Day 1 - Canada - Shanghai Fly overnight to Shanghai
Day 2 - ShanghaiUpon arrival in Shanghai, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by the tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3 - Shanghai (AB,L)Shanghai is the vibrant metropolis and commercial center of China. Today we will visit the Shanghai Museum and indulge in ancient Chinese art, furniture, and jade. Then we will visit Shanghai Old City God Temple area, a busy shopping centre where you may find souvenirs and delicious local food. Enjoy some free time here. In the afternoon you will walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined by the colonial architectures of European design, this area is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days. At night, you may enjoy an optional "Huangpu River Night Cruise" and get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai at your own expense ($50/RMB250).
Day 4 - Shanghai - Suzhou (AB, L) After breakfast, travel by coach to Suzhou. Suzhou is also known as the "Garden City" due to its many classical gardens, renowned for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction. Upon arrival, visit the Lingering Garden which is among the finest gardens in China. As a large area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, Suzhou is known as "Venice of the East". You may take a cruise along the Grand Canal to view life along China"s golden waterway in its heyday ($30/RMB160). Then, visit a Silk Spinning Mill, and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth.
Day 5 - Suzhou - Wuxi (AB, L)This morning, travel by coach to Wuxi, one of the oldest cities in China with more than 3,000 years history. Upon arrival, visit one of the largest Fresh Water Pearl Farms in the country, followed by the Lingshan Grand Buddha. Later, stroll along Nanchang Street, a charming and fashionable pedestrian street composed of both ancient and modern architectural styles.
Day 6 - Wuxi - Hangzhou (AB, L)This morning, travel by coach to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as "the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world". Experience an oriental tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. Then, take a boat ride on the serene West Lake, the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. This evening, you can enjoy an optional performance, "Impression West Lake", which brings the culture and the soul of West Lake lively in front of you. ($90/RMB450).
Day 7 - Hangzhou - Shanghai -Yichang (AB, L) After breakfast, travel by coach bus to Shanghai, and then fly to Yichang, the starting point of your Yangtze River Cruise. After dinner, we board the luxury Yangtze Cruise and receive an introduction on cruise events and on board activities.
Day 8 - Yangtze River Cruise (AB, L, D) Your highly anticipated grand Yangtze River adventure starts this morning. The cruise ship's first stop is at Taipingxi (or Sandouping). Disembark to visit the massive Three Gorges Dam Project, the world's largest dam, measuring 606 feet high and 6,500 feet long. Re-embark the ship and sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges at 41 miles long and also its highest (4000 feet).
Day 9 - Yangtze River Cruise (AB, L, D) Disembark at Wushan where you"ll board small riverboat for a leisurely ride through Shennong Stream, picturesque rock formations, and even see the playful monkeys and goat along the river banks. Re-embark the cruise ship as it sails through Wu Gorge, which is famous for its quiet beauty and the Qutang Gorge, the shortest and most dramatic of the Three Gorges.
Day 10 - Yangtze River Cruise (AB, L, D) Today’s shore excursion will occur either at Shibaozhai. The Shibaozhai Pagoda is 12-story, 18th century temple built in Zhongxian county on the northern bank of Yangtze River. It represents one of the gems of Chinese Architecture, an architectural delight.
Day 11 - Chongqing - Beijing (AB, L) Disembark from the cruise in the port of Chongqing this morning and visit Ciqikou Old Town.The history of Ciqikou can be traced back more than 1700 years. After that, you can choose to attend an optional tour to visit Panda House($40/RMB220) at Chongqing Zoo before flying to Beijing, the historical city of China.
Day 12 - Beijing (AB, L)Beijing has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Today, visit Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to Qing dynasty. Tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient imperial garden in China, and a former summer resort for Emperors. Then, visit a Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, which has existed for thousands of years.Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional tour, a large scale dramatic musical-"The Golden Mask Dynasty" ($65/RMB250).
Day 13 - Beijing (AB, L,D)Today's highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall, the most famous image of China, and a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia enroute. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné" Factory. Then we will pass by modern exteriors of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. Your welcome banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck.
Day 14 Beijing (B)Enjoy the day at leisure or join an optional Temple of Heaven & Hutong Life tour with lunch ($79/RMB420). Temple of Heaven, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. Then take a famous rickshaw Hutong Tour & Local Family Visit, this package also includes a traditional Beijing Zhajiangmian (“Fried Sauce noodles”) as lunch. Hutongs are traditional alley ways that made up Beijing’s old city planning, take a special rickshaw ride for an immersive tour to get a wonderful glimpse into yesterday’s world, the old way of life and traditional Beijing culture, and see the dramatic changes the city has undergone, continue to visit a local family and local market afterwards. Enjoy the free time this afternoon.
Day 15 - Beijing - Canada (AB) Board your homeward flight or extend your trip in China.
Prices are between CAD$4099 and CAD$4599 for 2 people.
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