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China Highlight & Yangtze 11 Day Tour

Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Shanghai Tour

This China highlight tour with Yangtze cruise is a popular one in China vacation tour packages, which provides you a good opportunity to explore the essence in China as well as to experience an unforgettable Yangtze Cruise.So you can not miss this China city tour.
Tour Code:CT-03
Destination:Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Shanghai
Tour Days:11 Days
Tour Type:Private Tour
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Reasons of choosing this China Highlight Tour
  • Explore essence in China with your own private guide and driver
  • Experience an unforgettable Yangtze River Cruise
Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1 Beijing Temple of Heaven /
Day 2 Beijing Tiananmen Square,Forbidden City,Summer Palace Breakfast,Lunch
Day 3 Beijing Badaling Great Wall,Ming Tombs Breakfast,Lunch
Day 4 Beijing - Xian Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, Big Goose Pagoda, Great Mosque, Dumpling Dinner, Tang Dynasty Show Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Day 5 Xian Terracotta Warriors, City Wall Breakfast,Lunch
Day 6 Xian - Chongqing Ciqikou Ancient Town,Stillwell Museum Breakfast,Dinner
Day 7 Cruising on the Three Gorges Fengdu Ghost City Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Day 8 Cruising on the Three Gorges Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Day 9 Arrival at Yichang and Flight to Shanghai Three Gorges Dam Breakfast,Lunch
Day 10 Shanghai Shanghai Museum, Nanjing Pedestrian Road,The Bund, The Bund, Jin Mao Tower, Huangpu River Breakfast,Lunch
Day 11 Shanghai Exit From Shanghai Breakfast

Itinerary of this China Highlight Tour

Day 1

Place & Transport:Arrive in Beijing
Today's Activities: Temple of Heaven

Arriving  in Beijing, you will ba met and transferred to your hotel ( booked by us ) in Beijing. In the afternoon, visit Temple of Heaven, the place where the emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for peace and harvest. You are at your leisure to take a good rest or explore the city for the remainer of the day.

 vacation tour packages:Temple of Heaven Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven :It is the place where the emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for peace and harvest.

Day 2

Place & Transport:Beijing
Today's Activities: Tiananmen Square,Forbidden City,Summer Palace
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

Starting the day with a visit to Tiananmen Square, the world largest square of this kind. Then move on to the imperial palace, also known as the Forbidden City.
After lunch, continue to visit Summer Palace, the largest and most beautiful Chinese imperial garden. It is regarded as a museum of gardens in China. Back to hotel.

vacation tour packages:Tian'anmen Square Tian'anmen Square
vacation tour packages:Forbidden City Forbidden City
vacation tour packages:Summer Palace Summer Palace

Tiananmen Square:It is the largest public square in the world.
Forbidden City:It is the Chinese imperial palace from the mid-Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty.
Summer Palace :It is the largest and most beautiful Chinese imperial garden. It is regarded as a museum of gardens in China.

Day 3

Place & Transport:Beijing
Today's Activities:Badaling Great Wall,Ming Tombs
Meals:Breakfast,Chinese Lunch

First visit the Jade Mall to have a basic knowledge of China jade culture. Then begin the highlight of your Beijing tour, hiking the Great Wall of China, Badaling Great Wall, a massive military defense works which was left from the Ming dynasty.
After lunch, drive to the Ming Tombs ( Dingling, one of the 13 Ming Dynasty Tombs complex ).Back to your hotel.

vacation tour packages:Badaling great wall Badaling great wall
vacation tour packages:Ming Tombs Ming Tombs

Bdaling Great Wall : Badaling was the earliest part open to the visitors among all the sections of the Great Wall in Beijing.
Changling tomb: Fifty kilometers (31 miles) away from Beijing lies Changling Tomb, the tomb of the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Zhu Di and Empress Xu.

