19D Quarterway of China

Join our 19D Quarterway of China tour, and marvel at the beauty of the country. From natural sights to man-made constructions, the markets and the food, everything will blow your mind in China.
Unlike others, we provide a non-shopping tour: we won’t waste time to do the compulsory factory shopping, which means more time for sightseeing and enjoying the beautiful places at an comfortable pace.

Route : Chengdu – Shangri La – Lijiang – Kunming – Zhangjiajie – Xi’an – Beijing

Highlights : Panda breeding center, Leshan Giant Buddha, Shangri La Old Town, Lijiang Ancient Town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Kunming Stone Forest, Xi’an Terracotta Museum, Beijing’s Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall

 

Day 1      Chengdu Arrival (No meals)

Pick up at Chengdu Airport, drop off hotel. Free program.

Day 2      Chengdu (B/L/-)

We will visit Chengdu Research Center of Giant Panda Breeding, where you can see the lovely Chinese pandas. The research center has been created and imitates the pandas’ natural habitat in order that they might have the best environment for living and breeding. Afterwards, we drive back to downtown for lunch. After lunch, we will visit Wenshu Temple, which was built during Tang Dynasty reign. Then we will visit People’s Park (Renmin gongyuan) and see the local had their leisure time in the afternoon. You also can see the local infamous “blind date corner”. Finally we will drive back to hotel and free time in the evening.

Day 3      Chengdu (B/L/-)

Pick up at your hotel at 9AM. Today we will visit  Leshan Giant Buddha, the biggest sitting Buddha sculpture at Lingyun Temple. The grand Buddha was completed in 803 of Tang Dynasty after 90 years of construction and enjoys the fame of the biggest sitting stone sculpture in the world with a 71-meter height. Carved on the cliff face, the sculpture is well designed with perfect balance and effective water drainage system. We will hop on a cruise to see Leshan Grand Buddha from below. After done, transfer back to Chengdu and visit Huanglongxi Ancient Town. Later that night, you can watch Sichuan Opera at Sichuan Theatre (optional – own expense).

Day 4      Chengdu – Shangri La (B/-/-) by flight

Free program until afternoon. By yourself, you can choose the visit Wanda Plaza, which is in walking distance from your hotel, visit Chunxi Road, going to Wide & Narrow Lane for some beer, or walk around at Jinli Ancient Streets, where you can taste different kinds of snacks there. After dinner time, transfer to Chengdu airport for flight to Shangri La. Upon arrival in Shangri La, check in hotel.

Day 5      Shangri La (B/L/-)

Free program for today. You can choose to have an optional tour to visit Pudacuo NP with the famous yak meadow and lake (optional – own expense). Instead, you can just have a stroll in Dukezong Ancient Town. You can see the daily life of the local Tibetan-Naxi people and shop at the local stalls. There’s also the Tibetan prayer wheel, which is the largest in the world, with 21 meters height and 60 tons weight. At night, you can watch and participate in Tibetan Dance, which held at the Moon Square every night.

Day 6      Shangri La – Lijiang (B/L/-)

We will leave from our hotel at 9AM. First stop of our trip today will be the Tiger Leaping Gorge, the world’s deepest river canyon, which originates from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Legend says that in order to escape from a hunter, a tiger jumped across the river at the narrowest point (still 25 meters wide), hence the name. Then we will continue the drive to Lijiang. Upon arrival in Lijiang, check in hotel inside Dayan Ancient Town.

Day 7      Lijiang (B/-/-)

Free program for today. By yourself, you can have a walk and explore Dayan Ancient Town, which was built during Song Dynasty, and visiting the Black Dragon Pool. If the weather is clear, you will be able to see the snowy peak of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the north. You have to stay active today to acclimatize before ascend to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain on the next day.

Day 8      Lijiang (B/L/-)

Today, you can enjoy the breathtaking show of Lijiang Impression show with the background of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (optional – own expense). After that, we will do a full day tour to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (including 2 way cable car to Glacier Park). Finally, we will head back to the hotel and call it a day.

Day 9      Lijiang – Kunming (B/-/-)

After checkout hotel, we will transfer to airport for flight to Kunming. Upon arrival in Kunming, check in hotel and free program.

Day 10    Kunming (B/L/-)

After breakfast, we will drive 90km to the south to Lunan county and visit Shilin Stone Forest. Due to a process of weathering and erosion, nature has created an art gallery of stone sculpture. Return to Kunming in the afternoon to visit Golden Temple. Located on top of Mingfeng (Singing Phoenix) Hill is the home of the Taoist Taihe Palace (Hall of Supreme Harmony), which is the largest copper temple in China.

