Yangzi & Beyond Itinerary

Embark on an incredible adventure from Shanghai to Beijing. Visit the warriors of Xi'an, the pandas of Chengdu and cruise down the remarkable Yangzi River.

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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Yangzi & Beyond.
Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

Forbidden city temple, Bejing

Hong kong at night

Local woman selling handmade goods, Shanghai

china xian terracotta warriors statues ancient

Days 1-3 Shanghai

The hustle and bustle of Shanghai can be overwhelming, so settle in with a walking tour around the smaller Zhouzhuang, one of the most famous water towns in China, which is just a train ride away. Jump in a gondola and cruise through this quaint town, a true ‘Venice of China’ experience. Back in Shanghai, explore the modern side of China, venturing to contemporary shopping quarters and fashionable restaurants.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 4 Chengdu

Hop aboard a flight to Chengdu and delve into Sichuan cuisine with a spicy hot pot, plate of dragon prawns or bang bang chicken. In spare time, perhaps check out a traditional opera performance or head to one of the restaurants in Wenshu Temple for some delicious vegetarian dishes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 5-7 Yangzi River

Witness the humbling work conservationists are doing to protect the symbol of China at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Then hit the Yangzi and spend a few dreamy days drifting downriver in a tourist class boat to Yichang, cruising past the Three Gorges en route. Pumping culture, economic stability and culture through every tributary, this river network is the veins and lifeblood of China.
ACCOM: Overnight boat - 3

Days 8-10 Xi'an

It’s thought that 700,000 labourers and slaves worked on the construction of the Terracotta Warriors in the third century BC; today it’s one of the most famous sights in China. The 8,000 life-sized statues pay homage to the dynasties and emperors of ancient China. Be sure to visit this elaborate archeological find that was only discovered (by a Chinese farmer) in 1976 before jumping on an overnight train to Beijing.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 11-14 Beijing

The hot spot of China, both modern and ancient, Beijing is forever reinventing itself. Head to the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven Park and Summer Palace. Then make tracks to the number one iconic sight in China: the Great Wall. Stretching for more than 3,400 km, this wonder is best explored on foot. Return to Beijing to sample some of the country’s best food, including Peking duck, dim sum, spicy noodle soup and perhaps some deep-fried ice cream.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3