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14 Days China & Yunnan Ethnic Minorities Tour

  • Yunnan Ethnic Tour
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Tour Code:
BJH-ET-14
Duration:
14 days & 13 nights
Departure:
You Choose!
Pickup:
about 8:30am at your hotel daily
Finish:
about 5:30pm at your hotel daily
Service:
Entrance fees + flavor meals + private tour guide, driver & vehicle

Trip at a Glance

Day 1 - 3:
Shanghai;
Day 4 - 8:
Lijiang/Kunming;
Day 9 -11:
Xian;
Day 12-14:
Beijing;
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Will

Travel Consultant: Will

Updated this article on Nov 27 2014

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Trip Overview

Exploring the majestic and colorful culture of 26 ethnic minorities, marveling Exploring the majestic and colorful culture of 26 ethnic minorities, marveling at the diverse and wild landscape, and experience the rapid changes from the ancient to the modern in the golden triangle cities –this China tour is the most COLORFUL!

Itinerary Details Day by Day

Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

Welcome to Shanghai, the most metropolis of China!

Upon arrival at Shanghai airport, you'll be met and taken to have an 8-minute high-tech Maglev Train.Shanghai's Maglev Train, the world's fastest train running 430km/hr. Your driver is ready to pick you up at the Longyang Road station, where you will get off your Maglev Train, and transfer you to your hotel.  

The rest of today is at your leisure.

Day 2 Shanghai ( B,L )

Today start your Shanghai exploration with the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, which chronicles Shanghai’s past, present and future. Later you will take a stroll through the elegant Yu Garden and the busy Yuyuan Market for a glimpse of local people's lives, followed a visit to a silk workshop.

Today's tour ends at the Old French Concession, where you will see beautiful old villas of French style and know more about Shanghai's past. After that, you will walk down the Bund along the Huangpu River and visit the Nanjing Road. In the evening, enjoy the breathtaking Acrobatic Show. (Optional)

Shanghai yuyuan garden wall
Day 3 Shanghai & Flight to Yunnan ( B,L )

After breakfast at your hotel, you will drive to Jinmao Tower and climb up the top of Jinmao Tower; 88-storey skyscraper in Shanghai for the bird's view of Pudong New District. Then stroll at the Shanghai People's Square. After that, continue to visit Tianzifang, an artsy area housing bars, cafes, crafts shops, design studios, galleries and boutiques.

Being free until transferred to the airport and take a flight to Lijiang ancient town, to witness the exotic ethnic cultures in China's remote southwest. Upon your arrival in Lijiang, be met and transferred to your hotel.

The Bund5
Day 4 Lijiang ( B,L )

Today you'll pay a visit to the amazing Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery and pristine glaciers.

Then you'll move to the exquisite Baisha Mural Painting, which embody a kind of life of Naxi people. Go to the Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture to appreciate more about the attractive folklore & culture of Naxi people, followed by a visit to the scenic Black Dragon Pool Park.

Yunnan Ethnic Tour
Day 5 Lijiang – Shangri La ( B,L )

Today you'll be driven to marvel at the stunning First Bend of the Yangtze River and have a little challenging trek to the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Later, you'll drive to Shangri La, about 100km. You'll enjoy the enchanting natural scenes and various kinds of wildlife on the way.

Tiger Leaping Gorge
Day 6 Shangri La ( B,L )

Today you'll be picked up by your personal tour guide and then explore the on-earth paradise described in the famous novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton.

After that, you'll visit the Songzanlin Lamasery to be touched about how the simple Tibetan keeps their pure and religious belief in this temporal world. Later take a leisurely walk along with the beautiful Bitahai and Shudu Lakes, feel marvel for the nature's masterpiece.

In the evening, pay a visit to a local Tibetan family and experience the highly-praised hospitality of Tibetan people.

Songzanlin Lamasery
Day 7 Flight to Kunming ( B,L )

Free until being escorted to the airport for your flight to Kunming. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel in Kunming. After a short rest, head to the Flower Market, Kunming is a city of 'flower'.

Then go to visit the West Hill, looking like a beautiful young lady lying beside Dianchi Lake. Stop by to see the magic Dragon Gate.

