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12 Days China Xiapu Mudflats Xiamen Tulou Coastal Tour by Bullet Train

Shanghai - Hangzhou - Putuoshan - Xiapu - Xiamen - HK

The 1,623 kilometers long high speed railway along the southeastern China's beautiful coastline make it possible for you to get from Shanghai to Hong Kong within 9 hours by the modern, fast and comfortable CRH bullet trains. But we suggest you break the train journey into a 12 days' trip with stops at the beautiful destinations, such as Hangzhou, Ningbo (Putuoshan), Xiapu, Xiamen, as this tour package does. It’s quite relaxing, interesting and scenic. You will visit colossal Shanghai first, then take a bullet train to Hangzhou, known for its beautiful West Lake, then pass through the lush and lovely coastal cities Shaoxing, Ningbo and get off your train to visit Putuoshan, the holy land for Buddhist pilgrims as well as a wonderful place to enjoy beautiful island and see views. The train journey then take you into Fujian Province where you will first spend two days at Xiapu to do some photography of the incredible mudflats, stunning sunrise and sunset, picturesque fishing villages, then move on to Xiamen to see the spectacular Tulou homes - the earth buildings of local Hakka people. You will finish your tour at Hong Kong, the electric megacity of Asia.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-SHXT-12
  • Price : Request
  • Trip Length : 12D/11N
  • Theme : Train / Landscape

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Using high speed bullet train as the major transportation which is fast (average speed over 250km/h), comfortable and punctual;
  • Visit the poetic West Lake, original plantation of Dragon Well Tea, ancient Streets of Ming and Qing Dynasties in Hangzhou;
  • Get amazed by the amazing masterpieces of nature at Xiapu Mudflats, the most beautiful mudflat in China as well as one of the “Top 10 Domestic Photography Bases” in China.
  • Walk into the villages of Tulous, the vast, packed-earth and round buildings, and explore the unique living styles of local Hakka people.
China Shanghai Hong Kong High Speed Train Map
  • Day 1 ~ 3 Shanghai Arrival & Tour
    After arrival at Shanghai, you will have one full day to explore the most recommended attractions in the city, including the beautiful Yu Garden, 492 meters high Shanghai World Financial Center, the Bund, Shanghai Museum, and spend a half day at Zhujiajiao, one of the most beautiful watertown in China.
  • Day 4 ~ 7 Visit Hangzhou and Putuoshan
    Spend two full days in Hangzhou - one day to visit West Lake, Longji Tea Plantation and other attactions in the city, and another full day to Wuzhen Watertown, the most beautiful watertown in China. Then take a bullet train to visit Putuoshan where you will stay an one and a half days, then take a bullet train to Xiapu.
  • Day 8 ~ 12 Visit Xiapu and Xiamen
    In Xiapu, you will take a two days' photography tour to take photos its beautiful mudflats, fishing villages, sunrise, sunset. Then use a bullet train to transfer to Xiamen for a half day exploration of Gulangyu Island. After that, take a day excursion to Nanjing to see the spectacular earth buildings. Lastly, take a train to Shenzhen, and transfer to HK.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

Shanghai airport / railway station pick up, and check in hotel.

Ni Hao! Welcome to Shanghai, the biggest metropolis of China!

Upon arrival, you will be met by local tour guide at the arrival hall of the airport/train station/port and escorted to check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.

Optional Activity - Attend an entertaining Acrobatic Show, including breathtaking “balls of death” acts, chair balancing, hula hoops, juggling of benches, walking in the air, and other breathtaking performances (usually performed during 19:30~21:00).

Arrival Ideas: At present, there are many international and many domestic flights to and from Shanghai. Also, you can arrive in Shanghai city by taking a high speed train from Beijing (5-6hrs), Xian (6-7hrs), Suzhou (30mins), Huangshan (4hrs), and so on.

