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16-Day Hong Kong, Xiamen, Yunnan, Chengdu, and Shanghai Tour

Classic Yunnan and Xiamen Tulou Tour

Begin your journey in the vibrant metropolis of Hong Kong, then discover the coastal charm of Xiamen and the cultural richness of Kunming. Explore the ancient town of Dali, wander through the historic streets of Lijiang, and encounter adorable pandas in Chengdu. Immerse yourself in the ancient water town of Wuzhen and conclude your adventure in the modernity of Shanghai. This well-balanced itinerary offers an ideal mix of history, culture, and natural beauty.

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Tour 'Wow' Points

Discover the Hakka Architecture and Culture in the Earthern Buildings of Xiamen

Hakka Architecture

Embark on a Scenic Cruise on the Tranquil Erhai Lake

Erhai Lake

Experience the Charm of a Naxi Minority Village

Naxi Minority village

Experience Taking Care of a Cute Panda

make panda cakes

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Itinerary Quick Look

Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.

DAY 1 Hong Kong Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Hong Kong. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

DAY 2 Hong Kong to Macau | St. Paul, Mount Fortress

You'll be transported to the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry pier for a comfortable high-speed ferry ride to Macau. Begin your Macau adventure at the iconic Ruins of St. Paul, followed by visits to Mount Fortress, Section of the Old Wall, and Leal Senado Square. Immerse yourself in local culture and shop for unique produce at sidewalk stalls. Savor a simple set lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, your city sightseeing continues with visits to the historic A-Ma Temple and, if time allows, a famous casino for some entertainment.

DAY 3 Hong Kong to Xiamen | Victoria Peak

Your adventure begins with a visit to the iconic Victoria Peak, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city. As you ascend to the peak, enjoy a one-way trip on the Peak Tram, a fascinating 8-minute journey that provides a unique perspective of Hong Kong's impressive skyscrapers.

Next, delve into the rich maritime culture of Aberdeen, a world-renowned destination known for its fishing village traditions and delectable seafood. For an up-close encounter with this unique way of life, opt for a sampan ride (additional fee of HK$10–12).

Continue your exploration at Stanley Market, nestled near the picturesque beach. Once a quaint fishing village, Stanley Market now beckons with a diverse array of treasures, including Chinese-style artwork, luxurious silk fabrics, antiques, and plus-size clothing.

DAY 4 Xiamen to Nanjing| The Tianluokeng Tulou Clusters

Tianluokeng Tulou Clusters: Prepare for an enchanting journey as you depart from Xiamen towards the Tianluokeng Tulou Clusters. Located in the picturesque Shangban Village, Shuyang Town, these extraordinary earthen buildings are a testament to Hakka architecture and culture. Comprising four circular and one rectangular Tulou, Tianluokeng is not only well-preserved but also awe-inspiring. This unique village has earned its place among China's 'Famous Historic Cultural Villages' for its distinctive heritage.

DAY 5 Xiamen to Kunming | The Stone Forest

The Stone Forest: Discover the breathtaking natural wonder of the Stone Forest, located 90 km southeast of Kunming. This stunning karst landscape, formed over millions of years, showcases a variety of unique rock formations. As you explore, you'll be immersed in the rich culture of the Sani people who call this area home. Experience their captivating folk customs, adorned with vibrant embroidery and mesmerizing minority dances. The combination of these cultural elements with the breathtaking natural scenery is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Yuantong Temple: Immerse yourself in the history and spirituality of Kunming as you visit the magnificent Yuantong Temple. With a proud history of over 1,200 years, this temple stands as the largest in Kunming. In 1956, the temple hosted a grand ceremony to welcome and consecrate the Buddha's tooth, highlighting its significance in the Buddhist community. Recognized as one of the key Buddhist temples in China by the State Council, Yuantong Temple offers a serene and awe-inspiring experience.

