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112: 30 Days Private Beijing Xian Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Lhasa Lijiang - Dali Kunming Guilin Chengdu Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang Shanghai Suzhou Shanghai Hong Kong
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Departure: Based on the 2016 ship sailing date.

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  • Price Includes
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 - Xian
Summer Palace, Hutong visit, 798 Art Zone. High-speed train to Xian. Railway Station-hotel transfer. (B)
Day05 Xian
Terracotta Army Museum, Provincial History Museum, City Wall. (B)
Day06 Xian - Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Day07 Lhasa
Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka Park. (B+L)
Day08 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Tibet Museum, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Tibetan Traditional Hospital. (B+L)
Day09 Lhasa - Gyangtze
Lhasa-Gyangtse transfer. Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, Palkhor Monastery, Gyangtse Old Street. (B+L)
Day10 Gyangtse - Shigatse
Gyangtse-Shigatse transfer. Tashilhunpo Monastery, New Palace of Panchen. (B+L)
Day11 Shigatse - Lhasa
Shigatse-Lhasa transfer. A Tibetan family visit. (B+L)
Day12 Lhasa - Lijiang
Fly to Lijiang. Airport-hotel transfer. Lijiang Old Town. (B)
Day13 Lijiang
Baisha Village, a local Naxi family, Baisha Murals, Shuhe Old Town and Tea-Horse Road Museum. Free time in the afternoon. (B+L)
Day14 Lijiang - Dali
Lijiang-Dali transfer, Bai Traditional House in Xizhou, Zhoucheng tie dyeing. (B+L)
Day15 Dali - Kunming
Erhai Lake Park, Three Pagoda Temple, Dali Old Town. Fly to Kunming. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Day16 Kunming - Guilin
Stone Forest. Fly to Guilin. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Day17 Guilin - Yangshuo
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside trip. (B+L)
Day18 Yangshuo - Guilin
Free time in the morning in Yangshuo. Yangshuo-Guilin transfer. Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill. (B)
Day19 Guilin - Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu. Airport-hotel transfer. Free time in the afternoon. (B)
Day20 Chengdu
Giant Panda Breeding Base, Broad and Narrow Alleys, Jinsha Site Museum. (B)
Day21 Chengdu - Chongqing
Free time in the morning. A bullet train to Chongqing. Railway station pick-up. Yangtze River cruise starts at about 22:00. (B)
Day22 Shibaozhai
Yangtze River cruise trip. (B+L+D)
Day23 Shennong Stream
Yangtze River cruise trip. (B+L+D)
Day24 Yichang - Shanghai
Three Gorges Dam. Disembark the cruise. Yichang Museum if time permits. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Day25 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, An a la carte lunch, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise, an ancient cultural street. (B+L)
Day26 Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai
A round-trip high speed train to Suzhou. Humble Administrator's Garden, Garden of the Masters of the Nets, Pingjiang Road. Transport to and from Shanghai railway station is included. (B+L)
Day27 Shanghai
Free time for the day. (B)
Day28 Shanghai - Hong Kong
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off in Shanghai. Fly to Hongkong. Airport-hotel transport by yourself. (B)
Day29 Hong Kong
Free time for the day. (B)
Day30 Departure from Hong Kong
Take a shuttle bus or a taxi to the airport. A pleasant trip home! (B)
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Day01 Arrival in Beijing
Your private guide will meet you at the arrival hall of Beijing Capital Airport. After a short greeting, the guide and driver will transfer you to check in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to recover from jetlag and prepare for your following 4 weeks China tour. 

