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26-Day China Wonders

Shanghai - Zhangjiajie - Guilin - Chengdu - Lijiang-    Shangri-la - Lhasa - Xining - Lanzhou - Xi'an  - Beijing 

This trip will demonstrate China's cultural and natural wonders with an in-depth sight from plain to plateau, and from forest to lake. Easily reach the beauty of China. 

              Highlights:

  • China's history & culture - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors

  • Experience the train Between Xining and Lhasa through "Heaven Railway" for its complicated skills when constructing

  • Miracles of 30 degrees North Latitude: Yangtze River, Giant Panda

              Our service includes:

 China Panda Tour's experienced travel consultant 1 on 1 service 24hours/7days from inquiry to back home;

  Entrance tickets to listed viewpoints in the itinerary as well as necessary shuttle bus/cable car/sightseeing bus tickets in attractions;  

√  Escorted by experienced English-speaking tour guide;

  Meals mentioned in the itinerary;

  Private transfers with professional driver between hotel/attraction/airport/railway station/restaurant as listed in the itinerary;

√ Booking of flight/train/cruise tickets per your preferences;

 Accommodation in each city, hotel level/feature is decided by your choice;

√ Traveler's accidental insurance.

 Detailed itinerary:

Welcome to China! Upon arrival, receive a warm greeting from your local guide and driver. Transfer to the hotel and then release from the jet lag after long-time flight.

Shanghai arrival

Day 1

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Today firstly visit Yuyuan Garden, and then walk in the Former French Concession. Go through Nanjing Pedestrian, coming to Shanghai’s landmark, the Bund. It mainly includes Oriental Pearl TV Tower and 52 distinctive mansions in different styles. Enjoy a panoramic view of Shanghai from the 100th floor at “the Eye of Shanghai” - Shanghai World Financial Center. Take the flight to Zhangjiajie in the evening, be met and greeted to the hotel. 

Shanghai tour, Shanghai to Zhangjiajie

Day 2

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Today firstly go sightseeing to Golden Whip Stream for a pleasant stroll along the stream, surrounded by grotesque rocks, this place is well-known for its crystal water and fresh air. In the afternoon, take the Bailong Elevator up to the Yuanjiajie, where said to be the inspiration of Avatar’s Hallelujah Mountain. Breath the fresh air in the fairyland, and fly your dream to be true...

Zhangjiajie tour

Day 3

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A full day sightseeing starts with Tianzi Mountain, a mesa in the northwest of Wulingyuan. Up on the mesa, the field of vision is widely opened up and it is a perfect location to have a panoramic view of the nature reserve. Head to Baofeng Lake, which is pure just like a big crystal among Baofeng mountain Range. When you cruise on it, you can hear authentic song from Tujia minority people. 

Zhangjiajie tour

Day 4

Full day to explore Tianmen Mountain, take the longest cable car in the world up Tianmen Mountain. You will feel like walking in a wonderland when walking on the plank road built along the cliffs. The must-see points are Tianmen Cave, Glass Road and Tianmen Temple. In the late afternoon, be sent to the railway station, and then board the night train to Guilin. 

Zhangjiejie tour, board the night train to Guilin

Day 5

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Drive to the delightful Longji Rice Terrace Field. Longji, which means Dragon’s Backbone, is not only the globally top rice terrace field cluster, but also the culmination of both profound wisdom and strenuous labor. Make a visit to the Zhuang and Yao Villages. The hanging-feet cottage and coiled layers from the foot to the top of the mountain form a spectacular picture.

Guilin arrival, Guilin tour

Day 6

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Take the Li River Cruise in the morning. The 83km waterway from Guilin City to Yangshuo County, like a meandering jade belt wrapped in green peaks, making Li River the world’s largest and most beautiful Karst landscape area. With fresh breath, everything is so poetic! Walk freely on West Street, or you can choose to ride a bicycle in local villages, or go rafting on Yulong River, which is said to be the essence of Li River. Transfer to the airport for an evening flight to Chengdu.

Guilin tour, Guilin to Chengdu

Day 7

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As the hometown of Giant Panda, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding should not be missed when you come to Chengdu. Strolling through the bamboo groves, you will find lovely pandas eating bamboo, playing or sleeping. After a nice time in the park-like panda base, transfer to Leshan, ride on a boat to view the largest carved sitting Buddha in the world. Transfer back to downtown Chengdu, enjoy a nice evening free on own.

