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China Ethnic Culture Tour 16 days

On this tour, you will explore those huge contrasts between the cultures that have thrived in China for centuries and the even bigger differences between modern China and the people who live in beautiful but undeveloped regions of today's China.
The following itinerary and quotation is still available in 2010. Destinations:Beijing - Xian - Guiyang - Kaili - Guiyang - Guilin - Hong Kong
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Itinerary

Day 1: Beijing 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: Beijing (B+L+D)
Sightseeing: Tiananmen Square / Forbidden City / Temple of Heaven / Peking Duck Dinner
Today you will visit the Tiananmen Square which is considered as the largest square of the world. Subsequently, you visit the Forbidden City, the most complete imperial palace in China. And later you will also pay a visit to the Temple of Heaven. Temple of Heaven was built in the year 1420 and symbolized the meaning that the emperor can contact with the sky through it.
Tonight, enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner in a famous restaurant.

Day 3: Beijing (B+L)
Sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall / Spirit Way / Ming

After breakfast, you will visit the Badaling Great Wall where you will experience at first hand the wonder of the Great Wall. For lunch you'll sample some delicious fare in a local restaurant. Afterwards, take a short drive to visit the Spirit Way and one of Ming Tombs.  Spirit Way is an impressive marble archway as well as the entrance to the Ming Tombs equipped with many animals and people statues on the left and on the right of the avenue.
Ming Tombs are the representative royal tombs of the Ming Dynasty tombs. 13 emperors of the Ming dynasty from 1368 to 1644 were buried there.

Day 4: Beijing (B+L)
Sightseeing: Summer Palace / Lama Temple / Beijing Zoo

Today you will start the day with a trip to the Summer Palace, which has a history of over 800 years. All the man-made hills, halls, pavilions and temples, including Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill, blend together harmoniously in spite of their individual styles. After lunch, you will also pay a visit to the Lama Temple. It is a typical Tibetan Monastery in Beijing and reveals various architectural styles from Han, Mongolia, Manchuria and Tibet, and the impressive 60-foot Maitreya Buddha, carved form a single sandalwood tree. Then you will head to Beijing Zoo, which is one of the largest in China. It provides thousands with the opportunity to witness strange and exotic species at firsthand, and also allows visitors to learn more about the lives of the animals that inhabit the world alongside us.

Day 5: Beijing – Xian by air (B+L)
Sightseeing: Provincial History Museum / City Wall

You will take morning flight to Xian and transfer to the downtown hotel. Afterwards, you will visit the Provincial History Museum, which houses a large collection of historic and cultural artifacts unearthed in Shaanxi Province. Later you mount the City Wall. It was restored in the Ming dynasty and is considered as the largest and most intact Ming Dynasty castle in the world. From there you can have a good view of Xian.

Day 6: Xian (B+L)
Sightseeing: Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum / Big Wild Goose Pagoda / Bell Tower

Today you will visit what has been called the 8th Wonder of the World the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It is one of the most important archaeological excavations and culture findings in the 20th century. After lunch, you will drive back to downtown city to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of symbols in Xian and a remarkable milestone of the Chinese architecture. Afterward, you will head to visit Bell Tower. Originally built in 1348, the Bell Tower in Xian is situated in the very heart of the city and is the most well-preserved and best-known one in China.

Day 7: Xian - Guiyang by air (B+L)                              
Sightseeing: Jiaxiu Pavilion / Hongfu Buddhist Monastery

In the morning, you will take a flight to Guiyang. Arrive in GUIYANG-the capital city of Guizhou province located in southwest of China, you will be met by our seasoned guide. City tour includes: Jiaxiu Pavilion which is the symbol building of Guiyang, Hongfu Buddhist Monastery which is located on top of Qianling Mountain.

Day 8: Guiyang – Anshun – Guiyang (B+L)
Sightseeing: Tianlong Old-Han Chinese village / Ground Opera / Huangguoshu waterfall

In the morning, you will 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 9: 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 10: Kaili - Xijiang by private van (B+L)                                            
Sightseeing: Jidao Long-skirt Miao Village / Xijiang Miao village / Taoyao Miao Village / Family Visit

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. You will have the chance to see weaving and spinning. Then coach to Xijiang Miao village noted as the largest Miao village in China. En route, visit Taoyao Miao Village to see making of pottery for daily use. Afternoon explore Xijiang. Family visit will be arranged.

Day 11: Xijiang/Kaili – Guiyang -Guilin by private van & air (B+L)
Sightseeing: Shiqiao Miao Village / Qingman Miao Village / Family Visit

You will take morning coach back to Guiyang. En tour, explore 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 house. Family visit will be arranged. A performance will be arranged. In the evening, take flight to Guilin and transfer to the downtown hotel.

Day 12: Guilin – Yangshuo – Guilin (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 13: Guilin – Longsheng – Guilin (B+L)
Sightseeing: Longji Terraced Fields / Villages of Zhuang Minority

In the morning, you spend about 2.5 hours driving into Longsheng County to visit the 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 back to Guilin.

Day 14: Guilin – Hong Kong by air (B+L)
Sightseeing: Reed Flute Cave / Seven Star Park / Elephant Trunk Hill

After checking out at the hotel, you will begin 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. When the night falls, you will take flight to Hong Kong and transfer to the downtown hotel.

Day 15: 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 16: Hong Kong – 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 Star528033202639
4 Star449929302359
3 Star424027992255

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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