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If you have 2 weeks to explore China, this 15 days tour is absolutely a terrific itinerary that worth to visit. During this tour, you can witness the dignity of ancient royal palaces in Beijing, the magnificence of Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses since 210BC in Xi’an, the modern flavor of the great numerous skyscrapers in Shanghai, the breathtaking scenery of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang and explore the special minority culture of China southest.
Day 1 Arrive Beijing (-/-/-)
Transfer via: international flight arrange by you.
Upon you arrive at Beijing; you will be met at the airport and then transfer to your hotel. After check-in, it’s your free time.
Day 2 Beijing (B/L/-)
In this morning, drive about 1.5 hours from the town to Mutianyu Great Wall, which is one of the most beautiful and much lesser crowded Great Wall in Beijing.
After finishing the Great Wall tour, drive you to visit the Ming Tomb via Sacred Road. There are thirteen imperial tombs of the Ming Dynasty scattered over an area of 120 square kilometers on the slope of Yanshan Mountain in Changping District to the northwest of Beijing. Construction of the necropolis spanned more than two hundred years, almost throughout the entire Ming Dynasty: The first tomb was built in 1409, and the last one in 1644.
Then transfer you back to your downtown hotel.
Day 3 Beijing (B/L/-)
Today, you will have a full day Beijing city tour. This morning, we start our tour from Tian’anmen Square which was the largest square of this world but not it is getting smaller with the buildings rose up around it since 1949.
We will see quite a few buildings with revolution symbolization in distance like the People’s Hero monument, Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum.
After getting through the Tiananmen Tower, we get to Wumen, the entrance of the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City is a large construction to look over and we will spend our morning there.
After lunch, drive you to Summer Palace for a visit. Summer Palace is a large area and is epitomizing the philosophy and practice of Chinese garden design, has been playing a key role in the development of this cultural form throughout the East. Then transfer you back to your hotel.
Day 4 Beijing (B/L/-)
This morning, you will have a leisure way tour for visiting Beijing’s hutong. A hutong is an ancient city alley or lane typical in Beijing, where hutongs run into the several thousand. Surrounding the Forbidden City, many were built during the Yuan (1206-1341), Ming (1368-1628) and Qing (1644-1908) dynasties. During our tour in Hutong, we can drop in some local family, learning how to make Jiaozi and experience the traditional life of Beijing residents.
And then will go ahead to visit the Lama Temple and Temple of Heaven. The Temple was built in 1420 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifice to Heaven. As Chinese emperors called themselves “The Son of Heaven” they dared not to build their own dwelling, “Forbidden City” bigger than a dwelling for Heaven. In the evening, you can have an optional performance of Beijing Opera.
Day 5 Beijing to Xian (B/L/-)
Transfer via: flight from Beijing t Xi’an arrange by us.
This morning, you will take flights to Xi’an. Be met at Xi’an international airport and transfer to your downtown hotel.
After check-in and a short break, you will star your Xi’an tour with the majestic Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. And then go ahead to the Ancient City Wall.
Ancient City Wall built in the 14th century at the request of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang (the first emperor of Ming Dynasty), the ancient wall of Xi’an is one of the oldest landmarks of the city. It is also the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.
Day 6 Xi’an (B/L/-)
In the morning, drive to the Terra-cotta Warriors, which are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Upon ascending the throne at the age of 13 (in 246 BC), Qin Shi Huang, later the first Emperor of all China, had work begun on his mausoleum.
And then drive back the city and visit Shaanxi History Museum, one of the best museums in China with plenty of valuable relics from Han and Tang dynasties.
In the evening, you can have an optional Tang Dynasty Show.
Day 7 Xi’an to Kunming (B/L/-)
Transfer via: flight from Xi’an to Kunming arrange by us
In this morning, take flight to Kunming which known as the spring city of China. Upon arrive at Kunming, will be met and transfer to your downtown hotel for check-in. After a short rest, drive you to West Hill for climbing. And take a grand view of Dianchi Lake at Dragon Gate. What’s more, on the way down, you can also pay a visit to Huating Temple which contains 500 sculptures of the Buddha.
About 15 km from Kunming city, the West Hill lies along the western shore of Dianchi Lake. It stretches from north to south for about 40 km. The Hills resemble a reclining maiden lying on the banks of Dianchi Lake with her long hair flowing down into the lake. As a result, the Western Hills have the nickname of the “A Sleeping Beauty Hills”.
