17 Days Yangtze River Cruise Tour from Shanghai

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Dear friends, are you eager to enjoy a wonderful China tour? China Tour Star serves the great Yangtze river cruise China tour from Shanghai. And this itinerary-17 Days Yangtze river cruise tour is a suitable one for you to relax from the tedious work. You will start your journey from Shanghai and end it at the capital of China-Beijing. After enjoying the enchanting scenery of Shanghai, you will say hello to a fascinating Yangtze River cruise! We will arrange for you a wonderful cruising time. Then, you will leave for Chengdu to experience the slow-paced lifestyle by tasting a covered-bowl tea and lingering around the People’s Park. Next, the City of Sunlight-Lhasa will wait for you! You will visit the majestic Potala Palace, the holy land of Tibetan Buddhism. After that, the Chinese ancient city-Xi’an will give you a warm welcome. Finally, you will fly to Beijing, the destination in China that you cannot miss! Come to contact us and enjoy your China tour with the Yangtze river cruise and Lhasa! China Tour Star sincerely wishes you a pleasant traveling time. 

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Day 1 Shanghai
You will arrive in Shanghai and your guide will take you to the hotel for a good rest

Welcome to China, and the first stop of your Yangtze River cruise tour belongs to the charming Shanghai! With 6,340.5 square kilometers, the mega-city has a permanent population of 24,870,900. As a modern city, it is known for its skyscrapers and fast-paced lifestyle. Being one of China’s hot scenic spots contributing to the liberalization of China’s tourism industry, it is a favored getaway for holidaymakers from across the world. Today, we are going to explore beautiful Shanghai and have a stay here for 2 days. After arrival, the local guide holding your name sign will meet you at the airport, and then help you to check in at the hotel downtown. 

Day 2 Shanghai
Yu Garden, Shanghai Old Street, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Nanjing Road, the Bund

After a hotel-served breakfast, we will visit the Yu Garden (closed each Monday), a quiet paradise in this hustle and bustle city. It is a private garden in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Pan Yunduan, a government official of Sichuan, built it for his father’s retirement. In Chinese, the “Yu” means peace and happiness, implying to please old parents. However, it is a pity that Pan’s parents expired before the construction was finished. While visiting here, you will see the Sansui Hall. Maybe you could guess what’s it for! In Qing Dynasty (1636-1912), it was a place to host government celebration ceremonies and preach the sacred decrees. Also, it was used for the literati and gentries to gather together and have private dinners. In addition, there are also many other sightseeing spots. Let’s explore the dragon-shaped Nine-dragon Pond, Wanhua Hall, the Huijing Tower, and other beauties together!

After that, we are going to the Shanghai Old Street sat in the Xiaodongmen Area, which was an important place for Shanghai’s commercial trade, having witnessed the economic and social development of this vigorous city. Walking around Old Street, you will feel that you have transferred back to the bustling bazaar hundred-of years ago. Here you could buy jade artifacts, folding fans, high-quality Chinese silks, paper-cuts with Chinese characteristics. It must be a good choice for you to select some of them and buy for your loved ones in your sweet hometown.

After lunch, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower will wait for us to visit. With the integration of sightseeing, dining, shopping, entertainment, and TV transmission, it has become one of the landmarks in Shanghai. It is one of the perfect locations to have a 360° bird’s eye view of the city with a 468-meter’s height. Besides, what is also worth mentioning is the public benefit activities hosted here. On Women’s Day, March eighth, pink light always shines in The Oriental Pearl TV Tower to call on people’s care and love for women. And on World Autism Awareness Day, April second, blue light shines to call people’s attention and concern for autistic patients.

