18 Days Experience the Southwest Paradise of China

Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Shanghai

Tour Code: TCT-Scenic-06

Tour Type: Private Tour

Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November.

Price from $ 2768

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Tour Feature

Wanna experience a different journey in China? This 18 Days tour to the southwest China would be a good choice. Let's warm up with a tour to ancient Beijing and Xian for their grand defensive walls and imperial architectures. You will then spotlight the incredible natural beauty of Guilin and amazing Yunnan. Be impressed by the crystal clear Li River, peaceful ancient towns, grand snow mountains and well-preserved national park, you have more to discover in this vast western land. Shanghai, a city that walking between modern and tradition, will be your final destination.

What to Expect

Day Destination Highlights
01 Arrival Beijing Be transferred to the the hotel
02 Beijing Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
03 Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall, Bird Nest, Water Cube
04 Beijing Xian Hutong Tour by rickshaw, High Speed Train to Xian
05 Xian Terracotta Warriors, Xian City Wall, Mustlim Quarter
06 Xian Guilin Shaanxi History Museum, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Flight to Guilin
07 Guilin Longji Rice Terraces, Minority Village
08 Guilin Yangshuo Guilin Li River Cruise to Yangshuo, Yangshuo West Street, Countryside tour, Coach Back to Guilin
09 Guilin Kunming Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Flight to Kunming
10 Kunming Stone Forest
11 Kunming Dali Flight to Dali,  Three Pagodas, Erhai Lake Cruise, Xizhou Bai's House, Dali Ancient Town
12 Dali  Lijiang Coach to Lijiang, Lijiang Ancient Town
13 Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yufeng Temple, Baisha Mural
14 Lijiang Shangri-La Coach to Tiger Leaping Gorge and sightseeing, Coach to Shangri-La
15 Shangri-La Songzanlin Lamasery, Potatse National Park
16 Shangri-La Shanghai Flight to Shanghai
17 Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund
18 Departure Shanghai Be transferred to the airport

Tour Itinerary

Day1 Arrival Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China and one of the great travel destinations of the World, offers sights and cultural relics found no where else on Earth. Be met at the ansferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Meals: No Meals
Recommended Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★


Beijing City View
 



Day2 Beijing

Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit Tian'anmen Square, the World's largest urban square and the Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then visit the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. You might easily imagine the vivid spectacle of a great sacrifice to the Heavens for a good harvest here.  Peking Opera is available for your optional night entertainment(on your own expense)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

TCT Client visited Temple of Heaven
Tian'anmen Square
 



Day 3 Beijing

The star attraction of China is its Great Wall, a massive defensive structure built to keep intruders from entering the mainland. Today you will have the opportunity to traverse the ancient steps of Mutianyu Great Wall which is one of the best-preserved and most accessible sections. Then back to the city. Enroute we will have a photo stop at Bird Nest and Water Cube. Peking Roasted Duck will be a good choice as your optional dinner(on your own expense).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
 



Day 4 Beijing  Xian

In the morning, take a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw to visit the ancient lanes and alleyways of Beijing. This Hutong Tour will give you an insight into the lives of ordinary Chinese people and reveal their social culture in today's Beijing City. Be transferred to the train station for the flight to Xian in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:New Century Hotel Xi'an ★★★★

Hutong Tour by rickshaw
Hutong Richshaw Tour
 



Day 5 Xian

Enjoy your full day visit to the Terracotta Warriors, one of the world's most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. And then, visit the massive Xian City Wall, which stretches round the old city. Xi'an was always a walled city, and today’s wall represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. After that, you could have a free time at Mulism Quarter for you to explore the local specialty and snacks. There is also the option to attend fantastic Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner(on your own expense)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:New Century Hotel Xi'an ★★★★

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors
 



Day 6 Xian Guilin

Finish up your Xian tour by visiting the famous Shaanxi History Museum. After lunch, visit to Small Wild Goose Pagoda, where you could also have chance to visit Jianfu Temple as well as the local shadow play. Then you will be transferred to the airport to board a short flight to Guilin, a well-known scenic city in southwestern China.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★

