Undiscovered China - Shanghai to Beijing - 2020

Undiscovered China - Shanghai to Beijing - 2020

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Ship: Viking Emerald
Starts: Shanghai, China on Tue, Apr 07, 2020
Ends: Beijing, China on Sat, Apr 25, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

China

Rivers Visited

Yangtze

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Tue, Apr 07, 2020): Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai, China's largest city, then transfer to your hotel. An intoxicating city of paradoxes, Shanghai is celebrated for both its colonial-era architecture along the famous Bund promenade and the futuristic skyline of its glittering Pudong district. Your Tour Director will help you check in and accompany you throughout your cruisetour. Enjoy free time to relax or explore. Throughout your journey, you will enjoy a variety of traditional Chinese and Western-style meals.


Day 2 (Wed, Apr 08, 2020): Shanghai

This morning, tour Old Shanghai and travel along the elegant Bund, stopping to admire historic banks and customs houses and breathtaking city views. Then, stroll the pathways of the exquisite Yuyuan Garden. Dating to the Ming Dynasty, this oasis was specially built by Pan Yunduan, a 16th-century governor of Sichuan, for his aging father. After lunch in a local restaurant, tour the Shanghai Museum, one of China's finest collections, and admire decorative ceramics, bronzes, calligraphy and paintings from the region's past. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before seeing the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe from the best seats in the house. (B, L, D)


Day 3 (Thu, Apr 09, 2020): Wuhan

After breakfast, prepare for your flight to Wuhan. Upon arrival, embark your ship, docked close to Wuhan's historic waterfront. For the next five days, you will sail into an astonishing world where fishermen scoop their catches with large handmade nets, families tend to water-laden rice fields and timeless monasteries perch on cliff walls. Throughout your cruise, you may choose between Chinese or Western meals, participate in tai chi on deck each morning, play mahjong, attend destination-relevant lectures and immerse yourself in traditional China during numerous tours and activities. (B, L, D)


Day 4 (Fri, Apr 10, 2020): Wuhan

Ancient and modern intermingle in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province. Former cradle of the brilliant Chu Civilization, Wuhan was an important commercial hub, as its merchants set out on the Yangtze on trade missions. It remains a central economic presence today. Visit the Hubei Provincial Museum, where you can hear the music of ancient bronze bells and view relics from 400 BC. Return to the ship and set sail this evening. (B, L, D)


Day 5 (Sat, Apr 11, 2020): Jingzhou

After a morning of sailing, arrive in Jingzhou, the seat of 20 emperors during the Zhou Dynasty, from 1046 BC to 256 BC. As you approach, remarkably preserved city walls, gates and watchtowers emerge on the river's banks, legacies of Jingzhou's days as an important military outpost. During your visit, you will stop by an elementary school sponsored by Viking. The children will greet you with a charming song and dance. Then spend time amid their contagious enthusiasm, perhaps getting to know a little about them and their lesson plans. (B, L, D)


Day 6 (Sun, Apr 12, 2020): Three Gorges

This morning, disembark for a tour of the Three Gorges Dam. The world's largest hydroelectric power project took almost 20 years to build. During your visit, you will see the inner workings of this massive structure up close. Learn how the dam controls flooding and how it led to the relocation of 1.25 million people. Return to your ship and sail through the 5-stage locks of the Three Gorges Dam. Dock overnight at Badong. (B, L, D)


Day 7 (Mon, Apr 13, 2020): Three Gorges

For the next 150 miles, travel the most scenic stretch of the Yangtze as it forces its way through a spectacular series of limestone ridges known as the Three Gorges. During breakfast, cruise through Wu (‟Witches”) Gorge, renowned for its magnificent scenery. Then, board a smaller boat for an excursion through the Goddess Stream. Sail through these remarkable canyons flanked by towering cliffs as you listen to the informative commentary of your Program Director. Along the way, see fascinating sites including the hanging coffins of the Ba people and the ancient plank road carved into the cliff side. Return on board for lunch, then spend the afternoon sailing through Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most spectacular of the three large gorges. Dinner is served on board. (B, L, D)


Day 8 (Tue, Apr 14, 2020): Shibaozhai

This morning, visit Shibaozhai Temple, a 12-story pavilion built in 1650 along the Yangtze. The bright red pagoda, an impressive example of Qing Dynasty architecture, was erected upon a hill and became easier to access after the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. As you explore, you may see the Duck Well. Legend says that a duck dropped into this hole will reappear in the Yangtze. At the small Rice Flowing Well, from which rice once poured at a slow trickle, consider the fable of the greedy monk who chiseled a larger hole-only to stop the flow completely. Tour the pavilion and temple before returning on board for lunch. This afternoon, marvel at the spectacular Yangtze scenery as you cruise past mist-laden mountains and limestone cliffs cloaked in green. (B, L, D)


Day 9 (Wed, Apr 15, 2020): Lijiang

After breakfast, disembark and fly to Lijiang, watched over by the spectacular Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. This 2,000-year-old market village and UNESCO World Heritage Site is renowned for the canal-lined warrens and intimate enclaves of its remarkably preserved Old Town. Upon arrival, sample local specialties during lunch. Then visit the residence of Dr. Joseph Rock in the city's Yuhu Village. Dr. Rock was a respected botanist and explorer who chronicled many of his observations about the 20th-century Yunnan province in National Geographic magazine. After checking in to your hotel, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)


