Marvel at natural wonders, ancient treasures, and fascinating cultures on this unique journey through China and along the Yangtze River. Start in Beijing, where you will visit the Forbidden City with its Imperial Palace, sample authentic Peking Duck, and walk along the incomparable Great Wall of China. You will also explore one of the city’s ancient alleys by rickshaw and experience a cultural performance at the Peking Opera or the Legend of Kung Fu show. In Xi’an, see the famed Terracotta Warriors up close from a special VIP viewing area and learn how to write ancient Chinese calligraphy. Travel to Lijiang, where you will explore the medieval Old Town, visit beautiful Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and witness an impressive show created by the co-director of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony. Here you will also learn about the culture of the Naxi people, one of China’s minority ethnic groups. Next, fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful areas, where you will partake in a traditional tea ceremony and cruise the magical Li River. Next, in Chongqing, see pandas at a zoo and begin your Yangtze River cruise with a private welcome reception on board the Century Legend. Shore excursions include a walking tour of a riverside community to see its beautiful pagoda, a tour of the Three Gorges Dam site, and a small boat cruise on the emerald-green waters of Shennv Stream. Final stop is Shanghai, China’s center of trade. Here, walk along the Bund, see stunning displays of ancient bronze and jade at the Shanghai Museum, and enjoy a traditional dim-sum feast. You will also attend a high-flying acrobat show and take a fascinating walking tour through the former French Concession where tree-lined streets and Art Deco architecture transport you to a bygone era. All this and more await you on this remarkable vacation! </BR>

City Highlights

Cruise: deluxe 3-night cruise from Chongqing to Yichang in a Deluxe Stateroom with two lower beds, private facilities, and balconyBeijing: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, Tian’anmen Square, Great Wall, and Temple of Heaven; Peking Duck welcome dinner; Peking Opera performance or Legend of Kung Fu Show; hutong tour by rickshawXi’an: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Terracotta Warriors including the VIP viewing area and Dayan Pagoda; noodle-making demonstration; calligraphy class; “Tang Dynasty” dinner showLijiang: walking tour of ancient Lijiang town; visit Black Dragon Pool, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and the Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture including a Dongba character lesson with a priest; Lijiang Impression ShowGuilin: Li River cruise; visit a tea farmChongqing: visit a local zoo to see pandas and the Stillwell Museum; hot pot lunch; begin your Yangtze cruise aboard the Century Legend; private welcome receptionShibaozhai: walking tourShennv Stream: boat excursion down one of the Yangtze’s lesser gorgesThree Gorges Dam Site: sightseeing of the impressive dam siteShanghai: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens, a silk factory, and the Shanghai Museum; dim sum lunch; walking tour of the French Concession; see an acrobatic show

Meals

American breakfast daily11 lunches 8 dinners including a Peking Duck welcome dinner in Beijing and a farewell dinner in Shanghai

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