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Highlights of Southwest China Camper Tour

Highlights of Southwest China Camper Tour - 26 Days

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Beijing - Kunming - Jianshui - Yuanyang - Puzhehei - Jingxi - Chongzuo - Lipu - Yangshuo - Guilin - Longsheng - Libo - Kunming - Shanghai
Along this fantastic self-driving tour, you will experience picturesque nature sceneries and enjoy special ethnic culture in Yunnan, Guizhou, and Guangxi. World Natural and Cultural heritages along the way must leave you with unforgettable memories.
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Driving Route: Kunming – Jianshui – Yuanyang – Puzhehei – Jingxi – Chongzuo – Lipu – Yangshuo – Guiling - Longsheng - Libo - Shilin – Kunming

Best Time to Visit: October to early April

 

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Lunch/Dinner

Upon the arrival at Beijing Airport, the clients will meet our guide and transfer to the hotel. After lunch, you will have a tour of the Summer Palace. After the visit, enjoy Peking Duck dinner.

Overnight at a local hotel.

Day 2 Beijing

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast, visit the Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and traditional alleys - “Hutong”. Have lunch with local people at their home, enjoying the best authentic specialties. In the evening, admire Chinese Kung Fu or acrobatics.

Overnight at a local hotel.

Day 3 Beijing - Kunming (by flight)

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast, visit the Temple of Heaven. 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. After the visit, transfer to the airport and take the plane to Kunming. Upon the arrival at Kunming Airport, you will meet our guide and transfer to the hotel. After check-in, you may enjoy the rest of the day on your own.

Overnight at a local hotel.

Day 4 Kunming - Fuxian Lake (80km)

Breakfast

Apply for the driving permit in the morning. After lunch, take over the campervan and have a test drive to a local supermarket for shopping. Then drive to the Fuxian Lake. The Lake is dotted by several scenic spots around its edge. Among these tourist destinations, the Lake Park, to the north of the Park, distinguishes itself by providing the best place to admire the sunrise and sunset.

Parking at the Mingxing Yudong Campervan Camp

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 5 Fuxian Lake - Tuanshan Village (160 kilometers)

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The morning is free at leisure. After lunch, drive to the Tuanshan Village. Tuanshan Village, built in the Qing Dynasty, regarded as the Gem of Chinese Civil Houses. Visiting the village is like traveling to another China. Small, cobbled lanes and old women with bound feet blend leave you with impressions of timelessness, art, and architecture. It has been enlisted by the World Monuments Fund (WMF) as one of the 100 Most Endangered Places for the year of 2006. After arrival, you are free to explore the charm of the village on your own.

Park at local parking lots.

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 6 Tuanshan - Jianshui - Gejiu - Yuanyang (180 kilometers)

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After breakfast, drive to the Jianshui Confucius Temple and Zhu Family’s Garden. You are free to explore these visits on your own.

The Jianshui Confucius Temple, built in 1285, is the third largest one in China (the largest is in Qufu, Shandong Province and the second largest is in Beijing) and is an important cultural relic in Yunnan. Zhu Family’s Garden, a group of traditional residences, which enjoys a high reputation as “Grand View Garden in southern Yunnan”.

If weather permitting, you can drive to the Laohuzui Village (Tiger-Mouth Village) to admire the spectacular terrace landscape in the callow light of dusk.

Park at the Parking Lot of Yuanyang Terrace

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 7 Yuanyang

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Before the sun rises, drive to the Duoyishu Scenic Spot which is considered to be the best place to admire the picturesque Hani Terrace. You are free for the rest of the day.

Park at the Parking Lot of the Yuanyang Terrace

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 8 Yuanyang - Puzhehei (370 kilometers)

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Drive 370 kilometers to the “Fairyland on Earth” – Puzhehei. Puzhehei is a little water town surrounded by very unique karst landscape. It is the home to glimmering lakes, karst caves, wetland, loti, and migratory birds.

Park at the parking lot of the Puzhehei Tourist Area

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 9 Puzhehei

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In the morning, have a cruise on a local lake. The afternoon is free at leisure. If you like, you can go to the 10-kilometer-away Luoshui Cave by bike or by campervan.

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 10 Puzhehei - Jiuzhou, Jingxi (360 kilometers)

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In the morning, leave Puzhehei and head for the picturesque Jiuzhou Ancient Town in Jingxi of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Jiuzhou Ancient Town is home to both amazing natural scenery and many historical sites. You may have a better understanding of the Zhang people’s lifestyle here. You are free to explore the best of the ancient town on your own.

Park at the parking lot of the Ancient Town.

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 11 Jiuzhou - Detian Waterfall - Mingshi (120 kilometers)

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Drive by the Tongling Grand Canyon (you can visit if you like) to the transnational Detian Waterfall on the border of China and Vietnam. The Detian Waterfall, the world’s fourth largest waterfall, is over 200 meters wide and has a drop of more than 70 meters. Early in the morning, with any luck, you can see the beauty of the rainbow.

After the waterfall visit, drive to the nearby Mingshi Village. Every visitor, surrounded by green hills, clear waters, dotted cottages, can enjoy a moment away from the noisy world. Enjoy a cruise journey in the village.

Park at the Mingshi Countryside Parking Lot.

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 12 Mingshi - Chongzuo - Beihai (350 kilometers)

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In the morning, drive to the Shijinglin Scenic Spot of Chongzuo City. After the visit, travel to the offshore city Beihai, one of the starting nodes of the “Maritime Silk Road.”

Park at Beihai Silver Beach Camping Park

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 13 Beihai

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At 9:00 a.m., go to Weizhou Island by boat. In the afternoon, you can have yourself on the Beihai Silver Beach.

