21 days 20 nights Shanghai/Guilin/Kunming/Lijiang/Shangri-La/Lhasa/Chengdu/Xi’an/Beijing (PT21D-2)
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 f- or 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.
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 attracts 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 Yunnan 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. 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.
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 high loess 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.
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.
|1||Arrive at Shanghai. Transfer to Shanghai Hotel for 3 nights stay.(D)|
|2||Full Day 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 Guilin. Transfer to Guilin Bravo Hotel. (B,L,D)|
|5||Full Day Li River Cruise. Transfer to Yangshuo Regency Holiday Hotel.(B,L,D)|
|6||Half day city tour (Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Hill). Fly to Kunming, Transfer to Bank Hotel Kunming for 2 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|7||Full Day Stone Forests (B,L,D)|
|8||Fly to Lijiang, Transfer to Lijiang Treasure Harbor International Hotel, Afternoon visit Lijiang Old City. (B,L,D)|
|9||Transfer to Shangri-La by bus passes by Tiger Leaping Gorges. Transfer to Shangri-La Paradise Hotel for 3 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|10||Full day hiking in Pudacuo Nation Park. (B,L,D)|
|11||Visit Songzanlin Monastery and Old Town Shangri-La. (B,L,D)|
|12||Fly to Lhasa. Transfer to Lhasa Hotel for 3 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|13||Full day Potala Palace & Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Street (B,L,D)|
|14||Full day Yamdrock Yutso Lake (B,L,D)|
|15||Fly to Chengdu. Transfer to Chengdu Holiday Inn Crown Plaza hotel for 2 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|16||Full day Wolong Panda Hug Tour (B,L,D)|
|17||Flight to Xi’an, Transfer to Xi’an Sheraton Hotel. Half day city tour (City Wall & Shaanxi History Museum ) (B,L,D)|
|18||Full Day Terra cotta Tour ( Terracotta Museum & Big Wild Goose Pagoda & Banpo Museum ). Fly to Beijing. Transfer to Days& Suites Beijing Hotel for 3 nights stay. (B,L,D)|
|19||Badaling Great Wall & Summer Palace (B,L,D)|
|20||Full Day City Tour (Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven). (B,L,D)|
|21||Departure from Beijing. (B)|
The price includes:
- 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 1night, with ABF daily
- Bank Hotel Kunming Standard room for 2 nights, with ABF daily
- Treasure Harbour International Hotel Standard room for 1 night, with ABF daily
- Shangi-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 2 nights, with ABF daily
- Xi'an Sheraton Hotel Standard room for 1 night, with ABF daily
- Days & Suites Beijing Hotel Standard room for 3 nights, with ABF daily
All airport transfers
All entrance fees to all sightseeing
Private English Speaking tour Guide, and Driver
Meals as stated in the itinerary are included.
All domestic airfare (Economy Class)
- Shanghai to Guilin
- Guilin to Kunming
- Kunming to Lijiang
- Shangri-la to Lhasa
- Lhasa to Chengdu
- Chengdu to Xian
- Xian 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