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Shangri-La Highlights Tour with Chengdu Stopover

Shangri-La Highlights Tour with Chengdu Stopover - 14 Days

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Beijing - Xi’an - Chengdu - Lijiang - Shangri-La - Kunming - Shanghai
This tour features the distinctive Yunnan Province in Southwest China. In 14 days, this adventure brings you an ultimate travel experience that unfolds the most extraordinary natural landscape and cultural diversity. This tour also gives you a unique experience by walking on the Great Wall in Beijing, discovering the Terra-cotta Warriors in Xi’an, visiting the Giant Panda Breeding Center at Chengdu, and enjoying the view of the flourishing city of Shanghai.
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Day 1 Beijing

airport-hotel transfer in Beijing

Day 2 Beijing

breakfast, lunch
Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City , Temple of Heaven, a silk gift shop en route
The Tian’anmen Square is the world’s largest and renowned public square where many historical events once took place.
The Forbidden City (UNESCO) is the imperial place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ruled for nearly 500 years (1420-1911). Experience the architectural splendor of the palaces, ceremonial courtyards, and private quarters.
The Temple of Heaven (UNESCO), where ancient Chinese emperors made sacrifices to Heaven and prayed for bountiful harvests, demonstrates the supreme achievement of traditional Chinese architecture.

Good to know: Usually the guide service for a full day tour is about from 9:00 to 17:00, and the evening time is on your own. If needed, your guide is happy to offer some tips or help you buy tickets for evening entertainment.

Ideas for leisure time: If you are interested in Chinese Kung Fu, the Legend of Kung Fu is a good choice for tonight. It is stunning Kung Fu show with a great story line and martial arts skills.

Day 3 Beijing

breakfast, lunch
Great Wall, Summer Palace , a cloisonné workshop en route
The Great Wall is one of the most spectacular structures ever built by humans and is the only one visible from space.
The Summer Palace (UNESCO) is the largest imperial garden in the world. Emperors of successive dynasties created a summer retreat of Chinese gardens and pavilions, around the tranquil waters of Kunming Lake.

Ideas for leisure time:

1. Enjoy the Peking Duck dinner at time-honored restaurant - Quanjude or Bianyifang. The duck is characteristic with its crispy skin, tender meat and the fragrance from the fruit-wood.

2. Watch a breathtaking acrobatic show at Chaoyang Theater or Tiandi Theater.

Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an (by bullet train)

hotel - train station transfer in Beijing, train station - hotel transfer in Xi’an
breakfast

Day 5 Xi’an

breakfast, lunch
Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a ceramic & pottery workshop en route
The Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses (UNESCO) is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world. More than 6000 life-sized terra cotta warriors, archers, infantrymen, horses, and bronze chariots have silently guarded the tomb of China's First Emperor for over 2,200 years.
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a Tang Dynasty landmark, is a seven-story pagoda initially constructed in 652 AD. One of the pagoda's many functions is to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler - Xuanzang.

Ideas for leisure time: Enjoy a tasteful Dumpling Banquet followed by an exquisite traditional Tang Dynasty Show.

Good to know: If you have an extra day in Xi’an, you could explore the Mount Hua and get impressed of its unique natural beauty. Or to take a day trip to Luoyang by bullet train and visit the Longmen Grottoes, one of the Three Most Famous Buddhist Grottoes in China.

Day 6 Xi’an - Chengdu (by air)

airport transfer in Xi’an, airport - hotel transfer in Chengdu
breakfast, lunch
Ancient City Wall
The Ancient City Wall is one of the oldest city walls in China and still encompasses the center of Xi'an today.

