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14 Days China Tour: Chengdu Yunnan Guilin Yangtze Cruise
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14 Days Scenic China Tour with Minority and Panda Visit

Chengdu / Lijiang / Shangri-La / Kunming / Guilin / Yangshuo / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang

Tour Code:
YRC-CTP-14
Tour Style:
Private Tour (personal guide, driver, private car/van and more service)
Group size:
You, your family, friends or group
Departure:
You Choose!
Experience:
Culture Photograph ship
Features:
This trip allows visitors to discover some of the most stunning natural and super-modern elements in China. On your visit to Shanghai you will experience the future of the world and on your cruise down the Yangtze River, you will discover just how amazing Mother Nature can be.

Price fromRequest

1. This price is based on a group (2 to 5 travelers) accommodated in 3-star hotel in lower seasons.

2. This price is subject to change according your group members and traveling time. Usually more travelers, lower the price; higher price in high seasons, lower in low seasons.

3. This price is valid until February 28th, 2018.

Places Visited

Chengdu (2 nights), Lijiang (2 nights), Shangri-La (2 nights), Kunming (1 night), Guilin (3 nights), Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise (3 nights), Yichang

Highlights of the Trip

  • Have close contact with the giant pandas in Chengdu
  • Explore Yunnan minority culture in Lijiang, Shang-La and Kunming
  • Take a Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo
  • Enjoy a 4-day relaxing Yangtze River cruise from chongqing to Yichang

Trip Summary

Day 1-2: Chengdu Arrival & Chengdu

Come to the Hometown of Giant Panda and explore the Land of Abundance by visiting Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Wenshu Monastery, Renmin Park and Jinli Old Street.

Day 3: Chengdu & Fly to Lijiang

In the morning, take a flight to Lijiang from Chengdu. After arrive in Lijiang, have an exploration in Lijiang Ancient Town by visiting Wanggu Tower, Lion Hill and enjoy more free time in the old towns.

Day 4-5: Lijiang & Transfer to Shangri-La

Have in-depth exploration in the minority kingdom. Visit Yuhu Village, Former Residence of Joseph Rock, Baisha Mural Paintings, Shuhe Ancient Town, Black Dragon Pool Park and Naxi Dongba Culture Museum. See the First Bend of the Yangtze River and Tiger Leaping Gorge. Transfer to Shangri-La by car.

Day 6: Shangri-La

Have a full day in the on-earth paradise by visiting Songzanlin Monastery, Bitahai and Shudu Lakes. Get the rare chance to visit a local Tibetan family and experience hospitality of Tibetan people.

Day 7-8: Shangri-La & Kunming & Fly to Guilin

Take a flight to Kunming from Shangri-La and visit Stone Forest, minority village, West Hill and Dragon Gate. After Kunming trip, take a flight to Guilin.

Day 9-10: Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin

Enjoy a Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. Visit the top attractions in Guilin like Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill and Reed Flute Cave.

Day 11-13: Flight to Chongqing & Yangtze River Cruise

Fly to Chongqing from Guilin and board Yangtze River cruise at Chonqing Chaotianmen cruise port. Enjoy the relaxing leisure life on Yangtze cruise, take shore excursions to Three Gorges Dam Site, Shibaozhai Pagoda, Shennv Stream, appreciate breathtaking scenery along Three Gorges - Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge.

Day 14: Cruise to Yichang & Yichang Departure

In the morning, you'll have an exciting tour to Three Gorges Dam Site before leave Yichang.

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Chengdu Arrival (D)

Welcome to Chengdu, the hometown of Giant Pandas! Clear the customs and retrieve your baggage by yourself upon arrival, be greeted by our tour guide in the Arrival Hall who is holding a sign on which says your name. A comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you check in. The rest of today is yours to enjoy the leisurely life pace of this city on your own.

In the evening, enjoy hotpot in a local restaurant to taste the local Sichuan Flavor.

Sichuan Local Cuisine - Hotpot

Day 2 Chengdu (B, L)

In the early morning, your guide and driver will pick you at your hotel. Drive about 10 km to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see the cute giant pandas and red pandas. Watch the pandas eating, climbing the tree, roaming in their enclosure and playing with each other. (Please note: if you want hold a giant panda, you should pay 2000 RMB which belongs to the donation fee for saving the rare endangered species.)

