Classic China & Yunnan Adventure

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Classic China & Yunnan Adventure

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Destination for this trip:

Beijing, China; China; Chongqing, China; Guilin, China; Lijiang, China; Shanghai, China; Vancouver, Canada; Xian, China; Yangzhou, China

Length of trip:

20 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 5000 to $ 6000

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Detailed Description of this trip:

The Beijing Olympics from August 5-24 is an exciting time to be in China. The Chinese are marshaling their manpower and economic force to make this one of the greatest Olympics of all time. This promises to be a historic time which can produce many incredible memories. We recommend that you obtain your Olympic event tickets. Then we can take care of everything else! We can provide you complete China travel services: , hotels, transfers, visas, international flights, meals and whatever you need. Itinerary: Starting in Vancouver with stops in In Flight, Beijing, Beijing: Olympic Events, Lijiang, Zhongdian(Shangri-La), Xi'an, Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Vancouver

    Hotel

    You will leave the US for China via Vancouver. The adventure begins! You arrive in Vancouver. You will stay overnight as will the rest of the group. Meals on the plane.

  • Day 2 - On the Plane

    Commercial Flight

    You will go to the airport for your flight to Beijing. The rest of the day will be on the flight.

  • Day 3 - Beijing

    Welcome to Beijing.

    When you arrive in Beijing, you will be met by a guide and transferred to your hotel. Meals on the plane.

  • Day 4 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    The day begins with a visit to TianAnmen Square and then to the Forbidden City. In addition to seeing the buildings and grounds of the Emperor's palace, you will also see the Emperor's clock collection and the Qing Dynasty Jewelry, Robes and Relics collection (which Westerners rarely see). After lunch we will take you to the Temple of Heaven. This is where the emperor used to go once a year to commune with the Heavens for the harvest. B, L

  • Day 5 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    The day begins with a tour of a Chinese Hutong. This begins with a rickshaw ride through the old neighborhood, then a short walking tour into the narrow streets of the Hutong. You will be able to visit the home of a family who lives there; feel free to ask any questions. This is the traditional housing in old Beijing that was generally four small houses surrounding a court area. The Hutong has been home to both the poor and the rich. These quaint dwellings are disappearing in the continual modernization of China. (If you have a group of 10 or more we can arrange for you to have lunch prepared by a local family in the Hutong).

    Sporting Events

    After lunch, we can take you to some pre-Olympic events or the afternoon can be free.

    Food and Dining

    We will go to an early dinner and then take you back to your hotel. B, L, D

    Evening Option:
    Performing Arts

    Beijing Opera.

  • Day 6 - Beijing

    Shopping

    Today we will take you to visit the 2nd Hand Street Market. This market is only open on Saturdays and Sundays and is where the Beijingers shop.You will find a wide array of items from Jade, jewelry, art, cloth, chopsticks, furniture, etc. etc. If you know how to bargain you can get deals that are dimes or even pennies on the dollar.

    Olympic Events:
    Sporting Events

    We will take you to whatever Olympic Events that you want during the day.

  • Day 7 - Beijing

    Sporting Events

    We will take you to whatever Olympic Events that you want during the day.

    Sightseeing

    After lunch we will take you to a special part of the Great Wall at Jinshanling, where you can stay overnight in a guard tower! This portion of the Wall is not offered to the tourist on most general tours, we are offering this site to those who want an adventurous Great Wall experience, which includes going to site where you will see few or no other Westerners on the wall and you can enjoy a home-cooked dinner by your Chinese hosts! You drive three hours outside of Beijing, passing out of the metropolitan area, past smaller villages, interesting farmland and animals and then into the mountainous area. Then you come to the small set of buildings below the Great Wall at Jinshangling. There you will meet your hosts. They will take you to the Great Wall and show you the options of where you will sleep. You can then explore the wall and walk along. Some of our clients have experienced being the only ones on the wall for hours (or you will see very few others). You should be able to take some particularly striking photos of this intriguing portion of the wall without hundreds of people on it.

    Food and Dining

    Later you hosts will cook for you a home-cooked meals with you can eat either on the Great Wall or down below in their home. Your hosts will then set you up with sleeping bags and a small mat on the guard tower floor (or if you prefer, there is an enclosed room that you can sleep in. You will be able to enjoy sunset and sunrise on the Great Wall. This requires a little more effort then some portions but we believe you will find it very rewarding. This experience is a little more expensive, but is a unique experience that you remember for the rest of your life. B, L, D

  • Day 8 - Lijiang

    Sightseeing

    You will wake up one of the Wonders of the World! It is certainly the longest of the Wonders. You can spend more time enjoying the wall. After you have finished with your time there you will be taken to the grocery store to purchase beverages, food, snacks, etc.

    Afterwards we will take you to the airport to fly to Lijiang. (If flight and time is available).

  • Day 9 - Lijiang

    Sightseeing

    You will visit the Black Dragon Garden and tourOld Town. Evening Option:Traditional Naxi Music; the best one is called XUANKE. The very best ison the main street of Old Town. B, L

  • Day 10 - Lijiang

    Sightseeing

    Visit the Naxi village: Baisha. Go to Snow Dragon Mountain. You will visit the highest spot on the lift. You can explore the mountain and then you will return to your hotel in Lijiang. B, L.

