13 Days China Landscape Tour

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13 Days China Landscape Tour

Destination:

Beijing (3 Nights) ,Xi'an (2 Nights) ,Kunming (2 Nights) ,Dali (1 Nights) ,Lijiang (2 Nights) ,Guilin (2 Nights)

Duration: 13 Days & 12 Nights
Tour Type: Multi-City Tour
Tour Code: CTP13

Summary:

You can visit the capital of China, the historical city,and also the Minority areas in Southwestern China. You can experience the cultural atmosphere and beautiful scenery.

1Highlights & Map

Discover ancient civilization in the largest Royal Palace in the world View Xian City and compare the old and the new Enjoy local ethnic folk customs in Yunnan Province as well as beautiful scenery Cruise along beautiful landmarks of Li River

2Itinerary

Day 01Beijing

Destinations: Arrive in Beijing

Activities: Beijing is a city of amazing contrasts - an ancient capital with some incredible historical sites and a bustling modern metropolis getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. Upon your arrival in Beijing, our guide will meet you and transfer you to your Hotel. The guide will give you some tips on local restaurants that we recommend and you can do some shopping in streets nearby. The rest of the day is free to rest to recover from jetlag or to explore by yourself.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven

36 Nanwei Road (Nanwei Lu) Beijing China Show Map

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Day 02Beijing

Destinations: Beijing

Activities: After breakfast head out for Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest public square, which is closely linked to The Forbidden City, from which the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties governed for over 500 years. Later you'll visit the Temple of Heaven, where the Emperors prayed for good harvests and rain, or gave thanks for the harvest. Today's itinerary includes a visit to the old Beijing handicraft workshop.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven

36 Nanwei Road (Nanwei Lu) Beijing China Show Map

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Day 03Beijing

Destinations: Beijing

Activities: Leave town in the morning for the drive (a bit under two hours) to the Badaling Section of The Great Wall , which stretches for over 6000 km, and was originally built to protect China from the barbarians. You can walk and climb at your own pace, or enjoy spectacular views from the cable car. Before returning to the city you'll enjoy visiting the Changling (one of the Ming Tombs), and the attractive tree-lined Sacred Way , bordered by stone statues, along which the Emperors once trod to conduct their sacred ceremonies. During the day a visit to Jade Caving Factory or Cloisonne (enamelware) workshop is included. Dinner tonight is at Quanjude Restaurant, where you'll eat some of the best 'Peking Duck' in Beijing.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven

36 Nanwei Road (Nanwei Lu) Beijing China Show Map

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Day 04Beijing, Xi'an

Destinations: Beijing to Xi'an

Activities: This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Xi'an. After arrival you will proceed to at one of the best museums in China, the Shaanxi Historical Museum. Among the 400,000 items on display are treasures from many Dynasties including some magnificent bronzes and porcelain which have never before been on permanent display. Later we will take a half-hour's hike along the Ancient City Wall to familiarize ourselves with this fascinating cross cultural city. For the energetic we recommend a ride bike along the top of the wall (Bikes can be rented for around 20 yuan/hour). The City Wall is a major landmark and the best preserved, oldest and largest city defense system in China.

Hotel: Hotel Ibis Xian

No.59 Heping Road Bei Lin District Shaanxi Show Map

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Day 05Xi'an

Destinations: Xi'an

Activities: After breakfast in the hotel, you will set off for the incredible 2000 year-old Terracotta Warriors and Horses. The Warriors are part of the underground tomb of the Emperor Qin. Well over 7000 figures in full battle array are formed for battle in several large pits. In the afternoon we're going to the Bell Tower where you can get a bird's view of the city from the top. There is a music performance of the ancient music and a display of the instruments. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda stored his collection of classic Buddhist artifacts brought from India.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Hotel Ibis Xian

No.59 Heping Road Bei Lin District Shaanxi Show Map

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Day 06Xi'an, Kunming

Destinations: Xi'an to Kunming

Activities: Fly to Kunming and free time on your own for rest of the day.

