9 days China Southwest Nature and Ethnic Tour
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from $ 2000 to $ 4000
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China is a land of ferocious contrasts. If you are a nature lover, the amazing landscape and country scenery in Guilin, will never disappoint you. You will enjoy many places including Li River cruise and cycling tour in Yangshuo, ancient ethnic towns and villages in Yunnan.
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Day 1 - Guilin
International Flight on your own arrangement.
Upon your arrival at Guilin, the most scenic city in China, our local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure. Accommodations: Guilin Park Hotel.
Day 2 - Guilin
Guilin / Yangshuo.
Private Car Service
After breakfast, drive to Zhujiang Pier (about 40-minute drive) to start the boat cruise along the tranquil Li River, the highlight of your sightseeing tour in Guilin, until you get to Yangshuo County.
River or Barge Cruise
Li River Cruise: Along the river, you will be inspired by the breathtaking views of peaks and pinnacles, crystal-clear water and reflections in the water together with the serene pastoral views of rice paddies and water buffaloes.You will certainly feel like you are walking into a traditional Chinese painting by cruising on this wonderful river.
Day 3 - China
Cycling tour along the Road in Yangshuo County
After breakfast, you will experience an interesting and enjoyable cycling tour along the Road in Yangshuo County.
Yangshuo County: founded in 590 AD, Yangshuo County has been booming because of tourism. With so many beautifully shaped mountains surrounding this county, it is described as "the world of green lotus and jade bamboo shoots".
Accommodations: New Century Hotel. Meals: B,L
Day 4 - Kunming
Yangshuo / Guilin / Kunming.
Private Car Service
Today, drive back to Guilin (1.5-hour drive) and have a city tour of the Elephant Trunk Hill, the Fubo Hill and the Reed Flute Cave.
Elephant Trunk Hill : the symbol of Guilin, which resembles a giant elephant drinking water from the Li River.
Fubo Hill: where you can see lots of Buddha statues left about 1000 years ago in the Returned Pearl Cave and have a birds' eye view of the whole city after climbing up to the very top.
Day 5 - Dalian
Kunming / Dali.
Today, you will enjoy a full day trip to the Stone Forest which is about 90km to the south of Kunming.
Stone Forest: a 270-million-year-old limestone karst formation of tightly bundled gray rocky outcrops, a natural wonder acknowledged as "World Karst Landscape Museum", the Stone Forest shows a variety of unique shapes, such as sword, mushrooms, tower, pillar and castle, representing the greatest miracle that nature can present to human beings.
After then you will be escorted to take the overnight train to Dali. Soft-sleeper train on our arrangement. Accommodations: On The Train. Meals: B,L
Day 6 - Dali City
Visit Erhai Lake, Xizhou Bai Minority Village, Dali Ancient Town, Three Pagodas in Dali.
You will arrive in Dali in the morning time. Upon your arrival, be met and transferred to the city by our local guide. The visit today in this lovely city includes cruise on Erhai, Xizhou Bai Minority Village, Three Pagodas and the Dali Ancient Town.
Erhai Lake: shaped like a human ear this lake covers over 250 square kilometers. With its vast pool of water shining under the sun like a sheet of vivid green and the snow mantles of the Cang Mountain reflecting quiveringly in it, it is known poetically as "Silver Cang Mountain and Jade-like Erhai".
Day 7 - Lijiang City
Dali / Lijiang.
Private Car Service
In the morning, drive to Lijiang (3-hour drive). Along the way, you will stop by the Heqing County and pay a visit to Heqing Villages.
Lijiang Ancient Town: also called Dayan Town, built in the late Song dynasty and the early Yuan dynasty with a history of more than 800 years. This ancient town consists of clean streams flowing freely through the road network, the colorful cobbled streets, age-old swaying willow trees, age-old buildings and stone bridges. There are over 22 different ethnic minorities making Lijiang their home. Now and then you may see local folks in their own tradtional dress. Strolling around this charming ancient town, you will be attracted by the unique atmosphere and surprised by its ancient yet simple sense of "Harmony of Heaven and Man."
Heqing Village & Xinhua Village: long history of handicraft craftsmanship, you will be visiting gold-making, silver-making, etc., workshops and you will have time to do some shopping if you wish.
Accommodations: Sightseeing Hotel. Meals: B,L.
Day 8 - Kunming
Lijiang / Kunming.
Today, you will enjoy a full day trip to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the Baisha Mural Paintings, the Black Dragon Pool Park and Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture inside the park.
Then you will take night flight to Kunming.
Upon your arrival in Kunming, you will be escorted to your hotel. Accommodations: Kunming Hotel. Meals: B,L
Day 9 - Kunming
Fly back home.
Free in the day until our local guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to your sweet home. Meals: B
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