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26D China tour for Beijing-Xi’an-Jiuzhai-Chongqing-Yangtze cruise

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D1,Arrival at Beijing BY AIR

On arrival in Beijing by international airplane, you will be met by our driver and transfer to your hotel in Beijing, rest in the hotel. Free for the rest of the day.

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D2,Tiananmen Square-Forbiddern city-Shichahai area BY BUS

After breakfast at your hotel, start your tour with the visit to Tiananmen  Square, the largest public square in the world. Then move on to the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the mid-Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty.

Following head to the Shichahai Area-the old part of Beijing.First you have a hard-to-get-opportunity of one-hour tour of a 300-year old courtyard. With the help of your English speaking tour guide, the housekeeper of the yard gives you a detailed explanation of the old courtyard ( Siheyuan ) - its history, its layout, its Fengshui, and its traditional Chinese culture involved. Then take a pedcab and drive through the zigzag and narrow alleys or hutongs. Two people share one rickshaw. Drop off the peidicab at the Silver Ingot Bridge( Yinding Bridge ) and walk along the 800-year old Yandai Xiejie(Tobacco Pipe Lean Street ), and get to the Drum Tower.Ascending the 67-meter high and two-story Drum Tower dating from 1420 is sure to bring you back to the old Beijing by seeing the big drum tower and having bird's eye view of the surrounding communities of hutongs and siheyuan -existing traditional courtyards in Beijing. Back to your hotel.

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D3,The Badaling Great Wall-the Temple of Heaven BY BUS

Half day excursion to the Badaling Great Wall. the most beautiful section of the all 5 sections of the Great Wall in Beijing. The hike takes about 2-3 hours. Head back to the downtown Beijing. After lunch, move on to the downtown Beijing to visit the Temple of Heaven, the place where the emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for peace and harvest.

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D4,Beijing BY BUS

After breakfast, start your morning tour with the visit to the Summer Palace,originally a royal garden and a temporary dwelling palace for emperors of Qing Dynasty. head to the Olympic Green to have an outside look at the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. Then,Free shopping time in Wangfujing   street on your own.

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D5,Beijing-Datong-TRAIN 6 hours

Enjoy yourself at the hotel until transfer to train station, take train to Datong. K43 10:55/17:24 ,Arrival at Datong in the afternoon, check in hotel, rest in the hotel.

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D6,Datong BY BUS

Our tour guide will pick you up from hotel in the morning, and take you to visit Yungang Grottoes. They are excellent examples of rock-cut architecture and one of the three most famous ancient sculptural sites ofChina. The others are Longmen and Mogao. Then we will visit Huayan Temple, which is the largest and most perfectly preserved temple of the Liao (916-1125) and Jin (1115-1234) Dynasties inChina. Be transferred back to your hotel after visit.

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D7,Datong Datong Day Tour And Transferred To Wutai  Mountain BY BUS

Visit the Yingxian County to visit the Wooden Pagoda, this pagoda is the oldest and highest wooden structure inChinaand is regarded as the 'First Pagoda in the World' and a gem in the architectural field. It has now also been placed under national emphases under the Cultural Relics Protection Units.

Then move on to Hanging Temple, the temple was built in 491 with a history of more than 1400 years, and locates at the foot of Mt. Hengshan, 65 kilometers (40 Miles) from downtown Datong City.

The Temple hangs on the west cliff of Jinlong Gorge more than 50 meters above the ground, hence it is called Hanging Temple.

The biggest attraction of Hanging  Temple is the fact that the temple includes Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Be transferred to Wutai mountain after visit.

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D8,Datong Wutai mountain Day Tour And Transferred To Taiyuan BY BUS

Our guide will pick you up from your hotel Wutai mountain in the morning.

Firs visit the-Xiantong  Temple (1 hour): The temple has the longest history and is the most prestigious. Occupying an area of 80,000 square meters (95,682 square yards), it was built initially in 68, during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), with the additions built by succeeding dynasties.

