14 days 13 nights Shanghai/Lijiang/Shangri-La/Lhasa/Chengdu (PT14D-5)
Shanghai is China’s most comprehensive industrial and commercial city, ranking the first in population and population density. As a tourist city, it attracts travelers from both home and abroad by its commercial activity rather than scenic beauty. Shanghai is situated on the bank of the Yangtze River Delta, with East China Sea in the east and Hangzhou delta in the south. Housing a population of over 16 million at present, it was once a small town supported by fishing and weaving before the first Opium War. Late in 1990, the central government started developing the area, and has since become the well-known booming metropolis city.
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.
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 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. It is the center of Tibet’s politics, economy and culture. 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.
The history of Chengdu as well as its name can be traced back 2,400 years. Praised as ‘the best place for living’, Chengdu is a city brimming with a strong leisurely ambience. The handcrafts of the city have been famous for thousands of years and include brocades and embroideries. Sichuan Cuisine with hot flavor is welcomed all over the country. Few people do not know about the Giant Panda. Their symbolic black and white fur-colour distinguishes them well from any other animals. Giant Panda, with only about one thousand left in the wild, is also the most well known endangered animal in the world. The rare animal is endemic to China, though some of the habitats were found in northern Vietnam and other nearby areas over half a million years ago. Since the very beginning, most of the research works on Giant Panda have been carrying out on-site at the Giant Panda’s natural habitats. Wolong is a part of the Sichuan Province of China.
|1||Arrive at Shanghai. Transfer to Shanghai Hotel for 3 nights stay.(D)|
|2||Full Day Shanghai City Tour (Shanghai Museum, Yu Yuan Garden, The Jade Buddha Monastery). (B,L,D)|
|3||Full day Zhouzhuang Water Town Tour. (B,L,D)|
|4||Fly to Lijiang. Transfer to Lijiang Treasure Harbour International Hotel for 3 nights stay. Afternoon visit Lijiang Old City (B,L,D)|
|5||Full Day Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (B,L,D)|
|6||Drive to Shangri-La pass by Tiger Leaping Gorge then transfer to Paradise Hotel for 3 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|7||Full day Hiking in Pudacuo Nation Park. (B,L,D)|
|8||Full day Tangdui tour (work on Pottery). Old town, Women’s handicraft center to learn making handicraft. (B,L,D)|
|9||Fly to Lhasa. Transfer to Lhasa Hotel for 3 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|10||Full day Potala Palace & Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Street (B,L,D)|
|11||Full day Yamdrock-Yutso Lake (B,L,D)|
|12||Fly to Chengdu. Transfer to Chengdu Holiday Inn Crown Plaza Hotel. (B,L,D)|
|13||Full day Wolong Panda Hug Tour. Evening flight to Beijing. Transfer to Days & Suites Beijing Hotel. (B,L,D)|
|14||Departure from Beijing. (B)|
The price includes:
- Shanghai Hotel Standard room for 3 nights, with ABF daily
- Treasure Harbour International Hotel Standard room for 2 nights, with ABF daily
- Shangri-La Paradise Hotel Standard room for 3 nights, with ABF daily
- Lhasa Hotel Standard room for 3 nights, with ABF daily
- Chengdu Holiday Inn Crown Plaza Standard room for 1 night, with ABF daily
- Days & Suites Beijing Hotel Standard room for 1night, with ABF daily
All airport transfers
All entrance fees to all sightseeing
Private English Speaking tour Guide, and Driver
All domestic airfare (Economy Class)
- Shanghai to Lijiang
- Shangri-la to Lhasa
- Lhasa to Chengdu
- Chengdu 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