Spirit of China & the Yangtze River with Hong Kong (2193)

16 Day Tour from Hong Kong to Beijing

2020 Tour Details

Explore the fascinating city of Hong Kong as you begin a journey through China’s spectacular destinations. Your affordable China vacation delivers a wealth of experiences, including a ride on Hong Kong’s Star Ferry, a cable-car ride up panoramic Victoria Peak, and culinary discoveries, including a delectable dim sum lunch. Climb aboard Hong Kong’s historic 1920s-style double-decker tram for an authentic look at the city’s living history.

Following your exciting tour of Hong Kong, you’ll spend 13 spellbinding days on your affordable tour of China, including a 4-night picturesque Yangtze River cruise. Your vacation in China begins in the exciting city of Shanghai on the Yangtze River delta. You’ll marvel at the exquisite Yu Yuan Gardens and the Shanghai Museum—with works of art dating 6,000 years old. Then, fly to Yichang to embark on your 4-night cruise on the legendary Yangtze River.

Before passing through the dramatic vistas of the Xiling Gorge, you’ll visit the monumental Three Gorges Dam. Disembark briefly from your ship to glide on the mysterious emerald waters of Shennong Stream on a boat excursion, then continue on the Yangtze through its dramatic gorges lined with forested mountain views. You’ll tour the Jade Emperor Scenic Area with its 100-foot-tall statue depicting the Taoiest deity. Disembark from your Yangtze River cruise for more adventures, beginning with a ride on the bullet train to Chengdu, where you’ll visit the Giant Panda Research Base.. You’ll fly to Xi’an, one of China’s great ancient capitals, to see the emperor’s vault surrounded by the stunning find of its thousands of Terracotta Warriors, chariots, and horses guarding the tomb. In Beijing, take a guided tour of Tian’anmen Square past Mao’s Mausoleum. Visit the Forbidden City—the largest collection of China’s ancient buildings and home to the historic Ming and Qing dynasties. Your budget-minded tour of China includes once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including a visit to the iconic Great Wall of China. You’ll witness sweeping vistas from the wall that once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain.

Your value-minded tour of China and the Yangtze River is a journey into a spirit of history, beauty, culture, and natural wonders like no other.
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 Tour Highlights

HONG KONG
Ride on Star Ferry; cable car ride to Victoria Peak; visit the dried seafood market; dim sum lunch; Host service during your stay
SHANGHAI
Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit Yu Yuan Gardens and the Shanghai Museum
YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Four-night cruise through the Three Gorges, including a tour of the Three Gorges Dam Site, a boat excursion on Shennong Stream, and a shore excursion to the Jade Emepror Scenic Area
CHONGQING–CHENGDU
Travel by bullet train
CHENGDU
Visit the Giant Panda Research Base
XI’AN
Sightseeing with Local Guide including headsets; visit the Terracotta Warriors and the City Wall; walking tour through Muslim quarter
BEIJING
Guided city sightseeing including headsets; visit Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall; Peking Duck dinner

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Great Wall of China
  • Terracotta Warriors

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring in China. Sightseeing vehicle in Hong Kong.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

15 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 HONG KONG, CHINA

Welcome to Hong Kong! Your hotel room is available for a mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 HONG KONG

Your sightseeing tour begins with a ride on the popular STAR FERRY from Kowloon Island to Hong Kong Island. On arrival, take a CABLE-CAR RIDE up Victoria Peak for panoramic vistas. Then, explore the old Sheung Wan neighborhood and visit the DRIED SEAFOOD MARKET. Savor a DIM SUM feast for lunch before traversing the Central District aboard the historic DOUBLE DECKER TRAM, commonly referred to as the “Ding Ding,” due to the sound of its bell. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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Day 3 HONG KONG

Enjoy free time for independent exploration.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 HONG KONG-SHANGHAI, CHINA

Fly to Shanghai, China’s largest city and center of trade. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 SHANGHAI

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the Old Town and the beautiful YU YUAN GARDENS, a place of peace and tranquility in this bustling city. Visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, where superb antiquities and fine arts dating back 6,000 years are on display. Walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture and explore Nanjing Road, the city’s main pedestrian and shopping area.

