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  • Li River
  • Lijiang Ancient Town
  • Stone Forest
  • The Ancient City of Dali
  • West Street
  • Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
  • Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family
  • West Hill
  • Elephant Trunk Hill
  • Erhai Lake
  • Yulong Snow Mountain
  • Reed Flute Cave
  • The Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple
  • Temple of Six Banyan Trees
  • Seven Star Park
  • Dongba Culture Museum
  • Fubo (wave-subduing) Hill
  • House of Bai People in Xizhou
  • Tie-Dyeing Zhoucheng

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10 Days Southern Delights Tour

Tour Code: EMT01
Tour Duration: 10 Days
Destination: Dali, Guangzhou, Guilin, Kunming, Lijiang, Yangshuo
Tour overview: This wonderful China tour focuses on the colorful traditions of some of China’s Ethnic Minority Groups. You will see the Bai People of Dali, the Naxi people of Lijiang and witness first-hand, how these people have lived for centuries. You will also visit the incredible scenery of Guilin and Yangshuo, as well as the ancient past, and vibrant present of Guangzhou. This tour offers something truly special and like all of our China tours is completely customizable to meet your every need.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1 Guangzhou Arrive in Guangzhou, be met and transferred to hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Dong Fang Hotel Landmark International Hotel Lido Hotel
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Day 2 Guangzhou/Guilin Visit Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Temple of Six Banyan Trees Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family , then be transferred to airport for flight to Guilin.Arrive in Guilin, be met and transferred to hotel.
Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Sheraton Guilin Hotel Guilin Bravo Hotel GuiLin Eva Inn Hotel
B,L
Day 3 Guilin Full day city tour to Elephant Trunk Hill Fubo (wave-subduing) Hill Reed Flute Cave Seven Star Park Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Sheraton Guilin Hotel Guilin Bravo Hotel GuiLin Eva Inn Hotel
B,L
Day 4 Guilin/Yangshuo Full day tour for Li River and West Street , stay overnight in Yangshuo. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Guilin Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel New Century Hotel Aiyuan Hotel
B,L
Day 5 Yangshuo/Guilin/Kunming Free at leisure till be transferred back to Guilin for flight to Kunming.Arrive in Kunming, be met and transferred to hotel.
Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Howard Johnson Tropical Garden Plaza Kunming Kunming Jin Jiang Hotel Yunnan Jinhua International Hotel
B
Day 6 Kunming Full day tour to Stone Forest West Hill Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Howard Johnson Tropical Garden Plaza Kunming Kunming Jin Jiang Hotel Yunnan Jinhua International Hotel
B,L
Day 7 Kunming/Dali In the morning, be transferred to airport for flight to Dali.Arrive in Dali, be met and visit Erhai Lake The Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple The Ancient City of Dali Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Dali Regent Hotel Dali Asia Star Hotel Landscape Courtyard
B,L
Day 8 Dali/Lijiang Drive to Lijiang, on the way visit House of Bai People in Xizhou Tie-Dyeing Zhoucheng .
Arrive in Lijiang, visit Lijiang Ancient Town Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Lijiang Ancient Town Hexi Hotel, Lijiang Jinhong Villa Hotel
B,L
Day 9 Lijiang Full day visit Yulong Snow Mountain (take the cable car to Spruce Plateau and overlook the JadeDragonSnowMountain), Dongba Culture Museum Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Lijiang Ancient Town Hexi Hotel, Lijiang Jinhong Villa Hotel
B,L
Day 10 Lijiang/Kunming/Guangzhou In the morning, be transferred to airport for Kunming first, then connect flight to Guangzhou for your departure. Details... B
Season Tour Class Group Size Single Room
Supplement
1pax 2-5pax 6-9pax
Peak Season 3*(Tourist Class) $2579 $1793 $1551 $236
4*(Deluxe Class) $2779 $1893 $1651 $336
5*(First Class) $3149 $2078 $1836 $521
1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.

Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Include

A. Entrance fees:To scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
B. Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary.
C. Private Transfers: Among airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in the above cities by the private air conditioned vehicle.
D. Guide and Driver: As outlined in the itinerary, a well selected English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
E. Hotels: Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
F. Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels.
G. Service Charge & Government Taxes.
H. Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
I. Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclude

A. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets.
B. Visa Fees.
C. Excess Baggage Charges.
D. Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the itinerary.
E. Meals: Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
F. Single Room Supplement.
G. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
H. Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.

Day 1 Arrival Guangzhou

Transport via: Flight on your arrangement

Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be met by you local guide and then be transferred to the hotel. Enjoy some leisure time for the rest of the day.

Day 2 Guangzhou / Guilin (B, L)

Transport via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Temple of Six Banyan Trees, Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family

In the morning you will see Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, which is a magnificent building in the shape of an octagon. With its majestic appearance and the infused rich Chinese national color it is not only one of the symbolic constructions in Guangzhou but also an important place for large scale meeting and performance.

