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Let's get a superb panorama of China! From culture to history and religons, from Forbidden City to Great Wall, from Terracotta Warriors to pandas, from Jiuzhaigou Valley to Emei Mountain, from Stone Forest to Tiger Leaping Gorge, from the skyline in Shanghai to the lovely water town... this trip has it all.

Duration: 21 days & 20 nights

Destinations: Beijing - Luoyang - Xi'an - Jiuzhaigou - Chengdu - Leshan - Emeishan - Lijiang - Kunming - Shanghai

Starting Point: Beijing

Ending Point: Shanghai

Day
Be met at the airport and transferred to check in hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Private escorted tour to Temple of Heaven, which is one of Beijing's most impressive sites in terms of architecture, color and significance and was used by the Emperors to communicate directly with Heaven. After visiting it, we go to the most famous and representative square- Tiananmen Square, that is the heart of Beijing and the world's largest city center square. And then go to the Forbidden City, which is officially known as the Imperial Palace Museum and has a long history over 500 years.

Meal: B, L

Private escorted tour to Mutianyu Great Wall (round-way cable car included) -- the largest construction scale and best quality among all sections of Great Wall that connects with Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi and Jinshanling in the east. Later, go to the Ming Tomb, located at Chan Ping County, 50 km (31 miles) northwest of Beijing, it reflects a similar conception of Imperial architecture. Chang Tomb is the main site we visit to as it is the most magnificent of all 13 Ming Tombs.

Meal: B, L

The Summer Palace is the first visit/ stop today. This world-wide known palace is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. Then take a pedicab tour to Hutong (Beijing's traditional alleyways), where have a very special place in the rich history and culture of Beijing. The name of a Hutong represents its origin, location or history. Yonghe Lamasery is the last site. It is a Tibetan Buddhist temple in the heart of Beijing that was first built in 1694 as the residence of Prince Yong of the Qing dynasty. Later, transfer to the Railway Station for the train (soft sleeper) to Luoyang.

Meal: B, L

Upon arrival, you're met and have breakfast. Then drive to explore Shaolin Monastery, which is long famous for its association with Chinese martial arts and particularly with Shaolin Kung Fu. Dengfeng Observatory is the next site. This is where the famous astronomer and mathematician Guo Shoujing worked, he proved how long the earth takes to orbit the sun which is in fact only out by a mere 26 seconds. Later, go to Zhongyue Taoist Temple, located at the Huanggai Peak on the southern slope of the Songshan Mountain, it is considered as the "Center of Taoist Activates of the Central Plains Region". Drive back to Luoyang.

Meal: B, L

Continue to explore Longmen Grottoes and Ancient Tombs Museum. Located 12 km south of Luoyang, the Grottoes are one of the three most famous ancient sculptural sites in China. There are over 2100 niches, more than 100,000 statues, some 40 pagodas and 3600 tablets and steles in the caves of Guyang, Binyang and Lianhua. Later, transfer to the Railway Station to head for Xian. Upon your arrival, be met and transferred to check in hotel.

Meal: B, L

Pay a visit to Shaanxi History Museum, One of the main museums in China boasting a large collection of unearthed cultural relics of China. Then go to visit Wild Goose Pagoda-- the city emblem, which was first built in Tang Dynasty for the storage of Buddhist scriptures taken from India by Monk Xuanzang. Later, go to explore the Muslim Quarters to have a look of their daily life.

Meal: B, L

In the morning, transfer to visit Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, the Terracotta army is a form of funerary art buried with the China's first emperor in 210--209 BC and whose purpose was to protect him in his afterlife Then drive back to visit Bell Tower, the largest and best preserved of its kind which was first built in 1384. The Ancient City Wall is the last site, which is the most intact ancient Chinese wall in existence. It encircles and protects the ancient part of Xian City.

Meal: B, L

Transfer to the airport. Be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Later, visit Huanglong Reserve (including a cable car). The valley 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.

Meal: B, D

Enjoy a full-day tour of Jiuzhaigou Reserve. Deep in the heart of the 4500-meter-high, perpetually snow-clad Min Shan Range, it encloses one of the most spectacular landscapes. 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.

