contrast to the other tours, we have chosen this tour with
2-3 stars hotels according to the Chinese categories, which
however are clean and proper. Moreover, you will take a
night train instead of the plane twice.
||Home Inn **
Arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport. Greetings
by your tour guide and transfer to the hotel. The rest of
the day is at your disposal.
the world-famous Tian'anmen Square (Tian'anmen
Guang chang) in the morning. Enter the Forbidden City (also
called the Palace Museum) through Tian’anmen Square Gate.
The Forbidden City is on the UNESCO's World
Heritage List. It is a masterpiece of Chinese palace architecture
of the Ming and Qing era and it demonstrates imposingly
the integration of traditional architecture in ancient northern
China into the art of palace building. Afterwards visit
another landmark of Beijing, the Temple of Heaven
(Tian Tan). It is also on the UNESCO's World Heritage List,
because it is a unique expression of the Chinese concept
of the relationship between heaven and earth.
In the morning, you drive by bus to the
Badaling Great Wall . You can climb up to the wall
through a scarped staircase and enjoy the scenery from above.
Afterwards, visit the Summer Palace (Yi
He Yuan). It is an imperial garden, where the Chinese gardening
is perfectly reflected. That's why it is on the UNESCO's
World Heritage List. Transfer to the train station in the
late afternoon. Go to Xi’an by night train in a first class
||3e Hotel **
Arrival in Xi’an in the morning and transfer
to the hotel. After breakfast, go to the excavation sites
and visit the Army of TerraCotta Warriors
(Bing Ma Yong), which is a part of the grave of the first
emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang (221-210 BC). The grave,
including the TerraCotta Warriors is on the UNESCO's World
Heritage List. Besides thousands of life-size TerraCotta
Warriors and Horses guarding the Tomb of the first emperor
of China, you can see two bronze models of horse carriage
and warrior (Tong Che MA) from that time. They were found
in ducts beside the burial mound. Return to Xi’an in the
afternoon. Afterwards, visit the Big Wild Goose
Pagoda (Da Yan Ta) in the Dacien temple built in
652 A.D., which is considered as Xi'an’s landmark.
||Chung King Hotel ***
the morning, visit the Bell and Drum Tower square
(Zhong Gu Lou) and the Muslim Old Town with its
numerous small shops and restaurants. There you will visit
the Great Mosque (Qingzhen Si; or Hua Jue
Si), which is built in the typical Chinese temple architectural
style. The afternoon is at your disposal. You can, for instance,
visit Xi’an City Wall or the Shaanxi
History Museum (Shaanxi Lishi Bowuguan), one of
the most beautiful museums in China. You will get the best
overview of Chinese history, starting from Paleolithic to
the end of the emperor era. Fly to Chongqing in the evening.
Transfer to the hotel.
Today, you will visit the Chaotianmen
Esplanade at the dock, which is shaped like a ship
bow. It is located on a peninsula, which is formed by the
confluence of the Yangtze River and the Jialing River. Afterwards,
stroll along the pedestrian zone in the Jiefangbei district
with its hotels, department stores and restaurants in this
fast developing industrial metropolis in the middle reaches
of the Yangtze. When you visit the Eling Gongyuan
(Goose Hill Park) on the bluff of the Jialing River,
you can get a nice overview of the city from the observation
deck. Get on the Yangtze cruise ship in the late afternoon.
Within two and a half days you will cruise
the whole 600 km long distance from Chongqing to the
Three Gorges Dam. You will cross the Three Gorges
as well. At first you will come to pass the only 8 km long
and rather narrow, but very impressing Qutang Gorge (Bellows
Gorge), then the 40 km long Wu Gorge (Witch Gorge) and finally
the 76 km long Xiling Gorge (West Mountain Gorge). You will
make a trip to a very old village, which nearly can not
be reached from the landside, and a boat trip through the
small gorges of one of the tributary rivers into a charming
protected landscape. Moreover at the second day, you will
pass the gigantic five ary watergate of the Three Gorges
Dam - an outstanding attraction
in Yichang in the morning. Then travel to Wuhan by bus.