Dragon Gate，also called Datiange, which is a temple eyrie on the side of a sheer cliff Arhat Peak. It’s an ideal place to get some idea of how magnificent the sights are. Standing at the Dragon Gate, you can enjoy the beauty of the vast Dianchi Lake. It was said, “Once on the Dragon Gate, your fortune will be made.”
Day 8 Kunming (B/L/-)
This morning, drive you to the famous scenic place Stone Forest. It will take about two hours from Kunming to Stone Forest. Stone Forest located in Shilin Yi Nationality Autonomous County. It covers an area of 400 square kilometers (96,000 acres) and includes both large and small stone forests, as well as many other scenic spots. The fantastic stone pinnacles rising abruptly from the ground resemble a huge, dense forest. The stone forest with its mysterious scenery and natural beauty is described as “the most fantastic scenery under heaven” by the people in and out of China.
After finishing Stone Forest trip, transfer you back to Kunming. When come back to Kunming, you will have another tour to Bamboo Temple. Bamboo Temple is located in Yu’anshan Mountain which is in 10km northwest of Kunming. It is a much-restored Tang Dynasty temple known for its Arhat statues, is arguably the most famous of Kunming’s temples. After finishing this trip, transfer you back to your hotel.
Day 9 Kunming to Dali (B/L/-)
Transfer via: flight from Kunming to Dali arrange by us
Take an early flight from Kunming to Dali. Be met at Dali airport and transfer to you hotel. After check-in and a short rest, drive you to Erhai Lake. Then you will take a cruise on the Erhai Lake. Erhai Lake has formed one of the most beautiful and best known scenery in China.
And then lead you to Three Pagoda Temple and Dali Ancient Town. The main attractions of Dali are the ancient town, the Chongsheng pagoda and the surrounding countryside. Dali was once the ancient capital of the Nanzhao Kingdom for hundreds of year since Tang dynasty to Yuan dynasty till Mongols took over it. However, its important role in trading on the ancient Tea-Horse-Caravan has never changes.
Day 10 Dali to Lijiang (B/L/-)
In this morning, drive you Lijiang. Located in the conjunction of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Lijiang is a prefecture-level city in the northwest of Yunnan province and covers an area of 21,219 square km.
After lunch, lead you to visit the Black Dragon Pool，and you can also pay a visit the Dongba Culture Exhibition Museum in the park and learn something about the Dongba Culture. Then tour the Lijiang Ancient Town. Lijiang Ancient Town is an interesting place to explore. The canals in the town are really unique, the local people block water to wash the ground in the town every day, and this has been practiced ever since the town was established.
Day 11 Lijiang (B/L/-)
Today, you will have a full day tour of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yufeng Temple and Baisha Village. You will start your tour with Yufeng Temple which is a traditional Lamasery famous for its 1000-year-old Camellia Tree. And then take Yak Meadow cable car ascending the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the southernmost glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. It stretches a length of 35 kilometers and a width of 20 kilometers. Looking from Lijiang Ancient Town in the south, the snow-covered and fog-enlaced mountain resembles a jade dragon laying in the clouds, hence, the name Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
After finishing Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, you will have another tour to Baisha Village to experience the local Naxi people’s life and to visit the Baisha Mural Paintings.
Day 12 Lijiang to Shanghai (B/L/-)
Transfer via: flight from Lijiang to Shanghai arrange by us.
This morning, is your free time to explore Lijiang around. And then we will take flight to Shanghai in the afternoon. Upon arrive at Shanghai, you will be met and transfer to your downtown hotel for check-in.
After check-in, the time is at your leisure.
Day 13 Shanghai (B/L/-)
Today you will have full day tour in Shanghai. You will pay a visit to Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple and the Former French Concession.
Yu Garden, a classical garden in downtown Shanghai, boasts a history over 400 years. Each pavilion, hall, stone and stream in the garden is expressing the quintessence of South China landscape design from Ming and Qing Dynasty.
Situated in the northwest of Shanghai, the Jade Buddha Temple is one of Shanghai’s few Buddhist temples, which draws from both the Pure Land and Chan traditions of Mahayana Buddhism. Its exterior is easily identifiable by its bright saffron walls. Inside, the centerpiece is a two-meter-high white jade sitting Buddha encrusted with jewels. It is said this 1.9-meters-tall statue weighs 1,000kg.
Day 14 Shanghai (B/L/-)
It’s your free time to explore Shanghai. You can go to walk along the riverfront Bund or wander to the No.1 Shopping Paradise in China-Nanjing Road.
Day 15 Shanghai departure (B/-/-)
Transfer via: international flight departure Shanghai arrange by you
It’s your free time before transfer to the airport for catching your flight.