12 Days China Tour: Beijing, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Shanghai
Tour Code: YCNT_06
Tour Type: Private
Best Travel Time:
Suitable for the whole year, best from April
Upon your arrival, our
guide will pick you up at the airport and
transfer to your hotel.
Driver to Tian'anmen
Square and take photos, then explore the Forbidden
City. After lunch, visit the Temple of Heaven.
After that, drive back to your hotel.
It is the spiritual heart of China and large
enough to accommodate an assembly of one million
people. It stands in front of the Forbidden
City, at its north the Tiananmen Rostrum,
from which imperial decrees were promulgated.
The square is 880 meters from north to south,
and 500 meters from east to west. On October
1st, 1949, Mao went atop the Tiananmen Rostrum,
which gives the square its name, to proclaim
the foundation of the People's Republic of
The name Forbidden City is a term used by
Westerners to refer to the Imperial Palace
which was built in the early fifteenth century
(1406-1420 A.D.). Covering an area of 175
acres, the Palace is 961 meters long and 753
meters wide, enclosed by wall and surrounded
by a moat. The place where the emperors of
the Ming and Qing Dynasties carried out their
administration and lived, it has 800 buildings
and 9,000 rooms.
Temple of Heaven:
Completed in 1420 during the reign of Ming
Emperor Yongle, it was originally served as
the most sacred space in which the emperor
(the Son of Heaven) would perform the most
important sacrifices and rites. The gods of
earth, water, war, and civilian affairs were
all honored, but it was the god of agriculture
who received special attention. On the winter
solstice, the emperor, after ritual fasts
and purification, would beseech Heaven for
bountiful harvests. The temple's layout reflects
the Confucian/Daoist worldview that anchored
the imperial order, with the square bases
of the circular temples articulating the relationship
between Earth and Heaven - the emperor serving
as intermediary, administering human affairs
on behalf of the divine order. The most distinctive
temple in the complex, and one of the most
famous buildings in China, not to mention
the world, is the Hall of Prayer for Good
Have an excursion to
the Mutianyu Great Wall. After lunch, drive
back to the downtown and see the exterior
of Bird Nest and Water Cube - the Beijing
2008 Olympic National Stadium. After that,
drive back to your hotel.
Mutianyu Great Wall:
It was built in early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644),
this section of Great Wall has been the important
military communication area in Beijing. Mutianyu
boasts beautiful scenery in four seasons,
about 96 percent of the area is covered with
verdant vegetation. This is unseen in other
sections of the Great Wall Region.
- Kunming (Breakfast
Drive to Drum Tower
area for taking a relaxing Hutong Tour by
rickshaw - a good way to know the Beijing
local lifestyle, then explore the Summer Palace.
After lunch, be transferred to the airport
for flight to Kunming. Your Kunming tour guide
will wait for you at the airport and help
you to check-in your hotel.
It used to be a summer residence of Qing Dynasty
(1644-1911) emperors and is now one of the
best parks in Beijing. The Summer Palace was
an imperial garden known for its architectural
grandeur and stunning natural beauty. Construction
of the Summer Palace started in 1750. In the
19th century, massive renovations was made
and many buildings was restored.
- Stone Forest - Kunming (Breakfast
After breakfast, travel
90 KM to Lunan County and explore the Stone
Forest. Return to Kunming in the afternoon.
Forest: Located 120 kilometers southeast
of Kunming, the Stone Forest is a typical
karst formation covering an area of more
than 350 square kilometers. In 2007, it
is listed as World Natural Heritage. Walking
inside the forest, you will find a wonderland
consists of innumerable huge rocks of fantastic
- Dali (Breakfast
Take early morning flight
to Dali. Have a cruise in the vast blue Erhai
Lake, then visit ZhouCheng Village and know
about ethnic Bai People's Tie-dyeing Cloth
with Wax (a technology of printing flower
patterns on cloth). Tour to Xizhou Township
and visit unique dwellings with typical Bai
People's features. Afterwards, go to the Chong
Sheng Temple which is famous for its Three
Pagodas and then wander in Dali Ancient City.
