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13 Days China Essense and Yangtse Cruise Tour

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Day 1: Shanghai,Airport Transfer

Transfer via: by air-by tourist own arrangement 

Program: Be met at Shanghai Pudong international airport and transferred to the hotel.

Day 2: The Bund, Nanjing Road,Yu Garden,Chenghuang Temple,Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Program: The Bund, Nanjing Road, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yu Garden, Yuyuan Market

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-The Bund (Waitan): It is one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai. It is here where the first British company opened an office in 1846.

-Nanjing Road: It is one of the most important commercial and tourist streets in Shanghai, which stretches from Waitan to Yanan Xilu.

-Oriental Pearl TV Tower: Standing by the Huangpu River with 468 meters high, Orental Pearl TV Tower is the highest TV Tower in Asia.

-Yu Garden: It is characteristic of the architectural style of the Ming Dynasty and it used to be a private garden with 400 years' history. In front of the garden, there is a market called Yu Market.

-Yuyuan Market: Yuyuan Market found beside Yuyuan Garden is a bazaar of stores that sells traditional Chinese arts and crafts and souvenirs. The stores sell a mish-mash of items including chopsticks, Chinese medicine, walking sticks, fans, silk umbrellas, bamboo and rattan furniture, goldfish, pottery, plus much more. Part of the market has also been transformed into an indoor mall.

Food is also a great temptation in Yuyuan Market with local delicacies such as xiao long bao, pigeon egg dumplings and spicy cold noodles from the street stalls or numerous restaurants.

Day 3: Shanghai Museum,Old French Concession Area, DUOLUN Road Cultural Street,Airport Transfer

Transfer via: by air-by DCT arrangement 

Program: Shanghai Museum, Old French Concession Area, DUOLUN Road Cultural Street, Be transferred to Shanghai airport for flight to Yichang, Be at Yichang airport and transferred to the dock for upstream cruise, Three Gorges,

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-Shanghai Museum: The biggest museum in China, with a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics. It is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy.

-The French Concession: The French Concession is the area of Shanghai once designated for the French. Today, the area's central Huaihai Rd is a busy shopping street, but the tree-lined avenues and their many Tudor mansions still retain an air of the "Paris of the East".

-DUOLUN Road Cultural Street: This restored and rather grubby street of fine old houses was once home to several of China's most famous writers (as well as Kuomintang generals). Today it is lined with art supply stores, curio shops, galleries, teahouses and cafes, as well as statues of the writers Lu Xun and Guo Moruo.   Board the ship from 5:00pm to 10:00pm and Sail from Yichang at 21:00, the economic and cultural center of western Hubei Province.(Dinner is not included)

Day 4: Three Gorges

Program: Three Gorges

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Morning visit to the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping, the largest in the world. Later sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship licks. Sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest(41 miles), and the deepest of the Three Gorges.

Day 5: Three Gorges

Program: Three Gorges

Take an excursion through the Daning River Small Gorges, which are narrower than the three Gorges, but very impressive. Enter Wu Gorge, known for tis quite beauty, forest-covered mountains, and cliffs so sheer that the sun barely penetrates the precipics. Then sail through Qutang Gorge, the shortest (5 miles), narrowest (500 feet), and most dramatic gorge.

Day 6: Three Gorges

Program: Three Gorges

Shore excursion to the Ghost City Fengdu, known for its statues of ghostsand evils on Mingshan Hill or the new relocation village, built for fmilies who have moved as a result of the Yangtze's rising waters brought about by the Three Gorges Dam.

Day 7: Dock Transfer,Chongqing Zoo,Eling Park,Airport Transfer,Airport Transfer

Transfer via: by air-by DCT arrangement 

Program: Three Gorges, arrive in Chongqing at 09:00, local tour guide will meet you at Chongqing dock and then visit Chongqing Zoopanda house), Erling Park. And then be transferred to the airport for flight to Xian, Be met at Xian airport and transferred to the hotel, have a good rest.

