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Southwest Tour A
Day 1 Chengdu
Arrive by air in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province in southwest China and the home of giant pandas. Upon arrival in Chengdu, local CITS meet / transfer to YINHE DYNASTY HOTEL CHENGDU (4-star in downtown) for 2 nights with daily buffet breakfast.City tour in Chengdu: JinLi Street and Wide and Narrow Alleys, both of which are famous in Chengdu. Dinner / evening on your own.
Day 2 CHENGDU (B, L)Day 3 Chengdu / Kunming (B, L)
After breakfast, full-day sightseeing tour to the CHENGDU GIANT PANDA BREEDING CENTER (one-hour drive). During the tour there one Chinese expert will give you a briefing on this Panda Center. Following lunch at a nice local restaurant (typical Sichuan food), proceed to Dujiangyan Ancient Irrigation System (one-hour drive) to view this ancient Chinese engineering wonder (dating back to over 2,000 years and still in operation). After this tour, return to Chengdu and back to your hotel. Evening optional: famous Sichuan Opera (face-changing show).
Check out and transfer to Chengdu Airport and depart Chengdu for Kunming by flight (one hour). Kunming is the capital city of Yunnan Province and nicknamed City of Ever-lasting spring. Upon arrivel in Kunming, local CITS meet / transfer to Kunming Hotel for 2 nights with daily breakfast. Afternoon tour of bird and flower market and Yunnan Ethnic Minority Village (time permitting).
Day 4 Kunming (B L)
Full-day excursion tour to the famed Stone Forest and minority village. Enjoy an exciting day in the mysterious Stone Forest, a typical karsts topography. Taste the well-known tea of Yunnan. Return to Kunming later today and back to your hotel. Evening optional: minority dance and music show: Magnificent Yunnan.
Day 5 Kunming - Dali (B L)
Morning tour in Kunming: downtown area including the Green Lake Park and City Square. Then CITS transfer to Kunming Airport for your flight Kunming / Dali (45 minutes). Upon arrival, local guide to meet and transfer to Asia Star Hotel Dali for 2 nights with daily breakfast. Afternoon tour in Dali, known for its minority groups living there.
Day 6 Dali (B L)
Full-day sightseeing tour. Three Pagodas, Er Hai Lake, the old town and minority village with other sights.
Day 7 Dali / LiJiang (B L)
After breakfast, depart Dali for Li Jiang by private coach and guide for the 3-hour drive, with stops on the way to visit local villages and the amazing scenery. Upon arrival, check into Grand Hotel LiJiang or Jian Nan Chun Hotel Lijiang for 2 nights with daily breakfast. Afternoon city tour. Visit Black-Dragon Pool, Ancient Dayan Town. This evening enjoy a minority show.
Day 8 LiJiang (B L)
Full-day tour to visit Dragon Spruce Meadow or Yak Meadow, Snow-capped Yulong Mountain, the Gan Sean, Baishui River, Jade Peak Temple and Baisha Fresco.
Day 9 LiJiang - Zhongdian (B L D)
Depart Li Jiang for Zhongdian, or better known as Shangri-la by private coach with guide. Travel overland today to Tiger Leaping Gorge to see the mighty Yangtze River as it roars 10,000 feed below. Continue on to the village of Shigu (Stone Drum), which lies as the point where the Yangtze makes its great northward turn. Arrive to your hotel located in Zhongdian, considered the seat of Kharpa Tibetan culture in Yunnan. Check into Zhongdian Paradise Hotel for 2 nights with daily breakfast. Afternoon tour. Bita Lake, and local Tibetan family visiting.
Day 10 Zhongdian (Shangri-La) (B L D)
A full day of exploration includes visits to Songzangling Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan; and the village of Ringha, an outpost of traditional Tibetan culture built around.
Day 11 Zhongdian - Kunming - XiShuang Banna (B L)
Transfer to airport for flight back to Kunming. Upon arrival, meet / transfer back to Kunming Hotel for overnight with breakfast. Balance of the day free.
Day 12 Depart Kunming (B)
Check out and local guide to transfer you to Kunming Airport for your flight out. You may depart for Hong Kong and bid farewell to this memorial Yunnan Province, China. Or you may choose to fly to other cities in China to continue your China experience.
Southwest Tour B
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- Trans Pacific airfare LAX - Guangzhou - LAX on coach class on China Southern Airlines
- All domestic air tickets on coach class within China
- Standard room(s) at above hotels with daily breakfast
- All transfers and tours in each city in China by one private local English-speaking tour guide / coach.
- All admissions for above sightseeing as listed above in the named cities.
- Meals specified in the itinerary
- US government tax and airlines fuel surcharge (current $185 per person)
- China visa fee (we can provide China visa obtaining processing)
- Meals not listed in the itinerary
- Other personal services not listed, eg. phone, laundry, room services, medical charges and etc.
- Gratuity to guide/drivers/porters in China
- Overweight baggage charges by the airlines if there is any.