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     China 13 Nights (BJY) (code: BJY)

Duration:   11 Days 10 Nights
Cities:   Beijing-Nanjing-Shanghai-Suzhou-Hangzhou-Yangtze River Cruise
Tour Type:   Group tour of fixed departure dates
Tansport:   International flights included
Hotels(local):   4 stars+
Deal:   From AU$2499 per person
Full Itinerary   Availability & Prices   Special Remarks
Day 1: Arrival at Beijing   

Welcome to China! Meet local tour guide upon arrival at Beijing airport. A comfortable transfer will take you to hotel. Free for the rest of the day!

* Travel date may be one day earlier than as indicated above (with arrival still the same as the above), depending on airlines or departure city.


Comfortable Hotel:  Holiday Inn Express Beijing Airport Zone or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Wyndham Beijing North or similar

Day 2: Beijing ( B'fast + Lunch )   

Start your day off with a visit to Tiannamen Square, one of the most spectacular public plazas in the world. Continue to the Forbidden City, a 15th-century palace complex which now houses a museum full of collections from the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Then you will be free for the rest of the day, or choose to join optional tour as follows(multiple choice is possible).
Optional Tour #1 (AU$30/p): Take a
rickshaw ride along Beijing Hutongs and visit a local family
Optional Tour #2 (AU$60/p): Visit
Temple of Heaven and learn how to practice Tai Chi boxing
Optional Tour #3 (AU$30/p):  Dinner of Peking Duck
Optional Tour #4 (AU$60/p):  Night performance: Kung Fu Legend


Comfortable Hotel:  Holiday Inn Express Beijing Airport Zone or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Wyndham Beijing North or similar

Day 3: Beijing ( B'fast + Lunch )   

After enjoying your breakfast, head north of the city to visit the famous Juyong Pass segment of the Great Wall of China. Surrounded by beautiful rugged mountains, this part of the wall stands out for its stunning Cloud Platform gate – a white marble fortification standing at 9.5 metres tall. Make a stop at the largest Jade carving factory in Beijing to learn how Jade was used to create finest ornaments for Chinese imperial dynasties. Visit the site of the 2008 Olympic Games and marvel at structures such as the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, then unwind with a stop at a traditional Chinese medicine centre.
Optional tours are as follows(multiple choice is possible).
Optional Tour #1 (AU$60/p): visit
Summer Palace and scenic Houhai area
Optional Tour #2 (AU$30/p):
Hot pot dinner


Comfortable Hotel:  Holiday Inn Express Beijing Airport Zone or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Wyndham Beijing North or similar

Day 4: BeijingNanjing ( B'fast + Lunch )   

After breakfast, take bullet train from Beijing (the north capital) to Nanjing (the south capital). Meet local guide upon arrival and then get driven to must-visit of Nanjing. It is Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sun, who is revered as father of the Republic of China, the first democratic regime of China. Visit a local jade shop and see the different jade-carving workmanship between Beijing and Nanjing.

Optional Tour (AU$65/p): night tour of
Confucius Temple area and take a boat ride on Qinhuai River


Comfortable Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Nanjing Dongshan or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Crowne Plaza Nanjing Jiangning or similar

Day 5: NanjingSuzhou ( B'fast + Lunch )   

This morning, take a tour of Grand Baoen Temple, the second oldest temple in China with a history of over 1500 years, also used to be the largest and the most significant Buddhist temple in China. Visit a crystal artifacts shop and learn how Feng Shui culture is embedded into these exquisite artifacts.
Transfer from Nanjing to Suzhou. Dubbed as Oriental Venice, Suzhou is famous for its extraordinary silk products and classic gardens. This afternoon, you will visit Lion Grove Garden, one of Suzhou’s Great Four Classic Gardens.
Optional Tour(AU$45/p): boat ride on the Grand Canal



Comfortable Hotel:  Jiasheng Palace Hotel or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Wyndham Garden Suzhou or similar

Day 6: SuzhouHangzhou ( B'fast + Lunch )   

This morning, you will visit the largest silk factory in Suzhou and see how fabulous silk products are made. Proceed to Hangzhou. Marco Polo praised it as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. Take a boat ride on the picturesque West Lake, the most scenic region of Hangzhou.
Optional Tour (AU$110/p): real-scene musical extravaganza Impression of West Lake (Enduring Memories of Hangzhou).