After the happy time with pandas, transfer to Wushu Monastery. Built in Sui Dynasty, it is a clean and quiet temple in the city center where you could experience Buddhist culture and local life of Chengdu.

After lunch, drive to Renmin Park to sip a cup of tea as locals do and explore the leisure life of Chengdu citizen. Later, stroll along “the First Street of West Sichuan” - Jinli Old Street, admire the traditional Shu Kingdom buildings and taste some local snacks.

Two Lovely Giant Pandas are Eating Bamboo

Day 3 Chengdu & Flight to Lijiang (B)

After breakfast, be escorted to take a morning flight to Lijiang. Welcome to Lijang, a very impressive ancient city! Your guide and driver will meet you at the arrival hall at the airport transfer you to the hotel.

Have a rest in your hotel and continue your trip in Lijiang Ancient Town. Enjoy a panoramic view of this fascinating old city from Wanggu Tower, the landmark building of Lijiang. This pure wood building was built at 33 meters tall on the top of Lion Hill where you could also overlook Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the distance.

Lijiang Old Town

Day 4 Lijiang (B, L)

Today, your guide and driver will escort you Yuhu Village which is located in the south of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. When walk around this authentic Naxi Village, you’ll see unique stone house, naxi ladies dressing in traditional clothes, a wooden fish is hunging in the middle of the roof, the kids playing…Then you get to the Former Residence of Joseph Rock, who is an Austrian-American Botanist came in Lijiang and stayed in Yuhu Village for 27 years.

After that, visit the ancient Baisha Mural Paintings at Baisha Village. Painted over 1000 years ago, the murals combine the cultures of Han, Tibetan and Naxi people displaying the life stories of the Tibet Buddhism, Confucian and Taoism. Then, followed a trip to Shuhe Ancient Town - a component of Lijiang Old Town listed as UNESCO World Heritage in 1997.

Later, head for Black Dragon Pool Park and the Naxi Dongba Culture Museum where you can learn Naxi pictograph character and explore the rich Naxi minority culture in the museum.

Lijiang Black Dragon Pool

Day 5 Lijiang & Transfer to Shangri-La (B, L)

Today you’ll be driven to the old town of Shigu (Stone Drum) to see the Iron Chain Bridge which the Red Army used to cross the river during the Long March in 1930s. Then head to marvel at the stunning First Bend of the Yangtze River and have a little challenging trek to the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Later, you’ll drive to Shangri La, about 100km. You’ll enjoy the enchanting natural scenes on the way.

First Bend of the Yangtze River

Day 6 Shangri-La (B, L)

Today is a full day to explore the on-earth paradise described in the famous novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton.

You’ll visit the Songzanlin Lamasery to be touched about how the simple Tibetan keeps their pure and religious belief in this temporal world. Later take a leisurely walk beside the beautiful Bitahai and Shudu Lakes, feel marvel for the nature’s masterpiece.

After that, pay a visit to a local Tibetan family and experience the highly-praised hospitality of Tibetan people.

Songzanlin Monastery in Shangri-La

Day 7 Shangri-La & Flight to Kunming (B, L)

Free until being escorted to the airport for your flight to Kunming. After arriving in Kunming, transfer to visit the renowned Stone Forest, the “First Wonder of the World”. You’ll marvel at its natural stone masterpieces and be bewitched by the intricate formations. You feel like come into a “stone world’.

Afterwards, visit a minority village of Sani People, to admire their colorful minority costumes and exotic tradition cultures. You’ll have a nice chance to listen to the touching love story of Ashima told by local old people.

After the tour, transfer back to Kunming downtown.

Kunming Stone Forest

Day 8 Kunming & Flight to Guilin (B, L)

In the morning, pick you up at your hotel. First, head to the Flower Market, Kunming is a city of “flower”.

Then go to visit the West Hill, looking like a beautiful young lady lying beside Dianchi Lake. Stop by to see the magic Dragon Gate.

After the tour, be transferred to the airport and take a flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Guilin.

