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Private China Discovery Tour (16Days)

Trip Code: EYT-D-01
Trip Name: China Discovery Tour
Destinations: Beijing-Xi'an-Chengdu-Guilin-Shanghai
Durations: 16 days
Trip Start: Beijing ; Trip End:Shanghai
Recommended departure season: All year round

It's really hard to organize a trip around massive China, but we try to suggest one trip covering must-sees for your first time to China. Please take a look this suggested classic China tour if you have 2-3 weeks holiday to China and want to see as much as you can. It cover the natural and cultural wonders of China. During this tour, hike up to the Great Wall around Beijing, explore Qin Terracotta Army in Xi'an, greet to pandas in Chengdu , visit Dujiangyan Ancient Irrigation Project and view the biggest seated Buddha- Leshan Grand Buddha, go up to Golden Summit of Mt. Emei and take the Li River Cruise for viewing the stunning Khast landscape in Guilin, after visiting China water town Zhouzhang in east China, fly back home from Shanghai, the biggest city in China. EYT TOURS can tailor different trip plans as your requests if you like.

Forbidden City, Beijing

Trip Highlights
Tian'anmen Square- the world biggest city square & the political center of China;
the Forbidden City - the former royal palace during Ming & Qing dynasty;
the Temple of Heaven & the Summer Palace in Beijing;
the Qin Terracotta Army and Xi'an Old City Wall-the best preserved old city wall in China;
Dujiangyan Irrigation Project- the pearl of " Heavenly Kingdom";
the Leshan Grand Buddha & Mt. Emei- one of the four Buddhist mountains;
the Elephant Trunk Hill & the colorful Reed Flute Cave in Guilin;
the Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Garden, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Shanghai.

Climb up to one section of the Great Wall around Beijing;
Walk around Hutongs - the traditional living quarter of Beijingers;
Walk up to the best preserved Xi'an Old City Wall;
Go eye to eye with the endangered animal- giant pandas in Chengdu;
Board the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours) along the beautiful Li River surronded by misty Khast hills;
Wonder around West Street(Xi Jie) of Yangshuo- paradise for western backpackers;
Walk along the Bund by Huangpu River in Shanghai;
Visit the famous water town- Zhouzhuang in east China.

pandas in Chengdu

Is this trip right for you?
Trip Theme: Discovery Tour
Trip Type: Private Tour
Physical Rating: Easy/Flexible
Accommodation: Upon Request
Meals: Upon Request
Transportation: Airport transfers; by land; Li cruise; Domestic flights
Trip Crew:One trip leader, local drivers and local guides can be arranged
Departure : Upon request

Suggested Itinerary
D01| Arrive in Beijing; D02| Beijing; D03| Beijing; D04| Beijing -Xian ; D05| Xian;  D06| Xian -Chengdu; D07| Chengdu; D08| Chengdu - Leshan -Mt. Emei ; D09| Mt. Emei - Chengdu; D10| Chengdu- Guilin ; D11| Guilin-Yangshuo; D12| Yangshuo -Guilin; D13| Guilin - Shanghai ;D14| Shanghai; D15| Shanghai- Zhouzhuang -Shanghai; D16| Departure Shanghai

Lijiang, Guilin in south China

Detailed Itinerary for Suggested Private China Discovery Tours (16 days)

D01 | Arrive in Beijing
Arrive in Beijing and transfer to the hotel, guided city tour if needed.
D02 | Beijing
Visit Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City in the morning; and visit the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon.
D03 | Beijing
Climb up to  the Great Wall- Mutianyu and visit Ming Tombs in the morning and visit the Summer Palace in the afternoon.
D04 | Beijing -Xian
Walk around Hutong - the traditional living quarter of Beijingers. Fly to Xi'an (or catch the bullet train to Xi'an);
D05 | Xian
Visit the Qin Terracotta Army in the morning and Walk on Xi'an City Wall in the afternoon;
D06 | Xian -Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu, guided city tour if needed.
D07 | Chengdu
Visit Chengdu Panda Base in the early morning and then head for Dujiangyan for visiting Dujiangyan Irrigation Project;
D08 | Chengdu - Leshan -Mt. Emei
Drive to Leshan (150 km) for the Grand Buddha and continue the journey to Mt. Emei (30km).
Dujiangyan Irrigation Project in west Chengdu

D09 | Mt. Emei - Chengdu
Mt. E'mei Day Tour (up to the Golden Summit) and head back to Chengdu in the evening.
D10 | Chengdu- Guilin
Chengdu city tour and fly to Guilin
D11 | Guilin-Yangshuo
Board the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours); and wonder West Street(Xi Jie) of Yangshuo.
D12 Yangshuo -Guilin
Have an excursion around Yangshuo and drive back to Guilin.
D13 | Guilin - Shanghai
Visit Elephant Trunk Hill & the colorful Reed Flute Cave, fly to Shanghai
D14 | Shanghai
Visit the Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Garden, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, walk along the Bund.
D15 | Shanghai- Zhouzhuang -Shanghai
Head for Zhouzhuang. Drive back to Shanghai in the afternoon.
D16 | Departure Shanghai
Transfer to the airport and end the tour.

