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On arrival into Beijing International Airport you will be met by and On The Go Representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure, so you can start exploring Beijing independently or relax and rest up for the evening at the hotel.
Today you will set out to sightsee the nation's capital, starting with Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square - home to the Monument of the People's Heroes and many important events in Chinese history - most notably the 1989 Student Protests. The Forbidden CIty - so called as it was only visited by people on Imperial business up until 1911 - is a vision in grandeur with yellow roofs, vermilion walls and the innermost sanctum of Beijing. This afternoon you will walk through the city's many temples, grand halls and courtyards before visiting the Temple of Heaven later today.
Today you take a journey outside of the city to the most famous wall in the world - the Great Wall of China. Take a walk or maybe even a climb on some of the lesser visited parts of the wall - a much more fulfilling and intimate experience of the wall! Later on you can opt to see how they make traditional noodles and sample them afterwards. When you have walked enough of the wall - you return to Bejing for your final night there.
This morning you head over to the Summer Palace with its UNESCO listed imperial gardens on Kunming Lake. We then fly to Xian. Arriving here, enjoy a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda before a leisurely bike ride around the City Wall, which dates from the Ming Dynasty. You then head to wander around the local Muslim Quarter or night market the choice is yours.
(TODAY SHOULD BE 14TH OR 21ST SEPT YOUR CHOICE) This morning we are first in line to enter the site and tour the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site where some 7,000 warriors stand in battle ready position and a factory demonstrating how the warriors are crafted. After we fly to Yichang (Via Gunagzhou DEP:-15:10 ARR:-19:25) and embark your cruise which sets sail at 9-11 pm. - Your quote is based on President 6 Cruise 4 stars however we are includng a free upgrade to the 5* President 7 Cruise.
This morning you visit the Three Gorges Dam site and then enjoy the service and dining on board as you sail through the Three Gorges dam s ship locks and Xiling Gorge. Today also usually you can choose an Optional Excursion - Tribe of the Three Gorges (river condition dependent)
Today enjoy excursions to the Daning River Small Gorges or Shennong Stream Pass through Wu Gorge/Qutang Gorge al the while enjoy the services and dining on board. Today also usually you can choose an Optional Excursion - White Emperor City (river condition dependent)
Today a shore excursion is offered to either Fengdu or Shibaozhai. For the remainder of the day enjoy the service and dining on board as you sail on the Yangtze River.
Today you bid farewell to the crew and disembark in Chonqing at around 09:00 AM. We then transfer to the train station to catch the D5107 to Chengdu. It departs at 10:50 and arrives 12:50 and passes lovely scenery along the way. Arrive Chengdu our local driver will take you to your hotel. Later, visit the Wuhou Memorial Temple, the Tomb of Wang Jian and Jinli Lu street - part of the old city where an open air theatre and Sichuan Opera are performed in the evening you can opt to book and attend a performance locally if you like.
A short drive out of town takes you to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Afterwards you head to Renmin park to drink some tea as the locals love to do. The evening is spent at leisure.
Driving to Leshan your morning is spent exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Dafo (Great Buddha), which is carved into the red sandstone face of Lingyun Hill overlooking the treacherous confluence of the Min, Qingyi and Dadu rivers below it. It is standing at Dafo's huge 8m feet that you can really appreciate the scale of one of the world's largest Buddhas. Talking numbers, his ears droop 7m, his shoulders span 28m and his nose measures a whopping 5.6m! Arriving at Baoguo, located at the foot of the Mountain, we visit the Temple of Baoguo. Spend the remainder of the day exploring this delightful village, easily navigated by foot.
This morning we travel by cable car to the top of Mt Emei to tour the magnificent Wannian temple. The oldest structure on the mountain, its contents are stunning: three thousand tiny iron Buddhas surround a life sized enamelled bronze sculpture of Bodhisattva Puxian (the protector of the mountain) riding a gilt lotus flower astride his great six tusked white elephant. Weighing over 62 tonnes and standing over 7 metres in height the masterpiece had to be brought to the mountaintop in pieces. Returning to Chengdu we catch the later flight to Shanghai. Arriving here a transfer awaits to shuttle you to your hotel.
Today you tour many of the city’s top spots - Yu Gardens and Bazaar- Shanghai’s finest traditional garden, the Bund, Pudong and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Jade Buddha Temple and take a cruise along the Huangpu River.
Today, you journey to an oriental Venice – ancient Zhulialiao interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways. Enjoy the day with your guide taking in the scenic town and having a wander along it’s many pretty streets. Return for an evening at leisure in Shanghai. Tonight you can have a booking made at one of the many cities revolving rooftop restaurants and enjoy a dinner overlooking the stunning city lights - a great way to spend your final night!
Farewell Shanghai! We will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.
Neatly dividing China into north and south, the 6340km-long Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world, winding ...