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  • Li River
  • Stone Forest
  • The Terracotta Army and Horses
  • Oriental Pearl TV Tower
  • Badaling Great Wall
  • Yulong Snow Mountain
  • Wuhou Memorial Temple
  • Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
  • Yuyuan Garden
  • Jinli Street
  • Jade Buddha Temple
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Dongba Culture Museum
  • The Sacred Way
  • Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium)
  • National Swimming Centre('The Water Cube') Beijing
  • Banpo Museum
  • Ming Tombs
  • Shanghai Museum

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18 Days Beijing-Xi'an-Kunming-Lijiang-Chengdu-Guilin-Yangshuo-Shanghai Tour

Tour Code: SGT06
Tour Duration: 18 Days
Destination: Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Kunming, Lijiang, Shanghai, Xi'an, Yangshuo
Tour overview: Invaluable and elegant historic relics and treasures in the long-history ancient cities of Xi'an and Beijing, natural masterpieces in Kunming and Guilin, characteristic ethnic minority flavors in Lijiang, lovely pandas in Chengdu and metropolitan flourish in Shanghai... What can a travel lover expect more than these in China?

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18 Days Beijing-Xi'an-Kunming-Lijiang-Chengdu-Guilin-Yangshuo-Shanghai  Tour 18 Days Beijing-Xi'an-Kunming-Lijiang-Chengdu-Guilin-Yangshuo-Shanghai  Tour 18 Days Beijing-Xi'an-Kunming-Lijiang-Chengdu-Guilin-Yangshuo-Shanghai  Tour 18 Days Beijing-Xi'an-Kunming-Lijiang-Chengdu-Guilin-Yangshuo-Shanghai  Tour

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1 Beijing Arrive in Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
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Day 2 Beijing Full day visit Badaling Great Wall , Ming Tombs , The Sacred Way . 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. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
B,L
Day 3 Beijing/Xi'an Free day in Beijing. On your own arrangement to get to railway station to take overnight train to Xi'an. Details... B
Day 4 Xi'an Arrive in Xi’an in the morning, be met and transferred to your hotel to have breakfast, then a full day to see Banpo Museum , The Terracotta Army and Horses . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Hotel Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square Mercure on Renmin Square Xian Ibis Xian
B,L
Day 5 Xi'an/Kunming Free morning in Xi'an. Make your own way to the station for the late evening train to Kunming. 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 Arrive Kunming, you will be met and transferred to hotel for luggage settle, and then full day visit Stone Forest . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Howard Johnson Tropical Garden Plaza Kunming Kunming Jin Jiang Hotel Yunnan Jinhua International Hotel
L
Day 7 Kunming/Lijiang A free day in Kunming. In the evening make your own way to the station to catch the overnight train to Lijiang. Details... B
Day 8 Lijiang Arrival in Lijiang at about 08:00, transfer to the hotel, after check-in and breakfast you will have a day orientation tour. Visit Yulong Snow Mountain and Dongba Culture Museum . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Lijiang Ancient Town Hexi Hotel, Lijiang Jinhong Villa Hotel
B,L
Day 9 Lijiang/Chengdu Free day in Lijiang, perhaps to make a trip to the nearby Tiger Leaping Gorge on your own. In the afternoon, you will be met and be transferred to airport to take flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival, be met and transfer to your hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Green Land Hotel Chengdu Civil Aviation Hotel
B
Day 10 Chengdu City tour to visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding , Wuhou Memorial Temple , Jinli Street . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Green Land Hotel Chengdu Civil Aviation Hotel
B,L
Day 11 Chengdu/Guilin Free day in Chengdu. Make your own way to the airport for an evening flight to Guilin. With a transfer to your hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Sheraton Guilin Hotel Guilin Bravo Hotel GuiLin Eva Inn Hotel
B
Day 12 Guilin/Yangshuo Li River Cruise. Disembark at the old town Yangshuo in the afternoon. Making your own way to your hotel. Free time to explore this wonderfully laid back town. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Guilin Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel New Century Hotel Aiyuan Hotel
B,L
Day 13 Yangshuo A free day in Yangshuo to continue to explore the town and its surrounding countryside. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Guilin Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel New Century Hotel Aiyuan Hotel
B
Day 14 Yangshuo/Guilin/Shanghai Feel leisure in Yangshuo ancient town, and then you can take a taxi or local bus to the railway station for the sleeper train to Shanghai. Details... B,L
Day 15 Shanghai Full day on board the train with an early evening arrival in Shanghai with a transfer to your hotel in Shanghai. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai Jin jiang New Asia hotel Shanghai
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Day 16 Shanghai After breakfast, full day tour for the Yuyuan Garden , Jade Buddha Temple , Shanghai Museum and Oriental Pearl TV Tower . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai Jin jiang New Asia hotel Shanghai
B,L
Day 17 Shanghai Free day in Shanghai. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai Jin jiang New Asia hotel Shanghai
B
Day 18 Shanghai Free at leisure till be transferred to airport for your flight departure. Details... B
Season Tour Class Group Size Single Room
Supplement
1pax 2-5pax 6-9pax
Low Season 3*(Tourist Class) $2979 $2096 $1740 $350
4*(Deluxe Class) $3326 $2260 $1898 $510
5*(First Class) $4036 $2602 $2229 $842
Peak Season 3*(Tourist Class) $2979 $2096 $1740 $350
4*(Deluxe Class) $3326 $2260 $1898 $510
5*(First Class) $4036 $2602 $2229 $842
Shoulder Season 3*(Tourist Class) $2979 $2096 $1740 $350
4*(Deluxe Class) $3326 $2260 $1898 $510
5*(First Class) $4036 $2602 $2229 $842
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 Beijing Arrival

