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Spring 2014 Yunnan China Ethnic Discovery Tours

Discovery Tour Guilin to Vietnam Border
Guilin – Yangshuo – Sanjiang – Zhaoxing – Kaili – Kunming – Jianshui –Yuanyang – Hekou – Vietnam or Kunming 12D 11N

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China Ethnic Tour Guilin to Hekou

Highlights
• Experience at least 6 various ethnic cultures in Southwest China
• Explore at least 5 kinds of ethnic villages in the 3 provinces of Guangxi, Guizhou and Yunnan
• Visit the famed rivers: Li River in Guilin
• Enjoy the quaint scenery in villages of Yangshuo by bicycle and Chinese cooking class
• Amazed by the wonder of the world: the No.1 Terriced Fields by Hani people in Yuanyang
• Discover one of the most splendid wonders of the world: Stone Forest in Kunming
• Search the Old Town of Jianshui, Zhu Family Garden and Tuanshan Village
• 12 Days 11 Nights
• Special Price $1889 pp do
• Arrive Guilin March 28th, ends April 8/9 (Full Itinerary Below)
RESERVATIONS INFORMATION REQUEST

Discovery Tour Guilin to Shangrila
Guilin – Yangshuo – Sanjiang – Zhaoxing – Kaili – Kunming – Dali– Shangri-la – Lijiang – Kunming 15D 14N

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China Tour Map Guilin to Shangrila

Highlights
• Experience at least 8 various ethnic cultures in Southwest China
• Explore at least 6 kinds of ethnic villages in the 3 provinces of Guangxi, Guizhou and Yunnan
• Visit the famed rivers: Li River in Guilin & Upper Yangtze in Shangri-la
• Enjoy the quaint scenery in villages of Yangshuo by bicycle and Chinese cooking class
• Amazed by one of the deepest gorges in the world: Tiger Leaping Gorge on the upper Yangtze River
• Stroll in ancient towns of Lijiang on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
• Discover one of the most splendid wonders of the world: Stone Forest in Kunming
• $1958 pp special price double occupancy
• 15 Days, 14 Nights
• Begins March 28th, Ends April 11th
RESERVATIONS INFORMATION REQUEST

Discovery Tour Guilin to Vietnam Border
Guilin – Yangshuo – Sanjiang – Zhaoxing – Kaili – Kunming – Jianshui –Yuanyang – Hekou – Vietnam or Kunming 12D 11N

Day 1: 28th Mar., 2014 Arrive in Guilin D
Arrive in Guilin, a famous Chinese tour city in Guangxi Province, take taxi to hotel, our guide will welcome you at the
hotel. Tonight, welcome dinner with local flavor will be served. Overnight in Guilin

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Guilin


Day 2: 29th Mar., 2014 Guilin – Yangshuo (Zhuang Nationality area) B/L/D
After breakfast, drive to Yangdi dock and take bamboo raft to enjoy the landscape of Li River. Arrive at Xingping and stroll in Xingping Ancient Town. After that, dirve to Yangshuo. You will have a bicycle trip there. Yangshuo countryside provides a very good chance for the tourists to discover the real beauty of Yangshuo. The cycling is sublime: easy flat rural roads and paved country roads will take you through numerous local villages, along bamboo lined rivers and rice fields and up close to local people and their daily lives with our local guide. It isn’t a strenuous tour and we can alter distances to suit
your abilities and wants. You may get the chance to visit the local family if you want. After dinner, go watch cormorant fishing on Li River (Optional). Overnight in Yangshuo
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Chinese Cooking Class


Day 3: 30th Mar., 2014 Yangshuo B/L
In the morning, you will take chance to have Cooking Class. Yangshuo cooking class offers you the opportunity to learn how to cook real local food. Their skilled and friendly teachers who speak fluent English would love to impart the stories and secrets of Chinese cuisine to you in a friendly fun atmosphere. They emphasizes a teaching style based on actually doing rather than watching. You will be taken to the local markets to learn about the ingredients that will use in the dishes. In the kitchen, each one of you will have an individual wok and bench, learning by doing. Or you can choose to have Chinese Calligrapy Class instead of cooking class if you are interested. This afternoon is free for your leisure at West Street. In the evening enjoy the Show of Impression Liusanjie (Optional).
Overnight in Yangshuo
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Countyside Yangshuo China


