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Overview

  • Learn about the royal anecdotes in two historical cities – Beijing and Xian
  • Take a cruise on the Yangtze River to see the magnificent Three Gorges
  • Purify your soul in Tibet, the Roof of the World
  • See the loveliest giant pandas eating bamboos in Chengdu

Itinerary Day by Day

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Day 1  Beijing Arrival

Welcome to Beijing, a historical city with a splendidcivilization and one of the most prosperous cities in China. With a populationof more than 20 million, Beijing is the place where countless people search fortheir dreams. There are countless cultural collisions and blends here everyday.

Your tour guide and driver will be waiting for you at the airportor train station.

Accommodation: Hotel in Beijing

Meals: None

Day 2  Beijing Royal Relics
Forbidden City
The Forbidden City is now open to the public as a Palace Museum. It has a collection of more than 1.86 million sets and is one of the five largest museums in the world. The exhibits collected in the Palace Museum are unparalleled in terms of artistic value and fineness.
Tian’anmen gate
Tian’anmen gate is the middle gate of the imperial city of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911 AD). Only the emperors were allowed to enter and exit the imperial city through the middle gate. A portrait of Chairman Mao hangs above the central gate.
Jingshan Park
Jingshan Park is located at the central point of the north-south central axis of Beijing City. It is adjacent to the Forbidden City in the south, Beihai in the west, and the Drum Tower in the north. It used to be the highest point in the center of Beijing.
Summer Palace
The Summer Palace was built by the Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1636 to 1912 AD). He was fond of the gardens in the south Yangtze area, so many imitations of attractions in south Yangtze area were built in the Summer Palace.

Accommodation: Hotel in Beijing

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 3  Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Constructed in 1368 AD, the Mutianyu is an essential section of the Great Wall in Beijing. There are lots of watching towers on Mutianyu, because if enemies marched over Mutianyu, the city of Beijing would be in great danger.
Ming Tombs
In order to protect the ancient relics, only three parts of the Ming Tombs are open to tourists. However, the royal relics in these parts are the essence of the Ming Tombs. Tourists can also admire the statues of gods on the Sacred Way in front of the tombs.
Bird's Nest
The National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, undertook the opening and closing ceremonies, track and field competitions and football finals during the Beijing Olympics. The shape of the stadium is like a "Brid’s Nest".
Water Cube
The National Swimming Center is known as the "Water Cube" because of its unique appearance. It was built to hold the swimming competitions for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. After the Olympics games, Water Cube became a fitness center.

Accommodation: Hotel in Beijing

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 4  Beijing Half-Day Tour
Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven was the largest and highest-ranking sacrificial building complex in the world. In every important festival, the emperors would went to the Temple of Heaven to pray to the heavens to bring peace and good harvest to people.
Hutong
Hutong is like a recorder, witnessing every change of this city. Hutongs have a history of more than 700 years. Only the common people lived there. The rich men had their own luxury houses. Your guide will be happy to tell you some anecdotes about Hutongs.

After today’s sightseeing to two Beijing attractions, you can have a rest on a train from Beijing to Xian. It takes around 5 hours for the train ride.

Accommodation: Hotel in Xian

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 5  Terracotta Army
Terracotta Army
Listed as a world heritage site by the UNESCO in 1987, the Terracotta Army is one of the most popular tourist attractions in China. The Terracotta Army were the funeral objects of Qin Shihuang, who united the ancient China. He wanted to transfer his power to the underground world, so he constructed the Terracotta Army.
Drum and Bell Towers
Covering an area of 60,000 square meters, the square of Drum and Bell Towers are the second largest city square of China. Built in 1384 AD, the Bell Tower is 4 years younger than the Drum Tower. The two towers are both 36 meters high.
Muslim Quarter
The most authentic Xian local foods can be found in the Muslim Quarter. Roasted beef or mutton, Chinese hamburgers, fruit juices and steamed buffs, almost everybody’s hands are occupied by foods. You can eat while walking or in small restaurants.
Great Mosque
Initially built in 742 AD, the Great Mosque in Xian is a good place to see how Islamic culture is developing in Xian. The tablet inscriptions in the mosque tell tourists why the mosque was built. The houses in the mosque are very beautiful.

