• Price $1,899.00
  • Trip Small Group Guided Tour
  • Duration 16 days
  • Group size 36
  • Transport Tour Bus

Tour Code: SGSC16

  • Beijing 4 nights (Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square)
  • Shanghai&Suzhou&Hangzhou 4 nights(The Bund, Lingering Garden, Grand Canal, West Lake)
  • 5 Days&4 Nights Yangtze River Cruise with Balcony cabin
  • Chengdu( Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center)
  • Xi’an 2 nights ( Terracotta Army, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi’an Ancient City Wall)

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Itinerary

Day 1
U.S. - BEIJING, CHINA (IN-FLIGHT MEALS)
Today depart from the U.S. for Beijing. ​​
Day 2
Arrival in Beijing

Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and then assist you to transfer to your hotel.

Overnight Hotel: Holiday Inn Changan West (or Similar)

Day 3
Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City & Summer Palace (Breakfast)

Your exploration of Beijing begins with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world, and then takes in the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was originally constructed by the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Yong Le, where 24 emperors once lived successionally. 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 onwards. Afterwards, visit a Pearl Factory to gain a little knowledge of fresh pearls.
In the afternoon, take the opportunity to join an optional tour ($50) to see Beijing’s 700 year old Hutong's (narrow lanes) area by old fashioned pedicab as well as visit a local family living in a courtyard style home to experience the local customs of old Beijing people and their unique architectural structure. The optional tour also includes a visit to Shichahai, a historic scenic area consisting of three lakes (Qianhai, meaning Front Sea; Houhai, meaning Back Sea and Xihai, meaning West Sea), surrounding places of historic interest and scenic beauty and remnants of old-style local residences, Hutong and Courtyard.

Meal(S): Breakfast

Overnight Hotel: Holiday Inn Changan West (or Similar)

Day 4
Great Wall of China (Breakfast&Lunch)

On the way to the Great Wall you will make a stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of Jade. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as "Yu", and it has a history in China of at least four thousand years. Observe the skilled artisans at work as they create their intricate designs. Afterwards take a scenic drive through the countryside and mountains to reach China's most renowned monument—the Great Wall. Visit the less-visited and more original Juyong Pass and try to avoid other sections which are the most accessible and consequently the most crowded. The Great Wall meanders through China's northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert—a distance of over 3500 miles!

Meal(S): Breakfast & Lunch

Overnight Hotel: Holiday Inn Changan West (or Similar)

Day 5
Beijing (Breakfast)

Enjoy a free day in Beijing. Explore the capital of China on your own.

Meal(S): Breakfast

Overnight Hotel: Holiday Inn Changan West (or Similar)

Day 6
Beijing-Shanghai- Suzhou by Flight & Bus (Breakfast)

Today we leave the ancient capital for Shanghai-the largest city and financial center of the country. Upon arrival take coach bus to Suzhou-the home to the best China classic gardens.
Suzhou, which dates back to 514 BC, is sometimes called the "Venice of the East". Visit Shan Tang Street, which has always been regarded as the first name of Suzhou ancient streets. It has a long history of about 1,100 years, its layout and architecture are the best to represent the characteristics of Suzhou's old alleys, and it has connections to many ancient Chinese celebrities and anecdotes. Take the opportunity to cruise along the Grand Canal (optional tours) to view life along China’s ancient waterway.

Meal(S): Breakfast

Overnight Hotel: Holiday Inn Suzhou Huirong Plaza (or Similar)

Day 7
Suzhou - Hangzhou (Breakfast)

Today visit the famous Lingering Garden. The Lingering Garden is a renowned classical Chinese garden and is recognised with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. China is known for its silk, so of course a visit to the Silk Spinning Factory is in order.
Afterwards drive to Hangzhou (approximately a 2-hour coach ride). Hangzhou is considered the tea capital of China, so a visit to the city just isn’t complete without a trip to a local tea house. Make a special visit to the Tea House at Meijiawu Tea Village located at the hinterland of West Lake Park which is considered one of the most important Longjing tea productions in China. Enjoy the natural environment and beautiful village scenery while learning more about their special tea culture and how to appreciate the sophisticated taste and aroma of Longjing tea. At the Tea House, learn how to make the Longjing Tea including tea leaves picking, frying and tasting.

Meal(S): Breakfast

Overnight Hotel: Holiday Inn Suzhou Huirong Plaza (or Similar)

Day 8
Hangzhou-Shanghai (Breakfast)

This morning start this amazing day with a small boat ride on the West Lake another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which reveals the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou's willow draped islands. Afterwards drive to Shanghai (approximately a 2-hour coach ride) to visit the famous Bund. Shanghai is divided by the Huangpu River into eastern and western sections. Modern mega high rises are seen on the eastern side while traditional European style architecture may be seen on the western side. The Bund is a five-block riverfront promenade with many of Shanghai's banks and trading houses. Tonight take the opportunity to watch a superb and thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show “ERA: The Intersection of Time” (optional tours).

Meal(S): Breakfast

Overnight Hotel: Regal Plaza Hotel&Residence (or Similar)

Day 9
Shanghai (Breakfast)

This morning step back in time at the Shanghai Museum with more than 120,000 art objects on show, including a priceless collection of jade, bronze, ceramics, paintings, and furniture. Enjoy some free time at leisure this afternoon or join an optional half-day tour of Shanghai (not included) including Yu Garden, believed to have been built in the Ming Dynasty, more than 400 years ago. The exquisite layout, beautiful scenery, and the artistic style of the garden architecture have made the garden one of the highlights of Shanghai. Other attractions include Xintiandi, Old Town and Nanjing Road. In the evening, take the opportunity to join the optional “Night Cruise on the Huangpu River” (optional tours).