Day 4: 31st Mar., 2014 Yangshuo – Sanjiang (Dong Nationality area) B/L/D
After breakfast, drive to Sanjiang. Sanjiang in Guangxi province is a county inhabited by the South Dong, one of the two subgroups of the Dong ethnic minority. A short drive away from Sanjiang will take us to Chengyang, a quaint little village with one of the largest Fengyuqiao (Wind and Rain Bridges) in the region. Here we will explore the villages on foot. Trip in Guangxi Province ends here. Overnight in Sanjiang

Day 5: 01st Apr., 2014 Sanjiang – Zhaoxing (Dong Nationality area) B/L/D
Pick up and drive to Zhaoxing, one of the largest Dong villages in Guizhou Province, with more than 800 households and a population of 4000. There are five drum towers and five roofed bridges belonging to five big families living in the village. We can enjoy some free time in the village or hike about 3hr to reach Tang’an, one of the four eco-museums in Guizhou province. Overnight in Zhaoxing

Day 6: 02nd Apr., 2014 Zhaoxing – Kaili (Miao Nationality area) B/L/D
Drive to Fulu Town to enjoy Firework Festival of Dong people. Firework Festival is one of the most important traditional festivals of Dong people which has a history of more than one hundred years. After lunch, drive from Zhaoxing to Kaili via Xia-rong High Way. 2/3 of this newly-built high way is either tunnels or bridges. We’ll see marvelous mountain views and we’ll also stop on the way to visit Yintan, a lovely quaint Dong village hidden in the mountains. Overnight in Kaili

Day 7: 03rd Apr., 2014 Kaili B/L/D
After breakfast, we’ll visit Ethnic Museum, then drive along the beautiful Bala River to visit Jidao Miao Village which represents the long-skirt subgroup and Datang, a Miao village with an aquatic granary and the women’s “Mini skirt”. Then visit Paika Village to learn about Lusheng—the Miao people’s most important musical instrument. Last, visit Miao’s rice storage on water at Datang Village. Miao style wooden houses are comfortable but dangerous, too. Once there is one house on fire, the whole village will be burnt down. Local villagers in Datang build small houses above water for rice storage. The acquatic granary will protect their rice away from fire, rats and other insects. Even their houses by any chance are burnt down, they at least still get their food saved. Overnight in Kaili

Day 8: 04th Apr., 2014 Kaili – Guiyang – Kunming B/L/D
Today in the morning visit Matang Village, a quiet village inhabited by the Gejia minority, where we will learn about their culture, of which very little is known. The Gejia although classified as Miao, is in fact a separate group. You will see the typical costumes, houses, embroidery and batik making. In the late afternoon drive back to Guiyang, the provincial capital of Guizhou. After dinner, you will be transferred to the railway station to catch your train to Kunming and farewell to Guizhou guide & driver. Trip in Guizhou ends. Overnight on train

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Stone Forest near Kunming, Yunnan, China


Day 9: 05th Apr., 2014 Excursion to Stone Forest (Sani/Yi people’s area) B/L/D
In the morning arrive in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province, you will be transferred to hotel for breakfast and a short rest. Then drive to visit Stone Forest ( Shilin in Chinese, 89 km, 1.5 hours ), 80 ha. site of fantastic limestone formations created during the Permian Era when the sea covered this area. Shilin is on the World Heritage List and managed by the traditional owners the Yi people. It is famous in China and unique in the world. We will visit the Stone Forest for 2.5 hours. Today you will taste Yiliang Roast Duck as lunch. Then back to Kunming and have local flavor crossing bridge rice noodle as dinner. In evening, suggest to enjoy the China famous national show Dynamic Yunnan (Optional). Overnight in Kunming

