Beijing-XI'an-Jiuzhaigou-Shangrila-Lijiang-Kunming 16 Days tourr
Day1, Arrive in Beijing
Today we will arrive in Beijing, the ancient capital of China with over thousand years' history. Receive a welcome from our guide and then transfer to hotel, and you also learn your first Chinese “ Nin Hao “ for greeting.
The Great Wall will be our first destination. As Chairman Mao has said: “Walk on the Great Wall, and to be a real man”. We will walk on this ancient stone stage on feet, and trace the ancient history of China through the old wall and mountains. In the afternoon, a visit to the Ming Tomb will be an interesting adventure for us, where we will see how the emperors desired for immortal. In the evening we will enjoy a delicious Chinese banquet with the well-known Beijing Roast Duck, and you will see how Chinese treat their food as arts.
Today we will explore the mysterious palace of Chinese emperors, the Forbidden City, which boasts having 9999 rooms and could be the biggest palace in the world. In the afternoon we will have a leisure walk in the emperors' royal garden, the Summer Palace. They tried to move all the best in the country to their private garden. And we will also walk around in the quiet and wide Heaven Temple, which is used to worship emperor's ancestors and pray for a harvest season.
In the morning transfer to the airport and fly to Xi'an, the capital of province Shaanxi. Picked up and transfer to visit the Museum of Terracotta Warriors. An inside museum has been built over these pits, covering a floor space of 20,000 square meters and displaying 8,000 life-size terracotta warriors, 100 or so chariots, and 30,000 weapons-an assemblage famed as the Eighth World Wonder and a world cultural heritage site. Besides, visit of Da Yan Ta (Big-Wild-Goose Pagoda), which was completed in 652.
Day5, Xi'an– Jiuzhaigou
In the morning visit of the old city area and its neighborhood, the Grand Mosque. Then visit the ancient city wall. The Xian City Wall is the best preserved, oldest and largest ancient city defense system in China. In the morning transfer to the airport and fly to Jiuzhaigou. (Nine-villages Valley), which is listed as a World Natural Heritage and reputed as a “fairyland” with its fantastic natural view. It is named after the nine Tibetan villages in the scenic area.
Walking and sightseeing the whole day in the three valleys of Jiuzhaigou (Nine-villages Valley). As the water, the “soul of Jiuzhaigou”, is pure and crystal-like and rich in colors, there is an adage saying that no water is worth your attention after your visit to Jiuzhaigou.
Day7, Jiuzhaigou – Huanglong - Chengdu
In the morning drive to visit the Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) Scenic Spot which is listed as a World Natural Heritage. Huanglong is marked by its low-temperature and highly calcified Karst landform, which forms numerous valuable colored ponds. In the afternoon transfer to the airport, flight to Chengdu, capital of province Sichuan, the home town of Panda. Picked up by the local guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day8, Chengdu – Shangrila
In the morning drive to Chengdu Giant Panda Base of Breeding and Research. Founded in 1985, today there are over 50 giant pandas living there. In the afternoon, we will enjoya walk at the Broad and Narrow Lane (Kuan Xiangzi and Zhai Xiangzi). It consist in 3 alleys: Kuan Alley, Zhai Alley, and Jing Alley. Experience the typical lifestyleof the old Chengdu. In the afternoon transfer to the airport, fly to Shangrila,Transfer to the Hotel.overnight in shangrila.
In the morning we will fly to Shangri-la. After a warm reception from local guide, then we will visit the Songtanlin Monastery. It is called Mini-Potala, and then you are free to explore this small but quiet Tibetan town in the afternoon. Night in local hotel.
Day10, Shangri-la Exploration
The Bitahai Lake and Napahai Lake are two pearls in this land. We will enjoy the beautiful lakes and virgin forest around. You may also make short time's riding or hiking around it.
Day11, Shangri-la - Lijiang
Drive to Lijiang in the morning, but we will visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge en route. The surging river of Jinsha River, also the upper part of Yangtze, jumps from the deep valley and makes thundering soaring. Arrive in Lijiang in the afternoon, and then we will relax in the old town of Lijiang. Do some shopping in the bazaar of Sifang Jie Street ( the square Street ).
There are many interesting places in Lijiang. But we will visit a Naxi village to explore the life of Naxi people. The village lived by American adventurer Joseph Rock in 19 century may be a good choice. Then we will visit pretty Black Dragon Park, also included the Naxi Ethnic Minority Museum. Enjoy a Naxi Musical Symphony in the evening.
Day13, Lijiang - Kunming
Fly to Kunming in the morning. Then we will drive to Stone Forest. It is world famous for its Karst geographical features. Here our guide will tell you the romantic tale of Asima. And we will also visit the bird and flower market in the city in the afternoon.
Day14, Kunming- Shanghai
In the morning we will visit the West Hill. Try to ascend the Golden Palace and Dragon gate to have a bird's eye view of the wide Dianci Lake. Fly to Shanghai in the afternoon.
Our tour continues with a visiting to Yu Garden, famous for its rock gardens, pavilions, halls and ponds. The Shanghai World Financial Center, a super tall skyscraper which reaches 492.3 meters and became the tallest structure on mainland China, including Hong Kong, as well as the world's third tallest building (including unfinished ones), after the Burj Dubai and Taipei 101.
In the morning we will go to airport,end the tour.