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Attraction: Wolong Nature Reserve, China Giant Panda Breeding Center Jinsha Ruin Museum, explore the civilization of up stream of Yangtze Rive Dujiangyan irrigation system, Water project with more than 2,300 years. Mt.Qingchengshan, birth place Chinese Daoism. Lijiang old town, The First Bend of the Yangtze River, ShiguTown, Tiger Leaping Gorge The YulongSnowMountain, the Yak Meadow, White Water River Terrace, BaishaVillage. Shaping Ethnic market, the Three-pagoda in Chongshen Monastery,DaliOldTown. The Erhai LakeCruise, XizhouTown, ZhouchengVillage and Bai Tie-Dyed Cloth Work Shop. The StoneForest,KunmingCityTour, the GreenLake, the Golden Horse and Phoenix Archway
Day 01: Arrive in Chengdu, be met at the airport, transfer to hotel. O/N in Chengdu. If time permits, visit the Kuanxiangzi (wide lane) and Zhaixiangzi (narrow lane), it used to be home to officials in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties and are among the city's cultural heritage sites still intact today. Originally, single-story houses and courtyards featured the specialty of the area. To relive the taste of local life years ago, teahouses and folk arts are readily found in the area while displays of the lifestyle, dialects, food and customs of Chengdu in the past will be reinstated in museums. As an option in the evening(200RMB extra), enjoy a wonderful variety show of “Face changing” and “Flame Spitting - Out” of Sichuan Opera.
Day 02: Chengdu Panda Base and SanxinduiMuseum O/N in Chengdu VisitThe Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breedingin the morning. It is located in the northern suburb of Chengdu on Futou Hill about 10 km from downtown Chengdu. Giant pandas live in large naturalistic habitats, which help the visitor to understand how these animals live in the wild. The Research Base is one of the important centers in China for the captive conservation of giant pandas. After lunch, we drive 40km to visitSanxindui Museum, it is situated in the northeastern part of the state-protected Sanxindui ruin by the bank of the Yazi Rive. Two large sacrificial pits were found in 1986 boast the most important archaeological finds on the Sanxindui Ruins for the past half century. The exposure of a large number of spectacular relics created a great sensation, making the Sanxindui site well known to the world.
Day 03: Chengdu - Jinsha Ruins Museum - Wolong O/N in Wolong Visit Chengdu Jinsha Ruins Museum, it exhibits the splendid culture of the ancient Shu Kingdom 3,000 years ago, modifying previous assumptions about the origins of the Chinese civilization. Over 6,000 pieces of cultural relics with sophisticated craftsmanship, like carved jade, gold, bronze, stone, and ivory artifacts, have been unearthed at the Jinsha Ruins. Historians believe they are the remains of the ancient ShuKingdom mentioned in stories of the Qin and Han dynasties. The discovery is considered by local archaeologists as one of the most important finds in the region's history. From downtown Chengdu, it takes about 4 hours to get to Wolong. Upon arrival in Wolong, check into the hotel.
Day 04: Tracing wild giant panda in Panda valley of Wolong Nature Reserve O/N in Wolong WolongPandaValley, originally called Heroes or HeroValley, locates inWolong Nature Reserve, is this only place to trace or track wild pandas and carry out scientific surveys and observation in panda research, Wolong, Sichuan. The Valley is about 3.2 km and about 2050-2800m above sea level.
Day 05: Wolong - Dujiangyan Irrigation System – Mt. Qingcheng O/N in hotel on the foot of Mt. Qingchengshan Visit tothe Giant Panda Research Base, funded by WWF (World Wildlife Fund). This base is home to around 40 pandas living in captivity in order to carry out research into their breeding and living habits. Continue on to the Giant Panda Museum, which comprehensively and graphically displays information relating to pandas as well as the flora and fauna of this area. then, we drive to Mt.Qingchengshan. On the way, visitDujiangyan Irrigation System , a UNESCO cultural heritage site, which has benefited the Chengdu Plain for around 2260 years.
