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21-Day Beijing, Taian, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo, Xian, Yichang, Yangtze, Chongqing and Lhasa Tour

Destinations: 21-Day Beijing, Taian, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo, Xian, Yichang, Yangtze, Chongqing and Lhasa Tour
Suggested Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Beijing, Flight not included

Airport Transfer: Your tour guide, driver and car will meet you at the airport and transfer to hotel for check-in.

Stay connected: A Free SIM Card Wi-Fi Rental

 
Day 2: Beijing: The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The People's Congress Hall, Hutong Tour in Xicheng District
beijing peoples congress hall

Tian'anmen Square is the largest city square in the centre of Beijing, named after the Tiananmen (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace) which sits to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several key events in Chinese history. As the world's largest city square and enduring symbol of China's national pride, it is surrounded by many imposing buildings including the Heavenly Gate (entry to the Forbidden City), Museums, government buildings and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum.

The Great Hall of the People was built by Chinese people in 1959 and is included in the list of Ten Top Constructions in Beijing. Located in the west of the Tiananmen Square, the Great Hall of the People is sublime and rich in traditional taste. It is the political hub of Beijing and home of the National People's Congress. Every year in March, the National People's Congress (NPC) meet and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (SCPCC) are held here.

The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors between 1368 and 1911.This "city within a city" is a World Heritage Site, and is the largest and the best preserved ancient imperial architecture complex in the world, with great square, halls and gates contrast with intricate halls, gardens, courtyards and quarters. The exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, are all important treasures of ancient China.

Hutong is a maze of historic alleyways with old single storey traditional courtyard houses, which are now fast disappearing. In this one hour tour, you can hop on a rickshaw to ride through the narrow alleys as well as visit a local family then walk on the Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Bridge) and find out about the different thresholds of the courtyards.

 
Day 3: Beijing to Taian by Train No. G153 (Beijing South Railway Station) Dep 16:15 - Arr 18:12; Mutianyu Great Wall, Changling tomb
beijing mutianyu section of great wall

Mutianyu Great Wall is less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a about 2.5 hours' drive from downtown Beijing. A cable car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. You can return by cable car, walk down or walk along the wall for about an hour to descend by chairlift. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.Changling Tomb is the tomb of emperor Yongle,the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty whose personal name was Zhu Di, and of his empress. Built in 1413, the mausoleum extends over an area of 100,000 square meters and is the principal and best preserved mausoleum among thirteen mausoleums. There are color paintings on the ceiling and golden brick paved earth, which all added magnificent atmosphere to the palace.

 
Day 4: Tai'an: Mount Tai Tourist Attraction, Dai Temple
taishan mountain taian

Mount Tai lies in the territory of Tai'an of Shandong province. Mount Tai is the first mountain of the Five most famous Mountains in China. The best time for touring around Mount Tai is April to November. If you want to enjoy the sunrise, the best time is autumn.

It is a chanllenging climb up to the Tai Mountain. Here you have the option of taking the Cable car or taking the vehicle, instead of climbing more than 1,600 steps to the peak and enjoy a bird's eye view of the mountain.

First built in Han Dynasty, Dai Temple is the largest and most completed ancient building complex of Mount Tai. Emperors of the past dynasties held celebrations in the temple to worship heaven and earth, and sacrificed to the God of the mountain.Besides, it was also the first stop for the pilgrims on their way to the Tai Mountain.

 
Day 5: Taian to Shanghai by Train No. G105 (Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station) Dep 09:31 - Arr 13:07; Yuyuan Garden, Yuyuan Market
yuyuan garden shanghai

Yuyuan Garden is located in the center of Shanghai old quarters. It was a private garden built in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty, with typical Chinese classic architecture and style. The complex covers an area of 2 hectares, with rockeries, pavilions, ponds and corridors. Yuyuan Garden is surrounding by a busy market place, where visitors can find everything from popular local snacks, handicrafts, antiques and souvenirs to some famous time-honored restaurants.

