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12-Day China Yunnan And Yangtze River Cruise Tour: Beijing, Lijiang, Kunming, Yangtse River, Shanghai

Tour Code: SYRT_01
Tour Type: Private Tour Package
Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November.

Tour Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival - Beijing
Upon your arrival in Beijing, you will be greeted by our English-speaking guide at the exit of the Beijing airport. Be transferred to your hotel.
Day 02

Beijing (Breakfast + Lunch)
In the morning, walk through the Tiananmen Square and take photos, then visit the palatial Forbidden City. Have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, tour to the Temple of Heaven. Drive back to your hotel. Optional program in the evening: Peking Opera, Kungfu Show or Chinese Acrobatics.

Forbidden City: The imperial palace for the 24 emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911). Construction of the palace began in 1406 and was completed in 1420 during the reign of Ming Dynasty emperor Yongle. Enclosed behind its moat and 9.9-meter-high walls are 980 buildings, vast courtyards and long corridors that occupy a total area of 720,000 square meters.
Temple of Heaven: Occupying 2,668 hectares, it is the largest extant sacrificial temple in China. Construction of the Temple of Heaven was begun in 1406 during the reign of the Ming Dynasty Emperor Yongle. It took 14 years to complete. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, it was the site of imperial sacrifices to Heaven.

Day 03

Beijing (Breakfast + Lunch)
Today we will have an excursion to the Mutianyu Great Wall, the Sacred Way and the Ming Tombs. On the way back to downtown, have a brief outside visit of the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) and the Water Cube (National Aquatics).

Mutianyu Great Wall: Located 73 kilometers from Beijing, this well-preserved section joins the Juyongguan Pass in the west and Gubeikou Great Wall in the east. It was built about 1,400 years ago and reconstructed later during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Mutianyu boasts breathtaking beautiful scenery in four seasons with comparatively less tourist.

Day 04 Beijing - Lijiang (Breakfast + Lunch)
After breakfast, explore the Summer Palace. Take a Hutong tour, passing Shichahai, Yinding Bridge, Yandaixiejie, Drum tower or Bell tower, feel the original old Beijing Culture. Drive to Beijing airport and fly to Kunming. Your local guide will pick you up at Kunming airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Summer Palace: Occupying a total area of 290 hectares, it is one of the finest examples garden architecture in China. The traditional architectures in the park include pavilions, pagodas, temples, terraces, waterside gazebos, stone bridges, covered corridors and marble boat. The history of the Summer Palace dates back some 800 years, three quarters of it is made up of shallow lakes.
Day 05 Lijiang (Breakfast + Lunch)
Visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Baisha Fresco, Ancient Shuhe Village of Naxi people. In the afternoon, explore Lijiang Ancient Town.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: The mountain is a located 15 kilometers north of Lijiang, It is the southernmost mountain with snow-capped all year round in the Northern Hemisphere. Shanzidou, the main peak at 5,569 meters above sea level, looks like a gigantic dragon clad in white snow all year round. There are over 6,500 different kinds of plants on the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, including 400 types of trees in 20 primeval forest communities.
Baisha Mural: Drew in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it stores 44 pieces of murals in total, specializing in the religious stories. They are quite different from other frescos. Each painting includes at least one hundred portraits, but perspective is used very well, and the close, middle and establishing images are clear. The earliest one is in the Glazed Hall. It was painted before 1417. In the period, the religious painting in Central Plain of China had gone downgrade. In the Tang and Song dynasties, Taoism was popular. The famous painter all liked making religious paintings.
Lijiang Old Town: Built in the late Song dynasty (960-1279 A.D.) and the early Yuan dynasty (1206-1368 A.D.), Lijiang is a Historical and Cultural Heritage in China and it has been included in the World Cultural Heritage. Lijiang is also the center of the Naxi people, a relatively small minority group with a rich culture.
Day 06

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

Day 07 Kunming (Breakfast + Lunch)
Drive to Lunan County which takes 2 hours and explore the Stone Forest. Return to Kunming in the afternoon.