Chengdu tour

Day 8

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Catch a morning flight from Chengdu to Lijiang. On arrival, receive a warm greeting from your escorted tour guide and driver. Transfer to Lijiang Ancient City, its buildings, after countless dynasty baptism, have survived and gathered each nation's culture and blossom. You will visit Black Dragon Pool Park and Mu's Residencehike on Lion Hill to have a whole view of the ancient city.

Chengdu to Lijiang, Lijiang tour

Day 9

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In the morning, take a short driving to visit Jade Dragon Sown Mountain. Its 13 snow peaks are constant that like a dancing dragon in the sky which makes an unforgettable view. Since Lijiang is in the subtropical zone, it is amazing that this mountain which is 5596 meters above the sea level, can stand proudly there. Later visit Baisha Wall Painting in Baisha Village, learning more about the history and culture of Naxi ethnic group. Fly to Chengdu, be met and sent to hotel.

Lijiang tour

Day 10

Drive to Shangri-la. Along the way you will have a stop at the Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world. Arrive in Shangri-la at noon time.On arrival, visit Ganden Sungtseling, or Songzanlin Monastery, which is referred as the Little Potala Palace. Drive to Yila Grassland and circle Napa Lake. In the rest of the day free on own to explore Dukezong Ancient Town, also named Moonlight Old Town.

Lijiang to Shangri-la, Shangri-la tour

Day 11

According to flight time, the tour guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel and then transfer to the airport. Take the flight to Lhasa. You will be warmly welcome to Tibet by saying Tashi Delek. Be sent to the hotel and then have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude in the rest of the day. 

Shangri-la to Lhasa, Lhasa arrival

Day 12

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Today enjoy a whole-day Lhasa City tour including the grandest of this myriad chapels Potala PalaceJorkhang Temple, the holiest temple in Tibet, and Barkhor Street, which is the most famous Kora in Tibet. As the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhism pilgrims, Jorkhang Temple is an irreplaceable sanctuary of peace and power. Many people call Barkhor Street “the window of Tibet” as it exhibits typical Tibetan life. 

Lhasa tour

Day 13

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Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa. Drepung Monastery used to be the imperial palace of Dalai Lamas for short stays away from capital before the reconstruction of Potala Palace. Next, transfer to visit Sera Monastery. If you are very lucky, you may come across Sera Monastery’s monks debating which is held in the courtyard at around 15:00-17:30. In the evening, enjoy a Tibetan style farewell dinner with dancing and singing. 

Lhasa tour

Day 14

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Wave goodbye to marvelous Tibet! You will be transferred to the railway station for the train to Xining, the capital city of Xining Province. On board, you can sit and leisurely enjoy the marvelous view from the window of train: snow mountain ranges, Mani prayer stone piles, Golmud Grassland...Just imagine how hard to build the longest plateau railway in the world.  

Board the train to Xining

Day 15

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Arrive in Xining after a special experience on the night train. Be warmly greeted by local tour guide and driver. Make a visit to Ta'er Monastery, whose three treasures are mural, bar bola and butter sculptures. Later transfer back to downtown Xining, you will go to Dongguan Grand Mosque, the highest learning institution of Islam. It boasts a history of more than 600 years and is famous for its magnificent architecture style. 

Xining arrival, Xining tour

Day 16

Drive to Qinghai Lake after breakfast, you will stop at Riyue Mountains, which also known as “Sun and Moon Mountain” part of the splendid Qilian Mountain Range. In the afternoon, visit Bird Island of Qinghai Lake, known for the hundreds of thousands of migrant birds there. It is exactly a wonderful sight to see the flying birds with the pure lake water extending into the sky. After the visit, drive to Chaka Town for overnight.

Xining to Chaka Town, Qinghai Lake tour

Day 17

Get up early to admire the sunrise of Chaka Salt Lake. The Lake is as beautiful as a fairyland, it is also named "the mirror of the sky" by reflecting shadows on the lake face. After sightseeing, transfer back to Xining. On the way, visit Jinyintan Prairie, a typical pastoral area, where there are over 300,000 cattle and sheep hanging out. Arrive in Xining downtown in the late afternoon, be sent to railway station and board the bullet train to Lanzhou. Check into hotel and have rest. 

Chaka Salt Lake tour, Chaka Town back to Xining, Xining to Lanzhou

Day 18

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Drive to Xiahe  County today, have a stop at Liujiaxia, a small town to visit Bingling Grottoes which is filled with Buddhist sculpture carved into natural caves and caverns in a canyon along the Yellow River. You will ride a boat between Liujiaxia town and Bingling Temple through Liujiaxia Reservoir to view the outstanding Buddhist artwork. Arrive in Xiahe in the late afternoon, check into hotel.

