China Fantasy & Yangtze River 22 Days
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Shanghai - Suzhou - Hangzhou - Wuxi -Chongqing - Yangtze Cruise - Beijing - Xi'an
This is an ideal trip to visit the essential historical and culture sites while enjoying some magnificent natural landscape of CHINA. You will start your trip from the vibrant city of Shanghai and then visit the beautiful surrounding garden cities. Later take a relaxing Yangtze River Cruise to Chongqing, which is the best way to sweep away the exhaustion of the trip. In Chengdu, you will get up close to the adorable giant pandas and then take the bullet train to Xi’an to witness the man-made wonder- Terracotta warrior. In ancient capitals of Beijing, you will uncover the best collections of historical sites, such as Forbidden City, Great Wall and Summer Palace etc.
As our top seller in 2018, this program is further upgraded for 2019 Departures for you to have a better experience, includes:
· FREE Tour to Chengdu Panda Research Center to meet the famous Giant Panda bears
· FREE Ride the bullet train to experience one of the world’s fastest and most comfortable trains
· FREE Old Watertown visit to experience unique architectural tradition and unspoiled folk custom
· FREE Upgrade to Hilton, Wydham International Chain 5 Star Hotel or similar standard
Day 1 - Canada - Shanghai
Fly overnight to Shanghai
Day 2 - Shanghai
Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by the tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3 - Shanghai (B,L)
Shanghai is the vibrant metropolis and commercial center of China. Today we will visit the Shanghai Museum and indulge in ancient Chinese art, furniture, and jade. Then we will visit Shanghai Old City God Temple area, a busy shopping centre where you may find souvenirs and delicious local food. Enjoy some free time here. In the afternoon you will walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined by the colonial architectures of European design, this area is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days. At night, you may enjoy an optional "Huangpu River Night Cruise" and get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai at your own expense ($50/RMB250).
Day 4 Shanghai - Zujiajiao - Suzhou (B/L)
After breakfast, we will visit Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town, which has almost 1,700 years of history. Walking on the zigzag stone pathway, you would feel like walking in an elegant and fresh painting. Small rivers shaded by willow trees, bridges over the river, houses dated back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties, lovely local people, all of these are the charm of the small water town. Then travel by coach to Suzhou. Suzhou is also known as the “Garden City” due to its many classical gardens. Upon arrival, visit the Lingering Garden which is among the finest gardens in China. As a large area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, Suzhou is known as “Venice of the East”. You may take an optional cruise along the Grand Canal to view life along China’s golden waterway in its heyday ($30/RMB160).
Day 5 - Suzhou - Wuxi (B, L，D)
This morning, visit a Silk Spinning Mill, and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth. Then travel by coach to Wuxi, one of the oldest cities in China with history of more than 3000 years. Upon arrival, head to admire the famous Lingshan Grand Buddha, with a thousand-year old Buddhism temple nearby.
This morning, visit one of the largest Fresh Water Pearl Exhibition Store in the country, then travel by coach to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. Upon arrival, visit the serene West Lake, the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends with many famous historical and cultural sites. This evening, you can enjoy an optional performance, “Enduring Memories of Hangzhou”, a masterpiece created by Zhang Yimou, the director of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Games Opening Ceremony. ($90/RMB540).
Day 7 - Hangzhou - Shanghai -Yichang (AB, L)
After breakfast, travel by coach bus to Shanghai, and then fly to Yichang, the starting point of your Yangtze River Cruise. After dinner, we board the luxury Yangtze Cruise and receive an introduction on cruise events and on board activities.
Day 8 - Yangtze River Cruise (AB, L, D)
Your highly anticipated grand Yangtze River adventure starts this morning. The cruise ship's first stop is at Taipingxi (or Sandouping). Disembark to visit the massive Three Gorges Dam Project, the world's largest dam, measuring 606 feet high and 6,500 feet long. Re-embark the ship and sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges at 41 miles long and also its highest (4000 feet).
Day 9 - Yangtze River Cruise (AB, L, D)
Disembark at Wushan where you"ll board small riverboat for a leisurely ride through Shennong Stream, picturesque rock formations, and even see the playful monkeys and goat along the river banks. Re-embark the cruise ship as it sails through Wu Gorge, which is famous for its quiet beauty and the Qutang Gorge, the shortest and most dramatic of the Three Gorges.
Day 10 - Yangtze River Cruise (AB, L, D)
Today’s shore excursion will occur either at Shibaozhai. The Shibaozhai Pagoda is 12-story, 18th century temple built in Zhongxian county on the northern bank of Yangtze River. It represents one of the gems of Chinese Architecture, an architectural delight.
Day 11 Chongqing – Chengdu (B/L)
Disembark from the cruise in the port of Chonqing this morning. Then take the bullet train to Chengdu. After arrival, we will explore the dynamic folk custom street, Jin Li, and experience the lifestyle of Old Chengdu. This evening, you can watch a fascinating show featuring ‘face changing’ ($55/RMB300), a kind of magic traditional Chinese dramatic art that is the pride of Sichuan opera.
Day 12- Chengdu-Xi'an(B,L)
Today’s highlight is a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This is the best place to see Chengdu’s most famous residents being reared in surroundings resembling their natural habitat. Here you may get a chance to see the new-born baby pandas. This afternoon, we will take the bullet train from Chengdu to Xi’an. Xi’an was the first Chinese City to open its doors to the world during the Tang Dynasty. Over a period of more than 2000 years, Xi’an was the capital of eleven dynasties.