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day02 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall
Photo by our client Mr. Gary Vipond
In the morning, we will guide you to the Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, which are full of China's history. While enjoying the remarkable architecture, our guide will also tell you the related stories. At noon, you will enjoy an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, a large park with a complex of ancient religious buildings. It was the place for emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped the Gods of Heaven. There you could also see many senior locals dancing, singing, playing cards or doing exercise. It is interesting to watch the local people enjoying their spare time.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day03 Beijing
Round off your morning with an excursion to Badaling, the most popular section of China Great Wall. Today's lunch is not included. You can have a fast food around the site or ask for your guide's advice. Later visit the Sacred Way and Ming Tomb. After that, transfer you back to your hotel. En route, we will drive by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) and stop over for a while so that you can take photos. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day04 Beijing - Xian
Terracotta Army Museum, Xian
This morning, your private Beijing trip leads to the Summer Palace, a beautifully landscaped royal garden with amazing architecture. Then we will take you to explore Hutong area, a beautiful and original neighborhood of the old city, where you can feel the scent of old Beijing. You will also take a rickshaw through these hutong alleys. After visiting the 798 Art Zone, you will take a high speed train to Xian. Our local guide will meet you at the railway station and transfer you to the downtown hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day05 Xian
Our clients riding bicycle on Xian City Wall
You must read about the warriors and see the pictures before you come to the Terracotta Army Museum, but you will still be astonished by its dramatic scale when you look at the clay soldiers made more than 2000 years ago. Our guide will tell you more stories about this amazing wonder. After that, turn to the Provincial History Museum. The last stop today is the City Wall. With more than 600 years history, this city wall is remarkably well restored and accessible. It is also a spectacular sight when light up at night. It is worth renting a bicycle and ride around the broad ancient City Wall.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day06 Xian - Lhasa
We will arrange a morning flight from Xian to Lhasa for you. Upon arrival, our local guide will meet you at Lhasa airport and transfer to the hotel. We suggest you stay at the hotel to acclimatize yourself to the high altitude for the remainder of the day.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day07 Lhasa
Lhasa is the holy land of Tibetan Buddhism. There are numerous historical relics and Buddhist monasteries. Today you will visit the Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and the Norbulingka Park, all of which have important positions. We believe you will be attracted by the lamas conducting colorful debates in the courtyard of Sera Monastery in the afternoon, even if you cannot understand anything being disputed.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day08 Lhasa
Lamas debating sutras at the Sera Monastery
The highlight of your private Lhasa tour comes to the impressive Potala Palace. It gets visible from afar because of its 13 storeys built on the slopes of the mountain and also its gleaming white walls. It is an amazing experience reaching up to the top of Potala Palace to see so many locals walking piously along this magnificent ancient palace with their prayer wheels. After that, you will also visit the Tibet Museum, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street and the Tibetan Traditional Hospital. Our guide will accompany you all the way and show you a lot about Tibetan Culture.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day09 Lhasa - Gyangtze
Today we will transfer you to Gyangtse with a stop-over at Yamdrok Yumtso Lake. This exotically beautiful landscape is a great photo opportunity. We believe you will enjoy the deep blue water, snowy peaks and blue sky. Once arrive in Gyangtze, you will also visit the Palkhor Monastery and Gyangtse Old Street.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day10 Gyangtse - Shigatse
Today we continue to drive to Shigatse, where you will visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery and the New Palace of Panchen. You will see the world's largest gold gilded bronze statue of the Buddha Maitreya in Tashilhunpo Monastery.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day11 Shigatse - Lhasa
Continuing a long drive about 5 hours, we will get back to Lhasa. After visiting a Tibetan family home, you can rest at the hotel to recover from the fatigue of the trip.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day12 Lhasa - Lijiang
You will fly to Lijiang today and our local guide will pick you up at Lijiang airport and transfer you to the hotel. For the rest of the day, you will visit Lijiang Old Town at leisure.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day13 Lijiang
Tie dyeing by Bai Minority people
In order to know more about this exotic land inhabited with minority ethnics, you will be guided to visit the Baisha Village, a local Naxi family, Baisha Mural, Shuhe Old Town and the Tea-Horse Road Museum. The gorgeous Baisha Murals are housed in a temple complex. The murals are depicting the inclusivity of China's religion as they have features of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. The afternoon is free for you to wander the curving old alleys, stroll along the banks of the numerous canals and take photos. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day14 Lijiang - Dali
Escorted by our guide, you will travel to Dali. It is about three to four hours driving. On the way, you will visit the Bai Traditional House in Xizhou and see the Zhoucheng tie dyeing.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day15 Dali - Kunming
As the birthplace of Bai ethnic group, Dali has its own features on culture, tradition, food, dresses, etc. You will visit Erhai Lake Park, Three Pagoda Temple and Dali Old Town today. After that, you will take a flight to Kunming. Our local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day16 Kunming - Guilin
After breakfast, we will head to visit the breathtaking Stone Forest. Although it is all stone, each of grotesque formations seems to have a character of its own. Then you will take a flight to Guilin. Our local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day17 Guilin - Yangshuo
Li River cruise
Today our guide will accompany you to take the Li River cruise down to Yangshuo. The 50 miles Li River is surrounded with beautiful karst mountains. On the way, you will find wonderful scenes in every corner and it is a great backdrop for photos. After the 4 hours cruise, you will have a countryside trip in Yangshuo. We also arrange a local family home visit for you. Most people find it interesting to see local farmer's house and life. After the whole day tour, you will stay at the hotel in Yangshuo.

