14 Day China with Chengdu & 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise

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Yangtze River Cruise gratuity charge of RMB 150 (approx. US$25) per adult per cruise (charged directly to your account upon embarkation) and optional tours.


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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Beijing-Xian & Chengdu-Shanghai.

Passport information must be submitted to Gate 1 Travel at least 35 days prior to departure.

Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Alternative sights may be visited depending upon water levels and darkness.

While sailing with Victoria or Century Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise line’s Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: Victoria Cruises Passage Contract or Century Cruises Passage Contract


Accommodation Details:
Victoria Cruise cabins on Monday Departures cannot comfortably accommodate 3 people; therefore, our triple adult and twin with child pricing reflects the additional cost of an upgrade to Executive Suite. Plan B Promenade Deck and Plan A Bridge Deck Victoria Cruise cabins feature an additional onboard amenity package; please visit the ship profiles for further details.

Century Cruise cabins on Friday & Saturday & Departures do not offer an onboard amenities package on upgraded cabins.

Apr 9, Apr 16, Apr 30, May 14, Sep 10, Sep 17 & Oct 22 departures will be accommodated at DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing Hotel in Beijing.

Jun 13 & Jul 11 departures will be accommodated at New Otani Chang Fu Gong Hotel in Beijing


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. The Great Wall requires a climb of approximately 300 steps, some of which have an incline. It is recommended to wear sturdy shoes, and people who have knee problems may want to carry a walking stick. Some tours require walking in the open air with no shade. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Sydney-Beijing, Shanghai-Sydney
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Beijing-Xian & Yichang-Shanghai
  • 13 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Beijing
    • 2 nights Xian
    • 3 nights Chengdu
    • 3 nights cruise downstream on the Yangtze River
    • 2 nights Shanghai
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • High-Speed Bullet Train from Xian to Chengdu
  • 32 meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 7 dinners with beer
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
 

Special Features

  • Visit the Forbidden City, once residence of the Chinese emperors, and Summer Palace
  • Savor a famous Peking Duck Dinner with wine
  • Visit the Great Wall, the World’s longest man-made structure
  • See the world famous archaeological site of the magnificent Terracotta Army
  • Explore the preserved Huanglongxi Village, with its stone paved streets and ancient wooden houses
  • Visit the Chengdu Panda Research Center
  • Explore the classical Yuyuan Garden and the Bund Riverside

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Note: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. The Great Wall requires a climb of approximately 300 steps, some of which have an incline. It is recommended to wear sturdy shoes, and people who have knee problems may want to carry a walking stick. Some tours require walking in the open air with no shade. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Monday - Depart for China
Depart for China. Arrive in Beijing, sprawling capital of modern China; meeting and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new surroundings
Overnight: Beijing

