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China's Great Cities and Waterways Tour

Set sail for your breathtaking Yangtze River voyage today!

Cruise through the amazing Three Gorges, which bridge Yichang and Chongqing, then explore the Lesser Three Gorges by motorized sampans. Don't forget to look for the golden monkeys playing on tree tops and caves that housed the coffins of ancient Ba people along the way. Approximately 100 towns vanished in 2003 due to the rise of water level, caused by the on-going Three Gorges Dam Project. More areas are expected to disappear, so treasure this valuable chance to explore the Gorges before the scenery changes once more!

Tour Overview
Trip Duration: 16 days/15 nights
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Beijing, Shanghai, Yichang, ChongQing, Guilin, HongKong
Departure Dates: Daily
Day 1 : Beijing
meals: N/A
Depart Canada to begin your explorations at China's most popular sites and cities. Cross the International Date Line enroute to China.
Day 2 : Beijing
meals: D
Arrive in Beijing and meet your English-speaking guide and driver after claiming your baggage. You will then travel to your hotel to settle down and adjust to the time difference. Attend a welcome dinner in the evening to get acquainted with the tour logistics.
Day 3 : Beijing
meals: B/L
Begin your day with a tour at the Forbidden City. Listed as a world heritage site in 1987, the Forbidden City contains the largest group of intact palace structures in the world. The palace is 720,000 square meters in size and contains 9,999 rooms, numerous pavilions, gardens and courtyards. Then tour to the Tiananmen Square. Noted as the largest city square in the world, the square was initially designed for political rallies and important gala events. Today the square is flanked by the Forbidden City in the north, the Great Hall of the People in the west, Mao TseTung's Mausoleum in the south and the Museum of Chinese Revolution and the Museum of Chinese History in the east. Explore the fascinating Hutong neighborhoods. Beijing's oldest Hutongs were constructed during Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Your tour will take you through some of the best-preserved Hutong neighborhoods that represented the history, culture, and lifestyle of old Beijing.
Day 4 : Beijing
meals: B/L
Visit a UNESCO world heritage sites today. Begin your day with a tour at the Great Wall. Constructed more than 2,000 years ago by China's first emperor, the ancient wall is 6,350 km in length and the only visible man-made structure that could be seen from space. As an optional program at night, you can enjoy either a Kungfu or acrobatics show.
Day 5 : Beijing/Shanghai
meals: B/L/D
In the morning, explore the imperial gardens of the Summer Palace originally built in 1750 and later rebuilt in 1886. Located in the western outskirts of the city, the Summer Palace is the leading classical garden in China and a UNESCO world heritage site. In the afternoon, visit China's largest temple and altar-the Temple of Heaven, which is often depicted as the most recognizable symbol of China. You can fly kites there. Early this evening, get onboard a luxury express train for your overnight journey to Shanghai.
Day 6 : Shanghai
meals: L
Arrive in Shanghai-"Paris of the East" in the early morning and your local English-speaking guide and driver will show you around. Your first stop will be the Bund, located near the Huang Pu River. Then visit the Yu Yuan Garden nearby, where you can view intricately designed gardens, pavilions, koi stocked pools and courtyards. In the afternoon, visit the Jade Buddha (Yufo) Temple, which is built in 1882.
Day 7 : Shanghai/Zhu Jia Jiao/ Shanghai
meals: B/L
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic one-hour drive to the ancient town of Zhu Jia Jiao. Opened recently to visitors, Zhu Jia Jiao retains its charm and grace reminiscent of traditional Chinese painting, along with its quaint buildings, traditional arched bridges and willow- lined canals. You will pass by traditional craft workshops, picturesque canals and teashops during your tour. Return to Shanghai in the afternoon.
Day 8 : Shanghai/Yichang
meals: B/L/D
Today you will fly to YiChang for the Yangtze River Cruise. After a half- day city tour in YiChang with included dinner, you will get onboard the cruise ship for your Yangtze River voyage.
Day 9 : Yangtze River Cruise
meals: B/L/D
Visit the Three Gorges Dam site at Yanjiawang for a comprehensive Three Gorges Dam visitors' center tour this morning. Then sail through the Xiling Gorge in the afternoon.
Day 10 : Yangtze River Cruise
meals: B/L/D
Explore the beautiful Lesser Three Gorges, where you will go upstream along the pristine waters by boat, pass by farmlands and villages, and at the same time enjoy the spectacular countryside sceneries. Then Return to your ship this afternoon and resume your journey. Sail through the first two gorges: Wuxia Gorge and Qutang as you enter Kuimen Gate.
Day 11 : Yangtze River Cruise
meals: B/L/D
Today you will enjoy a shore excursion to either the market town of Wanxian or the city of Fengdu (City of Ghosts).
Day 12 : ChongQing/Guilin
meals: B/L/D
Arrive at Chongqing at 9:00AM. You will take bullet train to Guilin from ChongQing today. After lunch, begin your tour with a visit to the Reed Flute Caves (Ludi Yan). Enjoy the spectacular views of beautiful backdrops created by the cool atmosphere and colorful lighting displays inside the caves as you pass by many fanciful shapes (don't forget to look for the Monkey King).
Day 13 : Guilin/Yangshuo/Guilin
meals: B/L/D
After breakfast, embark on a Li River scenic cruise along the Li River and enjoy a delicious lunch onboard. The landscape of Guilin is noted as the most gorgeous in China, with sparkling clear waters and magnificent green hills; you will see fishermen fishing with their trained cormorant birds occasionally as well. Your children will be excited to watch water buffalos either grazing along the riverbanks or taking lazy afternoon swims.
Day 14 : Guilin/Hong Kong
meals: B/L
This morning you will visit the Seven Star Park and the Panda Zoo. After lunch, you explore the Duxiu Peak and Elephant Trunk Hill before transferring to the train station for your train to Hong Kong.
Day 15 : Hong Kong
meals: D
Take a half-day city motor coach tour on Hong Kong Island and visit attractions, including Victoria Peak and its stunning panoramic views, bustling Stanley Market, Repulse Bay and the floating village of Aberdeen after breakfast. Your afternoon is free for shopping and independent explorations. Enjoy a fabulous buffet dinner cruise around Hong Kong Harbor before returning to your hotel to prepare for your journey back home.
Day 16 : Hong Kong
meals: N/A
Transfer to the Hong Kong airport for your flight back to Canada.