Lanzhou to Xiahe, Bingling Temple

Day 19

Labrang Monastery, the largest monastery of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism, is where you can find peace in mind with walking along the longest prayer wheel corridor in the world. Meanwhile you will appreciate a good collection of treasures like Thangka, statues, etc. Afterwards, hug the magnificent Sangke Grassland with refreshment. Make a visit to a local Tibetan family to learn more about Tibetan culture. Transfer back to Lanzhou.

Xiahe tour, Xiahe back to Lanzhou

Day 20

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In the morning, take the bullet train to Xi'an, the ancient capital city for 13 dynasties. In the afternoon, have a leisure walk on the Ancient City Wall. Built in Ming Dynasty, this old architecture has an honored history of over 600 years and is the best preserved ancient city wall in China. There is a Muslim Quarter near the Great Mosque that you should never miss. Enjoy yourselves by bargaining with the strollers, or tasting some local snacks. 

Lanzhou to Xi'an, Xi'an tour

Day 21

In the morning, transfer to visit the Terracotta Army, which is now the Terracotta Warriors Museum. It is a must-see place when you travelled to Xi'an. Even 2000 years has passed, the wood protects of the warriors are still clear to see. Return to downtown Xi'an, learning China's long history in Shaanxi History Museum followed by visiting the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of Xi’an City.

Xi'an tour

Day 22

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Be taken to the airport for a morning flight to Beijing, the capital of People's Republic of China. On arrival in Beijing, be met by your escorted tour guide and driver. In t he afternoon, go sightseeing in Summer Palace, once "the Garden of Thousands Gardens" royally built in Qing Dynasty. Then experience the rickshaw in Hutongs. Hutong is perhaps the traditional Beijing alleys that show the real old Beijing.

Xi'an to Beijing, Beijing tour

Day 23

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Today firstly visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperors sacrificed the heaven. Continue sightseeing to Tian’anmen Square, the largest central square in the world. And then enter the Forbidden City. For almost 500 years, it serves as the ceremonial and political center of central court. Looking at the yellow roof, glazed tile and red wall, just imagine what emperors’ daily life would be. Have a whole view of this magnificent palace from Jingshan Park.

Beijing tour

Day 24

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In the morning, pay a visit to the Great Wall, its grey stones, lofty watchtowers and winding routes all tell a story of soul-stirring history. Later move steps to the Ming Tombs, the biggest imperial mausoleum complex in China. You will visit Dingling, the tomb of Wanli, which is the only excavated one of the Ming Dynasty Tombs. Enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner Peking Roast Duck that absolutely comfort your spirit and stomach after a whole-day sightseeing.

Beijing tour

Day 25

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You will be dropped off at the airport for flight back sweet home. Recollect wonderful pieces happening these days. China, Zai Jian(Goodbye)!

Beijing departure

Day 26

Recommended hotels:

       China Panda Tour has selected below hotels in 3/4/5 star categories for your choice. These are depends on several & years' of our guests's feedback. Should you have other preferred hotels, please feel free to ask us to quote or you can book that yourselves.

Shanghai Hotels

Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World★★★★★

Situated near People’s Square and the Bund, the hotel welcomes every honored guest with a blend of distinctive architecture, highlighted by its impressive 208-meter tower that punctuates the city skyline.

The Bund Riverside Hotel★★★★

It is ideally located in the heart of Shanghai’s commercial and financial districts. The nearby Huangpu River, the Bund, the symbolic Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Lujiazui international financial zone makes its location especially convenient.

Holiday Inn Express Putuo★★★

Surrounded by a landscaped garden next to the Suzhou River, the hotel offers a convenient base in downtown Shanghai. It is just 4 minutes' walking distance to nearest Metro Line Station.

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        Trip Notes:

     This itinerary can be flexibly adjusted according  to your requests. You can change the order, or extend the tour with more cities or days, or even shorten it with deleting any cities or days. Our professional travel consultant will help you revise the itinerary until suiting your schedule. 

- China Panda Tour also provides private tours with Spanish/German/French/Mandarin-speaking tour guide service. 

- If you only want to rent a car for your trip, please kindly inform us. China Panda Tour's professional drivers would provide you satisfying service.

        Trip Information:

- Tour code: CPT-CT-30

- Price: from $2,811 p/p

- Tour type: private tour

- Departure date: flexible

- Travel route: Shanghai - Zhangjiajie - Guilin - Chengdu - Lijiang-                                       Shangri-la - Lhasa - Xining - Lanzhou - Xi'an  - Beijing  - Trip length: 26 Days / 25 nights

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