Lake: Covering an area of 251 square
kilometers, it is one of the seven biggest
fresh water lakes in China and the second
largest lake in Yunnan. The peaks of Cangshan
Mountain are often mirrored in the lake,
making majestic scenery. It would be a great
pity if people traveling to Dali without
going for a boat ride in the lake.
people: The Bai people have a long history
and well-developed culture. 80% of the population
of 1.39 million live in the Dali Bai Autonomous
Prefecture around the Erhai Lake with exquisite
scenery. The Bai people have their own spoden
language but do not have a written one.
Pagodas: These pagodas are located between
Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake, about
1.5 kilometers northwest from the ancient
city of Dali. They were built in the Five
Dynasties (907-960AD). In the time of Nanzhao
and Dali Kingdoms, Chongsheng Monastery
was the largest monastery in this area and
the Three Pagodas were only a part of it.
The pagodas were built because of two main
reasons. Firstly, they were holy structures
that invoked the Buddha's protection against
the frequent disasters of floods and earthquakes.
Secondly, the pagodas were used as a storehouse
for scriptures and precious objects.
|| Dali -
Drive 3.5 hours to Lijiang.
Visit Sifang Street in Lijiang Ancient Town.
Ancient Town: It is also named Dayan
Ancient Town, famous for its scientific
architectural layout. Crisscrossed by crystal-clear
rivers and meandering cobbled streets, Lijiang
Ancient Town is a treasure in the field
of urban construction in China. Square Market
was the site of a major bazaar for local
residents to stock up on necessities such
as meat, vegetables, oil and herbal medicine.
Now visitors will come across some interesting
ethnic products and sometimes unusual antiques.
Visit the Jade Dragon
Snow Mountain, the Baisha Murals and the Ancient
Shuhe Village of Naxi People.
Dragon Snow Mountain: The mountain is
ten miles from Lijiang, its landscape includes
one of the southernmost glaciers in the
world. The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has
13 peaks, the main peak is 5,596 meters
above sea level, and is annually snowcapped.
Scientists say that the mountain formed
over 230 million years ago from ancient
geosynclines when dinosaurs roamed on the
Earth. In the Naxi People¡¯s language, Jade
Dragon Snow Mountain means the place for
loves that die for their love. Jade Dragon
Snow Mountain has rich vegetation coverage,
featuring distinct and complete alpine vertical
ecosystem from subtropical zone to frigid
Baisha Murals: These murals are in Baisha
Village which lies in the north of Lijiang.
Baisha murals are mostly from the Ming Dynasty
(1368-1644). Among the 55 existing murals,
the largest one is at the Dabaoji Hall of
Baisha. Most Baisha murals depict religious
stories, and one characteristic is to combine
several legends into one picture. They are
an artistic crystallization combining the
Naxi, Tibetan, Bai and Han styles. The originality
and figures of the mural paintings reflect
the different religious cultures and artistic
forms of Buddhism, Lamaism, Daoism and the
Dongba Religion of Naxi People.
People: They live in concentrated communities
in the Lijiang Naxi Autonomous County in
Yunnan Province, their language belongs
to the Chinese-Tibetan language family.
More than 1,000 years ago, the Naxi people
had already created pictographic characters
called the "Dongba script".
- Shangri-La (Breakfast
Drive 180Km to Shangri-la.
On the way, visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge
and the First bend of the Yangtze River.
Leaping Gorge: The gorge is regarded one
of the longest, deepest and narrowest gorges
in the world. It is about 98 kilometers northwest
of Lijiang Ancient Town, lying between Jade
Dragon Snow Mountain and and Haba Snow Mountain.
The gorge stretches about 15 kilometers (9
miles). For the experienced and adventurous,
thrilling raft rides are available. The magnificent
backdrop of the gorge, combined with the twisting
white water will create an exhilarating and
unforgettable white water rafting experience.
For those who prefer a gentle ride, slow-speed
drifting is available in the calmer sections
of the gorge.
First bend of the Yangtze River: When
you are on the way to Shangri-La from Lijiang,
there are 2 stops for visits: Tiger Leaping
Gorge and the First Bend of the Yangtze River.
