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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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Splendid China with YangtzeTour Name:         Splendid China with Yangtze
Tour Code:          M167D644
Duration:            18 Days & 17 Nights
Destination:        Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Shanghai, Guilin, Yangshuo, Hong Kong
Features:            This unique journey draws you to all the places of China at her best. The historical and culture moments of Forbidden City, Great Wall of China in Beijing, the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an, exotic highlights in Lhasa, Tibet, stunning and picturesque Guilin and Yangshuo country, hustle and bustle cities Shanghai and Hong Kong, all in one travel. Needless to mention Yangtze cruise is always a must-do for first-time visitors to this huge and diverse country full of contrast. 
Departure Date:
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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, enjoy Peking Roast Duck Dinner. B, L, SD

Jianguo Hotel Beijing

 Day03

 Beijing 

Morning Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking including cable cars. Take a Rickshaw Ride to visit the Hutongs, visit a local family and have lunch in their home. B, L

Jianguo Hotel Beijing

   Day04

 Beijing / Xian

A leisure day to visit Summer Palace, then you shall take a flight to Xi'an. Visit Xi'an Ancient City Wall with a biking tour on the Wall. B, L

Grand New World Hotel

 Day05

Xian

Visit The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, Drum Tower, walking on the Muslin Food Market and local bazaar in the old city area. B, L

Grand New World Hotel

   Day06

 Xian / Lhasa

Transferred to airport and fly to Lhasa, Capital of Tibet. Be met and escorted to your hotel upon arrival. Free at own leisure for altitude acclimation. B, L Lhasa Kyichu Hotel

 Day07

Lhasa

Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit. B, L

Lhasa Kyichu Hotel

   Day08

 Lhasa

One day tour for Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka Park and see monk debating at Sera Monastery. B, L Lhasa Kyichu Hotel
   Day09

 Lhasa / Chongqing

Transferred to airport for flight to Chongqing, and on arrival, drive to visit the city of Chongqing before the Yangtze Cruise ship embarkation. B, L Yangtze Cruise Ship

 Day10

Yangtze River

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

 Day11

Yangtze River

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

Yangtze Cruise Ship

 Day12

Yichang / Shanghai

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

The Bund Hotel

   Day13

 Shanghai

Full day visit Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Yuyuan Garden. B, L The Bund Hotel
   Day14

Shanghai / Guilin

Transferred to airport and fly to Guilin. Be met and visit Reed Flute Cave, and Elephant Trunk Hill. B, L Guilin Bravo Hotel
  Day15

 Yangshuo

Full day tour for Li River and Yangshuo. B, L New West Street Int'l Hotel
  Day16

 Guilin / Hong Kong

Morning explore Yangshuo. Transferred to airport and fly to Hong Kong, be met and transferred to hotel. B, L Regal Kowloon Hotel
  Day17

 Hong Kong

Enjoy half day city tour to Aberdeen Village, Victoria Peak and Repulse Bay, free leisure in the afternoon. B Regal Kowloon Hotel

Day18

 Hong Kong

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)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. At night you will enjoy delicious Peking Roast Duck Dinner at a fine local restaurant. 


Day03 Beijing (B, L)Great Wall of China,Beijing
This morning you will head to the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu. 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. In the afternoon you will return back the town and 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. You will visit a local family and have lunch in their home.


Day04 Beijing / Xian (B, L)Summer Palace Beijing
You start today's activity at 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. Then you will take a flight to Xi'an. Arrival in Xi'an, your guide and driver will meet you and transfer you to the town for a trip to the Ancient City Wall of Xi'an. 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. You will ride a bicycle on the Ancient City Wall.


Day05 Xian (B, L)Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses
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 to visit the Drum Tower and have a walking on the Muslim food market and its nearby bazaar in the old city area.


Day06 Xian / Lhasa (B, L)Yarlung Tsangpo River,Tibet
Transfer to airport and fly to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. The afternoon is at leisure to help acclimatize to the altitude.


Day07 Lhasa (B, L)Potala Palace,Lhasa,Tibet
Explore the holy city Lhasa. This morning you will admire the The Potala Palace, one of the most famous architectural works of the world, the construction of the world famous Potala Palace was started in the 7th century during the time of the Tubo King Srontsan Gampo. Then you will visit Jokhang Temple and walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit. As the holiest Buddhist temple in the whole Tibet, Jokhang draws tens of thousands of pilgrims from each corner of Tibet each year and is truly a must-see attraction in Tibet.



