Savor wind and water along the Yangtze River and metropolises in Beijing, Xian, Dazu, the Three Gorges and Shanghai
This tour combines some of the best that China has to offer: vistas of expansive water that include a luxurious cruise on the Yangtze River (also spelled Yangzi) to see the famed Three Gorges, along with iconic China UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Forbidden City, Great Wall of China and the Temple of Heaven.
This tour gets its name from “Feng Shui”, an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive qi. The term “Feng-Shui” literally translates as “wind-water” in English.
15 Days – Download 4 page pdf – Feng Shui Tour
At Access China Tours, all of our China tour packages include all land prices, private accommodation, transportation, expert guides and most meals in China.
Included meals follow the day’s description and accommodation (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner).
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Day 1 Depart North America
Board your international flight bound for China, cross date line.
Day 2 Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival at Beijing Capital Airport, one of the world’s newest and largest, you are met by your Beijing tour guide and transfer to your luxury hotel in the heart of the city. Get acquainted with your fellow travelers at the Evening Reception and receive updates on activity schedules from your tour manager.
The Regent Hotel Beijing (Evening Reception)
Day 3 Beijing
Your sightseeing in Beijing begins with a walk on Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public plaza. Next, visit the first of four UNESCO World Heritage sites you will see in Beijing, the Forbidden City. This magnificent imperial palace was the seat of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties from the 14th to the early 20th century. After lunch, explore Beijing’s old “Hutongs” – traditional courtyard houses built along narrow alleyways. Climb up the 600-year-old Drum and Bell Towers for a great view of the neighborhood, and then visit the private home of a local Beijing family and hear their stories. Return to your hotel for some rest before going out to a local restaurant for a welcome Peking Duck Dinner, the signature dish of China’s capital.
The Regent Hotel Beijing (B-L-D)
Day 4 Beijing
Visit the incomparable Temple of Heaven early in the morning to see groups of local residents doing Taichi and other forms of exercises in the beautifully maintained gardens of the park. Behold and appreciate the magnificent structure of the Hall of Prayer, the acoustic echo wall, and other sights on this huge ground of the former imperial domain. Take a stroll on Liulichang Culture Street where traditional arts and crafts and paintings are sold. After lunch on your own, tour the enchanting Summer Palace, a huge imperial resort built for the Qing emperors. Finish your visit with a boat ride on Kunming Lake. In the spirit of the era of Chinese Emperors, you are invited to enjoy an Imperial Cuisine Dinner in a classic courtyard restaurant tonight.
The Regent Hotel Beijing (B-D)
Day 5 Beijing
Today’s highlight is an excursion to the Great Wall of China. Explore the more scenic and rugged Mutianyu section, where the extraordinary Wall winds up and down steep mountain ridges. Also visit a hillside village for lunch and meet and chat with local residents. After you return to hotel, the rest of the day is free.
The Regent Hotel Beijing (B-L)
Day 6 Beijing – Xian
This morning, transfer to the airport. Visit the trendy 798 Art Complex built in an old machinery factory on the way to view Chinese modern art forms created by Beijing’s young up-and-coming artists. Fly to Xian, the ancient capital of China. After refreshing in the hotel, have a walk along the massive original City Wall. Xian is one of the few large cities left in China to retain its original ancient defense system. Next ,visit the quaint yet bustling Shuyuanmen Market filled with locals and tourists. Tonight, enjoy a special Xian Cuisine Dinner in a fine local restaurant.
The Westin Xi’an (B-L-D)
Day 7 Xian
This morning, take an excursion to the world-renowned 2,200-year-old Terracotta Warriors of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shihuang, discovered in 1974 by farmers when digging a well. This archaeological excavation site is a stunning exhibit of more than 7,000 unique ancient life-size terracotta statues of soldiers, officers, horses, chariots and other artifacts. Upon returning to the city, visit the elegant Big Goose Pagoda which has survived a millennia of war and earthquakes. Tour the exquisite Xian History Museum for its wonderful collection of relics spanning almost 3,000 years. Dinner is on your own. After dinner, you are invited to enjoy a colorful Tang Dynasty-Style Stage Show which recalls times when Xi’an was the largest city in the world.
