21 Days 20 Nights Beijing - Urumqi - Turpan - Dunhuang - Xian - Chengdu - Lijiang - Kunming - Shanghai Tour

  • Tour Code: SR-300  
  • Destinations: Beijing - Urumqi - Turpan - Dunhuang - Xian - Chengdu - Lijiang - Kunming - Shanghai
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Day 01: Arrive in Beijing

Arrive in Beijing International Airport and be greeted by your guide who will escort you to the hotel, and the rest of the day is leisured.


Day 02: Beijing

Tiananmen Square
We begin our discovery of this 2,000-year-old city at vast Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, seat of imperial power during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911), and Summer Palace, the former royal retreat with beautiful gardens and temples that is now a lovely park attracting both visitors and locals. Tonight we savor a traditional Peking duck dinner, followed by a traditional opera - Peking Opera performance at the Liyuan Theatre. (B, L, D)


Day 03: Beijing

Great Wall
This morning we tour the Great Wall, the incredible collection of ancient defense installations (and UNESCO World Heritage Site) that stretches almost 4,000 miles from the East China Sea to Central Asia and where we visit the Mu Tian Yu section by cable car. Than, we go to visit the Sacred Way and  Ming Tombs. (B, L, D)


Day 04: Beijing to Urumqi

Temple of Heaven, Bejing
Our day begins with a rickshaw ride through Beijing ancient back roads and alleys (Hutong). Here we visit the home of a local family for a rare glimpse of the traditional communal lifestyle that is fast disappearing; later, fly to Urumqi. When you arrive in Urumqi International Airport and you will be greeted by your guide who will escort you to the hotel. (B, L, D)


Day 05: Urumqi

Heavenly Lake, Urumqi
We go to enjoy the stunning Heavenly Lake (Tian Chi Lake), which is deep-blue lake, lies at and elevation of 6,500 ft (1,980 m), enclosed by lofty snow-capped peak of Bogda Feng, that reaches a height of almost 20,000 ft (6,000 m). The lake area is a pastoral pleasure with postcard blue skies and trails winding through deep pine forest, crossing flowery meadows overlooked by mountain goats on precarious perches skirting streams and passing Kazak herders and cattle and dotted with Kazakh Yurts. Next, we visit Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum. There are excellent displays from all the major archaeological sites, including Niya, Loulan, Astana and Jiaohe. This is a best opportunity for learning about the lost cities of Xinjiang, as they are now all either bare or off-limits. Famous 4,000 years old "Loulan Beauty", Tang figurines and silk painting from Astana Graves, and a proto-boomerang discovered outside Hami from 1,000 years ago show us here. (B, L, D)


Day 06: Urumqi to Turpan

Terai Camp, Urumqi
Today we visit the Terai Camp to experience of Kazak nomad life, have a cup of milk tea and taste really local food. Continue to Nanshan Pasture which is huge grassland with wildflowers, green grass, horses, sheep, and white yurts. Drive to Turpan. (B, L)


Day 07: Turpan

Karez, Turpan
We begin our tour of this city at the amazing 2,000 years old Karez, a kind of underground irrigation system, which used throughout Xinjiang bring snowmelt of the Tianshan to this parched city through network of underground water channels. Wells, dug at intervals along the length of the channels, bring water to the surface. Without them, Turpan would rapidly join the desert. In the afternoon, continue to the Jiaohe Ruins, built during the Han dynasty as Chinese garrison town to defend the borderlands. It was destroyed by fire in a rebellion in the 14th century. It is a kind of eroded landscape, but it is an atmospheric place, let's walk around to fell its flourish in former days (B, L, D)


Day 08: Turpan to Dunhuang

Grape Valley, Turpan
Today we visit the Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta), constructed in 1778, and built by Prince Suleiman in honor of his father, Prince Emin. And then, go to the Grape Valley which is a lush stripe of green in the barren desert surroundings and filled with juicy sweet green grapes. At the valley's core is a flume of fast moving icy cold water traveling from the Tianshan to Turpan City. Next, visit the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves which are a network of grottoes featuring Buddhist figures and wall paintings. They are eclipsed by some breathtaking scenery, sculptured by the wind and redolent of an out-take from an Indiana Jones epic. We will pass the Flaming Mountain which radiates a fiery hue under the bright sunshine on our way to the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves. Take an overnight soft-sleeper train to Dunhuang. (B, L, D)


