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Exotic Minority Culture and Others
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This tour brings you wonderful natural sceneries in China, such as the fairyland-like landscape along Li River in Guilin, the fantastic stone forest in Kunming, and mysterious Zhongdian-a real Shangri-la, which actually manages to live up to its mythologized name. Also included is the Yangzi River Cruise, which enables you to see the breathtaking and magnificent Three Gorges and relax for recharge. Besides, the exotic and colorful minority cultures of those Bai, Naxi and Tibet Chinese minorities in Dali, Lijiang and Zhongdian (Shangri-La) will amaze you, join and experience daily life of local minority people, be marvel at their rich culture and delicate handicrafts, to gain further understanding of minority's custom and admire their culture. The final destinations, Shanghai and Beijing, showing you the fast developing pace of these metropolis and traditional way of life people still maintain. While Xi'an presents in front of you an ancient capital civilization through the splendid Terracotta Warriors and Horses, along with other historic sites. Come and join us, let's begin our China exploration from this unforgettable tour.

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Tour Code: CET-EMCO Length:
Cities Visited/Stayed: (Hong Kong), Guilin, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Chongqing, Three Gorges, Shanghai, Xi'an, Beijing
Highlight Attractions: Terraced Rice Paddies at Longji, Li River, Elephant Trunk Hill, The Stone Forest, The Three Pagodas, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Xue Shan ), Songzanlin Monastery, Three Gorges, Yu Yuan Garden, The Bund, Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Forbidden City, Great Wall
Experience &Features: Zhuang Minority Village, Li River Cruise, Yangshuo Global Village, Bai Minority Family, Old part of Shangri-la, a Tibetan family visit, Nanjing Road, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show, Visit Old Hutong
Physical Rating (What Is It?):
 2 
Cultural Shock Rating ( What Is It?):
 2 
Day 1: (Hong Kong) -Guilin

Take an evening flight coming to Guilin from Hong Kong. Upon your arrival, our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Stay overnight in Guilin.

Meals:


Day 2: Guilin-Longji-Guilin

We have a whole day round trip to Longji, a minority area with magnificent terraced rice paddies. The [Longji Terraces] are located in Longsheng County about 2 hours drive from Guilin. You may have a chance to take some wonderful pictures of minority people wearing exquisite costumes along the way. Located southeast of Longsheng, the rice terraces are built into the hillsides which look like great chains or ribbons as they wind from the foot to the top of the hill. This ingenious construction makes best use of the scare arable land and water resources in the mountainous area. Later this afternoon we drive back to Guilin.

Stay overnight in Guilin.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 3: Guilin-Yangshuo-Guilin

This morning we embark the ship for [Li River cruise]. Cruising downstream with a pleasant breeze greeting, you can sit on cushion comfortably or enjoy the open-air viewing platform. Bring lots of film because this is a photographer's dream, where you are able to capture the wonderful landscapes that Chinese artists have been painting for centuries. Lunch will be served on board. Enjoy the Li River picturesque scenery to Yangshuo. Disembark and walk to the West Street, which has received countless foreigners from all over the world and reputed as "Earth Village in China". Today, the 600-m-long street is over 300 cafes, restaurants, hotels art crafts and tourist stores, foreign language clubs, internet centers and Kungfu schools. It's an ideal place to eat, live travel, do shopping, entertain and study. Also it has a good environment for communication and is regarded as a paradise for tourists. Later the day we drive back to Guilin.

Stay overnight in Guilin.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 4: Guilin-Kunming

Spend the day in Guilin to discover its shinning scenic spots that make the city unique and especially beautiful. The [Elephant Trunk Hill] is the symbol of Guilin, standing in the Li River and looks like an elephant drinking water from the river. The [Reed Flute Cave] is one of the most spectacular caves displaying karst geographical formation in various shapes. After the visit, we will continue to the nearby [South China Sea Pearl Museum], where we can learn some knowledge of pearls and have the chance to purchase real sea pearl at competitive prices. Enjoy a free afternoon, getting prepared for the next day's two jointing flights. You will be transferred to Guilin airport to catch your pm flight to Kunming.

Stay overnight in Kunming.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 5: Kunming-Dali

Join us today for a whole day tour to the [Stone Forest]. Those magnificent stone masterpieces, various strange and steep intricate formations, and countless labyrinthine vistas make Stone Forest (Shi Lin in Chinese) worthy of the fame as the 'First Wonder of the World'. And there goes a local saying: 'It is a waste of time without being in the Stone Forest while visiting Kunming'. Later this afternoon we drive to Kunming Train Station to catch an overnight train to Dali after dinner.

