Flavors of China & the Yangtze (OC)

14 Day Tour from Beijing to Shanghai

2018 Tour Details

This tour through China has everything you could want in a China vacation: visits to ancient sites, thrilling experiences, opportunities to learn about the culture, authentic cuisine, and more. Start in Beijing, end in Shanghai, and overnight along the way in Xi'an, Chengdu, Hangzhou, and aboard a 3-night Yangtze River cruise.

As you walk along the Great Wall, marvel at its expansiveness. Also impressive are the Terracotta Warriors, built 2,000 years ago to protect the first emperor in his afterlife. You'll stand in awe as you take in the life-size soldiers, chariots, and horses.

On your 3-night Yangtze River cruise, enjoy the spectacular beauty and tiny villages as you cruise through the Three Gorges. Take a walking tour of Shibaozhai and its 400-year-old pagoda built high on the cliffside. In Hangzhou, more scenic beauty awaits on your cruise on West Lake, surrounded by mountains on three sides and known for its picturesque landscape and collection of ancient bridges, causeways, temples, and palaces. Also visit Fei Lai Feng, a limestone mountain with over 300 stone statues dating from the 10th to the 14th centuries, and Lingyin Temple (Temple of Soul’s Retreat), one of China's most famous Buddhist temples dating back 1,700 years.

Globus has included out-of-the-ordinary experiences, like a rickshaw ride through Beijing’s hutongs (ancient alleys) and a xiaolongbao lunch in Shanghai. Other thrilling experiences include a visit to the Giant Panda Research Base, a ride on the bullet train from Chengdu to Chongqing, a calligraphy class, sightseeing with Local Guides, and much more.

From the serene and picturesque landscapes to the vibrant cities and from the many historic sites to the modern accomplishments, this China tour is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation opportunity!
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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; calligrapy class
CHENGDU
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Giant Panda Research Base
CHENGDU–CHONGQING
Travel by bullet train
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
HANGZHOU
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Lingyin Temple and Fei Lai Feng; walking tour along Hefang Street; cruise on West Lake
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
  • West Lake

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 9 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–CHENGDU

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 Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province and known for its flavorful food.

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Day 7 CHENGDU–CHONGQING (EMBARKATION)–YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

Start your day with a visit to the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite GIANT PANDA RESEARCH BASE and marvel at these beautiful animals. After lunch, transfer to the train station and board your BULLET TRAIN to Chongqing, China’s capital during World War II. Upon arrival, transfer to the port and board your cruise ship for a 3-night cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze.

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Day 8 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.

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

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Day 9 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.

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

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Day 10 CRUISING: (DISEMBARKATION) THREE GORGES DAM SITE–YICHANG–HANGZHOU

This morning, visit the THREE GORGES DAM SITE, the largest dam of its kind in the world. After lunch in Yichang, board your flight to Hangzhou.

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Day 11 HANGZHOU

Enjoy a full day tour of Hangzhou, one of China’s seven ancient capitals. Start with a visit to LINGYIN TEMPLE followed by FEI LAI FENG, a unique mountain famous for a cluster of caves with hundreds of unique stone buddha statues. After lunch, be transported back in time during a WALKING TOUR along Hefang Street. End the day with a CRUISE on West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its collection of ancient bridges, causeways, temples, and palaces.

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Day 12 HANGZHOU–SHANGHAI

Transfer to Shanghai, where you will start your sightseeing 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 for lunch 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 13 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 14 SHANGHAI

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Accommodations

Beijing
Xi'an
Chengdu
Yangtze River
Hangzhou
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)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Beijing
Shanghai

Beijing

Kung Fu Show

Kung Fu Show

Experience one of the most beloved theatrical traditions in China! The Legend of Kung Fu Show is a phenomenal fusion of martial arts, theater, dance, and Chinese acrobatics.

Price Range: $

Peking Opera

Peking Opera

Music, drama, dance, martial arts, acrobatics, exquisite costumes, colorful sets-traditional Chinese opera has it all, and is considered one of China's cultural treasures.

Price Range: $

Shanghai

Shanghai Acrobats

Shanghai Acrobats

Experience a breathtaking spectacle of mind-blowing skill, artistic beauty, and gravity-defying aerobatics at a thrilling acrobatics performance in Shanghai.

Price Range: $

Zhujiajiao (Water Town) Half Day Tour

Zhujiajiao (Water Town) Half Day Tour

Leave the modern world behind and join us for a few hours as we travel back in time more than 1,700 years to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao. Also known as "Pearl Stream", this quaint, fan-shaped village is the best preserved among Shanghai's four Old Town areas.

Price Range: $$

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