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GLORIES OF THE YANGTZE 15 DAYS 14 NIGHTS[2011-KDLZRDD]
         

Beijing(3 nts), Xian(2 nts), Chongqing(1 nts), Yangtze River Cruise(6 nts), Shanghai(2 nts)
  Code: KDLZRDD
Value: ★★★★★
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Victoria Cruises: The Victoria Cruise Company's ships are excellently furnished and have undergone renovation and restoration yearly since 2002. All Victoria Cruise premier ships have private balconies which allow passengers to enjoy the natural beauty of the Three Gorges comfortably from their own cabin. Specials features of the Victoria Cruise Company:An American-managed company,International multi-lingual cruise directors,All ships are fully air-conditioned Narrative by knowledgeable river guides while sailing through the Three Gorges.

Giant Panda : The giant panda, or panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca, literally meaning "black and white cat-foot")is a bear native to central-western and south western China. It is easily recognized by its large, distinctive black patches around the eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. Though it belongs to the order Carnivora, the panda's diet is 99% bamboo. Pandas in the wild will occasionally eat other grasses, wild tubers, or even meat in the form of birds, rodents or carrion. In captivity they may receive honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves, oranges, or bananas along with specially prepared feed. The giant panda lives in a few mountain ranges in central China, mainly in Sichuan province, but also in the Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. Due to farming, deforestation and other development, the panda has been driven out of the lowland areas where it once lived. The panda is a conservation reliant endangered species. A 2007 report shows 239 pandas living in captivity inside China and another 27 outside the country. Wild population estimates vary; one estimate shows that there are only about 1,590 individuals living in the wild.

Terra Cotta Warriors: Buried in the mausoleum of China's First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, the Terracotta Warriors are one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. The standing army of life-size warriors was commissioned by Qin to enforce his rule over the afterlife. They remained buried underground until 1974 when farmers digging a well unearthed a terracotta head. Since then, the famed Terracotta Warriors have been attracting thousands of visitors worldwide who come to witness this spectacular piece of China's historic past.

Great Wall: Like a giant dragon snaking its way 4000 miles across China's northern borders, the Great Wall stands today as a bastion of culture in the hearts and minds of the Chinese people. Constructed in 220 BC, this sprawling defense system was originally built to protect against northern invaders, but stands today as one of the world's greatest wonders. As you climb its ancient steps, pause to admire sweeping views of China's ever-changing landscapes.

Forbidden City: Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings with roughly 9,000 bays of rooms and covers 720,000 m2 (7,800,000 sq ft). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost five hundred years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.

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Beijing(3 nts), Xian(2 nts), Chongqing(1 nts), Yangtze River Cruise(6 nts), Shanghai(2 nts)

Admire the rolling landscapes of southern China on a longer cruise through the scenic Yangtze River. Along with the dramatic landscapes of the famed Three Gorges and exciting shore excursions to Huangshan and Nanjing, this tour also visits the adorable pandas of Chonqing and the bustling port city of Shanghai. Visit the nation's capital of Beijing and marvel at Emperor Qin's Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian.
Date: 3 /22/2011 ~ 11/01/2011
Main Features: Victoria Cruises - Prince, pandas, Air tickets, Fine Dining, Special Entertainment, Sightseeing, Travel Protections, 5star hotels and more...
Itinerary: Cruise fligts bus (B- Breakfast L- Lunch D- Dinner)
AB=American Breakfast | CB=Chinese Breakfast | B=Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner
DP=Dinner Party| DH=Dinner at Hotel | DS=Dinner and Show

Day 1 | Arrive-Beijing          
Arrive in Beijing, the starting point of our Grand Yangtze expedition and check in to our hotel and relax for the remainder of the day.
Hotel: Beijing - Beiing New Otani Hotel ★★★★★

Day 2 | Beijing       (AB,L,DP)   
Dive into the extraordinary heritage of the nation's capital as we visit the world-famous Tiananmen Square, the site of many historic events in modern Chinese history. Walk through the enormous square, passing by Chairman Mao's Memorial Hall and continue on to the Forbidden City. Off-limits to commoners for 500 years, this sprawling palace complex was the imperial court for twenty-four emperors from the Ming to the Qing Dynasty. Walk through the majestic palace grounds and venture on to the Summer Palace, a scenic imperial retreat complete with elaborate bridges and pagodas surrounding the Kunming Lake. Continue on to drive past the 2008 Olympic sites, Bird's Nest and Water Cube, and later this evening we enjoy a local delicacy, a Peking Duck Banquet Dinner, at a popular restaurant.
Hotel: Beijing - Beiing New Otani Hotel ★★★★★

