26 Days China Impressive Tour with Best Selected Destinations

Tour Code: VOC-20100627-S

Destination: Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Hangzhou, Kunming, Leshan, Lijiang, Longsheng, Shanghai, Suzhou, Xi'an, Yangshuo

Tour Starting Date: Sunday, 27, June, 2010

Group Numbers: 4

Client's Information:
Harish Velji, Australia

Day by Day Itinerary


Day 1  Sun 27-Jun-10   Meal(s) ()   Australia / Seoul / Beijing

Transfer via: by air-own arrangement  KE853 1900-2000  Arrive in Beijing
Program: Arrive in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to hotel, free at the rest of the day

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel Beijing****
Tel: 010-58168999, Fax: 010-65139095

Temple of Heaven Day 2  Mon 28-Jun-10     Meal(s) (B,L,D)   Beijing

Program: Full day tour for the Tian'anmen Square, The Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven, in the evening, enjoy Huguang Beijing Opera

-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 Beijing****

Badaling Great Wall Day 3  Tue 29-Jun-10   Meal(s) (B,L)  Beijing

Program: Full day tour for Badaling Great Wall, The Ding Tomb, The Sacred Road

-Badaling Great Wall: One of the eight wonders in the world and the symbol of China.
-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 Beijing****

Day 4  Wed 30-Jun-10   Meal(s) (B, L, D)   Beijing

Hutongs Program: Full day tour for Hutongs, Xiushui Street, Lhama Monastery, Prince Gong's Mansion, in the evening, enjoy the famous Laoshe Tea House

-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.
-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.
-Lhama Monastery: the largest 260-year-old monastery in Beijing of the Yellow sect of Lamaism.

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel Beijing****

Day 5  Thu 1-Jul-10   Meal(s) (B,L)   Beijing

Summer Palace Program: Full day tour for the Summer Palace and take the lake cruise, Beihai Park and 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

-The Summer Palace: The largest and best-preserved royal garden in China with a history of over 800 years.
-Beihai Park: The Beihai Park in the center of Beijing has an area of more than 70 hectares with a water surface of 39 hectares. To its north is Shishahai Lake and to its east is Jingshan Park. The Palace Museum is to its southeast, a short distance.

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel Beijing****

Day 6  Fri 2-Jul-10    Meal(s) (B,L,D)   Beijing / Xian

Transfer via: by air (arranged by us)Ancient City Wall
Program: In the morning, you will be transferred to airport for Xian. Arrive in Xian, be met and transferred to hotel, then visit the Ancient City Wall, The Great Mosque of Xian, in the evening, enjoy the Tang Dynasty Show

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

Bell Tower Day 7  Sat 3-Jul-10   Meal(s) (B,L,D)   Xian

Program: Full day tour for the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, The Bell Tower and Drum Tower, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, in the evening, you can enjoy the Fountain and Music Show in the evening at Big Goose Pagoda Sq. if you like, it is free of 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.
-The Bell Tower: The wooden tower, which is the largest and best-preserved of its kind in China, is 36 meters (118 feet) high.
-Big Wild Goose Pagoda: It is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists.

Accommodations: Bell Tower Hotel****

Day 8  Sun 4-Jul-10    Meal(s) (B,L)   Xian / Chengdu

Transfer via: by air (arranged by us) 
Program: Free at your leisure time, you can explore the Tang Dynasty Park on your own. After lunch, be transferred to airport for Chengdu. Arrive in Chengdu, be met and transferred to hotel. In the evening, enjoy Sichuan Opera at Jinjian Theater, then you can walk around in the local famous Jinli Old Street

Accommodations: Green Land Hotel****
Tel: 028-82938899, Fax: 028-86748112

Panda Base Day 9  Mon 5-Jul-10  Meal(s) (B,L)  Chengdu / Leshan / Chengdu

Program: In the morning, visit the Panda Base. (If you want to hug the panda baby, you can pay cash in the base.)Then drive to Leshan, visit the Leshan Buddha, river cruise to the Giant Buddha. After the tour, drive back to Chengdu

-Panda Base: people here can approach the pandas and take closely look and even pet them if desired.
-Leshan Buddha: Leshan Buddha is the largest Buddha in the world, about 71 meters high. It started to be carved in 713 A.D and finished 90 years later.

