12 Days China Yangtze
River Cruise Tour: Beijing, Lijiang, Kunming,
Yangtse River, Shanghai
Tour Code: YCNT_09
Tour Type: Private
Best Travel Time:
Suitable for the whole year, best from April
1. Tour Itinerary
Upon your arrival, our
guide will pick you up at the airport and
transfer to your hotel.
Driver to Tian'anmen
Square and take photos, then explore the Forbidden
City. After lunch, visit the Temple of Heaven.
After that, drive back to your hotel.
It is the spiritual heart of China and large
enough to accommodate an assembly of one million
people. It stands in front of the Forbidden
City, at its north the Tiananmen Rostrum,
from which imperial decrees were promulgated.
The square is 880 meters from north to south,
and 500 meters from east to west. On October
1st, 1949, Mao went atop the Tiananmen Rostrum,
which gives the square its name, to proclaim
the foundation of the People's Republic of
The name Forbidden City is a term used by
Westerners to refer to the Imperial Palace
which was built in the early fifteenth century
(1406-1420 A.D.). Covering an area of 175
acres, the Palace is 961 meters long and 753
meters wide, enclosed by wall and surrounded
by a moat. The place where the emperors of
the Ming and Qing Dynasties carried out their
administration and lived, it has 800 buildings
and 9,000 rooms.
Temple of Heaven:
Completed in 1420 during the reign of Ming
Emperor Yongle, it was originally served as
the most sacred space in which the emperor
(the Son of Heaven) would perform the most
important sacrifices and rites. The gods of
earth, water, war, and civilian affairs were
all honored, but it was the god of agriculture
who received special attention. On the winter
solstice, the emperor, after ritual fasts
and purification, would beseech Heaven for
bountiful harvests. The temple's layout reflects
the Confucian/Daoist worldview that anchored
the imperial order, with the square bases
of the circular temples articulating the relationship
between Earth and Heaven - the emperor serving
as intermediary, administering human affairs
on behalf of the divine order. The most distinctive
temple in the complex, and one of the most
famous buildings in China, not to mention
the world, is the Hall of Prayer for Good
Have an excursion to
the Mutianyu Great Wall. After lunch, drive
back to the downtown and see the exterior
of Bird Nest and Water Cube - the Beijing
2008 Olympic National Stadium. After that,
drive back to your hotel.
Mutianyu Great Wall:
It was built in early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644),
this section of Great Wall has been the important
military communication area in Beijing. Mutianyu
boasts beautiful scenery in four seasons,
about 96 percent of the area is covered with
verdant vegetation. This is unseen in other
sections of the Great Wall Region.
- Lijiang (Breakfast
Drive to Drum Tower
area for taking a relaxing Hutong Tour by
rickshaw - a good way to know the Beijing
local lifestyle, then explore the Summer Palace.
After lunch, be transferred to the airport
for flight to Lijiang. Your Lijiang tour guide
will wait for you at the airport and help
you to check-in your hotel.
It used to be a summer residence of Qing Dynasty
(1644-1911) emperors and is now one of the
best parks in Beijing. The Summer Palace was
an imperial garden known for its architectural
grandeur and stunning natural beauty. Construction
of the Summer Palace started in 1750. In the
19th century, massive renovations was made
and many buildings was restored.
Visit the Jade Dragon
Snow Mountain, the Baisha Murals, the Ancient
Shuhe Village of Naxi people. In the afternoon,
visit Lijiang Ancient Town.
Dragon Snow Mountain: The mountain is
situated some 15 km. north of Lijiang County,
with thirteen peaks resembling jade pillars
holding the sky, it stands majestically
on the east side of the Jinshajiang River.
The main peak, Mount Fan (Shanzifeng), is
5,596 m. above sea level, and is annually
Baisha Murals: Lijiang's murals are
works of the Ming Dynasty (1368ĘC1644).
They were originally distributed among the
Juexiansi Temple and twelve others, nine
of which fell to ruins. The remaining four
temples have altogether 55 murals, with
a total area of 139.22 sq. m.
people: The Naxi ethnic minority has
a population of 277,800, most of whom live
in concentrated communities in the Lijiang
Naxi Autonomous County in Yunnan Province.
More than 1,000 years ago, the Naxi people
had already created pictographic characters
called the "Dongba" script and a syllabic
writing known as the "Geba" script. With
these scripts they recorded a lot of beautiful
folklore, legends, poems and religious classics.
Ancient Town: The old town is famous
for its scientific architectural layout.
Crisscrossed by crystal-clear rivers and
meandering cobbled streets, it has a high
research value and is a treasure in the
field of urban construction in China.
Lijiang - Kunming
Free Day for you
to explore the old town of Lijiang. Take
flight to Kunming in the evening.
Kunming - Stone Forest
- Kunming (Breakfast
Drive 90 KM to Lunan
county to visit the Stone Forest. Drive
back to Kunming in the afternoon.
Forest: Located 120 kilometers southeast
of Kunming, the Stone Forest is a typical
karst formation covering an area of more
than 350 square kilometers. In 2007, it
is listed as World Natural Heritage. Walking
inside the forest, you will find a wonderland
consists of innumerable huge rocks of fantastic
- Chongqing (Breakfast
+ Lunch + Dinner)
Tour to the Bamboo
Monastery and the Dragon Gate in Western Hills.
Take flight to Chongqing in the afternoon.
