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10 Days Wonerful China Cultural and Natural Tour

10 Days Wonerful China Cultural and Natural Tour

Tour Code:  VOC-20101004-C (B)
Destination:  Chongqing, Guilin, Longsheng, Shanghai, Tianjin, Xi'an, Yangshuo, Yichang
Client's Information: John Austin Horner, Canada
Tour Starting Date:  Monday, 4, October, 2010
Group Numbers:  2
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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1   Monday 4-October-10    Arrive in Tianjin and then transfer to Beijing fly to Xian

Transfer via: by ship-own arrangement then connect the flight from Beijing to Xi'an CA1235 (16:30-18:20).
Program: Our guide and driver will pick you from cruise pier and then transfer to the Beijing airport to catch the flight to Xi'an (Tianjin), Arrive in Xian, be met and transferred to hotel

Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Hotel Xian*****
Tel: 029-87691234, Fax: 029-87696799

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Day 2  Tuesday 5-October-10   Meal(s) (B, L, D)   Xian

Program: Full day tour for The Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Ancient City Wall, Cycling along the Ancient City Wall, Dumplings Banquet for dinner, The Tang Dynasty Show

-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 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.
-The Tang Dynasty Show: This is a very spectacular and elaborate show with dancing, traditional Chinese music and probably the most beautiful Chinese girls in town. A must-see.

Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Hotel Xian*****

Day 3  Wednesday 6-October-10   Meal(s) (B, L)   Xian to Guilin

Transfer via: by air HU7829 (18:35-20:20) (arranged by us) 
Program: Visit the Great Mosque of Xian, the Banpo Neolithic Village Museum, the Bell Tower, Forest of Stone Steles Museum, Be transferred to airport (Xi'an), Arrive in Guilin, be met and transferred to hotel

Forest of Stone Steles Museum -The Great Mosque of Xian: 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.
-The Banpo Neolithic Village Museum: Banpo Site is a comparatively integrated commune village site rather typical of the matriarchy in the Yellow River Valley about 6000 years ago.
-The Bell Tower: The wooden tower, which is the largest and best-preserved of its kind in China, is 36 meters (118 feet) high.
-Forest of Stone Steles Museum: Forest of Stone Steles Museum was initially established in AD 1087 when some precious stone steles were moved here for safe keeping. With an area of 31,000 square meters, it has collections of more than 1000 stone steles dated from Han to Qing Dynasties (From 206 B.C to 1911 A.D) in Chinese history. Its contents can be divided into four groups: works of literature and philosophy, historical records, calligraphy and pictorial stones.

Accommodations: Sheraton Guilin Hotel*****
Tel: 0773-2825588, Fax: 0773-2805440

Day 4  Thursday 7-October-10   Meal(s) (B, L)   Guilin

Longsheng Hot Springs Program: Full day tour for Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, Yao Ethnic Tribes, Reed Flute Cave

-Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces: Longji, as known as the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, is located in Longsheng County, the mountainous region on the northeastern part of Guilin. They were first built in the Yuan dynasty (about 800 years ago) and completed in the Qin dynasty by Zhuang people.
-Reed Flute Cave: Known as "the Palace of Natural Arts" where you can see beautiful stalactites & stalagmites, learn how they are formed.

Accommodations: Sheraton Guilin Hotel*****

Day 5  Friday 8-October-10   Meal(s) (B, L)   Guilin to Chongqing

Transfer via: by air CZ8126 (22:30-23:45) (arranged by us) 
Program: Visit Li River Cruise, West Street, Elephant Trunk Hill, be transferred to airport (Guilin), arrive in Chongqing, be met and transferred to hotel

West Street -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.
-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.

Accommodations: JW Marriott Hotel Chongqing*****
Tel: 023-63888888, Fax: 023-63999999

Day 6  Saturday 9-October-10   Meal(s) (B, L, D)   Chongqing to Yangtze Cruise

Program: Visit Dazu Grottoes, after dinner you will be transferred to the dock, board the ship from 17:00 to 20:00 and departs Chongqing at 22:00

-Dazu Grottoes: It is a World Cultural Heritage with more than 50,000 Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian rock carvings and 100,000 characters of inscriptions since Tang Dynasty.

Accommodations: Yangtze 1*****

Day 7 Sunday 10-October-10   Meal(s) (B, L, D)   Yangtze Cruise

Program: Shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City.

Accommodations: Yangtze 1*****

Shennong Stream Day 8  Monday 11-October-10   Meal(s) (B, L, D)   Yangtze Cruise

Program: Passing through Qutang Gorge, Passing through Wu Gorge, Boat excursion to Shennong Stream. Enter Xiling Gorge

-Shennong Stream is another tributary of the Yangtze River, and its fast-flowing, crystal clear water runs southwards through deep gorges. The stream races past large and small karst caves, flocks of swallows,  sheer cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls, three-colored springs, rapids, the ancient plank path, a suspended coffin in the cliff, groups of ancient tombs and marvelous karst formations.

Accommodations: Yangtze 1*****

Day 9 Tuesday 12-October-10   Meal(s) (B, L)   Yichang to Shanghai

Transfer via: by air CA1974 (16:45-18:15) (arranged by us) 
Program: Visit Three Gorge Dam. Arrival Yichang at 13:00, be met at the dock and transferred to airport (Yichang), Arrive in Shanghai, be met and transferred to hotel. Then visit Shanghai Acrobatic Show at night.

Accommodations: Jinjiang Hotel Shanghai*****
Tel: 021-32189888, Fax: 021-62530929

Day 10  Wednesday 13-October-10   Meal(s) (B, L)   Shanghai to Departure City

Transfer via: by air TBA-own arrangement 
Program: Visit Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai World Financial Center 100F, be transferred to airport (Shanghai)

Jade Buddha Temple -Yu Garden: It's reputed to be the most beautiful garden south of the Yangtze River. Built beside the Temple of the City God and covering only fives acres, it follows the Suzhou garden design of a world in microcosm.
-Jade Buddha Temple: The Jade Buddha Temple is one of the few temples in downtown Shanghai. If you're lucky, you can watch the monks serving a ceremony in a side room.
-Shanghai Museum: The biggest museum in China, with a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics. It is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy.
-The Shanghai World Financial Center is a supertall skyscraper in Shanghai, China. It is a mixed use skyscraper which consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the ground floors.

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