is said to be the country with the oldest cultural
heritage – more than 4,000 years. Despite huge political
events and the implementation of an economic reform
in the past decades, China preserves its traditions.
You will see enchanting temples and gardens standing
beside towering skyscrapers. Our aim is to show the
big contrasts within the country - concerning both
the landscape and the culture –to you.
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Arrival at Beijing
Capital International Airport. Greetings by your tour
guide and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day
is at your disposal.
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the Badaling Great Wall in the morning.
You can climb up to the wall through a scarped staircase
and enjoy the scenery from above. Afterwards go to
the Summer Palace (Yi He Yuan) by minibus.
It is one of the imperial gardens, where the Chinese
gardening is perfectly reflected. It is on the UNESCO
World Heritage List.
A suggestion for the evening: Peking Opera.
3: Beijing / Datong
In the morning,
you walk at the historic Tian'anmen Square
(Tian’anmen Guangchang), the world-famous largest
square in Beijing. Walk through the Tian’anmen Square
Gate to the palace of the emperor (Gugong), which
the Chinese officials call the Palace Museum (better
known as the Forbidden City). This
palace is of the Ming and Qing time and it is on the
UNESCO's World Heritage List. It is a masterpiece
of Chinese palace architecture and it demonstrates
the integration of traditional architecture in ancient
northern China into the art of palace building. Afterwards
visit another landmark of Beijing, the Temple
of Heaven (Tian Tan), where the Ming and
Qing Emperors worshiped the heaven and prayed for
good harvests. It is also on the World Heritage List,
because it is a unique expression of the Chinese concept
of the relationship between heaven and earth. In the
evening, you go to Datong by train in a first class
in Datong in the early morning. During the Northern
Wei Dynasty in the 4th and 5th century, Datong has
been the capital city of the northern China. After
breakfast, visit the Buddhist Yungang Grottos,
which are located at the north side of the Wuzhou
mountain, 16 km south of the city. It consists of
three cave systems with altogether 53 caves, which
were strarted building in the year 450. More than
51,000 sculptures were found there. They are excellent
examples of the development of the Buddhist art and
the religious beliefs in China. You can see the influence
from India and Central Asia as well as the typical
Chinese characteristics, which helped forming the
Chinese Nation. The grottos are on the UNESCO World
After the return to the city, you will visit the
Nine Dragons Wall (Jiu Long Bi). The so-called
“Ghost Walls”, which hamper the sight through the
gate into a courtyard, are a common part of the four-sides
courtyard. Besides screen, their primary function
is to deter the ghosts, which, as is generally known,
can not walk around the corner. Afterwards visit the
Huayan Monastery (Huayan Si), named for the
Buddhist Huayan sect. The monastery has its roots
in the Liao Dynasty (916-1125), on which some of its
characteristics are based.
5: Datong / Hengshan / Wutaishan
visit the Wooden Pagoda at Yingxian,
70 km south of Datong. The 67m high pagoda is the
oldest preserved wooden pagoda in China, built in
1056. It has eight corners, with a caliber of 30 m
at its base. It withstood many earthquakes. Afterwards
go to Hengshan, one of the five Daoist
holy mountains by minibus. At the southern mountain,
there are numerous temples and monasteries. One of
them is the so-called Hanging Monastery.
The breath-taking construction is located at a steep
rock face, 30 m above the ground. The monasteries
and gazebos were built on the natural prominences
of the wall in the 6th century. Then go to Wutaishan
(Five-Terrace Mountain), a place of pivotal significance
for the Buddhists in East Asia. There are more than
50 sacral buildings.
and sightseeing in the Wutaishan (the
Five-Terrace Mountain), one of the holy mountains
of Buddhism. Wutaishan is associated with the Boddhisattva
of Wisdom – Manjushri, in Tibetan language Dschampeiyang
and in Chinese known as Wen Shu. He is the special
guardian of Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhism. And also
under the political influence of the Emperor Yongle
in the Ming Dynasty, you will find many Tibetan and
Mongolian elements and lots of monks from Tibet with
their distinctive red robes among the pilgrims from
Tibet and Mongolia. At length, visit the Xiantongsi
monastery and Tayuansi monastery
as well as Pusading (Boddhisattva-Pinnacle).
7: Wutaishan / Taiyuan
Go to Taiyuan, the
capital of Shanxi province by bus in the morning.
