the 18 days journey, you will get to know the most
prosperous two cities in China: Hong Kong and Shanghai.
You will see the wonderful untouched landscapes in
Yunnan and the changing scenery along the grand Yangtze
River from Chongqing to the Three-Gorges Dam. You
will see dreamy villages at the upper section of the
river and its estuary. Moreover you will see the rapidly
developing industrial city Chongqing at the middle
section of the river. And primarily you will meet
Chinese people, who will give you a warm welcome.
1: Hong Kong
Arrival in Hong Kong in the morning. Transfer to the hotel. Make a
half day city tour on the Hong Kong Island
in the afternoon (about 4 hours). You will see the
most important sights, such as the Stanley Market,
the Repulse Bay and the Victoria Peak, from which
you can get a marvellous 360 degree view over the
2: Hong Kong / Kunming
||Kunming Hotel ****
The morning is at
your disposal. Tips: explore the Kowloon peninsula
with its Jade and bird markets, experience the cultural
life in the temples and monasteries. Or go shopping
in Kowloon, the most important business and shopping
centre of the Far East. Fly to Kunming in the afternoon.
Greetings by the local tour guide and transfer to
3: Kunming / Stone Forest /Kunming
|| Kunming Hotel
Visit the Stone Forest
(Shi Lin) in the Lunan County. It is an autonomous
area, where the Yi minority group lives. The Stone
Forest is a special kind of karst formation, which
is composed by numerous rocks, valleys of manifold
shapes and subsurface rivers. After an extensive walk,
return to Kunming in the afternoon.
4: Kunming / Dali
Go to Dali by bus
after breakfast. Dali is the administrative centre
of the autonomous region, where the Bai minority lives.
Transfer to the hotel, and then take a walk in the
well-preserved Old Town of Dali.
There are mighty city walls and watchtowers dating
back to the Ming dynasty. In the picturesque lanes,
there you can buy handicraft products made of the
famous Dali marble everywhere. It is a white marble,
which contains layers of colors, such as red, light
blue, green and milk. The name of the city became
the common term for marble in China. Afterwards visit
the beautiful white Three
Pagodas (San Ta Si), which are built in the
typical style of the Tang dynasty. The pagodas are
located close to The Chongsheng Monastery,
not far from the city.
5: Dali / Lijiang
|| Grand Hotel***
Make a boat
trip on the Erhai Lake in
the morning. Erhai is the second largest plateau lake
and the seventh largest fresh water lake in China.
It is located at the foot of the snow-caped Cang Mountain
with a height of more than 4,000 m. Enjoy the spectacular
scenery there. Afterwards visit a Bai family and get
to know their everyday life and the architecture of
their house. In the afternoon go to Lijiang by minibus.
Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of mountains and rivers
along the road. Visit the Xinhua Village of
the Bai minority on the way.
Reach the picturesque
Dayan Old Town in the morning. It
is an ancient town, famous for its well preserved
city structure – a harmonious blend of elements from
different cultures and an ancient water-supply system
of great complexity and ingenuity that still works
effectively today. The Old Town is on the UNESCO World
Heritage List. In the afternoon, you will walk along
the Lake of the Black Dragon (Heilongtan).
You can see the 5,600 m high snow covered Jade Dragon
Mountain massif in the distance. It is reflected in
the water of the lake. The next stop is the
Dongba Museum, where you can learn more about
the culture of the Naxi minority; for example the
original writing, the old music, painting, and the
customs, known as Dongba culture.
After breakfast, go on an excursion to the Jade
Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Xueshan), which
has an altitude of 5,600 meters (18,400 feet) and
is located about 15 km north of Lijiang. A cable car
brings you up to the 4,600 m alp, beneath the pinnacles
of the mountain, which is covered by a glacier. This
area is famous for its enormous biodiversity. The
surroundings of the mountain are a sanctuary for rare
animals and plants. After that you will visit the
Baisha Frescoes. There are 53 groups of paintings
dating back to the Ming Dynasty. They are spread over
several different temples. The paintings are a mixture
of Daoism, Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism and the local
Naxi Dongba culture. They illustrate the everyday
life in religious images. You can enjoy the
ancient Naxi music in the evening. It is
a kind of old Chinese folk music, which has its roots
in Taoist and Buddhist ritual music of the 13th and
14th century, and was very popular at that time. The
orchestra with its musicians, who are partly more
than 80 years old, will show the great musical art
of the Nanxi minority to you.
8: Lijiang / Zhongdian
|| Songzan Hotel***
Go through the picturesque
mountain landscape by minibus to Zhongdian in the
morning, the legendary Shangri-la County. On the way
you can make a trip into the Tiger Leaping
Gorge at the upstream of the Yangtze River,
which is called Golden Sand River (Jinsha River).
