22 Days 21 Nights Shanghai - Yichang - Yangtze Cruise - Chongqing - Xian - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar - Urumqi - Beijing Tour

  • Tour Code: YCS-702  
  • Destinations: Shanghai - Yichang - Yangtze Cruise - Chongqing - Xian - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar - Urumqi - Beijing
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Day 01: Arrive in Shanghai

Arrive in Shanghai International Airport and be greeted by your guide who will escort you to the hotel, and the rest of the day is leisured.


Day 02: Shanghai

Shanghai Museum
This day we tour the acclaimed Shanghai Museum, with its priceless collections of ancient Chinese bronzes, ceramics, calligraphy, paintings and furniture. And peaceful Yuyuan Gardens, a traditional Chinese garden with plantings, courtyards, pavilions, and create the illusion of mountains and lakes. Tonight we attend Chinese acrobatics show after dinner. (B, L, D)


Day 03: Shanghai to Yichang and Embarkation at Yichang

When you arrive in Yichang Airport and you will be greeted by your guide.After dinner, your guide will escort to super deluxe cruise ship and help you check in. Your Yangtze River cruise tour will begin. (B, L, D)


Day 04: Embarkation and Departing Yichang Pier

Yangtze River Three Gorges Dam
Today we begin our sailing of the splendid Three Gorges. We first pass the east part of the Xiling Groge which is 50mail (80 km) marathon reach brimming with history and legend and multiple smaller gorges; then, arrive at Sandouping Pier. We do a shore excursion to massive Three Gorges Dam Project which is the largest water conservancy pivotal project in the world today, it has already begun to alter the geography of the region, however, submerging towns and monuments and transforming the Three Gorges. And we will pass the Three Gorges Dam 5-stage Ship lock. Tonight we attend the Captain's cocktail party. (B, L, D)


Day 05: Yangtze River Three Gorges Cruise and Shennong Stream Shore Excursion

Lesser Three Gorges
Today we continue sailing through the whole splendid Three Gorges. Passing western part of Xingling Gorge, we disembark at the part of Badong, for excursion to Shennong Stream which is one of the highlights of the whole Yangtze cruise. We take rowboat detouring up the ever-narrowing, ever-more shallow waters of Shennong Stream and view the mossy cliffs, hanging coffins, cliffside paintings, plank roads, verdant plants, and precious animals. Get back to have lunch on the ship. After sail through bewitching Wu Gorge which is famous for its cloudy supernatural peaks and crushing of scale, we will pass Qutang Gorge which is the shortest of them at 5 miles (8 km) long and the water flows rapidly through the gorge, pinched between cliffs. Mengliang Ladder and Bellows Gorge are two famous attractions of Qutang Gorge. (B, L, D)


Day 06: Fengdu or Shibaozha Shore Excursion

Kuimen, Yangtze River
We disembark at Fengdu to go to Ming Shan - "the City of Ghosts" for shore excursion in the morning. Ming Shan is a mountain dedicated to the afterworld and its ruler. Or visit Shibaozhai (meaning Precious Stone Fortress) which is an outstanding monastery sits on an island; with the beautiful 11-story Lanruo Dian (Orchid Palace) built into the cliff above. Continue sailing the Yangtze River. (B, L, D)


Day 07: Arriving Chongqing - Disembarkation, to Xian

Bronze Ding, Xian
We arrive in Chongqing in the morning - Disembarkation. Fly to Xian. When you arrive in Xian Xianyang International Airport and you will be greeted by your guide who will escort you to the hotel. We visit famous Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, with an acclaimed collection of historic and cultural artifacts from different historical period of Shaanxi Province. In the evening, indulge in a Tang Dynasty dumpling dinner and cultural show featuring traditional music, dance, and traditional costumes (B, L, D)


Day 08: Xian

Terra-cotta Army, Xian
This day begins with a visit to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum which housing the army of 8,000 life-sized Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses that had lain buried and forgotten for more than two millennia. Each of these astounding Terra-cotta pieces has an individually sculpted face, standing in military formation in three separate underground building. Lunch will be arranged in the Friendship restaurant in the Museum. After your amazing exploration of these fabulous sculptures, visit the revered Small Wild Goose Pagoda (652 AD), a well-preserved ancient building in a classical Buddhist temple, about 1,300 years old and a holy place for Buddhists. And a bicycle tour on the top of 600 years old impressive nine-mail city wall. (B, L, D)


