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China Tour Beijing-Xian-Kunming – Dali – Shangri-la – Lijiang – Yangtze – Shanghai


China Tour to Beijing-Xian-Kunming – Dali – Shangri-la – Lijiang – Chongqing – Yichang – Shanghai

Tropical Sails is organizing an adventure to China. You may do the whole 20 days, 19 nights or take shorter options. Prices and shorter dates are below the tour description. BROCHURE

Fare for entire tour: Beijing-Xian-Kunming–Dali–Shangri-la –Lijiang–Chongqing–Yichang–Shanghai $4095 pp
Fare for Xi’an – Kunming – Dali – Shangri-la – Lijiang – Chongqing – Yichang – Shanghai $3730
Fare for Kunming– Dali – Shangri-la – Lijiang – Chongqing – Yichang – Shanghai $3213
Fare for Beijing- Xi’an – Kunming – Dali – Shangri-la – Lijiang $2605

May 4th (leave USA on May 3rd) and ends May 23rd.
Day 01: Sunday, 4th May, 2014 Arrive in Beijing
Arriving at Beijing airport, the local guide will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel for rest. (This assumes we are all on the same flight or arriving about the same time)
Overnight in Beijing

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Tiananmen Square Corner

Day 02: Monday, 5th May, 2014 Beijing B/L/D
After breakfast, visit Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Dominating the north side of the square is the massive red Tian’anmen Gate through which we will pass into the fabled Forbidden City and another age, where we will see the home of the members of the royal family and their court during China’s Ming and Qing Dynasties. Free shopping at Yashow Market. (Option) Tonight, watch a fascinating performance of Peking Opera, or leave hotel to see Chinese Acrobat Show.
Overnight in Beijing

Day 03: Tuesday, 6th May, 2014 Beijing – Xi’an by train B/L/D
Today we will visit the Great Wall where you will have the opportunity to not only see one of the most impressive sections of the Great Wall of China but also take a walk along it. After lunch you will travel some 50 km northwest of Beijing to the Sacred Way with its fabulous stone animals. The way leads to the Ming Tombs in the shadow of Longevity Mountain. A visit to the Underground Palace of Dingling will allow you to see imperial coffins, burial artifacts and treasures. Tonight, take night sleeper train to Xi’an, the ancient former capital city of China.
Overnight on train

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Atop Xian City Wall where you may ride a bike atop the city wall.

Day 04: Wednesday, 7th May, 2014 Xi’an B/L/D
Arrive in Xi’an, pick up and check in hotel. After breakfast and short rest, visit the ancient Xi’an City Wall (14th century) one of the most important city walls in China. Afterwards, we will transfer to your hotel and go to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The square, seven-story pagoda was built in 652 AD and is a fine example of Tang Dynasty Buddhist architecture.
Overnight in Xi’an

Day 05: Thursday, 8th May, 2014 Xi’an B/L/D
Following breakfast in the hotel, we will set out for another highlight of your tour, the Terracotta Warriors Museum. The thousands of life size soldiers and horses were created to guard the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first Emperor to unite China under his firm rule. The royal tomb itself has yet to be opened but the rank upon rank of Warriors is a sight that is unrivaled anywhere in the world. After lunch, we will visit the Provincial History Museum which has the richest collection of artifacts in China. Tonight, enjoy Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. Late afternoon, Optional Chinese foot massage or bicycle ride atop the city wall.
Overnight in Xi’an

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Xian

Day 06: Friday, 9th May, 2014 Xi’an – Kunming B
Take flight 8L9926 (10:30/12:30) to Kunming. (Lunch on plane) Arrive in Kunming, check in hotel. Afternoon Bamboo Temple, Hump monument. In the evening, for those people who is enthusiastic about nightlife, Kundu Night Market will be the most wonderful place where dining, tourism, shopping as well as cultural places are concentrated. Here you can find tea-houses, coffee shops, Internet bars, local snacks and so on, which serve different kinds of people.
Overnight in Kunming

