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Tour Detailed Information

Web Code: NHF L2
Itinerary:
Imperial Wonders, Giant Panda and Grand Yangtze River 14 Days
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Day 1 | Hometown - Beijing Top

Board your fight to Beijing. Cross the Int’l Date Line.

Day 2 | Beijing Top

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. Our tour guide will greet you at the airport arrival hall and then transfer to your luxury hotel for a good night’s rest. 

Day 3 | Beijing - Beijing (B, L, D)Top

Start your city tour with a visit to the Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Next stop is the Forbidden City, the largest and most intact conglomeration of ancient structures of the imperial palace ever built in the world. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven, which was used by emperors to offer sacrifices to heaven and pray for good harvest during ancient times. Your welcome banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck

Day 4 | Beijing (B, L, D)Top

The highlight today is to visit the astonishing Great Wall. Much anticipated by our guests, the Great Wall serves as one of the most famous images of China. It is the only manmade object visible from the moon and one of the Seven Wonders of the World! After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné Factory. Back to city, walk along the New Qianmen Street and have an outside view of the beautiful Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, both of which are national stadiums built for the 2008 Olympics. Visit one of the largest Jade Centers in Asia and learn Chinese jade culture before enjoying famous Peking Zha Jiang Mian (Handmade Noodle with special soy paste sauce and vegetables) at a Lao Beijing style restaurant. Cap off the day by watching a traditional Chinese Kung-fu Show—the Legend of Kung-Fu. 

Day 5 | Beijing (B, L)Top

Tour the exquisite Summer Palace (Imperial Garden), the largest ancient preserved garden in China and a former summer resort for Dowager Cixi. A shopping visit to a Silk Carpet Shop followed by an Imperial Banquet Lunch at the Bai Family’s Courtyard Restaurant. This afternoon is at leisure. Walk on the Wang-fu-jing pedestrian street or join our optional program at your own expense: Hutong (Old Alley) Life Experience Tour by Rickshaw to see local people’s life styles and have a relaxing time at the Houhai Park ($80pp). 

Day 6 | Beijing - Xi'an (B, L, D)Top

Fly to Xi’an in the morning. Xian was the first Chinese city to open its doors to the world during the Tang Dynasty; it served as the Chinese capital for eleven dynasties, a period of more than 2,000 years. Upon arrival, visit the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. See the life-sized defending army to the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. This site is regarded as “the Eighth Wonder of the World” and is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century. Stop at an Art Ceramics Factory on the way back to the city and enjoy the Imperial Dumpling Banquet Dinner and the traditional Tang Dynasty Singing and Dancing Show in the evening.

Day 7 | Xi'an - Chengdu (B, L)Top

Visit the fascinating Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum. Enjoy lunch before a visit to the Ancient City Wall, the most complete ancient city wall surviving in China. It also is one of the largest and most complete ancient military defense systems in the world. Stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets. Fly to Chengdu, home of Giant Pandas. Enjoy a world famous local show, the Sichuan Face Changing Show.

Day 8 | Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)Top

Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Center, the largest giant panda reserve in the world. As an endangered species, there are only less than 2,000 left in the world, while approximately 250 are in some breeding programs. The museum gathers information on panda’s reproductive problems and there is also a large breeding ground at the site. Have a relaxing time at a traditional local tea house to learn local people’s life styles. After lunch, take a High-speed train (2 hours) to Chongqing city. Taste authentic Sichuan hot pot before boarding  the luxury Yangtze Cruise ship to begin your majestic Yangtze River adventure. 

Day 9 | Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)Top

Enjoy a shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City where you will mingle with the Chinese locals and explore the ancient Ghost City.  In the evening, enjoy a captain’s welcome reception with an a la carte dinner, followed by live entertainment.

Day 10 | Yangtze River Cruise - Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)Top

Enter the exciting part of your cruise journey, the famous Three Gorges. Cruise through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Transfer to a local longboat (Sampan) poled by Tujia boatmen for a leisurely ride through Shennong Stream. Return to the cruise and then pass through the ship-lock of the new three gorges dam.

Day 11 | Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai (B, L, D)Top

Disembark to visit the massive Three Gorges Dam Project which is the world's largest dam. Arrives in Yichang city and then fly to Shanghai,  Check into hotel following by dinner to taste juicy and tasty steaming dumpling Dim Sum.

Day 12 | Shanghai (B, L, D)Top

your city tour starts by walking along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined by the colonial architectures of European design, this area is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days. Continue on to visit the Ming Dynasty Yuyuan Garden which is considered to be one of the four greatest Chinese gardens. Enjoy your lunch at the famed Lu Bo Lang restaurant for most classic Shanghai flavors. Visit the Shanghai Museum to see the ancient Chinese art, furniture and jade. After ample time admiring the numerous exhibits, visit an Emerald Exhibition Center.  After a local cuisine dinner, enjoy an exciting Chinese Acrobatic Show.  

Day 13 | Shanghai - Shanghai (B)Top

Free day today. You can spend your day to explore the city by yourself or join one of our optional tours at your own expense: one day tour to the  best garden city of China, also called the “Oriental Venice”, Suzhou and the ancient water town Tongli ($110pp). 

Day 14 | Shanghai - Hometown (B)Top

Transfer to airport and fly back home.  

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