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16-day China Southwest Exploration

Tour code: ETC-B05   

An in-depth journey starts from the historical Beijing to Terracotta army in Xian and hometown of cute panda bear then to the heart of Yunnan which is the home to magical scenery, laid-back ancient towns and splendid minority culture; continue to explore the countryside Yangshuo and breath-taking rice terraces in Guilin then the last stop comes at cosmopolitan Shanghai.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Beijing
Beijing Arrival
2 Beijing
Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
3 Beijing
Great Wall, Ming Tomb, Sacred Road, Pecking Duck Dinner
4 Beijing / Xi'an
Hutongs by Rickshaw, Fly to Xi'an
5 Xi'an
Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Bell Tower, Wild Goose Pagoda
6 Xi'an / Chengdu
Shaanxi History Museum, Ancient City Wall, Fly to Chengdu
7 Chengdu / Lijiang
Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, Panda Breeding Center, Fly to Lijiang
8 Lijiang
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yu Feng Lamasery, Baisha Mural
9 Lijiang / Kunming
Free Morning, Fly to Kunming
Kunming / Guilin
Stone Forest, Flower and Bird Market, Fly to Guilin
11 Guilin / Longji / Guilin
Longji rice terraces, Ping An Zhuang Village, back to Guilin
Guilin / Yangshuo
Li River Cruise, West Street, Impression Sister Liu
13 Yangshuo / Guilin / Shanghai Yangshuo Biking, Bamboo Rafting along Yulong River - option, fly to Shanghai
Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple
15 Shanghai
Zhujiajiao Watertown, the Bund, Nanjing Road
Shanghai Departure
Day 1 Arrival in Beijing (no meal)
Arrive in Beijing. Our guide will meet you at the airport & transfer to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 2 Beijing (B, L)
In the morning, go to the Tiananmen Square, the world's largest city center square, where solemn ceremonies of raising/lowering the national flag in every morning or sunset time are held here. Then visit the Forbidden City, which was built between 1406 and 1420, and it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. Later, go to the Temple of Heaven. This well-preserved Altars building was included in the World Heritage List in 1998.
Day 3 Beijing (B, L, D)
In the morning, private escorted to the Great Wall: it stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. After that, go to Ming Tomb, an underground palace for Ming-dynasty emperors' afterlife. Guarded on both sides with 12 stone statues, the Sacred Road or the so-called "the way leading to Heaven" is the second site we visit. In the evening, enjoy a famous Peking Duck Banquet for dinner.

Day 4 Beijing/Xian by flight (B, L)
Visit Hutongs by rickshaw. These Beijing's traditional alleyways will actually show old Beijing's timeless best to you and let you get close to local Beijingers' llife. Take afternoon flight to Xian Arrive at Xian. Be met & transferred to your hotel. The rest of the time is free for you at leisure.

Day 5 Xian (B, L)
In the morning, transfer to visit the famous Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which is one of the highlight attractions in China. It is significant because the hundreds of detailed life-size models. In the afternoon, visit the Bell Tower, which locates in the central downtown and was built in 1384 during the early Ming Dynasty with a height of 36 meters and covers an area of 1,377 square meters. Later, pay a visit to Wild Goose Pagoda, first built in Tang Dynasty, which is for the storage of Buddhist scriptures taken from India by Monk Xuanzang.

Day 6 Xian/Chengdu by flight (B, L)
3 spots'visits in the morning: first, Shaanxi History Museum, one of the main museums in China boasting a large collection of unearthed cultural relics of China. Secondly, Ancient City Wall, which is the most intact ancient Chinese wall in existence. It encircles and protects the ancient part of Xian City. Thirdly, old city quarters of Xian, where you can have a look at about local people's lifeTake an evening flight to Chengdu. Be met & transferred to the hotel with your private guide & vehicle.

Day 7 Chengdu/Lijiang by flight (B, L)
Visit Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, it is still in use for irrigation and flood-controlling with over 2200-year-old history. Panda Breeding Center comes next. First opened in 1987, it is a semi-wild area where those lovely China's ambassadors can be allowed to freely roam. Take an evening flight to Lijiang. Be met and transferred to hotel.

Day 8 Lijiang (B, L)
Drive to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the soul of Lijiang and the holy mountain of local Naxi People. Take a cable car to Yak Meadow. Then pay a visit to Yu Feng Lamasery, which was first built in Qing Dynasty with a mixture style of Han, Naxi and Tibetan architecture. Later, go to Baisha Mural. It was painted in Baisha Town in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), an interesting co-existence of Buddhism, Taoism and Lamaism in the artworks.

Day 9 Lijiang/Kunming (B)
Free morning for your own exploration: we recommend you to wander around and get close to local people's life, or take photos of wonderful natural scenery. Transfer to airport and fly to Kunming. Be met and transfer to hotel.

Day 10 Kunming/Guilin by flight (B, L)
Full day tour to Stone Forest is a typical formation of Karst topography-- the most famous tourist attraction in Kunming. Then go to local Flower and Bird Market to enjoy your time with varied flowers and birds. Drive to airport and fly to Guilin. Be met and transfer to hotel.

Day 11 Guilin/Longji/Guilin (B, L)
Drive to Longji to see the rice terraces. It is a feat of farm engineering which was first built in Yuan Dynasty. Then visit Ping An Zhuang Village, where you can know things about Zhuang people's life, customs, etc. Then drive back to Guilin.

Day 12 Guilin/Yangshuo (B, L)
Take a leisurely Li River cruise to enjoy the stunning landscape, disembark at the beautiful small town famous for its Karst landscape--Yangshuo. In the afternoon, a special cooking course is included. At night, the West Street is a must-go where shows lively nightlife with both Chinese and western style. Besides, you can also go to watch the optional evening show 'Impression Sanjie Liu' on the natural stage along Li River. Overnight at Yangshuo.

Day 13 Yangshuo/Guilin by car, Guilin/Shanghai by flight (B, L)

In the morning, the happy day begins by biking (escorted by your private guide) to the countryside to see the stunning scenery, rice paddies, water buffalo and local farmer's life. And then it's your option to take a 1-hour bamboo rafting down Yulong River. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to airport to fly to Shanghai. Be met and transferred to hotel.

Day 14 Shanghai (B, L)
In the morning, lead you to Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the best viewing spot of Shanghai located by the Huangpu River with 468 meters high. Then wander in Yu Yuan. It was inaugurated in the Ming dynasty and has a total area of 20,000 square meters. As a paragon of the south Chinese landscaping style, it is a must-seeing sight in Shanghai. Later, Jade Buddha Temple, which is the most popular Buddhist temple in Shanghai that boasting 2 2 precious jade Buddha sculptures from Burma.

Day 15 Shanghai (B, L)
Drive to visit a nearby water town Zhujiajiao ancient town, where you can see the traditional lifestyle of Yangtze Delta. Transfer back to the Bund and Nanjing Road for Shopping. As it is known to all, the Bund is the waterfront to see new-erect modern skyscrapers and aged buildings of the colonial period, while Nanjing Road is the busiest shopping street.

Day 16 Shanghai departure (B)
Transfer to Shanghai Pudong airport for your flight to your next destination.
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As 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 aguideline you should expect to pay from US$2460 for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services
Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";
Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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