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    China 10 Nights (BYX) (code: BYX2020)

Duration:   11 Days 10 Nights
Cities:   Beijing-Yangtze River-Chongqing-Xian
Tour Type:   Group tour of fixed departure dates
Tansport:   International flights included
Hotels(local):   4 stars+
Deal:   From AU$2999 per person
Full Itinerary   Availability & Prices   Special Remarks
Day 1: Arrival at Beijing Hotel: ( 4 stars+ )  

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!

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

Day 2: Beijing ( B'fast + Lunch ) Hotel: ( 4 stars+ )  

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: BeijingYichang - Yangtze River Cruise ( B'fast ) Hotel:MV Victoria Cruise or similar ( 5 stars )  

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

Day 5: Yangtze River Cruise ( B'fast + Lunch + Dinner ) Hotel: ( 5 stars )  
 

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


Day 6: Yangtze River Cruise ( B'fast + Lunch ) Hotel: ( 5 stars )  

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

Day 7: Yangtze River Cruise ( B'fast + Lunch ) Hotel: ( 5 stars )  

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

Day 8: Chongqing Disembarkation ( B'fast ) Hotel: ( 4 stars+ )  

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 9: ChongqingXian ( B'fast ) Hotel: ( 4 stars+ )  

Take bullet train from Chongqing to Xian. Meet local guide upon arrival and check in your Xian hotel.  Tonight spend some leisure time on Muslim Street. In early days of Tang Dynasty(618-907), many Arabian merchants traveled along Silk Road and stopped to settle down in Xian, the by-then capital city. Xian's Muslim community got to expand much since then. Muslim Street is now the hub of Muslim community in Xian and also an ideal place for visitors in search of local mouth-watering food and characteristic souvenirs. Dinner would be on your own exploration of cuisine in the street.

Comfortable Hotel:  Holiday Inn Express Xi'an North or similar
Deluxe Hotel:  Hilton Xi'an High-tech Zone or similar

Day 10: Xian ( B'fast + Lunch ) Hotel: ( 4 stars+ )  

Visit Terracotta Warriors and Horses  this morning. It is deemed as the eighth wonder of the world. Lunch will be typical Xian dishes and you would also see how the most famous Biang Biang Noodles are made.
After lunch, take a stroll along
Xian City Wall, the world’s most well-preserved city wall and and also one of the most magnificent ancient military defense systems.  A terracotta sculpture shop is also on today’s visiting list.
Optional Tour(AU$68/p):
Xian Dumpling Banquet + Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show. 

Day 11: XianAustralia ( 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.)