17 days Fantastic China History and Landscape Tour

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17 days Fantastic China History and Landscape Tour

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Length of trip:

17 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 3000 to $ 6000

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.


Detailed Description of this trip:

The tour is designed completely according to the specific requests of some clients from the United States. One of our travel consultants would like to work out an itinerary based on this one, with new flight schedules and accommodations for you. China is a land of ferocious contrasts. If you are after history, indulge yourself in China's imperial monuments, stretching from Beijing to Xian and beyond. If you are a nature lover, the amazing landscape and country scenery in Guilin, will never disappoint you. You will visit many places including Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Sacred Road, Great Wall, Ding Tomb, Hutongs, Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi Provincial Museum, Shibaozhai, Lesser Three Gorges, The Three Gorge Dam, Stone Forest, West Hill and Dragon Gate, First Bend of the Yangtze River, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Elephant Trunk Hill , Reed Flute Cave, Fubo Hill, Li River Cruise, Yangshuo County, West Street(Yangshuo) in China.


Trip Properties:


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. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure.

  • Day 2 - Beijing

    Visit Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square 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.

    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.

    Temple of Heaven: the place which was visited yearly by the emperors who performed intricate rituals to insure a good harvest for the whole nation at ancient times.

    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.

  • Day 3 - Beijing

    Visit Sacred Road, Great Wall, Ding Tomb in Beijing.
    Sightseeing

    Today you will have a visit to the majestic Great Wall (Badaling section), the Ding Tomb of Ming Tombs and Sacred road. Meals: B.

  • Day 4 - Xiangfan

    Beijing / Xian.

    After breakfast, you will visit Hutongs by rickshaw. Your lunch will be served in one of the local people's home during the tour, when you can learn how to make dumplings.

    Hutongs: the old narrow paths with lots of courtyard homes where common people are living. They are like villages within a megalopolis. Through the hutongs' teeming maze of alleyways, you will see the old houses and learn about the daily life of ordinary Beijing citizens.

    Commercial Flight

    After then take the afternoon flight to Xian.

    Hotel

    Upon your arrival, our local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure. Meals: B

  • Day 5 - China

    Visit Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian.
    Sightseeing

    Today, you will visit the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors and Horses, after lunch, drive to Mt Huashan which is 120 km east of Xi'an. Stay overnight at the foot of Mt Huashan. Meals: B


    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 - Chongqing

    Xian / Chongqing.

    After breakfast, you will have city tour to the Shaanxi Provincial Museum and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

    Big Wild Goose Pagoda: regarded by many as a symbol of the city Xian, the pagoda was built in 652 A.D. in the Tang Dynasty to house the sutras brought back from India by the famous monk Xuan-zang.

    Commercial Flight

    Take your onward flight to the next destination--Chongqing.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Our guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to the Cruise! American Victoria. Departs Chongqing at 21:00.

  • Day 7 - China

    Yangtze River Cruise.
    River or Barge Cruise

    Shore excursion to Shibaozhai this morning. Meals: B

    Shibaozhai: a gem of Chinese architecture, literally means Stone Treasure Fortress in English. It is a 12-storey red wood tower which was first built in Qing Dynasty with a history of 300 years. It was built against a rectangular rock with sheer cliffs on the river bank, 56 meters high, on the top of which you can enjoy a panoramic view of the rapid river and the surrounding countryside.

  • Day 8 - China

    Yangtze River Cruise.
    River or Barge Cruise

    Shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges by smaller vessels this morning. Meals: B


    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 9 - Yichang

    Visit The Three Gorge Dam in Yichang.
    River or Barge Cruise

    Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam site this morning. After lunch, you will disembark the ship in Yichang at 13:30. Then you will enjoy the city tour this afternoon. Meals: B

    The Three Gorge Dam: spanning the Yangtze at Sandouping, Yichang, Hubei province, China, construction began in 1994, it 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, and by then the water level will rise to 135 meters above sea level. The reservoir began filling on June 1, 2003, and will occupy the present position of the scenic Three Gorges area, between the cities of Yichang, Hubei; and Fuling, Chongqing Municipality.

  • Day 10 - Kunming

    Yichang / Kunming.
    Commercial Flight

    Our guide will escort you to the flight to Kunming. Meals: B

    Hotel

    pon your arrival, our local guide will meet you at the airport and send you to your hotel.

  • Day 11 - Kunming

    Visit Stone Forest, West Hill and Dragon Gate in Kunming.
    Sightseeing

    Today, you will enjoy your trip to the Stone Forest which is about 90km to the south of Kunming. And you will also have a city tour including the West Hill and Dragon Gate. Meals: B

    Sightseeing

    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.

    West Hill and Dragon Gate: located by the Dian Lake, known as "Sleeping Beauty," it is a natural forest park in Kunming with a series of winding steps, tunnels, and statue-filled grottoes leading to the top. After taking the cable car up to the Cablecar Station, you can walk along the path in the mountain, and stop now and then to enjoy the beauty of the scenery: blue skies, green water with slow sailing fishing boats and so on.

  • Day 12 - Lijiang City

    Kunming / Lijiang.
    Commercial Flight

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lijiang.

    Hotel

    Upon your arrival at Lijiang County, "an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage" site, our local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.

    Sightseeing

    In the afternoon, you will have an excursion to the Ancient Town and the Lion Hill.

    Lion Hill: the name is derived from its resemblance of a lion playing a ball. The mountain is best known for its vast and green pines and cypresses planted mostly in Ming Dynasty with over 500 years old. From the Tower of Eternity (Wangoulou) on the top of the mountain, you can enjoy a bird's eye view of the ancient town and the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain far away.

    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."

  • Day 13 - Lijiang City

    Visit First Bend of the Yangtze River, Tiger Leaping Gorge in Lijiang.
    Sightseeing

    After breakfast, you will first visit the First Bend of the Yangtze River and Iron Chain Bridge in the Shigu (Stone Drum) Town, and then Tiger Leaping Gorge. Get back to Lijiang County afterwards.

    First Bend of the Yangtze River: formed by the Yangtze River rushing down from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau with a sharp turn of 45 degrees at Shigu (Stone Drum) Town before the river continues running on to northeast.

  • Day 14 - Kunming

    Lijiang / Kunming.
    Commercial Flight

    Free in the day until our local guide escorts you to the airport for your flight back to your Kunming. Meals: B

  • Day 15 - Guilin

    Kunming / Guilin.
    Commercial Flight

    Our guide will escort you to the flight to Guilin!

    Hotel

    Upon your arrival at Guilin, the most scenic city in China, our local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Meals: B

    Sightseeing

    Your tour in this beautiful city will include 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.

    Sightseeing

    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 16 - 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.

    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 17 - Guilin

    Visit Moon Hill and fly back home.
    Sightseeing

    In the morning, you will have an excursion to the Moon Hill, along the route a serene pastoral view of fantastic limestone mountains, peaceful farming villages with long stretch of rice fields and roaming water buffaloes spreads in front of you, you will also have the chance to pay a visit to one of the local farmer's home en route. Meals: B


    Moon Hill: viewed from different places, the moon takes on different shapes, sometimes full moon, sometimes half-moon and sometimes crescent, forming a marvelous spectacle in Yangshuo. Climbing about 800 steps up to the very top, you will have a fantastic view of the whole county.

    After the tour in Yangshuo, you will be transferred back to Guilin airport (2-hour drive) for your flight to your next destination.

    Commercial Flight

    International flight on your own arrangement.

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