14 Days China, Hong Kong & Macauwith Yangtze River Cruise

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Day 00: Depart to Beijing
Today you will be departing from USA to visit China,the country that isforever linked to its ancient civilization and many of the world’s most revered treasures, such as The Great Wall, Terra-Cotta Warriors & Horses and the Yangtze River. (Meals on Flight)

Day 01 : Arrival in Beijing
On arrival at Beijing airport, our local guide will be waiting outside the customs area to welcome you and take you to your hotel. Beijing is also known as Peking, is a metropolis in northern China, and the capital of the People's Republic of China. The Encyclopedia Britannica describes it as "one of the world's great cities”. Enjoy overnight stay in Beijing. (Meals: D)

Day 02:
Beijing – City Tour featuring Tiananmen Square – The Forbidden City, the Chinese Imperial Palace –Visit Temple of Heaven, The Altar to Heaven & Summer PalaceAfter a buffet breakfast, we take you on a city tour of Beijing conducted by an English-speaking guide. Pick up from your hotel at 8:30 am. First visit Tiananmen Square. Tiananmen Square is the heart and symbol of Beijing and is the biggest square in the world as well. The square can hold about one million people for public celebration or gatherings. On the west of Tiananmen Square, it is the Great Hall of the People, the meeting place of national people's congress of the People's Republic of China. There are Monument to the People's Heroes and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum on the south. On the east of Tiananmen Square is The National Museum of China, and visiting the exhibition is like reading concise China General History. Then move on to the Imperial Palace, also known as the "Forbidden City" the largest and best-preserved ancient imperial palaces group with 500 years history. It is symbolic center of the Chinese universe and a lasing monument of dynastic China, from which 24 emperors of the Ming and the Qing Dynasties ruled the Middle Kingdom for nearly 500 years (1420-1911). Proceed to the Temple of Heaven (1.5 hours), the place where the Emperors prayed for peace and harvest. It is located in the southern part of Beijing and had been one of the most holy places for the whole country for more than five centuries. It used as a complex of sacrificial buildings for the Ming and Qing emperors. Then visit a Silk Factory, where you can bargain for silk products and China's traditional silk arts. After lunch, visit the Summer Palace, one of China's largest imperial gardens. Summer Palace was originally a royal garden and a temporary dwelling palace for emperors of Qing Dynasty, itspredecessor was the Garden of Clear Ripples (Qingyiyuan) started in 1750 and burned down by the British and French allied troops in 1860. Fresh-water pearl market for a good bargain not to be missed. Enjoy overnight stay in Beijing. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 03 : Great Wall of China –Ming Tombs –Olympic Game Park –Jade Factory
After breakfast, you take a drive to the northwest of Beijing to visit the Sacred Way of Ming Tombs -the mausoleums of 13 emperors, regarded as China's finest example of imperial tomb architecture. Situated in a peaceful valley, the site was chosen by the Ming emperors as their burial place for its auspicious Fengshui alignment—a ridge of mountains to the north cradles the tombs on three sides, opening to the south and protecting the dead from the evil spirits carried on the north wind. Here you will walk along the elegant Sacred Way that leads to the tombs. Beginning with a grand marble gateway more than 400 years old, the long avenue is lined with 36 massive stone sculptures of officials, lions, elephants, camels and mythical beasts. Lunch stop at a local Jade WoZhongshan Road Shanghai Rkshop, afterwards, you take a scenic drive through the countryside and mountains to reach China's most renowned monument—the Great Wall. Since the Great Wall is the single greatest attraction of China travel, we take you to the less-visited and more original Mutianyu section and try to avoid other sections which are the most accessible and consequently the most crowded. The wall was begun in the 5th century BC to keep out foreign invaders. Construction continued for centuries, eventually linking up the walls of the former independent kingdoms. The Great Wall meanders through China's northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert—a distance of over 3500 miles! Chairman Mao once said, "You haven't walked on the Wall, you haven't been a good Chinese". Enjoy overnight stay. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 04: Beijing –Xi’an by Train (Bullet Train)
After an early breakfast we visit White Horse Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist Temples in China. From the outside, the temple looks as if it houses the common collection of ornaments, decorated with cartoon style colours and images that are so prevalent in many of Chines cities. In fact, this is one of the most impressive and truly holy temples in the entire province. Next we visit Indian Buddha Temple. In the afternoon transfer to take bullet train to Xi’an (about 5.5 hours). Transfer to your hotel after arriving at Xi’an North Railway Station. Enjoy overnight stayin Xian. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 05 : Xi’an –Terra Cotta Army Museum –Wild Goose Pagoda & Ancient City Wall
After a buffet breakfast, begin with a full day tour of Xi’an. Visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses –the tomb of the Fist Emperor of China. See more than 6000 moulded soldiers, officers, horses and wagons of this famed army. Later visit the Huaqing Hot Springs situated at the foot of Li Mountain. For over 1000 years, these springs have maintained a pleasant 43 temperature. Our tour now takes to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built in 652 AD. Visit the City Wall of Xian, built during the Tang dynasty. Overnight stay in Xi’an. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 06: Xi’an –Chongqing –Yangtze River Cruise
After a buffet breakfast, the morning is free. Later we drive to the airport for our flight to Chongqing. Then we visit Chongqing Zoo, the largest zoo in southwest china with over 1000 birds and 170 species of animals. See the giant panda, lesser pandas and their offspring’s, golden hair monkeys and South China tigers. We then proceed to board the scenic Yangtze River Cruise. Enjoy Indian Style Chinese Veg Dinner. Spend a night on luxury cruise ship.(Meals: B, L, D)