DAY 6 Kunming to Dali | Ancient City of Dali

Ancient City of Dali: Immerse yourself in history as you explore the Ancient City of Dali. Wander through its charming streets, lined with traditional architecture and ancient city walls. Discover the rich cultural heritage of the Bai ethnic minority and visit historic landmarks that reflect the city's storied past.

Cruise on Erhai Lake: Embark on a scenic cruise on the tranquil Erhai Lake. Marvel at the stunning natural beauty surrounding this pristine body of water, with its crystal-clear waters and picturesque landscapes. Enjoy the fresh breeze as you soak in the serene atmosphere and capture unforgettable views.

Houses of Bai People in Xizhou: Journey to Xizhou, a Bai ethnic minority village renowned for its well-preserved traditional houses. Immerse yourself in the local culture as you explore these ancient dwellings, each showcasing exquisite Bai architectural styles and intricate designs. Engage with the friendly villagers and gain insights into their daily lives and unique customs.

DAY 7 Dali to Lijiang | Li Shui Jin Sha Show

Li Shui Jin Sha Show: Experience the captivating Li Shui Jin Sha Show, where the art forms of dance, painting, and hand writing come together to depict the magnificent geography of the Lijiang area. Delve into the rich ethnic customs of northwest Yunnan and the ancient cultural heritage of the NaXi people. This mesmerizing show embraces the essence of diverse ethnic groups and showcases their cultural images through various artistic expressions. Witness the fusion of tradition and innovation as the performance brings to life the vibrant costumes and the spirit of the nation.

DAY 8 Lijiang | The Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge: Explore one of the deepest and most breathtaking gorges, Tiger Leaping Gorge, located in Hutiaoxia Town. Just 105 kilometers away from Zhongdian/Shangri-La County, this natural wonder offers spectacular views. The best time to visit is during spring when melting snow causes the river to flow vigorously, creating a turbulent and awe-inspiring sight.

First Bend of the Yangtze River: Experience the picturesque beauty of the First Bend of the Yangtze River, surrounded by majestic mountains and intersecting rivers. This magnificent site, situated at an altitude of 1850 meters above sea level, serves as an important ferry connecting inland regions with the old trade route for tea and horses in Tibet. Marvel at the stunning scenery as you learn about the historical significance of this vibrant trade route.

DAY 9 Lijiang to Shangri La| The Baisha Village and Naxi Village

Baisha Murals at Baisha Village: Step back in time as you explore the mesmerizing Baisha Murals, a collection of ancient artworks painted over a thousand years ago. These murals beautifully portray the fusion of Han, Tibetan, and Naxi cultures, illustrating the life stories of Tibetan Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Take a leisurely walk through Baisha Village, immersing yourself in the local life and culture that has been preserved for generations.

The Black Dragon Pool: Discover the enchanting beauty of The Black Dragon Pool, a park named after the stunning pool it houses. Renowned for its picturesque scenery, the pool has earned its place among the Collections of Famous Pools of China. Immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of the park, surrounded by lush greenery and breathtaking views.

Naxi Village: Experience the charm of a Naxi Minority village as you visit Baisha Village, located approximately 16 kilometers north of Lijiang City. This village holds significant historical importance as the birthplace of the "Tusi" (chieftain) of the Mu clan. Get a glimpse into the vibrant local culture by witnessing traditional song performances, unique to the Naxi community. The village proudly maintains its authenticity, revealing a glimpse of the past through its well-preserved old houses still occupied by locals. Arrange for an immersive family visit in advance to truly immerse yourself in the local traditions and hospitality.

DAY 10 Shangri La | The Songzanlin Lamasery

Discover the Life of a Tibetan Lama: Embark on a fascinating journey to uncover the intriguing world of Tibetan lamas. Immerse yourself in their daily lives, traditions, and spiritual practices. Gain deeper insights into their philosophy and experience the unique Tibetan culture firsthand.