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Upon your arrival in Beijing, you will be greeted by our local guide and then transferred to your hotel by a private air-conditioned car. For the rest of the day you will enjoy some leisure time.

Day 2 Beijing (B, L)

Beijing (B, L)

Sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs , Sacred Way

After experiencing the royal lifestyle, today we will be transferred to the surrounding countryside of Beijing and visit the Badaling Great Wall, the pride of China and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Whereas Genghis Khan contemplated it as a military obstacle, Richard Nixon described it as one of humankind's greatest achievements. You will be able to climb and walk one of the best preserved sections of the 2,000 years old ancient wall, admiring the splendid mountain views. Bring a jacket and layer- although it is breezy, the climbing is tough. So be in a good shape!

In the afternoon we will visit the legendary Ming Tombs, which are situated at the foot of Heavenly Longevity Mountain, Changping, northwest of Beijing. Since there are 13 Ming emperors buried there, this place was called the 13 Ming Tombs. You will walk along the Sacred Way, a road guarded by stone statues on both sides, as the ancient emperors did to hold a memorial ceremony for their ancestors. Finally, you will encounter the marble tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors and visit one of the spectacular tombs, indeed an underground palace.

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'),feel free to take some photos of the stadiums.

Day 3 Beijing / Xi'an (B)

Beijing / Xi'an (B)

Transfer via: Overnight train (soft sleeper class) on our arrangement

Today is a free day to see some of the downtown sights of Beijing such as the Forbidden city, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven. Make your own way to the station for an early evening departure by overnight train to Xian in a comfortable soft sleeper class compartment.

Day 4 Xi'an (B, L)

Xi'an (B, L)

Sightseeing: Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Bell Tower, Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Arrive in Xi'an in the morning. Be met and transferred to your hotel with time for breakfast and a chance to freshen up before starting a full day tour.

You will visit the Banpo Museum, Banpo Neolithic Village Museum. The remains of this village, located just east of Xian and inhabited from about 4500 B.C. to 3750 B.C., were discovered in 1953.Inside the museum, there are the hall for the ruins, the hall for cultural relics, and the clay cave ruins. The Banpo Lady Statue o­n the rock in the garden pond bears a physical resemblance to the early Banpo people.

Then we will go on to visit the amazing 2000-year-old Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Regarded as the 8th Wonder of the World, the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Over 2,200 years ago, the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, ordered the construction of a vast army of Terra-cotta warriors in search of immortality. After his early death they were buried with him to protect his empire. More than 7000 vivid figures in full battle array are formed for battle in several large pits.

Afterwards you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 5 Xi'an / Kunming (B)

Xi'an / Kunming (B)

Transfer via: Overnight train (soft sleeper class)

Free morning in Xi'an to further explore such sights as the Drum Tower and Bell Tower or a trip to the Hanyangling Mausoleum.Make your own way to the station for the late evening train to Kunming

Day 6 Kunming (L)

Kunming (L)

Sightseeing: Stone Forest

Arrive Kunming, you will be met and transferred to hotel for luggage settle, and then full day visit 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.

Day 7 Kunming / Lijiang

Transfer via: Overnight train (soft sleeper class) on our arrangement

Today is a free day on your own arrangement to explore the Kunming city by yourself. In the evening make your own way to the station to catch the overnight train to Lijiang. Overnight onboard the train.