The Westin Xi’an (B-L)
Day 8 Xian – Chongqing
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for an early afternoon flight to Chongqing. On the way, visit the Yangling Archaeological Site & Museum that displays priceless antiquities found here, an imperial tomb of the Han Dynasty over 2,000 years old. Chongqing, a municipality with over 30 million residents, is arguably the largest city in the world. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for a short rest. Later in the day, visit the Chongqing Zoo for a closer look at the iconic Giant Pandas indigenous to Sichuan Province. Then tour the Ciqikou neighborhood. You will have the opportunity to visit a local family and chat with the residents about their daily lives. Have dinner in the hotel restaurant.
InterContinental Chongqing (B-L-D)
Day 9 Chongqing – Dazu
Travel by motor coach to the small county town of Dazu. Explore the fascinating Buddhist Carvings from the Song Dynasty (960-1279AD) on the slopes of North Hill and Baoding Hill. Each of the thousands of carvings at this UNESCO World Heritage site is a unique artistic rendering. Return to Chongqing and enjoy a fiery Sichuan Cuisine Dinner at a local restaurant before boarding the Victoria cruise ship in the evening.
Victoria Jenna (B-L-D)
Day 10 Yangzi River Cruise
Enjoy a good night’s sleep and settling into your cabin. The on-board English-speaking cruise director and staff members are always on hand to assist with information and any requests. Victoria cruise ships offer the most comfortable and enjoyable sailing experience on the Yangzi River. Your first port of call is Fengdu. Experience the town’s ancient history at its unique hillside temples and later tour an active local market. This evening you are a guest of the Captain’s Welcome Banquet.
Victoria Jenna (B-L-D)
Day 11 Yangzi River Cruise
The highlight of the cruise is sailing through the magnificent Three Gorges (Qutang, Wu, and Xiling) of the Yangzi (also spelled Yangtze) featuring towering peaks, sheer cliffs and dense vegetation. The Qutang, Wu, and Xiling Gorge each possess unique visual power and natural beauty, with cliff walls and dramatic vistas unfolding as the ship passes through the panoramic site. Get a closer look at the geology and see ancient “hanging coffins” on cliffs in the Lesser Gorges using a smaller motor boat to sail the tributary Daning River. The ship then navigates the Three Gorges Shiplocks. Enjoy a unique talent show by the crew members after the Farewell Dinner.
Victoria Jenna (B-L-D)
Day 12 Yichang – Shanghai
This morning the cruise ship docks for a tour of an engineering marvel – Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric project. The cruise ends in Yichang and you fly to Shanghai. Transfer and check in at your luxury hotel.
Fairmont Peace Hotel (B-L)
Day 13 Shanghai
Today, visit the Shanghai Museum. Its galleries contain world-class collections of fine arts, historic relics, and archaeological treasures. The Ancient Bronze Gallery is considered the world’s best. Visit the former French Concession, represented by the leafy Fuxing Park and western colonial era architecture. Stop by Xintiandi, a redeveloped, chic old neighborhood with trendy pubs, restaurants, coffee shops, and fashion stores. Continue your exploration at the Bund, a waterfront promenade lined with European art-deco buildings. Visit the small, yet exquisite, traditional Yuyuan Garden and the old town area. Enjoy a fabulous and stunning Acrobatic Show following a Shanghai Specialty Dinner.
Fairmont Peace Hotel (B-L-D)
Day 14 Shanghai
Today is free for your own leisure or exploration. For the last evening in China, you and your fellow travelers are invited to a farewell dinner featuring Shanghai Cuisine in an elite local restaurant.
Fairmont Peace Hotel (B-D)
Day 15 Return Home
Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight. Arrive in North America on the same day. (B)
15 Days (Tour Code-FYZ)
This tour departs on Saturdays and returns on Saturdays. There are four tour departures during 2014 in March, May, September, and October.
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