YCT-03 : Diamond on Yangtze River

11 Days Tour of Beijing/Wuhan/Jiujiang/Nanjing/Taizhou/Suzhou/Zhangjiajie/Shanghai

From: $ 2,199


  1. Exclusively provided as we chartered the cruise ship on specific dates.
  2. Most luxurious ship "Century Diamond" along the Yangtze River Cruise.
  3. "In Paradise there is heaven, on Earth there is Suzhou and Hangzhou."
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  • Busy Wangfujing Street

    Day 1Arrive in Beijing

    Upon arrival at Beijing Airport, your private English-speaking tour guide will be waiting for you at the international arrival hall. After meeting with the guide, you and your luggage will be transferred to your hotel by private bus.

    Meals: None

    Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton Beijing, Haidian
    Mercure Beijing Downtown

  • Stately Tian'anmen Square

    Day 2Beijing

    Today’s tour starts from Tian'anmen Square, the very heart and center of the Chinese Nation, and then Forbidden City. Countless tourists from all over the world come here every year to see for themselves the magnificent imperial palaces glimpsed in movies such as “The Last Emperor”. For many, this experience itself is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. After lunch, visit Temple of Heaven where the emperor went every year to humble himself in prayer to assure a good harvest for his people. Then you will have a special tour by bicycle rickshaw of the Hutong, distinctive traditional housing areas. For your evening dinner, taste delicious Roast Duck at a specialty restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Beijing Roast Duck Dinner

    Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton Beijing, Haidian
    Mercure Beijing Downtown

  • Winding Great Wall

    Day 3Beijing

    After a Western and Chinese buffet breakfast at your hotel, you will have a half day excursion to Great Wall, another absolutely unforgettable experience. After lunch, we will arrange a visit to Jade Museum where you will learn about the importance of jade in Chinese culture, and where you will also be able to buy some souvenirs of your trip. After that, take a stroll on the grounds of the site of the 2008 Olympics, and view Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) and National Swimming Center(Water Cube) from outside. After dinner, watch the Kongfu Show at Shicha Lake Theater.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton Beijing, Haidian
    Mercure Beijing Downtown

  • Fascinating Summer Palace in summer

    Day 4Beijing/Wuhan

    The first destination after breakfast today will be Summer Palace, whose famous feature is the 729 meter long covered walkway, which is so richly ornamented with paintings and decorations that in 1992 it was recognized as “the longest gallery all over the world” by Guinness World Records. Next you will have a wonderful shopping and educational experience at a pearl factory store. In the afternoon, you will fly to Wuhan. Upon arrival, your local English-speaking tour guide will wait for you at the domestic arrival hall and escort you to dinner. Following dinner, boarding SKY at Wuhan Cruise Terminal Center. Departing around 21:00 pm and sailing to Jiujiang City. You can come to the Sun deck to enjoy the scenes of Wuhan city, The Riverside Park along with the architectures at the bund .
    Captain’s Welcome Reception – The Captain on board your Century SKY along with the entire management team invites you for a Cocktail Reception in the Lounge. You can’t miss it .

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Century Diamond

  • Day 5Jiujiang City

    After breakfast, enjoy a bus tour to the famous White Deer Cave Academy.Lunch is served onboard after came back from the shore excursion forward with some cruise activities. White Deer Cave Academy Named for the poet "Li Bo " who raised white deer there, it is in a valley at the foot of the Peak of the Five Old Men. It's one of the earliest institutes of higher learning in ancient China. Inside you can see the old classroom where the student studied hundreds of years ago. Or you could join the optional bus tour to Mt. Lushan of the day trip which is a well-known tourist attraction. Mt. Lushan earns its fame for the grand, precipitous but breath-taking natural landscape there. Lushan National Park has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996 and it is a prominent scenic spot especially during summertime for weather is cooler here than most places in Central China. Thus it has been the most popular resort for foreign missionaries, for example, Absalom Sydenstricker who is father of Pearl Buck is one of the 5 earliest missionaries to acquire real estate in Kuling area in the mountains. Century SKY sets sail to Wuhan after you come back from the excursion. You could join the variety of onboard activities.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Century Diamond

