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China Golden Triangle Upstream Yangtze Cruise Tour

A superb China culture and scenery combination, it is suitable for family, couple or friends group to enjoy two weeks’ vacation in China. Travel to the golden triangle of China – the cultural Beijing, historical Xian and dynamic Shanghai, to soak in many world-class attractions and landmarks, and also delve into enticing Chinese traditions. What’s more, enjoy 5 days 4 nights luxurious cruise voyage up Yangtze River from Yichang to Chongqing with wonderful shore excursions and rare time of relaxation.

CCT Advantages:

  • 1. Visit several of the premier historic sites in the world – the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven
  • 2. Discover the Old Beijing on an old-fashioned rickshaw ride, visiting original hutongs and quadrangle courtyards;
  • 3. Explore Xian’s museums, temples and iconic structures to witness the glorious past of China;
  • 4. Cruise Yangtze River on a luxurious ship for optimal comfort, fascinating onboard activities and shore excursions;
  • 5. Take a wonderfully contrasting trip in Shanghai to witness its century years-old traditions and ultra-modernization, visiting the Bund, Yu Garden, Shanghai Tower, and Nanxun Water Town;
  • 6. Choose from hand-picked optional night shows to experience more of Chinese culture and art.

14 Days Shanghai Yangtze River Cruise Xian and Beijing Tour

14 Days Shanghai Yangtze Xian Beijing Tour Package

Day 1, Shanghai Arrival

Meals: No Meals

Welcome to China! Arrive Shanghai at any time, and your private guide will meet you outside the customs of airport. Transfer to your luxurious hotel with a private vehicle. Spend the rest of the day to acclimate the new surroundings. Alternatively, explore this international metropolis at your own pace.

Recommended hotels:

  • - Shanghai luxury hotels: Peace Hotel, Les Suites Orient Bund, Peninsula or similar
  • - Shanghai boutique hotels: Hotel Indigo on the Bund, The Yangtze Boutique or similar
  • 14 Days Shanghai Yangtze Xian Beijing Tour Package

    Day 2, Shanghai City Highlights – Traditional Garden & the Bund

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Travel with peace of mind in Jade Buddha Temple, a shrine for locals. It is so named because of a valuable seated jade Buddha statue kept inside it.

    Witness the superb artificial landscape of Yu Garden, the best-preserved classical garden in Shanghai. Later see elegant traditional Chinese-style architecture in Yuyuan Market – also known as Shanghai’s food paradise.

    Then your guide will lead you to the Bund alongside Huangpu River, an iconic symbol of Shanghai, lined with dozens of striking colonial buildings. Later ascend Shanghai Tower, here from Shanghai city’s highest observation deck to savor stunning high-altitude views.

    14 Days Shanghai Yangtze Xian Beijing Tour Package

    Day 3, Day trip to Nanxun Water Town

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Travel out of busting Shanghai to ancient Nanxun Town, with a history of over 750 years. One of best water towns in East China, Nanxun is perfectly-retained, relatively less-visited and offers a rare chance of relaxation. Enjoy a short boat cruise floating on the calm river and see the riverside residential houses, corridors and stone arch bridges throwing their shadows in the water.

    Don’t miss Shanghai’s most eye-popping acrobatics show in the evening (optional).

    14 Days Shanghai Yangtze Xian Beijing Tour Package

    Day 4, Shanghai to Yichang

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Fly to Yichang in the early morning. Pick up and have a brief sightseeing trip of Yichang.

    Visiting Sanyou Cave Cliff will allow you to appreciate ancient Chinese poetry and inscription art inside natural caves. Visit other historical sites in the scenic area before being transferred to Yichang Maoping Wharf, where you will go on aboard your Yangtze cruise ship.

    Set out for a memorable voyage.

    14 Days Shanghai Yangtze Xian Beijing Tour Package

    Day 5, Yangtze River Cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    After a sound sleep, get refreshed with a morning Taiji lesson on the deck, with cool breeze, fresh air and sunlight. Go ashore to visit Three Gorge Dam, so far the biggest and most cost-effective water conservancy in the world and creating a striking vista.

    Be present at the captain’s welcome party.

    Optional shore excursion:
    Longjinxi Scenic Area – an idyllic place with pristine fishing village and primitive Three Gorge scenery
    Quyuan’s Hometown – where you can see many cultural sites and know about Quyuan - Chinese Dragon Boat Festival has been celebrated to memorize Quyuan

    14 Days Shanghai Yangtze Xian Beijing Tour Package

    Day 6, Yangtze River Cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Keep practicing Taiji to balance to your body and soul. After the ship sail through Wu gorge, take a small boat to penetrate into the long and narrow Shennv Stream (Goddess Stream). Get an up- close view of the massive mountain peaks and cliff-side hanging coffins. Back to the ship and sail through Qutang Gorge.

    Enjoy the fabulous onboard performances and activities.

