42-day Absolute China Journey
Tour code: ETC-B57
This is the round china trip which revealing the amazing landscapes in western China to the ancient capital of north. The journey includes almost all the best things to see in China, from modern Shanghai, to the Wild West Tibet. A long and great China tours for travelers who are interested in this diverse land.
|Tour Date||City||Tour Brief|
||Arrival in Beijing|
||Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan|
||Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tomb (Changling)|
||Summer Palace, Prince Gong's Mansion and 798 Art Zone.|
|5||Beijing / Datong
||Free morning, Train to Datong|
||Yungang Grottoes, Hanging Temple|
|7||Datong / Pingyao
||Train to Pingyao, Pingyao Ancient Town|
||Ming and Qing Street, Rishengchang Draft Bank (Sunrise Prosperity Draft Bank), The Wang Family Courtyard House|
|9||Pingyao / Taiyuan / Xi'an
||Transfer to Taiyuan then fly to Xi'an|
||Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Bell Tower and Drum Tower|
||Ancient City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda Park, Grand Mosque and Muslim Quarters|
|12||Xi'an / Lhasa
||fly to Lhasa|
||Potala Palace, and Sera Monastery|
||Yamdrok Lake, The Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street|
||Lhasa / Chengdu
||Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka, Fly to Chengdu|
||Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Jinsha Site Museum, Jinli Ancient Street|
||Chengdu / Lijiang
||fly to Lijiang|
||Lijiang Old Town, Wangu Tower, Black Dragon Pool Park|
||Hiking tiger Leaping gorge|
||Hiking at morning, Shibaoshan Scenic Area, overnight at Shaxi old town|
|22||Lijiang / Dali
||Transfer to Dali, Bai people's Residential Houses at Xizhou, Dali Ancient Town|
||Three Pagodas, Boating at Erhai Lake, Free afternoon|
|24||Dali / Kunming
||Fly to Kunming, Stone Forest|
||Kunming / Guilin
||Golden Palace and Qiongzhu Buddhist Temple, Fly to Guilin|
|26||Guilin / Yangshuo
||Li River Cruise|
||Yangshuo / Guilin
||visit local family, Moon Hill, Transfer to Guilin, Palace of Prince Jingjiang, Reed Flute Cave|
|28||Guilin / Chongqing
||Fly to Chongqing, Three Gorges Museum, and Ciqikou old town, board ship|
||Fengdu or Shibaozhai or Wanzhou|
||excursion to Daning River Small Gorges or Shennong Stream|
||Yichang / Shanghai
||visit Three Gorges Dam, Disembark at Yichang, Fly to Shanghai|
||Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition, the Bund and Tianzifang|
||Shanghai / Huangshan
||Yu Garden. Transfer to the airport and fly to Huangshan, Visit Tunxi Old Street|
||Huangshan / Hangzhou
||Xidi and Hongcun Village. Then drive to Hangzhou|
|36||Hangzhou / Nanjing
||West Lake, Chinese Medicine Museum, Dragon Well Tea Plantation, to Nanjing|
||Ming Tomb in Nanjing (Xiao-ling), Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum, Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao), Fuzimiao Walking Street|
|38||Nanjing / Suzhou
||Free morning, High speed train to Suzhou|
||Humble Administrator's Garden, Suzhou Museum, Garden of Net Master, No.1 Silk Factory, Luzhi Water Town|
|40||Suzhou / Shanghai
||transfer to Shanghai|
Arrival in Beijing, be met at the airport and transferred to hotel.
Day 2 Beijing (B, L)
Visit Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan (Coal Hill).
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.
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.
Day 3 Beijing (B, L)
Transfer to pay a visit to Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tomb (Changling).
Mutianyu Great Wall - first built in the 6th century AD to ward off the northern nomads, it was consolidated in the 14th century. As an important strategic pass, it was frequently renovated. Now it is the one of the best preserved sections of the Great Wall.
Ming Tomb (Changling) - Changling 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 4 Beijing (B, L)
Further explore Beijing city to the Summer Palace, Prince Gong's Mansion and 798 Art Zone.
the Summer Palace - The largest and best-preserved royal garden in China with a history of over 800 years.
Prince Gong's Mansion - It is one of the largest private residence compounds in Beijing, with a nine-courtyard layout and gardens, high walls and elaborate gardens.
