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Mighty Yangtze & Pandas

13-Day Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Yangtze Cruise, Shanghai

Code:YT02
Type:Private Tour
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Mighty Yangtze & Pandas

Except exploring the most popular 3 cities of Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai, this trip also takes you to see China's cute national animal pandas and learn to cook the famous Sichuan Cuisine which will be a treat to your tastebuds, plus a leisurely cruise on China's longest river Yangtze River with magnificent view throughout the whole journey.

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Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Admire the most prestigious historic wonders of Great Wall, Forbidden City, and the incredible full sized underground troop Terra-cotta Army.
  • See the cute and lovely pandas eat, play, roll or just be naughty. Learn and try to cook the yummy Sichuan dishes, featuring for its pungent and spicy flavor.
  • A leisurely cruise takes you to absorb the grandeur of Yangtze and visit the world's largest power plant Three Gorges Dam.
  • Delight in China's mega city Shanghai and soak up the spectacular view in the Bund.

Mighty Yangtze & Pandas

13-Day Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Yangtze Cruise, Shanghai

Code:YT02
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$2322
Tour Highlights
  • Admire the most prestigious historic wonders of Great Wall, Forbidden City, and the incredible full sized underground troop Terra-cotta Army.
  • See the cute and lovely pandas eat, play, roll or just be naughty. Learn and try to cook the yummy Sichuan dishes, featuring for its pungent and spicy flavor.
  • A leisurely cruise takes you to absorb the grandeur of Yangtze and visit the world's largest power plant Three Gorges Dam.
  • Delight in China's mega city Shanghai and soak up the spectacular view in the Bund.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrive in Beijing
Airport pickup and hotel transfer. Explore the local neighborhood after a short rest.
Luxury: Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel Superior: Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

Welcome to China! Upon your arrival, your friendly tour guide holding your name sign will greet you at the arrival hall, then transfer you to the hotel and have a rest to recover from jet lag.

Day 2
Beijing
Visit Tiananmen Square and feel awe for the solemn imperial palace Forbidden City. Explore the old Hutongs by hopping on a rickshaw. Try to paint a facial mask by yourself.
Breakfast

After a night's sound sleep, get refreshed for today's exploration. First, visit Tiananmen Square and then move to Forbidden City, the largest collection of wooden constructions preserved today. Housing over a million incomparable treasures, it is also known as Palace Museum. As imperial palace for both Ming and Qing Dynasty, Forbidden City witnessed the rise and fall of the two dynasties from the year 1420 to 1912. Walking through different halls and exquisite architectures of the Palace, travel back into the history of ancient China with your professional guide.  

Then get into traditional Hutongs where common people used to live. Take a rickshaw ride into the small alleys to explore ordinary people's houses and local life. Learn to paint a facial mask in the famous Peking Opera and learn the traditional art of Beijing. Bring this memorable souvenir home with you when you finish. Then transfer back to your hotel.

Meridian Gate
Meridian Gate where the emperor announce new lunar calender
Day 3
Beijing
This morning, hike on the Mutianyu Great Wall. On the way back to the downtown, stopover at the Bird's Nest and Water Cube and move to the imperial garden- Summer Palace.
Breakfast

Morning sightseeing starts with the Mutianyu Great Wall, the extant longest rampart (54.km, 3.4mi) of the Great Wall with fewer tourists and wild sceneries. Meandering its way across the majestic mountains, it has perfectly guarded central China from nomadic groups' invasion over 2,000 years. Ascend to the top to absorb the majestic natural scenery and wonder at the amazing defensive work built by the ancient Chinese. What's more, round-trip cable car is included to save more time and energy for hiking on top of the Wall.

Afterwards, drive back to the city and have a stopover to the iconic Bird's Nest and Water Cube to take some great photos.

Then, drive to the imperial garden Summer Palace and stroll along the peaceful lake, taking in the picturesque scenery of gardens, halls, and pavilions. 

