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This 19 Days 20 Nights Private China Tour will focus on the incomparable beauty of Yunnan and Yangtze River. After a tour to royal-mannered Beijing, ancient Xian and picturesque Guilin, you will come to Yunnan this colorful land with abundant cultural and natural resources. Enjoy your visit to Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-la for their time-honored ethnic towns, grand snow mountains and well-preserved national park, you will then have a comfortable cruise on the mighty Yangtze River, a blend of natural beauty and human intellectual properties. End up your journey in Shanghai, this bustling commercial city of eastern China, but do not forget to reveal the inner beauty that hidden beneath the skyscrapers.

01Arrival BeijingBe transferred to the the hotel
02BeijingTiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
03BeijingMutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tombs
04Beijing XianHutong Tour by rickshaw, High Speed Train to Xian
05XianTerracotta Warriors, Xian City Wall, Mustlim Quarter
06Xian GuilinShaanxi History Museum, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Flight to Guilin
07GuilinLongji Rice Terraces, Minority Village
08Guilin Yangshuo GuilinLi River Cruise to Yangshuo, Yangshuo West Street, Countryside tour, Coach Back to Guilin
09Guilin KunmingElephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Flight to Kunming
10Kunming DaliFlight to Dali,  Three Pagodas, Erhai Lake Cruise, Xizhou Bai’s House, Dali Ancient Town
11Dali  LijiangCoach to Lijiang, Lijiang Ancient Town
12LijiangJade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yufeng Temple, Baisha Mural
13Lijiang Shangri-LaCoach to Tiger Leaping Gorge and sightseeing, Coach to Shangri-La
14Shangri-LaSongzanlin Lamasery, Potatse National Park
15Shangri-La KunmingFlight to Kunming, Stone Forest
16Kunming – Chongqing, EmbarkFlight to Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise
17Yangtze River CruiseFengdu at own expense, Shibaozhai
18Yangtze River CruiseWhite Emperor City at own expense, Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Goddess Stream
19Disembark, Yichang – ShanghaiThree Gorges Dam,  Flight to Shanghai
20ShanghaiJade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund
21Departure ShanghaiBe transferred to the airport

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. Be met at the ansferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Meals: No Meals
Recommended Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Beijing City View

Day 2 Beijing

Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit Tian’anmen Square, the World’s largest urban square and the Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then visit the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. You might easily imagine the vivid spectacle of a great sacrifice to the Heavens for a good harvest here. Peking Opera is available for your optional night entertainment(on your own expense)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Forbidden City
Forbidden City

Day 3 Beijing

The star attraction of China is its Great Wall, a massive defensive structure built to keep intruders from entering the mainland. Today you will have the opportunity to traverse the ancient steps of Mutianyu Great Wall which is one of the best-preserved and most accessible sections. Then back to the city. Enroute we will have a photo stop at Bird Nest and Water Cube. Peking Roasted Duck will be a good choice as your optional dinner(on your own expense).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 4 Beijing  Xian

In the morning, take a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw to visit the ancient lanes and alleyways of Beijing. This Hutong Tour will give you an insight into the lives of ordinary Chinese people and reveal their social culture in today’s Beijing City. Be transferred to the train station for the flight to Xian in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:New Century Hotel Xi’an ★★★★

Hutong Tour

Day 5 Xian

Enjoy your full day visit to the Terracotta Warriors, one of the world’s most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. And then, visit the massive Xian City Wall, which stretches round the old city. Xi’an was always a walled city, and today’s wall represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. After that, you could have a free time at Mulism Quarter for you to explore the local specialty and snacks. There is also the option to attend fantastic Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner(on your own expense)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:New Century Hotel Xi’an ★★★★

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

Day 6 Xian Guilin

Finish up your Xian tour by visiting the famous Shaanxi History Museum. After lunch, visit to Small Wild Goose Pagoda, where you could also have chance to visit Jianfu Temple as well as the local shadow play. Then you will be transferred to the airport to board a short flight to Guilin, a well-known scenic city in southwestern China.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★

