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14-Day China Classic Tour of Shanghai, Zhangjiajie, Kaili, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Kunming

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Overview:

Hunan Province in central China and Yunnan and Guizhou in southwest China are considered to be the three most desolate regions in China. Here you can see extraordinary natural landscape – karst, snow mountains, canyons, etc., and experience exotic atmosphere and unique national culture. You will start your journey in Shanghai and then explore the world of Avatar in Zhangjiajie. Afterwards, you will take the high-speed rail to Kaili, the ethnic cultural center of Guizhou. The last part of your trip was the Yunnan exploration. You will visit the ancient city of the Old Town of Lijiang, hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge, discover the land of Shangri La, and end your trip in Kunming, the Spring City.

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Code

CHN14D13N-SZKLSK-928

Duration

14 Days/ 13 Nights
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Itinerary

Day 1Shanghai Arrival

Attractions: No
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Shanghai

Welcome to Shanghai! After retrieving your luggage.Our guide will wait at the airport, holding a sign with your name on it. After a warm greeting, you will be taken to the hotel we have booked for you, which have prefect infrastructure.The rest of the day is at your disposal, you can take a warm rest or explore this city on your own.

 

Day 2Shanghai

Attractions: Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai World Financial Center, Nanjing Road, the Bund
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Shanghai

After breakfast, we will pick you up at your hotel lobby at the specified time. Today, the first stop is to visit Shanghai Museum, the fourth largest museum in China. Enter the “Heaven and Earth” and admire more than 120,000 precious Chinese historical and artistic relics.

Afterwards, we will take you to Yuyuan Garden, one of the more characteristic of all the ancient Chinese gardens in Jiangnan. Adjacent to the garden is the Yuyuan Bazaar, where you can taste delicious local snacks and explore exquisite traditional Chinese handicrafts and artworks.

Next,you will have a tour of the Shanghai World Financial Center – the most charming landmark of Shanghai. And then, go for shopping in Nanjing Road – the earliest commercial street in Shanghai, and have a leisure walk along the Bund – known as a group of building famous as “a Gallery of world architecture”.

 

 

Day 3Shanghai-Zhangjiajie

Attractions: Zhujiajiao Water Town
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Zhangjiajie

After breakfast, an hour’s drive will take you away from the city’s hustle and bustle and you’ll visit Zhujiajiao Water Town which is known as the “Venice of Shanghai”.

In the afternoon, drive back to Shanghai to catch your flight to Zhangjiajie. Upon your arrival, your private tour guide and driver will pick you up at Zhangjiajie Airport, and transfer you to check in your hotel in downtown. 

 

Day 4Zhangjiajie

Attractions: Huangshi Village, Golden Whip Stream, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Zhangjiajie

Today, our tour guide and driver will welcome you and start your exciting journey to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. You will first take a cable car to Huangshi Village and enjoy the wide forest park on the mountaintop. It enjoys a flat and spacious visual environment and is the largest natural viewing platform to date. Take the cable car down.

Later, change your perspective and explore the famous Golden Whip Stream deep in the valley. This 7.5 kilometer long stream is one of the most beautiful places in the entire forest park area.

Afterwards, take a sightseeing bus to leave the park and head to the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, which takes about 40 minutes by car. Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge is the longest and tallest glass bottom bridge in the world to date, with a total length of 430 meters and a height of 400 meters above the deep valley.

Day 5Zhangjiajie

Attractions: Bailong Elevator, Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, Tianzi Mountain
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Zhangjiajie

On this day, visit Wulingyuan National Scenic Spot to learn more about the wonderful contents. Firstly, take the sightseeing bus to experience the Bailong Elevator, which is the fastest elevator in the world and also the highest outdoor elevator. Then, hike through multiple erupting water columns in the Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, opening up the mysterious “Pandora World”.

Appreciate the approximately 150 meter high Southern Heavenly Pillar, which is the true prototype that inspired the “Avatar Hallelujah Mountains”; Enjoy the best scenery at the Enchanting Terrace, with dozens to hundreds of beautiful stone peaks, similar to many nutritious bamboo shoots rising from the ground; In addition, please take a closer look at the unique World First Bridge, which is naturally built on a stone platform only 5 meters long, connecting two peaks together, forming a rare world wonder.
Then, take a sightseeing bus to visit Tianzi Mountain. I took the most attractive photos of the four wonders of Mount Tianzi there, including mist, moonlight, sunlight, and winter snow. Then take a sightseeing bus to leave Wulingyuan National Scenic Spot Park.

Day 6Zhangjiajie - Kaili

Attractions: No
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Kaili

On this day, you’ll take a fast train from Zhangjiajie to Kaili in Guizhou Province for about 9 hours.  Have a good rest.

