19 Day Tour
to Shanghai, Guizhou, Kunming, Shangri la, Lijiang, Chengdu, Mt
Emeishan, Xi'an, Beijing
See the modernization of Shanghai, experience the
real life of the tribes in the remote region of Guizhou with big
beautiful scenery, sightsee colorful Yunnan, see Pandas in Sichuan,
learn about the world heritages in the ancient capital cities -
Beijing and Xi'an. See the Forbidden City and the Entombed Warriors,
all in 19 days.
Day-by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive in Shanghai, Flight not included Airport
Day 2: Shanghai,
Yuyuan Garden, Yuyuan Market, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition
Hall, The Shanghai World Financial Center, The Bund
- Yuyuan Garden is located
in the center of Shanghai old quarters. It was a private garden
built in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty, with typical Chinese classic
architecture and style. The complex covers an area of 2 hectares,
with rockeries, pavilions, ponds and corridors. Yuyuan Garden is
surrounding by a busy market place, where visitors can find everything
from popular local snacks, handicrafts, antiques and souvenirs to
some famous time-honored restaurants.
- Yuyuan Market: Located
next to the Yuyuan Garden and also known today as the City God Temple,
it was built in the fifteenth century during the Ming Dynasty. The
City God Temple is a Taoist temple which is composed of many halls
such as the Grand Hall, Middle Hall, Bedroom Palace, Star Gods Hall
and etc. The City God Temple has a great influence on the residents
of Shanghai. The religious festivals of the temple are considered
to be festivals for all Shanghai people.
- Shanghai Urban Planning
Exhibition Hall: A short walk across Renmin Square from the Shanghai
Museum, this is a fascinating insight into Shanghai's future. The
2nd floor has a giant walkaround model of the city, and other floors
have great displays, interactive exhibitions and walkthroughs of
aspects such as the ports, greening, leisure etc.
- The Shanghai World
Financial Center: Shanghai World Financial Center is located in
Pudong District, reaching a height of 492 meters (1,615 feet). It
is now a new landmark of prosperous Shanghai. It was the second
tallest building in the world when it was completed in 2007. Its
observation deck, at 474 meters (1,555 feet) above the ground, is
currently the tallest in the world. The multi-function skyscraper
consists of hotels, apartments, restaurants, shopping malls, offices
and observation decks.
- The Bund: This 1.5-kilometer-long
embankment runs along the western bank of Huangpu River. On its
west side it is the "architecture gallery" with 52 well-preserved
old European style buildings. Once the major trading and commercial
center of old Shanghai, the Bund has now taken on new vitality,
with futuristic developments, chic restaurants, top end shops and
bars offer plenty to see and do-and by night it's magic!
Day 3: Shanghai to
Guiyang by Flight, bus to Anshun
Take morning flight to Guiyang, Guizhou guide meet you at the Longdongbao
airport in Guiyang, transfer to Anshun by private car, visit Yunshantun
village in the afternoon.
Stay in Anshun
Day 4: Anshun
Today we drive to the remote region to see Long Horned Miao and
Four Sea Miao with their traditional festival dress and textiles.
Stay in Anshun
Day 5: Anshun--Xingyi
This morning, we are going to visit largest waterfall in Asia-Huangguoshu
waterfall, drive to Xingyi. Stay in Xingyi
Day 6: Xingyi
Visit Marlinhe Gorge(the most beautiful gorge), wedding musum and
Ten Thousand Peak Hill(the most stunning scenery with peaks). Stay
Day 7: Xingyi--Kunming
Drive to Kunming, on the way, visit Nine Dragon Waterfall. Stay
Day 8: Kunming
Visit Yuantong Temple, Yunnan Nationality Museum and Bamboo Temple.
Stay in Kunming
Day 9: Kunming to
Shangri la by Flight
airport Transfer (Kunming), Airport Transfer (Shangri la), Pudacuo
National Park, Songzanlin Lamasery
- Pudacuo National Park:
Located near Shangri-La in China's Yunnan Province in southwest
China, the Pudacuo National Park covers a total area of nearly 2,000
square kilometers. This park has an average altitude of 3,500 meters
and retains a well-preserved ecosystem within the virgin forests.
The must-see scenery in this park includes Lake Bita and Lake Shudu.
"Bita" means "a place with a dense oak forest"
in the Tibetan language and "Bitahai" means a quiet lake.
The Bitahai Lake is surrounded by mountains covered with ancient
pines, oaks and rhododendrons, and appears like an emerald in the
heart of the mountain. Shudu Lake is located in northeast of Shangri-la
and it is one of the largest fresh water lakes on the Diqing plateau.
The lake is surrounded by a forest of fir, spruce and silver birch,
and is home to lots of wild animals such as bears, golden cats,
deer and pheasants.
- Songzanlin Lamasery:
The largest Tibetan Buddhist lamasery in Yunnan Province. Occupying
an area of 33.3 hectares, Songzanlin was built in the style of Potala
Palace in Lhasa and represents the Tibetan culture, housing buddhist
statues and many precious cultural treasures.
