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16-Day Golden Tour

16-Day Golden Tour

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Duration: 16 days
Attraction: Potala Palace , Namtso Lake , Tibetan Family , Shanghai World Financial Center , Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding , Li River , Victoria Peak , Repulse Bay , Yangshuo Village , Three Gorges
Update: Jan. 18th, 2013
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  • Day 1:Arrival Hong Kong

    Upon your arrival in Hong Kong, a vibrant metropolis, our local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure.

    -Hong kong a 'barren rock' over 150 years ago, has become a world-class financial, trading and business centre.

    Accommodation:Metropark Kowloon 3* or SimilarMeals:None
  • Day 2:Hong Kong- Guilin

    On this morning, your tour will include Victoria Peak, the floating community of Aberdeen, Repulse Bay and Stanley Market of Hong Kong Island. After the tour, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guilin?Upon your arrival in Guilin and escort you to hotel for rest.
    -Victoria Peak: the island's highest point with 552 meters high, which has spectacular views of city's famous skyline, Victoria Harbour and the romantic South China Sea on a clear day.
    -Aberdeen: a harbor area crowded with junks and sampans, where 6,000 people live and work on junks.
    -Repulse Bay: one of the most famous beaches in Hong Kong where you can enjoy a more relaxed holiday atmosphere.
    -Stanley Market: great for bargain-hunting, this market specializes in factory outlet clothes.

    Accommodation:Bravo Hotel 4* or similarMeals:B
  • Day 3:Li River Cruise

    After breakfast, you will be driven to Zhujiang Pier (40-minute drive) to start your boat cruise down the picturesque Li River, which is the highlight of any visit to Guilin, until you get to Yangshuo County. Along the river, you will be inspired by breathtaking views of peaks and pinnacles, crystal-clear water and picturesque pastoral views of rice paddies and water buffaloes. Visitors feel they have stepped into a traditional Chinese painting. After checking into your hotel, you will take a bike(storage battery) for village tour.
    -Yangshuo County: founded in 590 AD, Yangshuo County has been booming because of tourism. With so many beautiful mountains surrounding, it is described as “the world of green lotus and jade bamboo shoots”.

    Accommodation:Village Inn or SimilarMeals:B&L
  • Day 4:Guilin-Chengdu

    Today, you will be driven back to Guilin (1.5-hour drive), where you will tour Elephant Trunk Hill before your guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Chengdu, Upon your arrival in Chengdu by our local guide.
    -Elephant Trunk Hill: the symbol of Guilin, a karst rock formation, resembling a giant elephant drinking water from the Li River.

    Accommodation:Buddha Zen hotel (Inner Courtyard room)Meals:B
  • Day 5:Chengdu

    This morning get up early for visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, followed by a trip to the Wenshu Temple where you can spend some time sitting in its tea house enjoying a cup of traditional Chinese tea and absorb the special atmosphere of Chengdu and Jili Old Street.
    -Giant Panda Breeding Research Base: 18km from the city centre, is home to 12 pandas. It is the best place to see Chengdu's most famous residents get to know more about this precious species.
    -Wenshu Temple: Chengdu's oldest and largest Buddhist temple was originally built in Tang Dynasty. It was rebuilt during the Qing Dynasty and features exquisite relief carvings. You can absorb the very atmosphere of Chengdu here: the temple is full of local worshippers burning incense. The tea house at the back of the complex is a great place to relax yourself and do some people watching, while the streets outside are filled with blind fortune-tellers, hawkers selling incense, paper money and statues.
    -Jinli Old Street: located in Chengdu combines the ambience of ancient and modern China. Jinli Old Street was constructed in 2004 in the traditional architectural style of Sichuan Province during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Jinli Old Street is not only a wonderful reminder China’s past, but also a great place for people to fully appreciate Sichuan’s customs, and folk arts.

    Accommodation:Buddha Zen hotel (Inner Courtyard room)Meals:B
  • Day 6:Chengdu-Lhasa

    Transfer via: flight on our arrangement
    Take flight to Lhasa, upon your arrival at Gonggar airport, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to the hotel in Lhasa city (2-hour drive). After checking in the hotel, rest in the afternoon to get adapted to the high altitude.
    -Lhasa: the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region with an elevation of 3650 meters (12,000 feet) above the sea level, nicknamed Sunlight City, it is the highest city in the world. This ancient sprawling city, settled 1,300 years ago, is the region's political, economic and cultural center as well as a sacred place of Tibetan Buddhism.

    Accommodation:The Tibet Gang-gyan Lhasa Hotel 4* Meals:B
  • Day 7:Potala Palace - Jokhang Temple - Barkhor Street

    Your sightseeing today will include the Lhasa’s cardinal landmark -- Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and flourishing Barkhor Street.
    -The Potala Palace: the symbol of Lhasa, perched upon Marpo Ri Hill, 130 meters above the Lhasa Valley, it is the greatest monumental structure in Tibet and one of the most famous architectural works of the world. The construction of it was started in 641 AD and was rebuilt by the Fifth Dalai Lama in three years, while the Thirteenth Dalai Lama extended and repaired it into what it is now. As the religious and political centre of old Tibet and the winter residence of Dalai Lamas, the palace witnessed the life of the Dalai Lamas and the important political and religious activities in the past centuries. Potala Palace also houses great amounts of rare cultural relics including the gold hand-written Buddhist scriptures, valuable gifts from the Chinese emperors and a lot of priceless antiques.
    -The Jokhang Temple: located in the center of the old section of Lhasa, built in 647 AD by Songtsen Gampo and his two foreign wives, and later extended by successive rulers, it has now become a gigantic architectural complex and it is the spiritual center of Tibet.
    -The Barkhor Street: a circular street around the Jokhang Temple in the center of the old section of Lhasa, it is the oldest street in a very traditional style in Tibet, where you can enjoy bargaining with the local Tibetan vendors for the handicrafts which are rare to be seen elsewhere in the world.
    Barkhor Street is one of the most important religious paths along which pilgrims walk around Jokhang Temple while turning prayer wheels in their hands through centuries. Buddhist pilgrims walk or progress by body-lengths along the street clockwise every day into deep night.