Day 10: 06th Apr., 2014 Kunming – Jianshui B/L/D
In the morning drive about 2 hours to Jianshui and visit 400 years old Chaoyang Tower which is even 24 years elder than Tian An Men in Beijing. You can also visit the second largest Confucian-temple in China. The small city Jianshui is the cultural center of southern Yunnan province. In the past, the people of this city became very rich due to the natural deposits of tin. So now, you can see many private houses with typical Chinese architecture style in the city. In the afternoon you will have a chance to visit one of them – Zhu Family Garden which is formed by 250 rooms and 42 courtyards. It’s even better than the gardens in Suzhou. Stroll around in the old part of Jianshui Town and see ancient water wells that have been used by local residents for centuries. The wells also have different names, such as Daban Well nearby the West Gate (Ximen) and water quality is fresh and pure. Thanks to the water, a lot of tofu (beancurd) workshops make the particularly tasty tofu, where it can be found out how this popular food is produced in traditional way. People sit around a low grill as the service person tends their tofu. Once roasted to a golden brown, the tofu is eaten either straight, with sauce, or most frequently with a dash of chilli. You pay by the piece and the owner has a small container per customer and drops in a kernel of corn each time you get a piece off the grill.
Overnight in Jianshui

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Yilang Roast Duck


Day 11: 07th Apr., 2014 Jianshui – Yuanyang (Hani & Yi Nationality area) B/L/D
After breakfast visit Tuanshan Village and have a family visit there. Most people in Tuanshan Village are surnamed Zhang, and the famous Zhang messuage of the Zhang line of descendants is known for its vivid wood carvings. Tuanshan Village exists as the only intact cultural village of the Qing Dynasty that was previously a habitat of the Yi ethnic minority. There are also residential complexes built 600 years ago that have preserved the characteristics and social and humanistic environment of the southern Yunnan villages. Then drive to Yuanyang and visit the first wonder in the world: Endless
Hani Terrace Rice Fields on the mountains at Laohuzui & Duoyishu. They are popular destinations with photographers due to the vast areas of nearby mountains which have been cultivated into terraced rice paddies for at least the past 1300 years by the Hani people. You will be amazed by the overwhelming scenic beauty of this landscape. Then visit the villages of Hani people. Overnight in Yuanyang

Day 12: 08th Apr., 2014 Yuanyang – Hekou (Miao Nationality area) B/L Drive to Hekou, the China-Vietnam Border port, where you will enter Vietnam to continue your Vietnam trip arranged by yourself (we suggest you to visit Sapa, Halong Bay, then leave for home from Hanoi. If you need, our company can help to arrange this section or you may return to Kunming, overnight there and leave the next morning).


Discovery Tour Guilin to Shangrila
Guilin – Yangshuo – Sanjiang – Zhaoxing – Kaili – Kunming – Dali– Shangri-la – Lijiang – Kunming 15D 14N

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Guilin China


Day 1: 28th Mar., 2014 Arrive in Guilin D
Arrive in Guilin, a famous Chinese tour city in Guangxi Province, take taxi to hotel, our guide will welcome you at the hotel. Tonight, welcome dinner with local flavor will be served.
Overnight in Guilin

Day 2: 29th Mar., 2014 Guilin – Yangshuo (Zhuang Nationality area) B/L/D
After breakfast, drive to Yangdi dock and take bamboo raft to enjoy the landscape of Li River. Arrive at Xingping and stroll in Xingping Ancient Town. After that, dirve to Yangshuo. You will have a bicycle trip there. Yangshuo countryside provides a very good chance for the tourists to discover the real beauty of Yangshuo. The cycling is sublime: easy flat rural
roads and paved country roads will take you through numerous local villages, along bamboo lined rivers and rice fields and up close to local people and their daily lives with our local guide. It isn’t a strenuous tour and we can alter distances to suit your abilities and wants. You may get the chance to visit the local family if you want. After dinner, go watch cormorant
fishing on Li River (Optional). Overnight in Yangshuo