DAY 2, Tuesday - Great Wall of China & Summer Palace Tour
This morning travel to the extraordinary 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, one of the most amazing structures ever built by man, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. En route see an ultra-modern architectural site built for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics: the gigantic National Stadium and the Olympic Village. You will also stop at a local jade shop to admire wares crafted with one of China's most famous materials. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, continue to the fabled Summer Palace, a former resort of the Empress Dowager and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a relaxing boat ride across the lake and enjoy the stunning scenery. Stroll along the sprawling palace with its lakes and gardens before returning to Beijing
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven
Your exploration of Beijing begins at huge Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world, built at the height of the Ming Dynasty. The square's Gate of Heavenly Peace was once used as a staging ground for imperial edicts and by Mao Zedong himself to declare the founding of the People's Republic in 1949. Enter the Forbidden City, once a residence of Chinese emperors from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. This extraordinary walled complex, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly a masterpiece of Chinese architecture; its complex consists of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and visit a pearl shop to learn about the popular Chinese pearls. After, travel to the massive Temple of Heaven, a Ming dynasty complex where emperors held their ritual prayer ceremony, paying homage to heaven
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Thursday - Flight to Xian
Morning flight to Xian, ancient capital of eleven dynasties and an archaeological treasure trove. Lunch at a local restaurant upon arrival. Later this afternoon, trace the beginnings of Chinese civilization at the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, home to a wealth of historical artifacts and treasures dating back to the Han and Tang dynasties; view the remarkable Tang Dynasty murals dramatically depicting life in ancient China. This evening, an optional Tang Dynasty 6-course dinner followed by a historical dance performance by the Tang Dynasty Troupe
Optional: Tang Dynasty Dinner with Entertainment
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Friday - Xian and the Terracotta Warriors
Morning visit to Xingqing park, center of the city's lively activities, where you may have the chance to join the residents in their morning exercise, singing and dancing. Afterward, stop at a lacquer furniture shop to learn more about this ancient technique that is still used today. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then, an unforgettable experience! Visit the archaeological site of the magnificent Terracotta Warriors, a vast collection of life-size soldiers, horses and chariots that were entombed with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. This world-famous site, discovered by local farmers in 1974, is still being excavated today, more than forty years since the time of its first unearthing. At tonight's optional dumpling banquet, you can sample 15 delicious varieties of dumplings
Optional: Dumpling Dinner
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Saturday - High-Speed Train to Chengdu
This morning, visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China, constructed during the Tang Dynasty. It was moderately damaged during the major earthquake in 1556 and still stands today as a compelling symbol of Xian. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Afterward, board a high-speed train to Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province with its distinctive culture and very spicy food. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Leshan Stone Buddha and Huanglongxi Village
This morning, visit Leshan, home of the famous stone Buddha which stands at nearly 230 feet high and dates back from 713 AD. Board a boat to approach the base of this impressive, larger than life statue carved into a cliff face along the river. Have lunch at a local restaurant and then travel back to Chengdu via Huanglongxi. Stop here to explore the stone paved streets and ancient, wooden houses of this traditional village, constructed during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Later, attend the optional Sichuan Opera Show. Be swept away and mesmerized by a colorful Sichuan Opera as performers take the stage in elaborate costumes to enact various performances
Optional: Sichuan Opera Show (PM)
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Monday - Chengdu Panda Research Center
Travel to the Chengdu Panda Research Base of giant panda breeding, a facility dedicated to the preservation and protection of the pandas, to view and learn about Chengdu's most famous, furry celebrities. Due to many factors, including habitat destruction, pandas have become an endangered species. Housing more than 80 giant pandas, the center is one of the largest panda breeding facilities in the world. Visit the Giant Panda Museum to learn more about the conservation efforts conducted at the center. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive back into town and visit the peaceful and serene People's Park, a popular destination for the locals and their leisure activities. Afterward, stroll along pedestrianized Jinli street, one of the oldest streets that was once the center of Chengdu's thriving embroidery industry. The shops, tea houses, and residences, now renovated, are modeled after an ancient architectural style dating back to the Qin Dynasty. Dinner together tonight is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Travel to Chongqing, Embark Cruise
Travel this morning to Chongqing, a major cosmopolitan city and gateway to the Yangtze River. Upon arrival, savor lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Stilwell Museum, dedicated to the General who was Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces in the China-Burma-India theater. Stilwell aided the Chinese people and helped them to win the War of Resistance against the Japanese invaders. Later, embark your cruise ship to begin the scenic journey on the Yangtze River. Dinner this evening will be on board
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - Cruise to Shibaozhai
The ship sails this morning for Shibaozhai, built during the Ming Dynasty and considered one of the most exceptional architectural examples in the world. This vermilion 12-story pagoda stands impressively built into the side of a cliff face, rising almost 100 feet high, and was amazingly constructed without any nails. The optional tour highlights the main attraction of the temple, with its traditional Chinese design. The structure is inspired by the mountains with patterns and figures that vary from odd to extraordinary. Climb the stairs to experience the sights and take time to look at the paintings and sculptures on each level. Time to relax on board after your return to the ship
Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Shibaozhai
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Qutang and Wuxia Gorges
Awake this morning to beautiful vistas on the river. The ship travels downstream today through the Qutang Gorge, flanked by lush terraced hillsides, and the 25-mile long Wu Gorge, known for its fabled "Twelve Peaks". According to legend, the peaks are believed to be spirits of 12 fairies, the most famous of them being the Shennu Feng (Goddess) Peak, topped by a huge rock resembling a kneeling maiden. Today, your optional tour will take you either on a scenic journey up Shennong Stream, traveling in small boats between rolling hills and rocky cliffs or on a scenic journey up Shennv Stream, the journey accompanied by local folk songs and dances. Continue through the Qutang Gorge, the smallest of the three gorges, flanked by lush terraced hillsides
Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Shennv Stream or Shennong Stream
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Friday - Xiling Gorge, Disembark Cruise, Flight to Shanghai
Sail downstream through the Xiling Gorge. The longest section of the Three Gorges system is comprised of the Xietan, Qintan and Kongling rapids, known as the "Three Rapids of Xiling". This morning's optional excursion visits the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest and most ambitious hydroelectric project ever undertaken by man, nearly six times the size of the Hoover Dam. This project has forever changed the landscape surrounding the Yangtze River. Tour the site to see this impressive achievement of engineering. Lunch on board before disembarkation. Afterward, board a flight to cosmopolitan Shanghai, the fastest growing city in Asia, with its dramatic ever-changing skyline. Tonight, perhaps explore some of the city's world-class international restaurants on your own
Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Three Gorges Dam
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Saturday - Shanghai City Tour
This morning, experience the old world charm of the Bund, as you walk along the park-like waterfront promenade with gorgeous vistas of old and new Shanghai. Next, visit the classical Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Happiness) built during the Ming dynasty. This beautiful and serene sanctuary features pagodas, lakes, and magnificent pavilions. After lunch, stop at a local silk carpet and embroidery shop to learn more about this ancient Chinese craft and see some of the beautiful creations. Next, visit the Jade Buddha Temple, built during the Qing Dynasty to enshrine two beautiful jade Buddha statues given as a gift from Burma. These precious statues are rare cultural relics carved with sparkling and crystal-clear white jade, giving them an aura of sanctity and purity. The rest of the afternoon is yours to discover the rhythm of this vivacious city on your own. Tonight, gather together for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Sunday - Depart China
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for China
Depart for China. Arrive in Beijing, sprawling capital of modern China; meeting and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new surroundings
Overnight: Beijing

