Authentic China Exploration
Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Lijiang, Shangri-la
Tour Code: ST-N/S-001
Destination: Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Lijiang, Zhongdian(Shangri-la)
Good time to visit: all year
Departure date: on request 2016
This tour will familiarize you with several of the best-known areas in China –Exploring ancient Beijing and hiking along the Great Wall,Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, Panda exploration in their habitat and mysterious Yunnan province with its interesting ethnic groups. At the same time, what makes this tour differenciated with others are we are actually add more adventure experiences in it, such as hiking along the Great Wall, biking on one of the oldest city wall, Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking. We believe that with those authentic experiences for your first China trip would make the tour a truly memorable one indeed.
Highlights: Great Wall Hiking, shadowplay show in Xi’an, Biking on the Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Panda habitat exploration, Lijiang and Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking
DAY-BY-DAY DETAILED ITINERARY:
Day 1/ Arrive Beijing ( D )
Your guide will meet the group at the airport and, after picking up the luggage, will transfer the group by private vehicle to a 4-star hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, enjoy leisure time until dinner, to recover. We will get together again for a welcoming dinner at the Noodle Loft, which has been featured on Anthony Bordain’s "No Reservations" TV Show. Patrons are mostly local and the food is fantastic. Downstairs we can watch them make the noodles by hand, starting from a small piece of dough and ending up with long strips.
After dinner, transfer to the hotel and have a good sleep to recover from any remaining jet-lag.
Overnight at 4 star hotel
Day 2/ Beijing highlights (BL)
Pick-up from our hotel after breakfast. Drive to Tian’anmen Square, walk cross the Square, then visit the Forbidden City, the symbol of China, also called Gu Gong. This was the Imperial Palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. After visiting the Forbidden City, we will be transferred to a network of local alleyways, which are called ‘Hutongs’. First of all, we will start our Hutong visit at a traditional delicacy restaurant on the north bank of Shichahai Lake named: Jiumen Xiaochi, where we can find various Beijing delicacies.. After lunch, we will further navigate the narrow alleyways by rickshaw, so we will have a better idea of the life of the common people, in many ways unchanged for hundreds of years. Time permitting, we will stop to visit a local family to see the typical layout of their living quarters. Then, the whole group will be driven to the Summer Palace, one of the best preserved summer resorts of the Royal Family.
Overnight at 4 star hotel
Day 3/ Gubeikou-Jinshanling (BL; 10 km, 5 hrs)
the Great Wall !! “He who has not climbed the Wall is not a true man” – Chairman Mao. On this tour we bypass the “tourist” sections, and put our effort into trekking along those portions steeped in history and stretches which are of special architectural and/or historical interest, and spending time on those sections which are most stunningly-beautiful and photogenic.After an early pick-up from our hotel, we will transfer directly to the Gubeikou section of the Great Wall, where our hiking adventure will begin. The panoramic view is wonderful. In the evening, transfer back to downtown Beijing to have dinner.
Overnight at 4 star hotel
Day 4/ Beijing-Xi’an (B.L.D)
Today, we will get up early to see the local people doing their morning exercises in Temple of Heaven, where emperors worshipped and prayed for Harvest during the Ming & Qing Dynasties. Every morning, locals take time to start their day doing Tai-chi, group aerobics, or even group chorus. After that, we will transfer to the airport and heading to Xi’an. Upon arrival, we will be transferred to the Gao family courtyard to see the Chinese traditional shadow play In the afternoon, we will have the chance to do the biking round the City Wall. In the evening, have the Chinese Dumpling Dinner with Tang Dynasty dancing show.
Overnight in a 4-star Hotel
Day5/Xi’an-Chengdu(BL, by air)
In the morning, we will visit the magnificent Qin Terra-cotta Warriors.It was built in about 2500 years ago and contains more than 6000 warriors, soldiers and horses. UNESCO listed it in 1987 as one of the world cultural heritages. In the afternoon, drive back to the airport to the hometown of Panda-Chengdu. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and after dark, wandering around the local market and bar street Jinli, take local delicacies yourselves and enjoy the leisure life with local people.
