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14 days China Tour of Chongqing,Yangtze Cruise, Yichang, Xian, Beijing, Jinan, Mount Tai,Qufu, Shanghai
|Chongqing,Yangtze Cruise, Yichang, Xian, Beijing, Jinan, Mount Tai,Qufu, Shanghai|
Day 01 :Arrive Chongqing, met by our guide and board on the cruise
Chongqing, formerly romanized as Chungking, is a major city in Southwest China and one of the five national central cities （Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Chongqing ）in the People's Republic of China. Administratively, it is one of China’s four direct controlled municipalities (the other three are Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin), and the only such municipality in inland China. Chongqing was also a municipality of the Republic of China (ROC) administration, serving as its wartime capital during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945). Explore for local delicacies before you get on the Yangtze River Cruise Ship
The Yangtze River, known in China as the Chang Jiang, is the longest river in Asia and the third-longest in the world. It flows for 6,418 kilometers from the glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in Qinghai eastward across southwest, central and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai. It is also one of the biggest rivers by discharge volume in the world. The Yangtze drains one-fifth of the land area of China and its river basin is home to one-third of China’s population. Board on the ship which will depart at 21:00 from Chongqing Enjoy the night view of Chongqing from the cruise ship.
Enjoy the night view of Chongqing from the cruise ship. Overnight on the cruise
(Optional: One Day tour of Dazu Rock Carvings)
The Dazu Rock Carvings are a series of Chinese religious sculptures and carvings, dating back as far as the 7th century AD, depicting and influenced by Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist beliefs. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the Dazu Rock Carvings are made up of 75 protected sites containing some 50,000 statues, with over 100,000 Chinese characters forming inscriptions and epigraphs.
The carvings were listed as a World Heritage Site in 1999, citing "…their aesthetic quality, their rich diversity of subject matter, both secular and religious, and the light that they shed on everyday life in China during this period. They provide outstanding evidence of the harmonious synthesis of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism."
Day 02 : Cruise - Fengdu Ghost City (B-L-D)
After breakfast, morning excursion to Fengdu Ghost City The Fengdu Ghost City is a tourist attraction in Fengdu County. It is situated about 170 kilometers downstream from Chongqing on the north bank of the Yangtze River. It is known for its numerous ghost encounters. Today you have the opportunity to see numerous buildings, structures, dioramas, and statues related to Diyu, the concept of the underworld and hell (or Naraka) in Chinese mythology and Buddhism. It is modeled to resemble Youdu, the capital of Diyu. From these, you will have a better understanding of Chinese people’s belief. Come back for lunch and relax in the afternoon on the cruise to enjoy the views along the Yangtze River. Enjoy your luxurious dinner
Join in the colorful night activities on the cruise
Overnight on the cruise
Day 03 : Cruise - Lesser Three Gorges (B-L-D)
Sail through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge
Enjoy your breakfast
Morning excursion to Lesser Three Gorges. The Lesser Three Gorges refers to the three separate valleys of the Daning River, a tributary of Yantze River, namely "Dragon-Gate Gorge", "Misty Gorge" and "Emerald Gorge". These three gorges, with an area of 160 hectares of forest, lie on the lower reaches of Daning, extending from the entrance of the Dragon-Gate Gorge in the South to Tujiaba in the North for 50 km. Here sheer cliffs and steep mountains rise on either side, creating a natural fine arts gallery as a splendid scenic wonder unfolds on both banks of the river. Its "subtle mountains, clear waters, pretty rocks, dangerous rapids, sharp turns, fantastic caves, and stalactites in various shapes" characterize the natural landscape of the Lesser Three Gorges. Monkeys, mandarin ducks, water birds and fish can be seen in this area. In addition to the continuous natural scenery there are a number of historical places of interest along the way, such as the suspending coffin, boat coffin, and remains of an ancient plank walkway. The area has been made one of the key nature reserves in China and is becoming known as a tourist attraction continuing to offer its charms along the golden Yangtze Gorges Travel Line. Come back for lunch Relax in the afternoon, to choose activities you like Enjoy your luxurious dinner Sail through the Three Gorges Shiplocks Overnight on the cruise
Day 4 Cruise - Three Gorges Dam, Chexi Folk Scenic Spot(B-L)
Morning visit Three Gorges Dam. The Three Gorges Dam is a hydroelectric dam that spans the Yangtze River by the town of Sandouping. It is the world's largest power station in terms of installed capacity (22,500 MW )
As well as producing electricity, the dam is intended to increase the Yangtze River's shipping capacity and reduce the potential for floods downstream by providing flood storage space. The Chinese government regards the project as a historic engineering, social and economic success, with the design of state-of-the-art large turbines, and a move toward limiting greenhouse gas emissions. However, the dam flooded archaeological and cultural sites and displaced some 1.3 million people, and is causing significant ecological changes, including an increased risk of landslides. The dam has been a controversial topic both domestically and abroad. Arrive at Yichang, Disembark after lunch (13:30) Drive to Chexi sightseeing district (18 km from downtown) and experience the local culture. Visit Bachu homeland, Three Gorges folk customs village, peasant family museum, waterwheel museum, the former sites of people’ commune, etc Have dinner on your own Overnight in Yichang
