EN301 Beijing-Kunming-Lijiang-Shangri-la-Guilin-Shanghai 16 Days

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EN301 Beijing-Kunming-Lijiang-Shangri-la-Guilin-Shanghai 16 Days
Tour Code: EN301
This 15-day impressive tour begin with Beijing, where is the must-seeing city in China. The following are ancient towns Dali and Lijiang, Amazing Shangri-La, the breathtaking natural Guilin and modern metropolis Shanghai. You will experience the different ethnic folk customs of the local people.
Tour  Itinerary:
 
Day 1 USA-Beijing
You take the flight to Beijing.

Day 2 Beijing (B)
On arrival, our guide will hold a welcome sign to meet you. You will be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax.

Day 3 Beijing (B, L)
In the morning, you take a half-day excursion to explore the incredible Forbidden City with its grand palaces and courtyards. Built in 1420, it was here that 24 emperors lived and ruled for over 500 years. The South Gate leads you to Tian'anmen Square - the biggest of its kind in the world. In the afternoon, you
continue to the beautiful Summer Palace where you can discover gardens, palaces and pavilions with temples and halls in a tranquil, landscaped lakeside setting. In the evening,  you will enjoy a fascinating Peking Opera Show.

Day 4 Beijing (B, L)
In the morning, you will take a half-day guided visit to the awesome Great Wall of China. Here you can enjoy the stunning views as you stroll along this seemingly endless piece of history, which winds its way into the far distance. In the afternoon, you continue to the Ming Tomb, which took over 200 years to complete. And then you walk along the Sacred Way, which means the road leading to heaven.

Day 5 Beijing-Kunming (B, L)
In the morning, you explore the Temple of Heaven which itself has become a symbol of the city. Here ancient emperor worshipped God and prayed for harvest. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kunming. Upon arrival in Kunming in the afternoon, you meet your guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel.The city is located in central Yunnan Province and is praised as the city of eternal spring. The rest of day you will be at leisure.

Day 6 Kunming-Lijiang (B, L)
In the morning, you are transferred for the flight to Lijiang. Lijiang is a small mountain town of stone and tile, laced with swift canals, which was enlisted as an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1999. Upon arrival in Lijiang in the afternoon, you visit the Baisha village with its frescos dating back to Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Day 7 Lijiang (B, L)
In the morning, you explore the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Mountain), which is the most amazing place in Lijiang. In the afternoon, you drive out to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountains. Then you visit the Yuhu Village, a simple village of Naxi minority with the former residence of Dr. Joseph Rock. Dr. Rock, an Austro-American botanist and explorer who lived here off and on from 1922-1949. In the evening, you enjoy the Naxi Ancient Music and Dance Performance at Dongba Palace.

Day 8 Lijiang (B, L)
Today is free for you to explore the old town. You can enjoy the Snow Mountains, small rivers and lanes that integrate harmoniously in this mountain town.

Day 9 Lijiang-Shangri-la (B, L)
In the morning you are drived to Shangri-la also named Zhongdian with stops and visits to the First Bend of the Yangzi River and the Tiger Leaping Gorge on the way. You will arrive Shangri-la in the late afternoon, and check in the hotel.

Day 10 Shangri-la (B, L)
In the morning, you visit Ganden Songzanlin Monastery, the biggest monastery in Shangri-la, more than 500 lamas lives and studies here. Then you make an excursion to the Bitahai Lake is knowed as \"A Pearl on the Platea\" and the most attractive lake in Shangri-La. In the afternoon, you visit a Tibetan family, here you can taste Tibetan specialties of yak butter tea, local yogurt and Tibetan barley.

Day 11 Shangri-la to to Kunming (B, L)
In the morning, you are transferred to airport for flight to Kunming. After arrival, you are drived along the new express way to Stone Forest. The Stone Forest belongs to the typical Karst geomorphology that consists of innumerable bizarre-shaped ancient limestone cliffs and peaks created by wind and water erosion some 200 million years ago. In the afternoon, you drives back to Kunming and visit the Flower and Bird Market.

Day 12 Kunming-Guilin (B, L)
In the morning, you are transferred to take your flight to Guilin. Upon arrival in the afternoon, you meet the guide and visit historic Fubo Hill and the Reed Flute Cave- a 790 feet deep dripstone cave which includes myriads of stalactites and stalagmites of dazzling colors.

Day 13 Guilin-Yangshuo-Guilin (B, L)
Today you take a scenic river cruise along the Li River with its peaceful senerity and jagged limestone peaks. Lunch is included on board before arriving at Yangshuo where you have free time to explore and peruse the local shops and markets. Then you continue to take the private vehicle back to Guilin.

Day 14 Guilin-Shanghai (B, L)
In the morning, you are transferred and take the flight to Shanghai. In the afternoon, you pass through the old town and take a walk along the famous waterfront to fully appreciate this diverse city.

Day 15 Shanghai (B, L)
In the morning, you visit the Shanghai Museum with its collection of ancient Chinese Art of bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy. In the afternoon, you continue the Yu Garden, which has over 30 pavilions, linked by a maze of corridors and bridges. In the evening, you will enjoy an acrobatic show.

Day 16 Shanghai (B)
You are transferred to airport for the flight to your homeland.

Departure Date: January-December
Price: Special Offers on request.

Service Included:
* Entrance fees.
* Meals as listed in the itinerary, B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=Dinner.
* Private Car/Van for transfers & sightseeing and English-speaking Local Guide.
* Hotels deluxe/comfort class (Land category 4-star or 5 star by any possibility, twin share bases with breakfast).
* Trains and Flights as listed in the itinerary and Airport Taxes.

Service not Included:
* Visa Fees and International flight.
* Gratuities, Tips to guides and drivers.
* Personal Expenses.
* Single Room Supplement.

Note:
Prices are not valid by High Season and Chinese holiday periods, for e.g.: April 30th - May 3th, Sep 30th to Oct 7th, and Chinese New Year period which usually falls in End of January. With high season and main holidays the Price will increase. Price for Superior class hotels will be some higher and for middle class hotels will be some lower.
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