14 Days - Mystical China

14 Days - Mystical China

14 Day Tour of China with Yangtze Cruise

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Tour Highlights

 

Beijing

  • Beijing City Tour

  • Great Wall of China with entrance

  • Tiananmen Square with entrance

  • Forbidden City with entrance

  • Yashow Market

  • Lama Temple with entrance

  • Jade Factory with entrance

  • View Olympic Buildings

  • Temple of Heaven with entrance

 

Xi'an

  • Terracotta Warriors with entrance

  • Bell & Tower Square

  • Wild Goose Pagoda

 

Chengdu

  • Kanzhai xiangzi Street

  • Jin Li Street

  • Research BAse of Giant Panda Breeding with entrance

  • Leshan Buddha with entrance

 

Yangtze River Cruise

  • Three Gorges Dam Project

 

Shanghai

  • Yuyuan Garden with entrance

  • Zhujiajia City Tour with entrance

  • Oriental Pearl TV Tower with entrance

  • The Bund

  • Jade Buddha Temple with entrance

  • Maglev train with entrance

 

 

Price Includes

  • All transfers in a private air condition coach

  • All domestic flights in China in economy class

      (Xi'an-Chengdu & Yichang-Shanghai)

  • All trian journeys mentioned in the itinerary

      (Beijing-Xi'an & Chengdu-Chongqing)

  • 10 nights accommodation in a 4* hotel with buffet breakfast

  • 3 nights accommodation in Yangtze River Cruise with buffet breakfast

  • 12 Lunches & 13 Indian Dinners

  • 1 Water bottle per person per day

  • Entrances and sightseeing as mentioned in Tour Highlights

  • Services of local English speaking guide wherever applicable

  • Premium service of a Star Tours Respresentative or experienced local ground operator

  • All tips and service charges

 

 

Price does not includes

  • Interntional flights

  • Visa charges and insurance charges

  • Anything not mentioned in price include section

 

Day 1

Arrive Beijing

On arrival at Beijing Airport, meet your local representative/ tour manager and proceed to your hotel. Remainder of day is at leisure. (Check in time is after 15:00 hrs). In the evening enjoy an Indian dinner. Note: Transfers to hotel are available all day, mode of transportation could be either a coach/ minivan along with other passengers from the group. If your flight arrives after 16:30hrs local time, then dinner will not be provided.

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Day 2

Beijing

Today we visit Tiananmen Square which is known to be one of the largest public squares in the world, bordered by the Qianmen Gate, the Great Hall of the People and Theatre of Heavenly Peace. Later visit the Forbidden City to see the courtyards, palaces and pavilions. In the afternoon, continue to Lama Temple, which combines styles of Manchurian, Chinese, Tibetan, and Mongolian architecture. Everywhere you turn, expansive details and bold patterns can be found to tease and tantalize the senses. This evening enjoy a wonderful acrobatic show which promises to dazzle and entertain.

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Day 3

Beijing

In the morning visit the Jade Factory for shopping before departing for a tour of the Great Wall of China. This 6,400 kilometre long wall is a symbol of China’s ancient civilisation and ranks among the greatest ancient monuments in history. Later visit some of the modern sights that Beijing has to offer; view the iconic Olympic buildings, take photos with the National Aquatics Centre (Water Cube), and the National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest. Evening visit the Yashow Market also known as the “Yaxiu Market”.
Local Lunch

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Day 4

Beijing - Xi’an

After breakfast check out and proceed to visit one of Beijing’s important structure - Temple of Heaven, the place where the Emperors of the Ming & Quing dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for good harvest. After lunch proceed to the train station to board the super-fast bullet train to Xi’an. On arrival enjoy dinner at Indian Restaurant. After dinner, check in to your hotel.

