19 Days Southern China Natural Heritages: Shanghai Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Lijiang Shangri-La Kunming Guilin and Hong Kong
Few places on Earth boast as many UNESCO world heritages as China. Want
to experience both the cultural treasures and incredible natural
landscape on your China tour? Go and take this 19 days South China trip
itinerary. Visit giant pandas’ sanctuaries, find serenity among
Sichuan’s Buddhist and Taoist mountains, soak up the relaxing atmosphere
in Yunnan’s Old Towns, and admire the rarely-seen scenery of South
China Karst… it is a luxury tour of China, therefore you will travel in
style and luxury!
- Panda Volunteer Experience
- Discover the uniqueness of China’s ethnic minority cultures
- Explore Buddhist temples and mountains
- Discover wonderous landscapes of the south
- Explore UNESCO-listed classical garden in Suzhou
Customizable Tour Itinerary
Nihao, welcome to China! Arrive at Shanghai Pudong International
Airport where you are met by your private China Culture Tour guide and
transferred to your luxurious hotel of a good location. Relax at hotel
or explore the surrounding areas on your own for the rest of the day.
Four Seasons Hotel Pudong Shanghai,
Grand Hyatt Shanghai,
Grand Central Hotel Shanghai
Shanghai World Financial Center
Around 1 hour’s drive from Shanghai city center, beside the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal (UNESCO), Tongli Old Town in Suzhou
is one of the most famous water towns in East China, and a mix of
lakes, wetlands and ancient building complexes. Take a boat cruise
through Tongli. And visit UNESCO-listed Retreat and Reflection (Tuisi) Garden.
It is small in size but very exquisitely designed and constructed,
with all the essential elements of classical Chinese garden.
Make sure you don’t miss the amazing acrobatics show in Shanghai in the evening (optional).
Tongli Water Town by Boat
Take a cultural tour of Shanghai, an ultramodern city actually with a
history of 6000 years, according to the archaeologists. Today there
are still hundreds year-old culture and art to be experienced. Visit Shanghai Museum, to appreciate the wonderful display of ancient Chinese painting, jade wares, ceramics, sculptures, and so forth.
Then ramble around the Yuyuan Market district, including an in-depth visit of Yu Garden, the best traditional garden in Shanghai, Bridge of Nine Turnings, and the old streets lined with different kinds of local specialty shops and food stalls.
Tour the Bund, used to be the foreign concession
in the 19th-20th Century and witnessing Shanghai begin its thriving
modern history. See the exotic building clusters in the Bund of
Shanghai alongside Huangpu River. Then get across the river, here in
the bustling Lujiazui district, ascend Shanghai World Financial Center, one of the highest building, for a stunning high-altitude view.
Fly from Shanghai to Chengdu.
Buddha Zen Hotel Chengdu,
Grand Hyatt Chengdu
Drive from Chengdu to Dujiangyan City, where the panda base
is an important part of the UNESCO-protected Sichuan Giant Panda
Sanctuaries. After the safety training and putting on working clothes,
you’re now an honorary panda keeper for one day. Take
good care of those adorable fur balls by cleaning their house, making
them the cakes and biscuits and feed them. Meanwhile you will learn
knowledge of giant pandas, e.g. how they live in the wilderness.
Besides observing them closely, you can also take photos together with panda by holding it (with extra fee).
Panda Volunteer Experience
Have an easy walk up Mount Qingcheng, the place of
origin of Taoism and one of the four great Taoist mountains in China
featuring verdant forests and home to lots of cultural relics and
historical Taoist temples.
Thereafter, wonder at the ancient Dujiangyan Irrigation System,
originally built in 256 BC during China’s Warring States Period. It is
the world’s earliest existing hydraulic engineering. After more than
2,200 years, it is still in use today.
Drive back to Chengdu and check-in to hotel.
Fly from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou in the morning. Pick up and take a nature tour of Hunglong.
