Sample Itinerary 5


Sept. 16 Depart U.S.
17 Arrive Beijing – Guide will meet you and transfer you to the Prime hotel. Welcoming dinner at the Wahaha restaurant. D.
18 Beijing – Guide will take you to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. BL dinner on your own tonight.
19 Beijing – Guide will take you to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Spend as much time as you like but best hiking is going to the left when you get up on the Wall. There is a section that has been left as it always has been with out being repaired. On the way back to the city you will stop at the Lama Temple known for its 5 story tall Buddha carved from one tree trunk. BL dinner on your own tonight.
20 Beijing/Xian – A.M. – Guide will transfer you to the airport for your early morning flight. In Xian you will be met by the local guide and taken to the Shaanxi Museum one of the best in China. After lunch you will go to the old Muslim Mosque and Muslim area. Take a walk on the Best preserved City Wall in China in this once ancient capital city. Tonight after dinner you will attend the beautiful Tang Dynasty Show one of the best shows in China. Grand New World Hotel. BLD
21 Xian/Chengdu – P.M. Guide will take you to the famous Terra Cotta Warriors site in the morning (watch for one of the farmers who found this “wonder” who will be signing books). After lunch you will go to the HuaQing Pools once the Summer Palace of the Tang Dynasty. Guide will transfer you to the airport for your evening flight to Chengdu. In Chengdu you will be met by the local guide and transferred to the JinJiang hotel. BL (dinner on your own perhaps at the airport before your flight departs)
22 Chengdu/Wolong – Guide and driver will take you through the mountains to the Wolong Panda Preserve station. (about a 4 to 5 hour drive) After lunch you will spend the afternoon at the station and visit the new Museum just completed. Transfer to the Wolong Guest House. BLD (can check your main luggage in the JinJiang Store room if you lik
23 Wolong over the pass to Rilong. – Today you will drive to Rilong through some of the most beautiful scenery and mountains in Sichuan province. You will be going over the Balangshan Pass at 14,760 feet where you will stop and hike around the area if you wish. Drive on to Rilong and check into the Jinkun hotel. Visit with the local people with the guide if you wish. BLD
24 Rilong/Base Camp – You will hike down the valley inhabited by Tibetan people to the Base Camp. Pack horses with horse boy and guide/cook will accompany you with tents and supplies. You need only your sleeping bag and mat with day back pack and good hiking boots. BLD
25 Base Camp – Hike up mountain and back. – You may hike up as high as you wish up the mountain to the snow areas if you wish today or just hike around the base camp. Guide will accompany you. BLD
26 Base Camp/Rilong – Hike back to Rilong during the day and check back into the Jinkun hotel for the night. BLD
27 Rilong/Chengdu – Today you will drive back to Chengdu and transfer to the JinJang hotel for the night. Special
“Hot Pot” Sichuan dinner tonight. BLD
28 Chengdu/Kunming/LiJiang – Morning free in Chengdu – Guide will come about noon to transfer you to the airport for your afternoon flight to Kunming. In Kunming you pick up your luggage and an agent will meet you outside the luggage area with your ticket for LiJiang and see that you get checked in for your flight to LiJiang. In LiJiang you will be met by the local guide and transferred to the Lishuijinsha Inn Hotel in Old Town. Special Naxi dinner tonight. BD lunch on your own.
29 LiJiang – Guide will take you through the valley to Snow Dragon Mountain and take the main Cable Car up onto the top for a wonderful view of Snow Dragon Mountain and the Glacier. After lunch in the country side lodge you will stop at an old Naxi village and hopefully meet Dr. Ho of Chinese Traditional Medicine fame. (I hope he is still alive as he is retired and over 80 years young) Returning to the city you will stop at Black Dragon Pool Park and Naxi minority museum. After dinner tonight you will be entertained by the Dongba Palace old Naxi men’s band and dance performance known all over the world. BLD
30 LiJiang – Guide will take you during the day to Tiger Leaping Gorge to hike for a portion of the day and return in the evening after dinner. BLD
Oct 1 LiJiang/Xishuangbanna (Jinghong) – – Free during the day to explore this wonderful town with streams flowing through the town lined with trees shops, restaurants, parks and over 350 small wooden bridges. This is my favorite small town in all of China with mountain peaks all around. Evening flight direct to Xishuangbanna. In Xishuangbanna the local guide will meet you and transfer you to the Dai Garden hotel. B only.