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Day 5

Xi’an

Today enjoy a full day tour of the Terracotta Warriors - the tomb of the First Emperor of China and a UNESCO site. See more than 6000 moulded soldiers, officers, horses and wagons of this famed legendary army which were buried together with the Emperor 2,200 years ago and discovered only in 1974. Afternoon visit the Wild Goose Pagoda which is a Buddhist pagoda, built in 652 AD by the Tang Dynasty. Also visit the Bell Tower Square which is in the heart of this bustling city.
Local Lunch

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Day 6

Xi’an - Chengdu

In the morning fly to Chengdu - Famed for being the home of cute giant pandas. Upon arrival, transfer for lunch and then later to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit Kanzhai xiangzi street & Jin Li street. Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi in Chinese literally means “Wide and Narrow Alleys”. Here enjoy free time to explore the charm of these streets.

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Day 7

Chengdu

Begin by visiting the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This 540 hectare park is a truly splendid way to see the panda in its natural habitat. In the afternoon take a short boat ride to see the Leshan Buddha – the largest stone Buddha in the world, known as “Dafo” by the Chinese, which is carved on the side of the hill, where he sits tall 71 meters high overlooking the river. It took more than 90 years to carve, and is now one of UNESCO world heritage site.
Local Lunch

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Day 8

Chengdu

Morning at leisure in Chengdu. In the afternoon, transfer to take a 2nd class high speed train from Chengdu to Chongquing. Upon arrival, we proceed to the pier to embark on your wonderful Yangtze River Cruise.
Local Lunch

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Day 9

Chongqing- Yangtze River Cruise

Depart from Chongqing in the morning. Visit Fengdu (optional) the City of Ghosts on the Ming Hill. You may climb the winding cobblestone road or take a cable car to reach the 288 meter-high Ming Hill. Later, have an enjoyable time at the Captain’s Welcome Party, as your ship anchors at Wanxian for an overnight stop. (Please note that the first shore excursion of the cruise may occur either at Fengdu, Shibaozhai or Wanzhou, dependent on local river conditions).

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Day 10

Yangtze River Cruise

Today sail pass the Three Little Gorges. The magnificent Qutang Gorge extends 8 km and leads us to the splendour of Wu Gage. Disembark for an excursion through Daning River Lesser Three Gorges. Sail into the west section of the third gorge of the Yangtze River - the Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Yangtze gorges, after which the ships passes through the 5 stage ship lock. As you pass through the gorge, the river varies from 200 metres wide at is broadest to just 10 metres. The thundering waters and towering crags makes a breathtaking sight.

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Day 11

Three Gorges Dam- Yichang - Shanghai

Today enjoy a shore excursion of the Three Gorges Dam, the largest project of its kind in the world. The dam is 1,983 metres long and 185 meters high. Its construction involves the relocation of 13 cities, 140 towns and 1.3 million people and the enormity of the project is quite staggering. After local lunch drive to the airport for the flight to Shanghai.
Local Lunch

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Day 12

Shanghai

This morning, visit the famous Buddhism shrine, Jade Buddha Temple, located in the bustling city of Shanghai. It is named for its two bejewelled white jade Buddha. Carved from a whole piece of white jade, the sitting jade Buddha statue is translucent with a solemn expression, displaying the excellent skill and extraordinary art of the Chinese people. Later, visit the Yuyuan Garden which has many scenic courtyards decorated with baroque rockery, pools, and flora that are all connected by corridors and passageways. Later experience the super-fast Maglev Train ride.

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Day 13

Shanghai

Today you will visit Zhujiajiao, located in a suburb of Shanghai city. Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town wellknown throughout the country, with a history of more than 1,700 years. Covering an area of 47 square kilometres, the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains. Endowed with another elegant name - ‘Pearl Stream’ - the little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Later drive back to Shanghai for shopping at The Bund, Nanjing Road and TV Tower, which was completed on October 1, 1994. The TV Tower has a height of 468 meters, which multi-functions as a sightseeing attraction, dining opportunities, shopping, amusement and accommodations. This tower has become the symbol of the city and a popular tourist attraction in Shanghai.

