39 Day Hiking, Tibet, Panda & Yangtze Adventure
China Adventure Tours
Day 1-18/ JOIN 18 Day Grand Yangtze River Super Value
(See the attached itinerary)
Day 18 Beijing/Huangyaguan Pass
Drive to Huangyaguan Pass and check into Huangyaguan Great Wall Hotel at the foot of the wall. Hike along the wall from Taipingzhai to the base area. The Great Wall at Huangya Pass acquired its name from the yellow cliffs into which it was built. Built across the Ju River in Jixian County, the pass and its round guardhouse, Phoenix Tower, have an imposing look. The most unique feature here is the Street of the Eight Diagrams, an architectural wonder of the Ming Dynasty lying just below the pass. A labyrinth meant to confuse and entrap invading armies, this fortifications design is based on the ancient trigrams of the Book of Changes. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon free or hike along the west wing of the wall. Optional visit to the Great Wall Museum. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 19 Huangyaguan/Simatai/Jinshanling
Check out of your hotel after breakfast, then drive to the Great Wall at Simatai. Here the wall travels along the ridges of high mountains and, at certain points, along cliffs formed by huge rocks, where builders were able to create an impregnable wall by merely piling up a few layers of bricks. Hike from Simatai to Jinshanling with lunchbox enroute (approximately 4 hours), and then check into the Jinshanling Hotel. The Jinshanling section is virtually a museum of the architectural styles of Ming era towers. As many as 67 are found within a distance of only 10 kms. The towers are built in a surprising variety of shapes, the largest of which is the impressive Storehouse Tower? so named because of the storehouse on its southern terrace. This tower was used as a garrison headquarters and is protected by special defensive barriers and an extra wall 60 meters downhill.
Day 20 Jinshanling/Mutianyu/Huanghuacheng
Check out of your hotel after breakfast, then drive to the Great Wall at Mutianyu and embark on another full-day hike (approximately 5 hours), lunchbox provided. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is known for its beautiful surroundings-dense woods and rich pastures changing color with the seasons of the year. It winds it sway over 1000 meters to the crest of a mountain before turning sharply and dipping downhill, forming a triangle known as the ?Ox-Horn Wall? Two unique features of this section are the double battlements and branch walls found throughout the area. Overnight at Huanghuacheng Hotel.
Day 21 Huanghuacheng/Juyongguan Pass
Full day walk along the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng (Yellow Flower Fortress). Here the Wall clings to a high hillside adjacent to a reservoir. Lunch box provided. Dinner at Dayi Friendship Restaurant. Overnight at Zhongshang Hotel.
Day 22 Juyongguan/Beijing
Full day walk along the Juyongguan Great Wall. Juyong Pass is site of an ancient citadel (or pass town in Chinese). The town is replete with military installations, watch towers, official residences, temples, a confucian school and other structures. The Juyong Pass has been known for its strategic importance for more than 2,000 years. Lunch box provided or lunch at Dayi Friendship Restaurant. Drive back to Beijing in the afternoon and check into Peace Hotel (or similar).
Day 23 BEIJING/LHASA
Fly Beijing to Lhasa via SZ 4112 (9:50am/3:20pm). Airport reception/transfer to Lhasa Hotel.
Day 24 LHASA B, L, D
After breakfast, you will begin your exploration to this Holy City. Visit the Potala Palace, where the Dalai Lama used to preside. In the afternoon, visit the Jokhang Temple, which is located at the very center of the Lhasa city. Later you can stroll along the Barkhor
Street, which is a hive of market activity. Photography at night along the Lhasa River.
Day 25 LHASA B, L, D
Today sightseeing includes the Drepung Monastery, one of the biggest in Tibet. Then you can visit a nearby Tibetan Carpet Factory. In the afternoon, visit Sera Monastery and Norbu Lingka Temple, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.
