Beijing & Hong Kong River Cruise - Avalon Yangtze

Magical China & the Yangtze River with Guilin & Hong Kong 2016

17 Day River Cruise from Beijing to Hong Kong

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Discover ancient history and fascinating culture on this delightful journey through China and along the Yangtze River. Start in Beijing, where you will visit the Forbidden City with its Imperial Palace, sample authentic Peking Duck, and walk along the incomparable Great Wall of China. You will also explore one of the city’s ancient alleys by rickshaw and experience a cultural performance at the Peking Opera or the Legend of Kung Fu show. In Xi’an, see the famed Terracotta Warriors up close from a special VIP viewing area and learn how to write ancient Chinese calligraphy. Next, in Chongqing, see pandas at a zoo and begin your Yangtze River cruise with a private welcome reception on board the Century Paragon. Shore excursions include a walking tour of a riverside community to see its beautiful pagoda, a tour of the Three Gorges Dam site, and a small boat cruise on the emerald-green waters of Shennv Stream. On the ship, enjoy the nightly entertainment, participate in a Tai Chi class, or enjoy a spa treatment. In Shanghai, walk along the Bund, see stunning displays of ancient bronze and jade at the Shanghai Museum, and enjoy a traditional dim-sum feast. You will also attend a high-flying acrobat show and take a fascinating walking tour through the former French Concession where tree-lined streets and Art Deco architecture transport you to a bygone era. Next, fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful areas, where you will partake in a traditional tea ceremony and cruise the magical Li River. Final stop is exciting Hong Kong. Take a cable-car ride up Victoria Peak for panoramic views and a visit of Aberdeen fishing village for a sampan ride on the stunning harbor. Free time on your own gives you a chance to explore the many markets, taste some authentic Chinese food, listen to the sounds of the city, or take an optional excursion.

It’s a memorable vacation sure to leave you with many photos and stories to share back home.


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Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 3-night cruise from Chongqing to Yichang in a Deluxe Stateroom with two lower beds, private facilities, and balcony

Beijing: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, Tian’anmen Square, Great Wall, and Temple of Heaven; Peking Duck welcome dinner; Peking Opera performance or Legend of Kung Fu Show; hutong tour by rickshaw

Xi’an: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Terracotta Warriors including the VIP viewing area and Dayan Pagoda; noodle-making demonstration; calligraphy class; “Tang Dynasty” dinner show

Chongqing: visit a local zoo to see pandas; hot pot dinner; begin your Yangtze cruise aboard the Century Paragon; private welcome reception

Shibaozhai: walking tour

Shennv Stream: boat excursion down one of the Yangtze’s lesser gorges

Three Gorges Dam Site: sightseeing of the impressive dam site

Shanghai: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens, a silk factory, and the Shanghai Museum; dim sum lunch; walking tour of the French Concession; see an acrobatic show

Guilin - Li River cruise: visit Reed Flute Cave and a tea farm; Host service during your stay

Hong Kong: cable-car ride up Victoria Peak; sampan ride on harbor; visit Stanley Market; Host service during your stay

Special experiences by local entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your experience.

  • Peking Opera or Kung Fu Show
  • Rickshaw ride through Hutongs
  • Dim Sum lunch

Meals

  • American breakfast daily
  • 9 lunches
  • 7 dinners including a Peking Duck welcome dinner in Beijing and a farewell dinner in Shanghai

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Beijing, China

Welcome to China’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2Beijing

Your full-day sightseeing starts with a visit to the FORBIDDEN CITY and its IMPERIAL PALACE, once the home of China’s great emperors. Nearby is 100-acre TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. After lunch, enjoy some time at your leisure. This evening, enjoy a special PEKING DUCK WELCOME DINNER in an award-winning restaurant in your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3Beijing