Collections of Shaanxi History Museum
Collections of Shaanxi History Museum

Day 7 Guilin  Longsheng Guilin

It will be a quite different day today. Pick up from hotel lobby in the morning, drive for about 2 hours to visit the famous Longji Rice Terraces Scenic Area, enjoying the magnificent view created by the man-made power. You will also have chance to visit the local minority village and enjoy the local food which can be only seen in mountainous area. There are Zhuang and Yao people residing here. In the late afternoon, drive back to Guilin for overnight. Four Lake Night cruise can be your optional night activities which you could discuss and book with the local guide.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★

Longji Rice Terraces
Longji Rice Terraces

Day 8 Guilin Yangshuo Guilin

In the morning you will be driven to the Pier for the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours, lunch served on board). Savour the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. The landscape from Guilin to Yangshuo is truly a masterpiece of nature. The crystal waters, straight-out-of-a-painting mountains, peaceful farm fields, hard-working-but- ever-smiling fishermen and wandering water buffaloes inspire poetic musings of Guilin’s charming life.  After disembarkation, have a walk along the famous West Street. In the late afternoon, take a bicycle riding to enjoy the beauty of Yangshuo countryside and Yulong River area before the transfer back to Guilin.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch box
Recommended Hotel:Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★

Li River
Li River Cruise

Day 9 Guilin Kunming

Today before you flight to Kunming, you will have a short city tour to Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin City and then the colorful Reed Flute Cave, the showcase of distinctly-colored stalactites and stalagmites. After the tour, be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Kunming.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Cachet Boutique Kunming Artime ★★★★

Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill

Day 10 Kunming Dali

In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for a short flight to Dali, the ancient political, economic and cultural center of Yunnan area. Upon arrival, you will first be transferred to the pier and take an Erhai Cruise for relaxing. Then in the afternoon, then visit Three Pagodas, the symbol of the history of Dali, and Xizhou Bai’s Houses (Yan’s Courtyard included) where you can see what the Bai people’s houses like. Then drive back to check in hotel in ancient town and visit Dali Ancient Town, a gateway to the ancient Silk Road in Southwestern China.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Gurong Hotel ★★★★

Erhai Lake
Erhai Lake

Day 11 Dali Lijiang

Spend about 4hours driving, you will reach Lijiang, and then take a short visit in Lijiang Ancient Town to walk down the cobblestone streets over 700 years and see the Naxi way of life which chaned little over time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Lijiang Golden Path Hospitality Hotel ★★★★

Lijiang Ancient Town

Day 12 Lijiang

In the morning drive about half an hour to visit Jade Dragon Sown Mountain (cable car and green vans available in the scenic area). After lunch, visit Yufeng Temple, displaying a harmonious mix of architectural styles of Han Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism and local Naxi Dongba Religion. And visit Baisha Mural in the ancient capital of Naxi Kingdom in Baisha village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Lijiang Golden Path Hospitality Hotel ★★★★

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Day 13 Lijiang Shangri-la

In the morning, take another 4hours driving, the famous lost paradise Shangri-la is waiting for you, a place with stunning scenery, the azure sky and the hospitality of unsophisticated people.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Blossom Hill Inn Shangri-la ★★★★


Day 14 Shangri-la

Today, begin your exciting tour with a visit to Songzanlin Lamasery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, then visit Potatso National Park (green vans available in scenic area) after lunch.  As China’s first national park, it mainly consists of two lakes- Shudu and Bita, the distance between takes about half an hour’s driving by green van.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Blossom Hill Inn Shangri-la ★★★★

