YUNNAN – SICHUAN – HUNAN, CHINA TOUR 16 DAYS
Passenger to will take the flight to Kunming, China on 18 Aug night.
Cross International Date Line, layover at Honking. Take the next flight to Kunming.
Arrive Kunming, pick up from airport, transfer to visit Green Lake (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.) And Yuangtong Temple
Transfer to visit Stone Forest (Stone Forest is about 87km from Kunming City and requires 1.5 hours driving. It covers an area of 400 square kilometers and included both large and small forest as well as many other scenic spots. It has been know since the Ming Dynasty as the First Wonder of the World.), after lunch ,transfer back to Kunming downtown, Stroll in Flower & Bird market, Nanping shopping street.
Morning transfer to railway station take the high speed train to Dali D8672 (09:22-11:31) the second class seat Upon arrival, be picked by your guide and transfer to Dali Old Town(Dali Ancient Town is about 13km away from Xiaguan in Dali City and is one of Dali's Three Ancients-ancient city, ancient pagoda and ancient steles. History of Dali can be dates back to 1382 during the Ming Dynasty and it has been listed among the top historic cities of China.).After lunch, visit Three Pagodas Park(Three Pagodas are located about 1.5km north of Dali Ancient Town. Three Pagodas are made of brick and covered with white mud. As its name implies, the Three Pagodas comprise three independent pagodas forming a symmetric triangle. ).Transfer back to check in your hotel.
Morning move to visit Xizhou Old Town(People nowadays regard Xizhou as a town that is famous for the Bai minority culture. The old houses and streets are well preserved, through which visitors may still find some traces of past glory. ) and enjoy Three-Course Tea, move to take a cruise tour by small public boat in Ehhai Lake(Erhai Lake was formed by the subsidence of geological fault. It is reputed as the pearl on plateau for its beautiful scenery.)
Bus to Lijiang ( 2.5hrs ), visit Black Dragon Pool(Black Dragon Lake Park was built early in 1737 and named Yunquan Dragon King Temple at first, then renamed as Black Dragon Lake by Emperor Jiangqing (the fifth emperor of Qing Dynasty, reigning from 1796 to 1820) and Emperor Guangxu (the eleventh emperor of Qing Dynasty, reigning from 1875 to 1908) who gave imperial order to the lake honored it as "Dragon King".) and Lijiang Old Town(The Old Town of Lijiang, a well-preserved old city of ethnic minorities with brilliant culture, is a central town of the Lijiang Autonomous County of the Naxi Ethnic Minority in Yunnan Province. )
Full day visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain(The 13 peaks of 18,360-foot Jade Dragon (Yu Long) Snow Mountain, a treasure of wild plants and rare animals, are like a silver dragon lying in the clouds. Awesome and unconquered, they dominate the Lijiang Plain. Some have described Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as a radiant cornet crowning Lijiang's head. , the Spruce Meadow, Impress Lijiang Show (regular seat), Baisha village(Which is the cradle of the Naxi culture and ancient capital of the Naxi Kingdom.), Shuhe Old Town
Flight to Chengdu, visit the Wenshu Temple (The large Buddhist Wen Shu Monastery in the north of town has become a major tourist attraction in Chengdu and the surrounding neighborhood has undergone extensive renovations.), the Wenshu Old Street
This morning, transfer to Leshan County, visit the Leshan Giant Buddha(The Leshan Giant Buddha scenic area, which covers 2.5 square kilometers, is famous for its Giant Buddha statue, said to be the biggest Buddha statue in the world. The way in which the cultural features have been integrated with the natural scenery is considered to be a precious legacy. The Giant Buddha statue, carved on the mountain, stands 71 m high, with its back against Jiuding Mountain and facing the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers. There are more than 90 stone carvings and Buddhist shrines on both sides of the Giant Buddha.) After tour, continue drive to Emei.
Breakfast at hotel. Make the tour of Mt.Emei(Emei Shan is one of the 4 most sacred Buddhist mountains in China. The undulating peaks, covered with lush forests and green bamboo occupy an area of more than 300 sq km in the southwest of Sichuan province. Emei Shan is the general name for 3 mountains, Da'e (Great E), Er'e (Second E) and San'e (Third E).After visit, drive back to Chengdu
Morning visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding(which is located about 25km out of Chengdu City. This huge institution replicates the natural habitat of the giant panda and is dedicated to preserving and increasing their population so they will not become extinct. You are able to get real close-up to some pandas and photograph them as well as the so-called lesser red pandas which really look and act like raccoons.), the Wuhou Temple(Located in the south suburb of Chengdu, Wuhou Temple covers 37,000 square meters (398,277 square feet). The date of its establishment is unclear, only that it was built next to the temple of Liu Bei, the emperor of Shu.), the Jinli Old Street.
Morning visit the Renmin Park (It is the paradise for local people who addict to dancing, playing mahjong, drinking teas. We will arrange tea break in the park and mahjong lesson if you are interested in). After visit flight to Tongren, then drive to Fenghuang.
Morning visit the Fenghuang Ancient City (It is located on the western edge of Hunan Province and next to Guizhou. Praised as the most beautiful tiny city in China, it sets an example of what villages were like before the start of modernization. In the town dozens of lanes are paved with stones that run between the wooden houses built on stilts), afternoon transfer to Zhangjiajie check into your hotel.
On this day, you’ll first take elevator up to Yuanjiajie which is situated in the north of Zhangjiajie National Park. This scenic area is world famous as the mountains here inspired the floating mountains in the Hollywood movie Avatar.The peaks in Yuanjiajie are nearly at the same height, which makes it a mountain platform great for enjoying sweeping vistas. Next up with a visit to Tianzi Mountain (take cable car down), where you can have a stunning view of the peaks rising one after another. Atop of the mountain it offers a full extent of the whole scenic area, which is magnificent and spectacular. There are four wonders in Tianzi Mountain: the Sea of Clouds, the Radiance of the Moonlight, Rays of Sunshine and the Snow in winter.
After breakfast, you will first pay a visit to Baofeng Lake which is close to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Named Water Paradise, Baofeng Lake is the masterpiece of nature and typical scenery of Wulingyuan. Grotesque green peaks turn around clean water and water turn around peaks. Taking a boat on the lake is an awesome way to explore some highlights of the forest park and if lucky, you can hear authentic song from Tujia minority. (Please note: If weather is bad, it is recommended to visit Yellow Dragon Cave instead of Baofeng Lake.) After the relaxing tour, be ready for today's exciting adventure. You'll drive about 28 km to visit Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. You will start from the Tourist Center to Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge to walk on the highest and longest glass bridge in the world. After that, appreciate the charming sightseeing of running waters, flying waterfalls, lush vegetation, etc. at the Rainbow Square, Yilian Youmeng, Momo Cave, the Holy Spring Lake and other beautiful attractions in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. (Please note: In Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, you can choose to only experience the thrilling glass bridge or fully explore Glass Bridge as well as hiking in the Grand Canyon. Feel free to tell your likes to your travel consultants.)
On this day, then take a trip to Tianmen Mountain. Referred to as the “Soul of culture and spirit of Zhangjiajie”, Tianmen Mountain, standing 1,500 meters above sea level, boasts miraculous and unique geographic landform, unparalleled natural landscape, profound cultural connotations. There are many exciting things to do, including experience the longest cableway in the world (7455mn), experience the Cliff-Hanging Walkway, walking on the breathtaking Glass Path, etc. After visit flight to Changsha, take the flight back to USA.
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