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Beijing - Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou - Ya'an - Dujiangyan - Le Shan - Emeishan - Dazu - Chongqing - Three Gorges Area - Yichang - Shanghai

Description :China’s SichuanProvince features five of China's 30 UNESCO World Culture Heritage sites. Featured in this fast-paced tour are the colorful autumn scenery and other natural wonders of the Jiuzhaigou Valley's untouched wilderness, and the Tibetan scenic area of Huanglong.Guided by an expert local photographer, you will visit the giant panda sanctuary at Wolong Nature Reserve with special arrangements for photography, Sichuan's capital city of Chengdu, Mt. Qingcheng, and the ancient Dujiangyan irrigation system.
Tour Code : CHP-10
Price : from US$3937 p/p
Departure Date : You choose

Day 1

Beijing   (No meal included)

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the guide and be transferred to your hotel in the city center.

Day 2

Beijing   (B, L)

Visits : Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Beijing Summer Palace

After breakfast you will visit Tiananmen Square, the biggest city square in the world. Covering 440,000 square meters, it has witnessed many important historic events. Then pay a visit to the Forbidden City, one of the five most famous palaces in the world where 24 emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties lived and ruled for over 500 years. This afternoon visit the SummerPalace, which used to be a summer resort of Empress Dowager Cixi. The siteis mainly dominated by the 60 meter high Longevity Hill, and the Kunming Lake. After that, explore the Wangfujing Avenue– the most popular pedestrian street in Beijing where you can do some shopping.

Day 3

Beijing   (B, L)

Visits : Mutianyu Great Wall

After breakfast explore the fantastic wild section of Great Wall–Mutianyusection, which is well preserved with spectacular views and has less tourists than Badaling.

This afternoon you will pay a visit to Dingling, one of the 13 Ming Tombs. It is the tomb of Zhu Yijun, who is considered as the most indulgent emperor in China′s history. The tomb is the only one among the 13 tombs that was excavated..

Day 4

Beijing -> Chengdu   (B, L)

Visits : Temple of Heaven

This morning you will visit the Temple of Heaven where emperors conducted religious rituals and prayed for good harvest during Qing and Ming dynasties. It is one of the most important landmarks of Beijing. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport and a take flight to Chengdu. Flight: CA4116 (1500-1755)

Day 5

Chengdu -> Jiuzhaigou   (B, L, D)

After enjoying your breakfast you will have a bike tour to explore the small alleys of the city,experience the local markets,tea houses and traditional architecture.

This afternoon you will be transferred to the airport and take a flight to Jiuzhaigou. This UNESCO listed nature reserve is home to rare animals and plants as well as the Baima Tibetan minority.
Flight: 3U8603 (1735-1825)

Day 6

Jiuzhaigou   (B, L, D)

Visits : Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic Area

After breakfast you will have a full day exploring the wonderland. Our first stop, MirrorLake, is located at the mouth of RiTse Valley.

As indicated by its name, the lake has a mirror-like flat surface onto which every object – flowers, grasslands, forests, as well as distant mountains – are reflected.

The Pearl Shoal is a wide, fan-shaped calcium beach. The water flows down the beach, then drops splash in all directions as if thousands of pearls shining in the sun.

The Five Colored Pond is located at the lakefront along a rugged road.

The multi-colored pond is an enchanting sight; the water takes on a faint blue color from the deadwood and leaves underneath its surface, while in other parts it is darker because of the shades of the trees and mountains nearby.

Day 7

Jiuzhaigou   (B, L, D)

Visits : Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic Area

After enjoying your breakfast you will visit the panda Lake, the Primeval Forest and countless other waterfalls and lakes in Jiuzhaigou.

The PandaLake features curious color patterns of blue and green.

It empties into the multi-stream,multi-level Panda Waterfall, dropping 78 meters in three steps.

The Primeval Forest – well preserved ancient woodland.

Day 8

Jiuzhaigou -> Chengdu   (B, L)

Today we transfer you to a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site – the Huanglong Scenic Area. Well-known for its colorful lakes, snow clad mountains, valleys and virgin forest, Huanglong Scenic Area is considered The World Wonder and Fairy Land on Earth.

After lunch you will be transferred to the airport and take a flight to Chengdu. Flight:CZ3402 91350-1440)

Day 9

Chengdu -> Ya'an -> Chengdu   (B, L)

Today you will be driven to Ya’an. In the afternoon have a close encounterwith China’s treasure; Giant pandas at Bifengxia Panda Reserve.

