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14 Days Wild China Tours from Shanghai to Yunnan on Expresses

Shanghai - Zhangjiajie - Kaili - Kunming - Lijiang - Shangri-la - Kunming

The Hunan Province in middle region of China, and Yunnan, Guizhou in the southwestern China are believed as three of the wildest regions in China where you can see extraordinary natural landscapes - Karst, snow mountains, gorges, etc., and experience exotic and unique ethnic culture. In the December of 2016, a new and advanced high speed railway was put into operation to connect Yunnan, Guizhou and Hunan with the eastern metropolis Shanghai, which changed the travelling way in these wild regions a lot. You can now travel by high speed trains - fast, comfortable and safe while enjoying your trip. You will start your trip from Shanghai, then go to explore the Avatar world in Zhangjiajie. After that, you will take a high speed train to Kaili, the very center of Guizhou ethnic culture. The last part of your trip is Yunnan exploration. You will visit the ancient city of Lijiang, hike Tiger Leaping Gorge, discover the land of Shangri-la and finish your tour in Kunming, the spring city.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-SZKYT-14
  • Price : Request
  • Trip Length : 14D/13N
  • Theme : Minority / Landscape

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • With journeys on the modern high speed trains, you'll come face-to-face with interact with locals, and see some beautiful tows and ethnic villages;
  • Awe the brilliant power of Mother Nature who created Zhangjiajie, such a miraculous land of towering stone forest and striking valley;
  • Venture into the idyllic villages of Miao ethnic group in Kaili of Guizhou, and join local friendly people to sing, dance and enjoy parties;
  • Take the thrilling walking on the worlds’ largest and highest glass bridge hanging above the Zhangjiajie Grand Cayon;
  • Step into the fascinating Lijiang Ancient Town and feel the mysterious Dongba culture and hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge nearby;
  • Discover the earthly paradise described in James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon - Tibetan monastery, primitive forest, crystal lakes, hospital people.
14 Days Wild China Tours from Shanghai to Yunnan on Expresses Tour 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 ~ 8 Visit Zhangjiajie and Kaili (Guizhou)
    You will get to Zhangjiajie by flight, then spend two days visiting the most highlighting sights in Zhangjiajie National Park, and walking the world's highest and longgest Zhangjiajie Glasses Bridge. Then you will transfer to Kaili by train where you will visit four beautiful and primitive villages of Miao Ethnic Group.
  • Day 9 ~ 14 Visit Kunming, Lijiang, Shangri-la
    In Yunnan Pronvice, you will sightsee Lijiang Ancient Town, and nearby attractions first, then go to hike for a while at the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge. Before returning to Kunming and visiting the World Heritage Site - the Stone Forest, you will stay one and a half days at Shangri-la to experience Tibetan culture and enjoy beautiful Pudacuo Park.
Itinerary Day by Day
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Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

Airport or railway station pickup.

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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 Skyline Shanghai Skyline along Huangpu River

Day 2 Shanghai ( B, L )

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

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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 - Zhangjiajie (B, L)

Today's highlights: Zhujiajiao Water Town

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After breakfast, an hour’s drive will take you away from the city’s hustle and bustle and you’ll visit Zhujiajiao Water Town which is known as the “Venice of Shanghai”.  

Zhujiajiao has a history of 1,700 years and is a well-preserved waterside ancient town. You’ll stroll along Hundred-year-old North Street, take some awesome pictures on the Fangsheng Bridge, have a panoramic view of Zhujiao by climbing up to Yuanjin Buddhist Temple, enjoy some leisure time on the traditionally decorated boat, cruise along the canals and see the old residences, shops and bridges which are filled with classic architectural style in Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 AD - 1911 AD).

In the afternoon, drive back to Shanghai to catch your flight to Zhangjiajie. Upon your arrival, your private tour guide and driver will pick you up at Zhangjiajie Airport, and transfer you to check in your hotel in downtown.

