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Highlights of 17 Days History, Culture and Landscape Tour Package

Tour Code:Top-CFT-004
Destinations: Beijing → Xian → Kunming → Lijiang → Kunming → Guilin → Hong Kong

* 17 Days' itinerary help to find a historic overview from Xi'an ancient capital, cultural flavor from Lijiang Naxi Folk Customs, Natural Karst Landscape from Guilin and Yangsuo...

Day 1
Entry Beijing
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Day 2
Beijing
Highlights Today:orbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Beijing Duck Dinner, Beijing Opera

Forbidden City: also called the Imperial Palace, once the home of China's great emperors of the Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1616-1911) dynasties. It has over 9,000 magnificent royal buildings and numerous invaluable works of art. It has been considered a living Chinese history book.

Tiananmen Square: is the largest public square in the world spanning 100 acres. It was ever the front gate of the Imperial Palace in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Trip to the Tiananmen Square, tourists can see the soldiers guarding the Chinese national flag, the stately Monument to the People's Heroes, the old Tiananmen Rostrum, the Great Hall of the People, revolutionary statues, marble ornamental cloud pillars...

Temple of Heaven: literally the Altar of Heaven, it is a place where the emperors offered sacrifice to Heaven and pray for bumper harvest. This beautiful traditional temple is the largest existing complex of ancient sacrificial buildings in China.  

Beijing Opera: also known as Peking Opera. It is a comprehensive performing art that combines music, singing, dialogue, pantomime, acrobatics and martial arts. It has a history of over 200 years and regarded as the national opera of China.

Day 3
Beijing
Highlights Today:Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs

Today you will take an excursion to the Badaling Section of Great Wall and the Ming Tombs. After that, you are driven to the Quanjude Restaurant to enjoy the Beijing Duck Dinner.

Badaling Great Wall: Chinese Great Wall was originally built in the Spring & Autumn Period (770-476BC), 12,600 kilometers in length. It has been considered the greatest of the ancient military projects in the world. And the Badaling section of Great Wall is known as one of the nine famous passes in China, which was built in 1505AD.

Ming Tombs: built during 1409-1644AD, it is the mausoleums of 13 emperors, 23 queens, over 30 imperial concubines and a eunuch of the Ming Dynasty. Because of its long history, palatial and integrated architecture, this site has a high cultural and historic value.

Beijing Duck Dinner:Beijing Roast Duck is the most delicious food that Beijing has to offer. Invented in the early 15th Century, it had been the cuisine of the ancient Chinese royal family. It is now a must for most visitors who coming to Beijing to have a bite.

Day 4
Beijing/Xi'an
Highlight Today:Yonghegong, Xi'an Ancient City Wall, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show

Yonghegong: Also known as the Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple or Lama Temple, originally built in 1694, is a temple and monastery of the Yellow Hat School of Tibetan Buddhism in Beijing. It is famous for its peculiar style of architecture and art combine those of the Han, Man, Mongolian, and Tibetan nationalities. Tourists can see many distinctive things in the Lama Temple, such as the mansion houses of the incarnated lama, wooden carvings, bronze Sumeru, Brass Buddha statues, Buddhism pictures, and old locust trees...

Xi'an Ancient City Wall: The wall is 15 meters wide and 11.9 kilometers in perimeter, it is the most intact city defensive fortification in China, including turrets, ramparts, sentry towers, gate towers, battlements and a number of other military facilities.

Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show:A performance of music and dances that was originated in the Tang dynasty capital Chang'an (present Xi'an) over a thousand years ago. At the show, the musicians present the music with the Tang-dynasty-style musical instruments, and dancers perform the dances that were danced in the ancient palace.

Day 5
Xi'an
Highlights Today:Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an Beilin Museum, Dumpling Banquet

Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum: a much lauded destination in China, in which the terracotta warriors and horses have been extolled as "the eighth great wonder of the world" and "the greatest discovery of the 20th century" since they were dug up in 1974. Nearly 10,000 pieces of unequalled terracotta warriors and horses constitute a big commanding legion in the big pits of the museum. Two exquisite pieces of Bronze Chariots with Horses, uncounted bronze weapons such as crossbows, arrows, spears, swords, lances, and halberds etc were also found in the pits. They were all listed on the World Cultural Heritage Catalogue by the UNESCO in 1987.

Huaqingchi Hot Springs:Situated at the northern foot of Mt. Lishan in Lintong County, 30 kilometers from Xian City, Huaqing Hot Spring is famed for both its dainty spring scenery and the romantic love story of Emperor Xuanzong (685-762) and his concubine Yang Guifei in the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

Big Wild Goose Pagoda:aka Dayang Pagoda, located in the Da Ci'en Temple, it was first built in the Tang Dynasty. Xuanzang, an eminent Buddhist scholar of the time, planned to have a huge stone pagoda built to house the Sanskrit Buddhist scriptures that he had brought back from India.

