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22 Days China Ancient Culture and Natural Scenery Leisure Tour with Xishuangbanna

22 Days China Ancient Culture and Natural Scenery Leisure Tour with Xishuangbanna

Tour Code:  VOC-091027-S
Destination:  Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Kaifeng, Kunming, Xi'an, Xishuangbanna, Yangshuo, Zhengzhou
Client's Information: Rudolf Walter Gerber, Swiss
Tour Starting Date:  Tuesday, 27, October, 2009
Group Numbers:  2
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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1   Tue 27-Oct-09     Meal(s) ()      Zurich / Beijing

Transfer via: by air TG614 at 15:40PM. Arrive in Beijing-own arrangement
Program: Arrive in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to hotel, free at the rest of the day

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel****
Address: 88, Dengshikou, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100006 P.R.C.
Telephone: (86-10) 5816 8999  Fax: (86-10) 6513 9088


Day 2  Wed 28-Oct-09   Meal(s) (B, L)   Beijing

 

Program: Full day tour for the Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven

-The Tian'anmen Square: The largest city square in the world.
-The Forbidden City: The largest imperial palace in China during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years.
-The Temple of Heaven: The place where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation.

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel****


Day 3  Thu 29-Oct-09  Meal(s) (B, L)   Beijing

Program: Full day tour for Mutianyu Great Wall, the Ding Tomb, the Sacred Road. On the way back to hotel, you will be driven to 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'), Beijing   feel free to take some photos of the stadiums

-Mutianyu Great Wall: This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a pleasant drive 90km NE of Beijing. A cable car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains.
-The Ding Tomb: The only underground tomb of the thirteen tombs of the emperors in the Ming Dynasty.
-The Sacred Road: The way guarded on both sides with stone statues by which the ancient emperors went to hold a memorial ceremony for the ancestors.

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel****


Day 4  Fri 30-Oct-09   Meal(s) (B, L)   Beijing

Program: Full day tour for Hutongs by rickshaw, The Summer Palace, Lhama Monastery, Xiushui Street

-Hutongs: The old narrow paths where common people lived. All the Hutongs crisscross with each other, dotted with the Kindergarten, the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower, the Tea House, and the lake, House of Gong Infante and local people's houses among them.
-The Summer Palace: The largest and best-preserved royal garden in China with a history of over 800 years.
-Lhama Monastery: the largest 260-year-old monastery in Beijing of the Yellow sect of Lamaism.
-Xiushui Street: A market near the embassy area where you can find a number of duplicates of clothing in traditional Chinese style such as clothes, caps, gloves. Enjoy bargains with sellers and pleasant surprise of finding a real treasure if you are lucky enough.

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel****


Day 5  Sat 31-Oct-09  Meal(s) (B, L)   Beijing

Program: Free at your leisure time

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel****


Day 6   Sun 1-Nov-09     Meal(s) (B, L)    Beijing / Kaifeng

Transfer via: by train for soft seat (arranged by us) Train No.: 1487   1002-1932
Program: Free at leisure, you will be transferred to railway station and take the train to Kaifeng. Arrive in Kaifeng, be met and transferred to hotel

-Hutongs: The old narrow paths where common people lived. All the Hutongs crisscross with each other, dotted with the Kindergarten, the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower, the Tea House, and the lake, House of Gong Infante and local people's houses among them 

Accommodations: Kaifeng Zhongzhou International Jinming Hotel
Add: 9 Daliang Road, Jinming District, Kaifeng 475004, Kaifeng, China


Day 7  Mon 2-Nov-09  Meal(s) (B, L)  Kaifeng / Zhengzhou

Transfer via: Private vehicle
Program: Full day tour for Iron Pagoda, Millennium City Theme Park, Grand Xiangguo Monastery, Dragon Pavilion. After the tour, you will be transferred to Zhengzhou, stay overnight in Zhengzhou

-Iron Pagoda: In fact, it is not cast with iron. It is called the "Iron Pagoda" because the brown colour of its outer walls looks very much like that of iron.
-Millennium City Theme Park: it's a large scale song dynasty cultural theme park based on the famous painting by Zhang Zeduan of north song Dynasty, reappearing the scenery of the original picture.
-Grand Xiangguo Monastery: The Grand Xiangguo Monastery is one of the most famous Buddhist monasteries in China. It was set up in 555 during the Northern Qi Dynasty. In the Northern Song Dynasty, it was enlarged many times because the royal court thought highly of it.
-Dragon Pavilion: The Dragon Pavilion in Kaifeng was originally a part of the palace of the Jin Dynasty and then submerged by flood.

