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Yangtze River Cruises

The Elephant Trunk Hill Tour Code: CHT-YZ-09
Departure Date: You Choose
Destinations: Hong Kong / Guilin / Yangshuo / Chongqing / Yangtze / Yichang / Shanghai
Starting City: Hong Kong
Tour Price: from $2032
Ending City: Shanghai

Tour Feature: Land tour + well selected hotel + domestic flights/trains, private guided with your own English speaking guide ( unless otherwise specified), your own driver at your own pace and schedule.

Daily Itinerary 

Day 1
Place & Transport: Arrive in Hong Kong, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Airport to Hotel Transfer (Hong Kong)

Day 2
Place & Transport: Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3
Place & Transport: Hong Kong to Guilin, Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Hong Kong), Airport to Hotel Transfer (Guilin)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4
Yao Minority PeoplePlace & Transport: Guilin
Today's Activities: Minority village and Longsheng Terraced Field
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Longji Ping'an Restaurant

Minority village and Longsheng Terraced Field: The Longji Terraces are built into the steep mountain range named "The Dragon's Backbone" about 2 hours from Guilin. The terraces look like ribbons as they wind from the foot to the top of the mountain. This ingenious construction makes best use of the scarce arable land and water resources in the mountainous area. There are about 66 square kilometers of terraced fields in the district. The Terraces were first built in the Yuan dynasty and completed in the Qing dynasty by the Zhuang people. Zhuang and Yao minority villages dot the area and feature traditional unique architecture where no nails are used in construction. The different minority customs and dressing styles are especially interesting. Sedan chairs are available from the parking lot to the top of the mountain for customers who would like to see the great views but fail to climb all the way up to the top, it takes about CNY350 per person for the round trip.

Day 5
Place & Transport: Guilin to Yangshuo
Today's Activities: Li River Cruise, Yangshuo Countryside Cycling
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

Li River Cruise (4 hours): A cruise along the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo is an unforgettable experience. As you take in the stunning scenery there's something interesting to see at almost every bend in the river. Between spectacular limestone peaks you'll see graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, and lumbering water buffaloes pulling carts or cooling off in the river. You may see fishermen gliding along on their narrow bamboo rafts, and if you're very lucky you might see one of the famous fishing cormorants. Boats depart from various wharves, according to the height of the river at different times of the year.

Yangshuo Countryside Cycling: Experience the hustle & bustle of the Yangshou traffic for 10 minutes before you escape onto the country roads, lanes and tracks of the distinctive and beautiful Yangshou countryside. Biking alongside the paddy field and orchards that surround the famous mountains will give a fascinating insight into life in rural China. You will have a family visit on the half way. It is an opportunity to see a real country life and talk to the local famers.

Day 6
Place & Transport: Yangshuo to Guilin to Chongqing to Yangtze, Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Airport Transfer (Guilin), Airport Transfer (Chongqing), Cruise pier Transfer (Chongqing), Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin Ziyuan Pearl Shop, Board the ship from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and departs Chongqing at 10:00pm.(Dinner is not included)
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at McFound Restaurant (A La Carte)

Reed Flute Cave (1 hour): Located 5 kilometers northwest of Guilin city, the Reed Flute Cave gets the name from the reeds used for making flutes and pipes that grow at its entrance. The cave is regarded as the largest and most impressive cave in Guilin. It is 240 meters long, and the length of the tour is about 550 meters offering a magic land of stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone curtains, birds, plants and animals in fantastic shapes and colors. The visit lasts for 40 minutes and there are a lot of steps. Watch your step as the lights are dim. You guide will show you by electric torch.

Elephant Trunk Hill (40 minutes): At the confluence of Li River and Peach Blossom River in the southwest of Guilin city
It is a national 4A scenery spot. The Water Moon Cave is close to the river. The water flows through it and the cave looks like a moon floating in the water. The stone drooped into the water like an elephant drinking the water of the Li River.

McFound Restaurant (A La Carte): A restaurant which decorated in traditional northern style, with wheaten food of full aroma and household atmosphere of authentic culture, is warmly welcome for customers.

