EN408 Beijing-Xi'an-Chengdu-Lhasa-Chongqing-Dazu-Yichang-Shanghai 19 Days

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EN408 Beijing-Xi'an-Chengdu-Lhasa-Chongqing-Dazu-Yichang-Shanghai 19 Days
Tour Code: EN408
This is indeed a cover-all itinerary that includes the country's major natural and historic wonders. Taking the upstream cruise will have one relaxation on the elegant cruise ship. Get a glimpse of totally different cultures and languages around China and experience the friendly people.
Tour  Itinerary:
 
Day 1 USA-Beijing
You take the transpacific flight to Beijing.

Day 2 Beijing (L)
On arrival, our guide will hold a welcome sign to meet you. You will be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax.

Day 3 Beijing (B, L)
In the morning, you take a half-day excursion to explore the incredible Forbidden City with its grand palaces and courtyards. Built in 1420, it was here that 24 emperors lived and ruled for over 500 years. The South Gate leads you to Tian'anmen Square - the biggest of its kind in the world. In the afternoon, you continue to the beautiful Summer Palace where you can discover gardens, palaces and pavilions with temples and halls in a tranquil, landscaped lakeside setting.

Day 4 Beijing (B, L)
In the morning, you will take a half-day guided visit to the awesome Great Wall of China - Mutianyu Section. This section will not be crowded compared with the popular Badaling section during holiday and peak seasons. Here you can enjoy the stunning views as you stroll along this seemingly endless piece of history, which winds its way into the far distance. In the afternoon, you explore the Temple of Heaven which itself has become a symbol of the city. Here ancient emperor worshipped God and prayed for harvest.

Day 5 Beijing (B, L)
In the morning, you will take a Hutong Tour by rickshaw to view this, the oldest part of the city and visit a local family for a real insight into the Chinese way of life. In the afternoon, youcontinue to the Yonghe Lamasery, which is one of the largest and most perfectly preserved lamaseries in China.

Day 6 Beijing-Xi'an (B, L)
In the morning, you will be transfer to the airport for your flight to Xi'an, China's ancient capital. In the afternoon, city tour includes the Shanxi History Museum where you will discover how Xi'an became the cradle of Chinese culture. Then you continue the Ancient City Wall that still compasses the center of Xi'an.

Day 7 Xi'an (B, L)
In the morning, you have a full day to visit the world-famous Terracotta Warriors where life-sized infantrymen, archer, officers and their horses symbolically guard the tomb of the first Qin emperor. In the afternoon, you visit the dramatic Wild Goose Pagoda. In the evening, you will be entertained with the marvelous Tang Dynasty Dinner Show.

Day 8 Xi'an-Chengdu (B, L)
In the morning, you are transferred to take the flight to Chengdu, which is the capital city of Sichuan. Sichuan is known as the home of the giant panda, eighty percent of which live in this province. In the afternoon, you visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center where visitors can observe pandas at close range. Finally you are transferred to the hotel.

Day 9 Chengdu-Lhasa (B, L)
In the morning, you are transferrd to take the flight to Lhasa. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the hotel in Lhasa with 1.5 hours drive. In the afternoon,  you will be at leisure for acclimatization or visiting local bazaar on your own.

Day 10 Lhasa (B, L)
In the morning, you have a guided sightseeing to the Lhasa's cardinal landmark-Potala Palace. This massive 13-soreyed building used to be the highest building prior to the early period of last century, used to be the former winter abode for the Dalai Lamas. As the nation's supreme relic, the palace dates back to 7th century A.D. In the afternoon, you visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Sakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa. The “Buddhism Scriptures Debating” in Sera is very famous.

Day 11 Lhasa (B, L)
In the morning, you have a guided sightseeing of the most revered religious structure in Jokhang Temple. Jokhang, the most sacred temple in Tibet, refers to “Buddha's House” in Tibetan language because the main statue enshrined which is said to be made by Buddha Sakyamuni himself in his lifetime. The surrounding market is called Barkhor, one of the most important religious paths, which also assembles people for shopping. In the afternoon, you visit Norbulingkha, the summer palace of the Dalailama. Then you continue Drepung Monastery that is the largest monastery in Tibet and lies in the west of Lhasa.

Day 12 Lhasa-Chengdu-Chonqing (B, L)
In the morning, you will take the flight to Chongqing, transferring in Chengdu. In the afternoon, you visit the General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum, who was chief commander of US forces in the China-Burma-India Theatre during World War II.

Day 13 Chongqing-Dazu-Chongqing (B, L)
In the morning, you take the private car to Dazu and have a full day tour to the Dazu Rock Carvings that are incredible works of art of the Buddhist Mountain. Then you are drived back to the Chengdu in the late afternoon. Next you will be transferred to the port where you will board the Cruiser for your Pre-cruise night.

Day 14 Cruising on the Yangtze (B, L)
In the morning you enjoy a shore excursion to Shibanzhai - a gem of Chinese architecture. This wood red pavilion, 11-storey high was built against a protruding 220-meter rectangular rock with sheer cliffs on the north bank. After lunch aboard, you cruise along the Yangtze.

Day 15 Cruising on the Yangtze (B, L)
Today you will witness some of the most fascinating sights in all of China. You cruise through the spectacular Qutang Gorge and enjoy a shore excursion at Shennong Stream. Then you will continue cruising through the Wu Gorge and the west part of Xiling Gorges.

Day 16 Yichang-Shanghai (B, L)
You pass the east part of Xiling Gorge, which is famous for its strangely shaped cliff faces. Then you enjoy a shore excursion at the Three Gorges Dam Project. Being one of the largest construction project ever undertaken, it will forever change the face of the Yangtze River.
In the afternoon, after disembarkation at Yichang at 13:00, you are transferred to take the flight to Shanghai.

Day 17 (B, L)
In the morning, you visit the Yu Garden, which has over 30 pavilions, linked by a maze of corridors and bridges. In the afternoon, you continue to the Children's Palace. In the evening, you enjoy an acrobatic show.

Day 18 Shanghai (B, L)
In the morning, you visit the Shanghai Museum with its collection of ancient Chinese Art of bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy. In the afternoon, you could have a short cruise on Huangpu River where you could see many grand buildings along the river and take a walk in the old downtown area.

Day 19 Shanghai (B)
You are transferred to the airport for the flight to your homeland.

Departure Date: January-December
Price: Special Offers on request.

Service Included:
* Entrance fees.
* Meals as listed in the itinerary, B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=Dinner.
* Private Car/Van for transfers & sightseeing and English-speaking Local Guide.
* Hotels deluxe/comfort class (Land category 4-star or 5 star by any possibility, twin share bases with breakfast).
* Trains and Flights as listed in the itinerary and Airport Taxes.

Service not Included:
* Visa Fees and International flight.
* Gratuities, Tips to guides and drivers.
* Personal Expenses.
* Single Room Supplement.

Note:
Prices are not valid by High Season and Chinese holiday periods, for e.g.: April 30th - May 3th, Sep 30th to Oct 7th, and Chinese New Year period which usually falls in End of January. With high season and main holidays the Price will increase. Price for Superior class hotels will be some higher and for middle class hotels will be some lower.
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