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16 Days China Hottest City and Yangtze River Cruise Tour

16 Days China Hottest City and Yangtze River Cruise Tour

Tour Code:  VOC-090614-S
Destination:  Beijing, Chongqing, Guilin, Longsheng, Shanghai, Xi'an, Yangshuo, Yichang
Client's Information: Nurul Amin Chowdhury, Canada
Tour Starting Date:  Sunday, 14, June, 2009
Group Numbers:  2
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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1  Sun 14-Jun-09     Meal(s) ()     TBA / Beijing

Transfer via: Air Canada Flight29 at 14:20PM. Arrive in Beijing - own arrangement
Program: Arrive in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to hotel

Accommodations: Capital hotel Beijing*****
Address: 3 Qian Men East St. Beijing 100006 Peoples Republic of China
Tel: (86-10) 58159988  
Fax: (86-10) 65120309


Day 2  Mon 15-Jun-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Beijing

Program: Full day tour for the Tian'anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City

-The Tian'anmen Square: The largest city square in the world.
-The Temple of Heaven: The place where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation.
-The Forbidden City: The largest imperial palace in China during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years.

Accommodations: Capital hotel Beijing*****


Day 3  Tue 16-Jun-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Beijing

Program: Full day visit the Badaling Great Wall, The Ding Tomb, The Sacred Road, On the way back to hotel, you will be driven to visit the main 2008 Beijing Olympic venues, take an exterior visit of both the Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium), National Swimming Centre ('The Water Cube'), Beijing, feel free to take some photos of the stadiums

-Badaling Great Wall: This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a pleasant drive 90km NE of Beijing. A cable car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains.
-The Ding Tomb: The only underground tomb of the thirteen tombs of the emperors in the Ming Dynasty.
-The Sacred Road: The way guarded on both sides with stone statues by which the ancient emperors went to hold a memorial ceremony for the ancestors.

Accommodations: Capital hotel Beijing*****


Day 4  Wed 17-Jun-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Beijing

Program: Full day tour for Hutongs, the Summer Palace, Xiushui Street

-Hutongs: The old narrow paths where common people lived. All the Hutongs crisscross with each other, dotted with the Kindergarten, the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower, the Tea House, and the lake, House of Gong Infante and local people's houses among them.
-The Summer Palace: The largest and best-preserved royal garden in China with a history of over 800 years.
-Xiushui Street: A market near the embassy area where you can find a number of duplicates of clothing in traditional Chinese style such as clothes, caps, gloves. Enjoy bargains with sellers and pleasant surprise of finding a real treasure if you are lucky enough.

Accommodations: Capital hotel Beijing*****


Day 5   Thu 18-Jun-09    Meal(s) (B, L)   Beijing / Xi'an

Transfer via: Morning flight (arranged by us) 
Program: In the morning, you will be transferred to airport for Xi'an. Arrive in Xi'an, you will be met and transferred to hotel, then visit History Museum in Xi'an, the Ancient City Wall

 

-History Museum in Xi'an: It is a magnificent architectural complex in the Tang Dynasty style. The Museum possesses a treasure of 113,000 historic and cultural artifacts unearthed in Shaanxi, and it covers an area of 1,100 square meters for exhibition.
-The Ancient City Wall: It is the largest and best preserved present city wall in ancient China and is probably the best military battlement in the world.

Accommodations: Bell Tower Hotel****
Tel: 029-87600000, Fax: 029-87271217


Day 6  Fri 19-Jun-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Xi'an

Program: Full day tour for the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Bell Tower

-The Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses: The greatest archaeological findings of the century: the army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin's tomb.
-Big Wild Goose Pagoda: It is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists.
-The Bell Tower: The wooden tower, which is the largest and best-preserved of its kind in China, is 36 meters (118 feet) high.

Accommodations: Bell Tower Hotel****


Day 7  Sat 20-Jun-09   Meal(s) (B, L)   Xi'an / Guilin

Transfer via: Morning flight (arranged by us) 
Program: In the morning, you will be transferred to airport for Guilin. Arrive in Guilin, be met and transferred to hotel, then visit Reed Flute Cave

-Reed Flute Cave: Known as "the Palace of Natural Arts" where you can see beautiful stalactites & stalagmites, learn how they are formed.

Accommodations: Guilin Bravo Hotel****
Tel: 0773-2823950, Fax: 0773-2851344


Day 8  Sun 21-Jun-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Guilin / Yangshuo / Guilin

Program: Full day tour for Li River Cruise, West Street, then be transferred back to Guilin

-Li River Cruise: Depart from your hotel in the morning. Be transferred to the Zhujiang Pier (about 1 hour drive) for a 4.5 hours wonderful cruise. You will enjoy the picturesque mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank. Disembark at the one-thousand-year-old town Yangshuo in the afternoon. Have a short exploration to the old town before to be transferred back to Guilin city.
-West Street: West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1,400 years. Situated at the center of Yangshuo County, West Street has become, since the 1980's, a window of eastern and western culture and the biggest 'foreign language center' in China.