  • Shanghai Night Splendid Shanghai Night View

Day 2 Shanghai ( B, L )

Today's highlights: Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Shanghai World Financial Center, the Bund

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel to start your Shanghai exploration. Your first stop is Shanghai Museum, one of the Best Four Museums in China. This modern museum, with a round top and a square base which symbolizing the ancient Chinese perception of the world as "round sky, square earth", has collected many international-standard exhibits of bronzes, paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, jade from more than 5,000 years ago to the Qing dynasty. To help you learn about the history and facts about the relics in the museum easily, an Audio Explanation Device will be prepared for you.

Then you will take an interesting visit to Yu Garden, a shining star among all the ancient Chinese gardens in Jiangnan. This garden fully embodies the traditional design of Chinese architecture with jagged pavilions with elegant decorations, glittering pools with roving fish, and pine trees sprouting to the sky, all designed to refresh your mood and spirit. Adjacent to the garden is the Yuyuan Bazaar where you can savor tasteful local snacks and explore elaborate traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works. Next, you will drive several kilometers to enjoy a panoramic view of the modern face of Shanghai from the 100th floor (474m) of “the Eye of Shanghai” Shanghai World Financial Center.

You will then be transferred to another popular landmark of Shanghai, Nanjing Road, a shopping paradise as well as a great place to take a wonderful walk to experience the modern atmosphere of the City. Lastly, you will stop at the Bund, originally a simple towpath for transporting goods but now transformed into a feverish trading district. You will stroll along the Bund, seeing and feeling the perfect fusion of Chinese and Western cultures while at the same time taking in the stunning Shanghai skyline with your own eyes!

Optional Activity - Take a relaxing Huangpu River night cruise to see the city’s most significant edifices and streets sparkling under the atmospheric cover of darkness (about 50 minutes).

  • Shanghai Museum Shanghai Museum - One of the Best Four Museums in China
  • Beautiful The Bund Beautiful International Buildings at The Bund
  • Shanghai Yu Garden Shanghai Yu Garden

Day 3 Shanghai - Hangzhou (B, L)

Today's highlights: Jade Buddha Temple, Tianzifang

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. First, you’ll pay a wonderful visit to Jade Buddha Temple, the site of the largest Jade Buddha in the world and numerous religious artifacts, ancient statues and Buddhist scriptures. This peaceful kingdom of Buddhism hidden among modern blocks and dominating mansions is a great place for a nice break in this very busy city.

Next, you’ll be transferred to Tianzifang which is touristic arts and crafts enclave that has developed from a renovated traditional residential area in the French Concession area of Shanghai. It is the typical tourist attraction to appreciate the preservation of local Shikumen architecture. In this place full of rich flavor of life, you can leisurely stroll along the clean old alleys to watch the daily life of local Shanghai people, savor a cup of drink at the open-air café, and find some interesting things in the novel shops to feel the international feature mixed with real Shanghai culture.

In the afternoon, go to take a high speed train to Hangzhou (1hr). Upon your arrival, your private tour guide and driver will pick you up at the railway station, and transfer you to check in your hotel in Hangzhou downtown.

  • Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple Peaceful Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai City

Day 4 Hangzhou City Tour (B, L)

Today's highlights: West Lake, Meijia Dock Dragon Well Tea Village

In the early morning, your private tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby, and then set out on today’s sightseeing in a comfortable, air-conditioned and private vehicle.

Firstly, spend the peaceful and less-crowded morning time to visit the iconic and World Heritage site of Hangzhou – the picturesque West Lake. Just as the famous traveler Marco Polo did and wrote: “A voyage on this lake offers more refreshment and pleasure than any other experience on earth”, you will start with a 45-minute leisure cruise to enjoy the tranquil lake views as well as the ancient pagodas, traditional arched bridges, tree-lined walkways, beautiful hills, green islands and lush gardens. After the cruise, disembark the lake shore to stroll leisurely on the famous Su Causeway and Bai Causeway, and explore the poetic sites around, such as Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon, Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, etc.