Day 5 : Fly to Xian, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall (B)
Transfer to airport after breakfast Fly to Xian (10:35-11:45)
Xi'an is the capital of Shaanxi province, and a sub-provincial city in the People's Republic of China. One of the oldest cities in China, with more than 3,100 years of history, the city was known as Chang'an before the Ming Dynasty. Xi'an is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China and the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Have lunch on your own Proceed to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. As the symbol of Xian, Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. Originally built in 652 during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), it functioned to collect Buddhist materials that were taken from India by the hierarch Xuanzang. Continue to visit the Ancient City Wall, which is the longest, oldest and best-preserved extant city defense system from ancient China and one of a few such ancient military facilities in the world. It is of a rectangular shape, 4 meters long and 3 meters wide. If you are interested, you can rent a single bike or a tandem, make a circle and have a panoramic view of the whole city on the elevated wall. Explore for local dinner
Overnight in Xian
Day 06 Terra-cotta Warriors, Muslim Market, overnight train to Beijing (B)
After breakfast, drive to Lintong for terra-cotta Warriors ( 1.5 hours ) where 6,000 life-sized terra-cotta soldiers and horses guard the tomb of China’s first emperor---Qinshihuang. It was uncovered by some peasants digging a well in 1974 and turned out to be the most important discovery of 20th century. Lunch on your own Drive back to the downtown area and explore the local muslim market where you can find all kinds of incredible local food. Dinner on your own Drive to the train station and take the overnight train to Beijing – the capital city of China.
Day 07: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Place:
Arrive in Beijing in the morning, meet your guide and transfer to hotel.
Breakfast on your own Proceed to visit Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. On 1st October 1949, Chairman Mao Tse-Tung proclaimed to the whole world the founding of the People’s Republic of China there. The square has been the stage for many of the epoch-making mass movements of twentieth-century China and has been a place of pilgrimage for Chinese people and attracts visitors from all over the world. Forbidden City (also called Imperial Garden), an awesome 250 acre complex which holds 9,999 rooms, was the Chinese Imperial palace from the mid-Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 as the "Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties", and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. Have lunch on your own Visit the Summer Palace, which is a former royal garden, more than 200 years old. You can watch various temples, lakes and the famous 728 yard Long Corridor, situated on man-made Kunming Lake. Have dinner on your own,
Overnight in Beijing
Day 08: Great Wall at Juyongguan Section, Sacred Road, Olympic Park (B)
After breakfast, drive to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Scetion (around 1.5 hours). Great Wall is China’s most famous landmark and the only man-made structure visible from outer space. It was built as early as in the Qin Dynasty (221B.C. - 207B.C.) to protect the country from invaders with a total length of 6,000 miles and was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987. We will visit one very grand part of the Great Wall at Juyongguan Section. Lunch on your own Afternoon visit the Sacred Road In the front part of the imperial tombs, there usually is a Sacred Way (or Divine Road) which means the road leading to heaven. The Emperor, known as the Son of the Heaven, who came from Heaven to his country through the Sacred Way, also deservedly would return to Heaven through this road. The road is often lined with stone statues which are important decorations of the mausoleum. These statues are usually 12 human figures (including the general, civil officials and meritorious officials) and 24 animals which are lion, camel, elephant, xiezhi (a mythological unicorn), qilin (one of the four "divine animals, the other three are dragon, phoenix and tortoise), and horse. There are 4 of each of these animals: two standing and two squatting with different meanings. Lion symbolizes awesome solemnity because of their ferocity. Camel and elephant are meant to suggest the vastness of the territory controlled by the court, because they are dependable transport in desert and tropics. Xiezhi was put there to keep evil spirits away, because it was believed to possess the sixth sense to tell right and wrong. If two men fight, a xiezhi would gore the wicked one. Qilin, an auspicious symbol, was placed on two sides. Horse, as the emperor's mount, is absolutely indispensable. It is said that these animals is supposed to change guard at midnight. Drive by Olympic park and have a quick view of the Bird Nest and water cube from outside. Have dinner on your own Drive back to hotel
Overnight in Beijing.
