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15 Day Tour of China with Yangtze Cruise
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Beijing City Tour
Great Wall of China
Temple of Heaven
Bell & Tower Sqaure
Wild Goose Pagoda
Yangtze River Cruise
Three Gorge Dam Project
Zhujiajia City Tour
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Jade Buddha Temple
All transfers in a private coach with AC
All domestic flights in China in economy class
All train journeys mentioned in the itinerary
11 nights accommodation in a 4* hotel with breakfast
3 nights accomodation in Yangtze River cruise with buffet breakfast
Meals as per day-to-day itinerary
Entrances and sightseeing as mentioned in Tour Highlights
Premium service of a Star Tours Tour Manager or local ground operator
All tips and service charges
On arrival at Beijing Airport, meet your local representative/ tour manager and proceed to your hotel. Remainder of day is at leisure. (Check in time is after 15:00 hrs). In the evening enjoy an Indian dinner. Note: Transfers to hotel are available all day, mode of transportation could be either a coach/ minivan along with other passengers from the group. If your flight arrives after 16:30hrs local time, then dinner will not be provided.
Today we visit Tiananmen Square which is known to be one of the largest public squares in the world, bordered by the Qianmen Gate, the Great Hall of the People and Theatre of Heavenly Peace. Later visit the Forbidden City to see the courtyards, palaces and pavilions. In the afternoon, continue to Lama Temple, which combines styles of Manchurian, Chinese, Tibetan, and Mongolian architecture. Everywhere you turn, expansive details and bold patterns can be found to tease and tantalize the senses.
In the morning visit the Jade Factory for shopping before departing for a tour of the Great Wall of China. This 6,400 kilometre long wall is a symbol of China's ancient civilisation and ranks among the greatest ancient monuments in history. Later visit some of the modern sights that Beijing has to offer; view the iconic Olympic buildings, take photos with the National Aquatics Centre (Water Cube), and the National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest.
Today visit the Summer Palace which is a vast group of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing. The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. Later visit the Temple of Heaven, the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshiped heaven and prayed for good harvests. Before lunch visit the Factory. Here you may purchase gifts; jeans, jackets, bags and souvenirs for families and friends. Also visit the Yashow Market also known as the "Yaxiu Market". This evening enjoy a wonderful acrobatic show which promises to dazzle and entertain.
Beijing - Xian
Today check out and proceed to Xian via a superfast train. On arrival visit the Wild Goose Pagoda which is a Buddhist pagoda, built in 652 AD by the Tang Dynasty. Also visit the Bell Tower Square which is in the heart of this bustling city.
Today enjoy a full day tour of the Terracotta Warriors - the tomb of the First Emperor of China and a UNESCO site. See more than 6000 moulded soldiers, officers, horses and wagons of this famed legendary army which were buried together with the Emperor 2,200 years ago and discovered only in 1974.
Xian - Chengdu
In the morning fly to Chengdu. Upon arrival, transfer for lunch and then later to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit Kanzhai xiangzi street & Jin Li street. Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi in Chinese literally means "Wide and Narrow Alleys". Here enjoy free time to explore the charm of these streets.
Begin by visiting the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This 540 hectare park is a truly splendid way to see the panda in its natural habitat. In the afternoon take a short boat ride to see the Leshan Buddha - the largest stone Buddha in the world, known as "Dafo" by the Chinese, which is carved on the side of the hill, where he sits tall 71 meters high overlooking the river. It took more than 90 years to carve, and is now one of UNESCO world heritage site.
Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise
Morning at leisure in Chengdu. In the afternoon, transfer to take a 2nd class high speed train from Chengdu to to Chongquing. Upon arrival, we proceed to the pier to embark on your wonderful Yangtze River Cruise.
Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise
Depart from Chongqing in the morning. Visit Fengdu (optional) the City of Ghosts on the Ming Hill. You may climb the winding cobblestone road or take a cable car to reach the 288 meter-high Ming Hill. Later, have an enjoyable time at the Captain's Welcome Party, as your ship anchors at Wanxian for an overnight stop.
(Please note that the first shore excursion of the cruise may occur either at Fengdu, Shibaozhai or Wanzhou, dependent on local river conditions).
