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China. Beijing, sacred mountains, Avatar park and villages on the Li river

Price
$2480
+ flight to Beijing and from Guangzhou back home
Duration
13 days

What you get

China
The Wall, pandas, tribes
Transportation
During the entire trip
Guiding
Professional tour leader - traveler
Tickets
To domestic flights
Accommodation
12 nights
Physical grade
Level 1 (easy) out of 5

China. Beijing, sacred mountains, Avatar park and villages on the Li river

Can you see all the famous places of China in just two weeks, as well as visit authentic villages without tourists? Yes, you can, if you join us on this journey! 

  • Walk on the largest glass bridge in the world over the abyss 
  • Explore the part of the Great Wall of China where tourists do not get
  • Walk on suspension bridges over the flying cliffs of the iconic Avatar Park 
  • Observe cute pandas at the famous research center in Chengdu 
  • Meet the most vivid people of southern China - long-haired Yao, singing Zhuangs and excellent Miao cooks

Trip code
CHMJ
China. Beijing, sacred mountains, Avatar park and villages on the Li river

The price of the trip includes:

  1. Two domestic flights
  2. All transportation, including trains, buses, city transport and taxis
  3. Entrance tickets to all attractions along the route (up to $350)
  4. Accommodation throughout the trip
  5. Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included:

  1. Flight to Beijing and from Guangzhou back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals)
  2. Food (about $ 15-20 per person per day)
  3. Insurance (mandatory)
  4. Visa to China.

Departures

Individual Tour
You can choose your date

Day 1

Beijing Old hutong district Tiananmen square

We arrive in Beijing and check into a guesthouse in one of the old hutong district. Here, traditional Chinese rectangular courtyards are connected by narrow streets. We wander around the area to feel the spirit of medieval Celestial Empire, and then head to the largest square in the world - Tiananmen. 

We walk around the square and visit the famous Forbidden City - the main palace of the Chinese emperors from the 15th century. Need we say, that this palace is the largest in the world? It consists of 980 buildings, and has an area of 720 thousand square meters! The last Chinese emperor Puyi was expelled from this palace in 1924. If you have seen the famous movie "The Last Emperor" you have some idea about what life was like in this palace in the emperial times! 

Next, we head to the Temple of Heaven. Built around the same time as the Forbidden City, it was used by emperors for prayers for the country's prosperity. In the evening, we will explore the area where our guesthouse is located and enjoy our dinner of traditional Beijing duck in the restaurant popular among locals. 

Day 2

Great Wall of China

In the morning we take the train to Badaling (about 1 hour on the way). This part of the Great Wall of China, was built in 1504 and is well preserved. The first Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang came up with the idea of the Wall and began to build it back in the 3rd century BC. If you saw the famous film "Hero" you already know something about this ruler, who became a national hero. (And if you haven’t seen the movie, you must watch before you go to China!) 

The Wall was supposed to protect the empire from numerous tribes of nomads. We will walk about 10 kilometers along the Wall, from the most popular part, where crowds of selfie lovers gather, to places unknown to tourists. The wall constantly goes up and down, the steps are very unusual, and the views are fascinating! We return to Beijing by train (1 hour on the way), go to the airport and fly to Chengdu where we check into a hotel. 

Day 3

Chengdu Wolong Panda Research Center Museum of poet Du Fu The largest shopping center in the world

Chengdu is a huge Chinese metropolis, but all over the world it is known primarily because of the pandas. We will visit one of the most famous panda places - Wolong Panda Research Center. It boasts more than 150 individuals of the big panda, as well as red Chinese monkeys, snow leopards and red pandas. We will observe the life and games of animals that have become a symbol of China. Get your cameras ready! 

After lunch we head to the museum of the most famous Chinese poet Du Fu, who lived in the 8th century. We will see a reed hut recreated from a hut that the poet built himself and which he used as his home for almost four years. Du Fu became famous for his poems about the hard life of ordinary Chinese people, as well as the fact that he dared to write poems critical of the emperor himself! 

In the evening we head to the largest shopping center in the world, New Century Global Center. This area of 1 million 700 thousand square meters, is known not only for thousands of shops and restaurants, but also an artificial beach with sand, a Mediterranean village, a life-size pirate ship and even an Olympic-size ice skating arena.

