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21-Day Southwest China Tour

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Tour Code: CFT-ECO-02
Tour Name: 21-Day Southwest China Tour
Note: B—Breakfast, L—Lunch, D—Dinner

Destination: Chengdu, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Shaxi, Dali, Shilin, Anshun, Guiyang, Kaili, Rongjiang, Congjiang, Zhaoxing, Sanjiang, Chengyang, Longsheng, Guilin, Yangshuo

Departs: Daily

Tour Overview
This True China village tour gives you a lifetime experience to see, feel and be part of such things: China giant pandas, Shangri-la, Lijiang Old Town, Huangguoshu waterfall, Li River Cruise, rafting, karst scenery, world heritage sites, wind and rain bridges, ethnic buildings, delicious food, local customs, awsome beautiful rice terraces, ancient villages of the Han, Naxi, Bai, Buyi, Miao, Zhuang, and Dong people...

Day1 Chengdu

Meet your guide at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Free at leisure for rest of the day to recover from jetlag.

Day2 Chengdu/Lijiang (B, L)

Pay a visit to the Chengdu Giant Panda Base and the Jinli Old Street, followed by the People’s Park and enjoy some tea there in a tea house. Transfer to airport for the flight (CA4451 20.30-21.50) to Lijiang. Be met at Lijiang airport and transfer to the hotel.     

Day3 Lijiang (B, L)

Morning visit the Mu’s Mansion and the Black Dragon Pool Park. Proceed to visit Baisha Village and Suhe Old Town at pm. Enjoy Naxi Ancient Music performance in the evening.

Day 4Lijiang/Tiger Leaping Gorge/Shangri-la (B, L)

After breakfast, drive to the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Visit Shigu Old Town and the No.1 Bend of Yangtze River en route. Take a leisurely walk along the path by the river to the viewing site. Continue drive to Shangri-la (Zhongdian) after the visit and take a stop at Lesser Zhongdian. Overnight in Shangri-la ancient town. Time on bus: 4hrs

Day 5 Shangri-la (B, L)

This morning, you will go to Pudacuo National Park, which includes two lakes named Bita and Shudu. In the afternoon, take escorted tour to Songzanlin Monastery (local name: Ge Dan Song Zan Lin Si). Back and take walk in the ancient town. Time on bus: 2.5hrs

Day 6 Shangri-la/Shaxi (B, L)

After breakfast, drive to Weixi, the only Autonomous County of Lisu people in the country. The origin of Lisu people can be traced back to two thousand years ago. Continue to Shaxi and overnight in Shaxi ancient town. Time on bus: 6hrs

Day 7 Shaxi/Dali (B, L)

Make an excursion to the Stone Treasure Mountain (local name: Shibaoshan), where you will see many classical ancient Buddhist carvings. The Grottoes here offer a fine example of 9th century’s Bai carvings. After that, drive to Dali to visit Xizhou Bai Village, where the intact Bai minority buildings were built in Ming and Qing dynasties. Take a cruise on Erhai Lake in the late afternoon to enjoy the beautiful sunset. Time on bus: 3hrs

Day 8 Dali (B, L)

In the morning, Visit Three Pagodas and have a Dali Ancient City tour including the Ancient Wall Gate, Catholic Church and the Three Pagodas. Free at leisure in the afternoon.

Day 9 Dali / Kunming (B)

After breakfas, transfer to station for high speed train to Kunming. In the afternoon, visit Yunnan Nationalities Museum, which is by the Dianchi Lake and next to Yunnan Ethnic Village. As a comprehensive ehnology museum, the ecological environment, religious customs, culture and arts and relics of the ethnic groups of Yunnan are collected in it. 

Day 10 Kunming / Shilin/Kunming (B, L)

After breakfast, pay a visit to the Stone Forest Park and take a walk around Green Lake. Time on bus: 3hrs

Day 11 Kunming/Anshun - Huangguoshu (B, L)

Take high speed train to Anshun in the morning and explore a local Buyi People’s village to appreciate its stone architecture.  In the afternoon, admire the largest waterfall in China- Huangguoshu Waterfall. Time on bus: 1.5hrs

Day 12 Anshun/Guiyang (B, L)

Visit the Dragon Cave (aka Dragon Palace) with a boat cruise at a.m. Drive to Guiyang, on the way visit the ancient Han ethnic group at a Ming Dynasty’s military outpost-Tianlong Tunpu. You will also go to Qingyan Ancient Town in the afternoon. Time on bus: 3.5hrs

Day 13 Guiyang/Kaili(B, L)

Drive about 3hrs to Kaili. In the afternoon, pay a visit to Matang Gejiang Village. Time on bus: 4hrs
Hotel: Heaven-sent Dragon Hotel 4* 

Day 14 Kaili/Rongjiang(B, L)

In the morning, visit Langde Miao Village, and then drive across the Mt. Leigong (altitude 2178m) and reach Rongjiang. On the way, you will stop over visiting Paika Village and Datang Miao Village (both in Leishan County). The former is noted for its Lusheng making, the latter is famous for its women who wear the unique ethnic miniskirt. Time on bus: 4.5hrs

Day 15 Rongjiang/Zhaoxing (B, L)

Drive to Zhaoxing Dong Village (in Liping County), the largest of its kind in China. Transfer to visit Basha Miao Village (in Congjiang County), a village is noted for its men’s guns, unique hair styles and women’s shinning fabric etc. Time on bus: 4.5hrs

Day16 Zhaoxing/Sanjiang/Chengyang (B, L)

Drive to Sanjiang (75km 1.5hrs) first and then continue to Chengyang Dong Village (20km 0.5hrs). It is known for its beautiful Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge. You will also pay a visit to a local family and enjoy a weaving show there. Stay overnight in a basic guest house in the village. Time on bus: 2hrs

Day 17 Chengyang/ Sanjiang/ Longsheng (B, L)

Drive to Longji (in Longsheng County) in the late morning. At p.m., moderate trekking on top of the mountain to view the rice terraces and ethnic villages. Time on bus: 2-2.5hrs

Day 18 Longji/Guilin (B, L)

Descend the mountain after some more visits to the village and transfer to Guilin. City tour in the afternoon, visit the Solitary Peak in Jingjiang Prince Palace and the Fubo Hill. Time on bus: 2-2.5hrs

Day 19 Guilin/Yangshuo(B, L)

Li River Cruise downstream to Yangshuo with lunch on board. On arrival at Yangshuo at about 1.30p.m., be met and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, take a countryside tour by bike to Yongcun Village, Moon Hill and Yima. Evening enjoy Son et Lumiere show “Impression Liu Sanjie” (optional). Time on bus: 1hr

Day 20 Yangshuo(B)

Free at leisure in the morning. At around 4pm before sunset time, go for a bamboo rafting on the beautiful Yulong River. In the evening, watch the cormorants catching fish (optional). 

Day21 Yangshuo/Guilin (B)

Transfer to Guilin Airport for the flight to your next destination. Time on bus: 1.5hrs

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