What you get
China. Deep immersion
From the noisy megacities, to the picturesque countryside - we will see all the contrasts of China. And also visit all iconic sights - the Wall, the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Army and much more.
- Walk a few kilometers along the Great Wall of China at a height of 7 meters
- Explore the "Avatar park" where the famous movie was shot and the longest glass bridge in the world over the abyss
- Ride a boat on the canals of the ancient town of Fenghuang, known as the Venice of China
- Visit Nakhi and Miao people - the most vivid national minorities of China
- Watch funny pandas in their natural habitat in Chengdu
We arrive in Beijing and check into the guesthouse in the old Hutong district. This is old Beijing, with two-story traditional houses and narrow streets. On the second floor families live, and on the first floor they run a family business - a shop, cafe or a workshop. Needless to say that the food here is delicious. Dumplings with various fillings, rice steam buns, traditional herbal tea, noodles, grilled meat, tofu cheese and eggplants cooked in different ways ... Enjoy!
We get to the famous Tiananmen Square - the largest square in the world. It can fit up to 1 million people. In the West, this area gained fame after the suppression of popular demonstrations here in 1989.
Next - is iconic Forbidden City - the main palace of the Chinese emperors for over 500 years. The name speaks for itself - this palace complex is located on 72 hectares and consists of 980 buildings!
By bus we go to Badalin (about an hour and a half on the way). This part of the Great Wall of China has been preserved very well. We will walk along the Wall for a few kilometers (the walk will take about 2 hours), enjoying scenic views on both sides. Imagine that quite recently it divided the Chinese kingdoms from the nomadic tribes.
A wall with a height of 7 meters stretches more than 21 thousand kilometers! They began to build it back in the 3rd century BC. A crucial role was played by the legendary emperor Qin Shi Huang - the founder of the Qin dynasty. Have you seen the famous movie "Hero"? That is the one.
In the evening we return to Beijing and enjoy a traditional dinner of the famous Peking duck.
Day 3 - 4
In the morning we leave for Luoyang by high-speed train (approximately 4 hours on the way). We check into a hotel and then go to see the main Buddhist caves of China - Longmen caves. Back in the 5th century, Buddhist monks settled here and began digging caves into limestone rocks. Now there are hundreds of them here!
The largest cave temples boast huge statues of Buddha and his disciples. And the height of the main statue is 15 meters! Perhaps the main pride of these places - unique wall painting, which are considered the best examples of Chinese Buddhist art.
We learn more about Buddhism and return to the hotel in Luoyang in the evening. In the morning we leave for Shaolin - a famous Buddhist monastery known for monks-masters of Chinese martial arts. It is located in a once very secluded place, but now quite a lot of tourists come here. It is believed that Shaolin was founded by a Buddhist monk from India. Soon this place became so popular that the first people of the empire began to come here.
In the West, Shaolin became famous thanks to Hollywood. Now monks show their skills in Kung-fu for the tourists. And those who wish can even stay in the monastery to study Chinese martial arts.
We will enjoy the show, observe Buddhist ceremonies in the temple of the monastery and in the evening go by train to Huashan (1 hour on the way). There we check into a hotel.
In the morning we go to the sacred mountain Huashan just outside of the city. This is one of the five sacred Chinese mountains, where famous sages of the Middle Kingdom went to hermitage. In ancient times medicinal plants were collected on this mountain. The Chinese believe that eating plants from this mountain leads to immortality.
Now these picturesque karst slopes covered with emerald jungle adorn many temples of various Buddhist schools. We will get to a height of 2380 meters on the funicular, and then we will walk for about 2 hours to the very top. Clouds will float right under our feet - an unforgettable experience!
Before the funicular was built here, the pilgrims climbed the mountain not just on foot, but along the sheer wooden steps that we will see from above. Those interested can test themselves and climb this famous “Death walk” - a narrow steep path over the very precipice!
Day 6 - 7
In the morning we leave by train to Xi'an (approximately 1 hour on the way) and check into a hotel in the center. We came to the old capital - one of the most ancient cities in the world, the first mention of which dates back 3 thousand years! The world-famous Terracotta Army is situated here.
Remember the emperor Qin Shihuadi, who built most of the Great Wall of China? An army of more than 8,000 full-size clay warriors was created to guard the emperor in the afterlife. Clay soldiers, horses and carts took 38 years to make and were placed around the burial place of the ruler. Now the army is located in a specially built huge pavilion a kilometer from the tomb. Peer into the faces of these immortal warriors. Each has unique facial features, facial expressions and character!
