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China Tour with Cruise

  China Tour with Cruise TourCode : 1263
Duration   10 Nights / 11 Days
Destination  China
Route   Delhi-Beijing-Xian-Chongqing-Yangzte River Cruise-Yichang-Shanghai-Delhi
Best Time To Visit Daily,all year round
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China Cruise

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Beijing

Welcome to China the Jewel of East! On arrival in Beijing, you will be met and transferred by the local representative to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay in Beijing.

Day 2: Beijing

Today after breakfast the day is free to explore on your own. Overnight stay in Beijing.

Day 3:Beijing

Today after breakfast the day is free to explore on your own. Overnight stay in Beijing.

Day 4: Xian

Today, after brekfast you will fly to Xian. One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xian today is an archaeological treasure-trove. On arrival check in at the hotel and Overnight stay in Xian.

Day 5: Xian

After breakfast The day is at leisure. Overnight stay in Xian.

Day 6: Xian – ChongqingYangzte River Cruise

Today, fly to Chongqing, a provincial city within Sichuan Province and China’s capital during World War II. The city is set high up on a hill overlooking the Jialing and Yangtze Rivers. Time permitting, take a stroll through one of its many attractive parks or through the historic Old Town before you are transferred to the dock to embark on your 3-night river cruise on the mighty Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the world after Nile and Amazon. Overnight stay in the Yangzte river cruise.

Day 7: Yangzte River Cruise

Today witness the beautiful landscapes as you head downstream through the first and second of the three gorges: Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most dramatic gorge framed by steep mossy cliffs, and Wu, celebrated for its 12 peaks, quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains. At Badong, transfer to a small cruiser for an exciting excursion on Shenlong Stream to view its breathtaking small gorges. Next, sail through Xiling Gorge, the last and most scenic of all the gorges. Finally, pass through the dramatic Three Gorges Ship Lock. Overnight stay in the Yangzte river cruise.

Day 8: Yangzte River Cruise

Enjoy the various facilities on board and relax with a traditional Chinese massage! Pass through the Xiling Gorge, the longest gorge among the three gorges of the Yangtze River. Set out on an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Project, the largest hydro-electrical power plant in the world. Overnight stay in the Yangzte river cruise.

Day 9: Yangzte River Cruise – Yichang – Shanghai

Upon arrival in Yichang, say farewell to your crew as you disembark and transfer to the Wuhan airport for the flight to Shanghai. The day is at leisure to explore the island on your own. Or Why not choose from wonderful list of optional excursion and have a pleasant day. Overnight stay in Shanghai.

Day 10: Shanghai

Today is the day for leisure to enjoy on your own. Overnight stay in Shanghai.

Day 11: Depart Shanghai

Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Sightseeing

The heart of imperial China lay, for 5 centuries, through 24 reigns of Chinese emperors in the Imperial Palace unofficially called `The Forbidden City’ , in Beijing. The complex has around 800 buildings and was actually a city in itself, with its palaces, parks, courts and temples. You can still see much of its splendour- its traditional architecture and splendid decoration- and realize how this mini-city could have endured, unconquered, for nearly 25 generations.

The Great Wall of China is China’s most well known attraction, and the only man-made structure visible from the moon, the Great Wall of China stretches 6000 km across the country. Built to keep out invaders, it was begun in the 5th century BC and was still being built till the 1500s. It’s seven metres high and seven metres thick, and although a monument in itself today, never really succeeded in keeping out invading armies, like that of Genghis Khan.

The Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an is an ode to the majesty of the Chinese emperors. The tomb of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang (generally known as the first ruler of a unified Chinese empire, and the man who began the construction of the Great Wall of China) is situated near Xi’an. What is amazing is that the tomb is literally `guarded’ by around 8000 life size terracotta figures of warriors. Some have chariots and horses, and originally, all wore leather uniforms and carried actual weapons. It’s quite unbelievable, and you have to see it for yourself to believe this!

The city of Suzhou , one of China’s oldest, is guarded by a moat and built on a network of canals (fed by the Grand Canal, regarded as China’s greatest engineering feat after the Great Wall).

