Unforgettable 17-day Scenic China Tour
Destinations: Beijing, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Mt.Emei, Leshan, Lijiang, Dali, Kunming, Guiling, Longji, Yangshuo
Day 1 Beijing
Arrive in Beijing and accomodate at your hotel.The rest of the day is you can visit the world's largest urban center square, Tiananmen Square, which is a site where many major historical and celebratory events happened. Walk through the square to the Golden Water Bridge, you'll enter the largest as well as best-preserved imperial palace complex, Forbidden City. Once the palace of twenty-four emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties, it not only exhibits the incomparable architecture arts and precious cultural relics, but also shows how the China ancient emperors administered the country and lived their lives 600 years ago.
Day 2 Beijing
Morning：Visit the majestic Great Wall (Badaling section). Then go to the Ding Tomb of Ming Imperial Tombs and the Sacred road——"the way leading to Heaven"，which is guarded on both sides with 12 stone statues.
Afternoon:In the afternoon, tour the Temple of Heaven, which is the largest ancient imperial worship architecture group in the world.If you have time, you can take a visit to the Summer Palace,the largest and most beautiful Chinese imperial garden.
Evening:Go to the Red Theatre to watch a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show.
Day 3 Chendu
In the morning, fly to Chengdu, upon arrive transfer to visit Chengdu Jinsha Ruins Museum, It exhibits the splendid culture of the ancient Shu Kingdom 3,000 years ago, modifying previous assumptions about the origins of the Chinese civilization. Over 6,000 pieces of cultural relics with sophisticated craftsmanship, like carved jade, gold, bronze, stone, and ivory artifacts, have been unearthed at the Jinsha Ruins. Historians believe they are the remains of the ancient Shu Kingdom mentioned in stories of the Qin and Han dynasties.
Then, visit the Kuanxiangzi (wide lane) and Zhaixiangzi (narrow lane), it used to be home to officials in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties and are among the city's cultural heritage sites still intact today. Originally, single-story houses and courtyards featured the specialty of the area. To relive the taste of local life years ago, teahouses and folk arts are readily found in the area while displays of the lifestyle, dialects, food and customs of Chengdu in the past will be reinstated in museums.
As an option in the evening(200RMB extra), enjoy a wonderful variety show of Face changing and Flame Spitting - Out of Sichuan Opera.
Day 4 Chengdu
Visit Chengdu Panda Base. The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is located in the northern suburb of Chengdu on Futou Hill. Giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base live in large naturalistic habitats, which help the visitor to understand how these animals live in the wild . The Research Base is one of the important centers in China for the captive conservation of giant pandas. Take flight (45 minutes) from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou in later afternoon.
Day 5 Jiuzhaigou
After breakfast, head to the Jiuzhaigou National Park.Visit the Shuzheng and Zezawa Valleys; Pearl Sands and Shuzheng Waterfall; the Tibetan village of Shuzheng, and numerous picturesque lakes including Panda Lake, Long Lake, Rainbow Lake, Tiger Lake and Rhinoceros Lake. Then summon your energy for a Tibetan folk customs show at night, consisting of singing, dancing and other programs. (The entrance fee is180 RMB).
Day 6 Huanglong, Chengdu,Mt.Emei
Drive to visit Huanglong National Park, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, with beautiful mountains, lush woods, colourful flowers, and crystal clear waters.
Then take flight back to Chengdu, drive to Mt.Emei, enjoying countryside views of the Chuanxi Plain.on the way (two and half hour along expressway).
Day 7 Mt. Emei
Set off at 7:00am by tour bus to the cable car station, where you will begin your ride to the the highest summit of Mt. Emei, the Golden summit. Have a look around the Golden summit including Huazang temple.
After lunch,take the cable car down and take the bus to Wanniansi parking lot which is located halfway up Mt. Emei. Take another cable car to visit Wanniansi temple. Hiking down to sightsee Qingying pavilion, the Strip Skyline and Monkey Mountain. Then take the local bus down to the gate.
Day 8 Mt.Emei,Leshan Grand Buddha, Lijiang
Drive half an hour to Leshan, board a tour boat have a panoramic view of the biggest carved Buddha statue in the world. The boats hover for five to ten minutes in front of the Buddha, engines whirling madly against the current. Boats leave from north of the ferry dock approximately every 30 minutes from 7 am to 5 pm. What`s more, a huge natural lying Buddha can be easily figured out while you are standing on the deck and viewing the outline of Mt Lingyun from afar.
Then continue drive about 1.5 hours from Leshan toHuanglongxi old town in the morning. It is 1700 years history and around 30 miles away from Chengdu. For most of local people, Huanglongxi old town could be a place where it will bring them back to their childhood. The aged old trees, old temples and native custom all together can be an amazing to you.
At Huanglongxi, despites the latest renovation, some of the old architectures were built in the late of Qing Dynasty, which was the last feudal dynasty in Chinese history.