Day 10 (Thu, Apr 16, 2020): Lijiang

Arise in Lijiang today. After breakfast, the day is yours to explore this charming city, once the center of silk embroidery and a major stop on the famed Tea Horse Ancient Road. The Dayan Old Town is a pleasure to peruse, with its orderly waterways and bridges. The timber and mud-brick houses you will see are a legacy of the Nanjing traders who once passed through. You will have many opportunities to browse charming shops for local handicrafts, silk and other locally made products. (B)


Day 11 (Fri, Apr 17, 2020): Chongqing

Enjoy an American buffet breakfast, then transfer to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit the General Stilwell Museum. Known as "Vinegar Joe” for his cantankerous personality, the highly regarded World War II General was the Allied Chief of Staff in China. Today, his former residence remains much as it was during his service here and features many of his personal artifacts and wartime mementos. After arriving at your hotel and having dinner, spend the remainder of your evening at leisure.


Day 12 (Sat, Apr 18, 2020): Chongqing

Enjoy a scenic drive through the steep hillsides of Dazu today. Then, after lunch in a local restaurant, visit the Dazu Stone Carvings, a spectacular collection of elaborate sculptures etched into the rock faces of mountainsides. Throughout this expansive UNESCO World Heritage Site, some 50,000 statues and 100,000 Chinese characters seem to emerge from the cliff sides. After time to explore this remarkable site, stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Then continue your drive to Chengdu, arriving in time for dinner and a free evening.


Day 13 (Sun, Apr 19, 2020): Chengdu

After breakfast, explore the Sanxingdui Museum, a repository of cultural and historic relics of gold, jade, stone, bronze and more. After lunch at a local restaurant, you have the afternoon to pursue your own interests, perhaps strolling through Jinli, where teahouses, handicraft shops and food stalls offer endless cultural experiences. After dinner, attend the Sichuan Opera for an unforgettable evening marked by dramatic music, colorful costumes, fire-breathing and bian lian, or face-changing. (B, L, D)


Day 14 (Mon, Apr 20, 2020): Xian

Begin your day with a visit to some of Chengdu's most famous residents at the Panda Base. Here, you have a chance to see these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. After lunch here, board a three-hour high-speed train to Xian, a key city of the Tang Dynasty. From 618 to 907 AD, this dynasty presided over one of China's most glorious cultural periods, spreading its influence throughout Asia into Europe and Africa. After dinner, enjoy an evening exploring on your own. (B, L, D)


Day 15 (Tue, Apr 21, 2020): Xian

View what many call the Eighth Wonder of the World today: the magnificent Terra Cotta Warriors. At the enormous mausoleum where Emperor Qin Shi Huang was laid to rest over 2,000 years ago, see the 8,000 life-sized sculpted warriors, archers and infantrymen that were buried with him. Remarkably, each man and horse was molded with its own distinctive features. The incredible archaeological site was discovered by local farmers in 1974. After lunch, use your free time to further explore Xian. During this evening's optional excursion, see the ancient history of China come to life during a colorful and exuberant Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. (B, L, D)


Day 16 (Wed, Apr 22, 2020): Beijing

Today, fly to Beijing, China's imperial capital whose rich history dates back more than 3,000 years. Beijing embodies the beating heart of China, brimming with massive monuments, a storied past and robust economic centers. It is inarguably China's historic and cultural center. Yet Beijing exudes an intimate side, found among the quiet warrens of hutongs. These tidy residential pockets recall the Peking of old and bring visitors back to China at its most authentic. Check in to your hotel and dine in this great city; enjoy free time this evening. (B, L, D)


Day 17 (Thu, Apr 23, 2020): Beijing

Experience one of the world's most iconic sites today. Travel to the Badaling Hills to behold one of the most impressive and best preserved sections of the Great Wall of China. Built and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century AD to keep barbarian nomads out of the empire, this UNESCO World Heritage Site of sandstone and earthwork stretches some 4,000 miles. Explore its winding pathways and marvel at the panoramic views from its ramparts.

After a lunch of local specialties, visit the Sacred Way, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk the tree-lined avenue guarded by massive sculptures of elephants, lions and camels to the Ming Dynasty tombs. This evening, dine at a local restaurant and relax at your hotel, or enjoy an optional Peking duck dinner, a dish once reserved only for emperors. (B, L, D)


Day 18 (Fri, Apr 24, 2020): Beijing

Witness two of Beijing's cultural treasures this morning. In the massive Tiananmen Square (meaning "Gate of Heavenly Peace”), the epicenter of ancient and modern Chinese history, view the exterior of Mao Zedong's mausoleum. You will also see the tower that marks the northern edge of the square; built in 1417, this was long the stage from which new emperors were declared. Then, tour the nearly 1,000 buildings of the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and accessible only to emperors and their families and court for 500 years. Walk its grounds among the opulent palaces, pavilions, courtyards and imperial gardens within the 26-foot-high walls.

After lunch in a local restaurant, with time permitting, explore Beijing independently. Enjoy dinner this evening, or attend The Legend of Kung Fu for a beautiful display of performance art with roots dating back 4,000 years. (B, L, D)


Day 19 (Sat, Apr 25, 2020): Beijing

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, continue your China journey with 2 additional nights in Beijing to further uncover its imperial treasures. (B)


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Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

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