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17-Day Southwest China Tour
Beijing -- Xi'an -- Chengdu -- Lijiang -- Dali -- Kunming -- Guilin -- Yangshuo -- Guilin -- Beijing
The most magnificent part of China that is worth traveling is the Western China, and the most beautiful part is the Southwestern China!
Itinerary for reference:
Arrival in Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China; Your guide meets you at capital airport, transfer to check in you hotel and relax.

Enjoy Beijing Roast Duck as welcome dinner.
Accommodation: Beijing downtown

Great Wall / Summer Palace

Start your day at the most famous part of the Great Wall, the Badaling Great Wall. Leave the city for the Great Wall at 08:30 am. Since it is a long drive to the Great Wall (about 2hrs) have a break at the Jade Museum on the way. Lunch will be arranged in a local restaurant. In the early afternoon come back to the city and have a leisure sightseeing tour of the Summer Palace.

Recommended Evening Activity: Beijing Opera Show (Liyuan Theater, Show at 19:30-- 21:10, with interpretation in English in the screeen)
Accommodation:Beijing downtown

Beijing city sightseeing & Local experience

Your guide meets you at the hotel lobby at the dated time, set out for today's visiting.
Today's highlights:
Tian'anmen Square: A must-see in Beijing, symbol of the capital;
The Forbidden City: The most splendid royal palace architecture well preserved in the world.
After visiting the two sites, have a break and get ready for lunch.
Hutong pedicab visit: the hutong refers to the lanes and alleys that once dominated the residential districts of the city before 1949, a very special scenery in Beijing.
Visit a local family, make dumplings together with them, experience the common daily life.
Accommodation:Beijing

Beijing Olympic sites -- Fly to Xi'an <2-hour-fly)

Morning visit the 2008 Olympic sites: Bird's Nest, Water Cube and Olympic Park, witnessing the fast developing modern China.
Enjoy some free time after visiting the sites.

After lunch, take a flight to Xi'an, capital city of Shaanxi province.
Xi'an local guide meets you at Xianyang airport, 50km from Xi'an city. On the way you can see the city walls, stop to visit the South City Wall; Check in and relax at your own leisure.

Recommend:
Dumpling (Jiaozi) Banquet with Tang Dynasty Song & Dance Performance.
Tang Dynasty was once the most precious and strong dynansty in Chinese history.
Accommodation: Xi'an city

Highlights of Xi'an


Terracotta Warriors Museum: A must see in Xi'an, an embodiment of the great army of ancient Qin Dynasty.
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda: A symbol of Xi'an city, originally estabilshed from Tang Dynasty.
Shaanxi Provincial Museum: The most biggest and modern historic museum in China, best place for you to discover the history of Shaanxi, visit for about two hours.
In the evening, you can take a walk at North City Music Quarter, the local people relax here with their family after a whole day's work.
Accommodation: Xi'an city

Xi'an -- Chengdu by plane <1-hour-fly>

Take a flight to Chengdu, Xi'an local guide says goodbye at Xianyang airport. Chengdu local guide meets you at Chengdu Shuangliu airport. Drive about 30 minutes to the downtown.
In the afternoon, visit Wuhou Shrine, appreciate the real Chinese calligraphy and know some stories about the Three Kingdoms history. Take a stroll at Jinli street, where you can discover the shadow of the old Chengdu.
Taste the authentic Sichuan cuisine as dinner.
Accommodation: Chengdu city

Chengdu Panda Base / Sanxingdui Museum

In the morning visit the cute pandas at Chengdu Panda Breeding Base which is 30-min-drive from chengdu downtown. Visit for 1.5 hours.
Then dirve 1 hour ahead to Sanxingdui museum, which is recognized as one of the most important ancient remains in the world for its vast size, lengthy period and enriched cultural contents.

Recommend: In the evening, you can appreciate the Sichuan Opera Show which is with unique local culture features. Show time 20:00-21:30.
Accommodation: Chengdu

Dujiangyan Irrigation System -- Fly to Lijiang

Dujiangyan, a city fast rebuilt after damaged in the 5.12 earthquake. The Dujiangyan Irrigation system, with a history of 2300 years, a great Min River project, stands still during th huge earthquake. The irrigation made Sichuan the most productive agricultural place in China and turned Chengdu into A Land of Abundance.

Late afternoon take a flight to Lijiang, met by local guide and transfer to your hotel in Lijiang old town.
Lijiang Old Town has a history more than 800 years; it was listed as the World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO 1997. Here you will see the wonderful wooden architecture of Naxi ethnic people.
Accommodation: Lijiang old town

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Scenic Area

Today visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. It is 15km from Lijiang town, and it's the snow mountain at the lowest latitude on the Northern Hemisphere. Here you can appreciate the scenery of amazing snow mountains, highland virgin forest, and even you can see the rare animal and plant life. The main sites are Big Cableway; Yunshan Meadow, Yak Meadow, Gan Hai zi,
In the late afternoon, drive back to Lijiang old town.
Accommodation: Lijiang old town

Lijiang

Enjoy a leisure day in Lijiang old town on your own.
You can visit Black Dradon Pool, the Dongba culture museum;
In the evening, if you take interest, you can go to appreciate the Naxi Music Show held in Lijiang old town.
Accommodation: Lijiang old town

Ljiang -- Dali

Leaving Lijiang for Dali old town, about 3 hours to drive.
Dali old town is located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain.

In the afternoon, travel in the Erhai Lake by boat and visit Jinsuo Island, after that visit Xizhou people’s houses, Sandaocha show, taste the tea.
Accommodation: Dali old town

Dali

First visit the Three-pagoda in Chongshen Temple, which is a typical historical symbol of Yunnan. It is also one of the oldest sublime architecture in South China.
Then Zhoucheng Town, and Bai people's Died Cloth Work Shop.

Accommodation: Dali old town

Dali -- Kunming by plane

Take a morning flight to Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province.
Upon arrival at the Kunming International Airport, your local guide will meet you and then transfer to your hotel.
Take a leisure stroll along the Green Lake, a charming area of teahouses and small boutiques selling handicrafts and beautiful local paintings. Visit the Flower and Bird Market in the downtown.
Accommodation: Kunming

Kunming -- Stone Forest -- Guilin

You will drive 86 km to the Stone Forest. There is a local saying: 'It is a waste of time not to visit the Stone Forest while visiting Kunming', which vividly expresses the deep love of the local people toward this world wonder. The quintessential karst landscape makes every tourist lost in wonder. 


Take an afternoon flight to Guilin.
Met by Guilin local guide and transfer to your hotel.
Accommodation: Guilin

Guilin -- Yangshuo by Li River Cruise

Transfer to the port and board on the Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo;
Li river is one of the most beautiful areas in the whole world, showing the magnificent limestone mountains rising along the river banks, usually shrouded in clouds and catching a glimpse of the people who live along the riverbanks. Cormorant fishermen still use these unusual birds to catch their daily fish. As the cruise ends, you will disembark in Yangdi. Then drive to Yangshuo, a quaint village with a very nice street market.
Accommodation: Yangshuo

Yangshuo -- Guilin
 
Bicycle tour for Yangshuo Countryside in the morning . You will bike to visit Banyan tree park and Moon Hill. Have Lunch in the farmers restuarant for the fresh local dishes
Drive back to Guilin .
Visit the Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin city.
Enjoy the night scenery of the pretty Guilin city.
Accommodation: Guilin
Guilin -- Beijing

At your own leisure.
Airport transfer according to your flight schedule. Fly to Beijing ; Tour ends.

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