Day 09: Xian

Anwu Village, Xian
Today we tour the countryside of Xian. We drive to a typical village of Northern China -An Wu Village to feel the real-life of local farmer, in which we will visit a rural primary school, a rural clinic, local farmer's family and underground cave house as well as a local cattle farm and the ancient dwelling buildings come from more than 100 years ago. Lunch will be arranged in a local family, taste some local flavor. After than, we go to visit Hanyang Mausoleum which was built for the fourth emperor of Han dynasty 2000 years ago. The female Terra-cotta warrior was discovered from there. (B, L, D)


Day 10: Xian to Dunhuang

City Wal, Xian
This day begins at impressive nine-mile City Wall, and a bicycle tour on the top of 600 years old city wall. Fly to Dunhuang. Arrive in Dunhuang Airport; be greeted by your guide who will escort you to the hotel. (B, L, D)


Day 11: Dunhuang

Mogao Grottos, Dunhuang
We begin our discovery of this ancient oasis city at the significant Mogao Grottos which are one of the greatest repositories of Buddhist art in the world. Inside the six hundred surviving caves were sculptures and paintings dating from the 4th to 14th century, a complete collection spanning approximately a thousand years tracing the development of Buddhism from its initial arrival in China. A cornucopia of documents on subjects ranging from history, treatises on politics, the military and science, to Buddhist sutras and even personal documents such as tax receipts were discovered preserved with a dry dark cave. Next, the Dunhuang Museum in which include Tibetan and Chinese scriptures from the Mogao's famous Cave 17, which escaped the looting of explorers and archeologists, and relics from the South Pass (Yang Guan) and the Jade Gate Pass (Yu Men Guan) which were the China's outermost defense during the Han dynasty. (B, L, D)


Day 12: Dunhuang to Turpan

Moon Lake, Dunhuang
This day we experience a short camel-riding along the Singing Sand Dune which dune were named after the noise made as the grains of sand are crunched under foot to reach the Crescent Moon Lake which is a freshwater lake that has been a vital source of water here for thousands of years and where the desert meets the oasis in dramatic fashion. Take overnight soft-sleeper train to Turpan. (B, L, D)


Day 13: Turpan

Karez, Turpa
Arrive in Turpan in the morning, and be greeted by your guide who will escort you to the hotel. After breakfast and a short rest in the hotel,  we begin our tour of this city at the amazing 2,000 years old Karez, a kind of underground irrigation system, which used throughout Xinjiang bring snowmelt of the Tianshan to this parched city through network of underground water channels. Wells, dug at intervals along the length of the channels, bring water to the surface. Without them, Turpan would rapidly join the desert. In the afternoon, continue to the Jiaohe Ruins, built during the Han dynasty as Chinese garrison town to defend the borderlands. It was destroyed by fire in a rebellion in the 14th century. It is a kind of eroded landscape, but it is an atmospheric place, let's walk around to fell its flourish in former days (B, L, D)


Day 14: Turpan

Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta), Turpan
Today we visit the Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta), constructed in 1778, and built by Prince Suleiman in honor of his father, Prince Emin. And then, go to the Grape Valley which is a lush stripe of green in the barren desert surroundings and filled with juicy sweet green grapes. At the valley's core is a flume of fast moving icy cold water traveling from the Tianshan to Turpan City. Next, visit the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves which are a network of grottoes featuring Buddhist figures and wall paintings. They are eclipsed by some breathtaking scenery, sculptured by the wind and redolent of an out-take from an Indiana Jones epic. We will pass the Flaming Mountain which radiates a fiery hue under the bright sunshine on our way to the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves. (B, L, D)


Day 15: Turpan to Urumqi

Terai Camp
Drive to Urumqi. Today we visit the to experience of Kazak nomad life, have a cup of milk tea and taste really local food. Continue to Nanshan Pasture which is huge grassland with wildflowers, green grass, horses, sheep, and white yurts. (B, L, D)


Day 16: Urumqi to Kashgar

Heavenly Lake, Urumqi
We go to enjoy the stunning Heavenly Lake (Tian Chi Lake), which is deep-blue lake, lies at and elevation of 6,500 ft (1,980 m), enclosed by lofty snow-capped peak of Bogda Feng, that reaches a height of almost 20,000 ft (6,000 m). The lake area is a pastoral pleasure with postcard blue skies and trails winding through deep pine forest, crossing flowery meadows overlooked by mountain goats on precarious perches skirting streams and passing Kazak herders and cattle and dotted with Kazakh Yurts. Next, we visit Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum. There are excellent displays from all the major archaeological sites, including Niya, Loulan, Astana and Jiaohe. This is a best opportunity for learning about the lost cities of Xinjiang, as they are now all either bare or off-limits. Famous 4,000 years old "oulan Beauty" Tang figurines and silk painting from Astana Graves, and a proto-boomerang discovered outside Hami from 1,000 years ago show us here. Fly to Kashgar. Arrive in Kashgar and be greeted by your guide who will escort you to the hotel. (B, L, D)