While the canyon with its steep walls, which slopes
in 70-90 degrees, is more than 200 m high. The surrounding
mountains are even thousand meters higher. The narrowest
section of the gorge is only 30 meters wide. After
nine months of intensive research, at the end of the
year 2001, it was proven that the area around Zhongdian,
the capital of the autonomous Tibetan area Diqing,
is the Shangri-la County in the novel the
Lost Horizon. It was written by James
Hilton in 1933, according to the narrations of the
famous geographer Joseph Rock, who lived there for
many years. The area got the official name Shangri-La
at last. Overnight stay at somewhere outside Zhongdian
close to the Songzanlin Temple, which was founded
by the fifth Dalai Lama in 1679.
|Day 9: Zhongdian
|| Songzan Hotel***
Since the hotel
is nearby the Songzanlin Monastery,
you have the possibility to enjoy the life in the
monastery rather undisturbed by other tourists early
in the morning. Songzanlin Monastery is the largest
Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan province. Built
between 1679 and 1681, the present monastery is a
true-to-life original imitation of the Potala Palace
in Lhasa, Tibet. Explore the beautiful scenery of
Shangri-la in the afternoon. The ride goes through
a breath-taking mountain landscape to the
Bitahai-Lake with 3,540 m hight, where you
can go for a walk. Back in Zhongdian, you can walk
through the city.
|Day 10: Zhongdian / Kunming
Fly back to Kunming
in the morning. After the transfer to the hotel, you
will visit the Western Hills with
the Dragon Gate and a series of temples in the caves
carved into the cliff and they are connected by narrow
but secured paths. There you can have a wonderful
view over the 40 km long Dian Lake and the city Kunming.
Go back to the city and visit the Flower and
11: Kunming / Chongqing
to Chongqing in the morning. After the arrival, visit
the Eling Park (Goose Hill Park)
at the steep waterside of the Jialing River. From
the top of the guarding tower you can get a beautiful
overview of the city. Afterwards stroll up the pedestrian
precinct in the Jiefangbei district
with its hotels, department stores and the restaurants.
Chongqing is a fast developing industrial metropolis
at the middle section of the Yangtze. Then visit the
Chaotianmen Esplanade at the dock, which
is shaped like a ship bow. It is located on a peninsula,
which is formed by the confluence of the Yangtze River
and the Jialing River. It is the landing place of
the Yangtze Cruise Ship****.
12-13: Yangtze River Cruise
Enjoy the impressive
Yangtze River Cruise. Within two and a half
days you will make a cruise from Chongqing to the
Three Gorges Dam and see the beautiful scenery of
the Three Gorges. first you go to the Qutang Gorge
(Bellows Gorge), which is the smallest of all, with
only 8 km at length. Then the 40 km long Wu Gorge
(Witch Gorge) and the 76 km long Xiling Gorge (West
Mountain Gorge). You will make a trip to an old village,
which can not be reached from the landside. And then
go for a cruise through the small gorges of the tributary
rivers into a charming protected landscape. Moreover
you will pass the gigantic five ary watergates of
the Three Gorges Dam - an outstanding attraction.
14: Yichang / Wuhan / Shanghai
After the arrival
in Yichang in the morning, you will go to the Wuhan
airport by minibus and then fly to Shanghai. Or you
can fly directly from Yichang to Shanghai (It depends
on availability). Arrival in Shanghai and transfer
to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your disposal.
15: Shanghai / Xitang
morning visit the Yu Garden and the
Tea House in the Old Town of Shanghai. Then
you will experience the religious life in the
Jade Buddha Temple, where a 2m Buddha statue
made of one single piece of rare white Burmese jade,
is housed. Then go to the picturesque 700-year-old
town Xitang by bus. Its townscape
has scarcely changed over centuries. The city is grossed
by numerous canals and even more bridges. This city
imparts you an impressing picture of the old China
– similar to what the first Europeans, who came to
China, have found. Eminent attractions are the roofed
streets and lanes, which meander along the canals.
Overnight stay at Xitang.
16: Xitang / Shanghai
|| Ocean Hotel ****
morning is at your disposal. Stroll up the old roads
and lanes. You will get bewitched by the beauty there.
After lunch go to the world metropolis Shanghai –
the difference between the two places could not be
|| Ocean Hotel ****
Stroll up Nanjing
Road, the busiest shopping street of Shanghai.
Walk through the Old Town with its maze of lanes,
in which you can experience the daily life there.
Then walk along the Bund, the legendary
street next to the Huangpu River with its European
colonial architecture of the 1930's. There you can
get a beautiful view of the skyline of the modern
district Pudong at the opposite side of the river.
Then go up to the Jinmao Building,
which is a 421 m high marvellous combination of traditional
Chinese style and the gothic influence. At the observation
deck you can enjoy a breath-taking view of the most
developing city of Asia.
Transfer to the airport and return
home. (You can spend approx. $7 to go to the airport
by the Transrapid).
End of the travel.
B: Breakfast L:
Lunch D: Dinner
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Hong Kong Kimberly Hotel****
Kunming Kunming Hotel****
Dali Landscape Hotel****
Lijiang Grand Hotel***
Zhongdian Songzan Hotel***
Shanghai Ocean Hotel****
Xitang Kaixun Guesthouse
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