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China Southwest Experience Tour 14 days

Starting from "the Pearl of the Orient", Hong Kong, you will have the chance to visit the best preserved hometowns of minorities, with the complete traditional folk cultures in Kaili, Longsheng and Sanjiang, etc; the developing tourist city of Guiyang, with unique plateau scenery as well as many ethnic groups. Finally, you will experience the awesome beauty of Guilin's Li River, as well as Shanghai, China's "shopping paradise".
The following itinerary and quotation is still available in 2010. Destinations:Hong Kong - Guiyang - Kaili - Rongjiang - Congjiang - Zhaoxing - Sanjiang - Longsheng - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai
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Itinerary

Day 1: Hong Kong Arrival
Welcome to China. Upon arrival, our local guide will take you to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the city.

Day 2: Hong Kong (B)
Sightseeing: Victoria Peak / Aberdeen / Repulse Bay

You will spend half day touring around the city, including visits to Victoria Peak, Aberdeen and Repulse Bay. For lunch time, you will be transferred back to the hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the city.

Day 3: Hong Kong – Guiyang by air (B)
The morning is at your leisure before boarding your flight to Guiyang. Upon arrival in Guiyang, you will be welcome and picked up at the airport and transferred to the downtown hotel.

Day 4: Guiyang – Anshun – Guiyang (B+L)
Sightseeing: Tianlong Old-Han Chinese village / Ground Opera / Huangguoshu waterfall

In the morning, you visit Tianlong Old-Han Chinese village to appreciate its traditional opera “Ground Opera” which could be traced back to the Ming Dynasty. All the performers will put wooden mask on their forehead. En route, you will be deeply impressed by its gorgeous limestone scenery. Afternoon, explore Huangguoshu waterfall- the largest in China, 81 meters wide and 74 meters high.

Day 5: Guiyang – Kaili (B+L)
Sightseeing: Kaili folk museum / Shiqiao Miao village / Qingman Miao village

Morning 2.5 hours' coach to KAILI along the scenic mountain expressway which is the capital city of Guizhou’s Southeast Autonomous Prefecture of Miao & Dong people. Those Miao people who moved to America and Europe are known as Hmong people. Upon arrival, visit Kaili folk museum to have an overview of the ethnic groups in Guizhou. In the afternoon, you will drive to Shiqiao Miao village to see their traditional way of making paper from mulberry tree. On the way back, stop at Qingman Miao village to experience their daily life by visiting the local families. Meanwhile, you can appreciate Miao people’s typical architecture---Wooden stilt houseFamily visit will be arranged. Dinner will be arranged with Miao people’s traditional cuisine: sour-soup fish in hotpot.

Day 6: Kaili - Rongjiang (B+L)
Sightseeing: Jidao Long-skirt Miao Village / Datang Short-Skirt Miao Village / Leigong Mountain / Shui People Village
In the morning, a short drive from Kaili along the Bala River will take us to Jidao Long-skirt Miao village. You will be deeply impressed by its traditional wooden houses and waterwheels. Hike in the village to explore more. A performance will be arranged. Then coach to Datang Short-Skirt Miao village situated at the foot of Leigong Mountain. Its wooden storage place above the water is really worth visiting. After lunch, continue our drive via Leigong Mountain to appreciate its mountainous landscape. En route, explore a Shui people village located in a deep valley.

Day 7: Rongjiang - Congjiang - Zhaoxing (B+L)
Sightseeing: Yintan Dong Village / Basha Miao Village / Dong People's Village

In the morning, you will drive to Congjiang and visit Yintan Dong Village. The folk customs are primitive and simple in the village, which is well known for its weaving culture and the marriage culture. Afterwards, visit Basha Miao Village. The Miao villagers here have maintained the characteristic lifestyle of the Miao ethnic group, still retaining the living customs and dressing code of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. In the afternoon, explore Zhaoxing-the largest Dong people’s village in China with more than 800 households and a population of 5000. It owns five drum towers symbolizing five different clans.

Day 8: Zhaoxing - Sanjiang - Longsheng (B+L)
Sightseeing: Tang'an Dong Village / Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridgev

Today you will experience Tang'an Dong Village, which is located 5 km from the Zhaoxing Village and renowned as the" most primitive Dong Village" in China. Afterwards, drive to Sanjiang, which in particular is famous for the stockade villages built by the Dong ethnic minority.
Upon arrival, you will visit Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge, which is the largest wind and rain bridge also it is the crystal of Dong people's wisdom. It is one of the artistic precious things of Chinese wood architecture. Late afternoon, arrive at Longsheng.

