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China Essence with Yangtze

Daily Itinerary Briefings

 1st Day: Arrival in Beijing

Temple of Heaven-1100
Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Upon your arrival at Beijing airport, our guide will be waiting for you outside the customs of Beijing Airport, and then transfer you to the hotel. Relax during the remainder of the day.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Central Plaza Hotel   - the best Holiday Inn Hotel in Beijing    

 2nd Day: Beijing  (B+L)

Visit the world famous Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City this morning. To avoid the cheap tourist restaurant as the most are doing now, we specially serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous and elegant restaurant to taste the authentic Chinese food. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven. The evening will be highlighted by a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Central Plaza Hotel   

 3rd Day: Beijing  (B)  

Badaling Great Wall, Beijing

Visit the Badaling Great Wall and a jade factory in the morning. The restaurants nearby the site are in low quality, so we do not arrange the lunch today. It may be the best that you have a big breakfast at the hotel and have some fast food for lunch by yourself. Our guide will show you some restaurants. Then visit the Sacred Way. The whole day's sightseeing will come to an end after seeing the appearance of Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) on the way to the urban area.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Central Plaza Hotel    

 4th Day: Beijing - Xian  (B+L)

Visit the Summer Palace and a pearl store. We will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a fancy restaurant with delicious food and great atmosphere. In the afternoon, following our guide, you will trace the old Beijing culture by walking through the original Hutong alleys, appreciate the oldest gray brick courtyard residence and capture the lifestyles of local families. Take a flight to Xian and check in at the hotel.

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel Xian

Terracotta warriors

 5th Day: Xian  (B+L+D) 

Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and a pottery-making factory. After a special and authentic homely cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY100.00 per person and included in our price) at a local family, you will visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. A splendid evening is in store when you will be entertained by the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show when partaking of the famous Dumpling Dinner.

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel Xian

 6th Day: Xian (B+L)

TYou will visit the City Wall and the Provincial History Museum in the morning. After an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a well-known restaurant, continue to visit the Great Mosque. We will leave you some free time at the nearby market.

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel Xian

 7th Day: Xian - Guilin (B)

Take a flight to Guilin and visit the Reed Flute Cave and a sea water pearl store. Our tour guide in Guilin will help you check in at the hotel.

Accommodation: Sheraton Xian

Li River Cruise

 8th Day: Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin (B+L) 

Appreciate the Li River scenery by cruising down from Guilin to Yangshuo. Disembark at Yangshuo for the rural scenery sightseeing. You also have a chance to visit a local villager's home on the way. Transfer you back to Guilin and visit the Elephant Trunk Hill.

Tips: The lunch served on the cruise today is simple Chinese lunch box. It cannot be up to your taste and also fails to meet the serving standard of our company, so we kindly suggest you have a hearty breakfast at the hotel this morning.

Accommodation: Sheraton Xian

 9th Day: Guilin - Chongqing (B)

Take a morning flight to Chongqing. Visit the Liberation Monuments, the Panda House in Chongqing Zoo and Ci Qi Kou ancient town. Check in at the luxurious President Cruise Ship. As the cruise departs from Chongqing at about 22:00, your relaxing Yangtze River cruise begins.

Accommodation: President No. 8 with balcony

An excursion to Yangtze Shennong Stream

10th Day: Shibaozhai (B+L+D) 

At about 14:00, have a shore excursion to Shibaozhai. The Captain's Welcome Party will be held this evening.

 11th Day: Badong - Xiling Gorge - Sandouping (B+L+D)

Begin the passage with Qutang Gorge, the shortest and the grandest of the Three Gorges. Later we will pass the Wu Gorge with its famous lofty and misty peaks. Disembark at Badong for an excursion to the Shennong Stream. The trip features natural beauty and an exciting boat ride drifting along the crystal stream. The pea boat allows you to experience a speedy adventure and have a close look at mossy rocks, verdant plants, plank roads, ancient coffins and precious animals. The unique songs of the local Tujia people are very impressive. Then continue sailing into the western section of Xiling Gorge. Dock overnight at Sandouping,close to the Three Gorges Dam.

 12th Day: Yichang - Shanghai (B+L)

Disembark for an excursion to the under constructed Three Gorges Dam. Then pack your luggage and complete check-out procedures. Drive to Yichang, have lunch and then see you off by the flight to your last travel destination Shanghai. Check in at the hotel and have a good rest.

