11-day China Golden Triangle with Yangtze Cruise

11-day China Golden Triangle with Yangtze Cruise

Tour Code: IFH-C-04

Tour days: 11 Days

The Golden Triangle of China is one of the most popular and well-received tourist circuits of the country. The tour basically covers three of the most vibrant, beautiful and amazing cities of China: Beijing, the country capital over 1,000 years, Xi'an - the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, and Shanghai - the busiest container port in the world and the "showpiece" of the booming economy of mainland China. We also take a cruise on the Yangtze River and experience the amazing connection between culture and nature.


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DAY 1 Arrive in Beijing

Transfer via: TBA - your arrangement

Activities for today: Airport to hotel transfer (Beijing)

Upon arrival in Beijing, meet the local guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

DAY 2 Beijing

Activities for today: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven Park, Peking Duck Dinner

After breakfast at your hotel, meet the guide and start today's city tour from the Tian'anmen Square which is the largest city square in the world, followed by the Forbidden City. It is the largest imperial palace in Cina for 24 emperors' reign during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years. Lunch will be taken at a local Chinese restaurant. In the afternoon, transfer to visit the Temple of Heaven Park, which is a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation. In the evening, enjoy a famous Peking Roast Duck Banquet for dinner.

DAY 3 Beijing

Activities for today: Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing Hutong

After breakfast at your hotel, meet the guide and drive to visit the Great Wall of Mutianyu Section, which is one of the great wonders in the world and the symbol of China. You can take a short hiking on the wall. After lunch, drive back to Beijing to have a Hutong tour by the rickshaw.

DAY 4 Beijing/Xi'an

Transfer via: domestic plane for economy class - our arrangement

Activities for today: Airport transfer (Beijing, Xian), Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall

In the morning, meet the guide and transfer to the airport for the flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival in Xi'an, meet the local guide at the airport and transfer to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The pagoda is the city emblem, which was first built in Tang Dynasty for the storage of Buddhist scriptures taken from India by Monk Xuanzang. Followed by a visit to the Ancient City Wall, the best-kept and biggest city walls in China. Drive to your hotel and free evening for your own exploration.

DAY 5 Xi'an/Chongqing

Transfer via: domestic plane for economy class - our arrangement

Activities for today: Xi'an Daqin Terra-Cotta Art Factory, Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Airport transfer (Xi'an, Chongqing)

After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide and drive to visit the Xi'an Daqin Terra-Cotta & Lacquer Furniture Art Factory. In the factory, you can see the process of how to make Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Continue drive to visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It is one of the most important archaeological finds in the 20 th century; an army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin's tomb since 2200 year ago. Lunch will be taken at a local Chinese restaurant. In the afternoon, transfer to Xi'an Airport for the afternoon flight to Chongqing. Upon arrival, be picked up to board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception.

DAY 6 Yangtze Cruise

Activities for today: Fengdu Ghost City/Shibaozhai Temple

Today's shore excursion will be to Fengdu Ghost City or Shibaozhai Temple (depends on the ship).

DAY 7 Yangtze Cruise

Activities for today: Shennong Stream, Lesser Three Gorges

Take a sampan to go deep into the beautiful narrow gorges of Shennong Stream, the once torpidly flowing water is now tamed and it is ideal for a sampan-pulling performance.

DAY 8 Yichang/Shanghai

Transfer via: domestic plane for economy class - our arrangement

Activities for today: Three Gorge Dam; Airport transfer (Yichang, Shanghai)

Appreciate the magnificent Three Gorges Dam and pick up more background information on this largest water conservancy project. Disembark in Yichang around 11:30am, meet the local guide and transfer to the airport for the afternoon flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, meet the local guide and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 9 Shanghai

Activities for today: Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl Tower, the Bund, Nanjing Road

After breakfast in the hotel, visit Oriental Pearl TV Tower, where has best viewing spot of Shanghai located by the Huangpu River with 468 meters high. Followed by a visit to the Yu Garden. The garden used to be a private garden with 400 years' history, it features traditional architectural style of Yangtze Delta. After that, have a free walk on the nearby Old Street and transfer to visit the Jade Buddha Temple. Free at leisure on the Bund and Nanjing Road.

Optional night show: Acrobatics Show

DAY 10 Shanghai

Activities for today: Zhujiajiao Water Town, Jiangnan Silk Workshop, Xintiandi Area

After breakfast, drive to Zhujiajiao Water Town to experience the traditional life of Yangtze River Delta. After lunch, proceed to see how the silk is made from the cocoons in the Jiangnan Silk Workshop. Later, end your day trip with a walk at Xintiandi Area.

DAY 11 Shanghai Departure

Transfer via: TBA - your arrangement

Activities for today: Hotel to airport transfer (Shanghai)

Today, your tour comes to an end with a departure transfer to Shanghai Pudong International Airport.


Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip

Price Includes

Entrance fees:
To scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
Meals:
All meals as specified in the itinerary. "B" stands for Chinese or western breakfast at your hotel. "L" for Chinese Lunch at local Chinese restaurant. "D" for Chinese dinner at local Chinese restaurant. If you have any special request about meals, like vegetarian, or Indian food etc, please inform us in advance.
Private Transfers:
Between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Harbin by the private air conditioned vehicle with driver.
Private tour escort for Sightseeing:
As outlined in the Itinerary will be escorted with English-speaking guide.
The English-speaking guide and driver of each city accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
Hotels:
Service includes standard rooms for your tour group.
All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
Transportation:
All the domestic airfare of economy class with airport tax/ or train ticket(s) as specified in the itinerary.
Service Charge & Government Taxes.
Arrangements:
The tour cost includes the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Excludes

Entry / Exit Airfare or train tickets..
Visa Fees; Trip Insurance; Credit Card Processing Fee;.
Excess Baggage Charges:
For checked luggage: Adult and children are entitled to a free checked baggage allowance in economy class of 20kg / 44. The size limit for each piece is 40x60x 100cmor 15.7x 23.6x 39.4 inches. For carry-on luggage: each economy class passenger is allowed one piece of 5kg / 11 lbs. The size limit for each piece is 20 x 40 x 55cm or 7.8 x 15.7 x 21.6 inches.
Personal Expenses:
Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities and sightseeing.
Meals:
Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
Gratuities to guides or drivers.

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