Hotel: Yunnan Jinhua International Hotel - Kunming

No.96 Beijing Road, Kunming CityShow Map

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Day 07Kunming

Destinations: Kunming

Activities: The Stone Forest: A fantastic natural phenomena located 90 km southeast of Kunming. The various shapes of karst landscape was formed due to the millions years movement of Earth. The Stone Forest area is the home of the Sani people, their folk customs has become one spectacular scene, the colorful embroidery and minority dances combine with the natural sceneries, which will surely leave you a deep impression. Afternoon you will set off for The Dragon Gate on West Hill. Which is The natural forest park in Kunming. The carvings on the cliff was made in 1751. Western Hills boasts an excellent environment with flourishing flowers and dense forest, providing tourists an excellent environment to enjoy the tranquility and marvelous scenery."

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Yunnan Jinhua International Hotel - Kunming

No.96 Beijing Road, Kunming CityShow Map

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Day 08Kunming, Dali

Destinations: Kunming to Dali

Activities: - Zhoucheng elaborate batik crafts: A town where Bai minority people live and is famous for its elaborate batik crafts.Here you can see traditional way of making those exquisite crafts by Bai Minority people. - Houses of Bai People in Xizhou: the Houses of Bai people in Xizhou is located in the Xizhou Town which is 16 kilometers away from the Ancient City of Dali.Xizhou is not only a famous historic city, but also a typical commercial town of Bai people. It is one of the cradles of National capitalism of Bai people, and a famous hometown to overseas Chinese in Yunnan. - The Ancient City of Dali: the Ancient City of Dali is 13 kilometers away from Xiaguan, Dali city, and is located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain. The Ancient City of Dali ranks in the first list of Famous Historic and Cultural Cities of China. - Three Pagodas: The Three Pagodas between the Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake are considered the landmark of Dali.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Lan Lin Ge Hotel Dali

80 Yu Er Road, the Ancient Town of Dali, Yunnan ProvinceShow Map

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Day 09Dali, Lijiang

Destinations: Dali to Lijiang

Activities: The Black Dragon Pool: The park holds the Black Dragon Pool and got name because of it. The pool is listed in the Collections of Famous Pools of China because of its beauty. Lijiang Ancient City: It is situated in the middle area of the county, which is more than 2400 meters high above sea level. It enjoys beautiful scenes, an indeed famous city with long history and splendid culture, it is very rare in China that such well-preserved minority ancient city still exists.

Hotel: Lijiang Sanhe Hotel

No.4 Jishan Lane, Xinyi Street,Show Map

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Day 10Lijiang

Destinations: Lijiang

Activities: Spuce Meadow: It is a large patch of pasture tucked away hidden amongst a virgin spruce forest on the eastern side of the The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The Fresco in Baisha Village: Baisha village is about 16 kilometers north of Lijiang City. It is the important birthplace of "Tusi" (the Chinese word means chieftain of a clan) from Mu clan. Its characteristic artistic style and precious historic content of the mural deeply attracted visitors from home and abroad.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Lijiang Sanhe Hotel

No.4 Jishan Lane, Xinyi Street,Show Map

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Day 11Lijiang , Guilin

Destinations: Lijiang to Kunming to Guilin

Activities: Transferred to the airport for your flight to Kunming. Transit at Kunming airport on your own for next flight to Guilin. You will be met by local guide in Guilin and transffered to hotel and start sightseeing at Guilin: Elephant Trunk Hill (which really does look like an elephant drinking from the river). Reed Flute Cave : Known as 'the Palace of Natural Arts' this large and well-presented cave system has some remarkable formations.

Hotel: Guilin Bravo Hotel

No.14 Ronghu South Rd.Show Map

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Day 12Guilin

Destinations: Guilin to Yangshuo

Activities: Li River Cruise: A cruise along the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo is an unforgettable experience. As you take in the stunning scenery there's something interesting to see at almost every bend in the river. Between spectacular limestone peaks you'll see graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, and lumbering water buffaloes pulling carts or cooling off in the river. You may see fishermen gliding along on their narrow bamboo rafts, and if you're very lucky you might see one of the famous fishing cormorants. Boats depart from various wharves, according to the height of the river at different times of the year.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Yangshuo Aiyuan Hotel

No.115 West Street, Yangshuo County Show Map

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Day 13Guilin

Destinations: Yangshuo to Guilin to Next Destination

Activities: Transferred by private car from Yangshuo to Guilin airport for your departure.