Day 7 Chengdu - Lijiang (by air)

airport transfer in Chengdu, airport to hotel transfer in Lijiang
breakfast, lunch
Giant Panda Breeding Research Center, Jinli Ancient Street
The Giant Panda Breeding Research Center is a massive ecological and zoological park offers a wonderful chance to get face-to-face with China's national treasure. There is also a panda museum that has detailed exhibitions on panda evolution, habits, habitats and conservation efforts.
The Jinli Ancient Street, decorated with tea-houses and boutiques on both sides, used to be one of the busiest commercial streets during the Shu Kingdom. The wooden steles and the brick-walls exhibit the ancient charm of the city.

Day 8 Lijiang

breakfast, lunch
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Murals in Baisha Village, Old Town of Lijiang
The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a famous for a magnificent view of the glacieris. The snow-covered mountain resembles a jade dragon lying in the clouds, hence the name.
The Baisha Village is one of the oldest towns in Lijiang as well as one of the earliest communities of the Naxi ethnic group. The 44 pieces of ancient murals there were carved in the early Ming Dynasty.
The Old Town of Lijiang (UNESCO) is one of the best-preserved ancient towns in China and is famous for its distinctive Naxi culture and ancient buildings.

Day 9 Lijiang – Shangri-La (by automobile)

private transfer from Lijiang to Shangri-La
breakfast, lunch
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Located 60 kilometres north of Lijiang City, the Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world. Following an ancient trek, you will enjoy a magnificent close-up view of sharp cliffs and roaring water.

Day 10 Shangri-La

breakfast, lunch
Ganden Songzanlin Monastery , Pudacuo National Park
The Ganden Songzanlin Monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhism monastery in Yunnan province. Built in the 17th century, during the reign of the Fifth Dalai Lama, it is often called ' the Little Potala Palace'.
The Pudacuo National Park is notable as the first national park in China to meet International Union for Conservation of Nature standards. It incorporates the Bita Lake and the Duhu Scenic Area, and holds the stunning view of three parallel rivers and dense deciduous forests.

Day 11 Shangri-La – Kunming (by air)

hotel - airport transfer in Shangri-la; airport transfer in Kunming
breakfast, lunch
Stone Forest
The Stone Forest (UNESCO) is a typical Karst landscape formed some 270 million years ago. This geological wonder consists of limestone cliffs and peaks that have weathered into various shapes since their formation beneath the sea.

Day 12 Kunming - Shanghai (by air)

hotel - airport transfer in Kunming, airport - hotel transfer in Shanghai
breakfast

Ideas for leisure time:

If you arrives at early afternoon and have no plans, you could take an optional trip to Zhujiajiao. With a history of 1700 years, this is an ancient water town prized for its lovely rivers, stone bridges, and historical buildings.

Day 13 Shanghai

breakfast, lunch
Yu Garden, Jade Budda Temple, Shanghai Museum, Bund, a local gift shop en route
Owing to its ingenious design in Ming and Qing dynasties, the Yu Garden becomes a real museum of Chinese ancient architecture.
The Jade Budda Temple is famous for its two precious jade buddha statues brought from Burma, which are not only rare cultural relics but also exquisite artworks.
The Shanghai Museum has a collection of 120,000 pieces of Chinese ancient treasures.
The Bund,featured outstanding European colonial architectures, is fulled of new skyscrapers and historical buildings in the center of Shanghai.

Ideas for leisure time:

1. Acrobatic Shows in Shanghai are known as the best in China. You can never imagine how exciting the show is.

2.Or you could take a Huangpu River Night Cruise which is the perfect way to enjoy the gorgeous night view of Shanghai.

Day 14 Shanghai

hotel - airport transfer in Shanghai
breakfast

Service ends.

Tour Includes :

- Private tour guide

- Private air-conditioned car or coach

- Land transfers between airport or train station and hotel

- First entrance tickets as listed

- Chinese lunch as listed

- Centrally located hotels with breakfast

- Domestic flight tickets with taxes and train ticket (2nd class seat) as listed

- Service charge & government taxes

Tour Excludes :

- International flight

- Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, phone bills, optional activities

- Tips for guides and drivers

- China Visa

- Travel insurance

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