Located next to the Yuyuan Garden and also known today as the City God Temple, it was built in the fifteenth century during the Ming Dynasty. The City God Temple is a Taoist temple which is composed of many halls such as the Grand Hall, Middle Hall, Bedroom Palace, Star Gods Hall and etc. The City God Temple has a great influence on the residents of Shanghai. The religious festivals of the temple are considered to be festivals for all Shanghai people.

 
Day 6: Shanghai: Jing'an Temple, An In Depth Visit to Shanghai Old Alleys, Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Jing'an Temple was built in 247, it is the oldest temple in Shanghai. Jing An Temple is a famous Buddhist temple of a long history.

Experience the real life of the Shanghainese by taking an in-depth visit to Shanghai old valleys. Enjoy a lunch and chat with locals in their home. Visit the local market and even learn how to speak Shanghainese.

Oriental Pearl TV Toweris one of the tallest TV towers in the world, known for its distinctive spheres, or "pearls". It stands across the river from the Bund, among the exciting architecture of the east bank. On a rare clear day you can see to the mouth of the Yangtze, but even in normal conditions there are great views of Shanghai's dramatic cityscape. The Shanghai History Museum is Located now just below the Oriental TV Tower at Pudong New Area. It was formally opened to the public on July 1, 2000. There you can see the three major exhibition units reflecting Shanghai's history, modern and recent revolutionary history respectively.

 
Day 7: Shanghai to Hangzhou by Train No. D5663 (Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station - Hangzhou Railway Station) Dep 15:22 - Arr 16:46; Zhujiajiao Water Town, Zhujiajiao Cruise

Shaped like a fan, Zhujiajiao Water Town has hundreds of years of history. Thousands of examples of Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty architecture lie on the sides of the lakes and the 36 stone bridges retain their ancient style. The tour includes eight attractions: Tongtianhe (an ancient pharmacy), the historic Post Office, Yanyitang Art Gallery, the Chenghuang Temple, Shanghai Handicraft Exhibition Hall, Shanghai Quanhua Art Gallery, Yuanjin Temple and Kezhi Garden. Take a relaxing cruise on the river through the ancient town for about 20 minutes.

 
Day 8: Hangzhou: The West Lake(including the Island on the lake), Lingyin Temple, Six Harmonies Pagoda
hangzhou west lake three pools mirroring the moon

The West Lake has an area of 5.6 square kilometers (2.2 square miles) and is the symbol of Hangzhou which lies on its banks and is a place of tranquility. A visit to Fairy Island is worth it to see on of the Ten Best Views of West Lake - Three Pools Mirroring the Moon. The occasional pagoda and Chinese-style arched bridges add atmosphere to the tree-lined walkways, verdant islands and hills make West Lake a very special part of any China experience.

As one of the most important and wealthiest Buddhist temples in China, Lingyin Temple boasts plenty of pagodas and Buddhist grottoes.

During the Eastern Jin Dynasty in 328 AD, Hui Li, a monk from India brought Buddhism to this area and founded this temple. At that time, nine multi-storey buildings, 8 pavilions, 72 halls and more than 1,300 dormitory rooms had made up this temple, and it was the national worship center.

Six Harmonies Pagoda is located on the north bank of the Qiantang River in the south of Hangzhou City. The Liuhe Pagoda is one of the famous ancient pagodas in our country and forms the wonderful sceneries of Hangzhou together with "the ten sceneries of the West Lake". Highly erected by the Qiantang River and to the south of the West Lake, it is a perfect symbol of brick-and-wood structure built in the ancient China. It was first built in 970 AD in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). The name "six harmonies" comes from the six Buddhist ordinances, meaning "harmonies of the heaven, earth, east, west, south and north"

 
Day 9: Hangzhou to Guilin Flight: Seven Star Park, Seven Star Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill
Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill

Situated on the eastern side of the Li River, Seven Star Park is the biggest park inside Guilin city. Its takes its name from Seven Star Hill which consists of seven peaks which are said to resemble the star pattern of the Ursa Major (Big Dipper) constellation. Attractions in the park include Flowers Bridge, Camel Hill and much more. The Panda House features a number of beautiful pandas.

