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Beijing and Xi’an are the best representatives of China ancient capital where keep a great many magnificent Royal Palaces and tombs, including the world’s largest timberwork palace-Forbidden City and the Eighth Wonder of the World- Terra-Cotta Warriors and horses.
Besides the great ancient man-made scene, the world-famous astonishing nature landscape and colorful minority culture in Yunnan and Guilin, the modern city Shanghai, all of these during the 15 days will carve a memorable impression about China.
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 to Shanghai (B/L/-)
Transfer via: flight from Beijing to Shanghai arrange by us
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.
This afternoon fly to Shanghai, upon you arrive Shanghai, will be met and transfer to your downtown hotel. After check-in, it’s your free time. You can wander to the No.1 Shopping Paradise in China-Nanjing Road or walk along the riverfront Bund.
Day 5 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 6 Shanghai to Kunming (B/L/-)
Transfer via: flight from Shanghai 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 7 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 8 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 9 Dali to Lijiang (B/L/-)
In this morning, drive you to 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 10 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.
This morning, drive you ahead to Shangri-La where in northwest of Lijiang via Tiger Leaping Gorge. Then have a Tiger Leaping Gorge tour. Tiger Leaping Gorge is lying between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain, and 100 kilometers away from Lijiang Ancient Town.
And it’s believed to be the deepest gorge in the world with a good path high above the Yangtze River to get away from the throbbing roar of the river.
After finishing the tour, continue driving to Shangri-La (Zhongdian) and stay night at Shangri-La hotel. After check-in, it’s free time at your leisure.
Day 12 Shangri-La (Zhongdian) to Kunming (B/L/-)
Today, you will start with a tour to Songzanlin Monastery; Songzanlin Monastery is a miniature version of the Tibetan Lhasa Potala temple with its own statues and paintings of deities and lamas. The large prayer hall is able to accommodate more than 1000 people. There are monks chanting and offer blessing to visitors, very peaceful and serene. You can experience this beautiful sense during the tour. Then go to Pudacuo Scenic Area where includes Bita Lake, Shudu Lake and Xiagei Tibetan Village.
At the late afternoon, take flight back to Kunming. Upon arrive at Kunming, will be met and transfer to your downtown hotel for check-in.
Day 13 Kunming to Guilin (B/L/-)
Transfer via: flight from Kunming to Guilin arrange by us
You will be free before transfer you to the airport for catching your flight to Guilin. Guilin is one of the most beautiful karst scenery tourism destinations in China, and has inspired generations of silk scroll painters
Upon you arrive Guilin, you will be met and transfer to your downtown. After check-in, the left time is at your leisure.
Day 14 Guilin (B/L/-)
In this morning, drive you to Zhujiang Wharf for your Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Li River cruise, which is highly praised as one of the picturesque highlights of China. After the cruise of about 2 and half hours, you arrive at Yangshuo, and explore the local markets and the West Street.
And then drive you back to Guilin city.
Day 15 Guilin / departure (B/-/-)
Transfer via: international flight departure Guilin arrange by you.
This morning, drive you to visit Elephant Trunk Hill which is the symbolic of Guilin City, Fubo Hill and Reed Flute Cave. As the largest and most impressive cave in Guilin, Reed Flute Cave is regarded as the Palace of Nature’s Art. Reed Flute Cave is famous for the marvelous spectacles formed by stalagmites, stalactites, stone columns, stone curtains and stone flowers.
At late afternoon, transfer you to Guilin airport for catching your flight departure.