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CHINA IS SPLENDID

This tour is a harmonious mixture of unique historical legacies in Beijing and Xian, and a relaxing cruise trip on the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo along beautiful rustic landscapes, moreover, you get to South of the Clouds – Yunnan. Located in the Southwestern part of China, Yunnan is as what people say “a microcosm of this country”. Our journey takes you to discover the best Yunnan has to offer, from its sparkling blue skies, red earth, green forests and ethnic minorities. All in all, pack well to start this dream trip.

Splendid China with Yunnan Highlights

Travel Route: UK – Beijing – Xi’an – Guilin – Yangshuo – Kunming – Yuanyang – Kunming – Chengdu – UK

Travel Season: From March to November

Itinerary day by day (13 days in China):

Day 0 : On flight UK to China

Day 1 : Welcome to Beijing, China

Today you arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. Greeted and received by your local guide and escorted to your hotel in downtown Beijing. Check in your deluxe hotel and rest of day is at your own disposal. Overnight at Bamboo Garden Hotel Beijing or similar

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Day 2 : Beijing (Breakfast + Lunch)

Enjoy your buffet breakfast at your hotel. Meet with your private guide and driver at the arranged appointed time. Today you will take a full day guided tour to explore Beijing.

First of all you will take a walking on the iconic Tiananmen Square, which is probably the biggest one of its kind in the world. Then you will visit the Palace Museum, which is also been called as the “Forbidden City” (Gu Gong in Chinese) the emperor’s palace, which was built between 1406 and 1420 with 9000 halls and rooms, containing many precious relics. Facing south and rising from a terrace, the largest palace in the world represents the supreme power and authority emperors enjoyed during the feudalistic dynasties, and exemplifies the elements of palace architecture. In the afternoon we make an excursion to the Summer Palace (Yi He Yuan), the most exquisite imperial garden in China which was once the private garden of Chinese Ming and Qing emperors. You will enjoy your Chinese lunch and dinner at well selected local restaurants. Transfer back your hotel. Overnight at Bamboo Garden Hotel Beijing or similar

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Day 3 : Beijing (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Enjoy your buffet breakfast at your hotel. Meet with your private guide and driver at hotel lobby and then head out for a day excursion on the Great Wall of China. You will be transferred to Jinshanling. To be away from the normal route that most hikers do, we will take the walking on the “wild wall” that is unrestored thus keeps its original features and the view along the wall is amazing. Trek lasts approx.4-5hrs and enjoy a picnic lunch on the wall. Later in the afternoon you reach Simatai, the ending point of the hiking. Drive back Beijing to enjoy a savory Peking Roast Duck Dinner. Overnight at Bamboo Garden Hotel Beijing or similar

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Day 4 : Flight Beijing – Xi’an (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

After breakfast you will be transferred to Capital Airport by your private vehicle with private guide escort. Take flight from Beijing to Xi’an (flight is arranged by us). Enjoy the highlight of Xi’an today! You will visit the Museum of Terracotta Army. This mighty army of terracotta warriors and horses, found in three vaults 39 km east of Xi’an and 1.5km from the Qin emperor’s mausoleum, is the most popular tourist attraction of Shaanxi. Besides, visit Da Yan Ta (Big Wild-Goose Pagoda), which was completed in 652, or the 3rd year of Yonghui reign of the Tang emperor Gaozong. The 64.1-metre-high Pagoda in Ci’en Temple is a pavilion-like brick structure whose serene and well- proportioned form has become the emblem of Xian. After that, we shall take a Chinese Calligraphy class at a local Fine Arts Studio where you shall practice with the Chinese Ink Brush writing your Chinese names on the rice paper. Then, proceed to a local restaurant to learn how to make Chinese dumplings, taste the ones made by yourself during the dumpling dinner. Overnight at Tang Dynasty Art Garden Hotel or similar Tang Paradise (boutique hotel)

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Day 5 : Xi’an tour, fly to Guilin (Breakfast + Lunch)

