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7 Days Shanghai Essence & Yangtze Cruise

Shanghai - Yichang - Yangtze River Crusie - Chongqing

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TOUR CODE: TCT-CTSH-07C
TOUR TYPE: Private tour with private tour guides & vehicle

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OVERVIEW
If you've visited Beijing and Xian, then experience the highlights in Shanghai and Yangtze River would perfectly get a deeper understanding of China past, present & future! You will visit Shanghai to see the dazzling modern city with its magnificent landmarks; Enjoy a luxurious and relaxing Yangtze River cruise; Shore excursion to the riverside ancient towns, temples along Yangtze; Visit the world-largest project – the Three Gorges Dam.
  • Day 1Pickup at airport and escort to hotel
  • Day 2Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, Yuyuan Garden and Bazaar, Jinmao Tower:
  • Day 3Visit Bund, Nanjing Road. Bulet train to Yichang for the cruise boarding
  • Day 4Yangtze River Cruise
  • Day 5Yangtze River Cruise
  • Day 6Yangtze River Cruise
  • Day 7Chongqing disembarkation and drive to airport
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ITINERARY
Day 1 Shanghai Arrival
Transfer Via: Flight arranged by you

Highlights: Welcome to Shanghai, the most metropolis of China! Upon arrival, you’ll be met by our guide and escorted to your hotel. The rest of is free for you

Accommodations: Overnight in Shanghai
Day 2 Shanghai (B,L)

Highlights: After breakfast, you'll visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, a must-see for all true Shanghainophiles to witness how Shanghai became a cosmopolitan city from a shabby fishing village. Continued is a tour to the beautiful Yu Garden, a pleasant enough,well-contained classical Chinese garden, and savor some local flavor snacks at the Yu Garden Bazaar.Continued you will pay a visit to a Silk Factory to learn the Chinese silk culture. Then ascend the Jinmao Tower to get an amazing bird's eye view of this metropolis.

Note: Recommended optional night show---Acrobatics Opera (RMB260=USD43/per)

Shanghai Urban Planning and Exhibition Center: If you want to see what a city of the future is really going to look like, come and visit Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center on the eastern end of People's Square. Housed in a striking modern five-story building made of microlite glass, this is one of the world's largest showcases of urban development and is much more interesting than its dry name suggests. The highlight is on the third floor: an awesome vast scale model of urban Shanghai as it will look in a couple of decades, a master plan full of endless skyscrapers punctuated occasionally by patches of green. The clear plastic models indicate structures yet to be built, and there are many of them.

Yu Garden: Yuyuan Garden (Happy Garden) is one of the highlights of Shanghai. It isbelieved to have been built in the Ming Dynasty, more than 400 years ago, with an exquisite layout and beautiful scenery. The inner and outer gardens were both built in the Ming Dynasty classical style, with numerous rock and tree garden areas, ponds, dragon-lined walls and zigzagging bridges separating various garden areas and pavilions. It is in the center of Shanghai's Old City, a few blocks south of the Bund. The surrounding bazaar area has good shopping opportunities for traditional Chinese products, gold, and jewels.

Jinmao Tower: The Jin Mao Building symbolizes Shanghai emerging into the 21st century. It was the tallest building in the country and third tallest in the world until 2007, when the World Financial Center was finished, In 2014 the Shanghai Tower will become China's tallest building. With an east-meets-west design signifying Shanghai's emergence as a modern global city, Jin Mao follows a multi-use model, offering retail shopping at its base, offices above, and the Grand Hyatt  occupying the upper 38 floors.

Accommodations: Overnight in Shanghai
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    shanghai urban planning exhibition center

  • jinmao tower

    jinmao tower

Day 3 Shanghai - Yichang - Yangtze Cruise (B)
Transfer Via: Bullet train arranged by us

Highlights: After breakfast, head to the famous Bund to witness Shanghai’s skyline, and stroll along China's No.1 shopping street, Nanjing Road. Then be escorted to the train station for the train to Yichang. Welcome to Yichang! Upon your Yichang arrival be met by our guide and escorted to the pier for boarding. 

