FROM: USD $3,645

Yin and Yangtze - 16 days

Kicking off in Beijing, soak up all the attractions of China’s historic capital before heading south to the Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an and the Giant Pandas of Chengdu. Cruise along the mighty Yangtze River, passing through the stunning Three Gorges and then explore Shanghai and ancient Suzhou!

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Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

Chengdu - Giant Panda Research Base - one of the best places in the world to see the Giant Panda and pioneers of panda research and conservation in China, Jinji Old Street and Wuhou Memorial Temple
Three Gorges/ Yangtze River cruise – cruise from Chongqing – Yichang. Qutangxia Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorge
Beijing – Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutong areas of Beijing, Pearl markets, Jade Carving Factory, Chinese Acrobatic performance
Xi’an – UNESCO listed Terracotta Warriors and Clay warrior workshop, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall and bike ride
Shanghai – free time for you to independently explore. Consider exploring The Bund and Old Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, Plaza Tower or cruising the Huangpu River
Leshan - UNESCO-listed Giant Buddha
Nanjing – Nanjing Memorial Hall (if open), Fuzi Miao (Temple of Confucius), Mausoleum of Dr Sun Yatsen
Badaling & Juyongguan - 2 UNESCO listed sections of Great Wall of China
Suzhou – UNESCO listed gardens, Grand Canal and waterways, Silk factory, Lingering Garden

Included

15 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners including a Traditional Chinese meal in Beijing
Chinese acrobatic performance
Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall
2 high speed train journeys: Xi'an - Chengdu and Yichang - Nanjing
Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 16
Tour Guide escorted (for groups of 6 or more)
All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles
11 nights 3 - 4 star hotels, 3 nights 4 star Yangtze River Cruiser, 1 overnight train – soft sleeper cabin
Rickshaw through Beijing’s Hutongs
Yangtze River cruise - Chongqing - Yichang via Three Gorges
Suzhou - historic Grand Canal cruise
Touring of Beijing, Badaling, Juyongguan, Xi’an, Nanjing, Chengdu and Suzhou
English speaking specialist guides at local sights

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$100-110, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 5 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$110-120, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Beijing

Saturday. Welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Enjoy an arrival transfer to our hotel.
Overnight: Beijing

Day 2

Forbidden City

After a short group meeting we embark on a sightseeing tour of the nation’s capital and home of the 2008 Olympics. Tiananmen Square, partly framed by illustrious Chang-an Avenue, is essentially the heart of Beijing and is a public arena for the people and stage for Chairman Mao mausoleum. Across from the square is the Gate of Heavenly Peace. Up above the gate and looking out across to all his people, is Chairman Mao. Perhaps today, he is looking at a different Beijing, one that is quickly entering the 21st century. Heading back a few centuries, we step into the Forbidden City, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors, it was only opened after the last emperor was overthrown in 1911. Encompassing architecturally stunning temples and halls, the complex of the Forbidden city is simply spectacular.

Later, we take rickshaws to explore the Hutongs of Beijing. As our trusty rickshaw driver peddles us through the network of alleys and old back lanes, we gain a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional way of life. This evening, we enjoy an eye boggling Chinese acrobatic performance. Swinging ropes, juggling hoops, spinning plates and human pyramids are just a few tricks these show stoppers pull out followed by a Welcome Dinner of Peking Duck.
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

The Great Wall

After a free morning to further explore the city, we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, to walk a section of the famous Great Wall. Built in the Ming Dynasty, a 6m wide pathway makes a formidable defence, following the highest contours of a steep range of hills. This evening we spend the night at our quaint hotel near Juyongguan Pass, which offers views of the Great Wall.
Overnight: Great Wall  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Morning at the Great Wall

Juyongguan - Xi’an. We rise early this morning and head (5 min bus drive) to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass when it opens to beat the crowds. We have time to enjoy and explore the wall before visiting a Jade Carving Centre to learn about this ornamental rock and its importance in Chinese culture. After lunch we head back to Beijing. Free time is offered in the cavernous Pearl Market - an Aladdin's Cave of souvenirs, handbags and gadgets, before travelling by express soft sleeper train to Xi’an in Shaanxi Province.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Xi'an & the Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Upon arrival into Xi'an we transfer to our hotel for breakfast and check in with time to freshen up. Today we visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of Xian’s most iconic landmarks, followed by the vibrant Muslim Quarter.

