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Tour F: Tibet Adventure + China Yangtze Spectacular + Leshan Giant Buddha + High Speed Train + Panda Breeding Research Center (Tour Code: YTCF)

Beijing, Lhasa, Xigaze, Chengdu, Xi’an, Wuhan

Yichang, Yangtze Cruise (5 Star – MV President No7/8), Chongqing, Shanghai 22-Day (20-nightDeluxe Tour

 (Tour No: YTCF)

Day 1 – Hometown / Beijing  

Fly with Air Canada or West Jet to Vancouver, and then connect with Air China for your flight to Beijing. Meet your Canadian Tour Leader and start your worry-free vacation.

Day 2 – Arriving Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. You will be greeted by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Relax or explore Beijing at your leisure.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott (5-Star Design)

Day 3 – Beijing

You will be exploring the heart of Beijing after breakfast. The trip starts from Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world – the square and its surrounding areas are home to some of China’s most historic monuments and government edifices. Then take a tour to the Forbidden City, the largest existing ancient architectural complex in China. In the afternoon, you will visit Summer Palace – an enchanting panorama of lake, landscape, pagodas and pavilions. This evening, you will enjoy a special Peking Duck Dinner.  ( B /L / SD )

Day 4 – Beijing

Have an inspiring day tour to the world famous Great Wall (Juyong Pass), which winds dragon-like across northern China. Enjoy time to walk along its ramparts and absorb the breathtaking views. After lunch, you also have a close look at 2008 Beijing Olympic Stadium (The Bird’s Nest &The Water Cube).  Evening entertainment is a dazzling Beijing Acrobatic Show.  ( B / L / D )

Day 5 – Beijing

Start the day with a visit to the beautiful Temple of Heaven. Then, take a Rickshaw Tour around the ancient alleyways of Beijing’s Hutong – one of Beijing’s 700-year-old traditional cottage neighbourhoods. Visit a family in one of the “Quadrangles”.  After lunch, visit the Wangfujing Shopping Area.  ( B / L / D )

Day 6Beijing / Lhasa ( By Air )

Flight to Lhasa to begin the adventure in Tibetan Plateau, see the spectacular views of 22,000-foot Himalayan peaks. Upon arrival, relax and adjust to being 12,000 feet above sea level.  ( B / L / D)

Hotel: Jardin Secret Hotel (5-Star)

Day 7 – Lhasa

You will visit Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s oldest and most holy spiritual center located in the city core.  Finish today’s tour with a stroll around the ethereal pavilions and gardens of the Summer Palace, built in the 1950’s by the Dalai Lama shortly before his escape to India, and view his garden throne. You will explore the Bakor Street yourself and a Tibetan Style Dinner and Show will be arranged.  ( B / L / SD )

Day 8 – Lhasa ~ Gyantse ~ Xigaze

A spectacular drive along an old caravan trade route takes you through stunning glacial landscapes and high mountain passes to Gyantse via Yamdroktso Lake.  ( B / L / D )

Hotel: Zhaxiquta Hotel (4-Star, the Best Hotel in Xigaze)

Day 9 – Xigaze ~ Lhasa

The highlight of your full day exploration of Xigaze will begin a tour to Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the most exquisite in Tibet and the former seat of the Panchen Lama. Fabulous murals grace the inner walls of this elaborate temple complex – but the focal point is an enormous bronze Buddha, the largest in Tibet, which stands 86 feet high and contains over 600 pounds of pure gold. (B / L / D)

Hotel: Jardin Secret Hotel (5-Star)

Day 10 – Lhasa

Spend a full day exploring the mysteries of this sacred land at the “roof of the world”. You’ll visit Potala Palace, a towering 1,000 room structure and former living quarters of the Dalai Lama. (B/L/D)

Day 11Lhasa / Chengdu  ( By Air )

Take a morning flight to Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan Province. Upon arrival, you’ll visit the Old Style Chengdu of Wide & Narrow Alley and Jinli Street – once was one of the busiest commercial streets during the Shu Kingdom (221-263). Tonight you will enjoy the magic Face-changing Show which is very famous for Sichuan Opera.   ( B / L / D )

Hotel: Dorsett Grand Chengdu  (5-star)

Day 12 – Chengdu ~ Leshan Giant Buddha

This morning we will go for a drive to Leshan (a prefecture-level city at the confluence of the Dadu and Min rivers and located about 120 km from Chengdu) and visit the Leshan Giant Buddha.  This  is a 71-metre (233 feet) tall stone statue, built between 713 and 803 (during the Tang Dynasty), depicting Maitreya. It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Min and Dadu Rivers in the southern part of the Sichuan province. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below its feet. It is the largest and tallest stone Buddha statue in the world  and it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world. In 1996 The Mount Emei Scenic Area (including the Leshan Giant Buddha) was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Admire the beautiful Rice Paddies and Country Landscapes on your way back to Chengdu.  (B/L/D)

Day 13 – Chengdu ~ Xian ( By High Speed Train )

Morning, you will visit the Panda Breeding Research Center, which creates an imitated natural environment for Pandas, and the Giant Panda Museum.  After lunch, take the High Speed train to Xian.  Xian- one of China’s ancient capitals. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. (B/L/D)

Hotel: Tianyu Fields International Hotel (5-Star)

Day 14Xi’an

Another unforgettable full day tour is visiting the excavation of more than 6,000 Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Reproduction Factory on the way. Lunch enjoy the Handmade Noodle while watching a noodle-making show. Tonight you will enjoy the well-known Xi’an Special Dumpling Banquet while being entertained by the colourful Tang Dynasty Show.  ( B / L / SD )

Day 15Xi’an

Visit the historic Shanxi Provincial Museum, Wild Goose Pagoda Square and a jade workshop. Muslim Quarter Market will be arranged in the later afternoon. Dinner by your own arrange. (B/L)