Yangtze River Cruise
Today sail pass the Three Little Gorges. The magnificent Qutang Gorge extends 8 km and leads us to the splendour of Wu Gage. Disembark for an excursion through Daning River Lesser Three Gorges. Sail into the west section of the third gorge of the Yangtze River - the Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Yangtze gorges, after which the ships passes through the 5 stage ship lock. As you pass through the gorge, the river varies from 200 metres wide at is broadest to just 10 metres. The thundering waters and towering crags makes a breathtaking sight.
Three Gorges Dam - Yichang - Shanghai
After breakfast on board the cruise, enjoy a shore excursion of the Three Gorges Dam, the largest project of its kind in the world. The dam is 1,983 metres long and 185 meters high. Its construction involves the relocation of 13 cities, 140 towns and 1.3 million people and the enormity of the project is quite staggering. Later we sail to the port of Yichang, on arrival disembark and drive to the airport for the flight to Shanghai.
This morning, visit the famous Buddhism shrine, Jade Buddha Temple, located in the bustling city of Shanghai. It is named for its two bejewelled white jade Buddha. Carved from a whole piece of white jade, the sitting jade Buddha statue is translucent with a solemn expression, displaying the excellent skill and extraordinary art of the Chinese people. Later, visit the Yuyuan Garden which has many scenic courtyards decorated with baroque rockery, pools, and flora that are all connected by corridors and passageways.
Today you will visit Zhujiajiao, located in a suburb of Shanghai city. Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town well-known throughout the country, with a history of more than 1,700 years. Covering an area of 47 square kilometres, the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains. Endowed with another elegant name - 'Pearl Stream' - the little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Later drive back to Shanghai for shopping at The Bund, Nanjing Road and TV Tower, which was completed on October 1, 1994. The TV Tower has a height of 468 meters, which multi-functions as a sightseeing attraction, dining opportunities, shopping, amusement and accommodations. This tower has become the symbol of the city and a popular tourist attraction in Shanghai.
Shanghai - Flight Out/ Continue onto Hong Kong or Japan
After breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Check out time is 11:00 hrs. Depending on your return flight timing, you will be transferred to the airport, the mode of transportation could be either coach/ minivan along with your other passengers from the group. Please note that late check-out is not guaranteed and it is advisable to opt for an early morning flight.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
The People's Republic of China commonly known as China. China is the largest country in the East Asia Area. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of over 1.35 billion Covering approximately 9.6 million square kilometres.
The Yangtze and Yellow Rivers, the third- and sixth-longest in the world, run from the Tibetan Plateau to the densely populated eastern seaboard. China's coastline along the Pacific Ocean is 14,500 kilometres long, and is bounded by the Bohai, Yellow, East and South China Seas.
The history of China goes back to the ancient civilization one of the worlds earliest that flourished in the fertile basin of the Yellow River in the North China Plain. For millennia, China's political system was based on hereditary monarchies, known as dynasties.
Pick up and Drop off points & Times
There are no dedicated pick up points for flight tours. You will have to meet a Star Tours representative directly at Beijing airport.
Time : GMT +8
Sockets in China use three pin plugs. The voltage in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. If you are travelling to China, you should carry an adaptor.
Passports and visa
Entry requirements for Americans: US passport in good condition required for US citizens valid for at least 6 months upon arrival. Visa required.
For USA residents please visit http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/hzqz/zgqz/t84246.htm
Entry requirements for UK nationals: Visas are required for travel by UK passport; Passport must be valid for six months beyond intended travel. http://www.visaforchina.org/LON_EN/
Entry requirements for Indian Passport Holders: Passport valid for at least 6 months upon arrival. Visas are required.
Medical facilities arenot always of high quality and can be extremely expensive. You are strongly recommended to obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. It should cover local hospitalisation and medical repatriation to your country of residence.
Go prepared for the heat. Use a high factor sun block and drink plenty of bottled water to guard against exposure and dehydration, which can result in serious health problems
Insect and animal bites can be painful, set off allergic reactions, or become infected. Some also spread diseases such as malaria and rabies. Avoid insect and animal bites by using insect repellent on exposed skin.
In China, a vast land spanning many degrees of latitude with complicated terrain, climate varies radically. China has a variety of temperature and rainfall zones, including continental monsoon areas. In winter most areas become cold and dry, in summer hot and rainy.
