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Grand China & the Yangtze

Beijing to Hong Kong | 18 Days
Date Range: Mar 2015 - Oct 2015Ships: Century Paragon, Century Legend

Beijing to Hong Kong | 18 Days

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Day 1:
Beijing Motorcoach

Arrive at the airport, where you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will escort you to the Conrad Beijing hotel.

Day 2:
Beijing UNESCOMotorcoach

Featured Excursions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, foot massage, and Peking duck Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine

Begin your exciting discovery of China with a visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. You’ll stroll through the square and enter the 180-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its characteristic red walls and yellow tile roofs. After your tour, relax with a traditional foot massage; later, indulge in a Welcome Dinner of succulent Peking duck with wine.

Day 3:
Beijing UNESCOMotorcoach

Featured Excursions: The Great Wall and Kung Fu show at Beijing’s Red Theatre

There is no sight in China more iconic than the UNESCO-designated Great Wall. Spend some time exploring and walking along the wall before enjoying lunch at the foot of the wall, amid the lovely pine and cypress forests. Back in Beijing, your eventful day continues with a spectacular show that combines kung fu prowess with acrobatics and dance at Beijing’s famous Red Theatre.

Day 4:
Beijing UNESCOMotorcoachSampan Ride

Featured Excursions: Temple of Heaven, hutongs tour with home-hosted lunch, and boat ride on Shichahai Lake

Visit the 15th-century Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO-designated site that symbolizes the relationship between heaven and earth—and the emperor’s place within that cosmography. Next, you’ll take a rickshaw tour of the hutongs, the old neighborhoods where you can still see traditional quadrangle houses built around courtyards. You’ll share a traditional lunch with a local family. Afterward, relax on a rowboat ride on the mesmerizing Shichahai Lake.

Day 5:
Beijing, fly to Xi'an MotorcoachFlight

Featured Excursions: Welcome ceremony and Tang Dynasty dinner show

Fly to the ancient Tang Dynasty capital of Xi’an, where you’ll be greeted with a special welcome ceremony at the city gate; then breeze through your hotel check-in at the Hilton Xi’an hotel. In the evening, indulge in a wonderful dinner and cultural performance that re-creates the music, folk dances, and historic costumes of the Tang Dynasty.

Day 6:
Xi'an UNESCOMotorcoach

Featured Excursions: Museum of the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and traditional dumpling banquet

One of the most astonishing archaeological finds of the last century, the life-sized Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses were made nearly 2,500 years ago to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. About 8,000 of these figures have been excavated, and some are displayed at a museum dedicated to the incredible find. At the end of your day, delight in a traditional Xi’an dumpling banquet, where each dumpling is a delectable work of art.

Day 7:
Xi'an, fly to Shanghai, Tongli, Suzhou UNESCOMotorcoachFlightSampan Ride

Featured Excursions: Tongli tour and evening performance

Fly to Shanghai, and then tour charming Tongli, the “Venice of the East,” where elegant homes and enchanting teahouses line the many canals. Continue to Suzhou and settle into the Shangri-La Hotel. In the evening, experience a music and dance performance in one of the city’s world-renowned gardens.

Day 8:
Suzhou, Shanghai UNESCOMotorcoach

Featured Excursions: Humble Administrator’s Garden and Embroidery Research Institute visit

You’ll tour a UNESCO-designated Ming landscape before marveling at the intricate designs at the Embroidery Research Institute. Afterward, you’ll settle in to the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, where you will enjoy dinner in the evening.

Day 9:
Shanghai Motorcoach

Featured Excursions: Shanghai city tour, dim sum lunch, and Shanghai Acrobats performance

Enjoy a tour along Shanghai’s famous waterfront promenade, the Bund, followed by a delicious dim sum lunch at the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund. In the evening, you’ll be astonished by the Shanghai Acrobats.

Day 10:
Shanghai, fly to Yichang MotorcoachFlightEmbark/Disembark

Featured Excursion: Shanghai Museum

Visit the Shanghai Museum before your flight to Yichang, where you’ll board your elegant ship.

Day 11:
Maoping, cruising the Yangtze River Motorcoach

Featured Excursion: Three Gorges Dam

Visit the Three Gorges Dam before setting sail along the Yangtze. Enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception with complimentary wine in the evening.

Day 12:
Cruising the Yangtze River, Daning River Sampan Ride

Featured Excursion: Explore Shennv Stream

Board a small boat for a cruise down the Shennv Stream, a pristine tributary of the Yangtze, to explore the beautiful landscape of the Wu Gorge.

Day 13:
Cruising the Yangtze River, Shibaozhai

Featured Excursion: Shibao Pagoda

Built into the side of a hill, the Shibao Pagoda has now become a colorful little island of its own. Make a wish and climb the stairs toward the temple at the top; legend has it that the higher you climb, the better the chance of your wish coming true. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner with complimentary wine will be served.

Day 14:
Chongqing, fly to Guilin Embark/DisembarkMotorcoachFlight

Featured Excursion: Chongqing city tour with zoo visit

Disembark in Chongqing. Visit the giant pandas at the zoo before flying to Guilin and settling into your room at the Shangri-La Hotel.

Day 15:
Guilin, cruising the Li River, Yangshuo MotorcoachSampan Ride

Featured Excursion: Li River cruise

Cruise the serene Li River, where time seems to have stood still for centuries. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Day 16:
Guilin, fly to Hong Kong MotorcoachFlight

Featured Excursions: Tea plantation visit and Reed Flute Cave

Visit a tea plantation, where you’ll learn about this vital Chinese export. Later on, marvel at the rainbow-colored stalactites in the Reed Flute Cave. You’ll then fly to Hong Kong and check into the Kowloon Shangri-La hotel.

Note: The Cruise/Tour Manager will not accompany you to Hong Kong. You will have the services of a local expert instead.

Day 17:
Hong Kong MotorcoachSampan Ride

Featured Excursion: Exclusive Hong Kong Island tour with boat ride through Aberdeen Fishing Village

See the best of the island on your guided tour of Hong Kong, including Victoria Peak, the Aberdeen Fishing Village, and Stanley Market.

Day 18:
Depart Hong Kong Motorcoach

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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