23 days Best of China Tour

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23 days Best of China Tour

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Length of trip:

20 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 4000 to $ 6000

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.


Detailed Description of this trip:

China is a land of ferocious contrasts. Shanghai's ambitious skyline is a triumphant statement. If you are after history, indulge yourself in China's imperial monuments, stretching from Beijing to Xian and beyond. Seekers of modernity will find their requirements met in Shanghai and Beijing. If you are a nature lover, the amazing landscape and country scenery in Guilin, will never disappoint you. You will enjoy many places including Beijing Hutong tour, Xian Dumpling dinner, Guilin Terraced rice fields, Naxi music in Dali, Chuan Opera and Giant Panda in Chengdu, Shanghai Huangpu River cruise in China.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Beijing

    Arrive Beijing.
    Commercial Flight

    International Flight on your own arrangement.

    Hotel

    Upon your arrival at Beijing airport, our local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Accommodations: Jianguo Garden Hotel.

  • Day 2 - Beijing

    Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven in Beijing.
    Sightseeing

    Today you will first visit the historic Tiananmen Square, and then the magnificent Forbidden City. In the afternoon, you will marvel at Beijing's splendid Temple of Heaven. Enjoy a famous Peking Duck Banquet for dinner.

    Tiananmen Square: the largest city square in the world and the spiritual heart of China, where the national flag is raised exactly at sunrise everyday.

    Sightseeing

    Forbidden City: located in the center of Beijing, used to be the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years, it is the grandest integral palace complex still remaining in China.

    Peking Duck Dinner: Peking Roast Duck is regarded as one of the most delicious dishes throughout the world. A Peking Duck Dinner is usually a fixed item on any Beijing tour itinerary. At time-honored restaurants such as Quan Ju De, you can savor the mouth-watering traditional Beijing specialty, and at the same time the chefs will show you how they cuts the meat into exactly 108 slices from one duck, each having a piece of skin.

    Hotel

    Accommodations: Jianguo Garden Hotel. Meals: B,L,D.

  • Day 3 - Beijing

    Full-day excursion in Beijing.
    Sightseeing

    Today's full-day excursion will take you to the majestic Great Wall (Badaling section), the Ding Tomb of Ming Tombs and Sacred road.

    Sightseeing

    Sacred Road: the path lined with stone statues of animals, mystical beasts and officials who are supposed to serve the emperor in his afterlife, through which the sitting emperors would go to perform memorial rituals for the ancestors once a year.

    Ding Tomb: the burial site of the emperor Wanli, the 13th emperor of the Ming Dynasty who ruled for 48 years until his death in 1620, it is the only underground tomb of the thirteen Imperial Ming tombs ever excavated.

    Great Wall: the most famous symbol of China and one of the world's most remarkable architectural wonders, it was built over 2,000 years ago and stretches about 6,700km.

    Hotel

    Accommodations: Jianguo Garden Hotel. Meals: B,L

  • Day 4 - China

    Beijing / Xian.
    Sightseeing

    You will visit Summer Palace today.


    Summer Palace : Located on the northwestern outskirts of the city, it was an imperial summer resort of the Qing Dynasty. With its perfect layout, magnificent buildings and enchanting landscape, it is the most splendid classical garden in China.

    Commercial Flight

    Take flight to Xian.

    Sightseeing

    Upon your arrival, you will have a city tour to the Ancient City Walls. Complete the day with a savory dumpling dinner.


    Ancient City Walls : built during the 14th century on Tang dynasty foundations and they date from the Ming dynasty. The walls are the largest and best-preserved ancient fortress in the world. There is a gate in each of the four sides, and the gate towers built over each gate look lofty and magnificent and form a tight defence engineering system.

    Dumpling Dinner: Dumpling or Jiaozi in Chinese is a traditional and popular food in China, especially in the north. At the dinner, nearly 20 varieties of dumplings that are steamed and stuffed with different delicious fillings such as vegetables, meats and seafood are served. These dumplings are not only tasty, but also characteristic with their colors and fragrance, style and culture meanings. All these make the dinner so unique that you should not miss it when traveling in Xi'an.

    Hotel

    Accommodations: Hotel Royal Garden, Meals: B,L,D

  • Day 5 - Guilin

    Xian / Guilin.
    Sightseeing

    Today, you will enjoy a full-day excursion to the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors and Horses, then the Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    Terracotta Warriors and Horses: discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well, this is one of the most significant archeological finds of the 20th century. These 6,000 life-size painted Terracotta Warriors and Horses --individually sculpted from real-life models and arranged in battle formation have been protecting the mausoleum of the first emperor in Chinese history--Emperor QinShihuang for 2,200 years ago.

