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15-Day Magnificent China

 Shanghai - Yangtze River -Guilin - Xi'an - Beijing

You will discover the most well-known historical sites in China, and unlock the indescribable natural wonders on a cruise along Yangtze River. 

 

             Highlights:

  • China's modern face - Shanghai

  • Beautiful hills and rivers along the Yangtze by cruise

  • Enjoy the exquisite rivers and hills in Guilin - a city known for its Karst landform

  • Most popular historical sites - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors

              Our service includes:

 China Panda Tour's experienced travel consultant 1 on 1 service 24hours/7days from inquiry to back home;

  Entrance tickets to listed viewpoints in the itinerary as well as necessary shuttle bus/cable car/sightseeing bus tickets in attractions;  

√  Escorted by experienced English-speaking tour guide;

  Meals mentioned in the itinerary;

  Private transfers with professional driver between hotel/attraction/airport/railway station/restaurant as listed in the itinerary;

√ Booking of flight/train/cruise tickets per your preferences;

 Accommodation in each city, hotel level/feature is decided by your choice;

√ Traveler's accidental insurance.

 Detailed itinerary:

Welcome to China! Upon arrival, receive a warm greeting from your local guide and driver. Transfer to the hotel and then release from the jet lag after long-time flight.

Shanghai arrival

Day 1

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Today firstly visit Yuyuan Garden, and then walk in the Former French Concession. Go through Nanjing Pedestrian, coming to Shanghai’s landmark, the Bund. It mainly includes Oriental Pearl TV Tower and 52 distinctive mansions in different styles. Enjoy a panoramic view of Shanghai from the 100th floor at “the Eye of Shanghai” - Shanghai World Financial Center. Evening free on your own to explore the most developed city of China.

Shanghai tour

Day 2

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Take the flight to Yichang, where you will board the Yangtze River Cruise. If  time permits, pay a visit to Yichang Museum. Or hang out in downtown Yichang to get prepared for the following trip. In the afternoon, be sent to East Yichang Station or Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal where there are buses to the wharf. Board the cruise and check in. Sail out in the evening. 

Shanghai to Yichang, Yichang tour, board Yangtze River Cruise

Day 3

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On board you have the chance to enjoy diverse activities like practicing Tai Chi, attending a Yangtze River culture lecture, or taking part in the Captain’s Welcome Party and evening shows. Today you will make a visit to the top of  Three Gorges Dam. You will learn about the world's biggest hydroelectric project seeing the vast ship locks. There are optional tours to take Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift, the largest ship lift in the world, or a shore excursion to the Tribe of Three Gorges.

Yangtze River Cruise

Day 4

The cruise today passes through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge with magnificent views. As drift through Wu Gorge, you can take an enjoyable adventure to the primitive Goddess Stream. Switch to a small boat, sailing down the beautiful stream running in a narrow gorge, you will have a close view of hanging coffins on the steep cliff faces. You would be entertained with music and dance offered by Tujia ethnics. Optional excursion to White Emperor City if you are interested in that. 

Yangtze River Cruise 

Day 5

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Enjoy the wonderful landscape of  Yangtze, the amazing nature show all of people its miraculous side. Have a short visit to Shibaozhai, which is an exquisite pavilion with a walkway to the top of a solo hill in the river. You can have the chance to  take a look at the spectacular views of Three Gorges. There is an optional tour to Fengdu Ghost City if you are interested. Enjoy Captain’s Farewell Party and cherish your last night on the relaxing Yangtze River Cruise. 

Yangtze River Cruise 

Day 6

In the morning, the cruise shall arrive at Chongqing Chaotianmen Port. Check out and disembark. You will be picked up by local tour guide at the wharf and then escorted to the railway station. Take the bullet train to Guilin, a city known for its exquisite hills and waters. Be greeted by local tour guide and driver, and then transfer to hotel. In the evening free on own to feel Guilin's fresh air as well as leisure pace. 

Chongqing arrival, Chongqing to Guilin

Day 7

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Take the Li River Cruise in the morning. The 83km waterway from Guilin City to Yangshuo County, like a meandering jade belt wrapped in green peaks, making Li River the world’s largest and most beautiful Karst landscape area. With fresh breath, everything is so poetic! Walk freely on West Street, or you can choose to ride a bicycle in local villages, or go rafting on Yulong River, which is said to be the essence of Li River.