Meal(S): Breakfast

Overnight Hotel: Holiday Inn Shanghai Hongqiao (or Similar)

Day 10
Shanghai- Yichang-Yantze River Cruise (Breakfast)

Today you will fly to Yichang-the starting point of upstream 5 days 4 nights Yangtze River Cruise. Depart Yichang - 9:00 pm: Sail from Yichang, the economic and cultural center of western Hubei Province.

Meal(S): Breakfast

Overnight Hotel: President Series with Balcony Cabin (or Similar)

Day 11
Xiling Gorge (Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner)

Three Gorges Dam/Xiling Gorge - Morning visit to the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping, the largest in the world. Later sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks. Sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest (41 miles), and the deepest of the Three Gorges.
Additional optional Tribe of the Three Gorges Shore Excursion (river conditions permitting), offering an interesting glimpse into life in the Xiling Gorge region. ​​

Meal(S): Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

Overnight Hotel: President Series with Balcony Cabin (or Similar)

Day 12
"Small Gorges" / Wu Gorge / Qutang Gorge (Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner)

​Transfer to another vessel for a relaxing excursion through the attractive gorges of Goddess Stream. Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be substituted to the gorges of Shennong Stream. Enter Wu Gorge, known for its quiet beauty, forest-covered mountains, and cliffs so sheer that the sun barely penetrates the precipices. Then sail through Qutang Gorge, the shortest (5 miles), narrowest (500 feet), and most dramatic gorge. Additional optional Shore Excursion to White Emperor City (river conditions permitting), an ancient city overlooking the western end of Qutang Gorge.

Meal(S): Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

Overnight Hotel: President Series with Balcony Cabin (or Similar)

Day 13
Shibaozhai and Fengdu Ghost City (Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner)

Shibaozhai - Take a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze”. Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be substituted to Fengdu, visiting either the new relocation village built for families who have moved as a result of the Yangtze’s rising waters brought about by the Three Gorges Dam. Additional optional Shore Excursion to Fengdu’s “Ghost City” (river conditions permitting), known for its statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill.

Meal(S): Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

Overnight Hotel: President Series with Balcony Cabin (or Similar)

Day 14
Chongqing Disembark and High-Speed Train (Chongqing-Chengdu-Xi'an) (Breakfast)

Arrive Chongqing - 9:00am: Disembark at picturesque Chongqing, the “Mountain City” Today you will take a coach bus or high-speed train to Chengdu, the home to the world famous Giant Panda. You will be visiting the Giant Panda breeding and research center.
Later from Chengdu you will take a high-speed train to Xi'an-the Ancient Capital of China.​Arrive Chongqing - 9:00am: Disembark at picturesque Chongqing, the “Mountain City”

Meal(S): Breakfast

Overnight Hotel: Grand Noble Hotel (or Similar)

Day 15
Xi'anI Sightseeing and Terracptta Warriors & Horses (Breakfast & Lunch)

This morning first visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a major tourist site located on the central axis of the Jianfu Temple in south Xi’an. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda in the temple is very delicate in appearance and is completely built of stone. The top three floors have been damaged, and it really adds to the appeal of the pagoda. As a national AAAA scenic spot and a world heritage site, the Buddhist pagoda survives from the Tang Dynasty. Afterwards visit the Terracotta Warriors Reproduction Factory. At the factory, talented craftsmen make these life-size replicas in the same manner as their counterparts did 2,200 years ago – with just their hands, a few tools, and clay. In addition to learning about the process, you will also have a great opportunity to make your own miniature reproduction of the famous artifact and bring it home.
The highlight today is a visit to the Terracotta Warriors & Horses Museum to see the life-sized defending army to the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Unearthed near Xi’an, the hundreds of life size sculptures of soldiers, chariots, and horses are considered a world wonder. With different facial expressions and weaponry adorning each soldier, the Terracotta Warriors were intended to convey the Qin Emperor into the afterlife. This site is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century. You will be definitely amazed by the scale of the Terracotta Warriors Army.

Meal(S): Breakfast & Lunch

Overnight Hotel: Grand Noble Hotel (or Similar)

Day 16
Xi'an-Home (Breakfast)

After breakfast you will be transfered to airport for you flight home, your 16 days China tour ends here.

Meal(S): Breakfast

Departure City

beijing

Airport/Meeting Location:

Beijing International Airport

End City

Shanghai

Airport/Meeting Location:

Shanghai International Airport

Included: 11 nights hotels with breakfasts;
Balcony cabin on 3 nights Yangtze River Cruise with all meals;
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach;
Domestic flights/Train/Bus experience;
Professional English-speaking tour guide;

Excluded: International Air;
Airport,train station transfers(5trips) $60 per person;
Service fee$150 (tips for tour guides & bus drivers);
meals unless specified;
China visa application-$215(See instruction here)
Travel Insurance(Click to purchase)

FAQs

1. What's the group size for this tour?
We have an average group size of 12 and the max is 20.
2. Do we need visa to visit China?
Visa is required for U.S. , Mexican, Canadian citizenships. Check with us for others.
​3. Can 3 guests stay in the same room?
Triple room sharing is subject to hotel’s availability. For in case, if the triple room not available - single supplement may apply for the 3rd person.
4. How much do I pay to hold the space?
Deposit amount is 50% of the full amount for each passenger.
6. What's the cost to upgrade to premium economy or business class?
Please send email to us about the date/gateway you are interested and we will check for you.
7. How do I connect with my friend and family when I am in China?
Internet is conveniently to use in China and wifi can be easily found at hotel. The best way is to use communication app like Wechat, Line, or similar.
8. What if I want to stay two more nights in Beijing or Xi'an?
Extra night stay is available and you can book your own hotel.

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