13 days China highlights tour with Yangtze River cruise

⇀ Xi'an
⇀ Chengdu
⇀ Chongqing
⇀ Yangtze Cruise
⇀ Shanghai
Discover China's 5,000 years history by visiting the imperial palaces, hutongs and Terracotta Warriors. After enjoy the natural beauty on the splendid Yangtze Three Gorges Cruise, where you can see the world's largest dam and Fengdu ghost city.
13 days
Culture and Heritage, Photography, Yangtze cruise
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From ¥ 11,400 per person
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This tour balances a historical experience in two ancient cities of China and a memorable Yangtze Three Gorges cruise. Start in Beijing, explore the cultural heritages including the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors. Followed by seeing the endless natural scenery as you sail through the Three Gorges on Yangtze River. End this amazing cruise with a visit to the world's largest dam, Three Gorges Dam. More awaits in this journey!

Day 01 :
Arrive Beijing

Upon arrive at the Beijing Capital Airport or Railway Station, be met and assisted to your hotel by the Beijing tour guide and driver. Rest of the day is on your own to explore this capital city.

Day 02 :
Beijing City Tour

Be arranged to visit Tiananmen Square - the largest public square in the world and Forbidden City - magnificent imperial Palaces of Ming and Qing dynasties for almost 500 years. Afterwards head to the Temple of Heaven, a place where the Emperors prayed for peace and harvest.


After lunch, drive to visit Summer Palace, originally a royal garden and a temporary dwelling palace for emperors of Qing dynasty. On the way back, go to the Fresh-water pearl market for a good bargain. In the evening enjoy the Kong Fu show after dinner. Overnight at Beijing.


Day 03 :
Beijing Great Wall Tour

Morning excursion to the most beautiful section of the Great Wall - the Mutianyu Great Wall. The hike takes about 2 to 3 hours. After lunch drive to visit Changling, one of the 13 Ming Tombs of the 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Drive back to your hotel, rest on your own. 

Day 04 :
Beijing Hutong Tour - Flight to Xi'an

After breakfast, drive to Shichahai Area - the old part of Beijing, first you will have one hour tour of a 300 years old courtyard. With the help of your English speaking tour guide, the housekeeper of the yard will give you a detailed explanation of the old courtyard (Siheyuan) - its history, its layout, its Fengshui, and its traditional Chinese culture involved. Then have about 1.5 hour the richshaw tour driving through the narrow alleys (Hutong) to experience the real life of local Beijing residents.Two people share one rickshaw. Drop off at the Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Bridge) and walk along the 800-year old Yandai Xiejie (Tobacco Pipe Lean Street) to the Drum Tower. Visit the big drum tower and have a great view of the surrounding hutongs and traditional courtyards.

Afterwards, head to the Olympic Green to have an outside look at the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. After lunch, transfer to Beijing airport for the flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival at Xi'an, to be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 05 :
Xi'an City Tour

Today make an excursion to see the extraordinary 2,200 years old Terracotta Warriors of China's first Emperor- Qin Shihuang, discovered in 1974 by farmers while digging a well. This archeological excavation site is a stunning exhibit of more than 7,000 ancient life-size terracotta statues of soldiers, officers, horses, chariots, and other artifacts.

After lunch, drive back to the city, visit the Great Mosque and have some free time to explore for some souvenirs or antiques in the Bazaar near the Mosque. In the evening after the local specialty - Dumpling Banquet as dinner, enjoy the splendid Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show. 

Day 06 :
Xi'an Sightseeing - Flight to Chengdu

Morning half day tour is arranged to visit Shaanxi Historic Museum,  the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and Xi'an City Wall (the best preserved in the world), afterwards have a wander on the famous Shuyuan Men Culture Street to appreciate the delicate traditional art crafts. After lunch, transfer to Xi'an airport for the flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival at Chengdu airport, to be met and transferred to your hotel. 

Day 07 :
Chengdu City Tour - Train to Chongqing

After breakfast, head to the Chengdu Panda Base to see the adorable pandas. You can catch the feeding time and spend some time to get close with these pandas. As you may know, panda is one of the rarest animals which can be seen only in Sichuan Province mountain ranges in central China and cultivation centers like the Chengdu Panda Base.

Afternoon take the bullet train to Chongqing, upon arrival,  you will be ready to get on the luxury cruise at Chongqing Pier. At 22:00 your memorable Yangtze River begins.

Day 08 :
Yangtze River Cruise

This morning the ship will stop at Fengdu, where you will visit the Ghost City, which is famous for its temple dedicated to the King of the Underworld, an association dating back to the Han Dynasty. Afternoon the cruise will sail through Qutang Gorge.