Accommodations: Jianguo Hotel Xinhua Henan****


Day 8  Tue 3-Nov-09   Meal(s) (B, L)   Zhengzhou / Xi'an

Transfer via: by train for hard sleeper (arranged by us)  Train No.: K617   0754-1431
Program: In the morning, you will be transferred to railway station and take the train to Xi'an. Arrive in Xi'an, be met and transferred to hotel, then visit the Bell Tower

-The Bell Tower: The wooden tower, which is the largest and best-preserved of its kind in China, is 36 meters (118 feet) high.

Accommodations: Bell Tower Hotel****
Tel: 029-87600000, Fax: 029-87271217


Day 9  Wed 4-Nov-09   Meal(s) (B, L)  Xi'an

Program: Full day tour for the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Great Mosque of Xi'an

-The Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses: The greatest archaeological findings of the century: the army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin's tomb.
-Big Wild Goose Pagoda: It is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists.
-The Great Mosque of Xi'an: It is the largest and best preserved of the early mosques of China. Built primarily in the Ming Dynasty when Chinese architectural elements were synthesized into mosque architecture

Accommodations: Bell Tower Hotel****


Day 10  Thu 5-Nov-09   Meal(s) (B, L)  Xi'an / Chengdu

Transfer via: by air (arranged by us) HU7855     1410-1525
Program: Visit the Ancient City Wall, History Museum in Xi'an, and then be transferred to airport for Chengdu. Arrive in Chengdu, be met and transferred to hotel

-The Ancient City Wall: It is the largest and best preserved present city wall in ancient China and is probably the best military battlement in the world.
-History Museum in Xi'an: It is a magnificent architectural complex in the Tang Dynasty style. The Museum possesses a treasure of 113,000 historic and cultural artifacts unearthed in Shaanxi, and it covers an area of 1,100 square meters for exhibition. 

Accommodations: Kempinski Hotel Chengdu arranged on your own
42 Ren Min Nan Road 4th Section   Chengdu 610041 P.R.China
Tel: +86 28 85269999 ext. 5000    Fax: +86 28 85140009


Day 11  Fri 6-Nov-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Chengdu

Program: Full day tour for Panda Base, Sanxingdui Museum

-Panda Base: people here can approach the pandas and take closely look and even pet them if desired.
-Sanxingdui Museum: It is recognized as one of the most important ancient remains in the world for its vast size, lengthy period and enriched cultural contents

Accommodations: Kempinski Hotel Chengdu arranged on your own


Day 12  Sat 7-Nov-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Chengdu

Program: Full day tour for Marquis Wu, Dufu Cottage, Qingyang Gong (Green Ram Monastery), Jinli Street

-Marquis Wu: It is a place to commemorate Zhuge Kongming in Three Kingdoms around the second and third century. Zhuge Kongming is an avatar in China.
-Dufu Cottage: It is the residence of Dufu, the greatest poets in China's history. He lived during the Tang Dynasty. The Cottage now is a lovely park.
-Qingyang Gong (Green Ram Monastery): Directly west of the city center, this Daoist monastery is culturally and historically the most important sight in the city.
-Jinli Street: Chengdu is a city brimming with a strong leisurely ambience. Jinli Street, located to the east of the Wuhou Memorial Temple of Chengdu (the most famous Three Kingdoms period (220 - 280) relic museum in China) is particularly representative of this city.

Accommodations: Kempinski Hotel Chengdu arranged on your own


Day 13  Sun 8-Nov-09  Meal(s) (B, L)   Chengdu / Guilin

Transfer via: by air (arranged by us)   CA4323   1920-2050

Free at leisure, you will be transferred to airport for Guilin. Arrive in Guilin, be met and transferred to hotel.

Accommodations: Guilin Bravo Hotel****
Tel: 0773-2823950, Fax: 0773-2851344


Day 14  Mon 9-Nov-09   Meal(s) (B, L)   Guilin / Yangshuo

Program: Full day tour for Li River Cruise, West Street, stay overnight in Yangshuo

-Li River Cruise: Depart from your hotel in the morning. Be transferred to the Zhujiang Pier (about 1 hour drive) for a 4.5 hours wonderful cruise. You will enjoy the picturesque mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank. Disembark at the one-thousand-year-old town Yangshuo in the afternoon.
-West Street: West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1,400 years. Situated at the center of Yangshuo County, West Street has become, since the 1980's, a window of eastern and western culture and the biggest 'foreign language center' in China.