Accommodations: Guilin Bravo Hotel****


Day 9  Mon 22-Jun-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Guilin / Longsheng / Guilin

Program: Full day tour for Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, Yao Ethnic Tribes, and then drive back to Guilin

-Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces: Longji, as known as the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, is located in Longsheng County, the mountainous region on the northeastern part of Guilin. They were first built in the Yuan dynasty (about 800 years ago) and completed in the Qin dynasty by Zhuang people.

Accommodations: Guilin Bravo Hotel****


Day 10  Tue 23-Jun-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Guilin / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise

Transfer via: Afternoon flight (arranged by us) 
Program: Visit Fubo Hill, Elephant Trunk Hill, then be transferred to airport for Chongqing. Arrive in Chongqing, be met and transferred to dock. Board the ship from 17:00 to 20:00 and departs Chongqing at 22:00

-Fubo Hill: You can see lots of rock stone carvings & Buddha statues since Tang Dynasty. Have a wonderful bird's-eye view of Guilin city if you climb to the summit.
-Elephant Trunk Hill: Located at the conjunction of the Li River & the Peach  Blossom River, the whole hill looks very much like a giant elephant with a long trunk, it is the symbol of Guilin city.

Accommodations: President No 1*****


Day 11  Wed 24-Jun-09     Meal(s) (B, L, D)   Yangtze Cruise

Program: (8:00-10:00) Shore excursion to either Fengdu Ghost City or WanXian, or Shibaozhai (depending on river conditions). Then return to the ship and sail towards the magnificent Three Gorges

Fengdu, with fantastic temples of underworld demons and gods, is constructed on the Mingshan Hill by the river band. It is known as the "Ghost City" and is a place for punishing the devil and awarding the good.

WanXian: One of the most important and largest ports on the Yangtze. It is widely known for its variety and hustling markets. Fifty percent of the city will be resettled after the Three Gorges Dam Project is completed.

Accommodations: President No 1*****


Day 12  Thu 25-Jun-09     Meal(s) (B, L, D)   Yangtze Cruise

Program: (08:00-13:00) Passing through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge
                   (13:00-16:30) Boat excursion to Shennong Stream
                   (17:30) Passing through Xiling Gorge

Shennong Stream is another tributary of the Yangtze River, and its fast-flowing, clear water runs southwards through deep gorges. The stream races past large and small Karst caves, flocks of swallows, sheer cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls, three-colored springs, rapids, the ancient plank path, a suspended coffin in the cliff, groups of ancient tombs and marvelous Karst formations.

Accommodations: President No 1*****


Day 13  Fri 26-Jun-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Yichang / Shanghai  

Transfer via: Afternoon flight (arranged by us)   
Program: (08:00-10:00) Shore excursion to The Three Gorges Dam Site

(13:00) Disembark at Yichang, be met at the dock and transferred to airport for Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai, be met and transferred to hotel, visit The Bund (Waitan), Nanjing Road.
-The Bund (Waitan): It is one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai. It is here where the first British company opened an office in 1846.
-Nanjing Road: It is one of the most important commercial and tourist streets in Shanghai, which stretches from Waitan to Yanan Xilu.

Accommodations: Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai****
Tel: 021-63538008, Fax: 021-63530671


Day 14  Sat 27-Jun-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Shanghai

Program: Full day tour Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yu Garden

-Shanghai Museum: The biggest museum in China, with a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics. It is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy.
-Jade Buddha Temple: The Jade Buddha Temple is one of the few temples in downtown Shanghai. If you're lucky, you can watch the monks serving a ceremony in a side room.
-Oriental Pearl TV Tower: the highest TV Tower in Asia. With 468 meter high it stands in Pudong Park in the new and developing Lujiazui district on the banks of the Huangpu River.
-Yu Garden: It's reputed to be the most beautiful garden south of the Yangtze River. Built beside the Temple of the City God and covering only fives acres, it follows the Suzhou garden design of a world in microcosm.

Accommodations: Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai****


Day 15  Sun 28-Jun-09     Meal(s) (B)   Shanghai

Program: Free at your leisure time

Accommodations: Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai****


Day 16  Mon 29-Jun-09     Meal(s) (B)   Shanghai / TBA

Transfer via: Air Canada Flight26 at 15:45PM- own arrangement 
Program: Free at leisure, and then you will be transferred to airport for your flight to next destination


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