Then you will visit the Temple of Six Banyan Trees, an ancient monastery which is famous at home and abroad. There are majestic towers, dense trees, plenty of antiques and valuable heritage from those famous people in the history. It is one of the four Buddhism temple complexes in Guangzhou.

The next stop will be Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family also being called Chen Clan Academy. It is a place both for offering up sacrifices to ancestors and for study. It is one of the most important tourist sight of Guangzhou.

Afterwards your guide will accompany you to the airport, from where you will take the flight to Guilin. After your arrival there, your local guide will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 3 Guilin (B, L)

Guilin (B, L)

Sightseeing: Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Fubo Hill

In the morning you will visit 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 drinking out of the river; it is the symbol of Guilin city.

Then you will head to Reed Flute Cave, which is a vast and very impressive cave system, and one of the most important sights of Guilin. Known as "the Palace of Natural Arts", you can see beautiful stalactites & stalagmites and learn how they are formed.

Afterwards we will make a walk through Seven Star Park. It is one of the best urban parks in China. The park is in the east bank of Lijiang, the largest park in Guilin with the theme of rock caves.

We’ll continue to visit Fubo Hill. You will see lots of rock stone carvings & Buddha statues from since Tang Dynasty. If you climb to the summit, you will have a wonderful bird's-eye view of Guilin city.

Day 4 Guilin / Yangshuo (B, L)

Guilin / Yangshuo (B, L)

Sightseeing: Li River Cruise, West Street

Guilin is famous for its picturesque scenery, and the best way to see it is from the deck of Li River Cruise ships. In the morning you will depart from your hotel and be transferred to the Zhujiang Pier (about 1 hour drive) for a 4.5 hours wonderful cruise. You will enjoy the unique mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank.

In the afternoon you will disembark at the old town Yangshuo. Having a history of more than 1,400 years, West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo. Enjoy the evening and go shopping in the numerous shops, or spent time in the bars and cafes of Yangshuo. This night you will stay in Yangshuo

Day 5 Yangshuo / Guilin / Kunming (B)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement

In the morning you will be transferred back to Guilin. You can enjoy some free time in the town until your guide will transfer you to the airport to take the flight to Kunming.

Upon your arrival there, the local guide will meet you and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 6 Kunming (B, L)

Kunming (B, L)

Sightseeing: Stone Forest, West Hill

Today we will go on a full day trip to Stone forest. Due to a process of weathering and erosion, nature has created an art gallery of stone sculpture here. This typical karst physiognomy seems like a forest of stone pillars and boulders. You will see fascination natural creations like Lion Arbor, Sword Peak Pond, Lotus Peak, Moon Lake, Jade Lake, and Dadie Waterfall.

Then we will visit West Hill which contains Huating Hill, Taihua Hill and Luohan Hill, extending a distance of more than 40 kilometers at an altitude of between 1900 meters to 2350 meters above sea level. You will be astonished by the beautiful lush vegetation, blooming flowers, green grass and tranquil surroundings. West Hill has enjoyed great fame for unique natural scenery since ancient time and was renowned as “the most beautiful place in Yunnan".

Day 7 Kunming / Dali (B, L)

Kunming / Dali (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Erhai Lake, The three pagodas of chongsheng temple, The Ancient City of Dali 

In the morning you will take your flight to Dali. There you will be met by your local guide and the visit Erhai Lake. 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. On a sunny day, the crystal waters of Erhai Lake and the snow mantled Cangshan Mount radiate with each other.

Then you will head to the three Pagodas of Chongshen Temple. It has a history of over 1,800 years and 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. This is unique in China. A visit to The Three Pagodas should not be missed by any visitor to Dali City.

Finally you will see the Ancient City of Dali facing Erhai Lake to the east ad Cangshan Mountain to the west. The gate tower of the City is grand and the sights here are beautiful. Dali is a magnificent ancient city with a perimeter of 6 kilometers. Its former city wall is 7.5 meters high and 6 meters thick. There used to be four city gates, each on one side. On the gates were the gate towers. The Ancient City of Dali will give you a simple, unsophisticated and quiet impression.

Day 8 Dali / Lijiang (B, L)

Dali / Lijiang (B, L)

Transfer via: Private vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: House of Bai people in Xizhou, Tie-Dyeing Zoucheng, Lijiang Ancient Town

In the morning you will take a private car into the dicrection of Lijiang. On the way, you will make a first stop at a house of Bai people in Xizhou. The town of Xizhou is next to Erhai Lake and the Wanhua Brook. Historically, it was a military fortress of Nanzhao Kingdom and a temporary palace of the King of Nanzhao. Because of its favorable geographical situation, the town used to be a commercial centre before 1949 and where more than 140 national capitalist families used to live. Their houses are of the typical Bai design known as "Sanfang Yizhaobi" (a courtyard rooms on three sides and a screen wall on the remaining side) and "Sihe Wutianjing" (one big courtyard with four smaller ones at the four corners of the main one).

