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Welcome to China! On arrival at the airport today you will be met by an On The Go Representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. The next week is yours free to explore Beijing at your own pace. Your hotel is located near Beijing metro train station- but be sure to brush up on your basic Chinese to help you get around! Overnight- Baochen Hotel (The Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel) 18A Jianguomen Nei Avenue, Beijing, China 100005 Tel : (86-10) 6526-6688 Fax : (86-10)6527-4046 Breakfast daily included
After an eventful week of exploration today you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the Rainbow Hotel where you will join our Chinese New Year Group tour!
Today we say goodbye to our tour group and guide as we check out of our hotel in Beijing. You will then be transferred to the airport for our flight to Kunming. On arrival in Kunming you will be transferred to you hotel. This afternoon we visit the the western Hills and the stunning Dragon Gate Grotto. The rest of the evening is free for your enjoyment.
Today an excursion to Stone Forest. Celebrated as a natural wonder, it’s Yunnan’s most visited sight. As we stroll along the winding paths and lookout points, we'll be in awe of the bizaare, tightly packed formations of almost ‘petrified’ stone that forms this unusual attraction 120 km from Kunming. After exploring the Stone Forest, we journey to Qi Cai Yunnan en route back to Kunming. Tonight, we take an overnight train north-west to Dali.
Picturesquely situated on Lake Erhai with a backdrop formed by the peaks of the 50km long Cang Shang range, much of Dali is contained by the remains of its Ming dynasty walls. Sightseeing in Dali and surrounds includes a cruise on Lake Erhai, some orientation stops at some ancient temples and villages, a visit to Butterfly Spring - a popular spot surrounded by a marble ballustrade and overhung by an ancient tree that produces butterfly-like flowers and the famous Three Pagodas. Built when the region was a major Buddhist centre, Dali’s distinctively tall pagodas remain upright, despite wars and earthquakes.
Continuing to UNESCO-listed Lijiang - a Naxi stronghold, we enjoy free time in the labyrinthine streets of Dayan Old Town. This evening we enjoy a performance of Naxi music.
Today we head to Tiger leaping gorge on the Yangtze River. Some 16km long and up to 3000m deep, it is the worlds deepest canyon. The gorge is so narrow at various points that legend has it a tiger once escaped pursuit by leaping across. Visiting the gorge, you’ll have a chance to walk a section and take in the dramatic, yet stark scenery. We also take in the first bend of the Yangtze River.
Today we enjoy an excursion to the stunning Jade Dragon Snow Mountain today; its landscape includes one of the southernmost glaciers in the world. Access to the mountain is provided by a cable lift to Dragon Spruce Meadow, halfway to the glacier peak. Also visit the Yufeng Si Monastery, perched on a slope overlooking a plain. This afternoon we drive back to Dali by coach and board the overnight train to Kunming.
This morning we arrive in Kunming and are transferred to our hotel for check in. The rest of the day is yours free to spend exploring Kunming.
This morning we have more free time in Kunming before we are transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. On Arrival in Shanghai you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Just the mere mention of ‘Shanghai’ conjures up mystery, romance and general decadence. Pre – 1949, cosmopolitan Shanghai was a magnet for seekers of wealth, idle colonialists, explorers and the dispossessed. Today we take guided tour to explore Shanghai. Our sightseeing of Shanghai takes in the awesome Oriental Pearl TV tower, the Jade Buddha Temple, charming Yuyuan Gardens and the Bund and the Old City.
Today take day trip to Suzhou by high speed train. Suzhou, a 2,500 year-old cultural city is located in an area of rivers that crisscross the Yangtze River Delta of southeastern China. In the city, boats bob along waterways interwoven with small bridges that run parallel to the streets and traditional houses built along them. Coupled with a stunning collection of UNESCO-listed gardens and famed for it’s silk, Suzhou is an oriental treasure.
Today and the next 3 days are yours free to explore Shanghai. Our arrangements end on the 15/01/2013 with a departure transfer to the airport.
Neatly dividing China into north and south, the 6340km-long Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world, winding ...