A true natural wonder in the world, Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area
is a paradise for rare flora and fauna, including giant panda and
Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey. Take in the breath-taking views by
walking through or passing by snow mountains, virgin forests, valleys,
waterfalls and the amazingly colorful lakes.
Sheraton Jiuzhaigou Resort,
New Jiuzhai Hotel,
InterContinental Resort Jiuzhai Paradise
After breakfast, enjoy a beautiful trip of Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area.
The long zigzagging jiuzhaigou valley is of an average altitude of
30000 meters, and forms a series of forest ecosystems. The scenery is
made of a series of narrow, cone-shaped karst formations and
spectacular waterfalls. There are about 140 species of birds in the
valley, as well as many endangered plant and animal species.
Fly to Chengdu.
Important notice: currently
Jiuzhaigou is only partially open since the 2017 earthquake and is
expected to be fully open after recovery. Meanwhile, as a result of the
flight reductions, passengers can only fly into and out of Jiuzhaigou
via Chengdu with night flight. So your tour to Jiuzhaigou is likely to
be adjusted accordingly.
Today make your way to Mount Emei Scenic Area,
including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area, which was listed as a UNESCO
World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1996.
The 8th-century Leshan Giant Buddha, also named
Lingyun Buddha, is located on the east bank of Minjiang River. It is a
statue of Maitreya, as high as 71 meters – the largest cliff carving
statue in China. Take a short cruise on the river so that you can get a
full picture of Leshan Giant Buddha.
Stay overnight at the foot of Mount Emei.
Century Sunshine Hotel Emeishan,
Emeishan Huasheng Hotel,
JZ Hotel Emei
Leshan Giant Buddha
Take the shuttle bus up Mount Emei, featuring beautiful
views and home to a wealth of Buddhist relics and sites, including
architectures, sculptures, ritual, music, and painting. Visit Wannian Temple,
one of the oldest temples on Mount Emei, to see the tooth relic of
Buddha, the bronze statue of Samantabhadra and Buddhist classics.
Then hike to Qingyin Pavilion, a fine example of Chinese Buddhist temple garden. Observe the wild monkeys around Wuxiangang parking lot. Take shuttle bus down to visit the Baoguo Temple. It is the first and most famous temple of Emei and the local Buddhist activity center.
Drive back to Chengdu
Mount Emei (Golden Summit)
In the morning, fly from Chengdu to Lijiang. Pick up and check-in to your hotel in Dayan Old Town. The UNESCO-listed Lijiang Old Town
is a well-maintained ancient town inhabited by Naxi ethnic people for
generations, and includes Dayan, Baisha, Shuhe and Black Dragon Pool.
Relax at hotel and then you’re encouraged to have a leisure stroll
through Dayan’s ancient alleyways, beautiful architectures, to experience Naxi culture, and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.
Banyan Tree Lijiang,
Grand Hyatt Lijiang,
Ivy Garden Resort Hotel (Lijiang Dayange)
Lijiang Old Town
Visit the amazingly beautiful Jade Dragon Snow Mountain,
a holy mountain for local Naxi people. Ride a cable car to see the
mountaintop prairie, valley, river, forests and glaciers. If you
prefer, enjoy the show of Impression Lijiang staged in Ganhaizi Scenic Area of the snow mountain.
Then head for Baisha Ancient Town, more authentic and
less-crowded than Dayan Old Town. Therefore you can experience a more
traditional way of living of Naxi people. Admire the Lijiang Dongba
culture relics – the Baisha Mural.
Tour Black Dragon Pool to visit a Dongba Culture Museum, and
see beautiful ancient pavilions and bridges, as well as Jade Dragon
Snow Mountain reflected on the pool, creating Lijiang’s iconic image.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
This morning depart Lijiang and heard for Shangri-La. On the Way, enjoy the magnificent views of the First Bend of Yangtze River at Shigu Town. It is a big V curve formed when the Yangtze River stopped by a hill. Then stand amidst the breathtaking Tiger Leaping Gorge,
one of the biggest and most famous gorges on Earth, and a paradise for
nature lovers. You will never be tired of its sheer beauty and
Arrive in Shangri-La, more isolated and mysterious than most places in the world.