Day 07: Yangtze River Cruise –Shore Excursion of Fengdu
Enjoy breakfast on board the cruise. Relax on the deck and marvel at the scenic beauty as your cruise ship sails into Fengdu. Enjoy a shore excursion of Fengdu –the city of Ghosts on the Ming Hill. Today you'll visit the city of Fengdu, situated on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, which, throughout 2000 years of legend became known as a "ghost city"and is today popular among tourists who come to visit the temples and shrines dedicated to the gods of the underworld. Fengdu, known for its statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill, was first described as a 'City of Ghosts' in two ancient, classic Chinese works-"Monkey King" and "Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio". In keeping with the town's theme, landmarks bear thematic names such as Last Glance at Home Tower, Nothing-to-be-done Bridge, and Ghost Torturing Pass. Have an enjoyable time at Captain’s “Welcome Party” as your ship anchors at Wanxian for an overnight halt. Enjoy Indian lunch and dinner on board the cruise. Spend a night on luxury cruise.(Meals: B, L, D)

Day 08: Yangtze River Cruise – Qutang Gorge –Small Gorges Excursion
As you enjoy breakfast, we pass through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. We proceed on an excursion of the Shengnong Brook. The magnificent Qutang Gorge extends 8 Km and leads us to the splendour of Wu Gorge. We sail into the west section of the Third Gorges of the Yangtze River –the Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Yangtze gorges, after which your ships passes through the 5-stage ship lock. Enjoy a Chinese lunch and dinner on board the cruise. Overnight on luxury cruise.(Meals: B, L, D)

Day 09 : Yangtze River Cruise –San Dou Ping –Yichang –Shanghai
After breakfast on the cruise, enjoy a shore excursion of the Three Gorges Dam. This morning stop at the village of San Dou Ping for a shore excursion to one of the world's largest dams. Consisting of five stage ship locks and the biggest hydroelectric power station in China, the Three Gorges Dam is now a major transportation hub connecting the eastern and western parts of China. After the ship sails into Yichang, we disembark the cruise and proceed to the Wuhan airport for our flight to Shanghai. On arrival, have a VEG. dinner. After checking into the hotel, the evening is free to relax. Spend a night in Shanghai.Overnight stay at hotel.(Meals: B, L, D)