Day 4
Beijing-Xi'an by High Speed Train
Capture the unique morning scene at the Temple of Heaven and take a high-speed train to Xi'an.
Breakfast
Luxury: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel Superior: Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

Visit the Temple of Heaven in the morning, soak up the beautiful architectures where emperors used to hold ceremonies. Encounter the locals gathering here for morning exercise which is quite popular among locals. You are more than welcome to join these friendly local people to exercise together.

Afterwards, you will be taken to the railway station to take a 4.5-hour high-speed train to travel to Xi'an, another ancient capital of China. Upon arrival, meet your friendly Xi'an guide and get back to hotel.

Day 5
Xi'an
Explore the historic wonders like the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum as well as the City Wall. Delve into the locals by strolling in the Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque.

About 1-hour drive from the downtown area, you will get to Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. ‘Incredible’ is the most frequently used word to describe the underground army after people see the vividly made clay figures, each owning distinctive facial expression, hair style, figure as well as uniform, protecting the emperor in his afterlife.

Then drive back to the city to visit the largest and best-preserved City Wall and have an overview of this old capital. Follow your guide to take a stroll on top and find some best angles to shoot some photos of the great architecture or cycle around a bit based on your preference.

Afterwards, drive to the famous local Muslim Quarter and the ancient Great Mosque built in traditional Chinese style and enjoy some free time in the famous bazaar.

Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum
Day 6
Xi'an-Chengdu by High Speed Train
Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaanxi History Museum. Then take a high-speed train to Chengdu.
Breakfast
Luxury: Sofitel Chengdu Taihe Superior: Dorsett Grand Chengdu Hotel

After breakfast, drive to Big Wild Goose Pagoda built for storage of Buddhism scriptures that the great monk Xuanzang took back when he travelled to India on foot early 7th century.

Then visit Shaanxi History Museum where demonstrates the rich history of the ancient capital Xi'an and Shaanxi Province proved by over 37, 000 relics stored here including a lot of national treasures.

Afterwards, take the high-speed train to Chengdu and get ready to meet China's star mammals. When arrival, your Chengdu tour guide will meet you and then take you to hotel for a good rest.

Day 7
Chengdu
Take delights in the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Pandas, Jinli Old Street and Wangjiang Park.
Breakfast

Drive to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda and enjoy your time visiting these adorable ones where you will see adult pandas and panda cubs or even some new born babies if you are lucky.

Then move to Jinli Old Street and admire the old constructions and fun stalls together with famous Chengdu snacks.

Afterwards, enjoy a leisure walk in Wangjiang Park that can best present Chengdu’s leisure life from its tea houses, ear-cleaning vendors, group activities such as Taichi, Mahjong and folk dances.

Panda
Thanks for coming to see us! BTW, these bamboos are super!
Day 8
Chengdu-Chongqing by High Speed Train
Spend your morning at the Sichuan Cuisine Museum. After that, take a high-speed train to Chongqing and embark on your deluxe Yangtze Cruise Ship.
Breakfast
Luxury: Century Diamond / Century Sun Superior: Century Diamond / Century Sun

Today, you will learn Sichuan Cuisine's culinary culture and history in Sichuan Cuisine Museum where you will also be able to try some local snacks and learn how to cook typical Sichuan dishes which will be served for lunch.

Afterwards, take a high-speed train to Chongqing to get onboard your luxury Yangtze Cruise Ship.

Day 9
Yangtze River Cruise
Take the Tai Chi Class and a shore excursion to the Shibaozhai. Join the Captain's Welcome Party.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Get refreshed by taking a Tai Chi Class in the morning.

After breakfast, discover Shibaozhai, a 500-year old wooden construction on an isolated mountain along the Yangtze River. Follow your river guide to explore its famous unique architecture and learn the Chinese mythologies.

Tonight, you are invited to participate the Captain's Welcome Party and enjoy the crew's music and dance performances. Have a wonderful night!