Day 07: Saturday, 10th May, 2014 Kunming B/L/D
Leave Kunming in the morning and drive to Stone Forest (Shilin in Chinese, 89 km, 1.5 hours), a typical karst formation, the Stone Forest covers an area of more than three hundred square kilometers. Scientific research has shown that what is now the Stone Forest was 270 million years ago an immense expanse of water with a vast stretch of limestone sediment formed over the years on the seafloor. As a result of the crustal movement, the seabed rose gradually and a large piece of land thus came into being. Exposed to rains and winds, eroded by the elements, the strange-looking limestone ranges were shaped by time. About 200 million years ago numerous stone peaks, pillars, and stalagmites rose abruptly from the ground and towered into the sky, extending now as far as the eye can see, looking like a vast forest of stone, hence the name “the Stone Forest”. The Heisongyan Scenic Spot (also named as the Naigu Stone Forest) is 8 kilometers from the Scenic Spot of Stone Forest. This area is the major sightseeing area of dark stones which mainly composes of stone pillars, stone pagodas and stone castles. All of these towering stones are displaying a grand view over magical scenes. The local flavor Yiliang Roast Duck which famous in whole Yunnan Province will be arranged as lunch. In the afternoon back to Kunming, visit and walk in Green Lake Park if time permits. Situated in the downtown Kunming, the Green Lake Park is also named Nine Dragon Pond in ancient times, because there are nine spring outlets at the north of the lake. In winter many Siberian red-beaked gulls come to inhabit here. We tale an hour break at hotel before going to Flying Tigers Restaurant for dinner.
Overnight in Kunming

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Dali Reflecting Pool, Dali Yunnan, China


Day 08: Sunday, 11th May, 2014 Kunming – Dali B/L
In the morning drive to Dali. On arrival, check-in the hotel for a short rest. Then visit Three Pagodas which known as the Chongsheng Santa and situated on top of the ruins of Chongsheng Monastery, the Three Pagodas lie one kilometer northwest of Dali and located on the slope of Mount Cangshan. And take a strolling on the Dali Old Town. The history of Dali Old Town can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty when Dali was the capital of Nanzhao Kingdom which is the home to Bai minority. The town, whose format is like a chess board with four gates guarding in the directions of east , south, west and north stands between Cangshan Mountains and Erhai Lake, a natural configuration that seems specially designed for a good bountiful life. Free evening to shop, dine or go to the Monkey Bar.
Overnight in Dali
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At the bottom of Tiger Leaping Gorge


Day 09: Monday, 12th May, 2014 Dali – Shangri-la B/L/D
In the morning drive to Shangri-la, on the way visit Tiger Leaping Gorge, which is believed to be the deepest gorge in the world. From the top of the gorge you look down the steeply angled (70-90 degrees) mountain sides to the rushing Golden Sands (Jingsha) River with its 18 frothing rapids more than 200 meters (about 700 feet) below. Check in the hotel upon arrival. If you cannot climb the approximately 1500 steps up out of the gorge, you may hire a porter for about $25.
Overnight in Shangri-la

Day 10: Tuesday, 13th May, 2014 Shangri-la B/L
This morning we will have a late departure to visit Songzanlin Tibetan Buddhism Monastery, which is 5 km from the seat of Shangri-la County. Construction began in 1679 and was completed in 1681. It is said that the Fifth Dalai Lama chose the site of the monastery through divination and named it “Gedan Songzanlin Monastery”. In 1724, during the reign of Emperor Yongzheng in the Qing Dynasty, the monastery was renamed the “Guihua Monastery”. During its time of greatest prosperity, there were more than 3,000 monks in the temple, now there are still 700 monks inside. Then visit local Tibetan Family and enjoy the yak buter tea. In the evening visit Zhongdian Old Town with Tibetan old streets and houses and enjoy the local Tibetan people dancing in the middle square of old town.
Overnight in Shangri-la

Day 11: Wednesday, 14th May, 2014 Shangri-la – Lijiang B/L/D
In the morning drive to Lijiang. Upon arrival, check in the hotel. Followed walking in the Lijiang Old City,which is one of the best-preserved ancient towns of the minority ethnic people of China. This town is known for its wooden buildings, cobblestone streets and is crisscrossed by streams of clear mountain water. Lijiang old town belongs to the World Culture Heritage of UNESCO.
Overnight in Lijiang