Day 06: Visit Mt. Qingchengshan, back to Chengdu O/N in Chengdu. Today, hiking to the summit of Mt.Qingchengshan in the morning. QingchengMountain is the birth place and headstream of Chinese Taoism. the initiator of Taoism,Zhang Taoling in the end of East Han Dynasty, came to QingchengMountain to instruct Taoism from Shanxi. there still go round supernatural stories describing how he fighted hard with devils,how the "Brush Pen Groove" and the " Three Island Stone" formed. Since Jin Dynasty and Tang Dynasty, there are many Taoist Temples with flourishing burning incense.Then drive back to Chengdu
Day 07: Chengdu - Lijiang. O/N in Lijiang You'll begin your journey to impressive Lijiang. Upon arrival at LijiangAirport; your local guide will meet you. And then you will be transferred to your hotel. Then walk around inLijiang Old Town.
Day 08: Lijiang - Tiger Leaping Gorge - Lijiang O/N in Lijiang Sightseeing: the First Bend of the Yangtze River, Shigu Town, Tiger Leaping Gorge,. From Lijiang, you'll drive about 60KM to the First Bend on the Yangtze River with imposing gorge scenery, and the Iron Chain Bridge in the Stone Drum town. The town of Stone Drum got its name from a large, cylindrical, marble tablet shaped like a drum. The scenery is magnificent as the road running through the Lijiang valley which is filled with wheat fields and drying haystacks. Continue the driving 40KM more to visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. With 34 rapids of the Yangtze River, it is called the Jinsha in this area because you can find gold in the river. Afternoon, you will drive back to Lijiang.
Day 09: Lijiang - JadeDragonSnowMountain - Lijiang O/N in Lijiang Visit Ganhaizi Meadow, Baishui(White Water) River; take the chairlift to Yak Meadow(3700M) in the YulongSnowMountain ---JadeDragonSnowMountain stretches a length of 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a width of 20 kilometers (13 miles). Looking from LijiangOldTown in the south which is 15 kilometers (nine miles) away, the snow-covered and fog-enlaced mountain resembles a jade dragon lying in the clouds, hence, the name JadeDragonSnowMountain. The highest peak named FanPeak (Shanzidou in Chinese) which is about 5596 meters above sea level. There are three cable cars in the mountain, the fist to the GlacierPark(4500M),the second to Spruce Meadow(3200M),the third to Yak Meadow(3700M). In the afternoon, you'll stroll through BaishaVillage, which is an enchanting traditional Yunnan village. Visit the Baisha Mural about 600 years old, which is one part of the World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO 1997. After dinner, Enjoy the Naxi Orchestral and Show in DongbaPalace.
Day 10: Lijiang - Dali by private van O/N in Lijiang After breakfast, travel (200 km - 4 hrs) south on the old road to the ancient city of Dali, Dali, a historically and culturally famous city of China, is renowned for her historical interest. If this day happens to fall on a Monday you will call in at Shaping for a visit to the colorful Bai market. In Dali you will visit the Three-pagoda in ChongshenTemple, which is a typical historical symbol of Yunnan. It is also one of the oldest sublime architecture in South China. At last, you will walk around the OldDaliTown, which is located at the foot of CangshanMountain.
Day 11: Dali Sightseeing, flight to Kuming O/N in Kunming. Travel in theErhaiLake by boat and visit JinsuoIsland. After landing, you will head forXizhouTown to fully appreciate Bai-style architecture, taste their fragrant three-course tea and explore their distinctive culture. ErhaiLake is the largest highland lake next to Dianchi and one of the seven biggest fresh water lakes in China. It means, 'sea shaped like an ear', in Chinese. Implying that the lake is ear shaped and as large as a sea, hence it was so named. The lake covers an area of 250 square kilometers and is located about two kilometers east of Dali. It is like a crescent lying between Cangshan and Dali city as seen from Cangshan Mount. At last, you will visit ZhouchengTown, and Bai people's Tie-Dyed Cloth Work Shop. At night take the flight to Kunming. Flight Information: 8L9992 22:10/22:50
Day 12: Kunming - StoneForest – Kunming O/N in Kunming. Drive 86 km tothe StoneForest. There is a local saying: 'It is a waste of time not to visit the StoneForest while visiting Kunming', which vividly expresses the deep love of the local people toward this world wonder. The quintessential karst landscape makes every tourist lost in wonder. After lunch drive back Kunming to visit the landmark of Kunming-the Golden Horse and Phoenix Archway, which is located at the corner of Sanshi Road and Jinbi Road. And then, you will take a leisurely stroll along the GreenLake, a charming area of teahouses and small boutiques selling handicrafts and beautiful local paintings.
Day 13: Kunming – Beijing - Departure In the morning you will be transferred to KunmingInternationalAirport to Beijing.