    Optional shore excursion:
    White Emperor City - a famous cultural site with Ming and Qing temples and architectures, and lots of poetry inscriptions dating to Sui and Tang Dynasty

    14 Days Shanghai Yangtze Xian Beijing Tour Package

    Day 7, Yangtze River Cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Taiji lesson taught by a master is still on. Alternatively, enjoy the early bird coffee or tea. After having your buffet breakfast, go ashore to visit Shibaozhai Pagoda – US Discovery Channel classified it as one of the Seven Wonders of China and one of the eight bizarre buildings in the world.

    Relax on board and attend captain’s farewell party.

    14 Days Shanghai Yangtze Xian Beijing Tour Package

    Day 8, An Ancient Town of Chongqing, Chongqing to Xian

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Disembark in Chongqing, a vibrant mountain city and a capital of fine dining. Explore riverside Ciqikou Ancient Town, Chongqing’s ancient harbor dating to over 1000 years ago. Walk the flagstone alleyways to discover a dizzying array of traditional street foods, vintage tea houses, traditional Bayu (Chongqing) dwellings and interesting street performances.

    Fly to Xian, an enticing city enveloped in history and culture.

    Recommended hotels:

  • - Xian luxury hotels: Wyndham Grand Xian South, Gran Meliá Xian, Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel or similar
  • - Xian boutique hotels: Grand Mercure Xi'an on Renmin Square or similar
  • 14 Days Shanghai Yangtze Xian Beijing Tour Package

    Day 9, The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Visit the three excavation pits of Emperor Qinshihuang’s accompanied tomb, and face to face with thousands of Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, who are outfitted with armors, weapons and chariot.

    Get in China’s best-preserved ancient city wall – the Xian Old City Wall. 14km long and 12m high, the wall encloses the ancient imperial city (Xian used to be the Chinese capital for more than a thousand years).

    Enjoy the fabulous dance of Tang Dynasty with classical music after having delicious dumplings (optional).

    14 Days Shanghai Yangtze Xian Beijing Tour Package

    Day 10, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian to Beijing

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Today, visit a Buddhist temple and a mosque.

    Big Wild Goose Pagoda is also known as the Da Cien Temple Pagoda, built in 652 to hold Tibetan classics brought back from ancient India. A 64.5-m-tall brick pagoda, it is a masterpiece of Buddhist architecture of Tang dynasty.

    The Great Mosque of Xian, situated in Huajue Lane, is an ancient Chinese architecture complex consisting classical Chinese architectural style and Islamic architectural style. It is a finest example of Ming and Qing religious structures.

    Delight in the leisure ambience of Muslim Quarter before heading to Beijing on a high speed train ride.

    Recommended hotels:

  • - Beijing luxury hotels: Four Seasons, Peninsula, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, Regent Beijing or similar
  • - Beijing boutique hotels: Double Happiness Beijing Courtyard Hotel or similar
  • 14 Days Shanghai Yangtze Xian Beijing Tour Package

    Day 11, Forbidden City, Hutongs of Old Beijing

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    In Beijing, you’ve come to the heart of China and go deeper by crossing Tiananmen Square, world’s largest city square, to mysterious Forbidden City.

    Exploring Forbidden City, or known as the Palace Museum, you will witness the grandness and unique beauty of ancient Chinese imperial palace, see many valuable cultural relics, and learn from your knowledgeable guide about China’s turbulent history.

    For in the know people, hutong tour on rickshaw is one of the top things to do in Beijing, as you will not only see traditional hutong dwellings, but also you can glimpse local people’s life and discover old Chinese handicrafts still inherited by local artists.

    Enjoy a night show of Shaolin Kungfu or Peking Opera (optional).

    14 Days Shanghai Yangtze Xian Beijing Tour Package

    Day 12, the Great Wall of China

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China was mainly built between the 3rd Century BC and the 17th Century for over 2000 years. Today you’ll reach Mutianyu Great Wall on the mountain top by cable car, and overlook the mountain view of Beijing’s outskirts.

    When driving back to downtown Beijing, stop by 2008 Beijing Olympic Park, and see its modern, unique designed venues, such as Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube.

    Feast on Beijing Roast Duck at dinner time (optional).

    14 Days Shanghai Yangtze Xian Beijing Tour Package

    Day 13, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    The UNESCO-protected Temple of Heaven is the most important imperial religious site in ancient China, where the emperors worshiped heaven and earth. Furthermore, it is a piece of Chinese architecture art works dating to the 15th Century.

    If it happens to be the weekend, your guide will lead you to Panjiayuan Market, full of antiques and a nice place to appreciate traditional Chinese art.

    Have an in-depth visit of Summer Palace - the best traditional garden in China, incorporating Wanshou Hill and Kunming Lake. Enjoy a short boat cruise on the lake for relaxation and appreciate its beautiful architectures: a dozen ancient bridges, hillside towers, riverside pavilions…

    14 Days Shanghai Yangtze Xian Beijing Tour Package

    Day 14, Beijing Departure

    Meals: Breakfast

    Enjoy a private transfer from hotel to airport. Your guide will assist you in check-in procedures and walk you to the security pass. China Culture Tour service ends.

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