Then be transferred to Chengdu by car.

Day 10

Chengdu -> Dujiangyan -> Chengdu   (B, L)

Visits : Dujiangyan Irrigation Project of China

This morning you will be driven to Dujiangyan. After lunch visit Dujiangyan Irrigation System, a project started in the 3rd century BC to re-channel the MinRiver into irrigation canals. This ambitious project has contributed to the prosperity of the Chinese civilization on the Chengdu Plain.

You will be transferred to Chengdu by private car.

Day 11

Chengdu -> Le Shan   (B, L, D)

Visits : Leshan Giant Buddha, the Biggeset Buddha on Earth

Today you will be driven to Le Shan. After lunch you will go to seethe Giant Buddha, which was accepted as one of the World Heritages in 1996. You will take a short boat ride on the Min River to have a distant view of the Buddha plus take some photos.

Day 12

Le Shan -> Emeishan   (B, L, D)

Today enjoy a free morning at your leisure.

After lunch you will be transferred to Emeishan. After that, trek to Golden Peak.At the Leidongping Temple there is a cable car going to the top of the mountain. Hiking on foot from here takes another two hours. The route to the summit crosses a lush and diverse landscape with enchanted rock formations,waterfalls and narrow gorges.Golden Peak at Mt. Emei(if the weather cooperates), has a divinevista at the 3077m high peak. This is the place to relax,meditate and enjoy the sunset.

Day 13

Emeishan -> Dazu   (B, L, D)

Today enjoy the beautiful sunrise which is one of the four spectacles of Mt.Emei and China´s legendary experiences. Back to Leidong Ground parking lot, and then take bus to the Traffic Center at the foot of the Mt. Emei.

This afternoon you will be transferred to Dazu.

Day 14

Dazu -> Chongqing -> Three Gorges Area   (B, L, D)

After enjoying your breakfast visit the famous Dazu Rock Carvings.
The Dazu Rock Carvings consist of two major sites, North Mountain and Baoding Mountain.North Mountain is smaller and requires less time.
The most popular statues are the Goddess of Mercy(Guanyin) and the Peacock King.The sculptures at Baoding Mountain are far superior. At the center is the giant Reclining Buddha which is 31m long and 5m high. The expression on his face is one of peace and happiness.
After having lunch you will be transferred to Chongqing. After that, depart from Chongqing at 8:00 am. Tonight you will take a ship to the Three Gorges Area.


 Yangtze cruise option
M.S. Yangtze 2        / M.S. Yangtze 1         / CSC Victoria II       
Day 15

Three Gorges Area   (B, L, D)

After enjoying your breakfast take a shore excursion to Fengdu, a legendary old town made famous by old stories of sinister spirits and terrible ghosts. You will see many statues of ghosts and devils in this mountain town.
Return to the ship and continue cruising down the Yangtze.


 Yangtze cruise option
M.S. Yangtze 2        / M.S. Yangtze 1         / CSC Victoria II       
Day 16

Three Gorges Area   (B, L, D)

Today you sail through the Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Have a shore excursion to Shennong Stream or Lesser Three Gorges, and then sail through the Three Gorges dam ship locks.


 Yangtze cruise option
M.S. Yangtze 2        / M.S. Yangtze 1         / CSC Victoria II       
Day 17

Three Gorges Area -> Yichang -> Shanghai   (B, L)

This morning you will arrive at HuanglingTemple at 8am; visit the Three Gorges Dam in the morning, which is the world′s largest water project. Disembark the cruiser at about 1:30pm.

In the afternoon your local guide will meet you and take you to the center of Yichang for lunch. Then you will be transferred to the airport and board the flight to Shanghai.Flight:FM9366 (1530-1700)

Day 18

Shanghai   (B, L)

Visits : The Bund, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Old Street, Yuyuan Garden

Today visit the Shanghai Museum and People´s Square. Then pay a visit to the Bund and later on enjoy a cruise on the Huangpu River.

In the afternoonyou will visit Yu Garden (Yu Yuan), an age-old garden where you can get close to traditional Chinese architecture. Then you will have a free walk around Shanghai Old Street.

Day 19

Shanghai   (B)

ree till being transferred to the airport. End of the fabulous tour in China.

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