China Discovery Tour 12 Days / 11 Nights WOW 5
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 River 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.
Suzhou is located in the center of the Yangtze Delta, in the south of Jiangsu Province, with Shanghai to the east, Zhejiang Province to the south, Wuxi City to the west and the Yangtze River to the north. Since 42% area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, Suzhou is praised as the ‘Oriental Venice.’ Taihu Lake, four fifths of which is in the territory of Suzhou, is one of the four largest fresh lakes in China, with East Hill, West Hill and other scenic spots in its vicinity. The city is cut by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal from north to south. Together with its mild climate, making it an available destination all year round, fertile landscape and abundance of produce, it is no wonder that Suzhou is called ‘paradise on earth’.
Xi’an is a city with incredible history, as well as a prosperous modern city. As the capital city of Shaanxi 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 Emperor Qin is regarded as the eighth wonder of the world.
Chongqing is a well-known city with a history of more than 3000 years. It is the famous historical and cultural city in China. Chongqing is the birthplace of the Bayu Culture. At present, Chongqing is a municipality directly under the Central Government with the largest area, the most administrative districts and the largest population. The original area of the whole city is 82,000 square kilometers, governing former Chongqing, Wanxian, Fuling cities as well as 43 districts, cities and counties in the Qianjiang Region. Chongqing has a population of 30,020,000, most of them are of Han nationality. 49 other ethnic minorities, such as Tujia, Miao, Hui, Man, and Yi also live here but retain their own traditional customs. The colorful local customs have already become an important tourist attraction in Chongqing
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.
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 China.
Upon arrival at Shanghai, you will be met by an English-speaking guide and transferred to Grand Mercure Zhongya Hotel for 3 nights stay Free at leisure for the remaining day.
|2||Shanghai/Suzhou/Shanghai [B, L]
Private transfer from Shanghai to Suzhou Full day Suzhou city tour visit Tiger Hill & Wangshi Garden. At the end of the tour, transfer back to Shanghai accompanied by your tour guide.
|3||Shanghai city tour [B, L, D]
Visit Yu Yuan Garden & Jade Buddha Monastery & Shanghai Museum.
|4||Arrive in Xian & Shaanxi History Museum [B]
Private transfer from Grand Mercure Zhongya Hotel to Shanghai Airport Fly to Xi’an and transfer to Grand Mercure Xi’an on Renmin Square Hotel for 2 nights stay In the afternoon, visit Shaanxi History Museum and marvel at the national treasures of the ancient Chinese people.
|5||Terracotta Museum, Banpo Museum, Xian Museum & Big Wild Goose [B, L, D]
Explore the Terracotta Museum and see the buried treasures that took 38 years to complete and also visit Banpo Museum, an excavation site housing fascinating ancient artifacts. In the afternoon, visit Xian Museum which features as many as 130,000 cultural relics showing the history of Xian, one time capital of 13 dynasties. Stroll through the gardens of The North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
|6||Yangtze River Cruise [B, D]
Private transfer from Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square to Xian Airport Fly to Chongqing and, if time allows, enjoy Chongqing city tour with a visit to the Ciqikou Ancient Town & Eling Park. Have an early dinner before embarking on the river cruise Transfer to the Chongqing pier where you will hop on the Yangtze River Cruise for a 3-night cruise. The Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world.
|7||Yangtze River Cruise [B, L, D]
Enjoy the Yangtze River Cruise with a shore excursion to Fengdu, Shibaozhai or Wanzhou.
|8||Yangtze River Cruise [B, L, D]
Continue to set sail on the Yangtze River Cruise to the scenic Three Gorges region in the Yangtze River – Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge. The ship docks for an excursion to Daning River Small Gorges or Shennong Stream.
|9||Yangtze River Cruise [B, L]
On the final day of the cruise, visit the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric river dam. In the afternoon, disembark from Yichang and transfer to the airport where you’ll board a flight to Beijing. Transfer to Doubletree by Hilton Beijing for 3 nights stay.
|10||Great Wall & Ming Dynasty Tombs [B, L]
Visit the legendary Great Wall, followed by the Ming Dynasty Tombs – UNESCO World Heritage site
|11||Tour of Beijing [B, L, D]
Take a grand tour of China’s capital city – Beijing. From the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City to the Summer Palace, the day will be a culture and history lesson for travelers.
|12||Return to Hong Kong [B]
Bid farewell to Beijing with your private guide and transfer to the Beijing airport. Take Cathay Pacific from Beijing to Hong Kong and enjoy a convenient connection back to the U.S.
The price includes
- Grand Mercure ZhongYa Hotel or similar hotel with Standard room for 3 nights stay, with daily breakfast at hotel.
- Grand Mercure Xi'an on Renmin Square Hotel or similar hotel with Standard room for 2 nights stay, with daily breakfast at hotel.
- Doubletree by Hilton Beijing hotel or similar hotel with Standard room for 3 nights stay, with daily breakfast at hotel.
- Entrance fees to sightseeing as stated in the itinerary
- Airport transfers and ground transportation as stated in the itinerary
- Meals as stated in the itinerary
- B = Breakfast in hotel
- L = Lunch outside of hotel at designated local restaurant
- D = Dinner outside of hotel at designated local restaurant
- Private English speaking tour guide, and driver
- China domestic airfare (Economy Class)
- Shanghai to Xi'an
- Xi'an to Chongqing
- Yichang to Beijing
- Inbound and outbound international air (Economy L Class) through the Cathay Pacific Package. Routing based on specific package purchased.
- Yangtze Cruise: Standard cabin
The price excludes
- Gratuities for the Guides and Drivers
- Incidentals in hotel such as dry cleaning, phone, mini bar
- Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel Insurance
- China visa
- 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
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