• Price $1,199.00
  • Trip Guided Tours
  • Duration 16 days
  • Group size 36
  • Transport Tour bus

Tour code: ETPC16

  • Beijing 4 nights: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and one free day. 
  • Xi’an 2 nights: Terra Cotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Small Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Yangtze River Cruise(President Series) 3 nights with Balcony Cabin to Three Gorges 
  • Suzhou 1 night:  Shan Tang Old Street & Lingering Garden 
  • Hangzhou 1 night: West Lake and Meijiawu Tea Village
  • Shanghai 3 nights: The Bund  and one free day. 

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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

Welcome to China! Upon arrival, if you have purchased the airport transfer package, enjoy a transfer to your hotel and the remainder of the evening to rest and relax.

Overnight Hotel: Gehua New Century Hotel (or Similar)

Day 3
Tiananmen Square & Forbidden & 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.

Optional Tour: $50-Hutongs and lunch with local family

Meal(S): Breakfast

Overnight Hotel: Gehua New Century Hotel (or Similar)

Day 4
Great Wall of China (Breakfast)

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!
Afterwards, visit traditional Chinese herbal shop to learn about Chinese mystical arts of complementary or alternative medicine and the type of healing properties it offers.

Optional Tour: $50-The Golden Mask Dynasty

Meal(S): Breakfast

Overnight Hotel: Gehua New Century Hotel (or Similar)

Day 5
Beijing (Breakfast)

Enjoy a free day in Beijing. Explore the capital of China on your own. Stay overnight in Beijing.
Alternatively, you can join an optional tour of Beijing Temple of Heaven & Beijing Zoo Day Tour

Optional Tour: $60-Beijing Temple of Heaven & Beijing Zoo Day Tour

Meal(S): Breakfast

Overnight Hotel: Gehua New Century Hotel (or Similar)

Day 6
Beijing-Xi'an by Flight & Bus (Breakfast)

Today board a short flight(2.5 hours) to Xi'an-the ancient capital of China, also the starting point of the Silk Road.
Upon arrival you will be greeted at airport and transferred to hotel for rest.

Meal(S): Breakfast

Overnight Hotel: Grand Noble Hotel (or Similar)

Day 7
Xi'an (Breakfast)

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.
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.
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.

Optional Tour:$50-Tang Dynasty Show & Dumpling Banquet

Meal(S): Breakfast

Overnight Hotel: Grand Noble Hotel (or Similar)

Day 8
Xi'an-Chongqing-Yangtze Cruise (Breakfast)

Today you will board a short flight toward Chongqing--the “Mountain City” situated on the southwest of China.
It is also the start point of our downstream 4 days 3 nights Yangtze River cruise. We will board the ship in the late afternoon.

Meal(S): Breakfast

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

Day 9
Yangtze River Cruise (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 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:Cruise: President Series with Balcony Cabin (or Similar)

Day 10
Yangtze River Cruise (Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner)

Enter the Three Gorges/“Small Gorges”/Shiplocks Enter the Three Gorges, one of nature’s most extraordinary sculptures. Today you will pass through the first two—Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Qutang Gorge is the shortest (5 miles), narrowest (500 feet), and most dramatic. The 25-mile long Wu Gorge is known for its quiet beauty, forest-covered mountains, and cliffs so sheer that the sun barely penetrates the precipices. 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 Xiling Gorge, the longest (41 miles), and the deepest of the Three Gorges. In the evening, sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks. 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:Cruise: President Series with Balcony Cabin (or Similar)

Day 11
Yangtze River Cruise-Yichang-Shanghai (Breakfast)

Three Gorges Dam/Yichang - Morning visit to the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping, the largest in the world.
Arrive Yichang in late morning and disembark. Then, take train from Yichang to Shanghai and check into hotel for rest.

Meal(S): Breakfast

Overnight Hotel: Holiday Inn Shanghai Hongqiao (or Similar)

Day 12
Shanghai-Suzhou (Breakfast)

This morning, visit Shanghai French Concession. Shanghai is popular for many places and reasons, but the French Concession is somewhere on top of that list. Hugely popular and sought after as the preferred residential address among expats, the Former French Concession (FFC) has a lot ofhistory and beauty to its credit. Then, transfer from Shanghai to Suzhou by coach. 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.

Optional Tour: $30-Grand Canal Cruise

Meal(S): Breakfast

Overnight Hotel:Holiday Inn Jasmine Suzhou (or Similar)

Day 13
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 3 hours coach ride).

Meal(S): Breakfast

Overnight Hotel: Merchant Marco Hotel (or Similar)

Day 14
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.
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.
​Afterwards drive to Shanghai (approximately 3 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.

Meal(S): Breakfast

Overnight Hotel: Holiday Inn Shanghai Hongqiao (or Similar)

Day 15
Shanghai (Breakfast)

Enjoy a free day at leisure in Shanghai.

Optional Tour: $50-Chinese Acrobatic Show “ERA: The Intersection of Time”
$50-Huangpu River night cruise

Meal(S): Breakfast

Overnight Hotel: Holiday Inn Shanghai Hongqiao (or Similar)

Day 16
Shanghai Departure (Breakfast)

Today, our service ends. If you have already purchased airport transfer package, you will be transferred to airport for your return flight after breakfast.

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, Bullet train 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 25. The tour bus each holds 45 seats.
2. Do we need visa to visit China?
Visa is required for U.S. , Mexican, Canadian citizenship. 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 full amount for each passenger.
6. What airlines do you use?
Depending on the gateway city, we use multiple airlines including China Eastern, Japan Airlines, American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines. Each way direct flights, or one way direct flights are available for LAX/JFK and a few other gateways.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. How long is the flight time?
From west coast it will be about 12 hours flying to China and 10 hours flying back on direct flights. ​Flights with layover/stops have longer hours.
10: What if I want to stay a few more nights in Beijing or Shanghai?
Extra night stay is available and you can book your own hotel. Airfare might be affected. ​​

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