Rushing down from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau,
"the roof of the world", the Yangtze surges
into Yunnan from its northwest, where it meets
Lancang River and Nu River. Then, they go
together through the high mountains and deep
gorges of Hengduan Mountains. Rushing southwards
from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the Yangtze
is blocked by the Hailuo Cliff at Shigu in
Yunnan, which makes it turn roughly to northeast,
forming a rare great bend of "V" shape, which
is called the First Bend of the Yangtze River.
Tour to the Songzanlin
Lama Temple, the Potatso
National Park (including Shudu Lake, Bitahai
Lake and Xiaji Resort).
Lama Temple: Also named Guihua Monastery,
the temple is the largest Tibetan Buddhist
monastery in Shangri-La of Yunnan province.
It is one of the famous monasteries in the
region, nicknamed as "the little Potala Palace",
for the whole monastery is in the traditional
style with mysterious atmosphere.
Lake: The lake is a well-known freshwater
lake at an elevation of 3540 meters in western
Yunnan, and is 41 meters at its deepest point.
Horses are also available if you prefer riding
to walking. "Bita" in Tibetan also refers
to a place where lots of oak trees are growing.
In the centre of the lake, a small wooded
island is made the shelter for many rare species
of birds. If you are lucky enough to be in
the non-windy day, the rosy clouds, the snow-capped
mountains and the nearby forests are all mirrored
in the lake.
Lake: The lake is located 43km to the
northeast of Shangri-La City. Shudu Lake is
3705 meters above sea level and is one of
the biggest lakes in Diqing Prefecture. Now
it has been turned into a highland pasture
resort. The lake is shallow enough to be called
interestingly "a place where one can fish
with a wooden stick". The lake water is so
clear that you can see the fish swimming around.
One special fish in the lake is called the
cracked-stomach fish for the crack line strangely
running across its stomach.
- Kunming - Shanghai (Breakfast
Take morning flight
to Kunming. We offer 5 options for today's
1. Tour to the Dragon Gate in Western Hills.
2. Tour to Haigeng Park by the Dianchi Lake,
where you will enjoy the nice view of the
lake and see many seagulls.
3. Tour to Golden Temple.
4. Tour to Bamboo Monastery.
5. Explore the Bird-Flower Market and Jinma
In the afternoon, You will be transferred
to airport and take flight to Shanghai. Your
Shanghai tour guide will wait for you at the
airport and help you check-in your hotel.
Take a walk at The Bund.
Hills: Located at the west bank of the
Dianchi Lake, it is a range of five mountains
well covered by evergreen woods stretching
over 40 kilometers and over 2,500 meters
above sea level, perfect for hiking. The
Dragon Gate is near the top of the mountain;
it is a group of grottoes, sculptures, corridors
and pavilions that were hacked from the
cliff between 1781 and 1835 by a Taoist
monk and co-workers.
Lake: The lake covers 300 square km
and extending 40 km from north to south.
The western side of the Dianchi Lake is
covered by mountain forest, while the eastern
side is dotted with the fisheries and agribusinesses.
This ocean-like lake is indeed the best
place to go for those people who wish to
get away from the bustling city and be close
Monastery: A Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.)
Buddhist temple known for its 500 colored
clay statues of Arhats. The quiet and tastefully
laid out temple is surrounded by verdant
woods and green bamboos affording crisp
and cool air. The present Bamboo temple
was rebuilt in the Guangxu Era (1833 to
1890) in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Temple: A famous Taoist temple located
on the Mingfeng Hill. The temple was first
constructed in 1602 during the Ming Dynasty.
The main building of the Golden Temple is
entirely built from bronze, weighing about
Explore the Yuyuan Garden
and the nearby Chenghuangmiao Old Street.
A transfer to the airport for flight departing
Shanghai. Bon Voyage!
A classical extensive Chinese garden with
exquisite layout and the artistic style. It
was first finished in 1559 during the Ming
Dynasty. Yuyuan Garden occupies an area of
20,000 square meters. The pavilions, halls,
rockeries, ponds and cloisters all have unique
characteristics. The exquisite layout, and
the artistic style of the garden architecture
have made Yuyuan one of the highlights of
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Forbidden City, Beijing
Temple of Heaven
These pagodas, Dali
These pagodas, Dali
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Naxi People, Lijiang
Lijiang Ancient Town
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
The Bund, Shanghai