Day 4

Place & Transport:Beijing - Xian
Today's Activities: Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, Big Goose Pagoda, Great Mosque, Dumpling Dinner, Tang Dynasty Show
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, take morning flight for Xian. Met by our English speaking tour guide and transferred to your hotel in Xian. After lunch, your city tour begins with a visit to The Shaanxi Provincial History Museum - a large modern museum of the national level. Then move on to Big Goose Pagoda .
Continue to visit the Great Mosque, the biggest and most preserved complete Chinese existent mosque. After having the local flavor - Dumpling Dinner, enjoy Tang Dynasty Show in the evening. Transferred back to your hotel.

vacation tour packages:Shaanxi History Museum Shaanxi History Museum
vacation tour packages:Big Wild Goose Pagoda Big Wild Goose Pagoda
vacation tour packages:Great Mosque Great Mosque

Shaanxi History Museum: Shaanxi History Museum, a large State-grade Museum, which consists of a group of magnificent Tang-style palaces. It is an ideal place for learning about the origins and development of ancient Chinese history.
Wild Goose Pagoda: Big Goose Pagoda is one of the oldest structures in China. Originally Big Goose Pagoda consisted of a brick structure of five storeys and was about 60 meters high. First built in the Sui Dynasty. Between AD 701 and AD 704 during the reign of the Empress Wu Zetian five more storeys were added to the pagoda making ten in all. Unfortunately it was damaged during World War II and reduced to seven storeys, which is as it remains today. The Big Goose Pagoda is situated in the Da Ci'en Temple, four kilometers south away from the center of the city. It is one of the city's most distinctive and outstanding landmarks, possibly the most beautiful building left in Xian today.
Great Mosque: The Great Mosque of Xian is the biggest and most well-preserved complete Chinese existent mosque.
Tang Dynasty Show: The visitors can enjoy a traditional Chinese dinner such as the famous dumplings together with the show. It has been recreated in accordance with various historical records and ancient arts and relics discovered in Xi'an, and show the story of Chang'an prosperous era during the Tang Dynasty. More than a show, this is a perfect chance to feel and taste the history and culture of Xi'an's brilliant past, especially during the Tang Dynasty.

Day 5

Place & Transport:Xian
Today's Activities:Terracotta Warriors, City Wall
Meals:Breakfast,Chinese Lunch

After breakfast at hotel, have an excursion to the Terracotta Warriors - a lifetime viewing of the extraordinary 2200-year-old terra-cotta Army of China's First Emperor-Qin Shihuang.
After lunch, drive back to the city center and visit the Xian City Wall, a symbol of great significance of the famous historic cultural city of Xian. Back to your hotel.

vacation tour packages:Terracotta Warriors Terracotta Warriors
vacation tour packages:City Wall City Wall

Terracotta Warriors and Horses :To visit Army of Terra Cotta Warriors is the main reason why you are here in Xian. You may have already seen its pictures from China travel books or China tour related travel websites. The original site was found by a local farmer drilling a well in 1974. Now it has turned into the most important attraction in Xian - Terracotta Warriors and Horse Museum. It is located about 50km east of the Xian City. The museum includes Pit 1, Pit 2 and Pit 3 as well the exhibition hall of the chariots and horses. The Pit 1 is the largest of the three. The museum and the mausoleum are listed the world's cultural legacies as the UNESCO.
Ancient City Wall: The main magnet of Xian is the city wall, which is the most complete city wall that has survived in China as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.