Day 3: 30th Mar., 2014 Yangshuo B/L
In the morning, you will take chance to have Cooking Class. Yangshuo cooking class offers you the opportunity to learn how to cook real local food. Their skilled and friendly teachers who speak fluent English would love to impart the stories and secrets of Chinese cuisine to you in a friendly fun atmosphere. They emphasizes a teaching style based on actually doing rather than watching. You will be taken to the local markets to learn about the ingredients that will use in the dishes. In the kitchen, each one of you will have an individual wok and bench, learning by doing. Or you can choose to have Chinese Calligrapy Class instead of cooking class if you are interested. This afternoon is free for your leisure at West Street. In the evening enjoy the Show of Impression Liusanjie (Optional).
Overnight in Yangshuo

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Countyside Yangshuo China


Day 4: 31st Mar., 2014 Yangshuo – Sanjiang (Dong Nationality area) B/L/D
After breakfast, drive to Sanjiang. Sanjiang in Guangxi province is a county inhabited by the South Dong, one of the two subgroups of the Dong ethnic minority. A short drive away from Sanjiang will take us to Chengyang, a quaint little village with one of the largest Fengyuqiao (Wind and Rain Bridges) in the region. Here we will explore the villages on foot. Trip in Guangxi Province ends here.
Overnight in Sanjiang

Day 5: 01st Apr., 2014 Sanjiang – Zhaoxing (Dong Nationality area) B/L/D
Pick up and drive to Zhaoxing, one of the largest Dong villages in Guizhou Province, with more than 800 households and a population of 4000. There are five drum towers and five roofed bridges belonging to five big families living in the village. We can enjoy some free time in the village or hike about 3hr to reach Tang’an, one of the four eco-museums in Guizhou province.
Overnight in Zhaoxing

Day 6: 02nd Apr., 2014 Zhaoxing – Kaili (Miao Nationality area) B/L/D
Drive to Fulu Town to enjoy Firework Festival of Dong people. Firework Festival is one of the most important traditional festivals of Dong people which has a history of more than one hundred years. After lunch, drive from Zhaoxing to Kaili via Xia-rong High Way. 2/3 of this newly-built high way is either tunnels or bridges. We’ll see marvelous mountain views and we’ll also stop on the way to visit Yintan, a lovely quaint Dong village hidden in the mountains. Overnight in Kaili

Day 7: 03rd Apr., 2014 Kaili B/L/D
After breakfast, we’ll visit Ethnic Museum, then drive along the beautiful Bala River to visit Jidao Miao Village which represents the long-skirt subgroup and Datang, a Miao village with an aquatic granary and the women’s “Mini skirt”. Then visit Paika Village to learn about Lusheng—the Miao people’s most important musical instrument. Last, visit Miao’s rice storage on water at Datang Village. Miao style wooden houses are comfortable but dangerous, too. Once there is one house on fire, the whole village will be burnt down. Local villagers in Datang build small houses above water for rice storage. The acquatic granary will protect their rice away from fire, rats and other insects. Even their houses by any chance are burnt down, they at least still get their food saved. Overnight in Kaili

Day 8: 04th Apr., 2014 Kaili – Guiyang – Kunming B/L/D
Today in the morning visit Matang Village, a quiet village inhabited by the Gejia minority, where we will learn about their culture, of which very little is known. The Gejia although classified as Miao, is in fact a separate group. You will see the typical costumes, houses, embroidery and batik making. In the late afternoon drive back to Guiyang, the provincial capital of Guizhou. After dinner, you will be transferred to the railway station to catch your train to Kunming and farewell to Guizhou guide & driver. Trip in Guizhou ends.
Overnight on train

Day 9: 05th Apr., 2014 Kunming – Dali (Bai Nationality area) B/L/D
In the morning arrive in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province, you will be transferred to hotel for breakfast and a short rest. Then drive to Dali. After arrival, take a stroll in Dali Old Town. The history of Dali Old Town can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty (about 1000 years ago) 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.
Overnight in Dali

