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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Departure from North America
  • Flight to Shanghai njoy full meal service on your scheduled wide-bodied flight from North America.
Day 2 Arrive Shanghai
  • Nanjing Road Our English-speaking guide will meet us at the airport and accompany us on our transfer by private coach to our hotel in central Beijing. We will enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. Our day concludes with a stroll along Nanjing Road, China's premier shopping street, which starts at the Bund in the east and ends in the west at the junction of Jingan Temple and Yan'an West Street. Today Nanjing Road attracts fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world and features over 600 businesses with countless famous brands, superior quality, and new fashions. In addition, to the traditional stores, specialty shops still provide choice silk goods, jade, embroidery, wool, and clocks, and open-air bars, abstract sculptures, and lingering sounds from street musicians make this a memorable experience.
  • Jin Mao Tower This evening we will visit the Jin Mào Tower, the tallest building in China. Built in 1998 as a Sino-American joint venture, the Jin Mào is currently the third tallest building in the world 1,379 ft. Blending traditional Chinese and modern Western tower designs, the building, which boasts 88 floors, consists of 13 distinct tapering segments, with high-tech steel bands binding the glass like an exoskeleton. Wewilltakeahigh-speedelevatorfromLevelB1tothetopinlessthan45seconds,wherewewillenjoy magnificent views from the public observation deck on the 88th floor, known as "The Skywalk."
Day 3 Shanghai
  • Yu Gardens and Bazaar Our day commences with a visit to the Yu Gardens and Bazaar, a pleasant and well-contained classical Chinese garden. Built between 1559 and 1577, the Yù Yuán (meaning Garden of Peace and Comfort) is a maze of Míng Dynasty pavilions,elaboraterockeries,archedbridges,andgoldfishponds,allencircledbyanundulatingdragonwall. Duringour tour we will view the City God Temple, which dates back to the Ming era and once housed the patron god of Shanghai, and the many Yu Gardens Scenic areas, including the Hall for Viewing the Grand Rockery, the Corridor for Approaching the Best Scenery, the Pavilion for Viewing Frolicking Fish, and the Pavilion of Ten Thousand Flowers. We will also explore The Grand Rockery, which consists of 2,000 tons of rare yellow stones fused together with rice glue and designed by a famous garden artist of the Míng, Zhang Nányáng. Other highlights include the Dragon Wall; the Huxingting Teahouse, featuring a zig-zag bridge that protects the structure, as evil spirits can’t turn corners; and finally the Yu Gardens Bazaar, featuring restaurants, stalls and street performers.
  • Shanghai Museum Next we visit the Shanghai Museum, one of the most important museums in China with 11 state-of-the-art galleries and three special exhibition halls arranged on four floors, all encircling a spacious cylindrical atrium. The exhibits feature over 120,000 historic artifacts and the museum is arranged by theme rather than by dynasty.
  • Jade Buddha Temple Our day concludes with a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, built in 1918. The temple is famous for its jade Buddha statues which are pure white and elegant. The construction of pavilions and halls are in the traditional style of the Song dynasty, and it has four halls: the Hall of the Heavenly Kings, the Grand Hall, the Reclining Buddha Hall and the Jade Buddha Chamber.
Day 4 Shanghai – Yangtze River Cruise
  • Chongqing to Cruise We will enjoy a morning of leisure before taking a flight to Chongqing, where we will transfer to our cruise ship, featuring inner and outer viewing areas and a shopping center.
Day 5 Yangtze River Cruise
  • River Cruise Early this morning we will leave port and begin our River Cruise downstream, viewing the magnificent rock formations and small towns along the river.
  • Fengdu Ghost City This afternoon we will enjoy a shore excursion to the Fengdu Ghost City, where we will explore the magnificent temples, buildings, bridges and many lifelike horrific statues, which show the afterlife for people who disobeyed ancient Chinese morals.
Day 6 Yangtze River Cruise
  • White Emperor City This morning we will take a shore excursion to the "White Emperor City," a small town located at the entrance of the Qutang Gorge. It is also known as "The City of Poems," as there are hundreds of famous poems here, as well as numerous carvings and cultural relics of the Sui, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties.
  • Three Gorges OurdaycontinuesthroughtheThree Gorges (Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge), extending along the Yangtze River. First we will enter the spectacular Qutang Gorge is the shortest of the three gorges, but the most spectacular, followed by the Wu Gorge with amazingpeaks.
  • Shennong Stream This afternoon we will take a shore excursion to the Shennong Stream, a tributary of the Yangtze River, which runs out of the deep valley through the forest and rushes southward between rocky cliffs.
  • Sampan Tour We will enjoy the beautiful scenery along the River, as well as a Sampan Tour to experience a speedy adventure along the wild river. Finally we will pass through the Xiling Gorge, before passing through the Three Gorges Dam Lock.
Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise
  • Three Gorges Dam This morning we will take a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam for a close view of the amazing project.
  • Cable Car up Jar Hill In addition to viewing the lock, we will take a Cable-Car to the summit of Jar Hill for spectacular views of Yangtze Three Gorges Dam. The platform is decorated with modern sculptures carved from stones brought from the river bottom, and a large stone pillar stands in the center of the square.
Day 8 Internal Flight to Beijing
  • Flight Our English-speaking guide will meet us at the airport and accompany us on our transfer by private coach to our hotel in centralBeijing. We will enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 9 Beijing
  • Tiananmen Square Our morning commences in Tian’an Men Square, the world's largest public square (the size of 90 American football fields). In the center of the square stands the Monument to the People's Heroes (Renmin Yingxiong Jinian Bei), a 124- ft.granite obelisk erected in 1958, engraved with scenes from famous uprisings.
  • Forbidden City We continue with a visit to the Forbidden City, a massive complex of red-walled buildings and pavilions topped by a sea of glazed vermilion tile. It is by far the largest and most intricate imperial palace in China and receives more visitors than any other attraction in the country.
  • Temple of Heaven Our afternoon begins with a visit to the Temple of Heaven, an enormous park and altar to Heaven directly to the south of the Forbidden City. Each winter solstice, the Ming and Qing emperors would lead a procession here to perform rites and make sacrifices designed to promote the next year's crops and curry favor with Heaven for the general health of the empire.
  • Beijing Hutong Tour Our afternoon concludes as we take a Beijing Hutong Tour. A hutong is a unique form of community with a small street or a lane between two courtyards. There are thousands of hutongs in Beijing, most of which were built in the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. We will enjoy a fascinating tour by Rickshaw, which will include visits with local families, as well as a magnificent glance into residential Chinese life.
Day 10 Beijing
  • Great Wall of China This morning we will journey outside of the city for a visit to the Great Wall of China, one of the world’s most awesome and impressive sights. The Great Wall snakes its way from east to west for nearly 4,000 miles, and has been in existence for over 2,600 years. This afternoon, we also enjoy a zip-line ride.
  • Summer Palace his afternoon we visit the Summer Palace, the grandest imperial playground in China. The compound is an expanse of elaborate Qing-style pavilions, bridges, walkways, and gardens, scattered along the shores of the immense Kunming Lake. We will enjoy a tour of the park, which covers roughly 716 acres, with Kunming Lake in the south and Longevity Hill in the north. We will also have the opportunity to take slow electric-powered Boats on the Lake and stroll along Suzhou Street, which is filled with interesting shops.
  • Acrobat Show This evening we will enjoy an Acrobat Show.
Day 11 Departure from Beijing
  • Return Flight Home Our enjoyable and rewarding tour will come to an end as our guide accompanies us to the airport for the return flight home.