Leave West Lake, and move on to next site - Lingyin Temple, about 3km west away from the West Lake. With a history of nearly 1700 year, Lingyin Temple is hidden in the luxurious forest, and offers charming and peaceful landscape and impressive Buddhist culture. Next, extend your visit to the adjacent Feilai Peak, also known as Peak Flying from Afar, which flew to China to spread Buddhism from India according to the legend. It features in uncountable Buddhist carvings lining the riverbanks and hillsides and tucked away inside grottoes. 

Lastly, drive about 7km to Meijia Dock Dragon Well Tea Village, a picturesque wonderland surrounded by mountains with large area of tea plantations. You can go for a walk among the tea plantations, marvel at the beautiful surrounding sceneries, also sit down to enjoy a cup of the best Dragon Well Tea. After the enjoyable tea time, say goodbye to the host, and drive to the China National Tea Museum to learn systematically about Chinese Tea Culture, such as the general history, classification of tea, also take a look at the tea exhibits and precious tea wares, machines, etc.

Today’s visit ends. Drive back to your hotel.

Optional evening activity: 1) watch a magnificent night show - Enduring Memories of Hangzhou, a live performance with changing lights, music and dancing on the West Lake, which usually starts at 7pm; Notice: the Impression West Lake would be unavailable during December 17, 2018 to the early-March, 2019 for the cold winter in Hangzhou. 2) feast your eyes to enjoy an amazing Music fountain show at Third Park , near the eastern lakeside of West Lake.

  • Dragon Well Tea Culture Tour Dragon Well Tea Culture Tour
  • Beautiful West Lake - Bridge Beautiful West Lake
  • Lingyin Temple Lingyin Temple

Day 5 Hangzhou - Wuzhen - Hangzhou (B, L)

Today's highlights: Wuzhen Water Town

After Breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. The only destination today is Wuzhen Water Town (1.5 hrs' drive from Hangzhou). Known as one of the six famous ancient towns in South China, it is at the center of a triangle formed by Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou. With a history of 1,300 years, it displays its profound culture and history.

You’ll visit Wuzhen East and Wuzhen West. In the east part of Wuzhen, you could visit ancient bed museum, wine workshop, indigo fabric workshop, woodcarving workshop, shadow play, local opera…In the west part, you could see soy sauce workshop, foot-binding culture museum, old post office, children’s museum and so on.

After the leisure tour, drive back to Hangzhou City.

  • Wuzhen Water Town Wuzhen Water Town

Day 6 Hangzhou - Putuoshan (B,L)

Today's highlights: Puji Temple, One Thousand Step Beach, Unwilling to Leave Temple

After breakfast, you will go to take a high speed train to Ningbo. Your tour guide will pick up you at the railway station, then transfer you to Zhu Jia Jian of Zhoushan City to embark a ferry to Putuoshan, which will take about 15 minutes to get to Putuoshan Dock. Disembark the ferry to check in your hotel.

Start your visit with a short walk from the dock to Puji Temple. Built in 916, this magnificent temple is the oldest as well as the largest temple on Putuoshan Mountain. Every big Buddhist event or ceremony is usually held in the temple. In front of the temple is a beautiful pond for lotus. The Duobao Pagoda near the Puji Temple, built to store Buddhist sculptures, is one of the "Three Great Precious of Putuoshan", and still remain the original face as in Yuan Dynasty(1271~1368).

Then take a park bus to One Thousand Step Beach on the eastern side of Putuoshan Island. Walk leisurely on this over 2000-meter long white beach, let the waves kiss your toes and enjoy the clean sky and sea sceneries. Next, transfer by park bus to next attraction - Unwilling to Leave Temple. In the year 858, the Japanese Buddhist Hui'e received a precious statue of Avalokitesvara. While on his way back to Japan, he was detained by a storm, which was seen by Hui'e as sign that the Avalokitesvara was unwilling to leave. Then Hui'e decided to leave the statue on the Putuoshan, and built a temple to place the statue which was named Unwilling to Leave Temple. Near the temple locates the famous Purple Bamboo Forest which is believed to the original ashram of Avalokitesvara (the Goddess of Mercy). Walk several minutes down the bamboo forest, you will reach the landmark site of Putuoshan - the Goddess of Mercy Statue which is 33 meters tall and make of copper.

