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Classic China and Yangtze River Cruise

Beijing, Xian, Yangtze and Shanghai

Sail aboard the President No.8 cruise ship on the mighty Yangtze River from Yichang to Chongqing for 3 days of sightseeing and relaxation. Your luxurious cruise experience includes balcony cabin accommodation, meals and informative guides who explain top attractions along the river.

President No.8

Ship Overview

President No.8 took her maiden voyage on April 26th, 2013. President No.8 sets up a new standard of the deluxe Yangtze ship of President Fleet.
It is the largest cruise ships on the Yangtze, with 146.8 meter in length and 20.2 meter in width. Onboard the ship, there are 215 luxury standard rooms, 13 luxury executive rooms on the top deck, and 2 presidential suites on the fore side of 3rd deck, totaling 230 rooms for 460 guests. Specially designed for customers who travel with family, President No. 8 offers 100 luxury standard cabins which can be upgraded into triple rooms for family with kids. So the total capacity of the ship can be about 580 guests. There are 7 decks.

Cabin Amenities

Privateb Balcony, private Bathroom, telephone, TV, shower, bathtub, mini bar, mineral water, hair dryer, bath toiletries, slippers, bathrobe, kettle/coffee maker, safe box, desk.



Monday, May 4, 2020–Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City

Tian’anmen Square

Tian’anmen Square is at the very center of the modern city of Beijing. Bounded to the north by Tiananmen Gate, to the west by the Great Hall of the People, to the east by the National Museum of China and to the south by the imposing Qianmen Gate. Chairman Mao’s Memorial Hall (mausoleum) sits on the Square and his portrait, one of the world’s most recognizable pictures, looks down from the Tiananmen Gate. A required backdrop for any photo visitors may take of themselves.

Forbidden City

Forbidden City, so called because it was off limits to commoners throughout the history of Imperial China. Commoners caught in the Palace during this period were executed. The current construction was originally built between 1406 and 1420 by 100,000 artisans and a million laborers as a Palace for the Ming and Qing Emperors, The Palace is so large, that legend has it was designed with 9,999 rooms, to represent the ultimate Imperial number. From this Palace, the emperors governed China, often rather erratically, as they tended to become lost in this self-contained little world and rarely left it. A truly great monument to a great civilization.

Hutong China

Here you will be transferred to a very typical ‘Beijing’ area – the Hutong’s, in which Beijinger’s have lived for hundreds of years. You will be transported by Rickshaw through the Hutongs; narrow alleys formed by closely built dwellings in a quadrangle formation, facing onto an inner courtyard. These were built during the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties, the sizes and designs varying depending on the social status of the residents. The Hutong’s still account for about 15% of all housing in Beijing.

Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is ranked among the most famous structures in China. The dominant feature of the entire complex is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, an ornate and colorful structure mounted on a three-tiered marble altar. Amazingly, the wooden pillars ingeniously support the ceiling without nails or cement with the roof alone weighing an estimated 2 tonnes. In the park, many Beijinger’s who have retired, playing Chinese chess, dancing, performing Peking Opera and doing Tai Chi among other popular activities. What was once the preserve of the Emperor is now a playground for the masses.

Great Wall

The most voted for of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall is a breathtaking sight and an awesome experience. Started in the fifth century BC and gradually extended over the centuries, particularly during the Ming Dynasty, it served as a defensive boundary against marauding Huns and other nomadic tribes. Mutianyu Great Wall connects Juyongguan Pass in the west and Gubeikou Great Wall in the east. It’s one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall. With woods cover over ninety-six percent of the total scenic area, the wall presents different aspects of beauty in the four seasons.

Bird's Nest

Affectionately known as Bird’s Nest, the National Stadium is situated in Olympic Green Village. It was designed as the main stadium of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. After the Olympics ended, it has been opened as a tourist attraction. Now, it’s the center of international or domestic sports competition and recreation activities. In 2022, the opening and closing ceremonies of another important sport event, Winter Olympic Games will be held here.

