|Duration:||10 Days 9 Nights|
|Price:||from $1,960 *|
* The price is per person, and depends on the number of travelers, accomodation options, extra-activities, extra-places, or tour-guide request.
|B : Breakfast
L : Lunch
|D : Dinner
SD : Special Dinner
We will visit:
Great Wall (Mutianyu)
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. You can return by cable car, walk down or walk along the wall for about an hour to descend by chairlift. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.
Temple of Heaven
The place which was visited yearly by the emperors who performed intricate rituals to insure a good harvest for the whole nation at ancient times.
The world's largest city square and enduring symbol of China's national pride, surrounded by many imposing buildings including the Heavenly Gate (entry to the Forbidden City), Museums, government buildings and Chairman Mao's Mausole
The Imperial Palace, home to 24 Emperors between 1420 and 1911. Great squares, halls and gates contrast with the intricate networks of side halls, gardens, courtyards and quarters for those who lived in this "city within a city".
The old narrow paths with lots of courtyard homes where common people are living. They are like villages within megalopolis. Through the hutongs' teeming maze of alleyways, you will see the old houses and learn about the daily life
Yangtze River Cruise
Fengdu Ghost City
Constructed on the Mingshan Hill by the river bank, it is so called because of the legend which goes that about 1,700 years ago, two officials, Yin and Wang (the combination of their surnames means "Ghost King ") became Taoists here and eventually Immortals. Now with fantastic temples of underworld demons and gods, it shows the Chinese ghost culture and is a place for punishing the devil and awarding the good.
A small tributary of the Yangtze River is 60 kilometers long and is famous for its picturesque scenery. Shennong Stream is beautiful and ancient. When you take a sampan drifting along it, which is not without risk yet exhilarating and a challenge to battle with the nature. You will be attracted and surprised by its crystal clear steam flowing swiftly from north to south through deep gorges, steep ridges and peaks, thick vegetation and wild flowers, flying birds and a plank road built along a cliff and ancient hanging coffins. Sweet love songs will be presented to you by the local ethnic people.
Three Gorges Dam
The largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by man and it has been a dream for several generations of Chinese people. The construction of the dam formally began in 1994. The body of the dam was completed in 2003, and the whole construction will be competed in 2009. It will be 2,335 meters long, 185 meters high, 18 meters wide on the top and 130 meters wide at the bottom. The tourists can get access to the top of the dam and enjoy different kinds of photo opportunities.
Located in the Old Town of Shanghai and laid out in 1559 AD by a powerful Ming official, Yu Garden recreates a beautiful landscape of pagodas, pavilions, rockeries, fountains, ancient trees and precious flowers.
Outside the Yu Garden, a bustling market with different snacks and trinkets.
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center will raise the veil of the metropolis in the east and let you know her foundation, development and future in about 2-3hours. You will sign her magnanimity (involvement) with feeling, which makes you admire her character with not only tradition but also modern, maybe you are involved in them.
Day by Day Itinerary
Arrival in Beijing: Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China; you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is free to do as you please.
Beijing (B,L) : Driving about 2.5 hours from downtown Beijing, you will get to the world-famous
Mutianyu Great Wall. Riding a scenic round way cable car you will get to this best section of the Great Wall, which is less crowded and has better architecture. You can stroll and watch the spectacular views of the hills and mountains. Have with you walking shoes and protection from the weather. A new and safe way of enjoying the view suitable for everybody and any age is Mutianyu slide way, using the principle of acceleration of gravity. A pulley slides down from top of the mountain and goes through a slide way of 1600 meters, which is an exciting, breathe-taking way to watch the beautiful scenery. You can regulate the speed of the pulley.