Enjoy  your buffet breakfast at your hotel. Then you will meet your guide and driver to  start the Xi’an travel. Stroll at the Muslim market in the city centre. There are a lots of food stalls at the roadside along the walkway, so take your time to discover and sample nice eateries if desired. After that, enjoy a traditional shadow play at Gao Family Mansion. Lunch is arranged at an authentic Muslim Restaurant (Halal) served with amazing Chinese Muslim meals. In the afternoon get to the Xi’an Ancient City Wall, which is one of the most well preserved City Wall in China that can trace back to the Chinese Ming Dynasty over 500 years ago. If desire, you can take a biking tour on the city wall. Later of the day transfer to airport and fly to Guilin. Upon arrival Guilin, you will be met with and transferred to your hotel in Guilin. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at Guilin Zizhou Panorama Resort (boutique hotel)

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Day 6 : Li River Cruise (Breakfast + Lunch)

This day you will truly savor Guilin, China’s most rustic city in the southwest. After breakfast transfer to Guilin pier and board the luxury river cruise and start your  cruising tour along one of China’s most beautiful landscapes – the Li River from Guilin   to Yangshuo. You will enjoy the picturesque mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank. Enjoy your lunch on board and early in the afternoon you will disembark at Yangshuo Dock. Take a leisure walking on the famous West Street in Yangshuo town. Set amid limestone pinnacles, Yangshuo is a small town over 1,000 years old, built during the Sui Dynasty (590 A .D.). It is famous for its spectacular scenery of hills and rivers. This afternoon you shall take a Chinese cookery lesson. This class begins at the local market where ingredients for the dishes are chosen by students. Back at a covered, rooftop patio- classroom, you have an opportunity to learn three dishes and enjoy the dishes cooked by yourself. In the early evening, walk to Li River to watch and photograph cormorants catching fish on a tiny fishing boat. Overnight at Yangshuo Resort Hotel (river view room)

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Day 7 : Yangshuo (Breakfast + Lunch)

Walk up and climb Xianggongshan Hill for the spectacular sunrise over the splendid limestone landscapes in Yangshuo. Standing on the hill top, you could enjoy a superb view of the Li River below (Hill climb shall be replaced by one hour Chinese Kungfu/Taichi learning with a professional instructor if the weather is not good for sunrise). This morning you will have a bicycle tour to discover the rustic landscapes of Yangshuo. The bike tour includes a family visit on your way to the upper reach of Yulong River. Afterwards you  will take a bamboo rafting on the Yulong River. Many people regard this part of  scenery along the bamboo rafting as “Paradise”, the boat go through the peaceful river,  the rice paddy fields, water buffaloes and singing birds constitute a real world experience of “Alice in Wonderland”. Enjoy a good home cooked lunch in the village. Later in the afternoon drive back Guilin for the night stay. Overnight at Jingguanming Lou Museum Hotel (boutique hotel)

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Day 8 : Guilin tour, fly to Kunming (Breakfast + Lunch)

After breakfast, you will visit the Reed Flute Cave. The Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) contains some of the most extraordinary underground scenery in all of China. The natural rock formations in the cave make up several scenes including “Primitive Forest”, “Crystal Palace”, and “Flower and Fruit Mountain”. While the multi-colored lighting may be annoying, the caves are really quite impressive. Then you will visit the Elephant Trunk Hill, which is much like a giant elephant stretching out his nose to drink from the river. In the afternoon transfer to airport and take your flight to Kunming, the provincial capital city of Yunnan Province that has been acclaimed as the “Eternal Spring City” due to its pleasured subtropical weather year around. Dinner served at a local restaurant with local Yunnan flavors. Overnight at InterContinental Kunming

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Day 9 : Kunming – Yunyang (Breakfast + Lunch)

