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Beijing (4N) - Xi'an (2N) - Kunming (1N) - Lijiang (2N) - Shanghai (2N + 1N free) tour

This slightly longer tour features everything in Dragon Holiday's THE BEST OF CHINA tour plus a visit to the ethnically diverse province of Yunnan the south of China. Here you will visit the stone forest of Kunming, beautiful scenery and step back into time visiting the 800 year old town of Lijiang.

Maximum group size - 16 guests.
Minimum of 2 guests.
English-speaking guides and dedicated drivers included everywhere.  Meet and Greet at all airports.

For the prices below, we have separated the Land arrangements and international airfare. However, please note that the Land arrangements do include all domestic flights within China.

Day (International Flights)
Johannesburg - Hong Kong / Dubai / Singapore / other stopover
Flight from to Johannesburg to Hong Kong / Dubai / Singapore / Other stopover.

Day 1
Stopover destination - Beijing
Flight from (Hong Kong / Dubai / Singapore / other stopover) to Beijing.
Your international flight price will include this sector as a through-fare.

The price of the land arrangements below includes everything starting here:
Upon arrival at the stunning new Beijing Capital International Airport (built specially for the 2008 Olympics) and after clearing customs, your professional local English speaking guide will meet you in the Arrival Hall.  With your guide, enjoy the views of Beijing CBD & the SOHO Business Street on your way to the hotel. After checking-in and freshening up, your guide will take you for a stroll of the area around your hotel - the famous Wanfujing Street. Visit the Snack street off Wanfujing street where where you can sample local delicacies before returning to your hotel.

Day 2
Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch, Show)
After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour of Beijing visiting Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.  Drive along perhaps the most important street in Beijing - Chang an Avenue  - and your guide will point out  the National Grand Theatre and Ancient City Walls. After seeing how the nobility lived, partake of Jiaozi (steamed dumplings) for lunch in the company of a Chinese family. Later, enjoy a pedi-cab tour of the ancient courtyard houses called the Hutongs and the popular Houhai Lake Bar Street. After dinner, enjoy the exciting and dramatic Kung-fu show before returning to the hotel.

Day 3
Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch, special Dinner)
After breakfast at hotel, journey to the The Great Wall at Mutianyu. Stroll along this incredible wonder and enjoy the breathtaking view. After a late lunch at a good Chinese restaurant, return to Beijing to visit the tranquil Imperial gardens of the Summer Palace. In the evening, enjoy a delicious Peking Roasted Duck returning to your hotel.

Day 4
Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, visit the holiest temple in Beijing - Temple of Heaven and then the Lama Temple. After lunch at a good Chinese restaurant, drive through "Chinese Wall Street"- Beijing Bank Street to get to the famous Xiushui market where you will put your bargaining skills to work at the. In the evening, transfer back to your hotel.

Day 5
Beijing - Xi'an (Breakfast, special Dinner)
After breakfast, have some free time in the morning before saying goodbye to your Beijing guide as you will be transferred to the train station. Enjoy the scenery en-route on your High Speed train journey from Beijing to the ancient city of Xi'an. Upon arrival, your local Xi'an guide will meet you at the airport and take you to visit the Ancient City walls that surrounds this old city. If you are interested, you could even rent a bike on the wall and ride the entire wall in an hour and a half. visit the Big Goose Pagoda where you will be able to climb to the top of the pagoda for a bird's view of Xi'an. In the evening, enjoy a Dumpling banquet before returning to your hotel.

Day 6
Xi'an (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum; here, you will learn about China's history and have a better understanding before your visit to the warriors. After some Hand-pulled noodles for lunch, you will visit the thousands of life size Terracotta Warriors and Horses about an hour and a half from Xi'an. Your visit includes a Circlorama 360 film presentation of the history of the warriors..thus enhancing your visit. In the afternoon, you return to Xi'an to visit the Grand Mosque with Muslim Quarter. Stroll on Muslim street and see how Chinese Muslims live. Your guide will show you the famous local snacks available here. After an exciting day, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Optional extra - if you like extravagant costumes, elaborate staging and Chinese dances, ask your guide to take you to the Tang Dynasty dinner and show.

Day 7
Xi'an - Kunming (Breakfast, Dinner)
After breakfast, hop over to Shu Yuan Men for some unique shopping experience. It is time to say goodbye to your Xian guide as you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Kunming. Domestic Flight (included) from Xi'an to Kunming. On arrival in Kunming, your local English speaking guide will meet you at the airport and take you to the Western Hill and take a 10 minutes chairlift up the hill. From the top, follow a path winds down the famous "Dragon Gate". Visit the well-known Flower & Bird Market in the old part of Kunming city. After dinner, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kunming.

Day 8
Kunming - Lijiang (Breakfast, Lunch)
A rare experience today as you take a full day excursion to the legendary Stone Forest, where you marvel at the enthralling labyrinth of jagged limestone crags. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lijiang. Domestic Flight (included) from Kunming to Lijiang. Arrive at Lijiang. Visit the Suhe Tea and Horse Old Town, a primitive village which is special for its unsophisticated simplicity. Walk to the Black Dragon Pond, an ideal place to photograph the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (5596 m). Then free time on your own for sightseeing of the delightful, untouched and extremely historic Old Town of Lijiang.

Day 9
Lijiang (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, visit Dry Sea (Ganhai) the closest and also the best place to get a panoramic  view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the White Water River flowing down from top. Taste this pure, unpolluted water, allowing the cool sensation to wash away tension and inspire thoughts of the river's pristine source. Later, you drive on to the actual Jade Dragon Snow Mountain...ascending in a chair lift, and visiting Spruce Meadows. Hike on paths along he mountain to enjoy the breathtaking views of the main peak. On the way back, visit the Baisha Village, a simple Naxi village in the neighborhood of Jade Peak Monastery, and the 600-year-old "Camellia Tree of 10,000 blossoms" at the Yufeng Lama Temple.

