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12 Days Eastern China Tour with Extension to Yunnan

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China is a marvelous scroll of panorama, adorned with magical mountains, lakes, villages and water towns which you can never find elsewhere. During the 12-day-long tour you’ll witness the essence of China attractions and be addicted in the distinctive activities, such as Wuzhen Water Town, river cruise, etc. Just throw yourself into the valuable tour around China!

Appreciate gothic architecture at the Bund in the modernized Shanghai.

Enjoy a romantic boat cruise on the legendary West Lake Hangzhou.

Explore the unique lifestyle and culture of Naxi minority in Lijiang Old Town.

Day 1 Arrival in Shanghai
Today's Activities Upon arrival in Shanghai, our tour guide will pick you up at the airport and escort you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you. You can take a break to erase the on-flight exhaustion, or drink a glass of beer in the bar located in Xintiandi - famous “hang-out” place in Shanghai.
Highlights
Xintiandi Xintiandi Xintiandi          
Street View Fashion Show in Xintiandi Xintiandi Night Bar          
Day 2 Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, which chronicles Shanghai's past, present and future, then take a stroll through the bustling Nanjing Road, the earliest and most prosperous shopping street in Shanghai dating back to the 1840s.

Later, you can immerse yourself in the Bund regarded as the symbol of Shanghai and an epitome of Shanghai's history; and enjoy a bird's eye view of Shanghai cityscape in Shanghai World Financial Center. A wonderful Acrobatics Show is suggested for you to spend your nightlife in Shanghai.
Highlights
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Nanjing Road the Bund          
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Parade in Nanjing Road Stunning skyscrapters in the Bund          
Day 3 Shanghai - Suzhou (Breakfast, Lunch) transfer by train
Today's Activities This sightseeing day begins with City God Temple, the most significant Taoist temple in Shanghai with a rich history of nearly 600 years. Then Nongtang impresses you with its slummy shabby crowdy looks, which is in sharp contrast of the prosperous luxurious high streets like Nanjing Road. Later, you are transterred to the stain station to take a train to Suzhou about 30 minutes. Our local tour guide will pick you up and escort you to the hote. The rest of the day is free for you.
Highlights
City God Temple City God Temple Longtang          
City God Temple Interior Sincere Praying Genuine Life in Nongtang          
Day 4 Suzhou (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Today you will have a whole day to tour the beautiful Suzhou. Lingering Garden, one of the four most famous classic gardens in China listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, impresses you with the exquisite and sophisticated architectures of classic garden.

Then turn your attention to Panmen Gate, a famous historical landmark in Suzhou. Visit Suzhou Silk Factory to get a knowledge of the whole life of a silkworm and learn about the process of silk producing. Later enjoy a leisure boat trip on Grand Canal, the oldest and longest canal in the world.
Highlights
Huangshan Panmen Gate Suzhou Silk Factory          
Lingering Garden Panmen Gate Suzhou Silk Factory Worker          
Day 5 Suzhou - Hangzhou (Breakfast, Lunch) transfer by vehicle
Today's Activities This morning drive about 1.5 hours from Suzhou to Wuzhen Water Town, where ancient docks, waterside pavilions, and corridors stretch out for miles and make a romantic atmosphere that is typical to water towns. Then visit the 100 Beds Museum, Battic & Wine Workshops, Wood Carving Gallery, Traditional Handicraft Workshops, etc. to experience the unique customs, simple and pure folkway and idyllic scenery of a typical watery township. Later drive to Hangzhou and check in the hotel.
Highlights
Wuzhen Water Town Wuzhen Water Town Wuzhen Water Town          
Wuzhen Water Town Bridge Boat Trip in Water Town Houses along Waterway          
Day 6 Hangzhou (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Take a cruise on the West Lake to appreciate the beautiful and elegant landscape. Then head to Lingyin Temple, also called the Temple of Soul's Retreat, one of the most significant and beautiful Buddhist monasteries in China. Six Harmonies Pagoda, one of the true masterpieces of ancient Chinese architecture, is also on your visit-list.