Xi'an Beilin Museum: Also known as Xi'an Stele Forest Museum. It is a museum for famous stone sculptures, tombstones and steles which was first built in 1087 AD. There are over 3000 pieces of steles are housed in the museum, some of which were written by the greatest calligraphers of the ancient times. In addition, the highlights of the museum also include the old trees, Confucius Temple, steles' pavilions and the 11,000 pieces of cultural relics that housed in the big showrooms…

Dumpling Banquet: Dumpling (Jiaozi) has a history of over 2,000 years in China. In 1987, having been invented many shapes and flavors, this traditional Chinese food was first offered on the banquet of a famous Xi'an restaurant, Jie Fang Lu Dumpling Restaurant. In the banquet, not only can the customers enjoy the most artistic shape of Jiaozi, but the most flavors of its kind in the world.

Day 6
Xi'an
Highlights Today:Qianling Mausoleum, Tomb of Princess of Yongtai, Xianyang Terracotta Museum

Qianling Mausoleum: It is a joint tomb of an emperor and his empress of the Tang dynasty. From 684 AD, the ancient workers took 23 years to complete this tomb. It is large in scope with a circumference of 40 kilometers, and 17 satellite tombs of princes, kings and high ministers. Most attractively, the empress sleeping in the tomb who was the only female monarch of ancient China, she is known as the most remarkable, influential and mysterious woman in Chinese history.

Tomb of Princess of Yongtai: One of the satellite tombs in Qianling. It holds more than 1,000 valuable cultural artifacts, including murals, pottery and wooden figurines, tri-color glazed pottery figurines, gold vessels, jade articles, and copper wares.

Xianyang Terracotta Museum: Based on a Confucian temple of the Ming dynasty, Xianyang Terracotta Museum is one of the famous museums in China. It focuses its exhibition on the historical relics of the Chin (221-206BC) and the Han dynasties (206BC-220AD).

Day 7
Xi'an/Kunming
Highlights today:Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, Great Mosque

Shaanxi Provincial History Museum: covers an area of 70,000 square meters, the museum houses a large collection of 113,000 historic and cultural objects unearthed in Shaanxi, being an absolute must for every visitor to Xian.

Great Mosque: built in 742 A.D., the mosque was restored in each of the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. The distribution of pavilions, arch ways, halls, carvings, religious pictures, towers and platforms in the mosque is compact and exquisite, blending the traditional architectural and artistic styles of Islam and Han.

Day 8
Kunming
Highlights today:Yunnan Stone Forest Park

Yunnan Stone Forest Park: It is called Yunnan Shilin in Chinese, about 78 km from Kunming. It is known for the 'First Wonder of the World' for its unique karst landform, various strange and steep intricate stone formations, countless labyrinthine vistas and the attractive ethnic traditions.

Day 9
Kunming/Lijiang
Highlights today: Baisha Village, Naxi family, Baisha Murals, Rock Joseph's Former Residence, Square Street, Naxi Ancient Music and Dance Performance

Baisha Village: Planning a Yunnan tour, you cannot afford to miss the Baisha village as it is a living showcase of ancient Dongba culture. It collects the earliest Naxi-style architectures of Lijiang and the great Baisha Murals. The people in the village still keep their own special life style. The village is only 10 km from the Old Town of Lijang.

Baisha Murals: Drawn in the Ming and Qing dynasties, Baisha Murals (or Baisha Frescos) distributed in the Lijiang Old Town and its nearby villages' temples. They deal with subjects as diverse as religions and myths, and known as the cultural legacy of Naxi people. When visit Baisha Village, you can find the Dabaoji Palace has a very well-preserved collection of murals.

Rock Joseph's Former Residence: In honor of the Austro-American botanist Joseph F. Rock (1884-1962), the Naxi ethnic group in the Yuhu Village, Lijiang rebuilt it. The things used by him in Lijiang while working for the National Geographic Society U.S. still keep there.

Square Street: Square Street is the centre of the Lijiang Old Town, built according to the seal of the Chieftain Mu (the ruler of Lijian in the Ming dynasty). Paved by colored flagstones, it is crisscross in the old town area. Many ancient folk houses, shops, water systems have witnessed its prosperity since the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The Square Street is also a good place to enjoy the night life of Lijiang because there are many Coffee shops, bars and tea houses run by Chinese or foreigners.

Naxi Ancient Music and Dance Performance: Naxi Ancient Music, also known as Lijiang Dongjing Music. The value of this Taoist ritual music consists partly in the miraculous preservation of original poems of the Tang and Song (960-1272) dynasties and had over 400 year's history; Dongba Dance is usually danced in the religious ceremony in the ancient times. After hundreds of years of development, it has included the primitive dance, classical dance, group dance and new dance.

Day10
Lijiang
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Lijiang Old Town: Or called Ancient City of Lijiang. As a world heritage city of over 800 years, Lijiang is famous for the old streets, archways, carvings, small bridges, folk houses, water systems, courtyards, ancient murals, mystic Dongba Religion, and incomparable ethnic culture and traditions.

Naxi race: Naxi race is one of the 56 nationalities of China, only resides in Yunan Province and mostly in the Lijiang City. The Naxi people have very mystic culture, arts, religion, architecture, and traditions. Their civilization has been studied by the anthropologists from home and abroad since the 19th century.