Day 3 | Beijing       (AB,L,DH)     
Today, we visit China's ultimate treasure, the Great Wall of China, or the Long Wall of Ten Thousand Li. A legendary symbol of the country's strength and pride, the wall snakes across 4,000 miles of the country's northern borders like an imperial dragon. Ascend the wall and climb its ancient steps, admiring the sweeping vistas of China's ever-changing landscapes. Continue on to visit the Sacred Way, a "divine road" which leads to the Ming Tombs Museum.
Hotel: Beijing - Beiing New Otani Hotel ★★★★★

Day 4 | Beijing -Xian        (AB, L, DH)  
Before flying to Xian, we visit the Temple of Heaven, a massive complex built in 1420 where emperors performed religious ceremonies. Previously known as the Temple of Heaven and Earth, the park is rounded (symbolizing Heaven) in the south and square (symbolizing Earth) in the north. Board a flight to historic Xian, the nation’s capital for hundreds of years and the eastern terminus of the Silk Road.
Hotel: Xian - Hyatt Regency Hotel ★★★★★
Day 5 | Xian       (AB,L,DS)   
Today, we visit Xian's ultimate attraction and one of the most sensational archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the Terra-Cotta Warriors. The funereal honor guard stands in fighting formation guarding the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Walk through the underground pits and marvel at the rows of soldiers, chariots and horses, then enjoy an authentic noodle-making demonstration during lunch. Continue on to visit the Ming Dynasty City Wall followed by the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. This evening we gather for an Imperial Dumpling Banquet followed by a Tang Dynasty Stage Show.
Hotel: Xian - Hyatt Regency Hotel ★★★★★
Day 6 | Xian -Chongqing       (AB,L,D)  
Fly to Chongqing, a picturesque mountain city and China's largest and most populous municipality. Upon arrival we head to the western suburbs of the city to visit Chongqing Zoo, home to over 230 species of rare animals including the adorable panda.
Hotel: Chongqing JW Marriott Hotel★★★★★
Day 7 | Chongqing -Yangtze River Cruise        (AB,L,D)  
This morning we transfer to the docks and board our cruise ship, the majestic Victoria Prince. The mighty Yangtze River is the third longest in the world (after the Amazon and Nile) and flows nearly 4,000 miles into the East China Sea. Set sail on our majestic Yangtze River adventure, witnessing the tranquil landscapes and the way the new dam has changed life along the river. Arrive at Fengdu and disembark for our first shore excursion. Wander through this "ghost city" and its ghoul-decorated temples and gardens, then return aboard the ship for evening cruising.
Hotel: Victoria Cruises ★★★★★
Day 8 | Yangtze River Cruise        (AB, L, D)   
Today, we approach the highlight of our cruise and one of China's most globally recognized icons, the Three Gorges. Sail through the 5-mile long Qutang Gorge, the shortest but grandest of the three. Pass by sheer limestone cliffs and enter Wu Gorge, known for its serene beauty and 12 unique peaks. Disembark and board a smaller vessel to access a narrow tributary to the dramatic Lesser Gorges, gliding by terraced hillsides and soaring cliffs. Return aboard and sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest (41 miles) and deepest of the three. In the evening we sail through the intricate Three Gorges Dam ship locks.
Hotel: Victoria Cruises ★★★★★
Day 9 | Yangtze River Cruise        (AB, L, D) 
Disembark at Sandouping to tour the Three Gorges Dam site. Greet an engineer and learn about the construction of the world's largest hydroelectric dam. In addition to controlling flooding, navigation and irrigation, the dam does have a lofty green initiative – creating a major source of hydroelectric power for China. Return aboard the ship and continue cruising.
Hotel: Victoria Cruises ★★★★★
Day 10 | Yangtze River Cruise        (AB, L, D) 
Arrival at Wuhan marks the halfway point on our Yangtze River journey. Situated at the crossroads of central China, Wuhan has a history of over 3,500 years and is the largest industrial and commercial city in China. Disembark for an afternoon city tour and visit the Hubei Provincial Museum to browse the rich collection of ancient artifacts, including the tomb of Marquis Yi and a set of bronze chime bells, said to be the heaviest and oldest surviving musical instrument in the world.
Hotel: Victoria Cruises ★★★★★
Day 11 | Yangtze River Cruise       (AB, L, D) 
Disembark at Guichi for a full-day excursion to Huang Shan ("Yellow Mountain"). Located in the southern Anhui Province, Huang Shan is China's most famous mountain and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sheer scenic beauty of the mountain's granite rocks and mist-shrouded peaks has inspired painters and poets for over 1,500 years. (Jiuhuashan or "Mountain of the Nine Lotuses" may be substituted if weather or road conditions do not permit a visit to Huangshan.)
Hotel: Victoria Cruises ★★★★★
Day 12 | Yangtze River Cruise        (AB, L, D) 
This morning we dock in Nanjing, the capital of the Jiangsu Province for ten dynasties in China's history. Embark on a city tour starting at the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial, built to commemorate a man regarded as the "Father of the Republic of China." Continue on to stroll through a Qing Dynasty-style bazaar outside a Confucian Temple.
Hotel: Victoria Cruises ★★★★★
Day 13 | Yangtze River Cruise -Shanghai       (AB, L, DH)  
Our Yangtze River journey has come to an end as the ship docks in Shanghai, a dynamic metropolis at the forefront of China's race for modernization. Our sightseeing takes us first to Yu Garden, a renowned classical garden with a history of more than 400 years. Continue on to stroll along the Bund, an elegant waterfront promenade, and take in panoramic vistas of the Pudong's futuristic skyline. Complete our tour with a drive past famed shopping district, Nanjing Road, and return back to the hotel for dinner.
Hotel: Shanghai - Swissotel Grand Hotel ★★★★★
Day 14 | Shanghai      (AB,L,DS)    
This morning we venture to the award-winning Shanghai Museum, home to the world's finest showcase of ancient Chinese art and antiquities. Peruse some of the 120,000 cultural relics and enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure. Continue exploring the museum, do some last minute shopping in the city or perhaps take a cruise along the Huangpu River. We reconvene this evening for a final farewell dinner, followed by an amazing Shanghai Acrobatics Performance.
Hotel: Shanghai - Swissotel Grand Hotel ★★★★★
Day 15 | Shanghai ~ USA / HongKong       (AB)   
Bid China and the Yangtze River farewell as we depart Shanghai. We can also make the most of our trip by adding on an optional extension to fascinating island of Hong Kong.
 

