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Luxury

Yunnan and Yangtze

Kunming to Shanghai
22 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: CHYC22
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Trip Highlights

Giant Panda Conservation

Learn about the breeding and conservation efforts implemented at Chengdu's Giant Panda Research Centre

Kunming Stone Forest

Walk through a petrified forst, where giant karst rock pillars tower skywards as far as the eye can see

China's Natural Wonders

The hulking Jade Dragon Snow Mountain reflected in the glassy surface of Black Dragon Pool is a photographer's dream

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to nine destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in four locations
  • Everything as detailed including gratuities and onboard lectures
  • Four-night Yangtze River cruise aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
  • Finest dining - a total of 55 meals

Map & Itinerary

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Asia Map CHYC22 2019

Kunming to Shanghai

Designed Exclusively for APT guests
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights: Kunming, Green Lake Hotel

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

A real highlight of your time in Kunming is today’s visit to the amazing Stone Forest, an enormous collection of karst rock pillars towering skyward. A World Heritage-listed site, the stone karsts have the appearance of petrified trees.


Kunming uniquely blends ancient Chinese heritage with the features of a modern commercial hub. Enjoy lunch at Chef Pan’s restaurant in Yiliang. Yiliang is a small town famous for its roast duck, and is believed by many to be the most succulent in China. Return to Kunming, and enjoy a unique ‘Across the Bridge Noodles’ dinner, an authentic dish in the Yunnan Province.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Enjoy a delicious and authentic experience at The Chinese Restaurant or feast on traditional fare at the rustic Lakeside Restaurant.


Transfer to the airport for your included flight to the World Heritage-listed town of Lijiang, located within a beautiful valley at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Tonight for dinner, choose your dining experience.

Stay: Three Nights, Lijiang, Grand Hyatt Resort Hotel

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Explore the ancient town of Lijiang today. The town successfully fuses the many cultural traditions that have been present here for centuries. Spend time discovering the alleys and canals that weave through the town, before a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Later, have your cameras at the ready as you visit Black Dragon Pool, where the white marble bridge and the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background provide a true photographer’s paradise.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, where you’ll have the opportunity to ride a cable car to the Yunshan Ping viewing platform offering panoramas of the snow-capped peaks.


Today begins with an exciting Signature Experience. Later, attend the Impression Lijiang Show. With hundreds of dancers, this spectacle demonstrates the lifestyles of the local minority groups, all set to the backdrop of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Return to Lijiang to visit the Baisha Ancient Wall Paintings.

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As you travel towards Shangri-La, enjoy stunning views of the dramatic landscape of the Yangtze River. Later, stop at Tiger Leaping Gorge to admire this magnificent canyon carved through the mountains by the majestic Jinsha River. Join your fellow travellers for dinner at your hotel tonight.

Stay: Two Nights, Shangri-La, Shangri-La Hotel

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit Songzanlin Monastery today. Built between 1679 and 1681, Songzanlin Monastery features a striking gilded copper roof which can be seen from miles away shining in the sun.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps visit Pudacuo National Park, located in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions. This national park is home to 20 percent of the country’s indigenous plant species and one third of China’s mammal and bird species. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this idyllic region and visit the pretty Bita and Shudu Lakes. Alternatively, visit a local monastery for a traditional Tibetan Buddhist blessing. Another option is to relax with an authentic foot reflexology treatment. A form of traditional Chinese therapy, reflexology is said to help improve circulation and aid the immune system.


Following your unique Signature Experience this morning, select from three sightseeing activities to tailor your time in Shangri-La.

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Enjoy this morning at leisure to explore at your own pace. Later, visit the home of a Tibetan family. This afternoon, head to the enormous Fortunate Victory Prayer Wheel in the heart of Shangri-La's Old Town. The largest Tibetan prayer wheel in existence, the gilded structure depicts China’s 56 ethnic groups working together in fabled harmony. Standing at a height of 24 metres, it takes a number of people to turn. This evening, board a flight to Chengdu, where you'll be transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Chengdu, Grand Hyatt Hotel

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Today, visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Get up close to the giant panda and learn about the breeding program that has been set up to protect this icon. It’s estimated that there are 1,500 to 2,000 giant pandas left in the world, with around 80 per cent of those in the Sichuan Province.


A Signature Experience this morning affords an in-depth insight into Chengdu. After lunch, visit Chengdu’s Jinli Old Street, one of China's oldest commercial streets. While Jinli provides a window into China’s past, it also offers a diverse blend of ancient and modern China.

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Transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing. Check in at your luxurious hotel and spend the day at leisure. You may like to relax at your hotel or step out for a wander along nearby Wangfujing Street.

Stay: Three Nights, Regent Hotel Beijing

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Your sightseeing begins today with a tour of Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest city square, followed by a visit to the Forbidden City. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure and this evening indulge in an authentic Peking Duck dinner with all of the traditional accompaniments.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a buffet lunch and free-flowing beverages overlooking the Great Wall, prepared just for APT guests.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Choose to attend a Peking Opera show at Qianmen Liyuan Theatre, or watch an exhilarating Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre.