Drive to Chengdu airport fly to Lijiang. Lijiang is an ancient town at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in northwestern Yunnan. It was put on the World Cultural Heritage List in 1997. The ancient Dayan Town of Lijiang was located on the plateau which is 2,400 meters above the sea level and embraced by the tree-covered Lion Mountain in the west, Elephant and Golden Row Mountains in the north, vast fertile fields in the southeast.
Day 9 Lijiang
Visit Ganhaizi Meadow, Baishui River and the Yak Meadow in the Yulong Snow Mountain, it’s situated some 15km north of Lijiang County.The summit's semblance to a crystalline jade dragon gives the mountain its name. Access to the top of the mountain is provided by a cableway from the foot of the mountain to the Yak Meadow.
In the afternoon, go to Yuhu Village and visit the former residence of Joseph Rock, famous botanist and expert on Naxi culture. And then,stroll through Baisha Village, which is an enchanting traditional Yunnan village.
At last, drive back to Lijiang to visit the Black Dragon Pond and Dongba Museum of Naxi people. Night walk around in the old town. (Optional:Night enjoy Naxi Orchestral and Dance in the Old Town.140RMB/each)
Day 10 Lijiang, Shigu Old Town, the First Bend of Yangtze River
Early morning drive about 100KM to visit Tiger Leaping Gorge,which is the deepest gorge in the world,about 3900M deep,here you will see the wonderful mountains bank of Yangtze River.If you have more days in Lijiang ,you can go to trek along the gorge ,it is the most wonderful trekking in the world.Lunch at the bank of Yangtze River.
After luch drive 60KM back,and visit the Shigu(Stone Drum) Old Town and witness the beauty of the First Bend of Yangtze River.Then drive back to Lijiang .Dinner in the local family in Huangshan Village about 5 km away from Lijiang Old Town.
Day 11 Dali
After breakfast, travel (200 km - 4 hrs) south on the old road to the ancient city of Dali. Dali, a historically and culturally famous city of China, is renowned for her historical interest. If this day happens to fall on a Monday you will call in at Shaping for a visit to the colorful Bai market.
In Dali visit the Three-pagoda in Chongshen Temple, which is a typical historical symbol of Yunnan. It is also one of the oldest sublime architecture in South China. At last, walk around the Old Dali Town, which is located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain.
Day 12 Dali
Special Experience: Taste the Bai Three Cyourse Tea with ethnic dance and music.
In the morning, travel in the Erhai Lake by boat and visit Jinsuo Island. After landing, you will head for Xizhou Town to fully appreciate Bai-style architecture, taste their fragrant three-course tea and explore their distinctive culture.
At last, visit Zhoucheng Town, and Bai people's Tie-Dyed Cloth Work Shop.
--Erhai Lake is the largest highland lake next to Dianchi and one of the seven biggest fresh water lakes in China. It means, 'sea shaped like an ear', in Chinese. Implying that the lake is ear shaped and as large as a sea, hence it was so named. The lake covers an area of 250 square kilometers and is located about two kilometers east of Dali. It is like a crescent lying between Cangshan and Dali city as seen from Cangshan Mount.
Day 13 Kunming
Take the early morning flight to Kunming, then drive about 90KM from Kunming to the Stone Forest, which is well-known as the most beautiful Carst Landform in the world. Here you will see a lot of girls and boys from Sani peple which is a brance of Yi minority in China.
After the Stone Forest ,drive back to Kunming,the Capital of Yunnan.then visit the local Bird market. Dinner taste Yunnan Bridge Crossing Noodles.
Day 14 Guilin
Take fliht to Guilin visit Lijiang River's most famous sights, Elephant Trunk Hill and Seven star park(You can see pandas, camel hill etc.) Walking along the San and Rong lakes enjoying the peaceful view of Guilin City . After that ,Visit Reed Flute Cave.
Day 15 Guilin,Longji
After breakfast，transfer to LongJi，(about 2. 5 hours)，climb up to the top of hill to visit theDragon's Backbone Rice Terraces . Transfer back to Guilin.
Day 16: Guilin,Yangshuo
One day Li River Cruise to Yangshuo with lunch aboard. Relax in the old town after the cruise. Li River Cruise for a 4 hours wonderful cruise. You will enjoy the picturesque mountains, peaceful green fields ect. After arrive Yangshuo, visit Big banyan Tree, Visit the Moon Hill with 890 steps, climbing to have a bird's eye view on the town of Yangshuo. Stay over night at Yangshuo, relax in the West Street small town atmosphere and culture.
Option: At night,you can choose to enjoy the spectacular show "Impressions San Jie Liu" with over 600 performers, live animals, and spectacular lighting effects all performed on the Li River with the majestic limestone mountains as the back drop. Price: 220RMB/p.p, 320RMB/p.p for VIP SEAT.
Day 17 Guilin Departure
Transfer from Yangshuo to Guilin airport or railway station,leave Guilin for your next destination.
Attractions Visited in This Tour
- Ya'an Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center
- Dali Ancient City
- Lijiang WenHai
- Guilin Solitary Beauty Peak