12 days 11 nights Beijing/Xi’an/Kunming/Lijiang/Shangri-La (PT12D-3)
As the capital of China, Beijing is one of the world’s truly imposing cities, with a 3,000-year history and 11 million people. Covering 16,808 square kilometers in area, it is the political, cultural and economic center of the People’s Republic of China. Situated in northeast China, Beijing adjoins the Inner Mongolian Highland to the northwest and the Great Northern Plain to the south. Five rivers run through the city, connecting it to the eastern Bohai Sea. Administratively, the Beijing municipality equals the status of a province, reporting directly to the central government. Rich in history, Beijing has been China’s primary capital for more than seven centuries. China’s imperial past and political present meet at Tiananmen square, where the Forbidden City palace of the emperors gives way to the Great Hall of the People congress building and the mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong. The old city walls have been replaced by ring roads, and many of the old residential districts of alleys and courtyard houses have been turned into high-rise hotels, office buildings, and department stores. Beijing, a dynamic city where the old and new intermingle, remains a magnet for visitors from inside and outside China.
Xi’an is a city with incredible history, as well as a prosperous modern city. As the capital city of Shannxi province, it holds a key position in the fertile plain between the highland plateau of the north and the Qinling Mountains to the south. Xi’an has been the capital of eleven dynasties for more than 2000 years. Along with Rome and Constantinople, this city played a vital role in bridging the gap between east and west. There are important sites and relics in this city. The Terracotta Army of Qin Emperor is regarded as the eighth wonder of the world.
Nicknamed the ‘City of Eternal Spring’, Kunming enjoys a pleasant year-round climate. It is also known as a city which plays host to the many minority cultures which inhabit Yunnan. Around twenty-six ethnic groups can be found living in or around the city. The unique landscape of Kunming featuring attractions such as the Stone Forest and Dianchi Lake attract millions of visitors each year.
The Old Town of Lijiang was first built in Southern Song Dynasty and in 1253, which is surrounded by Lion Mountain in the west and by Elephant and Golden Row Mountains in the north. The streets are paved with the local stone slabs, which do not get muddy in the rainy season and are free of dust in the dry season. Many stone bridges and arches in the city were built during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The ancient traditional culture of the Naxi ethnic group is the Dongba culture, which is based on the Dongba religion. Most believers are skilled in medicine and the culture is passed on through literature and art. The most delicious traditional food is called Lijiang round cake. The Old Town of Lijiang was included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1997.
For many years the debate went on to determine where is the Shangri-La as described in James Hilton’s book Lost Horizon. It was not until few years ago that the international debate ended and confirmed that Diqing of Yunan Province was indeed what James Hilton was writing about. As a result, Diqing is now officially named Shangri-La and has been designed a UNESCO destination.
|1||Arrive at Beijing. Transfer to Days & Suites Beijing Hotel for 2 nights stay. (D)|
|2||Badaling Great Wall & Summer Palace (B,L,D)|
|3||Full day City Tour (Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven) & Evening flight to Xi’an. Transfer to Xi’an Sheraton Hotel for 2 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|4||Full Day Terracotta Tour (Terracotta Museum & Big Wild Goose Pagoda & Banpo Museum ) (B,L,D)|
|5||Full Day City Tour (City Wall & Shaanxi History Museum & Forest of Stone Steles Museum ) Evening fly to Kunming, Transfer to Kunming Bank Hotel for 2 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|6||Full Day Stone Forests(B,L,D)|
|7||Fly to Lijiang, Transfer to Lijiang Treasure Harbour International Hotel for 2 nights stay, Afternoon visit Lijiang Old City (B,L,D)|
|8||Full Day Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (B,L,D)|
|9||Drive to Shangri-La pass by Tiger Leaping Gorges then transfer to Shangri-La Paradise Hotel (B,L,D)|
|10||Pudacuo National Park, Songzanlin Monastery, Old Town & Women’s Handicraft Center (B,L,D)|
|11||Fly to Kunming then connecting flight to Beijing. Transfer to Days & Suites Beijing Hotel. (B,L,D)|
|12||Departure from Beijing. (B)|
The price includes:
- Days & Suites Beijing Hotel Standard room for 3 nights stay, with ABF daily
- Xi'an Sheraton Hotel Standard room for 2 nights stay , with ABF daily
- Kunming Bank Hotel for 2 nights stay, with ABF daily
- Lijiang Treasure Harbour International Hotel for 2 nights stay, with ABF daily
- Shangri-la Paradise Hotel for 2 nights stay, with ABF daily
All entrance fees to all sightseeing
All meals as stated in the above
Private English Speaking tour Guide, and Driver
All domestic airfare (Economy Class)
- Beijing to Xi'an
- Xi'an to Kunming
- Kunming to Lijiang
- Connecting flight: Lijiang to Kunming, Kunming to Beijing
This price excludes:
- Gratuities for the Guides and Drivers
- Incidentals in hotel such as dry cleaning, phone, mini bar
- Inbound and outbound international air
- Hotels used may be changed prior to tour but will be replaced with similar category of hotels
- Price and availability subject to change without notice until deposit is received