Day11
Lijiang/Kunming
Highlights Today:Qiongzhu Temple, Daguan Park and the Flowers & Birds Market

Qiongzhu Temple: Also known as Bamboo Temple, hidden in the Yu'an Moutain northwest of 10 km from Kunming. It is a famous Buddhist temple with outstanding artistic features and surrounding bamboo forest. Its highlight focuses on the 500 life-sized Buddha statues in totally fantastical positions (for example, man whose eyebrows grow down to the ground, monks ridding beasts or giant fish…).

Daguan Park: Daguan Park is a very beautiful lakeside park on the lakefront of Kunming Dianchi Lake. It is renowned for its exuberant plants, grotesque rocks, temples, pavilions, small bridges, causeway and clear running water.

Flowers and Birds Market: Located in the Jingxing Street, is one of the most attractive attractions within the downtown area of Kunming City, and an interesting market to shop for a great number of different things like flowers, birds, baby turtles, goldfish, house pets, odd stones, root carvings, handicraft articles, artworks, curios, fish tanks/bowls, fish food, fishing gears, camping and hunting gears, outdoor equipments, CD, games, clothes, and the famous yummy food—Guoqiaomixian(or crossing-the-bridge noodles)…

Day12
Kunming/Guilin
Highlight Today:Cormorants Catching Fish

Cormorants Catching Fish: It is very traditionally to use cormorants catching fish in China. In the evening, the fishermen on bamboo rafts use strong lights suspended over the water to attract the fish. The cormorants, which are tethered with rings round the base of their necks, catch the fish and then disgorge them for the fishermen. It is said that one cormorant is better than three fishermen.

Day13
Guilin/Li River Cruise/Yangshuo/Guilin
Highlight Today:Li River Cruise, West Street

Li River Cruise: is a famous river cruise in China, boasts of the beautiful stunning karst scenery on the river banks. Along the river, tourists will see the green peculiar-looking peaks, luxuriant bamboo forest, buffalos, villages, fruitful orchards, paddy fields and farmers…It will take 3.5-5 hours to enjoy the picturesque scenery.

West Streets: located in the centre of Yangshuo County, the New West Street and the Old West Street are connected and end on the bank of Li River. They are famous for selling tourism souvenirs, antiques as well as the western food restaurants, Chinese food restaurant, cafes, bars, language schools, Chinese art schools, Taiji (Shadow Boxing) and Kungfu schools...

Day14
Guilin/Hong Kong
Highlight Today:Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, and Elephant Trunk Hill.

Reed Flute Cave: located in the northwest of Guilin, 7 km from the downtown, it is the largest and most impressive Karst cavern of the city. In this "Artistic Palace of Nature", you will see many beautiful stalactites, stalagmites and many fantastic spectacles.

Seven Star Park: located in the east bank of the Li River, is 1.5 km from the downtown, Seven Star Park featured the beautiful peaks, caves, lakes, gardens, steles, temple and historic relics.

Elephant Trunk Hill: situated majestically at the southeast of Guilin City and west bank of Li River, Elephant Trunk Hill is regarded as the symbol of Guilin landscape.

Day15
Hong Kong
Highlights today:Victoria Peak, the Aberdeen, the Stanley Market and Repulse Bay

Victoria Peak: the highest point of Hong Kong, 373 meters in height. It overlooks all of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, Standing atop the peak to have a bird's-eye view of Hong Kong you will be amazed at the breathtaking view of the surrounding city skyline. In this peak, there is an old-fashioned Peak Tram, aged over 110, and the icon of Hong Kong-the famous Peak Tower. This place is the hottest tourist destination of Hong Kong, it combines shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.

Aberdeen: Aberdeen Harbor in Hong Kong is a waterfront harbor resort holding tourist attractions like dinghies, floating restaurants and jumbo kingdom. In Aberdeen, besides experience the traditional life of boat-dwellers, tourists may also enjoy tasty seafood and waterscape.

Stanley Market: Stanley Market is a famous street market located in the Stanley Town. It is a must–see when trip to Hong Kong Island. Many of the stalls or shops in Stanley Market sell Hong Kong tourism souvenirs, such as antiques, paintings, calligraphy work, Silk goods…it has been a small shopping paradise for the locals and the tourists from abroad.

Repulse Bay: a natural swimming pool situated in south of Stanley Town. It is well-known for the long and broad beach, soft and clean sand, calm and gentle wave. As the most representative of its kinds in Hong Kong, it enjoys the reputations of "the First Bay under the Sun" and "Oriental Hawaii".

Day16
Hong Kong

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Day17
Exit

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Highlights pictures of 17 Days History, Culture and Landscape Tour

Model Panorama of Forbidden City
Model Panorama of Forbidden City
Statues of Tiananmen Square
Statues of Tiananmen Square
Yonghegong
Yonghegong
Naxi Family
Naxi Family
Lijiang Mural
Lijiang Mural
Rock Joseph's Former Residence
Rock Joseph's Former Residence
Seven Star Park
Seven Star Park
Repulse Bay
Repulse Bay
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