Treasures of China and the Yangtze
Arrive at the airport, where you will be met by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the Pudong Shangri-La.
Featured Excursions: Shanghai city tour, dim sum lunch, and Shanghai Acrobats performance
Long a bustling commercial center, Shanghai has become one of the world’s most exciting cities, brimming with spectacular skyscrapers designed by world-famous architects. In the morning, you’ll stroll along the Bund, Shanghai’s famed waterfront promenade, and get a sense of its 19th-century roots. Then enjoy a traditional dim sum lunch at the Pudong Shangri-La, after which you’ll have time to browse through the district’s intriguing shops. In the evening, a performance by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobats will dazzle you.
Featured Excursion: Shanghai Museum
Begin the day with a visit to the Shanghai Museum, a stunning contemporary structure that houses treasures of Chinese art, including ancient bronzes from the Shang and Zhou periods, exquisite jades, calligraphic works from many dynasties, and Ming and Qing furniture. Then you’ll fly to Yichang, where you’ll board your elegant ship.
Featured Excursion: Three Gorges Dam
The Three Gorges Dam is the world’s largest hydroelectric project, and it is changing the landscape and the economy of the nation. It is designed to both generate power to fuel China’s economic growth and control flooding on the Yangtze. You’ll visit this astonishing feat of modern engineering before setting sail along the most scenic section of the Yangtze, the Three Gorges.
In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception with complimentary wine.
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.
Featured Excursion: Shibao Pagoda
Shibao Pagoda, whose red walls and yellow gate are a Yangtze River landmark, was built into the side of a hill in the 18th century. Although the temple is 12 stories tall, only its top 3 stories tower above the tor. Make a wish and climb the stairs; legend has it that the higher you climb, the more likely it is that your wish will come true. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner with complimentary wine will be served.
Featured Excursions: Chongqing city tour with zoo visit, and traditional dumpling banquet
Disembark in Chongqing, the booming capital of western China. As part of your city tour, you’ll visit the giant pandas at the Chongqing Zoo. Then you’ll catch a flight to the ancient city of Xi’an, where you’ll settle into the Shangri-La Xi’an hotel and savor an extraordinary dumpling banquet in the
city widely considered the home of the dumpling.
Featured Excursions: Museum of the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, City Wall, and Tang Dynasty dinner show
Twenty-four centuries ago, China’s first emperor was entombed with a vast army of warriors and horses made of clay. The tomb complex lay undisturbed until the 20th century. Only about 8,000 of the life-sized Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses have been excavated thus far, some of which you’ll visit at the museum. Then you’ll see the massive defensive wall built around Xi’an in the 15th century. During the evening, indulge in a traditional dinner and a performance that re-creates the music, folk dances, and costumes of the Tang Dynasty.
Featured Excursion: Temple of Heaven
Today, you’ll catch a flight to Beijing. Before checking into the Ritz-Carlton, Beijing hotel, you’ll visit the UNESCO-designated Temple of Heaven.
In the evening, you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel.
Featured Excursions: The Great Wall and Kung Fu show at Beijing’s Red Theatre
Start the day off with a visit to one of the nation’s most iconic sights, the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Great Wall of China. Walk along the
top of the wall to appreciate just how formidable a barrier it would have been to the nomadic mounted warriors who confronted it over the centuries. Back in Beijing, spend the evening at the Red Theatre, taking in a spectacular show that combines kung fu prowess with acrobatics and dance.
Featured Excursions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, hutongs tour with home-hosted lunch, and Peking duck Farewell Dinner with complimentary wine
The last full day of your China adventure begins in broad Tiananmen Square, which is both the heart of modern Beijing and a gateway to the wonders of imperial China. Chairman Mao’s mausoleum borders the square, as does the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site you’ll visit today.
Your next stop will take you to the backbone of Old Beijing—the ancient residential lanes known as the hutongs. Hop aboard a rickshaw for a behind-the-scenes tour of these historic neighborhoods, where you can still see the region’s traditional courtyard homes. You’ll be invited to join a family in their home for a delicious traditional lunch. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner of succulent Peking duck, a signature dish of the city since imperial times.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue your adventure with our memorable optional extension.