Day 09 Temple of Heaven, Hutong Walking tour bullet train to Jinan - the Spring City (B) After breakfast, begin today’s tour to the Temple of Heaven Temple of Heaven, a beautiful and harmonious collection of 15th century buildings set in a large park. At the heart of the Temple is the Hall of Prayer for good harvest where the Emperor came each year to request good harvests in the divine capacity as the son of heaven. Now it is a park where people have various kinds of entertainment, such as doing exercises, playing chess, cards, singing and dancing, etc. Roam through Beijing's old, narrow streets by old fashioned Rickshaw to visit the old quadrangles, and learn about the daily life of ordinary Beijing citizens Lunch on your own Take the bullet train to Jinan ( 1.5 hours) Jinan, the capital of Shangdong province in the eastern part of China, 400 kilometers south of Beijing, is renowned across China for its numerous springs, the lakes fed by the spring water, and the weeping willows that grow along the water edges. The late-Qing author Liu E describes Jinan's cityscape in his novel "The Travels of Lao Can" , written 1903–04, published in 1907) as "Every family has spring water, every household has a willow tree". Arrive in Jinan, met by our guide and transfer to hotel Dinner on your own Overnight in Jinan
Day 10: Black Tiger Spring, Spring Square with Music fountain, Baotu Spring, Five Dragon Pool, Daming Lake, Watre Lily Street (B) :
Jinan is known as the "City of Springs" because of the large number of natural artesian springs. The majority of the springs, many of which have been historically listed under the "72 Famous Springs" are concentrated in the downtown district and flow north to converge in Daming Lake. The Baotu Spring Park is the most popular of the springs in the City of Jinan proper. Besides the Baotu Spring, the park contains several other springs that are listed among the "72 Famous Springs". "Bào tū" means "jumping and leaping" in Chinese. The water in the spring pool can be seen foaming and gushing, looking like a pot of boiling water. The spring was visited by the Emperor Qian Long (1711–1799) of the Qing Dynasty who declared it "the first spring under the heaven" .A tablet with the Emperor's handwriting "Baotu Spring" has since been erected beside the spring pool. Not far away to the northeast of Baotu Spring Park is the Daming Lake, which, together with Baotu Spring and the Thousand-Buddha Mountain is often regarded as the "Three Greatest Attractions in Jinan". Other notable parks in the city include the Five Dragon Pool near the Baotu Spring Park, the Black Tiger Spring on the southern city moat, and the Baimai Springs of Zhangqiu to the east of Jinan. After Breakfast at hotel, visit the Black Tiger Spring. You can see local citizens queue up to get the spring water. They drink the water everyday. You can feel the water too. The temperature is 18 degree centigrade all year round. So people can see steam from the water in winter time which is especially impressive when it snows. Then proceed to the Spring Square which is the center of Jinan City. You will see the lotus shaped music fountain which is very grand. Then walk to the famous Baotu Spring – No. 1 Spring in China and appreciate the garden arts and spring culture. Walk to the Five Dragon Pool and watch a full pool of fish you can ever imagine and relax in the park. Lunch on your own Walk to the Daming Lake with willow trees along the lake side and appreciate the lotus flowers in the lake. Walk to the traditional shopping street in Jinan – Water Lily street, where you can look for local specialties and delicacies from all over China. Dinner on your own Drive back to your hotel
Overnight in Jinan
Day 11: Drive to Mount Tai, round way electric car and cable car, drive to Qufu (B) :
After breakfast, check out and drive to Mount Tai (around 1.5 hours) Mount Tai is one of the "Five Great Mountains". It is associated with sunrise, birth, and renewal, and is often regarded the foremost of the five. Religious worship of Mount Tai has a tradition of 3,000 years, it has been practiced from the time of the Shang to that of the Qing Dynasty. Over time, this worship evolved into an official imperial rite and Mount Tai became one of the principal places where the emperor would pay homage to heaven (on the summit) and earth (at the foot of the mountain) in the Feng and Shan sacrifices respectively. The two sacrifices are often referred to together as the Fengshan sacrifices. Carving of an inscription as part of the sacrifices marked the attainment of the "great peace” A total of 72 emperors were recorded as visiting it. Men of letters also came to acquire inspiration, to compose poems, write essays, paint and take pictures. Hence, a great many cultural relics were left on the mountain. The mountain is 1545 meters high with more than 6000 steps to the top. You will take the electric car to the Mid-Heaven Gate and take the cable car to the South Heaven Gate and walk about 20 minutes to the top. Lunch on your own Enjoy your time Same way down by cable car and electric car Drive to Qufu – home town of Confucius (around 1 hour) Dinner on your own
Overnight in Qufu
Day 12: One day tour of Confucius Mansion, Confucius Temple, Confucius Tombs, bullet train to Shanghai (B) :