  • Zhujiajiao Water Town Zhujiajiao Water Town - Relax in the Quaint & Charming Jiangnan Area

Day 4 Zhangjiajie (B,L)

Today's highlights: Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

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After breakfast, be ready for today's exciting adventures. You'll first drive about 60km from Zhangjiajie downtown area to visit Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. You will start from the Tourist Center to Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge to walk on the highest and longest glass bridge in the world. After that, appreciate the charming sightseeing of running waters, flying waterfalls, lush vegetation, etc. at the Rainbow Square, Yilian Youmeng, Momo Cave, the Holy Spring Lake and other beautiful attractions in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. (Please note: In Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, you can choose to only experience the thrilling glass bridge or fully explore the Grand Canyon by hiking together with the Glass Bridge. Feel free to tell your likes to your travel consultants.)

Next, you’ll drive about 20km to see the natural wonder in the Yellow Dragon Cave, also known as Huanglong Cave. It is a underground-lost palace which is praised as the most beautiful cave in the world by UNESCO Experts, with an area of 100,000 square meters, a length of 7.6 kilometers, a height of 140 meters. There are two underground rivers, four waterfalls, 13 caverns and 10,000 stalagmites and stalactites is this huge limestone cave. The Magic Needle and Chair of Dragon King are two most famous sights in the cave. 

After the sightseeing, drive to Wulingyuan to check in your hotel.

Please Note: The regular itinerary for the Day 2 is  to visit Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, and walk the Glass Bridge in the morning, then drive to Zhangjiajie National Forest Pak to visit Huangshi Village and Golden Whip Brook in the afternoon. But we have to replace Huangshi Village and Golden Whip Brook with Yellow Dragon Cave because currently the road between Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and Huangshi Village and Golden Whip Brook is under a big reconstruction (will complete in early 2019).

  • Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge Breathtaking Walong on the Zhangjiajie Grand Cayon Glass Bridge

Day 5 Zhangjiajie (B, L)

Today's highlights: Yuanjiajie, Tianzi Mountain

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On this day, you’ll first take Bailong elevator up to Yuanjiajie, which is situated in the north of Zhangjiajie National Park. This scenic area is world famous as the mountains here inspired the floating mountains in the Hollywood movie Avatar. The peaks in Yuanjiajie are nearly at the same height, which makes it a mountain platform great for enjoying sweeping vistas.

Next, take a sightseeing bus to Tianzi Mountain, where you can have a stunning view of the peaks rising one after another. Atop of the mountain offers a full extent of the whole scenic area, which is magnificent and spectacular. There are four wonders in Tianzi Mountain: the Sea of Clouds, the Radiance of the Moonlight, Rays of Sunshine and the Snow in winter.

After the exciting tour, you'll be transferred back to Zhangjiajie City for accommodation.

  • Tianzi Mountain Tianzi Mountain
  • Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Day 6 Zhangjiajie - Kaili (B)

Take a fast train from Zhangjiajie to Kaili of Guizhou

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On this day, you’ll take a fast train from Zhangjiajie to Kaili in Guizhou Province for about 9 hours. After your arrival at Kaili Railway Station, be picked up by your local tour guide, then drive to check in your downtown hotel. Have a good rest!

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Day 7 Kaili - Xijiang (B, L)

Today's highlights: Datang Miao Village, Wuji Miao Village and Upper Langde Miao Village

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Today you will have three amazing villages to visit and very beautiful countryside landscapes to enjoy along the road.

Matang Gejia Village is famous for its brilliant skills of making batiks and embroidery which are listed as provincial intangible cultural heritage. The buildings and custom there are also very original. Gejia group living in the village is not listed in the 55 minority groups in China just because of their tiny population.

Datang Miao Village is also called as Xinqiao Village by locals. It is a small but beautiful village of Short Skirt Miao people whose women wear home-made short skirts all year around even when they are doing farm work. This tradition has lasted more than 6 hundred years. Short Skirt Miao people construct their granaries above the water to keep from mice, mosquitoes and fire, which is another highlight in the village.