Day 7Kaili - Xijiang

Attractions: Matang Gejia Village, Datang Miao Village, Upper Langde Miao Village
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Xijiang Miao Village

Today you will visit three amazing villages.
Matang Gejia Village is famous for its exquisite batik and embroidery techniques, which are listed as provincial-level intangible cultural heritage. The architecture and customs there are also very primitive.
Datang Miao Village is also known locally as Xinqiao Village. This tradition has been ongoing for over 600 years. The Miao people in short skirts built granaries on the water surface to prevent mice, mosquitoes, and fires, which is another highlight of the village.

Upper Langde Miao Village, named China Folk Art Village, is a very primitive local Miao village that still maintains the ancient way of life of the Miao people. Women here usually wear long skirts. Shanglangde Miao Village is famous for its hospitality.

After visiting Upper Langde Miao Village, drive about 25 kilometers to Xijiang Miao Village for accommodation.

Day 8Xijiang - Kaili - Kunming

Attractions: Xijiang Miao Village
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Kunming

After completing the exploration of Xijiang Miao Village in the morning, return to Kaili and catch the high-speed railway to Kunming

Day 9Kunming - Lijiang

Attractions: Lijiang Ancient Town, Sifang Street Square
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Lijiang

This morning, you will be escorted to take a high speed train from Kunming to Lijiang.
After a short rest, you’ll start the memorable Lijiang tour from Lijiang Ancient Town. Pay a visit to Ming-dynasty style Mufu Palace, the “Forbidden City” of Lijiang to know Tusi’s ruling history and appreciate Naxi people’s brilliant culture and fine arts. Then, wander through the old alleys, old bridges, featured shops and bars to Sifang Street Square, a mingling ground to enjoy lively atmosphere and unwind yourself.

Day 10Lijiang

Attractions: Yuhu Village, Former Residence of Joseph Rock, Baisha Village, Dongba Culture Museum, Black Dragon Pool Park
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Lijiang

Today, you will go to Yuhu Village at the foot of Yulong Snow Mountain. Then go to the Former Residence of Joseph Rock.

Afterwards, go to Baisha Village to admire the Baisha murals. Then, go to Shuhe Ancient Town, which is one of the earliest settlements of the Naxi ethnic group and a well preserved stop on the Tea Horse Road.

After that, you will be transferred to the Dongba Culture Museum, where over 10000 Dongba cultural relics showcased the mysterious Naxi Dongba culture. Stroll to Black Dragon Pool Park and enjoy the magnificent scenery and peaceful environment.

Day 11Lijiang - Shangri La

Attractions: The First Bend of the Yangtze River, Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge, Dukezong Old Town, Guishan Hill 
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Shangri-La 

Today, first drive about 52 kilometers from Lijiang to enjoy The First Bend of the Yangtze River. Subsequently, you will be transferred to one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world – Tiger Leaping Gorge. You will visit the most mature part – Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge.

After the hiking trip, you will take a car to Shangri La. Upon arrival, stay at the hotel and visit Dukezong Old Town to explore this earthly paradise. Climbing to the top of Guishan Hill offers a panoramic view of the endless snow capped mountains surrounding the pure land.

Day 12Shangri La

Attractions: Songzanlin Monastery, Pudacuo National Park, Shudu Lake, Bita Lake
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Shangri La

In the morning, you will drive about 5 kilometers to Songzanlin Monastery, known as the “Little Potala Palace”. The temple was established by the Fifth Dalai Lama in 1679.

Afterwards, drive about 27 kilometers to reach Pudacuo National Park. This 1300 square kilometer national park is the first in China to meet the standards of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Clockwise tour the scenic spot, immerse yourself in the lush green forest, where there are various animals and plants.

Walk along the plank path and enjoy the magnificent scenery of Shudu Lake. Bita Lake is the highest elevation lake in Yunnan and is known as the “Pearl of the Plateau”.

Day 13Shangri La - Kunming

Attractions: Western Hills, Green Lake Park
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Kunming

This morning, please escort you to the airport for a flight to Kunming, the Spring City of China.

After the break, you will start to visit Western Hills, which is called “Sleeping Beauty Hills”, looking like a beautiful young lady lying in the largest freshwater lake in Yunnan, known as “the pearl on the plateau”.

Afterwards, transfer to the most picturesque park in Kunming city – Green Lake Park. Here, you can share the joy of local people practicing Tai Chi, performing local operas, and other vibrant activities.

 

Day 14Kunming-Departure

Attractions: Stone Forest, Nuohei Village
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: No

After breakfast, drive 85 kilometers to the typical karst landform – Stone Forest. You feel like you’ve entered a ‘stone world’. Afterwards, drive for about 40 minutes to visit Nuohei Village, a typical Yi village with a history of over 600 years in Shilin County, known as the “most famous karst stone village”. After the tour, drive back to Kunming and be escorted to the airport or train station by plane/train to the next destination.

 

Price Includes

  • Local transportation with private vehicle and skilled driver
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Entrance fees as listed in the program
  • 13-night accommodation (3 or 4 or 5-star depends on yourself)
  • Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets
  • Meals
  • Gratuities(optional)
  • Any optional programs/activities
  • Any services not mentioned