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CiqikouCiqikou in Chongqing Price: Duration: Dates: Tour code: Overview: Ask for a free quotation 11 Days As you request TCG-219 This tour will take you to Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai, otherwise known as China’s Golden Triangle! And of course, you will also board a cruise ship that will take you all the way along the Yangtze River.

Your Beijing adventure will feature must-see sights like Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, as well as excursions around the city streets to see what day-to-day life is like for the people of the city.

No Beijing-based itinerary is complete without a trip to the Great Wall of China. The Mutianyu section is a lot of fun. When you’re finished taking in the beautiful views, you can head back down in a toboggan!

Despite the fact your trip to Xi’an will be packed full of activities, you will probably find yourself more relaxed by the end of it. You’ll visit Qin Shihuang’s Tomb, the Terracotta Warriors, and practice tai chi on the city walls.

In Chongqing, you will climb aboard a 5-star ship for a half-week voyage. We feel the Century cruise line offers great value for money, but as always, every aspect of your itinerary is customizable, so let us know if you have a preference.

When you wake up in Shanghai, the first thing you do is stroll along the gorgeous waterfront. With one-hundred-year-old buildings on one side, and super-modern skyscrapers on the other, Shanghai’s skyline is like nothing you have seen before.

What makes this tour special:

One of our most popular itineraries, the Yangtze River Cruise and China’s Golden Triangle Tour has been tried and tested again and again. For those who really want to get to know China in less than two weeks, this is the perfect introduction.
Itinerary
day 1
  • Meals: lunch
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
Great Wall Mutianyu Section w/toboggan and cable car
Great Wall Mutianyu Section w/toboggan and cable car
day 2
  • Meals: lunch
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City
Hutong Tour with local family visit
Hutong Tour with local family visit
Hongqiao Pearl Market
Hongqiao Pearl Market
day 4
  • Summer Palace Read more about Summer Palace resort for Chinese emperors
  • Lunch Read more about lunch on a tour Chinese Style Standard
  • Drop-off at the Beijing airport
  • Fly to Xi'an
  • Pick up from the Xi'an Airport
  • Meals: lunch
Summer Palace
Summer Palace
Drop-off at the Beijing airport
Drop-off at the Beijing airport
Pick up from the Xi'an Airport
Pick up from the Xi'an Airport
day 5
  • Meals: lunch
Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors
Qin Shihuang's Tomb
Qin Shihuang's Tomb
Bike or walk atop Xian's old city wall
Bike or walk atop Xian's old city wall
Practice Tai Chi on the Wall
Practice Tai Chi on the Wall
Muslim Street
Muslim Street
day 6
  • Drop-off at the Xi'an Airport
  • Fly to Chongqing
  • Pick up from the Chongqing airport
  • Ciqikou Read more about Ciqikou an ancient town and pedestrian market street
  • Lunch Read more about lunch on a tour Chinese Style Standard
  • Three Gorges Museum Read more about Three Gorges Museum cultural relics excavated around the Three Gorges region
  • Visit local market/ supermarket Read more about Visit local market/ supermarket Where you can get cheaper fruit drinks and snacks before boarding time.
  • Meals: lunch
Drop-off at the Xi'an Airport
Drop-off at the Xi'an Airport
Ciqikou
Ciqikou
Visit local market/ supermarket
Visit local market/ supermarket
day 7
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Taichi Class
Taichi Class
Shibao Pagoda
Shibao Pagoda
Captain's welcome party
Captain's welcome party
Crew talent show
Crew talent show
day 8
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Taichi Class
Taichi Class
Watch scenery from your balcony
Watch scenery from your balcony
Shennong Stream
Shennong Stream
Mask ball/ Free karaoke time
Mask ball/ Free karaoke time
Sail through the ship locks
Sail through the ship locks
day 9
  • Meals: breakfast
Three Gorges Dam Site
Three Gorges Dam Site
Watch scenery from your balcony
Watch scenery from your balcony
Pick up from the Shanghai Pudong airport
Pick up from the Shanghai Pudong airport
day 10
  • Meals: lunch
The Bund
The Bund
Yuyuan Garden
Yuyuan Garden
Shanghai Old Street
Shanghai Old Street
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Liujiazui New Area
Liujiazui New Area
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
day 11
  • Drop-off at the Shanghai Pudong airport
Drop-off at the Shanghai Pudong airport
Drop-off at the Shanghai Pudong airport
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  • » Your tour day starts and ends at a hotel in the city, which may or may not be included. If a hotel is included it is listed by name on the itinerary for each night.