Next, our destination is Nanjing Road, one of the ten commercial centers in Shanghai. There are China’s time-honored stores on both sides of the road, for example, Baodaxiang (silk store), Hengdali (clock store), Zhangxiaoquan (scissors store), etc. You could buy some as souvenirs for your families and friends. Next, I’d like to recommend the M&M’s World Store to you! It is one of the world’s five M&M’s stores, and the other four stores are in New York, London, Las Vegas, and Orlando. With an operating area of 1900 square meters, it has 2 floors. On its first floor, there displayed many M&M’s peripheral products such as clothes, souvenirs, and collections. Then, on the second floor, what will you see? The M&M’s chocolate wall! There are 138 glass jars filled with various tastes of chocolates in 22 different colors. Although bulk chocolates they are, their production time and ingredient are distinctly indicated, so you could be assured to buy. I believe you will enjoy a pleasant time while shopping and entertaining in the M&M’s World Store! 

Along with the Nanjing East Road, we will go to the Bund that extends 1500 meters. Here, you will see the HSBC Building (today’s Shanghai Pudong Development Bank), the largest building on the Bund. There are 16 statues with Greek-style engraved in the vault of the HSBC Building, and each statue is a different goddess in costumes. Look upward! Helios driving a golden carriage is catching her sister Artemis. Ceres is holding the cornucopia filled with grains and fruits, which is a symbol of a fruitful harvest. Visiting the HSBC Building, you will be amazed by its grandeur and gorgeousness. Besides, a visit to the Custom House, Shanghai Club, or Huangpu Park also serves as good recommendations for you! And you could take photos with these historical buildings while wandering on the Bund. If you share them on your Twitter, I believe you will have a lot of new followers! Stop hesitating and come to explore the fascinating Bund! 

Nanjing Road
Yu Garden
Day 3 ShanghaiYichang
Shanghai to Yichang by train

After breakfast at the hotel, we will take the estimated train D952 08:30/14:43 to Yichang. You will get a lunch box today. And you could have a good rest on the train or enjoy the scenery along the way. After arrival, you will be transferred from the train station to the Maoping Port and embark. From today, you will enjoy a Yangtze River Cruise for 4 days. 

Day 4 Yangtze River Cruise
Three Gorges Dam, Board sightseeing-ferry sailing through TGP Ship’s elevator

This morning, you could take part in the Taichi morning exercise. It is a conventional way for the Chinese to do exercise and build up their bodies. And doing Taichi will be an interesting experience of your traveling! There will be a professional Taichi Master who will guide you in person. And I am sure you will be very fresh after about 20 minutes of exercise. 

Then, we will arrange a hearty breakfast on the ship. After that, you will have a shore excursion-Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric project. It is a hot tourist destination for travelers all over the world with services of sightseeing, education, and entertainment. Covering 15.28 square kilometers, it has 4 sightseeing areas, which include Tanziling Park Zone, 185 Park Zone, Interception Memorial Park as well as Dam Crest Scenic Area. Because it is the high ground of the Three Gorges Dam Site, Tianziling Park serves as a perfect place to have a bird’s eye view of the whole dam. Covering 930,000 square meters, the Interception Memorial Park is China’s first water conservancy project theme park. Besides, you could choose to pay an extra bill for an additional shore excursion-Board sightseeing-ferry sailing through TGP Ship’s elevator, which must be a fascinating experience of your Yangtze River cruise. If you’d like to participate in this shore excursion, you need to pay for them after boarding.

A self-help lunch will wait for you to select and taste!

This evening, the shipping company will prepare a Captain’s Welcome Reception for you. Just enjoy the joyful nighttime! 

Three Gorges Dam
Three Gorges Dam
Day 5 Yangtze River Cruise
Shennv Stream, Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge

After a buffet, you will do Taichi again this morning. Today, you will take a boat to cruise on the Yangtze River, and the first stop will be the Shennv Stream, also known as the Goddess Stream. Located off the south of the Yangtze River, it stretches 15 kilometers with fast-flowing water. You could explore the beauty of the Shennv Stream in the deep valley, the beautiful natural landscape will surprise you! Besides, the beautiful name, Shennv Stream, contains a legend story. Do you want to know this story? Your guide will tell you.