China is a non-religious country. But it does have something playing the role as a religion and that is Confucianism, established by Confucius. Confucius (551–479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalists during the Qin Dynasty. Following the victory of Han over Chu after the collapse of Qin, Confucius's thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known as Confucianism. After breakfast, visit the the largest and oldest Temple of Confucius. It was established in 479 BC, one year after Confucius's death, at the order of the Duke Ai of the State of Lu, who commanded that the Confucian residence should be used to worship and offer sacrifice to Confucius. The temple was expanded repeatedly over a period of more than 2,000 years until it became the huge complex currently standing. Walk 5 minutes to the Confucius Mansion. The Kong Family Mansion was the historical residence of the direct descendants of Confucius. The extant structures mainly date from the Ming and Qing dynasties. From the mansion, the family tended to the Confucian sites in Qufu and also governed the largest private rural estate in China. The Kong family was in charge of conducting elaborate religious ceremonies on occasions such as plantings, harvests, honoring the dead, and birthdays. Today, the mansion is a museum and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu". Lunch on your own Drive to Confucius Cemetery (10 minutes) The Cemetery of Confucius, also known under its Chinese name Kong Lin, is a cemetery of the Kong clan (the descendants of Confucius). Confucius himself and some of his disciples are buried there, as well as many thousands of his descendants. Drive to the train station and take bullet train to Shanghai (3.5 hours) Dinner on your own Arrive in Shanghai, met by our guide and transfer to hotel
Overnight in Shanghai
Day 13: Yu Garden, Jade Budha Temple, Bund, Nanjing Road (B) :
After breakfast, visit Yu Garden Yu Garden is a traditional Chinese Park with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes and bridges, which is a masterpiece of Chinese gardening. Proceed to visit the Jade Budha Temple - Built in 1882, the temple has two Jade statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha and houses various ancient sculptures, rare paintings and Buddhist scriptures. Lunch on your own Drive to the Bund The Bund (Wai Tan) is one of the symbols of Shanghai. Located along the Huangpu River, the Bund shows off Shanghai’s outstanding foreign buildings, most of which were erected before 1937. To the Europeans, the Bund was Shanghai’s answer to Wall Street. Enjoy your shopping on Nanjing Road, which is the main shopping street of Shanghai, and is one of the world's busiest shopping streets. It is named after the city of Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province neighbouring Shanghai. Nanjing Road is located in the city center, running in a west-east direction. Its eastern section is in Huangpu District and extends from The Bund west to People's Square. The western section begins at People's Square and continues westward towards Jing'an District. Dinner on your own Drive back to the hotel(Optional: One day tour of Suzhou – the home town of silk, including the Wangshi Garden, Grand Canal Cruise, Silk Mill and Embroidery Institute)
Overnight in Shanghai
After breakfast, drive to Suzhou (around 1.5 hours) Gardening is a window that reveals Chinese culture and Chinese people’s spirits. Nature is the essence and elements from nature like rock, water, auspicious animals and plants are brought to create a beautiful and harmonious garden which is the combination of physical world and spiritual world. Wangshi Garden is one good example. Wangshi Garden is an old site for Wanjuantang (Ten-thousand-book Hall). It belonged to Shi Zhengzhi, an assistant minister of Northern Song Dynasty and was once named by him as "Fishing in Seclusion". During the reign of Qianlong in Qing Dynasty, an observer named Song Zongyuan rebuilt it by digging ponds and constructing rockery and building houses. In reference to the original name "Fishing in Seclusion", the new garden was named "Fisherman's Villa", hence the name "Fisherman's Garden". The garden is on the list of Cultural Relics under State Protection and also listed as the World Natural Heritage. Proceed to the Grand Canal and take a boat to experience the local life TThe Grand Canal is the world's longest man-made waterway, being 1,800 kilometers long. The canal connects the present cities of Beijing in the north and Hangzhou in the south, which served as dynastic capitals in the past, and contains 24 locks and 60 bridges. Since most of China's major rivers flow from west to east, the fact that the Grand Canal runs north and south provides it as an important connector between the Yangtze River valley and the Yellow River valley, and other minor river systems. It is being restored as a water-diversion conduit. Have lunch on your own Visit the Embroidery Research Institute, an organization for the study of needling techniques of the Suzhou school of embroidery. Its other task is to provide the State with embroideries for presentation to foreign countries as gifts of for exhibits. Continue to Silk Mill, where you can see every step of the life of silk worms and how to make the perfect silk products. Back to Shanghai, transfer to hotel, dinner on your own
Day 14 Transfer to airport (B)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
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