Beijing / Xi’an / Yangtze River /Shanghai
Day 1/Oct 23(Thu) USA – Beijing
Board your transpacific flight to Beijing.
Day 2/Oct 24(Fri) Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing, China’s capital, you will be greeted and escorted to Crowne Plaza.
Hotel accommodation: 5 star Crowne Plaza hotel
Address:48 Wangfujing Ave.
Tel: (86) 10-5911 9999
Day 3/Oct 25(Sat) Beijing (AB,L,SD)
After breakfast, visit Beijing City Planning Exhibition Musuem, walking across the Tiananmen Square, continue your visit to the e Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City, home of Chinese emperors for more than 500 years. A special and privilaged lunch will be arranged at the Imperial Kitchen of the Forbidden City. After lunch, visit the Summer Palace, taking a leisure stroll while admiring the thousands of ancient murals along the Long Corridor and a boat ride on Kunming Lake (weather permitting). Toast your arrival with a glass of wine and enjoy a fabulous welcome banquet featuring the famous Beijing Duck in the evening.
Day 4/Oct 26(Sun) Beijing (AB,L)
The highlight today is an excursion to the Great Wall. Enjoy the dramatic vistas and marvel at the Wall as it climbs and descends steep ridges and narrow valleys. A scenic cable car ride enhances your visit through the steep hills. Continue on to visit a cloisonné factory on the way to lunch. After lunch, en route back to city, drive around the intriguing architecture of the main Olympic venues: the National Stadium, nicknamed the “Bird’s Nest,” because of its unique design and the National Aquatics Center, known as the “Water Cube” (H2O3). Continue toward the Beijing Sport University, where over 50 graduates have won world championship titles, and more than 60 have won Asian championship titles. Visit the university’s museum, Garden of Champions, indoor training gyms, outdoor sports fields and courts, etc. Return to your hotel and dinner free on your own.
Day 5/Oct 27(Mon) Beijing (AB,L,D)
This morning the tour will take you to the hutongs with a pedicab ride through the old-city neighborhoods of narrow lanes and courtyard gardens hidden behind Beijing’s modern façade. Visit Prince Gong’s Palace, the Drum Tower and old-style courtyard houses still inhabited by Beijing residents. After lunch, visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperors came to pray for good harvests and pay their appreciation. After dinner, enjoy a mystical and amazing show, “Legend of Kung Fu.”
Day 6/Oct 28(TUE) Beijing – Xi’an (AB,L,D)
Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, you will start your tour of the ancient City Wall, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Bell Tower. Check in to the Hyatt Regency Xi’an or similar.
Hotel accommodation: Hyatt Regency Xi’an
Address: 158 Dong Da Jie, Xian Shannxi, People’s Republic of China710001
Tel: (86) 29-8769 1234
Day 7/Oct 29(WED) Xi’an (AB,L,SD)
Today’s highlight is a visit to the Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, home to an army of more than 6,000 life-size statues excavated from the tomb of the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty. After lunch, visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, renowned for its collection of Han- and Tang-dynasty antiquities. In the evening, enjoy a special dinner show at the Tang Dynasty Theatre recreating the music, costumes and dances of that era.
Day 8/Oct 30(THU) Xi’an – Chongqing -Yangtze River Cruise (AB,L,D)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the mountainous city of Chongqing. Upon arrival, your city tour will include a visit to the Stilwell Museum where you will see a collection of World War II memorabilia, including exhibits on the Flying Tigers. If time permits, visit the People’s Congress Hall and the art gallery. After HJotpot dinner, board a 5-star Yangzte Explorer cruise ship and begin your memorable journey on the Yangtze River.
Day 9/Oct 31(FRI) Yangtze River Cruise: Ghost City & Shibaozhai (AB,L,D)
Today’s shore excursion is to Fengdu, the ghost city and Shibaozhai, famous for its 12-story wooden pagoda built against a sheer cliff on the river bank over some 400 years ago. **Depending on local river conditions, an alternate shore excursion to Wanzhou may occur.