Day 6

Place & Transport:Xian - Chongqing
Today's Activities:Ciqikou Ancient Town, Stillwell Museum

Take morning flight for Chongqing. Your afternoon Chongqing tour starts with the visit to Ciqikou Ancient Town.
Then come back to the city center and visit Stillwell Museum, a symbol of great significance of the famous historic cultural city of Xian. Back to your hotel.
After dinner, you are transferred to the Dock for your Yangtze River trip ( overnight on board ).

vacation tour packages:Ciqikou Ancient City Ciqikou Ancient City
vacation tour packages:Stillwell Museum Stillwell Museum

Ciqikou Old Town: With an area of 1.5 square km with a population of 18,000 people, Ciqikou is a miniature of Chongqing as well as one of the few ancient towns located near the city center of big cities in China – only 14 km away from downtown Chongqing.
General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum: Working as the Chief of the General Staff in Chinese allied forces and commander-in-chief in allied forces of China Burma India Theater, General Joseph W. Stilwell’s activities in Chongqing City are striking friendship testimony and valuable cultural monuments and relics between America and china.

Day 7

Place & Transport:Cruising on the Three Gorges
Today's Activities:Fengdu Ghost City
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue to cruise on the Yangtze River. Today you will be arranged to have a shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City. Fengdu is the only ghost city in China, which is famous for its ghost culture. First take a cable car up to the hill and visit the temples all over the mountain with many statues. Then, return to the ship and move towards the fantastic Three Gorges.

vacation tour packages:Fengdu Ghost City Fengdu Ghost City
Day 8

Place & Transport:Cruising on the Three Gorges
Today's Activities:Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge

Continiue to cruise on Yangtze River. Today enter the Qutang GorgeCruise ship carefully pilots its way through the narrow course. At Wushan, disembark the ship and board smaller vessels in order to explore either the Daning River (or Shennong Stream). Reboard the ship and sail through the Wu Gorge.

vacation tour packages:Qutang Gorge Qutang Gorge
vacation tour packages:Wu Gorge Wu Gorge

Qutang Gorge: It is the shortest, but loftiest of the Three Gorges, in comparison to the gracefulness of Wu Gorge and the treacherousness of Xiling Gorge.
Wu Gorge: It is the most graceful and charming of the Three Gorges, known for its forest covered mountains and changeable clouds and mists wreathing around the tops.

Day 9

Place & Transport:Arrival at Yichang and Flight to Shanghai
Today's Activities:Three Gorges Dam

Pass through the Xiling Gorge which is the longest and historically the most dangerous of the Three Gorges. Then move on to the massive the Three Gorges Dam and disembark for a tour of this engineering marvel at Sandouping Village. After lunch on board, You will arrive in in Yichang. Transfer from cruise to airport in Yichang for your flight back to Beijing ( air-ticket included). Met by our tour guide at Beijing airport and take flight for Shanghai.
Arrival at Shanghai, met by our English speaking tour guide and transferred to the prearranged hotel in Shanghai. You are at leisure for the remainder of the day.

vacation tour packages:Three Gorges Dam Three Gorges Dam

Three Gorges Dam: Not only does the completion of Three Gorges Dam in 2009 form a huge reservoir with a length of 600 km, but also it creates a breath-taking artificial landscape in the world. The project has also improved the navigable condition of the lakes among the mountain ranges and made it more convenient to access the natural and historic scenic spots scattering nearby.

Day 10

Place & Transport:Shanghai
Today's Activities:Shanghai Museum, Nanjing Pedestrian Road,The Bund, Huangpu River
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

First come to People's Square to visit Shanghai Museum, the selection of over 112,000 Chinese cultural relics from the Old Stone Age to modern times. Then proceed to visit the "Pedestrians only" Nanjing Pedestrian Road, a walking bustling street that is always packed with people waching other people. Then move on to The Bund, one of the most noted waterfront and architectural symbols of Shanghai. After lunch, continue to visit Yuyuan Garden. Yuyuan is the famous gardens in Shanghai, Located in the center of Shanghai's Old City, one of the few remaining old tourist sites in Shanghai. Finally visit the new development zone in Pudong - Lujiazui, which is teeming with the futuristic, avant-garde buildings - Oriental Pearl Tower, Jin Mao Building, Bank of China Tower. Taking the elevator to the 88-storey Observation Deck of Jinmao Tower to have a bird's eye view of Huangpu River.