Accommodations: Green Land Hotel****

Dujiangyan Irrigation System Day 10  Tue 6-Jul-10    Meal(s) (B,L,)   Chengdu / Dujiangyan / Chengdu

Program: Drive to Dujiangyan city, visit the Dujiangyan Irrigation System. After tour, drive back to Chengdu, visit Marquis Wu

-Dujiangyan: It is an Irrigation System which was built over 2250 years ago to irrigate the Chengdu Basin and it has been cultivated the whole basin for more than 2000 years already.
-Marquis Wu: It is a place to commemorate Zhuge Kongming in Three Kingdoms around 2 and 3 centuries. Zhuge Kongming is an avatar in China.

Accommodations: Green Land Hotel****

Day 11  Wed 7-Jul-10   Meal(s) (B,L,D)   Chengdu / Lijiang

Lijiang Ancient TownTransfer via: by air (arranged by us) 
Program: In the morning, you will be transferred to airport for Lijiang. Arrive in Lijiang, be met and transferred to hotel, then visit Lijiang Ancient Town, in the evening, enjoy Naxi Ancient Music performance at Dongba Palace

-Lijiang Ancient Town: The town was built in the late Song dynasty and the early Yuan dynasty and was listed by the UNESCO on the list of the world's major cultural heritages in 1997.
-Naxi Ancient Music: It is a beautiful, elegant, fresh and old melody with rich colour of the Naxi people. People of  Lijiang, both  young and old, like it very much. And it plays and important part in their cultural life.

Accommodations: Jian Nan Chun Hotel (Deluxe Room) ****

Day 12  Thu 8-Jul-10   Meal(s) (B,L)   Meal(s) (B,L,D)   Lijiang

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Program: Full day tour for Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yak Plateau, Lijiang Mural, Dongba Village, Black Dragon Pool, in the evening, enjoy the Tibetan Dance Centre Restaurant & Bar 

-Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: The Mountain consists of 13 peaks. Among of them, the highest peak is 18000 feet above sea level. It is a treasure of wild plants and rare animals.
-Yak Plateau: It is the part of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, where the Yi and Zang Minority ethnic Tribes live.
-Lijiang Mural: It is located in the Baisha Village on the plain north of Lijiang. It is a mixture of artists of Chinese Taoist, Tibetan and Naxi Buddhists and local Dongba shamans. This rich fusion had resulted in a tremendously powerful art.
-Dongba Village: sanctuary of the Naxi ancient culture.
-Black Dragon Pool: The park holds the Black Dragon Pool and got it's name because of it. The pool is listed in the Collections of Famous Pools in China because of its beauty.

Accommodations: Jian Nan Chun Hotel (Deluxe Room)****

Tiger Leaping Gorge Day 13  Fri 9-Jul-10   Meal(s) ( B,L )   Lijiang  

Program: Full day tour for First Bend of the Yangtze River, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shi Gu town

-First Bend of the Yangtze River: It is where the Yangtze River, following a northwest course, plunges head-on into a high and cragged cliff and takes a sharp U-turn.
-Tiger Leaping Gorge: It is a canyon on the Yangtze River located 60 km north of Lijiang City, Yunnan in southwestern China. It is a contender for the world's deepest river canyon. 

Accommodations: Jian Nan Chun Hotel (Deluxe Room) ****

Day 14  Sat 10-Jul-10   Meal(s) (B,L,D)   Lijiang / Kunming / Guilin

Transfer via: by air (arranged by us) & by air (arranged by us) 
Program: In the morning, you will be transferred to airport for Kunming, then connect the flight to Guilin. Arrive in Guilin, be met and transferred to hotel, then visit Fubo Hill

-Fubo Hill: You can see lots of rock stone carvings & Buddha statues since Tang Dynasty. Have a wonderful bird's-eye view of Guilin city if you climb to the summit.