Flower market
Day 8 Kunming ( B,L )

Today your first stop is the renowned Stone Forest, the 'First Wonder of the World'. You'll marvel at its natural stone masterpieces and be bewitched by the intricate formations. You feel like come into a 'stone world'.

Afterwards, visit a minority village of Hani People, to admire their colorful minority costumes and exotic tradition cultures. You'll have a  chance to listen to the touching love story of Ashima told by local old people.

Minority Village
Day 9 Flight to Xian from Kunming ( B )

Free until being escorted to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel in Xian.

The rest of today is free at your leisure to explore the ancient heart of China.

Xian city
Day 10 Xian ( B,L )

Today your first stop is topay a visit to the ranks of the incredible Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century, it is one of the most popular tourist spots not to be missed by any visitors to China.
In the afternoon, visit the Ancient City Walls, the largest and best-kept city walls on earth. Strolling and cycling on the Walls is quite an enjoyable experience. Then visit the Bell Tower, a famous landmark of Xian ancient city.

Terracotta Warriors
Day 11 Xian-Beijing ( B,L )

Today you’ll visit the Great Mosque, a tranquil and historic mosque that has served Xian’s Muslim community for more than a millennium. By the way, you’ll stop by the Muslim Community.

Then head to the age-old Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the old-line Xian, a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists.

After lunch, be transferred to the airport and take a flight to Beijing, the capital city of China. Be met and transferred to your hotel by the local guide and the rest of today is free at your leisure.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda-2
Day 12 Beijing ( B,L )

Today you will move to visit the Tiananmen Square, the world's largest plaza. Walking through Tiananmen Gate, you'll enter the splendid Forbidden City, the most complete and imperial palace in China.
In the afternoon, you'll marvel at the Temple of Heaven where the emperors worshipped heaven and prayed for peace and harvest.

After the tour, back to your hotel.

Day 13 Beijing ( B,L )

Today you will be picked up by your personal tour guide from your hotel in the morning and then move to visit the world-famous Great Wall (Mutianyu section)(80km away from beijing downtown), it is known for its beautiful surroundings. It is a supurb location to apprieciate the grandness of the Great Wall or witness the breathtaking views of this man-made wonders by taking a cable car(optional).

After the Wall visit, you'll take a leisurely stroll along the tranquil Sacred Road to explore the Ding Tomb of Ming Imperial Tombs.

Feel a little bit tired? Not to worry! We will arrange a foot massage for you free of charge, just relax and enjoy it! After today's tour, you'll be transferred back to the hotel.

Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 14 Beijing Departure ( B,L )

Today you’ll visit the fabulous Summer Palace, which is the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China, the next ‘must see’ site after the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

Then you will be escorted to the airport for a flight to your next destination or back to your home.

A Bridge in Summer Palace
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Most Recommended Add-ons / Optional Activities

+ 3 more days to cruise the world's third longest river - Yangtze River

Yangtze River is the world's third longest river, and your China tour is not complete without a luxury Yangtze River Cruise.

On a Yangtze River cruise you can participate in the onboard cultural activities, go exploring the riverside ancient towns, or simply relax on deck, breathe some fresh air, view the stunning passing scenery and take photos, explore the world-famous Three Gorges Dam, visit the mysterious Fengdu Ghose City, paddle through Lesser Three Gorges...

Relaxing Yangtze River Cruise
+ One night Beijing Opera Night Show tour only US $30 p/p

Pick up from your hotel in Beijing around 6:00pm and make sure each participant will be on the bus in time from different hotels. Then go to Beijing Liyuan Theatre - located in Beijing Qianmen Hotel, 175 Yongan Lu, Beijing. Upon arrival at Liyuan Theatre, you will be led to your seat with help of both your tour guide and theatre staff who have your pre-booked entrance tickets.

Beijing Opera is mainly about the tales of successive dynasties regarding important historical events, emperors, ministers and generals, geniuses and great beauties, from the ancient times to Yao, Shun, Yu, the Spring and Autumn Period, the Warring States Period and the dynasties of Qin, Han, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing for 5000 years. Popular with western visitors, the Liyuan hosts Peking opera with English subtitles as well as acrobatics performances in the show. The show ends and you will be transferred back to your hotel around 9:20pm.

Beijing Opera-1

Price from $2761 (per person)

Price Conditions:
Price for private group from 10 persons in low seasons.