Guilin Ziyuan Pearl Shop: Guilin is fortunate to have a company that is licensed by the Government to both grow and sell pearls. The Pearls are cultivated in the clean waters of the South China Sea off the coast of Guangxi province and then transported to Guilin for processing and to be created in the superb jewelry that you will see exhibited. You will also learn how to tell the difference between real and fake pearls and well as seeing the production process. Pearls purchased here will be of the highest quality and their authenticity is guaranteed.
Tel: 0773-2897 629
Address: Besides Sleeping Budda Rock, 12, Taohuajing Road, Guilin

Day 7
The Shennong StreamPlace & Transport: Yangtze
Today's Activities:  Shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City (8:00-10:00am).
Meals: Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner

Fengdu is where the devil lives, according to Chinese legend. They say that spirits go to heaven, and evil goes to Fengdu. The town is overlooked by Ming Shan Hill, home of Tianzi, the King of the Dead. The whole place has an eerie feel to it with deserted streets, tower blocks, empty shops and banks. The only people here are those who make a living from visiting cruise boats.

Day 8
Place & Transport: Yangtze
Today's Activities:  Shore excursion to Shennong Stream(1:30pm-5:30pm).You also have the option of visiting the White Emperor City(260RMB per person).
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner

Shennong Stream is another tributary of the Yangtze River, and its fast-flowing, crystal clear water runs southwards through deep gorges. The stream races past large and small karst caves, flocks of swallows, sheer cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls, three-colored springs, rapids, the ancient plank path, a suspended coffin in the cliff, groups of ancient tombs and marvelous karst formations.

Day 9
The Lesser Three GorgesPlace & Transport: Yangtze to Yichang to Shanghai, Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Cruise pier Transfer (Yichang), Airport Transfer (Yichang), Airport to Hotel Transfer (Shanghai), Shore excursion to The Three Gorges Dam Site. Arrive in Yichang at 1:00pm.
Meals: Breakfast

Three Gorges Dam, the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by man and it has been a dream for several generations of Chinese people. The construction of the dam formally began in 1994. The body of the dam was completed in 2003, and the whole construction will be competed in 2009. It will be 2,335 meters long, 185 meters high, 18 meters wide on the top and 130 meters wide at the bottom.The tourists can get access to the top of the dam and enjoy different kinds of photo opportunities.

Day 10
See the Bund from Yuyuan GardenPlace & Transport: Shanghai (Watch the Video )
Today's Activities: Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Jade Buddha Temple, The Bund, Jiangnan Silk Museum
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Old Shanghai Restaurant

Yuyuan Garden (1 hour): Located at a very busy marketplace in a complex of traditional-style buildings, backing onto Yu Gardens, you can find everything there from popular local snacks and food, crafts, antiques and souvenirs to Starbucks, teahouses and some great restaurants. There is a small (reconstructed) Temple (Chenghuang: Temple of the City Gods) in there as well.

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall (1 hour): A short walk across Renmin Square from the Shanghai Museum, this is a fascinating insight into Shanghai's future. The 2nd floor has a giant walkaround model of the city, and other floors have great displays, interactive exhibitions and walkthroughs of aspects such as the ports, greening, leisure etc.

Jade Buddha Temple (40 minutes): An active Buddhist temple, and one of the richest in Shanghai. The main treasures are two statues of Buddha, carved from rare single blocks of white jade adorned with precious stones. The temple is a hive of activity with monks, worshippers and visitors, and photos of the Buddhas are forbidden.

The Bund (40 minutes): Once the home of the foreign traders and major banks, the embankment has taken on a new vitality; lovely old European-style buildings mix with futuristic developments, chic restaurants, top end shops and bars offer plenty to see and do – and by night it's magic!

Old Shanghai Restaurant: Old Shanghai Restaurant is a old and famous local restaurant which serves typical Shanghai Food as well as different flavors from other parts of China.

Jiangnan Silk Museum: See how silk is produced from the cocoons of silk worms, and turned into the beautiful fabric we all know and love. Silk filled duvets are excellent value, and the showroom offers everything from small souvenirs to larger items. The beauty of real silk is that it's so light, and packs really easily.
Tel: 021-62660378
Address: 289, Ao'men Road, Putuo District, Shanghai

Day 11
Place & Transport: Shanghai
Today's Activities: The Shanghai World Financial Center, Qibao Town
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Shanghai Oriental Pearl Revolving Restaurant

The Shanghai World Financial Center (40 minutes): The Shanghai World Financial Center is a super tall skyscraper. It is a mixed use skyscraper, which will consist of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the lower floors. The hotel component has 175 rooms and suites and goes by the name: The Park Hyatt, Shanghai. On September 14, 2007, the skyscraper reached 492.3 meters (1,615.2 ft) and became the tallest structure on mainland China, including Hong Kong, as well as the world's third tallest building (including unfinished ones), after the Burj Dubai and Taipei 101.