Songzanlin Lamasery: Visit the magnificent Songzanlin Lamasery, often referred to as the Little Potala Palace. Marvel at its grandeur, intricate Tibetan architecture, and vibrant prayer halls. Explore the monastery's sacred grounds, immerse yourself in Tibetan Buddhist rituals, and discover the profound cultural significance of this revered religious site.

DAY 11 Shangri La to Chengdu | The Pudacuo National Park

Pudacuo National Park: Venture into the natural wonders of Pudacuo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Traverse its lush forests, pristine lakes, and stunning alpine landscapes. Observe a diverse array of flora and fauna, including rare and endemic species. Experience the tranquility of this protected area and be captivated by its breathtaking beauty.

DAY 12 Chengdu| The Panda Breeding and Research Center

Embark on an unforgettable journey in Chengdu with our one-day tour. Start by visiting the Panda Breeding and Research Center, where you'll witness the highly successful breeding program amidst bamboo groves. Explore the panda museum to learn more about these fascinating animals. Afterwards, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Jinli Old Street, sampling local snacks and discovering traditional architecture.

Don't miss the chance to visit the iconic "I Am Here" Panda Sculpture, a massive art installation that has become a trendy landmark. Indulge in the unique experience of Panda Post, where you can purchase panda-themed items and even mail a postcard to your future self.

End your day with a sizzling culinary adventure by trying the famous Sichuan Hotpot. Let your taste buds be tantalized by the numbingly spicy flavors of this traditional Chengdu cuisine. Our knowledgeable guide will be there every step of the way, ensuring you make the most of your trip. Prepare for an enchanting journey filled with giant pandas, cultural delights, and unforgettable experiences.

DAY 13 Chengdu to Shanghai | Wu Hou Temple

Wu Hou Temple: Step into history at Wu Hou Temple, a serene sanctuary dedicated to Zhuge Liang, the revered military strategist celebrated in "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms." Surrounded by peaceful gardens, this complex offers insights into Zhuge Liang's life and legacy. Explore halls honoring him and his emperor, Liu Bei, view impressive statues, and visit a small museum. The iconic red wall leading to Liu Bei's tomb adds to the charm.

Wenshu Monastery:Discover the tranquility of Wenshu Monastery, a vast Zen Buddhist temple with a lively atmosphere. Explore beautifully adorned halls showcasing artworks and statues. Don't miss the vegetarian restaurant and teahouses, where you can enjoy a meal or soak in the ambiance of devoted worshippers. Experience both serenity and vibrancy at this remarkable complex.

DAY 14 Shanghai to Wuzhen | Wuzhen Water Town

Explore the picturesque Wuzhen Water Town, divided into Dong Zha (East Area) and Xi Zha (West Area). Xi Zha showcases original architectural features like colonnades, bridges, balconies, and stone walls.

Indulge in a morning trip to Meijiawu Tea Village, the birthplace of Dragon Well tea. Accompanied by a local tea specialist, you'll pick tea leaves and witness the stirring process. Immerse yourself in a traditional tea ceremony and enjoy tea-infused cuisine at a local restaurant tucked away in the tea plantation.

DAY 15 Shanghai | The Bund and Yuyuan Garden

Experience the captivating blend of traditional Chinese elements and modernity in Shanghai as you visit the iconic Bund. This famous waterfront area showcases the rich history and impressive skyline of this vibrant city. Marvel at the juxtaposition of historical landmarks and contemporary architecture. Immerse yourself in the bustling markets and stroll through the charming old streets.

For a deeper appreciation of Chinese garden art, don't miss the opportunity to visit Yuyuan Garden. Step into the enchanting Yuyuan Garden and dive into the refined world of Chinese garden art. Tranquil and meticulously designed, this beautiful garden captivates visitors with its ornate pavilions, elegant halls, and intricate landscapes. Experience the harmonious balance of nature and architecture as you explore this cultural gem.

DAY 16 Shanghai Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Shanghai Pudong Airport for departure with independentcar/van and guide.

Tour Price

FromUS4,000 p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling

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