China Breathtaking
17 Days From $5,180 per person twinshare

​Explore the major World Heritage sites on this 17 Day China Breathtaking Tour. Visit Beijing, Xian, Wuhan, Yichang to cruise along the Yangtze River aboard a 5 star cruise liner with onshore excursions, Chongqing, Guilin and finishing the tour in Shanghai.

Day 01: Australia ► Beijing 
Morning depart Australia to Beijing with Cathay Pacific Airlines via Hong Kong. Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to four star hotel for 4 nights.
 
Day 02: Beijing (Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner and Show) 
Today city tour includes Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world. Then continue to the magnificent Forbidden City, home to emperors for over 500 years and Temple of Heaven, built in 1420, where emperors of Ming and Qing would perform rituals essential to the well-being of the country, praying to Heaven for good harvests. Enjoy the Kung Fu show in the evening.
 
Day 03: Beijing (Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner) 
A full-day tour to the Great Wall, built more than 2,000 years ago to protect China from northern invaders. After lunch visit the sacred Ming Tombs, where 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty were buried. On the way back to Beijing drive by the “Bird Nest” and “Water Cube” – the main 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics venues for a photo stop. Enjoy Peking duck banquet tonight.
 
Day 04: Beijing (Breakfast. Lunch) 
Visit Summer Palace, which was built as a royal garden for Qing Dynasty Emperors, and then take a “Beijing Alleys Tour”. Ride in three-wheeled rickshaws through Beijing’s quaint alleys, experiencing life as a Beijing local. This afternoon visit  Wangfujing Street, which is one of Beijing’s oldest streets and now a premier shopping district with a modern face.
 
Day 05: Beijing ► Xian (Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner and Show) 
Take a morning flight to Xian, upon arrival visit the well-preserved City Walls and then the majestic Big Wild Goose Pagoda. In the afternoon, visit Shaanxi Provincial Museum, one of the best history museums in the nation. Enjoy the Tang Dynasty Show with local famous Dumpling Banquet tonight. Check-in to four star hotel for 2 nights. 
 
Day 06: Xian (Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner) 
Morning visit the Terra-Cotta Warriors Museum. After lunch, visit Huaqing Hot Spring Park, then visit the Terra Cotta Warriors Making Workshop.
 
Day 07: Xian ► Wuhan ► Yichang (Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner)
Today take a flight to Wuhan. Upon arrival, transfer to railway station and take the bullet train to Yichang. Then transfer to the five-star Yangtze cruiser for boarding (4 nights cruising)
 
Day 08: Cruising ► Yichang (Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner) 
This morning sail through the Gezhouba Dam Ship Lock. On arrival at San Douping, take a bus tour to visit the Three Gorges Dam Construction Site, whose dam will eventually cause the almost submergence of the three Gorges. The afternoon will be spent drifting along the beautiful Shennong Stream in small boats, taking in some remarkable scenery. You are invited to attend the Captain’s welcome banquet.
 
Day 09: Cruising ► Shennong Stream (Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner) 
In the morning sail through the Wu Gorge, with its 12 soaring peaks, said to be a goddess and her attendants. Then an on-shore excursion to the Small Three Gorges in the Daning River part where you can enjoy a man-pulled boat ride.
 
Day 10: Cruising ► Shibaozhai (Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner) 
In the morning our cruise will arrive at Wanxian, a famous mountain village. Take a bus excursion to the Snowy Jade Cave or Ghost City.
 
Day 11: Chongqing ► Guilin (Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner) 
In the morning we arrive in Chongqing, a famous mountainous, river-port city. A city tour will be arranged to the People’s Hall, the city commercial centre and Chongqing Zoo. Afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to four star hotel for 2 nights.
 
Day 12: Guilin ► Yangshuo ► Guilin (Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner) 
Enjoy a scenic cruise down the Li River, taking in the amazing scenery that has inspired many Chinese poets and painters over the centuries. Disembark at the village town of Yangshuo and do some bargain shopping at the colourful markets. Afternoon is free time to experience the local life in Yangshuo. Return to Guilin late afternoon.
 
Day 13: Guilin ► Shanghai (Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner) 
Morning visit to Elephant Trunk Hill, where you can see the shape of the hill is like an elephant extending its trunk into the river. Then continue to visit Reed Flute Caves. Then transfer to airport for flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to four star hotel for 3 nights.
 
Day 14: Shanghai (Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner and Show) 
City tour in Shanghai includes Shanghai Museum, then to the beautiful Yu Garden and the Old Town Market. After lunch, visit former French Concession area and Nanjing Road, the biggest ‘Pedestrians-Only’ shopping street in Shanghai. After dinner, attend an unbelievable Acrobatic Performance. 
 
Day 15: Shanghai (Breakfast. Lunch) 
Morning visits Pearl Tower and then take a walk along the famous Bund.  Afternoon, enjoy free leisure time.
 
Day 16: Shanghai ► Australia (Breakfast) 
Free leisure time for last minute shopping. Meet back at the hotel lobby and transfer to airport for your flight home.
 
Day 17: Australia arrival 
Arrive home with unforgettable memories.

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