A well-design private China travel package in 20 days combining nature and adventure of minority culture! First, witness Shanghai's history and modern man-made marvels. Next, enjoy cruising on the two most spectacular water wonders in China, The Yangtze River and Li River! Then, travel off the beaten track and experience the unique ethnic culture in Lijiang, Dali and Longsheng. A pleasant surprise maybe in Chengdu and Leshan...

Duration: 20 days & 19 nights

Destinations: Shanghai - Yangtze Cruise - Chengdu - Lijiang - Dali - Kunming - Guilin - Hong Kong

Starting Point: Shanghai

Ending Point: Hong Kong

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Be met at the airport and transferred to hotel for check in.

Spend the whole morning exploring Yu Garden, it features traditional architectural style of Yangtze Delta which used to be a private garden with 400 years' history. Then go to Jade Buddha Temple, the most popular Buddhist temple in Shanghai boasting 2 precious jade Buddha sculptures from Burma. Afternoon is free for your own exploration around. 

Meal: B

Yu Garden

The guide escorts you to the airport for the flight to Yichang. Upon arrival, be picked up to the pier and board the cruise ship.

Meal: B

Morning visit to the Three Gorge Dam: it is the world's largest power station in terms of installed capacity (22,500 MW). Later, sail through the Three Gorges dam ship locks and Xiling Gorge.

Meal: B, L, D

Excursion to Daning River and explore the exceptionally beautiful Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream depending on the arrangement of the cruise company. Pass through Wu Gorge/Qutang Gorge. If river conditions permit, may have an optional excursion to White Emperor City, at the entrance to Qutang Gorge, where some ancient architecture can be seen and Tuogu Tang (Entrusting Son's Hall) is the most attractive one.

Meal: B, L, D

three gorges

On board, shore excursion to "the Ghost City" --Fengdu or Shibaozhai depending on the schedule of the cruise companies.

Meal: B, L, D

Be met at the pier and transferred to train station. Upon arrival, our guide will meet you and drive to the hotel. Free time at the rest of the day.

Meal: B

In the morning, visit Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, where 40 plus pandas as well as other endangered species like lesser pandas and black-necked crane currently reside at the base in quarters. Then, transfer to Leshan for a boating in Min River to see the Giant Buddha, which is qualified as the largest stone-carved Buddha in the world.

Meal: B, L

Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

Drive to the airport for the flight connecting to Lijiang. Be met at the airport and transferred to hotel. Later, visit Lijiang Old Town, originally called Dayan, it 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. Then visit Black Dragon Pool Park, located at the foot of Elephant Hill, it shows visitors picturesque scenery with a large crystal pool, luxuriant trees, a snow-capped mountain and historic buildings in graceful shapes.

Meal: B

Lijiang Old Town

Free for your own exploration. 

Meal: B

Start trekking along the Tiger Leaping Gorge, the canyon on the upper reach of the Yangtze River where offers a pleasant walk through spectacular scenery. Moreover, legend says a tiger could jump across the river at the narrowest point (still 25 meters wide), hence the name. 

Meal: B, L

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Continue trekking along Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Meal: B, L

Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking

Continue the journey to Dali by private car. On the way, see 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.

Meal: B

In the morning, visit Dali Ancient Town. 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. Then enjoy boating at Erhai Lake--one of the seven biggest fresh water lakes in China. Afternoon is free at leisure.

Meal: B, L

Erhai Lake

Transfer from Dali to Kunming by express bus. Be picked up at the bus station and head for the Kunming airport. Fly to Guilin, stay at the hotel in Guilin. 

Meal: B

3 highlights of today are: Palace of Prince Jingjiang-- commonly known as Wang Cheng (Prince City), located in the inner city of Guilin, 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-- known as "Natural Art Gallery", it is famous for its fantastic stalactites and stalagmites formation. Mount Yao (by round-way chair-lift)-- the highest mountain in Guilin city, which boasts brilliant natural views in different season and have a panoramic view about the whole city.

Meal: B, L

Reed Flute Cave

Take a leisurely Li River cruise, disembark at the beautiful small town famous for its Karst landscape-Yangshuo. Have a free afternoon for your own exploration. At night, you can go to watch the optional evening show 'Impression Sanjie Liu' on the natural stage along Li River. 

Meal: B, L

The happy day begins by biking (2 hours) to the countryside to see the stunning scenery, rice paddies, water buffalo and local farmer's life. Enjoy leisure time along the roads. Free afternoon. 

Meal: B, L

Drive to see Longji Rice Terraces via Guilin. Built into the hillsides, the terraces look like great chains or ribbons as they wind from the foot to the top of the hill. This ingenious construction makes best use of the scarce arable land and water resources in the mountainous area. Overnight at the guesthouse of Ping An Village

Meal: B, L, D

Longji Rice Terraces

View the beautiful rice terraces in the morning. Then drive back to Guilin for your flight to Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, you can continue your trip or take the homebound flight. 

Meal: B, L

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What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suite Your Preference

    In each place, we hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our China tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

  • Internal Transportation

    Based on your needs, we could make bookings of internal transportation, including domestic flights, inter-city trains, long-distance bus, etc.

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