Upper Langde Miao Village, named Chinese Folk Art Village, is a very primitive and local Miao village which still maintains the old way of living of the Miao people. Women here usually wear long skirts. Upper Langde Miao Village is falso amous for their hospitality. Visitors to the village will usually be welcomed by many ceremonies - dancing, singing, rice wine drinking, etc. 

After visiting Upper Langde Miao Village, drive about 25km to Xijiang Miao Village for accommodation.

  • Hospitable Miao People in Upper Langde Miao Village Hospitable Miao People in Upper Langde Miao Village
  • Datang Miao Village Construct Granaries above the Water to Keep from Mice Datang Miao Village Construct Granaries above the Water to Keep from Mice
  • Wuji Miao Minority Is Famous for Brilliant Skills of Making Batiks and Embroidery Wuji Miao Village is famous for its brilliant skills of making batiks and embroidery

Day 8 Xijiang - Kaili - Kunming (B)

Today's highlight: Xijiang Miao Village

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After breakfast, have in-depth exploration in Xijiang Miao Village, the largest Miao village in Asia, with more than 1000 Miao households. While walking on the paths, you will appreciate an amazing view of the river valley with terraced fields, intricate wooden houses, enjoy Miao’s traditional clothing, daily life and join to sing and dance.

After the tour, drive back to Kaili and go to catch your high speed train to Kunming.

  • Panoramic View of Xijiang Miao Village Panoramic View of Xijiang Miao Village

Day 9 High Speed Train to Lijiang ( B, L )

Today's highlight: Lijiang Ancient Town

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This morning, you will be escorted to take a high speed train from Kunming to Lijiang (about 3.5 hrs). After your arrival at Lijiang Railway Station, your local guide and drive will meet you there and escort you to your hotel. 

After a short rest, you’ll start the memorable Lijiang tour from Lijiang Ancient Town (Dayan Ancient Town). Pay a visit to Ming-dynasty style Mufu Palace, the “Forbidden City” of Lijiang to know Tusi’s ruling history and appreciate Naxi people’s brilliant culture and fine arts. Then, wander through the old alleys, old bridges, featured shops and bars to Sifang Street Square, a mingling ground to enjoy lively atmosphere and unwind yourself. If time permits, join the Naxi people and tourists to dance happily in a round. (Optional Activity: Take a leisure walk up to the Lion Hill and climb up the 33-meter-tall Wanggu Tower - the landmark building of Lijiang to enjoy a panoramic view of the whole old town and overlook the magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the distance.)

  • Naxi Old Women in the Ancient Town Naxi Old Women in the Lijiang Ancient Town
  • Mufu Palace, the “Forbidden City” of Lijiang Mufu Palace, the “Forbidden City” of Lijiang

Day 10 Lijiang (B, L)

Today's highlight: Yuhu Village, Baisha Mural Paintings, Shuhe Ancient Town, Black Dragon Pool Park

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After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. First, you’ll be transferred out of Lijiang Old Town to Yuhu Village which is located at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. When walking into this authentic Naxi Village, you’ll see unique stone houses, Naxi ladies dressing in traditional clothes, kids playing, a tranquil Yuhu Lake…explore leisurely around the village and then get to the Former Residence of Joseph Rock, who was an Austrian-American Botanist came to Lijiang and stayed in Yuhu Village for 27 years and made huge research work on Naxi minority.

Later, head to Baisha Village and appreciate the ancient Baisha Mural Paintings. Visit Dabaoji Palace and Liuli Temple to view murals painted over 1000 years ago which is a combination of Tibetan Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Then, it is followed by a trip to Shuhe Ancient Town - one of the earliest settlements of Naxi people as well as the well-preserved stop of the Ancient Tea Horse Route. 