DAY 2, Friday - Great Wall of China & Summer Palace Tour
This morning travel to the extraordinary 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, one of the most amazing structures ever built by man, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. En route see an ultra-modern architectural site built for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics: the gigantic National Stadium and the Olympic Village. You will also stop at a local jade shop to admire wares crafted with one of China's most famous materials. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, continue to the fabled Summer Palace, a former resort of the Empress Dowager and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a relaxing boat ride across the lake and enjoy the stunning scenery. Stroll along the sprawling palace with its lakes and gardens before returning to Beijing
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven
Your exploration of Beijing begins at huge Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world, built at the height of the Ming Dynasty. The square's Gate of Heavenly Peace was once used as a staging ground for imperial edicts and by Mao Zedong himself to declare the founding of the People's Republic in 1949. Enter the Forbidden City, once a residence of Chinese emperors from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. This extraordinary walled complex, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly a masterpiece of Chinese architecture; its complex consists of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and visit a pearl shop to learn about the popular Chinese pearls. After, travel to the massive Temple of Heaven, a Ming dynasty complex where emperors held their ritual prayer ceremony, paying homage to heaven
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Sunday - Flight to Xian
Morning flight to Xian, ancient capital of eleven dynasties and an archaeological treasure trove. Lunch at a local restaurant upon arrival. Later this afternoon, trace the beginnings of Chinese civilization at the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, home to a wealth of historical artifacts and treasures dating back to the Han and Tang dynasties; view the remarkable Tang Dynasty murals dramatically depicting life in ancient China. This evening, an optional Tang Dynasty 6-course dinner followed by a historical dance performance by the Tang Dynasty Troupe
Optional: Tang Dynasty Dinner with Entertainment
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Monday - Xian and the Terracotta Warriors
Morning visit to Xingqing park, center of the city's lively activities, where you may have the chance to join the residents in their morning exercise, singing and dancing. Afterward, stop at a lacquer furniture shop to learn more about this ancient technique that is still used today. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then, an unforgettable experience! Visit the archaeological site of the magnificent Terracotta Warriors, a vast collection of life-size soldiers, horses and chariots that were entombed with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. This world-famous site, discovered by local farmers in 1974, is still being excavated today, more than forty years since the time of its first unearthing. At tonight's optional dumpling banquet, you can sample 15 delicious varieties of dumplings
Optional: Dumpling Dinner
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Tuesday - High-Speed Train to Chengdu
This morning, visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China, constructed during the Tang Dynasty. It was moderately damaged during the major earthquake in 1556 and still stands today as a compelling symbol of Xian. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Afterward, board a high-speed train to Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province with its distinctive culture and very spicy food. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Leshan Stone Buddha and Huanglongxi Village
This morning, visit Leshan, home of the famous stone Buddha which stands at nearly 230 feet high and dates back from 713 AD. Board a boat to approach the base of this impressive, larger than life statue carved into a cliff face along the river. Have lunch at a local restaurant and then travel back to Chengdu via Huanglongxi. Stop here to explore the stone paved streets and ancient, wooden houses of this traditional village, constructed during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Later, attend the optional Sichuan Opera Show. Be swept away and mesmerized by a colorful Sichuan Opera as performers take the stage in elaborate costumes to enact various performances
Optional: Sichuan Opera Show (PM)
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Thursday - Chengdu Panda Research Center
Travel to the Chengdu Panda Research Base of giant panda breeding, a facility dedicated to the preservation and protection of the pandas, to view and learn about Chengdu's most famous, furry celebrities. Due to many factors, including habitat destruction, pandas have become an endangered species. Housing more than 80 giant pandas, the center is one of the largest panda breeding facilities in the world. Visit the Giant Panda Museum to learn more about the conservation efforts conducted at the center. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive back into town and visit the peaceful and serene People's Park, a popular destination for the locals and their leisure activities. Afterward, stroll along pedestrianized Jinli street, one of the oldest streets that was once the center of Chengdu's thriving embroidery industry. The shops, tea houses, and residences, now renovated, are modeled after an ancient architectural style dating back to the Qin Dynasty. Dinner together tonight is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Travel to Chongqing, Embark Cruise
Travel this morning to Chongqing, a major cosmopolitan city and gateway to the Yangtze River. Upon arrival, savor lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Stilwell Museum, dedicated to the General who was Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces in the China-Burma-India theater. Stilwell aided the Chinese people and helped them to win the War of Resistance against the Japanese invaders. Later, embark your cruise ship to begin the scenic journey on the Yangtze River. Dinner this evening will be on board
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Cruise to Shibaozhai
The ship sails this morning for Shibaozhai, built during the Ming Dynasty and considered one of the most exceptional architectural examples in the world. This vermilion 12-story pagoda stands impressively built into the side of a cliff face, rising almost 100 feet high, and was amazingly constructed without any nails. The optional tour highlights the main attraction of the temple, with its traditional Chinese design. The structure is inspired by the mountains with patterns and figures that vary from odd to extraordinary. Climb the stairs to experience the sights and take time to look at the paintings and sculptures on each level. Time to relax on board after your return to the ship
Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Shibaozhai
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Qutang and Wuxia Gorges
Awake this morning to beautiful vistas on the river. The ship travels downstream today through the Qutang Gorge, flanked by lush terraced hillsides, and the 25-mile long Wu Gorge, known for its fabled "Twelve Peaks". According to legend, the peaks are believed to be spirits of 12 fairies, the most famous of them being the Shennu Feng (Goddess) Peak, topped by a huge rock resembling a kneeling maiden. Today, your optional tour will take you either on a scenic journey up Shennong Stream, traveling in small boats between rolling hills and rocky cliffs or on a scenic journey up Shennv Stream, the journey accompanied by local folk songs and dances. Continue through the Qutang Gorge, the smallest of the three gorges, flanked by lush terraced hillsides
Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Shennv Stream or Shennong Stream
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Xiling Gorge, Disembark Cruise, Flight to Shanghai
Sail downstream through the Xiling Gorge. The longest section of the Three Gorges system is comprised of the Xietan, Qintan and Kongling rapids, known as the "Three Rapids of Xiling". This morning's optional excursion visits the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest and most ambitious hydroelectric project ever undertaken by man, nearly six times the size of the Hoover Dam. This project has forever changed the landscape surrounding the Yangtze River. Tour the site to see this impressive achievement of engineering. Lunch on board before disembarkation. Afterward, board a flight to cosmopolitan Shanghai, the fastest growing city in Asia, with its dramatic ever-changing skyline. Tonight, perhaps explore some of the city's world-class international restaurants on your own
Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Three Gorges Dam
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Tuesday - Shanghai City Tour
This morning, experience the old world charm of the Bund, as you walk along the park-like waterfront promenade with gorgeous vistas of old and new Shanghai. Next, visit the classical Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Happiness) built during the Ming dynasty. This beautiful and serene sanctuary features pagodas, lakes, and magnificent pavilions. After lunch, stop at a local silk carpet and embroidery shop to learn more about this ancient Chinese craft and see some of the beautiful creations. Next, visit the Jade Buddha Temple, built during the Qing Dynasty to enshrine two beautiful jade Buddha statues given as a gift from Burma. These precious statues are rare cultural relics carved with sparkling and crystal-clear white jade, giving them an aura of sanctity and purity. The rest of the afternoon is yours to discover the rhythm of this vivacious city on your own. Tonight, gather together for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - Depart China
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for China
Depart for China. Arrive in Beijing, sprawling capital of modern China; meeting and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new surroundings
Overnight: Beijing

