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Shanghai-Yangtze River Cruise Tour

Shanghai


Yangtze River


Three Gorges, Yangtze River


Yangtze River Cruise

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from Shanghai to the Three Gorges of Yangtze River

6-day Shanghai-Yangtze River Cruise Impression Tour

Experience the best of China, both old and new!

Highlights:

• Take a cruise down the Yangtze River, China’s longest river (and the third longest in the world), and is the most important in terms of its cultural and economic importance. You will also explore ancient cultural sites along the river, like the Ghost Town of Fengdu County and to Shennong Stream
• You’ll have the opportunity to spend time in Chongqing, including a stop to see some of China’s most exotic wildlife at the Panda Room at the Chongqing Zoo and the local Ciqikou Old Town

Explore the best sites of Shanghai, the biggest city in China, and one of the world’s most vibrant, exciting and cosmopolitan metropolises

B=(Breakfast) L=(lunch) D=(dinner)  DEPARTURE: Daily

Package Price

Price is based on the time of travel and number of customers. Please inquire through the form on the left side of the page, we'll quote the best price we can get. As this tour package involves domestic transfers, the package price will vary from time to time because of the changing airfares and hotel rates.


 

TOUR ITINERARY

Tour code:
EXSHYANGTZE
Day 1: Arrive in Shanghai

Upon arrival at the Shanghai airport, you will be met by your English-speaking guide, who will take you to your hotel in downtown Shanghai. The rest of the night is up to your discretion, but there is plenty to see and do on your night on the town. Night life in Shanghai is gentle and colorful because life here is much more than life itself. It is elegant.

The scenery at night has to be seen and the Bund is a must. The ornate classical and modern buildings take on a new and exciting look as they are lit up by an abundance of colored lights. Looking across the Huangpu River to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Jinmao Tower is a magical sight. In addition there are countless, bars, cafes, clubs, and other points of interest that will keep you entertained throughout the night.

Day 2: Shanghai Sightseeing (B)


Today will be spent touring the sights that make Shanghai one of the word’s great cities. After breakfast in the hotel, our first stop will be at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. If you’re stunned by Shanghai today, go see how it will look in 2020. The centerpiece is an enormous scale model of the city centre that takes an entire upper floor. It shows current and future development, and it’s mind-boggling. There are raised walkways for viewing the model from different angles, and the detail is fascinating, showing clearly what’s planned, and what already exists. City planning is a hot topic throughout the world, and the centre is themed around "City, Human, Environment and Development", which concern city dwellers from any country. The glimpse of present and future Shanghai can provide much food for thought, as well as enjoyment and a good overview of this often overwhelming city.

Then we will go to get a bird’s eye view of Shanghai at the Shanghai World Financial Center. Shanghai World Financial Center is the highest building in Shanghai, as it creates a new Shanghai landmark along with the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Jinmao Tower. It takes about 1 minute from first floor to 95th by the elevator with a speed of 10 meters per second. In the 100th viewing pavilion, visitors can see the peak of Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Jinmao Tower. In the 55 meters long viewing gallery, visitors can see the moving cars and passerby clearly through 3 transparent glass floors. The observation bridge atop the building will be the highest outdoor observation deck in the world.

We’ll next see Shanghai’s most famed and iconic site, the Bund. The Bund is a famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. It affords marvelous views across the river of the Pudong district and its numerous towers. The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 52 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance.

It will then be time for a leisurely stroll through Yuyuan Garden. Yuyuan Garden is a famed classical garden, and even though it may be small, it contains numerous pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters, and all have unique characteristics. There are six main scenic areas in the garden: Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Dianchun Hall, Huijing Hall, Yuhua Hall and the Inner Garden. Each area features several scenic spots within its borders.

After a lunch of Shanghai cuisine, we’ll go to the Jiangnan Silk Museum, to see how silk is produced from the cocoons of silk worms, and turned into the beautiful fabric we all know and love. Silk is an extremely important trade in this area of the country Silk filled duvets are excellent value, and the showroom offers everything from small souvenirs to larger items. The beauty of real silk is that it's so light, and packs really easily.

We’ll then return to the hotel, and you are free to spend your night further exploring Shanghai on your own.