Overnight at the 4-star hotel
Day 6/ Chengdu - Lijiang(BL, by air)
In the morning, we will go to the e Chengdu Research centre of Panda Breeding to have a real chance to get intimate interaction with lovely panda, Today, we will have local Hot Pot for lunch, and visit Wenshu Temple in the afternoon, where you can spend some time sitting in its tea house to enjoy a cup of tea and absorb the special atmosphere of Chengdu. In the evening, transfer to the airport to Lijiang, Yunnan.
The driver will meet us at Lijiang airport and transfer us to our hotel.
3 nights in 4-star Jiannanchun Resort or similar.
Day 7 / Biking in Lijiang(BL)
Lashihai Lake & Shuhe & Baisha Village Cycling Tour
approximately 7 - 8 hours incl. 3.5 – 4.5 hours’ cycling
We will first be transported by car to Lashihai Lake, where we will do a cycling tour along the lake for 1.5 h, stopping now and then to scan the surrounding wetlands for a variety of birds, including the Black Stork, Northern Pintail, Common Merganser, Black-necked Crane, and White Egret.
Upon reaching Changshui Road, we will start our 1 hour cycling to Shuhe, Shuhe is an ancient trading post which once served a prominent role in supporting tea caravans between China and the Red Sea. It is also the former city center of Lijiang and has a history of more than 1000 years.
Continue by bike to Baisha Naxi village (30 minutes). The Liulidian Temple and Daobaoji Temple at Baisha village house 558 mural paintings on 12 walls dating back to the Ming Dynasty in 1385. Buddhism, Taoism and Lamaism murals manifest themselves together in an integration of styles from the Han Chinese, the Tibetan, the Bai and the Naxi people, a proof of exchange of politics, economy, culture and religion between the mainland and the frontiers of China. They are now rated as key cultural relics under national protection.
After visiting the temples, we may choose to leave our bikes with the luggage van and ride back to the hotel by car (15 minutes) or bike back to the hotel directly (40 minutes).
Overnight in 4 star Jiannanchun Resort or similar.
Day 8/ Free day in Lijiang Old Town ( B)
Free day on your own. Recharge your energy and get ready for another 2-day hike in Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Option: Full day trip to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yak Meadow. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain consists of 13 peaks. Among them, the highest one is 18,000 feet above sea level. This area is a treasure of wild plants and rare animals. Yak Meadow (Maoniuping) is part of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, where the Yi and Tibetan Minority Ethnic Tribes live. Yak Meadow is so-named because the local people like to pasture their yaks here. It is picturesque in all seasons – in the spring, the brilliant flowers are in full-bloom; in the summer, the grass looks like a green carpet sprinkled with the black and white of grazing yaks; even in the autumn, all many plants and flowers are still growing luxuriously.
Stay in 4 star Jiannanchun Resort or similar.
Day 9/ Lijiang/Tiger Leaping Gorge/Half-way Guest House(B/L/D, trekking about 6 hours)
We will drive for two hours to Qiaotou (which means “Bridge End” in Chinese) (elevation 1835m). After crossing the Yangtze River, we trek for approximately six hours to the Halfway Guest House for the night. We will first trek two hours to the Naxi Family Guest House, where we will have a good rest there. Then we will trek upward another 2 hours making 28 steep bends along the way before we reach the top (2670m). Another 1-2 hours further, we will arrive at the Half-way Guest House, with its great view of Yulong Snow Mountain and overlooking the Jinshajiang River Valley. The guest house is simple but quiet and clean.
Overnight in Half-way Guest House. * leave your belongings in the car with the driver while trekking *
Day 10/ Half-way Guest House /Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge/Walnut Grove/Zhongdian (B/L, trekking about 5 hours)
We will get up in the early morning, then hike down to Tina’s Guest house, passing a small but high waterfall on the way. From Tina’s, our plan will be to trek further, down to the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge and back (about one and a half hours). The Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge features a huge drop in water level. 6km away from the Upper Gorge is a waterfall where the river crashes down over 100 meters hitting the rocks in the river bed below, and creating violent currents in the water below. A short drive from Tina’s Guest House will take us to the lower part of the Gorge, where we will get off and walk for about half an hour to the bank of the river. We will then hike further along to the lower section of the Gorge (about 1.5-2 hours) to see tons of water squeezing through a narrow passageway - because of the thunderous noise, no talking here! After that, we will climb back up to Middle Tiger Leaping and drive back to Tina’s for a local homemade lunch. In the afternoon, drive to Zhongdian.