Then, after lunch, you will sail through the Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge. Stretching 46-kilometer, the Wu Gorge has breathtakingly beautiful scenery with winding water and green mountains. While sailing here, it seemed that you enter into a marvelous gallery, the natural scenery will enchant you a lot! Qutang Gorge is the shortest one among the three gorges with a length of 8 kilometers. There are steep mountains and narrow waterways! And the scenery in the Qutang Gorge is so majestic and precipitous that will indulge you while visiting! 

Wu Gorge
Qutang Gorge
Day 6 Yangtze River Cruise
Shibaozhai Pagoda, Fengdu “Ghost City”

Today is the last day of your Yangtze River cruise tour. You will have a Shore excursion again! First, you will visit the Shibaozhai Pagoda, one of the best tourist destinations on the Yangtze River. Located off the north bank of the Yangtze River, it is known as the “pearl of the Yangtze River”. It is constructed of wood with 12 floors, 56-meter tall. There are exquisite reliefs on the door, and the content of the reliefs are ancient Chinese myths, legends, and historical stories. The Shibaozhia Pagoda is built along a boulder, which people often said is a magical stone that Nvwa (a goddess in the Chinese ancient legend) left when mending the cracks in the sky after melting five-colored stones. And its name “Shibaozhai” comes from this story. Shibao means precious stone. 

Next, you will come to the Fengdu “Ghost City”, which has a history of 2000 years. As one of the renowned cultural attractions along with the Yangtze River, it is a folk culture treasure house that integrates Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. It presents the netherworld in the minds of Chinese people. Different from the hell in western people’s minds, the netherworld here is much more mysterious. Do you want to know what does Chinese death look like? You will find the answer here in the Fengdu “Ghost City”. Besides, I recommend you to taste the spicy chicken here, which is the specialty in the Fengdu “Ghost City”. And the beef jerky here will also be a good choice for you, and you could buy some for your families! 

In the evening, there is a Captain’s Farewell Banquet for you, which will leave you a memorable impression of this Yangtze River cruise. 

Shibaozhai Pagoda
Fengdu "Ghost City"
Day 7 ChongqingChengdu
Take a train to Chengdu, People’s Park, Kuanzhai Alley

This morning, your cruise ship will dock at Chongqing Chaotianmen Pier. After disembarkation, the guide will accompany you to the train station, and you will take the estimated train G8614 10:42/11:44 to Chengdu, which is another hot tourist city in China. Chengdu, also known as “Rongcheng”, is the provincial capital of Sichuan province. It covers 14,335 square kilometers with a population of over 20 million. With a temperate climate, crisscrossed river network, and rich production, this southwestern China city is recognized as the “Land of Natural Abundance”. Now, let’s start our journey in Sichuan!

After lunch, we will come to the People’s Park in Chengdu. It is a typical park with Chinese characteristics, which always crowded lots of locals as well as travelers from other places. When thinking of the People’s Park, I must recommend the Heming Tea House to you! It is the most crowded, lively, hustling, and bustling place in this park. Covered bowl tea serves as the specialty here! No matter young or old people, they all love it. Besides, there are well-prepared dancing and singing performance, elder people’s bands with drummers, together with saxophone and accordion players. Watching this, you will be amazed by the energy and vitality of the elderly in Chengdu. 

Next, we will go to the Kuanzhai Alley. As ancient alleys that left in the Qing Dynasty, it is one of the three historical and cultural protection blocks, and the other two are Daci Temple and Wenshu Temple. There are Kuan Alley, Zhai Alley, and Jing Alley here. The Western-Style Villa Square in the Jing alley is a place that you cannot miss. It was a private dwelling of a rich and influential family and became a church after several years. Today, this square is a popular place for couples to take wedding pictures! In addition, wandering around here, you could enjoy delicious local snacks with Sichuan flavor. Would you like to taste Zhong Shui Jiao (Zhong dumplings in a spicy sauce)? The small pork dumplings are bathed in sweetened soy sauce, mashed garlic, and chili oil. It is so yummy! Also, Sichuan spicy wonton in red oil, Dandan noodles, and Chengdu egg pancake are delicious and popular snacks that you must try! Besides, you could go to the post office to buy postcards with Sichuan characteristics. Most of them are printed with pandas. Writing hearty words in the postcards and taking them as souvenirs to your friends afar is a meaningful memory!

