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Our genuine experts explored the destinations time and again and finally worked out the itinerary taking you to experience the highlights in various ways that others might miss.
Take a look at the adorable panda and see the their feeding in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
Observe the typical Bai Minority folk culture and architecture in Lijiang Minority's Village, you will marvel at their murals culture and hand made tie-dyeing culture.
You will take a high-speed train to experience the technological development of China.
You will definitely have a full day visit the magnificent Terracotta Warriors, and learn to make the mini clay Terracotta Warriors with your own hands.
Discover the vanishing life of Shanghai by paying a visit to Shanghai old street and Nongtang, where is an important part of local culture.
See locals greeting the sun with their daily Tai Chi morning exercises in the park of the Temple of Heaven. Take some photos or you can even join them!
You will take a cable car up and down the Great wall and enjoy amazing views as it snakes across the hills and mountains.
Take a local rickshaw to look for real culture of Beijing in ancient hutongs alleyways, you may see locals paint operatic face,make dough figurine or play mahjong.
You will learn how to eat the famous Beijing roast duck in the correct way. and watch the chef slice the cooked golden duck by your table.
The following itinerary is for your inspiration. Our experts will customize your own tour according to your interests, schedules, hotel tastes and budget. All can be tailor-made!
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Day 1 - Welcome To China!
Nin Hao! Welcome to China! On arrival at Beijing airport, your private guide will welcome and escort you to check-in your hotel.Your guide will help you with luggage and hotel check-in,and ensure your arrival in Beijing is worry-free.
The rest of day is arranged on your own. UME expert suggest you spend some time to relax and recover from the long-distance flight or possibly from jet-lag. If you feel like going for a walk and checking out places nearby, feel free to ask your private guide for recommendations of good dining or places to see.
Day 2 - The Forbidden City & Hutongs
Today's tour starts at the Tiananmen Square, the largest public squares in the world and which is the entrance to the Forbidden City. Continually, go to the Forbidden City, the ancient royal palace served as the political center for more than 500 years. The expert guide will escort you and show you some interesting places you would never find by yourself before climbing the coal hill in the Jingshan Park behind it for wonderful panorama view of the Forbidden City.
After lunch at local restaurant, you will have a chance to take a local rickshaw ride through the ancient hutongs alleyways to look for the real culture of Beijing. You may see local artist painting operatic face or making dough figures in the alley. If lucky, you may also see locals play mahjong, a tranditional Chinese board game, in their local courtyard.
Your dinner will be served in a local Beijing roast duck restaurant. You will learn how to eat the famous Beijing roast duck in the correct way. You can also watch the chef's professional cutting skills of the thin crispy skin and firm meat, as the chef will slice the cooked golden duck by your table.
If you want to enrich your tour after dark, we suggest you to add our famous Shaolin Kung Fu show in your schedule. "The Legend of Kung Fu" is a must-see staged action show for tourists and Kung Fu lovers. You will see numerous incredible high jumps and kicks, skilled Chinese classic weapon plays, and positioning of great balance during the show.
Day 3 - The Temple of Heaven & Mutianyu Great Wall
After breakfast, head to the Temple of Heaven. A 15th century architectural masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is most revered spiritual monuments of ancient China and once reserved for emperors to worship heaven and pray for good harvests. You can see locals greeting the sun with their daily Tai Chi and other morning exercises in the park. Take some photos or you can even join them!
Drive about 2 hours to the Mutianyu Sections of the Great Wall to witness one of the world's most spectacular sights. Afternoon will be the best time to avoid the crowds in Mutianyu. After lunch, you will take a cable car up to the wall and enjoy amazing views as it snakes across the hills and mountains.You can glide down the wall on a toboggan or see more of this section by cable car,if lucky, you may see the beautiful sunset along your way.
Day 4 - Summer Palace & Fly to Xi'an
In the morning, visit the Summer Palace, built by Emperor Qianlong in Qing Dynasty as a gift to his mother in 18th century. Have a pleasant stroll through the tranquil long corridors to enjoy the full flavor of China.
In the afternoon, take a flight to Xi'an. Your guide and driver will greet you and escort you to the hotel.
Day 5 - Full day visit Terracotta Warriors
You will have a full day visit the magnificent Terracotta Warriors buried with the First Qin Emperor more than 2,000 years ago. The life-sized magnificent Terracotta Warriors are great man-made pieces of work. After the visit, you will have the opportunity to learn how to make the mini clay Terracotta Warriors with your own hands in a local artisan's cave dwelling.
The best-preserved Ancient City Wall is a must visit place. It has been guarding the old Xian for more than 600 years. Walking along the wall and you will enjoy the wonderful view of the city, or you can rent a bicycle to cycle around the all.
If you are a show lover, we would suggest you to enjoy a sparkling entertainment at the Tang Dynasty show in the night time.
