9 Days Beijing Yangtze River and Shanghai Tour

Travel to China from Beijing to Shanghai and enjoy a relaxing, luxurious cruise voyage through world’s third longest river, to revel in a taste of China’s history, culture, and natural beauty.

From the imposing Great Wall, enormous Forbidden City to primitive hutong alleyways, you will travel back to ancient China. When cruising Yangtze, immerse yourself in amazingly beautiful landscape. And explore Shanghai, one of the busiest global financial hub but with traditions dating to centuries of years ago.

Trip Highlights

  • Discover the imposing glory of Beijing
  • Experience the fun and energetic vibe of Shanghai
  • Magnificent scenery along Yangtze River
  • Taste wonderful local cuisines

Customizable Tour Itinerary

Board your international flight to China. Arrive in Beijing, China’s legendary capital, and meet your private guide and driver at the airport. See Beijing for the first time on the way to your luxurious hotel. Spend the remaining of the day to counteract jet lag.

  • Hotels: Beijing Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel, Beijing Fairmont Hotel, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
Forbidden CityForbidden City

Feel refreshed and energetic when practicing Tai Chi with a master in the Temple of Heaven. Dating to 1420, it was built with sacred architectures for ancient emperors, “the sons of heaven”, to sacrifice to the Heaven and Earth.

Wander the Panjiayuan Weekend Market in a good mood. See local craftsman, vendors, antique lovers and buyers have fun with those old stuffs.

From Tiananmen Square, see Tiananmen Rostrum, the symbol of China with portrait of Chairman Mao hung from the gate. Walk into Forbidden City, the royal palace during Ming and Qing Dynasty but a restricted area for nearly 500 years, but now open to the public as a grand Palace Museum. Admire its architectural beauty and listen to the history and stories that had happened here.

Regarding your dinner meal, Beijing Roast Duck is highly recommended (optional).

Get to the top of Jinghan Hill that offers a superb full view of Forbidden City.

Enjoy a wonderful evening with a show of Kungfu or Peking Opera (optional).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Temple of HeavenTemple of Heaven

Get to the Great Wall Mutianyu Section with cableway up and down. The greatest and biggest man-made military project on human history, the Great Wall stretches for more than 20,000km on the mountain summits. Walk on the Great Wall to discover the beacon towers and view the world from its top.

Sit on a rickshaw to traverse the labyrinth of hutongs, which is a deeply rooted part of old Beijing. Surrounding the Forbidden City with small alleyways, hutong is the best place to experience real Beijing life and discover many cultural sites.

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

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Great WallGreat Wall

Visit Summer Palace, where the imperial family of Qing Dynasty used to enjoy a cool getaway from Forbidden City in the hot summer days. Sit back on a boat cruising Kunming Lake. See the grand ancient towers, pavilions and palaces built against Wanshou Hill.

Fly to Chongqing, pick up with a private transfer to Chongqing Chaotianmen Wharf, where you board luxurious Yangtze cruise ship.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Luxurious Yangtze cruiseLuxurious Yangtze cruise

Wake up in clean fresh air and enjoy the tea, coffee and hearty breakfast. Free at leisure, or join the others to do morning exercise – practicing Taiji on board. Get to known the history of the Yangtze when listening to a lecture. In the afternoon, enjoy a shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda, a must-visit sight along Yangtze River and a mighty ancient Chinese architecture masterpiece.

In the evening have fun at the Captain’s Welcome Party and enjoy the fabulous performances.

Optional site visit: the over 2000-year-old Fengdu Ghost City, with various kinds of “the nether world” structures.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
Great WallGreat Wall

Enjoy another day on board, embraced with beautiful Three Gorge sceneries all along. The ship gradually sails through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge, and you can see high mountains and steep precipices along the banks. Then get out of your ship and take a small boat to float through pristine Shennv Stream (Goddess Stream).

Attend the Captain’s Farewell Party in the evening and relax.

Optional site visit: 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.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
Yangtze CruiseYangtze Cruise

After breakfast on board, check out and disembark. Before your cruise voyage finally ends, visit Three Gorge Dam, another highlight of the Yangtze cruise trip, to wonder at the largest hydropower project in the world.

Meet your local guide of Yichang and transfer to Sanyou Cave Cliff. Three famous poets traveled and wrote poems on the cliff in this karst cave in Tang Dynasty, hence the name. Outside the cave, there are also other interesting cultural relics.

Fly to Shanghai and melt into its fascinating night scene.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Four Seasons Hotel Pudong Shanghai, Grand Hyatt Shanghai, Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin
Shanghai XintiandiShanghai Xintiandi

Admire ancient Chinese art exhibition in Shanghai Museum: the Tang and Song Dynasty calligraphy & painting exhibition, Yuan Dynasty Blue and White Porcelain exhibition, Ming and Qing Dynasty furniture…

Later visit Yu Garden, a picturesque 16th-Century garden with a combination of architecture technology and garden art. Have a delightful stroll around Shanghai’s old streets of Town God Temple, where you will find traditional shops, street food stalls and beautiful Mid-Lake Pavilion surrounded by vintage architectures.

Walk the Bund, where Shanghai began its modernization, and today it has become a symbol of Shanghai. See 52 colonial architectures of different classical styles. Later stand on the observation deck of Shanghai World Financial Center to witness the ultra-modern China.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Yu GardenYu Garden

You will be picked up and driven to the airport by private transfer – the end of your 9 days China Vacation. Board your international return flight home.

  • Meals: Breakfast,
Shanghai Pudong areaShanghai Pudong area

Price Includes

  • In-country transportationas noted in the itinerary.
  • Admission fees and activity expenses as noted in the itinerary.
  • Luxury or boutique hotels centrally located.
  • Meals in local restaurants as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water.
  • Your own English-speaking guide service.
  • Your own chauffeur and vehicle service.

Price Excludes

  • International transportation.
  • Chinese tourist visa. (which enquired for most foreign passport holders)
  • Travel and medical insurance.
  • Meals, snacks, alcohol, etc. apart from those included in the itinerary.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Sights, excursions and activities not included in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities to guide and driver.


This tour is tailor-made and we can tailor to meet your reqeusts. Your personal travel consultant will contact you within 24 working hours!


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