China Yangtze River Cruise Tour

Beijing/Xi’an/Chongqing/Yangtze River/Yichang/Shanghai

If you are planning a China Yangtze River cruise tour together with Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, this itinerary is your best choice. The tour starts from Beijing and ends in Shanghai which is very convenient for you to choose international flights. This Yangtze River cruise tour starts from Chongqing to Yichang. In this 2021 Yangtze River cruise tour, you could visit the wooden pagoda in Shibaozhai, Wu Gorge, Xiling Gorge, Qutang Gorge and Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping. All the meals are included onboard. There is also a Tai Chi class in the morning for you to experience this traditional Chinese morning exercise. Each excursion on land during the cruise tour will be taken care of by an English-speaking tour guide. It is a comfortable tour especially for families with elders and children. Besides the Yangtze River cruise, you will also visit the Forbidden City and the Great Wall in Beijing, the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum in Xi’an and the Yu Garden in Shanghai. All the must-see attractions are included. What are you waiting for? Come and join us right now.

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Day 1 Beijing Arrival
Arrive at any time, Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.

Upon arrival at the Beijing airport, your excellent China tour will begin! Our professional guide will be holding your name sign and waiting for you at the arrival hall according to your flight schedule. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the hotel in downtown Beijing. You are free to arrange your time for the rest of the day, whether to have a good rest at the hotel, or to stroll around to get some impression of the city.

Day 2 Beijing
Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace. (B+L)

After breakfast, our tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel according to the appointed time.First you will go to see the famous Tian'anmen Square, it is located in the center of Beijing, starts from Tian'anmen in the north, Zhengyangmen in the south, China National Museum in the East, and the Great Hall of the People in the West. It is the largest city square in the world and has been rated as one of the "16 sceneries of Beijing". Going through the Meridian Gate(Wumen), you will enter the Imperial Palace, known as the Forbidden City (closed on each Monday), it covers an area of 720,000 square meters, with a construction area of about 150,000 square meters. It is the largest existing palace-type building in the world and was selected into the list of "World Cultural Heritage" in 1987. In the afternoon, you will go to visit the Summer Palace, it is a royal garden of the Qing Dynasty in China and located in the western suburb of Beijing,15km away from the city. It covers an area of 290 hectares, adjacent to the Yuanmingyuan Garden. It is the most complete imperial garden, known as the "Royal Garden Museum", and also a national key tourist attraction. It is also known as the most beautiful imperial garden in existence in China.


Day 3 Beijing
Sacred Way, Chang Tomb, Great Wall, have a picture stop at the Olympic Village. (B+L)

Today, you will have an experience of visiting the Great Wall. First, we will drive for about 1 hour to visit the Ming Tombs. The 7.3 kilometers long Sacred Way is the main way leading to the thirteen imperial tombs. It is the first scenic spot of the Ming Tombs, consisting of Stone Archway, Dahongmen, Beilou, Shixiangsheng, Longfengmen, etc.  In 2003, the Ming Tombs were listed in the World Cultural Heritage Directory. The Chang Tomb is the head of the Ming Tombs, it is located in a famous mausoleum area about 40 kilometers northwest of Beijing It is the burial tomb of Zhu Di and Empress Xu of the Ming Dynasty. In the afternoon, we will drive about half an hour to the Great Wall and you will have an opportunity climbing up to the Great Wall, which is a world cultural heritage, a national key cultural relics protection unit, and an ancient Chinese military defense project. On the way back to the hotel, you will have a picture stop at the Olympic Village. As the main residence of athletes and delegation members from all countries and regions, the Olympic village undertakes the service work of all athletes and officials of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in accommodation, catering, entertainment, leisure, etc. And it is also the place where athletes from all countries and regions hold international exchanges and get together.


Day 4 BeijingXi’an
Temple of Heaven, Hutong, A 6-hour high speed train to Xi'an. (B+L)

In the morning, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, which is located in the south of Beijing, and east of Yongdingmen inner street, in Dongcheng District. It covers an area of 2.73 million square meters and it is a place for the ancient emperors to worship the god of heaven and pray for good harvest during Ming and Qing dynasty. In 1961, the Chinese State Council promulgated the Temple of Heaven as "A National Key Cultural Relics Protection Unit". It was recognized as a "World Cultural Heritage" by UNESCO in 1998 and was officially approved as a national 5A tourist attraction by the National Tourism Administration on May 8, 2007. Then you will visit Hutong, it was mainly formed in the Yuan Dynasty in the 13th century, and has undergone hundreds of years of evolution and development. The Hutongs in Beijing usually extend from east to west, and the width is generally no more than nine meters.It is not only a passage for people to enter and leave their homes, but also a museum of folk customs, which has left many marks of social life. Then you will be transferred to the train station and take the estimated train:  G661 13:50/19:46 to Xi’an. When you arrive in Xi’an, our professional local guide will wait for you at the train station and then transfer you to the hotel.