People's Park
Kuanzhai Alley
Day 8 Chengdu
Leshan Giant Buddha, Huanglongxi Ancient Town

After breakfast, we will visit the Leshan Giant Buddha in the south of the Chengdu downtown, with a distance of 149 kilometers. Your private driver will transfer you to get there for around 2 hours. The Leshan Giant Buddha people always talk about is a sitting Maitreya Buddha. With 71 meters tall figure, it is China’s largest cliff-stone Buddha statue. It has a 14.7-meter tall and 10-meter width head, 7-meter long ear, 5.6-meter long eyebrow, 8.3-meter long fingers, as well as 3.3-meter mouth and eyes. And do you know how wide of its insteps? That’s 8.5 meters! Over 100 people can sit on it. Come to see the grandness of the Leshan Giant Buddha! 

This afternoon, we will explore the Huanglongxi Ancient Town with a history of about 2100 years. It is characterized by ancient streets, trees, temples, wharves, and traditional folk customs. As a world-famous movie&television base, over 100 films were shot here. In this ancient town, you will taste the popular food of Tofu pudding, black sesame cake, and all of them will make you satisfied! 

After that, we will drive back to the Chengdu city center. And you can have a good rest.

Leshan Giant Buddha
Huanglongxi Ancient Town
Day 9 ChengduLhasa
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, and take a flight to Lhasa

This morning, we will go to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. It is one of the main research bases carried out by the Chinese government to protect endangered animals. Pandas are so gentle and docile that they always hide faces when meeting people at the first sight. However, after being a mother, pandas always lose the lady image and do their best to protect babies. Here you can see the baby panda in the panda delivery room. You will find that the baby panda is not black and white. They are gray and white. And their grey fur will turn black when they grow up. In addition, I’d like to share China’s panda diplomacy with you. During the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the female emperor Wu Zetian gave 2 pandas as gifts to Japan. And in 1972, the Chinese former premier Zhou Enlai gave pandas-”Lingling” and “Xingxing”-as national gifts to America. Panda diplomacy has reflected China’s peaceful diplomatic policy since ancient times. 

After lunch, you will head to the airport and take the estimated flight TV9873 15:45/18:10 to Lhasa. After arrival, the local guide will meet you and accompany you to the hotel. Today, our journey comes to Lhasa, which is an international tourist city with characteristics of the snow-covered plateau and Tibetan culture. With an altitude of 3650 meters, it enjoys sunny days almost all year round, so Lhasa has another name of the City of Sunlight. It is not only the center of Tibet’s politics, economy, culture, and science&education but also the holy land of Tibetan Buddhism. Let’s unlock the mysteries of beautiful Lhasa. You could take a good rest at the hotel to adapt to the altitude sickness in the remaining time. If you are uncomfortable because of altitude sickness, please relax, drink enough water, and have a good rest. Or if serious, please contact us, and the professional doctor will give you the necessary treatment. 

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Day 10 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple

Our first stop in Lhasa is the Potala Palace, one of the cultural heritages in the world. As the pearl at the Roof of the World, it is known for its palaces, paintings, and sculptures. It has a bearing on Songtsen Gampo, the 33rd btsan po of the Tibetan Tubo dynasty. In his reign, he united Tibet and established the Tupo Kingdom. He developed agriculture and animal husbandry, enacted laws and regulations, improved the taxation system, contributing a lot to the comprehensive development of Tubo’s politics, economy, and culture. Also, he introduced Buddhism from Chang’an and India to Tibet. After getting married to Princess Wencheng who is from the Tang Dynasty, he exchanged a lot with the Tang Dynasty in culture, economy, and other aspects, which strengthened the mutual exchanges between Tibet and the Han minority. The picture of Potala Palace is printed on the backside of the Chinese banknote 50 RMB. Standing in front of the palace, you could take a selfie with a banknote in hand. And if you share it on your Facebook, your friends will admire your journey a lot! 