Day08 Lhasa (B, L)Tibetan Monks debating at Sera Monastery,Lhasa,Tibet
Visit Drepung Monastery the sacred land of Gelug Sect, which was established in 1416AD and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in. After that you will be transferred to Norbulingka Park, the former Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas. Additionally you will be transferred to visit Sera Monastery, which was created in AD1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. Here in Sera, you have chance to see the grand occasion of the Buddhist monk debating at one big courtyard. Lunch served at a good local restaurant and dinner will be arranged at your hotel.


Day09 Lhasa / Chongqing (B, L)The Potala Palace,Tibet
This morning you will check out and meet with your local Tibetan guide and driver who will escort you to Lhasa Gonggar Airport for flight to 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. Transferred to the pier and board your Yangtze Cruise Ship. Then your guide will leave the boat and your cruise will start at about 10:00 pm.


Day10 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)Yangtze River Cruise
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.


Day11 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)Yangtze River Cruise Shore Excursion
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. 


Day12 Yichang / Shanghai (B, L)Yangtze River Three Gorges Dam
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.


Day13 Shanghai (B, L)Shanghai City,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.


Day14 Shanghai / Guilin (B, L)Rustic Guilin,China
Transfer to airport to take your flight to Guilin. Arrive in Guilin, be met and visit Reed Flute Cave, visit Reed Flute Cave. Comprising different kinds of natural rock formations, Reed Flute Cave (Lu Di Yan) is the most important and sight worthy cave of Guilin vicinity for its length of 240 meters and its many stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes appealing to everyone's imagination. In addition, you will visit the Elephant Trunk Hill, located at the confluence of the Li River and Peach Blossom River in the south central area of Guilin City. It looks like a huge elephant stretching its trunk and drinking water, hence the name. Elephant Trunk Hill is the symbol of Guilin and its limestone landscape.


Day15 Guilin - Li River - Yangshuo (B, L)Fishing man at Li River,Yangshuo
Guilin is perhaps China's most scenic city. It is no doubt that the best way to enjoy its picturesque scenery is from a floating deck of a luxury cruise on the Li River. Your guide and driver will transfer you from your hotel to Zhujiang Pier to board your wonderful river cruise tour to Yangshuo. Li River, also known as Guishui River or Gui River, takes its source at Mao'er Mountain in Xing'an County, which lies to northeast Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Li River makes its way through Guilin and Yangshuo and merges into Xijiang River in Wuzhou. The mountains on the banks over 40 kilometers long between Guilin and Yangshuo display their extraordinary beauty as a result of the development of the limestone. More than 40,000 hills lie along the two sides of the river, covering a total length of more than 150 kilometers. With their astonishing resemblance to bamboo shoot, screen, elephant and camel, these mountains, together with green banyans and green bamboo as well as the cottages and fishing boats, contribute to form a scenery picture depicting a haven of peace dominated by green. After a 4.5 hours cruise on the river you will finally make disembarkation at Yangshuo, have a stroll on the famous West Street. Transferred to your hotel in Yangshuo to enjoy leisure time.


Day16 Yangshuo - Guilin / Hong Kong (B, L)Rustic Yangshuo,Guilin
This morning you will enjoy the countryside of Yangshuo. You may have a biking tour to explore the surrounding villages along the Yulong River. After that you will be transferred to Guilin Airport for your flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and received by your local guide who will escort you to your hotel in the city. The balance of day is at your own disposal.


Day17 Hong Kong (B)Victoria Peak,Hong Kong
Enjoy your buffet breakfast at your hotel. Then you will be met and enjoy a half day Hong Kong Island tour that covers the Golden Bauhinia Plaza, Victoria Peak with one way tram ride, Repulse Bay which has a popular beach and large statues of Kwun Yum and Tin Hau, among other colorful statues on the waterfront to protect fishermen out at sea, and the Aberdeen Fishing Village is home to hundreds of fisher folks living on junks. You will also enjoy a sampan ride to get a close-up look at their unique way of life at Aberdeen. Transferred back your hotel and free at own leisure the balance of day.


Day18 Depart Hong Kong (B)
Your guide and driver will transfer you to airport according to your flight schedule. End of your amazing 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). All necessary local permits to access Tibet;
09). 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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