Leshan Grand Buddha in Sichuan

About Budget & Quotation Explanation

Budget includes:
1. Airport/railway/port transfers and land transport services from EYT TOURS: air-conditioned luxury cars, overland jeeps (4×4), vans, small buses and tourist coaches can be organized on your requests.
2. Domestic airfare of economic class or train ticket(s) as mentioned in the itinerary. Airport construction fee and fuel surcharge are included.
3. Accommodation based on two adults sharing one standard twin-bed room; solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin-bed room of their own are required to pay additional charge of single supplement rate. A single room is subject to availability based on prior request at an additional cost.
4. Trip leader (if needed), local driver and local guide service on daily activities noted in the itinerary.
5. All entrance fees to scenic spots or daily activities as shown in the itinerary. The final arrangement will be determined by local tour guides based on the local circumstances which are beyond the control of EYT. EYT will adhere to the original itinerary as accurately as possible.
6. Meals as listed in the itinerary on you request; Bottled water in vehicles, and bottled water and soft drinks at meals.
7. Government taxes & travel agency's responsibility insurance.
Budget excludes:
1.Round way international airfare or train tickets, early arrival airport transfers and late departure airport transfers, unless otherwise noted.
2.Visa fee, passport application or renewal fee.
3.Any meals not specified in the itinerary.
4.Tips for guides, escort, drives, porter, etc.
5.Personal expenses such as excess luggage fees, laundry, postage, communications and beverages.
6.Optional meals and shows mentioned in the itinerary, which will be added up if the clients desire to take the activities.
7.Any extra cost caused by changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or injury caused by accident beyond the control of EYT and that has incurred due to the tourist action violating the laws.
8.Any items not specified in the plan.

Trip Notes of Private China Discovery Tours

Travel to Beijing
Get There and Away from Beijing

As China’s capital, getting to Beijing is straightforward. Rail and air connections link the capital to virtually every point in China. And fleets of buses head to abundant destinations from Beijing. Use Beijing as a starting point to explore the rest of China makes perfect sense. Beijing has direct air connections to most major cities in the world; Daily flights connect Beijing to every major city in China. Beijing‘s Capital Airport is 27 km from the center of town or about 30 minutes to one hour by car depending on traffic.
Beijing Climate
Autumn ( September to early November) is the optimal season to visit Beijing as the weather is gorgeous and fewer tourists are in town. In winter it’s glacial outside(dipping as low as minus 20 degrees and northern winds cut like a knife through bean curd. Arid Spring is OK, apart from the awesome sand clouds that sweep in from Inner Mongolia. From May to September, the temperature can go up to over 30 degrees, heavy rainstorms can be seen late in this season. Maybe surprisingly this is also considered the peak season.
About Beijing’s Hutong
A journey into the city’s Hutong(narrow alleyways) is a voyage back to original heart and fabric of Beijing. Many of these charming alleyways have survived, crisscrossing east-west across the city and linking up into a huge, enchanting warren of one-storey, ramshackle dwellings and historic courtyard home. Beijing Hutong are part of the Mongol genotype of the city. According the official figures, hundreds of Hutong surviving but many have been swept aside in Beijing’s modernization and urbanization. EYT TOURS can organize Hutong and courtyard houses tour as your requests.

Travel to Chengdu
Getting There & Away
Chengdu Shuangliu Airport is the largest international airport in southwest China. Air China, Sichuan Airlines, Chengdu Airlines and other carriers link Chengdu with all major Chinese cities and fly direct to Lhasa in Tibet.By the end of 2011,there were 138 scheduled domestic routes and 48 international (regional) routes. Chengdu International Airport aims to form the national aviation hub in mainland China.
Chengdu is an important railway hub in China's southwest, with train to Chongqing, Kunming in Yunnan and Xi'an in Shaanxi. New lines under construction include conventional line to Lanzhou and new high-speed lines to Mianyang, Leshan and Chongqing. There are two major passenger stations servicing Chengdu. They are Chengdu Railway Station (the "North Station") and the new modern Chengdu East Railway Station, which was opened in May 2011. From Chengdu, you can also travel by train to Lhasa.
Speedy expressways in eastern Sichuan link Chengdu with Chongqing, Xi'an, Guiyang and other major cities of Sichuan; Heading north and west of Chengdu, road conditions deteriorate, but you can travel to Gansu via Jiuzhaigou and Zoige or to Qinghai along scenic National Hwy 213, To get to Yunnan you can head south via Ya'an, Panzhihua or travel the southern Sichuan-Tibet Hwy through Litang and Xiangcheng to Shangri-la(Zhongdian).

