(Beijing, Xi'an, Lijiang, Yunnan's Shangrila, Shanghai)
Visit one of China's most naturally stunning regions: Yunnan Province. Experience the dramatic mountain landscape, the local Tibetan culture, and the unique regional cuisine on this luxurious exploration through one of the countries least explored areas. In addition, visit the major highlights of Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai including the majestic Great Wall, the Terra Cotta Warriors, and the futuristic bund. All with private guide and driver, and 5* accommodation.
Take an airport transfer by private car with an English-speaking guide in Beijing.
Soaring above the heart of the Beijing’s Central Business District, Park Hyatt Beijing is part of the prestigious Beijing Yintai Centre, the tallest skyscraper on Chang’an Avenue and a symbol of the new China. Directly opposite the China World Trade Centre and the new CCTV Tower, this five-star luxury hotel is 40 minutes from the Beijing Capital International Airport, five minutes from the Embassy District and just 15 minutes from the Forbidden City by car. In addition to the 5 star hotel services and facilities, guests will be able to experience a wide range of unique and luxury shopping, dining and entertainment concepts in Park Life, a dynamic lifestyle destination located within the Yintai centre.
Full day guided tour of Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven with a deluxe lunch (is in the price included). Tiananmen Square was built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty and stretches a vast 440,000 square meters. The Forbidden City is the world's largest palace complex with 9,999 buildings. The Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. The Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. Fourteen emperors of the Ming dynasty and ten emperors of the Qing dynasty reigned here until 1924. The Temple of Heaven was built in 1420 AD during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifice to Heaven. The Summer Palace occupies an area of 294 hectares (726.5 acres), three quarters of which is water. Classically designed as an archetypal Chinese garden, it is ranked amongst the most noted gardens of the world and was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1998.
Enjoy a deluxe duck dinner and acrobatic show at Chaoyang Theatre in VIP style. Dinner time is from 5:30pm - 6:45pm and the show begins at 7:15pm, approximately 1 hr and 15 minutes.
Enjoy a full day private guided tour with lunch at the Great Wall at Mutianyu located 45 miles northeast of Beijing. This section winds along lofty, cragged mountains for 1.4 miles. Construction was started in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550 - 577) and was restored in the early Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Built mainly from granite with 8m walls and 5m wide at the top, it is notable for its 22 watchtowers. Lunch is included.
Fly from Beijing to Xi'an today. The direct flight should take approximately two hours.
Take an airport transfer in Xi'an by private car with an English-speaking guide.
Shangri-La Hotel Xian has the very best of the city right on its doorstep such as the finest in shopping and entertainment. The hotel is just a 30-minute drive from Xian International Airport, and is within easy reach of many top tourist attractions. The hotel’s 386 guest rooms and suites set a new standard for deluxe accommodation in Xian and offer four trendsetting designer restaurants. With luxurious spa treatments and a fully equipped health club with heated pool, it's the perfect place to soothe mind, body and soul. Whether you're traveling for pleasure, Shangri-La Hotel, Xian offers exceptional levels of hospitality to further enhance your enjoyment of this magnificent city.
First stop is the Terra Cotta Army. Discovered accidentally in 1974, this incredible army of over 7000 soldiers, archers, horses and chariots in full battle array has guarded Emperor Qin's tomb since 210BC. Each figure is unique, and the painstaking repair and excavation continues in 3 pits which are protected inside huge hangars. Continue on to the imposing ancient city wall, and explore by bicycle with your local guide. Also visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
Fly from Xi'an to Lijiang via Kunming or Chengdu.
Take an airport transfer by private car with an English-speaking guide.
Enjoy an hour of soothing relaxation, as you indulge in traditional massage at the Banyan Tree in Lijiang.
The Banyan Tree Lijiang, set amidst the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, is the first luxury resort in Lijiang, with its stunning architecture and luxurious villas reflecting the rich fabric of its surroundings through its design and furnishings. Enjoy a delightful array of international cuisine at the indoor and outdoor café, offering buffet-style dining, following a nightcap at the hotel bar. Rejuvenate at the Banyan Tree Spa, gym, and sauna and take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, enveloped in the beauty of the surrounding region.
Experience a full day private guided tour of Old Town, Black Dragon Pool and Naxi Museum with a deluxe lunch. The Old Town was built in the late Song Dynasty and the early Yuan Dynasty and has a history of more than 800 years. Since Kublai Khan set his reign here, the first Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty, Lijiang has been the nexus of trading activities among Yunnan, Tibet and India. The streets of Old Town reflect this prosperity with flourishing traditional houses and shops with fancy and superb collections of handicrafts. Naxi people are famed for their artists and poets. Great talents in the areas of poetry, calligraphy, painting, and music have all come from this rich and captivating culture, featured in the Naxi Museum.
Enjoy the convenience of a private transfer between Lijiang to Zhongdian via Tiger Leaping Gorge. Lunch will be included.
