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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)

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Gem of Southwestern China  Tour Name:         Gem of Southwestern China
Tour Code:          M80D270
Duration:            18 Days & 17 Nights
Destination:        Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Leshan, Lijiang, Dali, Kunming, Anshun, Guiyang, Kaili, Guilin, Yangshuo
Features:            Once isolated at the southwestern edge far away from the mainstream culture influences, the four provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi are homes to scores of ethnic minorities who reside in secluded mountainous regions that foster unique exotic cultures, custom, costumes and life patterns of these people. This odyssey tour brings to you once-in-a-lifetime experience to immerse yourself in the splendid cultures and extraordinary natural sceneries along with tons of interact with local residents. This tour has it all.
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Arrive in Chengdu, be met and transferred to hotel. N/A

Buddha Zen Hotel



Full day visit Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base, Buddhist Wenshu Temple, local teahouse visit, Wuhou Temple and walking tour on the ancient Jinli Street. B, L

Buddha Zen Hotel


 Chengdu / Jiuzhaigou

Transferred to airport to fly in Jiuzhaigou. Arrival, met with and drive to visit Huanglong Scenic Area including one-way cable car up the park, transfer to hotel outside Jiuzhaigou Park. B, L, D New Jiuzhai Hotel


Full day guided tour inside Jiuzhaigou National Park including buffet lunch and green car in park. B, L, D New Jiuzhai Hotel

 Chengdu / Lijiang

Take flight out to Chengdu, transferred to visit Leshan Grand Buddha Statue including a river cruise. Drive back Chengdu to take flight to Lijiang. B, L Lijiang Wangfu Hotel



Full day visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (including round trip cable car up to Spruce Terrace and overlook the Snow Mountain), Baisha Village  Yufeng Temple, Dongba Culture Museum. B, L

Lijiang Wangfu Hotel


 Lijiang - Dali

Morning visit Lijiang Ancient Town including Lion Hill, Black Dragon Pool. Drive to Dali in the afternoon and visit Xizhou Village of the Bai People en route. B, L Landscape Hotel


A full day tour in Dali to visit Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas, stroll at the Old Town of Dali. B, L Landscape Hotel

 Dali - Anshun

Fly to Kunming and visit Stone Forest, local Flower and Bird Market. Take soft sleeper train to Anshun in the evening. B, L Soft sleeper train

Anshun - Guiyang

Be met in the morning, and transferred to visit Huangguoshu Waterfall, Tianxingqiao Scenic Area and Tianlong Tun Bao Village, driven to Guiyang later of the day. B, L Guiyang Regal Hotel

Guiyang - Kaili

Drive to Kaili and visit Kaili Folk Museum, Qingman short-skirt Miao Village, and Shiqiao Miao Village. B, L Heaven-sent Dragon Hotel


Drive to visit Jidao Miao Village, Datang Miao Village, and the village of Paika.  B, L Heaven-sent Dragon Hotel

Guiyang / Guilin

Transferred to Guiyang Airport and fly to Guilin. The rest of day is at your free leisure.  B Guilin Bravo Hotel


A day excursion outside to visit famous Terraced Paddy Fields in Longsheng and Zhuang Village, as well as a Yao Village. Drive back Guilin. B, L Guilin Bravo Hotel

 Guilin - Yangshuo

Enjoy a luxury Li River cruise to Yangshuo, a leisure walk on the West Street, then free leisure time in Yangshuo. B, L New West Street Int'l Hotel



A bicycle tour to visit rustic Yangshuo in the morning, then bamboo rafting on Yulong River. B, L

New West Street Int'l Hotel


Yangshuo - Guilin

Transfer back Guilin to visit Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill. B, L Guilin Bravo Hotel



Free at leisure till be transferred to airport for your flight departure. Trip ends. B


Day01 Arrival Chengdu
Today you arrive in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Greeted and received by your local guide and escorted to your hotel in downtown Chengdu. The rest of day is at your own disposal.

Day02 Chengdu (B, L)Giant Panda at Chengdu Breeding Base,China
A full day guided tour in Chengdu. You will first of all head outside for the Giant Pandas at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, then you will drive back the city to visit Buddhist Wenshu Temple, have a nice local teahouse experience, visit Wuhou Temple and have a leisure walk at the Jinli Ancient Street. 