Then move to the-Tayuan Temple (1.5 hours): or the Great White Pagoda is a brick stupa located at the south of the Xiantong Temple in Wutai Mountain. As one of Wutai Mountain's most symbolic sights, Tayuan  Temple is best renowned for housing the Great White Pagoda. The White Pagoda is actually a Sarira Stupa, named after the Sanskrit word sarira meaning 'Buddhist relic', sits on a square base with an archetypal sumeru pedestal. It is roughly 50 m (164 ft) tall, constructed of brick with a lime coating on the outside that gives its white color.Shuxiang Temple (1.5 hours): is the southwest neighbor of Tayuan Temple. Built in Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), it covers 6,400 square meters (7,654.6 square yards), and encompasses over 50 palaces and halls. Be transferred to Taiyuan after visit.

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D9,Taiyuan-Pingyao BY BUS

After breakfast, your local guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Pingyao ancient city. On the way to Pingyao, Upon arrival in Pingyao Ancient  City, Your tour starts from the Ancient City Wall of Pingyao, where you can have a panorama view of the layout of this town. Then you will move on to the Rishengchang Former Bank, which shows you the original bank system in the past.

Then stroll on the traditional Ming and Qing   Street, a cobbled road with old buildings on either side. You may like tracing back to the former bustle bazaar in the old days. Later, visiting the Temple  of City God, which also called Chenghuangmiao in Chinese. You will appreciated the wonderful wood carvings, paintings and sculptures in the old temple.

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D10,Pingyao-Taiyuan airport-Xi’an BY AIR

In the morning, you'll be driven to Taiyuan airport for your flight to Xi’an, Check in hotel, Rest in the hotel.

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D11,Xi’an BY BUS

Your first destination is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda,A seven-storey square cone-shaped tower which was built in the Tang Dynasty, about the 7th Century. It was used to house the Buddhism scriptures and statues brought back fromIndiaby Master Xuanzang. In the afternoon, transfer you to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum.The Terracotta Army is regarded as the world's eighth wonder. The lifelike figures and horses were orderly arranged in battle formations, which were believed to be the guards of the Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum. The affiliated exhibitions will help you learn more about the history, culture and social life of that period.

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D12,Xi’an-Huashan BY BUS

After breakfast, bus to Huashan,arrived in "Outsmarted his huashan" tile MiaoGou mouth, can also take the "first in Asia" huashan cableway step into north, visit to "Strange, risks, and unique, deep and remote", The famous five mountains "huashan" (According to individual strength for 3 to 5 hours), and the clean ear rocks, climbing ladders, YuDao, the black dragon ridge, until golden experience ancient huashan road, huashan extremely among again smile ao river's lake.

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D13,Xi’an-Chengdu BY AIR

This morning you will visit Shaanxi History Museum.Covered in verdant trees, this museum has adopted the classical palace architectural style of the Tang Dynasty over 1,300 years ago. There are more than 370,000 historical relics exhibited in the museum according to the time and themes, spanning from the prehistory to modernChina. It is not exaggeration that you could trace the thousands of years' Chinese history here in hours.. After lunch, ascend the City Wall.Another landmark of the city. Built in the Ming Dynasty (around 14th century), Xian City Wall is the best-preserved city wall inChina. Standing on it, you can have a bird's eye view of this ancient city. If time permits, you can either walk or have a short cycling on the wall to explore the history of the city from every bricks and tiles.Then you will go to the Great Mosque,Which is a perfect combination of Islamic culture and traditional Chinese architecture. On the way to the mosque, you will walk through the famous Moslem Street, where many delicious local snacks and interesting souvenirs are selling. As the tour comes to the end, our guide will see you off at the Airport,take flight to Chengdu.

