15 Days Natural Wonders Tour

  • Tour Code:YCT05
  • Tour Duration: 15 Days
  • Destination:Chongqing, Guilin, Hong Kong, Kunming, Lijiang, Shanghai, Yangshuo, Yichang
  • Tour overview:Focusing on some of the most beautiful natural sites on Earth, this tour will take you to places that will take your breath away. You will visit sites such as the Tiger Leaping Gorge, The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, The Stone Forest, the scenery of Guilin and Yangshuo, The Longsheng Rice Terraces, and The Reed Flute Cave. You will also witness some of the colorful traditions of some of China’s Ethnic Minority Groups in their ancient villages and towns. This tour is truly special.
  • Tour Price:2-5 pax (Tourist Class) : USD2889 per person

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Upon your arrival you will be greeted by our local guide and then transferred to your hotel by a private air-conditioned car. For the rest of the day you will enjoy some leisure time.

Day 2 Shanghai (B, L)

Sightseeing: the Bund, Nanjing Road, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl Tower, Yuyuan Garden

In the morning you will take a walk to the famous Nanjing Road and the Bund. They are among the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai and therefore a must-see when visiting Shanghai.

Then we head to the Jade Buddha Temple. The old-time and classical architectural style makes the temple unique and inimitable in this modern city. Both, the Sitting Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved with whole white jade. If you're lucky, you can watch the monks serving a ceremony in a side room.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Oriental Pearl Tower, the highest TV Tower in Asia, which creates a picture of 'twin dragons playing with pearls'. The entire scene is a photographic jewel that excites the imagination and attracts thousands of visitors all year-round.

Then we will take a relaxing walk to the enjoyable Yuyuan Garden, a beautiful garden in the south of the Yangtze River. Wandering through it, you will find pavilions, corridors, streams, courtyards as well as many other natural features.

Day 3 Shanghai to Yichang (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight arranged by us
Sightseeing: Shanghai Museum,

In the morning you will have a visit to the Shanghai Museum which is the biggest museum of China. It incorporates a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics and is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy.

You will enjoy some free time at your own leisure, Then you will take the flight to Yichang. Arriving in Yichang, you will be met and transferred to the dock by our local guide to pre-board the ship. Your cruise will start at about 10 pm.

Day 4 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)

Sightseeing: Three Gorges Dam

(09:00-11:30) Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site.
(12:45) Passing through Xiling Gorge.

Three Gorges Dam, the largest water conservancy project undertaken by man . The construction of the dam formally began in 1994. The body of the dam was completed in 2003, and the whole construction will be competed in 2009. It will be 2,335 meters long, 185 meters high, 18 meters wide on the top and 130 meters wide at the bottom. Tourists can get access to the top of the dam.

Day 5 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)

Sightseeing: Shennong Stream

(08:00-12:00) Boat excursion to Shennong Stream.
(13:00-15:30) Wu Gorge
(17:30-18:00) Qutang Gorge

Shennong Stream
is another tributary of the Yangtze River, and its fast-flowing, crystal clear water runs southwards through deep gorges. The stream races past large and small karst caves, flocks of swallows, sheer cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls, three-colored springs, rapids, the ancient plank path, a suspended coffin in the cliff, groups of ancient tombs and marvelous karst formations.

Day 6 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)

Sightseeing: Fengdu Ghost City

(8:30-10:30) Shore excurison to Fengdu Ghost City.

Fengdu, with fantastic temples of underworld demons and gods, is constructed on the Mingshan Hill by the river band. It is known as the "Ghost City" and is a place for punishing the devil and awarding the good.

Day 7 Chongqing to Lijiang (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight arranged by us
Sightseeing: Ciqikou Ancient Town, Goose Neck Park, Panda Room

(09:00) Disembark at Chongqing

Arriving in Chongqing, you will be met at the dock by our local guide and visit Ciqikou Ancient Town. Dated back to the late Ming Dynasty, The buildings have been restored and well preserved. Along the streets, restaurants, souvenirs shops and local snacks are located. There are several tea houses that feature daily performances of traditional Chinese music

You will have a walk around the Goose Neck Park. This park has a good view of the city and the roiling Yangtze River. A great mural of the Yangtze River shows the pre-dam water levels and elevation marks signifying the displacement of the local population, as well as the land area that has been and will be covered when the dam is completed.

Later you will visit Panda Room in Chongqing Zoo to meet the lovely pandas. Then you will be transferred to airport for flight to Lijiang. After your arrival there, you will be met and transferred to hotel by our local guide.

Day 8 Lijiang (B, L)

Sightseeing: Yulong Snow Mountain, Dongba Village, Lijiang Ancient Town

Today we will depart to Yulong Snow Mountain. It is the southernmost marine glacier in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere. Altogether there are 13 peaks along the range, stretching for over 35km from south to north. The summit, Shanzidou, is 5596 meters above sea level. Viewed from afar, the snow-capped range resembles a silver dragon with snow curling up its middle. Rich forest, herb and animal resources thrive on the mountain.