After visiting Hu Qing Yu Tang, the traditional Chinese medicine museum, you can roam around Hefang Street featuring a variety of snacks and Chinese crafts, such as land-blown sugar candy, paper-cutting and hand-made dough figurines.
Highlights
West Lake Cruise Six Harmonies Pagoda Hefang Street          
West Lake Cruise Six Harmonies Pagoda Silk store in Hefang Street          
Day 7 Hangzhou - Kunming (Breakfast, Lunch) transfer by air
Today's Activities After breakfast, you are escorted to airport to take the flight to Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province. The tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check-in and relax. Afternoon visit Green Lake Park to appreciate the beautiful scenery and lovely birds, eg. red-pecked seagulls. Then enjoy a leisure tour to the bustling Flowers and Birds Market, full of flowers, birds, fish, jewels, crafts, curios, coins, etc.
Highlights
West Street Flowers and Birds Market Flowers and Birds Market          
Lotus in Green Lake Park Flowers and Birds Market Lovely Bird in the Market          
Day 8 Kunming - Lijiang Old Town (Breakfast, Lunch) transfer by air
Today's Activities This day starts with Stone Forest which boggles your mind with countless awesome natural rock formations. Afternoon you are escorted to airport to take the flight to Lijiang Old Town. You can spend your time wandering around this famous old town to bring you into step with it. The nighlife is on your own. You can go shopping or drink a beer in the local bar.
Highlights
Stone Forest Stone Forest Lijiang Old Town          
Stone Forest Minority Performance Lijiang Old Town Waterwheels          
Day 9 Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Morning drive about 40 minutes to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain which looks like a gigantic dragon clad in white snow all year round. Take the cable car to Yak Meadow, a great spot to appreciate 13 Jade Dragon peaks and photograph the spectacular snow mountain. The tour time is about 3 hours.