Optional Extra: If you like shows, ask your guide about the "Impression Lijiang" show.

Day 10
Lijiang - Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch)
Buffet breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Domestic Flight (included) from Lijiang to the modern city of Shanghai. Upon arrival, your local Shanghai guide will meet you at the airport and take you to visit the Oriental Pearl TV tower, for a bird's-eye view of this modern city. Then on to Shanghai's landmark - the historic Bund. Later time for shopping in famous Nanjing Road. After dinner, have a cruise on the Huangpu River for the night view of Shanghai before transferring to your hotel.

Day 11
Shanghai (Breakfast, special Lunch, Show)
After breakfast, spend precious time in the classic Yuyuan Gardens. On to the bustling Yu Bazaar nearby, where you can pick up some souvenirs. Lunch is at a Mongolian Barbecue, which is as much a show as it is an exotic eating experience. Later, enjoy a walk along the adjoining Shanghai Old Street, with its endless streams of pedestrians, traditional shops, tea houses and theatres. Later to the incredible Urban Planning Museum on the People's Square. This evening enjoy the feel of old Shanghai at Xintandi, where a plethora of restaurants will attract you for drinks and dinner.  Later, be amazed by the sensational performance of the famous Acrobatic Show before returning to your hotel.

Day 12
Shanghai (Breakfast)
After breakfast, you will have a full day at leisure for independent sightseeing or shopping.

Day 13
Shanghai - Stopover destination - Johannesburg (Breakfast)
After breakfast, you will have a free day until your evening transfer to the station for the ride of your life. The Maglev bullet train will take you 431km/hr to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong / Dubai / Singapore / Stopover destination.

The inclusion in the land arrangements below includes ends here.

Flight from Shanghai to (Hong Kong / Dubai / Singapore / other stopover).
Your international flight price will include this sector as a through-fare.

Day (International Flights)
Arrival O R Tambo International Airport.
Home sweet home with unforgetable memories of your wonderful trip to China.

Important Note:
Due to the current fluctuation of the Rand against the US Dollar, we have quoted in US dollars for the land portion of this tour only. For the International flights, please advice us with your names as appearing on your passports to enable us to check for the availability of class of travel on our special IT fare.

Services included
A.  Domestic airfare and taxes between Beijing & Xi'an, Xi'an & Kunming, Kunming & Lijiang
      and Lijiang & Shanghai.
B.  Hotels (twin share basis) as listed in the itinerary.
C.  All Entrance fees as listed in the itinerary.
D.  Scheduled sightseeing by air-conditioned coach with a shared English Guide in each city.
E.  Meals and Entertainment as listed in the itinerary,
F.  Service Charge & Government Taxes.
G. Terms & Conditions

Services not included
A   International airfare (Johannesburg - Beijing & Shanghai - Johannesburg).
           See International airfare.
           Please advice us with your names to enable us to check for the availability on our
           special IT fare. Fare increase for tickets bought after Mar 31.
B.  Airport Taxes and fuel charges.
C.  Visa Fees.
D.  Gratuities, Tips to guides or drivers.
E.  Personal expenses (ie. laundry, beverages and entertainment not shown in itinerary)
F.  Meals: Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L", or "D".
G.  Single Room Supplement.
     Hotels in China charge per room per night - if you wish to stay in a room by yourself,
     add the single supp. price to the per person sharing rate.

  1. Due to the fluctuation of the Rand, we have quoted the land arrangements separately in US Dollars. However, our prices are still subject to change of the exchange rate between US$ and RMB.
  2. Subject to availability of the respective class of travel on Cathay Pacific airline. Please advise us with your names to enable us to check for availability on our special IT fare.
  3. The prices listed include a discount for cash payment either by wire transfer or cheque deposit, for any other type of payment, the discount price may not apply and subject to 5% surcharge.

Featured Hotels for this tour

4 Star option
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Jinjiang Hotel
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Yinxiang Old City Hotel
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Majesty Plaza (Officially rated 5 Star)
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Price Details (per person in US Dollars) -  2015

Single Room Supplement
     2015 - NO increase for another year !!!
GDT - Y0306
Mar 06
Mar 18
$ 3,340
$ 580
GDT - Y0327
Mar 27
Apr 08
$ 3,340
$ 580
GDT - Y0417
Apr 17
Apr 29
$ 3,390
$ 600
GDT - Y0501
May 01
May 13
$ 3,390
$ 600
GDT - Y0515
May 15
May 27
$ 3,390
$ 600
GDT - Y0529
May 29
Jun 10
$ 3,340
$ 580
GDT - Y0612
Jun 12
Jun 24
$ 3,340
$ 580
GDT - Y0626
Jun 26
Jul 08
$ 3,340
$ 580
GDT - Y0710
Jul 10
Jul 22
$ 3,340
$ 580
GDT - Y0724
Jul 24
Aug 05
$ 3,340
$ 580
GDT - Y0807
Aug 07
Aug 19
$ 3,340
$ 580
GDT - Y0821
Aug 21
Sep 02
$ 3,390
$ 600
GDT - Y0911
Sep 11
Sep 23
$ 3,390
$ 600
GDT - Y1009
Oct 09
Oct 21
$ 3,390
$ 600
GDT - Y1023
Oct 23
Nov 04
$ 3,390
$ 600
GDT - Y1106
Nov 06
Nov 18
$ 3,340
$ 580
GDT - Y1211
Dec 11
Dec 23
$ 3,290
$ 530
GDT - Y1218
Dec 18
Dec 30
$ 3,290
$ 530
GDT - Y1225
Dec 25
Jan 06
$ 3,290
$ 530