Day 09: Dunhuang

Dunhuang
Arrive in Dunhuang in the morning and be greeted by your guide who will escort you to the hotel. After have breakfast and a short rest in the hotel, we begin our discovery of this ancient oasis city at experience a short camel-riding along the Singing Sand Dune which dune were named after the noise made as the grains of sand are crunched under foot to reach the Crescent Moon Lake which is a freshwater lake that has been a vital source of water here for thousands of years and where the desert meets the oasis in dramatic fashion. (B, L, D)


Day 10: Dunhuang

Mogao Grotto, Dunhuang
This day we tour the significant Mogao Grottos which are one of the greatest repositories of Buddhist art in the world. Inside the six hundred surviving caves were sculptures and paintings dating from the 4th to 14th century, a complete collection spanning approximately a thousand years tracing the development of Buddhism from its initial arrival in China. A cornucopia of documents on subjects ranging from history, treatises on politics, the military and science, to Buddhist sutras and even personal documents such as tax receipts were discovered preserved with a dry dark cave.    Next, the Dunhuang Museum in which include Tibetan and Chinese scriptures from the Mogao's famous Cave 17, which escaped the looting of explorers and archeologists, and relics from the South Pass (Yang Guan) and the Jade Gate Pass (Jiayu Guan) which were the China's outermost defense during the Han dynasty. (B, L, D)


Day 11: Dunhuang to Xian

Fly to Xian. Arrive in Xian Xianyang International Airport and be greeted by your guide who will escort you to the hotel, and the rest of the day is leisured. (B, L, D)


Day 12: Xian

Terra-cotta Warriors Museum, Xian
This day begins with a visit to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum which housing the army of 8,000 life-sized Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses that had lain buried and forgotten for more than two millennia. Each of these astounding Terra-cotta pieces has an individually sculpted face, standing in military formation in three separate underground building. Lunch  will be arranged in Friendship Restaurant in the Museum. After your amazing exploration of these fabulous sculptures, visit the revered Small Wild Goose Pagoda (652 AD), a well-preserved ancient building in a classical Buddhist temple, about 1,300 years old and a holy place for Buddhists. In the evening, indulge in a Tang Dynasty dumpling dinner and cultural show featuring traditional music, dance, and traditional costumes.   (B, L, D)


Day 13: Xian

An Wu Village, Xian
Today we tour the countryside of Xian. We drive to a typical village of Northern China - An Wu Village to feel the real-life of local farmers, in which we will visit a rural primary school, a rural clinic, local farmer's family and underground cave house as well as a local cattle farm and the ancient dwelling buildings come from more than 700 years ago. Lunch will be arranged in a local family, taste some local flavor. After than, we go to visit Hanyang Mausoleum which was built for the fourth emperor of Han dynasty 2000 years ago. The female Terra-cotta warrior was discovered from there. (B, L, D)


Day 14: Xian to Chengdu

City Wall, Xian
This day begins at impressive nine-mile City Wall, and a bicycle tour on the top of 600 years old city wall, visit famous Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, with an acclaimed collection of historic and cultural artifacts from different historical period of Shaanxi Province. Fly to Chengdu. Arrive in Chengdu International Airport and be greeted by your guide and visit the Sanxingdui Museum. (B, L, D)


Day 15: Chengdu

Today we will go to visit famous Giant Panda Breeding Research Center, which is an actual habitat and breeding center for this endangered species, where you'll not only see Pandas, you may even see baby Pandas. Afterwards, visit Wuhou Memorial Temple. Stroll in the Culture Park and sip tea at teahouse in People's Park. (B, L, D)


Day 16: Chengdu to Lijiang

Lijiang Old Town
Fly to Lijiang. Arrive in Lijiang Airport and be greeted by your guide. We will begin our exploration of this splendid Lijiang Old Town at Square Street. Strolling through the Dayan Old Town which is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural heritage Site, first thing you notice is the town gurgles with water. Everywhere, canals, swift streams bubble with the crystal clear water, little bridges - stone, wooden, flat, arched, roofed, cobbled pathway, and ancient traditional house where local Naxi people still live. Then, we will visit Black Dragon Pool which is stunningly picturesque with the elegant Deyuelou placed at the center of a carp-filled pool, and back dropped by the peak of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain After have dinner, followed by a Naxi Ancient Music performance at Dongba Palace feeling the ancient Naxi culture. (B,L, D)