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  • » Zero shopping stops at overpriced commission factories. Your time and money is better spent.
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  • » Guides selected and trained by our staff. Excellent English, accommodating, family friendly.
  • » Meals are in quality local restaurants. We order according to your tastes and diet.
  • » Western style service. Our agents and guides are there to make you happy.
  • » We have traveled in China with our own children. The American owners have four young children.

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  • Included in the tour price
  • » Domestic flights, economy class as listed in the itinerary
  • » Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary - no hidden costs
  • » Meals as specified in quality local restaurants with unlimited standard drinks (Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea)
  • » Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle
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Temple of Heaven   天坛公园

The Temple of Heaven is the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would worship the god of heaven and pray for a good harvest.

The grounds are part of a huge parkland and in the morning you can see the locals practicing martial arts and other exercises. Located nearby is the Hongqiao Market and Toy Market as well as the Legend of Kungfu show in the Red Theater.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
6:00am - 5:30pm with last admission at 4:00pm

Great Wall Mutianyu Section w/toboggan and cable car   慕田峪长城

For those who want to see a restored section of the wall which is more fun and less touristy than Badaling and not as far as Simatai or Jinshanling, then Mutianyu is a good choice. Just over an hour from Beijing in normal traffic, it is possible to see in a morning or afternoon and combines well with the Ming Tombs.

Mutianyu has some good options. You can take the cable car up, have a little stroll on the wall then come back down the cable car. Or you can take the cable car up and walk for about 45 minutes on the wall, down hill mostly, to the toboggan sled. Its pretty long run on the toboggan track down the hill from the wall. There are double cars for parents with kids as well as the usual single cars. Fun and safe, everyone seems to enjoy this.

In Mutianyu village there are fish farms and restaurants, so you can fish out your own trout from the pond and have it cooked up for your lunch.
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Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
8:00am - 5:00pm with last admission at 5:00pm

Tiananmen Square   天安门广场

Most people visit Tiananmen Square on their way to the Forbidden City, both can be done together in a morning or afternoon. Chinese citizens from around the country descend on Tiananmen to take their photos in front of the portrait of Chairman Mao. When there is a breeze you can buy a kite and fly it on the square.

Tiananmen Square is the largest public square in the world. It is a tourist site everyone tends to visit on their trip to Beijing. A vast desert of paving stones, the square can hold over one million people. It lies on the historical central axis going through the Forbidden City.

Expect to go through airport level security when going onto the square, with metal detectors and x-ray machines. There is also a high level of police presence. Nonetheless people are very friendly and its on most Beijing itineraries.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
5:00am - 10:00pm

The Forbidden City   故宫

The Forbidden City was the former imperial palace which was the home to twenty-four Chinese emperors over 491 years between 1420 and 1911. The Forbidden City is now known as the Palace Museum and is open to Beijing's visitors.

Wear comfortable walking shoes as the palace is 960 metres long and 750 metres wide. It has 9,999 rooms - a room being the space between four pillars.

The well guarded palace is surrounded by a moat 3,800 metres long and 52 metres wide. Intruders were discouraged by guards in watchtowers with bow and arrows.

There are five entrances to the gate - the central one reserved for the emperor. The empress was allowed through it only once - on her wedding day.

As well as walking through the wide open courtyards along its central axis, the sides offer some museum exhibits and small courtyards worth exploring.

An excellent view of the Forbidden...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
8:30am - 5:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm

Hutong Tour with local family visit   胡同游

Hutongs are the old traditional alleyways and courtyard homes which once covered all Beijing. Many still survive today and are pleasant to walk or bike through. Not much has changed and you can see how people lived in the past.

The China Guide's Hutong Tour starts with a cycle rickshaw ride through the hutongs. Cycle rickshaws are a traditional means of transportation in the old narrow streets.

