Depart home city for Beijing.
Afternoon arrive in Beijing, greeting at the airport and transfer to hotel. Dinner.
Begin your exploration of China by touring three famous sites - Tian An Men Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven.
Excursion to the Great Wall. Then continue on to the Ming Tomb Gardens, burial ground of 13 emperors.
Morning rickshaw tour of the old residential area of twisting lanes and courtyard homes. Enjoy lunch as the guest of one of the local families. Afternoon visit the Summer Palace. Beijing Duck dinner.
Morning visit the Lama Temple, an elegant and ancient temple known as the Yonghe Lamasery, which is the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present day China. After lunch, transfer to the airport and fly to Zhengzhou, capital of Henan Province. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel and rest.
Morning excursion to the Yellow River. The neolithic and bronze age cultures reaching back 5,000 years makes this area the cradle of Chinese civilization. Afternoon visit the Henan Provincial Museum.
Morning drive to Dengfeng County. Explore a local village and be a guest in one of the cave homes. Visit the school and enjoy leisure time with the local people.
Morning visit to the Shaolin Monastery, the birthplace of the martial arts tradition in China and enjoy a Kungfu demonstration. Afternoon to Luoyang by coach, stopping at the ancient White Horse Temple en route.
Morning tour of ancient Buddhist sites. Explore the Longmen Grottoes, one of the greatest cultural treasures, where up to 100,000 Buddhist statues carved into a great riverside rock face. Afternoon board the express train to Xian. En route view the terraced hills and deep gullies of the red earth country of one of the oldest settled regions of China.
Full day exploration of this rich historic area. First, the 5,000 year old Banpo Neolithic Village, and finally the amazing Museum of the Terra Cotta Warriors - the great underground army of the First Emperor of China, buried with him 2,200 years ago.
Morning visit the Tang Art Museum and the Great Mosque. Afternoon fly to Chongqing. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.
Visit the city of Chongqing with its beautiful zoo and the amazing art gallery. After dinner, board the Yangtze Cruise, your home for the next four nights.You will spend the night in your cabin and the cruise ship departs Chongqing early in the morning.
This morning, the ship docks at one of the three following ancient towns: Fengdu, Wanxian or Shibaozhai. You will tour the many temples and shrines, dedicated to the gods of the underworld. Following the tour, return to the ship and join the captain for a welcome dinner.
The ship enters the first gorge, Qutang Gorge. You will see the high peaks, sheer cliffs and the narrow gates that shape the river. Next the ship will reach Wu Gorge, considered to be the most beautiful of the Three Gorges. Later in the afternoon, the ship stops in Badong, where you disembark for an excursion on the Shennong Xi.
You will cruise through the last gorge, Xiling Gorge. The ship docks at Sandouping for a tour of the New Dam. The dam is a massive project, which is intended to control flooding and harness hydroelectric power.
The ship arrives Wuhan around noon. You will disembark and transfer to hotel upon arrival.
Sightseeing in Wuhan: visit the Guiyuan Buddhist Temple, the Bonsai Gardens and Hubei Provincial Museum where the heaviest musical instrument in the world, a set of chime bells, with 3,000 years of history and a total weight of 2,500 kilogram, is displayed. Evening fly to Shanghai. Transfer to hotel.
Morning visit the newly built, state-of-the-art, Shanghai Museum. After lunch, leisure walk along the legendary Bund.
Full day sightseeing of the Childrens Palace, the Yu Garden, and the Jade Buddha Temple. Evening enjoy the Shanghai Acrobats.
Morning excursion to Xitang Village, an old settlement of white plaster row houses and narrow slate-paved streets along an ancient canal. Afternoon return to Shanghai and transfer to the airport for your Air Canada flight back home. You will arrive in Toronto in the evening on the same calendar day.