Day 26 LHASA/YAMDROK-TSO LAKE/GYANTSE/B, L, D
After breakfast, your adventure begins. Youll drive to and visit the Yamdrok-tso Lake, one of the Holy Lakes in Tibet. After a picnic lunch, you will continue onto Gyantse in the late afternoon. Then visit Gyantse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. Its famous Kumbu Monastery and the ruins of Zhongshan. The mural in Kumbu Monastery is regarded as the world art treasure. Check into Gyantse Hotel.
Day 27 GYANTSE/SHIGATSE B, L, D
Visit the Shigatse, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Baiju Temple, free marketetc. Check into Shigatse Shandong Hotel (3 star).
Day 28 SHIGATSE TO TINGRI B, L, D
Drive to Tingri ?a huddle of Tibetan homes that overlooks a sweeping plain bordered by the towering Himalaya Range . The scenery along the way is really fantastic. Visit the Sakya Monastery. Check into Mt. Everest Hotel.
Day 29 TINGRI/RONGPHU MONASTERY B, L, D
In the early morning, you will be driven to the base of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world. You may climb to the limit allowed (1 st Base). The local regulation allows only those professional mountain climbers to go the second and third base site on the Everest Mountain . Stay at Guest House in Rongphu Monastery.
Day 30 MT. EVEREST TO SHIGATSE B, L, D
Today youll go back to Shigatse, with altitude of 2.5miles, the motherland and origin of Tibetan culture. Visit the first palace in Tibet, Yombulakang, the first farmland and Changzu Temple , also called the Pearl Monastery. Check into Shigatse Shandong Hotel.
Day 31 SHIGATSE/TSETANG B, L, D
Visit Samye, the first monastery in Tibet after taking the wooden skiff powered by a tractor engine to cross the Yaluzhangbu River. Here you can enjoy the historical site of Tibetan Buddhism and study the difference of architecture between Tibetan, Chinese and Indian Monasteries. Check into Tsedang Hotel.
Day 32 TSETANG B, L, D
Visit Samye Monastery, located about 30km west of Tsedang, on the opposite bank of the Yarlung Zangbo River, is the first monastery in Tibet. Also visit Yumbulagang, the legendary first building in Tibet. On your way to Yumbulagang consider stopping at Trandruk Monastery, one the Tibets oldest Buddhist monasteries and a popular destination for pilgrims. It is a lovely monastery with friendly monks and is well worth it to stop for a brief visit en route to Yumbulagang.
Day 33 TSETANG/CHENGDU/WOLONG B, L, D
Drive to from Tsetang to Lhasa Airport and fly to Chengdu, upon arrival, your tour guide will meet you and drive you to Wolong Mountain area where the giant pandas live. Stay overnight at the Panda Hotel .
Day 34 WOLONG TO CHENGDU B, L
You can spend the whole day hiking into the Panda Reservation Center, playing and taking pictures with the Pandas. Late afternoon, drive back to Chengdu and check into Yinhe Dynasty Hotel.
Day 35 CHENGDU/CHONGQING B, L
Take a bus to Chongqing, board Guobin Cruise ship for pre-sailing overnight.
Day 36 YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE B, L, D
Today you begin your downstream cruise. Arrive at Fengdu, the legendary Ghost Town. You will visit the Mingshan Hills temples. Continue to sail to Badong.
Day 37 YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: Shennong Stream/B, L, D
The cruise will sail through the most magnificent Qutang Gorge, the first of the Three Gorges. Then you will be transferred to a small sampan for an excursion along the Shengnong Stream to view the Parrot Gorge and Dragon Boat Gorge. Return to the cruise and you will pass the Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge.
Day 38 ARRIVE YICHANG/BEIJING B
Early morning pass through the Three Gorges Bridges to see this controversial project up in the close. The project includes the five-step ship lock, the diversion canal, power station and dam construction. Arrive Yichang, fly to Beijing, check into Sino Swiss Hotel.
Day 39 BEIJING/USA B
Fly Beijing to USA via Northwest Airlines.
B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner
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