You will also visit today the Temple of Heaven. Temple of Heaven, dating from the 15th century, was built in the Ming and Qing dynasties. There, emperors presided at annual rituals for a national good harvest. Temple of Heaven is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Next, you are welcome to come to Shahe Cloisonne Factory. Cloisonne, an intricate method dating back over 700 years to produce fine enamel on a copper base, can be appreciated at Shahe Cloisonne Factory. You will have the opportunity to see the elaborate and complicated manufacturing process that includes hammering, filigree welding and enamel filling. The showroom in Shahe Cloisonne Factory is a popular place for those looking for quality gifts and souvenirs. No pressure, though!
Beijing (B,L): In the morning to, after a good breakfast, depart from your hotel to visit Tian'anmen Square. the world's largest plaza and enduring symbol of China's national pride, surrounded by many impressive buildings including the Heavenly Gate (entry to the Forbidden City), Museums, government buildings and Chairman Mao's Mausole. Passing through Tiananmen Gate, you will enter the splendid Forbidden City, the previous home, "city within a city", to 24 emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties for 600 years. Imperial architectures, intricate gardens, quarters and ornaments make it a must-see of China.
Exploring the Forbidden City you will arrive at The Hall of Clocks and Watches, an impressive collection clock and watches of the Qing Dynasty. The exhibition hall displays about 200 clocks and watches from the imperial collection, in various styles and superb workmanship.
Later in the day you will take a rickshaw tour in Hutongs (=alleys) , in Xicheng District, old narrow paths with courtyard homes where ordinary residents are living. Through the Hutongs' teeming maze of alleyways, you will see the old houses and learn about the daily life.
Stopping in Lizexiang Pearl Store will give you a chance to see how freshwater pearls are produced and to learn to spot a fake, and of course, to buy one of the beautiful genuine pearls in the outlet.
Beijing to Chongqing to Yangtze (B,L): Today you will take a flight from Beijing to Chongqing. Arriving in Chongqing you will have enough time to visit the Three Gorges Museum, Ciqikou Old Town and Chongqing National Arts Institute Gallery. In the afternoon you will get to the Cruise pier and board the ship that departs Chongqing.
Chongqing Three Gorges Museum is the largest monographic museum in China. The 1st-floor exhibits the Three Gorges area including a model of the dam, and upstairs you can learn more about southwest China's minority cultures and the natural environment of Chongqing. The museum faces the impressive People's Hall (that resembles the Temple of Heaven), across an energetic and boisterous square.
Ciqikou Old Town, also known as Little Chongqing, is a 1000-year-old town preserved in modern Chongqing, about an hour's drive from the city centre. Ciqikou - 'porcelain harbor', used to be a busy commercial dock during the Ming and Qing dynasties when it was an important source of chinaware. Today it is a peaceful place where you can take a break from the busy city life.
Chongqing National Arts Institute Gallery: Located in the Chongqing People's Congress Hall, Chongqing National Arts Gallery displays Chinese landscape paintings and oil-paintings. You could find there authentic, quality products.
Yangtze (B,L,D): Sailing on Yangtze River you will have today a shore excursion to Shibaozhai for about 2 hours and an optional tour to Fengdu Ghost City.
Shibaozhai = 'Precious Stone Fortress', located in Zhong County at the south bank of the Yangtze River, around 300 kilometers away from Chongqing City. It was first built in Qing Dynasty in 1750. Shibaozhai is an historical site that has a new appearance since 2009. On the river side of the hill is a red pavilion of nine wooden floors which leans against the side of the hill providing a walkway to the temple at the top of the hill. At the top of Shibaozhai is a three-storied hall built during the reign of the Xianfeng Emperor (1850–1861), called the Purple Rain Pavilion. Every floor of the wooden structure contains interesting artifacts. Each of the 12 floors of Shibaozhai is dedicated to a famous general of the Three Kingdoms period (220-265AD), a local scholar or a renowned Chinese poet. It takes about 1.5 hours to climb from the pier to the top of Shibaozhai and back from a back footpath. Climbing the 12 stories provide a wonderful view of the river and the farms below as well as the murals and sculptures in the wooden architecture.