Tips: The lunch served on the cruise today is simple Chinese lunch box. It cannot be up to your taste and also fails to meet the serving standard of TravelChinaGuide, so we kindly suggest you have a hearty breakfast at the hotel this morning.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day18 Yangshuo - Guilin
The morning is free for you. We suggest you rent a bicycle and ride around Yangshuo County to enjoy the beautiful landscape. You could visit the Yulong River, Moon Hill or Ten-Mile Gallery. After that, our guide will pick you up and transfer you to Guilin. For the rest of the day, you will visit the Reed Flute Cave and the Elephant Trunk Hill.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day19 Guilin - Chengdu
You will take a morning flight to Chengdu. Our guide will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for you to explore this vibrant city.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day20 Chengdu
Pandas munching on bamboos
The main aim for most travelers coming to Chengdu is to see pandas, as Chengdu is the hometown of giant pandas. Today, you will visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. We will take you there earlier as pandas are more active in the morning during the feeding time. If you are lucky, you may watch the cute baby pandas. Then you will visit the Broad and Narrow Alleys and Jinsha Site Museum.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day21 Chengdu - Chongqing
Morning is free for your individual activities. Then you will take a bullet train to Chongqing. Our local guide will pick you up at the railway station and transfer you to the pier to board the Yangtze River cruise ship. It will sail at around 22:00.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day22 Shibaozhai
Yangtze River cruise
The three days Yangtze River cruise is a relaxing journey through your one month China itinerary. You can appreciate the spectacular scenery of the gorges, take photos, or enjoy the sunshine on the deck leisurely. The cruise company will also arrange some onshore excursions each day. This afternoon, you can visit Shibaozhai, where you will see an ancient wooden pagoda with total 12 storeys. The view at the top is very beautiful and worth of your effort to climb up. Around 20:00, the Captain's Welcome Party will invite all the guests to participate.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day23 Shennong Stream
Today the cruise ship will sail through the Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, and Xiling Gorge, the most beautiful sections of Yangtze River. Prepare your camera and capture the stunning landscape. The river guide will also point out the main attractions along the gorges. In the afternoon, you will change to a smaller wooden boat to have an excursion to Shennong Stream. In the evening, the cruise ship will go through the famous Five Level Ship Lock.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day24 Yichang - Shanghai
An excursion along Shennong Stream
This morning you will have an onshore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. It is the largest dam in the world. There is an advantage point where you can see this entire complex. After that, pack your luggage and check out the cruise ship. Our local guide will pick you up and transfer you to Yichang airport. If time permits, you will also visit Yichang Museum before flying to Shanghai. In Shanghai airport, our guide will meet you on time and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day25 Shanghai
After breakfast, you will visit Shanghai Museum first and then turn to Yuyuan Garden, a traditional Chinese garden, designed in the 16th century. It is so beautiful with magnificent rocks, pavilions, ponds, bridges, trees and residence that you will feel it a true respite in such a busy city. An a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) is arranged at a fancy local restaurant. In the afternoon, we schedule the Bund, Huangpu River cruise and an ancient cultural street for you.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day26 Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai
Humble Administrator's Garden, Suzhou
Transfer you to the railway station and you will take a morning high speed train to Suzhou. Our Suzhou guide will meet you at the railway station and take you to visit two famous classical Chinese gardens, like Humble Administrator's Garden and the Garden of the Masters of the Nets. Later visit the Pingjiang Road. After finishing the sightseeing, you will take a high speed train back to Shanghai. Our local guide will wait for you and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day27 Shanghai
You must have a solid overview of Shanghai until today. However, Shanghai has a lot on offer as it is a renowned city of history, culture and tourism. So we leave the whole day at your disposal. The following is our suggestions for your self-service exploration.