After that, transfer to Dongba Culture Museum where more than 10,000 Dongba cultural relics show mysterious Dongba culture of the Naxi people. Take a gentle walk to Black Dragon Pool Park to enjoy gorgeous view and peaceful surroundings. If weather permits, get to the best spot to overlook the snow-capped Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and shoot some amazing pictures.

  • Black Dragon Pool Park Black Dragon Pool Park

Day 11 Lijiang - Shangri-La ( B, L )

Today's highlight: Tiger Leaping Gorge

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After breakfast, drive 45 km to view the First Bend of Yangtze River, an extraordinary turn nearly about 180 degrees with beautiful and marvelous views like a wonderful landscape painting unfolding before you. Visit Iron Chain Bridge in Shigu (Stone Drum) Town.

Later, transfer to visit the one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world - Tiger Leaping Gorge. It measures 16 km in length and is a giddy 3900m from the waters of Jinsha River to Haba Snow Mountain and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.You’ll walk about 1,000 stairs along the plank road from the entrance to the Tiger Leaping Rock. Take a moment to enjoy the magnificent gorge view and rolling waves.

After the hiking tour, you’ll be driven to Shangri-La. With 2 hours' driving, enjoy the enchanting natural scenery along the way. Welcome to Shangri-La (Zhongdian, altitude: 3459meters), the Garden of Eden! Upon arrival, check in your hotel and explore this fairyland on your own.

  • First Bend of the Yangtze River First Bend of the Yangtze River
  • Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge

Day 12 Shangri-La ( B, L )

Today's highlights: Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, Pudacuo National Park

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Today is a full day to explore the earthly paradise described in the famous novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton.

After breakfast, you’ll be driven about 5 km to visit Songzanlin Monastery (Ganden Sumtseling Gompa), reputed as the “Little Potala Palace”. Established by the Fifth Dalai Lama in 1679, the monastery belongs to Gelug sect of Buddhism, and it is also the largest Buddhist monastery in Yunnan Province with around 600 monks.

Walk 143 steps to get atop of the monastery and pay clockwise visit to the three main lamasery buildings where you can not only see the Buddhism treasures, but also enjoy large number of monks of all ages going about their daily routines, praying, chanting, cooking and resting. It should a nice trip to get in-depth understanding about Tibetan Buddhism. If time permits, take some quiet time to walk around the peaceful Lamuyangcuo Lake and take photo of the breathtaking scenery of this pure land.

Later, drive to the first national park in China - Pudacuo National Park which is mainly comprised of Shudu Lake, Militang Grassland, Bita Lake. Shudu Lake is a famous pasture, herds of yak and goat grazing beside the lake. Militang Grassland is located between Shudu Lake and Bita Lake with lush grass in meadow. Bitahai Lake, regarded as a pearl of the Plateau, is an intact natural attraction with outstanding landscapes.

Visit the spots by clockwise and throw yourselves into the lush green forest with diverse species of flora and fauna, walk along the plank road to catch the gorgeous scenery of Shudu Lake (hike 3.3 km, about 1 hr) and Bita Lake (hike 4.2 km, about 1.5hrs), stand at the viewing spot to enjoy Militang Grassland stretching to the horizon and seek for a real paradise in this natural wonderland. (Note: the altitude of Pudacuo is at 3500m-4150m and you should avoid strong activities. There’s no problem to hike in the park.)

After the merry time in the park, pay a visit to a local Tibetan family to experience the highly-praised hospitality of Tibetan people and taste some special Tibetan snacks and butter tea. 

Important Notice: Militang Pasture (弥里塘草场) and Bita Lake (碧塔海) in Pudacuo National Park are closed for tourists due to maintainance from 3th September, 2017. The administrative office of Pudacuo National Park hasn't confirmed when they will be open exactly. Shudu Lake Scenic Area (属都湖) is still open for tourists. Please contact your travel consultant to adjust your itinerary.

