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Web Code: NHF07
Itinerary:
Tibet and Grand Yangtze Discovery 16 Days
Series:
2013 China Super Value Tours
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Day 1 | Hometown - Beijing Top

Fly to Beijing, you’ll cross the International Date Line.

Day 2 | Arrive - Beijing (D)Top

Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. Your tour guide will greet you at the airport and assist with your transfer to your hotel for a great night’s rest. A welcome dinner will be arranged for you in the evening (if your flight lands before 5 pm local time).
 

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

Your China tour starts today from Beijing which has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Start your tour with a visit to Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Our next stop is the Forbidden City. This complex is the largest and one of the most intact ancient imperial palaces still in existence. In the afternoon, continue to Temple of Heaven, which was used by emperors to offer sacrifices to heaven and pray for good harvest during ancient times. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a fabulous Peking Roast Duck dinner; then return to your hotel, or join the optional Chinese martial art show - “The Legend of Kung-Fu” at your own expense.
 

 

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

Today’s highlight is a tour of 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 Eight Wonders of the World! After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at the Cloisonné Factory. Later, you’ll walk the Sacred Path of Ming Tombs. Return to the city and have an up-close view of the beautiful Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, both of which are national stadiums built for the 2008 Olympics. You’ll also have an opportunity to visit one of the largest Jade Centers in Asia and learn Chinese jade culture. Shop for authentic jade souvenirs. After dinner, cap off your day and enjoy an exciting Chinese Acrobatic Show.
 

 

Day 5 | Beijing - Beijing (B,L)Top

In the morning, tour the exquisite Summer Palace (Imperial Garden), the largest ancient preserved garden in China with a boat ride on the Lake Kunming (weather permitting). Visit the China Medical Science Academy for an in-depth experience of ancient Chinese herbal medicine.  After lunch, you’ll have an afternoon free to explore as you wish! Join our optional Hutong Life tour at your own expense or stroll Wang-fu-jing Street at your leisure.
 

 

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

Fly to Xian 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 Museum and 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. Visit an Art Ceramics Factory followed by a special ImperialDumpling Banquet Dinner and traditional Tang Dynasty Singing and Dancing Show that evening.

 
 

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

Visit the Shanxi Provincial Historical Museum in the morning. Enjoy a local special noodle lunch and watch an interesting Hand-pullNoodle Making Demonstration. After lunch walk along Xian’s Ancient City Wall, the most complete city wall that has survived in China; it also is one of the largest and most complete ancient military defense systems in the world.

Day 8 | Xi'an - Lhasa (B,L,D)Top

This morning, fly to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Upon arrival, transfer and check into your hotel. The elevation is over 3600 meters, so take it easy*. After resting, we visit the Drepung Monastery in the late afternoon; this monasteryoffers collection of Buddhist chapels and colleges. Many monks travel here to further their teachings.*Because of Lhasa’s elevation, altitude sickness can occur. Please consider your own health conditions before travel.

 
 

Day 9 | Lhasa - Lhasa (B,L,D)Top

A truly memorable tour today, as we visit the spectacular Potala Palace. Built in the 17th century, it took 7000 workers and 1500 artists and craftsmen more than 50 years to build the adjoining White and Red Palaces. It is the largest lamasery of its type in the world. After lunch, we visit Norbulingka, which served as the summer residence of the Dalai Lama.
 

Day 10 | Lhasa - Lhasa (B,L,D)Top

Visit one of Tibet’s holiest shrines, the 1300-year-old Jokhang Temple, where pilgrims worship before the statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha, lavishly enthroned in gold and a gift from the Tang Dynasty of China. Tour to the Barkhor Street, meaning “eight corners street”. Have the local Tibetan food for lunch as you enjoy a local performance. Free time in the afternoon.
 

Day 11 | Lhasa - Chongqing (B,L,D)Top

In the morning, fly to Chongqing. During the Second World War, it was the headquarters for Chiang Kai-Shek government and the base for the Flying Tigers who made their historic flights over the “Hump” to Burma. Tour the Panda House and visit General Stilwell Museum. Enjoy a famous Chongqing Hot Pot dinner before boarding your cruise to begin your highly anticipated grand Yangtze River adventure.
 

Day 12 | Yangtze River Cruise - Yangtze River Cruise (B,L,D)Top

Our cruise sets sail downstream from Chongqing in the morning. Our first shore excursion will occur at eitherFengdu or Wanzhou Relocation Villages depending on local river conditions.Fengdu, is also called “The Ghost City”! Fengdu is aninteresting site because of numerous statues of devils and ghosts and it is accessibility via cable car. Wanzhou Relocation Villages were formed due to the new Three Gorges Dam Project. Shore excursion to the village includes a visit to the Hope Elementary School.
 

Day 13 | Yangtze River Cruise - Yangtze River Cruise (B,L,D)Top

Enter your cruise enters the exhilarating Three Gorges. The ship sails through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Disembark at Wushan where you’ll board small riverboat for a leisurely ride through Shennong Stream, which offers clear running waters, picturesque rock formations abound, and monkeys and goats along its banks. Reboard the cruise in the afternoon; sailing through Xiling Gorge, you pass through the ship-locks of the new three gorges dam.
 

Day 14 | Yangtze River Cruise/Yichang - Shanghai (B,L,D)Top

The cruise ship will stop at Taipingxi (or Sandouping) in the morning. Disembark to visit the massive Three Gorges Dam Project which is the world's largest dam. Arrive in Yichang, the final destination of your cruise journey then fly to Shanghai. After dinner, join an optional Night Cruise on the Huangpu River tour at your own expense.
 

Day 15 | Shanghai - Shanghai (B,L,D)Top

Your tour starts today with a walk along the Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Continue to the Ming Dynasty Yuyuan Garden which is considered to be one of the four greatest Chinese gardens. Stroll along the bustling shopping district Nanjing Road before we enjoy the authentic Shanghaies cuisines. Enjoy an afternoon at your leisure. Do some last-minute souvenir and gift shopping or explore the city as you wish.

Day 16 | Shanghai - Hometown (B)Top

Your China journey is over all too soon… we will assist you in your transfer to the airport. You’ll fly home and arrive home on the same day as you leave China.
 

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