China Culinary Tour II (19n/20d)

Cross-the-Bridge Noodles are a favourite of locals and visitors alike

Cross-the-Bridge Noodles are a favorite of locals and visitors alike

Day 01:    Beijing
Arrive Beijing at night, met and transferred to hotel.

Day 02:    Beijing
Visit Tiananmen Square– The largest city central square in the world, is not only the symbol of Beijing but also the symbol of China. Forbidden City– the world’s largest and best-preserved imperial palace complex. Surrounded by a moat that is six meters deep and a ten-meter high wall are 9,999 rooms – just one room short of the number that ancient Chinese believed represented divine perfection. Visit Temple of Heaven–the largest group of structures in the country dedicated to rituals that pay homage to heaven. This temple was built specifically for the worship of heaven and prayers for good harvests during the time of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Roast Duck Dinner in “Quanjude” Restaurant. Known as “No.1 delicacy on earth,” Beijing Roast Duck” is a representative of Beijing delicacies. It is prepared using force- fed ducks. The duck is roasted in Huai’an and Yangzhou style to emphasize the color and taste, then seasoned with fermented flour sauce, and eaten with onions and pancakes baked Shandong style. Quanjude Restaurant is an old restaurant with a history of 100 years.

Day 03:    Beijing
Visit Great Wall (Badaling Section)– one of the eight wonders of the world and is the only man-made structure that is visible from the moon. This immense wall was built to keep out invaders as well as to retain the inhabitants. Visit Ming Tombs of Changling—one of the burial site of 13 ancient emperors. Taste Instant-boiled mutton for dinner. Instant-boiled mutton is also called the Mongolian Fire Pot, was created in the Yuan Dynasty. Choose mutton from the back, rear legs or tail of a killed sheep. Cut the mutton into slices. The boiled mutton is fresh and tender, not greasy. Acrobatic Show after dinner.

Day 04:    Beijing/Xi’an
Visit Summer Palace, Lama Temple– the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present day China. Afternoon flight to Xi’an. Visit its impressive City Wall. Enjoy Dumpling for dinner which offers up to 108 different kinds of Chinese mini dumpling.     Noodles and dumplings are the staples of the local food.

Day 05:    Xian
Visit Terracotta warriors, the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Upon ascending the throne at the age of 13 (in 246 BC), Qin Shi Huang, later the first Emperor of all China, had work begun on his mausoleum. It took 11 years to finish. It is speculated that many buried treasures and sacrificial objects had accompanied the emperor in his after life. A group of peasants uncovered some pottery while digging for a well nearby the royal tomb in 1974. Visit Banpo Museum. Taste Lamb Paomo for dinner. Lamb Paomo is a tasty Xi’an specialty that consists of a mutton soup served with wheat flour flat bread. The hard bread is broken up and added to the soup. Then the mixture is eaten along with pickled garlic cloves

Day 06:    Xian/Chongqing
Visit Provincial History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, afternoon flight to Chongqing, which called as the “Mountain City”, is one of the China’s biggest municipality as well as one of the very large cities in the world; the hub of water, land, and air transportation in Southwest China with busy rivers and highways radiating in all directions; and an inland river port with foreign trade in the west of China. Visit Goose Neck Park, the Porcelain City. Traveling in Chongqing, one will feel fortunate to be able to savor the delicious local food, such as the world-famous hot pot dishes. Hot pot for Dinner. In the past Sichuan Hot Pot was very spicy. Now people can taste hot pot with spicy, clear or milky soup. A hot pot may be divided into several parts, and a customer may instant boil food of three or four tastes in a same pot, in addition to various herbal medicinal hot pots. This kind of hot pot is suitable for both Chinese and foreigners. Transferred to aboard on cruiser to start the Three Gorges exploration at 22:00.

Day 07: Three Gorges
Today you will have land excursion to Fengdu Ghost City. Fengdu, with fantastic temples of underworld demons and gods, is constructed on the Mingshan Hill by the river band. It is known as the “Ghost City” and is a place for punishing the devil and awarding the good.

Day 08: Three Gorges
Today you will have land excursion to Shengnongxi Stream and Dam Site. The Shennong Stream Special Rafting Tour covers 20 kilometers. During the rafting tour, you might see large and small karst caves, home of many swallows, a world of high cliffs, deep gorges, flying waterfalls, three-colored springs, the ancient trestle path the suspended coffin in the cliff, the groups of ancient tombs and marvelous karst formations. Startled swallows swoop overhead, fish swim about in the depths of the water and monkeys play on shore. The dam site is 27 miles upstream from Yichang City proper, at Sandouping Town, 38km upstream from the Gezhouba Dam Lock, inside the third of the Three Gorges.