DAY 2, Sunday - Great Wall of China & Summer Palace Tour
This morning travel to the extraordinary 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, one of the most amazing structures ever built by man, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. En route see an ultra-modern architectural site built for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics: the gigantic National Stadium and the Olympic Village. You will also stop at a local jade shop to admire wares crafted with one of China's most famous materials. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, continue to the fabled Summer Palace, a former resort of the Empress Dowager and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a relaxing boat ride across the lake and enjoy the stunning scenery. Stroll along the sprawling palace with its lakes and gardens before returning to Beijing
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven
Your exploration of Beijing begins at huge Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world, built at the height of the Ming Dynasty. The square's Gate of Heavenly Peace was once used as a staging ground for imperial edicts and by Mao Zedong himself to declare the founding of the People's Republic in 1949. Enter the Forbidden City, once a residence of Chinese emperors from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. This extraordinary walled complex, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly a masterpiece of Chinese architecture; its complex consists of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and visit a pearl shop to learn about the popular Chinese pearls. After, travel to the massive Temple of Heaven, a Ming dynasty complex where emperors held their ritual prayer ceremony, paying homage to heaven
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Tuesday - Flight to Xian
Morning flight to Xian, ancient capital of eleven dynasties and an archaeological treasure trove. Lunch at a local restaurant upon arrival. Later this afternoon, trace the beginnings of Chinese civilization at the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, home to a wealth of historical artifacts and treasures dating back to the Han and Tang dynasties; view the remarkable Tang Dynasty murals dramatically depicting life in ancient China. This evening, an optional Tang Dynasty 6-course dinner followed by a historical dance performance by the Tang Dynasty Troupe
Optional: Tang Dynasty Dinner with Entertainment
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Wednesday - Xian and the Terracotta Warriors
Morning visit to Xingqing park, center of the city's lively activities, where you may have the chance to join the residents in their morning exercise, singing and dancing. Afterward, stop at a lacquer furniture shop to learn more about this ancient technique that is still used today. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then, an unforgettable experience! Visit the archaeological site of the magnificent Terracotta Warriors, a vast collection of life-size soldiers, horses and chariots that were entombed with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. This world-famous site, discovered by local farmers in 1974, is still being excavated today, more than forty years since the time of its first unearthing. At tonight's optional dumpling banquet, you can sample 15 delicious varieties of dumplings
Optional: Dumpling Dinner
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Thursday - High-Speed Train to Chengdu
This morning, visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China, constructed during the Tang Dynasty. It was moderately damaged during the major earthquake in 1556 and still stands today as a compelling symbol of Xian. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Afterward, board a high-speed train to Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province with its distinctive culture and very spicy food. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Leshan Stone Buddha and Huanglongxi Village
This morning, visit Leshan, home of the famous stone Buddha which stands at nearly 230 feet high and dates back from 713 AD. Board a boat to approach the base of this impressive, larger than life statue carved into a cliff face along the river. Have lunch at a local restaurant and then travel back to Chengdu via Huanglongxi. Stop here to explore the stone paved streets and ancient, wooden houses of this traditional village, constructed during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Later, attend the optional Sichuan Opera Show. Be swept away and mesmerized by a colorful Sichuan Opera as performers take the stage in elaborate costumes to enact various performances
Optional: Sichuan Opera Show (PM)
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Saturday - Chengdu Panda Research Center
Travel to the Chengdu Panda Research Base of giant panda breeding, a facility dedicated to the preservation and protection of the pandas, to view and learn about Chengdu's most famous, furry celebrities. Due to many factors, including habitat destruction, pandas have become an endangered species. Housing more than 80 giant pandas, the center is one of the largest panda breeding facilities in the world. Visit the Giant Panda Museum to learn more about the conservation efforts conducted at the center. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive back into town and visit the peaceful and serene People's Park, a popular destination for the locals and their leisure activities. Afterward, stroll along pedestrianized Jinli street, one of the oldest streets that was once the center of Chengdu's thriving embroidery industry. The shops, tea houses, and residences, now renovated, are modeled after an ancient architectural style dating back to the Qin Dynasty. Dinner together tonight is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Travel to Chongqing, Embark Cruise
Travel this morning to Chongqing, a major cosmopolitan city and gateway to the Yangtze River. Upon arrival, savor lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Stilwell Museum, dedicated to the General who was Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces in the China-Burma-India theater. Stilwell aided the Chinese people and helped them to win the War of Resistance against the Japanese invaders. Later, embark your cruise ship to begin the scenic journey on the Yangtze River. Dinner this evening will be on board
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Cruise to Shibaozhai
The ship sails this morning for Shibaozhai, built during the Ming Dynasty and considered one of the most exceptional architectural examples in the world. This vermilion 12-story pagoda stands impressively built into the side of a cliff face, rising almost 100 feet high, and was amazingly constructed without any nails. The optional tour highlights the main attraction of the temple, with its traditional Chinese design. The structure is inspired by the mountains with patterns and figures that vary from odd to extraordinary. Climb the stairs to experience the sights and take time to look at the paintings and sculptures on each level. Time to relax on board after your return to the ship
Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Shibaozhai
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Qutang and Wuxia Gorges
Awake this morning to beautiful vistas on the river. The ship travels downstream today through the Qutang Gorge, flanked by lush terraced hillsides, and the 25-mile long Wu Gorge, known for its fabled "Twelve Peaks". According to legend, the peaks are believed to be spirits of 12 fairies, the most famous of them being the Shennu Feng (Goddess) Peak, topped by a huge rock resembling a kneeling maiden. Today, your optional tour will take you either on a scenic journey up Shennong Stream, traveling in small boats between rolling hills and rocky cliffs or on a scenic journey up Shennv Stream, the journey accompanied by local folk songs and dances. Continue through the Qutang Gorge, the smallest of the three gorges, flanked by lush terraced hillsides
Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Shennv Stream or Shennong Stream
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Xiling Gorge, Disembark Cruise, Flight to Shanghai
Sail downstream through the Xiling Gorge. The longest section of the Three Gorges system is comprised of the Xietan, Qintan and Kongling rapids, known as the "Three Rapids of Xiling". This morning's optional excursion visits the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest and most ambitious hydroelectric project ever undertaken by man, nearly six times the size of the Hoover Dam. This project has forever changed the landscape surrounding the Yangtze River. Tour the site to see this impressive achievement of engineering. Lunch on board before disembarkation. Afterward, board a flight to cosmopolitan Shanghai, the fastest growing city in Asia, with its dramatic ever-changing skyline. Tonight, perhaps explore some of the city's world-class international restaurants on your own
Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Three Gorges Dam
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Thursday - Shanghai City Tour
This morning, experience the old world charm of the Bund, as you walk along the park-like waterfront promenade with gorgeous vistas of old and new Shanghai. Next, visit the classical Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Happiness) built during the Ming dynasty. This beautiful and serene sanctuary features pagodas, lakes, and magnificent pavilions. After lunch, stop at a local silk carpet and embroidery shop to learn more about this ancient Chinese craft and see some of the beautiful creations. Next, visit the Jade Buddha Temple, built during the Qing Dynasty to enshrine two beautiful jade Buddha statues given as a gift from Burma. These precious statues are rare cultural relics carved with sparkling and crystal-clear white jade, giving them an aura of sanctity and purity. The rest of the afternoon is yours to discover the rhythm of this vivacious city on your own. Tonight, gather together for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Friday - Depart China
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show

Dine on Imperial set menu of 6 courses. All while you enjoy the beat of Chang' an music. After dinner, enjoy the celebrated Tang Dynasty show, a one-thousand-year-old dance performed by the passionate Tang Dynasty Troupe. This historical performance is a national art, reflective of the glory and richness of China's Tang Dynasty. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #4 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 AUD$87.00
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Dumpling Dinner