Fengdu Ghost City is situated on the north bank of the Yangtze River about 170 kilometers (110 mi) downstream from Chongqing. It is also called "Home of The Chinese Divine Comedy". According to superstitious legend, the dead come to Fengdu Ghost City and the devils go to hell. Since Tang Dynasty, forty-eight temples have been built in the place featuring buildings and ghosts that provide a model of hell.
Yangtze (B,L,D): Today pass through the Gorges Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge, and then, you will have a shore excursion to Shennong Stream (around 5 hrs).
Qutang Gorge is the shortest (8 kilometers), narrowest and is considered the most spectacular of China's Three Gorges. The mountains on either side are very steep at 1,200 meters (4,000 ft). This combination of narrow canyons among high mountains creates spectacular scenic views. Wu Gorge stretches 45 kilometers (28 mi) from Wushan to Guandukou, and is located downstream of Qutang Gorge. The gorge is known for its deep valleys and forest covered mountains.
Shennong Stream, a left 60-kilometer tributary of the Yangtze River, is one of the most important attractions of Yangtze Three Gorges tour. It originates in the southern part of Shennongjia Natural Reserve and joins the Yangtze at Xirangkou in Hubei's Badong County. The scenery in the stream looks magnificent, precipitous and isolated. Tujia ethnic groups habitat the banks. The natural beauty of Shennong stream has attracted the interest of all tourists. You can take a sampan to go deep into the beautiful gorges and admire the scenery.
Yangtze to Yichang to Shanghai (B): This morning, stop at Sandouping to view the historic Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric project in the world (2.3km).
Three Gorges Dam is regarded as historic, engineering, social and economic success, with the design of state-of-the-art large turbines. (Each main turbine has a capacity of 700 MW). The dam project was completed and fully functional as of July 4, 2012. The Three Gorges Dam attracts tourists because it combines modern project, nature scenery and cultural landscapes.
After visiting this magnificent site continue on to Yichang where you board a flight to Shanghai. On arrival, transfer to your hotel to check in and have a restful night.
Shanghai (B,L): Your first day in Shanghai is full of sightseeing.
You will visit the Yuyuan Garden in the center of Shanghai old quarters, a garden built in the 16th century. A colorful, bustling market, the Yuyuan Market, surrounds the garden, also known today as the Old City God Temple. It is located within the old walled city and was built in the fifteenth century during the Ming Dynasty. Today the "City God Temple" refers to the temple complex and also to the traditional district of commerce in the city that surrounds the temple, a popular scenic area and a shopping center for travelers. There are over a hundred stores and shops in this area, most of which are around 100 years old.
Hop To a different era – the Shanghai World Financial Center. When it was completed in 2007 it was the second tallest building in the world. Its observation deck, at 474 meters above the ground, is still the tallest in the world. It is a multi-function skyscraper which consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the ground floors.
Visiting Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall on People Square will give you a chance to witness Shanghai's urban planning and development. This is one of the world largest showcases of urban development. You will also have an opportunity to visit Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop. You will take a close look of silk production and detailed steps of the silk making process.
Shanghai (B,L): Today you can have a leisurely visit to Zhujiajiao Water Town, or - 'Pearl Stream'. Located in a suburb of Shanghai, this classic water village that is shaped like a fan has a history of more than 1,700 years and is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Thousands of examples of Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty architecture lie on the sides of the lakes and the 36 stone bridges retain their ancient style. The tour includes eight attractions: Tongtianhe (an ancient pharmacy), the historic Post Office, Yanyitang Art Gallery, the Chenghuang Temple, Shanghai Handicraft Exhibition Hall, Shanghai Quanhua Art Gallery, Yuanjin Temple and Kezhi Garden. The architectures which can be dated back about 5,000 years are still standing here quietly. 36 stone bridges and numerous rivers line Zhujiajiao, and thousands of ancient buildings still line the riverbanks today. You have an opportunity to take a cruise on the river through the ancient town. It will take 20 minutes.
Deparure Shanghai (B): Today you depart Shanghai to your next destination. Have a safe trip!