Day 6 - Xi'an City Tour & High-Speed Train to Chengdu
Your city tour will begin with a visit to Shaanxi History Museum, one of the best museums in China. It houses more than 370,000 piece of items including pottery, paintings, murals, as well as gold, silver & bronze objects and it must not be missed. Then go to visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built in 652 AD. It is a traditional Chinese-style architecture combined with Buddhist historic statues, murals, and scriptures. It is the landmark of the ancient capital city. After the visit, take a chance to stroll around the Muslim Street, where all the shops and restaurants are operated by Muslims. This colorful street is packed with shops selling a large variety of interesting local delicacies, snacks and souvenirs.
After lunch,take a 4 hours high-speed train to Chengdu.You will experience the technological development of China.
Dumplings play an important role in Chinese people’s lives, if you want to have a try, we would like to suggest you to have a Dumpling Banquet for lunch today. You will be served with nearly 20 varieties of dumplings which stuffed with delicious vegetables, meats, and seafood (vegetarian on request).
Day 7 - Half Day Panda Base & Chendu City Tour and Fly to Kunming
The highlight of the tour is to meet the symbols of China - lovely giant panda.You will arrive in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding this early morning, and this period is the most active time of the pandas in a day. Take a look at those adorable animals and see the their feeding. If you wish, you can also hold the pandas or take photos next to them (optional).
After say goodbye to those adorable pandas,you will head to Wenshu Temple,a fairly typical large Buddhist monastery which dates back to the Tang dynasty (618-907) and is named after a monk who lived there. It is the most important Zen temple of the area which possesses relics and attracts pilgrims. Afterwards you can stroll around the famous Jinli Old Street (550 meters long).The buildings along the street are all built in the Qing Dynasty style. You will find many bars, snack stores and souvenir shops.
Fly to Kunming in the late afternoon.
If you want to watch a show in Kunming at night,we would like to recommend you a Dynamic Yunnan Evening Show,which is a worldwide famous grand, original ethnic dance musical. It fuses beauty of Yunnan ethnic minorities dance and songs with the power of modern stage exhibition. Through the artistic director's reorganization and recreation of the essence of traditional songs and dance with the most classic style of folk dance, the richness of the culture of Yunnan minorities is born again on stage with startling effects.The show is available at 20.00h every evening and lasts about 1.5 hours.
Day 8 - A Walk In The Stone Forest
Today you will visit the famous Stone Forest, an extremely rare geological phenomenon dating back to 270 million years ago.The Stone Forest is 80 hectares of karst limestone pillars in fantastic shapes that resemble a forest when viewed from a distance.It is also home to the Sani tribe, a diverse and scattered Yi minority group, renowned for their diligence,embroidery and dancing.
Take a 2 hours high-speed train to Dali this late afternoon.
Day 9 - Cang Shan Mountain, Erhai Lake and Dali Ancient Town
Today you will visit the famous Cang Shan Mountain and the beautiful Erhai Lake which are two classic must-see tourist attractions in Dali.During your ride, you may see the famous Three Pagodas in a distant but the most beautiful view. Your first stop will be Cang Shan Mountain, which is famous for its colorful azalea flowers, it rises over the city of Dali and the shores of Lake Erhai beyond. You can take a cable car up and down the mountain,or your can also hike in the mountain, where a paved road leads down past various points of interest.
After Lunch, enjoy a short cruise around serene Erhai Lake then continue to stroll around Dali Ancient Town.This ancient town has a history of 1,300 years old and is home to Bai minority. The format of Dali Ancient Town is like a chess board with four gates guarding the north, south, east and west, stands between Cangsham mountains and Erhai lake.This entirely natural structure seems specially designed, highlighting the town's unparalleled beauty.
Day 10 - Bai Minority's Village
After check out from hotel, you will take your private car head to Lijiang. During the transfer,you will have a chance to visit Xizhou Bai Minority's Village.This village is a great place to observe the typical Bai Minority folk culture and architecture.You will visit the houses of local residents which are characterized by a traditional Chinese rectangular courtyard,consists of rooms on three sides and a decorative screen wall on the south direction. These residence generally has a splendid green, gold, blue and white paint. You can also have a walk in the Xizhou Market,this bustling area show you all kinds of product from groceries and daily commodities to handicrafts etc.Yet, the most attracted point should be the experience of the traditional dressing of Bai minority women.
Continue to Zhoucheng Village,where the Bai minority people live.You will find their traditional tie-dyeing cloth with Wax (a technology of printing flower patterns on cloth).Green mountains, winding creeks and fertile land make for a lyrical and carefree life here.
Upon arrival at Lijiang, check in to hotel and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
Day 11 - Locke's former residence & Murals in Baisha Village
Today you will visit Locke's former residence.Joseph Locke (1884-1962), an Austrian American explorer, writer and photographer of National Geographic, has been living at the foot of Jade Dragon Mountain for 27 years. Former residence of Joseph Locke is a courtyard containing three rooms. In the living room of Locke, his relics including bed, table, chair, fire pan, bookshelf and alarm clock, etc. are displayed.