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

Longji Terraces Day 15  Sun 11-Jul-10   Meal(s) (B,L)   Guilin / Longsheng / Guilin

Program: Drive to Longsheng, visit Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, Yao Ethnic Tribes, Zhuang Ethnic Tribes, then drive back to Guilin

-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.

Accommodations: Guilin Bravo Hotel****

Day 16  Mon 12-Jul-10   Meal(s) (B,L,D)   Guilin

Program: Full day tour for Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Duxiu Feng (Solitary Beauty Peak), in the evening, you will take Two Rivers Four Lakes Cruise

Reed Flute Cave -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.
-Reed Flute Cave: Known as "the Palace of Natural Arts" where you can see beautiful stalactites & stalagmites, learn how they are formed.
-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.
-Duxiu Feng (Solitary Beauty Peak): Solitary Beauty Peak is located in the ancient Mansion of Prince Jingjiang, in the center of Guilin City, with an area of 6,100 square meters. This peak has been a major scenic site in Guilin since ancient times and is renowned as the "Sky-Supporting Pillar in the South'.

Accommodations: Guilin Bravo Hotel****

Day 17  Tue 13-Jul-10  Meal(s) (B,L)  Guilin / Yangshuo

Program: Full day tour for Li River Cruise, West Street, in the evening, enjoy the local famous Impression of Sister Liu with VIP seat. Stay overnight in Yangshuo

Li River -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. Have a short exploration to the old town before to be transferred back to Guilin city.
-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.
-Impression of Sister Liu: The performance was premiered on March 20th, 2004 at the Sanjie Liu Sing Fair, one mile from West Street (Xi Jie). This is the world largest natural theater which utilizes the waters of the Li River as its stage, with twelve mist shrouded hills and the heavens as its backdrop.

Accommodations: Ai Yuan Hotel (Wooden Lodge)****

Moon Hill Day 18  Wed 14-Jul-10   Meal(s) (B,L)  Yangshuo

Program: Visit Big Banyan, The Moon Hill, then take the electrical car to the countryside, visit the local family. You will also take the bamboo boat rafting on the Yulong River; it is the most enjoyable river tour

-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: Ai Yuan Hotel(Wooden Lodge)****

Day 19  Thu 15-Jul-10   Meal(s) (B,L)   Yangshuo / Guilin / Hangzhou

Transfer via: by air (arranged by us) 
Program: In the morning, you will be transferred to airport for Hangzhou. Arrive in Hangzhou, be met and transferred to hotel, free at the rest of the day

Accommodations: Wuyang International Hotel****

Day 20  Fri 16-Jul-10   Meal(s) (B,L)   Hangzhou

Program: Full day tour for West Lake, take boat cruise on West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Six Harmonies Pagoda, Viewing Fish at Flower Pond, Dragon Well Tea Plantation

West Street -West Lake: Lying on the west edge of Hangzhou city, West Lake is the symbol of Hangzhou as well as one of the most beautiful sights in China.
-Lingyin Temple: Lingyin Temple is one of the ten most famous ancient Buddhist temples in China. It also houses various Buddhist literature and treasures.
-Six Harmonies Pagoda: It is a perfect symbol of brick-and-wood structure built in the ancient China. It was first built in 970 AD in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). The name "six harmonies" comes from the six Buddhist ordinances, meaning "harmonies of the heaven, earth, east, west, south and north".
-Dragon Well Tea Plantation: Dragon Well Tea is well known worldwide, the water of dragon well is sweet and nice. The green tea here enjoys very high reputation since Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D) for its four special features: green color, fragrant aroma, sweet taste and smooth even appearance.