Day 3: Shanghai-Chongqing-Yangtze River Cruise (B, L)


In the morning, you will be taken to the airport, and you’ll catch your flight to Chongqing. On arrival you will be met at the Chongqing airport by your guide, and you will then go directly to the Panda Room at the Chongqing Zoo. Located in the western suburbs of the city, the Chongqing Zoo occupies an area of 45 hectares. There are 230 species with more than 4500 rare animals at the zoo including Golden hair monkeys and South China Tigers. In the Panda Room, visitors can see the extremely rare Giant and Lesser pandas and their offspring. At the zoo, locals practice their daily exercises of Tai Chi, and you can join in if you wish!

We’ll then make the drive to the Ciqikou Old Town. This lively old area has been partly restored, and remains an authentic and busy community. The old wooden houses and narrow streets furthest from the river are mostly unimproved, closer to the river there are craft and souvenir shops, teahouses and music, and lots of local food and snacks. The locals certainly love their food, its extremely spicy – this is a good chance to try some.

In the early evening you will be taken to your ship for your cruise down the Yangtze, and the ship departs at 10:00 p.m. You’ll have the rest of the night to walk around the ship.

Day 4: Yangtze River Cruise (B, L)

After breakfast on the ship you’ll take a visit onshore in order to visit the Ghost City of Fengdu County. It used to be a burial area with scores of temples and shrines and a small ancient town. Due to the construction of the 3 Gorges Dam, the ghostly city is underwater. However, a hill and dozens of temples remain in the big artificial lake behind the dam. So that part can still be visited. It is a large burial and temple area. The area above the “Door of Hell” remains. It is interesting that Chinese have traditional conceptions of hell that are somewhat similar to Western ideas. At the site, people can see statues and frescoes about hell with brightly painted images of demons and other eerie items.

You can spend the rest of the day enjoying the scenery from the cruise ship, and in the evening a Captain’s Welcoming Party dinner will be held.

Day 5: Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

In the afternoon, you will take a small boat from the cruise ship to Shennong Stream. Shennong Stream is a tributary of the Yangtze River, and its fast-flowing, crystal clear water runs southwards through deep gorges. The stream races past large and small karst caves, flocks of swallows, sheer cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls, three-colored springs, rapids, the ancient plank path, a suspended coffin in the cliff, groups of ancient tombs and marvelous karst formations. There are displays of Chinese art and of artifacts saved from the construction of the 3 Gorges Dam and the artificial lake. It instructs on the 3 Gorges region, the 3 Gorges Dam, the history of Chongqing and the surrounding area, Chinese history, and prehistoric times.

You also have the option of visiting the White Emperor City (also known as Baidi City or Baidi Temple). It is located on Baidi Mountain at the mouth of Qutang Gorge, one of the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River.

It is said that in the late Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - 24 AD), Gongsun Shu, a general, set up a separatist regime by force of arms in Sichuan. He claimed himself the King of Shu. Because he saw white fog rising from the well of the mountain which was like a white dragon, he called himself the White Emperor. And he made it the capital city and gave the city the name - White Emperor City.

In the evening, various shows and performances will be held in the cruise ship. These include costume shows, magic shows, traditional Sichuan Opera, and magical Mask Changing.

Day 6: Yangtze River Cruise-Yinchang


In the morning you will arrive at the enormous Three Gorges Dam. Construction was begun in the 80's, and was completed in 2008. It backs up the Yangtze River for 550km, making it the world's largest dam. Due to the fact that the water rises to a level of 185m behind the dam, millions of people have had to be resettled, bridges moved and historical relicts secured. The energy production capabilities of the dam are estimated at 84.7 billion kilowatts, equivalent to 18 nuclear reactors. The three single stage locks guarantee that ship traffic is not delayed.

The Three gorges Dam is the largest water conservancy project undertaken by man, and various Chinese officials have dreamed about the project for hundreds of years. It is 2,335 meters wide on the top, and 130 meters wide at the bottom. The views from the top of the dam are stunning, so don’t forget to bring your camera!

You will then arrive in Yichang, where you will be met and taken to the airport by your guide. You will fly back to Shanghai or on your next destination, ending your tour.


Tour Inclusions

1. Hotels with daily western breakfasts;
2. Meals in accordance with that listed on the itinerary.
3. professional local guide & driver;
4. Private air-conditioned car or van for transportation;
5. Admission of the first gate.
6.Two bottles of mineral water per day.

Tour  exclusions

1. Tip of the guide
2. Personal costs

 

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