Lastly, get back to your hotel. The rest time of today is free for you to have dinner and walk around.

  • Puji Temple Puji Temple
  • The Mercy of Godbness The Mercy of Godbness
  • Putuoshan Sunset Putuoshan Sunset

Day 7 Putuoshan - Xiapu (B, L)

Today's highlights: Nine-dragon Screen, Hiking to Huiji Temple

After breakfast, take a park bus to Fayu Temple, 2.8km from Puji Temple. The Nine-dragon Caisson on the ceiling of the Nine Dragons Hall, together with some glazed tiles used on the temple, was relocated from the imperial palaces of Ming Empire in Nanjing in Qing Dynasty(1636~1912). There is also a Nine-dragon Screen which is aged, giant and tall but can see any crevice though it was jointed by flagstones. Apart of the grandiose halls, the temple is also full of huge, rare and old trees scattering in the yards or along the yellow-walled paths, which make it easy for people to find the peace in mind.

After visiting Fayu Temple, you will hike about 1.5 hours, with 2088 stone steps, up to Huiji Temple on the top of Buddha Peak Mountain. If you want to save your energy and time, continue your park bus transfer to Haicheng Temple to take the fast cableway which will takes only several minutes to the Huiji Temple. The temple is covered by colorful glazed tiles. Its halls and yards were constructed in traditional Garden-Architecture Style in Zhejiang and Jiangsu. Not so far away from the temple is the Sky Lamp Stage where you can get clear panoramic views of Putuoshan, white beaches and blue seas in the far distance. (Note: the cableway charges ¥70 for a round trip, and ¥40 for a single trip, which is on your personal expense)

Walk or take the cableway down the Huiji Temple, and take park bus to the dock to catch a ferry to Zhu Jia Jian, then drive railway station to catch your high speed train to Xiapu. Enjoy the beautiful coastal landscape along the ride. You will arrive at Xiapu about 3 hours later, then be picked up by your tour guide, and transferred to check in your hote.

  • Fayu Temple Sacred Fayu Temple in Putuoshan
  • Buddha Summit Mountain Buddha Summit Mountain

Day 8 Xiapu Mudflats Photography (B, L)

Today's highlights: Weijiang Village Sunrise, Dong'an Island Fishing Village, Yantian Village

On this day, get up early in the morning and head to Weijiang Village for sunrise. Also called Mantou (Steamed Bun) Hill, it is treated as a sacred place for shooting sunrise, hanging oysters, sunning kelp, working fishermen…You’ll see the sky changes suddenly - dark blue, green blue, light blue, blue white, bright red, golden…seize the rare moment to shoot the beautiful scene. With the flying egrets in the charming sky and the steamed-bund shaped hill, the whole scene is really a tranquil landscape of “Master Nature”.

Later, you’ll be driven to Dong'an Island which is called “Venice on the Sea”. Composed of thousands of fish tanks and hundreds of wooden houses, this village is the most concentrated fish farm with magnificent view. When looking down on the nearby hill, you’ll be enchanted by the harmonious, vibrant, tranquil, idyllic scene. Enjoy a boat trip to sail into the village.

Later, drive to Xiaohao Village (about 35 mins’ driving), which is a famous place for shooting sandiness mudflat and sunset. When the sun is falling down, the shining golden glory paints the whole mudflat, and this is the best moment to record this splendid landscape of the setting sun and the mudflat. The east of Xiaohao is great for photographing with back lighting and the color of its beach changing with light, offering photographers hidden surprises. The west of Xiaohao is great for shooting with front lighting, photographing super large-scale scene of kelp harvest - fishing boats like mighty forces shuttling among the bamboo poles on the sea, which is like a grand movement composed by many dancing musical notes.

