13 Days China & Yangtze River Cruise

China Tour

Explore some of China's most fascinating cities before departing on a leisurely cruise along the stunning Yangtze River with this popular tour.

The Yangtze is the longest river in Asia, and the stretch from Chongqing to Yichang unveils spectacular scenery. Travel through the majestic Qutang, Wuxia and Xiling gorges which make up the famous Three Gorges, before marvelling at the gargantuan Three Gorges Dam. The landscapes you will witness will stay with you for a lifetime. Prior to your river cruise, you will visit some of China's greatest cities, starting with the dynamic capital of Beijing, home to the notorious Tiananmen Square and the sprawling palatial complex of the Forbidden City. Explore the ancient city of Xian, home to the mysterious Terracotta Army, surely one of the most incredible archaeological finds of the 20th century. A visit to the charming city of Chengdu brings you up close and personal with China's most beloved inhabitant at the Panda Research Centre.

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  • Day 1 Arrive Beijing

    Warm welcome by your guide, and transfer to your hotel. Visit Wang Fu Jin Street, which is the most famous commercial pedestrian shopping street, the location of the night food market located in...

  • Day 2 Beijing

    After breakfast you will visit the Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world. It’s known as ‘The gate of the heavenly sky’. Visit The Forbidden City which was the political centre from...

  • Day 3 Beijing

    Today drive to The Great Wall at Ju Yung Guan which was built and remodelled many times since the 5th century BC – 16th century AD. The main purpose of the wall was to protect China against the...

  • Day 4 Beijing

    Visit the Summer Palace, which has been built as a birthday’s gift from the Emperor Qianlong to his mother, in 1752 AD. Take a boat at the Kunming Lake and admire the view at Longevity Hill. Enjoy...

  • Day 5 Beijing - Xian

    After breakfast you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Xi’an. You will then visit Xian City Walls, the most ancient and preserved city wall in China, which was built during the Tang...

  • Day 6 Xian - Chengdu

    Today visit the most important attraction in Xian, the Terracotta Warriors (including the museum and a movie), it was discovered in 1974 by local farmer digging a well during drought. The site...

  • Day 7 Chengdu

    You will begin the day with a visit to the Panda Conservation Centre, where you can see the life of the Pandas in a preserved, natural way. The Panda Centre was founded in 1987 in order to be a...

  • Day 8 Chengdu - E’meishan

    After Breakfast visit Mountain E’mei (E’meishan), the 10 thousand year old temple, located on the E’mei Mountain at 1,200 metres high. Travel by cable car and reach the Wan Nian Temple, climbing to...

  • Day 9 Chengdu - Chongqing

    In the morning drive to Dazu, to see the extraordinary rock carvings. Located in the south east of Sichuan. There are more than 60,000 stone statues carved with unique technique which dates back to...

  • Day 10 - 12 Yangtze River

    Full day cruising on the Yangtze River. The Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the world. It starts at the glaciers on the Qinghai Tibet Plateau, and flows into the...

  • Day 13 Depart Shanghai

    After breakfast you will transfer to the airport for your onward flight

Weather

Beijing weather is split into four main seasons - a short, blustery spring; a long, hot summer; a cool but pleasant autumn and a long, cold winter. Temperatures can reach extremes during summer and winter, exceeding 40C in July and August and plunging to -20C during January. The best time to visit Beijing is during September or October, when temperatures are mild and conditions are fine. 

Xian weather is mild with four distinct seasons - a warm but variable spring, a hot and wet summer, a cool and rainy autumn and a dry and cold winter. March to May is usually warm and pleasant and is the best time of the year to visit. Early autumn from September to October is also a good time for a visit.

Chengdu weather is mild and humid all year round, featuring four clear-cut seasons – long and warm spring, short and sultry summer, cool and rainy autumn, cold and foggy winter. The best periods to visit Chengdu are from March to June, and September to November.There is substantial rainfall during the rainy season (July and August).

Because of its temperate climate, April, May, September and October are the best time to take a Yangtze River cruise.  Winter is a good season to travel because it is less crowded. In addition, scenery at the Three Gorges (the most impressive section of the Yangtze River) is more breathtaking because of the much lower water level.

Shanghai weather can be split into four distinct seasons - a warm spring, a hot and rainy summer, a comfortable autumn and an overcast and cold winter. The region receives rain for around a third of the year due to its location at the estuary of the Yangtze River. The weather is hottest during July and August, peaking over 35C. The best time to visit Shanghai is during spring, from March to May. 


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