Potatso National Park
Potatso National Park

Day 15 Shangri-la Kunming

After breakfast, you will take an early flight back to Kunming. You can then enjoy a visit to the Stone Forest, created by ancient winds and water erosion over millions of years. The tall rocks seem to emanate from the ground in the manner of stalagmites, with many looking like trees made of stone, creating the illusion of a forest of stone. It has been known since the Ming Dynasty as the first wonder of the World. After the tour, you will be driven back to Kunming.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Cachet Boutique Kunming Artime ★★★★

Stone Forest
Stone Forest

Day 16 Kunming Chongqing
Enjoy your free time then be transferred to the airport for your flight to Chongqing, from where, you will start your enjoyable Yangtze River CruiseYangtze is the largest and longest river in China, surpassed only by the Nile of Africa and the Amazon of South America.

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: On Yangtze cruise boat

Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtse River Cruise

Day 17 Yangtze River Cruise
Enjoy your Yangtze cruise! You will have a shore excursion to Fengdu (at own expense), the “Ghost City”. An excursion to Shibaozhai will be arranged for you today
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: On Yangtze cruise boat

Note: The shore excursions included in the Yangtze River cruise is changeable, which is subject to the cruise company’s actual arrangement.

Fengdu Ghost City
Fengdu Ghost City

Day 18 Yangtze River Cruise
Today pass through Three Gorges that namely Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, and then, you will have an excursion to Goddess Stream. The optional excursion today will be the White Emperor City (at own expense).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Recommended Hotel: On Yangtze cruise boat

Qutang Gorge
Qutang Gorge

Day 19 Disembark, Yichang Shanghai

Disembark at Maoping Cruise Terminal this morning and take a coach to visit the Three Gorges Dam, which spans the Yangtze River at Sandouping; it is the world’s largest power station. After the tour in late morning, the cruises company will provide a motor coach to transfer you to the passenger center in the downtown of Yichang, where our local guide is waiting for you.
Then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai.

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund ★★★★

Three Gorges Dam
Three Gorges Dam

Day 20 Shanghai

A full day of sightseeing starts with Yuyuan Garden, a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Then visit Chenghuangmiao Old Street and the Bund, Shanghai’s famed waterfront promenade. After a local food lunch, Continue the trip to Jade Buddha Temple and Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, which is the most famous landmark of Shanghai. In the evening, the breathtaking Acrobatics Show is available for your optional night entertainment.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund ★★★★

Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower Night View
Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Day 21 Departure Shanghai

The vacation is over all too soon as you’re transferred to the airport to board the homebound flight, bidding a fond farewell to China, and we know you’ll be back.

Meals: Breakfast

Service Ends

Prices (per person in USD)

Hotel ClassGroup SizeDec. ~ Feb.Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
2 ~ 5 pax$4000$4250
6 ~ 9 pax$3300$3600
Comfortable Hotel
2 ~ 5 pax$4250$4580
6 ~ 9 pax$3600$3900
Deluxe Hotel
2 ~ 5 pax$4900$5500
6 ~ 9 pax$4250$4820

Price includes:
 Domestic flight or high-speed train as specified
 Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
 Private licensed English-speaking guide and driver service
 Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
 All attraction entrance fees as specified
 Meals mentioned in the itinerary, Chinese local food
 China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

Price excludes:
 International Air tickets or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
 Tips to your tour guide and driver on your own discretion
 China Entry Visa Fees
 Personal expenses
 Optional tours, meals, activities and services

※ Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2018 to Feb 28, 2019, except Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
※ CTT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by exchange rate
※ No guide on the flight and Yangtze River cruise.
※ Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
※ Special requirements should be advised to CTT in advance.
※ CTT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control

Optional Activities

CityLocal SpecialtiesNights Shows
BeijingBeijing Roasted DuckPeking Opera
GuilinRice NoodleCormorant Fishing Show
KunmingBridge-crossing NoodleYunnan Impression Show – Dynamic Yunnan
KunmingBridge-crossing NoodleYunnan Impression Show – Dynamic Yunnan
ShanghaiXiao Long BaoAcrobatics Show

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