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November 2017 (12-day China Immersion Beijing - Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze Three Gorges - Shanghai)

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Magnificent China with Yunnan DiscoveryTour Name:         Magnificent China with Yunnan Discovery
Tour Code:          M11D188
Duration:            16 Days & 15 Nights
Destination:        Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shanghai, Suzhou
Features:            This tour is a harmonious mixture of unique historical legacies in Beijing and Xian, and a relaxing cruise trip on the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo along beautiful rustic landscapes, moreover, you get to see China's cosmopolitan city Shanghai and the classic Chinese Gardens in Suzhou . You will experience the ethnic culture of Chinese minorities in Yunnan and admire the magnificent ancient towns and natural beautifies in the 'Cloud of South'.
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Day01

 Beijing 

Arrive in Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel.  N/A

 Jianguo Hotel Beijing

Day02

 Beijing 

Full day visit Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Temple of Heaven. B, L

 Jianguo Hotel Beijing

 Day03

 Beijing 

One day tour of Great Wall of China at Badaling, Ming Tombs, The Sacred Way. On the way back to hotel, you will visit the main 2008 Beijing Olympic venues, take an exterior visit of both the Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium), National Swimming Centre (The Water Cube) , feel free to take some photos of the stadiums.  B, L

 Jianguo Hotel Beijing

 Day04

 Beijing / Xian

In the morning, take a Hutong Tour in Rickshaw and Summer Palace, then transferred to airport for flight to Xian, arrive in Xian, be met and transferred to hotel. B, L

 Grand New World Hotel

 Day05

 Xian

Full day visit The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda &  Bell Tower. B, L

 Grand New World Hotel

 Day06

 Xian / Guilin

In the morning visit the Ancient City Wall, then transferred to airport and fly to Guilin. Arrive in Guilin, met with and visit Reed Flute Cave. B, L  Guilin Bravo Hotel
  Day07

 Guilin

Full day tour for  Li River. B, L   Guilin Bravo Hotel
  Day08

Guilin / Kunming

Morning visit Fubo (wave-subduing) Hill, Elephant Trunk Hill, transferred to airport for flight to Kunming. Arrive in Kunming, be met and transferred to hotel.  B, L   Kunming Jinjiang Hotel
  Day09

Kunming

Full day visit Stone Forest, Golden Gate and free market in town. B, L   Kunming Jinjiang Hotel
  Day10

 Kunming / Dali

Take morning flight to Dali. Be met in Dali and visit Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas, and The Old Town of Dali.  B, L   Landscape Hotel

 Day11

Dali - Lijiang

Drive to Lijiang, on the way visit Xizhou Village, and stop at Zhoucheng to see the traditional Tie Dyeing works, on arrival Lijiang, walk in the Lijiang Ancient Town. B, L

Lijiang Wangfu Hotel

  Day12

 Lijiang

Full day visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (including round trip cable car up to Spruce Terrace and overlook the Snow Mountain), Baisha Village  and  Yufeng Temple. B, L  Lijiang Wangfu Hotel
  Day13

 Lijiang / Shanghai

Transfer to airport and fly to Shanghai (via Kunming). Arrive in Shanghai, be met and visit the Bund and walk on Nanjing Road. B, L  The Bund Hotel

 Day14

Shanghai

Full day tour of Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Museum and  Yuyuan Garden. B, L

 The Bund Hotel

  Day15

 Suzhou

 One day excursion to Suzhou. Visit in Suzhou including Humble Administrators Garden, The Grand Canal By Boat, Tiger Hill and No.1 Silk Factory, transfer back Shanghai. B, L  The Bund Hotel

Day16

 Shanghai

Transferred to airport for your departure flight. Trip ends.  B  N/A

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


Day02 Beijing (B, L)Temple of Heaven Beijing
Enjoy your buffet breakfast at your hotel. Today you will have a day guided tour to explore Beijing. This morning the tour begins with a visit of the Temple of Heaven, located in the southern part of Beijing, and has been one of the most holy places for the whole country for more than five centuries. It used as a complex of sacrificial buildings for the Ming and Qing emperors, and is the largest one in Beijing among several royal altars to Heaven, Earth, the Sun, the Moon and other deities or symbolic forces of Nature. Then you will take a walking in the iconic Tiananmen Square, which is probably the biggest one of its kind in the world. From here you will go on to the Forbidden City (also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum ) was commissioned by the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Yong Le. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700’s and on wards. The Forbidden City was the seat of Imperial power for 500 years, and is now a major tourist attraction in China. The total area of the complex is 183 acres, so it takes quite a while to walk through, especially if you want to have a close look at everything. All together there are 9,999 1/2 rooms in the Museum, not all of which can be visited.


