27-day Lifestyle Travel around the Middle Kingdom
Tour code: ETC-B15
Travel the most grandeur of the Middle Kingdom by taking this trip! The 27 -day tour is carefully designed for young and student travelers who want to adventure and experience overseas. We will arrange accommodations, train tickets and coach tours to the major sites. The world in under your feet, so just travel!
|Tour Date||City||Tour Brief|
|2||Beijing||Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace|
|3||Beijing||Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tomb|
|4||Beijing / Pingyao||Free day at Hutongs or Wangfujing Avenue, Train to Pingyao|
|5||Pingyao||Pingyao Ancient Town|
|6||Pingyao / Xi'an||Free time, Train to Xi'an|
|7||Xi'an||Free time at Bell Tower & Old City Quarters|
|8||Xi'an / Chengdu||Terra-cotta Warrios & Horses, Train to Chengdu|
|9||Chengdu||Leshan Giant Buddha, Bifengxia Panda Reserve|
|10||Chengdu||Volunteer Work at Panda Reserve|
|11||Chengdu / Lijiang||Volunteer Work at Panda Reserve, Fly to Lijiang|
|14||Lijiang / Dali||Train to Dali|
|16||Dali / Kunming||Bus to Kunming|
|17||Kunming / Guilin||Stone Forest, Overnight Train to Guilin|
|19||Guilin / Yangshuo||Li River Cruise|
|21||Yangshuo / Guilin / Guangzhou||Bus to Guilin, Train to Guangzhou|
|23||Guangzhou / Hangzhou||Free Morning, Train to Hangzhou|
|25||Hangzhou / Shanghai||Train to Shanghai|
Be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel at downtown.
Day 2 Beijing (B, L)
Escorted tour by public transportation (subway, bus or taxi) to Forbidden City first. It's over 250 acres and has over 9,000 rooms which were built between 1406 and 1420 and it is the symbol of the Imperial. Second, lead you to Temple of Heaven which is one of Beijing's most impressive sites in terms of architecture, color and significance and was used by Emperor to communicate directly with Heaven. The Summer Palace comes third-- locates northwest of Beijing, it is said to be the best preserved imperial garden in the world, and the largest of its kind still in existence in China.
Day 3 Beijing (B, L)
One day coach tour to Mutianyu Great Wall. As the old saying goes, "One who fails to reach the Great Wall is not a hero". Therefore, it is the must-see site during your Beijing tour. This section is a masterpiece of restoration, with 22 original style watchtowers and the longest fully-restored Great Wall section open to tourists. Then go to the Ming Tomb. Covering 40 square kilometers in the Changping District, it is the cemeteries of the 13 Ming emperors, 23 empresses, and many imperial concubines, crown princes and princesses, etc.
Day 4 Beijng-Pingyao
Today is a free day for you.; Suggest you to go to Wangfujing Shopping Avenue to have a modern one-stop shopping experience there, or have a pedicab tour to historical Hutong, where you can get close to the real life of Beijingers and the tradition. Or else, go to Houhai is also great where is the place for leisure drinking and reading with beautiful natural surroundings. Later, your own arrangements to the train station to board the overnight train to ancient city Pingyao.
Day 5 Pingyao
Arrival in Pingyao in the morning, be met and transfer to hotel at downtown. No fixed travel plan as for your own exploration. This ancient town sets in the middle of Shanxi Province and covers an area of 2.25 sq kilometers, 90km southward from the provincial capital Taiyuan, which is one of the four best-preserved ancient towns in China.
Day 6 Pingyao-Xian (B)
Free time for more in-depth tour around the area. The most brilliant spot of this ancient town is its city wall which was originally built during 827-782 B.C. Another recommendation is Rishengchang, the first private banking unit in China. Besides, there are many stunning temples inside and around Pingyao. Shuangling Temple, 6km southwest from Pingyao is famous for its colorful sculpture. The Zhengguo Temple which is 12km to the northeast features unique wooden structure. Your trip may lead to these kinds of exploration.
Day 7 Xian
Arrival in Xian in the morning, be met and transfer to the hotel at downtown. Then independent tour to the Bell Tower at the downtown area of Xian. It was originally built in Ming Dynasty and used to house the bells that were sounded every morning to announce the time to the ancient capital's inhabitants. Then walk to the area of Old City Quarters nearby. By wander along it, appreciate the traditional style architecture and the life of local people. Go to eat some local food at the snack street is also suggested.
Day 8 Xian-Chengdu (B, L)
Half day tour to Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Its often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world which is an enormous collection of vivid Chinese warriors made out of hardened clay. There are four main categories of figures in this museum: chariot warriors, infantrymen, cavalrymen, and horses. There are generals, middle ranking officers, lower ranking officers, ordinary soldiers, and armored warriors. Go to the train station by yourself and board the train to the China's southwest city Chengdu.
Day 9 Chengdu
Arrival in Chengdu in the morning, be met and transfer to Leshan Buddha site, the largest stone-carved Buddha sculpture in the world. The Leshan Giant Buddha is about 71 meters high and 24 meters wide. The head is 14.7 meters long and 10 meters wide with total 1021 buns of hair on it, and his toenail can accommodate a seated person. Bifengxia Panda Reserve is the second tourist site in plan-- dense forest, numerous waterfalls and breathtaking scenery that make a visit very pleasant. At the base, over 80 pandas are trained in a simulated wild environment.