Day 5 Xi’an
Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda. (B+L)

Today you will have a chance to explore Xi’an city. It is known as Chang'an or Haojing in ancient time, now it is the Shaanxi provincial capital, and a world-famous historical city. It is one of the four ancient capitals of China, and an important birthplace of Chinese civilization.  This morning, our guide will pick you up at the hotel and drive for about 1 hour to visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, it is located in the pit of the tomb of the first emperor of Qin in Lintong District, Xi'an City. It has been listed in the world heritage list and is known as the "Eighth Wonder of the World". In 1087, it was listed in “the National Key Cultural Relics Protection Unit”. It is a golden card of the ancient brilliant civilization in China. After lunch, it will take you about 50 minutes to get to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which is also known as "Ci'en Temple". In 652, master Xuanzang hosted to build the Big Wild Goose Pagoda to store his classics brought from India along the Silk Road. The whole building is magnificent, simple and stable in shape, moderate in proportion, solemn and simple in style. It is a well preserved pavilion tower and you can overlook Xi'an City when climbing up the pagoda.


Day 6 Xi’anChongqing
Fly to Chongqing, Board a Yangtze River Cruise ship for a 3-night stay. (B)

This morning, our guide will pick you up at the hotel, then you will be transferred to the airport and take the estimated flight: 3U8879 14:25/15:55 to Chongqing. Our professional local guide will be holding your name sign and waiting for you at the airport, then you will go to pier and embark. And depart Chongqing at 9:00 pm. The Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and the third longest river in the world. It is also the longest river which is completely within a single country in the world. For thousands of years, people have used the Yangtze River to fetch water, to irrigate, to transport, to develop industries, and to use it as a border.


Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise
Shibaozhai. (B+L+D)

Today you will take a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, which is located on the north bank of the Yangtze River, it is known as the "The Pearl of the Yangtze" with its impressive wooden pagoda. It’s a national 4A-level tourist scenic spot, a national-level key cultural relics protection unit, one of the 30 best new tourist landscapes of the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River, and one of the seven wonders of China on the American Discovery Channel. It is famous for its strange architecture and many interesting legends. Listed as one of the "Eight Strange Buildings in the World".


Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze River Three Gorges. (B+L+D)

Today you will enter the Three Gorges. The Three Gorges of the Yangtze River is the general name of Qutang gorge, Wu gorge and Xiling Gorge. It is located on the main stream of the Yangtze River in Chongqing and Hubei Province, which starts from Baidi city in Fengjie County, Chongqing City in the west, and ends at Nanjinguan, Yichang City, Hubei Province in the east, with a total length of 193 kilometers. Today you will pass through the first two-Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Qutang Gorge is the shortest and narrowest one in the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River, with the most magnificent scenery and momentum, and the richest cultural relics.


Day 9 YichangShanghai
Disembark the cruise ship, A 6.5-hour high speed train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)

In the Morning, you will visit the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping, which is the most magnificent hydroelectric project in the world. You will arrive in Yichang in late morning and disembark. Yichang is China's Excellent Tourism City. It is known as "Hydropower Capital of the World”. Then you will be transferred to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang downtown, and our local guide will meet you there, and accompany you to the train station, then you will take the estimated train:  D954 14:06/20:27 to Shanghai. Upon arrival, our local guide will pick you up at the train station and transfer you to the hotel in Shanghai downtown.

Day 10 Shanghai
Yu Garden, Shanghai Old Street, The Bund, Nanjing Road, Oriental Pearl TV Tower. (B+L)

After breakfast, you will visit the Yu Garden (closed on each Monday). Yu Garden was originally a private garden in the Ming Dynasty.  It is the main place for sightseeing and various activities in the city. The layout of the Yu Garden is reasonable, and the plants are arranged properly and clearly. There are many trees, large bonsais and flowers. Then you will have a local experience by strolling around the nearby Shanghai Old Street, which starts from Henan South Road in the west and ends at Renmin Road in the east, with a total length of 825 meters. The Old Street in Shanghai is divided into two parts. After decoration and reconstruction, the east part retains the residential characteristics of the late Qing Dynasty and the early Republic of China. After lunch, you would take a walk at The Bund, on which stands 52 classical Renaissance buildings with different styles, which are important historical and representative buildings in modern China and one of the important landmarks in Shanghai. In November 1996, the State Council listed it in the fourth batch of National Key Cultural Relics Protection Units. And you will also visit the Nanjing Road, the busiest shopping area in the metropolis or even across whole China. Then we will see the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, it is located in Lujiazui, Pudong New District, Shanghai, which is 478 meters high. It took only 49 seconds for the elevator to reach the sightseeing floor at 263 meters. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is like a giant who is welcoming the guests.


Day 11 Shanghai Departure
Transfer to the airport and fly to your sweet home. (B)

Your wonderful China tour will come to an end today. Your professional local guide will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the airport.

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