We go to the Pagoda of wild goose of the 6th century. It was built in the style of Indian pagodas. You will not see the same style anywhere in China. We walk on all seven tiers, admiring Buddhist relics. In the evening we walk in the center and try all kinds of famous local dumplings.
Day 8 - 9
We take a bus to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province (4 hours on the way). We check into a hotel, and take off to explore the city. Ready to try traditional local spicy food? Meat with sprouts and vegetables is hot and delicious! We head to the park and museum of Du Fu - the famous Chinese poet of the 8th century. Here we will walk in the hut, recreated from the hut, which the poet built with his own hands and which was his home for 4 years. It was here that he created the best of his poetry.
We return to the modern and visit the largest shopping mall in the world - the New Century Global Center. This huge glass building boasts an area of 1 million 700 thousand square meters of shops, restaurants and hotels. But this is not your average mall! For example, it has an artificial beach with sand, an Olympic-sized ice-skating arena, a “Mediterranean village” and a huge pirate ship.
In the evening we head to the traditional Sichuan opera. One and a half hours of national music and singing, shadow theater, acrobats and mask shows!
In the morning we head to the Wolong Panda Research Center. Here, on an area of 2 square kilometers, more than 150 big pandas live. They are sharing the Center with snow leopards, red pandas, golden monkeys and deer.
All these animals live in the wild. We will learn more about these unique animals, which have become a kind of symbol of China and will observe how pandas live in their natural environment. There will be a lot of bamboo and cute scenes!
In the evening, we take the train and Emeishan (1 hour on the way). We check into the guesthouse at the foot of the mountain.
Day 10 - 11
In the morning we take a cable car to the top of Emeishan mount. This is one of the four sacred mountains of Chinese Buddhists. They believe that one of the main disciples of the Buddha, the bodhisattva Samantabhadra, reached enlightenment here. On the mountain, between the wild jungle, there used to be more than a hundred Buddhist temples. But they all suffered greatly from the Cultural Revolution of the Chinese Communists. Now some temples are restored.
We will go, in particular, to the 9th century temple, which boasts an ancient statue of Samantabhadra on the elephant.
Next morning we head to nearby Leshan. Here we will visit the famous 71-meter tall statue of Buddha, which used to be the tallest statue in the world. Built in the 8th century, the Buddha’s face faces Mount Emei, and his feet rest on the confluence of three rivers. We will ride a boat on the river and watch local fishermen.
Day 12 - 14
We return to Chengdu and fly to Zhangjiajie where we check into a hotel in the Wulingyuan National Park. This place is known as the “Avatar Park", because it was here that the unrealistically beautiful scenes of the weightless rocks of the famous Hollywood film were filmed. We will spend the next two days exploring this miracle of nature.
Thousands of years of winds cut these karst rocks into bizarre forms. In the morning, thin spiers of rocks rise above the clouds! We will walk on ropeways, admiring the views and enjoying the cleanest mountain air. We will walk in the jungle along the rivers, looking out for strange birds and exotic plants. But the main thing - of course, is the biggest glass bridge in the world over the abyss. 300 meters above the canyon! Are you ready?
Day 15 - 16
Bus to Fenghuang (about 4 hours on the way). This city on water looks like a scenery for the film. Here in the wooden houses on stilts the Miao people still live. All the architecture of the old city has been preserved from the 16th to 18th centuries. And because of the canals of the river, which cut through the city, it is also called the Chinese Venice.
We will explore the canals on boasts. watching the traditional life of the locals. We will also visit local temples and enjoy the original cuisine - for example, cakes with river shrimps, crabs on sticks in the dough, cookies from pork blood and soy broth. On the last evening in the city, we take the night train to Liuzhou.
Day 17 - 19
In the morning we arrive in Liuzhou and take a bus to Yangshuo (approximately 3 hours on the way). We check into a hotel in the nearby town of Xingping. We literally hit the most beautiful places in all of China! These landscapes of the bends of the Li River and karst rocks on its banks have for centuries inspired the most famous poets and artists of the Middle Kingdom. Now they are even depicted on the back of a 20 yuan note.
And life in the surrounding villages is still unhurried. Children do their homework sitting on wooden stools right on the narrow streets. Adults gather fruit in orange groves and go fishing in the rice paddies. People of the most vivid national minorities of China come to the bazaar in the neighboring village of Fuli from their remote villages. This is where we will see their bright costumes and often very interesting objects that they come to sell.
We sail in bamboo boats on the river. In the morning of the last day we go to see the rice fields in Longsheng. Yes, local farmers came up with the way to grow rice in the middle of the mountains! Terraces go around every mountain, like winding snakes - the view from the top is simply unforgettable.
