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China explorer with yangtze cruise

13 Nights /

14 Days

1 Day 1: Arrive Beijing

Arrive in Beijing the capital of the People’s Republic of China. You are welcomed at the airport and escorted to the hotel.

2 Day 2: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Hutong Tour

Start your tour this morning with a visit to the Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world and the Forbidden City, the 250-acre palace containing more than 9,000 rooms. Closed to the common people for centuries, it was only opened to the public in 1949. Later enjoy Beijing’s hutongs tour by Rickshaws including a visit to a local home. The hutongs, or ancient city alleys were built as part of a city building plan that followed the etiquette systems of the Zhou dynasty, which had specific protocols regarding how residential areas should be set up. (BL)

3 Day 3: Great Wall Excursion & Summer Palace

Visit the Great wall, stopping en route at the Bird’s Nest & Water Cube for a picture stop. The Great Wall, built 2,300 years ago and extending 3,750 miles, can be seen from space! Afternoon explore the Summer Palace, the retreat of China’s royal families for over 2,000 years. Tonight enjoy Peking Opera and traditional Peking Duck dinner. (BLD)

4 Day 4: Temple of Heaven & Lama Temple / Xian

In the morning visit the Temple of Heaven, possibly the country’s most popular symbol and the Lama Temple, considered as the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present day China. Later fly to Xian, once the largest city in the world. Xian was the national capital for eleven Chinese dynasties and a major link between Asia and Europe. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. (BL)

5 Day 5: Terra Cotta Warriors

Xian captured the interest of the world in 1974 with the discovery of the astonishing third-century BC burial sites of the first emperor to unite China, Qin Shi Huangdi. Visit the archaeological site to see thousands of Terra Cotta Warriors, which have been standing guard over the Imperial  Tomb for 2,000 years and the the ceramics & pottery workshop. Enjoy Noodle making demonstration followed by lunch. Afternoon, visit the ancient Shaanxi provincial Museum. In the evening, enjoy a dumpling dinner and Tang Dynasty Show. (BLD)

6 Day 6: Xian / Chongqing

Morning visit the Big Wide Goose Pagoda Temple and the Ancient City Wall. Afternoon fly to Chongqing, the biggest metropolitan in west of China. Upon arrival, met and transferred to your hotel. (BL)

7 Day 7: Chongqing / Cruise

Morning visit the Panda Zoo. Following lunch, visit the Stilwell Museum and local market and enjoy local flavored hot pot dinner. Following your tour, embark on MV President Prime (Outside Cabin with Private Balcony) to explore and discover the mysteries of the Yangtze River. Relax and enjoy your downstream Cruise on the Yangtze. (BLD)

8 Day 8: Shibaozhai

Shore excursion to Shibaozhai, literally translated into English as the “Stone Treasure Fortress.” Located in Zhong County at the south bank of the Yangtze River (30 miles away from Wanxian), it was first built in Qing Dynasty in 1750 with a height of 56 meters. Shibaozhai is simply a rectangular rock with sheer cliffs, standing on the riverside. A red wooden pagoda, 12 stories high, was built against the rock wall. Visitors can climb to the top by spiral staircase in the pagoda, 160 meters above the river to gain a panoramic view of the winding river, the village and the countryside. (BLD)

9 Day 9: Qutang Gorge / Wu Gorge / Shennong Stream

Qutang Gorge finds the river carving its way between sheer precipices of overhanging mountains on both sides. Continue through the wondrous Wu Gorge, a meandering landscape of dazzling peaks and rocks, forming a whimsical gallery of natural beauty. Upon arrival at the famed Shennong Stream, board the small boat and sail deep into the fabled Three Lesser Gorges. Enjoy the vistas of Parrot Gorge and Dragon Boat Gorge with their breathtaking scenery. Return back to the boat and continue to the third Xiling Gorge as we pass through many historical sites. Sail through the huge Three Gorges Dam and the five ship locks. (BLD)

10 Day 10: Xiling Gorge / Yichang / Shanghai

Take a shore excursion to see the massive construction of Three Gorges Dam, the world largest hydroelectric project. Continue sailing down in the second section of Xiling Gorges. Disembark in Yichang and proceed to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, “the Paris of the East”—China’s most westernized and largest city. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the hotel. (BL)

11 Day 11: Shanghai Sightseeing

Your morning tour of Shanghai includes a visit to Yuyuan Garden and the Old Town. Afternoon visit the Shanghai Museum and the Bund, a wide, tree-lined avenue along the Huangpu River and Tianzifang Artist area, famous for small craft stores, coffee shops, trendy art studios and narrow alleys. Evening enjoy a performance by the famous Chinese acrobats. (BD)

12 Day 12: Suzhou Sightseeing

Enjoy your visit to Suzhou today by high speed train. Suzhou, often called the “Venice of the East” for its network of waterways and canals crossed by 300 graceful bridges dates back to the Ming Dynasty. Visit the Garden of Master of Nets and the Silk Spinning factory. Ride on the Grand Canal, China’s ancient commercial waterway. Later return to Shanghai. (BL)

13 Day 13: Shanghai

Day at leisure to relax and pursue independent activities. (B)

14 Day 14: Shanghai / Home

Morning transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (B)

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