After lunch, we will visit the Jokhang Temple. Constructed in 601 in the Tang Dynasty, it is a group of Buddhism buildings. There is a notice that you cannot take photos inside the temple. It covers 25,100 square meters with 4 floors. On its first floor, the golden statue of Sakyamuni that was brought by Princess Wencheng is enshrined there. On its second floor, the statue of Songtsen Gampo, Princess Wencheng, and Princess Chizun (another wife of Songtsen Gampo) are enshrined there. The third floor is the perfect place to see the outside scenery of the Jokhang Temple. And the top floor is 4 golden roofs. There are paintings on the wall of the temple, which include renowned historical figures and Buddhism stories. Besides, abundant treasures and relics are preserved in the Jokhang Temple which is waiting for you to admire. 

Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple
Day 11 Lhasa
Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

This morning, we will visit Norbulingka. It is located off the Lhasa riverbank, 2 kilometers away from the west side of the Potala Palace. Built in the middle times of the 18 Century, it is the place for Dalai Lama to conduct government affairs and carry out religious activities. Covering 3.6 million square meters, there are over 100 kinds of plants, including flowers and other plants in the Tibet area, and precious and treasure ones transplanted from other provinces and foreign countries. So, the Norbulingka is also known as the botanical garden. 

After visiting the Norbulingka, we will visit the Drepung Monastery. It is one of the three great monasteries in Tibet, and the other two are Sera Monastery and Gandan Monastery. “Drepung” means “rice pile” in Tibetan, having a symbol of prosperity and harvest. The main buildings in the Drepung Monastery include Tantra Hall, Main Assembly Hall, and Ganden Potrang, etc. There will be religious activities at different festivals in the Drepung Monastery. Here, I’d like to introduce the Sho Dun Festival to you. The festival starts with the display of Thangka. Thangka refers to religious scroll paintings hung and enshrined in the monastery after being mounted on colored satin. The contents of the paintings are mostly religious stories, portraits of Buddha, etc. The large Thangka is about 60 meters long and 40 meters wide. It will be displayed on the mountainside beside the Drepung Monastery. And almost all the Tibetan Buddhists will come and worship it. In addition, there will be Tibetan opera performed in the monastery. It waits for your visit and exploration!

After lunch, we will visit the Sera Monastery, the latest built one among the three great monasteries in Lhasa. Over ten thousand golden Buddha statues are preserved here, and the most famous one is the Hayagriva King Kong Buddha Statue. It is one of the incarnations of Kwan-yin Bodhisattva to help people overcome difficulties. Unlike the motherly-looking of Kwan-yin, the Hayagriva King Kong Buddha Statue looks ferocious. However, the looking is not to frighten people but to frighten the demons. Almost all people who walk into the Sera Monastery, no matter common tourists or pilgrims, touch the base of the statue to show respect to the Buddha and pray for happiness. Come to see the famous Hayagriva King Kong Buddha Statue in person! 

Sera Monastery
Day 12 LhasaXi’an
Lhasa to Xi'an by flight

After breakfast, you need to check out at the hotel. And then you will take the estimated flight MU9620 11:20/14:20 to Xi’an, the provincial capital of Shaanxi. It covers 10,108 square kilometers with a population of over 12 million. It is the starting point of the ancient China Silk Road and the origin of Chinese cultures and civilizations. There are a lot of world-famous attractions, including Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, etc. Also, Xi’an boasts a large number of universities and colleges, cultivating professional talents in different fields to Shaanxi and even the whole country or the world. As for sports, Xi’an hosted the 14th Games of the People’s Republic of China, which promote the development of sports in Shaanxi. Today, Xi’an is one of the perfect tourist destinations in China that attracts travelers from China and beyond.