Day03 Beijing (B, L)Great Wall of China
This morning you will head to the Great Wall of China at Badaling. The Great Wall, like the Pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India and the Hanging Garden of Babylon, is one of the great wonders of the world. Starting out in the east on the banks of the Yalu Rivers in Liaoning Province, the Great Wall stretches westwards for 12,700km to Jiayuguan in the Bobi Desert, thus known as the Ten Thousand Li Wall in China. The lunch today will be arranged at a good restaurant at the foot of the Great Wall. In the afternoon you will pass through the Sacred Way to visit the Ming Tomb. Composed of memorial archway, ornamental pillar, and stele pavilion ornamental etc, the Sacred Way is a long path that leads you to the Ming Tomb. It was thought to have leaded the emperors' souls to enter heaven. The Ming Tomb is the burial site of 13 out of 17 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Being the last resting place of 13 emperors, it is also called as Thirteen Tombs by Chinese. On the way back to your hotel, you will visit the 2008 Beijing Olympic venues, take an exterior visit of both the Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium) and National Swimming Centre (The Water Cube), feel free to take some photos of the stadiums.



Day04 Beijing / Xian (B, L)Summer Palace Beijing
This morning you will take a unique Hutong tour by a rickshaw to discover the old residential area of Beijing. Hutongs are closely associated with individual four-sided courtyard in which people live. Most Hutongs are running east west for the local dwellers to procure the sunlight. Afterwards you will visit the Summer Palace. Located at the northwest suburb of Beijing, the Summer Palace was originally a royal garden and a temporary dwelling palace for emperors of Qing Dynasty, Its predecessor was the Garden of Clear Ripples (Qingyiyuan) started in 1750 and burned down by the British and French allied troops in 1860. In 1886, Empress Dowager Cixi used navy outlays and other funds in the reconstruction and renamed the park as Summer Palace in 1888.The Summer Palace in northwest suburban Beijing is the largest and most complete imperial garden existing in China. Later of the day you will be transferred to airport for a flight to Xian and upon arrival your guide will meet you and escort you to hotel in town.

 
Day05 Xian (B, L)Terra Cotta Warriors Xian
Your Xian tour begins with the mighty Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses. Discovered in 1974, Xian Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Site is one of the most important archaeological finds in the 20th century. In a vault of approximately 12,000m2 and 5m underground lay some 8,000 terracotta infantry soldiers, archers, cavalrymen and chariots arranged in battle formation, ready to defend their emperor's immortal soul. After the visit you will have a very good local lunch at a graceful restaurant. Then you will head back town and visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Situated inside Cien Temple (4 kilometers south of Xian City), it is one of the famous Buddhist pagodas in China. Sponsored by Tang Emperor Gaozong (628-683, reigned 650-683), the temple was first built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty as a symbol of thanksgiving to his mother for her kindness who had suffered an early death. Later of the day your guide will take you to the city center to see the Bell Tower of Xian. The Bell Tower was built in 1384 during the reign of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang of Ming Dynasty as a way to dominate the surrounding countryside and provide early warning of attack by rival rulers.


Day06 Xian / Guilin (B, L)Xian Ancient City Wall
This morning you will pay a visit to the Ancient City Wall of Xian. Built 600 years ago (1374 – 1378) in the Ming Dynasty, the Wall was added on the Tang Dynasty walls. Being the most prominent walls built after medieval time, it is also the best-kept and biggest city walls in Xian. After that you will be transferred to airport and take a flight to Guilin. On arrival Guilin, your guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel in town. This afternoon 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.


Day07 Guilin (B, L)Rustic Yangshuo & Guilin Li River
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 and enjoy some relax time at the West Street. Later of the day you will be transferred back Guilin city.


Day08 Guilin/ Kunming (B, L)Elephant Trunk Hill,Guilin
This morning you continue your tour in Guilin. Make a trip to the Fubo Hill. You can see lots of rock stone carvings & Buddha statues dated back to the Chinese Tang Dynasty. Have a wonderful bird's-eye view of Guilin city if you climb to the summit. After that 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. In the afternoon you will be transferred to airport for your flight to Kunming, the Eternal Spring City. Transferred to hotel and check in.