  • Day 6Mt. Jiuhua

    After breakfast around 08:30am, you will join a full day shore excursion to Mt. Jiuhua. The excursion takes about 7 hours.
    【*Lunch will be served by traditional table service with exquisite vegetarian food.】Mt. Jiuhua (“Mountain of the Nine Lotuses”)- Located in south central Anhui Province, Jiuhua Shan or “Mountain Jiuhua” is one of the four sacred mountains in Chinese Buddhism. Local climate is favorable, making it a popular summer resort. Observant Buddhist make a pilgrimage to climb Greater Tiantai peak, regarded as Jiuhuashan’ s most important, although not the tallest. The construction of temples began in the Tang Dynasty and was enlarged in subsequent dynasties. The Buddhist influence still remains to this day throughout this area. Upon return to your Ship Century SKY enjoy dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Century Diamond

  • Luxury cruise sailing in Three Gorges

    Day 7Nanjing

    After breakfast around 09:00am, you will join the shore excursion to Nanjing Niushou Mountain. The excursion takes about 3 hours. Afternoon is opening hours for free walk around Nanjing Confucius Temple. Niushou Mountain is located in Jiangning District of Nanjing. The mountain twin peaks look like ox horns, hence the name. 1700 years ago, the first founder of the Eastern Jin Dynasty, emperor Yuandi, wanted to set up two magnificent gate towers to symbolize imperial power. However, Prime Minister, Wang Dao, considered it inappropriate to do so. One day, when they looked afar at the east and west peak of Niushou Mountain, the Minister suggested that the two peaks were the most suitable heavenly-made gate towers. Hence, the name Tianque Mountain. Nanjing Confucius Temple.Located on the Northern bank of the Qinhuai River, the Confucius Temple in Nanjing is built for people to worship Confucius, a great thinker and educator in ancient China. It is one of the top four largest Confucius Temples in China. The other three are in Qufu, Jinan Province, Beijing, and Jilin Province. The temple is part of Qinhuai scenic area and become a feature of the landscape of the ancient capital of Nanjing. Upon return to your Ship Century SKY enjoy dinner and GAME PARTY will be held with lucky draws in the bar till late of the evening.【*NOTE: LUNCH is on your own upon your interests at Confucius Temple waling street.】

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Century Diamond

  • Symbolic Golden Phoenix of Jingzhou

    Day 8Taizhou

    After breakfast, you’ll join the Excursion: Taizhou Day Trip includes Ancient City Wall + Tower & Gardens visiting + Lunch at the Ancient Town + Fengcheng River smaller boat tour Around 15:30 back to the cruise for onwards cruise itinerary. Taizhou is a prefecture-level city in central Jiangsu Province in eastern China. Situated on the north bank of the Yangtze River, it borders Yangzhou to the west. Hu Jintao, former President of the Communist Party of China considered Taizhou his home town as did Mei Lanfang, one of the most famous Peking opera artists in modern Chinese history. Century SKY sets sail for Shanghai after you come back from the excursion. Either leave yourself in the library, gym, bar or enjoy the reading and relaxing in somewhere onboard. Of course you could join the variety of onboard activities! The Crew Cabaret Show – Let the stars begin to sparkle, enjoy an evening of China going through Traditions and highlights of the Yangtze River area folklore.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Century Diamond

  • Dynamic East Lake scenery

    Day 9Suzhou / Zhangjiagang

    The delicacy Breakfast will be served in the restaurant. Complimentary Morning coffee, tea, home baked cookies and Taichi exercise onboard will leisure the beginning of your day. INCLUDED Excursion: Shuangshan Island in Zhangjia Gang + Xiangshan Scenic Spot Day Tour Shuangshan Island, is famous for fresh air and emerald plants that help visitors relax. The island, seated across the Yangtze River, is home to birds, ducks and fishermen.Villagers often lie in the tree shades to enjoy carefree country life. Xiangshan Scenic Spot lies in the west of Jingang town, Zhangjiagang. It is famous for the scenic beauty and a gathering place for talented people. It is also home to many famous historical sites in the south. The scenic resort is home to Wangjiang Pavilion, where people can view the Yangtze River.
    Lunch in town of Suzhou and visit the Lion Grove Garden & Suzhou Pingjiang Road walking street. The Lion Grove Garden is a garden located at 23 Yuanlin Road in Pingjiang District, Suzhou, The garden is famous for the large and labyrinthine grotto of taihu rocks at its center. The name of the garden is derived from the shape of these rocks, which are said to resemble lions. The garden is recognized with other classical gardens in Suzhou as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The ancient Pingjiang street has a long history of about 1,100 years, its layout and architecture are best to represent the characteristics of Suzhou's old alleys, and it has connections to many ancient Chinese celebrities and anecdotes. After enjoy dinner onboard, The Crew Cabaret Show will be performed. We invite you to join the guest talent show after your dinner, which you can show your charm.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Landison Plaza Hotel