We take you into a traditional family courtyard home. The family will greet you, serve tea and show you through their home. Your guide will explain the cultural and historic significance of various aspects. For instance, the layout of the courtyard, who lived where and how to tell the importance of the people living in a home.

Nanluoguxiang is a trendy hutong area with fun restaurants and cafes, nice to visit during the day for a coffee or lunch, or return in the evening for dinner.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Hongqiao Pearl Market   红桥市场

The Hongqiao Market is famous for its pearls but also offers a wide range of souvenirs and also has a huge toy market adjacent.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:30am - 7:00pm

Summer Palace   颐和园

Time allowing, the Summer Palace is well worth a visit for its historical significance and to enjoy strolling its spacious grounds. You may take a boat ride across the lake if you prefer not to walk. Located 15 km northwest from the central city and occupying an area of about 300 hectares, the Summer Palace is associated with the Qing dynasty's dowager empress Cixi, but has a history of more than 800 years as an imperial garden dating back to the 1150s.

The name in Chinese, Yiheyuan, means "garden of restful peace." It served as a suburban pleasance for emperors, a place in the countryside yet near the capital.

The Yiheyuan in its present form dates from Manchu rule over China, 1644-1911. In the 1750s the emperor Qianlong commanded the creation of the lake and redesigned the temple atop Longevity Hill. Severely damaged during the punitive Anglo-French expedition of 1860 the Empress Dowager ordered...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
7:00am - 5:00pm with last admission at 5:00pm

Terracotta Warriors   兵马俑

The buried army of Qin Shihuangdi is one of the largest and most stunning archaeological finds of the 20th century. Discovered in 1974 at Lintong, 35 kilometres east of Xi'an, the warriors and horses have deservedly become known as a Wonder of the World. Now exhibited in situ, the life-size terracotta figures so far excavated testify to the power of the man for whom they were moulded to protect in afterlife.

This site is an archaeological find on a monumental scale. Literally an army of sculptured warriors, it is a stunning display that every visitor to China should see.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
8:00am - 5:30pm with last admission at 5:00pm

Qin Shihuang's Tomb  

The mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang is the largest preserved tomb in China. No doubt thousands of statues still remain to be unearthed at this archaeological site, which was not discovered until 1974. Qin (d. 210 B.C.), the first unifier of China, is buried, surrounded by the famous terracotta warriors, at the centre of a complex designed to mirror the urban plan of the capital, Xianyan. The small figures are all different; with their horses, chariots and weapons, they are masterpieces of realism and also of great historical interest.

There is not actually a lot to see on this site aside from a large hill so if you are interested to stop because of the historical significance it does not take that long.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5
Opening hours:
8:00am - 5:00pm

Bike or walk atop Xian's old city wall   城墙

The old city wall is high and wide which leaves a road on the top which is empty. A peaceful retreat from the billions for strolling or getting on a bike. We organize as part of our tours a bike trip on the city wall. You can bike the entire circuit in 1-2 hours or just cruise along part of it then return. You can stop at various viewpoints and look down at the scene below. Nice for photographers. Great fun and a chance to work off some of those delicious Chinese meals we serve you!

Xi'an's 14th-century wall still stands, although today it is intersected by a few modern roads. It is one of the most important city walls in China and certainly one of the best examples from the Ming. Construction began during the reign of Hongwu, the first Ming emperor, on the remains of the Sui and Tang wall and took eight years to complete. Repairs and renovation have now been carried out by the local government to restore the wall...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:00am - 6:00pm with last admission at 5:30pm

Practice Tai Chi on the Wall   城墙上练太极

The magnificent Xi’an City Wall is not only the most complete ancient city fortification wall in all of China, but it is also one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world today. The impressive ramparts, sentry buildings and fantastic views of Xi’an Old Town provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing lesson in the ancient Chinese art of taichi – a series of slow and relaxing body movements and poses with roots in traditional Chinese martial arts, meditation and exercise.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Muslim Street   穆斯林街

Muslim Street while touristy, is genuinely local too. A great place to stroll and see traditional Muslim culture alive and well in China. Worth visiting by day or night, the food is authentic and is a great place to have a Muslim style meal. There are a variety of shops selling different souvenirs and the area should be the itinerary for photographers. Not to be missed, Muslim Street is one of Xian's major attractions.

