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Important Note:
Due to the current fluctuation of the Rand against the US Dollar, we have quoted in US dollars for the land portion of this tour only. For the International flights, please book online or with your nearest travel agent.

Services included
A.  High Speed Train between Beijing & Xi'an,
B.  Domestic airfare and taxes between Xi'an & Chongqing, and Yichang & Shanghai.
C.  Hotels (twin share basis) as listed in the itinerary.
D  All Entrance fees as listed in the itinerary.
E.  Scheduled sightseeing by air-conditioned coach with a shared English Guide in each city.
F.  Meals and Entertainment as listed in the itinerary,
G.  Service Charge & Government Taxes.
H. Terms & Conditions

Services not included
A   International airfare (Johannesburg - Beijing & Shanghai - Johannesburg).
B.  Airport Taxes and fuel charges.
C.  Visa Fees.
D.  Gratuities, Tips to guides or drivers.
E.  Personal expenses (ie. laundry, beverages and entertainment not shown in itinerary)
F.  Meals: Any meals which are not specified with Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.
G.  Single Room Supplement.
     Hotels in China charge per room per night - if you wish to stay in a room by yourself,
     add the single supp. price to the per person sharing rate.

  1. Due to the fluctuation of the Rand, we have quoted the land arrangements separately in US Dollars. However, our prices are still subject to change of the exchange rate between US$ and RMB.
  2. Subject to availability of the respective class of travel on Cathay Pacific airline. Please advise us with your names to enable us to check for availability on our special IT fare.
  3. The prices listed include a discount for cash payment either by wire transfer or cheque deposit, for any other type of payment, the discount price may not apply and subject to 5% surcharge.

Hotels used on this tour

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Beijing (4N) - Xi'an (2N) - Yangtze Cruise (3N) - Shanghai (3N) tour

Dragon Holiday's core BEST OF CHINA tour is further extended to include the famous Three Gorges Dam...completed only recently in June 2009. You cruise for four days along the 600km-long Yangtze reservoir in 5-Star river ship luxury, with a private balcony enabling you to take in exquisite gorge scenery from wherever you are on the ship.  Included shore excursions enhance the story of the construction of the dam...a project that took 17 years, from an idea first mooted more than 50 years ago. The dam wall and a 5-Step ship lock are among the many highlights of what is essentially an outer limits scenic extravaganza. A day-by-day itinerary contains all the excitement of this highly recommended option.

Maximum group size - 16 guests.
English-speaking guides and dedicated drivers included everywhere.  Meet and Greet at all airports.

For the prices below, we have separated the Land arrangements and international airfare. However, please note that the Land arrangements do include all domestic flights within China.

Day (International Flights)
Johannesburg - Hong Kong / Dubai / Singapore / other stopover
Flight from to Johannesburg to Hong Kong / Dubai / Singapore / Other stopover.

Day 1
Stopover destination - Beijing
Flight from (Hong Kong / Dubai / Singapore / other stopover) to Beijing.
Your international flight price will include this sector as a through-fare.

The price of the land arrangements below includes everything starting here:
Upon arrival at the stunning new Beijing Capital International Airport (built specially for the 2008 Olympics) and after clearing customs, your professional local English speaking guide will meet you in the Arrival Hall.  With your guide, enjoy the views of Beijing CBD & the SOHO Business Street on your way to the hotel. After checking-in and freshening up, your guide will take you for a stroll of the area around your hotel - the famous Wanfujing Street. Visit the Snack street off Wanfujing street where where you can sample local delicacies before returning to your hotel.

Day 2
Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch, Show)
After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour of Beijing visiting Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.  Drive along perhaps the most important street in Beijing - Chang an Avenue  - and your guide will point out  the National Grand Theatre and Ancient City Walls. After seeing how the nobility lived, partake of Jiaozi (steamed dumplings) for lunch in the company of a Chinese family. Later, enjoy a pedi-cab tour of the ancient courtyard houses called the Hutongs and the popular Houhai Lake Bar Street. After dinner, enjoy the exciting and dramatic Kung-fu show before returning to the hotel.

Day 3
Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch, special Dinner)
After breakfast at hotel, journey to the The Great Wall at Mutianyu. Stroll along this incredible wonder and enjoy the breathtaking view. After a late lunch at a good Chinese restaurant, return to Beijing to visit the tranquil Imperial gardens of the Summer Palace. In the evening, enjoy a delicious Peking Roasted Duck returning to your hotel.

Day 4
Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, visit the holiest temple in Beijing - Temple of Heaven and then the Lama Temple. After lunch at a good Chinese restaurant, drive through "Chinese Wall Street"- Beijing Bank Street to get to the famous Xiushui market where you will put your bargaining skills to work at the. In the evening, transfer back to your hotel.

Day 5
Beijing - Xi'an (Breakfast, special Dinner)
After breakfast, have some free time in the morning before saying goodbye to your Beijing guide as you will be transferred to the train station. Enjoy the scenery en-route on your High Speed train journey from Beijing to the ancient city of Xi'an. Upon arrival, your local Xi'an guide will meet you at the airport and take you to visit the Ancient City walls that surrounds this old city. If you are interested, you could even rent a bike on the wall and ride the entire wall in an hour and a half. visit the Big Goose Pagoda where you will be able to climb to the top of the pagoda for a bird's view of Xi'an. In the evening, enjoy a Dumpling banquet before returning to your hotel.