The Bund: Which is a 1.5 km waterfront area of in Huangpu District of downtown Shanghai. The Bund usually refers to the buildings and wharves on this section of the road, as well as some adjacent areas. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai, on the east of this area, you can see the mother river of Shanghai----Huangpu River; and on the west of it, you will see rows of western architectures from 1930s. Building heights are restricted in this area. 

Nanjing Road: Starts at the Bund in the east and ends in the west, Nanjing Road is 3.4 miles and regarded as China's premier shopping street, it is a must-see metropolitan destination for shoppers from all over the world. Buildings with distinctive features erect on both sides of the street, huge signboards and advertisements show prosperity, and when the night falls, dazzling neon lights flicker with bright colors. 

Note: 

1) The ship usually does not sail until next day morning, but it is subject to the weather, river condition, etc.     

2) Dinner is not included tonight, please have your dinner before boardnig or bring some food & drinks to the ships.

Accommodations: Overnight on the Yangtze Cruise ship
  • the bund

    the bund

  • nanjing road

    nanjing road

Day 4 Yangtze River Cruise (B,L,D)

Highlights: Today you will have a shore excursion to visit the well-known Three Gorges Dam. As the biggest hydropower project in the world, the dam provides tremendous power generation and flood control service. Visit the Tanziling Park, Gorges Exhibition and have close look at the dam to know better of the largest construction projects. The cruise continues upstream through the Xiling Gorge, the first of these dramatic slices through the surrounding mountains. The new reservoir has altered the landscape, and with more than a million people relocated, the picture is now of a wild countryside – the physical embodiment of thousands of beautiful Chinese landscape paintings. Watch the fog move in that turns the mountains into ghostly sculptures and enjoy our sumptuous Captain’s Dinner for your evening meal.

Accommodations: Overnight on the Yangtze Cruise ship
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    yangtze river cruise

  • yangtze river cruise

    yangtze river cruise

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

Highlights: Today you will take smaller vessel to visit Shennv Stream. Shennv Stream, also called Goddess Stream, is an original virgin valley of Yangtze River where you could not only see the beautiful and legendary gorges, hanging coffins, but also enjoy local sampan trip and Tujia minority culture.   

Note: Some ships go to the Shennong Stream where you could not only see the beautiful and legendary gorges, hanging coffins, but also enjoy local sampan trip and Tujia minority culture. You have the final say on which excursion to make, as we can book any of the cruise ships at great rates!

Accommodations: Overnight on the Yangtze Cruise ship
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    yangtze river cruise

  • yangtze river cruise

    yangtze river cruise

Day 6 Yangtze River Cruise (B,L)

Highlights: Today is the shore excursion to visit Fengdu Ghost City. This ancient complex is full of shrines to the gods of the underworld. Surrounded by misty mountains, this area was revered as a crossing-over point, a mix of the material and spiritual worlds. On this day, you will also enjoy Captain’s Farewell Party, Chinese Folk Dance and other cultural activities onboard. 

Note: Some cruise ships make the shore excursions to Shibaozhai Pagoda, a Pearl on Yangtze River. The 12-storey, 100-foot high red pagoda stands in front of a mountainous area full of shrubs and trees. It needs some walk to climb up the pagoda stairs to experience the spectacular scenery from above. (Note: Wear comfortable shoes when visit Shibaozhai ashore.)

Accommodations: Overnight on the Yangtze Cruise ship
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    yangtze river cruise

  • yangtze river cruise

    yangtze river cruise

Day 7 Chongqing Disembarkation (B)
Transfer Via: Flight arranged by you

Highlights: You will disembark in Chongqing at around 9AM, and your local tour guide will meet and escort you to the Chongqing airport for the flight to next city.

WHAT IS INCLUDE

All Tibet travel permits

Meals as listed in itinerary

Accommodation as listed in itinerary

Domestic flights/trains if listed in itinerary

Lisenced local English-speaking tour guides

Private transportation with experienced drivers

Entrance ticket fees for attractions listed in itinerary

WHAT IS EXCLUDE

China Visa

Personal expense

Travel insurance (Recommended)

International flights to and out of China

Tips and gratitude to tour guides and drivers

Meals if not specified in the itinerary (Average meals cost is USD5-8/per)

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