Day03 Chengdu / Jiuzhaigou (B, L, D)Huanglong National Park,Sichuan,China
In the morning you will be transferred to airport and take flight to Jiuzhaigou in Sichuan Province. Arrive in Jiuzhaigou you will be received by your local guide who will escort you to visit Huanglong Scenic Area. Huanglong Scenic Area is located in Northwest of Sichuan Province, China, which neighbors the Jiuzhaigou National Park. Huanglong is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site since 1992. If you are keen on the beauty of nature with primitive taste, Huanglong is the ideal place to go. Here in Huanglong one can see a variety of mountain structures, lush woods, colorful flowers, and crystal waters, just like scrolls of classical paintings. You will take a cable car up and walk down to visit the scenic spots inside of Huanglong Scenic Area. Later in the afternoon you will be transferred to your hotel outside of Jiuzhaigou.

Day04 Jiuzhaigou (B, L, D)Jiuzhaigou National Park in Fall
Enjoy your buffet breakfast at your hotel. Today you will visit Jiuzhaigou National Park, a natural wonder under the sky. More than just spectacular scenery, Jiuzhaigou National Park is home to nine Tibetan villages, over 220 bird species as well as a number of endangered plants and animal species, including the giant panda, Sichuan golden monkey, the Sichuan takin and numerous orchids and rhododendrons. Jiuzhai Valley is locally known as Jiuzhaigou (Chinese for "Nine Village Valley"). It is a national park located in the Min Shan mountain range, Northern Sichuan in Southwestern China. It is best known for its fabled blue and green lakes, spectacular waterfalls, narrow conic karst land forms and its unique wildlife. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

Day05 Jiuzhaigou / Chengdu / Lijiang (B, L)Leshan Giant Buddha,Sichuan,China
Transfer to airport and take flight to Chengdu. On arrival, met with and leave for famous Leshan Giant Buddha Statue. make a trip to famous Leshan Giant Buddha Statue. Leshan Giant Buddha is the largest Buddha in the world, about 71 meters high. It is a statue of Maitreya (a Bodhisattva usually represented as a very stout monk with a broad smile on his face and with his naked breast and paunch exposed to view) in sitting posture. It started to be carved in 713 A.D and finished 90 years later. Facing the river, the Buddha has symmetrical posture and looks which have been beautifully captured in its solemn stillness. It has three-meter-long (about 11 feet) fingers. The eight-meter-long (about 27 feet) instep is big enough for one hundred people to sit on and the 28-meter-wide (about 92 feet) shoulder is large enough to be a basketball playground. You will be astonished by its grace. You will visit Buddhist Linyun Temple which was created in the Chinese Tang Dynasty locates on the hilltop nearby the Giant Buddha Statue. Afterwards take a boat cruise on the Min River (Minjiang) to observe the Giant Buddha from a floating perspective. Later of the day drive to Chengdu airport and take flight to Lijiang. Met with and transferred to your hotel in Lijiang.

Day06 Lijiang (B, L)Lijiang Ancient Town,Yunnan,China
You will have a wonderful day in Lijiang. First of all you will proceed to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (including round trip cable car up to Spruce Terrace and overlook the Snow Mountain), then you get to Baisha Village to see the ancient fresco painting and visit lama temple Yufeng Si where grows the "king of camellia". Located 15 km north of Lijiang old town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain stretches 35 km from north to south with 960-square-kilometers of snow-capped area. Experts say that it has the southernmost glacier in the North Hemisphere. Of all the 13 peaks on the mountain, Shanzidou is the highest with an altitude of 5,596 meters above sea level. Looking from afar, you can see that the mountain just looks like a huge dragon lying in the cloud. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the holy mountain - 'God of Sanduo' of Naxi people. Transferred back your hotel in the old town. On your way back to your hotel you will learn more about Lijiang and the Naxi people at the Dongba Culture Museum.