  • Fishermen Are Collecting Seafood Fishermen Are Collecting Seafood
  • Charming Sunrise at Weijiang Mudflat Charming Sunrise at Weijiang Mudflat
  • Take Photos of Suset at Xiapu Xiaohao Village Take Photos of Suset at Xiapu Xiaohao Village

Day 9 Xiapu Mudflats Photography (B, L)

Today's highlights: Beiqi Village Sunrise, Huazhu Village, Dongbi Village Sunset

Today, try to get up early and head to Beiqi Village for the beautiful sunrise. The morning golden sunshine spurting down on the sea, changes the mudflat into a dreamy colorful world. The most famous tiger-skin-like stripes of the mudflat, shadows of fishermen, fishing boats, poles, etc. compose a very harmonious painting, from which you will admire the “Magician Nature” who makes the extraordinarily common point, line, light and shadow full of magic.

Next, drive to Huazhu Villagea great site to take beautiful pictures of mirage-like views and overlook the tranquil village on the sea. During the porphyra harvest season, when the sun rises gently, the sunglow shines on the sea and the fishermen work on the farmlands, it depicts the most gorgeous sea painting scroll. Next, be followed a trip to Bachimen where is a good place to shoot purse seine to cultivate crabs on the mudflat.

Lastly, follow the trip to Dongbi Village for sunset. The golden color of the falling sun presents a golden silk dress for the mudflat and the soft lines of the sinuate water ways vary as the waves, some even performing “S” shapes, and this is super magnificent and rare. Furthermore, as some fishermen hang their fishing nets here on the mudflat, it is very lucky to shoot some pictures of the ordinary tools to increase your amounts of cultural themed photographic works of Xiapu.

After the tour, drive back to your hotel for a good rest.

  • Kelp Farms on the Mudflats of Beiqi Village Kelp Farms on the Mudflats of Beiqi Village
  • Dongbi Village Dongbi Village - Local Fishermen Hanging Fishing Nets
  • Huazhu Village in the Mist Huazhu Village in the Mist

Day 10 Xiapu - Xiamen (B)

Today's highlights: Gulangyu Island, South Putuo Temple, Hulishan Fortress

On this day, you will take a high speed train along the coastal railway to Xiamen, the most popular tourist city in Fujiang Province. After arriving at the railway station, your tour guide and driver will pick up you and take you to enjoy a brief Xiamen city tour.

You will first go to the southern tip of Xiamen Island and visit the cultural relic Hulishan Fortress. First built in 1894, during the Guangxu reign in the Qing Dynasty, it has always been an important landmark in the island’s history, also served a key role to defense against the Japanese in 1900. Later, transfer to the ferry for a 5-minute boat trip to Gulangyu Island from Xiamen City. Start to visit Sunlight Rock, the highest point of Gulangyu, to have a panoramic view of both Gulangyu and Xiamen. Also visit to Shuzhuang Garden, a beautiful seaside garden and the famous Piano Museum with a collection of 80-fold rare old pianos from all over the world. Then, head to South Putuo Temple which first built in Tang Dynasty. It is renowned for its collection of Buddhist cultural relics, such as a Burmese jade carving of the Buddha, some important Buddhist texts. Standing at the top of the Wulao Peak, you can enjoy the bird’s eye view of Xiamen University and Xiamen Port.

After the sightseeing, go to check in your hotel and have a good rest.

  • Beautiful Gulangyu Island Beautiful Gulangyu Island
  • Amazing Beach of Gulangyu Island Amazing Beach of Gulangyu Island
  • South Putuo Temple South Putuo Temple

Day 11 Xiamen - Nanjing Tulou - Xiamen (B, L)

Today's highlights: Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Yuchanglou, Taxia Village, Chengqilou

After breakfast, take a 3-hour scenic drive to see the earth buildings in Nanjing County, Zhangzhou City. You’ll visit Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Yuchanglou (learn structure Hakka House), and Taxia Village. Drive 30 minutes to Gaobei Tulou Cluster to visit Chengqilou. After the tour, transfer back to Xiamen.