Accommodation: Hotel in Xian

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 6  Xian History Tour
Ancient City Wall
The City Wall of Xian was initially built 1500 years ago, however most parts we can visit today only have a history over around 700 years. Most tourists like to take a stroll of cycle on the ancient city wall while admiring the city view of Xian.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2014, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is and landmark on the ancient Silk Road. Ancient Chinese products were transferred to the Western world from Xian, and Buddhist treasures were transported to and collected in the pagoda.
Shaanxi History Museum
Located to northwest of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Shaanxi History Museum is a must-visit place in Xian. Xian was the capital of Qin, Han and Tang dynasties, so the ancient relics, which were made during these three dynasties, are the most valuable collections.

Accommodation: Hotel in Xian

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 7  Fly to Lhasa

You will fly to Lhasa, where the altitude is over 3600meters. It is understandable that you will be excited to land on the “Roof ofthe World”, however, you have to calm down, move slowly and take a good rest toacclimatize to the high altitude.

Accommodation: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast   

Day 8  Sacred Palace and Monastery
Potala Palace
Initially built in 641 AD and listed as a world heritage site in 1994, the Potala Palace is the most popular tourist attraction in Tibet. The halls, murals, statues and mountain views will make you shocked even if you are not a Buddhist.
Jokhang Monastery
The Jokhang Monastery is the final destination for pilgrims. A statue of the 12-year-old Sakyamuni, who lived in India in the fifth century BC, and who was the creator of Buddhism, is collected in the monastery. This is the reason why Buddhists consider Lhasa a Sacred Land.
Jokhang Monastery
Located near the Jokhang Monastery, the Barkhor Street was only a place for Buddhists to do a religious circumambulation in ancient times. Nowadays, tourists can buy exquisite souvenirs on the street, such as handicrafts, costumes, tea, prayer wheels and Tibetan incense.

Accommodation: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 9  Traditional Tibetan Arts
Tibet Handicraft Art Center
Tourists can learn how make Thangka, Tibet carvings, food, pottery, incense and jewelry in the Tibet Handicraft Art Center.
Sera Monastery
There are over 10,000 statues of Buddha in the Sera Monastery. Most of them were made in Tibet. The most popular activity in Sera Monastery is the debate about Buddhist scriptures. The monks not only talk but also use various gestures during the debate. Sometimes, it looks like dance.

Accommodation: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 10  Fly to Chengdu

You will to Chengdu today, and you will see the lovely giantpandas tomorrow.

Accommodation: Hotel in Chengdu

Meals: Breakfast   

Day 11  Play with Giant Panda
Panda Base in Chengdu
In the Panda Base in Chengdu, you san see pandas sleeping on trees, eating bamboos, fighting against each other and listen to them talking. In a word, the Base is a paradise for tourists who like giant pandas.
Wenshu Monastery
Wenshu Monastery was built during the Sui dynasty (581-619 AD). The prosperity of Wenshu Monastery is the contribution of eminent monk, who saw the propitious light near the monastery. Countless Buddhists made pilgrimages to the monastery since then.
People's Park
The best way to experience the lives of locals is to go to People's Park and sit down in the tea house. You can bask in the sun, read some books or chat with friends. While enjoy the authentic slow life in Chengdu, you may feel time has slowed down.
Jinli
Jinli has been the most prosperous street in Chengdu for around 2000 years. now it’s a large-scale leisure shopping and tourism area. In Jinli, you can visit the teahouses and enjoy the Sichuan face change show. The charm of the Sichuan culture can be fully felt here.

Accommodation: Hotel in Chengdu

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 12  Chongqing Day Tour

In the morning, you will take a 2-hour long train ride from Chengdu to Chongqing. After a Chongqing day tour, you will board on your Yangtze cruise ship around 20:00.

Ciqikou Ancient Town
As a famous historical and cultural street in China, Ciqikou was built in the Song Dynasty from 998 to 1003. Nowadays, Ciqikou attracts a large number of tourists with its unique food culture. Besides, there are lots of ancient houses on this street.
Three Gorges Museum
Opened in 2005, the Three Gorges Museum is the best place to learn about how the Three Gorges project changed the lives of local people. Over 110 thousand pieces of ancient relics collected in the Three Gorges area are the major exhibits in the museum.
Hongyadong
Hongyadong is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Chongqing. It is built on a mountain along the Yangtze River, so local people also call it a "Hanging Pedestrian Street". Most people think that Hongyadong is actually a microcosm of Chongqing City.

Accommodation: On Board

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 13  First Day of the Cruise
Yangtze River Cruise
Taking a Yangtze River Cruise is a great way to relax and learn about the history and culture of China. The views of Three Gorges, shore excursions and on-board service will make you satisfied.
Shore Excursion to Shibaozhai
Built on a cliff on a island of Yangtze River, the 56-meter high Shibaozhai Tower is a perfect viewing platform to admire the sceneries of Yangtze River. It is amazing to know the fact that wood is the major construction material of this tower.
Shore Excursion to Fengdu Ghost City
Fengdu has been the ghost city of China for over 2000 years. Ancient people believe their souls would go to Fengdu for justice after death. If they were bad people, they would be tortured in Fengdu. Gruesome statues of ghosts are the most impressed attractions in Fengdu.