Collection of Shaanxi History Museum
Shaanxi History Museum
 



Day 7 Guilin  Longsheng Guilin


It will be a quite different day today. Pick up from hotel lobby in the morning, drive for about 2 hours to visit the famous Longji Rice Terraces Scenic Area, enjoying the magnificent view created by the man-made power. You will also have chance to visit the local minority village and enjoy the local food which can be only seen in mountainous area. There are Zhuang and Yao people residing here. In the late afternoon, drive back to Guilin for overnight. Four Lake Night cruise can be your optional night activities which you could discuss and book with the local guide.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★

Longji Rice Terraces
Longji Rice Terraces
 



Day 8 Guilin Yangshuo Guilin

In the morning you will be driven to the Pier for the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours, lunch served on board). Savour the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. The landscape from Guilin to Yangshuo is truly a masterpiece of nature. The crystal waters, straight-out-of-a-painting mountains, peaceful farm fields, hard-working-but- ever-smiling fishermen and wandering water buffaloes inspire poetic musings of Guilin’s charming life.  After disembarkation, have a walk along the famous West Street. In the late afternoon, take a bicycle riding to enjoy the beauty of Yangshuo countryside and Yulong River area before the transfer back to Guilin.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch box
Recommended Hotel:Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★

Li River
Li River View
 



Day 9 Guilin Kunming

Today before you flight to Kunming, you will have a short city tour to Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin City and then the colorful Reed Flute Cave, the showcase of distinctly-colored stalactites and stalagmites. After the tour, be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Kunming.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Cachet Boutique Kunming Artime ★★★★

TCT Clients visited Elephant Trunk Hill
Our clients at Elephant Trunk Hill
 



Day 10 Kunming

Depart from your hotel in the morning, you will take a visit to the Stone Forest, created by ancient winds and water erosion over millions of years. The tall rocks seem to emanate from the ground in the manner of stalagmites, with many looking like trees made of stone, creating the illusion of a forest of stone. It has been known since the Ming Dynasty as the first wonder of the World. After the tour, you will be driven back to Kunming.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Cachet Boutique Kunming Artime ★★★★

Stone Forest
Stone Forest
 



Day 11 Kunming Dali

In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for a short flight to Dali, the ancient political, economic and cultural center of Yunnan area. Upon arrival, you will first be transferred to the pier and take an Erhai Cruise for relaxing. Then in the afternoon, then visit Three Pagodas, the symbol of the history of Dali, and Xizhou Bai's Houses (Yan's Courtyard included) where you can see what the Bai people's houses like. Then drive back to check in hotel in ancient town and visit Dali Ancient Town, a gateway to the ancient Silk Road in Southwestern China.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Gurong Hotel ★★★★

Dali Ancient Town
Dali Ancient Town
 


Day 12 Dali  Lijiang

Spend about 4hours driving, you will reach Lijiang, and then take a short visit in Lijiang Ancient Town to walk down the cobblestone streets over 700 years and see the Naxi way of life which chaned little over time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Lijiang Golden Path Hospitality Hotel ★★★★

 

Lijiang Ancient Town
 



Day 13 Lijiang

In the morning drive about half an hour to visit Jade Dragon Sown Mountain (cable car and green vans available in the scenic area). After lunch, visit Yufeng Temple, displaying a harmonious mix of architectural styles of Han Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism and local Naxi Dongba Religion. And then visit Baisha Mural in the ancient capital of Naxi Kingdom in Baisha village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Lijiang Golden Path Hospitality Hotel ★★★★

Jade Dragon Sown Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
 



Day 14 Lijiang Shangri-la

In the morning, take another 4hours driving, the famous lost paradise Shangri-la is waiting for you, a place with stunning scenery, the azure sky and the hospitality of unsophisticated people.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Blossom Hill Inn Shangri-la ★★★★

Shangri-la View
Shangri-la View
 



Day 15 Shangri-la

Today, begin your exciting tour with a visit to Songzanlin Lamasery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, then visit Potatso National Park (green vans available in scenic area) after lunch. As China's first national park, it mainly consists of two lakes- Shudu and Bita, the distance between takes about half an hour's driving by green van.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Blossom Hill Inn Shangri-la ★★★★

Songzanlin Lamasery
Songzanlin Lamasery
 



Day 16 Shangri-la Shanghai

Enjoy your own free time then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai and be transferred to the hotel to catch up on some rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund ★★★★

Lujiazui Shanghai
Shanghai City View
 



Day 17 Shanghai

A full day of sightseeing starts with Yuyuan Garden, a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Then visit Chenghuangmiao Old Street and the Bund, Shanghai’s famed waterfront promenade. After a local food lunch, Continue the trip to Jade Buddha Temple and Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, which is the most famous landmark of Shanghai. In the evening, the breathtaking Acrobatics Show is available for your optional night entertainment.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund ★★★★

The Bund
Yuyuan Garden



Day 18 Departure shanghai

The vacation is over all too soon as you're transferred to the airport to board the homebound flight, bidding a fond farewell to China, and we know you'll be back.

