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109: 11 Days Luxury & Standard Beijing Kunming Dali Lijiang Shanghai
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Day01 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Day02 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Day03 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Sacred Way, Ming Tomb, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
Day04 Beijing - Kunming
Summer Palace, Hutong tour. Fly to Kunming. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Day05 Kunming
Qiongzhu Temple, Stone Forest. (B+L)
Day06 Kunming - Dali
Fly to Dali. Erhai Lake Park, Three Pagoda Temple, Dali Old Town. (B+L)
Day07 Dali - Lijiang
Dali-Lijiang transfer, Bai Traditional House in Xizhou, Zhoucheng tie dyeing, Lijiang Old Town. (B+L)
Day08 Lijiang
Baisha Village, a local Naxi family, Baisha Murals, Shuhe Old Town and Tea-Horse Road Museum. Free time in the afternoon. (B+L)
Day09 Lijiang - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Day10 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, Huangpu River cruise, the Bund and a cultural street. (B+L)
Day11 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Day01 Arrival in Beijing
You will arrive in Beijing today. Our guide will welcome you outside the customs of the airport and then escort you to check in the hotel. The rest of the day remains free for you.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day02 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Beiing
Photo by our client Ms. Gillian
This morning, you will go to visit Tiananmen Square, the central square of the city. Today's highlight is the following Forbidden City which is located to the north end of square. It will take you two to three hours to explore the largest imperial palace briefly. Then to avoid the mass-produced food at the tourist eateries arranged by most agencies, we will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a very nice restaurant to taste the authentic Chinese food. In the afternoon, you will proceed to see a series of elegant altar and halls in the Temple of Heaven, where emperors offered sacrifices to the heaven in ancient times.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day03 Beijing
Local people finding amusement at the Temple of Heaven
A private car will transfer you to Badaling Great Wall in about one hour this morning. It is one of the most visited and best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Lunch is arranged on your own today. Then you will proceed to the Sacred Way and the Ming Tomb in the afternoon. As the entrance path of the Ming Tomb, the Sacred Way is lined up with statues of both human figures and animals on two sides, which are believed to be the guards of the owners of the tombs and important decorations in the cemetery. On the way driving back to the hotel, you could see the appearance of the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube, both of which are the permanent buildings of 2008 Olympics. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day04 Beijing - Kunming
A visit to the Summer Palace is arranged this morning, where you will appreciate the delicate Chinese royal gardening architecture integrated perfectly with the natural landscape. Afterwards, enjoy the old Beijing culture and local customs by visiting narrow alleys, also called Hutongs. You may take a special rickshaw riding through various Hutongs and enjoy the prosperous street view with dazzling goods on sale. Through a visit to the local family, you will get a further understanding of the old Beijing characteristics. In the afternoon, you will take a flight to Kunming. Our guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to check in the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day05 Kunming
Your full day Kunming tour starts with Qiongzhu Temple, which is famous for exhibiting five hundreds color painted sculptures of Arhats. After one and a half hours' driving, you will reach the noted Stone Forest in the southeast of Kunming. Here you can see a large number of various kinds of stones, some of which compose vivid shapes like animals and plants in the wild. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day06 Kunming - Dali
Three Pagoda Temple, Dali
You will take an early morning flight to Dali. Upon arrival, our Dali guide will wait for you at the airport and transfer you to check in the hotel. After that, you will start to visit the Erhai Lake Park. The pristine Erhai Lake is a highland lake which resembles the human ear, and that's where its name comes from. Later visit the famous Three Pagoda Temple. Facing the Erhai Lake and against the mountain, the temple with three lovely white pagodas, make a fabulous background for photo shoot. The last stop today is Dali Old Town. It is a typical old town of Chinese ethnic group with traditional resident houses showing what Bai People's village and town are look like in old days. You will also see the old local ladies carrying their harvest to the market or selling at road sides.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day07 Dali - Lijiang
After breakfast, our guide will escort you to the famous ancient town Lijiang, where Naxi minority people inhabit for generations. It takes about three hours' driving to the hotel in Lijiang. On the way, you will have chances to visit the Bai Traditional House in Xizhou and Zhoucheng which is famous for the local hand-made tie dyeing. Upon arrival, you will visit the Square Street of Lijiang Old Town. We believe the town has much more to grab your attention and take up your camera memory space.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day08 Lijiang
A local free market
Your morning sightseeing mainly focuses on Baisha Village in the countryside. On the way, you will enjoy the local natural scenery and see the Jade Snow Mountain at a distance. A visit to a local Naxi family inhabiting in Baisha Village will be a great chance to learn the aborigines' life and culture. And then you'll see the rare Baisha Murals in the village. The next stop is the Old Town of Shuhe where you can also visit the Tea-Horse Road Museum. The rest of the day is free for you to wander around the old town at leisure. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day09 Lijiang - Shanghai
Today you will take a flight to Shanghai. Our local guide will greet you at Shanghai Airport and transfer you to the hotel. The remaining time of the day is free for you to explore the lively modern city by yourself.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day10 Shanghai
Huangpu River Cruise, Shganghai
The morning visit covers Shanghai Museum and Yuyuan Garden. As one of the best museums in China, Shanghai Museum boasts numerous delicate exhibitions, such as ancient bronze wares, pottery, Chinese calligraphy and painting works. Constructed in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Yuyuan Garden is regarded as a pearl among classical gardens in the southern region. Pavilions, halls, artificial hills, ponds, corridors, and statues are all in an elaborate arrangement. An a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a popular restaurant. Your guide will assist you to order dishes and make sure that you taste authentic Chinese food. In the afternoon, you will explore the iconic Bund area, where you will also take a short cruise on the Huangpu River. After that, we will take you to stroll along an old street in Shanghai.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day11 Departure from Shanghai
Today your private guide will see you off at the airport so that you can board the flight back home loaded with pleasant memories.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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