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Day 14

Shanghai - Flight Out OR Continue onto Hong Kong or Japan

After breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Check out time is 11:00 hrs. Depending on your return flight timing, you will be transferred to the airport, the mode of transportation could be either coach/ minivan along with your other passengers from the group. Please note that late check-out is not guaranteed and it is advisable to opt for an early morning flight.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

2020 USD Dates and Prices

 

Departure Dates

Adult

Child (2-11)

Single

Apr - 10

$2100

$1860

$2790

May - 08, 23

$2100

$1860

$2790

Jun - 13, 27

$2100

$1860

$2790

Jul - 11, 25

$2100

$1860

$2790

Aug - 15, 29

$2100

$1860

$2790

Sep - 12, 26

$2135

$1885

$2830

Oct - 10, 24

$2135

$1885

$2830

Nov - 07, 21

$2135

$1885

$2830



 

 Price per person based on 2/3 adults sharing a room

 Child 2 - 11 years must share a room with 2/3 adults

 Infants 0 - 23 months price is $770 for a seat in coach only

 Max occupancy per room is 3 person(s) (excluding infants)

 $170 reduction will apply for a 2nd child without a bed

 

Early Bird Offer

Book 10 weeks in advance and get

$70 OFF per adult and child

Book 8 weeks in advance and get

 $60 OFF per adult and child

 

Country Details

 

Country

Capital

Currency

Visa Required

Time

Zone

Electricity

Country

Code

China

(People's Republic of China)

Beijing

Renminbi

Yes

UTC +8

220V,

50Hz

+86

 

Currency

 

The currency of China is the Chinese Renminbi.

 

The official currency of the People's Republic of China is the renminbi, often abbreviated as RMB. The base unit of this currency is the yuan, international currency code CNY. All prices in China are given in yuan. The RMB is not legal tender in the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, both of which issue their own currencies although occasionally it will be accepted on an unfavourable rate.

 

USD, GBP or travellers’ cheques are not widely accepted at locations in this tour.

 

Additional Excursions

 

We design our itineraries so that all the necessary excursions and places of interest are included to give the passenger the best possible holiday at an affordable price. However, often, the tour representative or local ground operator will offer passengers additional excursions that are designed to enhance the holiday experience and are not included in the tour cost.

 

Food

 

Breakfast will be provided at the hotels. The breakfast is usually in a separate dining area of the hotel and is usually a continental breakfast, which will consist of tea, coffee, bread, cereals, fruit and yoghurt.

 

Passengers can choose from vegetarian, or non-vegetarian (Jain or Halal will not always be available) meals. The meals are pre-set buffet, and a choice of menu is not available. Meals will be provided with tap water only.

 

Dinners are usually provided within the hotel or restaurant in a separate dining facility. You should always consult your tour representative if you are not sure of what ingredients a dish contains.

 

Foreign Office Travel Advice

 

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click on the link below to get Country specific details

 

For a full list of the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click here

 

UK Residents

USA Residents

China

China

 

Hotels

 

Not all hotels in this tour will have air-conditioning so you should carry a small portable fan with you especially during the summer months.

 

Please also note that not all hotels provide a kettle so if hot water is required for warming milk etc. in the hotel then it is advisable to carry a bottle warmer/kettle as well as a thermos flask. Passengers may also want to carry a small travel iron and hairdryer etc., as many hotel rooms may not have these facilities.

 

Some hotels in China will provide two single beds put together as a Double occupancy room, as this sort of configuration allows the hotel to use a room for multi-use, we do contract with such hotels, and you should be prepared for such eventualities.

 

If you use services such as the phone or mini-bar or pay TV whilst in your room, you will have to pay the hotel directly when you check out; these services are not included in your tour cost.

 

The maximum occupancy per room on this tour is 3 person(s) excluding infants.

 

Other Advisories

 

General

 

Once in China, you must carry your passport with you at all times. If caught in a random check without it, you'll be detained until somebody can present it for you. First offenders who apologize are usually let off with a warning, but theoretically you can be fined.

 

High Altitude

 

You should only make trips to high altitudes if you feel healthy. The following recommendations apply:

 

Advanced age is no barrier to high altitude. For blood pressure patients who are well controlled with medication, the altitude is not a concern. Asthmatics can travel to high altitudes without any problems. High-altitude air is less polluted with particles that can cause an asthma attack. Epileptics who are well controlled with medication should be able to negotiate the altitude.

 

Pregnant women: There may be a certain risk for pregnancy even without pre-existing diseases over 2500-3000 metres. Caution is therefore advised if in doubt, please consult your doctor in advance.