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. Tonight, attend a performance of the PEKING OPERA, a traditional form of Chinese theater, including a behind-the-scenes look at the colorful makeup being applied to the performers. Alternatively, you may choose to attend the LEGEND OF KUNG FU SHOW. Here, performers use a fusion of kung fu, dance, and acrobatics to tell the story of a monk who studies Buddhism and kung fu his whole life and eventually becomes a Zen master. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 4Beijing–Xi’an

This morning, visit the TEMPLE OF HEAVEN and enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing’s HUTONGS, the city’s ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighborhood as you are invited into the courtyard of a family’s home for tea. Later, fly to Xi’an. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5Xi’an

One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi’an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with the enormous tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of TERRACOTTA WARRIORS that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. You will also enter the VIP VIEWING AREA for an up-close view of these life-size statues. During lunch, enjoy a NOODLE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Next, visit the DAYAN PAGODA, built in 652 AD. This evening, enjoy the “Tang Dynasty” DINNER SHOW, featuring a colorful assemblage of classical performances. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6Xi’an–Chongqing (Embarkation)–Yangtze River Cruise

This morning, visit the Xi’an City Wall South Gate and learn to write like a local during a traditional Chinese CALLIGRAPHY CLASS; you may even see some locals practicing their morning Tai Chi. Next, fly to Chongqing, China’s capital during World War II. Visit a local ZOO to see pandas and eat dinner at a local HOT POT restaurant before boarding the Century Paragon for a 3-night cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze. Join your traveling companions for a PRIVATE WELCOME RECEPTION including cocktails and snacks. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7Cruising: Shibaozhai

The morning is at your leisure to enjoy a variety of onboard activities. You may choose to start your day with a Tai Chi session on the Sun Deck, take a swim in the pool, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. After lunch, take a WALKING TOUR of Shibaozhai with its 400-year-old, 12-story, red wooden pagoda perched high on a cliff side. This evening, the Captain hosts a welcome party, followed by dinner and a special performance by the ship’s crew. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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

Day 8Cruising: Qutang Gorge–Wu Gorge–Shennv Stream

Again, enjoy the morning at your leisure on the ship. You may choose to take an optional shore excursion to Baidi Cheng, known as the “White Emperor City,” to see the Baidi Temple. Later in the morning, sail downstream through the first and second of the three gorges—Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most dramatic gorge, and Wu, known for its quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains. You can nearly touch the perpendicular walls rising from the riverbanks as your Captain negotiates this narrow gap. After lunch, disembark for a BOAT EXCURSION down Shennv 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. This evening, join the Captain for a special Chinese-style farewell banquet. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

NOTE:
Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Daning River.

Day 9Cruising: Three Gorges Dam Site–Xiling Gorge–Yichang (Disembarkation)–Shanghai

This morning, visit the THREE GORGES DAM SITE, the largest dam of its kind in the world. Afterward, sail through Xiling Gorge, the last of the three gorges, before bidding farewell to your ship’s crew in Yichang. After lunch in Yichang, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, China’s most populous city and center of trade and industry. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 10Shanghai

Start your day with a stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. Then, visit YU YUAN GARDENS, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, and a SILK FACTORY to learn about the silk-making process. For lunch, a traditional DIM SUM feast awaits. Meaning “to touch your heart,” dim sum was originally a snack but has transformed into a full meal with a wide variety of steamed dumplings, spring rolls, and more. Afterward, enjoy time at leisure. This evening, be entertained by a spectacular ACROBATIC SHOW. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 11Shanghai

This morning, visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, featuring stunning displays of ancient bronze, jade, and ceramics. Then, take a WALKING TOUR of the former French Concession, once Shanghai’s leading residential and retail area. Today, the qualities that made the area so popular endure—from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Along the way, see the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi, and visit Fuxing Park, where locals play chess, dance, practice tai chi, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 12Shanghai–Guilin:

Today, fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful areas. (Breakfast)