Day 16 – Xian / Wuhan ( By Air ) ~ Yichang ~ Yangtze River Cruise

Today, take a flight to Wuhan. Hop on a ride to Yichang. In the evening, board the deluxe cruise ship MV President No.7 / 8  to catch every splendid and amazing moment along the Yangtze River.  (B/L/D)

Yangtze Cruise Ship: 5 Star MV President No. 7 / 8 (Outside Cabin with Balcony)

FREE Up Grade to Executive Service Package on President Cruise

Day 17 – Yangtze River Cruise

Take a shore excursion at Sandouping takes you to “Three Gorges Dam”, the biggest hydroelectric dam in the world. Return to the ship and sail through the Three Gorges Dam Shiplocks and the first gorge – Xiling Gorge, the longest and the most hazardous one in the famous “Three Gorges”. Tonight, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Dinner.  ( B / L / SD )

Day 18 – Yangtze River Cruise

Begin your day with an excursion to Shennong Stream, which takes you almost 20 miles of cascading waterfalls, steep cliffs, karst caves, three-colored springs. Return to the cruise ship again and set sail through the second gorge – Wu Gorge, known for its odd, misty rock formations and its backdrop of soaring mountains. Later in the afternoon, you will pass the third gorge – Qutang Gorge, the shortest but the most dramatic Gorges with ancient relics scattered along its steep cliffs. Enjoy a Crew Cabaret Show at night. ( B / L / D )

Day 19 – Yangtze River Cruise

After breakfast, take a shore excursion to visit the Shibaozhai Temple, a gem of Chinese Architecture located in Zhong County, at the south bank of the Yangtze River. Enjoy Captain’s Farewell Banquet followed by a Gathering Party at night. ( B / L / SD )

Day 20Chongqing / Shanghai ( By Air )

After breakfast, disembark the cruise at Chongqing. You will have a city tour in Chongqing including Chongqing Huguang Guild Hall. Afternoon flight to Shanghai, China’s most populous city and seaport.   Tonight Huangpu River Night Cruise as an optional tour.  ( B / L / D )

Hotel: Huating Hotel & Towers  (5-Star)

Day 21Shanghai

After breakfast, explore the Shanghai Museum, the People’s Square and walk around the “Bund” (a famous waterfront along the west bank of the Huangpu River) . Then tour the Yuyuan Bazaar, the Pudong Development Zone, and later on take a closer look at the most attractive place in the city – The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower. Also visit the famous Nanjing Road shopping area. At night enjoy a Farewell to China Dinner.   (B / L / SD)

Day 22 – Shanghai / Hometown (Via Beijing)

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in Shanghai for your departure to Canada. You are to arrive home on the same day.  (B)

 

Bon Voyage!

*B-Buffet Breakfast   L-Lunch   SL-Special Lunch     D-Dinner   SD-Special Dinner

* Group Size Not More than 20 passengers*

 

Price

YTCF by Air China, with add-on by Air Canada / WestJet Tour Cost

Fuel surcharge and other cost

 

Fees to be paid locally in China:

  1. Gratuities to China escort, guides and drivers: US$220 per person for the whole trip.
  2. Gratuities to Yangtze Cruise ship crew: US$25 per person paid on the ship.

Remarks:

  1. Child (11 Yrs & under) rate: 90% of the adult fare, sharing room, no extra bed.
  2. Add on to Vancouver by Air Canada or West Jet, seats are subject to availability.
  3. Business Class Upgrade is from $3,300 per person for Vancouver / Beijing / Vancouver, seats are subject to availability.
  4. Personal Insurance: purchase of personal travel and trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended, please contact your travel agent.
  5. Air Fuel Surcharge of all Airlines are subject to change without prior notice.
  6. FREE Up Grade to Executive Service Package on Yangtze President Cruise.

Shanghai

Enormous Shanghai, on China’s central coast, is the country’s biggest city and a global financial hub. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. Across the Huangpu River rises Pudong’s futuristic skyline, including 632m Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, with distinctive pink spheres. Sprawling Yuyuan Garden has Read more

Chengdu

Chengdu is the capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan province. Chengdu’s history dates back to at least the 4th century B.C., when it served as capital for the Shu Kingdom. Artifacts from that dynasty are the focus of the Jinsha Site Museum. The city is also home to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Read more

Xigaze

Shigatse, officially known as Xigazê, is a prefecture-level city of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, with an area of 182,000 km². It is located within the historical Tsang province of Tibet.Read more

Lhasa

Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, lies on the Lhasa River’s north bank in a valley of the Himalayas. Rising atop Red Mountain at an altitude of 3,700m, the red-and-white Potala Palace once served as the winter home of the Dalai Lama. The palace’s rooms, numbering around 1,000, include the Dalai Lama’s living Read more

Xi’an

Xi’an is a large city and capital of Shaanxi Province in central China. Once known as Chang’an (Eternal Peace), it marks the Silk Road’s eastern end and was home to the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties’ ruling houses. In Xi’an’s surrounding plains are the famed Bingmayong (Terracotta Warriors), thousands of life-size, hand-molded figures buried Read more

Beijing

Beijing, China’s massive capital, has history stretching back 3 millennia. Yet it’s known as much for its modern architecture as its ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Nearby, the massive Tiananmen Square pedestrian plaza is site of Mao Zedong’s mausoleum and the National Read more

Chongqing

Chongqing is a sprawling municipality at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers in southwestern China. In the city center, the large, domed Great Hall of the People complex stands above pedestrianized People’s Square. On the other side of the square, the Three Gorges Museum features artifacts from the construction of the Three Gorges Read more