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Yunnan and Yangtze Cruise
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Overview:Kunming/Dali/Lijiang/Chengdu/Leshan/Chongqing/Yichang/Shanghai

 

This trip strides huge cultural distances.

 

We begin in Yunnan Province, home to many colourful ethnic minority groups, pass through panda’s hometown Sichuan, then cruise along Yangtze River   and finish in China’s bustling financial centre Shanghai. Maybe songs from the temple or the stunning landscapes of the Southwest will linger in your mind while you sip coffee in Shanghai’s luxurious French Concession.


Tour Duration:15days
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  • DAY 1Kunming
    Our guide will wait for you at the arrival hall of Kunming Changshui International Airport/train station with a RealChinaTravel’s Greeting Sign, then a comfortable vehicle will take you to the hotel. Have free time for the rest of the day.
  • DAY 2Dali
    Transfer to Kunming West Station for a 4 hour coach trip to DaliDali Old City sits at 4,000ft, with vertical peaks rising behind it like a green screen. A major conduit market town on the route, Dali is the cradle of Bai civilization and you will notice their signature whitewashed buildings with flower-painted borders. This ethnic minority group acted as middlemen between tea growers from Xishuangbanna and horse traders from Tibet., followed by a private bus taking us to our guest house in the old town. DaliDali Old City sits at 4,000ft, with vertical peaks rising behind it like a green screen. A major conduit market town on the route, Dali is the cradle of Bai civilization and you will notice their signature whitewashed buildings with flower-painted borders. This ethnic minority group acted as middlemen between tea growers from Xishuangbanna and horse traders from Tibet. is a favourite place for travellers in China. Resting near the banks of Erhai LakeEr Lake is an alpine fault lake in Yunnan province. Its name means "Ear-shaped Sea", due to its shape as seen by locals and travellers. It was also known as Yeyuze or Kunming Lake in ancient times. with the Cangshan mountain range forming an impressive backdrop, the town’s cobblestone streets, ancient stone houses and laid-back charm make it a wonderful place to relax.
  • DAY 3Dali
    Today, we cycle along the scenic route following along Erhai LakeEr Lake is an alpine fault lake in Yunnan province. Its name means "Ear-shaped Sea", due to its shape as seen by locals and travellers. It was also known as Yeyuze or Kunming Lake in ancient times., visit the Bai people’s village and their pastures, see the wetlands and fishermen, go to a local market not far from the Three Pagodas, and, finally, enjoy famous Bai People’s Three Course Tea Ceremony.
  • DAY 4Lijiang
    In the morning,catch bus to LijiangThe town has a history going back more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road. The Lijiang old town is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges. The old town of Lijiang differs from other ancient Chinese cities in architecture, history and the culture of its traditional residents the Nakhi people。,a UNESCO World Heritage site.It is a maze of cobblestone streets, narrow canals and decorative wooden houses, a wonderful place to wander around and imagine being in a bygone era. (Dinner)
  • DAY 5Lijiang
    Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore LijiangThe town has a history going back more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road. The Lijiang old town is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges. The old town of Lijiang differs from other ancient Chinese cities in architecture, history and the culture of its traditional residents the Nakhi people。 on your own. Your tour guide is standby to assist you with the tour information you may need about LijiangThe town has a history going back more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road. The Lijiang old town is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges. The old town of Lijiang differs from other ancient Chinese cities in architecture, history and the culture of its traditional residents the Nakhi people。's hidden treasures, eating, playing and shopping.
  • DAY 6Emei(flight+bus)
    Your Kunming guide will see you off at LijiangThe town has a history going back more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road. The Lijiang old town is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges. The old town of Lijiang differs from other ancient Chinese cities in architecture, history and the culture of its traditional residents the Nakhi people。 International Airport, and you will be met up by Chengdu guide after you land.Then a private bus will take you to Mount EmeiMount Emei is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China, and is traditionally regarded as the bodhimaṇḍa, or place of enlightenment, of the bodhisattva Samantabhadra. to check in a Buddhism themed hotel in the Dafo MonasteryIt was originally founded in the Ming Dynasty (around 1600) and destroied in 1958.In 1998, the monks spent 660 million RMB to start rebuilding. It is scheduled to be fully completed in 2015 and will cover 300,000sqm.,which is carefully selected by RealChinaTravel.
  • DAY 7Emei
    We go to the Golden SummitIt was constructed during the Eastern Han Dynasty and has been rebuilt several times after being struck by lightning. Golden Summit is in a height of 3,077 meters above the sea level. by tourist bus in the morning. If the weather is fine we have the chance to see the sea of clouds, even the Saint Mirror.After that,we transfer to the Wannian Temple to stay there tonight.
  • DAY 8Chengdu
    In the morning, we trek from the Wannian Temple to the Qingyin Pavilionone of the eight main temples in Mout Emei.It was built in the fourth year during the period of Emperor Xizong in Tang Dynasty(877). This pavilion is located in the ridge between the Heilongjiang River and the Bailongjiang River., from there, you can walk another 2 hours to see the monkeys. After lunch, a private bus will send us to Chengdu.
  • DAY 9Chengdu
