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Yangtze Downstream Discovery - 14 Days / 11 Nights


Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise, Suzhou Shanghai

Featuring a luxurious 5-Star Century Legend Cruise down the magnificent Yangtze River and a spectacular journey to famous modern and ancient architectural wonders, this China excursion will lead you on an unforgettable adventure. Experience ancient rural China and the massive Three Gorges Dam Project on exciting shore excursions along the Yangtze River. Enjoy the ancient Terracotta Warriors in Xian, the massive Great Wall of China, a delicious Peking Duck Banquet in Beijing, and the brilliant Pearl TV Tower in Shanghai. The Yangtze Downstream Discovery provides a memorable taste of China to cherish your entire life.

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Including flights, hotels, meals, tour guides and more

Group tour from $3,899

Tour Package Highlights

  • Tour itinerary visits the 3 most interesting cities in China -- Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai
  • Experience the natural beauty along the river's edge, the ship locks, and the world-famous three gorges dam.
  • Built this year, you'll cruise down the mighty Yangtze River in style and ultimate comfort on the Century Legend
Beijing (3 Nights)
Bird's Nest (outside), Water Cube (outside), Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, pearl and jade factory
Xian (2 Nights)
Terracotta Warriors, Big Goose Pagoda and Ancient City Wall
Panda Garden and General Joseph Stillwell WWII Museum
Yangtze Cruise (3 Nights)
5-Star Century Legend Cruiser, Three Gorges Shore Excursions including Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge, Three Gorges Dam
Classical Chinese Gardens, Tiger Hill, Lingering Garden and Silk Factory #1
Shanghai (3 Nights)
Pearl TV Tower Ride, Yu Yuan Gardens, Old Shanghai District, Bund and Pudong District

Kung Fu Show (Beijing) and Tang Dynasty Show (Xian)
Side Excursions:
Shanghai - Harbor Cruise or Shanghai Acrobat Show
Tour Price Includes
INTERNATIONAL & Domestic China Airfare, Meals, Tours, Guides and Hotels
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Cities and attractions to be visited by this China tour:


  • The Bird Nest (outside)

    The Bird Nest (outside)

    Re-live the 2008 Olympics. The Bird Nest is a remarkable place to visit if you want to remember the incredible events that took place there at the 2008 Olympics, and admire its stunning architecture.

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  • The Water Cube (outside)

    The Water Cube (outside)

    A truly fascinating sight. Its design combines modern technology with Chinese traditional values. Popular Science magazine chose it the Best of What's New of 2006.

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  • The Great Wall

    The Great Wall

    One of the eight great wonders of the world. Spectacular, immense, a must-see attraction. Take a walk along various sections of the wall, while admiring the beautiful views that China has to offer.

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  • Tiananmen Square

    Tiananmen Square

    Is the world's largest public square. This site of great Chinese historical significance lies within the heart of Beijing. The Tiananmen Square is a world-renowned plaza that was named after the Tiananmen, which literally means, "Gate of Heavenly Peace".

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  • The Forbidden City

    The Forbidden City

    China's largest and well-preserved complex of ancient buildings. The Forbidden City exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture. See with your own eyes what the imperial palace was once for 24 emperors.

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  • The Summer Palace

    The Summer Palace

    Is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design that overlooks the tranquil waters of Kunming Lake. Long ago, the Summer Palace was known as "the Garden of Clear Ripples", and it still has the tranquility that it possessed long ago.

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  • The Temple of Heaven

    The Temple of Heaven

    This temple once visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonial prayers for Good Harvest to Heaven, is still a place for prayer and worship. Its carefully designed buildings reflect Chinese culture, tradition and beliefs.

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  • Pearl Market and Jade Factory

    Pearl Market and Jade Factory

    Chinese pearls account for approximately 96% of pearls sold everywhere in the world. The Pearl Market attracts both Chinese and international visitors from all the corners of the world. The jade factory offers very beautiful pieces and everything is hand-made. Seeing these objects is truly fascinating.

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  • Terracotta Warriors

    Terracotta Warriors

    The most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Over 7,000 soldiers, horses, chariots, and even weapons have been unearthed from these excavation pits. It is possible that there are still thousands of these warriors that are still buried in pits that have yet to be discovered.

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  • Big Goose Pagoda

    Big Goose Pagoda

    Built during the Tang Dynasty and renovated during the Ming Dynasty, this pagoda is one of the most well-preserved Buddhist pagodas in all of China. It is one of Xian's main landmarks. The Pagoda holds many ancient Buddhist artifacts such as sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India.

