27-day Fantastic China Tour
Tour code: ETC-Q05
Take this Fatastic China trip and see the great natural and cultural wonders in China! Different from sightseeing tours, this journey might include some unique beauty in remote area like Jiuzhaigou Valley in Sichuan, as well as some hiking and trekking along the spectacular tiger leaping gorges...
|Tour Date||City||Tour Brief|
||Arrive Hong Kong, Free Day|
|3||Hong Kong / Guilin
||Fly to Guilin|
||Free Morning, Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill|
|5||Guilin / Yangshuo
||Li River Cruise, West Street|
||Cycling at countryside Yangshuo, Bamboo rafting Yulong River|
|7||Guilin / Kunming
||Fly to Kunming|
||Stone Forest, Western Hill and Dragon Gate|
|9||Kunming / Lijiang
||Fly to Lijiang, visit Lijiang Old Town|
||Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorges|
||Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorges, back to Lijiang|
||Lijiang / Chengdu
||Leshan Giant Buddha, Mt.Emei|
||Panda Breeding Center, Jinsha Cultural Relics Museum, Wenshu Temple and a local tea house|
||Chengdu / Jiuzhaigou
||Fly to Jiuzhaigou, visit Huanglong Reserve|
||Jiuzhaigou / Xi'an
||Fly to Xi'an, Xi'an Old City Wall|
||Xi'an / Beijing
||Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, and Muslim Quarters, Fly to Beijing|
||Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City|
||Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tombs - Changling.|
||Beijing / Huangshan
||Summer Palace, Hutongs, Fly to Yellow Mountain|
||Huangshan Mountain Scenic Area|
||Hongcun Village, Drive to Hangzhou|
||Hangzhou / Suzhou
||West Lake, Dragon Well Tea Plantation and Six Harmony Pagoda|
||Suzhou / Shanghai
||Humble Administrator's Garden and Pan Gate (Panmen), Grand Canal, No.1 Silk Factory, Train to Shanghai|
||Jade Buddha Temple, old city quarter, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise|
Be met at the airport and transfer to hotel for check in.
Day 2 Hong Kong
Free day for your own exploration.
Day 3 Hong Kong /Guilin
Your own arrangement to the airport and fly to Guilin. Be met at the airport and transfer to hotel check in.
Day 4 Guilin (B, L)
Morning free at leisure. After lunch, pay a visit to the Reed Flute Cave and the Elephant Trunk Hill.
-Reed Flute Cave: Fantastic stalactites & stalagmites formation, known as "Natural Art Gallery".
-Elephant Trunk Hill: It is the symbol of Guilin. The shape of the rock is just like a giant elephant drinking water from river with its trunk, hence the name. Standing atop the rock, you can see the beautiful panoramic view of the town.
Day 5 Guilin / Yangshuo(B, L)
After breakfast, enjoy a wonderful 3.5 hour cruise going down the Li River sided by picturesque scenery. In Yangshuo, be free at leisure on the West Street.
Day 6 Yangshuo (B, L)
Have a cycling tour to the countryside for about 2hrs, then enjoy bamboo rafting on Yulong River for about 1.5hrs.
-Yulong River: It winds its way in a picturesque valley sided by stunning limestone hills. Sitting on a bamboo rafting (twin sharing), you can lie down on the chair smelling the fragrance of rice, enjoying the gentle water buffalo walking on the bank. On the way, you can also slide down some small dams on the raft as a soft adventure. Great fun and exciting!
Day 7 Guilin / Kunming (B, L)
Transfer to the airport, Be met at the airport and transfer to hotel check in.
Day 8 Kunming (B, L)
Stone Forest, Western Hill and Dragon Gate (with one-way cableway)
-Stone Forest: The most famous tourist attraction in Kunming - a typical formation of Karst topography.
Western Hill and Dragon Gate - A beautiful forest park located by Dian Lake, it features cliff-side grottos cut out of the sheer stonewalls.
Day 9 Kunming / Lijiang (B, L)
Pick up at the hotel and transfer to the airport. Be met at the airport and transfer to hotel check in. Then visit Lijiang Old Town.