Set out for the Great Wall of China, which winds its way from the Yellow Sea up into the Gobi Desert for more than 6,000 kilometres. Be captivated by the magnitude of this 8th-century monument as you wander along an unrestored and rarely visited stretch of the Badaling section. This evening, discover more of Beijing with your chosen sightseeing experience.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Choose to visit the Temple of Heaven and explore the main building. Perhaps visit the modern 798 Art Zone, an iconic contemporary art district in Beijing. Alternatively, head to the Hutong district by rickshaw and visit a local calligrapher's home.


This morning choose from a range of sightseeing activities. Afterwards, transfer to the airport and fly to Yichang. On arrival, transfer to your luxury river ship and settle in for your cruise along the Yangtze River.

Stay: Four Nights, Yangtze River, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Cruise along the Yangtze River's most picturesque area, the spectacular Three Gorges region. Arrive at the Three Gorges Dam and take a tour of the Three Gorges Project and exhibition. Pass through the longest of the Three Gorges, Xiling Gorge, cruising through Yellow Ox Gorge and under Huangling Temple. After the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner.

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Disembark your ship at Badong and transfer by ferry to a traditional Chinese sampan (longboat). Arrive at a local riverside village for a glimpse of traditional, rural Chinese life. See the local farms and tracker huts, and the ancient artefacts and customs still used today by the villagers. After lunch back on board, continue to the tranquil and spectacular Wu Gorge. Noted for its sheer peaks and towering cliff faces, the gorge is surrounded by the Wu Mountains. Later, your ship will graciously glide between the Chijia Mountain and Baiyan Mountain to enter Qutang Gorge, the shortest and most dramatic of the Three Gorges. This afternoon, there is the opportunity to attend a hands-on arts and crafts demonstration on board. This evening, indulge in a delicious dinner with your fellow guests.

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Rise early to participate in a Tai Chi class atop the ship’s Observation Deck for a relaxing start to your day. Following breakfast, disembark in Fuling, a sleepy town along the Yangtze. Here, enjoy the extraordinary chance to visit the 816 Underground Project, an old nuclear site hidden in the mountains. Constructed in the 1960s when political tensions between the world's superpowers were at their height, this immense nuclear installation spans almost 12 miles, with more than 130 man-made roads and tunnels. This unique opportunity to explore the project affords a deeper insight into China's military and political history. In the afternoon, choose from a range of activities. In the evening, enjoy the Emperor’s Farewell Dinner, a spectacular Chinese banquet feast.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

For dinner, choose from Thai cuisine at Siam Garden, a Western choice at Yi Cafe or an authentic Cantonese meal at Tian Xiang Ge.


After breakfast on board, disembark your ship in Chongqing and enjoy a morning city tour. Later, visit a local restaurant for lunch before transferring to the airport for your flight to Xi’an. Tonight, choose where to dine. Two Nights, Xi’an, Shangri-La Hotel .

Stay: Two Nights: Xi’an, Shangri-La Hotel

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Enjoy a Tang Dynasty cultural performance and feast on a local dumpling dinner. Alternatively, you may like to embark on a tour of the Muslim Quarter, including a wander through the market, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.


Travel out of the city to a clay factory where impressive terracotta soldiers are still made today. Spend the afternoon at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses and the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum. Here lie the three excavation pits where the collection of terracotta sculptures were first unearthed by farmers in 1974. Observe the tomb of life-size models that represent the army that triumphed in the Warring States Period, and ushered in the united imperial China era. Watch a panoramic movie telling the story of the warriors and enjoy time to visit the three excavation pits. In the evening, tailor your time in Xi’an by choosing your sightseeing activity.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Enjoy a delicious meal of Chinese cuisine at the Dragon Phoenix restaurant. Alternatively, you may wish to head to the highly rated. Lost Heaven, which specialises in the cuisine of Yunnan Province, or choose to enjoy western seafood cuisine at Amanda Restaurant.


After a morning at leisure, exploring Xi'an, transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai. On arrival, board the high-speed Maglev train into the city and watch the onboard speedometer race towards an exhilarating 300 kilometres per hour. Rapid growth has seen Shanghai transform into a globally significant metropolis, that has a strong influence in the world of business and fashion. Upon arrival, check in to your iconic hotel overlooking the Huangpu River and enjoy free time. In the evening, choose where to dine.

Stay: Three Nights: Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

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Today you will enjoy a bus tour of Shanghai. Stop at the Jin Mao Tower and take an elevator to the viewing deck where you will delight in panoramic views of the city. This evening, after dinner at your leisure, enjoy premium seating at an acrobatic show.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps you may prefer to cruise the Huangpu River through the heart of the city and explore Yu Garden. Or opt to take part in a fascinating French Concession walking tour. Your final option is a full day excursion to the historic canal town of Jinxi, where, through a walking tour and boat cruise, you will step back in time and experience the charms of this ancient water town first hand.


Choose your activity this morning. This evening, attend a Farewell Dinner at The Cathay Room in the Fairmont Peace Hotel, overlooking the Bund and the Huangpu River.

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Awake for the final time in the bustling city of Shanghai. Following a hearty breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport by private coach for your onward flight.

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Travel & Accommodation

Deep mountain ravine to Yangtze river below
Four night Yangtze cruise

Admire stunning natural landscapes on a cruise through the Three Gorges region aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Luxury Hotel Stays

Stay in some of China's finest hotels such as Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel

Taste the Flavours of China

There's more to Chinese cuisine than you may think. Try authentic dishes, gourmet delights and familiar fare

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