Please Note:
* The price of this trip changes a lot according your group number, travel season and tour class. Please contact one of our travel consultants for the most detailed quotation. We ensure the BEST price.
* Discounts for children in China are based on height. Let us know your child's age and height and we can calculate accordingly.

Price Inclusions:

  • Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Local flavor meals indicated in the itinerary;
  • Personal local English-speaking tour guide in every destination;
  • Private transfers with experienced driver between airports, hotels, scenic spots, etc;
  • Arrangements: charges of planning, handling, operational and communication;
  • Domestic flight/train from one destination to another one;
  • Centrally located hotels in each destination;

Price Exclusions

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China;
  • China Entry Visa Fees;
  • Optional tours or activities you’ve chosen;
  • Tips & gratitude to drivers and guides;
  • Personal expenses;

Service Overview of this Trip

Your experience is everything, so flawless personal service is our focus.

When you taking this trip with us, we'll make sure that you get the most out of your investment: the best value hotels, superior tour services, comfortable transfers and transportation, and an impeccable customer service.

Our Friendly & Experienced Local Tour Guide

When showing you a tourist destination, nothing is more important than the person hosting you. They must be gracious, patient, flexible, have a pleasing personality and speak English well.

Our guides are carefully selected and trained. We not only evaluate their language skills, their knowledge of sites but also their personality and ability to be a kind host.

From the moment you land in China to your departure flight home, they concentrate on your needs and being the best hosts to you that they possible can during the whole trip.

Moreover, they are flexible, so is this trip. Your guide can work with you to be flexible should you wish to change your itinerary. If its a small change they will sort it out directly with you. If its a big change they may need to call our office to coordinate it and quote costs if you are adding on to the itinerary.

Our Vehicle and Drivers Used in this Trip

We only use the safe, legal, clean and comfortable vehicle for your trip. We have a fleet of vehicles at our disposal, so depending on the size of your group, we will give you one that is the right size. We make sure everyone in your group has enough room to spread out and stow their luggage.

Normally you will have the same driver every day in a city. Drivers do not speak English, that is the job of the guide. Their job is to make you safe and comfortable.

Local Flavor Meals in this Trip

During this trip, you will have your breakfast on the hotel, which are all included in price of the package (only if you book the hotels with us).

For the lunch everyday, meals in good local restaurants include plenty of dishes selected according to your taste, and we will order more if need be, vegetarian and other special diets no problem. All lunches are included in the package.

For the dinner indicated in the itinerary, we usually take you to the very local famous restaurant, like the Quan Ju De Roast Duck in Beijing, Tang Dynasty Dumpling Dinner in Xian, etc.

For the meals not packaged on the itinerary, you can ask for some suggestions from your tour guide in each city and they usually know where to eat based on your interests.

Accommodations

We have a great relationship with a wide selection of hotels in each tourist city around China, so we could arrange the accommodations at the best price, from budget to luxurious and featured to modern, to meet every client's needs.

No Forced Shopping

Normally we arrange one or two shopping stops at each destination. At these shops you can buy genuine, high quality local specialties at a reasonable price. These shopping opportunities are according to your own desires; there will be no forced shopping.

Guaranteed Prices & No Hidden Fees

The tour price quoted for this trip what you'll pay, even if inflation or a drop in the dollar-to-yuan exchange rate increases operating costs. We have never increase your final payment, and we never will.

During the trip, no fees will be asked except for your personal expense and the additional activities.

Safety & Emergency

In case of any emergency, the following phone contacts are available.

Police: 110
Fire: 119
Hospital: 120
Traffic: 112

* Your travel consultant with his/her mobile phone in 24 hours.
* Our manager phone: +86 18211044601 (24 hours).

Why Travel with Us - our advantages

A China Local Travel Agency based in Beijing

* we specialize in Beijing and other tourist destinations around China;
* we can be with you every step of the way;
* we can offer the LOWEST price for all trips;
* we can deliver the very first-hand destination knowledge;
* we can provide 24/7 in-trip assistance;

Tailor-made Itineraries

All our tours are fully customizable.

We can work with you to put together an itinerary that fits your specific needs and interests. Our staff is fully qualified to work with you to customize an itinerary on a service by service basis. Just tell us what you want and we'll make it happen!