Day 10
Yangtze River Cruise
Sail through the splendid Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. A shore excursion to Shennong Stream or Shennv Stream. Attend the Captain's Farewell Party.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Cruise will first sail through Qutang Gorge and then the most spectacular Wu Gorge.

And you will embark on a shore excursion to visit Shennong Stream by a small wooden boat to go deeper into the gorge to admire the hidden beauty or visit Shennv Stream and take in its charming view.

Then you will sail to the longest Xiling Gorge featuring rapid water, rare stones and twisted course.

The Captain's Farewell Party is held tonight.

Yangtze River Cruise
Day 11
Yichang-Shanghai by Flight
Disembark at Maoping Pier and admire the Three Gorges Dam. Idle about Binjiang Park and tour around the Yichang Museum. At last, fly to Shanghai.
Breakfast
Luxury: Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai Superior: Central Hotel Shanghai

This morning, you will disembark to visit the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest power station in terms of installed capacity.

Then meet your guide and travel to Binjiang Park. Stroll along the bank of Yangtze River, where you will find vivid scene of local life that seniors having fun singing, playing cards, dancing and fishing.

Then get oriented to Yichang Museum and appreciate the treasures stored here, some of which can date back to Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-221BC).

Afterwards, catch your flight to Shanghai and enjoy the city's beautiful night view on the way back to your hotel.

Day 12
Shanghai
This morning, sight-see the Yu Garden, Nanjing Road and The Bund. Ascend to the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center for a bird's eye view. Tour around Xintiandi as well as the Jade Buddha Temple.
Breakfast

Visit the essence of traditional Chinese garden Yu Garden and enjoy the beautiful layout which also presents the philosophy of Chinese people's life.

Then head to the bustling Nanjing Road and the Bund which is granted World Architecture Museum.

Get on top of Shanghai World Financial Center to get a bird's view of Shanghai, which may change your impression of China.

Continue to visit Xintiandi (New World of Shanghai) to see Shanghai's traditional Shikumen constructions.

At last, visit the peaceful Jade Buddha Temple built in 1882, housing the famous Reclining Jade Buddha statue imported from Burma.

The Bund
Day 13
Depart from Shanghai
Transfer to the airport and have a nice journey home!
Breakfast

Farewell to China! Your guide and driver will escort you to the airport for your flight home. 

Accommodations
BeijingXianChengduChongqingShanghai
Beijing
Luxury

Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel

No.36, North Third Ring Road East, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Sheraton Grand Beijing Dongcheng enjoys perfect location in the new CBD area with various on-site restaurants catering to different tastes plus easy access to all places.
Superior

Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Located in downtown Wangfujing area, Novotel Peace is only 5-minute walk to the nearby shopping malls and 15-minute walk to the Forbidden City. Easy to explore local life.
Xian
Luxury

Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

No.208, Cien East Road, Qujiang Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
Wyndham Xi'an Grand South Hotel is located in the city's newly built CBD area, featuring the grand Tang Dynasty's architectural styles with amazing night views and easy access for shopping.
Superior

Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

No.79 Bei Da Jie, Xincheng, Xi'an, China
Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower boasts great location in the city center with comfortable rooms and good western buffet breakfast, easy to take a walk around to explore local life.
Chengdu
Luxury

Sofitel Chengdu Taihe

15 Binjiang Middle Road, Jinjiang, Chengdu, China
As the Accor Group member, the hotel perfectly fuses French style and Sichuan local Style. The hotel's central location allows easy access to the city's stylish fashion centers and malls.
Superior

Dorsett Grand Chengdu Hotel

No.168, West Yulong Street, Qingyang, Chengdu, China
Next to Chengdu's famous pedestrian shopping street Chunxi Road, the hotel features with its standard service, nice breakfasts well as various exotic cuisines in its on-site restaurants.
Chongqing
Luxury

Century Diamond

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Drinkable water in every cabin Private outdoor balconies Excellent and professional service onboard