Day 10: Shanghai –City Tour
After breakfast depart on a full day tour including lunch to some of Shanghai's most fascinating places. Start at the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and later visit the Shanghai Museum of ancient Chinese art, which possesses a collection of 120,000 precious works.Its rich and high-quality collection of ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy is known throughout the world. After some time for silk shopping, complete your tour of Shanghai with a visit to The Bund, also called Zhongshan Road, a famous waterfront that has been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. Visit Shanghai Xintiandi is where "yesterday meets tomorrow in Shanghai today." Xintiandi is a redevelopment of a once rundown part of town based on the layout of an old Shanghaies neighborhood. Here you find the oddly complimentary combination of the traditional houses of old Shanghai hosting ultra-modern restaurants, bars and shops. Tonight, enjoy an exciting acrobatic show.Overnight stay at hotel. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 11: Shanghai –Hong Kong
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, enjoy some major attractions in Hong Kong & Kowloon Island with half day Hong Kong Island tour with Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen. We visit Victoria Peak: The highest spot in Hong Kong offers a spectacular vantage point from which to see the hustle and bustle of the day as well as the breathtaking night view and colorful city lights. Repulse Bay: A charming beach, soft golden sand, and clear azure blue water gently lapping the seashore have made it a popular spot for relaxation, aquatic activities, and especially to escape the summer heat. Aberdeen Fishing Village:A fishing port for more than 100 years, it is ripe with well-preserved traditions and plenty of wild tales. You can first stroll to take it all in and then take a sampan ride to enjoy the lifestyle or enjoy some Dim Sum and fresh seafood in a floating restaurant. Kowloon Walled City Park: Occupying one of the most historic sites in the territory, the Kowloon Walled City Park is a rare classic Chinese garden in Hongkong with turbulent history worthy to learn about. Avenue of Stars: Located along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront promenade, Avenue of Stars is designed torecognize the local film industry's contribution and gains the name as the Hollywood of the East. Bronze Giant Buddha:As an extension of the Po Lin Monastery, this statue is also called Tian Tan Buddha, and is the world's largest bronze Buddha statue. Jewelers factory and Factory outlet and Shopping. Tonight, enjoy a delicious Indian Dinner. Overnight at hotel in Hong Kong. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 12: Day Trip to Macau
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the pierin Hong Kong. Then take a Turbojet to Macao by yourselves. Visit the famous A-Ma temple, from where the name Macau is derived. This temple is dedicated to the Sea Farer's goddess and dates from the 16th century. Visit Macau's landmark -the ruins of St. Paul's church, considered to be one of the greatest of Macau's churches it has a magnificent Stone Façade and a grand Staircase. Also visit the Senado Square –paved with a wave patterned mosaic of colored stones. See the Barrier Gate -an imposing gateway thatmarks the border between Macau and Mainland China. See the Kun Lam Statue dedicated to goddess of Kun Lam (goddess of Mercy) which stands 20 meters tall and is made of special bronze. Later go up to the Observatory of the Macau Tower -Soaring 338 meters above the city, the Macau Tower is one of the highest freestanding towers in the world. The views from here are excellent. Try your luck at world famous Casino on your own. In the evening, return back to Hong Kongfor overnight stay.(Meals: B, L, D)

Day 13: Hong Kong –Lantau Island
After breakfast, proceed to visit Lantau Island. Where you can visit Tian Tan Buddha It is the world’s largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha Statue, next to the Po Lin Monastery. Take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, which takes merely 25 minutes and enjoy the journey with beautiful scenery. Overnight in HongKong. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 14: Departure back home
After breakfast check out the hotel and transfer to Hong Kong International Airport for your flight back home. If time permit, we can do shopping in the morning. Your trip to fascinating China and Hong Kong ends with sweet memories! Good times need never end! Your tour ends with guests departing for the airport. We are confident you will join us again sometime soon.(Meals: B)
 
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