Ethnic Wonders

109: 11 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 10 western buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches with some being a la carte style
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Feel the unique folk customs of Bai and Naxi minorities in Dali & Lijiang
  • Explore the nearly 1000-year-old town Lijiang - a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai
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The Great WallLocal people finding amusement at the Temple of HeavenThree Pagoda Temple, DaliA local free marketHuangpu River Cruise
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Day 1 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
Day 2 Beijing
The Great Wall
The Great Wall
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
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Local people finding amusement at the Temple of Heaven
Local people finding amusement at the Temple of Heaven
A private car will transfer you to Mutianyu Great Wall in about 1.5 hours this morning. It is one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. You will go up and down the wall by cable car. Lunch is arranged on your own today. On the way driving back to the downtown area, you could see the appearance of the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube, both of which are the permanent buildings of 2008 Olympics. Then we will reach a well-known local market where you can either wander around or pick some souvenirs for your family or friends. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Kunming
Summer Palace, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Fly to Kunming, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
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
Day 5 Kunming
Yuantong Temple, Stone Forest. (B+L)
Your full day Kunming tour starts with Yuantong Temple, which has a history of more than 1,200 years. 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
Day 6 Kunming - Dali
A 2-hour bullet train to Dali, Train station to hotel transfer, Dali Old Town, Three Pagoda Temple, tour around Erhai Lake in a horse-drawn carriage. (B+L)
Three Pagoda Temple, Dali
Three Pagoda Temple, Dali
You will take an early morning bullet train to Dali which takes around 2 hours on the way. Upon arrival, our Dali guide will wait for you at the railway station and transfer you to check in the hotel. After that, you will start to visit 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. 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. Then you will take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage to tour around the Erhai Lake. The pristine Erhai Lake is a highland lake which resembles the human ear, and that's where its name comes from. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Dali - Lijiang
Drive to Lijiang, Bai Traditional House in Xizhou, Zhoucheng tie dyeing, Lijiang Old Town. (B+L)
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
Day 8 Lijiang
Baisha Village, a local Naxi family, Baisha Murals, Old Town of Shuhe, Tea-Horse Road Musuem. (B+L)
A local free market
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
Day 9 Lijiang - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer, Relax during the rest of the day. (B)
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
Day 10 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, A la carte farewell lunch, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise, a cultural street. (B+L)
Huangpu River Cruise
Huangpu River Cruise
The morning visit covers Shanghai Museum and Yu 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
Day 11 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off, A pleasant trip home! (B)
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
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Pentahotel Beijing
KunmingGreen Lake Hotel Jinjiang Hotel
DaliGurong Hotel Gurong Hotel
LijiangInterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Ivy Garden Hotel Resorts
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai
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Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2939 $2586$2749 $2419$2409 $2119
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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$2619 $2304$2429 $2137$2099 $1847
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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