Century Sun

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Launched in 2006, renovated in 2012 Spacious rooms with outdoor private balconies Great service from professional and warm-hearted staff
Superior

Century Diamond

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Drinkable water in every cabin Private outdoor balconies Excellent and professional service onboard

Century Sun

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Launched in 2006, renovated in 2012 Spacious rooms with outdoor private balconies Great service from professional and warm-hearted staff
Shanghai
Luxury

Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

1. Jinling East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
The hotel is located right on the bund with artistic design merged modern Shanghai with Art Deco of 1930s. The hotel is also a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts with excellent service, amazing views and great breakfasts.
Superior

Central Hotel Shanghai

No.555 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
Located in the heart of the city, Central Hotel Shanghai featuring traditional Shanghai style rooms, good facilities and nice breakfasts is next to the Nanjing Road and 5-minute walk to the Bund.
Luxury
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Beijing

Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel

No.36, North Third Ring Road East, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Sheraton Grand Beijing Dongcheng enjoys perfect location in the new CBD area with various on-site restaurants catering to different tastes plus easy access to all places.

Xian

Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

No.208, Cien East Road, Qujiang Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
Wyndham Xi'an Grand South Hotel is located in the city's newly built CBD area, featuring the grand Tang Dynasty's architectural styles with amazing night views and easy access for shopping.

Chengdu

Sofitel Chengdu Taihe

15 Binjiang Middle Road, Jinjiang, Chengdu, China
As the Accor Group member, the hotel perfectly fuses French style and Sichuan local Style. The hotel's central location allows easy access to the city's stylish fashion centers and malls.

Chongqing

Century Diamond

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Drinkable water in every cabin Private outdoor balconies Excellent and professional service onboard

Century Sun

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Launched in 2006, renovated in 2012 Spacious rooms with outdoor private balconies Great service from professional and warm-hearted staff

Shanghai

Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

1. Jinling East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
The hotel is located right on the bund with artistic design merged modern Shanghai with Art Deco of 1930s. The hotel is also a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts with excellent service, amazing views and great breakfasts.
Superior
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Beijing

Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Located in downtown Wangfujing area, Novotel Peace is only 5-minute walk to the nearby shopping malls and 15-minute walk to the Forbidden City. Easy to explore local life.

Xian

Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

No.79 Bei Da Jie, Xincheng, Xi'an, China
Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower boasts great location in the city center with comfortable rooms and good western buffet breakfast, easy to take a walk around to explore local life.

Chengdu

Dorsett Grand Chengdu Hotel

No.168, West Yulong Street, Qingyang, Chengdu, China
Next to Chengdu's famous pedestrian shopping street Chunxi Road, the hotel features with its standard service, nice breakfasts well as various exotic cuisines in its on-site restaurants.

Chongqing

Century Diamond

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Drinkable water in every cabin Private outdoor balconies Excellent and professional service onboard

Century Sun

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Launched in 2006, renovated in 2012 Spacious rooms with outdoor private balconies Great service from professional and warm-hearted staff

Shanghai

Central Hotel Shanghai

No.555 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
Located in the heart of the city, Central Hotel Shanghai featuring traditional Shanghai style rooms, good facilities and nice breakfasts is next to the Nanjing Road and 5-minute walk to the Bund.
Price (Per Person, Tax Included)
Type: Private Tour
Departure: Flexible 2019 / 2020
Tour Class Superior Luxury
High Season( MAR - NOV ) US$2587 US$2988
Low Season( DEC - FEB ) US$2322 US$2830
  • Prices above are based on 2 persons sharing one room of Superior/Luxury Class Hotels. Please enquire to get a better rate if there are more than 2 travelers in your group.
  • Any parts of the itinerary could be customized based on your interests and budgets, e.g. tour length, activities, hotels, etc.
Inclusions
  • Entrance fees to sightseeings and attractions
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking tour guides
  • Private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights, trains and cruises as specified in the itinerary
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