    B = Breakfast      L = Chinese Lunch                D = Chinese Dinner
    CA= Air China     CZ=China Southern Airline     MU=China Eastern Airlines
Tour Prices:
Valid: Apr 01, 2024 - Mar 31, 2025
1 Person 2-5 Persons 6-9 Persons 10 Persons Hotel Single Supplement
Standard Class $4740.00 $2799.00 $2060.00 / $620.00
Deluxe Class $4910.00 $2885.00 $2145.00 / $690.00
Superior Class $5310.00 $3085.00 $2350.00 / $850.00
Note: child price is 80% of adult price.

City Standard Class Deluxe Class Superior Class
Beijing . Phoenix Palace Hotel Novotel Peace Hotel Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong
Shanghai . Holiday Inn Express Shanghai BaoLong Hotel Northern Hotel Shanghai
Guilin . Guilin Days Hotel Guilin Exhibition International Hotel Guilin Exhibition International Hotel

Hotel Information:
Hotel Indoor Pool Outdoor Pool Gym Safe Box Refrigerator Hair Dryer Kitchen
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Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong   √       √   √   √
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Shanghai BaoLong Hotel   √     √   √   √   √
Northern Hotel Shanghai   √     √   √   √   √
Guilin Days Hotel         √   √   √
Guilin Exhibition International Hotel   √     √   √   √   √
Guilin Exhibition International Hotel   √     √   √   √   √


  • Three different styles of hotels listed as above.
  • Tour price includes hotel accommodations, sightseeing and meals as noted in the itinerary, intra-China airfare, private transfers and ground transportation, and the services of an English- speaking guide and driver.
  • The cost of Yangtze River Cruise during Day8-Day11(Main Deck Superior, shoulder season).
  • Beijing/Shanghai soft sleeper train ticket.Chongqing/Guilin bullet train ticket.
  • All prices are quoted in US Dollars and are subject to change without notice. Please check at time of booking.
  • All prices are quoted per person based on two people sharing a room (double occupancy). Single supplement applies for single travelers.


  • Passport or China Visa Fees.
  • Optional program.
  • Tips to guides and driver.
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • Costs associated with side-trip to orphanage.
  • Extra charge of USD150 per person applied to single person travel and extra charge of USD100 per person applied to 2-9 people travel in April, May, September and October.
  • Trip to Hong Kong on Day 14-16 and Guilin/Hong Kong bullet train ticket, which can be arranged by Lotus. Please feel free to contact us for price quote and suggestions.
  • International Airfare (Please contact our travel advisors for the consolidator rate of international air ticket).


  • Deposit:A $500 per person non-refundable deposit needs to be sent to us within one week in order to guarantee the above quotes.
  • Balance:Balance is due 60 days before departure.
  • Airfare:Airfare is due at time of ticket issuance.
  • Yangtze River Cruise tour starting from Day 8 to Day 12. Due to different seasons and types of ships, the cruise admission fee differs a lot. Please feel free to contact us for price quote based on your schedule.
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