  • Day 11 - China

    Sightseeing

    Today enjoy a drive through the mountains, passing through Chinese villages and many beautiful vistas and gorges including the Tiger Leaping Gorge. You will have an opportunity to stop and hike in the Gorge areas as desired. Then you will continueonto Zhongdian (Shangri-La). You will take a brief tour of Zhongdian, including a walking tour through some of the older neighborhoods, the produce market and the main streets of the city.B, L

  • Day 12 - China

    Sightseeing

    Visit the Little Potala Palace and villages as you tour the Tibetan countryside. You can meet some of the local people and possibly enjoy some delightful Tibetan hospitality. B, L.

  • Day 13 - Xian

    Commercial Flight

    Today you will fly to Xian (via Kunming). Once you arrive, if there is time we will take you to the City Wall.

    Food and Dining

    Then you will have dinner at the famous De Fang Chang Dumpling Restaurant.

    Evening Option:
    Adventure

    Watch the Wild Goose Pagoda water show. This free show is the largest of its kind in China.

  • Day 14 - Chongqing

    Museums

    Today you will visit what has been called the 8th Wonder of the World the Terra Cotta Soldiers Museum. Oftentimes, one of the farmers who discovered the site is actually there. You will also visit the Terra Cotta Soldiers Replica Factory. You can actually purchase a genuine looking Terra Cotta Replica constructed at a variety of sizes including full size. This unique factory and store also offers many other quality products including silk rugs, jewelry, the famous Xi’zan 3–color pottery and some beautiful furniture with laminated jade artwork. The Terra Cotta Soldiers Museum itself, has 3 major “pits” where various types of figurines were uncovered. No two soldiers look exactly alike. The museum also has a 360-degree theatre which shows a dramatized history of how and why the Terra Cotta soldiers were created.

    Commercial Flight

    Then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Chongqing.

    Sightseeing

    Upon arriving you will be taken to the Three Gorges Museum, which will give you an interesting overview of the cruise you will be taken.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Then after a delicious Sichuan Dinner you will be transferred to the 5-star Victoria Cruise Ship (by current schedule, this would be on the excellent Katarina cruise ship). The ship leaves the harbor around 9:00pm. (as we will be on the move during lunchtime, B, L, D

  • Day 15 - 16 - At Sea

    Yangtze River Cruise.
    River or Barge Cruise

    The Yangtze River Cruise continues The Ghost Temple, Shendong stream and beautiful scenery. B, L, D.

  • Day 17 - Guilin

    Sightseeing

    You will visit the Three Gorges Dam project and then reboard the ship for the remainder of the cruise.

    The cruise ship arrives at Yichangwhere your guide will transfer you to the airport.

    Sightseeing

    Then you will be driven through the Land of Fish and Rice. We can stop at a local museum which feature a mummy which is 90% intact as are the internal organs. It is a mystery as to what embalming techniques that the local people used to so effectively preserve this ancient mummy.

    Commercial Flight

    Then we will continue driving you to the Wuhan airport. There you will fly to Guilin.

    Hotel

    Upon your arrival you will be taken to your hotel. B, L

  • Day 18 - Guilin

    Sightseeing

    Today you will be given a half day tour of Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill, and the natural beauty of the Reed Flute Caves. B, L, D

    Afternoon option:
    Spa/Wellness

    The world famous Foot Massages of Guilin.

    Evening option:
    Performing Arts

    The Minorities Concert.

  • Day 19 - Yangzhou

    River or Barge Cruise

    We will take you on the 3-4 hour Li Jiang River Cruise. This is one of the most beautiful areas in the whole world, showing the magnificent limestone mountains rising along the river banks, usually shrouded in clouds and catching a glimpse of the people who live along the riverbanks. Cormorant fishermen still use these unusual birds to catch their daily fish.

    Sightseeing

    As the cruise ends, you will disembark in Yangshuo, a quaint village with a very nice street market. You are very close to the beautiful mountains and you can go into the countryside to see the beautiful vistas. Youcan take a bicycle ride or a drive through these fantasy-shaped mountains. We will check you into your hotel in Yangshuo. B, L

    Evening Option:
    Performing Arts

    Enjoy the spectacular show "Impressions" with over 600 performers, live animals, and spectacular lighting effects all performed on the Li River with the majestic limestone mountains as the back drop.

  • Day 20 - Shanghai

    Commercial Flight

    Today you will drive through the beautiful countryside on the way back to the Guilin Airport. You will fly to Shanghai. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

    Sightseeing

    After you have refreshed, we will take you to dinner and then to see the Bund, which is particularly beautiful at night. B, L, D

    Evening Option:
    Performing Arts

    The famous Peace Hotel Jazz Band (in the Bund area)

  • Day 21 - Shanghai

    Sightseeing

    The day begins with a tour of the classic YuYuan Gardens,which is agorgeous example of a classic Chinese Garden. This area exits into the main shoppingcenter ofShanghai.Shanghai issuch an East-Meets-West city that they call this area China Town. After lunch, you will be taken to the world-class Shanghai Museum. This fantastic museum has a number of quality exhibits including an ancient coin collection and on the fourth floor an ethnic minority exhibit which features their costumes, masks, and various implements and tools. B, L

    Evening Option:
    Performing Arts

    Shanghai Acrobats.

  • Day 22 - Shanghai

    You will make your way back to the airport for your flight back to your home city in the USA with many wonderful memories!

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