Day 5 Beijing – Datong (B, L)
Free morning for your own exploration. Pick up at the hotel and transfer to rail station to head for Datong. Upon arrival, be met at the rail station and transferred to hotel.
Day 6 Datong (B, L)
After breakfast, visit Yungang Grottoes (Yungang Buddhist Caves), The Hanging Temple.
Yungang Grottoes (Yungang Buddhist Caves) - Located 16 kilometers west of Datong city, the Yungang Grottoes are hewn out of cliff-sides in a honeycomb pattern, stretching for 1,000 meters (1 km) from east to west. The Grottoes were built more than 1,500 years ago in the Northern Wei Dynasty.
The Hanging Temple - A temple built into a cliff (75 m or 246 ft above the ground) near Mount Heng in the province of Shanxi. The closest city is Datong, 65 kilometers to the northwest.
Day 7 Datong – Pingyao (B)
Transfer to the Railway Station and take train to Pingyao (7.5 hours, at soft sleeper class). Upon arrival, be met at the rail station and transfer to hotel, overnight at Pingyao Ancient Town.
Pingyao Ancient Town - During the Qing Dynasty, Pingyao was a financial center of China. It is now renowned for its well-preserved ancient city wall, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 8 Pingyao (B, L)
Excursions to Ming and Qing Street, Rishengchang Draft Bank (Sunrise Prosperity Draft Bank), The Wang Family Courtyard House.
Ming and Qing Street - also called South Street or Nan Da Jie, it was the main commercial street in Pingyao.
Rishengchang Draft Bank (Sunrise Prosperity Draft Bank) - the first draft bank in China, dealing in bank drafts rather than in silver or gold money. It was the cornerstone of modern Chinese banking.
The Wang Family Courtyard House - Located in Jingsheng Town, Lingshi County, 35 kilometers (about 22 miles) from Pingyao, it is an excellent example of Chinese residential architecture style and has been turned into a museum.
Day 9 Pingyao – Taiyuan - Xian (B, L)
Transfer to the Taiyuan Airport and fly to Xian. Be met at the airport and transferred to hotel.
Day 10 Xian (B, L)
Visit Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Bell Tower and Drum Tower.
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.
Bell Tower - first built in 1384, the largest and best preserved of its kind.
Drum Tower - The Drum Tower (Gu Lou) is a smaller building which stands to the west of the Bell Tower and marks the Moslem quarter of Xian.
Day 11 Xi'an (B, L)
Visit Ancient City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda Park, Grand Mosque and Muslim Quarters.
Ancient City Wall - The best-kept and biggest city walls in China.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda Park - the city emblem, which was first built in Tang Dynasty for the storage of Buddhist scriptures taken from India by Monk Xuanzang.
Grand Mosque - The Great Mosque is built in a Chinese architectural style and most of the grounds are taken up with gardens, except for some Arabic lettering and decorations, the mosque has neither domes nor traditional-style minarets. It's still an active place of worship and several prayer services are held each day.
Day 12 Xian – Lhasa (B)
Pick up at the hotel and transfer to airport to fly to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Upon arrival, be met at the airport and transfer to hotel for check in.
Day 13 Lhasa (B, L)
Visit the famous The Potala Palace, and Sera Monastery.
The Potala Palace - a monumental building of Lhasa served as administrative center, seat of government, monastery, fortress and the home of all the Dalai Lamas from the Fifth to the Fourteenth in the past, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site of 1994.
Sera Monastery - one of three famous monasteries in Lhasa along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. The Sera Monastery is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect. It was first built in 1419 during Ming Dynasty. The debating among monks is a very interesting scene of this monastery.
Day 14 Lhasa (B, L)
Transfer to visit Yamdrok Lake, The Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street
Yamdrok Lake - one of the four largest sacred lakes in Tibet. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. The lake does have an outlet stream at its far western end. Around 90 km to the west of the lake lies the Tibetan town of Gyantse and Lhasa is 100 km to the northwest. According to local mythology, Yamdok Yumtso lake is the transformation of a goddess.
The Jokhang Temple - 1300+ years old with a golden roof and the most sacred and important temple for most Tibetans..
Barkhor Street - an area of narrow streets located around Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, it is the most popular devotional circumabulation for pilgrims and locals.
Day 15 Lhasa / Chengdu (B)
Further explore Lhasa city: Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka. then drive to the airport and fly to Chengdu.
Drepung Monastery - first built in 1416, it was once the biggest monasteries in Tibet.