Guilin tour

Day 8

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Drive to the delightful Longji Rice Terrace Field. Longji, which means Dragon’s Backbone, is not only the globally top rice terrace field cluster, but also the culmination of both profound wisdom and strenuous labor. Make a visit to the Zhuang and Yao Villages. The hanging-feet cottage and coiled layers from the foot to the top of the mountain form a spectacular picture. In the late afternoon, return to Guilin downtown.

Guilin tour

Day 9

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In the morning, be sent to the airport for a flight to Xi'an, the ancient capital for 13 dynasties. Be met and taken to downtown Xi'an, firstly have a leisure walk on the Ancient City Wall. Built in Ming Dynasty, this old architecture has an honored history of over 600 years and is the best preserved ancient city wall in China. There is a Muslim Quarter near the Great Mosque that you should never miss.  You can enjoy bargaining with the strollers there, or taste some local snacks. 

Guilin to Xi'an, Xi'an tour

Day 10

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In the morning, transfer to visit the Terracotta Army, which is now the Terracotta Warriors Museum. It is a must-see place when you travelled to Xi'an. Even 2000 years has passed, the wood protects of the warriors are still clear to see. Return to downtown Xi'an, learning China's long history in Shaanxi History Museum followed by visiting the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of Xi’an City.

Xi'an tour

Day 11

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Catch a morning flight to Beijing, the capital of China. On arrival in Beijing, be picked up and transferred to visit Summer Palace, once "the Garden of Thousands Gardens" royally built in Qing Dynasty. Then experience the rickshaw in Hutongs. Hutong is perhaps the traditional Beijing alleys that show the real old Beijing. Learn to make dumplings with local residents in a courtyard of Hutong, get in touch with an authentic Chinese people's daily life.

Xi'an to Beijing, Beijing tour

Day 12

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Today firstly visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperors sacrificed the heaven. Continue sightseeing to Tian’anmen Square, the largest central square in the world. And then enter the Forbidden City. For almost 500 years, it serves as the ceremonial and political center of central court. Looking at the yellow roof, glazed tile and red wall, just imagine what emperors’ daily life would be. Have a whole view of this magnificent palace from Jingshan Park.

Beijing tour

Day 13

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In the morning, pay a visit to the Great Wall, its grey stones, lofty watchtowers and winding routes all tell a story of soul-stirring history. Later move steps to the Ming Tombs, the biggest imperial mausoleum complex in China. You will visit Dingling, the tomb of Wanli, which is the only excavated one of the Ming Dynasty Tombs. Enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner Peking Roast Duck that absolutely comfort your spirit and stomach after a whole-day sightseeing.

Beijing tour

Day 14

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You will be dropped off at the airport for flight back sweet home. Recollect wonderful pieces happening these days. China, Zai Jian(Goodbye)!

Shanghai departure

Day 15

Recommended hotels:

       China Panda Tour has selected below hotels in 3/4/5 star categories for your choice. These are depends on several & years' of our guests's feedback. Should you have other preferred hotels, please feel free to ask us to quote or you can book that yourselves.

Shanghai Hotels

Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World★★★★★

Situated near People’s Square and the Bund, the hotel welcomes every honored guest with a blend of distinctive architecture, highlighted by its impressive 208-meter tower that punctuates the city skyline.

The Bund Riverside Hotel★★★★

It is ideally located in the heart of Shanghai’s commercial and financial districts. The nearby Huangpu River, the Bund, the symbolic Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Lujiazui international financial zone makes its location especially convenient.

Holiday Inn Express Putuo★★★

Surrounded by a landscaped garden next to the Suzhou River, the hotel offers a convenient base in downtown Shanghai. It is just 4 minutes' walking distance to nearest Metro Line Station.

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        Trip Notes:

     This itinerary can be flexibly adjusted according  to your requests. You can change the order, or extend the tour with more cities or days, or even shorten it with deleting any cities or days. Our professional travel consultant will help you revise the itinerary until suiting your schedule. 

- China Panda Tour also provides private tours with Spanish/German/French/Mandarin-speaking tour guide service. 

- If you only want to rent a car for your trip, please kindly inform us. China Panda Tour's professional drivers would provide you satisfying service.

        Trip Information:

- Tour code: CPT-CT-06

- Price: from $1,518 p/p

- Tour type: private tour

- Departure date: flexible

- Travel route: Shanghai - Yangtze River -Guilin - Xi'an - Beijing

- Trip length: 15 Days / 14 nights

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