Seven Star Cave has three layers - the highest lies roughly 8-12 meters higher than the middle layer, but the latter has splendid scenic spots. The 1,000 meter long tunnel of the cave is a gallery of stalactites and stalagmites of the most spectacular shapes and forms.

Elephant Trunk Hill is located at the junction of Li River and Peach Blossom River. It is the symbol of Guilin with 55 meters high and got its name because its shape resembles an elephant with its trunk drinking from the Li River. The hill is pierced with many caves and topped with a small pagoda.

 
Day 10: Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, Yangshuo Countryside Cycling
li river guilin

A cruise along the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo is an unforgettable experience. As you take in the stunning scenery, there's something interesting to see at almost every bend in the river. Between spectacular limestone peaks you'll see graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, and lumbering water buffaloes pulling carts or cooling off in the river. You may see fishermen gliding along on their narrow bamboo rafts, and if you're very lucky you might see one of the famous fishing cormorants. Boats depart from various wharves, according to the height of the river at different times of the year. The cruise will arrive at Yangshuo pier near the bustling West Street.

Experience the hustle & bustle of the Yangshuo traffic for 10 minutes before you escape onto the country roads, lanes and tracks of the distinctive and beautiful Yangshuo countryside. Biking alongside the paddy field and orchards that surround the famous mountains will give a fascinating insight into life in rural China. You will have a family visit on the half way. It is an opportunity to see a real country life and talk to the local farmers.

 
Day 11: Private Transfer from Yangshuo to Guilin; Tai Chi Experience in Yangshuo

Tai chi is an internal martial art system which places emphasis on the development and control of Chi (Consciousness) energy within the body. Today, you will be able to practice Taiji in a park with a mountain backdrop. Your teacher will share some basic skills as an introduction to the art.

 
Day 12: Guilin to Xian Flight; Shaanxi History Museum, Xian City Wall with Bicycle
ancient city wall of xian

The history of Shaanxi is said to be the history of China, and Shaanxi History Museum is quite simply one of the nation's best. Four major galleries in large, Tang-style buildings house a vast and impressive collection, beautifully displayed. Most of the item labels are in English, although some other information on the exhibitions is not, but your guide can help here. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

The walls, ramparts, gates and watchtowers form one of the oldest and most complete city defenses still around. Built in the 13th century on the foundations of the original Tang Forbidden City surrounding the city centre, Xian City Wall is a major landmark, and the best preserved, as well as the oldest and largest of the city defense systems in China. We operate this with bicycle. If the weather is not good for biking on the city wall, we will substitute a visit to the Bell Tower. Your guide will be very glad to take you the Bell Tower after you have been to look at the city wall.

 
Day 13: Xian: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda
xian terracoraacotta warriors and horses army

The Terracotta Warriors and Horses was discovered accidentally in 1974. This incredible army of over 7000 soldiers, archers, horses and chariots in full battle array has guarded Emperor Qin's tomb since 210BC. Each figure is unique, and the painstaking repair and excavation continues in 3 pits which are protected inside huge hangars. 1.5 hours from Xian, there is also an excellent museum and film about the history of the vaults. Photos (no flash) are allowed. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a major Buddhist site, the simple, elegant brick Pagoda stands in the grounds of the attractive Da Ci'en Temple. The Pagoda was built in the 7th century to house the Buddhist materials that Xuanzang (Tripitaka) brought back from his epic journey to India. The Temple complex has several large halls with some great Buddhist statues and murals.

 
Day 14: Xian to Yichang Flight; Cruise Pier Transfer to Board Yangtze River Cruise
yangtze river cruise tour

Board the ship from 5:00pm to 10:00pm and the cruise departs Yichang at midnight. (Dinner is not included)

 
Day 15: Pass though Xiling Gorge; Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site; Pass through 5-steps ship locks; Captain's Welcome Banquet.
yangtze river three gorges dam

Three Gorges Dam, the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by man and it has been a dream for several generations of Chinese people. The construction of the dam formally began in 1994. The body of the dam has been completed in 2003, and the whole construction will be competed in 2009. It will be 2,335 meters long, 185 meters high, 18 meters wide on the top and 130 meters wide at the bottom.The tourists can get access to the top of the dam and enjoy different kinds of photo opportunities.