-Lijiang Old Town: Originally called Dayan, Lijiang is a very well preserved old town built by Naxi people with unique cultural background. It was listed as the World Cultural Heritage Sites in 1997.
Day 10 Lijiang (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will be picked up and drive about 2hrs to the start point (altitude: 1790m) of the trekking. The first part to the Naxi's House (a restaurant) is about 2hrs, where you will have lunch for a rest. The 2nd part in the afternoon is about 3.5hrs. The most difficult section is called 28 zigzags which lead you to the highest point at altitude of 2650m. You will overnight in a guest house.
-Tiger Leaping Gorge: Tiger Leaping Gorge is a canyon on the upper reach of the Yangtze River, legend says a tiger could jump across the river at the narrowest point (still 25 meters wide), hence the name. Tiger Leaping Gorge offers a pleasant walk through spectacular scenery.
Day 11 Lijiang (B, L)
Continue the trekking after breakfast. Most of the road is descend and is much easier. At noon time you will reach the end of the trekking, Tina's House, for lunch. Transfer to Lijiang after lunch.
Day 12 Lijiang / Chengdu (B, L)
Visit Joseph Rock's Former Residence at Yuhu Village, Shuhe Old Town, Black Dragon Pool Park, Dongba Museum. Then transfer to the airport and fly to Chengdu. Be met and transfer to the hotel.
-Shuhe Old Town: Shuhe is the earliest settlement of Naxi people in Lijiang when their ancestors first moved to this region. Compared with Lijiang, the town is less touristy and polished with more original characters.
-Dongba Museum: In 1984 the Naxi Dongba Cultural Museum was first open at the Black Dragon Pool of Lijiang. The museum has more than 10000 Dongba cultural relics and various other historical relics and offers the "Dongba Culture Exhibition".
Day 13 Chengdu (B, L)
Today's sightseeing cruise includes Panda Breeding Center, Jinsha Cultural Relics Museum, Wenshu Temple and a local tea house.
Day 14 Chengdu / Jiuzhaigou (B, L, D)
Transfer to take a morning flight to Jiuzhaigou. Then visit the Huanglong Reserve.
-Huanglong Reserve: The reserve is studded with terraced, colored ponds (blue, yellow, white and green) and waterfalls. It wins its fame for its breathtaking beauty of lime formations, made up of 3400 multi-colored ponds, interlace along the valley. Besides, five waterfalls, four stalactite caves and three ancient temples, are all in the same valley, which looks like a dragon winding down from snowcapped peaks of Mt. Minshan.
Day 15 Jiuzhaigou(B, L, D)
Transfer to have a full day visit at Jiuzhaigou Reserve.
-Jiuzhaigou Reserve: Deep in the heart of the 4500-meter-high, perpetually snow-clad Min Shan Range, Jiuzhaigou Scenic Reserve encloses one of the most spectacular landscapes. It was settled centuries ago by ethnic Tibetans, whose fenced villages gave Jiuzhaigou (nine stockades gully) its name. It can be considered a natural botanical and zoological garden, a home of densely growing conifers and broadleaf trees, and of rare and endangered animal species such as the giant panda, golden-haired monkey, and white-lip deer. Usually we can see the lakes swarm with fish and birds including waterfowl, kingfisher, shrikes, hoopoes and pheasants.
Day 16 Jiuzhaigou / Xi'an (B, L)
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Xi'an. Be met at the airport and transfer to hotel check in. Later, visit the Ancient City Wall.
-Ancient City Wall: The best-kept and biggest city walls in China.
Day 17 Xi'an / Beijing (B, L)
Visit Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, and Muslim Quarters. Transfer to the airport, be met at the airport and transfer to hotel check in.
-Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum: One of the most important archaeological finds in the 20 th century; an army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin's tomb since 2200 year ago.
Day 18 Beijing (L)
Full day tour of the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City.
-Temple of Heaven: A masterpiece of architecture and landscape design where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation.
-Tiananmen Square: The largest city square in the world.
-Forbidden City: The largest imperial palace in China for 24 emperors' reign during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years.