Accommodations: Aiyuan Hotel, Yangshuo***
Tel: 0773-8811966, Fax: 0773-8811916


Day 15  Tue 10-Nov-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Yangshuo

Program: In Yangshuo, you will take another section Li river cruise to see more scenery further down Li river, the cruise will take about 3 hours

Accommodations: Aiyuan Hotel, Yangshuo***


Day 16  Wed 11-Nov-09  Meal(s) (B, L)  Yangshuo

Program: Visit Big Banyan, the Moon Hill, and you can take bike or electric car to explore the countryside, on the way, you will visit the local village people

-Big Banyan: 6 kilometers away from the County of Yangshuo, you will find a prominent and towering tree: the Big Banyan Tree. It has survived wind and rain over centuries since it was planted during the Sui Dynasty (581-618).
-The Moon Hill: 50 minutes' bike from Yangshuo, there lies the Moon Hill. Named for the crescent shaped cave running through the moon, Moon Hill is one of the highlights in Yangshuo.

Accommodations: Aiyuan Hotel, Yangshuo***


Day 17  Thu 12-Nov-09   Meal(s) (B, L)   Guilin / Kunming

Transfer via: by air (arranged by us)   MU5788    2155-2325
Program: In the morning, you will be transferred back to Guilin, visit Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, and Seven Star Park. Then be transferred to airport for Kunming. Arrive in Kunming, be met and transferred to hotel

-Reed Flute Cave: Known as "the Palace of Natural Arts" where you can see beautiful stalactites & stalagmites, learn how they are formed.
-Elephant Trunk Hill: Located at the conjunction of the Li River & the Peach  Blossom River, the whole hill looks very much like a giant elephant with a long trunk, it is the symbol of Guilin city.
-Seven Star Park: The biggest park in Guilin, where you can see a giant Panda Yueyue, the Camel Hill, Bonsai Garden and more sites if you are energetic enough to climb some hills.

Accommodations: Kunming Hotel****
Tel: 0871-3162063, Fax: 0871-3163784


Day 18  Fri 13-Nov-09     Meal(s) (B, L)   Kunming

Program: Full day tour for Stone Forest, Flowers and Birds Market

-Stone Forest: About 200 million years ago numerous stone peaks, pillars, and stalagmites rose abruptly from the ground and towered into the sky, looking like a vast forest of stone, hence the name "the Stone Forest".
-Flowers and Birds Market: Traditional wooden houses with grass growing from their roofs line the streets where a variety of products are sold, including of course a small alley devoted to flowers and cage birds.

Accommodations: Kunming Hotel****


Day 19  Sat 14-Nov-09   Meal(s) (B, L)   Kunming / Xishuangbanna

Transfer via: by air (arranged by us)   PN6105   1910-2000
Program: Visit West Hill and Dragon Gate, Yuantong Temple, Golden Temple, Daguan Park, then be transferred to airport for Xishuangbanna. Arrive in Xishuangbanna, be met and transferred to hotel

-West Hill and Dragon Gate: known as "Sleeping Beauty," it is a natural forest park in Kunming with a series of winding steps, tunnels, and statue-filled grottoes.
-Yuantong Temple: is one of the oldest Buddhist temple in Kunming, with the history of 12000 years. Its architecture is one of the best classical styles in Yunnan province.
-Golden Temple: It is the largest copper temple in China. It is also known as the Tongwa Temple (Bronze Tile Temple) and by its popular name, the Golden Temple.
-Daguan Park: It offers a great view of Dian Lake. It is also inscribed with a 180 character poem describing the beauty and history of the area. This poem is the longest of its kind in Chinese literature.

Accommodations: Tai Garden Hotel Xishuangbanna****
Tel: 0691-2123888


Day 20  Sun 15-Nov-09  Meal(s) (B, L)   Xishuangbanna

Program: Full day tour for Menghai Market, Jingzhen Octagonal Pagoda, Tea Garden, Aini Ethnic Folklore Village

-The Octagonal Pavilion: It is a symbol of the ancient Dai Nationality level of architectural art that can be discovered in Xishuangbanna.
-The Tea Garden: It is a large tea plantation farm. Here you can appreciate the process of planting tea leaves.
-Aini Ethnic Folklore Village: Aini people are the most common minority group in Xishuangbanna

Accommodations: Tai Garden Hotel Xishuangbanna****


Day 21  Mon 16-Nov-09  Meal(s) (B, L) Xishuangbanna / Mengla

Program: Olive Plain (Ganlanba), Dai Ethnic Folklore Village, Menglun Tropical Rain Forest, then drive to Mengla

-Olive Plain (Ganlanba): so named because the terrain here resembles an olive fruit. In this natural park, peacocks can be found.
-Mengla Tropical Rain Forest: Mengla county is situated at the most south point of southwest China, bordering Laos at its east, south and southwest sides, and bordering Myanmar at its west side.

Accommodations: Jinxiu Hotel****


Day 22  Tue 17-Nov-09   Meal(s) (B)   Mengla / Borten Port

Transfer via: by private vehicle (arranged by us) 
Program: In the morning, at 08:30 you will be transferred to the border port, then the local guide will assist you to pass the port. Once you arrive in Laos, you will arrange on your own


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