Day07 Lijiang - Dali (B, L)Dali Three Pagoda Temple,Yunnan
You will take a half day tour in Lijiang that covers the Lijiang Ancient Town, which had an 800-year-old history and is the only city where the Naxi ethnic minority resides. It is famous for its old wooden houses and the layout of the town's streets. You will also visit Hei Long Tan Park (Black Dragon Pool), located in the northern foot of the Elephant Hill. The summits of the snowy mountain nearby are clearly reflected in this pond. You will also climb up to the Lion Hill to get a bird eye view to the Ancient Town. In the afternoon transfer to Dali and visit Xizhou Village of the ethnic minority Bai People.

Day08 Dali (B, L)Dali Bai People,Yunnan
Enjoy your stay in Dali. The tour begins with a boat trip on the Erhai Lake, visit Three Pagodas in the Chongsheng Temple and stroll in the Dali Old Town. With an altitude of 1972 meters above sea level, Erhai Lake is a beautiful highland lake of Yunnan Province and one of the seven largest fresh water lakes in China. Three Pagodas is a symbol of the history of Dali City, and a record of the development of Buddhism in the area. As its name implies, Three Pagodas are made of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle. Dali Old Town, also called Yeyu City, Forbidden City, Zhonghezhen, lies 3 kilometers north from Xiaguan, the capital of Dali Prefecture. Embracing Erhai Lake in the east and adjoining Cangshan Mountain in the west, Dali City was first established in the early period of the Ming Dynasty.

Day09 Dali / Kunming - Anshun (B, L)Anshun Huangguoshu Waterfall,Guizhou
Transferred to airport and take your flight to Kunming. On arrival, met with and drive to visit you will explore the spectacular Stone Forest, a wonder of geology. About 200 million year ago the earth's crust shifted and forced the 200 acres of karst limestone stalagmites rise up from what was once a huge expanse of water. Paths wind through its spectacular valleys and around the weird rock formations and its reflecting pools. There are pavilions perched high on these pillars that offer sweeping views. Since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Stone Forest has long been one of the most famous scenic spots in China. Then you will be transferred back the city to visit the Flower and Bird Market. At night take a soft sleeper train to Anshun in Guizhou Province.

Day10 Anshun - Guiyang (B, L)Tianlong Tunbao Village,Guizhou
Our guide and driver will meet you and escort you to a good restaurant for breakfast. Then you will visit the Huangguoshu Waterfall, one of the biggest waterfalls in China and one of the famous waterfalls in the world. It is 74 meters in height and 81 meters in width, forming majestic vigor and grand sight. There exist different sights in day and evening or four seasons. When it comes to summer and autumn, the waterfall is world-shaking and heart-quake; when it comes to spring and winter the water fall is graceful and coquettish. And then drive to Tianxing Qiao Scenic Area, it is a natural miniascape evolving from the growing stone forests in water (Aquatic stone forest). Compared with the grandness of the Huangguoshu Waterfalls, it is more bijou and beautiful. On your way back Guiyang you will have a stop at Tianlong Tunbao Village, a very old and peculiar Han Chinese settlement existing in the southwest part of China. Here women wear Ming dynasty costumes and the houses, typically featuring Ming architectural styles, are frozen in time. You will have a chance to see their traditional opera-Dixi(Ground Opera), which they perform at festivals and celebrations, renowned as "the living fossil of the ancient shows". The performers will put wooden on their forehead and ensure their voice could be heard by the audience. Drive to your hotel in Guiyang later of the day.

Day11 Guiyang - Kaili (B, L)Miao Village,Guizhou,China
In the morning you will take a 2.5 hour drive to Kaili. On arrival, take a visit to Kaili Folk Museum, which give you an excellent Guizhou Miao Minority Dance introduction to the clothing of Guizhou's ethnic minority groups. Then you will drive about 1 hour to visit Qingman short-skirt Miao Village, which is famous for their Folded-silk felting costumes. And then visit the Shiqiao Miao Village, where you will have a chance to see how local Miao people make paper from mulberry tree in a traditional way.