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Day 6 SHANGHAI–YICHANG (EMBARKATION)–YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

Enjoy your morning at leisure before a short flight brings you to Yichang. Upon arrival, board your 4-night CRUISE through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 CRUISING: THREE GORGES DAM

Start your day with a visit to the THREE GORGES DAM site. Afterward, watch endless dramatic vistas unfold before you as your ship passes through the serenely beautiful Xiling Gorge, the Yangtze’s longest.

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Day 8 CRUISING: WU GORGE–QUTANG GORGE

Today, disembark for a BOAT EXCURSION down Shennong Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship, you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emerald-green waters surrounded by densely forested hills. Later, sail through two of the three gorges—Wu Gorge, known for its forest-covered mountains, and Qutang, the shortest but most dramatic gorge.

NOTE:
Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Goddess Stream.

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Day 9 CRUISING: JADE EMPEROR SCENIC AREA

Your SHORE EXCURSION today takes you to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area, featuring a 100-foot-tall statue depicting the Jade Emperor, an important deity in Chinese Taoism. Return to your ship where the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy a variety of onboard activites.

NOTE:
Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be offered.

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Day 10 CRUISING: CHONGQING (DISEMBARKATION)–CHENGDU

Disembark your cruise in Chongqing, and transfer to the train station to board your BULLET TRAIN to Chengdu. On arrival, visit the GIANT PANDA RESEARCH BASE and marvel at these beautiful animals.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 CHENGDU–XI’AN

Today, fly to Xi’an, the former ancient capital. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 XI’AN

Today, enjoy a visit to the first emperor’s funeral vault to see the amazing TERRCACOTTA WARRIORS. Nothing will prepare you for this incredible display of 8,000 life-sized model warriors, chariots, and horses. Later, visit the ancient CITY WALL, built in 1378 and surrounding the city. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

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Day 13 XI’AN–BEIJING

Take a WALKING TOUR through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets. This afternoon, fly to Beijing, the capital of China and the country’s political, social, and historical hub.

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Day 14 BEIJING

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. You’ll also visit the treasure-filled FORBIDDEN CITY, the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it was home to emperors as well as the center of politics.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15 BEIJING

The GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. This evening your dinner features the local delicacy, PEKING DUCK.

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Day 16 BEIJING

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With COSMOS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

VICKY QIN

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

Hi, I'm Vicky! How can you not love it when showing people from all over the world the breathtaking scenery, the ancient history and the colorful diverse culture of your own country becomes your job! Come and join me for a worry-free vacation in China. You'll find there is so much more than you ever expected.

Tour Director - VICKY QIN

 Accommodations

Hong Kong
Shanghai
Yangtze River
Chengdu
Xi'an
Beijing

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Hong Kong
Xi'an
Beijing

Hong Kong

Highlight Of The Night

Highlight Of The Night

Experience Hong Kong from Sky, Land and Sea.

Price Range: $$$

Pre-Dinner Sunset Cruise

Pre-Dinner Sunset Cruise

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Price Range: $

Lantau Island Monastery Tour

Lantau Island Monastery Tour

On this full day tour, travel by ferry to visit Lantau Island, Hong Kong's largest island, and home to the Giant Buddha at Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery.

Price Range: $$$

Macau Day Tour

Macau Day Tour

We help you explore one of the world's richest cities on this exciting day trip to what was once the oldest European settlement in the Orient. Ruled by the Portuguese Empire from the 16th century until 1999, Macau is Asia with a Mediterranean twist.

Price Range: $$$$

Xi'an

Tang Dynasty Dinner Show

Tang Dynasty Dinner Show

The Tang Dynasty Dinner Show, a wonderful performance of ancient music and dance, is a must when you visit Xi'an.

Price Range: $$

Beijing

Kung Fu Show

Kung Fu Show

Experience one of the most beloved theatrical traditions in China! The Legend of Kung Fu Show is a phenomenal fusion of martial arts, theater, dance, and Chinese acrobatics.

Price Range: $

Peking Opera

Peking Opera

Music, drama, dance, martial arts, acrobatics, exquisite costumes, colorful sets ¿ traditional Chinese opera has it all, and is considered one of China's cultural treasures.

Price Range: $

 Know Before You Go

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