Beijing-Xian-Chongqing-Yangtze-Shanghai-Suzhou-Hangzhou Chinese culture 12 days Tour
Day 1 Arrive in Beijing
Greeted by your professional local guide upon arrival and be transferred to your hotel by a private air-conditioned car/van.
Day 2 Beijing
This morning you will visit Tiananmen Square, walking through the gate of Heavenly Peace to enter into the Imperial Palace and the Forbidden City, where 22 Emperors ruled China since the 15 century. Sightseeing inside of the Forbidden City includes the front halls, Imperial garden and some of the most beautiful imperial treasure collections. After lunch move on to the Summer Palace where you can discover gardens, palaces and pavilions with temples and halls in a tranquil, landscaped lakeside setting. In 1886, the Empress Dowager Cixi of the Qing dynasty diverted funds earmarked to build a modern Chinese navy and spent the money on endowing the Summer Palace with a marble boat-shaped pavilion and other extravagances throughout the palace. She also gave the palace its current name, Yiheyuan which means the Garden for Cultivating Harmony in Chinese.
Day 3 Beijing
Today you will visit the mighty Great Wall at Badaling. It was the vital military pass, an important barrier and the protection wall against the northern minority's entrance. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit one of the 13 Ming Tombs - Changling Tomb where emperor Yongle and his consort was buried.
Day 4 Beijing - Xian by plane
You will visit the Temple of Heaven in the morning. It is one of Beijing's most famous landmarks. This was the place where Ming and Qing emperors worshipped God and prayed for harvest. Highlights of the temple are the Hall for the Prayer of Good Harvest, the Circular Altar, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Echo Wall. After lunch you will be transferred to the airport and take flight to Xi'an, another historical city. Upon arrival in Xian you will be greeted by your local guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 5 Xian - Chongqing by plane
In the morning you will drive eastwards to visit Day 6 Xian - chongqing by plane (B, L)
In the morning you will tour the Wild Goose Pagoda and the ancient City Wall. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be transferred to the airport for flight to the picturesque city chongqing. Upon arrival have a short city tour and dinner before boarding the Cruise. Accommodation: Yangtze River Cruise .
Day 6 Yangtze River cruise
The cruise departs at about 8:00am from Chongqing and you begin the memorable Yangtze River Cruise tour. This afternoon you will have a shore excursion to Fengdu, known as the Ghost City. Tonight enjoy the Welcome Dinner hosted by the captain. Accommodation: Yangtze River Cruise
Day 7 Yangtze River cruise
You will take a shore excursion to Shennong Stream, and enjoy the marvelous natural scenery. Accommodation: Yangtze River Cruise.
Day 8 Yichang - Shanghai by plane
You will visit the Three Gorges Dam Project in the morning. Disembark at Yichang and then your local guide will pick you up and transfer you to the airport for a flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai you will be greeted by your local guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 8 Shanghai
Today the full day exploration on the most charming city includes a visit to Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund and Nanjing Road Commercial Area.
Day 9 Shanghai - Suzhou by train
Suzhou is an elegant city with long history and rich culture. Transfer to Shanghai railway station and take D412 to Suzhou. The train departs at 09:15 and arrives at 09:55. The highlights in Suzhou include the Humble Administrative Garden, the Tiger Hill and a leisure walk along the Grand Canal.
Day 10 Suzhou - Hangzhou by train
Half day tour in Suzhou in the morning, visit the old part of the historic city and a silk spinning factory. After lunch you will be transferred to the railway station and take D471 to Hangzhou (14:13-16:42). Upon arrival your local guide will greet you at Hangzhou Railway Station and transfer you to your hotel.
Day 11 Hangzhou - Shanghai by train
This morning you have a cruise tour on the West Lake, stroll leisurely at Huagang Park, and then visit a tea plantation. Hangzhou boasts the finest green tea in China. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon pay a visit to Lingyin Temple and the rock carvings on the Peak Flying From Afar located in front of the temple. Then enjoy yourself at Hefang Street before transferred to the railway station for train D680 (18:18-19:36) back to Shanghai. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 12 Depart from Shanghai
Free till being transferred to the airport for flight to your next destination,end the tour.