Michelle in China

Giant Pandas, Yangtze River and Golden Triangle Family Tour

Suggested Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Beijing

On your arrival you will be picked up by our guide and driver and taken to the hotel.

Day 2: Beijing: The Three Great Sights of Beijing
the forbidden city

Today’s experiences include the classic, the epic sites of Beijing: The Forbidden City, home to 24 emperors and its newly exhibited Qing dynasty royalty treasures; the grand Tiananmen Square; and the tranquil Summer Palace. Lunch near Summer Palace is authentic Sichuan cuisine in traditional Chinese style decor.

Day 3: Beijing: Great Wall

The Mutianyu Great Wall, a less-crowded section of the Great Wall, allows for leisurely walks along the wall, passing through the watch towers and presenting a superb view as it snakes across the hills and mountains. Autumn colors are especially good for photography, as is the winter snow. A garden style restaurant with farmhouse dishes, where you can help to catch your own rainbow trout or salmon, makes the lunch a talking point on its own.

Day 4: Beijing: Hutong and Temple of Heaven
temple of heaven

Hutong, a maze of historic alleyways with old single storey traditional courtyard houses, are only to be seen in Beijing. A rickshaw ride through the narrow alleys and visit to a local family make for a truly special experience.
Lunch spot is a mixture of East and West: French cuisine in traditional Chinese surroundings.
Temple of Heaven, where emperors visited for annual ceremonies to pray for a good harvest, is an impressive display of architecture, and intricate carvings. You can explore early in the morning, giving a chance to exercise or stroll with locals and watch people practice martial arts and play traditional instruments.
In the evening you get driven to the airport and fly to Xi’an.

Day 5: Xian: Terracotta Warriors and Horses
xian the terra-cotta warriors and horses

The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, each figure unique, have guarded Emperor Qin's tomb since 210BC. Lunch lets you experience traditional Hunan and Sichuan cuisine.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a simple, elegant brick Pagoda built in the 7th century, stands in the grounds of the attractive Da Ci'en Temple.
In the evening you will be taken by our guide to the airport for the flight to Chengdu.

Day 6: Chengdu: Panda Reserve
panda breeding and research center

Today you will get up close and personal with the symbol of China: the Giant Panda, at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. At the base you can see the giant pandas at rest or play, and there is a panda museum where you can learn some knowledge of them.
After lunch, at Chengdu's most reputed restaurant, specializing in health and medicinal dishes, over 300 years old Wu Hou Temple awaits you, steeped in history and surrounded by old cypresses. Adjacent is the Jinli Old Street, an ancient street fully restored in traditional Sichuan style is picturesque, bustling, and full of local arts and crafts, traditional Chinese goods, food and delicacies.
Good to Know
1. The best time to see giant pandas is early in the morning between 08:30-10:30, when pandas come out to eat and play.
2. There is a donation program which allows you take pictures with holding a panda one minute by donating RMB 2,000 Yuan (for reference only). Only 20 tourists are allowed to hold pandas a day. If you want to hold a panda, please tell your travel advisor or tour guide in advance because you must book it at least one week in advance.This program is subject to the availability of pandas on that day. Please bring enough RMB cash as payment by credit card is not accepted there.

Day 7: Ciqikou Old Town and Yangtze

In the morning our guide will take you to train station to travel to Chongqing, and Ciqikou Old Town, an authentic community with old wooden houses and narrow streets, a taste of China of the past. Lunch is traditional local ware, also a taste of Cantonese cuisine is available.
Three Gorges Museum explains the history of the Yangtze and the Dam, and afterwards you board the river cruise boat.

Day 8: Yangtze

Enjoy the scene of river banks passing by in leisure in the morning. In the afternoon a short visit to Shibaozhai, a magnificent red pavilion providing a walkway to the top of the hill, allows for spectacular views of the area. An optional tour to Fengdu Ghost City awaits those who are interested in matters of the mystic.
A welcoming banquet and party ends the day, while you glide along the glistening river.

Day 9: Yangtze: Gorges and Shennong Stream

Two of the magnificent three gorges, Qutang and Wu Gorge, are passed through this morning, be ready with the camera. The wonder of engineering, the vast ship locks, and majesty of nature present themselves to you as you sit back and relax.

The afternoon is dedicated to Shennong Stream, with rushing waterfalls, an ancient plank path leading to a suspended coffins in the cliff. You also have the option of visiting the White Emperor City.

In theevening the crew of the ship entertains you with their performances.

Day 10: Three Gorges Dam and transfer to Shanghai
three gorges dam

Three Gorges Dam is the highlight of the day, a visit to the top of the dam gives great photo opportunities. After arrival to Yichang, you will be taken to the airport for transfer flight to Shanghai.

Day 11: Shanghai
Jade Buddha Temple

The Shanghai World Financial Center observation deck, the tallest in the world starts the day with the best views of the city line. Jade Buddha Temple and Yuyuan Garden give a taste of old architecture, whilst Yuyuan Market is a ‘heaven’ of tasting Shanghai snacks.
Lunch in an old and famous local restaurant which serves typical Shanghai food is a treat for taste buds.

Day 12: Depart Shanghai

Your private car, driver and guide will transport you to the airport and take you all the way to the security gate for your convenience. Relax all the way to the plane with us.

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