Visit the Jinci Temple, which is
located 25 km southwest of the city. The vestiges
date back to the Zhou Dynasty. The temple is very
famous, since it is one of the old ancestral temples,
which are relatively rare in China. The temple is
dedicated to Tang Shu Yu (1122-771 BC), the founder
of the Zhou Dynasty, built by his ancestors in order
to honor his achievements. The large Hall of the Sacred
Mother is a tribute to Tang Shu Yu's mother, which
is regarded as the model of noble motherhood in feudal
Chinese society. It houses a large statue of her,
surrounded by 44 life-sized and painted Terracotta
figures from the Song Dynasty (960-1279), which are
sculpted in a vivid and natural way. Afterwards visit
the Shuanglin Monastery,
which was first on record 1500 years ago. There you
can find more than 2,000 painted statues made of terracotta
and wood from Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties.
These lifelike figures range from Buddhas, Bodhisattvas,
Heavenly Kings, supernatural beings, to all kinds
of mortals from the human world.
8: Taiyuan / Pingyao / Xi'an
by minibus (70 km) to Pingyao, an
exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional
Han Chinese city, founded in the 14th century. The
urban structure reveals the development of the architecture
and the urban planning in the imperial China over
five centuries. Of particular interest are the imposing
buildings for banking. The banks in Pingyao were leading
the banking system all over China in the 19th and
early 20th century. That’s why Pingyao is on the UNESCO
World Heritage List. This unique inimitable environment
was the setting for Zhang Yimou's famous film "Raise
The Red Lantern". After returning to Taiyuan,
go to Xi’an by train in a first class sleeping wagon.
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Arrival in Xi’an.
Transfer to the hotel and breakfast. Visit the
Army of TerraCotta Warriors, which is on
the UNESCO World Heritage List. The excavations are
located close to the subsurface tomb system of the
first emperor of China. Besides thousands of life-size
TerraCotta Warriors and Horses watching over the Tomb,
you can see two bronze models of horse carriage and
warrior. Afterwards return to Xi’an and visit
the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Da Yan Ta) in
the Dacien temple built in 652 A.D., which is considered
as Xi'an's landmark.
10: Xi'an / Kunming
In the morning,
visit the Bell and Drum Tower square
(Zhong Gu Lou) and the Muslim Old Town with its numerous
small shops and restaurants. And then the
Great Mosque (Qingzhen Si; or Hua
Jue Si), which is built in the typical Chinese temple
architectural style. In the afternoon, go to Kunming
by plane. Arrival in Kunming and transfer to the hotel.
11: Kunming / Stone Forest
||Tianqi Ashima Hotel***
In the morning,
visit the Bird and Flower Market
and go for a walk through the reconstructed Old Town
with the Jinmabiji Arc of Honour.
In the afternoon, go by bus to the Western
Hills with the Dragon Gate
and a series of temples in the caves carved into the
cliff. They are connected by narrow but secured paths,
all located outside Kunming. There you can have a
wonderful view over Kunming city and the 40 km long
Dian Lake, which is near the hills. Afterwards travel
to the Stone Forest. Overnight stay
at a hotel close to the sight.
12: Stone Forest / Kunming / Dali
the morning, go for an extensive walk through the
Stone Forest before other tourists arrive.
The Stone forest is located in the Lunan County, the
autonomous area, where the Yi minority group live. It
is a particular collection of karst formations and it
consists of rocks with sharp-edged fluting, numerous
manifold valleys, caves, and subsurface rivers. Return
to Kunming after lunch. Transfer to the train station
in the evening. Go to Dali by train in a first class
(in the Old Town)
Arrival in Dali
and breakfast. Dali is the administrative centre of
the autonomous region, where the Bai minority lives.
Take a walk in the well-preserved Old Town
of Dali. There are mighty city walls and
watchtowers dating back to the Ming dynasty. In the
picturesque lanes, there are handicraft products made
of the famous Dali marble everywhere. It is a white
marble, which contains layers of colors, such as red,
light blue, green and milk. The name of the city became
the common term for marble in China. Afterwards visit
the beautiful white Three Pagodas
(San Ta Si), which are built in the typical style
of the Tang dynasty. The pagodas are located close
to The Chongsheng Temple, not far
from the city.
14: Dali / Lijiang
Make a boat trip
on the Erhai Lake in the morning.
Erhai is the second largest plateau lake and the seventh
largest fresh water lake in China. It is located at
the foot of the snow-caped Cang Mountain with a height
of more than 4,000 m. Enjoy the spectacular scenery
there. Afterwards visit a Bai family and get to know
their everyday life and the architecture of their
house. In the afternoon go to Lijiang by minibus.
Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of mountains and rivers
along the road. Visit the Xinhua Village of the Bai
minority on the way.
breakfast, go on an excursion to the Jade
Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Xueshan), which
is located about 15 km north of Lijiang. A cable car
brings you up to the 4600 m alp, beneath the pinnacles
of the mountain, which is covered by a glacier. This
area is famous for its enormous biodiversity. The
surroundings of the mountain are a sanctuary for rare
animals and plants. After that, visit the
Baisha's Frescoes. There are 53 groups of
paintings dating back to the Ming Dynasty. They are
spread over several different temples. The paintings
are a mixture of Daoism, Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism
and the local Naxi Dongba culture. They illustrate
the everyday life in religious images. You can enjoy
the ancient Naxi music in the evening. It is a kind
of old Chinese folk music, which has its roots in
Taoist and Buddhist ritual music of the 13th and 14th
century, and was very popular at that time. The orchestra
with its musicians, who are partly more than 80 years
old, will show the great musical art of the Nanxi
minority to you.
|Day 16: Lijiang / Kunming
Kunming Hotel ***
Reach the picturesque
Dayan Old Town in the morning. It is an ancient
town, famous for its well preserved city structure
– a harmonious blend of elements from different cultures
and an ancient water-supply system of great complexity
and ingenuity that still works effectively today.
The Old Town is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In the afternoon, you will walk along the
Black Dragon Lake (Heilongtan).
You can see the 5,600 m high snow covered Jade Dragon
Mountain massif in the distance. They are reflected
in the water of the lake. Transfer to the airport
and fly back to Kunming in the evening.
17: Kunming / Guilin
||Park Hotel ****
Fly to Guilin in
the morning. Make a round trip of the city, which
is located amid karst cones mountains. You will visit
the Stalactite Reed Flute Cave (Ludiyan),
the city's landmark - the Elephant Trunk Hill
(Xiangbi Shan) and the Fubo Hill,
where you can get a beautiful view over the city and
the surrounding hills.
18: Guilin / Yangshuo
|| New Century Hotel***
to the wharf outside the city in the morning. Go for
on the picturesque
through the bizarre karst landscape
to Yangshuo. It will last for about 4 hours. Have
lunch on the boat. You will be bewitched by the scenery.
Enjoy a romantic southern China there. After the arrival
in Yangshuo, you can explore the impressing karst
landscape by bicycle or make a round trip by electrical
minibus through the villages, rice fields and mountains.
A suggestion for the evening: Impression Liu
, directed by the famous Chinese film
director Zhang Yimou. He will be the leading director
of the opening and closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympic
Games in Beijing. The evening performance is a wonderful
presentation of local dance and singing.
19: Yangshuo / Guilin / Shanghai
||Ocean Hotel ****
The day is at your
disposal. Enjoy a beautiful and relaxing day that
few travelers can experience. Wander through the narrow
lanes and saunter at the market. Explore the impressing
karst landscape by bike or tricycle. Hike in the mountains,
through rice fields and the villages along the Li
River and the Yulong River, where life has hardly
changed for centuries. You can visit the lanes and
courtyards by yourself. In the afternoon, transfer
to Guilin Airport and fly to Shanghai in the evening.
20: Shanghai / Suzhou
the morning, experience the religious life in the
Jade Buddha Temple (Yo Fo Si), with its 2
m Buddha statue made of one single piece of rare white
Burmese jade. Afterwards visit the historical Old
Town of Shanghai with its labyrinth of narrow lanes
and get to know Shanghainese daily life. Then walk
to the Bund, the legendary waterfront
along the Huangpu River with its European colonial
architecture of the 1930's. There you can get a beautiful
view over the modern Pudong district at the other
side of the river. Afterwards, go up the Jinmao
Building, a 421 m high skyscraper, which
is a perfect blend of traditional Chinese style and
gothic influence. Have a wonderful view from the observation
deck down to the fastest growing city of Asia. In
the evening, go to Suzhou, the city of silk production,
by train. Suzhou is called “Venice of the east”.
21: Suzhou / Shanghai
||Ocean Hotel ****
In the morning,
take a walk through the Old Town to the remains of
the old city wall and visit Panmen,
the last one of the eight gates in former times. There
you can get a beautiful view of the Emperor Canal
and its old bridges. Afterwards visit Humble
Administrator’s Garden and Garden
of the Master of the Nets. They are two of
the nine gardens in Suzhou, which are on the UNESCO
World Heritage List. In the afternoon, return to Shanghai.
The rest of the day is at your disposal. You can go
shopping or travel by the Transrapid.
Transfer to the
airport after breakfast and fly back home. (You can
spend approx. $7 to go to the airport by the Transrapid).
End of the travel.
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