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster: Composed primarily of four round and one rectangular earthen house, it is one of the most magnificent and well-preserved Hakka Castles in the area. The village is also listed in the Famous Historic Cultural Village in China for its typical cultural regional system.

Yuchanglou: Yuchanglou was built in 1308 and is one of the oldest existing Tulou. This five-story earth building is most famous for its tilted pillars. The most extreme is slanted at 15-degree angle.

Taxia Village: There are more than 20 earthen building of different shapes built along the bank of a clear brook that flows through the entire village.

Chengqilou: It is the largest of the earth buildings located in Gaobei Tulou Cluster. Chengqilou is about three hundred years old and is made up of four concentric circular buildings. This King of Round Earth Buildings has altogether 400 rooms and used to house 80 families, more than 600 people in its prosperous days.

  • Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster
  • Yuchanglou Yuchanglou
  • Chengqilou facade Chengqilou facade

Day 12 Xiamen - Hong Kong (B)

Take high speed train directly to Hong Kong

Today is free for you to transfer to Hong Kong. You will take a high speed train directly from Xiamen to Hong Kong West Kowloon Station. The railway distance from Xiamen to Hong Kong is around 553 kilometers, with durations from 4 to 4.5 hours. After your arrival, you can spend 2 to 3 days to explore the charming culture, history, fashion, food, skyline and shopping paradise of this attractive megacity by your own or board your flight home or your next tourist country.

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Hi Jack,

My trip with China discovery was outstanding! It was the first time I have ever used a travel agency and I would definitely use them again. Very easy to organise the trip with lots of flexibility.  Everything that they promised to do was done. The tour guides were excellent - very knowledgeable and again willing to adapt based on personal interests. I went to Guilin and Zhangjiajie - both destinations were stunning - lots of variety packed into the both parts of the trip. I had an amazing trip and would recommend to anyone who likes the outdoors!

EM - 2020.09.16‚ UK, September 16, 2020

Dear Wonder,

How are you? Hope you are well. You organised a very nice trip for me to Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou way back in 2014. 

You requested a review from me but I loaded to the wrong website. I came across the review today unexpectedly in my computer system and I would like to send it to you, to be used by your website. This is because I was very pleased by the trip that you organised for me. I was a lone female traveler but I still remember the lovely tour guides you found for me, especially the one at Chengdu.

I truly had a wonderful holiday and great memories.

I am now back in the UK. I certainly will use your tour service again if I ever travel to China the next time.

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6 Days/ 5 nights Chengdu/ Jiuzhai Valley Tour

I went on a 6 days / 5 nights private tour to Chengdu / Jiuzhaigou in October 2014.I spent 2 days in Chengdu and the rest in Jiuzhaigou valley.

Since it was my first trip to China and I was a single female traveller, understandably, I was initially apprehensive before the tour. However, all my initial reservations disappeared once my tour began. I have decided to go on a private tour because I could not find a group tour which can come up with the itinery that I wanted.

From the onset, it was a pleasure to deal with Wonder. He made me a detailed itinery, specific to my wishes , down to the hotels that I preferred. I must say that he has honoured and stuck to our contract throughout my tour. He also phoned my tour guides on a daily basis just to make sure the itinery went on as planned and to make sure that I was ok.He was contactable at all times and any problems were sorted out very quickly and efficiently. He was also very accommodating and was willing to make changes in my itinery at very short notice whenever possible.I have found him to be reliable and trustworthy.