Enjoy your continental buffet breakfast at your hotel. Meet with your private guide and driver who shall escort and transfer you exploring of a local Flower and Bird Market. Then leave for Yuanyang, renowned for its rice terraces, which claim as the world’s largest and most spectacular one, crafted out by bare hands by the Hani people one thousand years ago and is still in use today. The Hani minority in Yuanyang has been  renowned for  creating a harmony between man and nature in the village, forest, river and terraced paddies. Here, fields are terraced from the foot of the mountains onto the very top. Later this afternoon enjoy a beautiful sunset at the famous Terraced-Fields of Laohuzhui (Tiger Mouth). Overnight at local best Yuanyang Yunti Hotel (3-star plus)

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Day 10 : Yunyang (Breakfast + Lunch)

Transfer to enjoy Duoyishu rice terrace. Duoyishu is one of the major terraced-field areas applying for World Cultural Heritage. A visit of the Shengcun market is possible to combine itself in a half day tour with sunrise of Duoyishu Rice Terraces. Shengcun Market is on Sheep, Pig and Rabbit days. Shengcun market is bustling during the market days. Alongside the main streets of Shengcun are filled with local merchandise. The Yi and Hani minorities come from the whole region no matter for sell, exchange or buy various kinds  of fresh products, animals and trifles. Meanwhile, the Yi and Hani minority women always dress their traditional clothing. A Shengcun market day is therefore a true color festival. Hike from Shengcun to Ai Cun, through lovely paddy fields and meet local Hani and Yi people. Overnight at local best Yuanyang Yunti Hotel (3-star plus)

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Day 11 : Kunming – Chengdu (Breakfast + Lunch)

Leave in the morning for Kunming. Stop to visit a Mongol Village. Upon arrival Kunming, stroll through the idyllic Green Lake Park, a popular gathering point for the local population, to see the locals practice Tai Chi, show off their birds and enjoy social dancing. In the afternoon, fly to Chengdu and enjoy a free evening at the top-notch St.Regis. The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu

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Day 12 : Chengdu (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

You will have some leisure time in the morning until you meet your guide and driver. You will be transferred to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding that is situated in the north suburbs of Chengdu. About 50 pandas live in the semi-natural environment in this base, where you can not only see the giant pandas closely but also  will learn more knowledge about this rare animal by visiting Giant Panda Museum and watching panda films. Then get back town to enjoy a leisure tea time at a lovely local teahouse at the Wenshu Temple. Don’t miss the night ritual ceremony by the Buddhist monks at the Temple. Enjoy a nice dinner served with real good Sichuan food at the Old Club Restaurant. Overnight at The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu

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Day 13 : Chengdu departure (Breakfast)

Free until check out and transferred to Chengdu Airport for your departure flight home. End of your unforgettable Splendid China Journey.

Hotels Splendid China Journey:

Price includes the following items/services:

  • 12N (N=overnight) accommodation at well selected deluxe/boutique 3-5 star hotels based on two persons sharing one standard double/twin room as stated;
  • Daily meals service as specified: B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner (B served at hotel/or at local restaurants, L/D are arranged at local restaurants outside hotel with good quality food mixture of local Chinese cuisines (Western food is available in bigger towns upon request);
  • All ground transfers by safe and licensed tour vehicle with cozy and comfortable space on private basis (from 7-seater vehicle to 23 seated mini-bus according to group size, with A/C);
  • All guided tours, excursions, activities, overland trips, and sightseeing tickets/ admission fess when applicable as stated in the above program;
  • Services of informed English speaking local guide in each city;
  • Airport pick up and drop off services along with English speaking guide on private basis (roundtrip);
  • All governmental taxes and ground operation fees;
  • Intra China airfare with airport tax: Beijing – Xi’an – Guilin – Kunming – Chengdu (economy class);
  • Chinese Tourist Visa

Price excluded:

  1. Chinese Visa
  2. International flights to Beijing and from Chengdu,
  3. Tips and gratuities to guide and
  4. Personal
  5. Additional photo charge at culture monuments/temples if
  6. International travel
  7. Services not mentioned in the itinerary
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