Accommodations: Wuyang International Hotel****

Day 21  Sat 17-Jul-10   Meal(s) (B,L)   Hangzhou / Suzhou

Transfer via: by private car (arranged by us) 
Program: In the morning, drive to Suzhou. Arrive in Suzhou, be met and transferred to hotel, then visit Pan Gate, Humble Ministrator's Garden, Lingering Garden, enjoy the Garden Show in Gardens Master of Nets

Humble Ministrator's Garden -Pan Gate: Pan Gate is an ancient city gate with land and water entrances. One gate with land and water entrances was quite typical in ancient China. Pan Gate is the only one left.
-Humble Ministrator's Garden: The garden is the best representative of Chinese classical gardens, constructed in the Ming dynasty. Focused on a central pond with pavilions, terraces, chambers, and towers located nearby, the garden is divided into three parts: the eastern, middle and western parts.
-Lingering Garden: Shouzhou is famous for its the Gardens. Lingering Garden is an elaborate succession of small gardens. Lingering in the garden you would marvel at this unique architecture art.
-The Garden of Master-of-the-Net: Garden of Master-of-the-Net is the best and most celebrated of all the Suzhou gardens. This combined Qing Dynasty residence and garden is also the smallest of the Suzhou gardens.

Accommodations: Bamboo Grove Hotel****
Tel: 0512-65205601, Fax: 0512-65103511

Day 22  Sun 18-Jul-10   Meal(s) (B,L)   Suzhou / Shanghai

Transfer via: by private car (arranged by us) 
Program: In the morning, visit Zhouzhuang, the famous water town. Then drive to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai, be met and transferred to hotel, Nanjing Road, The Bund (Waitan)

Zhouzhuang Water Village -Zhouzhuang: Zhouzhuang is an ancient culture town in Southern China. The town is surrounded by water with many branching streams, stone bridges and old residence with black tiles and white wells. -Nanjing Road: It is one of the most important commercial and tourist streets in Shanghai, which stretches from Waitan to Yanan Xilu.
-The Bund (Waitan): It is one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai. It is here where the first British company opened a office in 1846.
-Huangpu River: take a glimpse at the old Shanghai & new Shanghai. Enjoy a sight of rows of magnificent buildings on the banks and ships of different sizes briskly plying the Huangpu River

Accommodations: Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai**** (Deluxe room)
Tel: 021-63538008, Fax: 021-63530671

Day 23  Mon 19-Jul-10      Meal(s) (B,L, D)   Shanghai

Program: Full day tour fro Shanghai Museum, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Building, Town's God Temple, in the evening, enjoy the Shangcheng Acrobatic Show

Oriental TV Tower -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.
-Oriental Pearl TV Tower: the highest TV Tower in Asia. With 468 meter high it stands in Pudong Park in the new and developing Lujiazui district on the banks of the Huangpu River.
-Jin Mao Building: Jin Mao Building is a symbolic architecture of Shanghai marching to the 21st century. It is the first tallest in the country and third tallest in the world.
-Town's God Temple: Old City God's Temple is a major yet relatively inactive, Taoist temple in Shanghai. It is located in the area south of Yan'an Road on the Fangbang Zhong Road.

Accommodations: Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai**** (Deluxe room)

Day 24  Tue 20-Jul-10   Meal(s) (B,L)   Shanghai

Program: Full day tour for Yu Garden, Yuyuan Market, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Old Street, then take a short cruise on Huangpu River, also enjoy the Xintiandi shopping center
Town's God 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 Old Street: Known as Fangband Road, "Shanghai Old Street" with a total of 825 metres, is adjacent to the Yuyuan Garden Bazaar Area and runs in an east-west direction from Zhonghua Road to Henan Road South, with both ends marked by decorated archways.

Accommodations: Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai****(Deluxe room)

Day 25  Wed 21-Jul-10   Meal(s) (B)   Shanghai

Program: Free at your own leisure time, you can explore the Shanghai World Expo Park on your own, the tickets will be given to you in advance

Accommodations: Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai**** (Deluxe room)

Day 26  Thu 22-Jul-10   Meal(s) (B)  Shanghai / Seoul / Australia

Transfer via: by air-own arrangement  KE898 1335-1430  Depart Shanghai
Program: Free at leisure, then you will be transferred to airport for your flight to next destination

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