Day 12: Thursday, 15th May, 2014 Lijiang B/L
Visit Lijiang Planetarium. Lijiang Planetarium has the best astronomical observations conditions with the largest telescope in Asia and the high elevation of 3193 meters. Then we stroll in Shuhe Old Town. Shuhe, also “Shaowu” in Naxi language, means “the village at the foot of the high hill”. In the past, there behind the village was a high hill named Jubao Hill, so people named the village after the hill. Generation after generation, the village gets its present name. The Ancient Town of Shuhe is located 4 kilometers to the northwest of the Ancient City of Lijiang. Its central part covers an area of about 5 square kilometers. In 1997, the Ancient Town of Shuhe was ranked as an important part of the Ancient City of Lijiang. Next visit Dr Rock’s Risidence. Lijiang has many restaurants, cafes and shops for you evening entertainment.
Overnight in Lijiang

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Black Dragon Pool


Day 13: Friday, 16th May, 2014 Lijiang B/L
After breakfast visit Black Dragon Pool, its name from the waters which sparkle like jade and are as clear as spring water. The entire park is green with grass and shaded by swaying willow trees. Under the Suocui Bridge, a waterfall creates a constant roar as it cascades downstream. Next to Dongba Museum, which was designed to display the splendid Dongba culture. The major infrastructure of the museum is archaized Naxi modest Siheyuan(Courtyard House). In this museum, you can observe the footprint of history, and your wisdom will also be inspired. This museum is the witness of the historical social change of Lijiang. You can trace the history of Lijiang by appreciating the ancient rough axes, the rusty rifles, the Wufeng Building, the monument lying on the riverside of Jinsha River commemorating the crossing-river battle of the red army, the boorish but magnificent Baisha murals, etc. In the afternoon take a visit to Baisha Naxi Village. Baisha (White Sand) is located in the north of Lijiang. It is named this because of the large amount of white sand on the earth surface there. According to history Baisha is the earliest place for the settlement of Naxi nationality after they entered Lijiang basin.
Overnight in Lijiang

Day 14: Saturday, 17th May, 2014 Lijiang – Chongqing – Cruise day 1 B/L/D
Morning take flight PN6512 (12:25/13:55) to Chongqing, meet the local guide and transfer to visit General Joseph W. Stillwell Museum. General Joseph Warren Stilwell (1883-1946) was chief commander of US forces in the China-Burma-India Theatre during World War II. In 1942, ranked as a major general, he was dispatched to CBI and was regarded as the best field commander in the entire United States Army. General Stilwell was a true friend of the Chinese people as well as a Chinese linguist. Next to visit Ciqikou Ancient Town which preserved in sprawling modern Chongqing. It’s an old sleepy town built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The town’s name, Ciqikou, means porcelain harbor, and the community prospered from the porcelain trade. Today it offers a glimpse of the peaceful laid-back life in the Sichuan countryside and is somewhere to take a break from the busy commercial world of Chongqing. After dinner, transfer to Chongqing port and embark the Yangtze Cruise.
Overnight on board

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Lover’s Bridge


Day 15: Sunday, 18th May, 2014 Cruise day 2: Fengdu and onward B/L/D
This morning we will make a stop for a visit to the Ghost City of Fengdu, famous for its temple dedicated to the King of the Underworld, an association dating back to the Han Dynasty. Fengdu is where the devil lives, according to Chinese legend. They say that spirits go to heaven, and evil goes to Fengdu. The town is overlooked by Ming Shan Hill, home of Tianzi, the King of the Dead. The whole place has an eerie feel to it with deserted streets, empty shops and banks.
Overnight on board

Day 16: Monday, 19th May, 2014 Cruise day 3: Lesser Three Gorges B/L/D
Today will stop off for an excursion to the Lesser Three Gorges which are the three separate valleys of the Daning River: Dragon Gate Gorge, Misty Gorge and Emerald Gorge. These lie on the lower reaches of the Daning, which flows into the Yangtze. The gorges are truly spectacular. Sheer cliffs soar up towards the sky from the brown-green water. Mountain tops hover above the ribbon of mist, disconnected from their roots. Its “subtle mountains, clear waters, pretty rocks, dangerous rapids, sharp turns, fantastic caves, and stalactites in various shapes” create the timeless beauty that you see in Chinese landscape paintings. Monkeys, mandarin ducks and other water birds can be seen loitering on big boulders in this area. In addition to the wonderful natural scenery there are a number of historical places of interest along the way, such as a suspended coffin, boat coffin, and remains of ancient plank walkway.
Overnight on board