Stay overnight on train.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 6: Dali

You are picked up by your guide at Dali Train Station in the morning, transferred to your hotel in the Old Town. The rest time in the morning will be your own. After lunch, we set out to visit a typical sight of Dali-the [Three Pagoda Temple]. As its name implies, Three Pagodas are made of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle. This is unique in China. And they are one of the most significant and majestic wonders in Dali and look magnificent. Then we continue to [visit a local Bai Minority Family] for the first hand experience of the local daily life. The people are hospitable, their traditional way of life and finished handicrafts will surely impress you.

Stay overnight in Dali Old Town.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 7: Dali-Lijiang

We depart for Lijiang by private car, van or bus after lunch. It is roughly a 3.5 hours drive. The beautiful scenery on the way will surely give you some special feeling, and we may stop on the way for you to relax and take some photos. You will arrive in Lijiang before dinner time.

Stay overnight in Lijiang.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 8: Lijiang

Lijiang is an ancient town with unique architectural styles and people there still hold on their original way of living. This morning we go to the [Jade Dragon Snow-capped Mountain]. With skyscraping snow-capped peaks and its imposing body, it reflects in the interlaced rivers flowing under the old town, composing a fabulous picture. 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 and a giant tram cart up here is one of the highest of its kind in China. We take cables to climb the mountain and be intoxicated in the picturesque scenery. And we also organize a [Naxi Minority family visit] for you in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in Lijiang.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 9: Lijiang-Shangri-la

Depart for Shangri-la by private car, van or bus after breakfast. It will be a long drive. You have a lunch stop on the half way. But the scenery all the way is fantastic. You will arrive in Zhongdian before dinner time.

Stay overnight in Shangri-la.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 10: Shangri-la

Today we will visit [Songzanlin Monastery], a famous Tibetan style Buddhist temple in China. Tourists are attracted to this scenic spot where they can enjoy the view and be lucky to take photos of girls wearing exquisite Tibetan costumes holding perfectly white fluffy lambs against the imposing mountains and blue sky. [Visit the old part of the town, a Tibetan family visiting] is included as well. The Tibetan built their houses in distinctive religious styles influenced by Buddhism. You can taste Tibetan specialties of yak butter tea, local yogurt and Tibetan barley. Later this afternoon is on your own to walk around. We suggest you get a feeling of local people's daily life by visit the local market.

Stay overnight in Shangri-la.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 11: Shangri-la-Kunming-Chongqing

Take a morning flight back to Kunming, and another flight followed from Kunming to Chongqing.

Stay overnight in Chongqing.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 12: Chongqing-Yangtze Cruise

This morning we visit the [E'ling Park], so named because its topography resembles a goose neck. E'ling Mountain, the commanding post of Central Chongqing, is an ideal spot to admire Chongqing Harbor, where the Changjiang and Jialing rivers join forces. We also visit [Chongqing Zoo] to see the giant panda there. After dinner you'll be transferred to the pier to board your Yangtze River cruise boat, ready for your cruise along the mighty Yangtze.

Stay overnight on the Yangtze boat.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 13: Yangtze

The stop today is Fengdu or Zhongxian. You have the opportunity to see the [Ghost City or the Rock Fort (Shibaozhai)]. Fengdu is indeed the ghost city because lots of ghost statues are on display. Shibaozhai is simply a rectangular rock with steep cliffs on the riverside.It is over 30 meters high with a temple on top. People can climb to the top of the pagoda and take some pictures of the grand sight.

Stay overnight on Yangtze Cruise Boat.

Meals: (B, L, D)


Day 14: Yangtze

Today, you'll enter the world-famous Three Gorges, and enjoy a short rafting tour by a smaller boat to a tributary, [Shennong Stream] (Sometimes the Daning River). During the rafting tour, you might see large and small karst caves, home of many swallows, a world of high cliffs, deep gorges, flying waterfalls, three-colored springs, the ancient trestle path the suspended coffin in the cliff, the groups of ancient tombs and marvelous karst formations. Later, you'll be transferred to a peapod boat (small and narrow wooden sampan) manned by a team of rowers.

Stay overnight on the Yangtze boat.

