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8 Days Hubei Culture & Yangtze River Cruise Tour

Wuhan / Jingzhou / Yichang / Yangtze Cruise / Chongqing

  • jingzhou ancient city wall
  • Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan
  • Gorgeous Three Gorges Scenery
  • Yichang Museum
  • Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan
  • jingzhou ancient city wall
  • Yichang Museum
  • Gorgeous Three Gorges Scenery
Tour Code:
CD-HCY-08
Tour Type:
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With profound culture and history in Wuhan and Jingzhou city, this 8-day Hubei Culture tour will bring you a visual feast of history, combined with Yangtze cruise experience from Yichang for another fresh feelings.
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Highlights

Visit:
Guiyuan Temple
Heptachord Terrace
Yellow Crane Tower
Hubei Provincial Museum
East Lake
Jingzhou Ancient City
Jingzhou Museum
 
Three Gorges Dam
Lesser Three Gorges
Shennong Stream
Fengdu Ghost City
Shibaozhai Pagoda
Experience:
Visit the most comprehensive museum displaying unearthed relics in Hubei;
Explore the Chu Culture and Three Kingdom history in Jingzhou Ancient City;
Enjoy the classic Yangtze River Cruise from Yichang to Chongqing.

Sampling Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Wuhan Arrival

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Welcome to Wuhan, the capital of China Hubei Province! Your guide and driver will meet you at airport or train station. Then, they will escort you to your hotel and help you check in. The rest of day is free for you to explore this city.

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Day 2 Wuhan (B, L)

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After breakfast, you will begin to visit Guiyuan Temple. First built in the early Qing Dynasty, Guiyuan Temple is one of the four biggest temples for Buddhist meditation in Hubei as well as an important Buddhist temple in China.

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.

Stay overnight in Wuhan.

Heptachord Terrace
Day 3 Wuhan-Jingzhou (B, L)

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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, take 5-minute walk to East Lake. It is the largest lake within a city in China. Take the ferry boat to explore the scenic area with pavilions and gardens.

After that you will take the late afternoon D-train from Wuhan to Jingzhou City within 1.5 hours. Stay overnight in Jingzhou.

Hubei Provincial Museum
Day 4 Jingzhou - Yichang & Board Yangtze Cruise (B, L)

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Welcome to Jingzhou City, the cradle of Chu Culture. Today, after breakfast, you will venture out in this day tour to find out the history and culture relic sites.

First you will visit Jingzhou Ancient City, the crucial battleground in the Three Kingdoms period. Went through numerous dynasties, it kept intact and firm. The city walls with chariots and soldiers in make the ancient city more historical.

Later, you will leave for Jingzhou Museum with many relics about Chu Kingdom displayed, a better place to know the Chu Culture, and the dead body is the highlight.

After the tour, you'll take the high speed train from Jingzhou to Yichang. After arriving at Yichang East Railway Station, you'll start the procedure to board your cruise ship. Walk to Yichang Tourist Information Center at the first floor to get your tickets and get on the shuttle bus at "Bus Pick-up Point for luxury cruise ship". Then, the shuttle bus will take you to Maoping Port where your ship docked. (Please note: the shuttle buses arranged by the cruise companies are during 16:00~21:00.)

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Day 5 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

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Today's onboard activities include: Taichi exercise in the morning; shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site, the world-famous project; Captain's Welcome Banquet at 18:00; Evening entertainment at 20:00 to enjoy the Chinese folk dancing and music performance.

Three Gorges Dam Site on the Yangtze has been a dream for generations and is one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken by mankind. This great dam, the biggest hydropower project in the world, provides China with tremendous power generation and flood control service.

World-famous Three Gorge Dam
Day 6 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

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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!

Lesser Three Gorges
Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

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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 Chongqing Departure (B)

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You will disembark in Chongqing at around 9:00, and your local tour guide will meet and escort you to the Chongqing airport from the cruise pier. Take the flight to your next destination or back home. (Note: You could also have day tour in Chongqing to visit the stunning attractions before you leave.)

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Read what other travelers think about this China trip. We only accept reviews from actual, confirmed travelers who purchased the tour / activity from us, so you can be sure the reviews are unbiased and authentic.