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Yangtze Bridge


Day 17: Tuesday, 20th May, 2014 Cruise day 4: Three Gorges Dam – Yichang – Shanghai B/L/D
Today we arrive at the Three Gorges Dam site and take a shore excursion to see this marvel of engineering. It is the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by man and it has been a dream for several generations of Chinese people. The construction of the dam formally began in 1994. The body of the dam was completed in 2003, and the whole construction will be competed in 2009. After lunch onboard we will arrive in Yichang at about 1330. After disembarking the cruise, your guide will meet you and transfer you to the airport for your flight FM9366 (15:35/17:05) to Shanghai. On arrival at Shanghai, transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Shanghai
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Shanghai Yuyuan Garden


Day 18: Wednesday, 21st May, 2014 Shanghai B/L/D
Shanghai is a city that must be seen to be appreciated. Morning visit Yuyuan Garden. Laid out in the 16th century by a Ming official, this small (2 hectares) garden is a delight of pools, pavilions and rock gardens. Strolling through the bazaar surrounding the garden, you will find lines of stores that sell traditional Chinese arts and crafts. Next visit Shanghai Old City. In the afternoon, enjoy walking tour on the Bund. Along the 1.5 km bund, all the grand buildings are over hundred years, each of them has it’s own story. Lined with all the colonial buildings, the Bund is a significant area for the recent Chinese history and overlooking Huangpu River. Continue visit Nanjing Road, this is Shanghai’s main shopping street, enjoying the fame as “The No. 1 Commercial Street of China”, also it is one of the most prosperous streets in Asia. After dinner, have a cruise on Huangpu River.
Overnight in Shanghai

Day 19: Thursday, 22nd May, 2014 Shanghai B/L/D
This morning visit Shanghai Museum and Jade Buddha Temple which was founded in 1882 with two jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Burma by sea. These were a sitting Buddha (1.95 metres tall, 3 tonnes), and a smaller reclining Buddha representing Buddha’s death. The temple now also contains a much larger reclining Jade Buddha, donated from Singapore, and visitors may mistake this larger sculpture for the original, smaller piece. Then visit Jiang Nan Silk Factory (lasts for 1.5 hours). Farewell dinner with Chinese flavor will be arranged for you tonight.
Overnight in Shanghai

Day 20: Friday, 23rd May, 2014 Departure Shanghai B
Transfer to airport for departure flight, end of service.

Option: Peking Opera: 12USD p/p
Option: Xian Bicycle ride $4
Optional extra nights in Beijing or Shanghai, call.

Fare for entire tour: $4095 pp
Fare for Xi’an – Kunming – Dali – Shangri-la – Lijiang – Chongqing – Yichang – Shanghai $3730
Fare for Kunming– Dali – Shangri-la – Lijiang – Chongqing – Yichang – Shanghai $3213
Fare for Beijing- Xi’an – Kunming – Dali – Shangri-la – Lijiang $2605
$500 deposit refundable until 70 days prior to departure. Balance due 60 days prior to departure.
Refunds after final payment are subject to China Kindness schedule in their brochure. 2% discount for checks.

The quotation includes:
* 3 domestic flights with tax in economy class: Xi’an/Kunming, Lijiang/Chongqing, Yichang/Shanghai
* 1 soft sleeper night train: Beijing/Xi’an (4 pax in one carriage)
* 4 star hotels, double or twin room with private shower and WC
* 4 star Yangtze cruise ship: Yangtze River No.1 (sets out from Chongqing every Saturday)
* Daily lunches and/or dinners as shown in the program at local restaurants for the land tour and full board
on the ship
* Admission charges where applicable as shown in the tour description
* Private clean and air-conditioned transportation for land transportation
* Excellent private guide & driver for the land tour
* Two bottles of mineral water per person per day
* Service charges for baggage handling between airport and hotel
* Government taxes & Service charge
* Domestic travel insurance required by Chinese government.
* One bag 20 kg on domestic flights. You may carry-on a second bag.

Not included in the tour price:
* International transportation and tax
* Optional service
* Personal consumption (low alcohol beer is served with lunches and most dinners)
* Visa fee (must be purchased in your zone. $10 discount with My China Visa)
* Tips for guide, driver and porter (Budget $10 a day) (Bell boys expect 5 yuan per bag. Applies to cruise line too)
* International Travel Insurance (available from Tropical Sails Corp)

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