Three Gorges China 15

Three Gorges China 15

From AUD 3,200.00
Trip Length 15 Trip Code CH - FA - 4
Tour Group 2 - 14 Age Range open

Three Gorges China 15: Tour Information

Three Gorges tour package is a 15 day tour of China. Take a China cruise tour to the most beautiful part of Yangtze River and journey to the main three historical cities in China-Beijing, Xi'an and Guilin. You will visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City in Beijing, Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, the wonderful natural scenery in Guilin and shopping in Shanghai.

Day One - Beijing

Highlights: Free to explore Beijing.

Day Two - Beijing

Highlights: the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.

Day Three -Beijing

Highlights: excursion to the Great Wall of China, Half day Beijing Hutong via rickshaw. Beijing Roasted Duck dinner, vegetarian, no problem.

Day Four - Beijing /Xian

Highlights: the Summer Palace, flight to Xian.

Day Five -Xian

Highlights: the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty Dance & Music Show and Jiaozi Dinner.

Day Six - Xian / Guilin

Highlights: city tour of Xian, Ancient City Walls, the Bell Tower.

Day Seven - Guilin -

Highlights: Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave.

Day Eight - Guilin / Yangshuo / Li River Cruise

Highlights: cruising on the picturesque Li River.

Day Nine - Guilin / Chongqing

Highlights: City tour, Erling Park and the Museum of General Stillwell. 4-star Curises vessel in the evening.

Day Ten - Yangtze River

Highlights: Fengdu, known as the "Ghost City", or Wanxian, or Shibaozhai (depending on river conditions). the fantastic Three Gorges.

Day Eleven - Yangtze River

Highlights: Qutang Gorge. explore either the Daning River or Shennong Stream, the Wu Gorge.

Day Twelve - Yichang / Shanghai

Highlights: the Xiling Gorge, take flight to Shanghai

Day Thirteen - Shanghai

Highlights: the Huangpu River, the Bund, Nanjing Road and Shanghai Museum, Acrobatic Show.

Day Fourteen - Shanghai

Beijing Tour Introduction

Day 1 (D)
Private pickup from the Beijing Capital International Airport will take you to the hotel. After your orientation, feel free to enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the city on your own before calling it a night.

Day 2 (B, L, D)
After breakfast, your guide will take you to Tiananmen Square to see Tiananmen Tower, monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People and Chairman Mao's monument. Then, visit the Forbidden City, a Chinese imperial palace that served as the political center of the government for many years.

Stop at a Beijing hutong, an alley lined by traditional courtyard residences, and immerse yourself in the lifestyle of a typical Beijing local. These residences hold cultural significance in Beijing society and provide a stark contrast to the sights you will have seen earlier in the day. Later, enjoy a night of entertainment at a Beijing acrobatics show - a mind-blowing display of seemingly impossible feats and tricks, such as juggling porcelain urns and balancing on unevenly stacked chairs!

Day 3 (B, L, D)
Magnificent landscapes and impressive architecture will fill today, first with a guided tour of the Mutianyu Great Wall. Take a cable car to the top of the wall and admire its massive structure snaking through the forest. Visit the gorgeous Summer Palace with your guide and marvel at the splendid pavilions on one side and natural landscapes of hills and open water on the other. For dinner, dine on a scrumptious banquet of Chinese Peking duck, roasted to perfection and eaten with pancakes, spring onions and a sweet bean sauce - a delicious way to unwind at the end of the day!

Beijing to XIan

Day Four Beijing / Xian (B, L, D)
Visit Summer Palace in the morning Your final destination in Beijing, the retreat of emperors for 800 years. One of Beijing's finest parks surrounds the palace, and you'll be able to explore the grounds. Take flight to Xi'an and transfer to hotel. Visit the City Wall.

Highlights: Summer Palace, Visit the Xian City Wall.

Day 5: Xian (B, L, D)
Have breakfast and then explore this ancient city’s archaeological treasure, the Terracotta Warriors. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features 8,000 life-sized soldiers and horses that were buried in the mausoleum of Emperor Qin to accompany him in the afterlife.

In the afternoon, tour the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, featuring a collection of Buddhist scriptures, statues and relics taken from India about 1,300 years ago.

Next, wander through the historic Muslim Quarter by foot, visit a souvenir shop or factory and then enjoy a wonderful cultural performance at the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show (optional) at night.

Overnight: Same hotel in Xian

Guilin

Day 6 (B, L, D)

Xian / Guilin - A city tour of Xian's Ancient City Walls, built in the early Ming Dynasty (1368 AD - 1644 AD) and the Bell Tower where you fan which overlooks the entire city. Take an afternoon flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to hotel.