Five Temperature Zones
In winter, an isotherm of zero degrees traverses the Huaihe River-Qinling Mountain-southeast Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Areas north of the isotherm have temperatures below zero degrees and south of it, above zero. Mohe in Heilongjiang can hit an average of 30 degrees centigrade below zero, while the temperature of Sanya in Hainan Province is above 20 degrees.
In summer, most of areas are above 20 degrees centigrade despite the high Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and other mountains such as Tianshan. Among these hot places, Turpan Basin in Xinjiang is the center for intense heat at 32 centigrade on average.
Cold-Temperate Zone: north part of Heilongjiang Province and Inner Mongolia (Representative city: Harbin)
Mid-Temperate Zone: Jilin, northern Xinjiang, and most of Heilongjiang, Liaoning, and Inner Mongolia (Representative cities: Beijing, Shenyang, Dalian, Urumqi, Hohhot, Dunhuang, Lanzhou)
Warm-Temperate Zone: area of the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River, Shandong, Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Hebei Province (Representative cities: Xian, Taiyuan, Luoyang, Jinan, Qingdao, Zhengzhou)
Subtropical Zone: South of isotherm of Qinling Mountain-Huaihe River, east of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (Representative cities: Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Guilin, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Chengdu)
Tropical Zone: Hainan province, southern Taiwan, Guangdong, and Yunnan Province (Representative cities: Haikou, Sanya) Plateau Climate Zone: Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (Representative city: Lhasa)
Baggage allowance will normally be 20kg this will be dependent on the airline you are travelling with. Please ensure you adhere to current aviation regulations. Please remember that passengers will have to carry their luggage to and from the coach to the hotel room.
Food & drink
Even food that looks fresh and tastes delicious can carry germs. Follow these guidelines to ensure you remain well while away:
Wash hands with soap and water before handling any food.
Be sure that crockery and cutlery is clean.
Try to eat well-cooked food that is hot all the way through.
Food eaten immediately after cooking is the safest.
Food that is left to stand after cooking and food from street stalls is more likely to be contaminated.
Stick to bottled or canned drinks rather than drinks such as fresh juices that may be diluted with tap water.
Do not use ice in drinks as this is usually made from tap water which may be contaminated in some destinations.
Salads and fruit if washed in tap water may also carry contamination.
It is generally best to eat only food that is thoroughly cooked, or peeled.
Clothing & Accessories
China is a weird and wonderful place; its a huge buzzing metropolis by the sea that sprawls out into the middle of the desert. This concoction of different aspects makes for a unique holiday experience, and it also makes for a fresh challenge in packing.
Sunscreen is essential, the sun beats down virtually all year round in Dubai and you will need some protection. Another essential is a decent hat. You could just use a baseball cap although these tend to get quite hot and sweaty. A safe bet is a bucket hat (sometimes known as a fishing hat) which is a great choice because it provides good cover from the sun for your face and the back of your neck too. Theyre also usually made of cotton, so they breathe easily.
Clothing should be light, linen trousers and t shirts are ideal, as are shorts. Lighter colours reflect the heat from the suns rays, whereas darker ones absorb them, so you will stay extra cool. A quick word on footwear sandals or flip-flops and trainers are the best options, as well as pair of shoes for evening dinners.
Toiletries are good to pack, especially as you do not know in advance what your hotel might have but bear in mind that all your favourite products will be widely available in Chinas many malls and supermarkets. Some shaving foam, a razor and some anti-perspirant will be useful but also shower gel and shampoo might be a good thing to bring too.
The renminbi is the official currency of the Peoples Republic of China and sometimes it is also called Yuan. The distinction between the terms "renminbi" and "yuan" is similar to that between sterling and pound. The Bank notes exist in denominations of ¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥20, ¥50 and ¥100.
General Travel Information
Taxis and mini-buses often over charge tourists. You should agree a charge with the driver before the journey commences and ensure that a seat belt is worn at all times.
Sensible precautions should always be taken when in unfamiliar surroundings. Take care of your passport and valuables, use hotel safes and beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers.
Do not leave your accommodation windows open especially if you are on the Ground floor; ensure that doors are left locked at all times. You should avoid political gatherings and demonstrations, and respect any advice or instruction from the local authorities.
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