Terracotta Army Xi'An

The highlight of your stay in Xian is the visit to the underground vaults where the famed Terra Cotta Warriors were discovered. In 1974, near Xi’an in central China, villagers chanced upon what has become one of the world’s most astonishing archaeological findings – an 8,000 man army in battle-ready formation, each warrior a life-size figure in pottery made over 2,200 years ago. The warriors were found when a group of peasants digging a well accidentally made one of the century’s greatest archaeological discoveries of the Twentieth Century.

Xian City Wall

When Zhu Yuanzhang, the first Emperor of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), captured Huizhou, a hermit named Zhu Sheng admonished him that he should ‘built high walls, store abundant food supplies and take time to be an Emperor,’ so that he could fortify the city and unify the other states. After the establishment of the Ming dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang followed his advice and began to enlarge the wall built initially during the old Tang dynasty (618 -907), creating the modern Xian City Wall. It’s the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.

Yangtze River Cruise
Sail aboard the President No.8 cruise ship on the mighty Yangtze River from Yichang to Chongqing for 3 days of sightseeing and relaxation. Your luxurious cruise experience includes balcony cabin accommodation, meals and informative guides who explain top attractions along the river.
Included excursions are the Three Gorges Dam, Shennong Stream and temples of Shibaozhai and in addition can visit Three Gorges Tribe, White Emperor City and Fengdu Ghost City on their optional offered excursions.

China Cruise

Yu Garden is a traditional Chinese park complete with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations. This small park is located in the heart of Shanghai’s old Chinese quarter and links to Yuyuan Market. Built in 1559, in the Suzhou style by a high official in honour of his father, the garden has maintained its classic beauty over the centuries.

Jade Buddha Temple

In the western part of Shanghai, a very modern and flourishing city, there is a venerable and famous Buddhist temple, Jade Buddha Temple. In 1882, an old temple was built to keep two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. In 1918, the old temple was burned down and a new one was built on the present site and named Jade Buddha Temple. The two precious jade Buddhist statues are carved with whole white jade. The sparkling and crystal-clear white jade gives the Buddhas the beauty of sanctity and make them more vivid.

The Bund Shanghai

A wide boulevard lined with impressive neo-classical buildings. The Bund is the classic image of Shanghai and the city’s main attraction. Sweeping along the western side of the Huangpu River, the majestic buildings date back to Shanghai’s grandest days. Many banks and financial companies built impressive offices here in the early 20th century when Shanghai was the financial capital of Asia. To Westerners, it was for years Asia’s Wall Street where fortunes were made and lost.

Nanjing Road

Shanghainese will tell you, “If you have not visited Nanjing Road, you have not seen China”. Nanjing Road, regarded as the premier shopping, visiting and business thoroughfare in Shanghai, if not China. It is a symbol of Shanghai’s rapid development and business expansion. Almost like a permanent coming out party. Over time, it has been restructured, undergoing significant changes. Big traditional stores no longer dominate the market since modern shopping malls, specialty stores, theaters, and international hotels have mushroomed on both sides of the street. What happens here affects not just Shanghai, but one-fifth of the world’s population.

Huangpu River

Huangpu River is a landmark of Shanghai, separating the city into two parts, Pudong and Puxi. On both sides of the river, there gather various styles of architectures and essential scenery. Famous attractions like the Bund and Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone are located along the river. The best way to appreciate Huangpu River is to take a ship cruising on the river, especially in the evening. At night, the lights are blazing, decorating the different styles of architectures standing on the banks, showing different beauty.

Dates:

  • May 3-13, 2020

Price:

  • Land only from $2,690
  • Land + Air from $3,899
  • Single Supplement: $865 (both land and cruise)

Your package includes:

  • Private air-conditioned coach in each city
  • Licensed English-speaking local guide in each city
  • Admissions to the sightseeing places IN ITINERARY
  • Yangtze River Cruise (double occupancy)
  • 6-night hotel accommodation (standard room, double occupancy) with Chinese & Western buffet breakfast
  • Domestic airfares for Beijing/Xian, Xian/Chongqing (economy class), train of Yichang/Shanghai (2nd class)
  • Lunches with 2 glass of soft drinks; welcome dinner with 2 glasses of soft drinks or half a bottle of wine
  • Shopping stop as 2 in Beijing, Jade Factory and Pearl; 1 in Xian, Terra-Cotta Demonstration Workshop; 2 in Shanghai, Silk factory and tea house
  • TOUR MANAGER

Yangtze River Cruise

  • May 3-13, 2020

Day 1 Yangtze River Cruise

In the late afternoon, you’ll be transferred to Chongqing Chaotianmen Port to board your ship during 18:00-21:00 boarding time frame. Your 3-day relaxing downstream Yangtze River cruise will sail at 21:00!

