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  • 11 Days
  • Group Tour
  • English
  • Beijing, Xian, Yangtze River Cruise, Shanghai

Well-designed 11 days China small group tour visiting top China cities such as Beijing, Xian and Shanghai as well as relaxing cruise on the scenic Yangtze River. Ideal experience for travelers who would like to travel the mysterious oriental country while meeting with new friends.


2 to 3 departures per month. Pick up from Beijing (PEK) Airport.


Day 1Arrive Beijing

Arrive Beijing. Our tour guide will meet you at airport and transfer to hotel for check in.

Day 2Beijing City Tour (B, L)

Morning tour visit the Temple of Heaven, a complex visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for prayer to Heaven for good harvest. Now days, you will find locals practicing Taichi and other unique morning exercises. Then, take a short walk in a less commercial Hutong to see the local living.

After lunch at local restaurant, continue visiting Tiananmen Square and explore the Forbidden City, the largest imperial palace in the world. After tour, on way to hotel stop by at local tea store to learn a little about the Chinese tea culture with tea tasting. Optional evening activity available.

Day 3Beijing Great Wall Tour (B, L)

Morning tour visit the Mutianyu Great Wall. You may hike or take cable car (on own expense) to the top to enjoy the magnificent view. After lunch at the bottom of the wall, return to Beijing city and visit a jade carving factory en route. After return to Beijing, make photo stop at the Bird Nest and Water Cube, which were constructed for the 2008 Beijing Olympic. You will have the option to enjoy the famous Peking duck dinner.

Day 4Beijing - Xian (B, L)

Morning tour to Summer Palace, an imperial garden in the Qing Dynasty and the largest and the most well-preserved imperial garden in China. After lunch, transfer to railway station and take high-speed train to Xian (5-5.5hrs). Upon arrival, guide meet at railway station and transfer to hotel. Rest day free.

Day 5Xian Terracotta Warriors and City Tour (B, L)

Morning tour visit the ancient Xian City Wall where you can choose to bike around the wall and see the city from above or participate a Taichi Lesson at the wall. Then transfer to Terracotta Warriors Museum. On the way, visit a pottery workshop where you can learn how to make your own pottery figure. After lunch, continue tour at the museum to see collections of life size terracotta sculptures in battle formation guarding the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China for over 2000 years.

Return to hotel after tour. Evening free on own or take optional activities such as the famous Tang Dynasty culture and dancing show.

Day 6 Xian - Chongqing (B, L)

Morning free on own. After lunch at local restaurant take tour visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the most well-preserved Tang Dynasty Buddha temples. While visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, you will have chance to watch the traditional shadow play, visit Jianfu Temple as well as Xi’an Museum.

Transfer to train station for afternoon train to Chongqing (5 hrs). Upon arrival, transfer to cruise terminal to check-in. Cruise departs terminal at 9PM.

Day 7Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

06:30-08:30 Early Bird Coffee and Tea; Practice Tai Chi on board and Buffet breakfast.

09:00-13:30 Shore excursion—Fengdu “Jade Emperor” is arranged in the morning. Or take additional shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City with extra cost. Buffet lunch is served on board.

16:00-21:30 Late afternoon Captain’s Welcome Reception with buffet dinner. In the evening, you can choose to take the additional Shore excursion—FengYan SanGuo “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” Show.

1. The cruise schedule and excursion are subject to influenced by seasons, water levels, cruise canals and climates and subject to change without prior notice.

Day 8Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

06:30 – 07:00 Early bird coffee and tea/ practice Tai Chi at upper deck
07:00 – 08:30 Breakfast (Buffet)
07:30 – 10:15 Optional Shore excursion – White Emperor City
10:45 (Est.) Sailing through Qutang Gorge
12:45 (Est.) Scenic cruising – Wu Gorge
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch (Buffet)
15:15 – 18:15 Shore excursion – Goddess Stream (or Shennong Stream depends on river condition)
19:00 – 20:30 Captain’s Farewell Banquet (set-menu table dinner)
21:00 – 21:45 Crew cabaret

1. The cruise schedule and excursion are subject to influenced by seasons, water levels, cruise canals and climates and subject to change without prior notice.

Day 9Yichang - Shanghai (B, L, D)

Morning tour visit the Three Gorge Dam, so far the largest hydroelectric project in the world.

After lunch, transfer to train station for high-speed train to Shanghai (7.5hrs). Upon arrival, guide meet and transfer to hotel.

Day 10Shanghai City Tour (B, L)

Morning tour visit the old alleys in Shikumen to see the authentic local way of living in the old Shanghai area. Continue tour visit the famous Yu Garden and explore the Yuyuan Bazaar. After lunch, tour visit the Shanghai Silk Museum, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai City History Museum. Finally, enjoy the magnificent skyline of the Bund with illuminated buildings long the Huangpu River.

Day 11Shanghai - Departure (B)

Transfer to airport for departure.


4 star hotels in each city with daily breakfast

Price Includes

  • China domestic train or flight
  • Hotel Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Meal as mentioned (L - lunch, D - dinner)
  • Experienced English speaking tour guide
  • Admission to sites as mentioned
  • Yangtze River Cruise (4-star cruise)
  • All local transportation as mentioned in itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Tipping for guide and driver
  • Cruise staff fee (150RMB or $20 USD)
  • International flight
  • China Visa
  • Optional tour, admission, service not mentioned or specified as extra