2 Xishuangbanna – Guide will take you through the countryside to the Dai Village with a home visit. Stop at one of the many village markets and have lunch in a countryside open air restaurant. Visit a Hani village with a home visit before returning to Jinghong. BL Dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in town.
3 Xishuangbanna – Guide will take you to the botanical gardens which were used to study tropical plants from all over the world before the revolution. If time, stop at the wild elephant preserve. BL Dinner on your own tonight. (lunch in a countryside restaurant)
4 Xishuangbanna/Shanghai by evening air. Free during the day to go out and explore on your own. Guide will come at an agreed time to transfer you to the airport for your late afternoon flight to Shanghai. In Shanghai you will be met by the local guide and transferred to the Grand Nation hotel in the central area of Shanghai. B only.
5 Shanghai – Guide will take you to the Yu Garden old district in the morning before lunch. (note the 250 year old tea house on the crooked bridge before you enter the Yu Garden) Yu Garden is known as the #1 or #2 Garden in China (Suzhou claims to have it with the Humble Administrator’s Garden which you will see in Suzhou) For lunch you will go to the Ye Olde Station Restaurant on North Cao Xi Road, one of my personal favorites. (ask for a tour of the building) After lunch you will go to the Shanghai National Museum where you will see artifacts taken from the many tombs of ancient China. This evening after dinner at the Shao Xing Restaurant you will attend The Shanghai Circus & Acrobats Show. (few tourists find this restaurant and performance) BLD
6 Shanghai – Free day on your own. B. only.
7 Shanghai/JinXi/Luzhi/Shanghai – Guide will take you outside of Shanghai to the lake country to visit two of the small towns known for their old houses that once belonged to officials from Shanghai during the Qing Dynasty. Fantastic photo opportunities as these towns have narrow canals winding through them with arched bridges and quaint walk ways where no cars are allowed. Return to Shanghai. BL dinner on your own tonight.
8 Shanghai/Suzhou/Shanghai – Guide will take you to the train station and see that you get in the correct car and reserved seats. In Suzhou please remain on the platform and let the local guide find you. Known as the Venice of the East and for its 86 formal gardens, your guide will take you to the Humble Administrator’s Garden, the Silk factory where you will see how silk is processed from cocoons along with the making of silk comforters (we have them on all our beds) and a Fashion show of silk garments by the Suzhou models known all over China for their beauty. The Silk garment showroom has samples of all the local factories under one roof. After lunch you will go to the Garden of the Nets my personal favorite. A boat ride on the Grand Canal which stretches from Nanjing to Beijing will show you how people live along the canal as well as seeing some of the commercial use of the canal. Guide will take you back to the train station for your 30 minute ride back to Shanghai. Please take a taxi on your own back to the hotel. BL Dinner on your own tonight.
9 Shanghai/Pudong airport/home – Guide will see that your luggage will be taken to the airport by the driver with car to meet you. Your guide will take you to the Pudong “MagLev” train station where you will board the train for your 7 minute and 280 mph transfer to the airport. You luggage will be waiting for you. B only.
Included: All domestic transportation, hotels, meals as indicated, English speaking guides with car and drivers, sightseeing and some evening entertainment as listed, Dave’s 40 pages of tour preparation and China information that is updated each year and special DVD on China to prepare you for your trip.
Not Included: Tips to guides and drivers, Chinese Visa (can apply for it in S.F. or I have the forms and directions to apply by Fedex) and any expenses of a personal nature or not specifically listed here as included.

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