One-on-One Travel Consultant Service

After sending us an enquiry, one of our travel consultants will respond to you within 0.5~23.5 hours. In the next planning days, you will be working closely to design an ideal trip to suit your specific interests, requirements and budget.

During your trip, they always call you to make sure everything is going well as planned.

No Forced Shopping

Normally we arrange one or two shopping stops at each destination. At these shops you can buy genuine, high quality local specialties at a reasonable price. These shopping opportunities are according to your own desires; there will be no forced shopping.

Guaranteed Prices & No Hidden Fees

The tour price quoted for this trip what you'll pay for, even if inflation or a drop in the dollar-to-yuan exchange rate increases operating costs, we never increase your final payment, and we never will.

During the trip, no fees will be asked except for your personal expense and the additional activities.

Experienced Tour Guide & Driver

Our guides are carefully selected and trained. We not only evaluate their language skills, their knowledge of sites but also their personality and ability to be a kind host.

We only use the safe, legal, clean and comfortable vehicles for your trip.

Reviews of this Trip

------- Original Message -------
From: Patrick
Sent: 2015-12-27
Country: USA
To: Trudy

Good Day ma'am,

Many thanks for your great service - the train and airplane seats were great and I really appreciate you help with travel planning.

Very Respectfully,

Patrick

 

------- Original Message -------
From: Daniel Agana
Sent: 2015-12-05
Country: USA
To: Sophia

Dean Wudy was professional and an excellent tour guide! He was very helpful when we needed help with wheel chair issues. He helped us a lot through the entire trip, especially at the Great Wall. It is knowledge of Beijing history was great. We would recommend him and the driver Shed to anyone that comes to Beijing. We would like to have Dean and Shed for the next time we come to Beijing. This was a great trip. We love China.

 

------- Original Message -------
From: John Pritchard
Sent: 2015-12-01
Country: USA
To: Sophia

Wonderful time & Very helpful. Liked flexiblity language help & Lunch. Great Guys.

Beijing Holiday Review Form

 

------- Original Message -------
From: Chanlene Jacobs
Sent: 2015-11-22
Country: Canada
To: Sophia

We are very pleased with Mike & Chen's customer service. They are polite,kind and very paitent.

We will recommend to our friends & family.

Chanlene Jacobs

Sophia's Client Feedback

 

------- Original Message -------
From: Hassan Bawa
Sent: 2015-11-20
Country: Singapore
To: Sophia

Mr. Mike is asset to company. A very friendly and cautious person, very knowledgeable. Mr. Zhang is a skillful driver and knows the roads very well. Hope to see them again of our come to Beijing.

Beijing Holiday Review Form

 

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Trip FAQs & Notes

Here you will find the answers to the questions our travelers most frequently ask about this trip. If you do not find the answer to your specific question, please contact us directly.

1. What's the private tour type?

Only you and your family, friends or colleagues in this group to visit the destinations listed on the itinerary escorted by a private English-speaking tour guide and private vehicle with an experienced local driver.

2. Is this trip customizable?

Yes. You can either work with your travel consultant to put together an itinerary that fits your specific needs while planning step, or you may work with your tour guide while on tour should you wish to change your itinerary.

If its a small change they will sort it out directly with you. If its a big change they may need to call our office to coordinate it and quote costs if you are adding on to the itinerary.

3. What's the difference between group tour and private package?

Group tour means shared guide and shared vehicle, cost-saving but not customized, and also it is shopping tour, but you can know a lot of people from the group.

PRIVATE PACKAGE means we will provide you with a private vehicle, which is big enough for your group of people, and a private driver and guide for private tours and transfers as listed in our itinerary. Private tour is more flexible and valuable. You could spend more time at places you feel like than what has been scheduled. You could start your tour every day.

4. What's the arrangement of the vehicles for the tour?

Normally customers take care of the international flights on their own, and we can help you to book if you want. And the better thing is that leave the domestic transportation for travel agent, and they can book the train or flights based on your time and tour arrangement, it will be easy for them to change or cancel if there is any emergency.

5. How can we meet the guide at airport or train station?

Just tell the agent that your international flights information and we will arrange the guide and driver at the airport for you on time with your name card, and also the agent will arrange every city’s pick up and transfer for you, all you do is to enjoy worry-free trip in China.