  • Shudu Lake of Pudacuo National Park Shudu Lake of Pudacuo National Park
  • Ganden Sumtseling Monastery Ganden Sumtseling Monastery
  • Pudacuo National Park Pudacuo National Park

Day 13 Shangri-La & Flight to Kunming ( B, L )

Today's highlights: Western Hill and Green Lake Park in Kunming

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In this morning, cherish your time in Shangri-La to explore the 1300-year-old Dukezong Old Town by climbing up to the top of Guishan Hill (or Tortoise Hill) to have a panoramic view of the old town and Shangri-La County and join in the tourists to turn the largest Prayer Wheel in the world. Then, be escorted to the airport for your flight to Kunming (about 1 hour), the Spring City of China! Upon arrival, the local tour guide and driver will meet you in the arrival hall and escort you to your hotel.

After a rest, you’ll start a tour to Western Hills which is called “Sleeping Beauty Hills”, looking like a beautiful young lady lying beside Dian Lake (the largest freshwater in Yunnan and famed as the “Pearl on the Plateau”). It will be a perfectly lovely trip to walk in this long wedge of parkland and explore the famous temples (Huating Temple and Taihua Temple included) and other cultural relics. There is a saying: If you do not visit Western Hill, you haven't visited Kunming; if you do not come to Dragon Gate, you haven't been to Western Hills. Make some effort to climb up to magic Dragon Gate where you’ll appreciate the panoramic view of Dian Lake as well as see a group of grottoes and sculptures.

Later, transfer to explore the most picturesque park in Kunming urban area - the Green Lake Park. Here you can share the happiness of local people’s doing tai chi, performing local opera, and other vibrant activities. If you visit the park in November or December, you will see the grandeur of huge flocks of black-headed gulls that migrate there from Siberia.

Later, drive back to your hotel.

  • Dragon gate Panoramic View of Dianchi Lake from Dragon Gate
  • Dukezong Old Town Dukezong Old Town

Day 14 Kunming & Kunming Departure ( B, L )

Today's highlights: Stone Forest, Nuohei Village

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After breakfast, drive 85 km to the typical Karst landform - Stone Forest. Walk into the Greater Stone Forest, marvel at groups of gray-black stone peaks and climb up a pavilion to have a panoramic view of the intricate stone forest. Visit the Lesser Stone Forest and listen to the legendary story of “Ashima”. It will be a real treat to visit the extraordinary natural stone forest. You feel like come into a "stone world".

Later, drive about 40 minutes to visit Nuohei Village which is a typical Yi minority village with more than 600 years history in Shilin County and reputed as “the most famous stony village with Karst landscape”. You’ll totally indulge in this featured village of stone - stone houses, stone walls, stone paved roads, stone squares and stone mills…and have a wonderful time to explore local customs.

After the tour, drive back to Kunming and be escorted to the airport or railway station for your flight / train (after 17:00) to next destination.

  • Kunming Stone Forest Kunming Stone Forest
  • Nuohei Yi Village Nuohei Yi Village

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Suzhou of over 2,500 years old is abundant with ancient culture and history of Wu State in ancient times.

City like Suzhou which gathers its best highlighting attractions together in the historical old city area is ideal for taking a day trip. This tour brings you the best features of Suzhou in a brief day tour - Appreciate the beautiful Lingering Garden, one of the four most famous classic gardens of China; Spend some leisure time on the Shantang Street to experience the very history and local life of Suzhou; Explore the most historical site in Suzhou – Tiger Hill; Have fun to see see how the exquisite silk garment is produced at No.1 Silk Factory.

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+2 more days to hke the most beautiful mountain in China - Yellow Mountain

“No mountain is worth seeing after a trip to Mt. Huangshan”!