Day 17: Kashgar

Abakh Khoja Tombs, Kashgar
Today we visit the Id Kah Emin Mosque which is the largest in China, a symbol of Kashgar. It was built in 1442 by Kashgar's ruler Shakessimirzha. the central dome of this beautiful yellow-tiled mosque is flanked by minarets more commonly seen in the Middle East It exquisite Islamic architecture sets it apart from Chinese styled mosques and its grandness has grown with its increasing stature. After then, we visit Abakh Khoja Tombs which are family tombs for the royal hereditary leader of Kashgar in 16th century; one of the most famous tombs is Xiangfei (fragrant concubine) Tomb which belongs to Abakh Khoja's granddaughter, Iparhan. She was the imperial consort of the emperor Qianlong of the Qing dynasty. In the afternoon we visit Kashgar old Town, one of the most fascinating places to take in the incredible ethnic diversity of Central Asia. (B, L, D)


Day 18: Kashgar to Urumqi

Sunday Market, Kashgar
In the morning visit Sunday Market which is one of the most mind-boggling bazaars in Asia, as well as the livestock market where fowl and various four-legged animals are scrutinized and traded. One or two donkeys may even be taken for a test drive. Fly to Urumqi. (B, L, D)


Day 19: Urumqi to Beijing

Hutong, Beijing
Fly to Beijing. Arrive in Beijing International Airport, be greeted by chinatravelfactbook guide. Afternoon begins with a rickshaw ride through Beijing ancient back roads and alleys (Hutongs). Here we visit the home of a local family for a rare glimpse of the traditional communal lifestyle that is fast disappearing. (B, L, D)


Day 20: Beijing

Forbidden City, Beijing
We begin our discovery of this 2,000-year-old city at vast Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, seat of imperial power during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911), and Summer Palace, the former royal retreat with beautiful gardens and temples that is now a lovely park attracting both visitors and locals. Tonight we savor a traditional Peking duck dinner, followed by a traditional opera - Peking Opera performance at the Liyuan Theatre. (B, L, D)


Day 21: Beijing

Great Wall
This morning we tour the Great Wall, the incredible collection of ancient defense installations (and UNESCO World Heritage Site) that stretches almost 4,000 miles from the East China Sea to Central Asia and where we visit the Mu Tian Yu section by cable car. Than, we go to visit the Sacred Way and the Ming Tombs. (B, L, D)


Day 22: Depart from Beijing

Today your guide will escort you to the airport for your return flight home, or continue your tour that we Tailor-made for you. (B)

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B--BreakfastL--LunchD--Dinner

Accommodation:

CitySuper Deluxe ClassDeluxe ClassTourist Class
BeijingBeijing International Hotel 5Qianmen Jianguo Hotel 4Beijing Days Inn forbidden City 3
DunhuangDunhuang Hotel 5Dunhuang Hotel 4Grand Sun Hotel 3
KashgarTianyuan International Hotel 4Bangchen Hotel 4Seman Hotel Kashgar 3
ShanghaiSheraton Huating Hotel 5Longmen Hotel 4Zhaoan Hotel 3
TurpanJiaohe Manor Hotel 4Jiaohe Manor Hotel 4Oasis Hotel 0
UrumqiHoi Tak Hotel 5City Hotel 3
XianHyatt Regency Xian 5Xian Garden Hotel 4Xian Tianyi Hotel 4
Yangtze River CruiseVictoria Cruise 5President Cruisers 5President Cruisers 4

 

Tour Quotation (based on per person and shown in US dollars)

Dec. 01 - Mar. 31 Low Season (2013) Apr. 01 - Nov. 30 High Season (2013)
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Tour Quotation Includes:

Hotels with daily western breakfasts;
Mails as listed in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-Dinner) at typical local restaurants;
Excellent individual English speaking guide in each city ;
Entrance fees to tourist sites as listed in the itinerary;
Private air-conditioned car or van for land transportation;
Domestic flights or trains as listed in the itinerary;
Service Charge and Government taxes;
Luggage transfers between airports and hotels.

Tour Quotation Excludes:

Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets;
Visa Fees;
Personal Expenses;
Gratuities, Tips to guides or drivers;
Single Room Supplement;
Meals: Any meals which are not specified with 'B', 'L', or 'D'.

 
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