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November 2017 (12-day China Immersion Beijing - Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze Three Gorges - Shanghai)

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From Railroad to Waterway Tour Name:         From Railroad to Waterway
Tour Code:          M95D283
Duration:            12 Days & 11 Nights
Destination:        Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Dazu, Yangtze River, Shanghai
Features:            Travel China from railroad to waterway, you get to Beijing and Xian to see China's most famous sights the Great Wall, the Imperial Palace (Forbidden City), the Terra-Cotta Warriors, and the relaxed cruise along the picturesque Yangtze River. Finally you will enjoy yourself at Shanghai, China's cosmopolitan city.
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Trip Summary

Detailed Itinerary

Dates & Prices

 Tour Dates

 Destinations

 Tours & Services

Meals

 Accommodation

Day01

 Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel.  N/A

 Jianguo Hotel Beijing

Day02

 Beijing

Full day visit Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Temple of Heaven. B, L

 Jianguo Hotel Beijing

 Day03

 Beijing

One day tour of Great Wall of China at Badaling, Ming Tombs, The Sacred Way. On the way back to hotel, you will visit the main 2008 Beijing Olympic venues, take an exterior visit of both the Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium), National Swimming Centre (The Water Cube), feel free to take some photos of the stadiums. B, L  Jianguo Hotel Beijing

 Day04

 Beijing - Xian

In the morning, visit Hutong Tours in Rickshaw and  Summer Palace , and walk at the Xiushui Street, at night transfer to railway station for soft sleeper train to Xian. B, L

Soft sleeper train

 Day05

 Xian

Met at Xian Railway Station, transfer to visit The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda. B, L

Grand New World Hotel

 Day06

 Xian / Chongqing

In the morning, visit the Ancient City Wall. Then be transferred to airport for flight to Chongqing. Arrive in Chongqing, be met and visit the city of Chongqing. B, L

Yangtze Island Hotel

   Day07

 Chongqing

A day excursion to visit world heritage site - Dazu Grottos. In the afternoon transfer to Chongqing pier and board your Yangtze Cruise Ship. B, L Yangtze Cruise Ship
   Day08

 Yangtze River

Shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City B, L, D Yangtze Cruise Ship
   Day09

 Yangtze River

Shore excursion to Shennong Stream. B, L, D Yangtze Cruise Ship

 Day10

Yichang / Shanghai

Shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. Arrive in Yichang at noon, be met and transferred to airport for flight to Shanghai, met with and transferred to hotel in Shanghai. B, L

The Bund Hotel

 Day11

Shanghai

Full day visit Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden, The Bund. B, L

The Bund Hotel

  Day12

 Shanghai

Transferred to airport for your departure flight. Trip ends.  B  N/A

Day01 Arrival Beijing
Today you arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. Greeted and received by your local guide and escorted to your hotel in downtown Beijing. The rest of day is at your own disposal.


Day02 Beijing (B, L)

Enjoy your buffet breakfast at your hotel. Today you will have a day guided tour to explore Beijing. This morning the tour begins with a visit of the Temple of Heaven, located in the southern part of Beijing, and has been one of the most holy places for the whole country for more than five centuries. It used as a complex of sacrificial buildings for the Ming and Qing emperors, and is the largest one in Beijing among several royal altars to Heaven, Earth, the Sun, the Moon and other deities or symbolic forces of Nature. Then you will take a walking in the iconic Tiananmen Square, which is probably the biggest one of its kind in the world. From here you will go on to the Forbidden City (also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum ) was commissioned by the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Yong Le. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700's and on wards. The Forbidden City was the seat of Imperial power for 500 years, and is now a major tourist attraction in China. The total area of the complex is 183 acres, so it takes quite a while to walk through, especially if you want to have a close look at everything. All together there are 9,999 1/2 rooms in the Museum, not all of which can be visited.


Day03 Beijing (B, L)Great Wall of China
This morning you will head to the Great Wall of China at Badaling. The Great Wall, like the Pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India and the Hanging Garden of Babylon, is one of the great wonders of the world. Starting out in the east on the banks of the Yalu Rivers in Liaoning Province, the Great Wall stretches westwards for 12,700km to Jiayuguan in the Bobi Desert, thus known as the Ten Thousand Li Wall in China. The lunch today will be arranged at a good restaurant at the foot of the Great Wall. In the afternoon you will pass through the Sacred Way to visit the Ming Tomb. Composed of memorial archway, ornamental pillar, and stele pavilion ornamental etc, the Sacred Way is a long path that leads you to the Ming Tomb. It was thought to have leaded the emperors' souls to enter heaven. The Ming Tomb is the burial site of 13 out of 17 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Being the last resting place of 13 emperors, it is also called as Thirteen Tombs by Chinese. On the way back to your hotel, you will visit the 2008 Beijing Olympic venues, take an exterior visit of both the Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium) and National Swimming Centre (The Water Cube), feel free to take some photos of the stadiums.