If you want to travel Huangshan at a leisure pace, this is the ideal trip - short days, classic itinerary, cable cars covered, private transfer. You will reach the top of Mount Huangshan for a day-and-night trip to enjoy the best scenery, and get down the mountain to stroll along the Tunxi Ancient Street to encounter its hundred-years' history and admire the "Four Treasures of the Study" in Ink Stone Factory...

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The quotation for this trip is from Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2020.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.7. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

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  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Domestic flights (economy class) and high-speed trains (second class) as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed( “B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains not listed in the itinerary;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

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I would be interested in exploring the Silk Road tour, especially the 10-day classic tour.  When I checked on the website below for a preliminary quotation, it did not give it to me.  Wonder, you know I would like to explore the most comfortable, 5-star tailored tour.  Would you be able to facilitate an introduction to an experienced agent that covers the Silk Road who might be able to help me please?

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Back in India and I wanted to thank you for all the arrangements and tour planning you have done.

I have enjoyed every bit of the tour, guides and car drivers were all good and helpful. Must say Shanghai has been the best interms of everything. The hotel, their service, city and the experience everything was the best.

Beijing was also good and pleasant. It would have been more fun if the hotel people were more customer oriented. I had to struggle with room and air conditioning of the room everyday. I would suggest you choose another hotel for other customers.

But overall, I loved the trip and have lovely memories of all the places visited. Will plan next visit again through you.

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We are safely home, settled into our normal life and it is with great pleasure that we respond to your request for feedback.

1.    Is your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions?

I can not recommend Johnson Wang highly enough. He was incredibly prompt and patient with my numerous emails, and super helpful in allaying concerns or accommodating specific requests. 

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From my initial enquiry, until completion of our tour 12 months later, Johnson ensured that every detail of our tour was thoroughly met. The tour arrangements exceeded our expectations!

3.    Are you willing to recommend our service to your people who also have an interest to visit China?

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5.    Do you have any suggestions on improving our services?

The recommendations for optional activities was appreciated, but as the expectation between Western and Chinese culture is so different, I think a suggestion of dress code for each activity would be a good idea. 

For example, in Western or European culture the dress code for an Opera is formal, but in China it is casual, so we felt a bit silly when we dressed up very formally but then had to walk 30minutes to the venue and everyone else was wearing casual clothes.

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Our private service includes licensed drivers with many years’ driving experience and air-conditioned, non-smoking, clean and well-maintained cars/vans. Drivers are local, polite, friendly and helpful, taking you to your tourist sites, hotels, airport/train stations in safety. All kinds of vehicle are offered, and yours depends on the size of your group. Usually, we offer sedan cars, SUVs, business vans (MPV) and different types of buses, all with extra space for your luggage.

Our private transfer service guarantees you the highest comfort!

Comfortable & Homelike Hotels

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In each destination, you’ll enjoy a comfortable stay in a great location!

The hotels we choose are based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Choices are a lot ranging from luxury 5 star, comfortable 4 star to budget 3 star. You could decide where to stay to best suit for your budget and likes. Generally, the hotels have both Western and Chinese breakfast with a wide choices.

If you have already got an ideal hotel, please feel free to tell our travel consultants and they'll book the hotel for you.

Have good sleep in our well-selected hotels in all the destinations of China.

Meals & Dining

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We can satisfy all the dietary requirements no matter you want Chinese local food, western food, vegetarian food or muslin food.

The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.

There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like Beijing Roast Duck, Xian Dumpling Dinner, Sichuan Hotpot, etc., if you are interested in local food tasting.

All the dining options will satisfy your stomach!