Day 09:    Yichnag/Shanghai
Arrive Yichang at about 13:00, met and transferred to take flight to Shanghai, called “Hu” for short, Shanghai is a bustling metropolis located at the mouth of the Yangtze River. In the 1930s and 40s, it was a paradise for adventurers to realize their dreams, and countless moving stories, both sad and joyful, were played out here. Visit the Bund, Nanjing Road.

Day 10:    Shanghai
Visit Yu Garden and its market. “Lupolang” local delicacy for lunch. Those snacks include: Nanxiang Steamed Buns, Glutinous Rice Dumplings in the Shape of Pigeon Eggs, Canglangting Four-Season Cake, pyramid-shaped dumplings made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves, Eight-treasure Rice with Lard. Visit Shanghai Museum, Pudong New Area, Oriental Pearl TV Tower (up to its second sphere).

Day 11:    Shanghai/Lijiang
Morning flight to Lijiang, the ancient city of Lijiang is found in Dayan Town, a largely Naxi settlement first built some eight centuries ago. With Sifang Street at the core, the entire city spreads out in all direction, and is crisscrossed by a labyrinth of flagged streets and alleyways. Most of the dwellings scattered at the foot of a mountain or by the rivers which flow through every corner of the city, are brick-and-tile structures with carved doors and painted windows. Traffic across the rivers is facilitated by a large number of tiny stone bridges. Visit Summer Palace of Ancient Local Master, Black Dragon Pool Park.

Day 12: Lijiang  
Visit Yulong Snow Mt., Yunsan Plateau (cable car up and down), Dry Sea, White Water River, and Beisha Murals. Dinner on your own so you can go to taste the local food.

Day 13:    Lijiang/Dali
Morning drive to Dali (6-7 hours), Visit Ancient Town of Dali.

Day 14: Dali
Visit Three Pagodas of Chongshan, visit Butterfly Spring which is actually a pool four meters deep and 20 square meters wide. In the fourth lunar month every year, the tree puts out butterfly-shaped flowers, and swarms of butterflies in twenty or so breeds descend on the tree, linking themselves head against tail into numerous colorful ribbon-like strings which keep dangling over the pool. Then have boat ride on Erhai Lake which is fresh water lake in the Yunnan Plateau at an elevation of 1972 meters, with a length of 42 km and width of 8 km. Enjoy the performances of Bai Minority Nationality which is also known as “Three tastes of tea” dance and ceremony. Taste fish cooked in the clay pot for dinner.

Day 15:    Dali/Kunming
Morning drive to Kunming (5 hours),  visit West Hill, Dragon Gate with sightseeing van.    Taste Cross-the –Bridge-Noodles for dinner which is the most famous in Yunnan province, it keeps soup boiling hot by topping it with a thin layer of vegetable oil.

Day 16: Kunming
One day tour to Stone Forest and its quintessential karst landscape makes every tourist lost in wonder. Taste Chinese Herbal Food for dinner in which natural herbs like ginseng, dried Himalayan caterpillar are used to enhance flavor and to promote health.

Day 17:    Kunming/Guilin
Morning flight to Guilin, visit Reed Flute Cave, the Elephant Trunk Hill, the Seven Star Park. Taste local delicacy for dinner. Guilin cuisine is a combination of Cantonese and Hunanese dishes. It is classed as somewhat sour and spicy. Lipu Taro Looped Meat is a famous traditional dish of Guilin. It is made of taro from Lipu, streaky pork with skin, pepper, mashed onion, preserved bean-curd of Guilin, cooking wine, sugar etc. Rice noodles, gravy, fried peanuts or soybeans, chopped scallions and thin slides of different kinds of meat are added for various versions of this renowned and tasty dish. Sponge cake, Water nut Cake, Bowl Cake etc.

Day 18:    Guilin 
Enduring memories are created today as you cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo.

Day 19:    Guilin/Guangzhou
Morning flight to Guangzhou, Visit Dr.Sun-Yet San’s Memorial Hall, Temple of Six-Banyan-Tree, Yuexiu Park, Temple of Chen Clan Family and free shopping in Peking Road. Taste Roast Piglet with Crisp Skin for dinner. A piglet gutted and coated inside with fermented bean curd, sesame paste, Fen liquor and garlic-flavored sugar and then roasted until its skin is golden-red and shiny as lacquer. The custom is to eat the crisp, crackling skin first and then the tender, smooth-textured flesh.

Day 20:    Guangzhou/Exit
Visit Qingping Market, Huanghuagang Memorial Park. Transferred to exit Canton.

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