Day 13 Xi’an
Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall, riding a bike on the City Wall

After breakfast, your private driver will transfer you to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum northeast of the Xi’an downtown, 40 kilometers away. And we will get there in about 1 hour. It is the funerary pits of the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty (246AD-210BC). There unearthed four pits housing thousands of terracotta warriors and horses. Pit No.1 is the largest one covering over 14,000 square meters. There are terracotta soldiers in suits of armor with bronze weapons in their hands. There are 4 battle formations in the Pit No.2, including more than 1300 terracotta soldiers and horses, over 80 war chariots, and tens of thousands of bronze weapons. Pit No.3 is the headquarter of the entire army. Covering around 5,000 square meters. Pit No.4 is filled up without soldiers or weapons. Some experts speculate that the terracotta warriors in Pit No.4 were not completed due to war and other reasons. The unearthing of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum has enabled experts and scholars to have a new insight into the sculptural arts over 2 thousand years ago. Today, let’s unlock the mysteries of the warriors and horses together! 

After lunch, we will come to the famous Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It was rebuilt five times. At first, it had 5-floor, 60-meter tall that intimated India’s famous Bodhgaya Pagoda. Then, Emperor Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty decided to rebuild it to help the pagoda harmonize with the buildings in Chang’an City (now Xi’an). So, it was heightened to 9 floors. After that, Emperor Wu Zetian broke the conventional height of pagodas in the Tang Dynasty and heightened it to 10-floor. Next, the pagoda was reconstructed to 7-floor in 931. And it collapsed after several earthquakes. Finally, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda was well repaired and strengthened. Having maintained its shape, the craftsmen built an outer wall with bricks of 60-centimeter. Covering 2,061 square meters, it is 64.5 meters tall. And that is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda that we see today. 

What’s our next stop? That’s the City Wall! The majestic City Wall built in the Ming Dynasty stretches 13.74 kilometers. And it is an internet-famous sightseeing landscape in Xi’an. Around the outside of the City Wall, there are 98 protruding ramparts in every 120-meter, and each of them has 20-meter width. The 98 protruding ramparts as well as 5984 crenels make the outside of the wall a zigzag. Besides, riding a bike on the City Wall serves as a good recommendation! And you could choose a tandem bicycle if you come here with friends. If you share the beautiful scenery and nice moment by posting a short video on your Tik Tok, you will get lots of followers!

Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum
City Wall
Day 14 Xi’anBeijing
Shaanxi History Museum, and take a flight to Beijing

Following the guide, we will arrive at Shaanxi History Museum (closed each Monday), which is the first large-scale national history museum in China. Since its opening, it has held lots of exhibitions showcasing the cultural relics and glorious civilization achievements of Shaanxi. These great exhibits divide the ancient history of Shaanxi into seven periods- prehistory, Zhou, Qin, Han, Wei&Jin, Sui&Tang, and Song to Qing dynasties. Then, it systematically presents the development of Shaanxi over one million years from the early Paleolithic age to the Opium War in 1842 through 2000 cultural relics, including colored pottery vessels, bronze wares, eaves tiles, tri-colored pottery of the Tang Dynasty, etc. Visiting the Shaanxi History Museum, you will feel that you are having a dialogue with Shaanxi’s ancient civilizations. 

After visiting, you will take the estimated flight HU7238 14:30/17:00 and head to Beijing, the last city of your China tour with the Yangtze River cruise. As the most populous capital in the world, Beijing is an international metropolis that always attracts people to come here and get their dream trip. Besides, this famous ancient city boasts the largest number of cultural heritage in the world, and we will visit some of them this time. Don’t you expect? We will have a traveling time here for 3 days, and I hope it will help your journey be memorable! After arrival, the guide with the name sign will wait for you at the airport and then help you check in the hotel downtown. Today, you could enjoy free time walking around Beijing or recharge your batteries in the hotel. 

Shaanxi History Museum
Shaanxi History Museum
Day 15 Beijing
Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace

The first stop of your Beijing tour will be the renowned Tian’anmen Square, which is the biggest city central square in the world. It is the place for China to hold grand gatherings that is important and meaningful for the Chinese people. There is a pair of marble pillars engraved with the dragon in Tian’anmen Square. And there sit two mythical creatures named Hou facing south on the top of the pillar. But why are these two monsters facing south? South direction is the outside of the imperial palace. They are calling emperors who are relaxing outside, back to handle government issues! Besides, you could ask for other details of Tian’anmen Square. And the guide will introduce them to you patiently. 

