7 Days China Nature Wonders Tour with Yangtze River Cruise and Zhangjiajie
Imagine that you are browsing beautiful Chinese landscape paintings over long distances, that is amazing! Yes, with amazing landscapes in front of you, this trip can make everything come true. Within 7 days, seize the rare opportunity to float on the emerald water, cross the magnificent Three Gorges at the most comfortable pace, and then take the pleasant train into the world of “Avatar”. The journey from Chongqing to Yichang and from Yichang to Zhangjiajie is beautiful and full of fun and excitement. Open your heart and enjoy!
- Marvel at the beautiful Yangtze River and Three Gorges Dam by taking a luxury 5 star cruise sailing downstream from Chongqing to Yichang – the golden section of Yangtze Cruise;
- Completely relax yourselves to enjoy the worry free onboard living with three meals provided and interesting entertainment and cultural activities performed by the talented staff;
- Challenge yourselves to walk on the highest and longest glass bridge in the world over Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon which is with a length of 430 meters and height of 400 meters above the deep valley.
Day 1 Chongqing Arrival
Sightseeing and Activities:
Hello there! Welcome to Chongqing, a mountain city in China! Upon arrival, our guide will greet you at the arrival hall of the airport / train station and transfer it to the city center by private car / van.
Later in the afternoon, you will be transferred to Chongqing Chaotianmen Port to board your cruise ship from 18:00 to 20:00 that night. The once-in-a-lifetime Yangtze River cruise set sail at 21:00! (Please note: boarding time and boarding terminal will change based on line, water level, season, weather and other factors. Your travel consultant will ensure that you have actual boarding time and boarding dock before boarding.)
Day 2 Yangtze River Cruise
Sightseeing and Activities: Shibaozhai Pagoda,
In the morning, you can wake up leisurely and enjoy the soft sunshine on the tranquil and beautiful Yangtze River. Whether you decide to stay on a boat or dock on the river, this is colorful and fun.
On board, you will enjoy various activities such as practicing Tai Chi on the sunbathing platform on board, drinking a relaxing morning coffee, attending a lecture on Yangtze history and culture, or attending the captain’s welcome party and evening performance.
Next, follow a local guide to visit Shibaozhai Pagoda, one of the “pearls” of the Yangtze River. This 12-story, 18th-century red wooden temple on the north bank of the Yangtze River is a gem of Chinese architecture, full of legends and beautiful stories, and it is intoxicating. (Note: It is highly recommended to wear comfortable shoes, as there will be many stairs to climb!)
Day 3 Yangtze River Cruise
Sightseeing and Activities: Three Gorges, Shennv Stream, Captain’s Farewell Party
Today, you will sail the spectacular Three Gorges while relaxing on the sundeck and admire the magnificent canyon views across Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge, respectively.
In Wuxia, you will be taken to explore the original Goddess Stream. Switch to a smaller boat and sail along this beautiful stream in a narrow side canyon, where you can enjoy close-ups of high mountain peaks and coffins hanging on steep cliff faces. After watching the entertaining music and dance performances of the local Tujia minority, sail back to your boat.
In the evening, you will first enjoy the captain’s farewell party with all the companions on board, and then watch the fascinating process of sailing the boat through the Three Gorges Dam fifth-level lock at 23:00 PM.
Day 4 Yangtze & Train to Zhangjiajie from Yichang
Sightseeing and Activities: Three Gorges Dam,
Today’s highlight is a morning visit to the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydropower project, located in the middle of Xiling Gorge in Yichang. You will marvel at this huge dam from different angles, learn about the background history of the Three Gorges Dam project, and admire the beautiful surrounding scenery.
After visiting the Three Gorges Dam, your guide will pick you up at the Yichang Three Gorges Dam site or pier (depending on your train time to Zhangjiajie). Then drive to Yichang Railway Station and take the train to Zhangjiajie (about 5 hours). Zhangjiajie is a great place, with its unique karst mountains and picturesque forests, taking you into the most surreal world-the AVATAR world.
Upon arrival in Zhangjiajie, your local guide will pick you up at Zhangjiajie Railway Station and transfer you to your hotel in Wulingyuan.
Day 5 Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge
Sightseeing and Activities: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Huangshi Village, Golden Whip Stream
After breakfast, our guide will lead you there, then drive to start a wonderful visit to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. First, you will take the cable car to Huangshi Village and admire the vast forest park on its peak. With an altitude of 1080 meters, the village is widely praised for its similar charm to the columnar forest in Colorado, USA. Enjoy the flat and wide visual environment. It is by far the largest natural observation deck for tourists, and can appreciate its various rising stones and hills. Visit famous attractions along fresh trails, including the Star Picking Station, Wuzhifeng, etc., and look for sights that look like book boxes, pier, nestlings, etc. from a distance. Afterwards, change the angle to explore the famous Golden Whip Creek deep in the valley. This 7.5 km long stream is one of the most beautiful places in the entire Forest Park area. Along the pavement of pure water, breathe fresh air, colorful blooming flowers in different seasons, lush vegetation, etc. during an inspiring roam, immerse in a peaceful fairyland, and prepare to meet some wild monkeys.