Day 2 Yangtze River Cruise

This morning, wake up leisurely and enjoy the gentle sunshine shining over the tranquil Yangtze River. You can either follow the Taichi master to play Taichi on the sundeck or enjoy a cup of coffee to stretch your mood to start your beautiful day. It will be colorful and interesting no matter if you stay onboard or go shore excursions at river stops.
Onboard you will enjoy different kinds of cultural activities and entertainment, like attending a Yangtze River History and Culture Lecture to know deeply about the third longest river in the world, taking part in the Captain’s Welcome Party to make new friends, or having great fun at the wonderful evening shows with sing, dance and music.
Follow a local English-speaking tour guide on a shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda, a pearl of Yangtze River in Zhongxian County. Reputed as one of the eight extraordinary architectures in the world, this 12-story, 16th century red wooden pagoda leans against the side of the rocky and craggy hill about 200 meters tall. Climbing up to the top of Shibaozhai, you can not only visit the Buddhist temples and halls but also have panoramic view of Yangtze River. (Please note: Comfortable shoes are highly recommended since there will be many stairs to climb up the pagoda.)
Optional shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City. Called “the Homeland of Divine Comedy in China”, it consists of buildings, structures, dioramas and statues related to the afterlife in hell. Entering this “City of Ghosts”, you will know many mysterious stories about underworld and cruel tortures and different kinds of devils and Chinese demons. (Please note: the visit to Fengdu Ghost City requires much walking and comfortable shoes highly recommended!)

Day 3 Yangtze River Cruise

Today you will sail through the spectacular Three Gorges! Follow the guide’s live interpretation and soak up the breathtaking gorge scenery passing by as you drift through Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge respectively.
On this day, take an enjoyable shore excursion to Shennv Stream (Goddess Stream), a tributary of the Yangtze River in Wushan County. You will be switched to a smaller boat to sail down this primitive stream running in a narrow side gorge where you will have close-up views of steep mountains and hanging coffins high on the cliffs as well as hear some of the local history. Besides, you will be entertained with local music and dance offered by the Tujia ethnic group.
This evening, enjoy the well-prepared Captain’s Farewell Party with all your mates onboard and have a pleasant dinner together.
Optional shore excursion to White Emperor City. Located at the entrance of Qutang Gorge, this excursion gives you the chance to know Romance of the Three Kingdoms and offers the best pot to appreciate the magnificent “Kui Gate”.

Day 4 Yangtze River Cruise

After breakfast, you’ll go through a check-out procedure and disembark at Maoping Port. Then, take a morning shore excursion to visit the world-famous project – Three Gorges Dam. The dam is the largest hydropower station in the world with an annual energy output of 84.7 billion kilowatt-hours. The Three Gorges Dam includes three areas: the dam itself, a hydroelectric, and a system of locks. The height of the Three Gorges Dam is 185 meters (607 ft) above the sea level. The dam is about 2,300 meters (7,546 ft) long and about 115 meters (377 ft) wide. With a water capacity of 39.3 billion cubic meters, the dam will hold a huge reservoir which will efficiently prevent flooding in the middle and lower portions of the Yangtze River.
Optional experience: you can choose to sail through the world’s largest ship lift – Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift to very closely marvel at the huge dam which is a totally fresh and exciting experience for travelers.
After the dam visiting, you’ll take the tourist bus arranged by the cruise company transferring you to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal around 12:30~13:30. Here you’ll be picked up and escorted to Yichang Airport / train station for your flight or train to next destination.

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