Tour route: Beijing - Xian - Chengdu - Yangtze River - Shanghai
Say hello to China! When your flight lands in Beijing, your local guide is ready to meet you at the customs exit, holding a placard with your name. Then you will be escorted to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to recover from jetlag or to ramble around on your own.
On this day you will first visit the world's largest plaza, Tiananmen Square, followed by the magnificent Forbidden City - former home to China's imperial rulers and filled with palaces, gardens and seemingly never-ending grand courtyards. In the afternoon you will explore Beijing's Hutongs by pedicab to see the local lifestyle of Beijingers. After that enjoy a leisure walk along the Houhai (back sea) bar street.
Tonight is free for you. And a highly recommendation is Chinese Kung Fu Show which brings you a memorable night in Beijing.
Today you will have a full day tour to one of China's iconic sites - Great Wall (Mutianyu section, cable cars included). Older than Badaling section, Mutianyu section offers a wonderful view of this ancient architectures including watch towers and wind walls. Then you'll visit the Sacred Road, a serene royal road lined with vivid statues of divine animals and officials.
In the morning, you will visit the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors. These clay statues of soldiers, horses and chariots all standing in battle formation were commissioned by the emperor of the Qin dynasty as part of his mausoleum. And then continue to visit a Jade Gallery for knowing jade culture of China. Followed by a pleasant cycling atop Xian’s Ancient City Walls (1-2 hours) which offers you a view to see old Xian one side and modern Xian the other side.
An optional activity for tonight can be the famous Tang Dynasty Show. a not-to-miss performance in Xian.
After breakfast, be familiar with this historic city by visiting Big Wild Goose Pagoda which is regarded as a symbol of Xian. After that, move to the largest mosque in Xian - Great Mosque. And take a leisure stroll in Muslim Street before the flight to Chengdu.
Upon your arrival at Chengdu - a leisure city as well as the home town of giant panda, be met and transferred to your hotel.
In the morning, head for the Huanglongxi Ancient Town to discover this 1700-years-old town and its old tradition. Later be escorted to the rail way station for train to Chongqing. Upon arrival, be met and then transferred to the dock to board your Yangtze River cruise ship.
Your memorable Yangtze Cruise begins. Various activities onboard will expand your preparation for Yangtze exploration. Your ship will stop for a shore excursion at the famous Shibaozhai, a 12-story pavilion built against the rock.
Usually there will be a welcome party n the evening, hosted by the captain. This is a good chance to make new friends and be immersed in the staff's hospitality. So dress up and be ready to enjoy.
Besides the enchanting landscape along the Yangtze River, today's sightseeing will be highlighted by the shore excursion to Shennong Stream. Deep gorges, green mountains, crystal waters, appalling cliffs, thriving groves and perhaps native wildlife make this excursion worthwhile. Back to your ship after the stop, the ballroom maybe an ideal place to party the night away.
After breakfast, you will visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall where you can see the past, modern, and feature of Shanghai in its 6-floor building, Followed by the former French Section to feel the charm of old Shanghai. Proceed to the Jiangnan Silk workshop to know the making process of silk. The next stop will be the elegant Chinese garden - Yu Garden. Visit the nearby bustling Yuyuan Market will let you see the local lifestyle of this city.
Tonight, take the famous Acrobatics Show as your optional night activity is a good choice.
Today you will walk down the lively waterfront of Shanghai (known as “The Bund”) and stroll along the Nanjing Road which is reputed as the No. 1 shopping street in China..
Afterwards, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to your next destination.
Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey
It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around China will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.
|Standard Tour Class||Comfortable Tour Class||Deluxe Tour Class|
|Beijing||Dong Fang Hotel Beijing No. 11 Wanming Road ,Xuanwu District, Beijing ,China P.C.100050||Beijing Novotel Peace Hotel 3 Jinyu lane, Wangfujing, Beijing, 100006, China||The Regent Beijing 99# Jinbao Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China|
|Xian||Skytel Xi'an (Formerly Prince International Hotel) No.32 South Main Street, Beilin District, Xi'an 710001, China||Grand Noble Hotel Xian 334 Dong Da Jie(East Street), Xian City, Shaanxi Province, China No. 334 East Street, Xian City, Shaanxi, P.R.C. 710001||Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square No. 319 Dongxing Road, Xian, China, 710004|
|Chengdu||MinShan Lhasa Grand Hotel No 88, Northern Road of Xiaojia River, No 4 of the Southern Part of Yihaung Road, Chengdu, Sichuan||Tianfu Sunshine Hotel No.2, Taisheng north Road, Chengdu, Sichuan, China||Sofitel Chengdu Taihe 15 Binjiang Middle Road, Sichuan Province CHENGDU, CHINA|
|Shanghai||Greenland Jiulong Hotel No.601 Liyang Road,Hongkou District, Shanghai 200080 China||The Bund Hotel 525 Guangdong Road, Shanghai China||The Westin Bund Center Shanghai No.88 Henan Middle Road, Bund Center, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200002, China|
We pick Hotels for You Based on:
Location:most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.
Facility & Service Quality:all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Diversity for Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.
Hotel criteria for each tour class
Hotel arrangement for Standard Tour Class
It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.
Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class
Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in very rare cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.
Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class
Luxurious hotel with top-notch service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.
Normally China Odyssey Tours provides two meals each day: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.
It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, Chinese style, or a combination.
When plan your lunches, we consider the balance of food quality, dining environment and tour convenience. We provide a la carte lunch in a local restaurant whenever possible. A la carte meal will give you an opportunity to eat at local restaurant, follow local customs, and taste local dishes. The a la carte allowance would be adequate for a decent meal in our recommended local restaurants, but varies from different restaurants and different cities. However in some remote regions where it’s simply hard to find a non-tourist restaurant, the meal could be arranged at a local tourist restaurant or a local family.
Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in China. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.
If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Private Guide & Transfer
You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.
All of our tour guides are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides in China who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed safe drivers.
You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, your guide will stay at your side until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our travel guides in every destination are locals, who know the area well, they are very good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for taking your best photos.
When changing your itinerary is needed due to unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you have a wonderful experience.
With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most of your experience in China.
In every destination visited, your vehicle is air conditioned, clean, and expertly maintained. Your private driver is licensed, insured, and very experienced.
To maximize your comfort, we use vehicles with extra space for you and your luggage. Depending on how many are traveling together, we generally use sedans or mini vans (7 seats) for 4 people or less, large vans or small coaches (12-22 seats) for 5-12 people, medium coaches (33 – 37 seats) for 13 – 25 people, and large coaches (45 seats over) for more than 25 people.
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