6. Should we change our cell phone SIM card in China?

Normally you do not need, if you want to make a domestic call, you can ask help from the guide or hotel. If you want to communicate your travel agent at any time you want, tell them you need SIM card, they will arrange the guide help you to get one when you arrive.

And the SIM card will be 5-16$ with 4-15$ call charge in the card, which will be enough for your whole China tour.

7. What’s kind of clothes should we take? And what’s about the laundry?

Depends on how long you will stay and also the season, from late April to early Nov. you can just take some light clothes, other time, you need to take winter coat. And you can do the laundry in hotels where you will stay longer, and also different hotels have different charge rates. If necessary you can ask the guide to help to arrange it.

8. What’s the difference between shopping tour and non-shopping tour? Which one is better for me?

For shopping tour, you will be guided to some shops to buy things that you are interested, but this is not compulsive to buy, and shopping tour will be cheaper than non-shopping tour, but will be time cost in shops. And non-shopping tour you will not be guided to shops for the whole tour, and more time for sightseeing but more expensive.

If you want to buy something from China, shopping tour is better, and if you just want to enjoy the sightseeing non-shopping tour is the right choice. Also you can chose to have some shopping and non-shopping cities based on your needs if you go on a private tour.

9. How should I apply Chinese visa? Will you travel agent help with that?

Normally you need to go to the local Chinese embassy, and ask them what you should to prepare. And in some countries, they need invitation from China, so you can ask the Chinese travel agent to provide you the travel invitation, and then prepare some other documents, most time you can get the Chinese visa soon. And also you should apply the visa valid duration time based on your travel time, 15days, 30days or 90days.

10. Is it convenient for us to withdraw some money from bank in China? Should we bring cash with us for the tour?

If you hold visa card or MasterCard, you can get money at some ATM, and it will charge you some fee, different rate based on different card or country. Most shops and hotels can accept your credit card. And it is better for you to bring some cash with you, and you can change the cash at airport or hotel or bank, especially for USA dollar or Euro dollar, Australia dollar, most banks can accept that, but the change rate will change a little bit.

11. What if I get lost during the tour in China?

When you find the guide is not with you and can not find he or she in the immediate area, please don't panic, realize that your guide is not far away and he or she is actively looking for you. You will be found soon.

So you can stay where you are and let the guide find you. Do not move far away. This will ensure that you be found in a timely manner.

If there seems to be a problem with your guide finding you, find the nearest phone and call your travel company(local in China), the staff will help you to find the guide in the site. Or you can ask help from young people, because most young people can speak little bit English in China, and they will be pleasure to help you.

12. How far is Beijing airport to downtown hotels? How much it will cost if taking taxi?

It takes 40 ~ 50 minutes to drive from Beijing airport to downtown area.

To take a taxi, it cost around 100~200 RMB depending on the distance of your hotel to the airport. Subway and airport bus express are another good choice too, and they are bilingual instruction with English and Chinese.

13. What if I get sick while travel in China? Should I bring the medicine with me?

If you get sick during the trip, tell the guide or your travel agent immediately, and ask them to bring you to hospital for curing, and most hospital you just register with your passport and can get a doctor. If you catch cold or have loose bowels, just get some medicine in drugstores. If you need some special medicine, it is better for you to bring enough from your country.

14. Do the bathroom match our needs?

Most hotels especially for foreigners have closestool and shower bath, and luxury hotel even have bathtub. The hotels for foreigners are at least 3-star hotels, so the facility will be good.

15. How to avoid public holidays in China? And what will happen if come across the public holidays?

Usually the public holidays in China is Spring Festival (floating date), Labor Holiday (1st May-3rd May), Dragon Boat Festival (5th May-7th May in Chinese Lunar Calendar), the Mid-autumn Festival (15th -17th Aug. in Chinese Lunar Calendar), National Holiday (1st Oct.-7th Oct. golden week for tourism), all cost during these dates will rise much, hotels and vehicles will be 2-4 times expensive than usual.

If your travel will be in holidays, for one thing, your cost will be much more, and another is that you will see People Mountain People Sea in China.

16. Should I tip the guide and driver during the trip?

Although China is not a tips country, it will be better for people to tip the guide and driver if you think they provide you good service, it is not compulsive but it will show that you are gentle and polite.

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