Chengdu Travel Season & Climate
Chengdu enjoys a mild climate. It is warm and wet all year. The annual temperature averages 16°C. The temperature is not so high in summer, but it is very muggy because it is humid. The temperature is generally above 5°C during winter. And it is usually very cloudy and humid.It is neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter, so the whole year is suitable for tourists. The best tourist season: March to June; September to November.
Pandas in Chenggdu
The world famous breeding & research center for giant pandas was founded in the north suburbs of Chengdu where 113 pandas with different ages live there till 2012. Now it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Chengdu.Try to visit this base in the morning,when the pandas are most active.In order to better protect wild giant pandas, Chengdu has established nature reserves in Dujiangyan City, Chongzhou City, and Dayi County. Sichuan Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve, the biggest of its kind in the world, is only 130 kilometers outside Chengdu.On January 11, 2012 six captive-bred pandas were released to a "semi-wild" environment in Dujiangyan, Chengdu. Scientists believe that success in the reintroduction project would potentially help save the endangered giant panda.
Sichuan Giant Panda sanctuaries
Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, lie on the transitional alp-canyon belt between the Sichuan Basin and the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. It is the largest remaining continuous habitat for giant pandas and home to more than 80% of the world’s wild giant pandas. The reserves of the habitat are 100–200 km away from Chengdu. It is a core habitat with unique natural conditions, complicated landforms, and a temperate climate with diverse wildlife. For longer panda adventure trips, please let EYT TOURS know about it, the experts from EYT can tailored trip plan as your expectations.
Traditional Teahouses
With over a thousand years of history, Chinese tea culture is perhaps best exemplified by the bamboo chairs and wooden tables found in the hundreds of tea houses throughout Chengdu, with jasmine tea being served as the local staple. As early as the Western Han period, both tea trade and tea culture were very prosperous in Sichuan with Chengdu as the starting point of the Southern Silk Road.Sichuan Teahouse has long been the centers of neighbourhood social life, they are where people gossiped, played cards, watched opera performances, had haircuts, even had their ear wax removed! Today, with EYT guide help, you still can find the crowded traditional teahouses in Chengdu.
Sichuan Opera Booking
Chengdu is the home of Sichuan Opera,which dates back more than 250 years ago. It's nothing like western opera; many performances feature slapstick, glass-shattering songs, men dressed as women,gymnastics and even fire-breathing. One highlight is face-changing in which performers swap masks, seemly by magic. It has been one of the popular night show in Chengdu, performances run nightly from 8pm to 9:30pm regularly; you'd better book in advance if you like, EYT TOURS can help you book the show in a discounted price.

Travel to Shanghai
Get There and Away
Shanghai is straightforward to reach. With two airports, rail and air connections to places all over China. And buses to destinations in adjoining provinces and beyond, it’s a handy springboard to the rest of China. Shanghai has international flight connections to most major cities in the world. Daily domestic flights to major cities in China. Bullet train is a new option to and away from Shanghai if you like. Shanghai Pudong Int’l Airport handles most international flights and some domestic flights. The bullet-fast Maglev train runs from Pudong Airport to its terminal in just 8 minutes.
Shanghai Climate
Shanghai starts the year shivering in midwinter, when temperatures can drop below freezing. April to mid-May is one of the best times to visit Shanghai along with autumn. Summer is the peak travel season but the hot and humid weather makes conditions outside uncomfortable with temperatures sometimes as high as 40 degrees in June and August.
The Bund in Shanghai
The area around the Bund is the tourist center of Shanghai. The Bund - an Anglo-Indian term for the embankment of a muddy waterfront- was once situated only a few feet from Huangpu River. In the mid-1990s the road was widened and a 771m-long flood barrier was built. The main activity on the Bund is simple stroll, contrasting the bones of the past with the futuristic geometry of Pudong’s skyline. Evening visits are rewarded by electric views of Pudong and illuminated grandeur of the Bund. TEL:0086-28-85510272,13688000876 FAX:86-28-85510272