Day09 Kunming (B, L)Stone Forest Kunming, Yunnan
The first day tour in Yunnan Province. You will head out Kunming to explore the spectacular Stone Forest, a wonder of geology. About 200 million year ago the earth 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. After that you will get back town for the Golden Temple, located on top of Mingfeng (Singing Phoenix) Hill. It is the largest copper temple in China and also known as the Tongwa Temple (Bronze Tile Temple). In addition, you will some free leisure time at a local free market in town.


Day10 Kunming / Dali (B, L)Dali Three Pagoda,Yunnan
This morning you will take a flight to Dali. Your local guide and driver will transfer you from Dali Airport to the town to start your day trip in Dali. You will have a boat ride 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.


Day11 Dali - Lijiang (B, L)Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang Ancient Town
Today you will travel to Lijiang along the Erhai Lake. The first stop will be made at Xizhou Village, the typical town with Bai's characters. More than 1500 years ago, Xizhou and nearby area has been the major habitat for the Bai people. During Sui Dynasty, the region was conquered by Shi Wansui, General of Sui Dynasty. Locals also called the town: Shi Town. Until today, we still can see many well preserved residential houses of Bai's style. Then you will be transferred to Zhoucheng, a small town noted for its famous Tie Dyeing works by the traditional process. In the early afternoon you will reach Lijiang, which is perhaps China's most famous old town. Splendid landscapes, the exotic ways of the Naxi ethnic group and the precious Dongba Culture make up the unique city of Lijiang. Each year it attracts a great number of visitors from home and abroad. To find a fairyland far from the bustling metropolises, please do not hesitate to come to Lijiang. You will have a walking at the Sifang Jie in the old town.


Day12 Lijiang (B, L)Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Lijiang Yunnan
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.

 


Day13 Lijiang / Shanghai (B, L)The Bund Shanghai
Check out in the morning and leave Lijiang by plane to Shanghai (via Kunming). On arrival Guilin, your guide will meet you and escort you to town for a walking tour to the famous Nanjing Road and the Bund. Nanjing Road is Shanghai's most hustle and bustle pedestrian street. The Bund is without question one of the most popular Shanghai attractions. This waterfront area, which runs for about a mile along the Huangpu River, forms the easternmost boundary of Old Shanghai, and here you can gaze at buildings of various architectural styles.


Day14 Shanghai (B, L)Yu Yuan Garden Shanghai
You have a day guided trip to explore the city of Shanghai. You will visit the Jade Buddha Temple. As Shanghai's most popular temple with visitors, the Jade Buddha complex has an exceedingly short history, having been completed in 1918, but it exudes a powerful potion of thick incense, flashy decorations, and a dark, seedy atmosphere that makes it seem centuries older. After that you will proceed to the Shanghai Museum. The Shanghai Museum contains more than 112,000 Chinese cultural relics from the Old Stone Age to modern times, including bronze ware, calligraphy, paintings etc. Then you will continue to visit Yuyuan Garden. Yuyuan garden is the most famous garden in south China and decorated with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations. Later in the afternoon your guide will take you to the Oriental Pearl Tower where you may have a stunning skyline of the townscape Shanghai.


Day15 Suzhou Tour (B, L)Tiger Hill Suzhou
Transfer to Suzhou by your private vehicle and guide escort. It is shortly a less than 2hr drive from Shanghai. Upon arrival Suzhou, you will visit the Humble Administrator's Garden, the largest classical garden in Suzhou and one of the four famous gardens in China. The garden's scenery is focused on a central pond with various buildings of pavilions, terraces, chambers, and towers located by the water or on hillocks in a natural, unsophisticated, and appropriate composition. The garden is most representative of Chinese classical gardens in the Ming Dynasty. It was laid out in 1513 by the censor, Wang Xiancheng, after his retirement from political life. Then you will take a cruise on the Grand Canal that ranks alongside the Great Wall of China as the country's greatest engineering achievement and it is the longest man-made waterway in the world. After that you will visit the Tiger Hill that has been the favorite place for poets, writers and painters in various times. The hill is moderate height but has large number of historical relics. The 1000- year- old leaning pagoda atop is looked upon as the landmark of Suzhou. Later of the day you will be transferred back your hotel in Shanghai.


Day16 Depart Shanghai (B)
Your guide and driver will transfer you to airport according to your flight schedule. End of your China travel.




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:
01).
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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