After lunch, enjoy about-one-hour visit to Joseph Rock Residence in Yuhu Village, who lived in Lijiang for 27 years and left numerous precious photos and articles about this lovely place. Then head to Black Dragon Park, famous for temples, plum blossoms, inscribed tablets, etc.
Highlights
Li River Yuhu Village Black Dragon Park          
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Yuhu Village People Black Dragon Park          
Day 10 Lijing Old Town - Hong Kong (Breakfast, Lunch) transfer by air
Today's Activities Enjoy your sighseeing day in Lijiang Old Town. Mufu Prince Mansion shows you a splendid grand garden built in architectural style of Ming dynasty, blending with the traditional cultures of Bai and Naxi minorities. Then appreciate a bird's-eye view of the old town in Wangu Tower, Lijiang's symbol architecture whose name means "last forever" and "stand on the highest". Enjoy your free time in the bustling Four-sided Street, the center of the old town. Later take the flight to Hong Kong. You will be picked up and transferred to hotel.
Highlights
Lijiang Old Town Lijiang Moon Hill          
Typical Buildings in Lijiang Lijiang Naxi Music Bustling Street          
Day 11 Hong Kong (Breakfast)
Today's Activities After breakfast, enjoy a half-day Hong Kong island tour. The first stop is Victoria Peak, the highest point in Hong Kong, where you can stand and marvel at the restless city of Kowloon. Continue on to Aberdeen, a fishing port for more than 100 years, with traditions well-preserved. Then enjoy your leisure time in Repulse Bay with golden and soft sand and clear azure blue water gently lapping the seashor. The rest of the day is free for you. In the evening, we recommend you to enjoy a wonderful Victoria Harbour cruise.
Highlights
Victoria Peak Repulse Bay Aberdeen          
View from Victoria Peak Night view of Repulse Bay Victoria Harbour Cruise          
Day 12 Hong Kong Departure (Breakfast)
Today's Activities We believe the 12 days have successfully infused you with an ever-shining memory. We’ll escort you to Hong Kong airport and hope for your next tour!
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 11 breakfasts and 9 lunches Admissions: Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Flight Tickets: Hangzhou - Kunming, Kunming - Lijiang, Lijiang - Hong Kong; Train Ticket: Shanghai - Suzhou Hotels: Accommodation in Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Lijiang and Hong Kong
Tour Guide: Local experienced English-speaking guides Car Driver: Experienced licensed drivers
Vehicle: Private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers Luggage Transfers: A hand for your heavy luggage;
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance; Government taxes & Service charges
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional tours / meals / flights not mentioned in itinerary; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotels in Shanghai
Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai
The hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Shanghai, 2 minutes from Nanjing Road, People Square and the Bund. It offers easy access to the city's most important business, cultural and entertainment hubs.
The elegantly designed and tastefully decorated rooms provide you with an experience of exceptional luxury and comfort.
Shanghai Hotel
Grand Mercure Zhongya Hotel Shanghai
Grand Mercure Zhongya Hotel Shanghai is an international 4-star business & leisure hotel located next to Shanghai Railway Station. The hotel is within 2 minutes walking from Shanghai Railway Station and entrance of Shanghai Metro. The famous attraction nearby is Jade Buddha Temple. Open in 2010, the new hotel boasts 288 rooms /suites that come with French styled decor and rich facilities.
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai is a 3-star business hotel. The hotel enjoys much transportation convenience. It's within walking distance to the Shanghai Metro Line 3 and Line 4 Shanghai Circus World Station. Open in 2008, the hotel boasts a total of 472 rooms /suites. Most rooms enjoy as spacious as 32 square meters and comfortable bedding.
Hotels in Suzhou
Pan Pacific Suzhou Hotel Suzhou
Boasting unique Chinese architectural grandeur and exquisite garden features, Pan Pacific Suzhou Hotel Suzhou is the ideal venue to for a rejuvenating retreat while indulging into the profound Chinese culture. 481 uniquely designed guestrooms are endowed with modern facilities and comforts, together with Pan Pacific's renowned personalized service, expect a memorable experience in Suzhou.
Garden Hotel Suzhou
Situated in western Suzhou, Garden Hotel is a 4-star stylish hotel with a preferable position. Just 10-minute drive from Guanqian Street, the hotel is equipped with well-appointed rooms with spacious area, modern decoration and free WIFI. With high-end services provided, Garden Hotel also offers many entertainment choices for guest, such as Karaoke, cycling and fitness center, etc.
Traveller Inn Gusu Suzhou
Traveller Inn Gusu Suzhou is a 3-star hotel, located in the heart of the city, with 108 guest rooms. Hotel's Restaurants offer Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine. Many other facilities are provided to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The hotel also has a shopping center, a ballroom, and a bar and provides all kinds of services such as mailing, clinic, massage, laundry, and car rental. This hotel is neighbors the tourism center and famous parks of the city.
Hotels in Hangzhou
Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake
Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake is located on the banks of the city's famous West Lake, and close to the central business district. The hotel features 200 elegantly furnished rooms, 2 restaurants, 1 bar, an indoor swimming pool, spa, fitness center and beauty salon. The executive lounge offers panoramic views of West Lake.
Lakeview Hotel Hangzhou
The 4-star Lakeview Hotel is only 3 minutse' walk from West Lake and 8 km from Lin Yin Temple. The hotel offers well-appointed rooms and facilities including an indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre, beauty salon and foot massage. Lakeview Restaurant serves meals with beautiful lake view, while Food Street offers garden views and local dishes. Daily breakfast is available at Solmer Western Restaurant.
Lily Hotel Hangzhou
Lily Hotel Hangzhou enjoys a pleasant surroundings with Hangzhou's top landmark West Lake some 15 minutes walking distance away. And it's just 3km from the city centre, 5km from train station and 30km from airport. The 180 guest rooms are well furnished with a host of modern amenities to ensure the comfort of guests.
Hotels in Kunming
Green Lake Hotel
Green Lake hotel
Situated in the heart of Kunming's business, finance and culture district, perfectly located for business and leisure traveller, Green Lake Hotel is just a minute's walk to Green Lake Park, the eye of Kunming. The Green Lake Hotel is centrally located just minutes from the city's cultural spots, government offices, convention centers, 15 minutes from Kunming International Airport.
Kunming Hotel
Kunming Hotel
Kunming Hotel is located in the commercial and shopping district. With many famous department stores nearby, the hotel is one of Kunming's most cosmopolitan areas. The location makes it very convenient to get to and from the railway station and the airport (only 5 and 7 kilometers respectively). The hotel has 400 guest rooms, including standard single room, executive room, standard room, business room, and so on.
Fairlyland Hotel Dongfeng Square
Fairlyland Hotel Dongfeng Square
Fairyland Dongfeng Square Hotel is located on Beijing Road in the Panlong district of Kunming. It is close to Nanping Pedestrian Street, Jinma Biji Archway and the Thailand Consulate, and about 6 kilometers from Wujiaba International Airport. Opened in 2011, the 7-story hotel features 108 guest rooms and suites, equipped with LCD cable televisions, internet access and climate control.
Hotels in Lijiang
Guanfang Hotel Lijiang
Guanfang Hotel Lijiang
The Guanfang Hotel serves both tourists and business travelers with comprehensive modern service. The hotel is 3kms to the old town of Lijiang, and 35kms to the airport. THere are 292 rooms including standard, handicapped, connecting-room and suites.
Guanfang Hotel Lijiang
Lijiang Wangfu Hotel
Situated in the South Gate Square in Lijiang Old Town, Lijiang Wangfu Hotel boasts colorful traditional Chinese architecture and decoration with well-euqipped rooms and abundant amenities as well as high quality service. It is 28km from Lijiang Sanyi Aiport and not far from the center of Lijiang Old Town. You can enjoy various traditional Chinese and Western dishes in this hotel.
Guanfang Hotel Lijiang
Lijiang Grand Hotel
Located in an advantageous location for Lijiang excursion, 30min drive from airport, Grand Hotel provides access to the city's biggest attractions. In possession of 117 beautifully appointed guest rooms, it offers high-ranked service and many facilities to satisfy guests, such as WIFI, bar, massage, etc.
Hotels in Hong Kong
Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel
Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel is situated by the waterfront overlooking Victoria Harbour on the doorstep of Star Ferry, right in the heart of the commercial, shopping and entertainment district of Hong Kong. The hotel was designed for the pleasure and comfort of the modern business and holiday traveler and offers a wide range of elegant, superbly furnished, spacious rooms and suites.
Golden Mile Holiday Inn Hongkong
Golden Mile Holiday Inn Hongkong is the winner of the 2002 Hong Kong Tourism Board Tourism Services Award. The hotel Enjoys a central location in the heart of Hong Kong's commercial and business district – Tsim Sha Tsui, guests are in close proximity to the shopping area of Kowloon.
Imperial Hotel Hong Kong
The Imperial Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Tsimshatsui - Hong Kong’s premier retail, cultural and leisure district. Surrounded by numerous tourist attractions, shopping arcades, fine restaurants and fabulous night entertainment.