Stay in Shingari-La Old Town Lefu Hotel * leave your belongings in the car with the driver while trekking *
Day 11/ Zhongdian （Shangri-La ） ( BL )
In the morning, we will once again have a chance to immerse ourselves into Tibetan culture by wandering around the lovely Tibetan town of Zhongdian, located at about 3,400 meters. Many travelers use this picturesque town as a gateway into Tibet, either travelling many days overland from here to Lhasa by jeep, or by flying from the city's airport. However, the town is a tourist destination in itself, primarily due to the nearby Gandan Sumtseling Monastery, Tiger Leaping Gorge, and amazing Tibetan culture all around. We will spend the morning first visiting a Tibetan village known for making black pottery, then by going to check out the local vegetable market.
After lunch, a visit to the Songzanlin Monastery, one of the largest Tibetan monasteries in Yunnan province. We will then take a moderate hike to a nearby Tibetan village, and visit a Tibetan family to try their yak butter tea.
Overnight in Shingari-La Old Town Lefu Hotel or similar
Day12/ Zhongdian/Kunming/Beijing( B, by air )
Fly back to Kunming, and take connecting flight to Beijing. Our driver will pick us up at the airport and transfer us to the hotel. Tonight, we will walk to Wangfujing Street (10mins from the Hotel) for souvenirs and maybe try some insects, scorpions, starfish, or chicken claw from the famous Donghuamen night market, one of the tough missions for players in “The Amazing Race”!!
Overnight at 4 star hotel
Day 13/. Beijing-home (B)
Free time on your own until we transfer everyone to the airport for their send-off, after spending two eye-opening weeks in amazing China!
End of Tour.
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(The cost for the child of 2-12 year old is based on 15 % discount of the adult's tour cost.Any baby less than 2 year old is free of any charges. If it turns out there is cost involved, we reserved to collect the cost.)
The tour cost includes:
- Land transfer service, meals daily as listed in the itinerary(B-breakfast， L-lunch, D-dinner), service of English-speaking guide, experienced driver, scenic spots admission fee, twin share room in 4-star hotel in big city, the best hotel in small cities or counties, clean carefully-chosen guest house/hostel/or home-stay in village or old town; all domestic flights or trains and local airport taxes if there is in the itinerary.
The tour cost Does not include:
- meals in your free time and on the train/plane, personal travel insurance (very important); transfer/guide/entrance tickets in your free time, extra luggage truck, international flights and related airport taxes, any tips (hotels, restaurants, guide, driver, etc.), photography charges at monasteries/palaces/sites if required, supplementary trips and services not mentioned, supplement cost for those who wants to accommodate on a single basis, any expenses on personal nature not listed above, the extra cost due to the unforeseen events;
- As the exchange rate of CNY to USD is subject to Change, the final price will be calculated according to the Chinese currency CNY. The price in USD dollar is just for your reference.
- We are ready to reserve the e-air ticket from another city to the starting city or from the ending city back to your preferred city if needed.
- Before you pay deposit to book the tour, we haven’t made any reservation yet. The train, flight tickets and the hotel may different from the itinerary listed.
- The visiting order of the scenic spots in the itinerary may change according to the traffic condition and other unforeseen things.
- Tourist insurance is a must before going, please provide us the confirmation of insurance company when sign up.
- The prices do not apply to National Holidays (e.g. Chinese National Day Sep. 30th -Oct.8th , Or other Special Festival time).
The communication during planning and reservations process was good. All arrangments worked well. Guides were all good. Good itinerary and planning made it an unforgettable trip!