Accommodation: Grand Mercure Shanghai Zhongya


Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai

13th Day: Shanghai (B+L)

Visit Shanghai Museum, the Yuyuan Garden and a silk shop. An a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a popular local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Bund, Nanjing Road and an ancient cultural street, Tianzifang, which developped from local residence area to a new art zone combing artistic centers, exotic restaurants and bars. Upon returning to the hotel our tour guide will see you into the lobby to say bon voyage.

Accommodation: Grand Mercure Shanghai Zhongya

 14th Day: Departure from Shanghai (B)

Today you will travel to the airport for your departing flight by yourself. Due to different flight schedules, the hotel-airport transfer service is not included. We wish you a nice journey home.

2017 Tour Price

(Based on per person and shown in US dollars)

Group Code
Arrival Date
Departure Date
Double Occupancy
Sole Occupancy
17-GY0401 Apr 01(Sat) Apr 14(Fri) $2361.00 $3191.00 Closed
17-GY0406 Apr 06(Thu) Apr 19(Wed) $2331.00 $3101.00 Closed
17-GY0413 Apr 13(Thu) Apr 26(Wed) $2331.00 $3101.00 Closed
17-GY0420 Apr 20(Thu) May 03(Wed) $2331.00 $3101.00 Closed
17-GY0504 May 04(Thu) May 17(Wed) $2391.00 $3211.00 Closed
17-GY0511 May 11(Thu) May 24(Wed) $2391.00 $3211.00 Closed
17-GY0518 May 18(Thu) May 31(Wed) $2391.00 $3211.00 Closed
17-GY0525 May 25(Thu) Jun 07(Wed) $2311.00 $3101.00 Closed
17-GY0601 Jun 01(Thu) Jun 14(Wed) $2261.00 $2951.00 Closed
17-GY0608 Jun 08(Thu) Jun 21(Wed) $2261.00 $2951.00 Closed
17-GY0615 Jun 15(Thu) Jun 28(Wed) $2261.00 $2951.00 Closed
17-GY0622 Jun 22(Thu) Jul 05(Wed) $2261.00 $2951.00 Closed
17-GY0629 Jun 29(Thu) Jul 12(Wed) $2301.00 $3001.00 Closed
17-GY0706 Jul 06(Thu) Jul 19(Wed) $2301.00 $3001.00 Closed
17-GY0713 Jul 13(Thu) Jul 26(Wed) $2301.00 $3001.00 Closed
17-GY0720 Jul 20(Thu) Aug 02(Wed) $2301.00 $3001.00 Closed
17-GY0727 Jul 27(Thu) Aug 09(Wed) $2301.00 $3001.00 Closed
17-GY0803 Aug 03(Thu) Aug 16(Wed) $2311.00 $3021.00 Closed
17-GY0810 Aug 10(Thu) Aug 23(Wed) $2311.00 $3021.00 Closed
17-GY0817 Aug 17(Thu) Aug 30(Wed) $2311.00 $3021.00 Closed
17-GY0824 Aug 24(Thu) Sep 06(Wed) $2381.00 $3101.00 Closed
17-GY0831 Aug 31(Thu) Sep 13(Wed) $2411.00 $3231.00 Closed
17-GY0907 Sep 07(Thu) Sep 20(Wed) $2411.00 $3231.00 Closed
17-GY0914 Sep 14(Thu) Sep 27(Wed) $2411.00 $3231.00 Closed
17-GY0921 Sep 21(Thu) Oct 04(Wed) $2531.00 $3441.00 Closed
17-GY1005 Oct 05(Thu) Oct 18(Wed) $2411.00 $3231.00 Closed
17-GY1012 Oct 12(Thu) Oct 25(Wed) $2411.00 $3231.00 Closed
17-GY1019 Oct 19(Thu) Nov 01(Wed) $2411.00 $3231.00 Closed
17-GY1026 Oct 26(Thu) Nov 08(Wed) $2241.00 $2991.00 Closed
17-GY1102 Nov 02(Thu) Nov 15(Wed) $2131.00 $2871.00 Closed
17-GY1109 Nov 09(Thu) Nov 22(Wed) $2131.00 $2871.00 Closed
17-GY1116 Nov 16(Thu) Nov 29(Wed) $2101.00 $2801.00 Closed
18-GY0331 Mar 31(Sat) Apr 13(Fri) $2441.00 $3291.00 Open

Relevant Itineraries:

China Panorama: 8-Day of Beijing - Xian - Shanghai

Splendid China: 11-Day of Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai

Classic Yangtze Cruise: 11-Day of Beijing - Xian - Chongqing - Yangtze River - Yichang - Shanghai

China Elite Tour: 9-Day of Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin

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