Meals in the Package

-- Breakfasts are offered by the hotels
-- Lunches are arranged according to different classes of tour
-- Dinners are for your own arrangement

We promise worry-free dining quality, plus flexible choices regarding your preference. Any special requestment please tell our trip advisors directly. Other recommendations are as follow:

Shanghai

Shanghai is regarded as a kingdom of delicacies, where you can taste almost everything. Here we strongly suggest you take M on The Bund into consideration.
M on the Bund Shanghai
-- Dedicated to creating a dining experience as exciting, as sophisticated, as delectable as Shanghai itself
-- “One of the top 20 restaurants in Asia” (Miele Guide, 2009-2010)
-- “Best Global Cuisine” (City Weekend Readers’ Choice Awards, 2010)
-- “M on the Bund: Most Popular Restaurant in Shanghai” (Zaqat Survey Shanghai, 2008)

Shanghai M on The Bund Restaurant Brandboard of M on the Bund

Suzhou

Suzhou cuisine is renowned for its unique sweet flavor, color and aroma, and it's always beautifully presented. Some of the best local dishes are songshu Guiyu (Stewed and Fried Mandarin Fish), Xiangyou Shanhu (Stewed Shredded Eel), Xigua Ji (Chicken Steamed in Watermelon Rind), etc.

Songshu Guiyu (Stewed and Fried Mandarin Fish) Xiangyou Shanhu (Stewed Shredded Eel)

Hangzhou

Hangzhou dishes are best representative of Zhejiang cuisine, one of the Eight Culinary Traditions of China. Hangzhou dishes are noted for its elaborate preparations, sophisticated way of cooking and its most refreshing taste.
-- Dongpo Pork: A little fatty but not oily. Named after Su Dongpo, a famous man of letters of Song Dynasty.
-- West Lake Sour Fish: featuring tender fish meat with sweet and sour sauce.
-- Shrimp Meat with Longjing Tea: Sliced meat and crispy rice with fragrance of Longjing Tea

Dongpo Pork Shrimp Meat with Longjing Tea

Kunming

The variety of Kunming cuisine never fails to satisfy hungry travelers. It really is a "crossroads" featuring dishes from all over Yunnan. The feature of Kunming cuisine is a perfect blend of sour and spicy flavors, made from the minority 's century-old traditional recipes.

Steaming-Pot Chicken Kunming Bittern Duck

Lijiang

Because of the proximity to so many food styles, the cuisine of Lijiang is diverse. Great attention is paid to bringing out the natural flavors and there are a number of local delicacies worth trying. Square Street in the center of Old Town is an ideal place to find some of the best local dishes.

Yak Chafing Dish Cici Bean Jelly

Hong Kong

Hong Kong may well be considered the lap of luxury for the gourmet and the gourmand alike. Look no further than Causeway Bay, Lan Kwai Fong, Soho and Stanley, and wander the winding streets of Kowloon for a taste of traditional Chinese and local Cantonese cuisine. Sea food is great in Hong Kong and you should not miss it. Tanks of live seafood like fish, lobster, prawns, crab, geoduck, clams, scallops, oysters vie for attention.

Various Hong Kong Dim Sum Various sea food in a street restaurant of Lei Yue Mun
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Hello Choury,

Thanks for your note and interest.

Arthur, Chi (driver) and your agency have been very nice with my situation, which i thank all of you from my heart. I have felt much better today and could walk slowly with less pain.

The Tour: so far, very well. Will keep you informed and given what we have received in Beijing, i hope the standards are as good in the rest of the cities. And with people with same concept of hospitality and warmth, too.

Will keep in touch.

Customer: Ms. Alhach

Destinations: Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai - Hong Kong

Related Tour: 12 Days China Discovery ,9 Days Essential China Tour

Dear Nancy,

Thank you. Everything is working out perfect so far. Your guides are very nice and the program fine.  

Customer: Ms. Biil

Destinations: Beijing - Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Kunming - Shanghai

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