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12 Days China Yangtze River Cruise Tour: Beijing, Lijiang, Kunming, Yangtse River, Shanghai

Tour Code: YCNT_09
Tour Type: Private Tour Package
Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November.

1. Tour Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Beijing
Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 Beijing (Breakfast + Lunch)
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.

Tian'anmen Square: 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 China.
Forbidden City: 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 Harvests.
Day 03 Beijing (Breakfast + Lunch)
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.
Day 04 Beijing - Lijiang (Breakfast + Lunch)
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.

Summer Palace: 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.
Day 05 Lijiang (Breakfast + Lunch)
Visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the Baisha Murals, the Ancient Shuhe Village of Naxi people. In the afternoon, visit Lijiang Ancient Town.

Jade 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 snowcapped.
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.
Naxi 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.
Lijiang 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.

Day 06

Lijiang - Kunming (Breakfast)
Free Day for you to explore the old town of Lijiang. Take flight to Kunming in the evening.

Day 07

Kunming - Stone Forest - Kunming (Breakfast + Lunch)
Drive 90 KM to Lunan county to visit the Stone Forest. Drive back to Kunming in the afternoon.

Stone 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 shapes.

Day 08 Kunming - 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 p.m.

Western 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 co-workers.
Dianchi 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.

Bamboo 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 Dynasty (1644-1911).
Day 09 Yangtze 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.
Day 10 Yangtze 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 own expense.
10:45-13:00 Sailing through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge.
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 Dam ship-locks.
Day 11 Yangtze 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.
Day 12 Shanghai (Breakfast + Lunch)
Explore the Yuyuan Garden and the nearby Chenghuangmiao Old Street. A transfer to the airport for flight departing Shanghai. Bon Voyage!

Yuyuan Garden: 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 Shanghai.

2. Hotels For The Above Trip

City Luxury Standard Comfortable
Beijing Crowne PLaza Hotel
Sunworld Hotel
King Parkview Hotel
Kunming Green Lake Hotel
Kunming Hotel
Jixie Hotel
Lijiang Guan Fang Hotel
Wang Fu Hotel
Sanhe Hotel
Shanghai Renaissance Yuyuan
Galaxy Hotel
Holiday Inn Express

3. Tour Price

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 hotels).
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 your requests.

4. Quotation Inclusions:

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.
2. Meals
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.
7. Insurance
China Life Tourist Accident / Casualty Insurance. We highly recommend that you purchase full coverage travel insurance from you country of origin.

5. Quotation Exclusions:

1. Visa Fees
Charge of obtaining your visa to enter China.
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.
6. Tips
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 the laws.


Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
the Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Forbidden City
Forbidden City, Beijing
Peking Opera
Peking Opera
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
Hutong tour
Summer Palace
Summer Palace
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Naxi People, Lijiang
Naxi People, Lijiang
Lijiang Ancient Town
Lijiang Ancient Town

Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Qutang Gorge
Qutang Gorge
on the Yangtze River Cruise boat
on the Yangtze boat
Wu Gorge
Wu Gorge
Yuyuan Garden
Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
Shanghai The Bund
The Bund
Shanghai The Bund
The Bund, Shanghai
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