Day 20 - 21
We leave by train to Kunming - the capital of the southernmost province of China - Yunnan (approximately 4 hours on the way). We check into a hotel in the center. Next morning we are going to Shilin Stone Forest. Here in an area of 500 square kilometers there are thousands of sharp stone rocks that resemble trees. We can climb some of them to explore the unusual landscape from above. And the passages between other rocks are so narrow that a person can hardly fit there.
We return to Kunming and head to one of the main tea markets in China. Local tea shops have every kind of tea for every taste, and even hundreds of varieties of tea, the existence of which you did not suspect. Old pu-erh, oolong tea, herbal teas, the freshest green, pink, floral ... And the abundance of tea-ware! We will also see the famous traditional tea ceremony here.
Finally, we will try the famous local noodles. The most famous soup consists of chicken, turkey, cabbage, sprout, green onion and rice noodle. Delicious! In the evening we take the night bus to Lijiang.
Day 22 - 23
In the morning we arrive in Lijiang and check into a hotel in the old district. This city is more than 800 years old, it appeared as a stop on the Ancient Tea Road. Now the old center with cobbled narrow streets and old houses is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. We will walk along the historical streets, sit in the cozy tea houses, where locals still like to hang out and try unusual local dishes - yak meat, cookies with roses and different types of vegetables.
We will also visit the nearby Baisha village to get closer to the culture of the Nakhi people who live in the area around Lijiang. In China, they are known primarily as excellent musicians and dancers. They are also famous for their matriarchy. Nakhi women work the fields together with men, and children inherit the property and the last name only from the mother.
Next morning we go to the national park at the foot of Mount Yulongshan with a stunning view of the Jade Dragon Mountain. To the top of 4506 meters above sea level we will get by the cable car. Then we will walk to the height of 4680 meters. In the evening we return to the hotel.
Day 24 - 26
In the morning, we take a bus to the Tiger Leaping Gorge (approximately 4 hours), where the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia, begins its journey. We will leave the things in the village of Qiaotou and begin our two-day trek in the gorge. We will enjoy incredible mountain views, fresh air and sounds of wildlife. In two days we will do approximately 24 km, and spend the night in simple houses.
We take a bus to Shangri-La (about 4 hours), to the foot of Southern Tibet, where we will stay in the guesthouse. Shangri-La is an old town in a valley populated predominantly by Tibetans. More recently, this city was called differently, but the Chinese renamed it, giving it a name coined by renowned science fiction writer James Hilton. Does this place look like a country of eternal youth and an earthly paradise from Hilton's novel? You decide!
We will walk in the local colorful bazaar and visit the Songzanlin Monastery, one of the largest Tibetan monasteries outside the Tibet Autonomous Region, also known as the Little Potala. Currently about 700 monks live in the monastery. We take a bus Shaxi(4 hours on the way) and check into a hotel.
Day 27 - 28
In the morning we go to the Shibaoshan monastery on the mountain. Here we will see ancient statues of Buddha and his disciples and unique wall paintings, which date back to the heyday of the Nanzhao kingdom in the 9th century. By bus we go to Dali, the former capital of the ancient state of Nanzhao and the Kingdom of Dali of 10-13 centuries (2-3 hours on the way). We check into a hotel and walk around the old town, visiting the "Three Pagodas" of the 9th century and get acquainted with the local Bai people.
Perhaps we will see the traditional tea ceremony of the Bai people. To put it mildly, it is very different from the traditional Chinese. Tea is brewed three times. The first time the water with the leaves is shaked, creating bubbles. The second time sugar and nuts are added in the tea. And third time, they add Sichuan pepper, honey and ginger!
Day 29 - 30
In the morning we drive to the Buddhist monastery Wu Wei in the mountains. This is a very small temple, with very few visitors. This will be a complete immersion in the monastic life and a lot of new knowledge about Buddhism. We will meet with the abbot of the temple - a real Kung Fu master and we will observe the lesson that he teaches monks and students every day. We will also take part in the Buddhist ceremony in the temple of the monastery, see the tea ceremony and have lunch with the monks.
We return to the city for the night. Our next day is free. On the last day, we take a train to Kunming (2 hours on the way) and fly to Beijing. There we transfer to the flight home.
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Стоимость путешествия включает:
- Domestic flights;
- All transportation, including trains, buses, city transport and taxis;
- Accommodation throughout the trip;
- Entrance tickets to all attractions along the route;
- Professional guiding services.
What is NOT included:
- Flight to Beijing and back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals);
- Food (about $ 15-20 per person per day);
- Insurance (mandatory);
- Visa to China.
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