Day 13: Xi'an (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you will visit the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum and see the attached life-sized defending army to the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. This site is regarded as “the eighth wonder of the world” and is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century. Visit an Art Ceramics Factory before we visit Ancient City Wall. It is not only the most complete city wall that has survived in China, but also one of the largest and most complete ancient military defense systems in the world. This evening, enjoy the “special local Imperial Dumpling Banquet Dinner and the traditional Tang Dynasty Singing and Dancing Show” ($70/RMB360).
Day 14 Xi'an- Beijing (B, L)
This morning, fly to Beijing. Beijing has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Today, visit Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to Qing dynasty. Your banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck. Enjoy the day at leisure or join an optional Temple of Heaven & Hutong Life tour with Dinner($79/RMB420). Temple of Heaven, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. Then take a famous rickshaw Hutong Tour & Local Family Visit, this package also includes a traditional Beijing Zhajiangmian(‘Fried Sause Noodles’) as Dinner. Hutongs are traditional alley ways that made up Beijing’s old city planning, take a special rickshaw ride for an immersive tour to get a wonderful glimpse into yesterday’s world, the old way of life and traditional Beijing culture, and see the dramatic changes the city has undergone continue to visit a local family .
Day 15 - Beijing (B, L,D)
Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall, the most famous image of China, and a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700- mile marvel. Visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia en-route before the Great Wall. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné Factory. Then we will drive pass by modern exteriors of the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, “The Golden Mask Dynasty” ($65/RMB340).
Day 16 Beijing (B)
Start your tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient imperial garden in China, and a former summer resort for Emperors. Then, visit a Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, which has existed for thousands of years. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 17: Beijing-Guilin (B)
This morning we will be transferred to the airport to board our flight to Guilin, one of China’s most picturesque cities . With its name translating to ‘Forest of Sweet Osmanthus’, Guilin has long been renowned for its unique scenery, amazing karst landscapes and rich ethnic cultures. After arrival we tour Elephant Trunk Hill and the Reed
Flute Caves and will be amazed by the extraordinary karst limestone formations.
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The Golden Mask Dynasty $65 Per Person (Beijing)
An original Chinese drama play, which features Chinese dances, acrobatics, costumes, lighting and acoustics. The play has eight chapters and more than 200 actors from China and abrouad. Produced by Chinese playwrights, directors and designers.
Impression West Lake $90 Per Person (Hangzhou)
Staged entirely upon the lake itself, this show is a spectacle of light, music, dance and theatrics. It is famous for its dreamlike show and fantastic elegance. The director of the show, Zhang Yimou, is China’s most famous movie director and the general director of the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Day7-11 Yangtze Cruise VIP Pacakge
*Free Upgrade to Higher Floor （4-6 Floor）
* Free coffee, tea and snacks at happy hours in afternoon.
* Enjoy all meals at VIP restaurant and A la carte available (A la carte need to be paid separately).
* Free drinks before dinner.
* Unlimited wine, beer and soft drink for lunch and dinner.
* Express check in and check out
* Room turn-down service
* Welcome fruit basket in cabin
* VIP area reserved for evening entertainments
* 2 Hour Free internet for each sailing
Huangpu River Night Cruise $50 Per Person (Shanghai)
Cruising along the Huangpu River, you will take a glimpse of the history and charming night view of the cosmopolitan of Shanghai. On one side of the river, there is the Bund, a landmark of Shanghai, Western-style buildings dating back to the early 19th century. On the other side is the image of a new Shanghai with steel and glass skyscrapers.
Shanghai Acrobatic Show $75 Per Person (Shanghai)
SPIRAL is a Shanghai style acrobatic show which is created according to the characteristics of proscenium stage. It tells the story of a group of young people occurred in different places of Shanghai, displays Shanghai style and city spirit. It is not only a wonderful acrobatic show, but also the envoy of spreading the culture of Shanghai. The domestic and foreign audiences will follow the artists get in 'SPIRAL' and feeling Shanghai.
Grand Canal Cruise $30 Per Person (Suzhou)
The Grand Canal is the world’s longest man-made waterway, being 1,800 kilometers long. The canal connects the present cities of Beijing in the north and Huangzhou in the south. Since most of China’s major rivers flow from the west to east, the fact that the Grand Canal runs north and south provides an important connector between the Yangtze River valley and the Yellow River valley.
Panda House $40 Per Person (Suzhou)
Chongqing Zoo was built in 1953 and lies in the southern suburb of Chongqing. It occupies an area of 45 hectares (112 acres), making it one of the biggest urban zoos in China. The panda house alone is about 2 hectares (5 acres) in size. The zoo is home to more than 230 different animal species, and contains a total of more than 6000 animals.
Hong Kong 3Days 2Nights from $650/pp / 4Days 3Nights from $730/pp
An open city with a wonderful natural harbor, Hong Kong is the meeting place of various cultures that blend harmoniously with Chinese traditions and exotic influences. On one hand traces of British culture can be found everywhere as a result of former colonial rule. On the other hand, the city preserves traditional customs and the core values of Confucianism that have faded in Mainland China. This is reflected in its colorful festivals ranging from Spring Festival to Christmas. Nowhere else on earth do luxury restaurants, street side food-stalls known locally as dai pai dong, grand mansions and penthouses, tenements, wooden boats and huge liners coupled with English in a variety of accents and multifarious Chinese dialects coexist peacefully.
Guilin & Yangshuo 4Days 3Nights from $850/pp
Guilin is regarded by many as China's most picturesque city. Cruise down the world famous Li River through the surreal karst mountains to the global village Yangshuo, wander along West Street for its mixed lifestyle and culture of East and West, bicycle through rice paddies or trek through age old villages perched along rice terraces carved in the mountains for unforgettable experiences.