    Accommodation:Tibet Gang-gyan Lhasa Hotel 4* Meals:B
  • Day 8:Norbulingka - Sera Monastery - Tibetan Family

    The whole day tour will first bring you to the Norbulingka Park, and then the Sera Monastery. Pay a visit to a Tibetan Family.
    -Norbulingka Park: Norbulingka means "Jeweled Garden", built in 1751 AD as a summer palace for the Dalai Lama where they handled political affairs and practiced religious activities. Now a large-scale palace complex and garden in Tibetan style covering an area of 40 hectares, the whole park has 370 rooms of different sizes and lawns shaded by green trees and enclosed by various flowers. Before 1959, commoners had no access to this park. Nowadays, on festivals and holidays, the local people in their colorful costumes come here with food and tents to sing and dance overnight.
    -Sera Monastery: Sera means "Wild Rose Garden" in Tibetan because lush wild rose woods once grew around it, the monastery is one of the three largest monasteries in Tibet. Located at the northern outskirts of Lhasa, it was built in 1419 AD by Jamchen Choje (or Sakyayeshe), one of the eight disciples of Tsong Khapa who was the founder of Gelugpa Sect.  
    Sera Monastery houses three colleges built in 15th and 16th century respectively as well, and it is famous for the "Buddhism Scriptures Debating".
    -The Tibetan Family: where you will be greeted and warmly welcomed by common Tibetan people in their traditional way and entertained with their typical food.

    Accommodation:Tibet Gang-gyan Lhasa Hotel 4* Meals:B
  • Day 9:Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Lhasa

    On this day the most expectant Paradise will be the Namtso Lake.. The roundtrip is about 500 KM and probably takes 7 hours. Simple lunch is available
    -Namtso Lake: Namtso, approximately 250km north-west of Lhasa, is the second-largest saltwater lake in China. It is over 70km long and reaches a width of 30km. The Nyenchen Tangula range, with peaks of more than 7000m, towers over the lake to the south. Namtso is a tidal lake and the ring marks of earlier lake levels are clearly visible by the shoreline. In clear weather the water is a miraculous shade of turquoise and there are magnificent views of the nearby mountains. The wide open spaces, dotted with tents of local nomads, are intoxicating.

    Accommodation:Tibet Gang-gyan Lhasa Hotel 4* Meals:B
  • Day 10:Lhasa-Chongqing

    You will be transferred to train station for next stop--Chongqing, also you will enjoy charming scenery on the railway, major scenery like Golmud section and Nagchu section with Kunlun Mountain,Cuona lake, Super large Railway Bridge and so on.

    Accommodation:NoneMeals:B
  • Day 11:Arrival in Chongqing

    Upon your arrival in Chongqing, the largest city in Southwest China, our local guide will meet you and escort you to the city to have city tour including Eling Park, Stilwell Museum. Transfer to get on board the ship.
    -Eling Park: one of the old private gardens in Chongqing, built in late Qing Dynasty around 1909 AD, due to its relatively high altitude, there you can have a bird's eye view of the whole city.
    -Stilwell Museum: the private residence of General Stilwell who was the commander of the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II, now it is a museum displaying the wartime heroics of the Flying Tigers and honouring the US participation against Fascist in World War II.

    Accommodation:Century River Cruises series Meals:None
  • Day 12:Yangtze cruise on the ship

    You will spend two days on the cruise ship enjoying the amazing natural landscapes on both banks of Yangtze River.

    Accommodation:None Meals:All
  • Day 13:Yangtze cruise on the ship

    Yangtze cruise on the ship

    Accommodation:None Meals:All
  • Day 14:Yichang - Shanghai

    Arrival in Yichang at 11:30a.m. approximately and disembark. Your personal guide will meet you and escort you to airport for flight to Shanghai, upon your arrival in Shanghai.

    Accommodation:Holiday Inn Downtown ShanghaiMeals:B
  • Day 15:The Bund - Nanjing Road - Shanghai World Financial Center

    Today you will take a stroll on the Bund and the Nanjing Road, followed with Shanghai World Financial Center where you will take the elevator to its 100th floor to enjoy the bird's eye view of Shanghai.
    -The Bund (the word “Bund” was derived from Anglo-Indian word meaning quay): where the great trading houses and banks had their headquarters in 1920s and 1930s, about a mile long, it is the city's fulcrum.
    -Nanjing Road: known as “China's No.1 Shopping Street”with a huge of merchandise on sale.
    -Shanghai World Financial Center: the highest skyscraper in the world, it has 101 floors and 1614 feet above the ground. You can get the cool feeling of having a bird's eye view of Shanghai by standing on 100th floor's glass over bridge.

    Accommodation:Holiday Inn Downtown ShanghaiMeals:B
  • Day 16:Depart Shanghai

    You will be free until your guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to your sweet home.

    Accommodation:NoneMeals:B

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