Here are recent candid photos of this China trip

  • Shanghai Skyline Shanghai Skyline
  • Shanghai Museum Shanghai Museum
  • Beautiful The Bund Beautiful The Bund
  • Shanghai Yu Garden Shanghai Yu Garden
  • Zhujiajiao Water Town Zhujiajiao Water Town
  • Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge
  • Tianzi Mountain Tianzi Mountain
  • Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
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  • Hospitable Miao People in Upper Langde Miao Village Hospitable Miao People in Upper Langde Miao Village
  • Datang Miao Village Construct Granaries above the Water to Keep from Mice Datang Miao Village Construct Granaries above the Water to Keep from Mice
  • Wuji Miao Minority Is Famous for Brilliant Skills of Making Batiks and Embroidery Wuji Miao Minority Is Famous for Brilliant Skills of Making Batiks and Embroidery
  • Panoramic View of Xijiang Miao Village Panoramic View of Xijiang Miao Village
  • Naxi Old Women in the Ancient Town Naxi Old Women in the Ancient Town
  • Mufu Palace, the “Forbidden City” of Lijiang Mufu Palace, the “Forbidden City” of Lijiang
  • Black Dragon Pool Park Black Dragon Pool Park
  • First Bend of the Yangtze River First Bend of the Yangtze River
  • Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Shudu Lake of Pudacuo National Park Shudu Lake of Pudacuo National Park
  • Ganden Sumtseling Monastery Ganden Sumtseling Monastery
  • Pudacuo National Park Pudacuo National Park
  • Dragon gate Dragon gate
  • Dukezong Old Town Dukezong Old Town
  • Kunming Stone Forest Kunming Stone Forest
  • Nuohei Yi Village Nuohei Yi Village

Most Important Trip Notes

Below are some important things to know regarding of train travel tips, traveling documents, hotels and food, weather, booking guide. Traveling with China Discovery, you only need to focus on enjoying your holiday time. We will take care of all the details. Our travel consultants are always ready to help you if have any questions about the trip.

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.
Facilities and Services in China’s High Speed Trains
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.
Security Check & Luggage Check
After arriving at railway station, firstly get your ticket and passport prepared and represent to the staff, and then pass Security Check & Luggage Check, and find the right boarding gate. It's easy and simple.
How to Handle Your Luggage
Travelling with luggages on China train is not a problem. If you take high speed trains, it will be easier to handle your luggage because there are plenty of spaces to place your luggage, and there are also many ways to deliver your luggages.
Related Tips about this tour
When is the best time to take this trip?
Shanghai, Zhangjiajie, Kaili are all located in southern China where is warm and moist. Yunnan, on southwestern China, is drier anc cool, and has more sunny days. You can take this tour all year aournd, but the best time is from July to October. Winter in Zhangjiajie is a little bit cold.
What is the road condition
In this tour, some areas you’ll visit are a little remote, and connected only by mountain roads, such as Kaili, Shangri-la. But don't worry, the drivings are safe and scenic with durations around 2 hours each day.
Hotels and Dining
Accommodation conditions vary in this tour. In Shanghai, the hotels are top standard in China with flexible choices from budget to luxury level. While in Zhangjiajie, Kunming, Lijiang and Shangri-la, the most luxurious hotels are not as good as those in Shanghai, but there are still some great 4-star and 5-star hotels you can choose. In Guizhou, you will stay one night in Kaili where comfortabel class hotels are available. You will also stay a night at a local guesthouse in Xijiang Miao Village. Air conditioning and Wi-Fi are available. Chinese food is mainly provided in this trip. In Shanghai and Kunming, western food can be arranged.
Payment and Booking Guide
1. What kind of payment method do you accept?
PayPal, Wire Transfer/Bank Transfer, Western Union are acceptable before your arrival, and after your arrival, CASH is required.
2. How soon before our trip do you need payment?
Early booking is always better than being rushed, and we would suggest booking to be 2-3 month earlier than your arrival so as to guarantee the booking items. If you are interested in any of our tours, you can pay a deposit first and balance to be paid 30 days prior to your arrival. You can also choose to pay the full amount so as to avoid small loss caused by currency exchange rate fluctuation.
3. When should we pay the deposit and the balance?
Certain deposit will be paid if you decide to book, and balance is required to be paid 30 days prior to your arrival. If booking is less than 30 days, full payment is required.

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