Park at Beihai Silver Beach Camping Park

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 14 Beihai - Guiping (280 kilometers)

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In the morning, drive to Guiping City in southeastern Guangxi. This picturesque city houses Longtan National Forest Park, Xishan Mountain Scenic Spot and so on.

Park at Xishanquan Camping Park

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 15 Guiping - Lipu - Yangshuo (260 kilometers)

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In the morning, visit the Tropic of Cancer in Guiping and then drive to Yangshuo City. Before arriving at Yangshuo, visit the Fengyu Cave(OPTIONAL). Fengyu Cave has diverse karst landscape features with the most notable being the stalactites and stalagmites that have grown here for centuries. The stalactites and stalagmites combined with artificial lighting of the cave result in a fascinating scene as one meanders through the cave. A boat ride will be necessary for the underground river section which runs a length of nearly 3 kilometers.

Park at BIGCAMP Yangshuo RV Camping Park

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 16 Yangshuo

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In the morning, take a cruise on the Lijiang River and then the time in the afternoon is yours. At night, you can enjoy a show or wander along the Western Street.

Park at BIGCAMP Yangshuo RV Camping Park

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 17 Yangshuo - Guilin - Longsheng (220 kilometers)

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In the morning, drive to the Longsheng. You may visit a Karst cave during the way if you like. The Elephant Trunk Hill is the landmark of Guilin's spectacular limestone karst hills. The shape of the hill is just like a huge elephant drinking water from the river with its trunk, hence the name.

Park at the parking lot of Longsheng Terrace

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 18 Longsheng - Libo (Guizhou Province) (370 kilometers)

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In the morning, if you like, visit Longsheng Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces. Longsheng is well known for its spectacular Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces. It is a beautiful place where the Zhuang and Yao ethnic people have lived for over the centuries. In the spring, when the terraces are full of water, they resemble irregular silver ladders; and in autumn, when the rice ripens, the mountains turn into golden waves. Afterwards, continue to drive to Libo.

Park at the Parking lot of the Daxiao Qikong Scenic Spot.

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 19 Libo

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In the morning, visit the Xiao Qikong Scenic Spot - a beautiful, over 100-year old bridge over calm waters, surrounded by lush, green forest. Some locals were fishing from their bamboo boats. After touring the park area, we went sightseeing in Xijiang Miao Nationality Village.

The rest of the day is yours.

Park at the parking lot of the Daxiao Qikong Scenic Spot.

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 20 Libo - Qingyan Ancient Town (Guiyang, Guizhou) (270 kilometers)

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In the morning, drive to the Qingyan Ancient Town, in Guiyang, the capital city of Guiyang. The Town is over 600 hundred years old and still retains its original form. Time-honored buildings in the village are characterized by majesty vigor and wonderful craftwork, which will make tourists acclaim as the peak of perfection.

Park at the parking lot of the town.

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 21 Qingyan Ancient Town - Xingyi (310 kilometers)

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In the morning, visit the Qingyan Ancient Town and then head for Xingyi City.

Park at the parking lot of the Wanfeng Lake Scenic Spot.

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 22 Xingyi

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Free at leisure. You may visit Wanfeng Lake and the Malinghe Valley.

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 23 Xingyi - Stone Forest - Kunming (290 kilometers)

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In the morning, drive to the Stone Forest, one of the world heritages. Stone Forest enjoys the fame as the World Geo-park named by UNESCO, and it’s the most typical Karst landform in the world.

Park at the parking lot of the Stone Forest Scenic Spot.

Overnight in the campervan.

Day 24 Stone Forest - Kunming (90 kilometers) - Shanghai (by flight)

Lunch/Dinner

In the morning, drive 90 kilometers back to Kunming. Upon arrival, take all your belongings and return the campervan. In the afternoon, take a flight to Shanghai. After arriving in Shanghai, enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant and then check in the hotel.

Overnight at a local hotel.

Day 25 Shanghai

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today, you will visit the Yu Garden, Shanghai Museum, and The Bund.

Yu Garden is the largest of Shanghai’s ancient gardens with Ming and Qing architectural styles. The Shanghai Museum ranks among the top 10 museums in China and has a collection of 120,000 pieces of Chinese ancient treasures. The Bund, featured outstanding European colonial architectures, is full of new skyscrapers and historical buildings in the center of Shanghai.

Day 26 Shanghai

Breakfast

Check out and transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.

Service ends.

Tour Includes :

1) Documents and approval for self-driving in China

2) China temporary driver's license

3) Campervan usage (including compulsory traffic insurance, fixed third party liability insurance)

4) 01 English-speaking guide service and 01 maintenance worker service

5) Bus service for city tour and airport transfers in Beijing, Kunming and Shanghai

6) Bus service for city tour in Dali and Lijiang

7) Entry tickets of the following attractions (Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Hutong, acrobatic or Kung fu performance, Yuanyang terraced field, Puzhehei, Detian Waterfall, Weizhou Island, Tropic of Cancer Sign Park, Shijinglin Scenic Spot of Chongzuo City, Li River Cruise, Xiao Qikong Scenic Spot, Qingyan Ancient Town, Shilin, Yu Garden)

8) Meals as listed in the schedule (excluding drinks, beverages)

9) 4 star hotel accommodations in Beijing, Kunming and Shanghai as listed (twin share basis, single room supplement will be additionally charged)

10) Night parking fee for campervans

11) Support vehicle

12) Beijing-Kunming-Shanghai domestic flight tickets

Tour Excludes :

1) International flight/trains

2) Campervan fuel charges, bridge tolls and parking fees along the route except at night

3) Meals that not listed

4) Entry tickets that not listed

5) Hotel accommodations that not listed

6) Travel insurance

7) Personal expense

8) Tips for tour guide and maintenance worker

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