In the morning, we suggest you go to the Jade Buddha Temple. You could take the bus No. 13 at Tianmuxilu station near Pullman Shanghai Jing An Hotel and get off at Changshoulu station after 13 stops. From the Golden River-view Hotel, you could take subway No. 13 at Hanzhong Road station for one stop, get off at Jiangning Rd. station and walk to the destination. The sitting jade Buddha and recumbent Buddha in this temple are really striking pieces. It is hard to imagine how such large jade stones were carved. Then you could take Subway Line 13 at Jiangninglu Station and change to Line 2 at Nanjingxilu Station. Finally get off at Lujiazui (Exit 6). You will arrive at the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone of Pudong. It is the largest financial zone in mainland China, and there you could find Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center and Shanghai Tower. You can visit one of them or just spend your whole afternoon there. After that, you may spend your time shopping in the nearby Nanjing Road.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day28 Shanghai - Hong Kong
As our guide transfers you to Shanghai airport for the flight to Hong Kong, your private guided tour is completed. In Hong Kong, we prefer to leave all the activities on your own except for the hotel accommodation with breakfasts, as the private guided tour in Hong Kong is high priced. Hong Kong is pretty easy for self-service explorers. English is widely used and the transportation system is also very convenient. You can take the Airport Express to get off at Kowloon station and then connect to the free shuttle bus K3 to Regal Kowloon Hotel or K4 to the B P International House.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day29 Hong Kong
Our clients enjoying the night view in the Victoria Peak
You have the whole day to explore the vibrant Hong Kong on your own. The hotels we arranged for you both are conveniently located in Kowloon. They are just within easy reach of the MTR underground. The first site we suggest for this morning is the Victoria Harbor. If you stay at the Regal Kowloon Hotel, you could walk westward along the Mody Road and turn to left at Chatham Road South, finally get to the waterfront of the Victoria Harbor. If you set off from the B P International House, you could walk westward along the hotel's Austin Road and turn left onto Canton road. Continue walking southward until to the Salisbury Road and finally turn right. Later you could take the Star Ferry at the nearby Star Ferry Terminal to Central on Hong Kong Island. Near the pier, you will find the Bus No. 6, 6A, 6X, 60, and 260 on the Exchange Square. Get on one bus to Stanley, where you can visit the interesting Stanley Market. There are many restaurants, so you can choose one to have your lunch.

After that, we suggest the Victoria Peak for you, where you could get a panoramic view of Hong Kong. You can take bus back to Central and get off at the Garden Road, then take the Peak Tram up to the Victoria Peak. In the evening, take a Star Ferry back to Victoria Harbor to watch the wonderful A Symphony of Lights at around 20:00.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day30 Departure from Hong Kong
Today you will go to the airport and take your homeward flight on your own. You can take a taxi to the airport directly. Or take the free shuttle bus K3 or K4 and connect the Airport Express at the Kowloon station. Wish you a nice trip back home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation
HotelsStandard HotelsEconomy Hotels
BeijingHoliday Inn Central Plaza Days Inn Forbidden City Hotel
XianDays Hotel & Suites Xinxing Days Inn City Centre Xi'an
LhasaXinding Hotel Xinding Hotel
GyangtseGyangtse Hotel Gyangtse Hotel
ShigatseShigatse Hotel Shigatse Hotel
LijiangManxin Hotels & Resorts Manxin Hotels & Resorts
DaliGurong Hotel Landscape Hotel
KunmingJinjiang Hotel Jinjiang Hotel B Tower
GuilinGuilin Bravo Hotel Hotel Universal
YangshuoNew Century Hotel New Century Hotel
ChengduHoliday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza Ibis Chengdu Hongxing Pedestrian Street Hotel
Yangtze RiverPresident No.6 with balconyPresident No.6 with balcony
ShanghaiPullman Shanghai Jing An Golden River-view Hotel
Hong KongRegal Kowloon Hotel B P International House
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