Meals: (B, L, D)


Day 15: Yangtze-Yichang-Shanghai

In the morning, you will get off for a shore excursion to the [Three Gorges Dam] project site to see one of the most massive projects that China launched in between two centuries. After a farewell lunch on board you'll be transferred to the Yichang airport for your flight to Shanghai. You'll be sure to get there before dinner time.

Stay overnight in Shanghai.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 16: Shanghai

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and we go to visit the [Yuyuan Garden], where you find more delicate handicrafts and tasty Chinese snacks.  Lunch is arranged at a characteristic Shanghai restaurant. After lunch our guide takes you to the [Outer Bund], for a grand view of Shanghai and you may marvel at how modern this metropolis is while still containing its old traditions. Enjoy a walk on the [Nanjing Road], the most prosperous commercial street. You can find lots of world famous brands setting along the street and enjoy a good time in shopping.

Stay overnight in Shanghai.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 17: Shanghai-Xi'an

This morning we discover more about Shanghai on your own. After lunch,we drive to the airport for a pm flight to Xi'an.

Stay overnight in Xi'an.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 18: Xi'an

With a history of more than 3,000 years, Xi'an has abundant collection of archaeological relies to express its rich history. This morning we go to visit [Banpo Museum], where you can see lots of precious unearthed cultural relics and artworks, indicating the prehistoric civilization. Situated east of Xi'an city, the [Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum] is famous throughout the world for life-sized terra-cotta warriors and horses. The three pits of the terra-cotta warriors and horses excavated shows you how magnificent the structure of Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum was. Later this evening you may choose local special Dumpling Dinner and the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

Stay overnight in Xi'an.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 19: Xi'an-Beijing

Visit the [City Wall] and the [Provincial Museum], a striking Tang-Dynasty style pavilion, houses a large collection of 113,000 historic and cultural artifacts unearthed in Shaanxi. Also include is a visit to the [Big Wild Goose Pagoda]- one of the city's most distinctive and outstanding landmarks, possibly the most beautiful building left in Xian today. Then we take a pm flight to Beijing.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Meals:(B, L)


Day 20: Beijing

After breakfast, join us for a visit to the [Temple of Heaven], which is a complex of buildings, gardens, and pathways, its organization indicates relationship between Earth and heaven. Enjoy a walk on the [Tian'anmen Square]- one of the largest city squares in the world. It is located on the central axis of old Beijing. In the center of Tiananmen Square stands the Monument to the People's Heroes. Then we go to the [Forbidden City]- Imperial palaces for the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The city contains 800 ceremonial buildings, 9,999 rooms, and a courtyard that can hold 100,000 people. Best ancient Chinese architectural styles are well preserved here, consist an imposing view. Later the day is on your own to explore more about this city.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Meals:(B, L)


Day 21: Beijing

This morning we drive to the [Jinshanling Great Wall], the less developed and commercial section of the Wall. This historic construction is somewhat dangerous to climb because it winds up and down the precipitous ranges, but as a reward, splendid views are available. People say that a visit to Beijing isn't complete without trying the crispy and tasty Peking duck dinner, so we recommend a featured dinner for you at one famous restaurant.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Meals:(B, L)


Day 22:Beijing

This morning we go to visit the [Summer Palace] - one of China's architectural masterpieces. The beauty of the Summer Palace is deliberated. The pavilions, kiosks, terraces, bridges, dikes, corridors are delicately crafted and placed, well displaying the thousand-­year old Chinese landscape gardening. The scenic spots contain a nation's profound philosophical and aesthetic tradition. Followed by a walk to [Hutong]- meaning alleys, derives from the narrow lanes created by the walled residential compounds built one on top of the other in these cramped districts. The high walls surround the traditional Siheyuan quadrangle, made up of four, single-story buildings fronting a courtyard. Hutongs take their names from the groups who live within, for instance, the Bowstring Makers' Lane, or if populated by a single family, their surname. Unfortunately, encroaching urban development now threatens Hutong. Have a big farewell dinner together in the evening!

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Meals:(B, L,D)


Day 23: Beijing-Departure

Your China tour we sponsored ends after breakfast.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Meals:(B)

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First Class Tour $7376 $5117 $4329 $3617 $1810
Comfortable Tour $5885 $4200 $3498 $3033 $1020
Standard Tour $4843 $3632 $3044 $2651 $780
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