Day 4 - 5

Holy Emeishan mountain Leshan Buddha statue Traditional Sichuan opera

In the morning we leave for Emeishan by train (about 3 hours on the way). Known as one of the four sacred mountains of Chinese Buddhists, it is considered the place where Samantabhadra, one of the main disciples of the Buddha, attained enlightenment. Temples have been built on the mountain since ancient times in his honor. There were more than a hundred! Only a few have now been restored. We will get to the top of the mountain by cable car and visit the 9th century temple with a famous ancient statue of Samantabhadra riding an elephant. 

We spend the night in a hotel near the mountain, and in the morning leave for Leshan (about 2 hours on the way). This place is known because of the giant Buddha statue carved into the rock on the spot where three rivers meet. A figure 71 meters high was created in the 8th century! We will climb the steps to take a closer look at the serene face of Buddha, and then take a boat on the river to enjoy the scenery and observe the work of the fishermen. 

In the evening we set off to watch the traditional Sichuan opera. It will be a performance with national music, a shadow theater and mask shows. A very unusual show!

Day 6 - 8

"Avatar park" The world's highest glass bridge

We fly to Zhangjiajie and check into a hotel in Wulingyuan National Park. It became famous all over the world when the movie "Avatar" was released. After all, it was here that they shot amazing scenes of flights on weightless rocks! The Chinese name of the park might be difficult to remember, so the park is known as the "Avatar park". We will spend two days here, enjoying unreal scenery and pristine nature!

Ride cable cars between sharp spiers towering above the fogs. Explore secret paths in the jungle, where exotic birds live by the rivers and unusual plants grow. And, of course, the main attraction - the world's highest glass bridge over the abyss. Ready to walk on the glass 300 meters above the canyon?!

Day 9 - 10

Fenghuang, the Venice of China Longsheng rice terraces

We take a bus to Fenghuang (about 4 hours on the way). Known as the Chinese Venice, this town preserved its architecture from 16-18th centuries. Miao people (Hmongs) live here in wooden houses on stilts above the water. After checking into a hotel, we will ride a boat exploring the canals of the river, visit local temples and learn more about the traditional Miao beliefs. The town is also known for its cuisine - cookies made from pork blood and soy broth, pastry with river shrimps and crabs. 

The next day we leave for Longsheng (4 hours on the way). This place is famous for rice terraces that snake around the steep mountain slopes. Representatives of the largest national minorities of China, the Yao and Zhuang peoples, live in the surrounding villages. Yao women are known for never cutting their hair and styling it in intricate hairstyles. By hairstyle, you can find out not only the marital status of a woman, but also if she has any children! As to Zhuangs, they are famous throughout China for their national music and dancing. We walk along the slopes between the rice fields, observe the simple rural life and learn more about the traditions of local residents.

Day 11 - 13

Yangshuo town The most famous landscapes in China Riding bamboo boats Fuli village

In the morning we take a bus to Yangshuo town (about 3 hours on the way). We check into a hotel in the center, near the Li river. These places are famous throughout China for their picturesque landscapes. The sharp karst cliffs between the bends of the river, rice fields and small villages drowning in orange groves ... You will not find a single Chinese poet or painter who has not depicted these places in his work!  Now this landscape is placed on the back of a 20 yuan bill. 

We will ride bamboo boats on the Li river, wander along the narrow streets of several villages near Yangshuo, watch the shepherds catch fish in rice fields and visit the vivid bazaar in the village of Fuli. 

On the last day of our trip we take a train to Guangzhou (5 hours on the way), take a taxi to the airport and fly home.

Tour leader

Olga WuWei
tour leader

Is this trip for you?

This trip is of easy physical grade. It includes long walks in cities, villages and in the national park. We will travel by trains, buses (trips lasting up to 5 hours) and take two short domestic flights. Accommodation in double/twin rooms in tourist class hotels and guesthouses. Each room will have attached bathroom with hot water, almost everywhere there will be wi fi internet.

Visa

Citizens of almost all countries need a visa to enter China.

The visa should be obtained in the Chinese embassy in the country of residence before the trip.

We provide free visa advice for clients.

Additional options

3g mobile internet in China
Price: + $30
Prepaid local sim card (no international calls) with 2GB internet package

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