Day 09 :
Cruise on Yangtze River

Morning sail through Wu Gorge, stop at Badong, where you will take a small junk for a close-up view of the breathtaking natural splendors along the Shennong Stream. we are sure you will impressed by the dexterity the team of trackers as they push and haul the wooden sampans over the rapids. Back to the cruise to continue your cruise into the western section of the Xiling Gorge and pass through the five-step ship lock.

Day 10 :
Yangtze River Cruise - Flight to Shanghai

Visit the site of the Three Gorges Dam Project in the morning, then sail the eastern part of Xiling Gorge, disembark at Yichang around 12:00. To be met at Yichang pier and drive you to Yichang for the flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival at Shanghai, airport picking up and transfer to your hotel.

Day 11 :
Shanghai City Tour


Today you will be arranged to visit Shanghai Museum, the first museum in China that meets international exhibition standard. It is in the possession of a collection of 123,000 cultural artifacts in 21 categories, mainly the exhibitions of painting, bronze, sculpture, ceramics, calligraphy, jade, Ming and Qing Dynasty furniture, coins, seals, and ethnic artwork. The bronze collection is said to be the best in world.

Afterwards, head to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower which is standing by the Huangpu River with a height of 468 meters, it is the highest TV Tower in Asia (up to the last floor to see Shanghai scenery), a new landmark of Shanghai in 21st century; Afterwards drive to visit Yu Garden at the Old Quarter. It was built by the Pan family in the Ming Dynasty. Now it has been restored and become one of the most popular tourist sights in Shanghai.  In the evening arrange you to stroll along the Nanjing Road to reach the famous Bund area along the Huangpu River. Overnight at Shanghai.

Day 12 :
Shanghai Explore

Today is free to explore Shanghai on your own. You may spend the day shopping or just walking around to get a better understanding of Shanghai.

Day 13 :
Departure from Shanghai

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight to the next destination.

Notice that Shanghai has two airports: Hongqiao Airport and Pudong Airport. Please make sure you go to the right one for departure.

Tour notes:

Please note prices are based in CNY.

General inclusions:

2 bottles of mineral water provided daily.
All required government taxes and fees.
Your selection of 3, 4 or 5 Stars hotel (shared twin room, private bathroom and daily breakfast)
The hotel accommodation is based on two persons sharing one standard twin room with private facilities in all relevant locations. If a single client requests a twin room alone, the single room supplement will be charged.
Yangtze river cruise class is a Standard cabin located on the main deck.
All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
Yangtze river cruise services include all onboard meals and shore excursions to the Little Three Gorges, Shennong Stream and others.
Guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build and from the local community. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
Airport and/or train station pick-up and drop-off.
All domestic flight and train tickets. Economy-class for flights and soft sleeper / seat for train tickets.
Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.
Meals as remarked in the itinerary. (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

General exclusions:

Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
Tips for your guide and driver.
Optional Attractions that are not specified in the itinerary.
Flight and/or railway ticket(s) to the first city of the tour and departure from the last city of the tour.
Meals not specified in the itinerary.

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walter Ferri
walter Ferri
Tue, 04/18/2017

We are looking at this tour in beginning of July 2018 1st 0r 2nd july.There would be 4 couples 8 people in total.
Just a few questions
Does cost include any meals
Can we have a rickshaw tour included.
Apart from our own airfare to and from china are all other transport cost included.
Are any shows included ,Dynasty,kung fu,Acrobats.
Also maybe Shanghi Dysneyland on day 13 and we leave day 14.
Please provide price for tour.and price for extra day and Disneyland.
Thank you

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Anita Fan
Tue, 04/18/2017

In reply to by walter Ferri (not verified)

Dear Walter,

Thanks for your inquiry. This is Anita from WindhorseTour.
We generally don't include meals and any shows in out tour package, as we always encourage our clients to discover the local specialty & authentic food, choose to enjoy the shows or not upon arrival, under the local guides' assistance and just pay them locally.
We are happy to include the rickshaw tour in Beijing, and all domestic flight / trains / transportation.
I just sent you an email with more details, please kindly go through it and let me know if you have any further questions or comments on it.
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
Best Regards,

Sun, 11/01/2015

Hello, we are interested in this tour, could you please tell me the price for that? We are two adults.
Do you have an offer for a tour through: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Yunnan (Lijiang, ...)? For make around 14 days?
Thank you and kind regards, Iva

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Yuki Yi
Mon, 11/02/2015

In reply to by Iva (not verified)

Hello Iva,
Thanks for your comments. We can certainly provide you the quotation based on your requirements. There is no problem to organize a 14 days trip to visit Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu and Yunnan. I have just sent you the detailed email at your requests, please go through the email and kindly let me know for any further questions on it.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon!
Best Regards,

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