Continue your visit to Baisha Village,protected as "the world culture heritage site",where you can see the amazing Baisha Mural. It is art heritage of minority ethnic groups living in Northwest Yunnan. It shows Chinese religionary topics.With earliest record which can be traced back to Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Baisha Murals were painted by painters of Han,Zang,and Naxi minority ethnic groups by using their own painting styles to show strong comparison of each murals in lines, color and overall impression.
Before transfer back to your hotel, you will pay a visit to Suhe Old Town,another "world culture heritage site". Shuhe is one of the first settlements of Naxi ancestors, and it is a very important town in the Tea-horse Road that leads to Tibet.
Day 12 - Charming Lijiang & Fly to Shanghai
Today you will visit Lijiang Ancient Town(UNESCO),a peaceful old town embraced by trees and mountains, and which was constructed in the late Song and early Yuan dynasties. On your way to your next stop,you will pass through the Square Street.If lucky, you may find Naxi people's group dance on the Square Street.
You second stop is The Lion Hill Park.As an integral part of Lijiang ancient town and the major nation-level scenic spot,this park is located in the centre of Lijiang city. The hill massif is like a lion, thus getting the name Lion Hill. With ancient buildings lying around at the foot of Lion Hill, it is the best place for you to enjoy the panoramic view of the Lijiang Ancient Town.
The landmark building of Lijiang ancient town--the Wangu building,which is located on the top of Lion Hill. This is the best pure wood building in the world, which is 33 meters high. Standing on the building, from where you can see the miraculous and beautiful Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Lijiang ancient town with rivers flowing.
Before you take a domestic flight to Shanghai,you will visit the Black Dragon Pond with the Dongba Culture Museum,the best known and most frequently visited park in Lijiang.
If you want to experience Shanghai’s nightlife. Our guide will help you to choose an open-air terrace roof top bar, where you can enjoy the breathtaking night views of both sides of the Huangpu River with a complimentary drink. You can also choose to visit the famous Oriental Pearl Tower, a good place for dinner and night view.
If you want to watch a show before leave, The Chinese Acrobats Show at night will be a good choice. Immerse yourself in the captivating choreography and dazzling color of a performance and marvel at the graceful agility and immense skill of the performers.
Day 13 - Look for the old days of Shanghai
Your Shanghai city tour include a visit to the ritzy French Concession enclave, a former French colonial settlement. It returned to China in 1946. Despite redevelopment over recent decades, the area has retained its distinct character as a premier residential and retail district in Shanghai. You will also visit the traditional ancient oriental garden – Yuyuan Garden, a classical landscape garden and explore the Chenghuangmiao (Old City God Temple) next to the Yuyuan Garden.
If you want to discover the vanishing life of Shanghai, pay a visit to Shanghai old street and Nongtang is a must. Nongtang constitutes the most important architectural feature of contemporary Shanghai. It forms the most common living space for ordinary Shanghainese and an important part of local culture. It can be said that if there were no Nongtang, there would be no Shanghai and no Shanghai people.
End of the day’s visit Nanjing Road and busy Bund. You will pass through back to the golden age in 1920s. Enter some old buildings to have find the luxury of the past.
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A really enjoyable trip, with a great guide and a fantastic group of people. I really enjoyed the variety of walks on the Great Wall. Each day brought different scenery, and different challenges. the scenery was always amazing.
The tour was really insightful and had a great mixture of culture and fun. The tour guides were all great and very helpful. When I first arrived in Shanghai I was quite overwhelmed by the culture shock but I was soon put at ease.
The traveling was nice with the train. It is nice when everyone is around the same place in the train, so we can talk with each other. The things we have seen were fantastic! thank you for this great trip and new friends!
To be honest every day brought new sights, smells and experiences. I never knew what was awaiting me each morning, which made it all the more exciting! Of course walking on the Great Wall was amazing, just to feel like we were seeing such an important part of world history.
We are a couple and have travelled a lot through the years but we had never gone on an customized tour before. I was not totally sold on going on such a tour but that made the most sense when we began to plan our trip to China. And I am so glad we went on there with UME Travel; it was so much better than I expected and I will definitely recommend it to others.
This is a fascinating trip, in a country which is really interesting. Walking on the Wall is a great way to see a bit of the countryside, and to see how people live outside of the cities. Going on an organised tour like this, you feel like you get a better idea of what life is like in China. Go for it!!!
China is huge, but this trip really does allow you to experience wonderful places and people. Don`t expect to be chatting to locals-they don`t speak English!! We found them very friendly though and you get used to them wanting to take photos with you.
As a solo traveler I was hesitant at the start to book this trip. But having been there I could not recommend it highly enough. Everything went smoothly, no one got ill or hurt. I did not find it expensive at all, once I got there.
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