Private guide, driver and vehicle are for your exclusive use; no matter you are individually, 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 can choose your favored hotels, sightseeing spots, the tour length, means of transportation, budget, etc. 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, including 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 to change at your short notice.
  • 6. Ideal for people who need considerate care and assistance, such as elderly, the disabled, families 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.

Emergency calls

Call your guide, or if you can’t find your guide, call your travel consultant or our office immediately. All the phone numbers include in our confirmation letter. Keep the letter with your during your trip.

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 have it, we will email you immediately.

Check What our Customers Say...

Hello Tracy,

A-ma-zing everything perfectly organised and overwhelmed by the beauty of the grottoes and the knowledge of David. The Yardan Park was breath taking, so special. Even the 2 hour drive was amazing. The last hotel was very good. great mix between traditional, luxury and also accommodating to westerners.

Mattice & Lien

Mattice & Lien - 2020.08.13‚ Belgium, August 13, 2020

Hello Echo,

We had a wonderful trip! We enjoyed it very much!

You did a fantastic job (again)!

Everything was very well organised and there were no problems at all.

We have only 1 comment: 

When we arrived at the camp site in the desert in Duhuang, we found out that it had been possible to book a more private tent at a more quieter spot in the desert.

The karaoke, the bright lights and the generator were not exactly the desert experience we had hoped for.

So we would have liked it if we had been informed about the option of the 'private tent'.

Other than that all was perfect.

We will certainly recommend your agency to our friends and if we decide to do another trip in the future we will for sure use your services again.

Thank you!!!

Marlie

Marlie - 2020.08.12‚ Netherlands, August 12, 2020

Hello Vivien, 

Everything perfect up to now.  Evelyn is very nice and professional. 

Everything is going very well.  

Everything was good and we enjoyed a lot the trip.  Thanks for organizing and for asking

Faucitano - 2020.08.12‚ Italy, August 12, 2020
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How Travel Experts Service you at China Discovery

"Highest Standards of Quality and Honesty" is the core value of each specialized team at China Discovery.

Eveyone in our company is working hard for only one goal, which is to ensure the highest level of service, luxury, and attention to detail from the minute you begin planning your trip, to the day you return home.

1-on-1 Travel Consultant

They are the ones you contact in person in the first place at China Discovery.

After sending us an inquiry, one of our travel consultants will get back to you within 0.5~23.5 hrs. In the next few days, he/she will be working closely with you to formulate a customized tour plan, as well as providing professional suggestions based on your travel interests, time, and budget.

Beside, he/she will keep in contact with you during your entire tour in China, continually checking if everything is going well as planned.

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Local Tour Guides

They know your destination like the back of their hand.

For every destination or city you visit, there is a local tour guide to take you discover at your own pace. Most of them grow up there, and get you into the real stuff. It's their backyard and show you all the things they love. They're not only expert guides who take care of all the little details but also fellow travelers who are dedicated to help you explore in comfort and confidenc.

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Local Drivers & Vehicle

Ours drivers are professional and reliable; and our vehicle is neat and air-conditioned.

All kinds of vehicle are offered, and yours depends on the size of your group. To ensure your comfort, all cars feature air conditioning and enough room inside. Drivers are local, with years experience, taking you to your destination quickly and safely.

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