21 days 20 nights Beijing/Xi’an/Lhasa/Chengdu/Chongqing/Yichang/Shanghai/Guilin (PT21D-1)
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 The old city walls have been replaced by ring roads, and many of the old residential districts of alleys and courtyard houses have been turned into high-rise hotels, office buildings, and department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 Shaanxi 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.
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. From Chengdu, it is about 3.5 hours’ drive. Further drive from Wolong through the Balang Shan (Balang Mountain) will take you to Jiusaigou. Wolong is a highland with almost one thousand meters above sea level. The altitude brings it high contrast of weather among the four seasons of a year.
Chongqing is a port city with the largest municipal area and population in China. It is situated in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers in southwest China. With an area of 31,800 square miles, the municipality of Chongqing has a registered population of 32 million, of which the majority is the Han nationality. Numerous other ethnic groups including Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Qiang, Hui, Man, You and Tujia also reside here and retain their own traditional customs. Since its founding 3,000 years ago, Chongqing has been called Jiangzhou, Yuzhou, and Gongzhou, before getting its present name nearly 800 years ago. Today, Chongqing is a modern city, China’s fourth municipality after Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin. Within its borders Chongqing encompasses a wealth of water reserves, mineral resources, dense forests, and abundant flora and fauna. Located at the head of the reservoir behind the Three Gorges Dam, Chongqing is planned to be the spearhead for the development of the western part of the country by China’s Central Government. With the completion of the Three Gorges Project, its reservoir will bring ocean going ships to the quays of Chongqing. The hope is to make this megalopolis a “Chinese Chicago”, opening up the interior, shifting the country’s center of gravity west, and kick-starting the economy – as did Chicago in the United States during the nineteenth century.
Lying on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, Yichang covers 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. Yangtze River runs through the city center and the Gezhouba Water Conservancy Project and Three Gorges Dam Project are located there. Benefiting from these projects, Yichang has become the largest hydroelectric resource center in China.
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 city of Guilin, named after the fragrance of osmanthus, built in Qin dynasty over 2000 years ago, prospering in Tang and Song, flourishing in Ming and Qing, is a world famous tourist city for its picturesque scenery, as well as a well-known cultural and historic city. Located in the subtropical zone, Guilin boasts a pleasant climate for sight-seeing throughout the four seasons. It is inhabited by 12 nationalities with a total population of 1,260,000. The typical Karst formation makes Guilin the prettiest wonder on earth which notables of all dynasties and heads of different states have been coming one after another to appreciate, all gasping with admiration:”Guilin is the most beautiful place in the world!” Today’s Guilin ranks second respectively on the list of China’s ten best scenic spots and that of China’ s top forty tourist spot. With her new appearance today, she is ready at any moment to bid you welcome.
|1||Arrive at Beijing. Transfer to Days & Suites Beijing Hotel for 3 nights stay. (D)|
|2||Full Day City Tour (Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven) (B,L,D)|
|3||Visit Badaling Great Wall & Summer Palace (B,L,D)|
|4||Fly to Xi’an. Transfer to Xi’an Sheraton Hotel for 3 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|5||Full Day Terra cotta Tour (Terracotta Museum & Big Wild Goose Pagoda & Banpo Museum) (B,L,D)|
|6||Full Day City Tour (City Wall & Shaanxi History Museum & Forest of Stone Steles Museum) (B,L,D)|
|7||Flight to Lhasa. Transfer to Lhasa Hotel for 3 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|8||Full Day Potala Palace, the Jokang Temple, Barkhor Street (B,L,D)|
|9||Full Day Yamdrock Yutso Lake. (B,L,D)|
|10||Flight to Chengdu. Transfer to Chengdu Holiday Inn Crown Plaza Hotel for 2 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|11||Panda Hug (B,L,D)|
|12||Yangtze River Cruise. (B,L,D)|
|13||Yangtze River Cruise. (B,L,D)|
|14||Yangtze River Cruise. (B,L,D)|
|15||Yichang City Tour (Three Traveler Cave, The Garden of Chinese Sturgeon) then fly to Shanghai. Transfer to Shanghai Hotel for 3 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|16||Full Day City Tour (Shanghai Museum, Yu Yuan Garden & The Jade Buddha Monastery) (B,L,D)|
|17||Full Day Zhou zhuang tour. (B,L,D)|
|18||Fly to Guilin. Transfer to Guilin Bravo Hotel. (B,L,D)|
|19||Full Day Li River Cruise. Transfer to Yangshuo Regency Holiday Hotel. (B,L,D)|
|20||Full Day Yangshuo. Evening flight to Beijing. Transfer to Days & Suites Beijing Hotel. (B,L,D)|
|21||Departure from Beijing. (B)|
The price includes:
- Days & Suites Beijing Hotel Standard room for 4 nights, with ABF daily
- Xi'an Sheraton 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 2 nights, with ABF daily
- Shanghai Hotel Standard room for 3 nights , with ABF daily
- Guilin Bravo Hotel Standard room for 1 night, with ABF daily
- Yangshuo Regency Holiday Hotel Standard room for 1 night, with ABF daily
All airport transfers
All entrance fees to all sightseeing
Yangtze River Cruise Ticket
Private English Speaking tour Guide, and Driver
All domestic airfare (Economy Class)
- Beijing to Xian
- Xian to Lhasa
- Lhasa to Chengdu
- Chengdu to Chongqing
- Yichang to Shanghai
- Shanghai to Guilin
- Guilin 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