This evening, enjoy a delicious dumpling banquet featuring different varieties of jiaozi, or dumplings, stuffed with an assortment of vegetables, meats, and seafood. The traditional banquet also includes rice wine and bronze hot pot soup. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #5 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 AUD$23.00
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Sichuan Opera Show

Be swept away and mesmerized by a colorful Sichuan Opera as performers take the stage in elaborate costumes to enact various performances. Traditional performances include theatrical dance pieces, opera solos, a :"rolling oil lamp" sequence, hand-shadow play, stick puppets, and the famous Bian Lian (face changing performance) where actors can imperceptibly swap vividly colored masks in the quick swipe of a fan. Transfers to and from your hotel are included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #7 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 AUD$67.00
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Yangtze River Optional Shore Excursion Package

Upstream Itineraries:
(1) Visit Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest electricity-generating plant; (2) Visit the natural scenic wonders of the Shennong Stream or Shennv Stream;* (3) Visit Shibaozhai, which is known for its impressive wooden pagoda and is appropriately named "The Pearl of the Yangtze"
Please refer to the actual itinerary of when each tour will take place

Downstream Itineraries:
(1) Visit Shibaozhai, which is known for its impressive wooden pagoda and is appropriately named "The Pearl of the Yangtze;" (2) Visit the natural scenic wonders of the Shennong or the Shennv Stream;* (3) Visit Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest electricity-generating plant
Please refer to the actual itinerary of when each tour will take place

For itineraries with Victoria Cruise Line

*The visit of Shennong or Shennv stream is dependent upon water levels.

Day #9 01 Jan 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 AUD$118.00
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Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show

Dine on Imperial set menu of 6 courses. All while you enjoy the beat of Chang' an music. After dinner, enjoy the celebrated Tang Dynasty show, a one-thousand-year-old dance performed by the passionate Tang Dynasty Troupe. This historical performance is a national art, reflective of the glory and richness of China's Tang Dynasty. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #4 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 AUD$87.00
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Dumpling Dinner

This evening, enjoy a delicious dumpling banquet featuring different varieties of jiaozi, or dumplings, stuffed with an assortment of vegetables, meats, and seafood. The traditional banquet also includes rice wine and bronze hot pot soup. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #5 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 AUD$23.00
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Sichuan Opera Show

Be swept away and mesmerized by a colorful Sichuan Opera as performers take the stage in elaborate costumes to enact various performances. Traditional performances include theatrical dance pieces, opera solos, a :"rolling oil lamp" sequence, hand-shadow play, stick puppets, and the famous Bian Lian (face changing performance) where actors can imperceptibly swap vividly colored masks in the quick swipe of a fan. Transfers to and from your hotel are included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #7 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 AUD$67.00
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Yangtze River Optional Shore Excursion Package

Day 11 - Visit Shibaozhai, an interesting pagoda built into the side of a hill
Day 12 - Visit the natural scenic wonders of the Shennv Stream or Shennong Stream*
Day 13 - Visit Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest electricity-generating plant

*The visit of Shennong or Shennv stream is dependent upon water levels.

Day #9 01 Apr 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 AUD$118.00
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Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show

Dine on Imperial set menu of 6 courses. All while you enjoy the beat of Chang' an music. After dinner, enjoy the celebrated Tang Dynasty show, a one-thousand-year-old dance performed by the passionate Tang Dynasty Troupe. This historical performance is a national art, reflective of the glory and richness of China's Tang Dynasty. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #4 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 AUD$87.00
Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show Thumbnail
Dumpling Dinner

This evening, enjoy a delicious dumpling banquet featuring different varieties of jiaozi, or dumplings, stuffed with an assortment of vegetables, meats, and seafood. The traditional banquet also includes rice wine and bronze hot pot soup. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #5 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 AUD$23.00
Dumpling Dinner Thumbnail
Sichuan Opera Show

Be swept away and mesmerized by a colorful Sichuan Opera as performers take the stage in elaborate costumes to enact various performances. Traditional performances include theatrical dance pieces, opera solos, a :"rolling oil lamp" sequence, hand-shadow play, stick puppets, and the famous Bian Lian (face changing performance) where actors can imperceptibly swap vividly colored masks in the quick swipe of a fan. Transfers to and from your hotel are included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #7 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 AUD$67.00
Sichuan Opera Show Thumbnail
Yangtze River Optional Shore Excursion Package

Upstream Itineraries:
(1) Visit Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest electricity-generating plant; (2) Visit the natural scenic wonders of the Shennong Stream or Shennv Stream;* (3) Visit Shibaozhai, which is known for its impressive wooden pagoda and is appropriately named "The Pearl of the Yangtze"
Please refer to the actual itinerary of when each tour will take place

Downstream Itineraries:
(1) Visit Shibaozhai, which is known for its impressive wooden pagoda and is appropriately named "The Pearl of the Yangtze;" (2) Visit the natural scenic wonders of the Shennong or the Shennv Stream;* (3) Visit Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest electricity-generating plant
Please refer to the actual itinerary of when each tour will take place

For itineraries with Victoria Cruise Line

*The visit of Shennong or Shennv stream is dependent upon water levels.

Day #9 01 Jan 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 AUD$118.00
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14 Day China with Chengdu & 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise, September 2015
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We had a wonderful trip lead by a great guide, Grace Wong. The local guides were also excellent, especially Jenny in Xian. We were the only Aussies but were well supported by two New Zealanders. We were impressed with hotels, food and the river cruise. What else can we say but this is our third Gate 1 trip and we haven't been disappointed yet. Great value for money and we will continue looking out for more great specials and tours. We keep recommending you to our friends.

Susan B. WA, Australia
13 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, April 2015
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Our trip was fantastic.  Gate 1 and our travel guide Tom were excellent.

We were most impressed with everything, our hotels, meals, size of the group, airport transfers, our tour guide and of course China.  Tom even accompanied us to the airport in Beijing for our flight home and made sure we were checked right through to Melbourne.  Unfortunately, our Beijing flight was late and we missed our connecting flight in Shanghai to Melbourne.  The airline put us up in a hotel with breakfast and lunch and booked us on the same flight the next day.

Also liked the little extras that Gate 1 threw in - luggage strap, tins of jasmine tea, a fan in the park in Shanghai and ice creams in the bus.  Never had any of these little treats with any other tour company we have travelled with.

We will certainly travel with Gate 1 from now on.  Please keep sending us the "specials" by email.