Day 13Guilin

Limestone mountains, their needle peaks hidden in mist, rise from the green plain surrounding Guilin. The scene conveys a sense of mystery that artists have tried to capture for centuries. Savor unique vistas during a leisurely CRUISE on the Li River and enjoy a light lunch. Tonight, you may choose to join our optional trip to see trained cormorants dive for fish, the traditional Lijiang fishing method. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 14Guilin–Hong Kong

Enjoy the morning at leisure in this charming town. Sightseeing begins with the famous REED FLUTE CAVE with its unusual stalactite and stalagmite formations. Then, visit a local TEA FARM for a hands-on demonstration of the tea-making process, followed by a tea ceremony. Later, fly to Hong Kong. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 15Hong Kong

This morning’s sightseeing begins with a cable-car ride up Victoria Peak for panoramic vistas of this one-of-a-kind port city. Drive by Repulse Bay, a popular beach area, then to the Aberdeen fishing village for a SAMPAN RIDE on the harbor. Next stop is STANLEY MARKET, a narrow street jammed with stalls offering clothing, arts, and crafts. Tonight, consider an optional sunset cruise on Hong Kong’s magnificent harbor. (Breakfast)

Day 16Hong Kong

Take advantage of a full free day to explore this exciting city. You may wish to join our optional excursion to view the giant Buddha on the island of Lantau. Shopping is a highlight of Hong Kong, with markets, malls, and shops to fit any taste and budget. Your host will be happy to suggest ways to make the most of your day. (Breakfast)

Day 17Hong Kong

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Hotels

Beijing
Xi'an
Shanghai
Guilin
Hong Kong

Beijing

Fairmont Beijing

Fairmont Beijing 8 Yong An Dong Li, Beijing,  China 8 Yong An Dong Li
Beijing, China

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The Fairmont Beijing Hotel, located in the heart of Beijing, offers top quality amenities, unique architecture, and superlative décor. Guestrooms come primed with first class amenities, including cutting edge technology, hand-selected linens and spa inspired bath products. Whether you indulge at the opulent Willow Stream Spa or dine in one of the award-winning restaurants this luxury hotel is sure to make for a comfortable stay.

Hotel Amenities

Fitness Room
Currency Exchange
Business Center
Dry Cleaning
Bar/Lounge
Spa Services
ATM
Elevator
Beauty Salon
Restaurant On-Site
Pool
Concierge desk
Luggage Storage
Parking/Valet
Room Amenities

In-Room Safe
Hair Dryer
Room Service
Iron/Ironing Board
Pay Movies
Desk
Mini-bar
Alarm Clock
Air Conditioning
Complimentary Toiletries
Internet Access
Phone
Voicemail
Coffee Maker
Television
Cable/Satellite
Climate Control
Wake-Up Calls
Complimentary Newspaper

Xi'an

Shangri-La Hotel, Xi'an

Shangri-La Hotel, Xi'an 38B Keji Road, Xian,  China 38B Keji Road
Xian, China

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Return from a day of travel to the elegant interior of the Shangri La Hotel Xian. Enjoy dinner at one of the hotel's restaurant where you can relax and unwind recalling a day of new experiences and life enriching tales. If you choose to stay in for a day, spa services and a swimming pool will revitalize you for your next adventure.

Hotel Amenities

Parking/Valet
Fitness Room
Gift Shop
Dry Cleaning
Beauty Salon
Luggage Storage
Bar/Lounge
Business Center
Concierge desk
Currency Exchange
Pool
Restaurant On-Site
Spa Services
Elevator
Room Amenities

Climate Control
Desk
In-Room Safe
Air Conditioning
Cable/Satellite
Complimentary Toiletries
Room Service
Coffee Maker
Television
Mini-bar
Complimentary Newspaper
Iron/Ironing Board
Phone
Hair Dryer
Wake-Up Calls
Window Opens
Internet Access

Shanghai

Fairmont Peace Hotel

Fairmont Peace Hotel 20 Nanjing Road East , Shanghai,  China 20 Nanjing Road East
Shanghai, China

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Fairmont Peace Hotel, a 'luxurious Art Deco masterpiece', brilliantly reinvented for the 21st century where old fashioned glamour sparkles with a new luster. This landmark hotel served as a glamorous playground for the elite, where every night was an extravagant gala event and veritable Parisian fashion show. Situated just steps from the famous Bund promenade and unrivaled shopping on Nanjing Road, it is the perfect place to explore Shanghai's spectacular scenery and vibrant lifestyle.