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D14,Chengdu-Jiuzhai-visit Jiuzhai scenic area BY AIR

Today you will have a full day sightseeing to Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area.The well-known Jiuzhaigou  Valley is a 35-kilometer long valley with diverse natural beauty. It consists of three main valleys which are at an altitude of about 2,500 meters. The 60,000 hectares of fairyland includes well-protected virgin forests, 108 clear lakes, verdant mountains, and gorgeous waterfalls. The famous attractions you will encounter are the Multi-colored Lake, the Nuorilong Fall, the Long Lake and the Pearl Beach.

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D15, Huanglong-Songpan old town BY BUS

Visit Huanglong Scenic and Historical Interest Area, A gem in China natural scenery tours. Situated in Songpan County in the northwest of Sichuan, Huanglong is famous for its colorful lakes, snow-capped peaks, glaciers, mountain landscape, diverse forest ecosystems, waterfall and hot springs. Then transfer to Songpan old town.

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D16, Songpan old town-Dujianyan BY BUS

Take a visit in The town, There are five city gates in the inner city, facing north, south, east, west and southwest. There are also two city gates in the outer city. Each gate was built from vast flagstones, with its ceiling shaped in a semi circle. Stones at the base of the gates are embellished with delicate engravings.

Constructed from giant blue bricks, each of which is twenty inches long, ten inches wide and five inches thick, the city wall is approximately four miles long and over 33 feet high, covering an area of nine square miles. The bricks were made of sticky rice, lime and Chinese wood oil and each weighs 30 kilograms, guaranteeing the strength of the city wall. Transfer to Dujianyuan

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D17, Dujiangyan-Chengdu BY BUS

Built in 256 BC, Dujiangyan Irrigation Project is the oldest dam in the world. ,Dujiangyan takes advantage of water and the local landscape to fulfill flood-control, irrigation and sand cleanup as well as the sustainable development.

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D18, Chengdu-leshan-Er’mei BY BUS

In the morning, you will be driven to Leshan to take boat to appreciate the Giant Buddha, A sitting stone statue of Maitreya carved on a cliff at the confluence of Min River, Qingyi River and Dadu River. Measuring about 233-feet high, this Buddha with serious expression is the largest stone Buddha in the world whose carving work took about 90 years. Afterwards, you will travel to Mt. Emei.

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D19, Er’mei-Chengdu BY BUS

The itinerary today will focus on Mt. Emei itself and two renowned temples on it, Baoguo Temple and Wannian Temple. As one of the four most famous Buddhist mountains inChina, Mt. Emei boasts temples and gathers Buddhist culture. In addition, Owing to its majestic cliffs, deep valleys, flying waterfalls, sea cloud and verdant forests, the mountain has been reputed as 'a beauty spot under heaven' by Chinese people since ancient times. Situated at the foot of Mt. Emei, Baoguo Temple is the largest temple on Mt.  Emei and known as the No.1 scenic spot on the mountain. It is a magnificent architecture complex with a succession of four temple halls, which are shaded with green pines and luxuriant cypresses. The exquisite pavilions and beautiful gardens can also be seen here. Wannian Temple is one of the oldest temples on Mt. Emei which houses rich Buddhist cultural relics.

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D20, Panda Base BY BUS

The day will be devoted to Bifengxia Panda Reserve Base. It should be the first stop if you takeChinapanda tours. As the Wolong Panda Reserve Base was destroyed in Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008, the Pandas were immigrated here, hence forming this world's largest panda reserve base with the most advanced equipments. There are over 20 research laboratories and feeding centers in the base, including Panda Breeding Spots, Panda Kindergarten, Panda Hospital and the Research Centers. Here, you could appreciate the adorable pandas playing, eating bamboos and climbing trees in real life or even hold one if interested (holding fee is not included). Late in the afternoon, we will transfer you back to Chengdu.

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D21, Chengdu-Chongqing BY FAST TRAIN

Take morning train to Chongqing. Take a visit and shopping at Ciqikou old street to know the culture of Chongqing city. Back hotel take a rest.

