14 Days Group Tour Beijing-Xian-Chengdu-Yangtze Cruise-Shanghai


  • Get to know many faces of China in one trip, historical, natural, modern and etc.
  • Catch a glimpse of how ancient emperors lived their lives in the Forbidden City.
  • Watch an amazing Kungfu show to enjoy a visual feast.
  • Take a colse look at the lovely giant pandas.
  • Relax yourself on the cruise of Yangtze River and visit the Three Gorges Dam.
  • Experience of the modern charm of Shanghai city.

 14 Days
 Small Group
 Available Every Tuesday,Wednesday and Sunday (except holidays)
Itinerary Detail

This 14-day suggested itinerary covers the most popular cities and a Yangtze River cruise. It makes an ideal tour for first-time visitors.

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Day 1  Beijing Arrival

Welcome to majestic Beijing! To ensure your arrival is stress-free, your driver will meet you in the arrival hall holding a sign with your name on it and then transfer you to the Sunworld Hotel.

Hotel: Sunworld Hotel, Beijing or Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel

Free-time Ideas

Unlike other travel agencies choose hotel in remote area, we choose hotel in the famous Wangfujing Street, which is the very center of Beijing. It is very convenient to walk around and do some shopping.

Day 2  Beijing

 Breakfast & lunch

In the morning we meet in the hotel lobby and you have the opportunity to meet other travelers. We will go to the Tian’anmen Square, where the most important national ceremonies are held, surrounded by many historical buildings. From the square, you can walk to the Forbidden City. Inside this imperial palace, we will explore its fascinating halls, pavilions with golden roofs and high red walls. After we exit the Forbidden City, we will enter another attraction – Jingshan Park where we will see local Chinese residents taking exercise, singing or dancing, and we will climb the hill inside the park. When we reach the top of the hill, we will enjoy the bird view of the whole Forbidden City and Beijing central city, which is a highlight of today.
At noon, we will have lunch at a very nice restaurant where you can have menu-ordered delicious Chinese dishes.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, where ancient emperors came to worship the heavens in hopes of good harvests.
In the evening you will be entertained by a wonderful Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theater.

 Beijing GPS Audio Guide: Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Badaling Great Wall

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City -Get to know how emperors lived their lives.

When you visit the Forbidden City, you will see many big water tanks. Guess what they are used for?

The big water tank in the Forbidden City

Day 3  Beijing Arrival

 Breakfast & lunch

Today we will hike on the Badaling Great Wall, the most highlighted sight in Beijing.Please be prepared with your shoes since you will climb on the steps of the great wall. To reach the top of the great wall you can choose to hike on foot or take the cable car(optional with extra charge). You will never forget the view on the great wall, one of the seven wonders in the world.

At noon, we will have lunch in the nice restaurant of Jade Museum.
After lunch, we will visit the Sacred Road. Along the sacred road there are many stone statues of people and animals on both sides. These are the loyal guarders of the royal graveyard.
One the way back to the downtown Beijing, we will stop by the Olympic Stadiums, you can take photos of the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube.

Badaling Great Wall

Sacred Road

Day 4  Beijing-Xian

 Breakfast & lunch

In the morning we will visit the beautiful Summer Palace – the largest imperial garden in China. Walk along the elegant Promenade, see stone boat, visit Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill. You will also enjoy the scenery on a boat. After Summer Palace, we will visit Panda House inside Beijing Zoo, where we will see lovely pandas. Then drive to hutong area, visit a local Beijing family and learn how to make a dumpling and cooking skills, you may try to make a dumpling by yourself and have dumplings as your lunch. After lunch we will enjoy a rickshaw Hutong tour where you will visit Shichahai, Yinding Bridge, Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street, etc. allowing you to experience the essence of Beijing and its old culture. If time permits, you can also visit Nanluoguxiang.

Finally transfer to Beijing airport for flight to Xian. Upon arrival at Xian, you will be transferred to the hotel.

Hotel: Ramada Bell Tower Hotel, Xian

Summer Palace

Beijing Hutong

Day 5  Xian

  lunch & dumpling dinner

In the morning, we will pick you up from the hotel, and we drive to Terra-cotta Warriors, which is the most important attraction in Xian. There are three excavated pits exhibiting amazing Qin dynasty warriors and horses figures.
At noon we will have lunch at a well-known restaurant.
After lunch, we will visit Xian Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. In the evening, you will enjoy a traditional dumpling dinner and a splendid Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

Since the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show is closed in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, guests traveling in this period will have a free night by themselves instead of the show and dinner.

Terra-cotta Warriors

Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Day 6  Xian

 Western buffet breakfast

After breakfast we will visit the ancient City Wall. It is the most complete existing urban fortification in China which was build in Tang Dynasty. You can walk or cycle on the ancient wall.
Then visit the Great Mosque, a nice place of serenity amid the bustling city. Surrounding the mosque is a Muslim bazaar for souvenirs and local snacks.

Optional Activities: Bicycle ride on the city wall with extra charge.

Xian Ancient City Wall

Great Mosque

Day 7  Xian-Chengdu


After breakfast, we will see you off at the North Railway Station for your morning high speed train to Chengdu. The train journey takes around 4 hours. Upon your arrival, our local driver will meet you and help you check in at the hotel. Lunch is not included today and you can have a taste of the famous Sichuan food on your own. This afternoon is left free for you to arrange activities on your own.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza

Day 8  Chengdu

  Breakfast & lunch

Today you will pay a visit to the lovely giant pandas in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding . Giant Panda only inhabits in China, so it is regarded as the national treasure.
After that, you will proceed to visit Jinsha Site Museum. Covering an area of 5 square kilometers, it is the historical remains of the Shang and Zhou dynasties (1700BC-221BC) focusing on the cultural relics' exhibit and the sacrificial site. Then our guide will escort you to explore the Broad and Narrow Alleys for a glimpse on local living style..