Norbulingka - it used to be the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama. Among artificial gardens, Norbulingka is the biggest, the best scenic and the most historic one in Tibet. Nowadays, it is the public park for local people.
Day 16 Chengdu (B, L)
Drive to visit Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Jinsha Site Museum, Jinli Ancient Street.
Giant Panda Breeding Research Base - Situated on the Axe Hill 10 kilometers north of Chengdu, 40 plus pandas as well as other endangered species like lesser pandas and black-necked crane currently reside at the base in quarters. It was awarded "Global 500" twice by the UN in the year of 1989 and 1994.
Jinsha Site Museum - a very impressive museum built at Jinsha Ruins, featuring various tools and art pieces from around 3,000 years ago .
Jinli Ancient Street - An old street with 350 meters on the east of Temple of Wuhou with mansions, halls, dwellings, inns, and shops. The old street with green stone-paved paths retains the ancient style. Here, you can enjoy local Sichuan cuisine, tea, wine, opera and ancient culture.
Day 17 Chengdu - Lijiang (B)
Transfer to the airport to fly to Lijiang. Upon arrival, be met at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 18 Lijiang (B, L)
Visit Lijiang Old Town, Wangu Tower, Black Dragon Pool Park.
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.
Wangu Tower - A perfect place to have a panoramic view of old Lijiang town.
Day 19 Lijiang (B)
Full day free at leisure.
Day 20 Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge (B, L, D)
Private transfer to Tiger Leaping Gorge to start your hiking trip. Overnight at local guesthouse.
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 21 Tiger Leaping Gorge - Shaxi (B, L)
After finishing your hike trip, transfer to Shibaoshan Scenic Area, overnight at Shaxi ancient town (Sideng Street).
Shibaoshan Scenic Area - is located in Jiangchuan County in the northwest section of the Dali-Bai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan province. Shibaoshan (Shanbao Mountain) is the center part of the ‘Three Paralled Rivers', a UNESCO World Nature Heritage Site. The Danxia landscape is the most picturesque view of all. The Shizhongshan Grottoes is another highlights, which were created by the ancient Bai People in the historical period of the Tang and Song dynasties (850 A.D -1179A.D.). The figures carved in the grottoes, are the kings of the historical Nanzhao period of Yunnan, Buddhas, Boddhisattras, Guardian Kings, and even statues of foreign monks.
Shaxi ancient town (Sideng Street) - A well kept Bai Minority village.Situated midway between Dali and Lijiang, Shaxi was one of the important trading centers on the Tea-Horse Caravan Road since several hundred years.
Day 22 Shaxi - Dali (B, L)
Drive to Dali, Bai people's Residential Houses at Xizhou, Dali Ancient Town.
Bai people's Residential Houses at Xizhou - The typical town with Bai's characters, the houses here are decorated with woodcarvings, colored patterns, marbles and wash drawings, which represents the masterpieces of Bai's architecture.
Day 23 Dali (B, L)
Visit The Three Pagodas, Boating at Erhai Lake , Afternoon free at leisure.
The Three Pagodas - an ensemble of three independent pagodas arranged on the corners of a equilateral triangle, near the town of Dali, dating from the time of the Nanzhao kingdom and Kingdom of Dali (937-1253). It has been a landmark of Dali City and selected as a national treasure meriting preservation in China.
Day 24 Dali – Kunming (B, L)
Fly to Kunming in the morning, be met at the airport and transferred to visit the Stone Forest.
Day 25 Kunming – Guilin (B, L)
Further explore the city to Golden Palace and Qiongzhu Buddhist Temple, then transfer to fly to Guilin.
Day 26 Guilin - Yangshuo (B, L)
Take a leisurely cruise down Li River Cruise to Yangshuo, Get off at Yangshuo Pier and transfer to hotel. Free afternoon for your own exploration.
Li River Cruise to Yangshuo - A wonderful 3.5 hour cruise downstream Li River to Yangshuo with lunch on board.
Day 27 Yangshuo – Guilin (B, L)
Half day countryside tour to Gaotian by private car, including home visit to local farmers, Moon Hill, Transfer to Guilin, Palace of Prince Jingjiang, Reed Flute Cave.
Moon Hill - It is so named for a wide, semicircular hole through the hill, all that remains of what was once a limestone cave formed in the phreatic zone. Like most formations in the region, it is karst and also a popular tourist attraction.