Our next stop will be Tie-Dyeing Zoucheng, the largest and the farthest northern village of Dali City. The village has 7,571 inhabitants of 1,470 families. The entire village is in a square shape with row upon row of houses.

Arriving in Lijiang, you will be met by your local guide and then visit Lijiang Ancient Town. It is also known as Dayan Town in Lijiangba and was included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1997. It was first built in the Southern Song Dynasty and in 1253 and became larger during Ming and Qing dynasties.

Day 9 Lijiang (B, L)

Lijiang (B, L)

Sightseeing: Yulong Snow Mountain, Dongba Village

Today we will depart to Yulong Snow Mountain. It is the southernmost marine glacier in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere. Altogether there are 13 peaks along the range, stretching for over 35km from south to north. The summit, Shanzidou, is 5596 meters above sea level. Viewed from afar, the snow-capped range resembles a silver dragon with snow curling up its middle. Rich forest, herb and animal resources thrive on the mountain.

On our way we will stop at Dongba Village in Yushui Stockade, which is built completely according to the traditional life style of Naxi Minority. You can feel the traditional atmosphere of national culture from the layout of its yard, building facilities, tools and details of life.

Day 10 Departure Lijiang (B)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement

In the morning, you will be transferred to airport for Kunming first, then connect flight to Guangzhou for your departure. 

Comment on our service from Martin McMulkin, UK
Guide was excellent, helpful, informative but not intrusive. Driver was very good, did not drive too fast or zig-zag along the roads. We chose your company as you gave us the best price by a big margin.
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Thank you for organizing the trip, we had a great time.

1. Guide was excellent, helpful, informative but not intrusive.

2. Driver was very good, did not drive too fast or zig-zag along the roads. Only problem was that the seatbelt in the van did not work properly.

3. We chose your company as you gave us the best price by a big margin. Lots of companies seem to quote ridiculous prices for non-Chinese travelers.

Thank you very much and if we plan to visit somewhere unusual like this again I will get in touch with your company.

Thanks
Martin
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Comment on our service from Yolette, USA
I had a great time in China. Our guide Summer was very nice and friendly and took good care of us. I chose you to provide our tour because of all the companies I contacted, you responded the fastest and friendliest.

I had a great time in China. Our guide Summer was very nice and friendly and took good care of us.

I chose you to provide our tour because of all the companies I contacted, you responded the fastest and friendliest.  I appreciate it!

Thank you!
Yolette

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Comment on our service from Sandra Borja Santos, Portuguese
Thank you so much for organizing the Tour for us - my Boss loved it!!! All went well - actually much better than I thought it would be.
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Thank you so much for organizing the Tour for us - my Boss loved it!!!

All went well - actually much better than I thought it would be.

The tour guide Lucy (Ling Ling) was simply amazing - what a wonderful lovable and knowledgeable person!!!!

She took care of us in the most perfect way. 

If there's a tourist guide that can work really well with foreigners, it's Lucy.

Her command of English was simply great.

Thank you again for arranging everything.

Enjoy the rest of the day.


Cheers,
Sandra 
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Comment on our service from Barton Lee, Hong Kong
The tour operator is very helpful and prompt in making arrangements for us, and the guide is good and helpful.
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Please see my comments as follows:
1. What do you think of our guide service? 
Good and helpful.

2. What do you think of our driver service? 
Good, but not particularly cheerful.

3. What do you think of the hotel service and their breakfast? 
These International hotels' services and quality are as good as they usually are. The only comment I wish to make is that on top of the guests request for the types of rooms, they should consider to allocate ground level or easy access rooms for elderly and/or handicapped guests.

4. Which meal makes you memorable? 
Aside from the hotel being rather old the Chinese restaurant food was excellent in Dali. Good variety and tasty.

5. Could you please advise why you choose us to be your tour operator for your holiday? 
Because of you, Sandy! You were very helpful and prompt in making arrangements for us. Thank you!

Best regards,
Barton
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Comment on our service from Jürgen Breuste, Germany
Everything was very good organized and I enjoyed the tour very much. I thank you for the organization and can recommend it to others.


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Everything was very good organized and I enjoyed the tour very much. Only the heat was a little too much. I thank you for the organization and can recommend it to others. Especially Mr. Stone was a source of much important information. I can recommend him very much.

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Kind regards,
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Comment on our service from CAMERON ALEXIS KRULEWSKI, USA
Cameron had a nice time in Suzhou, thanks for your organization.

Thanks for your email.

Cameron had a nice time in Suzhou, thanks for your organization. She will be in China for another month, yet. She's at Sichuan University.

Tom

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