Day 8 Lijiang (B, L)

Lijiang (B, L)

Sightseeing: Yulong Snow Mountain, Dongba Village

Arrival in Lijiang at 08:00, transfer to the hotel, after check-in and breakfast  you will have a day orientation tour. Frist 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 9 Lijiang / Chengdu (B)

Lijiang / Chengdu (B)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement

Free day in Lijiang, perhaps to make a trip to the nearby Tiger Leaping Gorge on your own.

In the afternoon, you will be met at your hotel lobby and then be transferred to airport to take flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival, your Chengdu local guide will greet you and transfer to your hotel.

Day 10 Chengdu (B, L)

Chengdu (B, L)

Sightseeing: Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Base, Wuhou Memorial Temple, Jinli Street

Today we will visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Base, which was built to imitate the wild ecological environment of pandas. It covers a space of 92 acres, with a green coverage of 96 percent. The base created a perfect ecological environment for the living and breeding of pandas and other precious and rare wild animals. It breeds over 20 pandas and lesser pandas, black-necked cranes, white cranes and others.

And then you will visit the Wuhou Memorial Temple. The temple is dedicated to Zhuge Liang, the Martial Marquis of Shu in the Three Kingdoms. His outstanding intelligence place Zhuge Liang above all emperors, generals, and ministers in history.

Afterwards you will take a walk along Jinli Street which is particularly representative for this city. It is recorded that as already during Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC), Jinli Street was the most famous place for baldachin - a rich, ornate cloth. During Shu Kingdom (221-263) it was one of the busiest commercial streets. Hence, it is known as 'First Street of the Shu Kingdom'. In order to reclaim the street's prosperity of former days, it was restored with contributions from the Wuhou Memorial Temple and was opened to public in October of 2004.

Day 11 Chengdu / Guilin (B)

Chengdu / Guilin (B)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement

Free day in Chengdu, perhaps to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha in Leshan 2 hours away. Make your own way to the airport for an evening flight to Guilin. When you arrive in Guilin, you will be met by local English speaking guide and then be transferred to your hotel.

Day 12 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. 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 unique mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank. Disembark at the old town Yangshuo in the afternoon. Making your own way to your hotel. Free time to explore this wonderfully laid back town.

West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1,400 years. You can have a short exploration to the old town's lovely attractions. Overnight in Yangshuo.

Day 13 Yangshuo (B)

Yangshuo (B)

A free day in Yangshuo to continue to explore the town and its surrounding countryside. A wide range of tours and activities can easily be booked locally. Overnight Yangshuo.

Day 14 Yangshuo / Guilin / Shanghai (B)

Yangshuo / Guilin / Shanghai (B)

Transfer via: Overnight train (soft sleeper class) on our arrangement

Feel leisure in Yangshuo ancient town, and then you can take a taxi or local bus to the railway station for the sleeper train to Shanghai.

 

Day 15 On the Train to Shanghai

Full day on board the train with an early evening arrival in Shanghai with a transfer to your hotel in Shanghai.

Day 16 Shanghai (B, L)

Shanghai (B, L)

Sightseeing: Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple,Oriental Pearl Tower

After breakfast, we will take a relaxing walk to the lovely Yuyuan Garden, a beautiful garden in the south of the Yangtze River. Wandering through it, you will find pavilions, corridors, streams, courtyards as well as many other natural features.

Continue, with a visit of Jade Buddha Temple. The old-time and classical architectural style makes the temple unique and inimitable in this modern city. Both, the Sitting Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved with whole white jade. If you're lucky, you can watch the monks serving a ceremony in a side room.

Then we will go on to Shanghai Museum which is the biggest museum of China. It incorporates a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics and is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy.

Afterwards we will head to the Oriental Pearl Tower, the highest TV Tower in Asia, which creates a picture of 'twin dragons playing with pearls'. The entire scene is a photographic jewel that excites the imagination and attracts thousands of visitors all year-round.

Day 17 Shanghai

Shanghai

Free day in Shanghai for last minute shopping or sightseeing or perhaps a trip to the nearby water town of Suzhou.

Day 18 Shanghai Departure (B)

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Your time is your own, until our guide escorts you to the airport for your flight 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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Attached have some photos (town gate Luoyang, Mt. Song, Huang He dam, Longmen grottos).

Kind regards,
Jürgen Breuste


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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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