Later we enjoy a leisurely bike ride atop the Xi’an City Wall. Dating back to 1370 the 12m-high walls are some of the few remaining urban fortifications still standing in China today and after extensive restorations the City Walls offer ample opportunities from which to explore Xi'an. Tonight, we offer our Tang Dynasty dinner and show. Check out our Tang Dynasty bolton for more details.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Terracotta Warriors

Xi’an - Chengdu. Today's highlight is the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site. Standing in battle-ready formation and numbering into the thousands, the Terracotta Army is Xian’s most popular sight and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, 13 years after the army was discovered. Built by local craftsman during the 3rd century BC for emperor Qinshihuang, the life-sized warriors and horses were designed to offer protection in the afterlife. We also visit a clay workshop specialising in making replica figurines of the Terracotta Warriors. Late this afternoon we take a high speed train to Chengdu. Reaching speeds of up to 300km per hour the journey is an experience in itself!
Overnight: Chengdu  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Giant Buddha of Leshan

Driving to Leshan our morning is spent exploring the UNESCO-listed Great Buddha, which is carved into the red sandstone face of Lingyun Hill overlooking the confluence of the Min, Qingyi and Dadu rivers below it. We return to Chengdu and the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Chengdu  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Panda Research Base

Wake up with a visit to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. First opened in 1987 with just six pandas, after years of successful breeding projects the population now stands at over 80. Visitors can learn all about a panda's development and see both baby and adults pandas as well as the smaller red pandas. Later we visit the Wenshu Monastery, built during the Qing Dynasty. The temple is a hidden gem with few tourists visiting and a stop must be made at the delightful teahouse located inside the temple grounds. The evening is spent at leisure. On most nights Sichuan Opera is performed at the Shufengyayun Theatre.
Overnight: Chengdu  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Yangtze River Cruise

Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River cruiser. This morning we transfer to Chongqing (approx 2 hours), the start point for our exciting Yangtze River cruise. Before boarding the cruise (if time permits) we can stroll along Chongqing’s People’s Square, in the city centre.
Overnight: Yangtze & Three Gorges  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 10-11

Yangtze & Three Gorges

Yangtze River cruise. Good morning from the River Yangtze! At 6340km in length, the Yangtze is the 3rd longest river in the world, neatly dividing China into north and south and wending its way through eight very different provinces. The Gorges are a breathtaking sight!

The first gorge we pass, Qutangxia Gorge is the shortest and narrowest yet the most impressive. Here, the dramatic 1200m limestone peaks are often shrouded in mist and the river shoots through the narrow entrance with great haste.

Next comes Wuxia Gorge, which straddles Sichuan and Hubei Provinces. Lined by twelve sheer peaks, Wuxia offers a spectacular vista for some 45km. Finally is Xiling Gorge, the longest at 75km and which comprises seven smaller gorges. During our cruise, we mayalso sail through the new ship locks of the impressive Three Gorges Dam.

Whilst cruising, shore excursions are offered at no additional expense to Shibaozhai and Shennong stream, with its unique scenery and four natural gorges. Drift serenely along the stream in small, open ‘pea pod boats’ (water levels dependant), looking out upon lush greenery, jagged peaks and ancient villages of the Tujia people - one of the local ethnic minorities.
Overnight: Yangtze River Cruiser  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 12

Nanjing

Yichang - Nanjing. Disembarking from our cruise in Yichang at approx 11:00am. After lunch, we take a high speed train bound for Nanjing (approx 6 hours) reaching speeds of over 310km. Hotel check in and evening free in Nanjing.
Overnight: Nanjing  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13