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-Chongqing Zoo: Chongqing Zoo is located in the western suburb of the city, which was established in 1955. It occupies more than 60 hectares of land and there are 230 kinds of more than 4500 rare and precious wild animals be shown in this zoo throughout the year, among them 80 percent of the animals belong to world rare species and national protecting important animals. Pandas are most popular among of that. In the Panda Ground at the foot of a hill and by a little stream, visitors can see charmingly native giant and lesser pandas and their offspring. The zoo received more than 1 million visitors every year.

-Erling Park: Located on the Eling (Goose Hill), the park used to be an ancient private garden named "Li Garden" made by Mr. Li Yaoting from 1909-1911 A.D. With its good location and beautiful natural scenery, it is one of the best places to have a birds-eye-view of the whole city.

Day 8: Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, The Terra-cotta Warriors Processing Factory,Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Program: The Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, The Terra-cotta Warriors Processing Factory, The Wild Goose Pagoda,

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-The Terra-cotta Warriors: The greatest archaeological findings of the century: the army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin's tomb.

-The Wild Goose Pagoda: It is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists.

Day 9: The Shaanxi Provincial Museum,Xian Ancient City Wall,The Great Mosque at Huajue Lane,Beiyuanmen Muslim Quarter,Train Station Transfer

Transfer via: by overnight train for soft sleeper Z20 (19:30-08:18+1) or similar –by DCT arrangement

Program: The Provincial Museum, The Ancient City Wall, Great Mosque, Muslim Quarter, Transfer to Xian train station for overnight train to Beijing,

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-The Provincial Museum: Built at the site of a former Confucian temple in the southern part of Xian, this is the largest comprehensive museum in the province. It exhibits primarily historical relics of past dynasties and displays precious art treasures

-The Ancient City Wall: It is the largest and best preserved present city wall in ancient China and is probably the best military battlement in the world.

-Great Mosque: It is the largest and best preserved of the early mosques of China. Built primarily in the Ming Dynasty when Chinese architectural elements were synthesized into mosque architecture

-Muslim Quarter: Comprises a number of narrow and bustling streets in the vicinity of the Drum Tower. The main strip is called Beiyuanmen which runs north from the Drum Tower.  It is home to Xian's Hui population, one of China's many ethnic minorities.

Day 10: Train Station Transfer,Tiananmen Square,Forbidden City,The Summer Palace

Program: Be met at Beijing train station and transferred to the hotel for check in. after breakfast, visit the Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace

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-The Tiananmen Square: Visit the largest city square in the world at the heart of Beijing.

-The Forbidden City: Listed by the UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage, the world's largest palace complex covers a floor space of 720,000 square meters. It houses numerous rare treasures and curiosities after 500 years being an imperial palace.

-The Summer Palace: Listed as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, The Summer Palace in Beijing is ranked among the most noted and classical gardens of the world.


Day 11: Mutianyu Great Wall,Ming Tombs,Exterior Visit of Olympic Sites

Program: Mutianyu Great Wall, The Ming Tomb, Exterior Visit of Olympic Sites

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-Mutianyu Great Wall: One of the Seven Wonders of the World and the symbol of China. With a history of more than 2000 years and approximately 6,700 kilometers The Great wall of China offers a unique opportunity to experience this wonderful country. Among the most popular sections is The Great Wall at Badaling, The Great Wall at Mutianyu and The Great Wall at Simatai

-The Ming Tomb: The Ming tombs of the 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty were located on the southern slope of Mount Taishou (originally Mount Huangtu)

- The Exterior Visit of Olympic Sites: "Bird's Nest": the Beijing National Stadium is the main track and field stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympics and has hosted the Opening and Closing ceremonies."Water Cube": the National Swimming Center, with "bubbles" spread out all over its surface, is a shape very similar to the structure of "H2O".

Day 12: The Temple of Heaven,Lama Temple Yonghegong,Xiushui market,Beijing Hutong

Program: The Temple of Heaven, Hutong tour, The Lhama Monastery, Xiushui Market

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-The Temple of Heaven: China's largest existing complex of ancient sacrificial buildings occupies an area of 273 hectares. It is three times the area of the Forbidden City, where you may see local people doing the morning exercises, practicing Taiji, dancing and even singing the Pecking Opera

-Hutong tour: Go through old narrow paths where common people lived in ancient China and you also have an opportunity to get an insight into Chinese present life.

