15 Day Colorful Yunnan & Chengdu
Tour Code: CYC Colorful Yunnan & Chengdu
Day by Itinerary:
Day 1 West Coast - Beijing
Depart the West Coast for Beijing.
Day 2 Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing, China's capital, you will be greeted and escorted to the Capital Hotel (or similar).
Day 3 Beijing (AB,L,SD)
After breakfast, visit Tiananmen Square and the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City, home of Chinese Emperors for more than 500 years. After lunch, visit the Summer Palace, taking a leisure stroll while admiring the thousands of ancient murals along the Long Corridor and a boat ride on the Kunming Lake (weather permitting). Enjoy a fabulous welcome banquet featuring the famous Beijing Duck in the evening.
Day 4 Beijing (AB,L)
The highlight today is an excursion to the Great Wall. Enjoy the dramatic vistas and marvel at the Wall as it climbs and descends steep ridges and narrow valleys. Continue on to visit a cloisonn factory on the way to lunch. After lunch, visit the Ming Tombs starting with a stroll along the Sacred Way guarded by the stone statues; then onto the Chang Ling Exhibition Museum.
Day 5 Beijing - Kunming (AB,L,SD)
Transfer to the airport for flight to Kunming. Upon arrival, start your tour with visits to Dragon Gate and Huating Temple on Western Hill; then enjoy the scenic view of Dianchi Lake from the Grand View Pavilion. Attend a welcome dinner featuring "Cross the Bridge Noodles", a local delicacy in the evening. Overnight at the Kai Wah Plaza International Hotel (or similar).
Day 6 Kunming (AB, L,D)
An excursion to the Stone Forest, 32 acres of karst limestone formations that have eroded into cliffs and peaks, caves and pavilions, all connected by a labyrinth of trails. It is home to the Sani people, a branch of the Yi minority.
Day 7 Kunming - Dali (AB,L,D)
Take the morning flight to Dali and visit the Bai people's Tie-Dye workshop in the town of Zhoucheng. Continue to Xizhou with its unique architecture; there you will enjoy traditional Three-Course Tea with a Bai cultural performance. You will also visit the Three Pagodas, known as the symbol of Dali. Spend some time strolling down the stone streets of Dali's Old Town. Check in to the Regent Hotel Dali (or similar).
Day 8 Dali (AB,L,D)
Travel by cable car up Cangshan Mountain with panoramic views overlooking beautiful Erhai Lake. Then enjoy a cruise on the lake, with a visit to a fishing village on one of the islands.
Day 9 Dali - Lijiang (AB,L,D)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Lijiang, home to the Naxi people. In the afternoon, visit Black Dragon Pool, renowned for its flowers and pavilions, and the Dongba Cultural Institute. Enjoy a traditional Naxi music performance this evening. Check in to the Treasure Harbour International Hotel (or similar).
Day 10 Lijiang (AB,L,D)
Take an excursion to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain where you will take a chairlift to Yak Meadow. This famous mountain ascends 18,000 ft. and is made up of 13 peaks resembling jade pillars. Enroute you will visit the White Water River, Yufeng Lama Temple and Baisha Village with its Ming dynasty frescoes.
Day 11 Lijiang - Chengdu (AB,L,D)
This morning, transfer to airport for your flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival, visit the Panda Breeding Research Institute. Follow the trails through the bamboo forest and observe pandas in their natural habitat. This evening enjoy a performance of traditional Sichuan style opera. Overnight at the Yinhe Dynasty Hotel (or similar).
Day 12 Chengdu - Shanghai (AB,L)
This morning, visit the museum at Sanxingdui, site of a mysterious ancient civilization dating back 3,000 years. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai - "Paris of the Orient". Afternoon sightseeing features the bustling shopping street of Nanjing Road, and The Bund, famous promenade along the Huangpu River. Check in to the Crowne Plaza Hotel Fudan Shanghai (or similar).
Day 13 Shanghai (AB,L)
Pay a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, renowned for its huge statue of the Buddha carved from a single piece of white jade. In the afternoon, visit Yu Garden, famous for its rock gardens, pavilions, halls and ponds, and Old Shanghai Bazaar, with shops filled with all manner of interesting curios.
Day 14 Shanghai (AB,L,D)
This morning, you will visit the Shanghai Museum, China's most up-to-date museum showcasing the country's ancient glory. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Children's Palace where you will enjoy musical and cultural performances by children attending classes.
Day 15 Shanghai -West Coast (AB)
Farewell to Shanghai. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA
Land & Air
-- Air ticket taxes and fuel charges are additional, approximate$250 and subject to change without prior notice.
-- Land only rate does not include transpacific air, arrival transfer at port of entry in China and departure transfer from last city.
-- West coast gateways are SFO & LAX, add C on fares from other cities available, please refer to fare chart on last page.
-- A minimum of 6 passengers is required for guaranteed departures, Supplement charges may apply if group is less than 6 participants.
-- Weekend surcharge of $50 p.p each way applies for Fri C Sat C Sun travel on transpacific flights.
-- Dates in color are guaranteed departures.
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