Then, we will enter the Forbidden City (closed each Monday) through Tian’anmen Gate Tower. Built from 1406 to 1420, it is the imperial palace for the 24 emperors in Ming and Qing Dynasties. Have you heard about eunuch? Here, I’d like to introduce you eunuchs in the Forbidden City. Eunuch refers to the male servicemen who enter the imperial palace after being castrated, and they served the emperor and the royal family in ancient times. Compared to maids, eunuchs could do heavier work and they cannot commit adultery with the concubines. Do you know the eunuch who has a strong power in the Qing Dynasty? That’s Li Lianying, the eunuch of Empress Dowager Cixi. Following the guide, you could explore more interesting stories about the Forbidden City. 

After lunch at a nearby restaurant, our destination will be the Summer Palace, the imperial garden in the Qing Dynasty. It is known for unique architectural techniques that integrate man-made buildings and the natural scenery of mountains and lakes. The Long Corridor in the Summer Palace is a must-visit. It is the world’s longest corridor that stretches 728 meters with 548 pillars. When it is snowy or rainy, emperors could stand there to appreciate the breathtaking splendors of Kunming Lake. People often said that walking in the Long Corridor is like lingering through a colorful gallery, as a multitude of colored paintings decorate it. There are around 14,000 paintings drawn on the beams, and most of them are themed with unique stories, beautiful legends, or historical events. While visiting, the knowledgeable guide will talk about the meaningful stories to you.

Tian'anmen Square
Forbidden City
Day 16 Beijing
Temple of Heaven, Old Beijing Hutong, Badaling Great Wall

This morning, we will visit the Temple of Heaven. It is the place for emperors in the Ming and Qing Dynasties to worship heaven and pray for a good harvest. It is said that Zhu Di, the third emperor in Ming Dynasty, came to power by usurping the power. After succeeding to the throne, he worried that his behavior would shake his governance, so he built the Temple of Heaven to declare his ruling authority through grand worshiping every year. Besides, the professional guide will share with you more about the Temple of Heaven when you visit here. While visiting, you will see lots of people doing Taichi here. Taichi is a good way for people to relieve tiredness and build up their bodies. So I recommend you to learn it from the locals who will be warm-hearted to teach you! And maybe you will have a new friend while learning Taichi! 

Next, we will explore the Old Beijing Hutong. Hutong is the name of small alleys. It is called the living museum of folk customs of Beijing. There are traditional dwellings for local Beijingers. Visiting Hutong by rickshaw is a good choice for most travelers! While walking through the Hutong, it seems that you are back to the old days with a time machine. If time permits, we will visit a local family, where we could have a deep understanding of the quadrangle dwellings. And the host will share the legendary story of their family with you. Maybe they are offspring of a chef in the royal family! 

After that, you will enjoy the lunch with Beijing flavor. Let’s guess what will we have for lunch! Dumplings? Or noodles with soybean paste? 

Time flies, and we will visit the last attraction of this trip-Badaling Great Wall. It is the first section of the Great Wall that opened to the public, and it attracts a multitude of travelers every year. Also, it receives the visits of the largest number of presidents, government officials, and famous people from foreign countries, including Nixon, Reagan, Mrs. Thatcher, Putin, etc. Stepping on the Great Wall, you can touch the Great Wall bricks that have a history of thousands of years and enjoy the scenery on the Great Wall. I hope you have a fascinating traveling time this afternoon!

Temple of Heaven
Badaling Great Wall
Day 17 Beijing
Your guide will transfer you to the airport, and you will fly back to your sweet home

Today marks the end of your fabulous China tour. You will back to your sweet homeland according to your flight. Wish you a comfortable and pleasant homebound journey and a happy life! We hope to serve you again in your next China tour! See you next time!


Author: Liu Na

Proofreader: Betsy He

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