Many thanks for arranging everything for us.

Linda V. VIC, Australia
14 Day China with Chengdu & 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise, April 2015
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I would rate the trip as the best I've ever experienced. The itinerary, hotels, meals and especially our tour manager, Joan were all great contributors to a magnificent time which I'm sure we all enjoyed. Even the weather was good for us!

I compliment Gate 1 for arranging such a great experience for a very affordable price.

A last minute itinerary change was required due a flight cancelation so we went by fast train to Shanghai. I particularly enjoyed this experience and recommend this could become part of a future itinerary. Also I chose to go by Maglev VFT to the airport which was also a unique experience and perhaps this could also be offered as an option.

I would especially commend Joan for her professionalism and promotion of your Company. A great ambassador for China and Gate 1.

Donald C. Glen Osmond, SA
11 Day Affordable China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, December 2018
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Our trip was wonderful. And, the guide Yuan was knowledgeable, intelligent, patient, kind and friendly. His English was also to that next level of great. All Gate 1 Guides have been fantastic, but Yuan is our favorite so far!

Helene J. Webb City, MO
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, August 2018
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Really interesting and eye opening. I found some of the preconceived notions I had about China were baseless and there were other things I had no idea about. I feel like I have a deeper understanding about life there, what they pride themselves in, and how they’re collectively working towards the future. Our tour manager Jason Yin was fantastic and did an amazing job at accommodating to individual needs and being as inclusive as possible. I look forward to doing it again in a few years to see how much has changed city-wise and culturally.

Mark V. Concord, NC
15 Day China with Chengdu & 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise, June 2018
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This was our first trip with Gate1 and to China ... Getting a taste of China was a real eye opener for us and your company's service made it a very enjoyable experiance. Our main tour guide Ivy was fantastic and we really enjoyed Tom in Shanghai at the end ... Gate1 appears to have a very good service oriented corporate culture and employees we've interacted with appear to like working for your company. We thought the trip was a great value and will definitely look to Gate1 for our next tour. Keep up the good work.

David V. White Lake, MI
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, May 2018
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We had a wonderful time. I just wanted to commend our guide, Jason Yin, for his excellent management of our tour. He is very knowledgeable and friendly and he took excellent care of all our needs. But more than that, he is very creative and went beyond what is required of a tour manager by creating additional activities and providing information that allowed our group to better understand and appreciate the people and culture of China. He is a natural at this business and you should never let him get away.

Stephen S. Midwest City, OK
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, May 2018
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My trip to China with Gate1 was spectacular in every respect, especially because of our tour manager, Maggie Zhu. I have spoken to my fellow travelers on the trip, most of whom are very experienced travelers, and some of whom I feel will be lifelong friends...they unanimously agree that thanks to Maggie Zhu this was truly the trip of a lifetime. China is of course an incredible country to explore, but Maggie Zhu's people skills are phenomenal - she was always thorough, clear, patient, detailed, understanding, resourceful, meticulous, reliable, dependable, proactive, helpful and funny, and she possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of China, its rich history, people, traditions, culture, economy, society, customs, norms and values that she readily shared with us in spectacular English with great aplomb, humor, and clarity. Based on this trip I will definitely be further exploring the world and traveling with Gate 1 in the future.

Michael L. Berkeley, CA
15 Day China with Chengdu & 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise, May 2018
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It was the best!! From tour guide Rose, local guides, drivers, hotels, meals and airline business class. We will be using gate1 again. Thank you

Gail K. Torrance, CA
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, April 2018
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Our trip was amazing! Melinda, our guide, was the best guide ever. She really needs to be promoted and recognized for her efforts and her professional, positive leadership. She really works hard to ensure the group has the best experiences, take care of her! She's very organized and knowledgeable about the history, culture, region, finds fun things to do, and keeps the group moving to get the most out of the time left in the day. Highly recommend her, very gracious person. George did a good job too, very interesting person and can tell he too loves his career. We loved Gate 1 and so does she. You all did a great job.

Pamela M. Seattle, WA
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, March 2018
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I am still telling everyone about how VAST China is: cleanliness, airports, underground, rail stations, countryside, Terracotta Warriors, the cities, the Bund, the Dam, the Gorges....and yet all so approachable with our excellent tour guide and the others who joined us along the way. It was a wonderful experience!

Julie S. Reno, NV
11 Day Affordable China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, March 2018
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I really enjoyed myself. Susan was great as a tour guide. She went above and beyond to help me out in a situation that came up.The trip to China was awesome! I already recommended several of my friends to check Gate 1 out. I’ll be taking another trip soon! Thanks for reaching out.

William B. Charlotte, NC
13 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, March 2018
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Thanks for your thoughts and followup. My trip was very enjoyable and an eye opener. Gate1's service and orginisation was the best. The trip was all the more enjoyable because of the thought and assistance put into the trip, from the excellent tour manager and very good local guides to the worry free transfers and flight connections. I feel I have a better understanding of China because of this. The trip has become the bench mark for assessing all my past and future trips. I have no hessitation in recommending Gate 1 to anyone that asks. Many thanks to Jack and all your staff for a terrific trip

Rick F. Orford, TAS, AU
13 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, March 2018
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The trip was terrific, we really enjoyed China and the itinerary that Gate1 provided, It was a bit hectic and we were on the go all the time but we really enjoyed it ,we have passed this on to all our inquiring friends, we told them a trip to China is a must. Jack our tour leader was also terrific, he was very informative and no problem was to trivial.

Ted C. Lake Macquarie, NSW, AU
11 Day Affordable China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise , March 2018
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I just completed the online survey, but want to say more about our tour guide, Rosie. She was fantastic in every way. She made the value of this trip even greater by sharing her knowledge of local places to eat and shop.e m Shade sure each of our meals was more than delightful. Any question was answered in a friendly and competent way. It was like being in a family with our mother Rose to show us the way. She took a personal degree of attention to every aspect of the trip. Nothing we asked was beyond her. AMazing! I can not say enough good things about her. China is an amazing place, and the quality of Gateone showed through in every aspect. There we nice touches, like taking care of our luggage, and other little extras. Not only would we do another trip with Gateone, but would ONLY do trips with you in the future. Why go anywhere else when everything is taken care of so well.

George H. New Smyrna, FL
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, March 2018
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The trip was very good. We enjoyed the program itinerary the whole time with Frank Wang the excellent tour manager. Will use and recommended Gate1 Travel again on next vacation.