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  • Ancient Xian City Wall

    Ancient Xian City Wall

    The Ming Dynasty is responsible for building what is known as China's most complete surviving city wall. It is one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. The city wall includes four gates and they are respectively named as Changle (meaning eternal joy) in the east, Anding (harmony peace) in the west, Yongning (eternal peace) in the south and Anyuan (forever harmony) in the north.

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  • General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum

    General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum

    The museum is the former residence of General Joseph W Stilwell, who was chief commander of the US forces during World War II. The museum has an impressive collection of wartime photographs, including many precious photographs of the Flying Tigers, U.S. volunteers (pilots) revered by the Chinese.

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Yangtze River Cruise

  • 5-Star Century Legend Yangtze River Cruiser

    5-Star Century Legend Yangtze River Cruiser

    Cruise in style and comfort on one of the newest ships on the Yangtze River. The 5-star Century Legend is a luxurious new state-of-the-art ship, designed by European architects and shipbuilders who specialize in sophisticated marine architecture.

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  • Wu Gorge

    Wu Gorge

    The second gorge of the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River is famous for its charm and elegance. Come see for yourself the strange peaks, grotesque rocks, as well as fog and clouds surrounding the gorge.

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  • Qutang Gorge

    Qutang Gorge

    Qutang Gorge is the shortest and most majestic of the Three Gorges. It offers numerous of scenic spots. There are two mountains that seem to have been created by Heaven and placed here on Earth for you to see.

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  • Three Gorges Dam

    Three Gorges Dam

    The Three Gorges Dam is the world's largest hydropower project. The Chinese government regards the project as a historic engineering, social and economic success with the design of state-of-the art large turbines. The dam was completed and fully functional as of July 4, 2012.

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  • Suzhou Garden
    Classical Chinese Gardens

    Suzhou Garden
    Classical Chinese Gardens

    They say gardens to the south of the Yangtze River are the best in the world, and without a doubt Suzhou Gardens are the best among them. Come discover for yourself their charming natural beauty and you will not be disappointed.

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  • Tiger Hill

    Tiger Hill

    He Lu, King of the Wu perished and was buried within the hill. Three days after the funeral, a white tiger came and sat upon the grave as though he was guarding it. From then on it was known as Tiger Hill. Although the hill may be considered to be small (118 feet high and over 3 acres), the history behind it is fascinating.

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  • Lingering Garden

    Lingering Garden

    Lingering Garden is one of the four most famous gardens in China.
    It contains stunning natural landscapes within a limited amount of space.
    A place you will remember for many years to come.

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  • Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory

    Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory

    Founded in 1962 as a state-owned factory, within this tour, you will come to know the whole life of the silkworm. What is fascinating about the silk-making process is that the silkworm creates its cocoon out of a single silk thread that is continuous for approximately 3,600 feet. You'll see workers operate the machines that spin silk from cocoons.

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  • Pearl TV Tower Ride

    Pearl TV Tower Ride

    The tower is 4698 meters high (almost 3 miles) and is the world's third tallest TV and radio tower. Travel up and down the tower in double-decker elevators that can hold up to 50 people at the rate of seven meters (almost 23 feet) per second. From the top on a clear day, you can see all the way to the Yangtze River.

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  • Yu Yuan Gardens

    Yu Yuan Gardens

    Built during the Ming Dynasty, the Yuyuan Garden is the most famous classical garden in Shanghai. The gardens are exquisitely arranged and feature the gardening styles of South China during Ming and Qing Dynasties. Yu Yuan (meaning "Garden of Peace and Comfort", is a maze of Ming dynasty pavilions, elaborate rockeries, arched bridges and goldfish ponds, all encircled by an undulating dragon wall.

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  • Old Shanghai District
    (Puxi - Western Town)

    Old Shanghai District
    (Puxi - Western Town)

    Step back in time.....visit the Huxinting Teahouse built on stilts amid a garden lake in 1784. This is the historic Chinese area of the city, where much of the old wooden architecture of ancient Shanghai is still preserved. The old district is a combination of ancient winding streets, with some modern high-rise buildings.

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  • Bund and Pudong District
    (New Shanghai)

    Bund and Pudong District
    (New Shanghai)

    Is the symbol of modern Shanghai This colonial riverside of old Shanghai has dozens of historic buildings lining the Huangpu River. 52 high rises of all styles in the West showcase the art of world architecture and the history of contemporary Shanghai.

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