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Greeting from Italy!

 

We had a safe trip back home and, once jet-lag was gone, everything is back to normal.

The travel has been a fantastic, unique experience I will never forget. Thanks for setting everything so well, so precisely, so perfectly! Everything was really great, from the hotels to the guides. So...thank you! The only thing you couldn't really do anything on was the weather.  Maybe next time you can "book" also some sunny weather for us, ok? ^_^

That was my pleasure to meet you in Chengdu. I promise next time I'll come to China I'll be able to read the book you gave me ^_^

 

Here Autumn has come, it's quite cold and i miss pandas very much...

 

Many thanks for your email, hope to hear from you soon.

 

S. S.
Italy

August - September 2017
China Family Holiday (Beijing - Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze Three Gorges - Shanghai - Suzhou)

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China Tour with Yangtze plus PandaTour Name:         China Tour with Yangtze plus Panda
Tour Code:          M167D642
Duration:            13 Days & 12 Nights
Destination:        Shanghai, Yangtze River, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi'an, Beijing
Features:            This journey will introduce you the top destinations in China with nice itinerary and activities. Begin in Shanghai, China's cosmopolitan city, then sailing upstream along the Yangtze, that allows you to enjoy the natural and cultural highlights of the region, then you get to Chongqing, the mountainous city and charming river town, after that you will have a comfortable train travel to Chengdu for the lovely giant panda, whilst the rest days will be at two of China's ancient capitals Xi'an and Beijing to see the Terra Cotta Warriors and the Great Wall of China etc. Register now to start your own China experience!
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Trip Summary

Detailed Itinerary

Dates & Prices

 Tour Dates

 Destinations

 Tours & Services

Meals

 Accommodation

Day01

 Shanghai 

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

The Bund Hotel

Day02

 Shanghai 

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

The Bund Hotel

 Day03

Shanghai / Yichang 

Morning visit the Shanghai Urban Exhibition Hall, stroll on the Nanjing Road, transfer to airport for flight to Yichang, be met and drive to pier and board the Yangtze Cruise ship. B, L

Yangtze Cruise Ship

 Day04

   Yangtze River Shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. B, L,D

Yangtze Cruise Ship

 Day05

Yangtze River

Shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges or to the Shennong Stream. B, L,D

Yangtze Cruise Ship

 Day06

 Yangtze River

Shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City. B, L,D

Yangtze Cruise Ship

  Day07

Chongqing - Chengdu

Disembarkation at Chongqing Pier, met with and transfer to visit the city of Chongqing, in the afternoon take a fast train to Chengdu. Transfer to hotel in Chengdu. B, L Buddha Zen Hotel
  Day08

Chengdu / Xi'an

Morning visit Giant Panda at Chengdu Panda Base, walk on the Jinli Ancient Street, visit a local teahouse in a public park. Later of the day take a flight to Xian, on arrival, e met and transferred to hotel. B, L Grand New World Hotel
  Day09

 Xi'an

Full day visit The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda &  Bell Tower. B, L  Grand New World Hotel
  Day10

 Xi'an / Beijing

In the morning visit the Ancient City Wall and the Muslim Bazaar. In the afternoon transferred to airport and fly to Beijing, arrival Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel.  B, L  Jianguo Hotel Beijing

 Day11

Beijing 

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

Jianguo Hotel Beijing

  Day12

         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. B, L Jianguo Hotel Beijing

 Day13

Beijing

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




Day01 Arrival Shanghai
Today you arrive in Shanghai, China's cosmopolitan city. You will meet your guide who will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of day is at your own disposal.


Day02 Shanghai (B, L)The Bund Shanghai,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.


Day03 Shanghai / Yichang, Yangtze Cruise Embarkation (B, L)Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
This morning you will visit Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall to have an insight of Shanghai's future. Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall carefully depicts the changing process of Shanghai from a small fishing village to an international metropolis, fully displays the achievements of Shanghai in city planning and construction, and embodies the theme of city, man, environment, and development. Then you will have a stroll on the famous Nanjing Road, the shopping area of Shanghai. In the afternoon you will be transferred to airport for your flight to Yichang. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your local guide and driver who will escort you to board the reserved cruise ship for your Yangtze River holiday.


Day04 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)Qutang Gorge, Yangtze Three Gorges
Your cruise journey commences at around 07h00 this morning. Sailing along the eastern Xiling Gorge, you will first disembark and pay a visit to the magnificent Three Gorges Dam Site. 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. Then you will be back to the ship and the cruise continues sailing into the western Xiling Gorge. The cruise will pass through the Five Level Ship Lock. In the evening, you are invited to participate in the Captain's Welcome Party.

 
Day05 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)Shennong Stream,Yangtze River
The cruise sail through the Wu Gorge in the morning. Here, you will see twelve peaks standing in different postures and manners, among which the Goddess Peak in swirls of mist is the most charming and lively. 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. The cruise shall pass through the Qutang Gorge. It is the most dangerous and shortest of the Three Gorges on the Yangtze.


Day06 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)Fengdu Ghost City,Yangte River Cruise
Today 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 towards the destination Chongqing City. At night you will feast on a farewell party on board. Please enjoy yourself!


Day07 Chongqing - Chengdu (B, L)Chongqing,China
This morning your cruise arrives Chongqing, a Mountainous City and River Town and is noted as China's "Wartime Capital" during 1938 - 1945. You will be received by your local Chongqing guide who will escort you to have a city sightseeing including the People's Assembly Hall and Jie Fang Bei Pedestrian Street. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Chongqing North Railway Station for a 2-hour train ride to Chengdu. It is a leisure and comfortable rail journey as you will enjoy yourself at the first-class cabin to enjoy countryside views in central and west Sichuan Province. On arrival Chengdu, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.


Day08 Chengdu / Xi'an (B, L)Giant Panda Tour,Chengdu,China
In the morning you will visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding where you can find the cute giant pandas and learn more about their daily life. Then you will have a leisure walking on the Jinli Ancient Street where you can find lots of lovely boutique shops and stalls side by side. Later in the afternoon you will be transferred to Chengdu Airport for an internal flight to Xi'an and upon arrival your guide will meet you and escort you to hotel in town.



Day09 Xi'an (B, L)Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses,Xian,China
Your Xi'an 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 Xi'an 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 Xi'an. 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.


Day10 Xi'an / Beijing (B, L)Xian Ancient City Wall
In the morning visit the Ancient City Wall and the Muslim Bazaar. 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. Xi'an Muslim Bazaar is quite attractive and the streets and walkways are full of life here. In the afternoon you will be transferred to airport for a flight to Beijing and upon arrival your guide will meet you and escort you to hotel in downtown.


Day11 Beijing (B, L)Temple of Heaven,Beijing,China
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.


Day12 Beijing (B, L)Great Wall of China,Beijing
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.




Day13 Depart Beijing (B)
Your guide and driver will transfer you to airport according to your flight schedule. End of your China travel.



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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