3Price Policy

Price Includes

  • Hotel accommodation in twin shared room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner).
  • Domestic flights, trains or buses as specified in the itinerary
  • Airport tax and fuel fee.
  • Private car/coach for transfers service and sightseeing program as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Local English-speaking tour guide for transfers and sightseeing program as indicated in each city.
  • Entrance fees to scenic spots as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Service charge and government Taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Entry or exit China international airfare or train tickets.
  • Hotel room/cruise cabin single supplement.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.
  • Gratuities to the tour guide, driver and hotel bellboy.
  • Fees for entry visa to China.
  • Traveler insurance.
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary.
Note: Tipping is now considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration. However, this is a matter of personal discretion. You may use following as a reference.Suggested Tipping: for local guide: $8 to $10 per person(guest) per day, for driver: $4 to $5 per person(guest) per day.
Cancellation and Refund Policy for Tours Reservation
Cancellation in advance Cancellation penalty
More than 30 days No Cancellation Fee
30-10 days 50% of the full payment
9-0 days or no show 100% of the full payment

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5Reviews

Reviews (100% / overall satisfaction:)
would
recommend

Ms. Monique Bolger

Aug.05, 2011

Overall Satisfaction:
""
Dear Luis,

Thank you for your recent message. Yes we had a pleasant journey back home and we have not stopped talking about our trip to China since we came back. Everyone around us wants to know how it went and see some photos. There is so much to tell, we don't know where to start!

Yes we do plan to make a travelogue of the whole experience, including our son's wedding and a selection of the hundreds of photographs we took. But we have not managed to do it yet. I will send you a Picasa web link to some photos, together with a commentary on our trip, hopefully within the next month.

In the meantime, I can tell you that we were very impressed with the organization of the tour and all the guides and drivers. We certainly would recommend China Travel Depot to friends who may be planning a trip to China.

Now that we are home and experiencing torrential rain, we think back on our wonderful Chinese experience and the summer temperatures we enjoyed there.

With best regards to you and your team,

Monique Bolger
Finland
would
recommend

Ms. Rossou

Jul.19, 2011

Overall Satisfaction:
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Ni Hao James,

I know Elliott wrote to you today, but I wanted to write to say a big THANK YOU for the wonderful time we had in China. We enjoyed every minute of it and we have come back with amazing memories of our month in your country.

some of the many things we enjoyed and will always remember from our trip to China was the local ethnic folk customs in Yunnan and all the amazing hi-rise buildings in Beijing as well as walking with all the people on Tiananmen Square.
Guilin is a green city with lots to offer. The Cruise on the Li river is well organized and the landscape is unique. Let’s hope the masses of people that go through this region won’t have a negative impact!

We enjoyed the hospitality of our tour operators and the friendliness of the Country enormously and will be back.

Rossou

From Britain
would
recommend

Ms. Leslie Comrie

Jul.13, 2011

Overall Satisfaction:
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Dear Julia,

I’m sorry we have taken so long to reply to your message. Thank you and China Travel Depot for the wonderful trip!

We totally enjoyed the meals that you arranged. The food was always extremely well prepared and honestly it was the best Chinese food that we have ever had. The quantity was always sufficient.

For the guide service, Excellent, excellent, excellent!! There isn't much more to say that! The knowledge of our guides was remarkable. Their willingness to answer any questions we had was admirable. These people were working very very hard on our behalf. All three of our guides had excellent English. The girl in Beijing has a better English vocabulary than most Americans! We were incredibly impressed. We were always very comfortable speaking with our guides. In fact I had no idea that the guides would be so knowledgeable; they exceeded expectations.

The service of all our drivers was excellent. The cars came on time, were very clean and we traveled very quickly and safely to our destinations. All of them are to be commended for their driving skill.

All in all, however, we had a marvelous time! China is a fascinating country and our only regret is that we did not have a month in which to explore other cities. But those will be the focus of our next trip!

My wife and I send you our very best wishes, and our sincere thanks for all your efforts, leading to what has to be the most exciting trip we have ever enjoyed.

Best Regards,
Leslie Comrie,
England

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