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Ancient China Tour with Yangtze Cruise 18 days

On this tour you will visit China's most spectacular scenery, its dramatic beauty, its cultural treasures, and the amazing Yangtze River cruise, which will never disappoint you. Destinations:Beijing - Huangshan - Suzhou - Shanghai -Yichang - Yangtze Cruise - Chongqing - Guilin - Hong Kong
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Itinerary

The following itinerary and quotation is still available in 2009.

   

Day 01: Beijing Arrival
Welcome to China. Upon arrival, our local guide will take you to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the city.

Day 02: Beijing (B+L+D)
Sightseeings: Tiananmen Square /Forbidden City/ Temple of Heaven/ Peking Duck Dinner

Today you will visit the Tiananmen Square which is considered as the largest square of the world. Subsequently, you visit the Forbidden City, the most complete imperial palace in China. And later you will also pay a visit to the Temple of Heaven. Temple of Heaven was built in the year 1420 and symbolized the meaning that the emperor can contact with the sky through it.
Tonight, enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner in a famous restaurant.

Day 03: Beijing (B+L)
Sightseeings: Badaling Great Wall/ Spirit Way/ Ming Tombs
After breakfast, you will visit the Badaling Great Wall 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, take a short drive to visit the Spirit Way and one of Ming Tombs.  Spirit Way is an impressive marble archway as well as the entrance to the Ming Tombs equipped with many animals and people statues on the left and on the right of the avenue.
Ming Tombs are the representative royal tombs of the Ming Dynasty tombs. 13 emperors of the Ming dynasty from 1368 to 1644 were buried there.

Day 04: Beijing – Huangshan by air (B+L)
Sightseeings: Summer Palace/ Lama Temple

Today you will start the day with a trip to the Summer Palace, which has a history of over 800 years. All the man-made hills, halls, pavilions and temples, including Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill, blend together harmoniously in spite of their individual styles. After lunch, you will also pay a visit to the Lama Temple. It is a typical Tibetan Monastery in Beijing and reveals various architectural styles from Han, Mongolia, Manchuria and Tibet, and the impressive 60-foot Maitreya Buddha, carved form a single sandalwood tree.
After visiting Lama Temple, you will make a beeline for the airport to take a flight to Huangshan City and transfer to the downtown hotel.

Day 05: Huangshan (B+L)
Sightseeings: Yellow Mountain / cable car

Get up early and take a 1.5-hour drive to reach the foothill of Yellow Mountain. You will ascend the western side of Yellow Mountain by cable car, and then begin your 7 km hike to the eastern side of the mountain. Upon arrival, enjoy the view of the Beginning-to-Believe Peak, the Peach Blossom Valley, the Lion Peak, the Flying-over Rock and the Bright Summit.

Day 06: Huangshan - Suzhou (B+L)
Sightseeings: cable car / Hongcun and Xidi

Enjoy a Huangshan sunrise before going down the mountain by cable car after breakfast. On the return trip, you visit the old villages of Hongcun and Xidi, which were confirmed as one of UNESCO world cultural heritage. In the evening you drive with the train to Suzhou. Suzhou is regarded as the representative of old-Chinese garden architecture.

Day 07: Suzhou – Shanghai (B+L)
Sightseeings: Humble Administrator's Garden / Hanshan Temple/ Tiger Hill Pagoda
Arriving in Suzhou in the morning, you will spend the day touring around the city, including visits to Humble Administrator's Garden, Hanshan Temple and Tiger Hill Pagoda.
Humble Administrator's Garden is regarded as one the four most famous gardens in China. Water covers three-fifths of the garden. Wandering the paths and bridges twisting and turning by the maze of waters is a great way to stumble into the most isolated corners.
Hanshan Temple was once one of the 10 most famous temples in China. Tiger Hill Pagoda is a popular trip goal in the northwest Suzhou. In the late afternoon, take the train back to Shanghai and transfer to the downtown hotel.

Day08: Shanghai (B+L)
Sightseeings: Shanghai Museum / Oriental Pearl TV Tower / Bund/ Nanjing Road
Today you will start the day with a trip to visit the Shanghai Museum, which is a veritable treasure house of ancient Chinese art and houses 120,000 precious relics. Afterward, you will also pay a visit to Oriental Pearl TV Tower. The tower becomes Shanghai's new landmark and a big magnet for tourists with its unique design composed of balls and columns. In the late afternoon, you will visit the picturesque Bund. Extending for 1.5 km on the shore of the Huangpu River, the Bund is a symbol of China’s prosperous future and Shanghai’s international past. Then you will stroll along the Nanjing Road, which is considered as one of the World's Seven Great Roads in the 1930s and always mentioned in travel guides as a must see of China tour.