Day 10: Shangri la
Our guide and
driver will escort you from Shangri la to Lijiang, First Bend of
the Yangtze River, Tiger Leaping Gorge
- Tiger Leaping Gorge
Restaurant: Seating at Tiger Leaping Gorge Restaurant gives a great
scenery and the town of Tiger Leaping Gorge. The 130 seat restaurant
serves local dishes and provides a fantastic opportunity to enjoy
the landscape while dining.
- First Bend of the
Yangtze River: Surrounded by rivers and mountains and with an altitude
of 1850 meters above sea level, the First Bay of the Yangtze has
picturesque scenery. Besides, it is an important ferry that joints
the inland and the old road for the trade of tea and horses in Tibet.
- Tiger Leaping Gorge:
As one of the deepest and most marvelous gorges, Tiger Leaping Gorges
are located in Hutiaoxia Town, 105 kilometers away from Zhongdian/Shangri-La
County. Spring is the best time to visit, as melting snow flowing
down from mountains makes the river turbulence at its peak.
Day 11: Lijiang to
Chengdu by Flight
The Jade Dragon Mountain (with Large Cable Car from Ganhaizi), Baisha
Murals at Baisha Village, Hotel to airport Transfer (Lijiang), Airport
- The Jade Dragon Mountain
(with Large Cable Car from Ganhaizi): Noted as the highest tourist
cable in China, the Large Cable way goes up to Shanzidou (Shanzi
Peak) the main peak of the snow mountain, with the an entire length
of 2,914m, a top altitude of 4,506 km, and a perpendicular ascent
of 1,150m. The cable car will take you into the clouds, where you
will be far away from the worldly hurly-burly, and find yourself
in a real paradise. Many visit Ganhanzi, Baishuihe (White Water
River), and Glacier Park from this cableway.
- Baisha Murals at Baisha
Village: Painted over a thousand years ago, the murals combine the
cultures of Han, Tibetan and Naxi people displaying the life stories
of the Tibet Buddhism, Confucian and Taoism.
Day 12: Chengdu,
Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Panda Breeding and Research Center, Wu Hou
- Du Fu Thatched Cottage (1.5 hours): A museum and memorial for
Du Fu (712-770 AD), often called China's greatest poet, surrounded
by a large and beautiful garden. Du Fu spent five years in Chengdu,
the peak of his creativity, living in a thatched hut on this site.
- Panda Breeding and
Research Center: Located 6 miles north of Chengdu City, it is home
to giant pandas, red (or lesser) pandas, and other endangered species.
Visit the nursery to see the highly successful breeding program,
among the bamboo groves and shady walkways, and to view the pandas
at rest or play. There is a panda museum where you can learn some
information about giant pandas.
Note:There is a donation program which allows you take pictures
with holding a panda one minute by donating RMB 2,000 Yuan (for
reference only). Only 20 tourists are allowed to hold pandas a day.
If you want to hold a panda, please tell your travel advisor or
tour guide in advance because you must book it at least one week
in advance.This program is subject to the availability of pandas
on that day. Please bring enough RMB cash as payment by credit card
is not accepted there.
- Wu Hou Temple: The
Marquis of Wu, Zhuge Liang (181-234) was the outstanding military
strategist immortalized in "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms"
and in the saying wise as "the Marquis of Wu". Peaceful
and attractive gardens surround several halls, including one dedicated
to his memory and another to that of his emperor Liu Bei, some impressive
statues, a small museum, a famous Tang Dynasty stele and the classic
red wall leading to Liu Bei's tomb. A delightful complex.
Day 13: Chengdu to
Our guide and
driver will escort you from Chengdu to Emeishan, Leshan Giant Buddha,
Cruise to have a overlook at Leshan Giant Buddha, Baoguo monastery
- Leshan Giant Buddha
(2 hours): The Great Buddha in Leshan is located to the east of
Leshan City, Sichuan Province and on the Lingyun Mountain where
Min River, Qingyi River and Dadu River meet. It has been the largest
stone carved sitting Buddhist statue in the world so far.
- Cruise to have a overlook
at Leshan Giant Buddha (40 minutes): The Great Buddha in Leshan
is located to the east of Leshan City, Sichuan Province and on the
Lingyun Mountain where Min River, Qingyi River and Dadu River meet.
It has been the largest stone carved sitting Buddhist statue in
the world so far.You can sit on board to have an overlook at Leshan
- Baoguo monastery (1
hour): This monastery was built in the 16th century, enlarged in
the 17th century, and rebuilt in recent years. To the left of the
gate is a rockery for potted miniature trees and rare plants.
Day 14: Mt Emeishan
Monastery of Ten Thousand Years, Our guide and driver will escort
you from Emeishan to Chengdu, Cable Car leading to Monastery of
Ten Thousand Years
- Emei Mountain (50
minutes): One of the most famous mountains for Buddhism in China.
It has many temples and beautiful scenery.Baoguo Temple lies right
at the foot of Mt. Emei.
