We'll start our Chinese history excavation with the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, then we get on the 4-day 3 night Yangtze River cruise to enjoy one of the world's most famous mazing scenery with steep, rolling hills and cliffs on both sides of the river along The Three Gorges. Finally we arrived in Shanghai, the first international city in China to absorb Westphalian culture.
Day 1: Arrival in Beijing.
Day 2: Discover all the fantasies that Beijing, the first ancient city in China has to offer - the Royal Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, the royal China's largest inner-city garden. The next day head to the lakeside Huanghuacheng Great Wall. Camping under the moon and stars in the Great Wall Beacon, where the ancient generals commanded battles, to experience the hardships of the warriors' lives. Savor the delicisious Chinese country-style dishes of organic food planted locally.
Day 3: In the early hours of the morning, spread your arms to greet the sunrise on the Great Wall. Enjoy the unique sunrise sensation at the Great Wall with breakfast delivered to your tower. Hike for 2 hours on the silent ancient Great Wall and marvel at its grandeur and architectural wonders! ! High up on a hill overlooking a quiet lake. This section of the Great Wall is the only one built on the water's edge. After lunch return to Beijing and listen to the echoes of the past at the Temple of Heaven where the emperor used to pray every year.
Day 4: We flew to Xi'an in the morning, just to get to the famous Terracotta Warriors. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses pit, the burial pit of the first emperor of Qin, was discovered by local farmers in 1974 while drilling a well, with pottery of people and horses, either standing or sitting. Tonight we enjoy a 300 year old dumpling feast. "A dumpling feast is the best way to taste the world. It's so delicious, you'd think it was made by the gods". And then the Tang Song and Dance takes you on a journey to the Tang court 1600 years ago, to see a slice of the life of Emperor Xuanzong and Yang Guifei at the court.
Day 5: Visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, a library built during the Tang Dynasty to store hundreds of sutras brought back from India. Afterwards, go for a bike ride on top of the ancient walls of Xi'an, one of the most famous city structures of the late Middle Ages. Take a bite of Xi'an's meat bun - known as the Chinese hamburger before you say Good-bye. Fly to Chongqing. Board a luxury Yangtze River cruise ship to start your excursion to the Three Gorges.
Days 6-8: The Three Gorges of the Yangtze River is beautiful. Ancient Chinese water conservancy writings describe that "from the Three Gorges for seven hundred miles, the two sides of the mountains are continuous, slightly without queue. The heavy rocks hid the heavens, and shielded the sun, and since the midnight hour hid the dawn and the moon." The cliffs on both sides of the bank of the knife and axe chopping, very spectacular. You'll see the most fascinating peak of all, the Goddess of Mercy, which is believed to have been an incarnation of the fairy who helped the Great Yu heal the waters and navigate the shipwrights. Finally we'll land in Yichang, and take a 4-hour bullet train to Shanghai.
Days 9-10: We came to Shanghai to experience the unique charm of the city. The beauty of Shanghai lies in its fusion of East and West, its cultural diversity, its historical heritage and its strong sense of the future. Take a stroll along the famous Nanjing Road, customarily known as China's Fifth Avenue. The high-speed elevator takes less than a minute to reach the observation deck in the center of Shanghai for a panoramic view of both sides of the Huangpu River. Have a cup of coffee in Tianzifang, once the French Concession. Cruise on the Huangpu River to see the city from both sides of the river. Your guide will tell you that the famous HSBC bank and AIG insurance company both originated on the Bund.But Shanghai has it all, including her Jiangnan water town, Zhujiajiao. When you're in Shanghai, make sure you visit this water town, as it is the most pristine part of the city.
Casual and premier accommodations are both available at your choice.
Local English-speaking trip leaders and private drivers.
General admissions to the attractions.
Bullet train economy-class tickets. Upgrade is possible.
Cruise ticket with on-board meals.
Train station and airport transfers.