12 days 11 nights Beijing/Xi’an/Chongqing/Yichang/Shanghai (PT12D-2)
As the capital of China, Beijing is one of the world’s truly imposing cities, with a 3,000-year history and 11 million people. Covering 16,808 square kilometers in area, it is the political, cultural and economic center of the People’s Republic of China. Situated in northeast China, Beijing adjoins the Inner Mongolian Highland to the northwest and the Great Northern Plain to the south. Five rivers run through the city, connecting it to the eastern Bohai Sea. Administratively, the Beijing municipality equals the status of a province, reporting directly to the central government. Rich in history, Beijing has been China’s primary capital for more than seven centuries. China’s imperial past and political present meet at Tiananmen square, where the Forbidden City palace of the emperors gives way to the Great Hall of the People congress building and the mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong. The old city walls have been replaced by ring roads, and many of the old residential districts of alleys and courtyard houses have been turned into high-rise hotels, office buildings, and department stores. Beijing, a dynamic city where the old and new intermingle, remains a magnet for visitors from inside and outside of China.
Xi’an is a city with an incredible history, and is now a prosperous modern city. As the capital city of Shannxi province, it holds a key position in the fertile plain between the highland plateau of the north and the Qinling Mountains to the south. Xi’an has been the capital of eleven dynasties for more than 2000 years. Along with Rome and Constantinople, this city played a vital role in bridging the gap between east and west. There are important sites and relics in this city. The Terracotta Army of Qin Emperor is regarded as the eighth wonder of the world.
Chongqing is a port city with the largest municipal area and population in China. It is situated in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers in southwest China. With an area of 31,800 square miles, the municipality of Chongqing has a registered population of 32 million, of which the majority is of Han nationality. Numerous other ethnic groups including Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Qiang, Hui, Man, You and Tujia also reside here and retain their own traditional customs. Since its founding 3,000 years ago, Chongqing has been called Jiangzhou, Yuzhou, and Gongzhou, before receiving its present name nearly 800 years ago. Today, Chongqing is a modern city, China’s fourth municipality after Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin. Within its borders Chongqing encompasses a wealth of water reserves, mineral resources, dense forests, and abundant flora and fauna. Located at the head of the reservoir behind the Gorges Dam, Chongqing is planned to be the spearhead for the development of the western part of the country by China’s Central Government. With the completion of the Three Gorges Project, its reservoir will bring ocean going ships to the quays of Chongqing. The hope is to make this megalopolis a “Chinese Chicago”, opening up the interior, shifting the country’s center of gravity west, and kick-starting the economy – as did Chicago in the United States during the nineteenth century.
Lying on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, Yichang covers an area of about 8,108 square miles. It is an ancient city and its history can be traced back 4,000 years. Now, after thousands of years of development, the city stands out with its various unique characteristics. Located in the middle of China, Yichang is the transportation center which connects the eastern and the western parts of China. Yichang has abundant water resources. Yangtze River runs through the city center and the Gezhouba Water Conservancy Project and Three Gorges Dam Project are located there. Benefiting from these projects, Yichang has become the largest hydroelectric resource center in China.
Shanghai is China’s most comprehensive industrial and commercial city, ranking the first in population and population density. As a tourist city, it attracts travelers from both home and abroad by its commercial activity rather than scenic beauty. Shanghai is situated on the bank of the Yangtze River Delta, with East China Sea in the east and Hangzhou delta in the south. Housing a population of over 16 million at present, it was once a small town supported by fishing and weaving before the first Opium War. Late in 1990, the central government started developing the area, and has since become a well-known booming metropolis city.
|1||Arrive at Beijing. Transfer to Days & Suites Beijing Hotel for 3 nights stay. (D)|
|2||Full Day City Tour (Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven) (B,L,D)|
|3||Visit Badaling Great Wall & Summer Palace (B,L,D)|
|4||Fly to Xi’an. Transfer to Xi’an Sheraton Hotel for 3 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|5||Full Day Terracotta Tour (Terracotta Museum & Big Wild Goose Pagoda & Banpo Museum) (B,L,D)|
|6||Full Day City Tour (City Wall & Shaanxi History Museum & Forest of Stone Steles Museum) (B,L,D)|
|7||Fly to Chongqing. Transfer to Chongqing Pier on Yangtze River Cruise. (B,L,D)|
|8||Full Day Yangtze River Cruise (B,L,D)|
|9||Full Day Yangtze River Cruise (B,L,D)|
|10||Arrive at Yichang & Yichang City tour (Three Traveler Cave & The Garden of Chinese Sturgeon), Late Flight to Shanghai. Transfer to Shanghai Hotel for 2 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|11||Full Day City Tour (Yu Yuan Garden & The Jade Buddha Monastery & Shanghai Museum) (B,L,D)|
|12||Depart from Shanghai.|
The price includes:
- Days & Suites Beijing Hotel Standard room for 3 nights stay, with ABF daily
- Xi'an Sheraton Hotel Standard room for 3 nights stay , with ABF daily
- Shanghai Hotel Standard room for 2 nights stay, with ABF daily
All entrance fees to all sightseeing
All meals as stated in the above
Private English Speaking tour Guide, and Driver
Ticket for Yangtze Cruise
All domestic airfare (Economy Class)
- Beijing to Xi'an
- Xi'an to Chongqing
- Yichang to Shanghai
This price excludes:
- Gratuities for the Guides and Drivers
- Incidentals in hotel such as dry cleaning, phone, mini bar
- Inbound and outbound international air
- Hotels used may be changed prior to tour but will be replaced with similar category of hotels
- Price and availability subject to change without notice until deposit is received