Today you will travel to Tiananmen Square, the center of the city, where Chinese national flag is raised every morning at the same time with the sunrise. The square is surrounded by many important buildings, for example, the memorial hall of Chairman Mao Zedong, one of the founders of the People's Republic of China. He is admired by most of the Chinese because of his contributions to the country despite of the mistakes he made in his last days. You may visit the memorial hall if you are interested. It is ticket-free. Then travel to the Forbidden City. Sightseeing inside the Forbidden City includes the front halls, the imperial garden and some of the most beautiful imperial treasure collections. In the afternoon visit the Summer Palace, which used to be a summer resort of Empress Dowager Cixi. It is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill (60 meters high) and the Kunming Lake. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water. Tonight, you will enjoy the Beijing Duck.
This morning we drive towards northwest to visit the Badaling section of the Great Wall. Badaling is the site of the most visited section of the Great Wall of China, approximately 50 miles (80 km) northwest of urban Beijing city in Yanqing County, which is within the Beijing municipality. The portion of the wall running through the site was built during the Ming Dynasty, along with a military outpost reflecting the location's strategic importance. The highest point of Badaling is Beibalou, approximately 0.63 miles (1,015 m) above sea level. Then you will visit Cloisonne Workshop and see local artisans use the techniques of this ancient art form to turn pieces of copper into colorful decorative items. pay a visit to the Sacred Road and Changling. On both sides of the sacred road are stone statues and animals guarding the emperors. Changling is the tomb of Zhu Di, the third emperor of Ming Dnasty. It is not excavated yet. And its overground structure now is a museum where the historical relics unearthed from Dingling are displayed. It is a good place to know the history of Ming Dynasty.
Today embark on a pedi-cab tour of the hutongs(alleyways) in Beijing's historic Houhai(Back Lakes)district. These alleyways containing traditional courtyard homes used to be neighborhoods in Beijing. Though many have been torn down to make room for modern buildings, some are saved and well preserved. On this tour, you will get to visit several homes and chat with the families who reside in them, a rare insight into everyday life of Beijingers. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport and take flight to Xian. In the evening, you will go enjoy Tang Dynasty Show and taste chinese dumplings at the same time.
After enjoying your breakfast visit the world famous Terra Cotta Warriors. It was discovered in 1974 and considered one of the eight wonders in the world. During lunch, enjoy a NOODLE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. go to Xian City Wall - one of the best preserved in China. And then learn to write like a local during a traditional Chinese CALLIGRAPHY CLASS.
Xian -> Lhasa (B)
After enjoying your breakfast you will be transferred to the airport and take flight to Lhasa. In the afternoon enjoy a half day free at leisure.
Today visit a local Tibetan family to learn more about Tibetan people's lives today. After lunch make a visit to Norbulingka.It is the biggest one that Tibetan people have built with best scenery and most heritage. Afterwards, one of the 'great three' Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet-Sera Monastery can be explored.
Today starts from Potala Palace, the symbol of Lhasa and the regional capital of Tibet. Then go to Jokhang Monastery. Of course, you should not miss Barkhor Street nearby, the biggest bazaar for the Tibetans.
Lhasa -> Chongqing -> Three Gorges Area (B, D)
Today you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Chongqing.
go to the Panda room at Chongqing Zoo, where you will see lovely giant pandas. you will be transferred to Three Gorges Area by private car.
After breakfast make shore excursion to Fengdu, a legendary old town made famous by old stories of sinister spirits and terrible ghosts. You will see many statues of ghosts and devils in the mountain town.
Return to the ship and continue cruising down the Yangtze.
you will visit Yu Garden (Yu Yuan), an age-old garden where you can get close touch with Chinese traditional architecture. Then you will have a free walk around Shanghai Old Street.
After lunch continue to Shanghai Museum, one of the best in the world with a large collection of finest cultural relics. Then visit Children's Palace. It was initiated by Soong Ching-ling and offers after-school activities to children. In the evening, you will enjoy a fantastic acrobatic performance.
Shanghai -> Hong Kong (B)
After enjoying your breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Hong Kong.
In the afternoon enjoy a half day free at leisure.
Today our guide will guide you to explore Victoria Peak-the centre of Hong Kong as a tourist destination, a prime residential area and a view point second to none. Then visit the Repulse Bay. This Sun-drenched Bay is a luxurious residential area for dining, relaxation, and aquatic activities. Later on go for Aberdeen where the intriguing fishing life and delicious seafood definitely are quite worthy a visit! After the visit, be dropped off at your hotel. if time permits,we will pay a visit to the Stanley Market, a typical example of a traditional old open-air market in Hong Kong,well known for bargains,many of the stalls or shops in Stanley Market sell Hong Kong souvenirs as well as clothing particularly silk garments and traditional Chinese dress,toys,ornaments,luggage,and Chinese arts and crafts.