China and Hong Kong

Featuring a Yangtze River Cruise

Tour Highlights

With one of the world’s oldest civilizations, as well as a host of breathtaking modern wonders, China has emerged as one of the most intriguing countries to visit in the world.
Sites such as The Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the clay warriors of Xian and the Li River offer travellers a diverse set of experiences from extravagant architecture, to historical wonders and of course magnificent landscapes and natural beauty.

This tour offers an abundance of truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunities in this wonderful and mysterious land. Included is a 3-day cruise in a state-of-the-art deluxe cruise ship along the gorgeous Yangtze River - the longest river in Asia. The cruise will feature the incredible Three Gorges - perhaps the most spectacular natural wonders in China. Each cabin on our ship has its own private balcony, which will allow you to view the beautiful Yangtze River and its surroundings at your leisure.

Our trip concludes in Hong Kong, a city where the “east truly meets the west”. Boasting perhaps the most magnificent skyline in the world, Hong Kong delightfully balances modernity with Chinese traditions. You will enjoy the brightly lit stalls in the open air markets, the scenic harbour and the never ending supply of unique arts and crafts shops.

As well as one of our experienced Tour Managers, we will have local guides giving comprehensive commentary on all the places we visit.

*** Those joining any of our tours to Asia must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Tentative Itinerary

We depart on our direct flight to Beijing.
We arrive in Beijing, China’s political and cultural centre, and transfer to our hotel.
We begin with a Trishaw Tour along the old lanes of Beijing, followed by lunch with a local family (they will use fresh meat and produce bought at the market that we visit during the tour). Later we stroll through Tiananmen Square where Mao Tse Tung first raised the flag of the People’s Republic. We visit the Forbidden City, former home of the Emperors, now a vast museum housing priceless treasures of China’s past. This evening we enjoy a Peking Duck dinner at a local restaurant.
The Great Wall is one of the Great Wonders of the World. Built over 2,000 years ago, it snakes its way across the mountains for 3,600 miles. After a stroll on the Great Wall we return to Beijing to see the National Stadium (Bird’s Nest of the Olympic games). This evening we enjoy a Kungfu Martial Arts Show.
Morning at leisure. This afternoon we will visit the Temple of Heaven, then fly to Yichang. Following dinner at a local restaurant we transfer to the pier and board the ship for our Yangtze River Cruise.
This morning we see the Yangtze River Dam at Sandouping - the world’s largest power station, which raises the water level by more than 200 metres. Then we sail through the Three Gorges ship locks and enter the Xiling Gorge, passing areas with intriguing names like “Precious Sword Gorge”, “Military Books”, “Ox Liver” and “Horse Lung Gorge”.
We pass through Wu Gorge, with its deep valleys and quiet beauty. The “Twelve Peaks” lining the banks of the gorge have been admired by visitors for centuries. At Wushan we disembark to explore the Three Small Gorges and enjoy the magnificent scenery of steep cliffs, jagged mountain peaks and sparkling waterfalls. Back on the ship, we enter the Qutang Gorge - the most spectacular gorge with 1,000 metre cliffs.
This morning we have a shore excursion to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area in Fengdu, to see the impressive 100-foot statue of the Jade Emperor, then sit back and enjoy the river scenes as we continue up the Yangtze in the afternoon.
We disembark our ship and tour historic Chongqing, visiting the People’s Hall and zoo, before we fly to Xian, once the largest city in the world.
Today we will see the incredible Buried Sculpture Legend of Qin Shi Huang. In 200 BC the emperor buried 6,000 life-sized clay figures of warriors and horses for his protection in the after-life. This amazing discovery was uncovered a mere 40 years ago. We will also visit the Bell Tower and this evening we enjoy a spectacular performance of Tang Dynasty dances.
We tour the ancient city wall and the Great Mosque, followed by a dumpling lunch - the speciality of Xian. Later we fly to Guilin.
Today is a highlight of our tour - a boat trip down the Li River featuring magnificent scenery, traditional farm scenes and misty mountains rising from the river banks. For centuries this region has been the subject of countless Chinese paintings and poetry. Our trip ends at the colourful market town of Yangshou where we can do some shopping before returning to Guilin.
This morning we visit the area’s most beautiful caves including the Crystal Grotto, followed by a visit to Elephant Trunk Hill. Later we fly to Hangzhou - a beautiful city located on the shore of West Lake dotted with graceful pagodas.
We begin with a cruise on tranquil West Lake and a stroll among lakeside pagodas and gardens, followed by a visit to a tea village where you can help the farmers with their harvest and see how tea is dried then served in a formal tea ceremony. Later we will visit the 4th-century Lingyin Temple -, a monastery that houses a 60-foot wooden statue of the Buddha.
This morning we visit the fascinating Traditional Medicine Museum, which houses hundreds of odd objects related to traditional Chinese remedies. Later we board the bullet train for a scenic journey to Shanghai.
Our city tour begins at the Bund (known as China’s “Wall Street”). We will visit the Old Shanghai Quarter (Temple of the City God) and Garden of Mandarin Yu Yuan which was built in 1577 and contains pools, a tea house and a ceremonial zigzag bridge. This evening we will enjoy a spectacular acrobatic performance.
We begin our day with a visit to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao. Glimmering like a bright pearl in a landscape of lakes and mountains the town is known for bubbling streams shaded by willow trees, houses with attractive courtyards and unique old bridges. In the afternoon we will visit the impressive Shanghai Museum featuring ancient arts.
We fly to Hong Kong. Afternoon at leisure.
We begin at Aberdeen, a fishing colony at the foot of skyscrapers where thousands of people live and work on junks. We visit Repulse Bay, with its colourful temple and fine beach, and then enjoy the panoramic view from the top of Victoria Peak where we have lunch. Afternoon at leisure.
At leisure to explore the local markets, take the ferry to Macau or enjoy the wonderful shopping (Hong Kong is famous for bargains). Tonight is our Farewell Dinner.
Air Canada’s direct flight takes us home.

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