Arrive in Chongqing and be greeted by our
tour guide who will help you to transfer to
Chaotianmen wharf and check-in at the cruise
boat, which Set sail from Chongqing at 9:00
Hills: Located at the west bank of the
Dianchi Lake, it is a range of five mountains
well covered by evergreen woods stretching
over 40 kilometers and over 2,500 meters above
sea level, perfect for hiking. The Dragon
Gate is near the top of the mountain; it is
a group of grottoes, sculptures, corridors
and pavilions that were hacked from the cliff
between 1781 and 1835 by a Taoist monk and
Lake: The lake covers 300 square km and
extending 40 km from north to south. The western
side of the Dianchi Lake is covered by mountain
forest, while the eastern side is dotted with
the fisheries and agribusinesses. This ocean-like
lake is indeed the best place to go for those
people who wish to get away from the bustling
city and be close to nature.
Monastery: A Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.)
Buddhist temple known for its 500 colored
clay statues of Arhats. The quiet and tastefully
laid out temple is surrounded by verdant woods
and green bamboos affording crisp and cool
air. The present Bamboo temple was rebuilt
in the Guangxu Era (1833 to 1890) in Qing
River Cruise (Breakfast
+ Lunch + Dinner)
Enjoy early bird coffee
and tea. Practice
Tai Chi on board and have uffet breakfast
in the morning. 09:00-13:30 Take activities
on board as you like. Optional shore excursion
to Fengdu Ghost City on your own expense.
Buffet lunchis served on board.
In the afternoon, take shore excursion to
Shibaozhai. Late afternoon, the captain's
welcome reception is held with buffet dinner.
In the evening, enjoy shows.
River Cruise (Breakfast
+ Lunch + Dinner)
Enjoy early bird coffee
and tea. Practice Tai Chi on board and have
uffet breakfast in the morning. 07:30-10:15
Take activities on board as you like. Optional
shore excursion to White Emperor City on your
10:45-13:00 Sailing through Qutang Gorge and
15:15 Take shore excursion to Shennong Stream
or mini three gorges.
21:45 Enjoy Captain's Farewell Banquet and
the Crew cabaret.
22:00-23:00 Passing through the Three Gorges
River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai (Breakfast
+ Lunch + Dinner)
After Buffet breakfast,
take shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site;
cruising through the scenic Xiling Gorge.
Arrive Yichang Pier at 12:30. Disembark the
boat. Your Yichang tour guide will meet you
at Yichang pier and transfer to the airport.
Take flight to Shanghai. Your Shanghai tour
guide will meet you at the airport and transfer
to the hotel.
Explore the Yuyuan Garden
and the nearby Chenghuangmiao Old Street.
A transfer to the airport for flight departing
Shanghai. Bon Voyage!
A classical extensive Chinese garden with
exquisite layout and the artistic style. It
was first finished in 1559 during the Ming
Dynasty. Yuyuan Garden occupies an area of
20,000 square meters. The pavilions, halls,
rockeries, ponds and cloisters all have unique
characteristics. The exquisite layout, and
the artistic style of the garden architecture
have made Yuyuan one of the highlights of
2. Hotels For The Above
3. Tour Price
4. Quotation Inclusions:
Please send us an email and provide
the information below so that we can quote precisely for
the above tour.
1. The number of adults and the number of children in your
party. If there are children under 12 years, they can enjoy
the preferential price.
2. Your approximate travel date.
3. The code of the tour that you are interested in. Each
tour has a code, you can find it above - at the top of the
page where the tour is.
4. Hotel choice for your tour (luxury or standard or comfortable
5. If you would like us to tailor make a new tour for you
that is different from the above tour, please let us know
5. Quotation Exclusions:
1. Hotel Accommodation
The hotel is based on two adults
sharing one twin or double standard room with private facilities.
Solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin-bed
room of their own are required to pay additional charge
of single supplement rate. A single room is subject to availability
based on prior request at an additional cost; if the above
recommended hotel is not available, it will be substituted
by a similar one.
Daily American or Chinese breakfast
at the hotel, Chinese lunch or dinner in local Chinese restaurant
as specified in the itinerary.
3. Private Transport
Private transport between airport
/ railway station and hotel and all the sightseeing spots
by air-conditioned vehicle. Separate arrivals and departures
will incur extra charges.
4. Transportation Between Cities
The economic class air tickets of
the domestic flight or soft berth/seat train tickets between
cities as specified in the above itinerary. Airport construction
fee and fuel surcharge are included.
5. Entrance Tickets
The main entrance tickets for the
sightseeing spots mentioned.
6. Driver And Guiding Service
Driver and English-speaking guide
service on normal sightseeing activities noted in the itinerary.
Our guide will not fly with you from one city to another.
Upon your arrival at each city, a new local guide and driver
will pick you up, be with you for local tour and see you
off after you finish the itinerary of each city.
China Life Tourist Accident / Casualty
Insurance. We highly recommend that you purchase full coverage
travel insurance from you country of origin.
1. Visa Fees
Charge of obtaining your visa to
2. Charge Of Arrival And Departure
The international or domestic air
/ train charge of arrival and departure.
3. Single Room Supplement
Should a twin room is needed by a
single guest, supplement of the twin room will be charged.
What is single supplement?-
The hotel is based on double occupancy. If the visitor travels
alone or the number of the travelers is odd (such as 3,
5, 7...), who stays in one single room has to pay the single
room supplement. As the hotel is on double occupancy.
4. Personal Expenses
Expenses of a personal nature such
as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities
or sightseeing, overweight baggage charges or any meals
not specified in the itinerary, ect.
5. Optional Programs
Optional programs which are not specified
in the above itinerary.
Tips depending on the service of
your guide and driver, entirely voluntary.
7. Extra Cost
Any extra cost caused by changes of natural disasters, fires,
weather, governmental and local authority orders, political
change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations,
damages or injury caused by accident beyond the control
of us and that has incurred due to the tourist action violating
Mutianyu Great Wall
Forbidden City, Beijing
Temple of Heaven
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Naxi People, Lijiang
Lijiang Ancient Town
on the Yangtze boat
Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
The Bund, Shanghai