Accommodation: On Board

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 14  Second Day of the Cruise
Three Gorges
Today, you will cruise past the lofty Three Gorges (Qutang, Wu and Xiling Gorges). You can ascend to the viewing deck on the top of your ship and your guide will introduce the highlights to you while cruising through these gorges.
Shore Excursion to Shennv Stream
The Shennv Stream is also called “Beauty Stream” because it is so tranquil and clean, and the surrounding sceneries are so beautiful that people can’t help considering it as a beautiful lady. A short cruise on the stream can make you totally relaxed.
Shore Excursion to White Emperor City
The White Emperor City was a famous place during the Three Kingdom Period (220 – 280 AD). There are several statues of the most renowned heroes during that period and over 1000 pieces of ancient relics, such as potteries, weapons and paintings in the museum of the City.

Accommodation: On Board

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 15  Final Day of the Cruise

Today you can either visit the Three Gorges Dam or admire it during a Ship Lift. If you do not visit the dam, experiencing a Ship Lift is also an interesting option. You will take a train to Shanghai after disembarkation.

Three Gorges Dam
The height of the Three Gorges Dam is 185 meters. Tourists can reach a viewing terrace with the same height of the dam. You will marvel at the largest water conservancy project in the world.
Ship Lift
The Ship Lift is a unique experience. Tourists can have a close view of the Three Gorges Dam during the lift. When your ship enters a sluice gate, the water will be injected, and your ship will become higher. When the water level is high enough, your ship can sail over the dam.

Accommodation: Hotel in Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 16  Shanghai City Highlights
Shanghai Museum
The Shanghai Museum is one of the four major museums in China. Founded in 1952, it has a collection of nearly 1.02 million pieces of cultural relics, including 140,000 pieces of essential relics. The recommended visiting time is two hours.
Yu Garden
The Yu Garden is a traditional classic garden in south China. It was built by a nobleman for his retired father. There is a Market outside the garden where you can buy many special crafts and souvenirs.
Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street
Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street is one of the top ten pedestrian streets in China. It is a gathering place for department stores and a paradise for shoppers. Nowadays, tourists who come to Shanghai will take Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street as a must-see stop.
The Bund
Shanghai is the most prosperous city in China, and the Bund is the most prosperous in Shanghai. You can admire both the historical buildings, which were built around 100 years ago by international companies and the newly-built skyscrapers on the Bund.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Located in the Shanghai Lujiazui Financial and Trade Zone, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is a landmark in Shanghai. The tower was built in 1994 and has a total height of 468 meters. It was the highest skyscraper in mainland China between 1994 and 2007.

Accommodation: Hotel in Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 17  Shanghai Half-Day Tour
Tianzifang
Tianzifang is a cultural and creative park transformed from old residential buildings. Although the alley is narrow here, it is full of surprises. You can taste various snacks, buy a lot of creative and interesting things, and take many beautiful photos here.
Jade Buddha Temple
In 1882, an eminent monk brought back five Jade Buddhas from Myanmar. When passing by Shanghai, he left a sitting Buddha and a reclining Buddha. The Jade Buddha Temple was built to worship the two Jade Buddhas.

Your tour comes to an end after your guide accompany you to the airport or train station. China is a large country, there are still many other places worth visits. Hope you had a good time with us and wish you all the best in future.

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Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

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The travel date, service items, itinerary and number of visitors, visitors’ ID information, etc. can be modified free of charge 30 days or more before the trip. If the visitor needs to make a second modification, an additional service fee of 5% of the deposit will be charged. Every time the content of the travel contract is modified, the company reserves the right to re-quote.

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1. Notice of trip cancellation due to personal reasons before the trip starts
Cancellation 30 days or more before the trip starts, 10% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 29-15 days before the trip starts, 20% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 14-7 days before the trip starts, 30% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 6-2 days before the trip starts, 50% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation within 48 hours prior to the trip starts, no refund of your deposit.

2. Trip cancellation due to irresistible factors before the trip starts

If you have to cancel the itinerary due to irresistible reasons such as traffic, weather, politics, etc., the deposit will be fully refunded by the company (for loss related to air ticket/train ticket, please take reference of the first item).

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