from the hectic economic centre Shanghai to the far
mountain area Zhongdian, the famous Shangri-la land,
from the lovely karst landscape to the wild Tiger
Leap Gorge in the high mountains at the headwater
of the Yangtse. You will see the famous Huang Shan,
which belongs to the World Nature Heritage and experience
the undescribable sunrise there. Beautiful landscapes,
old cities and unfamiliar cultures compensate for
sometimes slightly exhausting walking tours.
|| Jiulong Hotel***
in Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Greetings
by your tour guide and transfer to the hotel. The
rest of the day is at your disposal.
2: Shanghai / Huangshan
In the morning, go by public-transit bus to the Huaihai Road in the
quondam French concession, today it is one of the
two famous shopping streets of Shanghai. Then stroll
through the Xintiandi District
is affected by the local architecture of the “Shikumen“,
a dwelling house type, that is characteristic of Shanghai.
The new attraction arose, when the fusty, high-density
and partly ramshackle housing area was mixed up and
the old dwelling houses were converted into multifunctional
eating places, sales rooms, boutiques, bars and coffeehouses
that meet international standards. Afterwards go by
underground to the People’s Square
which is the political and cultural centre of Shanghai
with the art museum in its middle and it is a green
island of repose amid the hectic city. Then stroll
up the Nanjing Lu
, the legendary street along the Huangpu
River with its European colonial architecture, where
you can get a beautiful view of the skyline of the
modern district Pudong at the other side of the river.
In the late afternoon, go to the airport by bus and
fly to Huangshan. After the arrival, transfer to the
go to the base of the Huangshan Mountain
by bus. Go up the mountain by cable car to an altitude
of about 1000 m. Thanks to its scenic beauty, Huangshan
is known as “China’s loveliest mountain” in the Chinese
painting and literature, which developed its own style
– the Shanshui-Still – in the middle of the 16th century,
to delineate and praise this region. Due to the enormous
significance of the mountain in the Chinese history
and culture as well as its importance as a sanctuary
for numerous plants and animals threatened with extinction,
this region is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Till today, the fascination, which this landscape
exerts on visitors, poets, painters, photographers
and palmers, remains strong. The mountain bears its
name – Imperial Mountain - the actual meaning of the
name, deservedly so. During a walking tour in the
mountains you will find numerous views, which will
enhance the fame of the mountain. Overnight stay in
a hotel at Huangshan.
4: Huangshan / Guilin
You should get up early today(in summer at about half past four),
because Huangshan is famous for its sunrise. If you
are lucky, you can experience a breath-taking scenery.
After breakfast, return to the base of the mountain
by cable car. Afterwards go to Xidi by
bus. The Xidi village is - as well
as its neighbour Hongcun village–
a typical example of a housing estate, which developed
in the 15th to 17th century and which resulted from
a prospering trade. The architecture, the roads, the
interior decoration of the houses and the design of
the ambient landscape (for example, by the use of
hydraulic engineering measures) are still well preserved
and illustrate the socio economic circumstances of
this feudal epoch of China till today in an excellent
manner. That is the reason why these two villages
are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In the afternoon,
transfer to the train station and go to Guilin by
train in a first class sleeping wagon.
Arrival in Guilin at about 14 o'clock.
After the transfer to the hotel, you will visit the
Fubo Hill in the centre of the city, where
you can get a beautiful view of Guilin and the surrounding
6: Guilin / Yangshuo
|| West Street Guesthouse**
Transfer by car to the wharf outside the city in the morning.
Go for a cruise on the
picturesque Li River through the
bizarre karst hill landscape to Yangshuo. It will
last for about 4 hours. Have lunch on the ship. After
the arrival in Yangshuo, go to your hotel on foot
within a few minutes. The rest of the day is at your
disposal. You can explore the impressing karst landscape
by bicycle or make a round trip by electrical minibus
through the villages and along rice fields between
the beautiful hills. Overnight stay at the West Street
Guesthouse in Yangshuo.
A suggestion for
the evening: Impression Liu Sanjie, directed by the
famous Chinese film director Zhang Yimou. He will
be the leading director of the opening and closing
ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The
evening performance is a wonderful presentation of
local dance and singing.