Broad and Narrow Alleys

Giant Panda Breeding Center

Day 9  Chengdu-Chongqing


Take a morning bullet train for around 2 hours to Chongqing. Upon your arrival, we will meet you at Chongqing West Railway Station. After that you will board the President Series cruise ship for a three-night stay. It sets sail at 22:00, when your relaxing Yangtze cruise begins. Today's lunch and dinner are not included.

Note: The cruise itinerary is subject to change by the cruise company. The listed itinerary is only for reference.
Cruises: President No. 8 with balcony or other five-star cruise

Accommodation: On the cruise

Day 10  Yangtze River Cruise


Early bird coffee and tea are available at 6:30. Have buffet breakfast from 7:00 to 8:30.

Then join the activities on the cruise or take an optional tour to Fengdu Ghost City .
Have buffet lunch at noon.

At 16:00, the ship will stop at Zhongxian Port. Shore excursion to Shibaozhai, which was built against Yuyin Mountain, during Wanli Period. The whole tower is 56 meters high with 12 floors.

There will be a Captain's Welcome Reception at 18:15 at Shangri-la Restaurant and an evening show at Oscar Performance Hall at 21:00.

Optional Activities: Fengdu Ghost City (CNY290 per person, 2.5 hours)

Accommodation: On the cruise


Fengdu Ghost City

Day 11  Yangtze River Cruise

 Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Early bird coffee and tea are available at 6:30. Have buffet breakfast from 7:00 to 8:30.
The ship will stop at White Emperor City at 7:00. Stay on board or take an optional tour to White Emperor City.
Then pass through Qutang Gorge at 10:45. The tour guide will explain the attraction on the deck of 6th floor.
At 12:30, the ship will pass through Wu Gorge. You could enjoy the scenery while having buffet lunch.

In the afternoon, take a boat to visit Shennong Stream. It is a stream of 60 km running through the gorges from the south to the north.
There will be a Captain's Farewell Banquet at 19:00. Settle the bills later.
Watch Crew cabaret at 21:00. At about 22:30, the ship will go through five-grade ship lock of the Three Gorges Dam. You will see the spectacular scenes on the deck of 6th floor and experience how a cruiser ship climb stairs.

Optional Activities: White Emperor City (CNY290 per person)

Three Gorges Dam

White Emperor City

Day 12  Cruise-Yichang-Shanghai


After an early breakfast, you will disembark for an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam
, where the cruiser guide will show you around the site and explain how the dam works. Then you will return to ship and check-out the cruiser around 12:00 at noon. We will pick you up on board and transfer you to the Yichang train station for the bullet train to Shanghai. Upon arrival at Shanghai, we will meet you at the train station and transfer you to the Bund Riverside Hotel. The rest of the day is free for you.

Hotel: Bund Riverside Hotel

Free-time ideas: If you are interested, we suggest you take a visit to Shanghai’s shining star – Xin Tian Di area. It is a wonderful place for shopping, entertainment and dining.
You can also visit the Bund Area to enjoy the night scene.

Day 13  Shanghai

 Breakfast & Lunch

In the morning we visit Shanghai Museum treasured with ancient art works of China, including bronze ware, chinaware, paintings and calligraphy. Then we tour the Yuyuan Garden, a famous garden in the south China. The symbol of Yuyuan Garden is the Nine Zigzag Bridge built of granite and grass-white jade and the quaint, elegant mid-lake pavilion.
At noon we have farewell lunch at a good restaurant with Shanghai cuisine.
Afternoon we visit Bund area, where you can see the famous Oriental Pearl TV Tower across the river, this is a good place to take pictures of Shanghai. Then have a short cruise tour along the Huangpu River. After that we will walk to Nanjing Road if time permits and then visit an old streets in Shanghai. At last, we will go back to hotel, and our guide and driver will say goodbye to you.

The Bund,Shanghai

Day 14  Shanghai Departure


After breakfast at the hotel, our package finished. You need find your own way to the airport for your homeward flight. Note that there are two airports in Shanghai: Pudong Airport (PVG) and Hongqiao Airport (SHA). We suggest you reserve a taxi at the hotel to save waiting time. Also if you wish to stay on in China, please contact us for an extension tour.

City 4-Star Hotel
Beijing Sunworld Hotel, Beijing or Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel
Xian Ramada Bell Tower Hotel, Xian
Chengdu Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Shanghai The Bund Riverside Hotel, Shanghai

 Price Including
  • Flight Tickets and high-speed train ticket(second class) as mentioned above
  • Hotels (twin share bases) and breakfasts as listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals and entrance tickets of attractions as listed in the itinerary.
  • English speaking guide and transfer services.
  • Five-star Yangtze River Cruise.
 Price Excluding
  • Entry or Exit International Airfare.
  • Visa Fees.
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Tips for the guide and driver.
  • Optional activity fee.

The group tour departs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday (low season, inquire us). For everyday departure, please check private tour 11 Days Tour (Beijing -Xian -Yangtze River Cruise -Shanghai).

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