Meal: B, L, D

Take the morning fly to Chengdu. Be met at the airport and checked in hotel. Later, pay a visit to Jinsha Site Museum, a large park complex covering 74 acres with big flat and spread-out modern-looking buildings that contains 3,000 years-old artifacts, which was claimed as the first important archaeological find in China at the beginning of 21 century. Then go to Kuanzhai Alley. It is a large scale legacy of old streets handed from Qing Dynasty in Chengdu, and a preserved area in the historical and cultural city. It represents vividly the original folk culture of Chengdu.

Meal: B, L

Transfer to visit the 71-meter-high Leshan Stone-carved Buddha with a history of 1200 years. The Buddha is so big that its head is 14.7 meters long and 10 meters wide with total 1021 buns of hair on it, and his smallest toenail can accommodate a seated person. Then proceed to Emei Mountain. Overnight at mountain foot.

Meal: B, L

Take a cable car up to Wannian Temple--one of the eight largest temples on this mountain and translated as "Long Life Temple" in English. See the scenic spots nearby and walk down to see the wild monkeys on the way. Drive back to Chengdu.

Meal: B, L

In the morning, go to Chengdu People's Park to enjoy a leisure time in the teahouse and beautiful sightseeing there. Later, visit Giant Panda Breeding Center, founded in 1987, it is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. Then fly to the famous ancient town Lijiang. Upon arrival, be met and checked in the hotel.

Meal: B, L

Today's tour mainly focus on 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. Go to Black Dragon Pool Park to enjoy stunning sightseeing there then proceed to Dongba Museum, which has more than 10000 Dongba cultural relics and various other historical relics and offers the "Dongba Culture Exhibition". Later, enjoy half day cycling tour to Shuhe Village and get close to local people's life and customs. 

Meal: B, L

After breakfast, drive to Shigu Village. 50 kilometers from Lijiang, it was named after a stone tablet in the shape of a drum. The Jinsha River does a U-turn at Shigu Town and flows northward, which is known as the First Bend of Yangtze River. Then go to Tiger Leaping Gorge. It 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.

Meal: B, L

Take a morning flight to Kunming. Then transfer to make an excursion to Shilin County, where we will explore the breathtaking Stone Forest, a typical formation of Karst topography and the most famous tourist attraction in Kunming. Overnight in Kunming. 

Meal: B, L

Pick up at the hotel and transfer to airport. Be met at the airport and transferred to hotel check in. The rest of the day is at leisure. We recommend you to wander around and get close to local people’s life or taste some local snacks, etc. 

Meal: B

Today's sightseeing tour includes 6 stops: Yu Garden--the only fully restored classical Chinese garden which was inaugurated in the Ming dynasty and has a total area of 20,000 square meters that demonstrates perfectly the sophisticated art and create a world in miniature. Old City Quarters- reflects the real life of Shanghai people and special architecture styles. Xintiandi--a pedestrian street composed of traditional street format of Shanghai Shikumen and modern development. Shanghai Museum-- a large museum of ancient Chinese art and boasts 120,000 pieces of rare and precious cultural relics in twenty-one categories. The Bund -- Shanghai's famous waterfront to see new-erect modern skyscrapers and aged buildings of the colonial period. Nanjing Road. It is a shopping paradise and the busiest shopping street near the Bund. 

Meal: B, L

At Yangze Delta, water town Zhujiajiao nearby Shanghai is a place worth traveling. In the past Zhujiajiao was a trading area due to the many canals. Nowadays, it is where people go to see the old buildings, shop, and eat in the many restaurants and coffee shops. Drive back to Shanghai to visit Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the best viewing spot of Shanghai located by the Huangpu River with the height of 468 meters. Rest of the day is free at leisure.

Meal: B, L

Pick up at the hotel and transfer to airport.

Meal: B

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What's included

  • Guide

    Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide.

  • Meals

    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Transport

    Private transfers airport/hotel/airport.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodations with daily breakfast.

  • Other

    Domestic flights and trains listed.
    Admission fees.

  • Visa

    Visa arrangement. Please consult the local Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General first for the tourist visa.

  • Other

    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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