Danny P. San Jose, CA
11 Day Affordable China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, February 2018
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My trip was lovely, my second trip with Gate 1. Wonderful introduction to the Chinese culture. Hotels, meals and activities all met expectations. A bit fast paced in certain areas and free time too limited. Our tour leader exceptional and very dedicated. Thank you and look forward to future trips with Gate 1.

Martha C. Forked River, NJ
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise , November 2017
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This is our second trip with Gate 1 and we’re not disappointed. Our tour guide Frank was beyond excellent. He was there for all our needs. He was very informative about China & it’s history. His choices in Food were awesome. He was helpful in the language barrier when we needed it. We can’t say enough positive things about the whole experience.

Kate F. Madison, WI
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise , November 2016
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Gate 1 exceeded my expectations. Our Guide "Sam" and the local guides were professional, enthusiastic, and informed. The hotels were exceptional with great breakfasts. The Victoria Cruises Ship on the Yangtze was a treat. The flights on China Eastern were top quality. This was my first Gate1 trip. It won't be my last. I have already booked two more trips. A great trip, for a great value. Keep up the good work. It's appreciated.

Russell P. Mantua, NJ
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise , November 2016
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It was incredible! We saw several bucket list sites including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Terracotta Warriors. We will never forget China. Thank you for your help in putting everything together.

Jerod C. Wilmington, NC
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise , November 2016
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The trip to China was excellent, and our tour manager, Frank, was the best manager I have ever had with Gate 1. He is what made our tour very exceptional. He did everything he could to make our experience really exceptional. I will never forget his many thoughtful kindnesses.

Carol S. Alexandria, VA
17 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise & Tokyo , October 2016
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The trip was awesome. All the guides were very friendly and knowledgable. Tokyo and China both showed their uniqueness in cultures and struggles in daily life. The people were all very welcoming esp. Chinese people. I will highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting a taste of both countries as there is just too much to see in 2 weeks. Thanks again for putting together another wonderful trip.

Manuel O Jr. Sun City West, AZ
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise , October 2016
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Totally amazing!!! Gate 1 is 5 plus star!!! Can't think of anything not done to the utmost! Hotels, restaurants, transportation, excursions all amazing!! Local guides and Frank, our tour guide absolutely great!! Thanks so much!!

Billy M Jr. Fredericksbrg, VA
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise , October 2016
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Our trip was wonderful. It was very well organized. Every detail was looked after by Gate 1 and our tour director and local guides. Truly enjoyed all the sights, the food, the cruise, the accommodations and the other travelers in our tour group. Would definitely book with Gate 1 again in the future.

Michele R. Uppr Marlboro, MD
15 Day China with Chengdu & 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise , October 2016
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The trip to China was an absolute winner! The guides ( especially Ahwen and Jenny) were terrific, points of interest and scenery outstanding. I especially loved the giant pandas and cruising the Yangtze ( a childhood dream come true). The meals were excellent and our group loved being introduced to rice-stuffed baked pumpkin. The acrobat evening show was awesome. This was my first Gate1Travel trip and I hope it will be the first of MANY. Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for making this all happen!

Judith P. Lawrence, NY
15 Day China with Chengdu & 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise , October 2016
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The trip was great! As always (all Gate 1 tours that I have been on) it was very well organized, with a very interesting itinerary, very knowledgeable tour guides (tour manager as well as local tour guides), good hotels, delicious food. Thank you to Gate 1 and all of you!

Elena B. Worcester, MA
15 Day China with Chengdu & 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise , October 2016
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The trip was AWESOME, thanks to Stone, our guide...he's the best. The tour was great because of his abilities to foresee and plan accordingly to any potential needs of the guests. I highly recommend him to be a permanent part of Gate 1 in that part of the world! It would be your loss if you don't.

Nestor B Jr. Jacksonville, FL
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise , October 2016
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Our trip to China was wonderful!! Jessica our tour guide made this trip extra special. She's an excellent tour guide with a lot of enthusiasm and love for her country. Jessica made the country come alive for us. Our local guide Shirley and Louise were also wonderful. Our hotels were all excellent with fabulous morning buffets that appeal to both the east and western pallet. This was a trip that we had wished to do for many years and I am so glad that we were able to do it with Jessica. We are all very proud to be part of Jessica's family!!

Rosemary T. Sunrise, FL
15 Day China with Chengdu & 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise , October 2016
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A wonderful experience thanks to our tour guide Joan. Her hard work was observed throughout the entire trip. Under her watchful eye things ran smoothly, as she saw to all the details. Gate 1 has given us a most interesting and diverse travel experience of China.

Mitkish S. Punta Gorda, FL
15 Day China with Chengdu & 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise , October 2016
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Amazing. Our tour guide, Joan, was like a momma hen. She took care of every detail along the way. She watched over us at every hotel, airport and restaurant. She was so knowledgeable about culture, language, religion, daily life and the Chinese people. She made the trip so much more enjoyable. For me it was the trip of a lifetime. I'm so glad that I chose Gate 1 and so I've already booked my next trip thru you.

Patrice K. Leland, NC
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise , October 2016
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It was amazing! I learned a lot and completely enjoyed my time in China. Yuan, the Tour Manager, was outstanding! He made the trip so easy and he was also so full of knowledge. This was an unbelievable trip!

Tonya O. Phoenix, AZ
17 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise & Hong Kong , October 2016
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Words cannot describe it!!! From the moment we stepped off the plane in Shanghai until we left Hong Kong it was a wonderful and truly educational experience. I believe a tour manager can make or break your trip and we were so fortunate to have the best!!!! Jason Liu was our manager and he was incredible. It was that wonderful smile that greeted us every morning to start the day. He was so organized, knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with...he truly made us feel like his family. Each day was a new adventure but he had us well prepared for it. All of our local guides were good but Ariel in Shanghai like Jason stood out from the crowd. Her commentary and wit made each day so enjoyable. It truly was a trip of a lifetime....thanks Gate 1.

Margaret M. Ontario, Canada
15 Day China with Chengdu & 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise , September 2016
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It was awesome. This was my 4th trip with Gate 1, all of them fantastic! Melinda, our tour operator went above and beyond. She did everything she could to make everyone on the tour have the best time possible. We saw everything in the brochure and could not ask for more. Thank you!!!