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Dali Reflecting Pool, Dali Yunnan, China


Day 10: 06th Apr., 2014 Dali – Shangri-la (Tibetan people’s area) B/L/D
After breakfast visit morning market in Xizhou Bai village & Tie Dying Batik Workshop in Zhoucheng Bai Village, then drive to Shangri-la/Zhongdian. In the evening visit Zhongdian old town with Tibetan old streets and houses, at the same time, you can watch the local Tibetan people dancing in the old town to enjoy themselves. Overnight in Shangri-la

Day 11: 07th Apr., 2014 Shangri-la – Lijiang (Naxi and Yi Nationality area) B/L/D
Morning 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. Next have a Tibetan family visiting with a Tibetan lunch. In the afternoon drive to Lijiang and visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge en route, 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. Upon arrival, check in the hotel. Overnight in Lijiang

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Lijiang Black Dragon Pool


Day 12: 08th Apr., 2014 Lijiang B/L
Morning walking in Lijiang Old Town, a lovely traditional town with beautiful wooden houses and crisscrossed with streams of mountain water. Lijiang is one of the best preserved ancient towns in China and is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Then visit Dongba Cultural Museum by Black Dragon Pool Park. In the Dongba Museum, you can see the pictograph that was developed by the Naxi Nationality 1,000 years ago. This pictograph is still being used today. The Black Dragon Pool whose name comes 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. Then visit 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 earths surface there. According to history Baisha is the earliest place for the settlement of Naxi nationality after they entered Lijiang basin. Last visit Shuhe Ancient 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. The rest of time is free for your leisure.
Overnight in Lijiang

Day 13: 09th Apr., 2014 Lijiang – Kunming via Shuanglang of Dali B/L/D
Today we will drive back to Kunming via Shuanglang, a beautiful little fishing town beside Erhai Lake of Dali. You will visit some fishing villages there. Erhai Lake is the second largest highland lake next to Dianchi. The lake covers an area of 250 square kilometers and is located about two kilometers east of Dali. After arrival in Kunming, check in hotel. In the evening, suggest to enjoy the China famous national show Dynamic Yunnan (Optional). Overnight in Kunming

Day 14: 10th Apr., 2014 Excursion to Stone Forest (Sani/Yi people’s area) B/L/D
Morning drive to visit Bamboo Temple which dates back to the Tang dynasty with 500 colorful clay Buddhas. At lunch, try famous Yiliang Roast Duck and then visit Stone Forest ( Shilin in Chinese, 89 km, 1.5 hours ), 80 ha. site of fantastic limestone formations created during the Permian Era when the sea covered this area. Shilin is on the World Heritage List and managed by the traditional owners the Yi people. It is famous in China and unique in the world. We will visit the Stone Forest for 2.5 hours. Back to Kunming and farewell dinner will be arranged tonight. After dinner, it’s the time to say goodbye to your guide and the driver who serves us a long time. Overnight in Kunming

Day 15: 11th Apr., 2014 Departure Kunming B
Check out and go to the airport for leaving by taxi according to your different flight.

Included in the price:
• 1 soft sleeper night train: Guiyang/Kunming (4 pax in a cabin)
• Daily meals as shown in the program
• 5/4/3 star hotel or boutique inn (by this way to experience all kinds of accommodation), twin-bedded
room with private shower and WC
• Admission charges where applicable as shown in the tour description
• Private A/C transportation for land tour
• Professional guide & driver in the land tour
• Two bottles of mineral water per person per day
• Service charges for baggage handling between airport, hotel and train station
• Travel Agencies’ Liability Insurance with the tour and domestic travel insurance inside China
• Government taxes & Service charge

Excluded in the price:
• International flight and tax
• Pre/post accommodation
• Cormorant fishing (20USD p/p) and Impression of Liu Sanjie (34USD p/p) in Yangshuo, Dynamic
Yunnan Show in Kunming (42USD p/p)
• Personal consumption
• Visa fee
• Tips for drivers, guides and porters

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