Day 11    Kunming – Zhangjiajie (B/-/-)

After breakfast, we will transfer to airport for flight to Zhangjiajie. Upon arrival in Zhangjiajie, check in hotel and free program.

Day 12    Zhangjiajie (B/L/-)

Pick up at your hotel at 9AM. Today we will go to the northern part of Wulingyuan to visit Zhangjiajie National Park (Tianzi Mountain). We will use the cable car to Yuanjiajie to see Avatar Hallelujah Mountain, and get down with Bailong Lift. We will then head to Ten Miles Gallery to see the amazing stone range which has its own stories (including one way electric train). After done, we will take you back to the hotel. At night, you can choose to see the Charming Western Hunan Show (optional – own expense).

Day 13    Zhangjiajie (B/L/-)

Pick up hotel at 9AM. Then we will proceed to Tianmen Mountain (Heaven’s Gate Peak) (including cable car). Then we will try the suspended glass walkway and the ’99 Bends’ mountain road. After lunch, we will visit the Grand Canyon Glass Walk, the longest and highest glass bridge in the world ; hanging 300 meters above, this bridge shows you the great panorama of the whole canyon. After done, we will head back to the hotel for rest.

Day 14    Zhangjiajie – Xi’an (B/-/-) by flight

Free program until midnight to transfer to airport for flight to Xi’an. You can go back into Zhangjiajie National Park by yourself (entrance ticket will be valid for 4 days), and have a stroll to Yellow Stone Village. Upon arrival in Xi’an, check in hotel.

Day 15    Xi’an (B/-/-)

Pick up at around 9AM. Today we will have a full day tour visiting Terracotta Warriors and Horses guarding Emperor Qin’s tomb, which is the greatest archaeological findings of the century, and Xian Ancient City Wall, the only unique and intact city wall that has survived in China. It witnessed Xi’an’s history through the years. It is massive and tall, stretching about 14 kilometers long. After that we will visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which is also the symbol of Xi’an city. Our last stop will be at Bell and Drum Tower. After done, transfer back to hotel.

Day 16    Xi’an – Beijing (B/-/-)

After breakfast and check out hotel, we will transfer to Xi’an train station, for a bullet train ride to Beijing. Upon arrival, check in hotel and free program.

Day 17    Beijing (B/L/-)

Pick up at your hotel. Today we will visit Tian’anmen Square, the world’s largest public square. Explore the sites around the square with opportunities to take some amazing pictures. Next, we will go inside of Forbidden City, the largest Imperial Palace in the world. We’ll spend a couple of hours wandering around this amazing example of Imperial architecture and learning about the history of the palace. After lunch, we will drive to the outskirt of Beijing to visit Summer Palace, a summer resort for Imperial family members. After done, head back to hotel for a rest.

Day 18    Beijing(B/L/-)

Pick up at your hotel at 9AM go to Mutianyu Great Wall (1.5-2 hours drive). It is one of most famous and ideal sections of Great Wall in China. You will have your choice of taking the cable car or chair lift (included) up the breathtaking wall and spend 1 to 2 hours hiking up and down the various sections exploring the Watch Towers and marveling at the construction and beauty of the renown and legendary wall. You have the option to ride an exhilarating toboggan down or simply return the way you came. After lunch, we will then visit Temple of Heaven, the largest Imperial Palace of worship from ancient times. This special place becomes a park where the local community use the beautiful and enormous space for social activities such as singing, dancing and Tai Chi practice. To end the day, we will visit Wangfujing night market, where you can try and taste the Chinese local snacks.

Day 19    Beijing Departure (B/-/-)

Free time until transfer to airport for your flight back home.

  • Domestic flights and airport taxes (including 20kg checked luggage)
  • 18 nights hotel accommodation in local 4* and 5* hotels, based on twin/double bedroom
  • Air-conditioned van/car during tour and transfers
  • Tour and entrance fees to all objects as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals as scheduled above (B: brekafast, L: lunch, D: dinner)
  • English speaking guide
  • Daily mineral water
  • International air tickets
  • China visa (if needed)
  • Travel insurance
  • Compulsory tipping for guide and driver (amount will be stated in advance)
  • Personal expenses (phone card, minibar, laundry, etc.)
  • All optional tours mentioned or additional meals
  • All kinds of alcoholic drinks (beer, Smirnoff, etc.) and exotic drinks
  • Tipping for porter and bellboy
  • Comfortable clothing (cotton preferred)
  • Comfortable running/trekking shoes
  • Dry bag for your camera and gadgets
  • Personal Medication (including mosquito repellent and sunblock)
  • Cameras and enough memory (no worries if you don’t have enough.. we can send you the pics through email!)
  • Small plastic bags (please be a responsible traveler by not littering on the objects..)
  • Lots of smile.. 🙂
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