After that, take the sightseeing bus to leave the park and drive to Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon for about 40 minutes. Now, you go forward bravely, challenge, and walk on the transparent Zhangjiajie glass bridge, as if walking in the clouds. This is by far the longest and tallest glass-bottom bridge in the world, with a total length of 430 meters and a deep valley 400 The height of meters.
After the visit, drive back to your hotel in Wulingyuan for another 40 minutes. sleep tight!
Day 6 Yuanjiajie – Tianzi Mountain
Sightseeing and Activities: Bailong Elevator, Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, Tianzi Mountain
On this day after breakfast, head to Wulingyuan for more highlights. First take a sightseeing bus to experience the Bailong elevator, which is the fastest elevator in the world and the highest outdoor elevator. Enjoy 1.5 minutes of shooting time from the bottom of the valley to the top of the column. Then, hike among multiple eruption stone pillars in Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, opening up the mysterious “Pandora World”. Get ready for an exciting hike and admire the enviable Nantianzhu, which is about 150 meters high, a true prototype that inspired “Avatar Hallelujah”; enjoy the best on the charming platform Scenery, where there are dozens and hundreds of beautiful stone peaks, similar to many nutritious bamboo shoots rising from the ground; in addition, pay close attention to the strange first bridge in the world, and naturally use only 5 meters long stone platform The two mountain peaks are connected together to form a rare wonder of the world.
Then, take a sightseeing bus to visit Tianzi Mountain. Walk to Helong Park, which is the best viewing platform, and you can admire the breathtaking view of the strange and strange peaks. The most attractive photos of the four wonders of Tianzi Mountain were taken there, including mists and clouds, moonlight, sunlight and winter snow. In addition, go closer to the nearby Tianzi Pavilion and admire the wonderful scenery and wonderful scenery of Xihaifeng Forest from another angle. After that, take the cool Tianzi Mountain Cable Car, pass a group of rockery outside the glass window, and then take a sightseeing bus to exit Wulingyuan Park.
After an exciting scenic tour, our guide and driver will accompany you to your stay in downtown Zhangjiajie.
Day 7 Tianmen Mountain & Zhangjiajie Departure
Sightseeing and Activities: Tianmen Mountain, Tianmen Temple, Tianmen Cave, Avenue toward Heaven
After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. On this day, you will head to Tianmen Mountain, another magnificent national forest park in Zhangjiajie.
The first transfer to the Tianmen Mountain Cable Car rose from the urban area of Zhangjiajie to the top of the Tianmen Mountain at an altitude of more than 1,400 meters. Travel along the approximately 7,455-meter-long cableway, the longest cableway in the world to date, and the stunning walk from glass to heaven. Then, take the forest sightseeing cable car to visit the Tianmen Temple on the mountain, which originated from the Tang Dynasty, which is one of the only five Buddhist temples in the world to preserve the Buddha’s relics. Stroll around the temple complex and admire the Buddhist buildings characteristic of the Qing Dynasty, surrounded by green forests.
Then, holding your breath, take two horrible walks on the cliff path around the mountain. One is a glass skywalk with a length of 60 meters and a width of 1.6 meters. The transparent glass material is located at 1,430 meters above the bottomless valley. In Wonderland, the other must be a 1600-meter-long Ghost Valley boardwalk hanging on a cliff. Just cheer and test!
After that, take the escalator from the top of the mountain to Tianmen Cave and see the giant cave on the mountain. This cave was formed by natural extrusion and collapsed into a cave of 131.5 meters high, 57 meters wide and 60 meters deep, which is indeed a rare wonder in the world. Next, go downstairs along the steep 999 steps, the highest slope is 45 °, which is the only way to enter Tianmen Cave from the foot of the mountain, where there are many worship activities. Also, tackle your last challenge, which is to transfer to the city along the very steep curve (about 180 degrees) at 99, and to heaven along Paradise Avenue. Experience a completely different roller coaster on the bustling mountains for about 0.5 hours. (If you do not want to take the steep 999 steps, you can also choose to take the escalator and get off to the parking lot, and then take the sightseeing bus directly to Paradise Avenue. An additional fee of 35 yuan per person is required.)
After exciting scenic spots and adventures, our guides and drivers will accompany you to Zhangjiajie Airport or Railway Station, and take a plane or train to your next destination or home. End of service!
- Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
- Meals as listed in the itinerary;
- Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
- Private English-speaking tour guide;
- Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
- Service charge & government taxes;
- Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
- Domestic train tickets of soft sleeper.
- Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
- Chinese visa fees;
- Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
- Single room supplement;
- Tips to guides and drivers;
- Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
- Personal travel accident insurance;
- All optional programs.