President 8 Cruiser | Yangtze River | China
FROM: USD $2,845 pp

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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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 and Juyongguan - 2 UNESCO listed sections of Great Wall of China
Suzhou – UNESCO listed gardens, Grand Canal and waterways, Silk factory, Lingering Garden


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

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$100-110pp, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide is not included in the Tip Kitty. We suggest USD$3-5 per day, per traveller for a job well done, however the amount is up to you
Tipping Kitty: USD$110-120pp, paid in local currency


Day 1


Saturday. Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Airport arrival transfer from Beijing Capital Airport to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day offers free time for you to independently explore this astonishing city.
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: Juyongguan Pass  |  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

Terracotta Warriors

Arrival Xi'an. 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, followed by the vibrant Muslim Quarter. Tonight, we welcome you to join the optional Tang Dynasty Show, which includes dinner, a traditional performance and transfers (bookable locally).
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Xi'an & the Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Xi’an - Chengdu. This morning 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. Our final stop for today is one of Xian’s most iconic landmarks, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

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

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, Lunch

Day 8

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

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


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. 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. Lastly today, 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


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


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


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

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

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Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre-Tour Accommodation - Beijing
USD $75
USD $135
Post-Tour Accommodation - Shanghai
USD $55
USD $115
Xian to Beijing train ticket
USD $110


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.

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.

Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel, Xi'an

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located a stone’s throw away from the Ancient City Wall and Islamic Mosque, is the Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel. The hotel offers modern comforts in the heart of the city. Each air-conditioned guestroom features WiFi, a minibar and satellite TV. There is an onsite restaurant which serves a daily buffet or a la carte breakfast as well as a variety of Asian and Western dishes. During free time, guests can enjoy a relaxing massage or work out in the fitness centre.

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.

MV Century Diamond, Yangtze & Three Gorges

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 star cruise boat

Take in the majestic views of the spectacular Gorges whilst cruising along the Yangtze in style on the MV Century Diamond. Facilitating your comfortable stay are the friendly, English-speaking crew, the well decorated cabins with private balconies, restaurant, theatre, gym, sauna room, massage parlour, and the unique five-story open-air atrium lobby.

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.

Hotel Soul Suzhou, Suzhou

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located within close proximately to the highlights of Suzhou so visitors can appreciate the canals, gardens and much more of this charming city. This contemporary boutique hotel offers Wi-Fi throughout, a Suzhou-Style rooftop garden, gymnasium, café juice bar, dining options and showcases 19 stunning original artworks created by young local artists.

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.


Travellers have rated this tour as 4.71 out of 5 based on 14 recent reviews

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Jason was an excellent guide. He had everything organised and his friendly personality made the tour very enjoyable.

• Submitted 25 Sep 2019

Our tour guide, Feng was very good. Navigating our way through China was certainly helped with her translation skills and forward planning, as we were able to see parts of the Great Wall and Terrocottoa sodiers before the mass of other tourists arrive.

• Submitted 11 Jun 2019

The route ensured we experienced some of china's main attractions and areas of historic interest. Our guide was absolutely brilliant throughout our 16 day holiday. She ensured we were in the right place at the same time, was very knowledgeable and simply blended in. Couldn't have asked for a more helpful, friendly and welcoming guide.

• Submitted 10 Jun 2019

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

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

• Submitted 03 Oct 2018

Truly amazing experience

• Submitted 20 Mar 2018

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

Excellent guide - confident and patient.

• Submitted 26 Apr 2017

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

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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In Brief

Trip Type
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 15, Lunch: 7, Dinner: 5
Beijing, Great Wall, Xi'an, Chengdu, Yangtze & Three Gorges, Nanjing, Suzhou, Shanghai, Juyongguan Pass, Yichang
Click to play videoBeijing cityscape with a view of the sprawling Forbidden City palace complex from above
Click to play videoGreat Wall Highlight
Click to play videoCyclists on the old city walls in Xian
The riverside view of Chengdu city with Anshun bridge beautifully illuminated
Yichang Highlight
Boat floating along the river in Nanjing
View of Suzhou lit up at night from across the water
Click to play videoThe view across the Huangpu River to the modern cityscape of Pudong in Shanghai

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31st March 2020

Jason was an excellent guide. He had everything organised and his friendly personality made the tour very enjoyable.

Paul Serong
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