Day 10/Nov 01(SAT) Yangtze River Cruise: Shennong Stream (AB,L,D)
This morning you will cruise through the first two of the famous Three Gorges: Qutang Gorge, the shortest but the most dramatic gorge; and Wu Gorge, known for its sheer cliffs and twelve peaks. Your excursion will include boarding a smaller vessel to sail thhrough Shennong Stream, which features spectacular views of the Small Gorges. Your cruise continues and passes through the last and longest gorge, Xiling Gorge. Then sail through the five stages of the Three Gorges’ double-lane ship lock.
Day 11/Nov 02(SUN) Yangtze River Cruise: Three Gorges Dam – Yichang – Shanghai (AB,L,D)
This morning, your cruise arrives in Yang Jia Wang where you will enjoy a shore excursion at the Three Gorges Dam site, the largest hydroelectric project in the world. Continue onto Yichang where you disembark. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, check in to the Royal Merididan hotel (www.lemeridian.com). **If a direct flight is not available, transfer by motor coach to Wuhan for flight to Shanghai.
Day 12/Nov 03(MON) Shanghai (AB,L,D)
Today’s full-day sightseeing features the bustling old town of Shanghai, Yu Garden, followed by a audio-tour of the Shanghai Museum, China’s most up-to-date museum showcasing the country’s ancient glory. and the Children’s Palace where you will enjoy musical and cultural performances by children attending classes. After dinner, you will attend a spectacular acrobatic show.
Day 13/Nov 04(TUE) Shanghai (AB,LSD)
After breakfast, stroll along the famous’ shopping street of Nanjing Road, pay a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, renowned for its huge statue of the Buddha carved from a single piece of white jade; and the Bund, the famous promenade along the Huangpu River, later of the day, free exploration at Xintiandi shopping st. and Shanghai dimsum dinner at Greenwave restaurant, where President Clinton and other state leaders dined here.
Day 14/Nov 05(WED) Shanghai – Nanjing (AB,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to train station for Shanghai via #D414(0945/1143), upon arrival, met and transferred to the Sheraton hotel(www.sheraton.com)
Day 15/Nov 06(THU) Nanjing (AB,L,D)
Today’s highlight includes a boatride on Qinghuai river, followed by visit to Confucious Temple, Beamless temple,.
Day 16/Nov 07(FRI) Nanjing/Qingdao(AB,L,D)
Visit to Dr. Sunyatsum’s Musuem, before taking late afternoon air to Qingdao via #ZH9543(1755/1915). Check in to Regent hotel(or similar).
Day 17/Nov 08(SAT) Qingdao(AB, L.D)
Today’s half-day sightseeing tour gives an introduction to Qingdao, the costal city and also the Olympic city of 2008. Your tour will take you through East Bay, visit the Olympic venue of Sailing Competition, and to Laoshan, the sacred place of Taoism. Qingdao Beer Brewery, enjoy a sumptuous seafood farewell dinner.
Day 18/Nov 09(SUN) Qingdao-Hongkong(AB)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to HK via #MU5015(0820.1125), end of the tour…
2. Tour Cost
Based on a minimum of 10 tour participants with one Free-of-charge for every fifteen paying (maximum 4 FOC)
3. Tour Cost Includes:
*Beijing/Xian/Chongqing, Yichang/Shanghai, Nanjing/Qingdao airfare with tax
*Shanghai/Nanjing train fare
*deluxe 5 star hotel with ABF dialy
*deluxe Yangtze crusieship
*All sightseeings and entrance fees
*Fine dinning-lunch and dinner as stated
*Qingdao/Hongkong air, dinner not mentioned, tipping and other items not stated as excluded.
4. TRAVEL TIPS-Travel Tips And General Information For Your Trip To China
*Chinese Customs and Immigration Procedures
When you arrive in China, you will proceed through Immigration and passport inspection. You will then proceed to the baggage carousel and claim your checked luggage. From there go through Customs and present your “Customs Declaration Form” which you filled out on your flight. You will be given the carbon copy of this Customs Declaration Form. Be sure not to lose it, as you will have to show it to the Customs Officer upon exiting China. Continue out to the waiting area where you will meet your guide who will transfer you to your hotel.
“Travel Light” is the best advice we can give you. While traveling on flights domestically within China, you will be allowed only 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of checked luggage. Internationally you are permitted two pieces of checked luggage per person weighing up to 70 pounds per piece. Hence, you might want to do your souvenir shopping around the end of your trip.