Qibao Town: The Seven Treasures Town is famous for its old streets, which were once named as the Ding's Farmstead in the ancient Chinese Dynasty of Han. In the early days of the Song Dynasty, the Seven Treasures Temple was moved to the place and the town was renamed as Seven Treasures Town just same as the temple. Moreover, a legend said that the place was so named because it possessed the following seven treasures – the Gold Lotus Scripture, the Magic Tree, the Big Bell Floated from Afar, the Buddha Flown over from Afar, the Gold Cock, the Jade Chopsticks and the Jade Axe. The town was reconstructed with huge amount of money in 2000 and was transformed into a great tourist resort once again.

Shanghai Oriental Pearl Revolving Restaurant: Located on top of the Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Oriental Pearl Revolving Restaurant is the highest one in Asia. The buffet features hundreds of Chinese and western dishes while the restaurant revolves once every two hours.

Day 12
Place & Transport: Depart Shanghai, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai)
Meals: Breakfast

Price Details for this tour (per person in US dollars)

Low Season (Dec. 01 - Mar. 31)

Your Group Size Tour Class Tour Price Single Room
1 Person Superior $3702 $0 Inquiry
Deluxe $3354 $0 Inquiry
Tourist $2980 $0 Inquiry
2-5 Persons Superior $2303 $743 Inquiry
Deluxe $2218 $478 Inquiry
Tourist $2032 $301 Inquiry
6-9 Persons Superior $1949 $743 Inquiry
Deluxe $1864 $478 Inquiry
Tourist $1684 $301 Inquiry

High Season (Apr. 01 - Nov. 31)

Your Group Size Tour Class Tour Price Single Room
1 Person Superior $4408 $0 Inquiry
Deluxe $3550 $0 Inquiry
Tourist $3087 $0 Inquiry
2-5 Persons Superior $2637 $1079 Inquiry
Deluxe $2297 $560 Inquiry
Tourist $2066 $338 Inquiry
6-9 Persons Superior $2283 $1079 Inquiry
Deluxe $1944 $560 Inquiry
Tourist $1719 $338 Inquiry
* Prices are in US dollars, for one person. Prices are for references only, may vary according to your travel time. Better discount is available when travel in low season from Dec to March.

Price Inclusions:

Entrance Fees: To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary.
If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.
Private Transfers: Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Hong Kong, Guilin, Yangshuo, Chongqing, Yangtze, Yichang, Shanghai by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above).
Your comfort is our priority!
Guide: As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
Hotels: Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
Yangtze River Cruises: The price quoted for a Yangtze River Cruise includes all meals onboard, and all land excursions including the smaller cruise fee to Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream. (Optional land excursions are available for a few ships which will be specially noted.) The price does not include any incidental charges, including room service, mini bar, laundry, and drinks and bar charges, tipping, etc.
The Pre-boarding Fee includes overnight accommodations on the ship the night before departure and breakfast in the morning.
Transportation: Hong Kong To Guilin Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
Guilin To Chongqing Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
Yichang To Shanghai Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
Airport Tax for Domestic Flights
Airport Tax and Fuel Fee for Flights if applicable
Service Charge & Government Taxes
The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
Luggage Transfers: Between airports/cruise piers and hotels.
Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclusions:

International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China: USA-CHINA/CHINA-USA: China Highlights has negotiated special discount fares (restrictions apply) for selected flights operated by Air China from major US and China gateways. We are able to offer these special deals to confirmed customers.
China Entry Visa Fees
Excess Baggage Charges:
Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carryon baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm.
Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
Meals: Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
Single Room Supplement: Important note for those who choose to pay a single room supplement fee: The fee only covers hotel single room supplements; it does NOT include use of a single cabin on the Yangtze River Cruise. Standard Yangtze River Cruise prices per person are based on 2 people sharing 1 cabin unless otherwise specified. If you would like to request a single cabin on the Yangtze River ship, please contact us to check cost and availability.


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