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D22, Dazu rock carving-Yangtze river

Today you will go to Dazu  County for a whole day sightseeing. It is the birthplace of the amazing Dazu Rock Carvings which were created from the late Tang Dynasty (618~907) to the early Song Dynasty (960~1127). With the theme of Buddhism, Dazu cliffside carvings are distributed in Beishan, Baodingshan, Nanshan, Shimenshan and Shizhuanshan. Then transfer to Chongqing to embark on Yangtze cruise.

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D23, Ghost City of Fengdu-Welcome party (Meals:B+L+D)

After breakfast, the river guide will give you a brief introduction on the cruise and the daily schedule of your ship ride. At around 08:00, the cruise will disembark at Fengdu and you will have an onshore excursion to the Ghost City. In the legend, Netherworld is the home of a deceased's soul. Mixing Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist folk culture, Fengdu is a treasure-house of arts. Covered with luxuriant trees and interspersed with temples and pavilions, the whole scenic area is more like a landscape painting rather than a "Ghost City". Back to the cruise ship, you will be invited to join in the Captain's Welcome Part.

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D24, Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge (Meals:B+L+D)

The ship is going to sail through Qutang Gorge and later Wu Gorge. Qutang Gorge is the shortest one among the famous Three Gorges. But the grand and precipitous cliffs, narrow and sinuous river way, impetuous and surgent torrent make it to be the most exciting and imposing part of the river. Measuring about 40 kilometers long, Wu Gorge is the most beautiful one among the Three Gorges. It is especially famous for deep valley and elegant beauty. Passing through Wu Gorge, you will feel like entering a winding gallery of paintings. Then, you will disembark at Wushan for an excursion to Three Little Gorges in small sightseeing boats, which features picturesque natural scenery, distinctive Tujia minority culture and valued historical relics. In the afternoon, continue sailing into Xiling Gorge,The longest one among the three.Once the most dangerous part with numerous reefs, riffles and rocks, Xiling Gorge is gentler and milder after years of rectification and improvement on the river way as well as the building of Gezhou Dam. At about 18:00, You will pass through the three gorges ship lock.

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D24, Yichang-Beijing by air (Meals:B)

After a whole night's sailing, the ship will stop at Sandouping town. You will disembark to visit the Three Gorges Dam,The grandest hydroelectric project in the world. It has brought great benefits in flood control, power generation, navigation and tourism. When the cruise approaches Yichang, your wonderful cruise journey will come to the end. Please pack your luggage and follow the check-out procedures of the cruise company. Our guide in Yichang will meet you on board and transfer you to the city area. If time permits, you will pay a visit to Yichang Museum. After that, our guide will transfer you to the airport for your return flight and say farewell.

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D25, Free day in Beijing

You will have the whole day in Beijing for shopping or walk around to get ready back to your cozy home next day. Guide and driver will not accompany you today.

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D26, Beijing-Home

Driver and guide will meet you at hotel loby, transfer to Beijing airport, take international flight back to home. Finish a pleasant trip in china, hope to see you again.

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Quotation:USD****/P.P(Private tour for 6-10 persons)

Tour Package Price Inclusions:

4 Star hotel accommodation for the above tour (Based on twin sharing)

Entrance fees to all the scenic spots listed above.

All cable car or sight seeing car

Tour car for the above tour

English speaking guide for the above tour

Daily hotel breakfast

Train and domestic air tickets for the above tour (Train from Beijing to datong, Chengdu to Chongqing.Air from Taiyuan to Xian, Xian to Chengdu, Chengdu to Jiuzhai, Yichang to Beijing)

Tour Package Price Exclusions:

Tips to your tour guide and driver.

All lunch and dinner

International air tickets

Any other optional activities are not mentioned above

Tour to Baidi cheng during the Yangtze cruise tour

Any personal expense, including phone call, laundry service,medical cost,etc.