Your exploration starts in comfort as you drive through town in your private vehicle on the way to your hotel.
Forbidden City (WHS) still commands respect with its magnificent halls and courtyards full of hidden meanings, which your guide can unlock for you. Tiananmen Square is equally astonishing in its size and historic significance.
The Summer Palace (WHS) was built for enjoyment and is therefore more human scale; the lake surrounded by charming pavilions and walkways is a delight.
Some say the Great Wall (WHS) is the most astounding human achievement, and Mutianyu section is especially impressive as there are so many watch towers here due to the strategically important area. A cable car takes you up to conserve your energy for walking on the top and for the way down you can choose to toboggan, or take the cable car.
This morning you have a chance to see the two most important Taoist buildings in Beijing; The first White Cloud Taoist Temple is where Daoist priest are trained and ordained. It was protected during the tumultuous years and the centuries old halls still remain in great condition.
The Temple of Heaven (WHS) was a center for annual rituals and sacrifices for good harvest according to Taoist practices. The exquisite architecture and symbolism everywhere make the compound especially interesting.
After you arrive to Shiyan in the afternoon, your guide will accompany you in a private car to Mount Wudang. The picturesque mountain is a beautiful setting for the Ancient Building Complex (WHS), consisting of Taoist temples and monasteries covering thousand years of history.
One day guided tour at Mount Wudang.
Your guide will escort you to the bus station for your trip to Yichang to board the Yangtze Cruise boat.
Xiling Gorge is divided by the Three Gorges Dam, a magnificent feat of engineering. You have an opportunity to go up to the top see the views. The boat then continues to smoothly glide along the waterway, giving you a chance to sit back and enjoy the dramatic landscape that it brings to you.
Shennong Stream is a tributary of the Yangtze, and a wonderful valley to explore the mountains where waterfalls and springs keep the air clear and cool. White Emperor City is an optional visit to see an ancient town now forming an island as the river level has risen.
In the afternoon the boat slowly passes through the Wu and Qutang Gorges, mountains reflecting in the peaceful water. Evening ends with the crew’s performance, sure to amuse you.
In the morning a shore visit to the Fengdu Ghost City takes you to explore this ancient place where the ‘King of the Dead’ lives according to the legends. A cable car takes you to the top of the hill for great views.
The evening banquet includes a talent show and makes the last night fly, whilst the boat glides along the Yangtze.
After arriving in Chongqing in the morning, your personal driver and guide will take you to see Dazu Grottoes (WHS), exceptional Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian images depicting both religious and secular scenes. They were carved through centuries and give a glimpse into everyday life and society in ancient times.
Goose Neck Park is a charming place to watch the locals play mahjongg or play instruments, while enjoying the riverside view. The Panda Room in Chongqing Zoo lets you see these charming creatures as well as other endangered species such as the South China Tigers.
In the afternoon, your guide takes you to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong.
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