The early Muslims in China came from what was known at Xiyu, or 'the west', areas usually identified as Arabia or Persia. These people were much different from the Chinese in terms of their language, culture and physical appearance. Like other foreigners in China, they were labeled 'foreign sojourners'. Islam was first introduced by Arab merchants during the Tang dynasty, and flourished during the Yuan (1279-1368). The Muslims gradually became concentrated in the northwestern part of the walled city,...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 8:00pm with last admission at 7:00pm

Ciqikou   磁器口

Travelers to Chongqing and locals alike throng to Ciqikou's steep and narrow pedestrian streets. Shops sell porcelain, other handicrafts, and gifts, while restaurants and tea shops give visitors a look at what many areas of Chongqing were like before the metropolis became the vast urban agglomeration it is today. A 1,500-year-old Buddhist temple straddles the mountain in the middle of the old town. Ciqikou is the source of Baci Culture.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 6:00pm

Three Gorges Museum   三峡博物馆

The China Three Gorges Museum exhibits over 30,000 cultural relics which excavated in and around the Three Gorges region. It also has sections on Chongqing urban development and another on Japanese war atrocities. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 4:00pm

Visit local market/ supermarket   逛市场

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
9:00am - 6:00pm

Taichi Class   太极拳课

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art but is more about stretching and slow movement than fighting. In China's parks you will see many elderly people practicing taichi in the morning. On board the Century Cruise line's ships you can practice taichi in the morning before breakfast. Taichi may not be offered on all our Yangtze river cruises, please check with our agent to confirm.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5

Shibao Pagoda   石宝寨

Its red wooden 12 story pagoda rises stunningly against a 30 meter (100 foot) high rock outcropping (see photo) along the banks of the Yangtze River.

The tall pagoda is the most interesting part of the Shibaozhai Temple. It consists of two sections: The lower one is a nine story edifice that abuts the rock outcropping. The upper section sits on top of the outcropping (where the temple buildings reside).

The nine story section is not a free-standing building. Its architects designed it to lean against the rock outcropping for its support. Without it, the section would topple over.

The Shibaozhai pagoda structure was built without nails.

During the early years of the Shibaozhai Temple, the lower pagoda section did not exist. Visitors were hoisted to the hilltop via a cumbersome chain apparatus.

Legend tells us that the higher you climb up the Shibaozhai pagoda...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2

Captain's welcome party   船长欢迎酒会

Its a chance to meet the captain, crew and other guests on board your floating home. Have a drink, relax and get ready for an epic Yangtze River cruising experience on a beautiful ship.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Crew talent show   船员迎宾文艺表演

A cabaret of dancing, singing and various other talents put on by your ships crew. It is surprising to see the talents hidden by them.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5

Watch scenery from your balcony   阳台观景

A large part of the Yangtze River cruise is watching the scene unfold before you. Other large ships go past, villages, cities, fisherman, bridges, industry and nature. That is the great thing about taking a Yangtze river cruise - you don't have to go anywhere, it all comes to you!

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2

Shennong Stream   神农溪

A famous point of interest on the Yangtze River Cruise, the area around the Shennong Stream (神农溪 shennong xi) has been inhabited since the Han Dynasty (206 BC).

Formerly a 60 km stretch of rapids flowing between near vertical limestone cliffs, since the completion of the 3 Gorges Dam project, the depth at the mouth of the Shennong Stream has increased from its natural depth of 30 centimeters to over 150 meters. The stream returns to its natural depth 15km upstream. The limestone cliffs flanking the river are famous for their hanging coffins. These coffins, carved from tree trunks are wedged into crevices in the cliff faces, hanging between 20 and 70 meters above the surface of the water. Many of these coffins have been lost or submerged, but some have been removed and preserved for archeological study.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
4

Mask ball/ Free karaoke time   自由舞会/卡拉ok自由唱

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2

Sail through the ship locks   游船经过三峡大坝五级船闸

There are two ship locks built near the Three Gorges dam site. Each lock is made up of five sections and the total time to get through them is about four hours. This may happen during the day or at night. The schedule will depend on the government operators of the Three Gorges who book which ships can go through the lock at what time.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2

Three Gorges Dam Site   长江三峡大坝

The Three Gorges Dam is a hydroelectric river dam that spans the Yangtze River. It is the largest hydroelectric power station in the world. With a long history of planning and more than a decade of construction, the dam body was finished in 2006. When the whole project is completed, it will contain 32 main generators, each with a capacity of 700 MW. Except for a planned ship lift, all of the originally planned components were completed on October 30, 2008, when the 26th commercial generator was brought into operation. The eject produces clean electricity, prevents floods and enhances navigation.