Day 7 (B, L, D)

Guilin and the nearby Li River display some of the most unique and beautiful terrain in all of China. Todays tour showcases some of the geographic and cultural highlights in and around the city of Guilin.
After hotel pickup, we head for Fubo Hill, which has both natural beauty and historic art. Beginning in the Tang Dynasty, local artisans created intricate carvings and elegant stone Buddhas.
From here it's on to Reed Flute Cave to see the impressive natural beauty of its stalactite and stalagmite formations. Locals call this cave the "Palace of Natural Arts," for reasons you'll soon discover. Next will be a stop at a local pearl market for a break, refreshments and shopping.
Then you will visit the centerpiece of Guilin’s riverside park, Elephant Hill. Nature created this marvel some 3.5 million years ago and its shape resembles an elephant drinking water through its trunk. Finish your tour with a vigorous climb up the hill to take in the panoramic scenery of the city, Li River and surrounding countryside before returning to your hotel.

Three Gorges Cruise

Day 8: (B, L, D)

Guilin / Yangshuo / Li River Cruise- Depart from hotel in the morning and take an hour drive to Zhujiang Doc, embark on ship and start cruising on the picturesque Li River with lime stone pinnacles, water buffalos, farmers and villages on both sides of the river bank. Lunch will be served on board. Disembark from ship upon arrival in Yangshuo, an ancient small town that is famous for its beautiful scenery.

Day 9: (B, L, D)

Guilin / Chongqing - Take flight from Guilin to Chongqing. City tour of Erling Park and the Museum of General Stillwell in the afternoon. Board 4-star Curises vessel in the evening.

Day 10: (B, L, D)

Shibaozhai Pagoda or Fengdu Ghost Town (depending on option selected) and Captain’s Welcome Banquet
After breakfast, you will be given an orientation regarding the cruise ship and your activities for the next few days.
President 1 and Goddess Cruises:
Visit the famous Shibaozhai pagoda and marvel at the 9 floors of the red pavilion that sits alongside the hill. Bring along your walking shoes and climb this pavilion to reach the summit of the pagoda. There you will find a 3-story hall known as the Purple Rain Pavilion that is dedicated to the Buddhist deity Manjusri.
Gold Cruise:
Visit Fengdu – China’s only ghost town! Walk up the 350 steps to the top of the mountain and spend approximately two hours walking around the town to see the awe-inspiring sculptures and landmarks that depict the underworld and afterlife. Learn about Chinese beliefs of the spirit world as you admire the intricate designs on the town’s various structures.

Passengers may choose to participate in both tours for an additional fee. Please consult your tour guide for more details.
End your day by joining the Captain’s Welcome Banquet. Sit down for a scrumptious dinner while enjoying evening entertainment put on by the crew. This could be anything from dancing and singing to a fashion or culture show. Join in on the festivities and show off any special talents you have!

Day 11: (B, L, D)

Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream, Three Gorges Five-Step Ship Lock
In the morning, admire Yangtze River’s magnificent landscape from the ship as you pass one of the Three Gorges – the Qutang Gorge.
After breakfast, board a smaller boat for a four- to five-hour excursion to the Lesser Three Gorges, where beautiful scenic wonders will unfold before your eyes. The Lesser Three Gorges is comprised of three separate gorges – Dragon-Gate Gorge, Misty Gorge and Emerald Gorge – all of which boast impressive mountains and caves where natural wildlife is abundant.
At night, celebrate your Yangtze River cruise with a farewell dinner and evening entertainment presented by the crew.

After dinner, both cruises allow you to experience the Three Gorges five-step ship lock, which was created to make the uneven river easier to navigate. The lock system is 4 miles (6.5 km) long and takes approximately three hours to pass through. After your ship enters the lock, the doors close on each side and the water is drained in order to lower the boat down to the next level. This process is repeated five times until your ship reaches the other side of the river.

Day 12: Three Gorges Dam  (B, L, D)
Yichang / Shanghai- Pass through the Xiling Gorge which is the longest and historically the most dangerous of the Three Gorges. We move on to the massive Dam and disembark for a tour of this engineering marvel at Sandouping Village. Cruise Arrival in Yichang at 11:30 am. Transfer from cruise to airport, take flight to Shanghai

Shanghai

Day 13 - 14 (B, L, D)

Shanghai is a bustling city of commerce, media, fashion, technology and culture. Experience the excitement that comes from this on a guided tour from Nanjing Road to the Bund. Learn from your guide about the history of the buildings and the structures that line the waterfront area of the Bund.
Explore the beauty of Chinese gardens on a visit to the Yu Garden (Yuyuan Garden). On a walk around the park, enjoy the tranquil environment formed by scenic rockeries, striking pavilions and towers and picturesque ponds.
Find Paris right in the middle of Shanghai when you visit the former French Concession. This area of Shanghai shows the push and pull between both old and new and local and foreign. While there has been a trend towards development the past few years, many areas of the site still retain their old antique charm. Enjoy a unique urban experience as you explore old locales like hidden brick courtyards, old French villas and Art Deco structures one minute and then step into modern areas with new boutiques, galleries and restaurants the next.
After a delectable lunch of Shanghai dumplings (xiaolong bao), spend your afternoon on a guided tour of the Shanghai Museum. It currently houses a collection of over 120,000 pieces of ancient Chinese art ranging from bronze and ceramic sculptures to calligraphy art and paintings. At present, it is divided into ten sections with different exhibitions that show superlative works of art unique to the country.
End your day with an amazing evening entertainment of the Shanghai Acrobatic Show. Enjoy this fantastic display of Chinese performing arts culture, filled with gravity-defying acts, contortionism, juggling, unicycling and all-around mind-blowing stunts.