Palace of Prince Jingjiang - It is commonly known as Wang Cheng (Prince City), located in the inner city of Guilin, built from 1372 to 1392AD in the Ming Dynasty, close to the Solitary Beauty Peak (Duxiu Feng). It was originally the official residence of Zhu Shouqian--the great-nephew of Zhu Yuanzhang (the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty).
Reed Flute Cave - Fantastic stalactites & stalagmites formation, known as "Natural Art Gallery". King of Caves in the limestone area in Guilin.
Day 28 Guilin – Chongqing (B, L, D)
Pick up at the hotel and transfer to airport, Be met upon arrival in Chongqing Airport, city tour to the Three Gorges Museum, and Ciqikou old town. Transfer to the pier and board the cruise ship.
Day 29 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)
On board, shore excursion to Fengdu or Shibaozhai or Wanzhou.
Day 30 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)
On board, sail through Qutang Gorge/Wu Gorge, excursion to Daning River Small Gorges or Shennong Stream.
Day 31 Yichang - Shanghai (B, L)
Sail through Three Gorges dam shiplocks, visit Three Gorges Dam, then disembark at Yichang, transfer to fly to Shanghai. Be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to the hotel.
Day 32 Shanghai (B, L, D)
Visit Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition, the Bund and Tianzifang old quarters.
Jade Buddha Temple - Most popular Buddhist temple in Shanghai boasting 2 precious jade Buddha sculptures from Burma .
Day 33 Shanghai – Huangshan (B, D)
Explore Yu Garden. Transfer to the airport and fly to Huangshan. Visit old street at Tunxi.
Yu Garden - It used to be a private garden with 400 years' history; it features traditional architectural style of Yangtze Delta.
Day 34 Huangshan (B, L)
Drive to Yellow Mountain, and take round-way cable car to the mountain top, explore the stunning landscape including the Grand West Sea Gorge, and other spots. Then transfer to Xidi and stay at local guesthouse to experience the lifestyle of local people.
Huangshan Mt. - Huangshan, known as 'the loveliest mountain of China', was acclaimed through art and literature during a good part of Chinese history (e.g. the Shanshui 'mountain and water' style of the mid-16th century). Today it holds the same fascination for visitors, poets, painters and photographers who come on pilgrimage to the site, which is renowned for its magnificent scenery made up of many granite peaks and rocks emerging out of a sea of clouds. It was enlisted as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990.
Day 35 Huangshan – Hangzhou (B, L)
Further explore Xidi and Hongcun Village. Then drive to Hangzhou.
Day 36 Hangzhou – Nanjing (B, L)
Boating at West Lake, Chinese Medicine Museum, Dragon Well Tea Plantation. Transfer to take a late afternoon high-speed train to Nanjing (3 hours).
Day 37 Nanjing (B, L)
Visit The Ming Tomb in Nanjing (Xiao-ling), Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum, Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao), Fuzimiao Walking Street.
The Ming Tomb in Nanjing (Xiao-ling) - Located at the southern foot of Mount Zijin in the eastern suburb of Nanjing, is the burial site of Zhu Yuanzhang (1328-1398, reigned 1368-1398), the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty.
Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum - Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum
Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao) - In the south of Nanjing, near a stretch of the Qinhai River (110 km long tributary of Yangtze River southwest of Jiangsu Province), is a newly developed area with Qing-style buildings, house shops and restaurants and is also a tourist attraction.
Day 38 Nanjing – Suzhou (B)
Morning free at leisure, transfer to the Railway Station to head for Suzhou by high-speed train. Upon arrival, be met at the rail station and transferred to hotel.
Day 39 Suzhou (B, L)
Full day tour to Humble Administrator's Garden, Suzhou Museum, Garden of Net Master, No.1 Silk Factory, Luzhi Water Town.
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.
Garden of Net Master - It is the smallest of the Suzhou residential gardens, yet it is the most impressive because of its use of space which creates the illusion of an area that is much greater than its actual size. Even more than the architectural achievement is the mood of tranquility and harmony that this humble garden embodies.
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 40 Suzhou – Shanghai (B)
Pick up at the hotel and transfer to take train to Shanghai. Upon arrival, be met at the airport and transferred to hotel.
Day 41 Shanghai (B)
Full day free at leisure.
Day 42 Shanghai departure (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.
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