The Regal Tour Of China (29n/30d)

While not one of the major sacred mountains, Yellow Mountain is still popular with visitors

While not one of the major sacred mountains, Yellow Mountain is still popular with visitors

Day 01:    Sydney / 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.

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.

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.

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.

Day 06:    Xian/Chengdu
Visit Wild Goose Pagoda and Provincial Museum. Afternoon flight to Chengdu, visit Panda Research Base.

Day 07: Chengdu/Jiuzaigou/Huanglong
Morning flight to Jiuzaigou, met and drive to Huanglong Scenic Spots (2 hours). Huanglong literally means yellow dragon, was added to the Natural World Legacy list in 1992. It wins its fame for its magic landscape of lime formations, made up of 3400 multi-colored and unique sized ponds, interlace along the valley. Not to be excluded there are also five waterfalls, four stalactite caves and ancient temples

Day 08:    Jiuzaigou
Whole day tour in Jiuzaigou Valley which is famous for its five wonders, the emerald lakes, the layered waterfall, colorful forest, snow-capped mountains and Tibetan and Qiang customs. Water is considered as the spirit of Jiuzhaigou Valley. 114 lakes here are located in three gullies in a shape of “Y”. No words can be used to tell its beauty.

Day 09:    Jiuzaigou/Chengdu/Dazhu
Morning flight back to Chengdu, transferred to Dazhu (4 hours).

Day 10:    Dazhu/Chongqin
Visit the Dazu Rock Carving which is listed by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site in 1999. There are more than 50,000 Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian rock carvings and 100,000 characters of inscriptions dotted around Dazu. The work of Dazu Rock Carvings began in the Tang Dynasty (650A.D.), and continued until the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Afternoon drive to Chongqing (3 hours). Chongqing, 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, Porcelain City. After dinner transferred to board on “Yangtze Paradise” to start the Three Gorges exploration at 22:00.

Day 11: 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 12: 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 13:    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.

Day 14:    Shanghai
Visit Yu Garden and its market, the Bund, Nanjing Road, Pudong New Area, Oriental Pearl TV Tower (up to its second sphere).

Day 15:    Shanghai/Tunxi  
Visit Shanghai Museum, afternoon flight to Tunxi. Visit its Ancient Street.

Day 16:    Tunxi/Yellow Mt.
Morning drive to the Yellow Mt. (1.5 hours), take cable car up to the mountain (7 minutes). Afternoon sightseeing to the Paiyun Pavilion, Dream Area.

Day 17:    Yellow Mt./Hangzhou
Get early to see the Sunrise. After breakfast visit Flying Peak, Bright Summit, Lion Peak, Shixing Peak, Scenic of Brush Flowering in a Dream etc.  After lunch take cable car down. Then drive to Hangzhou (4 hours).

Day 18:    Hangzhou
Boat ride on West Lake, Huagang Park, visit Peak Flying from Afar and Linying Temple, go to Tea Village to have a cup of best green tea in China.

Day 19:    Hangzhou/Kunming
Morning flight to Kunming, visit West Hill, Dragon Gate with sightseeing van, Golden Temple and Flower market.

Day 20:    Kunming  
One day tour to Stone Forest and its quintessential karst landscape makes every tourist lost in wonder.

Day 21:    Kunming/Lijiang  
Morning flight to Lijiang, Visit Black Dragon Pool, Old Town, Sifang Street and Ancient Summer Palace of Local Master. Dinner on your own so you can go to taste the local food.

Day 22:    Lijiang  
Visit Yulong Snow Mt., Yunsan Plateau (cable car up and down), Dry Sea, White Water River, and Beisha Murals.

Day 23:    Lijiang/Kunming/Guilin
Morning flight back to Kunming to catch flight to Guilin, Visit the Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave Park.

Day 24:    Guilin/Yangshuo/Guilin 
Enduring memories are created today as you cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo

Day 25:    Guilin/Longsheng/Guilin
One day tour to Longsheng to enjoy its amazing terrace scenery. Longsheng’s terrace gets the title of “the Champion of the Terrace World”. These terraced fields were first built about 800 years ago in southeast of Longsheng County. About 66 square kilometers rice terraces are built into the hillsides. It looks like great ribbons or chains that wind from the foot to the top of the hill. This ingenious construction not only makes the best use of the rare arable land and water resources in the mountainous area, but also forms a marvelous spectacle.

Day 26:    Guilin/Xiamen/Nanping
Morning flight to Xiamen, visit Gulangyu Island which is renowned for its delicate natural beauty, its ancient relics, and its varied architecture. Only electric-powered vehicles are permitted on the island, so the environment is free from the noise and pollution. Transferred to take train (soft berth) to Nanping at about 19:00.

Day 27:    Nanping/Taining
Arrive Nanping at about 06:30, after breakfast transferred to Taining (4 hours), appreciate the the best maintained houses of the leading scholars in the Ming Dynasty and those magnificent ‘Buddha views’ on the crescent shaped Dajinhu Lake. The Taining grottoes are famous as living fossils from the days when humans lived in caves.

Day 28:    Taining/Fuzhou
Take rafting on Shangqinxi Stream. After lunch drive to Fuzhou (5 hours).

Day 29:    Fuzhou/Guangzhou
Visit Fuzhou National Forest Park, one of the ten national forest parks of China. Rare animals and exotic plants, blue water, flowing waterfalls, unusual rocky outcrops and stone carvings coexist in a harmonious blend of natural and manmade sights. West Lake Park, situated in the northwest of Fuzhou is famed for its similarity to West Lake in Hangzhou. Afternoon flight to Guangzhou.

Day 30:    Guanzghou/Exit
Visit Dr.Sun-Yet San’s Memorial Hall, Yuexiu Park, Temple of Chen Clan Family. Transferred to catch flight departing Guangzhou in the afternoon.

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