 
Day 16: Shore excursion to Shennong Stream; Optional Visit to White Emperor City (reference price: 260 yuan per person); Pass through Wu gorge and Qutang Gorge.

Shennong Stream is another tributary of the Yangtze River, and its fast-flowing, crystal clear water runs southwards through deep gorges. The stream races past large and small karst caves, flocks of swallows, sheer cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls, three-colored springs, rapids, the ancient plank path, a suspended coffin in the cliff, groups of ancient tombs and marvelous karst formations.

 
Day 17: Shore excurison to Fengdu Ghost City; Captain’s Farewell Banquet

Fengdu is where the devil lives, according to Chinese legend. They say that spirits go to heaven, and evil goes to Fengdu. The town is overlooked by Ming Shan Hill, home of Tianzi, the King of the Dead. The whole place has an eerie feel to it with deserted streets, tower blocks, empty shops and banks. The only people here are those who make a living from visiting cruise boats.

 
Day 18: Yangtze to Chongqing Cruise Pier Transfer; Chongqing to Lhasa Flight

Cruise pier Transfer (Chongqing), Airport Transfer (Chongqing), Airport Transfer (Lhasa)

 
Day 19: Lhasa: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
tibet potala palace

Potala Palace is the former winter home of the Dalai Lama, a vast, awe-inspiring maze of corridors and stairs leading through countless rooms of richly decorated statues, tombs, murals and antiques. You will climb past the White Palace into the Red Palace, where the file of pilgrims offering silk scarves, coins or yak butter to burn in the shrines combine to make this an unforgettable experience. Note: you need to be fit for climbing up the long stairways.

Smaller and more manageable than the Potala, Jokhang Temple is a 4-storey, golden-roofed temple at the heart of a rich and living Tibetan Buddhism. Many locals pray here regularly; the Temple is surrounded by Barkhor Street and thronged with pilgrims and visitors. Yak butter lamps burn in front of rich statuary that includes the Sakyamuni Buddha brought to Tibet by Princess Wen Cheng in the 7th Century.

Barkhor Street was built about 1,300 years ago. The Barkhor (pilgrims' circuit) is found in the heart of Lhasa encircling the Jokhang Temple. In the past, it was a designated circumambulation circuit, "a saint's road" in the eyes of Tibetans. Many people call the Barkhor "the window of Tibet" as it exhibits typical Tibetan life. Watch the pilgrims, wearing their local dress from many different parts of Tibet, as they circle clockwise around Jokhang Temple with prayer wheels, or prostrate them near the front gate. Join the locals and visitors to shop for local goods at the colourful stalls, or relax in a coffee shop or tea house to enjoy the passing parade.

 
Day 20: Lhasa: Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery, Visit Tibetan Family
lhasa norbulingka

Drepung Monastery lies in west of Lhasa under Mt. Gambo Utse, clustered round by the black mountain, its white grand buildings shining under the sunlight. Built in 1416, it is considered as one of the largest monasteries in the six principle monasteries of Gelu Sect in China. Drepung Monastery used to be the living palace of Dalai Lamas before the reconstruction of Potala palace (after the 5th Dalai Lamas was bestowed by Qing emperor Qianlong). The grand Shonton Festival is held in the early part of August every year. That is the busiest day there with crowds of people. It is an opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of this festival.

Norbulingka means "Jeweled Garden". Constructed as a summer palace for the Dalai Lama, it later served the whole government administration. It was built by the 7th Dalai Lama and served both administrative and religious purposes.

Drive out through the countryside around Lhasa to one of the remaining rural villages. Life is hard here, mainly crop and stock; they sell the produce in Lhasa, with greenhouses on mud walls to extend the growing period. But the families are warm and friendly,and delighted to welcome you to their home, which usually includes several generations, and offer butter tea and a brief glimpse into a basic and traditional existence.

 
Day 21: Depart Lhasa, Flight not included

Hotel to airport Transfer (Lhasa)

 
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