In southern China, there are different people living than most of the Chinese you see in Beijing. They are a minority group living in Yunnan for generations. They are also relatives of Vietnamese, Laotians and Thais. After seeing the Forbidden City and the Great Wall in Beijing, you fly to almost Yunnan, where the mountains and water are so different. Yunnan is one of the birthplaces of mankind, dating back to the Yuanmou people 1.7 million years ago. This mysterious and rich plateau land has been nurtured by more than 2,000 years of sparkling civilization.
Day 1: Arrival in Beijing.
Day 2: Discover all the fantasies that Beijing, the first ancient city in China has to offer - the Royal Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, the royal China's largest inner-city garden. The next day head to the lakeside Huanghuacheng Great Wall. Camping under the moon and stars in the Great Wall Beacon, where the ancient generals commanded battles, to experience the hardships of the warriors' lives. Savor the delicisious Chinese country-style dishes of organic food planted locally.
Day 3: In the early hours of the morning, spread your arms to greet the sunrise on the Great Wall. Enjoy the unique sunrise sensation at the Great Wall with breakfast delivered to your tower. Hike for 2 hours on the silent ancient Great Wall and marvel at its grandeur and architectural wonders! ! High up on a hill overlooking a quiet lake. This section of the Great Wall is the only one built on the water's edge. After lunch return to Beijing and listen to the echoes of the past at the Temple of Heaven where the emperor used to pray every year.
Day 4: We flew to Xi'an in the morning, just to get to the famous Terracotta Warriors. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses pit, the burial pit of the first emperor of Qin, was discovered by local farmers in 1974 while drilling a well, with pottery of people and horses, either standing or sitting. Tonight we enjoy a 300 year old dumpling feast. "A dumpling feast is the best way to taste the world. It's so delicious, you'd think it was made by the gods". And then the Tang Song and Dance takes you on a journey to the Tang court 1600 years ago, to see a slice of the life of Emperor Xuanzong and Yang Guifei at the court.
Day 5: Visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, a library built during the Tang Dynasty to store hundreds of sutras brought back from India. Afterwards, go for a bike ride on top of the ancient walls of Xi'an, one of the most famous city structures of the late Middle Ages. Take a bite of Xi'an's meat bun - known as the Chinese hamburger before you say Good-bye. Fly to Kunming.
Days 6: Start your Yunnan adventure with a tour to the Stone Forest Scenic Resort. Being one of the National Scenic Resorts in China, Stone Forest Scenic Resort has a complete range of karst formations. From afar, it really looks like a dense forest but as you walk closer, you will find "trees" are all slender stone pinnacles. The Yi and Sani ethnic group who live there are hardworking and good at singing and dancing. Their folklore and culture are colorful and multifarious, backed up by a long history. Drive to Dali.
Day 7: Explore Erhai Lake, the largest highland lake next to Dianchi and one of the seven biggest fresh water lakes in China. Meeting Bai Minority, you'll admire their culture and lifestyle, largely from the rare beauty of the lake and its surrounding scenery. Climb the premier attraction of Dali, the Three Pagodas built in China's Tang Dynasty. a royal monastery during the Dali state. In the afternoon, stroll through the ancient city of Dali and the "Foreigner Street". There are many foreign guests here, some for leisure and sightseeing, some for tasting famous food, some for working and looking for girlfriends, each in their own way, lively and peaceful. Pay a brief tour to Xizhou Town, where is the largest and most complete collection of white residential buildings in the world.
Day 8: Discover the World Heritage town of Lijiang. Meandering through Lijiang's ancient town, you can see typical houses of Bai people with close courtyards, "three rooms and a shining wall", and "four rows of houses and five dooryards." Visit a local market of the Naxi people, where you’ll have the chance to peruse the crafts and art products that they offer. Head to the Black Dragon Pool Park and drink from the fountain that brings good luck. The water reflecting the old buildings, the surrounding trees and the snow-capped peaks in the distance is an enchanting sight.
Day 9: The ancient towns of Lijiang have their own stories to tell. Go to White Sands first. The old town has simple inhabitants, shows the original style of the old Mahacha Trail, and there are valuable 300-year-old murals to view. White sand mural style is unique, a fusion of Chinese, Tibetan, Naxi culture, the unity of all religions, Tibetan Buddhism, Dongba and Confucianism, Taoism stories All can be seen, and there are depictions of many everyday styles, which are wonderful. On your way to Suhe Old Town, take a stroll through the countryside, then find a teahouse along the street and have tea on the second floor and watch the old town! The sun is setting, and it's relaxing.
Day 10: Visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain on the way back to Kunming. This is a snowy mountain to climb, also a sacred mountain to Naxi people. Once the cable car is up the mountain, the rest of the journey is to ascend it step by step on your own until you reach the highest point at 4680m. From the observation deck, the view of the snow-capped peaks in the sky is particularly spectacular. Go down the hill and see the Blue Moon Valley. When you look at the whole scenery from a distance, it really looks like a blue lake-like gem lying in the mountains.
Day 11: Arrive in Kunming. Explore the World Horticultural Exposition Garden, home to many diverse gardens from the 31 provinces of China. Fly to Shanghai.
Days 12-13: We came to Shanghai to experience the unique charm of the city. The beauty of Shanghai lies in its fusion of East and West, its cultural diversity, its historical heritage and its strong sense of the future. Take a stroll along the famous Nanjing Road, customarily known as China's Fifth Avenue. The high-speed elevator takes less than a minute to reach the observation deck in the center of Shanghai for a panoramic view of both sides of the Huangpu River. Have a cup of coffee in Tianzifang, once the French Concession. Cruise on the Huangpu River to see the city from both sides of the river. Your guide will tell you that the famous HSBC bank and AIG insurance company both originated on the Bund.But Shanghai has it all, including her Jiangnan water town, Zhujiajiao. When you're in Shanghai, make sure you visit this water town, as it is the most pristine part of the city.
Casual and premier accommodations are both available at your choice.
Local English-speaking trip leaders and private drivers.
General admissions to the attractions.
Bullet train economy-class tickets. Upgrade is possible.
Train station and airport transfers.