Watered by the canal are the beautiful gardens of Suzhou, the three most famous being Shizi Lin, Zhouzheng Yuan and Wangshi Yuan . They’re a medley of flowers, greenery, pavilions, terraces and waterways – all designed to create an atmosphere of tranquility. Located in the northeastern part of Hunan province (in south-eastern China), The Wulingyuan Scenic Reserveis one of China’s most beautiful areas. It has an interesting topography of pillars of limestone, with virtually every horizontal surface covered by greenery- dove trees, gingkos and dawn redwoods. Stretching over 370 sq km, the reserve is a World Heritage site and is dissected by many rivulets and brooks. It has an impressive list of wildlife too, including birds, monkeys and reptiles.

These are among China’s best-known sites. There are others, too: theShaolin Temple at Song Shan (in Henan), much revered by kung fu enthusiasts; the cave temples at Datong and Luoyang ; the holy mountain ofEmei Shan ; the fort of Jiayuguan (the last fortress of the Great Wall and still an impressive structure). There are a whole lot of places to see, culture and history to absorb and imbibe.

Shopping

A lot of what you find in Chinese markets today is very functional and unappealing, but if you look carefully and spend some time searching, you can find some excellent examples of traditional handicrafts. The best known of course, is Chinese silk - plain, embroidered, in the form of clothing or just as lengths of shimmering, exotic material. You’ll also find samples of Chinese painting- a very distinctive style, with flowing, spare brush strokes and wonderful depictions of nature. Other than paintings, you can come across other items related to calligraphy – ink tablets, brushes and the like, often works of art in themselves.

Get floored by the carpets (made in Tibet, Xinjiang and Tianjin) and jade and laquer items (some really lovely figurines, vases and such)- both usually quite expensive. In the more rustic, but cheaper bracket, are handicrafts like paper cuts, kites and rattan or bamboo items. Chinese ceramic is also well known, in fact, the use of the word ‘china’ is synonymous with fine porcelain or ceramics. Imitation Ming pottery, which looks very much like the original, can often be found in marketplaces.

Outside of the larger cities in China, you’ll probably find it a little difficult to buy anything really fancy. However, even in the smaller towns, you might be able to find some good cloth- China is known for its silk and other knickknacks. In most of the bigger cities, you can usually find some very nice souvenirs to take back, including jade, antiques (remember, however, that you need a special permit to export anything more than a century old), items connected with Chinese art (paintings, obviously, as well as brushes, ink tablets and the like), and similar things.

Beijing and Shanghai are generally considered to be the best place for shopping with their huge department stores that stock everything from the latest designer wear to electronic items. The prices are fixed at these places. However if you are in a local market, do haggle and bargain especially if you are trying to buy some jade or antique item.

Shopping hours : Mon-Sun 1000-2130, although times vary across the country

Eating Joints

Eating out in China isn’t much of a problem, particularly if you’re willing to eat the local food. Outside of the larger cities, you’re unlikely to find any establishments serving Western food; in these cities, though, you can find some familiar names too. Depending upon how much you’re willing to spend, you can go to virtually any type of restaurant- from a roadside stall (where you order by pointing to what you want) to a plush restaurant in a deluxe hotel (where there will be printed menus and efficient staff). And, of course, there’s a whole range of establishments in between, with various degrees of tourist-friendliness; most mid-range restaurants can be quite good value for money.

While eating out, remember one thing: meals are usually early, and restaurants open for brief periods (breakfast from 6 to 9, lunch from 11 to 2, dinner from 5 to 9), so have your meals early, otherwise you run the risk of being faced by downed shutters.

Beijing and some of the other big cities in China have a fair amount of entertainment to offer- there are bars, tea-houses, karaoke lounges, nightclubs and discotheques, besides cinema (only recommended if you like martial arts movies, as that’s what’s invariably shown), theatre and cultural performances. Most cinema and theatre is totally native – Don’t miss taking in a Chinese opera performance – the elaborate costumes and intriguing plots are fascinating and even if you do not understand a word of what is being said on stage the sheer opulence of it all will floor you.

In village and smaller towns, there’s usually a paucity of entertainment (given the average Chinese villager’s curiosity, a passing tourist is the best form of entertainment!). However, you can sometimes see displays of native performing arts, such as puppetry, song-and-dance routines, jugglery and martial arts.

 

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