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03/22

$2099 $700 $1150
04/05,04/19
05/31
06/14,06/28
07/12, 07/26
08/09, 08/23
11/01
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Jun-$900
$1200
05/03, 05/17
09/06, 09/20
10/04, 10/18
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$800
$1250

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Fare excluding: $150 government imposed taxes and fees, including the September 11th security fee.  Additional baggage charges may apply.China visa fee and personal expenses.

We reserve the rights of changing hotel at the same class.

Preferred rate is only valid if booked outside of 60 days prior to departure and has limited availability.  Rates are based on Air China and are guaranteed once full payment is received.

AB=American Breakfast | B=Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner
DP=Dinner Party| DH=Dinner at Hotel | DS=Dinner and Show

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Hotel City: Beijing
Beijing Otani Hotel
26, Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing China. 100022
Tel: 86 10 6512 5555
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Rate:
★★★★★


Hotel City: Xian
Xian Hyatt Regency Hotel

Address:158 Dong Da Jie, Xian Shannxi 710001 China
Tel: 86 29 8769 1234
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Rate:★★★★★

Hotel City: Chongqing
JW Marriott Hotel

Address: 77 Qing Nian Road, Yu Zhong District, Chongqing 40010, China
Tel: +86-23-6388-8888

Web: (click here)

Rate:
★★★★★


Hotel City: Yangtze River Cruise
Victoria Cruises

Address: 57-08 39th Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377, USA
Tel: 1-800-348-8084
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Rate:
★★★★★

Hotel City: Shanghai
Shanghai Swissotel Hotel

Address: 1 Yu Yuan Road, Jing An District Shanghai 200040 China
Tel: 86 21 5355 9898
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Rate:
★★★★★
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