May 24 - June 03, 2018
11 Days
Tour Status - Available

Enjoy a luxury Yangtze River Cruise, including Guilin and Hong Kong.

This tour is operated by one of our Travel Partners.  [CRMC]

Highlights:

  • The famous Dazu Rock Carvings east of Chongqing city
  • Luxury 5-star cruise on the Yangtze River through the extraordinary Three Gorges Dam Project – one of the world’s greatest engineering feats
  • Technical visits in Guilin and Yangshuo and cruise the beautiful Li River
  • China’s Giant Pandas at Chongqing Zoo

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Thursday 24 May 2018     
Arrive Shanghai and overnight.*

Friday 25 May 2018   Shanghai - Chongqing     B/L/D
In the morning fly to Chongqing.   This afternoon you will take a city sightseeing tour in Chongqing to visit the Center Square and the Zoo to see Chinese Pandas.

Saturday 26 May 2018    Chongqing – Dazu – Chongqing      B/L/D
This morning you drive to the famous Dazu Rock Carvings located in the east of Chongqing city.  Dinner will be special local
cuisine in a restaurant.   You then transfer to your luxury 5-star cruise liner for a three night downstream Yangtze River cruise to Yichang.  The Yangtze is the world’s third longest river and passes through three gorges and breath-taking, beautiful mountain scenery.   Much of this spectacular scenery is changing as a result of the world’s largest dam project which you will visit as you make your way down stream.

Sunday 27 May 2018   Yangtze Cruise      B/L/D
The Yangtze, which snakes its way 6,300 kilometres from western China’s Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to the East China Sea, is a very important means of transport and you will see ships carrying all sorts of merchandise.  Your first port of call is the remarkable city of Fengdu.  Believed, in days gone by, to be the abode of devils. The 700 temples with their bizarre statuary on Mingshan Hill bear testimony to the city’s notoriety as the “City of Ghosts”. This is an optional visit and a fee is charged. You may prefer to stay on board and learn about traditional chinese medicine.  You continue down the Yangtze River and stop for a shore excursion to Shibaozhai.  Walk through the town and over the ‘drunken bridge’ so named because this suspension bridge also rests on steel cables.  Climb the 99 steps of the Red Pagoda. Shibaozhai was relocated to higher ground like many towns on the Yangtze river before the Three Gorges dam was built.

Monday 28 May 2018    Yangtze Cruise     B/L/D
This morning you berth at White Emperor City, located on the north bank of the west mouth of the Qutang Gorge. This famous historic site has existed for more than 2,000 years since the Han Dynasty. The shore excursion to the White Emperor City is an optional extra.  From here you enter the shortest and narrowest gorge, Qutang Gorge (8km), followed by the second gorge, Wu Gorge, (44 km) with peaks rising high above the river.   You berth to transfer to small motor boats for an excursion up the Goddess Stream.  Later, in the evening you enter the eastern end of the Xiling Gorge which is the last and longest of the Three Gorges, its 75 km known in the past for swift currents and dangerous shoals. The water level in the Three Gorges can rise a total of 175 metres following the completion of the Three Gorges Dam Project, making navigation much safer and allowing much larger ships to travel. Tonight the ship will pass through the enormous locks of the Three Gorges Dam.

Tuesday 29 May 2018   Yangtze Cruise – Yichang – Wuhan   B/L/D
After breakfast you board a coach for a visit to one of mankind’s greatest engineering feats to date, the construction site of the Three Gorges Dam Project. The construction formally began in 1994 and the body of the dam was completed in 2003. The final construction was completed in 2008. The dam wall is 2,335 metres long, 185 metres wide at the bottom, tapering up to 18 metres at the top. Enjoy spectacular views of the dam and the 5-stage ship locks. This area offers some of the most magnificent natural scenery in China. You rejoin the cruise and travel further downstream through the lower Xiling Gorge to Yichang. After lunch in Yichang, you will take the bullet train to Wuhan.

Wednesday 30 May 2018      Wuhan – Guilin    B/L/D
This morning you will visit the Hubei Provincial Museum followed by the famous Yellow Crane Tower.  It is regarded one of the most famous three towers in Southern China. The Tower was firstly built in 223A.D during the Three kingdoms period (220-280).  Next you will stroll along the Chu River Han Street. This evening you fly from Wuhan to Guilin.  Guilin is a beautiful and unique city nestled amidst paddy fields, and one of China’s important areas for rice and sugar cane production. It is not only famous for its unique landscape, but also known for it’s various agricultural products due to its special Central Asian tropical climate.

Thursday 31 May 2018     Guilin     B/L/D
This morning you visit a factory to meet with a New Zealand entrepreneur and view the facilities where they assemble the equipment to enable them to extract DNA out of any biological material in 5 to 15 minutes. They have perfected their technology for plants, police forensic work, food safety, animals and paternity issues. You will also visit a local organic rice farm and rice processing factory.  Drive back to Guilin hotel for shopping or relaxation. This evening an excursion to see how fishermen use cormorants to catch fish.

Friday 1 June2018     Guilin – Yangshuo   B/L/D
This morning you depart for Mopan Hill Wharf to board a river boat for the 83 km cruise along the Li River,which runs through the heart of this region.  On the three hour journey downstream to Yangshuo you see the magnificent Karst mountain scenery. You may see water buffalo and farmers working in the fields. This afternoon you visit a local farmer, view his rice paddy and discuss farming in this area. Later you check into the Yangshuo hotel when there will be time for you to relax and maybe this evening visit the night markets or a spectacular light show (weather permitting - own account). This evening there is a farewell dinner.

Saturday 2 June 2018     Yangshuo – Guilin – Hong Kong     B/L
This morning you will drive back to Guilin to have a tour of the Reed Flute Caves, a spectacular world of stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations with one grotto capable of comfortably holding more than 1,000 people.  After lunch, you will take a sightseeing tour of Guilin and then transfer to Guilin airport to check in for our flight to Hong Kong departing late afternoon. Dinner at Leisure.

Saturday 3 June 2018     Hong Kong* – End of Tour   B/IFM
Transfer to the Hong Kong Airport.

Per Person, Double - $5,560.00 Cruise portion only

*Ask about special airfares to Shanghai and from Hong Kong.

Single Occupancy - ADD $1,690.00
Initial Deposit - $2,000.00
 

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