- Monastery of Ten Thousand
Years (1 hour): 1,043 meters above sea level, was built in the 4th
century. It was burned several times in the following centuries.
The present brick building was reconstructed in the Ming dynasty
(1368-1644). The Brick Hall, a domed building with small stupas
on it, was built of bricks. In the hall is a statue of the Bodhisattva.
Puxian on a white elephant, 8.5 meters high, cast in copper and
bronze. It weight is estimated 62 tons. And this statu was here
- Cable Car leading
to Monastery of Ten Thousand Years (20 minutes): The Wannian Monastery
is the largest of the eight monasteries to be found on Mount Emei.
It is dedicated to Bodhisattva Puxian who famous for his preaching.Day
15: Chengdu to Xian
Hotel to airport
Transfer (Chengdu), Airport Transfer (Xian), Shaanxi History Museum,
Ancient City Wall
- Shaanxi History Museum:
The history of Shaanxi is said to be the history of China, and this
museum is quite simply one of the nation's best. Four major galleries
in large, Tang-style buildings house a vast and impressive collection,
beautifully displayed. Most of the item labels are in English, although
some other information on the exhibitions is not, but your guide
can help here. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Ancient City Wall:
The walls, ramparts, gates and watchtowers form one of the oldest
and most complete city defenses still around. Built in the 13th
century on the foundations of the original Tang Forbidden City,
it s surrounding the city centre. You can walk or pay extra cost
to rent a bike (CNY40 per person), rickshaw (CNY45 per person for
45 minutes) or an electric cart (CNY40 per person) around the full
14km circuit, with great views of the city on either side. If the
weather is not good for biking on the city wall, we will substitute
a visit to the Bell Tower. Your guide will be very glad to take
you the Bell Tower after you have been to look at the city wall.
Day 16: Xian to Beijing
Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Hotel to airport Transfer
(Xian), Airport Transfer (Beijing)
- The Terracotta Warriors
and Horses (2 hours): Discovered accidentally in 1974, this incredible
army of over 7000 soldiers, archers, horses and chariots in full
battle array has guarded Emperor Qin's tomb since 210BC. Each figure
is unique, and the painstaking repair and excavation continues in
3 pits which are protected inside huge hangars. 1.5 hours from Xian,
there is also an excellent museum and film about the history of
the vaults. Photos (no flash) are allowed. Wear comfortable walking
- Big Wild Goose Pagoda
(1 hour): A major Buddhist site, the simple, elegant brick Pagoda
stands in the grounds of the attractive Da Ci'en Temple. The Pagoda
was built in the 7th century to house the Buddhist materials that
Xuanzang (Tripitaka) brought back from his epic journey to India.
The Temple complex has several large halls with some great Buddhist
statues and murals.
Day 17: Temple of
Heaven, The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car)
- Temple of Heaven
(1.5 hours): Built in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, Temple of Heaven
is a complex of Taoist buildings where emperors of Ming and Qing
dynasties visited for annual ceremonies of pray for good harvests.
Located in the south of Central Beijing, it covers an area of 273
hectares. Temple of Heaven was enrolled as a World Heritage Site
by UNESCO in 1998.
- The Mutianyu Great
Wall(with round way cable car) (2 hours): This less-crowded section
of the Great Wall is a about 2.5 hours' drive from downtown 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.
You can return by cable car, walk down or walk along the wall for
about an hour to descend by chairlift. Wear good walking shoes and
protection from the weather.
Day 18: Tiananmen
Square, The Forbidden City, Hutong Tour in Xicheng District
- Tiananmen Square
(50 minutes): Tian'anmen Square is the largest city square in the
centre of Beijing, named after the Tiananmen (literally, Gate of
Heavenly Peace) which sits to its north, separating it from the
Forbidden City. It has great cultural significance as it was the
site of several key events in Chinese history. As the world's largest
city square and enduring symbol of China's national pride, it is
surrounded by many imposing buildings including the Heavenly Gate
(entry to the Forbidden City), Museums, government buildings and
Chairman Mao's Mausoleum.
- The Forbidden City
(2.5 hours): The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors between
1368 and 1911.This "city within a city" is a World Heritage
Site, and is the largest and the best preserved ancient imperial
architecture complex in the world, with great square, halls and
gates contrast with intricate halls, gardens, courtyards and quarters.
The exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, are all important
treasures of ancient China.
- Hutong Tour in Xicheng
District (1 hour): Hutong is a maze of historic alleyways with old
single storey traditional courtyard houses, which are now fast disappearing.
In this one hour tour, you can hop on a rickshaw to ride through
the narrow alleys as well as visit a local family then walk on the
Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Bridge) and find out about the different
thresholds of the courtyards.
Day 19: Summer Palace,
Depart Beijing, Flight not included
Summer Palace (1.5 hours): Much-loved summer retreat of the Imperial
families, the lovely landscaped gardens, halls, pavilions and corridors
are set around the lake and rivers in natural harmony. It is the
largest and best preserved imperial garden in China, and also a
World Heritage Site.
After the tour, you will be transferred to the airport for your
departure flight from Beijing.