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19 Day China Explorer

Highlights

  • Explore the World Heritage-listed Stone Forest
  • Take in spectacular views from the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
  • Explore the fascinating Songzanlin Monastery in Shangri-La
  • Get up close to Giant Pandas at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre
  • See the Terracotta Army, depicting the armies of the First Emperor of China in Xi'an
  • Wander the Great Wall of China
  • Enjoy an acrobatic show in Shanghai
  • Maximum group size of 28 passengers

    Departure dates:

    2014: Apr 7; Aug 18; Sep 1; Oct 13

    Tour Code: CHL19

    Itinerary based on departures after 26 February 2014, please call for information on departures prior to this date

    Day 1. Arrive Kunming
    Be met on arrival in Kunming by an APT representative and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.
    Stay: Kunming, Green Lake Hotel for 2 nights

    Day 2. Kunming, Stone Forest
    A highlight of your time in Kunming is sure to be today's visit to the amazing Stone Forest, a collection of karst rock pillars towering skyward. Head to Yiliang and enjoy a special lunch of Chef Pan's roast duck, recommended by Luke Nguyen. Return to Kunming and tonight, you'll enjoy a unique 'Across the Bridge Noodles' dinner, a famous dish in the Yunnan Province.
    Daily Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

    Day 3. Kunming, Dali, Freedom of Choice
    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Dali, where you'll discover Dali's Ancient City. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the nearby Erhai Lake. Tonight, perhaps enjoy Western favourites at The Western Dining Hall in your hotel, sample regional cuisine at Yunnan Cafe Bar, or feast on authentic Chinese fare at Plum Well Chinese Restaurant.
    Stay: Dali, Gurong Hotel for 1 night
    Daily Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

    Day 4. Dali, Lijiang, Freedom of Choice
    On your way to Lijiang, stop at the small village of Xizhou. Visit Three Pagodas Park and watch trained cormorants fish in the local river. Arrive in Lijiang and select where to dine.
    Stay: Lijiang, Crowne Plaza Lijiang Ancient Town for 3 nights
    Daily Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

    Day 5. Lijiang
    Explore the ancient town of Lijiang. The town successfully fuses the many cultural traditions that have been present here for centuries. Spend time discovering the many alleys and canals that weave through the town. Later, visit Black Dragon Pool Park, where the bridge spanning the lake, the temple and the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background provide what can only be described as a photographer's paradise.
    Daily Meals Included: Breakfast & lunch

    Day 6. Lijiang
    Today visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain where you'll ride a cable car up to the Yunshanping viewing platform. Later, attend the Impression Lijiang Show and visit the Baisha Ancient Wall Paintings.
    Daily Meals Included: Breakfast & lunch

    Day 7. Lijiang, Shangri-La
    Travel through mountainous landscapes to Shangri-La today.
    Stay: Shangri-La, Songstam Retreat for 2 nights
    Daily Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

    Day 8. Shangri-La
    Visit the spectacular Baishui White Water Terraces, a natural formation of stepped calcium water pools. You'll then visit a Tibetan Family before enjoying an afternoon at leisure.
    Daily Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

    Day 9. Shangri-La, Chengdu
    Visit the fascinating Songzanlin Monastery. This afternoon, visit Pudacuo National Park and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region before visiting the pretty Bita and Shudu Lakes. Tonight, board a short flight to Chengdu.
    Stay: Chengdu, Sofitel Wanda Chengdu for 2 nights
    Daily Meals Included: Breakfast & lunch

    Day 10. Chengdu, Panda Research Centre
    This morning, visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre. Later, visit Chengdu's Jinli Old Street, one of the oldest commercial streets in the country.
    Daily Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

    Day 11. Chengdu, Beijing
    Fly to Beijing, where you'll enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before a Welcome Reception this evening.
    Stay: Beijing, The Peninsula Beijing for 3 nights
    Daily Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 12. Beijing
    On a tour of Beijing, you'll explore Tian'anmen Square, World Heritage-listed Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. Tonight, indulge in a special Peking Duck banquet at the Quanjude Restaurant.
    Daily Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

    Day 13. Beijing, Great Wall of China, Freedom of Choice
    Travel to one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall of China. Board a cable car to enjoy stunning views. Later, visit the Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs. After dinner, select your Freedom of Choice Touring activity.
    Daily Meals Included: Breakfast & lunch

    Day 14. Beijing, Xi'an, Freedom of Choice
    This morning, hop on a rickshaw for a guided sightseeing tour through the hutongs (narrow streets or alleys) of Old Beijing and visit the home of a local family. Later, board a flight to Xi'an and tonight, choose where to dine.
    Stay: Xi'an, Sofitel Renmin Square for 2 nights
    Daily Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

    Day 15. Xi'an, Terracotta Army
    Visit the ancient City Wall and enjoy a bicycle ride along its perimeter. Stop at a clay factory before visiting the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, a collection of sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang. As a gift, every couple travelling with APT will be given a unique book signed by one of the farmers who discovered the warriors. Tonight, enjoy a special Tang Dynasty show and indulge in a dumpling banquet.
    Daily Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

    Day 16. Xi'an, Shanghai, Freedom of Choice
    Visit the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. Board a flight to Shanghai. Tonight, choose where to dine.
    Stay: Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel for 3 nights
    Daily Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

    Day 17. Shanghai
    Enjoy a stroll on the Bund riverfront this morning before visiting the Shanghai Art Museum. Cruise the Huangpu River and explore Yu Garden. After dinner at leisure, enjoy premium seating at an acrobatic show.
    Daily Meals Included: Breakfast & lunch

    Day 18. Jinxi, Shanghai
    Discover the water town of Jinxi. Explore its ancient streets on a walking tour. Take a boat cruise before returning to Shanghai for leisure time. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel this evening.
    Daily Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

    Day 19. Depart Shanghai
    Be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
    Daily Meals Included: Breakfast

    PRICING DETAILS - TOUR CODE: CHYC13

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