Linda S. Anoka, MN
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, September 2016
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Fantastic! Loved the food, accommodations and our tour guide. Will definitely use Gate 1 again.

Douglass A. Tucson, AZ
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise , September 2016
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It was a great trip as we really got immersed in the Chinese culture for the two weeks we were touring. Our group became like one big family and we are still connecting with them via FB and email. Jack, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept us on schedule. Participating in morning exercise at a park in Xian with the retired Chinese was a true highlight along with having tea in a Chinese home in Hotong, a district in Beijing, was a memorable experience. This was our 5th Gate 1 tour, and we will definitely continue to travel with Gate 1 in the future.

Karen L. San Antonio, TX
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, September 2015
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I have to say, it was way more than I expected! Gate 1 Travel planned the perfect itinerary for this 13 day tour. Got us to see all of the amazing sites in China and loved every busy minute of it!  A special thanks goes out to Tom.  He was the most knowledgeable, kind, organized and friendly guide we have EVER had!!! He loves his job and the travelers he has in his care. At the end of the trip, he felt like part of our family.

Please extend a copy of this note to Tom; he is a huge asset to your company and I will definitely consider another Gate 1 trip because of him!

Christine T. Hockessin, DE
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, September 2015
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It was amazing!! One of the best ever! Our guide, Tom, was fantastic! He was extremely knowledgeable, patient, concerned about our welfare and comfort, funny and kind. He made the trip a "10+". This was my first tour and I will definitely be using Gate1 again.

Courtney C. Anaheim, CA
15 Day China with Chengdu & 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise, September 2015
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Our trip to China was all we hoped for and expected, plus. Our guide, Jason, was excellent on every level. He was very knowledgeable, articulate, patient, and reactive to the needs of the group. Gate 1 was welcomed warmly and treated with respect everywhere we went. What a terrific introduction to China and its people.

Linda S. Salem, SC
17 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise & Hong Kong, September 2015
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Amazing trip! Can't believe we were able to see so many things in such a short time! The pace was very intense!! We had the best guide you can imagine - Annie! Can't say enough good things about her! We will definitely be using Gate 1 again for our future adventures!

Lee G. Villa Rica, GA
15 Day China with Chengdu & 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise, September 2015
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It was great. Worth the money. The tour guides were superb, especially Grace, who was with us the entire trip.  She deserves a raise and special recognition.

Oran C. San Diego, CA
17 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise & Hong Kong, June 2015
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The trip was wonderful! Frank was the best guide and made the trip so interesting. He talked to us all the time telling us not only about what we were seeing, but also about what life in China is like. He knows so much about the history and what is going on today. Ariel in Shanghai was also wonderful. They went out of their way to take care of everything and never left a question unanswered or a problem unsolved. Frank also made our group enjoy being together!

In addition to the guides, the hotels and food were perfect! There is no way that I could have seen everything I did for the same amount of money on my own. We got to do so many things and stay in so many different places. Thank you so much!

Elaine L. Aurora, CO
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, March 2015
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My wife and I just returned from our tour (14 day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise) and it exceeded our expectations.  We were part of a 19 person group which was just perfect.  Everyone respected the time and comfort of their companions.  We enjoyed all the optional tours including the relaxing Yangtze River Cruise.

However, the highlight of the entire trip was our excellent guide "Rose." She is an asset to your company and the reason we are already planning our next Gate 1 tour.  She was a real sweetheart, extremely informative and delightfully participated as one of our group.  Every small change of the itinerary was handled expertly without a problem.  At one point she used her own calligraphy skills to write each of our names in Chinese script as a memento.  She made the trip "extra special" and Gate 1 should use this complimentary report in her favor!

Jerry K. North Haledon, NJ
14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, March 2015
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The trip could not have been better. We had the greatest guide with Joan. She is knowledgeable on every account. She always strived to make our trip successful and was very helpful to us.

I loved the itinerary. I learned so much in those 2 weeks. I have been extoling the virtue of Gate 1 Travel and encouraging others to take the trip. Gate 1 is the only way to go.

Loretta A. Tampa, FL
11 Day Affordable China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, March 2015
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The trip to China was wonderful and lived up to the standards I have come to know as Gate1. I have already recommended the trip to some friends. I especially enjoy the river cruise with Victoria Cruises on the Yangtze River. Ahwen, the Gate1 manager did an excellent job explaining things to the group and keeping us on schedule. The group of 35 people bonded which also was a plus in everyone having a great time.

Thanks for your help and participation in such a wonderful trip to China.

Shirley M. Rockville, MD
11 Day Affordable China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, March 2015
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Our trip was incredible. Our guide Ahwen was awesome! He was very attentive and took great care of us. He was well informed but more than anything else, he was like a mother hen, always making sure we were safe, we had water, we were all there and that we were taken care of by others.

This trip was a lot more than what we expected. The side excursions were incredible. All the tours we took were wonderful. It was an experience of a life time. We can't wait to travel with Gate 1 again in the near future. The trip was very reasonably priced especially including air. We wouldn't of been able to do it otherwise. Thank you for letting us have a wonderful time traveling with you. Ahwen was the best guide we ever had!

Marty M. Anthem, AZ
11 Day Affordable China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, March 2015
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it was a beautiful vacation, Frank, the tour guide in Beijing, was informative and helpful. He went above and beyond and gave so much information about the wonderful history of China. He ate breakfast with us daily and sought us out for conversation. He even made himself available to help interpret when needed. If you could please pass on how happy we were with both you and Frank to management it would be much appreciated. i would like that him be my next tour guy his so good

Porfirio C. Fresh Meadows, NY
11 Day Affordable China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, March 2015
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Our trip was AWESOME! We enjoyed every single thing. Frank, our guide, was especially wonderful. He was so knowledgeable and conscientious. We thought that having 36 in our group would be problematic, but Frank made it all work. Everyone was enjoyable and by the end of our trip we all felt like family.

We would like to thank Gate 1 for the extraordinary value of this trip! We will recommend it to friends and family as a fabulous way to see some of the highlights of China!

Maria M. San Antonio, TX
11 Day Affordable China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, February 2015
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We loved every part of our experience except the cold weather and the bad air. China is truly an amazing place with rich history and culture. We LOVED our guide Joan. Very sweet, kind and has patience of a saint. My girl friends and I love it soooo much that we plan on experiencing more places like India, Thailand and Italy in the years to come.

Joana D. Surprise, AZ

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