The Banyan Tree Ringha (5*) is located in China's Yunnan province; a mountainous area designated as the official Shangri-La by the Chinese government and is part of Greater Tibet, both historically and culturally. The resort boasts 32 spacious lodges and suites that are traditional Tibetan farmhouses with intricate woodcarvings, smoky fireplaces and wooden balconies that have valley or river views. Impressive pine pillars add enormous character to both the interior and exterior of each house. Perched 3,200 metres above sea level and 45 minutes from Diqing Shangri-La Airport, its surroundings and undulated landscape is an alluring magnet for those seeking a truly unique travel experience in a frontier destination.
Zhongdian is a town in Yunnan which houses the Emerald Pagoda Lake locally known as Bita hai, the major highlight of this town. Situated about 32 kilometers (about 19.9 miles) away from Shangri-La County (zhongdian), Bita Hai covers an area of 166 hectares. Bita Lake, a fault lake, is an intact natural attraction with various species of flora and fauna and picturesque landscapes. In the Tibetan language, Bita means "a piece of land as soft as cattle hair felt". With an altitude of 3,539 meters (about 11,608 feet), the lake is the highest in Yunnan Province. The main attraction of this area is the Tibetan folklore, the primeval forest, the highland meadow, and the highland flowers and plants.
Enjoy a full day trekking at Napa Lake and surrounding villages with lunch at local restaurant. In the morning you will drive to Napa Lake which is a "seasonal" lake. This meaning that the entire pasture turns into a lake during the springtime where lots of wildflowers bloom in plenty and and dries out come fall. Start your trekking from Hamu Village and visit a Tibetan family on route. Then drive to Nixi Village where you will enjoy a local style lunch. After lunch, visit Tutao Village also known as the Pottery Village, continue for about 2 hours, and then drive back to your hotel.
Airport transfer with private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide.
Direct flight from Zhongdian to Kunming.
DFly from Kunming to Shanghai.
Enjoy an airport transfer in Shanghai with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking Guide.
Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai is ideally located in Shanghai’s downtown. The 37-storey hotel is a tranquil sanctuary in the heart of the bustling metropolis, with 439 guest rooms and suites. Si Ji Xuan serves traditional Cantonese cuisine combined with Shanghainese favourites in an elegant atmosphere. At lunch, guests can choose from a wide selection of dim sum delicacies. For dinner, Chinese specialties and fresh seafood are the focus. Offering discreet, personalized service in a casual yet professional atmosphere, the spa is a tranquil retreat, away from the activity of this busy city. Also enjoy the healing effects of authentic Balinese massages, and experience the luxury of the Four Seasons Shanghai.
Enjoy a 3/4 day private guided tour of Shanghai taking in the Urban Planning Museum, Nanjing Rd, Bund, a cruise on the Huangpu and the character of Yuyuan Gardens. Start with a short visit to the Urban Planning Hall, a fun and informative introduction to the exciting city of Shanghai past and future. Strolling down Nanjing Rd, once listed as one of the most interesting in the world, you will arrive at the historic Bund. Enjoy a cruise on the Huangpu river that divides old Shanghai from the futuristic Pudong before venturing to the old quarter and Yuyuan gardens. Much of this tour is best done by foot.
You'll be met by your private driver upon your arrival into Pudong airport in Shanghai and transferred to your accommodation in Shanghai.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of China for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is essential. Medical facilities outside of major cities are poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/china.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Beijing. Government: People's Republic. China comprises 23 provinces, five autonomous regions, two special administrative regions and four municipalities directly under central government. Language: The official language is Mandarin Chinese. Among the enormous number of local dialects, large groups speak Cantonese, Shanghaiese (also known as Shanghainese), Fuzhou, Hokkien-Taiwanese, Xiang, Gan and Hakka dialects in the south. Inner Mongolia, Tibet and Xinjiang, which are autonomous regions, have their own languages. English is spoken by many guides and in hotels. Many taxi drivers do not speak English, even in big cities. Religion: China is officially Atheistic, but the stated religions and philosophies are Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism. There are 100 million Buddhists and approximately 60 million Muslims, 5 million Protestants (including large numbers of Evangelicals) and 4 million Roman Catholics, largely independent of Vatican control. Time: GMT + 8. Despite the vast size of the country, Beijing time is standard throughout China. Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin and three-pin sockets are generally in use. However, most 4 to 5 star hotels are also wired for the use of 110 volt appliances. Telephone: Country code +86 Mobile Telephone: China has the most mobile phone users in the world, backed by a very sophisticated mobile communications system that now covers the entire country. Roaming agreements exist with most major international mobile phone companies. Alternatively, you can buy a prepaid GSM SIM card (from China Mobile stores) that allows you to use your mobile like a local phone with a new number. You'll need your passport to register. Internet: The number of Internet users in China reached 253 million in 2008. Internet cafes can be found in most towns and cities, and Wi-Fi is increasingly available at hotels and cafes in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Hangzhou and other major cities.
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