The tour guides were all very professional and knowledgeable. I was very happy with them.They spoke fluent English and were very knowledgeable about the places that we visited. They took care of everything, from meeting me at the airport, check- in into hotels, arranging for meals, transport, tickets for shows and checking in for my return flights. I was impressed that they would go out of their way to make my tour comfortable, hassle free and really tried to give me a memorable hoilday. They were prepared to work till late evenings. As a matter of fact, they would wait for me while I watched some shows in the evenings and one of them was even so kind to buy me an adaptor which I had lost in a hotel.

In Chengdu, I visited the Panda Research Centre, Jinli Street,Sichuan Museum and a silk factory at my request. i was not obliged to visit any factories throughout my tour.

Then, I flew on to Jiuzhai Valley and had another 3 days of private tours; 1 day in Huanglong Park and 2 full days in Jiuzhai National Park.I was glad that I flew return to the valley because the roads up there are really winding and being prone to travel sickness , it would have been a disaster for me to be sick.

I was met by another tour guide there. I am really glad that I took a private tour because I had my personal tour guide who walked with me at my pace throughout the Jiuzhai National park. She knew all the scenic spots and pathways by heart and made sure that I did not miss any important spots.Because she knew all the places so well, we could cover most of the scenic spots on foot in detail.She would walk with me and explain every lake, waterfall and other spots. She explained in detail all about the history, myths, customs and religion of the tribes there. It was an eye opener for me.I am sure I would not be getting all these explanation if I had gone in a group tour.Most group tours tend to be rushed but I was not rushed at all. I had ample time to take all the photos that I wanted , time to have meals and some shopping for souveniers and even short rests at beautiful spots where I could linger and just soak up the magnificent natural beauty.

Jiuzhai Valley is an extraordinary , beautiful park. It is my personal opinion that 2 full days are required to do the park justice. It is difficult to rush through the scenic spots in a day especially when there are massive crowds and queues everywhere.It was worth it to pay the hefty entrance fee for 2 days. Because I had 2 full days, I could do a hike with my guide who accompanied me throughout the trails to the 3 major valleys. I came away feeling satisfied and had lots of marvellous photos to show.

I was especially pleased that on one occasion, my tour guide took me through a small path , away from the tourist crowds. We walked at our pace and saw some smaller lovely waterfalls and lakes. I did not have to jostle with the typical crowds and could take my time to take some truly picturesque photos and videos. I am convinced that if I had joined a group tour , I would not have been able to see and explore the national park as much as I did.

My advice to travellers is to go on some fitness training before the tour. You have to be prepared to do a lot of walking for this is the best way to see the best views. Taking the bus to just the best scenic spots would be cheating and would not do the park justice.The only downside of the trip was the crowds. Be prepared for massive crowds, they can get unruly at times, especially when it rains, so do bring a raincoat or umbrella.Also be prepared for the less than ideal toilet facilities. Bring lots of tissues as handwash and tissues are not provided.

Due to my excellent and friendly tour guides and Wonder's meticulous planning, I had a fabulous holiday and a great time in China. I would highly recommend Wonder Wang and his tour agency to all my friends and family. If I return to China, I would certainly go through Wonder and his agency again. So, a big thank you to Wonder and all my lovely tour guides for making my holiday a truly memorable one!

Dr YS CHEN-PELFRENE
London, UK

CHEN - 2020.09.14‚ Malaysia, September 14, 2020

Hello Wonder!

Thank you so much for reaching out again!  And I was just about to write . As of yesterday afternoon, Mark and I finally received final confirmation that we will be allowed to take our leave, so now we can finally book our trip from 17 - 24 October!!  As soon as I send this email, I will look into the flights.  I will let you know if/when they are booked. 

Also, we were wondering: would it be possible to pay via our American Credit Card this time?  I know we normally do we-chat, but due to the amount this time (bigger/longer trip), it is easier for us to use credit-card.  We understand that there is a credit card fee. . .could you provide us with the final amount (including the fee)?  