Meals: Breakfast

Service Ends

Day1 Arrival Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China and one of the great travel destinations of the World, offers sights and cultural relics found no where else on Earth. Be met at the ansferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Meals: No Meals
Recommended Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★


Beijing City View
 



Day2 Beijing

Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit Tian'anmen Square, the World's largest urban square and the Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then visit the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. You might easily imagine the vivid spectacle of a great sacrifice to the Heavens for a good harvest here.  Peking Opera is available for your optional night entertainment(on your own expense)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

TCT Client visited Temple of Heaven
Tian'anmen Square
 



Day 3 Beijing

The star attraction of China is its Great Wall, a massive defensive structure built to keep intruders from entering the mainland. Today you will have the opportunity to traverse the ancient steps of Mutianyu Great Wall which is one of the best-preserved and most accessible sections. Then back to the city. Enroute we will have a photo stop at Bird Nest and Water Cube. Peking Roasted Duck will be a good choice as your optional dinner(on your own expense).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
 



Day 4 Beijing  Xian

In the morning, take a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw to visit the ancient lanes and alleyways of Beijing. This Hutong Tour will give you an insight into the lives of ordinary Chinese people and reveal their social culture in today's Beijing City. Be transferred to the train station for the flight to Xian in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:New Century Hotel Xi'an ★★★★

Hutong Tour by rickshaw
Hutong Richshaw Tour
 



Day 5 Xian

Enjoy your full day visit to the Terracotta Warriors, one of the world's most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. And then, visit the massive Xian City Wall, which stretches round the old city. Xi'an was always a walled city, and today’s wall represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. After that, you could have a free time at Mulism Quarter for you to explore the local specialty and snacks. There is also the option to attend fantastic Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner(on your own expense)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:New Century Hotel Xi'an ★★★★

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors
 



Day 6 Xian Guilin

Finish up your Xian tour by visiting the famous Shaanxi History Museum. After lunch, visit to Small Wild Goose Pagoda, where you could also have chance to visit Jianfu Temple as well as the local shadow play. Then you will be transferred to the airport to board a short flight to Guilin, a well-known scenic city in southwestern China.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★

Collection of Shaanxi History Museum
Shaanxi History Museum
 



Day 7 Guilin  Longsheng Guilin


It will be a quite different day today. Pick up from hotel lobby in the morning, drive for about 2 hours to visit the famous Longji Rice Terraces Scenic Area, enjoying the magnificent view created by the man-made power. You will also have chance to visit the local minority village and enjoy the local food which can be only seen in mountainous area. There are Zhuang and Yao people residing here. In the late afternoon, drive back to Guilin for overnight. Four Lake Night cruise can be your optional night activities which you could discuss and book with the local guide.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★

Longji Rice Terraces
Longji Rice Terraces
 



Day 8 Guilin Yangshuo Guilin

In the morning you will be driven to the Pier for the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours, lunch served on board). Savour the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. The landscape from Guilin to Yangshuo is truly a masterpiece of nature. The crystal waters, straight-out-of-a-painting mountains, peaceful farm fields, hard-working-but- ever-smiling fishermen and wandering water buffaloes inspire poetic musings of Guilin’s charming life.  After disembarkation, have a walk along the famous West Street. In the late afternoon, take a bicycle riding to enjoy the beauty of Yangshuo countryside and Yulong River area before the transfer back to Guilin.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch box
Recommended Hotel:Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★

Li River
Li River View
 



Day 9 Guilin Kunming

Today before you flight to Kunming, you will have a short city tour to Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin City and then the colorful Reed Flute Cave, the showcase of distinctly-colored stalactites and stalagmites. After the tour, be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Kunming.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Cachet Boutique Kunming Artime ★★★★