  • Day 6 - Guilin

    Guilin / Longsheng / Guilin.
    Sightseeing

    Today, you will enjoy a full-day tour to Longsheng Autonomous County, drive back to Guilin after the tour (about 2-hour drive). 90kms northwest to Guilin, the County lives many different ethnic minority groups such as Zhuang, Yao, Miao and Dong etc. In recent years, this county has gradually become a popular destination for photography enthusiasts and people who are interested in minority culture. On this tour you will not only enjoy the wonderful view of terraced rice paddies--the most famous section is called 'Longji', lush bamboo groves and small villages on the hillside along the way, but also be amazed by the rich culture of the Zhuang and Yao people.

    Hotel

    Accommodations: Guilin Park Hotel. Meals: B,L

  • Day 7 - Guilin

    Guilin / Yangshuo.
    River or Barge Cruise

    After breakfast, drive to Zhujiang Pier (about 40-minute drive) to start the boat cruise along the tranquil Li River which is the highlight in Guilin until you get to Yangshuo County. Along the river, you will be inspired by 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 are certainly walking into a traditional Chinese painting by cruising on it.


    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 8 - Kunming

    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.

    Sightseeing

    Elephant Trunk Hill : the symbol of Guilin, which resembles a giant elephant drinking water from the Li River.

  • Day 9 - Kunming

    Enjoy full day trip to the Stone Forest.
    Sightseeing

    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.

    Hotel

    Accommodations: Kunming Hotel. Meals: B,L.

  • Day 10 - Dali City

    Kunming / Dali.
    Commercial Flight

    Today you will be escorted to take your flight to Dali.

    Hotel

    Upon your arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. Accommodations: Asia Star hotel Dali. Meals: B,L

    Small Ship or Yacht Cruise

    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".

    Sightseeing

    Xizhou Bai Minority Village: a photogenic village 20km north of Dali, where Bai minority people are living and where you will can get some ideas of the Bais' flair for architecture and elegant living.

    Sightseeing

    Three Pagodas: at the foot of the Zhonghe Peak of the Cang Mountain, part of Chongshen Monastery, they are an emblem of the city's venerated history. The tallest of the trio, which is 69.13 metres tall, was built in 836 AD, while two smaller ones were built during a later period. No visit to Dali is complete without a call at these three pagodas.

    Sightseeing

    Zhoucheng Village: 30km north of Dali, it is the biggest village of Bai people with over 1500 households, where you can visit the homebase workshop of the local folk art--"tie-dying" by Bai women, who use a special dye called banlangen and paint designs of animals and flowers on fabric tied with threads.

    Sightseeing

    Dali Ancient Town: first established in 1382 AD, with a moat surrounding it. This old town has a typical layout like a chessboard, old-timey roofed buildings with dark blue tiles and the white and gray tall walls.

  • Day 11 - 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. Private car on our arrangement.

    Sightseeing

    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.

  • Day 12 - Lijiang City

    Lijiang / Zhongdian.
    Private Car Service

    You will visit Shigu Village (where you will have a look from the distance-high peak position), Tiger Leaping Gorge, Tibetan ethnic villages and the Songzanlin Lamasery. Private car on our arrangement.

    Sightseeing

    Shigu Village: The hypsography is very rugged in Shigu Village, Which is located on the opposite of the First Bend on the Yangtze River.

    Tiger Leaping Gorge: This gorge is located 92 km north of Lijiang County, between peaks of over 3,000 meters above the Jinsha River (upper course of Yangtze River). The legend goes that tigers often leap to the other side of the river by a huge rock lying in the middle of the river at the entrance of the Gorge, hence the name. This 17-kilometer-long Gorge is honored as the deepest and one of the most marvelous gorges on the earth.

    Sightseeing

    The Songzanlin Lamasery: the most important Lamasery of Tibetan Buddhism in Yunnan province.

  • Day 13 - China

    Visit Baishuitai, Gongji Village, Heitao Village in Zhongdian.

    You will visit Baishuitai, Gongji Village, Heitao Village and enjoy the Folk Dance Show of Minority.


    Zhongdian: The beautiful "Shangri-la" described in "The Lost Horizon" is, in fact, the city of Zhongdian, located in the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan Province. Even today, Zhongdian County remains an untainted natural paradise.

    Hotel

    Accommodations: Holy Palace Hotel. Meals: B,L.

  • Day 14 - Chengdu

    Zhongdian / Kunming / Chengdu.
    Commercial Flight

    You will be escorted to take flight to Kunming and then to Chengdu. Internal flight on our arrangement.

    Hotel

    Upon you arrive in Chengdu, you will be escorted to your hotel. Accommodations: Holiday Inn Yangtze. Meals: B.