    Private bus will send you to Chengdu Panda BaseA non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. It was founded in 1987. It started with 6 giant pandas that were rescued from the wild. By 2008, it had 124 panda births, and the captive panda population has grown to 83.Its stated goal is to "be a world-class research facility, conservation education center, and international educational tourism destination." in the morning. You may get the chance to join in the donation program to hold panda for pictures. In the afternoon, your local guide lead you to visit the People's ParkAn important entertainment place for Chengdu citizen,where tourist can find the real leisure life of Chinese old people. They are singing,dancing,practicing calligraphy and enjoying tea in the traditional tea houses. and the Shu Embroidery and Brocade MuseumIt is the only professional place in China to show all the processes of Shu brocade hand-weaving as well as the history and the culture of Shu brocade. Passing down and preserving the traditional Shu brocade weaving handicraft of over 2000 years, Shu Brocade Institute is devoted to studying silk and brocade, restoring ancient patterns of Shu brocade, designing new motifs for decoration, exploring the practical function, and producing some precious brocade in limited production..
  • DAY 10Chongqing (high speed train)
    Catch high speed train go to Chongqqing Meet your transfer guide in Chongqing North Railway Station, and embark on our cruise for four days journey winding along the YangtzeThe Yangtze River, or Chang Jiang is the longest river in Asia, and the third longest in the world. It flows for 6,418 kilometres (3,988 mi) from the glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in Qinghai eastward across southwest, central and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai. It is also one of the biggest rivers by discharge volume in the world. The Yangtze drains one-fifth of the land area of the People's Republic of China and its river basin is home to one-third of , the most popular inland view river cruise in the world.Please note:all of the activities in the cruise journey are arranged by the boat schedule,so you may meet any activities different to the ones indicated in the itinerary here.
  • DAY 11On boat
    A half day shore excursion to the Ghost CityThe city has numerous buildings, structures, dioramas, and statues related to the Hell, the concept of the underworld and hell (or Naraka) in Chinese mythology and Buddhism. It is a place that every Chinese has to go afer death. will make sure that you get the best knowledge of China’s Yangtze culture, and we also have the opportunity to join the welcome party held by the captain. (B,L,D)
  • DAY 12On boat
    Take a sampan to go deep into the beautiful narrow gorges of Shennong Stream, the once torpidly flowing water that is now tamed and ideal for a sampan-pulling performance. (B,L,D)
  • DAY 13Shanghai(flight)
    Visit the magnificent Three Gorges DamIt is a hydroelectric dam that spans the Yangtze River by the town of Sandouping, located in Yichang. It is the world's largest power station in terms of installed capacity (22,500 MW) but is second to Itaipu Dam with regard to the generation of electricity annually. and develop an understanding of the world’s largest hydro-electric project. We disembark from the boat in the afternoon, and go on to Yichang Airport to fly to Shanghai. A private transfer takes us directly to our hotel in downtown.
  • DAY 14Shanghai
    Today we will first visit the Yuyuan GardenThe biggest private Garden of Suzhou style in Shanghai. in the morning, giving you enough time to pick up your souvenirs in the market. Then we go to Shanghai's trademark landmark - the BundA waterfront area in central Shanghai within the former Shanghai International Settlement.It has dozens of historical buildings, lining the Huangpu River, that once housed numerous banks and trading houses from the West., which still retains its incredible charm even as the skyscrapers increase in size around it.
  • DAY 15Shanghai
    Your exciting tour concludes with a transfer to the airport.Thank you for travelling with RealChina, and we look forward to serving you again next time.
Service included
  • 1.Airport/Station transfers
  • 2.Excellent local English-speaking guides in each section for private service.
  • 3.Entrance tickets and meals indicated above.
  • 4. Twin-share room including service charges and government tax.
  • 5. China travel insurance during the trip
Service excluded
  • 1.Visa and travel insurance you purchase before arrival.
  • 2.All flights not mentioned above.
  • 3.Tips for the guide and the driver.
  • 4. Personal expenses, such as shopping, laundry, phone calls, entertainment, meals not mentioned above, etc.
People Price Single supplement
1US$4300/P
2-5US$2592/P
6-9US$2246/P
10+US$1955/P
  • Q:1.How strenuous is this trip?
    A:This is a relatively comfortable tour, therefore no particular level of fitness is required for this holiday.
  • Q:2.What kind of hotels are we staying in?
    A:RealChina carefully selects comfortable and well-located hotels in each city, which will make your stay pleasant and easy. We notice that this trip strides a huge cultural distance, so we stay in some guest houses with ethnical minorities Styles, while in Emei we stay in a Zen-themed Hotel.
  • Q:3,What kind of cruise are we travelling on?
    A:
  • Q:4.What kind of guide service do you offer?
    A:RealChina believes that the local guides understand their culture and nature best, and these passionate guides are pleased and proud to share their wealth of local knowledge with our travelers. In this trip, we use 4 or 5 guides in total across different areas for our guiding service.
  • Q:5.How do I get to the starting city? How do I return home?
    A:Kunming Changshui International Airport is a major airport in China with direct flights to most Chinese cities and several Southeastern Asian cities, it even covers some tiny tourist locations such as Chiangmai, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap, Mandalay, Kathmandu, etc. Shanghai is the gateway city with direct flights to and from international cities throughout the world.
  • Q:6. What do we need to carry ourselves?
    A:During the day, we recommend guests bring a small daypack to carry one bottle of water, some snacks and personal items, particularly sun cream, a hat and sunglasses, as the sun is often strong in Yunnan Province.
  • Q:7.What’s the guide line for tipping?
    A:If you are happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many of RealChina’s destinations. As a guideline, at least 5 USD per day per person would be usual for the guide and 3USD to a driver, given separately to each person is preferable. Remember tipping is at your discretion.
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