 

Infants: Short-term stays at the mountain tops are unproblematic. Infants and young children are often unable to equalise pressure during descent and are therefore increasingly at risk of ear irritation. Regular swallowing (drinking, sucking on a bottle) during the descent can prevent the occurrence of irritation.

Because children can chill faster than adults, always pay attention to sufficient protection from the cold at high altitude. Sunglasses and a good sunscreen are necessary on the glaciers!

 

High altitude visits not recommended for:

Lung and heart patients who are already short of breath while at rest or when climbing stairs are advised not to stay at high altitude. Patients with angina pectoris or severely impaired performance with heart enlargement and heart failure should not visit high altitude. Coronary artery disease (angina pectoris) and heart enlargement with medical therapy should not visit high altitude. Patients with a pronounced risk profile for cardiovascular disease (smoker + high blood pressure + diabetes + high blood fats + overweight + occasional chest pain) should consult the doctor before visiting high altitude.

 

Do not stay at high altitude after having striated muscles or a stroke.

 

Pick up and Drop off points & Times

 

Passengers should arrive at the airport where flights are done by Star Tours at the allocated time. If you are doing your own flights, then you will need to meet the tour rep directly at the arrival terminal at the destination.

 

You will be sent an ATOL certificate if your flights are done with Star Tours.

 

You should always follow the protocol for flights as set out by the airline. You should check the board at the airport for any flight delays, change of gate number or any other useful information provided by the airline.

 

Visas & Passports

 

If you have a ‘British Citizen’ or ‘British National (Overseas)’ passport, American or Canadian Passport, you will require a visa for mainland China.

 

Visitors to the Mainland of the People's Republic of China must obtain a visa from one of the Chinese diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. The two Special Administrative Regions – Hong Kong and Macau – maintain their own independent border control policy and thus have their own visa requirements.


Indian Nationals will require a visa in advance of travelling to China.

 

All other nationals should check with the relevant embassy.

 

Weather

 

In China, a vast land spanning many degrees of latitude with complicated terrain, climate varies radically. China has a variety of temperature and rainfall zones, including continental monsoon areas. In winter most areas become cold and dry, in summer hot and rainy.

 

Five Temperature Zones

In winter, an isotherm of zero degrees traverses the Huaihe River-Qinling Mountain-southeast Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Areas north of the isotherm have temperatures below zero degrees and south of it, above zero. Mohe in Heilongjiang can hit an average of 30 degrees centigrade below zero, while the temperature of Sanya in Hainan Province is above 20 degrees.

 

In summer, most of areas are above 20 degrees centigrade despite the high Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and other mountains such as Tianshan. Among these hot places, Turpan Basin in Xinjiang is the center for intense heat at 32 centigrade on average.

 

Cold-Temperate Zone: north part of Heilongjiang Province and Inner Mongolia (Representative city: Harbin)

Mid-Temperate Zone: Jilin, northern Xinjiang, and most of Heilongjiang, Liaoning, and Inner Mongolia (Representative cities: Beijing, Shenyang, Dalian, Urumqi, Hohhot, Dunhuang, Lanzhou)

Warm-Temperate Zone: area of the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River, Shandong, Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Hebei Province (Representative cities: Xian, Taiyuan, Luoyang, Jinan, Qingdao, Zhengzhou)

Subtropical Zone: South of isotherm of Qinling Mountain-Huaihe River, east of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (Representative cities: Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Guilin, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Chengdu)

Tropical Zone: Hainan province, southern Taiwan, Guangdong, and Yunnan Province (Representative cities: Haikou, Sanya) Plateau Climate Zone: Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (Representative city: Lhasa)

 

 

Wheelchairs

 

We will accept lightweight manual wheelchair for travel, subject to them being capable of being stowed in the luggage hold of the vehicle. It is also essential that a family member is also on tour to push the wheelchair. Star Tour’s will also request hotels for suitably equipped rooms; however, this is only on a request basis and cannot be guaranteed.

 

For us to request a wheelchair for you with the airline, this request should be made to us in writing at the time of booking. The allocation of the wheelchair will be at the discretion of the airline/airport.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Beijing Airport Beijing Airport
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