vacation tour packages:Shanghai Museum Shanghai Museum
vacation tour packages:Nanjing Road Nanjing Road
vacation tour packages:The Bund The Bund
vacation tour packages:Huangpu River Huangpu River

Shanghai Museum : Shanghai Museum is a famous comprehensive museum of Chinese (ancient) arts and hailed as Four Museums in China together with the ones in Beijing, Nanjing and Xi'an. Its style and exhibitions just demonstrate the ancient wisdom and philosophy of Chinese.
Nanjing Road :Nanjing Road, 5.5 km in full length, enjoys the reputation as China No. 1 commercial center. It was the earliest commercial street in Shanghai since the city opened to the outside world.
The Bund : The Bund is the center of Shanghai. It is the scenery line of Shanghai. It has the Shanghai landmarks Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Jinmao Tower in the opposite across the Huangpu River. It is a must-see place while enjoying your Shanghai Tours.
Yuyuan Garden: Yuyuan Garden is the only fully restored classical Chinese garden in Shanghai. It was inaugurated in the Ming dynasty and has a total area of 20,000 square meters.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower: Supported by three stanchions, the Oriental Pearl includes the sightseeing spots in the space capsule, upper sphere, lower sphere, five small spheres, tower base and the square. Visitors travel up and down by double-decker elevators which can hold up to fifty people at the rate of seven meters per second.
Jin Mao Tower: The Jin Mao building is a superb example of an innovative "east meets west" design that combines elements of traditional Chinese architecture with gothic influence. The astonishing result is an amazingly mode building.
Huangpu River:The most beautiful scene of Huangpu River can be appreciated during the dusk time. When the sun sets, Huangpu River is veiled in the glittery neon lights on its banks.

Day 11

Place & Transport:Shanghai
Today's Activities: Exit From Shanghai

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your next destination or you are at leisure. End of the service for the whole trip.

Price Details Based on Per Person

Price Detail with hotel
Travelling Party Luxury Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
2 persons $2553 $2023 $1933
3-5 persons $2453 $1923 $1833
6-9 persons $2353 $1813 $1723
10 persons Up $2248 $1703 $1623
Single room supplement $993 $593 $513

Hotels Arranged in this Yangtze cruise tour

City Luxury Deluxe Hotel Standard Hotel Comfortable Hotel
Beijing Crowne Plaza Beijing or same class Sunworld Hotel Beijing or same class Holiday Inn Express Temple of Heaven or same class
Cruise Ships Victoria Cruises President Yangtze Series Cruises President Yangtze Series Cruises
Xian Sheraton Xian Hotel or same class Tangcheng Hotel or same class Citadines Xi'an Central or same class
Shanghai Crowne Plaza Hotel Shanghai or same class Golden River-View Hotel Shanghai or same class Holiday Inn Express Zhabei Shanghai or same class

 Price Inclusions and Exclusions of this China city tour

    Price Inclusions:
  1. All transfers and city transportation for your own use
  2. Entrance fees and meals as mentioned
  3. Full board on ship on Yangtze River
  4. Private car or van with English speaking guide in Beijing, Chongqing, Yichang, Shanghai and Shore Excursion Group Tour
  5. The prices above are based two persons sharing one cabin with full board on the cruise ship
  6. Beijing - Xian, Xian - Chongqing flight and Yichang-Shanghai flight (economic class)
    Price Exclusion:
  1. Tips to your tour guide and driver, and the staff on the ship

Notice for this China City Tour

  • All rates are subject to reconfirmation from our trip advisors when an actual booking is being made.
  • Tours price are net and non-commissionable.
  • Child definition: From Age 3 to 11 Years (usually enjoying 10%-40% discount. Contact our trip advisors for the actual discount for your case). 12 Years old and above will be charged as Adult Price.
  • All tours & transfers are all based on English Speaking local guides. For other languages, please contact our trip advisors for new quotations.

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