Discover China on this comprehensive journey covering her main sites from bustling cities to Giant Buddha’s to a leisurely cruise on the Yangtze River. Explore the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, the historic hutong neighbourhoods, and climb the Great Wall in Beijing and then travel to the ancient city of Xian to see the Terra Cotta Warriors, the bustling Old Quarter, and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and enjoy a special dinner accompanied by a traditional Tang Dynasty performance. Travel by high speed train to Chengdu in Sichuan Province and explore the old lanes of the city, seeing pandas at the sanctuary, trying Sichuan cuisine, and taking an excursion to the Giant Buddha in Leshan. From Chengdu, head to the city Chongqing where you will board a river-cruise ship for a three night journey along the Yangtze River, and then travel to Shanghai to conclude your journey with a tour of the city sites.
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Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met in the arrivals area by your local guide holding a name-board. After a warm welcome, take a private airport transfer to your hotel for assistance with check-in. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure.
Your first full day in China’s capital introduces you to the world’s largest city square, Tian’anmen Square, to the north of the Forbidden City, before entering this large Imperial Palace, once the seat of power for nearly 500 years during the Ming & Qing dynasties. The landscaped gardens, historic artifacts, and nearly 10,000 rooms captivate you in what is now called the Palace Museum. Enjoy a guided tour of the Forbidden City and some time to explore at leisure. Later, Beijing’s hutong neighbourhoods lined by traditional courtyard homes will be explored by pedicab before visiting the National Museum.
Depart the city for your discovery of the Great Wall today. Your guide will provide narrative to the visit followed by time for time to explore at your leisure. When you return to the city, visit the Summer Palace, another of China’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
This morning, head to the Temple of Heaven, famous for its elegance and symmetry, the Temple was built in 1420 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifice to Heaven. Afterwards, fly to Xian and enjoy a dumpling dinner with the rest of the evening free at your leisure.
Visit the extraordinary site of the Terra Cotta Warriors. Not discovered until 1974 by local farmers, the Warriors are among the most fascinating discoveries of modern day. Tour the site with insightful commentary before returning to the city to take a walk through the old quarter and to see the City Wall.
Head to Le Shan and see the Giant Buddha carved out of the hillside and then return to the city and explore the bustling Kuan & Zhai Alleys, watch day-to-day life unfold in Renmin Park, and then enjoy a dinner of Sichuan cuisine accompanied by the impressive ‘Mask Dance’.
Visit the Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding and then head to the train station for your high speed train journey to the city of Chongqing where you will board the river-cruise ship for your three night journey along the Yangtze River.
Enjoy your breakfast & lunch on board and some time to relax before your afternoon shore excursion to Shibaozhai, a red hillside temple contrasting nicely with the lush foliage and rocky face of the hill. Return to the ship for dinner and evening to relax.
Disembark for the Shennong Stream excursion and see hanging coffins, natural scenery and hear Tuja Songs. Enter Wu Gorge, known for its quiet beauty, forest-covered mountains and cliffs, and then sail through Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most dramatic of all the gorges.
Visit the Three Gorges Dam Site then pass through the Three Gorges Dam 5-stage Shiplocks, the largest hydroelectric project in the world. You will disembark in the city of Yichang where you will take a flight to Shanghai. On arrival, check-in for your two night stay.
This morning, meet your guide and depart for your full day Shanghai city tour. Highlights include a visit to the Yuyuan Garden and bazaar, a tour of the spectacular Shanghai Museum, a large museum containing ancient Chinese art, and a walk about Shanghai's Old Street. Stroll along the Bund and take a tour of the ultra-modern Lujiazui district.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and at the appointed time your guide will meet you in the hotel and then transfer you to the airport.
Day 3: Climb the Great Wall of China at the Mutianyu Pass.
Day 11: Discover Lijiang and the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
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