Sample Itinerary 4

Peale Nu River China Tour

August 26 Depart U.S.
27 Arrive Shanghai. Met by agent and transferred to Bund Riverside hotel. D depending on time of arrival.
28 Shanghai – Free Day on your own. B. only.
29 Shanghai/Kunming – Agent will take you to the airport for your afternoon flight to Kunming. Met in Kunming and transferred to the Golden Dragon hotel. Visit the Flying Tigers Museum. BD Lunch on your own in Shanghai
30 Kunming/Dali by private bus or van depending on number of people. Transfer to the Manwan Hotel. BLD (5 hours through the mountains)
31 Dali/Liuku by van. (7 hours through the mountains) Transfer to the Baiyi Hotel. BLD
Sept. 1 Liuku/Gongshan. See the Nu River Grand Canyon and Flying Rock. Bijiang runins, Christian church and Stone Moon. Visit and enjoy a Lilsu People’s dinner in their home with entertainment. Transfer to the Tongbao Hotel BLD
2 Gongshan/Bing Zhonglu/Fugong. Visit the Puhua Lama Temple, and local Nu people. Transfer to the Fugong Hotel. BLD
3 Fugong/Liuku/Plan Ma/Liuku. Visit the local minority peoples market and the virgin forests at Mt. Gao Li Gong Shangha. See a wrecked WWII American plane left from the Hump flights against the Japanese. Have dinner with the Lisu people with musical entertainment. BLD Transfer to Baiyi Hotel.
4 Liuku/Dali through the mountains. Transfer back to the Manwan Hotel BLD
5 Dali/LiJiang – In the morning you will visit the famous 3 Pagoda Temple and city market known for the beautiful marble pieces that artists have crafted from the ancient quarries. Take a ride up the chair lift to the Monastery located on the mountain side for a fantastic view of LakeErhai. (note the grave markers below on the way up). After lunch you will take the van or bus to LiJiang. Transfer to the LiJiang Jian Nan Chun Hotel. BLD
6 LiJiang – Guide will take you to Spruce Meadows for a look at Snow Dragon Mountain. After lunch you will stop at an old Naxi Village and hopefully meet my friend Dr. Ho famous who is nationally famous for Chinese Traditional Medicine (speaks excellent English and is retired here and hopefully still alive). Upon returning to LiJiang you will visit Black Dragon Pool Park and the Naxi museum. After dinner you will attend the Dongba Palace Show of traditional Naxi music and dance. (internationally famous) BLD
7 LiJiang/Kunming/Chengdu – Guide will transfer you to the airport for your flights to Kunming and Chengdu. In Kunming you Pick up your luggage and check back in for your flight to Chengdu. If there is a layover of more than one hour a local agent will meet you and take you out of the airport for a short tour of Kunming before checking you back in at the airport. In Chengdu you will be met by your guide and transferred to the Tianfu Sunshine Hotel. BD Special welcoming Hot Pot Dinner tonight which is a favorite Sichuan dinner.
8 Chengdu/Wolong Panda Preserve – Guiide will take you by private bus through the beautiful mountains of Sichuan province to the famous Wolong Panda Preserve. You will see new born Pandas in the incubators as well as the many Pandas in their natural habitat and new facilities just built in 2004. Visit the new Panda Preserve Museum. Transfer to the Wolong Hotel. BLD
9 Wolong/Rilong – Travel through the sparsely populated mountains and over Mt Balangshan Pass at over 13,000′ to Rilong Valley known for beautiful flowers and natural beauty. Transfer to the Rilong Hotel. BLD
10 Rilong/Danba – You will go over another Pass and stop at Xiaojin village for lunch. After lunch you will continue to Dawei Village site of the famous Mao’s Long March bridge where he met up with another army. Take a break here and you will find that many of the young people speak English in this small village due to one of the teachers at their 6 room school. Continue on to Danba city and the Tibetan Village of Jiaju where you will transfer to a Tibetan family Guest House. BLD
11 Danba – You will experience life staying in the Guest House of a local Tibetan family and be able to hike around this wonderful mountain village visiting neighbors. After lunch you will visit the Watch Towers nearby, stop in the village of Danba and walk the streets of this small village built between two large cliffs and roaring river next to the village before returning to the guest house for dinner. BLD
12 Danba/Kangding – You will bid goodbye to your Tibetan family and travel through the mountains and plateau to the grasslands and the Buddhist Huiyuan Monastery one of the best Tibetan monasteries in China where the 11th Dali Lam lived for several years. After lunch at the country guest house of the Golden Sun you will make a stop at the Tagong Monastery known for the 167 lbs. of pure gold leaf used on the top and surface of the Monastery which can be seen for many miles on a sunny day. Continue on to Kangding one of the larger cities in these mountains. It is very unique with a roaring river that flows right through the middle of town. Transfer to the Love Song hotel. (in the evening there is often a local dance in the square and many open markets to see) BLD
13 Kangding/Moxi Village (Hailuogou National Park) You will go over another 12,000 foot pass on the way to Moxi which is the entrance to Hailuogou National Park. Enjoy the scenery along the way and transfer to the Long March Hotel. Take a walk through this friendly village before or after dinner. BLD
14 Hailougou National Park – Today you will go up the mountain to the end of the road and hike through the forest to the Glacier. (if you like as an option on your own you can take the cable car across the Glacier and up onto the mountain known as Golden Mountian) After lunch you will come down the mountain about ½ way to the wonderful Hailougou Hot Springs one of the best in China. There are 5 levels of pools all at different temperatures to relax and enjoy the medicinal affects of the pools. The views are fantastic as you look out onto the mountains. {be sure to bring a swim suit} Return to Moxi in the evening for dinner. BLD
15 Hailougou/Chengdu – You will pass through the beautiful mountains and return to Chengdu. After transferring back to Tianfu Sunshine hotel to freshen up you will be taken to Grandma’s Kitchen for dinner for western food for a change in menu. BLD
16 Chengdu/Xian by mid day air. Guide will transfer you to the airport for your mid day flight to Xian. In Xian you will be met by the local guide and transferred to Royal Hotel .Before going to dinner you will visit the Jade Carving Workshop. Special Traditional Dumpling Dinner tonight. BD Lunch/airport on your own.
17 Xian – Guide will take you to the famous Terra Cotta Warriors site in the morning. After lunch you will go to the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Special Tang Dynasty performance and dinner tonight. BLD
18 Xian/Beijing – Guide will take you to the Old Muslim Mosque and a walk on the City Wall before going to the airport for your flight to Beijing. In Beijing you will be met by the local guide and transferred to Beijing Jianguo Garden Hotel in the central area. Balance of day on your own. B only.
19 Beijing – Guide will take you to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City before lunch. After lunch you will go to the Temple of Heaven and a stop at the Rainbow Market. Evening free. BL dinner on your own.
20 Beijing – Guide will take you to the Great Wall at Mutianyu with cable car included both ways. On the way back to the city you will stop at the Lama Temple known for the 5 story tall Buddha carved from one tree trunk. BL dinner on your own.
21 Beijing/Home. Guide will transfer you to the airport for your flight home. B only. Mr. John Peale Goes Home today.
22 Beijing/Home Mr. Ellery Sedgwick goes home today.
Included: Hotels, meals as indicated, English speaking Guides with local transportation and drivers, sightseeing as listed and all internal China transportation. In the remote areas bottled water will be furnished each day.
Not Included International Air (may do yourself or we can quote it for you) tips to guides and drivers, visa (we have the forms and directions to apply on your own) and any expenses of a personal nature or not specifically listed as included.


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