For your tour you will disembark the cruise ship and ride on a bus past the locks and then go through an airport style security check. You can then visit the dam's museum and overlook it from viewpoints.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2.5

The Bund   外滩

A must see on every tour itinerary to Shanghai, the Bund is the historic row of banks built before World War II by the major foreign powers at the time. Situated on the banks of the Huangpu River the Bund has a long pedestrian riverside promenade which both Chinese and foreign tourists like to stroll for the panoramic view and people watching. Most of the buildings still stand in their original style and some are even used as banks again, others trendy shops, restaurants and offices.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Yuyuan Garden   豫园

Yuyuan Garden gives visitors a preview of what they will see if they visit the historic gardens of Suzhou. Finely cultivated with an eye for style and detail rarely seen in modern gardens, Yuyuan Garden is a peaceful retreat from the crowded city streets. It can get a bit crowded inside the garden lanes itself when tour groups go through, but there are lots of little areas where you can retreat to a corner if you want.

Outside the garden itself are hundreds of shops and stalls selling tourist souveniers. The area also hosts quite a few restaurants where you can find a decent lunch, and even a Starbucks and a Häagen-Dazs if you need some western comfort food or drinks.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm with last admission at 4:30pm

Shanghai Old Street  

Shanghai "Old" Street is actually a completely new reproduction and contains many tourist shops full of souvenirs and little dumpling shops. Not great and not bad, its easy to see on your way to Yuyuan Garden since its right next to it.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5

Oriental Pearl TV Tower   东方明珠

Completed in 1994, it was the tallest structure in China until 2007. A long standing symbol of China, its viewing platforms offer a great view of the Bund and surrounding Pudong. Its advantage compared with some other higher buildings with viewing platforms is you are not too high up so can still see a lot of detail on the ground and the Bund. The tower also houses an interesting and fun museum detailing Shanghai's history.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
8:00am - 10:00pm with last admission at 9:30pm

Liujiazui New Area   陆家嘴新区

Common on a lot of tour itineraries, it is really an area you pass through than something specific to see. It is the new business district on the Pudong side of the Huangpu river. You can see it on your way to one of the tall buildings to catch the view.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Nanjing Road   南京路

Starting at the Bund and going to People's Square, Nanjing Road is Shanghai's most famous shopping street. Much of it is a wide pedestrian street where you can stroll, shop or dine. Colorful by day or night, its popular with tourists for a stroll.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Beijing 北京

Beijing is an enormous municipality abundant in culture, beautiful landscapes, history and fine cuisine.

The first sight is one of a sprawling city, dotted with towering buildings with only, the giant, red Chinese characters atop to show visitors they have arrived in China. And this is when it becomes important to look closer and find out what Beijing has to offer. The real gems in this city are the low-rising, narrow alleyways, known as Hutongs, which give you an exciting glimpse into the local culture and history. Strolling into a hutong, with its grey brick walls and upturned ‘artichoke-leaf’ roofs, you disappear into Beijing of old. The tall, noisy city melts away and is replaced by sleepy seniors sitting and watching the world around them, people nattering away, going about their daily business and the curious and delicious smells of truly, authentic restaurants. It is a view of old Beijing before modernization, and...   Read more

Xi'an 西安

Xi'an is considered one of China's must see destinations, the home to the Terracotta Warriors. People usually visit Xi'an for 1 or 2 nights and is a good part of a loop between Beijing and Shanghai or other destinations. You can get there by plane or the overnight train is also convenient from Beijing.

Xi'an is one of the few ancient Chinese cities with its old city wall still intact. You can walk on it or even ride a bike. The Muslim area is colorful and authentic, worth a walk around and also not a bad place to have dinner and do a bit of shopping.