Activities: Nanjing Road, the Bund, Yu Garden, Shanghai French Concession, Shanghai Old Street, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Acrobatic Show

Day 15 - Exit - Transfer to airport for your flight home.

meals: (B)

Highlights

Summer Palace: Much-loved summer retreat of the Imperial families of China, the lovely landscaped gardens, halls, pavilions and corridors are set around the lake and rivers in natural harmony. You spend a few hours here. Renovations (complete in 2010) mean that an individual section or building may be closed at any one time, but this is a huge site. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.

Sacred Way (Ming Tombs) Optional: Is an attractive tree-lined walk which leads to the Ming Tombs, this is bordered by 12 sets each of animal and human statues, and includes the attractive Great Red Gate, housing a stele on the back of a tortoise, and marble memorial archway.

Great Wall, Mutianyu: This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a pleasant drive 90km NE of Beijing. A cable car can take you to (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. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.

Beijing Hutong Tour: A maze of historic alleyways and old single storey traditional courtyard houses, now fast disappearing. Dotted around the hutong are the Drum and Bell Towers, Kindergarten, Tea Houses, and local people's houses.

Summer Palace: Much-loved summer retreat of the Imperial families of China, the lovely landscaped gardens, halls, pavilions and corridors are set around the lake and rivers in natural harmony. You spend a few hours here. Renovations (complete in 2010) mean that an individual section or building may be closed at any one time, but this is a huge site. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.

Xi'an City Wall: Built in the Ming dynasty over 700 years ago, the Xian City Wall is the most complete ancient city wall in China. The wall measures around 13.9 km in circumference, 12 meters in height, 18 meters wide at its base while 15 meters wide on the top. It is a fine example of China's ancient defensive fortifications that were formed over 2,000 years ago, and continued even to the last imperial era of the Qing Dynasty. The wall reflects a brilliant beauty at night when the area is lit up by colourful lights.

The Forbidden City: 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 exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, are also absolutely fascinating. Expect to spend at least 2-3 hours, wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.

The Tian'anmen Square: 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 Mausoleum.

Temple of Heaven: One of the most famous sites in Beijing, this is Ming architecture at its best: beautiful, controlled, and highly symbolic. The surrounding gardens are full of interesting activity, particularly weekend mornings. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.

Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses: This incredible 2000 year-old army of life-sized warriors, each one unique, 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. The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses is about 35 km from Xian

Big Wild Goose Pagoda: The pagoda (7 floors, 64.5meters high) where widely renowned Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his classics brought from India. It is the landmark of the ancient capital city - Xian.

The Grand Mosque: With more than 1200 years' history, the mosque is one of the four grand Islamic mosques in China. It is really well worth a trip to see the Great Mosque, not only for its history but also for its particular design of mixed architecture combining traditional Muslim and Chinese styles. It is among the four most important mosques in China.

The Bund: This spot in the city is home to a myriad of European-styled buildings that face the Huangpu River. Home to chic restaurants and shopping opportunities, the Bund is a must-see site when visiting Shanghai. Architectural styles include gothic, baroque, Romanesque, and renaissance. Being the most imposing spectacle in Shanghai, the Bund has been seen as the embodiment of Shanghai for a long time.

Nanjing Road: Shanghai's main shopping street, known as "the No.1 commercial street of China", also one of the most prosperous streets in Asia. Like a lying dragon shining day and night, stretching from the Bund east towards Hongqiao, with People's Square in the middle. - Narrow streets and alleys, traditional Chinese stores, restaurants selling delicious dumplings, this is the original pre war Shanghai. It is also called Chinatown or Nanshi.

Shanghai Museum: The biggest museum in China, with a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics. The museum is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings, and calligraphy.- In 1882, an old temple was built to keep two jade Buddha statues that had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. The temple was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately the jade Buddha statues were saved and a new temple was built on the present site in 1928. It was named the Jade Buddha Temple.

Yuyuan Garden: A traditional Chinese park decorated by beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations. Yuyuan Garden is not only a famous classical garden in South China, but also a major historic and cultural site under state protection.

Shanghai Museum: The biggest museum in China, with a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics. The museum is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings, and calligraphy.

Oriental Pearl TV Tower: Standing by the Huangpu River with 468 meters high, Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the highest TV Tower in Asia (up to the last floor to see Shanghai scenery).It is a new landmark of Shanghai in 21st century.

Elephant Trunk Hill: Elephant Trunk Hill is located on the western bank of Li River Scenery. The shape of the hill is just like a huge elephant drinking water from the river with its trunk, so it is called Elephant Trunk Hill.

The Reed Flute Cave: the Reed Flute Cave is a brilliant cave marked on almost all travel itineraries. The cave got its name from the verdant reeds growing outside it, with which people make flutes. Inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations created by carbonate deposition. 

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