Nanjing

Nanjing. Spend the morning at leisure before we enjoy lunch and embark on our afternoon city sightseeing tour. Former capital of the Ming Dynasty and capital of Republican China, from 1911 - 1949, Nanjing holds a rich history of both ancient and modern China. We visit the Fuzi Miao (Temple of Confucius) and the Mausoleum of Dr Sun Yatsen as part of our guided tour of the city. In 2018 (currently closed till Dec 2017) we will also visit the Memorial Hall of the Nanjing Massacre, which is a moving experience that charts the atrocities committed at this very site.
Overnight: Nanjing  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14

Suzhou

A short train journey East is Suzhou in Jiangsu Province. The charming city boasts extensive waterways and canals dotted with traditional bridges, houses and gardens. A cruise on the Grand Canal exposes Suzhou’s beauty, as does our exploration of the Lingering Garden.
Overnight: Suzhou  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Shanghai

Suzhou - Shanghai. Today we travel by road to bustling Shanghai where the remainder of the day is at leisure. Perhaps visit the Plaza tower, French Quarter, The Bund or the Old City.
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast

Day 16

Shanghai

Sunday. Tour ends after breakfast and included onward transfer to airport.
Breakfast

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Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

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Private Season Supplement
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Pre-Tour Accommodation - Beijing
USD $100
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Post-Tour Accommodation - Shanghai
USD $75
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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Beijing Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven is an elegant and comfortable hotel with well-furnished and spacious rooms. Practical in design, the guestrooms feature internet access and the hotel also boasts a range of restaurants and bars, as well as an indoor swimming pool. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Temple of Heaven, the hotel is the perfect base from which to explore this fascinating city.

Holiday Inn Express Beijing Minzuyuan, Beijing

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located just a stones throw from the Beitucheng Subway station, with access to Line 10 & Line 8, the Holiday Inn Express Beijing Minzuyuan is a perfect base to explore the many amazing highlights of Beijing. Within walking distance of the hotel you'll find the famous Birds Nest Olympic Stadium. The hotel boasts a stylish restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Wan Nian Grand Hotel, Xi'an

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Wan Nian Grand is a comfortable, friendly hotel with light and spacious guest rooms. Elegantly decorated, the rooms also boast modern amenities and the hotel has a wealth of facilities including an indoor pool and sauna house, a cafe and bar, and well-equipped business centre. The hotel is located 4 kilometres from the railway station and 30 kilometres from the airport.

Holiday Inn Express West Gate, Chengdu

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The newly opened Holiday Inn Express West Gate is a bright and modern hotel in downtown Chengdu. Guest rooms are clean and stylish with excellent amenities. Wi-Fi is available and complimentary wired internet is available in all rooms. Breakfast is served buffet style in the restaurant with a delicious array of Western and Chinese dishes. There is also an onsite bar available for refreshing beveradges. Located in the north of Chengdu and a 20 minute walk from Baiguolin Subway Station.

Century Legend, Yangtze & Three Gorges

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Cruise

Cruise in style and comfort on board one of the newest ships on the Yangtze, the Century Legend. As you embark your contemporary, elegant ship, a friendly, English-speaking crew and stunning 7-story atrium lobby welcome you aboard. The ship features a state-of-the-art propulsion system that reduces vibration and decreases emissions to reduce environmental impact. Other innovations include a pillar less multifunction lounge with unobstructed views of evening entertainment, and a large indoor swimming pool, both firsts on the Yangtze.

Nanjing Fangyuan Jinling Plaza, Nanjing

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Built in 2005, the Nanjing Fangyuan Jinling is a modern hotel suitable for both business and leisure clients. There are a number of types of room from standard to suites and all designed with calming tones and warm lighting. The hotel has a beautiful indoor pool (open seasonally) and a restaurant, however more restaurants and shops are available a short walk away. The accommodation is well located out of the city and close to the Nanjing Bridge.

Suzhou Nanya Hotel, Suzhou

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Enveloped in elegant surroundings this 4 star hotel is well-equipped with recreational and business facilities. The smart guestrooms are comfortable with excellent amenities including internet access.