  • Day 10Shanghai

    After an early breakfast onboard Century Sky. Guests will disembark around 09:00am from Shanghai International Cruise Harbour 【Opposite to the Pearl Tower】.  You will be transferred and have a visit to Shanghai Museum where you can get to know the old and modern Shanghai. Next, you will have an interesting trip at Nanjing Road. After lunch, you will head to Xintiandi Pedestrian Shopping District and the famous local markets around the Town God's Temple. A visit to the shopping mall of cashmere sweater will also be arranged for you. Later you will cruise along Huangpu River and see the appealing scenery on both sides of the river, The Bund and Lujiazui area in the evening. Flavored dinner will be offered later, followed by an acrobatics show in Portman Ritz Carlton Shanghai this evening. You will be transferred back to your hotel afterwards.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 11Depart from Shanghai

    You will have some free time before being transferred to the airport as per your flight schedule. Our guide will see you off and your wonderful China trip ends here.

    Meals: Breakfast

Service Inclusion:

1. Private air-conditioned cars, drivers and guides throughout the itinerary;
2. Well-selected international brand hotel or same level hotel with daily
western breakfasts;
3. Entrance fees to all tourist sites;
4. Authentic Chinese Food served at local best restaurants;
5. Domestic airfare with fuel fee & taxes and relative transfers in China;
6. Services charges and government taxes;
7. Travel liability insurance.

Service Exclusion:

1. Chinese visa application fee;
2. International airfare to and from China;
3. Personal expense like phone rental and laundry charges;
4. Gratuity to guides and drivers.

Note on prices: The following rates are for per person, based on intraday exchange rate and subject to change during peak seasons such as the National Day Holiday and Spring Festival.

Group Size:2-5 people


  • Asked by Mayer

    Oct 16 , 2016 18:33

    Can I arrange me own meals rather than the restaurant listed in our tour?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    Oct 17 , 2016 10:22

    Yes, you can, but we do not suggest you do so. The restaurants we arrange are reliable in terms of hygiene and quality. Besides, the restaurant we arranged are located the closest to the place you will visit, so we will save time spent in transit and allow you the maximum time to enjoy your sightseeing as well as your meal. Thanks for your understanding.

  • Asked by Sung

    Jul 27 , 2016 11:42

    I noticed that in Beijing and Shanghai you arranged two hotels, which really confused me?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    Jul 28 , 2016 12:31

    In Beijing and Shanghai we each arranged two hotels to provide clients more choices, and please rest assured that these two hotels are equally excellent.

  • Asked by Kettleson

    Jun 21 , 2016 10:09

    I will visit Beijing in July and will live in Hutong areas, so could you please tell me if some public bathrooms are still available?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    Jun 22 , 2016 13:11

    Sure, some public bathrooms still exist today, and if you tell me your detailed address information, maybe I can make some recommendations for your reference.

  • Asked by Cook

    May 29 , 2016 11:19

    Any Indian or vegetarian restaurants in Beijing at moderate price?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    May 30 , 2016 15:23

    Sure. RAJ Indian Restaurant at the West Street of Drum Tower might be a good choice for you. Here is their phone number: 010-84037462 64011675, you can call and make a reservation in advance.

  • Asked by Metzger

    May 25 , 2016 14:48

    Best way to reach Grand Mercure Hongqiao Shanghai from Pudong airport?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    May 26 , 2016 16:18

    There are two alternatives for your choice. You can take airport line No. 3 and exchange for No. 72 at tian ping station, then get off at zun yi street station and walk along xian xia street, you won’t miss it. the other one is to take a cab at pudong airport. If you need any help besides your transportation, we CTCN remain at your service anytime.

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