Day04 Beijing - Xian (B, L)Summer Palace,Beijing
This morning you will take a unique Hutong tour by a rickshaw to discover the old residential area of Beijing. Hutongs are closely associated with individual four-sided courtyard in which people live. Most Hutongs are running east west for the local dwellers to procure the sunlight. Afterwards you will visit the Summer Palace. Located at the northwest suburb of Beijing, the Summer Palace was originally a royal garden and a temporary dwelling palace for emperors of Qing Dynasty, Its predecessor was the Garden of Clear Ripples (Qingyiyuan) started in 1750 and burned down by the British and French allied troops in 1860. In 1886, Empress Dowager Cixi used navy outlays and other funds in the reconstruction and renamed the park as Summer Palace in 1888.The Summer Palace in northwest suburban Beijing is the largest and most complete imperial garden existing in China. Additionally you will visit the Xiushui Street which is a market located nearby the embassy area where you can find a number of duplicates of clothing in traditional Chinese style. Later of the day transferred to railway station to take your overnight soft sleeper train to Xian.

 
Day05 Xian (B, L)Xian Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses
This morning you will arrive in Xian, meet with and transfer to your hotel for breakfast and refreshments. Afterwards you will commence your Xian trip. Your Xian tour begins with the mighty Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses. Discovered in 1974, Xian Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Site is one of the most important archaeological finds in the 20th century. In a vault of approximately 12,000m2 and 5m underground lay some 8,000 terracotta infantry soldiers, archers, cavalrymen and chariots arranged in battle formation, ready to defend their emperor's immortal soul. After the visit you will have a very good local lunch at a graceful restaurant. Then you will head back town and visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Situated inside Ci'en Temple (4 kilometers south of Xian City), it is one of the famous Buddhist pagodas in China. Sponsored by Tang Emperor Gaozong (628-683, reigned 650-683), the temple was first built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty as a symbol of thanksgiving to his mother for her kindness who had suffered an early death. Later of the day your guide will take you to the city center to see the Bell Tower of Xian. The Bell Tower was built in 1384 during the reign of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang of Ming Dynasty as a way to dominate the surrounding countryside and provide early warning of attack by rival rulers.


Day06 Xian / Chongqing (B, L)Xian Old City Wall,China
This morning you will pay a visit to the Ancient City Wall of Xian. Built 600 years ago (1374 - 1378) in the Ming Dynasty, the Wall was added on the Tang Dynasty walls. Being the most prominent walls built after medieval time, it is also the best-kept and biggest city walls in Xian. After that you will be transferred to airport and take a flight to Chongqing. Upon arrival Chongqing, be received and escorted to take a city sightseeing including the People's Assembly Hall, Jie Fang Bei Pedestrian Street, and Three Gorges Museum.


Day07 Chongqing (B, L)Dazu Stone Carvings,Chongqing
Take a day excursion outside Chongqing to Dazu County for the Dazu Stone Carvings, 167 kilometers away from the east of Chongqing, the Dazu Rock Carvings are one of ancient China's most valuable treasures. They were declared a National Key Cultural Relics Protected Unit in 1961, and in 1999 they were listed as a World Culture Heritage Site. The North Hill sculptures and Baoding Hill carvings, among all these grotto clusters scattering around Dazu, are believed the most important in terms of carving art values. Later of the day transferred back Chongqing and board the Yangtze Cruise Ship. Then your guide will leave the boat and your cruise will start at about 10:00 pm.


Day08 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)Yangtze River Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang
Your memorable Yangtze Cruise begins today. Various activities onboard will expand your preparation for Yangtze exploration. Your ship will stop for a shore excursion at the famous Fengdu Ghost City where you can learn about China's afterlife culture. Afterwards, you'll re-board the ship and continue your cruise. Usually there will be a welcome party hosted by the captain in the evening, this is the best chance to make new friends and be immersed in the staff's hospitality. So dress up and be ready to enjoy.


Day09 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)Yangtze River Three Gorges,China
Besides the enchanting landscape along the Yangtze River, today's sightseeing will be highlighted by the shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges. You will take a local sampan to enter the fabulous green gorges. Deep gorges, lush mountains, crystal waters, appalling cliffs, thriving groves and perhaps native wildlife make this excursion worthwhile. Get back to your ship after the stop, the ballroom maybe an ideal place to entertain at night.


Day10 Yichang / Shanghai (B, L)Yangtze River Three Gorges Dam Site,China
Disembark early in the morning for an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. There is a bus driving you to the peak where you could overlook the huge Three Gorges Dam composed of the dam, the hydropower stations and the navigation facility. After returning to the ship, please follow the check-out procedure. You will meet your local Yichang guide at the pier who you transfer you to Yichang Airport where you will take a flight to Shanghai. On arrival Shanghai, you will meet your guide who will transfer you to your hotel.


Day11 Shanghai (B, L)Shanghai Museum,China
You have a day guided trip to explore the city of Shanghai. You will visit the Jade Buddha Temple. As Shanghai's most popular temple with visitors, the Jade Buddha complex has an exceedingly short history, having been completed in 1918, but it exudes a powerful potion of thick incense, flashy decorations, and a dark, seedy atmosphere that makes it seem centuries older. After that you will proceed to the Shanghai Museum. The Shanghai Museum contains more than 112,000 Chinese cultural relics from the Old Stone Age to modern times, including bronze ware, calligraphy, paintings etc. Then you will continue to visit Yuyuan Garden. Yuyuan garden is the most famous garden in south China and decorated with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations. Later in the afternoon your guide will take you to the Oriental Pearl Tower where you may have a stunning skyline of the townscape Shanghai.



Day12 Depart Shanghai (B)Shanghai Skyline,China
Your guide and driver will transfer you to airport according to your flight schedule. End of your China train holiday.


Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
01).
All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
08). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

 

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