Day 6
Xi'an (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum; here, you will learn about China's history and have a better understanding before your visit to the warriors. After some Hand-pulled noodles for lunch, you will visit the thousands of life size Terracotta Warriors and Horses about an hour and a half from Xi'an. Your visit includes a Circlorama 360 film presentation of the history of the warriors..thus enhancing your visit. In the afternoon, you return to Xi'an to visit the Grand Mosque with Muslim Quarter. Stroll on Muslim street and see how Chinese Muslims live. Your guide will show you the famous local snacks available here. After an exciting day, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Optional extra - if you like extravagant costumes, elaborate staging and Chinese dances, ask your guide to take you to the Tang Dynasty dinner and show.

Day 7
Xi'an - Chongqing (Breakfast, Dinner)
After breakfast, hop over to Shu Yuan Men for some unique shopping experience. It is time to say goodbye to your Xian guide as you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. Domestic Flight (included in quote) from Xi'an to Chongqing. Upon arrival, your local Chongqing guide will meet you at the airport and take you for a half day city tour including a visit to see the National treasure of China íV the Giant pandas and Er Ling Park for a view of the city. After a famous hot pot dinner, board your cruise ship in the evening for a relaxing journey down the mighty Yangtze River.

Day 8
Yangtze Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, continue on your cruise on the mighty Yangtze River with its vertical limestone cliffs. If water levels cooperate, stop at Shibaozai, a magnificent wooden pavilion constructed without nails, perched dramatically against a sheer rectangular cliff; or shore excursion to the Fengdu - Known as Ghost City. Locals gather here to pray for a good afterlife and re-incarnation in their next life. Tonight, dress smart for the Captain's welcome dinner.

Day 9
Yangtze cruise (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, pass through the magnificent Qutang Gorge and the beautiful Wu Gorge. A shore excursion to Baidi City (optional tour) and Lesser Three Gorges, transfer to a small sampan to cruise the Shennong Stream. Experience the trackers of ancient China and see the Hanging coffins of the Ba minority. Tonight, enjoy the Captain's farewell dinner.

Day 10
Yangtze cruise - Yichang - Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, your wonderful cruise has come to an end. Disembark and visit the Three Gorges Dam. After lunch at Yichang, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Domestic Flight (included in quote) from Yichang to the modern city of Shanghai. Upon arrival, your local Shanghai guide will meet you at the airport and take you to enjoy some dinner before transferring you to the hotel.

Day 11
Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch, Show)
After breakfast, your guide will take you to visit the Oriental Pearl TV tower, for a bird's-eye view of this modern city. Then on to Shanghai's landmark - the historic Bund. After lunch, viist the  incredible Urban Planning Museum on the People's Square. This evening enjoy the feel of old Shanghai at Xintandi, where a plethora of restaurants will attract you for drinks and dinner. Later, enjoy a cruise on the Huangpu River for the night view of Shanghai before transferring to your hotel.

Day 12
Shanghai (Breakfast, special Lunch, Dinner, Show)
After breakfast, spend precious time in the classic Yuyuan Gardens. On to the bustling Yu Bazaar nearby, where you can pick up some souvenirs. Lunch is at a Mongolian Barbecue, which is as much a show as it is an exotic eating experience. Later, enjoy a walk along the adjoining Shanghai Old Street, with its endless streams of pedestrians, traditional shops, tea houses and theatres. Later time for shopping in famous Nanjing Road. After dinner, haveto  Later, be amazed by the sensational performance of the famous Acrobatic Show before returning to your hotel.

Day 13
Shanghai - Stopover destination - Johannesburg (Breakfast)
After breakfast, you will have a free day until your evening transfer to the station for the ride of your life. The Maglev bullet train will take you 431km/hr to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong / Dubai / Singapore / Stopover destination.

The inclusion in the land arrangements below includes ends here.

Flight from Shanghai to (Hong Kong / Dubai / Singapore / other stopover).
Your international flight price will include this sector as a through-fare.

Day (International Flights)
Arrival O R Tambo International Airport.
Home sweet home with unforgetable memories of your wonderful trip to China.

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Price Details (per person in US Dollars) -  2018

Single Room Supplement
BXYS - 0317
Mar 17
Mar 29
$ 3,050
$ 790
BXYS - 0414
Apr 14
Apr 26
$ 3,100
$ 920
BXYS - 0512
May 12
May 24
$ 3,250
$ 920
BXYS - 0519
May 19
May 31
$ 3,250
$ 920
BXYS - 0602
Jun 02
Jun 14
$ 3,050
$ 790
BXYS - 0623
Jun 23
Jul 05
$ 3,050
$ 790
BXYS - 0707
Jul 07
Jul 19
$ 3,050
$ 790
BXYS - 0804
Aug 04
Aug 16
$ 2,900
$ 790
BXYS - 0818
Aug 18
Aug 30
$ 3,250
$ 920
BXYS - 0901
Sep 01
Sep 13
$ 3,250
$ 920
BXYS - 0915
Sep 15
Sep 27
$ 3,100
$ 920
BXYS - 1013
Oct 13
Oct 25
$ 3,250
$ 920
BXYS - 1027
Oct 27
Nov 08
$ 3,250
$ 920
BXYS - 1117
Nov 17
Nov 29
$ 2,900
$ 720