Classic China & the Yangtze River (OY)

12 Day Tour from Beijing to Shanghai

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This tour through China, including a Yangtze River cruise, offers you opportunities to see some of China's most historic sites, learn about the local culture, and witness spectacular scenery. You'll stay three nights each in Beijing and Shanghai, two nights in Xi'an, and three nights aboard your Yangtze River cruise ship.

Some of the fascinating historic sites you’ll visit on this China tour include Tian’anmen Square; the Forbidden City, once home to Chinese emperors; the Temple of Heaven, built in 1420; Dayan Pagoda, built in 652 AD; and Shibaozhai, a 12-story pagoda built high on the cliffside in the 18th century. No China tour would be complete without visiting the Great Wall, and you'll walk along the wall to see how expansive it is. In Xi'an, marvel at the Terracotta Warriors, roughly 8,000 soldiers, chariots, and horses constructed in 210 BC—all to help China’s first emperor into the afterlife!

Relax as you cruise down the Yangtze River, the world's third-largest river, and enjoy spectacular scenery and majestic peaks. Get a glimpse of rural Chinese life and see tiny villages clinging to the hillsides. Also visit the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest electricity-producing plant. To make sure your vacation is unique, Globus has also arranged special experiences, such as a lunch featuring xiaolongbao, dumplings that are Shanghai's most famous dish, and a rickshaw ride through Beijing's hutongs, the city’s ancient alleys.

This is just a sampling of the historic sites, fun cultural experiences, and stunning scenery you’ll experience on this awe-inspiring tour through China!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

BEIJING
Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and Temple of Heaven; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite hutong tour by rickshaw; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Peking Duck welcome dinner
XI’AN
Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit the Terracotta Warriors and Dayan Pagoda; noodle-making demonstration; “Tang Dynasty” dinner show; calligraphy class
CHONGQING
Visit a local zoo to see pandas
YANGTZE RIVER
Three-night cruise through the Three Gorges including a walking tour in Shibaozhai, a boat excursion on Goddess Stream, and a tour of the Three Gorges dam site
SHANGHAI
Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit Yu Yuan Gardens, a silk factory, and the Shanghai Museum; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite xiaolongbao lunch; walking tour of the French Concession; farewell dinner
Notes:

  • Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Temple of Heaven
  • Great Wall of China
  • Terracotta Warriors

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 6 dinners including a welcome dinner in Beijing and a farewell dinner in Shanghai

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN BEIJING, CHINA

Welcome to China! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 BEIJING

Your full-day sightseeing starts with a visit to TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. Next, explore the FORBIDDEN CITY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest palace complex in the world. Once the home of China’s great emperors, today it showcases ancient Chinese architecture, landscaped gardens, and displays of rare art and artifacts. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, followed by free time to explore on your own. This evening, savor a special Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite PEKING DUCK WELCOME DINNER.

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Day 3 BEIJING. GREAT WALL EXCURSION

The GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. Return to Beijing for some time at your leisure. Tonight, you may choose to attend a performance of the Peking Opera, a traditional form of Chinese theater, or attend the Legend of Kung Fu Show, with a fusion of kung fu, dance, and acrobatics.

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Day 4 BEIJING–XI’AN

This morning, visit the TEMPLE OF HEAVEN and enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing’s Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HUTONGS, the city’s ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighborhood as you are invited into the courtyard of a family’s home to learn more about their life. A short flight brings you to Xi’an.

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Day 5 XI’AN

One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi’an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with the enormous tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of TERRACOTTA WARRIORS that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. During lunch, enjoy a NOODLE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Next, visit the DAYAN PAGODA, built in 652 AD. This evening, attend the “Tang Dynasty” DINNER SHOW, featuring a colorful assemblage of classical performances.

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Day 6 XI’AN–CHONGQING (EMBARKATION)–YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

This morning, visit the Xi’an City Wall South Gate and learn to write like a local during a traditional Chinese CALLIGRAPHY CLASS; you may even see some locals practicing their morning tai chi. Next, fly to Chongqing, China’s capital during World War II. Visit a local ZOO to see pandas prior to boarding your cruise ship for a 3-night cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze.

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Day 7 CRUISING: SHIBAOZHAI

The morning is at your leisure to enjoy a variety of onboard activities. You may choose to start your day with a tai chi session on the Sun Deck, take a swim in the pool, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. After lunch, take a WALKING TOUR of Shibaozhai with its 400-year-old, 12-story, red-wooden pagoda perched high on a cliff side. This evening, the Captain hosts a welcome party, followed by dinner and a special performance by the ship’s crew.

NOTE:

Depending on river conditions, an alternate shore excursion may be offered.

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Day 8 CRUISING: QUTANG GORGE–WU GORGE–GODDESS STREAM

Again, enjoy the morning at your leisure on the ship. You may choose to take an optional shore excursion to Fengdu, known by many Chinese as the “Ghost City,” to visit the mountaintop shrines. Later in the morning, sail downstream through the first and second of the three gorges—Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most dramatic gorge, and Wu, known for its quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains. You can nearly touch the perpendicular walls rising from the riverbanks as your Captain negotiates this narrow gap. After lunch, disembark for a BOAT EXCURSION down Goddess Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship, you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emerald-green waters surrounded by densely forested hills.

NOTE:
Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Shennong Stream.

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Day 9 CRUISING: (DISEMBARKATION) THREE GORGES DAM SITE–YICHANG–SHANGHAI

This morning, visit the THREE GORGES DAM SITE, the largest dam of its kind in the world. After lunch in Yichang, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, China’s most populous city and center of trade and industry.

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Day 10 SHANGHAI

Start your day with a stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. Then, visit YU YUAN GARDENS, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, and a SILK FACTORY to learn about the silk-making process. For lunch, stop at a local restaurant featuring Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite XIAOLONGBAO, Shanghai’s most famous dish. These tasty soup dumplings are handmade with at least 18 intricate folds to close the top. The broth is the star so, to avoid wasting a single drop, gently pick up the dumpling, dip in sauce, and transfer to a Chinese soup spoon. Next, make a small hole to release the steam and allow the broth to cool. After it cools, sip up the broth and then swallow the dumpling. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You may consider joining an optional tour to see a spectacular acrobatic show.

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Day 11 SHANGHAI

This morning, visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, featuring stunning displays of ancient bronze, jade, and ceramics. Then, take a WALKING TOUR of the former French Concession, once Shanghai’s leading residential and retail area. Today, the qualities that made the area so popular endure—from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Along the way, see the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi, and visit Fuxing Park, where locals play chess, dance, practice tai chi, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.

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Day 12 SHANGHAI

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LI KAI

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

Hi, my name is Li Kai and I love to travel and share my experiences. I have guided people from all walks of life and believe the simple joys in life can bring everyone together. To keep true to that I make it my goal to make every day enjoyable so you will have fond memories to share with your friends and family back home.

Tour Director - LI KAI

 Accommodations

Beijing
Xi'an
Yangtze River
Shanghai

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
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$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
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