Also, I think Mark and I would really enjoy the boutique hotels you chose for us.  Could we verify that those hotels are still available for our trip?  

And of course: I have really enjoyed working with you.  You provide excellent customer service and we believe the quality of the trips are wonderful.  My colleagues loved the trip to Zhangjiajie and I have told many of my colleagues about you/your company. 

Last question: would you recommend anywhere over the Christmas holiday to New Years (01 January)? 

Thank you, Wonder!

 

Look forward to hearing from you, 

Keena

Keena - 2020.09.10‚ USA, September 10, 2020

Hi Jack,

We really enjoyed our trip. Thanks!

Fresh air, beautiful mountains….

We were very out of breath in Shangrila, though, so next time, we will get the oxygen.

Our tour guides were very good.

Leeway struggled a little with his English, but we did fine.

Alice had excellent English, and so did Peter.

We are probably tough people to tour around, since we have already been to a lot of temples, so we already have heard a lot of the things that they want to tell us.

So, we tried to ask questions about other things.

We are not standard travelers, but much more experienced. 

I think that because we can speak some Mandarin, we are a little bit more independent than other people that they have had to help.

We loved the Indigo Hotel on Lake Erhai.

Opening the curtains in our room every morning and being able to look out at the lake was fabulous!

They also had a very good breakfast.

And, we enjoyed walking by the lake, down to the bridge and hiking up the mountain behind the hotel.

We had no air conditioning in the Songstam Hotel in LiJiang, and at the Shangrila Hotel, and so our rooms were very hot!

So, we had some trouble sleeping.

I think if you are there in the Winter time, it is probably fine, but the weather for us was warm outside, so we struggled with the temperature in the room.

We might ask for some help to get a fan for our rooms next time.

All of the Ancient Cities.

We probably would have like a little more time to explore those.

The BaXi and NiXi Ancient towns were beautiful, and it was wonderful to walk the streets there, and the learn about the 3000 year old pottery in NiXi.

We also loved seeing traditional Tibetan houses and trying the butter tea and cakes.

Our driver, Mr. Gu, was very nice and funny.

Thanks for a lovely vacation.

 

Kind regards,

Robin

Robin - 2020.09.10‚ USA, September 10, 2020

Hi Tracy,

The Upper Yubeng village hotel was a little rough. Beds were hard as a rock. Maybe provide options at different cost points for that next time. Otherwise no other considerations. Was great.

Dan - 2020.09.09‚ USA, September 9, 2020
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1. How to travel by high speed trains in China?
Understanding China Train Designations
China trains are divided into two kinds: High Speed Trains and Normal Trains with different speeds, facilities and names. There are three kinds of High Speed Trains in China, differed by the letters G/D/C plus several digits. Generally speaking, G trains are faster and with better amenities. Normal trians are not recommended.
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All China high speed trains are fully air-conditioned and non-smoking. Western toliets are provided. There are also luggage racks, dining car, power plugs, water-dispenser and some other user-friendly facilities equipped on the train.
Which Class of Seat to Take
Second Class Seats, First Class Seats, Business Class Seats are three common seats you can find on most China high speed trains. First Class Seats are strongly recommended. They are larger and less-crowded.
How to Book China Train Tickets
Currently, you can only book China train tickets 30 days in advance. You can book on China Railway’s official website or some online travel agencies, or go to purchase tickets at any of China’s railway station. Passport is always required no matter you book online or at railway stations. If you book ticket online, you can collect ticket at the ticket counters in any railway station in China any time.
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When is the best time to take this trip?
Both the railway and destinations in this tour are located along the southeastern coastline of China where the weather is usually warm and moist. So you can take this tour all year aournd, since you will take some photography at Xiapu Mudflats where the landscapes differ along in different seasons, you are suggested to visit Xiapu during late April to early early June when is the harvest time of kelp, and late October to early February when is the planting season of kelp and harvest season of nori. Better avoid China's holidays, such as May Days, National Days, Middle Autumn Festival
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