11-day Signature West China Tour

Tour Code: ZTG-L-15 , Tour Type: Private Tour

The itinerary of 11 Days West China Tour offers the best preserved ancient towns, museums, villages, temples, mountains, national parks, including pandas and diverse cultural and traditional heritages. This itinerary is perfect for travellers who wants to see West China at its best.

11-day Signature West China Tour
  • Departure: Any day you want
  • Reply: Within 0.5~23.5 hrs.
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Our Advantages & Promise

  • One-on-one travel consultant service.
  • Flexible time schedule to suit your pace.
  • Selected and trained guides.
  • Western style service standard
  • DAY 1 Kunming

    Transfer via: flight - your arrangement

    Activities for today: airport transfer (Kuming)

    Arrive at Kunming Changshui International Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

  • DAY 2 Kunming

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Western Hill, Yunnan Nationalities Museum

    Today, we'll start our tour from the Western Hill. It will be a perfectly lovely trip to walk in this long wedge of parkland and explore the famous temples (Huating Temple and Taihua Temple included) and other cultural relics. Make some effort to climb up to magic Dragon Gate where you'll appreciate the panoramic view of Dian Lake as well as see a group of grottoes and sculptures. In the afternoon, continue your tour to Yunnan Nationalities Museum, the largest minority museum in China. You'll lift the mysterious veil of China's 56 ethnic groups and learn through many interesting exhibits like ethnic clothing, textiles, musical instruments, folk masks, folk arts and folk pottery, literature and so on.

    Visitors Overlook Tien Lake from Dragon Gate Western Hill
    Western Hill Park Charming Building Yunnan
    Yunnan Nationalities Museum
  • DAY 3 Kunming/Shilin/Kunming

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Stone Forest, Nuohei Village

    Today make an excursion (85 km) to Shilin county to see the typical Karst landform - Stone Forest. Walk into the Greater Stone Forest, marvel at groups of gray-black stone peaks and climb up a pavilion to have a panoramic view of the intricate stone forest. Visit the Lesser Stone Forest and listen to the legendary story of “Ashima”. It will be a real treat to visit the extraordinary natural stone forest. You feel like come into a "stone world". Later, drive about 40 minutes to visit Nuohei Village which is a typical Yi minority village with more than 600 years history in Shilin county and reputed as "the most famous stony village with Karst landscape". You'll totally indulge in this featured village of stone - stone houses, stone walls, stone paved roads, stone squares and stone mills…and have a wonderful time to explore local customs by visiting Nuohei Yi Ethnic Cultural Museum and local houses. (Note: If time permits, you can follow the locals and have in-depth experience to learn how to play Yi musical instrument, make Yi’s local food - Baba, or learn Yi embroidery, you should pay extra expense. Please tell your likes to your travel consultant or tour guide.)

    Kunming Stone Forest
    Nuohei Village
    Nuohei Village
  • DAY 4 Kunming / Lijiang

    Transfer via: flight - our arrangement

    Activities for today: Lijiang Ancient City

    Pick up at the hotel and transfer to the airport. Be met at the airport and transfer to hotel check in. Then visit Lijiang Ancient. Lijiang is a very well preserved old town built by Naxi people with unique cultural background. It was listed as the World Cultural Heritage Sites in 1997.

    Ancient City of Lijiang China
    Lijiang Old Town Alley
    Ancient City of Lijiang Alley
  • DAY 5 Lijiang

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: White Water River, Ganhaizi Meadow, Spruce Meadow, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Baisha Village, Baisha Murals

    Drive about 30km to Ganhaizi Meadow(3100M), you will take the sightseeig bus for a short visiting of the White Water River, take the chairlift up to visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The cableway will be arranged according to the condition of the mountain. You will hike around 1 hour in the original forest in Spruce Meadow (3200M). Enjoy the Impression Lijang Ethnic Show directed in Ganhaizi Meadow(3100M). A cultural show demonstrating the traditions and lifestyles of the Naxi, Yi and Bai peoples of the area. The show takes place inside Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Park at 3500m in an outdoor theater specifically designed to showcase the mountain which is used as a backdrop. The production itself was designed by Zhang Yimou, Fan Yue and Wang Chaoge, a cast of over 500 people, and a number of horses. In the afternoon, you'll stroll through Baisha Village, which is an enchanting traditional Yunnan village. Visit the Baisha Mural about 600 years old, which is one part of the World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO 1997.

    White Water River
    Spruce Meadow Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Lijiang
  • DAY 6 Lijiang / Chengdu

    Transfer via: flight - our arrangement

    Activities for today: Joseph Rock's Former Residence, Shuhe Old Town, Black Dragon Pool Park, Dongba Museum, airport transfer (Lijiang, Chengdu)

    Visit Joseph Rock's Former Residence at Yuhu Village, Shuhe Old Town, Black Dragon Pool Park, Dongba Museum. Then transfer to the airport and fly to Chengdu. Be met and transfer to the hotel.

    Shuhe Old Town Alley Lijiang
    Black Dragon Pool Park China
    Dongba Museum Dongba Tool Yunnan
  • DAY 7 Chengdu/Leshan/Chengdu

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Leshan Giant Buddha

    Morning drive to Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base to see the lovely pandas. Then move on to Leshan city to admire the famous Giant Buddha. Drive back to Chengdu in the afternoon.

    Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
    Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
    The Giant Buddha in Leshan, Sichuan
  • DAY 8 Chengdu

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Jinsha Site Museum, People's Park, Jinli Old Street

    Morning pay a visit to Jinsha Site Museum, which is built to protect, study and display the archaeological finds of Jinsha Site. Jinsha Site probably dates back to about 3,000 years ago, the time from the late Shang Dynasty (17th-11th century BC) to the early Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-476 BC). It is the core of Shang and Zhou Dynasty (17th century BC-221 BC) and the second ancient city of Shu State found only after the Three-Star Piles Museum. Altogether 63 sacrificial spots, 6,000 pieces of precious relics, over 70 building spots and 3 centralized cemeteries were unearthed here. Afternoon drive back to the city to visit People's Park and Jinli Old Street.

    Jin Sha Site Museum Chengdu
    Chengdu People's Park
    Chengdu Jinli Old Street House
  • DAY 9 Chengdu/Zhangjiajie

    Transfer via: flight - our arrangement

    Activities for today: airport transfer (Chengdu, Zhangjiajie), Tianmen Mountain

    Take the morning flight to Zhangjiajie. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to Tianmenshan National Forest Park (Tianmen Mountain). You will take the world's longest cable car up to the summit of the mountain. Tour the Biyeyaotai Scenic Area, walk along the plank road built along a cliff (glass walkway is optional, RMB 5/pp) and enjoy a breathtaking view of clouds, virgin thicket and unique peaks. Have a stunning bird's eye view of the "road to the Sky" - The road was built spiral along the high mountains and has 99 bens, looks awesome beautiful; walk up along the "steps to the heaven" and then go through a huge hole - "the gate of heaven". After sightseeing, drive about 40 minutes to Wulingyuan to Check in your hotel.

    N.B. flight from Chengdu to Zhangjiajie is only available on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

    Tianmen Mountain
    Tianmen Mountain
    View of the Heaven-Linking Avenue from a cable car
  • DAY 10 Zhangjiajie

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Bailong Elevator, Yuanjiajie Mountain, Tianzi Mountain, Ten Mile Natural Gallery

    After breakfast, drive to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. You will ascend the Yuanjiajie Mountain by Bailong Elevator. On the summit platform, you will see the Southern Sky Column - the prototype of the "Hallelujah Mountains" in Avatar. In January 2010, it had been renamed "Hallelujah Mountain Avatar" by the local government in honor of the movie. Proceed to the Platform of Forgetfulness to enjoy the nearby peak views and then walk across a supernatural work - the No.1 Bridge under Heaven. Climb up Tianzi Mountain. From the unique peaks in clusters here you will rediscover the mysterious setting of Avatar. Later, enjoy a walk along the dreamlike fairyland – Ten Mile Natural Gallery (mini-train is optional,round trip RMB 76/pp).

    Yuanjiajie Scenic Area
    Tianzi Mountain Zhangjiajie
    Ten-mile Natural Gallery
  • DAY 11 Zhangjiajie /Exit

    Transfer via: flight – your arrangement

    Activities for today: Golden Whip Stream, Baofeng Lake, airport transfer (Zhangjiajie)

    Visit the Golden Whip Stream - this charming valley is most likely to bring you into the Pandora's wonderland of the movie. Then enjoy a cruise on Baofeng Lake. Around the lake area the beautiful cataracts are found in the film Avatar. Transfer to the airport for your flight onward.

    Zhangjiajie Golden Whip Brook
    Baofeng Lake
    Baofeng Lake Zhangjiajie

Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip

Price Includes

Entrance fees:
To scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
All meals as specified in the itinerary. "B" stands for Chinese or western breakfast at your hotel. "L" for Chinese Lunch at local Chinese restaurant. "D" for Chinese dinner at local Chinese restaurant. If you have any special request about meals, like vegetarian, or Indian food etc, please inform us in advance.
Private Transfers:
Between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Zhangjiajie by the private air conditioned vehicle with driver.
Private tour escort for Sightseeing:
As outlined in the Itinerary will be escorted with English-speaking guide.
The English-speaking guide and driver of each city accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
Service includes standard rooms for your tour group.
All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
All the domestic airfare of economy class with airport tax/ or train ticket(s) as specified in the itinerary.
Service Charge & Government Taxes.
The tour cost includes the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Excludes

Entry / Exit Airfare or train tickets..
Visa Fees; Trip Insurance; Credit Card Processing Fee;.
Excess Baggage Charges:
For checked luggage: Adult and children are entitled to a free checked baggage allowance in economy class of 20kg / 44. The size limit for each piece is 40x60x 100cmor 15.7x 23.6x 39.4 inches. For carry-on luggage: each economy class passenger is allowed one piece of 5kg / 11 lbs. The size limit for each piece is 20 x 40 x 55cm or 7.8 x 15.7 x 21.6 inches.
Personal Expenses:
Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities and sightseeing.
Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
Gratuities to guides or drivers.

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