Day09: Shanghai (B+L)
Sightseeings: Yu Yuan Garden / Jade Buddha Temple / Shanghai Xin Tian Di

In the morning, you visit the Yu Yuan Garden. A former private garden, called work of art, designs with different styles of the traditional Chinese horticulture art. After lunch continue to inspect the Jade Buddha Temple, which is renowned for a 2m-tall Buddha carved from a single piece of white jade, brought to China by a Burmese monk in 1822. Then you will stroll along Shanghai Xin Tian Di, which has become an urban tourist attraction that holds the historical and cultural legacies of the city.

Day10: Shanghai – Yichang (B+L+D)
The morning is at your leisure before you board your flight to Yichang and transfer to the dock to get on the ship.

Day11: Yangtze River Cruise (B+L+D)
Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam.

Day12: Yangtze River Cruise (B+L+D)
Shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream.
 
Day13: Yangtze River Cruise (B+L+D)
Shore excursion to Fengdu / Shibaozhai / Wan County.

Day14: Chongqing - Guilin by air (B+L)
Sightseeings: Ciqikou Ancient Town / Eling Park

Disembarks at Chongqing at 9 a.m. and have some tours around the city. Firstly, you will take stroll along the Ciqikou Ancient Town, with a history of more than 1700 years. While visiting, you will find the local residents dedicated to their traditional way of life, unaffected by modern influences to be found in the larger towns and cities. Your next stop is Eling Park, which was built in 1909. There you will find numerous special plant species. In addition, there is a newly built tower (Liangjiang Pavilion) providing the view of the entire city. After lunch, take flight to Guilin and transfer to the downtown hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the city.

Day 15: Guilin – Yangshuo – Guilin (B+L)
Sightseeings: Li River cruise / Western Street

Get up early in the morning and drive about 40 minutes to Zhujiang pier to take the Li River cruise, which is considered as one of China's top tourist destinations. It is the river of poems and paintings. The region covers 83-km karst area with clear, exotic, ingenious and changing characteristics. After nearly 4.5 hours' Li River Cruise, you will arrive at Yangshuo County, a dream place for many tourists who want to see the real natural landscape and touch the countryside life. 
After taking a short walk along the famous foreigner street- Western Street, drive back to Guilin city.

Day 16: Guilin –Hong Kong (B+L)
Sightseeings: Reed Flute Cave / Seven Star Park/ Elephant Trunk Hill

After checking out at the hotel, you will drive back to Guilin city and begins with a tour of Reed Flute Cave. Inside you will see different shapes of stalactites & stalagmites with huge imagination to name for them and it is known as "A Natural arts gallery". After lunch, you will also pay a visit to Seven Star Park. The main sights contain Seven Star Cave, Dragon Hiding Cave, Flowers Bridge, the Zoo, Mosque, and Potted Trees. You next stop is Elephant Trunk Hill, which is regarded as the symbol of Guilin landscape. In the late afternoon or early evening, you will take a flight to Hong Kong and transfer to the downtown hotel.

Day 17: Hong Kong (B)
Sightseeings: Victoria Peak / Aberdeen / Repulse Bay

You will spend half day touring around the city, including visits to Victoria Peak, Aberdeen and Repulse Bay. For lunch time, you will be transferred back to the hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the city.

Day 18: Leave for home (B)
The morning is at your leisure before boarding your flight back home.

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Price

Person12-56-9
Price per person( USD $ )5 Star611441623701
4 Star487233762917
3 Star464332562791

Price list

Price Includes:
a. Entrance fees to all the scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
b. Hotel accommodations with breakfast as specified (If there is no Western breakfast available, we have to arrange Chinese one instead)
c. All meals as specified in the itinerary. B=Western or Chinese breakfast, L=Chinese lunch in a local restaurant, D=Chinese dinner in a local restaurant
d. Internal flights including taxes and fuel fee and train/bus tickets as listed in the itinerary
e. Yangtze River cruise fee including all meals onboard, and all the land excursions (Cruise price based on ONE bed in a Twin cabin, which means you have to share one room with another UNKNOWN but the same sex person if you take the tour package alone)
f. Professional local guides and drivers in each destination city
g. Private Transfers between airports, docks, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in each destination city by the private air conditioned car or van
h. Luggage Transfers between airports/docks and hotels
i. Arrangements for the planning, handling, operational and communication charges
j. Government taxes.

Price excludes:
a. International air and train tickets for coming to and leaving from mainland China
b. Visa fee
c. Excess Baggage Charges
d. Meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
e. Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, tips to guides or drivers, FAX, telephone, excess baggage charges
f. Gratuities, tips to guides and drivers
g. Personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip

Remark : Quotations listed are valid excluding the periods of Chinese holidays and special events.

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