7: Yangshuo / Guilin / Kunming / Stone
||Tianqi Ashima Hotel***
Return to Guilin
in the morning. Visit the Reed Flute Cave
(Ludiyan) with its impressing stalagmites and stalactites,
and the Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbi
Shan), Guilin’s landmark. Then fly to Kunming. After
the arrival in Kunming, go to the Stone Forest
by bus. Overnight stay at a hotel close to the scenic
8: Stone Forest / Kunming
||New Era Hotel****
the morning, before all the other tourists come, you
will go for an extensive walk through the
Stone Forest (Shi Lin) in the Lunan County.
It is an autonomous area, where the Yi minority group
live. The Stone Forest is a special kind of karst
formation, which is composed of numerous rocks, valleys
of manifold shape and subsurface rivers. After lunch,
return to Kunming. Transfer to the hotel.
9: Kunming / Lijiang
Fly to Lijiang in the morning. After the registration
in the hotel, visit the Old Town of Lijiang-Dayan.
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 can walk along
the Lake of the Black Dragon (Heilongtan),
which is not far from the Old Town. In the distance
the 5,600 m high snow-covered Jade
Dragon Mountain massif towers over the small town
dramatically. It is reflected lovely in the water
of the lake. In the evening, enjoy the ancient Naxi
music, which has its roots in ritual Daoist and Buddhist
music of the 13th and 14th century and which was very
popular at that time. The orchestra, which consists
of musicians that are partly more than 80 years old,
presents the broad musical art of the Naxi people.
10: Lijiang / Dazu
||Guesthouse in Dazu
make a tour to the 5,600 m (18,400 feet) high
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Xueshan),
which is located about 15 km north of Lijiang. A cable
car brings you up to 4600 m height to an alp beneath
the mountain top, which is covered by a glacier. This
area is famous for its huge biodiversity. The area,
that surrounds the mountain, is a sanctuary for rare
animals and plants. Afterwards, go by bus to the
Tiger Leaping Gorge. It is situated at the
headwater of the Yangtze River, which is called the
“Golden Sand (Jinsha) River”. The Tiger Leaping Gorge
is besides the Three Gorges, which are located at
the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, probably
the most famous of the Yangtze Gorges. While the canyon
with its steep walls, which slope in 70-90 degrees,
is more than 200 m high, the surrounding mountains
even tower thousand meters higher. The narrowest section
of the gorge is only 30 meters wide. Overnight stay
at a guesthouse in Dazu.
11: Lijiang / Tiger Leaping Gorge
Unlike the ordinary travel groups, which make a short trip
to here as well, you will wander, aloof from the crowds
of travelers, at half level through the whole gorge
and enjoy the scenery unhurriedly. Today’s hike lasts
inclusive of the break periods about six to eight
hours (about 21 km). Overnight stay in the middle
of the gorge in a rustic but snuggish guesthouse.
Please consider that you need sturdy shoes for the
12: Lijiang / Zhongdian
|| Songzan Hotel***
Today, wander four
to six hours (16 km), paused by a short trip to the
base of the gorge at its narrowest section, forward
till the top of the Tiger Leaping Gorge, where the
overland bus is awaiting you. It will bring you to
the legendary “Shangri-La Country” to Zhongdian. 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 Degen,
is the Shangri-la County of the novel the lost Horizon.
It was written by James Hilton in 1933, according
to narrations of the well-known botanist and geographer
Joseph Rock, who lived here for many years. Finally
the area got the official name Shangri-La. Overnight
stay at somewhat outside Zhongdian close to the Songzanlin
Monastery, which was founded by the fifth Dalai Lama
Since the hotel is nearby the Songzanlin Monastery,
you have the possibility to enjoy the life in the
monastery rather undisturbed by the other tourists
early in the morning. The Songzanlin Monastery is
the largest Tibetan-Buddhist monastery in the Yunnan
province. Built between 1679 and 1681, the present
monastery is a true to 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
in 3,540 m hight, where you will go for a walk. Back
in Zhongdian, you will walk through the city.
14: Zhongdian / Kunming / Shanghai
||Jiulong Hotel ***
Fly back to Kunming
in the morning. After the transfer to the hotel, you
will visit the outside of Kunming located Western
Hills with the Dragon Gate
and a series of grottoes temples carved into the cliff
and connected by narrow but secured paths. There you
can get a wonderful view at the 40 km long Dian Lake
and the city Kunming. Afterwards go to the airport
by bus and fly to Shanghai. Transfer to the hotel.
In the morning,
transfer to the airport and fly back home. (You can
spend approx. $7 to go to the airport by the Transrapid).
End of the travel.
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Tiger Leaping Gorge Tina's Guesthouse
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