  • Day 15 - Chengdu

    Chengdu / Leshan.
    Private Car Service

    Private car on our arrangement. You will have a tour to Panda Breed Reservation and then to drive to Leshan to see Leshan Buddha.

    Sightseeing

    Giant Panda Breeding Research Base: 18km from the city center, housing 12 pandas in natural environments: it is the best place to see Chengdu's most famous residents and you can get to know more about this precious species in the museum there.

  • Day 16 - Chongqing

    Leshan / Dazu / Chongqing Embarking.
    Private Car Service

    Today, you will drive to view Dazu Rock Carvings in Dazu County(about 2.5-hour-drive), pay a visit to the two major sites--the Beishan(North Mountain) Grottoes and Baoding Grottoes.

  • Day 17 - China

    Yangtze River Cruise.
    River or Barge Cruise

    Shore excursion to Shibaozhai or Fengdu Ghost city this morning. The ship company will choose one of the scenic spots as your excursion destination. Accommodations: On the Cruise. Meals: B,L,D

    Sightseeing

    Fengdu Ghost City: constructed on the Mingshan Hill by the river bank, it is so called because of the legend which goes that about 1,700 years ago, two officials, Yin and Wang (the combination of their surnames means "Ghost King ") became Taoists here and eventually Immortals. Now with fantastic temples of underworld demons and gods, it shows the Chinese ghost culture and is a place for punishing the devil and awarding the good.

  • Day 18 - China

    Yangtze River Cruise.
    River or Barge Cruise

    Shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges or Shengnong stream by smaller vessels this morning. The ship company will choose one of the scenic spots as your excursion destination. Accommodations: On the Cruise. Meals: B,L,D

    Lesser Three Gorges: indicating three separate valleys along the Daning River, the chief tributary of the Yangtze River, they are called "Dragon-Gate Gorge", "Misty Gorge" and "Dicui (Emerald) Gorge" respectively. You can take a small boat to enjoy the spectacular views and experience a water-borne sensation you have never had before when the natural scenic wonders unfold in front of you with clear water flowing fast through the gorges, sheer cliffs and steep mountains rising on either side to create one fine art gallery.

  • Day 19 - Shanghai

    Disbarking Yichang / Shanghai.
    River or Barge Cruise

    Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam site this morning.


    Three Gorges: spanning the Yangtze at Sandouping, Yichang, Hubei province, China. Construction began in 1994, and the 'Three Gorges Dam' is now the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. The Dam will be 2,335 meters long, 18 meters wide, and its bottom will be 130 meters wide after completion in 2009. When completed, the water level will rise to 135 meters above sea level. The reservoir began filling on June 1, 2003, and it will occupy the present position of the scenic Three Gorges area, between the cities of Yichang, Hubei, and Fuling, Chongqing Municipality.

  • Day 20 - Shanghai

    Full-day excursion in Shanghai.
    Sightseeing

    Today, your full-day excursion of incredible Shanghai will include: Boat tour along Huangpu river, the Bund and the Nanjing Road, Yu Garden and Yuyuan Market. Enjoy a wonderful Acrobatic Show tonight.

    The Bund : where the great trading houses and banks had their headquarters in the 1920s and the 1930s. The Bund is about about a mile long, it is the city's fulcrum.

    Hotel

    Accommodations: Holiday Inn Shanghai -Downtown. Meals: B,L

  • Day 21 - Shanghai

    Shanghai / Suzhou / Shanghai.
    Sightseeing

    One full-day tour to Suzhou (100km away from Shanghai), which has been known as the Venice of the East. After your arrival, you will be met by your local guide, your tour in Suzhou includes: the classical Humble Administrator's Garden and the attractive Lingering Garden, the ancient Tiger Hill Park and the No.1 Silk Factory. Back to Shanghai after the tour in Suzhou.

    Sightseeing

    The No.1 Silk Factory: Suzhou is famous for its silk production. In the factory you can learn more about silk production and detailed steps of the silk making process, and you will have an opportunity to purchase some of the incredibly delicate works as well.

    Sightseeing

    Lingering Garden: is one of the four most famous gardens in China and was constructed in 1593 during the Ming Dynasty. It is famous for its artistic way of dealing with the spaces between various kinds of architectural forms and garden courts.

    Hotel

    Accommodations: Holiday Inn Shanghai -Downtown. Meals: B,L

  • Day 22 - Shanghai

    Explore the Shanghai.
    Relaxation

    You will have a free day today to explore this modern city by yourself.

    Hotel

    Accommodations: Holiday Inn Shanghai -Downtown. Meals: B.

  • Day 23 - Shanghai

    Fly back home.

    Free in the day until our local guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to your sweet home.

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