Dragon Gate on West Hill

Day 9 Guilin Li River Cruise & Yangshuo Town (B, L)

After breakfast today, you’ll be driven to Zhujiang Pier (40-minute drive) to start your boat cruise down the picturesque Li River, which is the highlight of any visit to Guilin, until you get to Yangshuo County. Along the river, you’ll be inspired by breathtaking views of peaks and pinnacles, crystal-clear water and picturesque pastoral views of rice paddies and water buffaloes. Visitors feel they have stepped into a traditional Chinese painting.

After checking into your hotel in Yangshuo, free to explore the beautiful town and its famous West Street.

Guilin Li River Landscape

Day 10 Guilin (B, L)

Today, you will be driven back to Guilin (1.5-hour drive), where you will tour Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill and Reed Flute Cave.

Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin, got its name because it looks like an elephant drinking water. The round opening that would be under the elephant’s trunk is known as Water-Moon Cave because at night the reflection of the moon can be seen through the arch and it looks like it is under the water and floating on the surface of the water at the same time.

Fubo Hill is a solitary peak, standing elegantly half on land and half on water, situated to the west of Li River and the north of Guilin. Reed Flute Cave known as the Palace of Natural Arts is is a fantastic cave decorated by peculiar-shaped stalactites, stalagmites, and rock, being in Guilin urban area.

The Famous Elephant Trunk Hill

Day 11 Flight to Chongqing & Board Yangtze River Cruise (B, L)

In the morning, you will be free until your guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. Upon your arrival at Chongqing, your local guide will pick you up and take you explore the must-sees in the Mountain City.

First, visit Ciqikou Old Town where you can still see lots of Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture, local shops, tea houses, local Sichuan street performance and more. Then, head to the famous Three Gorges Museum, the largest monographic museum in China. The exterior of the museum has cambered walls and vitreous dome, representing the history & culture of Three Gorges Project and its origins. Your last stop is Eling Park, one of the old private gardens in Chongqing, built in late Qing Dynasty around 1909 AD. Due to its relatively high altitude, there you can have a bird's eye view of the whole city.

Then, you'll be transferred to Chongqing Chaotianmen Cruise Port, and board the ship in the late afternoon. Your lifetime Yangtze River Cruise starts! (Note: the boarding time changes based on the cruise ships, season, water level, weather, etc.)

Three Gorges Museum

Day 12 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Take shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda. Shibaozhai, like a pearl on Yangtze River, is 278 kilometers away from Chongqing. As the gem of Chinese Architecture, the 12-story, 18th Century red wooden temple is an architectural delight full of Legends and beautiful stories.

Please Note: Some cruise ships make the shore excursion to the Fengdu Ghost City. Reach the top of Ming Mountain to check why it has been regarded as the "City of Ghosts". It is where the devil lives according to Chinese legend. The temples shows punish instruments and demon paintings, depicting the Chinese people’s imagination of hell. You have the final say on which excursion to make, as we can book any of the cruise ships at great rates!

Magnificent Qutang Gorge

Day 13 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Shore excursion to Shennv Stream by smaller vessels. Shennv Stream, called Goddess Stream, is reputed as the Original Virgin Valley of Yangtze where you could see extraordinary view.

Note: Some cruise ships make the shore excursion to the Shennong Stream. Shennong Stream is a collection of local culture. The nature scenery, boat tracker, local sampan, ancient hanging coffins, unique ethnic minority Tujia culture… all is worth your exploration. You have the final say on which excursion to make, as we can book any of the cruise ships at great rates!

Shennv Stream with Primitive Gorge Scenery

Day 14 Yichang & Yichang Departure (B, L)

Today's highlight is your morning excursion to the world-famous Three Gorges Dam. Be prepared for your check-out procedure and the ship will arrive in Yichang at about 12:00.

Our guide will expect you on board and visit the Yichang Museum if time permits. After lunch at a local famous restaurant, drive to the Yichang airport and take the flight to go back home or to your next destination.

World-famous Three Gorges Dam

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Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests of Temple of Heaven

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Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the Eighth Wonder of the World

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Yellow Mountain

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