-The Lhama Monastery: The 260-year-old monastery is the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present day China.

-Xiushui Market: Take advantage of cheap prices in one of the famous markets in Beijing. Here you will find a wide variety, including curtains, tablecloths, bedding, earrings, and watches as well as clothes, caps, and shoes.

Day 13: Airport Transfer

Transfer via: by air-by tourist own arrangement 

Program: Be transferred to Beijing airport for flight back home.

Service Ends!

*The prices are inapplicable during the May Labor's Day (1st -7th May), Chinese National Day (1st - 7th Oct), Chinese big events.
Please contact us for the exact price.

Price Includes:

A. Entrance fees:
To scenic spots as listed above in the in the itinerary.
B. Meals:
All means as specified in the itinerary. "B" stands for western breakfast "L" for Chinese Lunch in local Chinese restaurant. "D" for Chinese dinner in local Chinese restaurant. The quotation is basic on the above normal meals. If you have any special request about meals, like vegetarian, or Indian food etc, please inform us in advance.
C. Private Transfers:
Between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Beijing,Xian,Chongqingby the private air conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide.
D. Private tour escort for Sightseeing:
As outlined in the Itinerary will be escorted with English-speaking guide.
The English-speaking guide and driver of each city accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
E. Hotels:
Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds.
All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
F. Yangtze River Cruises.
The price quoted for a Yangtze River Cruise includes all meals onboard, and all the land excursions including the smaller cruise fee to Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream. (Optional land excursions are available for a few ships which will be specially noticed.) All incidental charges, including room service, mini bar, laundry, and drinks and bar charges, tipping, etc. are not included.
The Pre-boarding fee includes an overnight accommodation on the ship prior to the departure date, and the breakfast in the morning.
All the land excursions are in groups escorted by ship guide and guide from the excursion site. No private tours for this part. The route of the boat is subject to change due to the weather condition, Boat Company¡¯s decision or other uncontrollable elements.
G. Transportation:
Flights(Economy Class) with airport tax: from Shanghai to Yichang, from Chongqing to Xian
Train: from Xian to Beijing
(Special notes about train reservation: if you have booked train tickets with us, we would like to inform that all the train tickets that we have proposed will not be confirmed until 2 days before the departure time of the train due to the reason that the train station does not handle the reservation until then. Discover China Tours manages to provide 98% of the train tickets that we have proposed for you with exceptions due to government actions such as charter the railroad car and other force majeure. Discover China Tours reserves the right to change your train tickets reservation to other means of transportation, which may result in different schedule.)
H. Service Charge & Government Taxes:
I. Luggage Transfers:
Between airports and hotels.
J. Arrangements:
The tour cost includes the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price excludes:
A. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets.
B. Visa Fees.
C. Excess Baggage Charges.
D. Personal Expenses:
Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the Item 2.
E. Meals:
Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
F. Gratuities:
Tips to guides or drivers.
*The prices are inapplicable during the May Labor's Day (1st -7th May), Chinese National Day (1st - 7th Oct), Chinese Spring Festival and big events.
Please contact us for the exact price.

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Day 1:

Airport Transfer

Day 2:

The Bund
Nanjing Road
Yu Garden
Chenghuang Temple
Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Day 3:

Shanghai Museum
Old French Concession Area
DUOLUN Road Cultural Street
Airport Transfer

Day 4:

Three Gorges

Day 5:

Three Gorges

Day 6:

Three Gorges

Day 7:

Dock Transfer
Chongqing Zoo
Eling Park
Airport Transfer
Airport Transfer

Day 8:

Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses
The Terra-cotta Warriors Processing Factory
Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Day 9:

The Shaanxi Provincial Museum
Xian Ancient City Wall
The Great Mosque at Huajue Lane
Beiyuanmen Muslim Quarter
Train Station Transfer

Day 10:

Train Station Transfer
Tiananmen Square
Forbidden City
The Summer Palace

Day 11:

Mutianyu Great Wall
Ming Tombs
Exterior Visit of Olympic Sites

Day 12:

The Temple of Heaven
Lama Temple Yonghegong
Xiushui market
Beijing Hutong

Day 13:

Airport Transfer