Day 10 Chengdu
Bifengxia Panda Reserve offers volunteer programs where participants can help take care of the pandas. One day volunteer work in it is the theme of today.
Day 11 Chengdu-Lijiang
Second day of volunteer work at Bifengxia Panda Reserve. Transfer to the airport and fly to the renowned ancient town Lijiang. Be met and transfer to the hotel.
Day 12 Lijiang
Free day for your own exploration. Lijiang's architecture is noteworthy for the blending of elements from several cultures that have come together over many centuries. Lijiang also possesses an ancient water-supply system of great complexity and ingenuity that still functions effectively today. Lijiang is worldly famous as an ancient town built in a simple and artistic style and scientifically laid out. It was listed as a national historical and cultural city in 1986.
Day 13 Lijiang
Another free day for your in-depth exploration of Lijiang. Many stone bridges and arches in the city were built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties and orderly roads and lanes extend to four directions from the central square. Residential houses are made of timber, most of which have a screen wall in front and some have a quadruple courtyard. The ethic group here is also fascinating, the Naxi people. The customs and life style of them are worth exploring.
Day 14 Lijiang-Dali
Your own arrangement to the train station to head for another famous ancient town Dali. Be met and transfer to the hotel. The town's layout was uniform, with five main streets from south to north and eight main streets from east to west, while marketplaces were neatly arranged within the town, which has remained unchanged to this date. Besides the Bai houses, the houses with gray-green roof tiles, peculiar workshops, temples, schools and churches with antique flavor are scattered.
Day 15 Dali
Free day for your own exploration. Recommend a close trip to the dwellings of Bai People to know more about their brilliant culture and special way of living. Or wander around the streets to enjoy leisure time, which is quite different from that in modern cities.
Day 16 Dali-Kunming
Your own arrangement to the bus station and head for the "City of External Spring" - Kunming. Be met and transfer to the hotel. Free time for rest and self-tour.
Day 17 Kunming-Guilin
One day tour to the Stone Forest, it is about 120 km from Kunming City and requires only a 1.5-hour drive. It covers an area of 400 square kilometers and includes both large and small forest as well as many other scenic spots. A visit to a minority village on the way where you can enjoy precipitous hills, beautiful lakes and an integration of the customs, religious and architecture of the 26 nationalities. Your own arrangement to the train station to board the overnight train to world- famous Guilin.
Day 18 Guilin
Arrival in Guilin. Be met and transfer to the hotel. Free at the rest of the day.
Day 19 Guilin-Yangshuo
Take a leisurely Li River cruise, disembark at the beautiful small town famous for its Karst landscape--Yangshuo. Check in the hotel. Then have a free afternoon for your own exploration.
Day 20 Yangshuo
The ideal way is wander around and go to tourist spots like Moon Hill, Big Banyan and so on. At night, the West Street is a must-go where shows lively nightlife with both Chinese and western styles. Besides, you can also go to watch the optional show 'Impression Sanjie Liu' on the natural stage along Li River.
Day 21 Yangshuo-Guilin-Guangzhou
Morning is free for your rest or exploration. You may ride (or take a golf-car-like vehicle) to the countryside to see the stunning scenery, rice paddies, water buffalo and local farmer's life. Later, take a local bus to Guilin Train Station to board the overnight train to burgeoning city Guangzhou.
Day 22 Guangzhou
Arrival in Guangzhou, be met and transfer to the hotel. Free for your own trip around. First, Guangzhou is a gourmet's heaven, where you can all different kinds of delicious food, from famous Chinese cuisines to local snacks, and dishes from home or brought in from other countries are all available. Second, Family Chan Temple, Yue Xiu Park and so on are valuable attractions. Third, modern streets for one-stop shopping are here and there, a stroll on Beijing Road is recommended.
Day 23 Guangzhou - Hangzhou
Free morning for your adjustment or else. Your own arrangement to Guangzhou Train Station. Head for Hangzhou--where most famous West Lake lies.
Day 24 Hangzhou
Arrival in Hangzhou in the morning, be met and transfer to the hotel. Free time for your enjoyments--wander around the downtown area of the city and buy some souvenir, for example, special local-made products like Xihu silk umbrellas, color-glazed porcelain, Longjing green tea, etc. Or have sight-seeing of West Lake area.
Day 25 Hangzhou-Shanghai
Free morning for nearby trip or rest. Then your own arrangement to train station to head for Shanghai. Be met and transfer to the hotel at downtown. A downtown exploration, a local food tasting and a nightlife enjoyment at downtown area are recommended.
26 Shanghai (B)
Free day for your own exploration. For modern sights, recommend prosperous Nanjing Road, Oriental Pearl TV Tower or Jinmao Tower, Shanghai Expo Stadium and so on. For historical sights, the Bund, Yu Garden, Old City God Temple, Shanghai French Concession, etc.
Day 27 Shanghai departure
Your own arrangement to the airport (possible via Maglev Train) for your flight to next destination.
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PRICES START FROM 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. Contact our sales people for the detailed price of this tour package.
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