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Guilin and Shangri - La Tour / 10 Days

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): China   Hong Kong  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Boating and Sailing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1185 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2800 US Dollar (USD)

Your Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at Guilin. Upon your arrival in Guilin, be met at the airport by our Discoverchinatours guide, and driven to the hotel. Have a walking tour along the Fur Lake and the Banyan Tree Lake in Guilin after dinner.

Day 2: Guilin - Yanghshuo – Guilin (Meals: B/L/). Sightseeing: Li River Cruise. Depart from your hotel in the morning to have Li River Cruise to Yangshuo. Li River is by far the main reason to visit Guilin. Double-decker and triple-decker river boats which weigh anchor from a pier at Zhujiang, about 40 minutes from Guilin by bus, and meander through the sleepy countryside are relaxing way to enjoy the superlative river scenery and life along its banks. In contrast to the burgeoning cities of the north, it is quiet here; the rural scenery is magnificent. You will enjoy the picturesque mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank. After about 4.5 hours, the one-thousand-year-old town – Yangshuo, the disembarking point, comes into sight. It is well-worth browsing around this quaint town and its environs. Have a short exploration to the old town before be transferred back to Guilin.

Day 3: Guilin - kunming (Meals: B/L/). Sightseeing: Guilin - Elephant Trunk Hill / Reed Flute Cave. Have private city tours to the Elephant Trunk Hill. It is located on the west bank of the Li River by a small branch called Peach blossom River, the hill resembles a huge elephant standing on the bank of the river, sucking up water with its long trunk. The trunk is particularly striking and lifelike when viewed either nearby or afar. A circular foot cave called Shui Yue Dong (Moon-In-the Water Cave) separates the trunk and the body. A 3-story Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D) brick pagoda rises from the top of hill. Then visit the Reed Flute Cave. Aside ten minutes drive (half hour bike ride) from downtown, the cave is one of the largest known examples of what each tropical karst cone conceals within it. The script writers and set designers for Star Trek would have a field day in this cavernous underground stalactite/stalagmite maze-style theater. This cave was called “The Art Gallery of Mother Nature”. Colored fluorescent lights which cast shadows and illumine. Take afternoon flight to Kunming in the afternoon. Be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 4: Kunming (Meals: B/L/). Sightseeing: Stone Forest. Depart from your hotel in the morning. Be transferred to visit the Stone Forest. Located in Lunan Yi Nationality Autonomous County, the Stone Forest is about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Kunming. It covers an area of 400 square kilometers (96,000 acres). It has long been one of the most famous scenic spots in China, at least since the Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644 A.D. The Stone Forest is divided into several scenic areas with names like Greater Stone Forest, Lesser Stone forest, Outer Stone Forest, Underground Stone Forest, Stone Forest Lake, and Da Dieshui Fall. The Stone Forest was formed by karst two million to thirty million years ago. It contains peaks, pillars, stalagmites, depressions, underground rivers, and caves. The fantastic stone pinnacles rising abruptly from the ground resemble a huge, dense forest. Be transferred back to the city in the afternoon.

Day 5: Kunming - Dali (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Dragon Gate Stone Carvings / Grand View Pavilion. Depart from your hotel to have private city tours to Dragon Gate Stone Carvings. Totally cut on a natural precipice, with an elevation of 2,500 meters, 8 kilometers west of Kunming city, the Dragon Gate is the highest temple on the West Hill. It is famous for its spectacular view. Climbing up the winding old stone stairs leading to the natural cliff-top platform, passing through an archway on which is inscribed “Longmen” (Dragon’s Gate), many inscriptions and steles are found here and there. You will have a birds-eye-view of Kunming city and the Dianchi Lake. Then visit Grand View Pavilion. Located 7 kilometers west of Kunming, at the lakeshore of Dianchi Lake, the Grand View Pavilion was built in 1682, decorated with flying eaves and splendid paintings, the present-day pavilion is a square, three-storied pavilion established in 1883. It is famous for the longest antithetical couplet in China, this couplet of 180 characters is one of the most valued cultural treasures in Yunnan Province. Take the afternoon flight to Dali. Be met and transferred to your hotel after arrival.

