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Beijing Xian Yangtze River Cruise Shanghai Tour

Tour Itinerary

Day 1. Entry Beijing
Arrive in Beijing.
English speaking tour guide of will meet you at Beijing airport or train station. Be transferred to you hotel for check in.
Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 2. Beijing
English speaking tour guide and private vehicle will pick you up from hotel at 08:30am.
Drive to the famous Tiananmen Square - The biggest downtown Square of the world. Stroll around the square.
From the north end of Tiananmen Square, we will enter the Forbidden City -also called Palace Museum, is located at the center of Beijing. It was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Rectangular in shape, Forbidden City is the world's largest palace complex. Visit the Forbidden City along the central axis from south to north for 1.5 to 2 hours. Proceed to Beijing Hutong -ancient city alley in Beijing. Many of them were built during the Yuan (1206-1341), Ming (1368-1628) and Qing (1644-1908) dynasties surrounding the Forbidden City. Take rickshaw to visit the ancient Beijing Hutong including Local family, Drum tower, Shicha Lake (also called Houhai Lake) and bar street. Drive to the Temple of Heaven. Built in 1420, Temple of Heaven is situated south of Beijing city. It is the best preserved and largest sacrificial building complex in the world. Take sightseeing in the temple for one hour.
Be transferred to enjoy Beijing Roast Duck Dinner. Beijing Roast Duck is delicious food with Beijing local flavor. Eating Peking duck is seen to be one of the two things you are absolutely supposed to do while in Beijing. You have one hour for dinner and rest.
Be transferred to theatre to enjoy Beijing opera in theatre. Beijing Opera is deemed the national opera of China.
Be transferred back to your hotel after the performance. (B,L,D)

Day 3. Beijing
Be picked up from hotel at 08:30 am.
Drive one and half-hours to the famous Badaling Great Wall -the most famous section of Great Wall, well maintained. It is easy to walk along this section of defensive project of ancient China. Take sightseeing on Badaling Great Wall for about 2 hours. Drive 20minutes to Ming Tombs. Located 60 Kilometers north of Beijing, Ming Tombs consist of mausoleums of 13 Ming emperors. Changling is the most famous one. Construction of the Changling was started in 1409 and completed in 1427. Visit the tomb for one hour. Move on to visit the sacred way for half an hour.
Be transferred back to your hotel after the whole day tour. (B, L)

Day 4. Beijing - Xian
Be picked up from your hotel at 08:30 am.
Drive to Summer palace - 20 kilometers northwest of downtown Beijing. Summer Palace is the largest imperial garden of Ming and Qing dynasty. The whole Summer Palace covers an area of over 290 hectares including more than 3,000 buildings, such as halls, pavilions, towers, etc.
Be transferred to airport to connect flight to Xian.
Xian Tour guide and private vehicle will meet you at Xian airport. Transfer your to the hotel. (B, L)

Day 5. Xian
Be picked up from your hotel at 08:30 am.
Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses -the Eighth Wonder of the World. More than 6,000 different looking pottery figures depict the history of the Qin Dynasty from 221 BC-206 BC. Move on to appreciate the imperial garden of Tang Dynasty- Huaqing Hot Spring - a palace since the Tang Dynasty, the resort place of many emperors in ancient.
Then we will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda -Originally built in 652 of Tang Dynasty, the pagoda is functioned to collect Buddhist materials that were taken from India by the hierarch Xuanzang. Now it is Landmark of the Xian.
Enjoy the Tang Dynasty dinner and show in the evening. Transfer back to your hotel after the performance. (B,L,D)

Day 6. Xian
Be picked up from your hotel at 08:30 am.
Visit the Provincial Museum -a magnificent architectural complex in the Tang Dynasty style. It is the first huge state museum with modern facilities in China. Visit the Great Mosque -the largest and best-preserved mosques of China, which serves as an important spot for religious activities of over 60,000 Muslims in Xi'an. Visit Great Mosque Bazaar. Move on to 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.
Proceed to visit Drum Tower and Square. Be transferred back to your hotel after the tour. (B,L)

Day 7. Xian-Chongqing, Chongqing-Cruise ship
Transfer to airport to connect flight to Chongqing.
Be picked up by English speaking tour guide and vehicle from Chongqing airport.
Visit the Panda House in Chongqing Zoo and the Residence of General Joseph W. Stilwell if time permits.
After dinner in a local restaurant, be transferred to cruise port.
Leave Chongqing at 23:30. (B, L, D)

Day 8. Yangtze River Cruise Ship
In the afternoon, go ashore to visit-Fengdu, the "Ghost City", where the Chinese believe the soul of the dead goes. They say that spirits go to heaven, and evil goes to Fengdu. The balance of the day is free for you to explore the ship's amenities. The only people here are those who make a living from visiting cruise boats. In the evening, you will be the guests at the captain's cocktail party. (B, L, D)

Day 9. Yangtze River Cruise Ship
Cruise through the two of the great Three Gorges: Qutang Gorge, framed by steep mossy cliffs and Wu Gorge, celebrated for its 12 peaks. Then shore excursion to Shennong Stream, Shennong Stream is another tributary of the Yangtze River, and its fast-flowing, crystal clear water runs southwards through deep gorges. Next, sail through Xiling Gorge, the last and most scenic of the Three Gorges. Pass through the five-step ship locks. Enjoy Farewell Party in the evening. (B, L, D)

Day 10. Cruise ship- Yichang - Shanghai
Shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site, the largest hydroelectric project in the world. Construction of the dam formally began in 1994. The body of the dam was completed in 2003, and the whole construction will be competed in 2009. Arrives in Yichang at 11:30.
Be met by our local tour guide and transferred to airport to connect flight to Shanghai. (B,L)

Day 11. Shanghai - Suzhou - Zhouzhuang
Pick up from your hotel by private vehicle and private English speaking tour guide at 09:00 am.
Take one day private tour of Suzhou and Zhouzhuang including Zhou Zhuang Water Village, Criss-crossed waterways, Suzhou Lion Grove Garden, Humble Administrator's Garden, Silk Factory. Be transferred back to your hotel after the tour. (B,L)

Day 12. Shanghai
Be picked up from your hotel at 09:00 am.
Visit Yu Garden -one of the best Suzhou-style gardens in southern China. Proceed to Oriental Pearl TV Tower -the world's third tallest TV and radio tower, which combines ancient concepts with 21st Century technology.
Then to visit Nanjing Road and the Bund. Enjoy Acrobatic Show in the evening.
Be transferred back to your hotel after the performance. (B, L, D)

Day 13. Departure
Be picked up from your hotel, transferred to the airport to connect the flight for departure. (B)

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