B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Guilin’s is reputed as one of the world’s most beautiful places. There is an old literary saying in China: ‘Guilin’s hills and water are best under heaven’ (桂林山水甲天下). If you are looking for natural beauty in China, you should not miss Guilin.
The Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the world. It flows for 6,300 kilometers (3,915 mi) from the glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in Qinghai eastward across central and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai. The river is the longest in the world to flow entirely within one country and is also one of the biggest rivers by discharge volume in the world.
Day 1-2**Sep 8-9 | Honolulu – Beijing
We start our vacation by boarding an international flight bound for Beijing, the capital of China and an ancient city of great splendor whose history goes back 3 millennia.
Day 3**Sep 10 | Beijing – Wuhan | (D)
Upon our arrival at Beijing International Airport in the morning, we will take a short connecting flight to Wuhan. Yellow Crane Tower is located on Snake Hill in Wuhan, Hubei Province. It was first built in 223, during the Three Kingdoms Period (220 – 280) and it is one of the most renowned towers south of the Yangtze River. Its cultural significance led to its being made the symbol of Wuhan City. A Welcome Dinner is arranged for tonight.
Day 4**Sep 11 | Wuhan/Maoping – Yangtze River | (B, L, D)
In the morning, we will visit Hubei Provincial Museum, located in the Wuchang District of Wuhan. It collects, protects, and exhibits the cultural relics discovered in the province. Since 1953, it has collected over 200,000 cultural relics, including pottery, porcelains, jade, bronze vessels, ancient weapons, and ancient musical instruments. After lunch, we will drive to Maoping. In the evening, we will start our Yangtze River Adventure when we board a luxurious and distinguished 5-Star River Cruise Ship — Century Legend. It is the newest, 5-star luxury modern river cruise ship with the largest cabins, quality service, true culinary treats and a variety of onboard activities.
Day 5**Sep 12 | Yangtze River | (B, L, D)
In the early morning, we can do Tai Chi exercise on deck. Tai Chi Chuan is a sophisticated method of fighting based on the reconciliation of dynamically interacting forces. Daily practice of Tai Chi promotes mental clarity and a healthy body, assists with balance, and helps blood circulation. After a buffet breakfast, we will sail through the west part of the Xiling Gorge, the longest of the three gorges known for its swift currents and dangerous shoals. We will take a Shore Excursion to the worksite of the Three Gorges Dam Sites. The dam is the largest water conservation project for flood control, generation of electricity, cultivation, and flood discharge. In the evening we will have the Captain’s Welcoming Banquet and a Crew Cabaret.
Day 6**Sep 13 | Yangtze River | (B, L, D)
This morning, the ship will enter Wu Gorge, famous for its meandering waterways and mystical, ever-changing fog that hovers over the river. We will take a Shore Excursion to explore the Shennv Stream or “Goddess Stream”. The scenic area of Shennv Stream is a newly-developed scenic area with the construction of Three Gorges Project. Due to the perpendicular mountains, deep valleys and turbulent water, very few people reach this area, so the sceneries are still in pristine condition and are worth visiting. Some of them are so vivid that we would find it hard to believe they exist. After lunch, the ship will enter Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest but most striking section of the three gorges, with sky-soaring majestic mountains on both sides.
Day 7**Sep 14 | Yangtze River | (B, L, D)
Today, a Shore Excursion is scheduled to Shibaozhai (Stone Treasure Fortress), an isolated steep peak along the river bank. We can take a staircase to the top of a magnificent twelve-story red pavilion built on the peak. The Three Gorges Dam would have submerged the base of the red pavilion but a coffer dam was built around the base to protect it from the rising water level. After lunch, we can attend Culture Lectures. Topics include the evolution of the dam project and its importance to China, the immigration life of the people along the Three gorges, the history of Three Kingdoms, Chinese medicine, poetry by many famous Chinese sages, Chinese language, Chinese calligraphy, dumpling wrapping. The Captain’s Farewell Dinner is arranged for tonight.
Day 8**Sep 15 | Yangtze River – Chongqing – Guilin | (B, D)
The Yangtze River Adventure concludes in the city of Chongqing. The city presents a unique magnificent picture with miles of roads and streets winding up and down the hills and along the riverbanks. We will explore the city in the morning. After that, we will take a short flight to Guilin, one of the world’s most beautiful places. Upon arrival, we will visit the Reed Flute Cave, named after the verdant reeds growing outside it, with which people make flutes. Inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations created by carbonate deposition. Illuminated by colored lighting, the fantastic spectacle is found in many variations along this 240-meter-long cave. Walking through the serried stone pillars, you can feast you eyes on changing spots, and feeling you are in a paradise where the Gods live.
Day 9**Sep 16 | Guilin – Yangshuo – Guilin | (B, L, D)
In the morning, we will have a Boat Ride on the Li River, with lunch served on board. The Li River Scenic Zone is currently on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The 40-mile journey to Yangshuo glides through a landscape filled with natural beauty of mist shrouded crags and bamboo groves, which have inspired painters and poets for many centuries. Enjoy a picturesque view of the countryside that includes villages, rice paddy fields, water buffaloes, and ducklings. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, we will transfer to West Street, which is the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1,400 years. Situated at the center of Yangshuo, the street has become, since the 1980’s, a window of eastern and western culture and the biggest ‘foreign language center’ in China. Visitors from home and abroad are attracted by its unique mix of cultures. We will also walk around the Open Market for souvenir shopping before driving back to Guilin.
Day 10**Sep 17 | Guilin – Beijing | (B, L)
After breakfast, we will visit the Seven Stars Park, the largest comprehensive park with mass scenery in Guilin City and located on the east bank of the Li River. It was so named because its seven peaks (the four peaks of Putuo Mountain and three of Crescent Mountain) resemble the shape of the Big Dipper constellation. The Seven Stars Park is endowed with elegant mountains, clear water, miraculous stone forest, deep and serene valleys, abundant animals and plants and valued cultural relics. Afterwards, we will visit Elephant Trunk Hill, the landmark of Guilin and located in Elephant Hill Scenic Area where the Taohua River and Li River flow together. It has been a famous tourism destination since the Tang Dynasty. The hill looks like a giant elephant drinking water from the river. There are not only many spectacular natural scenes around the hill, but also some ancient constructions, such as Puxian Pagoda, Yunfeng Temple, and Sarira Dagoba. Later, we will transfer to Guilin Airport for the return flight to Honolulu via Beijing.
Day 11**Sep 18 | Beijing – Honolulu
On arrival at Beijing, we will transit and board our connecting flight to Honolulu. Today we will take our return flight home, ending our wonderful trip to China.
We wish you a safe journey and many wonderful memories to share with family and friends! ☺
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