Beijing ( B, L )
The Tiananmen Square -- the biggest square in the world that lies in the center of the city. It's the symbol of Beijing and ranked No. 1 in the 16 new scenic highlights of Beijing. If you like, we can stop and let you have a walk on the square. Then you will have the privilege to experience ancient emperor's daily life.
The Forbidden City -- from which the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties governed for over 500 years. It is the essence and a must for sightseeing in Beijing, the magnificent and solemn palaces arouse your imagination of the life of Chinese emperors.
The Hall of Clocks and Watches -- set in the Forbidden City; we will drop on it to learn the clock history of the past 200 years. In the afternoon, we arrange a visit to the Summer Palace, which is equally famous as the Forbidden City. It is up to now the best preserved and the largest imperial gardens in China. You may regret it if you come to Beijing without visiting this grand imperial garden.
Beijing ( B, L, D )
Tour sites: Great Wall at Mutianyu section
The Great Wall at Mutianyu Section -- which owns some unique characteristics among all the sections. Wonderful surrounded landscape, rarely seen structure formed by three connected watch towers, all these make it outstanding from the others. Hiking by yourself or taking the comfortable and safe round trip cable car is up to you.
Dinner is at Quanjude, where serves the world known Beijing roasted duck.
Beijing /Xi'an ( B, L )
The Temple of Heaven --where the Emperors paid homage to the glory of heaven, is the largest group of structures in the country dedicated to rituals. To be opposite, the Altar of Earth was used to worship the God of the Earth. The Great Bell Temple, where the Emperor prayed for rainfall in the Qing Dynasty.
Hutongs -- Hutong is a typical lane or small street in Beijing that originated during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). "Hutong" is a Mongolian word, meaning "water well". During that time, water well is the settlement around which people lived. There are tens of thousands of hutongs surrounding the Forbidden City. In the past, Beijing was composed of countless courtyards. Hutongs were formed when people left a passageway between two courtyards to make entering them more convenient.
Xi'an ( B, L )
TheTerracotta warriors -- Each one is part of the underground tomb of the Emperor Qin. Well over 7000 figures were drawn up in full battle array in several large pits. Many of the figures, including soldiers, archers, horses and chariots, have been restored, and the repairs and excavations continue at the site where you can see both repaired and broken warriors in a truly impressive display. There is also an excellent museum, including bronze chariots unearthed nearby, and a film about the history and discovery of the tomb.
Xi'an ( B, L )
The Shaanxi Historical Museum --Among the 400,000 items on display are treasures from many of the Dynasties, including some magnificent bronzes and porcelain, many of which have never been on permanent display before.
The Gao's Courtyard -- a famous house which has won the Prize of Cultural Heritage Protection in Asian-pacific Area of UNESCO in 2002. The courtyard owner Gao Yuesong was a high ranking official in Ming Dynasty 300 years ago. His building is nice with interlinked courtyards and Xi'an typical architectures. A shadow play performed by folk artists awaits you at the end of the day.
Xi'an /Chongqing / Embark the ship ( B, L, D )
Take morning flight to Chongqing. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to the downtown where you will have a city tour to the Ciqikou Old Town and the Chongqing Zoo. After dinner you will be transferred to the pier to board your Yangtze River cruise ship, ready for your cruise along the mighty Yangtze, said to be the cradle of Chinese civilization.
Yangtze cruising ( B, L, D )
Tour sites: the Fengdu Ghost City (8:00-10:00am).
Detailed Itinerary: After spending the last night on the boat, we arrange a shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City this morning. Fengdu is where the devil lives, according to Chinese legend. They say that spirits go to heaven, and evil goes to Fengdu. The town is overlooked by Ming Shan Hill, home of Tianzi, the King of the Dead. The whole place has an eerie feel to it with deserted streets, tower blocks, empty shops and banks. The only people here are those who make a living from visiting cruise boats. The rest of the day you can enjoy the beautiful scenery along the river.
Yangtze cruising ( B, L, D )
Tour sites: Shore excursion to Shennong Stream
Detailed Itinerary: This afternoon we will reach Shennong Stream, a tributary of Yangtze River. Its fast-flowing, crystal 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. About 4 hours should be needed here.
Tour sites: The Three Gorges Dam Site.
Detailed Itinerary: After an early breakfast the shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam site, the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by man. It has been a dream for several generations of Chinese people. You can get access to the top of the dam and enjoy different kinds of photo opportunities. After a lunch in Yichang our local guide will meet you and escort you to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, the biggest city in China. Its phenomenal mixture of space-age buildings, gorgeous shops, and the remnants of the old Concession areas allures many tourists from home and abroad.
Shanghai ( B, L )
The Oriental TV Tower -- (also known as the Pearl Tower, for its distinctive shape). The second-highest platform provides wonderful views over Shanghai and the Huang Pu River, and those with a good head for heights can choose to buy a ticket to continue on to the very top.
The Yuyuan Garden -- the most famous garden in Shanghai, which is decorated by beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations. It is also a shopper's paradise for there are many small shops carrying everything from furniture to porcelain.
TheYu Market -- which is a busy market today, specializing in traditional arts and crafts. Outside, however, it still looks like a temple. A saying goes like this: One can't boast that he had been to Shanghai if he did not pay a visit to Chenghuang Temple. We will stop for a while to give you time to browse the stalls.
Shanghai / Exit
About price: the price as above is for reference, only available in 2009.
1). Hotel accommodation base on standard room. With daily breakfast
2). Meals in the stated itinerary: B for breakfast, L for lunch, D for dinner.
3). All entrance fee as mentioned in the itinerary above.
4). Responsibility of travel agency.
5). The domestic flight mentioned above & airport transfer service.
6). Private transfers between airport, hotel and tour sites as listed in the itinerary.
7). Private vehicle and English-speaking tour guide service.
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