21 Days Enjoy the Scenic Yunnan and Mighty Yangtze

Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise, Yichang, Shanghai

Tour Code: TCT-Scenic-09

Tour Type: Private Tour

Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November. p.s. October and early November are the most colorful months of Jiuzhaigou Valley.

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This 21 days China tour will focus on the incomparable beauty of Yunnan and Yangtze River. After a tour to royal-mannered Beijing, ancient Xian and picturesque Guilin, you will come to Yunnan this colorful land with abundant cultural and natural resources. Enjoy your visit to Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-la for their time-honored ethnic towns, grand snow mountains and well-preserved national park, you will then have a comfortable cruise on the mighty Yangtze River, a blend of natural beauty and human intellectual properties. End up your journey in Shanghai, this bustling commercial city of eastern China, but do not forget to reveal the inner beauty that hidden beneath the skyscrapers.

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, Ming Tombs
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 Green Lake, Bird & Flowers Market, Stone Forest
11 Kunming Dali Flight to Dali,  Three Pagodas, Erhai Lake Cruise, Xizhou Bai's House, Dali Ancient Town
12 Dali  Lijiang Free time, train 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 Chongqing Flight to Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise
17 Yangtze River Cruise Fengdu at own expense, Shibaozhai
18 Yangtze River Cruise White Emperor City at own expense, Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Goddess Stream
19 Disembark, Yichang - Shanghai Three Gorges Dam,  Flight to Shanghai
20 Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund
21 Departure Shanghai Be transferred to the airport

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. 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

Day 2 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 ★★★★

Forbidden City
Forbidden City

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 ★★★★

TCT Client took Hutong Tour by rickshaw
Hutong 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 ★★★★

Collections of Shaanxi History Museum
Collections of 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 Cruise

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 ★★★★

Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill

Day 10 Kunming

Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and visit the Spring City. Enjoy morning leisure tour to Green Lake which is peaceful and a public park for local people. You will see musicians singing and playing and you can also take a paddle boat out and relax on the lake. After that, go directly to Flower and Bird Market, which is the biggest and most exciting market in Kunming where antiques, jewelry, and other handmade crafts can be found. This is a perfect place for entertainment and observing local lifestyle. After lunch, visit to The Stone Forest which is known as the First Wonder of the World and typical karst landform. The magnificent, strange and steep landscape of the Stone Forest creates countless labyrinthine vistas, all of which feature stones in various formations. Animals, plants, and even human figures can be found here.

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

Green Lake Kunming
Green Lake

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 ★★★★

Erhai Lake
Erhai Lake

Day 12 Dali Lijiang

Free at leisure in the morning for you to explore Dali before departure. Then check out from hotel at noon time and take train (about 2 hours) from Dali to Lijiang. Our local guide will help you to check in at the station. Upon arriving at Lijiang, the local tour guide will pick you up and help you with hotel check-in.  You can choose to walk around in Lijiang Ancient Town , walking 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 ★★★★
Optional tours & activities in Dali: Half day tour to visit Mt. Cangshan; Riding a bicycle around Erhai Lake to enjoy the beautiful landscape; Or you can learn tea making with local people.

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 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 Snow 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 ★★★★


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 ★★★★

Potatso National Park
Potatso National Park

Day 16 Shangri-la Chongqing

After breakfast, you will take a flight to Chongqing directly or via Kunming.  Upong arriving at Chongqing, you will start your enjoyable Yangtze River CruiseYangtze is the largest and longest river in China, surpassed only by the Nile of Africa and the Amazon of South America.

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: On Yangtze cruise boat

Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtse River Cruise

Day 17 Yangtze River Cruise
Enjoy your Yangtze cruise! You will have a shore excursion to Fengdu (at own expense), the “Ghost City”. An excursion to Shibaozhai will be arranged for you today

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: On Yangtze cruise boat
Note: The shore excursions included in the Yangtze River cruise is changeable, which is subject to the cruise company's actual arrangement.

Fengdu Ghost City
Fengdu Ghost City

Day 18 Yangtze River Cruise

Today pass through Three Gorges that namely Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, and then, you will have an excursion to Goddess Stream. The optional excursion today will be the White Emperor City (at own expense).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Recommended Hotel: On Yangtze cruise boat

Qutang Gorge
Qutang Gorge

Day 19 Disembark, Yichang Shanghai

Disembark at Maoping Cruise Terminal this morning and take a coach to visit the Three Gorges Dam, which spans the Yangtze River at Sandouping; it is the world’s largest power station. After the tour in late morning, the cruises company will provide a motor coach to transfer you to the passenger center in the downtown of Yichang, where our local guide is waiting for you.
Then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai.

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

Three Gorges Dam
Three Gorges Dam

Day 20 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 ★★★★

Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower Night View
Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Day 21 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 $4021 $4299
6 ~ 9 pax $3357 $3635
Comfortable Hotel
2 ~ 5 pax $4295 $4617
6 ~ 9 pax $3632 $3954
Deluxe Hotel
2 ~ 5 pax $4957 $5535
6 ~ 9 pax $4294 $4871

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

※ Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2019 to Feb 29, 2020, 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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