China is approximately at the same latitude as the United States and enjoys the same seasons during the same time of the year. However, weather can vary quite a bit depending on the region and elevation. Please www.cnn.com/weather.
We suggest that you dress casually and comfortably throughout your trip. There are no occasions where you will be required to wear formal clothing on your tour. Comfortable and reliable walking shoes are a must to enjoy the sightseeing tours. A collapsible umbrella or raincoat is also advised although you can purchase these items in China as well.
Breakfast is served in your hotel as either western buffet or Chinese buffet style. Lunches and dinners which are included (check your itinerary to see which meals are included) are served in a local restaurant during your day of sightseeing. A fixed supply of beverages is served with the meals at no charge. Additional beverages, including alcoholic beverages, are available at a modest additional charge.
Although “tap water” in China is theoretically safe by World Health Organization standards, we do not recommend you drink it. In most modern hotels in the larger cities they operate their own “in-house” water treatment systems providing safe drinking water throughout the hotel. Other hotels provide thermos bottles of safe drinking water. Bottled mineral water is also available in your hotel mini-bar at an additional charge.
Laundry and dry-cleaning services are available at each of the hotels. It’s fast and of high quality. Items collected in the morning are returned the same evening. Charges are included in your personal room bill for payment upon checking out.
Standard voltage in China is 220 and wall plugs vary from city to city. Some hotels supply a plug with a 110 current adapter in the bathroom, but we suggest you bring along your own adapters and converters for your electrical appliances.
You will have to change your U.S. dollars to Chinese currency for all purchases in China. Airports, hotels and many tourist facilities have a currency exchange counter where you can exchange travelers checks and/or cash at the official exchange rate, which is the same throughout China for that given day.
The currency local people use is called “Renminbi”, often represented by the initials “RMB”. The local unit of currency is called the “Yuan”. There are one hundred “Fen” in a “Yuan” and ten “Fen” in a “Jiao”. There are 1,2, and 5 Fen coins and different size and colored bills for 10 and 50 Fen, and for 1, 5, 10, 50 and 100 Yuan. If traveling to Hong Kong please be aware they still use Hong Kong Dollars, they do not use Chinese Renminbi.
*Credit cards are accepted in major cities and tourist hotels and stores. Traveler checks from any bank are recommended as the safest and most convenient way to carry your funds. Due to a black market in foreign currency we suggest that you do not exchange money with any strangers. Still , we would suggestyou to bring some cash for your own convenience, such as calling for a taxi, tipping, buyinig water, snacks and small gifts etc
China is a wonderfully colorful country to photograph. The only restrictions are that you may not photograph military facilities and certain cultural sties such as the Terra Cotta Warrior Excavations. Common courtesy is in order when photographing strangers. Bring plenty of film and extra batteries.
*Local Transportation / Getting Around
Most major sites are included in your sightseeing program and transportation is provided in an air-conditioned vehicle. If you wish to do some sightseeing or travel to some place on your own, you will find taxis are readily available. Fares are generally quite inexpensive and most taxis are metered. Taxi rates can be different depending upon the ‘grade” of the taxi. Taxi drivers don’t necessarily speak English so be sure to get directions written out in advance in Chinese. Hotel staff and local guides will be happy to help.
Tips for tour guides, drivers and porters are not included in the tour price. We suggest $5-8 USD per person per day. The people expecting tips include: the national guide if applicable (you may tip him at the end) local guides and drivers (you may tip them before you leave each city), bellboys and luggage person (you may tip them when they move your luggage). Tips to restaurant and hotel waiters are not expected. Chambermaids and porters should also be tipped when appropriate and are not included and is the same as going on any trip worldwide. If you are in a hotel bar, tipping is customary.
Your tour guide might not be an expert on gemstones, porcelain, jade, paintings, etc., so if you intend to purchase items of this nature, please do some research before departing and have an idea of what you are looking for as well as the price you are prepared to pay. In addition, please carefully check the quality of the products, and always ask for a receipt with product descriptions.
Health preparations are up to you and your physician. On the one hand, some public health departments recommend a long list of inoculations, while the Chinese, Hong Kong and the U.S. government do not require inoculations for travel within China. We recommend you consult your local physician prior to your trip.
We hope you have a wonderful trip and thank you for choosing China Travel Service Inc. for your travel arrangements!