Songtsam Linka Shangri-La,
Songtsam Shangri-La (Lvgu) Lodge,
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Enjoy the morning by visiting the 17th-century Ganden Sumtsaling Monastery, which
makes you feel you are amid an ancient Tibetan castle with
golden-topped buildings, artistic decorated chambers and many cultural
relics and works of Buddhist art.
Then experience the extreme serenity and take in sights at Potatso National Park,
boasting a perfect eco-system of virgin forests, alpine meadows and
rivers. You may encounter small cute wild animals like squirrels in the
middle of the road.
Ganden Sumtsaling Monastery
This morning, visit the old town of Shangri-La,
named Dukezong, a bustling commercial hub on the great Tea-horse Road,
and inhabited by humble Tibetan people for over a thousand year. Walk
on the slabstone paths to appreciate the Tibetan dwellings, walk the
Moonlight Square and climb up Guishan Hill to see world’s largest prayer wheel.
In the afternoon, fly from Shangri-La to Kunming, named the “spring city” in China.
Crowne Plaza Kunming City Centre,
Cachet Boutique Kunming Artime
World’s largest prayer wheel in Dukezong Ancient Town
Today, have a visit of the Stone Forest (Shilin) UNESCO Global Geopark,
part of South China Karst, with a forest of karst geology that began
to form 300 million years ago. Wonder at the grotesque karst pinnacles,
caves, bridges and waterfalls. And also you can experience the ethnic
Yi traditions in Shilin County.
Thereafter transfer to the airport of Kunming and fly to Guilin, known as the most beautiful places to visit in China.
Guilin Shangri La Hotel,
Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel Guilin,
Further explore South China Karst by taking a 4 to 4.5-hour cruise through Li River, embraced by ragged Karst peaks.
Picture yourself boating on a Chinese landscape painting. If you’re
lucky, you may see local fisherman fishing with cormorants.
Go ashore in Yangshuo. Roam the bustling West Street, time-honor alleyways lined with snack stalls, souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants…
Thereafter, ride a bicycle or sit on your private vehicle to tour the countryside of Yangshuo.
Soak in the amazingly beautiful surroundings of limestone hills, green
vegetation, twisting rivers, vast farmlands stretching to ancient
Enjoy Impression Liu Sanjie night show, performed in the outdoor with real landscape as the backdrop (optional).
Yangshuo Banyan Tree Hotel,
Yangshuo Mountain Retreat
Li River Cruise
Drive from Yangshuo to Guilin. Explore Reed Flute Cave,
the most spectacular karst cave in Guilin, featuring a grand, mystical
underground palace of a series of stalactites and stalagmites, lighted
up by gorgeous colorful lights.
Take high speed train from Guilin to Hong Kong, which
is getting closer and closer with the Mainland, with bullet trains and
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge – world’s longest sea-crossing bridge.
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong,
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong,
JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
Reed Flute Cave
One of the busiest metropolises and one of the most popular
destinations in the world, Hong Kong fascinates people with its free,
laid-back atmosphere, numerous amazing shopping malls and wonderful
foods. Enjoy yourself the free day in Hong Kong, relaxing and go
Enjoy a transfer with your private guide and driver from hotel to the
airport and board your onward international flight. China Culture Tour
service ends. Farewell and safe journey!
Lion dance during Chinese New Year
- In-country transportationas noted in the itinerary.
- Admission fees and activity expenses as noted in the itinerary.
- Luxury or boutique hotels centrally located.
- Meals in local restaurants as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water.
- Your own English-speaking guide service.
- Your own chauffeur and vehicle service.
- International transportation.
- Chinese tourist visa. (which enquired for most foreign passport holders)
- Travel and medical insurance.
- Meals, snacks, alcohol, etc. apart from those included in the itinerary.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Personal expenses.
- Sights, excursions and activities not included in the itinerary.
- Gratuities to guide and driver.