The drive takes approximately 4 hours. Transfer to the train
station in the afternoon and go to Guilin by train in a
first class sleeping wagon.
||Jingxiu Hotel ***
Arrival in Guilin in the morning, transfer
to the hotel and breakfast. Afterwards, make a city sightseeing
tour through Guilin, which is located amidst karst cone
hills.Then visit the famous stalactite cave - Reed
Flute Cave (Ludiyan) –, Guilin’s landmark - the
Elephant Trunk Mountain (Xiangbi Shan) - and the
Fubo Hill, where you can get a beautiful view of
the city and the surrounding hills.
|| West Street Guesthouse
for a cruise on Li River
through a picturesque karst landscape with its typical cone-shaped
hills, rice fields between the mountains, bamboo forests,
and bathing water buffalos, which impart a romantic picture
of South China to you. The boat trip ends at the small river
haven of Yangshuo. After the arrival in Yangshuo, you can
experience the impressing karst landscape by bike or have
a round trip by electrical minibus through the villages,
along rice fields and between beautiful hills. Overnight
stay at the West Street Guesthouse in Yangshuo.
A suggestion for the evening: Impression Liu Sanjie,
directed by the famous Chinese film director Zhang Yimou.
He will be the leading director of the opening and closing
ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The evening
performance is a wonderful presentation of local dance and
Return to Guilin by bus in the morning.
Transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai. After the arrival,
transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your disposal.
go to Suzhou by train. Visit the picturesque Humble
Administrator's Garden, which was built in the 16th
century. It is the largest and most representative garden
in Suzhou. Afterwards, visit the Garden of the
Master of the Nets (Wangshi Yuan). It is
the smallest, but perhaps the most impressive private gardens
in Suzhou. Because of its able use of space, it appears as
if it were a much bigger garden. They are two of the nine
gardens in Suzhou, which are on the UNESCO’s World Heritage
List. Afterwards return to Shanghai by train.
|Day 14: Shanghai
This day is at your disposal. For instance, You can go for
a walk in the Old Town, go shopping in the Nanjing Road
or the Huaihai Road, or visit the Shanghai Museum.
Transfer to the Pudong international airport
and fly back home. (You can spend approx. $7 to go to the
airport by the Transrapid).
End of the travel.
B: Breakfast L:
|Tour No.: BT1
Budget Tour 1
For individual groups
room extra charge
cabin extra charge
Single room extra charge
Single cabin extra charge
|    1470 USD
|| 135 USD
|| 200 USD
If you are a group with more than 5 persons, you can get more
favourable prices. Please note that the prices may vary due
to exchange rate fluctuations (RMB to USD) slightly. The prices
above were computed by the rates as 1 USD= 7.9 RMB.
Peak season: May, September and October
Shoulder season: March, April, June, July, August, November
Beijing Home Inn Beixinqiao**
Xi'an 3e Hotel**
Chongqing Chung King Hotel***
Guilin Jingxiu Hotel***
Yangshuo West Street Guesthouse**
Shanghai Motel Anyuan**
-- All overnight accommodation in double rooms shared by
two adults with breakfast and the meals as listed in the
-- All transfers and entrance tickets as listed in the itinerary.
-- With Yangtze River cruise ship Marco Polo****.
-- Inland flight tickets including all fees.
-- Local English-speaking tour guide.
Price does not include:
-- International flight tickets
-- Visa for China
-- Personal expenditures, tips etc.
-- If you choose the second class sleeping wagon (six beds
in a compartment) in a train, $21 could
be saved per person.
-- The prices do not apply to the May Day Holiday (30th
April. –7th May.), the National
Day Holiday (30th Sep.–7th Oct.), and the Formula 1 in Shanghai
(25th Sep.–5th Oct. 2006).
-- The hotels, trains and flights listed in the itinerary
may be changed into the ones of similar
category if necessary.
-- The Yangtze River cruise ship sails off every Friday
evening from Chongqing, so that
the itinerary must be planed according to that.
-- If you need more information, please contact