14 days 13 nights Shanghai/Guilin/Xi’an/Chongqing/Yichang (PT14D-2)
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 the well-known booming metropolis city.
The city of Guilin, named after the fragrance of osmanthus, built in Qin dynasty over 2000 years ago, prospering in Tang and Song, flourishing in Ming and Qing, is a world famous tourist city for its picturesque scenery, as well as a well-known cultural and historic city. Located in the subtropical zone, Guilin boasts a pleasant climate for sight-seeing throughout the four seasons. It is inhabited by 12 nationalities with a total population of 1,260,000. The typical Karst formation makes Guilin the prettiest wonder on earth which notables of all dynasties and heads of different states have been coming one after another to appreciate, all gasping with admiration:”Guilin is the most beautiful place in the world!” Today’s Guilin ranks second respectively on the list of China’s ten best scenic spots and that of China’s top forty tourist spot. with her new apperance today, she is ready at any moment to bid you welcome.
Xi’an is a city with incredible history, as well as 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 the 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 getting 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 Three 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 for 4,000 years. Now, after thousands of years’ 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.
|1||Arrive at Shanghai. Transfer to Shanghai Hotel for 3 nights stay. (D)|
|2||Full Day Shanghai City Tour (Shanghai Museum, Yu Yuan Garden, The Jade Buddha Monastery). (B,L,D)|
|3||Full Day Zhouzhuang Water Town Tour. (B,L,D)|
|4||Flight to Guilin. Transfer to Guilin Bravo Hotel. (B,L,D)|
|5||Full Day Li River Cruise. Transfer to Yangshuo Regency Holiday Hotel. (B,L,D)|
|6||Full Day Yangshuo. Transfer to Guilin Bravo Hotel. (B,L,D)|
|7||Flight to Xi’an.Transfer to Sheraton Hotel for 3 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|8||Full Day Terra Cotta Tour (Terracotta Museum & Big Wild Goose Pagoda & Banpo Museum) (B,L,D)|
|9||Full Day Xi’an City Tour (City Wall & Shaanxi History Museum & Forest of Stone Steles Museum) (B,L,D)|
|10||Fly to Chongqing & Chongqing City Tour (Chongqing City Zoo & Huguang Guild Hall), Transfer to Chongqing Pieron Yangtze River Cruise. (B,L,D)|
|11||Full Day Yangtze River Cruise (B,L,D)|
|12||Full Day Yangtze River Cruise (B,L,D)|
|13||Arrive at Yichang & Yichang City Tour (Three Traveller Cave,The Garden of Chinese Sturgeon). Late Flight to Shanghai. Transfer to Shanghai Hotel. (B,L,D)|
|14||Departure from Shanghai. (B)|
The price includes:
- Shanghai Hotel Standard room for 4 nights, with ABF daily
- Guilin Bravo Hotel Standard room for 2 nights, with ABF daily
- Yangshuo Regency Holiday Hotel Standard room for 1 night, with ABF daily
- Xi'an Sheraton Hotel Standard room for 3 nights, with ABF daily
All airport transfers
All entrance fees to all sightseeing
Yangtze River Cruise Ticket
Private English Speaking tour Guide, and Driver
All domestic airfare (Economy Class)
- Beijing to Guilin
- Guilin to Xian
- Xian 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