Ramada Encore Shanghai Hotel , Shanghai

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Ideally located close to several plazas and shopping centres, this modern hotel offers you a comfortable stay in one of China’s fastest growing cities. Guestrooms are equipped with all the essential amenities, with free WiFi and access to the breakfast buffet included. The onsite Dakang Restaurant also serves lunch and dinner, and you can expect a tasty menu featuring both Western and Chinese cuisine. Other amenities include a fitness centre, coffee shop and small convenience store.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.82 out of 5 based on 11 recent reviews

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It was our first trip with On The Go Tours, I can highly recommend both the tour and the company.

From making initial inquiries, then booking the trip to our arrival and subsequent departure we were looked after.

The tour exceeded our expectations, the guides were knowledgeable, their English was excellent and they looked after the group, going above and beyond.

I would definitely use this company again.

• Submitted 29 Nov 2018
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Thank you for the excellent tour, we enjoyed every minute. Our tour guide Mrs Feng did an outstanding job.

• Submitted 03 Oct 2018
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Truly amazing experience

• Submitted 20 Mar 2018
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Feng was simply amazing. She provided us with lots of extra information when visiting sites, came along with us every time even when there was an option that she didn't need to be there with us, had such a great grasp of English, she was simply amazing. Please make a note of how good a guide she really is. If you have awards etc I would really love to nominate her for Guide of the Year! We will miss her and she really made the trip even more brilliant than we could have imagined.

• Submitted 10 Oct 2017
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Excellent guide - confident and patient.

• Submitted 26 Apr 2017
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Travelled to China to take this tour in March 2014. Yet another unforgettable experience with OTG. Tour guides were well organised, informative and fun throughout. A good mix of people within the tour group lead to a great tour of these amazing places and historic sites. The tour takes in all the major historic sites of China and all tour guides were well equiped to answer all of our questions. Amazing and would highly recommend! Thank you once again OTG!!

• Submitted 05 Jul 2015
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The guides were well informed. They were professional and caring throughout the whole tour. They were accommodating regarding requests. It was a pleasure to be with them.

• Submitted 09 Jun 2015
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Stephanie was brilliant. Her enthusiasm and laughter rubbed off on the group and helped everyone to relax.

She was very professional yet friendly. Plus she had an amazing amount of knowledge about everywhere we visited. This was not just the sight seeing spots and the restaurants. It was also about providing directions or accompanying you when you needed something which was non standard. eg A wheel broke on our suitcase and so we needed a replacement. Not only did Stephanie know where to go for the best deals but she also came with us.. It was the same when someone's shoe got broken. She accompanied them to a shop and even negotiated a discount for them.

Stephanie is a star and made sure that our trip far exceeded what we had hoped for

• Submitted 21 May 2015
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The tour was great in that we were allowed free time to do our own thing rather than being rushed from pillar to post. This meant we were able to get a feel of modern China, not just see a series of ancient things. Also having some dinners free meant we could try local food rather than be always having to eat tourist menu number one. We were lucky in that Stephanie knew some very good restaurants near our hotels. Stefanie was fun, informative and contributed a lot to our enjoyment of the tour.

• Submitted 06 May 2015
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Both Benny and Steph were fantastic. nothing was too much trouble and they both ensured we had a great trip. Bennys enthusiasm was amazing and his love of his country very obvious. Loved the trip and would recommend to anyone.

Could I please ask that Steph email us the contact list of all fellow travellers of the trip as I am yet to receive this.

Many Thanks

• Submitted 13 Sep 2014
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Beijing
Ends
Shanghai
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 15, Lunch: 7, Dinner: 5
Visiting
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Extra Tour Info

Visiting the Great Wall
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Seeing Pandas in China
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31st January 2018

It was our first trip with On The Go Tours, I can highly recommend both the tour and the company.

From making initial inquiries, then booking the trip to our arrival and subsequent departure we were looked after.

The tour exceeded our expectations, the guides were knowledgeable, their English was excellent and they looked after the group, going above and beyond.

I would definitely use this company again.

Frances Palmer
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