Comfortable Hotel:  Mingkeming Hotel or similar
Deluxe Hotel: New Century Grand Hotel Hangzhou or similar

Day 7: HangzhouShanghai ( B'fast + Lunch )   

Hangzhou’s mild climate makes it an ideal place for tea-planting. This morning, you will visit a famed tea plantation where you could try tea-picking and learn about how tea is processed.
Drive to Shanghai and take stroll along
the Bund area.
Optional Tour (AU$45/p): Night cruise on Huangpu River


Comfortable Hotel:  Borrman Hotel (Shanghai Pudong International Airport) or similar
Deluxe Hotel:  Pullman Shanghai Qingpu Excellence or similar

Day 8: Shanghai ( B'fast )   

The day is yours to discover exciting Shanghai as you wish. Or you may choose to join the following optional tours (multiple choice is possible):
Optional Tour #1 (AU$110/p):  Half-day tour of
Zhujiajiao Water Town  (incl. lunch) (minimum size: 4 people)
Optional Tour #2 (AU$110/p): Jinmao Tower + Asia-Pacific Plaza


Comfortable Hotel:  Borrman Hotel (Shanghai Pudong International Airport) or similar
Deluxe Hotel:  Pullman Shanghai Qingpu Excellence or similar

Day 9: ShanghaiYichangYangtze River ( B'fast )   

Take bullet train from Shanghai to Yichang. Get transfer from train station to port to board the cruise for 4 nights.  Free for the rest of the day. 


Comfortable Cruise:  MV Victoria  (superior cabin) or similar
Deluxe Hotel:  MV Victoria  (superior cabin with Amenity Package) or similar

Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise ( B'fast + Lunch + Dinner )   

06:30-07:00 Early Bird Coffee and Tea
06:30-07:00 Practice Tai Chi
07:00-08:30 Breakfast (Buffet)
07:30-13:00 "Additional Shore Excursion -  Tribe of The Three Gorges OR Hometown of Qu Yuan” -FEE APPLIED
12:30-13:30 Lunch (Buffet)
13:45         Additional Shore excursion---Board sightseeing-ferry sailing through TGP Ship's elevator -FEE APPLIED
14:30-17:00 Shore excursion---Three Gorges Dam Site
17:00-18:00 Activities
18:15-19:00 Captain's Welcome Reception
19:00-20:30 Dinner  (Buffet)
21:00         Minorities and Dynasty Costumes Show


Comfortable Cruise:  MV Victoria  (superior cabin) or similar
Deluxe Hotel:  MV Victoria  (superior cabin with Amenity Package) or similar

Day 11: Yangtze River Cruise ( B'fast + Lunch + Dinner )   

06:30-07:00 Early Bird Coffee and Tea
06:30-07:00 Practice Tai Chi
07:00-08:15 Breakfast (Buffet)
08:30-11:00 Shore excursion---Shennong Stream
11:30-12:30 Lunch (Buffet)
12:45 (Est.) Scenic cruising - Wu Gorge

14:45 (Est.) Scenic cruising---Qutang Gorge
15:30-18:00 Additional Shore Excursion - White Emperor City  -FEE APPLIED
19:00-20:30 Dinner  (Buffet)
21:00         Cabaret show


Comfortable Cruise:  MV Victoria  (superior cabin) or similar

Deluxe Hotel:  MV Victoria  (superior cabin with Amenity Package) or similar

Day 12: Yangtze River Cruise ( B'fast + Lunch + Dinner )   

06:30-07:00 Early Bird Coffee and Tea

06:30-07:00 Practice Tai Chi
07:00-08:15 Breakfast (Buffet)
08:30 - 12:00 Activities
12:00-13:15 Lunch (Buffet)
14:00 - 17:00 Activities
13:15-18:00 Shore excursion---Fengdu "Jade Emperor"
13:15-18:00 Additional Shore excursion---Fengdu "Ghost City”   -FEE APPLIED
19:00-20:15 Captain's Farewell Banquet
18:30-23:00 Settle accounts


Comfortable Cruise:  MV Victoria  (superior cabin) or similar

Deluxe Hotel:  MV Victoria  (superior cabin with Amenity Package) or similar

Day 13: Yangtze River CruiseChongqing ( B'fast )   

07:00-08:15 Breakfast (Buffet)

7:30                       Check out
9:00                       Disembarkation in Chongqing

The cruise would arrive at Chongqing at 09:00am (estimated). Disembark and transfer to your hotel(check-in after 2PM) Free for the rest of the day or you may choose to join optional tour.
Optional Tour  (AU$55/p):  Chongqing Zoo (including Giant Panda Hall) + Lunch


Comfortable Hotel:  Holiday Inn Express Chongqing Jiuxiucheng or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Huayu Chongqing or similar

Day 14: Chongqing Departure ( B'fast )   

Free at your own leisure till the hotel check-out time (before 12:00 noon). Free transfer from hotel to airport will be available. Typically you would arrive at your home city the next day, depending on airlines or your home city.
(Extension booking of the hotel room and extension tour to other China cities can be arranged at request with extra charge.)