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THE HIGHLAND EXPLORATION
Visit Beijing, Xian, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shanghai & Suzhou ( 15 Days )

Day 1 Arrival in Beijing Capital Hotel or Similar
Upon arrival at the Beijing Capital Airport, passengers on this tour will be met and greeted by our attentive local guide, and then transfer to the centrally located hotel. The rest of the day will be at your own disposal for either relax or taking a walk.

Day 2 Beijing

Full day sightseeing to visit the famous Tiananmen Square, the largest one in the world, then visit the splendid Imperial Palace, well known as the "Forbidden City" where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties lived and conducted the state affairs for over 500 years. After lunch, visit the enchanting Summer Palace, the best-preserved imperial garden served as summer resort in Qing dynasty. In the evening, a delicious Peking Duck banquet is arranged for you as a welcome party. (BLD)

Day 3 Beijing
The highlight today is to visit the awesome Great Wall, the symbol of China's ancient civilization with a history of over 2000 years. Afterwards, we stop by the Sacred Road to see 24 marvelous stone sculptures of animals and guards, that leads to the Ming dynasty's tomb area, then visit the third Ming emperor's Tomb - Changling with its commemorating palace. In the evening, a famous Peking Opera show is available after dinner. (BLD)

Day 4 Beijing
This morning, we take an interesting tour of Hutong with a ride on pedicab to visit the old Beijing"s courtyards and call on the local homes. Later on, take a visit to the well-preserved Lamasery - Yonghegong, about 70 monks live and maintain the daily service there. After lunch, visit The Temple of Heaven, the most famous ancient architecture in China, uniquely built in 1420 for the emperors to worship heaven and pray for good harvest. (BLD)

Day 5 Beijing / Xian Purple Mountain Hotel or Similar
Fly to the ancient city Xian in the morning. Take a visit to the famous Bell Tower at the city center and tour the well-known Provincial Museum that lots of unique historical relics are on display. A special Dinner Show is arranged at the Tang Dynasty Palace in the evening. (BLD)

Day 6 Xian
Take a morning tour to visit the extraordinary archeological discovery - the 6000 life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses buried 2000 years ago for the first emperor of the Qin dynasty, and then stop at the Banpo Museum - the original place where the ancient people lived in the matrilineal society over 6000 years ago. Later on, visit the newly restored City Wall and the famous historical site - The Big Wild Goose Pagoda. (BLD)

Day 7 Xian / Kunming Harbor Plaza Hotel or the similar
Fly to Kunming in the morning. Upon arrival, take a visit to the best scenic spot of Dragon Gate on the Western Hill and Huating Temple, where you can have a full view of the city and the vast lake Dianchi. The visit to Golden Temple and the World Garden Expo are arranged in the afternoon. (BLD)

Day 8 Kunming
Enjoy a full day excursion with a ride for two hours to visit the most famous Stone Forest, naturally shaped in pagodas, pillars, swords and animals covering vast area like a huge stone park. We also stop to visit the local village of Yi nationality on way back to hotel. (BLD)

Day 9 Kunming / Dali Asia Star Hotel
Take the early morning flight for half an hour to Dali. Visit the legendary scenic spot Butterfly Spring, take an enjoyable cruise tour on the huge Erhai Lake, and explore the unique ancient town of Bai nationality and their typical houses. (BLD)

Day 10 Dali / Lijiang Jiannanchun Hotel
Have an excursion to visit the well-known Dali Three Pagodas, and Cangshan, the Green Mountains with cable car to Zhonghe Temple. After lunch, take a private drive to Lijiang for over 3 hours. En route, stop to visit the traditional Houses in Xizhou and the tie-dyed cloth workshops at Zhoucheng, the biggest Bai Village in Dali. Upon arrival in Lijiang, our local guide will take you to explore the ancient town. (BLD)

Day 11 Lijiang
Today's highlight is to drive for 40 miles to visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the Yak Meadow by chair lift, later proceed to Baisha Frescoes, the Jade Peak Lamasery and Longquan Naxi village. In the evening, a famous Naxi ancient musical instrument performance by aged people is arranged after dinner. (BLD)

Day 12 Lijiang / Shanghai Broadway Mansion or Similar
In the morning, we take visit to the Black Dragon Pool and Dongba Cultural Museum of Naxi nationality, which displays the old town's relics with a history of 800 years. After lunch, we take the flight to Shanghai - the largest and fast developing coastal city of China. (BLD)

Day 13 Shanghai
Sightseeing today includes the visit of the Jade Buddha Temple, and Yu Garden, a uniquely built private garden in the Qing dynasty, adjacent the famous old market of Chenghuangmiao which is crowded with souvenir shops and local restaurants. After lunch, we go to visit the marvelous Shanghai Museum, one of the best arts and historical museum in China. We may take a stroll on The Bund, the symbol of Shanghai or the famous shopping street - Nanjing Road. A fantastic Acrobatics Show is arranged in the evening. (BLD)

Day 14 Shanghai / Suzhou / Shanghai
A full day excursion to Suzhou by coach is another delighted experience for your visit in China. The city on the Grand Canal is well known for its many uniquely built gardens of Ming and Qing dynasties. We'll visit the Humble Administrator's Garden and the National Embroidery Institute. Boating on the canal and a visit at the silk factory is arranged before we ride back to Shanghai. A farewell dinner will be arranged in the evening to highlight our China trip. (BLD)

Day 15 Shanghai / Return home flight
This morning is at leisure and check out before noon. Our guide will come to meet you at the hotel lobby and help arrange transfers to the airport for your return home flight. (B)

TOUR PRICE: All in US Dollars
Seasons
2 - 5 persons
6 - 9 persons
10 persons & up
Remarks
Low SeasonDec. / Jan. / Feb. / Mar.
1870
1680
1410
Shoulder SeasonApr. / Jun. / Jul. / Aug.
1960
1770
1490
Peak SeasonMay. / Sep. / Oct. / Nov.
2020
1830
1570

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:

* 4 star-rated hotel accommodation based on twin sharing with western breakfast
* All domestic air & land transportation
* Private car / mini-bus or coach transfers with English speaking guide
* All sightseeing entrance fee mentioned in the itinerary
* All meals specified in the itinerary ( B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner )
* Evening entertainment arranged in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

* The airport tax of US$ 6 for each domestic flight & US$11 for int'l flight.
* Anything does not mentioned in the above itinerary.

Please note that the tour payment must be made by Bank Wire Transfer 15 days before the group arrival or paid by cash / credit cards before the tour commencing.

For payment made by credit card, 4% surcharge required by the Bank of China will be added upon the total tour price.

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