The Terracotta Warriors are about 1 hour outside the city, look on the map below for details. Nearby the warriors are the Huaqing Hotsprings, which is more of a nice park with an historic spring, but no swimming.

Chongqing 重庆

Many tourists pass through Chongqing 重庆 at the starting point of their Yangtze River cruise, yet it is worth spending some time visiting Chongqing too. This municipality was the Chinese capital between 1937- 1945 and is now home to over 28 million people.

For those embarking upon the Yangtze river cruise, the Chongqing Three Gorges Museum is an excellent introduction to the route they will take. As well as describing Chongqing’s war time history, this museum details cultural, ecological and historical information about the region.

Just over 160km from Chongqing, the Dazu Rock Carvings(大足石 Dàzú Shíkè) are a UNESCO world heritage site. Spread over 40 separate sites these exquisitely painted sculptures are over 1,200 years old.

In the west of Chongqing, Ciqikou (磁器口Cíqìkǒu) is a 1000-year-old town that became a protected historical site in 1998. Set on the lower...   Read more

Yangtze River Cruises 长江游轮

Cruising on the Yangtze River is one of the epic China river journeys made by many travelers. When added to a long China itinerary it is like a vacation in your trip. You get to nest in a nice room in a comfortable ship, walk to all your meals and watch the scenery go by as your ship cruises along. Our advice would be to choose the best ship you can afford, because much of the enjoyment comes just from being on a nice ship. As you travel along you will be shuttled ashore on various excursions, most of which are included in the price of your tour. Meals aside from the first night are also included.

We suggest bring drinks and snacks to enjoy in your room. Its nice to pour yourself a cocktail or crack open a beer. Most rooms will include a small refrigerator. Its also nice to bring your own fruit to enjoy. But don't worry, if you don't there is plenty to eat and drinks to buy onboard. You normally receive one...   Read more

Yichang 宜昌

Shanghai 上海

Shanghai is the largest city in China, and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with over 20 million people. Shanghai is a modern city with a past linked to foreign occupation through World War II. The row of historic bank buildings on the Bund shows the architecture brought by foreigners when Shanghai was the banking capital of Asia. Now modern development in Pudong has changed the face of the city into a modern metropolis. Shanghai maintains some of its 1930's feel to it. Chinese people in Shanghai are more liberal and modern, being farther from Beijing. Foreigners living in Shanghai are there for business reasons, and thus Shanghai has more of a "New York" feel to it.

Breakfast

Most hotels come with breakfast, or if not it can be added at a cost. Four and five star hotels will generally offer a good western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Three star hotels may only have a Chinese breakfast, or a Chinese interpretation of a western breakfast. Anyway a Chinese breakfast is not bad - rice porridge, eggs, Chinese style breads and vegetables.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Lunch on Tour

We consider experiencing good Chinese cuisine to be an important part of the tour experience. When on a tour, lunch is generally Chinese style and normally included in the price. Our guides will help you order according to your taste. Mild, spicy, meat, vegetables, rice and/or noodles. Dishes are served family style and shared by the guests. The driver may eat on his own but the guide will join you if you like.

Food in Beijing is quite good quality and we take our guests to genuine local restaurants, not tourist traps. We consider it distasteful to ask you for small amounts of money during the tour, so we offer unlimited standard drinks including Coke, Sprite, local bottled water and Chinese tea. You also won't leave the table hungry, if you need more to eat just let your guide know.

We don't have fixed restaurants we must use, it depends on where you are at the time you are hungry. When traveling around China we normally have the same arrangements outside Beijing but this may vary depending on your exact itinerary.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Dinner on Tour

Unless there is a special activity planned or you prefer to have all your meals catered, guests often prefer to relax after a day tour and arrange their own dinner. This gives you flexibility in time and cuisine. Having all your meals catered every day can be tiresome. Handling your own dinner allows you to have some control and also strike out on you own. Your guide can give you restaurant suggestions and in big cities you can find lots of options for fine dining, fast food, both western or Chinese. Hotel staff can often make restaurant recommendations within walking distance.

If you get the taste for a burger or pizza after a lot of Chinese food, this is easily found in Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities around China. Many hotel restaurants offer nice food. China also has its share of McDonald's, KFC and Subway sandwich chains if you need a fix.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.


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