Hotel Amenities

Fitness Room
Restaurant On-Site
Pool
Parking/Valet
Bar/Lounge
Luggage Storage
Currency Exchange
Concierge desk
Dry Cleaning
Spa Services
Elevator
Business Center
Gift Shop
Room Amenities

Mini-bar
Coffee Maker
Alarm Clock
Voicemail
Room Service
Air Conditioning
Complimentary Toiletries
Phone
Smoking Rooms
Window Opens
Complimentary Newspaper
Iron/Ironing Board
Television
Wake-Up Calls
In-Room Safe
Climate Control
Pay Movies
Desk
Hair Dryer
Cable/Satellite
Internet Access

Guilin

Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin

Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin 111 Huan Cheng Bei Er Lu, Guilin,  China 111 Huan Cheng Bei Er Lu
Guilin, China

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Guilin's newest international luxury hotel sets a new standard for luxury and service, placing it among the best hotels in this remarkable city. Located on the banks of the picturesque Li River just a 10 minute drive from Die Cai Mountain, as well as the city center and the famous pedestrianized tourist street.

Hotel Amenities

Currency Exchange
ATM
Restaurant On-Site
Fitness Room
Gift Shop
Spa Services
Dry Cleaning
Luggage Storage
Bar/Lounge
Concierge desk
Business Center
Elevator
Parking/Valet
Pool
Room Amenities

Room Service
Cable/Satellite
Wake-Up Calls
Television
Internet Access
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Voicemail
Mini-bar
Phone
Complimentary Newspaper
Climate Control
Iron/Ironing Board
Complimentary Toiletries
In-Room Safe
Air Conditioning
Desk
Smoking Rooms

Hong Kong

Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong,  China 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
Hong Kong, China

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Tourist Class

The Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel is ultra-modern, located in bustling Tsim Sha Tsui district, the livliest and most popular shopping and entertainment area in Hong Kong. Enjoy the city's most spacious rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and world-class service amidst tranquil surroundings, inspirational architecture and design and fine dining.

Hotel Amenities

Hot Tub
Free WiFi
Bar/Lounge
Business Center
Concierge desk
Gift Shop
Pool
Beauty Salon
Elevator
Currency Exchange
Restaurant On-Site
Dry Cleaning
Parking/Valet
Fitness Room
Spa Services
Room Amenities

Room Service
Cable/Satellite
Non-smoking Rooms
Desk
Mini-bar
In-Room Safe
Iron/Ironing Board
Coffee Maker
Wake-Up Calls
Television
Complimentary Toiletries
Phone
Air Conditioning
Pay Movies
Window Opens
Climate Control
Hair Dryer
Internet Access
Voicemail

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

We know that many times travelers celebrate special occasions on vacation and you can now pre-purchase celebration packages before your cruise departure. We offer special birthday, anniversary and wedding vow packages. These packages include all the elements you need to celebrate with family & friends.

Availability of optional excursions is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Avalon Waterways provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions and packages, register for your cruise and provide emergency contact information online.

Shanghai
Guilin
Hong Kong

Shanghai

Zhujiajiao (Water Town) Half Day Tour
Zhujiajiao (Water Town) Half Day Tour

Zhujiajiao (Water Town) Half Day Tour

Located in a suburb of Shanghai, Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town well-known throughout the country. With a history of more than 1,700 years and covering an area of 47 square kilometers, the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains. Endowed with another elegant name - 'Pearl Stream' - the little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Unique old bridges cross bubbling streams, small rivers are shaded by willow trees, and quaint houses with courtyards attached are a welcomed contrast to the hustle and bustle of Shanghai.