Day 17: Lijiang to Kunming

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang
This morning we tour the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, where we visit Baishui Tableland, the Dry Sea, go to Spruce Plateau by cable car to view the wonderful snowy scenery of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, encrusted with snow and set against a shape with blue sky. Then, we will go to Baisha Village of Naxi minority group, where we will visit Baisha Murals which tell vivid Tibetan, Naxi and Han legends, and visit the Rock Joseph's Former Residence in Yuhu Village. Fly to Kunming. Arrive in Kunming Airport and be greeted by your guide who will escort you to the hotel. (B, L, D)


Day 18: Kunming

Stone Forest, Kunming
We begin our discovery of this spring city at the limestone pillars of the Stone Forest which is celebrated as a natural wonder and it is the most visited sight in Kunming. Scattered around the Stone Forest are villages populated by the local ethnic minority, the Sani. This place is breathtaking - a lake, caves, gorgeous vistas of the surrounding countryside and stone formations projecting from the ground provide the feeling go being in a primeval forest.  Then we go to visit Golden Temple which has the largest bronze temple building in China (B, L)


Day 19: Kunming to Shanghai

Pudong, Shanghai
This morning we tour the Western Hills and Dragon Gate which is known as "sleeping Beauty", from where there are fine views over Dianchi Lake (Dian Chi). Later, fly to Shanghai. When you arrive in Shanghai International Airport and you will be greeted by your guide. Visit The Bund and Huangpu River, Shanghai broad and bustling waterfront boulevard that once was the center of European influence in the East.  (B, L, D)


Day 20: Shanghai

Shanghai Museum
This day we tour the acclaimed Shanghai Museum, with its priceless collections of ancient Chinese bronzes, ceramics, calligraphy, paintings and furniture. And peaceful Yuyuan Garden, a traditional Chinese garden with plantings, courtyards, pavilions, and create the illusion of mountains and lakes. Tonight we attend Chinese acrobatics show after dinner.  (B, L, D)


Day 21: Depart from Shanghai

Today your guide will escort you to the airport for your return flight home, or continue your tour that we tailor-made for you. (B)

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Accommodation:

CitySuper Deluxe ClassDeluxe ClassTourist Class
BeijingBeijing International Hotel 5Qianmen Jianguo Hotel 4Beijing Days Inn forbidden City 3
ChengduTibet Hotel Chengdu 5Tianfu Sunshine Hotel 4Chengdu Hotel 3
DunhuangDunhuang Hotel 5Dunhuang Hotel 4Grand Sun Hotel 3
KunmingGrand Park Hotel 5Kunming Hotel 4Mercure Hydro Majestic Hotel 3
LijiangTreasure Harbour International Hotel 5Lijiang Yinxiang Old City Hotel 4Grand Hotel 3
ShanghaiSheraton Huating Hotel 5Longmen Hotel 4Zhaoan Hotel 3
TurpanJiaohe Manor Hotel 4Jiaohe Manor Hotel 4Oasis Hotel 0
UrumqiHoi Tak Hotel 5Mirage Hotel 4City Hotel 3
XianHyatt Regency Xian 5Xian Garden Hotel 4Xian Tianyi Hotel 4

 

Tour Quotation (based on per person and shown in US dollars)

Dec. 01 - Mar. 31 Low Season (2013) Apr. 01 - Nov. 30 High Season (2013)
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Tour Quotation Includes:

Hotels with daily western breakfasts;
Mails as listed in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-Dinner) at typical local restaurants;
Excellent individual English speaking guide in each city ;
Entrance fees to tourist sites as listed in the itinerary;
Private air-conditioned car or van for land transportation;
Domestic flights or trains as listed in the itinerary;
Service Charge and Government taxes;
Luggage transfers between airports and hotels.

Tour Quotation Excludes:

Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets;
Visa Fees;
Personal Expenses;
Gratuities, Tips to guides or drivers;
Single Room Supplement;
Meals: Any meals which are not specified with 'B', 'L', or 'D'.

 
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