Stone Forest: Located about 86 km away from Kunming, it is a world of innumerable bizarre shaped stone peaks and cliffs created by water erosion some 270 million years ago. Stone Forest is a typical example of karsts topography covering an area of 400 square kilometers and including both large and small forest as well as many other scenic spots.
Day 08 Kunming - Chongqing (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Tour to the Qiongzhu Temple and the Dragon Gate in Western Hills.
Take flight to Chongqing in the afternoon. Arrive in Chongqing, our tour guide will meet you and transfer to Chaotianmen wharf and check-in at the cruise boat, which Set sail from Chongqing at 9:00 p.m..

Qiongzhu Temple: A Buddhist temple which was first built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Verdant old trees surround the temple and the peaks are always curled up by cloud and mist. The most impressive features in this temple are the 500 Arhat sculptures. Compared with Bodhisattvas, Arhats look more like human beings than Gods, and therefore they are popular among the common people and monks.
Dragon Gate: A group of exquisite stone grottoes, rooms and Buddhist figures carved with excellent craftsmanship on a large natural rock. It is in Western Hill, a forest reserve that is suited at the west bank of the Dianchi Lake with flourishing flowers and dense forest.
Day 09

Yangtze River Cruise (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Participate activities on board. After breakfast, take shore excursion to the Fengdu Ghost City. Sailing through the Qutang Gorge. In the afternoon, take shore excursion to Shibaozhai. In the evening, the Captain's Welcome Party will be held, after welcome dinner, enjoy the Singing & Dancing Concert.

Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Continue sailing along the Yangtze River. Pass through the Wu gorge. Take Shore Excursion For Shennong Stream or mini three gorges. The Farewell Dinner Banquet will be held in the evening, enjoy the Singing & Dancing Concert. Pass the ship locks of the Three Gorges Dam.
Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai (Breakfast + Lunch)
After breakfast, take shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. After lunch, Sailing through the Xiling gorge; Then avrriving at Yichang at noon, check-out then driven to Yichang airport. Take flight to Shanghai. Your Shanghai tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you check-in your hotel. Take a walk at The Bund and Nanjing Road.
Day 12 Shanghai (Breakfast + Lunch)
Tour to the Yuyuan Garden and the nearby Chenghuangmiao Old Street. Your guide will escort you to the airport and board your flight to your next destination, end of service.

Yuyuan Garden: The most notable classic garden in Shanghai. The garden was finished in 1577 of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). In 1956, a large-scale rehabilitation or restoration was done. In 1982, it was ranked as the key protection of national historic sites. Yuyuan Garden is famous for its pure Chinese-style layout and architecture. There are many wood and brick sculptures, stone inscriptions, valuable old paintings and calligraphy masterworks scattered around the garden.

Hotels For The Above Tour

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

Tour Price

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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.
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Service Includes

1. The economy-class air charges of the domestic flight or soft sleeper/seat train charge between cities as specified in the itinerary.
2. The hotel accommodation is based on two persons sharing one standard twin room with private facilities in all relevant locations. If a single client requests a twin room alone, the single room supplement will be charged.
3. For the land tour in each city, daily American breakfast is served in the hotel, and Chinese lunch and/or dinner will be served with two cups of soft drink outside the hotel. All meal arrangements are served as the itinerary specifies.
4. Private transfers for you and your party as a group between airports, train stations, hotels and all sightseeing spots. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.
5. One private English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you on all normal sightseeing tours in each city.
6. Entrance fees to the tourist sites.
7. Should your tour include a cruise, then the shore excursion in groups and activities will be subject to the arrangements made by the cruise company.
8. China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance. We highly recommend that you purchase full coverage travel insurance from you country of origin.


Service Excludes

1. The international or domestic air/train charge of arrival and departure.
2. Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, drink, telex, telephone calls or overweight baggage charges.
3. Charge of obtaining your visa to enter China.
4. Optional programs which are not specified in the above itinerary.
5. Tips to Guide and driver, entirely voluntary.
6. Single Room Supplement.
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.

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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