Approximate value: $82 USD per person

Guilin

Dream on Water Cruise
Dream on Water Cruise

Dream on Water Cruise

Enjoy a boat ride and take in the beautiful scenery of Guilin by night. The inspiring landscape of limestone karsts sets the stage as you feel as though you've gone back in time. Watch fisherman partake in a unique traditional fishing method that uses cormorant birds to catch fish. This historic way of fishing has been in existence for hundreds of years. Delight in this rare opportunity to get a close look at the fishing and see how the well-trained cormorants will dive into water to find and catch fish for their owner.

Approximate value: $37 USD per person

Hong Kong

Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Walking Tour
Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Walking Tour

Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Walking Tour

Taste your way through the business areas of Central and Sheung Wan. On this signature food tour, stroll off the beaten path to unearth hidden gems and savor some of Hong Kong's favorite foods and drinks. Indulge in noodles and rice dishes, a variety of dim sum plus drinks and dessert! Along the way, explore the back alleys of this financial district to see and experience the city's history and culture.

Approximate value: $120 USD per person

Highlights of the Night
Highlights of the Night

Highlights of the Night

When the sun sets on Hong Kong, the city really shines, and we show you the best of the sparkle on this fantastic excursion. Start with a ride on the Hong Kong Observation Wheel for spectacular views over Victoria Harbour. Then, hop aboard a double-decker open-top bus for an incredible drive through the neon-lit streets to view the riot of colors that make up Hong Kong's skyline. Finally, board a boat for a leisurely cruise on the harbor that includes a gourmet buffet dinner of international cuisine.

Approximate value: $115 USD per person

Lantau Island Monastery Tour
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. View in awe at the size of this incredible Buddha where the sky is its only backdrop and enjoy a traditional vegetarian Buddhist lunch at the monastery. Then ride the cable car from Tung Chung with spectacular views of Lantau Island, Ngong Ping Plateau and the South China Sea. Throughout the day, you'll discover pristine beaches, traditional fishing villages, lush valleys, soaring mountains and maybe even spiritual enlightenment.

Approximate value: $115 USD per person

Macau Day Tour
Macau Day Tour

Macau Day Tour

After a scenic one hour ferry ride from Hong Kong arrive in Macau, the second of two special administrative districts of China. Your full day of sightseeing will commence with a drive along Guia Circuit, site of the annual Macau Grand Prix. Afterward visit the magnificent Kun Lam Temple, the 600 year old Goddess of mercy temple; Porta de Cerco, the historical gate constructed in 1849 served as a checkpoint between China and the former Portuguese colony; and the ruins of the Jesuit Priests. After a buffet lunch, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Pearl River followed as you travel by coach to by a visit to the a world famous casino prior to your return to Hong Kong.

Approximate value: $135 USD per person

Seafood Village Dinner
Seafood Village Dinner

Seafood Village Dinner

This evening begins with a harbor cruise on a traditional Chinese sightseeing tour boat to enjoy the exciting night view of Hong Kong harbor. The trip then takes you to a local seafood village for a brief walk ashore, and then a delicious Chinese dinner. On the return journey, enjoy more of the glittering harbor views by night.

Approximate value: $80 USD per person

Sunset Harbor Cruise
Sunset Harbor Cruise

Sunset Harbor Cruise

Spend the evening enjoying the open bar on board this authentic Chinese sightseeing Junk as she sails within the harbor. Here you can watch the world's greatest view turn into the world's greatest light show. Places of interest like Causeway Bay, North Point, Lei Yue Mun Village are all brilliantly glittering to light up your evening.

Approximate value: $50 USD per person

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