Day 19 Beijing (B, L)
Make an excursiont to the Mutianyu Great Wall and one of the most famous Ming Tombs - Changling.
-Mutianyu Great Wall: A less visited and more original part of the Great Wall. It is situated where vegetation is luxurious and over 90 percent of the land is covered with grass, forests and fruit trees.
-Changling: Changling (aka Chang mausoleum) is the tomb for Emperor Yongle, the third Ming emperor, and his wife Empress Xu. He ruled for 22 years and made some achievements in political, military, economic, cultural and diplomatic fields.
Day 20 Beijing / Huangshan (L)
Visit the Summer Palace (including a short cruise on Kunming Lake), then enjoy a Hutong tour by pedicab. Transfer to the airport. Upon arrival, be met and transfer to hotel check in.
-the Summer Palace: The largest and best-preserved royal garden in China with a history of over 800 years.
-Hutong Tour: The unique street design in Beijing - some crisscrossing old narrow paths with courtyard houses built on each side. It can be regarded as a window into Beijing folk life.
Day 21 Huangshan (B, L)
Drive to Huangshan Mountain Scenic Area, take cable car up the mountain and then visit West Sea Canyon and other scenic spots. Overnight on the mountain.
Day 22 Huangshan / Hangzhou (B, L)
Take cable car down the mountain and drive to visit Hongcun Village, where the Oscar Winner "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was filmed. Then private transfer to Hangzhou. Check in the Hotel.
Day 23 Hangzhou / Suzhou (B, L)
Visit the West Lake (by boat), Dragon Well Tea Plantation and Six Harmony Pagoda. Transfer to the Railway Station and head for Suzhou. Upon arrival, be picked up to the hotel check in.
Day 24 Suzhou / Shanghai (B, L)
Visit Humble Administrator's Garden and Pan Gate (Panmen), then enjoy cruise on the Grand Canal. Proceed to visit the No.1 Silk Factory before transfer to catch the train leaving for Shanghai. Be met at the railway station and transfer to hotel check in.
-Humble Administrator's Garden: Covering about 12.58 acres, the Humble Administrator's Garden is the largest and most renowned garden. Due to its unique designs and ethereal beauty, the garden has garnered many special honors. It is listed as a World Cultural Heritage site and has also been designated as one of the Cultural Relics of National Importance under the Protection of the State as well as a Special Tourist Attraction of China.
-Pan Gate (Panmen): Pan Gate is a fortress suitable for ancient water-towns like Suzhou in the southern part of China. The two water gates adjoining the land gates are the only water pass linking the inside and outside of the southwestern corner of the city. Built with granite, each of them has enough room for two boats passing side by side. For each gate there is a huge sluice gate to control the water flow. It is easy to imagine the prosperous sights then that the double water and land gates of Pan Gate shined on the Grand Canal, when horses and carriages went through the pass with flags fluttering, and boats paddling through the water gates.
-Grand Canal Cruise: The Grand Canal which is also known as the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal is the earliest and the longest artificial river in the world that is ten times of the Suez Canal and 22 times of the Panama Canal. It originates from Beijing in the north and ends in Hangzhou, Zhejiang in the south. Six provinces and five river systems are connected by the canal. In the history, the canal is the artery of communications between south and north. For over two thousand and five hundred years, rich historical relic sights have been formed along the river. Like the Great Wall, the Grand Canal is regarded as one of the two great projects in Chinese ancient time.
-No.1 Silk Factory: With a history of more than 80 years, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory enjoys a good reputation in the silk industry. The high-grade filature silk made in the factory is best raw material for the production of high quality silk fabrics, which has won the national gold medal.
Day 25 Shanghai (B, L)
Visit Jade Buddha Temple, Tianzifang old city quarter, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise.
Day 26 Shanghai (B)
Free day for your own exploration.
Day 27 Shanghai exit (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.
PRICES START FROM US$4,980 PER PERSONAs all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give an exact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as a guideline you should expect to pay from US$4,980 for the opposite itinerary.
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Domestic flights and trains listed;
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