This feedback is for Vivien Li our travel agent at China Discovery has been long overdue. (Sorry for that Vivien). :

Vivien planned our first trip to the Silkroad in Summer 2021. Vivien has been a great support from the beginning to the end in organizing the whole trip and was always there to answer all my questions. Since we travelled with a small child she also put a lot of effort in our travel itineray and included the starting and end time for all our activities. This helped us a lot. It was the first time we had a guide with us and she found a great guide for us. We were really excited to start our Silkroad trip in August and it was a great trip. We enjoyed every minute. Unfortunately with few Covid cases coming up we had to return to Shanghai. During this time Vivien also was a big help in organizing a worryless trip back to Shanghai. With Vivien as our travel agent I know I have a reliable travel agent on my side I can fully trust.

I can fully recommend Vivien as your travel agent. Thanks a lot Vivien for your patience and your great service. Looking forward to our next trip to plan together. Tutty and Family

Tutty and Family

Tutty - 2021.10.18‚ German, October 18, 2021

Dear Tracy,

1. Yes, you are very efficient and accommodating to my needs. Tracy gets back to me very quickly, even when she is not officially at work. We communicate through WeChat. :

2. Arrangements are very efficient. Everything went as planned.

3. Yes, happily recommend you and have done so.

4. I have used the company twice for private tours and will do so again. Arrangements have been smooth and helpful. The two guides I have had have been excellent.

5. Keep searching out for more slightly off-beat tours. It’s helpful to try to avoid crowds; this is very difficult during Chinese holidays of course, but there is so much that is interesting that alternatives to some of the main sights can be probably be found at these times.

Geoffrey

Geoffrey - 2021.10.11‚ UK, October 16, 2021

Dear Echo,

First of all we want to share with you that has been an amazing trip, one that we will not forget. We definitely loved it! Going into detail: :

• Guide: Gary was outstanding, he had a very positive attitude and he had never lost the smile although travelling with kids can be challenging. He was willing to help beyond his responsability, flexible when needed and passionate about his job. Simon, was a good guide and help us when asked for his support although it was a bit difficult to understand. The only thing that it could be improved was that when we went to Dunhuang for the private dinner in the desert, nobody spoke english there and Simon didn't come with us so it was a bit difficult in the beginning.

• Driver: He was good and drive very safely.

• Hotel: Generally speaking all the hotels were ok but the hotel in Dunhuang was not really what we understand as a 5 star hotel (breakfast was very chinese, no decent coffee, issue with the heating, no english,...). Hotel in Jiayuguan was very good although the rooms were a bit small. Hotel in Zhangye was very good, they had a lot of details (our family room was customize for kids, little presents every day in the room, dinner was very nice and they had the best coffee of the 3 hotels in the breakfast, they try to speak in english).

• Hotel: Generally speaking all the hotels were ok but the hotel in Dunhuang was not really what we understand as a 5 star hotel (breakfast was very chinese, no decent coffee, issue with the heating, no english,...). Hotel in Jiayuguan was very good although the rooms were a bit small. Hotel in Zhangye was very good, they had a lot of details (our family room was customize for kids, little presents every day in the room, dinner was very nice and they had the best coffee of the 3 hotels in the breakfast, they try to speak in english).

• Hotel: Generally speaking all the hotels were ok but the hotel in Dunhuang was not really what we understand as a 5 star hotel (breakfast was very chinese, no decent coffee, issue with the heating, no english,...). Hotel in Jiayuguan was very good although the rooms were a bit small. Hotel in Zhangye was very good, they had a lot of details (our family room was customize for kids, little presents every day in the room, dinner was very nice and they had the best coffee of the 3 hotels in the breakfast, they try to speak in english).

Cristina

Cristina - 2021.10.11‚ Spain, October 11, 2021
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Heptachord Terrace
Heptachord Terrace
Hubei Provincial Museum
Hubei Provincial Museum
 jingzhou museum
jingzhou ancient city wall
World-famous Three Gorge Dam
Magnificent World-Famous Three Gorge Dam
Lesser Three Gorges
Lesser Three Gorges
Shibaozhai Pagoda
Shibaozhai Pagoda

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