Day12 Kaili (B, L)Kaili Miao Village,Guizhou,China
In the morning, you will be driven from Kaili along the Bala River to the village of Jidao 65 kilometers (1 hour), a beautiful village filled with traditional wooden houses and waterwheels. After lunch you will continue your journey to Datang, a Miao village well known for its aquatic granary and the traditional ethnic miniskirts worn by the Miao women. Later in the afternoon you will visit the village of Paika to learn about the Lusheng, a traditional Miao ethnic musical instrument made from a gourd. In the evening, you will be driven back to Kaili. Stay overnight in Kaili.

Day13 Kaili - Guiyang / Guilin (B)Miao People in traditional dressing,Guizhou
Transferred to Guiyang Airport and take flight to Guilin. When you arrive in Guilin, the most scenic and beautiful city in China, your guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day you will be free to rest and refresh yourself for tomorrow's activities in Guilin.

Day14 Guilin - Longsheng - Guilin (B, L)Longsheng Terrace Fields,Guilin
Today you will take a day tour outside Guilin to Longsheng to visit its famous Dragon Backbone Terraced Paddy Fields (Longji Rice Terraces). It is a leisure 2hrs drive from Guilin and upon arrival Longsheng you will walk in fields and visit the villages of the "Zhuang or Yao people". Longji Rice Terraces is of imposing beauty which is reputed as "unrivalled in the world". It was first built in the Yuan dynasty and completed in the Qing dynasty as the crystallization of the wisdom and diligence of the Zhuang people. The terraced fields are built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountaintop, with the highest place of an altitude of 885m and the lowest 380m, covering an area of 66 square kilometers. The coiling line spirals up from the mountain foot to the top, making the mountain looks like huge snail seen from afar. You will walk in the Zhuang and Yao villages. After the tour you will be transferred back Guilin.

Day15 Guilin - Yangshuo (B, L)Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo
Guilin is perhaps China's most scenic city. It is no doubt that the best way to enjoy its picturesque scenery is from a floating deck of a luxury cruise on the Li River. Your guide and driver will transfer you from your hotel to Zhujiang Pier to board your wonderful river cruise tour to Yangshuo. Li River, also known as Guishui River or Gui River, takes its source at Mao'er Mountain in Xing'an County, which lies to northeast Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Li River makes its way through Guilin and Yangshuo and merges into Xijiang River in Wuzhou. The mountains on the banks over 40 kilometers long between Guilin and Yangshuo display their extraordinary beauty as a result of the development of the limestone. More than 40,000 hills lie along the two sides of the river, covering a total length of more than 150 kilometers. With their astonishing resemblance to bamboo shoot, screen, elephant and camel, these mountains, together with green banyans and green bamboo as well as the cottages and fishing boats, contribute to form a scenery picture depicting a haven of peace dominated by green. After a 4.5 hours cruise on the river you will finally make disembarkation at Yangshuo where you can completely relieve stress and enjoy leisure time in Yangshuo.

Day16 Yangshuo (B, L)Cycle around Rustic Yangshuo
This morning you will have a bicycle tour to discover the rustic landscapes of Yangshuo. The bike tour includes a family visit on your way to the upper reach of Yulong River. Afterwards you will take a bamboo rafting on the Yulong River. Many people regard this part of scenery along the bamboo rafting as "Paradise", the boat go through the peaceful river, the rice paddy fields, water buffalos and singing birds constitute a real world experience of "Alice in Wonderland".

Day17 Yangshuo - Guilin (B, L)elephant trunk hill guilin
Enjoy the fresh air in Yangshuo before transferring back Guilin. It takes around 50 minutes to reach Guilin and on arrival Guilin you will visit two must-see attractions in the city. You will visit Reed Flute Cave. Comprising different kinds of natural rock formations, Reed Flute Cave (Lu Di Yan) is the most important and sight worthy cave of Guilin vicinity for its length of 240 meters and its many stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes appealing to everyone's imagination. In addition, you will visit the Elephant Trunk Hill, located at the confluence of the Li River and Peach Blossom River in the south central area of Guilin City. It looks like a huge elephant stretching its trunk and drinking water, hence the name. Elephant Trunk Hill is the symbol of Guilin and its limestone landscape.

Day18 Depart Guilin (B)
Free at your own leisure until check out and transferred to airport for departure. End of your China journey.

Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
08). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.


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