The Minority Cultures of China 12 Days / 11 Nights WOW 10
Kunming (Nicknamed the ‘City of Eternal Spring’) 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 Western Hill attract millions of visitors each year.
Chengdu is the capital of “Heavenly State” (Tian Fu Zhi Guo), habitat of giant pandas and city of cotton-rose hibiscus. Located in the west of Sichuan Basin and in the center of Chengdu Plain, Chengdu covers a total area of 12.3 thousand square kilometers with a population of over 11 million. Benefiting from Dujiangyan Irrigation Project which was constructed in 256 B.C., Sichuan Province is reputed as “Tian Fu Zhi Guo”, literally a place richly endowed with natural resources. Chengdu, as the capital, is extremely productive. The Min and Tuo Rivers, two branches of the Yangtze River, connected to forty other rivers, supply an irrigation area of more than 700 square kilometers with 150-180 million kilowatts of water. Consisting of abundant mineral resources, the land is extremely fertile.
Lhasa is rightly one of the most featured and dreamt-about cities in the world. This is not only because of its remoteness, its high altitude at 3,650 meters (11,975 feet) means limited accessibility, but also because of its impressive heritage of over a thousand years of cultural and spiritual history that has helped to create the romantic and mysterious Tibetan religion. Known as the â€œRoof of the World’, Lhasa is the capital of Tibet, and its political, economic, and cultural center. With a rich history spanning 1300 years, magnificent natural scenery and pleasant weather, earning the nick name “Sunshine City,” the city offers visitors a life-long memories of experience. Differing from the inland cities and other places in Tibet, Lhasa is unique with an allure all of its own. In the Tibetan language, Lhasa means the Holy Land or the Buddha Land. The city has also been appointed as one of the 24 historical and cultural cities of China. The splendor and grandeur of the Potala Palace in Lhasa remains a world-famous symbol of the enigmatic power of politics and religion in this region.
Chongqing is a well-known city with a history of more than 3000 years. It is the famous historical and cultural city in China. Chongqing is the birthplace of the Bayu Culture. At present, Chongqing is a municipality directly under the Central Government with the largest area, the most administrative districts and the largest population. The original area of the whole city is 82,000 square kilometers, governing former Chongqing, Wanxian, Fuling cities as well as 43 districts, cities and counties in the Qianjiang Region. Chongqing has a population of 30,020,000; most of them are of Han nationality. 49 other ethnic minorities, such as Tujia, Miao, Hui, Man, and Yi also live here but retain their own traditional customs. The colorful local customs have already become an important tourist attraction in Chongqing
Yichang lies on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, covering an area of about 8,108 square miles. It is an ancient city and its history can be traced back for 4,000 years. Now, after thousands of years’ development, the city stands out with its various unique characteristics. Located in the middle of China, Yichang is the transportation center which connects the eastern and the western parts of China. Yichang has abundant water resources.
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.
|1||Arrive in Kunming
Upon arrival in Kunming, you will be met by an English-speaking guide and transferred to Kunming New Era Hotel for 3 nights stay. Free at leisure for the remaining day.
|2||Kunming Stone Forest & Dragon Gate [B, L, D]
Visit famous Stone Forests & Dragon Gate.
|3||Kunming Tour [B, L, D]
Full day tour visit Yunnan Minority Village & Daguan Pavilion & Huating Temple.
|4||Arrive in Chengdu, Baoguang Temple & Sanxingdui Museum [B, D]
In the morning, fly from Kunming to Chengdu and transfer to Crown Plaza Chengdu for 1 night stay. Visit the Baoguang Temple where historic relics and sculptures are preserved & Sanxingdui Museum’s cultural relics, unearthed near the Sanxingdui archeological site, is an important archeological discovery which changed the people’s understanding of ancient history and culture.
|5||Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding* & Arrive in Lhasa [B]
Hold a Panda, take photos with a Panda, or play with a Panda during their most active time in the morning.*
Fly to Lhasa and transfer to Lhasa Four Points Hotel for 3 nights. The remainder of the day is for you to rest and get acclimated to the change in altitude.
|6||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Street [B, L, D]
Visit the famous and most picturesque site in Lhasa -Potala Palace. After a visit to the Jokhang Temple, you will step out to Barkhor Street – Lhasa shoppers’ paradise.
|7||Lhasa Tour [B, L, D]
Full day Lhasa City tour visit Drepung Monastery & Norbulingka & Sera Monastery.
|8||Yangtze River Cruise [B, D]
Private transfer from Lhasa Four Points to Lhasa airport. Fly to Chongqing and, if time allows, enjoy Chongqing city tour before embarking on the river cruise. Transfer to the Chongqing pier where you will hop on the Yangtze River Cruise for a 3-night stay. The Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world.
|9||Yangtze River Cruise [B, L, D]
Enjoy the Yangtze River Cruise with a shore excursion to Fengdu, Shibaozhai or Wanzhou
|10||Yangtze River Cruise [B, L, D]
Continue to set sail on the Yangtze River Cruise to the scenic Three Gorges region in the Yangtze River – Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge. The ship docks for an excursion to Daning River Small Gorges or Shennong Stream.
|11||Yangtze River Cruise, arrive in Beijing [B, L]
On the final day of the cruise, visit the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric river dam. In the afternoon, disembark from Yichang and transfer to the airport where you’ll board a flight to Beijing. Transfer to Doubletree by Hilton Beijing hotel for a 1 night stay.
|12||Return to Hong Kong [B]
Bid farewell to Beijing with your private guide and transfer to the Beijing airport. Take Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong and enjoy a convenient connection back to the U.S.
*These are VIP Venues NOT open to the Public
The price includes
- Kunming New Era Hotel or similar hotel with Standard room for 3 nights, with daily breakfast at hotel.
- Crowne Plaze Chengdu or similar hotel with Deluxe Room for 1 nights, with daily breakfast at hotel
- Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa Hotel or similar hotel with Superior Room for 3 nights, with daily breakfast at hotel
- Doubletree by Hilton Beijing or similar hotel with Superior Room for 1 nights, with daily breakfast at hotel
- Entrance fees to sightseeing as stated in the itinerary
- Panda VIP access fee
- Yangtze Cruise: standard room
- Airport transfers and ground transportation as stated in the itinerary
- Meals as stated in the itinerary
- B = Breakfast in hotel
- L = Lunch outside of hotel at designated local restaurant
- D = Dinner outside of hotel at designated local restaurant
- Private English speaking tour guide, and driver
- China domestic airfare (Economy Class)
- Kunming to Chengdu
- Chengdu to Lhasa
- Lhasa to Chongqing
- Yichang to Beijing
- Inbound and outbound international air (Economy L Class) through the Cathay Pacific Package. Routing based on specific package purchased.
The price excludes
- Gratuities for the Guides and Drivers
- Incidentals in hotel such as dry cleaning, phone, mini bar
- Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel Insurance
- China visa
- Tibet Visa
- 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
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