Day 6: Dali (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Cangshang Mountain / Erhai Lake / Butterfly Spring / Three Pagodas / Dali Old Town. Depart from your hotel after breakfast. To be transferred outside city to visit the Cangshan Mountain. It is the backdrop of Dali City. With an average height of 4000 metres, it has a cluster of 19 soaring peaks for sightseeing, mountaineering, skiing, exploration, scientific research and taking holiday. Take cable car up and down to enjoy its beauties. Then have a cruise on the Erhai Lake. It is a fresh water lake, and in the middle of it, there are islets and sandbars. Covering 250 square kilometers, the blue, rippling lake and the snow-covered Mt. Cangshan add radiance and beauty to each other. The scene is, therefore, described as "Silver Cangshan and Jade Erhai". After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Butterfly Spring and Three Pagodas. Situated at the foot of Yunlong Peak of the Cangshan Mountain, 27 km south of the Dali Old Town, Butterfly Spring is surrounded by ancient camphor trees. In spring when the trees put forth fragrant flowers, thousands of different types of butterflies flutter among the branches and over the spring water forming a dazzling "Kingdom of Butterflies". The Three Pagodas consist of one big pagoda and two small ones. They arise on the Mt. Cangshan slope overlooking the Erhai Lake, known as Chongsheng San Ta in Chinse, meaning the Three Pagodas of Saintly Worship. Finally be transferred back to the Dali Old Town, which was set up in 1382 A.D during the Ming Dynasty as the capital of the Dali kingdom. At present, only the south and north gate towers remain standing. There are well-preserved traditional houses of the Bai Ethnic Group people. Walking in the city, you will enjoy many historical relics, ancient buildings and rich minority customs, such as the "Foreigners Street", the ancient Yuxi School, tea houses, antique shops, Chinese and Western restaurants.

Day 7: Dali- Lijiang via private car or coach (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Lijiang Old Town / Black Dragon Pool. Be transferred to Lijiang by private car or coach. Arrive at Lijiang. Visit the Black Dragon Pool. With a history of more than 800 years, covering an area of 3.8 square kilometers, the Old Town of Lijiang, also named Dayan (Big Ink Slab in Chinese) Town, is a well-preserved old city. As a result of the combination of the multinational brilliant culture and the progress of Naxi ethnic minority, the buildings in the town incorporate the best parts of the architectural traits of Han, Bai, and Tibet into a unique Naxi style. In 1997, this old town was put on the list of the world cultural heritages.

Day 8: Lijiang (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Baisha Frescos / Jade Dragon Snow Mountain / Naxi Ancient Music. Depart from your hotel after breakfast. To be transferred outside city to visit the Dragon Snow Mountain. 15 km north of Lijiang city with an altitude of 5600 meters (18,400 feet) above sea level, is the highest mountain on the southern bank of the Yangtze River. It is a holy mountain for the local Naxi people and now is a famous scenic spot for sightseeing, mountaineering, skiing, exploration, scientific research and taking holiday. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit Baisha Frescos. These frescos paintings are very special and reflect the different religious cultures and artistic forms of Buddhism, Lamaism, Taoism and the Naxi Dongba religion. They are the artistic representations of economic development, mutual acculturation of multinational culture, and the growth of religions. Then enjoy a wonderful Naxi Ancient Music concert in the evening. Naxi (also spelt Nakhi and Nahi) Ancient Music is a traditional Naxi Ethnic Group classical music. It is also regarded as the "living fossil of Chinese music."

Day 9: Lijiang - Kunming - Guangzhou ( Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Guangzhou - Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall / Chen Family Temple. Be transferred to the airport in the morning for the flight to Kunming. Then transmit flight to Guangzhou. Arrive at Guangzhou, be met & transferred to have city tours to Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, which is the most symbolized building of Guangzhou, and a key venue for the large-scale meetings and performances as well. Then visit the Chen Family Temple. Also known as Guangdong Folk Art Museum, it was built in the 1890s. The decoration combines wood carving, brick carving, stone carving, clay sculpture, ash sculpture, brass and iron foundry, grotto, etc. The special historical, artistic, and scientific aspects of the temple have made it an important attraction in Guangzhou.

Day 10: Guangzhou- Hong Kong via morning train (Meals: B). Free at leisure until to be transferred to the train station for express train to Hong Kong.

Price Includes:
- Hotel accommodations with breakfast as specified (but hotels are subject to change to the same category before finally confirmed.
- All meals as specified in the itinerary.
- Transfers among airports & hotels as specified in the itinerary by private car or coach with driver & English-speaking guide.
- Entrance fees for sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary with English speaking guide.
- Domestic flights, trains or buses as specified in the itinerary.
- Domestic airports departure taxes have been charged with the flight tickets.
- Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
- Arrangements for the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Excludes:
- Any meals which are not included in the "The trip price includes."
- Single Room Supplements (as the above quotation for accommodation is based on twin sharing room).
- International air and train tickets for coming to & leaving mainland China. Air tickets or train tickets not specified in the itinerary on the first arrival day and last departure day.
- Excess Baggage Charges.
- Personal expenses: Items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips to guides or drivers, FAX, telephone, excess baggage charges, or sightseeing or meals which are not included in the day-to-day itinerary.
- Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
- Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.
- Visa fees.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

* Prices are subject to change without notice.