18-Day Yangtze Legend

Shanghai - Suzhou- Hangzhou - Huangshan -

Yangtze River - Chengdu - Xi'an -  Beijing

Viewing Yangtze River's landscape, you will be marveled at nature's uncanny workmanship. Slowly shuttle on the Yangtze River by cruise, listening to the allusions, even an ordinary rock could be meaningful.


  • Beautiful hills along the Yangtze and residents' stories living on banks of the river

  • ​South Yangtze Delta typical garden in Suzhou and exquisite water town in Hangzhou

  • China's long history - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors

Kuimen, the west gate of Qutang Gorg
Kuimen, the west gate of Qutang Gorg

The best location to admire Kuimen, is on the viewing platform of the southeast side of White Emperor City

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Leshan Giant Buddha
Leshan Giant Buddha

Sit over 1200 years by the side of Minjiang River, an important branch of Yangtze

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Master-of-Nets Garden
Master-of-Nets Garden

It's small but not simple with delicate design

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Kuimen, the west gate of Qutang Gorg
Kuimen, the west gate of Qutang Gorg

The best location to admire Kuimen, is on the viewing platform of the southeast side of White Emperor City

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              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.

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 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


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. 

Shanghai tour

Day 2


Start your trip to Suzhou, an ancient city famous for its delicate gardens. Visit Master-of-Nets Garden, an outstanding representative of oriental classic gardens. Then explore the most historical site Tiger Hill, whose pagoda inside is the landmark of SuzhouLater ride a boat on the Great Canal to enjoy the waterway of Suzhou, also named the East Venice. The world-famous canal, starting in Beijing and ending in Hangzhou, is the longest and earliest artificial river by digging. 

Shanghai to Suzhou, Suzhou tour

Day 3


After breakfast, drive to Wuzhen Water Town, which owns a history of more than 1,300 years. The reflection of old housing in rivers are like black and white ink paintings. Walking on the old streets, you will feel the extraordinary charm of ancient Chinese culture and the integration of modern life. There are some traditional stores such as Indigo Fabric Workshop, Wine Distillery Workshop and Water Market are well preserved that worth a go.  

Suzhou to Wuzhen, Wuzhen tour

Day 4


Relax yourselves in Wuzhen and then drive to Hangzhou, named "Heaven City" by Marco Polo. Go sightseeing to the West Lake,  walking on its path surrounding it and then step on Leifeng Pagoda to enjoy its panoramic view. Full of oriental implication, West Lake has always been written in Chinese poems. Hike to visit Lingyin Temple, where you will take a cable car down the hill and have a bird's view of the tea plantation on the slopes. Later take the bullet train to Huangshan.

Wuzhen to Hangzhou, Hangzhou tour, Hangzhou to Huangshan

Day 5


Drive to the foot of Mount Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), one of the most beautiful mountains in China. Take shuttle bus to Yungu Temple, exchange to cable car to upper mountain. You will visit North Sea with marvelous precipitous peaks and giant pine trees. Trek to Begin-to-Believe Peak, and then hike to Dispelling Cloud Pavilion to have a sight over West Sea Grand Canyon. Enjoy the sunset on Bright Summit, admire the incredible Flying-over Rock, then check into hotel.

Huangshan tour

Day 6


Get up early to view the magnificent sunrise of Huangshan at Refreshing Terrance. Today you will visit the well-known Dawn PavilionStone Monkey Watching the Sea on the Lion Peak. After that, trek along the wooden path to the cable station. Descend the mountain and then go for a relaxing stroll on the 900-year-old Tunxi Ancient Street. Appreciate how Chinese people produced inkstick at ancient times in Hu Kaiwen Inkstick Factory. 

Huangshan tour

Day 7


After breakfast, you will going to see authentic old Huizhou-style architectures in two remarkable ancient villages, Xidi and Hongcun. Built by successful officials or merchants returning hometown from other places, Xidi and Hongcun are much more exquisite and grandiose in their layout, decoration and construction techniques. Later take the flight to Yichang, be picked up at the airport and transfer to wharf, board the Yangtze River Cruise.

Huangshan tour, Huangshan to Yichang, board Yangtze River Cruise

Day 8

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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 9


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 10


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 11


In the morning, the cruise shall arrive at Chongqing Chaotianmen Port. Check out and disembark. You will be picked up at the wharf and then sent to the railway station. Take the bullet train to Chengdu, the biggest city in southwest China. In the afternoon, pay a visit to Shuijingfang Wine Museum, where shows traditional skills of brewing Chinese wine. Later walk leisurely on Jinli Old Street, whose wooden stele and the brick-walls exhibit an ancient charm.

Chongqing arrival, Chongqing to Chengdu, Chengdu tour

Day 12


As the hometown of Giant Panda, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding should not be missed when you come to Chengdu. Strolling through the bamboo groves, you will find lovely pandas eating bamboo, playing or sleeping. After a nice time in the park-like panda base, transfer to Leshan, ride on a boat to view the largest carved sitting Buddha in the world. Transfer back to downtown Chengdu, enjoy a nice evening free on own.

Chengdu tour

Day 13


In the morning, take the bullet train to Xi'an, the ancient capital city of 13 dynasties. Receive a warm pick-up from local tour guide and driver. 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. Enjoy yourselves by bargaining with the strollers or tasting some local snacks.

Chengdu to Xi'an, Xi'an tour

Day 14


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. Be taken to the airport for a flight to Beijing. On arrival, be greeted and sent to hotel.

Xi'an tour, Xi'an to Beijing

Day 15


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 16

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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 17


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

Beijing departure

Day 18

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.