TCT Clients visited Elephant Trunk Hill
Our clients at Elephant Trunk Hill
 



Day 10 Kunming

Depart from your hotel in the morning, you will take a visit to the Stone Forest, created by ancient winds and water erosion over millions of years. The tall rocks seem to emanate from the ground in the manner of stalagmites, with many looking like trees made of stone, creating the illusion of a forest of stone. It has been known since the Ming Dynasty as the first wonder of the World. After the tour, you will be driven back to Kunming.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Cachet Boutique Kunming Artime ★★★★

Stone Forest
Stone Forest
 



Day 11 Kunming Dali

In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for a short flight to Dali, the ancient political, economic and cultural center of Yunnan area. Upon arrival, you will first be transferred to the pier and take an Erhai Cruise for relaxing. Then in the afternoon, then visit Three Pagodas, the symbol of the history of Dali, and Xizhou Bai's Houses (Yan's Courtyard included) where you can see what the Bai people's houses like. Then drive back to check in hotel in ancient town and visit Dali Ancient Town, a gateway to the ancient Silk Road in Southwestern China.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Gurong Hotel ★★★★

Dali Ancient Town
Dali Ancient Town
 


Day 12 Dali  Lijiang

Spend about 4hours driving, you will reach Lijiang, and then take a short visit in Lijiang Ancient Town to walk down the cobblestone streets over 700 years and see the Naxi way of life which chaned little over time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Lijiang Golden Path Hospitality Hotel ★★★★

 

Lijiang Ancient Town
 



Day 13 Lijiang

In the morning drive about half an hour to visit Jade Dragon Sown Mountain (cable car and green vans available in the scenic area). After lunch, visit Yufeng Temple, displaying a harmonious mix of architectural styles of Han Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism and local Naxi Dongba Religion. And then visit Baisha Mural in the ancient capital of Naxi Kingdom in Baisha village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Lijiang Golden Path Hospitality Hotel ★★★★

Jade Dragon Sown Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
 



Day 14 Lijiang Shangri-la

In the morning, take another 4hours driving, the famous lost paradise Shangri-la is waiting for you, a place with stunning scenery, the azure sky and the hospitality of unsophisticated people.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Blossom Hill Inn Shangri-la ★★★★

Shangri-la View
Shangri-la View
 



Day 15 Shangri-la

Today, begin your exciting tour with a visit to Songzanlin Lamasery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, then visit Potatso National Park (green vans available in scenic area) after lunch. As China's first national park, it mainly consists of two lakes- Shudu and Bita, the distance between takes about half an hour's driving by green van.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Blossom Hill Inn Shangri-la ★★★★

Songzanlin Lamasery
Songzanlin Lamasery
 



Day 16 Shangri-la Shanghai

Enjoy your own free time then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai and be transferred to the hotel to catch up on some rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund ★★★★

Lujiazui Shanghai
Shanghai City View
 



Day 17 Shanghai

A full day of sightseeing starts with Yuyuan Garden, a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Then visit Chenghuangmiao Old Street and the Bund, Shanghai’s famed waterfront promenade. After a local food lunch, Continue the trip to Jade Buddha Temple and Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, which is the most famous landmark of Shanghai. In the evening, the breathtaking Acrobatics Show is available for your optional night entertainment.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund ★★★★

The Bund
Yuyuan Garden



Day 18 Departure shanghai

The vacation is over all too soon as you're transferred to the airport to board the homebound flight, bidding a fond farewell to China, and we know you'll be back.

Meals: Breakfast

Service Ends

Prices (per person in US$)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $3397 $3621
6 ~ 9 pax $2768 $2993
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $3662 $3903
6 ~ 9 pax $3033 $3274
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $4195 $4673
6 ~ 9 pax $3566 $4044

Price includes:
  Domestic flight or high-speed train as specified
  Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
  Private licensed English-speaking guide and driver service
  Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
  All attraction entrance fees as specified
  Meals mentioned in the itinerary, Chinese local food
  China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

Price excludes:
  International Air tickets or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
  Tips to your tour guide and driver on your own discretion
  China Entry Visa Fees
  Personal expenses
  Optional tours, meals, activities and services

Remarks:
※   Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2018 to Feb 28, 2019, except Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
※   TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by exchange rate
※   No guide on the flight and Yangtze River cruise. 
※   Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
※   Special requirements should be advised to TCT in advance.
※   TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control


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