Day 9: Longsheng - Guilin by private van (B+L)
Sightseeing: Longji Terraced Fields / Villages of Zhuang Minority

Today you will start the day with a trip to the famous Longji Terraced Fields. The terraces look like great chains or ribbons as they wind from the foot to the top of the hill. They were built from the Yuan dynasty to the beginning of Qing dynasty by the minority peoples of the area. For lunch, you'll sample some delicious country fare in a local restaurant. Then you will pay a visit to the Villages of Zhuang Minority. Visit Zhuang village and Yao minority villages, and Ping'an village, the architecture is unique as no nails are used in construction. In the late afternoon, you will drive to Guilin.

Day 10: Guilin – Yangshuo – Guilin by boat & private van (B+L)
Sightseeing: Li River / Western Street

Get up early in the morning and drive about 40 minutes to Zhujiang pier to take the Li River cruise, which is considered as one of China's top tourist destinations. It is the river of poems and paintings. The region covers 83-km karst area with clear, exotic, ingenious and changing characteristics. After nearly 4.5 hours' Li River Cruise, you will arrive at Yangshuo County, a dream place for many tourists who want to see the real natural landscape and touch the countryside life. 
After taking a short walk along the famous foreigner street- Western Street, drive back to Guilin city.

Day 11: Guilin (B+L)
Sightseeing: Reed Flute Cave / Seven Star Park / Elephant Trunk Hill

Today begins with a tour of Reed Flute Cave. Inside you will see different shapes of stalactites & stalagmites with huge imagination to name for them and it is known as "A Natural arts gallery". After lunch, you will also pay a visit to Seven Star Park. The main sights contain Seven Star Cave, Dragon Hiding Cave, Flowers Bridge, the Zoo, Mosque, and Potted Trees. You next stop is Elephant Trunk Hill, which is regarded as the symbol of Guilin landscape.

Day 12: Guilin – Shanghai by air (B+L)
Sightseeing: Yu Yuan garden / Shanghai Xin Tian Di

Get up early in the morning and check out at the hotel, you will take flight to Shanghai and transfer to the hotel. After freshening up, you will visit the Yu Yuan garden, a former private garden, called work of art, designs with different styles of the traditional Chinese horticulture art. Then you will stroll along Shanghai Xin Tian Di, which has become an urban tourist attraction that holds the historical and cultural legacies of the city.

Day 13: Shanghai (B+L)
Sightseeing: Jade Buddha Temple / Oriental Pearl TV Tower / Bund / Nanjing Road

Today you will start the day with a trip to visit the Jade Buddha Temple, which is renowned for a 2m-tall Buddha carved from a single piece of white jade, brought to China by a Burmese monk in 1822. Afterward, you will also pay a visit to Oriental Pearl TV Tower. The tower becomes Shanghai's new landmark and a big magnet for tourists with its unique design composed of balls and columns. In the late afternoon, you will visit the picturesque Bund. Extending for 1.5 km on the shore of the Huangpu River, the Bund is a symbol of China’s prosperous future and Shanghai’s international past. Then you will stroll along the Nanjing Road, which is considered as one of the World's Seven Great Roads in the 1930s and always mentioned in travel guides as a must see of China tour.

Day 14: Shanghai - Next Destination (B)
The morning is at your leisure before boarding your flight back home.

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Price

Person12-56-9
Price per person( USD $ )5 Star459926792089
4 Star394024591869
3 Star383923991819

Price list

Price Includes:
a. Entrance fees to all the scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary
b. Hotel accommodations with breakfast as specified (If there is no Western breakfast available, we have to arrange Chinese one instead)
c. All meals as specified in the itinerary. B=Western or Chinese breakfast, L=Chinese lunch in a local restaurant, D=Chinese dinner in a local restaurant
d. Internal flights including taxes and fuel fee or train/bus tickets as listed in the itinerary
e. Professional local guides and drivers in each destination city
f. Private Transfers between airports, docks, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in each destination city by the private air conditioned car or van
g. Luggage Transfers between airports/docks and hotels
h. Arrangements for the planning, handling, operational and communication charges
i. Government taxes.

Price excludes:
a. International air and train tickets for coming to and leaving from mainland China
b. Visa fee
c. Excess Baggage Charges
d. Meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
e. Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, tips to guides or drivers, FAX, telephone, excess baggage charges
f. Gratuities, tips to guides and drivers
g. Personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip

Remark : Quotations listed are valid excluding the periods of Chinese holidays and special events.

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