On our way we will stop at Dongba Village in Yushui Stockade, which is built completely according to the traditional life style of Naxi Minority. You can feel the traditional atmosphere of national culture from the layout of its yard, building facilities, tools and details of life.

For the rest of the day you will have time to explore the Lijiang Ancient Town. It is also known as Dayan Town in Lijiangba and was included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1997.  It was first built in the Southern Song Dynasty and in 1253 and became larger during Ming and Qing dynasties.
 

Day 9 Lijiang (B, L)

Sightseeing: Tiger Leaping Gorge, First Bend of the Yangtze River

Today you will drive to visit Tiger Leaping Gorge. Being one of Yunnan's most famous spots, the gorge itself is tucked neatly between the Yulong Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain, which surround its two sides.

Later, we will see the first bend of the Yangtze River. It lies in Shigu Town, Lijiang. Rushing down from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, "the roof of the world", the Yangtze surges into Yunnan from its northwest, where it meets Lancang River and Nu River. Then, they go together through the high mountains and deep gorges of Hengduan Mountains. You will be impressed by this natural power.

Day 10 Lijiang to Kunming (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight arranged by us
Sightseeing: Stone forest

In the morning you will take the flight to Kunming. Arriving in Kunming, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our local guide, then we will head to visit the Stone forest. Due to a process of weathering and erosion, nature has created an art gallery of stone sculpture here. This typical karst physiognomy seems like a forest of stone pillars and boulders. You will see fascination natural creations like Lion Arbor, Sword Peak Pond, Lotus Peak, Moon Lake, Jade Lake, and Dadie Waterfall.

 

Day 11 Kunming to Guilin (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight arranged by us
Sightseeing: Yuantong Temple, Yunnan Ethnic Village

In the morning, you will come to visit the Yuantong Temple. With a history of more than 1,200 years, Yuantong Temple is the grandest as well as the most important Buddhist temple in Yunnan Province.The restorations of the temple performed from the Qing Dynasty onward had not changed Yuantong Temple's unique mixed architectural style of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties.

We go on to visit the Yunnan Ethnic Village. This wonderful theme park displays the colorful folklore and architectures of 25 ethnic groups in Yunnan Province through shows and performances, a folklore museum and a wax museum for folklore, as well as the copy buildings of villages of the 25 ethnic groups.

Later you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Guilin. After your arrival there, you will be met and transferred to hotel by our local guide.

Day 12 Guilin (B, L)

Sightseeing: Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, Yao and Zhuang village

This morning, we will drive to Longsheng County which is featured with rich and elegant folk customs. We will take the country road and arrive at Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces which have been called "an absolute one under the heaven and the first one in the world". The magnificent terraces look like silver belt in spring, green wave in summer, golden tower in fall and dragon plays in water in winter.

Then we walk towards Yao and Zhuang village. You will experience the village of Red Yao people's community, which is surrounded by beautiful forests.

Later you will be transferred back to Guilin city.

Day 13 Guilin to Yangshuo (B, L)

Sightseeing: Li River Cruise, West Street

Guilin is famous for its picturesque scenery, and the best way to see it is from the deck of Li River Cruise ships. In the morning you will depart from your hotel and be transferred to the Zhujiang Pier (about 1 hour drive) for a 4.5 hours wonderful cruise. You will enjoy the unique mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank.

In the afternoon you will disembark at the old town Yangshuo. Having a history of more than 1,400 years, West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo. You will have some time to explore the old town’s lovely attractions and will be stay overnight in Yangshuo.

Day 14 Yangshuo to Guilin to Hong Kong (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight arranged by us
Sightseeing: Elephant Trunk Hill. Reed Flute Cave

You will be free at leisure until you will be transferred back to Guilin and visit Elephant Trunk Hill. Located at the conjunction of the Li River & the Peach Blossom River, the whole hill looks very much like a giant elephant with a long trunk drinking out of the river; it is the symbol of Guilin city.

In the afternoon we will visit Reed Flute Cave, which is a vast and very impressive cave system, and one of the most important sights of Guilin. Known as "the Palace of Natural Arts", you can see beautiful stalactites & stalagmites and learn how they are formed.

Afterwards you will be transferred to airport for the flight to Hong Kong. After your arrival there, you will be met and transferred to hotel by our local guide.

Day 15 Hong Kong Departure (B)

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Today will be free for your own purposes, until our guide will escort you to the airport for your next destination.

Tour Price

Season Tour Class Group Size Single Room
Supplement
1pax 2-5pax 6-9pax
Peak Season 3*(Tourist Class) $4341 $3266 $2889 $369
4*(Deluxe Class) $4609 $3400 $3023 $503
5*(First Class) $5141 $3666 $3289 $769

1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.