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Our five nights at Guilin Ming Garden were great as well! It is certainly our favorite place in China. The apartment is remodeled, extremely clean and has a great view; having internet access is a nice touch and there is plenty of room for our entire family. After a long day of fun, it was relaxing to come home to delicious home cooked meals prepared by our nanny Mrs Huang.She made us feel right at home with her traditional Cantonese home cooked dinners: her normal dinner consist of soup, two meat dishes and two vegetable dishes; very much like the meals our Cantonese parents made for us when we were younger and the meals had brought back fond memories.
-Helen Lee

Mountains and Valley Tour

Mountains and Valley Tour

This is an ideal trip if you want to explore natural beauty of mountains and valleys while visiting key sites of the Buddhism. First you will get to absorb the amazing beauty of Jiuzhaigou, which is considered a "cousin" to Yellowstone Park in America. Jiuzhaigou means "valley of nine lakes". It is a wonderful place in between mountains, known for its many multi-level waterfalls, colorful lakes and snow peaks with breathtaking beauty. You will also see the largest Buddha ever built and visit the "holy land" of Buddhism. Of course, while you are in this Sichuan province, we include a visit to the Panda Research and Breeding Center. Want to know more? Email Louie Yi, Expedition Specialist at louie@lotustours.net and get started on this amazing adventure!

Tour Overview
Tour Code: LY-HA-MAVT
Trip Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights
Click below for: Tour Price / Accommodations
Chengdu,JiuZhaiGou,Mt. Leshan, Mt. EMei,Xian,Mt. Hua Shan
Departure Dates: Please contact one of our experienced travel advisors for departure dates
Day 1 : Chengdu
meals: N/A
Arrive at the Chengdu Airport. Your private English-speaking guide and driver will take you to your hotel. Soak in your child's birth country while you adjust to your new time zone and surroundings.
Day 2 : Chengdu/JiuZhaiGou
meals: B/L
You will be transferred to the Chengdu Airport for your flight to JiuZhaiGou.
Chengdu/JiuZhaiGou CA4487(10:15A/11:00A)(E-tickets issued by our China office)
Meet your local English-speaking tour guide and private van driver at the exit of the JiuZhaiGou for visiting the Huanglong Scenic and Historical Interest Area, a gem in China natural scenery tours. Huanglong is famous for its colorful lakes, snow-capped peaks, glaciers, mountain landscape, diverse forest ecosystems, waterfall and hot springs. The Multi-colored Ponds of different sizes and shapes show various dreamlike colors of yellow, blue, green and brown. At late afternoon you will visit the Huanglong Monastery, which was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644).
Day 3 : JiuZhaiGou
meals: B
Today you will have a full day sightseeing to Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area. The well-known Jiuzhaigou Valley is a 35-kilometer long valley with diverse natural beauty. It consists of three main valleys which are at an altitude of about 2,500 meters. The 60,000 hectares of fairyland includes well-protected virgin forests, 108 clear lakes, verdant mountains, and gorgeous waterfalls. The famous attractions you will encounter are the Multi-colored Lake, the Nuorilong Fall, the Long Lake and the Pearl Beach. Since there is no nice restaurant there, please have a big breakfast and bring enough snacks for your lunch.
Day 4 : JiuZhaiGou/Chengdu
meals: B/L
You will be transferred to the JiuZhaiGou Airport for your flight to Chengdu.
JiuZhaiGou/Chengdu CA4488(11:40A/12:30P)(E-tickets issued by our China office)
Meet your local English-speaking tour guide and private van driver at the exit of the Chengdu Airport for the transfer and visit the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project which was built in 256 BC. It is the oldest dam in the world. It takes advantage of water and the local landscape to fulfill flood-control, irrigation and sand cleanup as well as the sustainable development. You will be transferred back to the hotel at late afternoon.
Day 5 : Chengdu/Mt. Leshan/Mt. ErMei
meals: B/L
This morning you will be transferred to the Mt. Leshan to take boat to appreciate the Giant Buddha, a sitting stone statue of Maitreya carved on a cliff at the confluence of Min River, Qingyi River and Dadu River. Measuring about 233-feet high, this Buddha with serious expression is the largest stone Buddha in the world whose carving work took about 90 years. Afterwards, you will travel to Mt. Emei.
Day 6 : Mt. ErMei/Chengdu
meals: B/L
You will tour around the Mt. ErMei today. As one of the four most famous Buddhist Mountains in China, Mt. Emei boasts temples and gathers Buddhist culture. In addition, owing to its majestic cliffs, deep valleys, flying waterfalls, sea cloud and verdant forests, the mountain has been reputed as 'a beauty spot under heaven' by Chinese people since ancient times. You will visit the Baoguo Temple which is the largest temple on Mt. Emei and known as the No.1 scenic spot on the mountain. You will be transferred back to Chengdu by a private van at late afternoon.
Day 7 : Chengdu/Xian
meals: B/L
Go on an extraordinary journey to the Panda Breeding Research Base this morning. A professional panda caregiver will give a brief insight into panda research findings and everyone will have the rare opportunity to hold and hug a baby panda - something everyone in the family is sure to enjoy. After lunch, you will be transferred to the Chengdu Airport for your flight to Xian.
Chengdu/Xian HU7856(4:25P/5:40P)(E-tickets issued by our China office)
Meet your local English-speaking tour guide and private van driver at the exit of the Xian Airport for transfer to the hotel.
Day 8 : Xian/Famen/Xian
meals: B/L
After breakfast, you will visit the Qianling Museum and the famous Famen Temple. Qianling Museum is the joint mausoleum of Wu Zetian (624 - 705), the only female emperor in Chinese history. There you will see the famous Blank Tablet of Wu Zetian, which is still a mystery that no words were carved on it to describe her achievements as an emperor. The Famen Temple, an imperial temple of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907), is a famous Buddhist holy land in China. You will see the 47-meter high pagoda which houses the remains of Sakyamuni, cluster of Tang-dynasty style buildings as well as a great number of cultural relics, among which the gold and silver relics in delicate patterns and designs are the most representative and precious treasures from the Tang Dynasty. You will be back to the hotel at late afternoon.
Day 9 : Xian/Mt. HuaShan/Xian
meals: B/L
You will visit the Mt. which is 80 miles away from Xian City. As one of the five most famous mountains in China, the Mt. Huashan is well known for its natural vistas of steep and narrow paths, precipitous crags, lofty peaks and a high mountain range. It takes two hours to reach the foot of Mt. Huashan Then you will take the cable car to the North Peak with a high altitude of 1614 meters. You will be impressed by the majesty of Mt. Huashan and also its supernatural atmosphere. You will take the cable car back to the foot of mountain and be transferred back to your hotel at late afternoon.
Day 10 : Xian/next destination city
meals: B
After your breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to the Xian Airport for your returning flight home or to the next destination city in China.

REMARKS:

    B = Breakfast      L = Chinese Lunch                D = Chinese Dinner
    CA= Air China     CZ=China Southern Airline     MU=China Eastern Airlines
Tour Prices:
$0.00 per adult & $0.00 per child   Booking Tour

Accommodations:
City Hotel Deluxe Class Superior Class
Chengdu . Antai Anrong Hotel, Chengdu N/A N/A
Chengdu . New Jiuzhai Hotel, JiuZhaiGou N/A N/A
Chengdu . Emeishan Grand Hotel N/A N/A
Xian . Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing, Xi'an N/A N/A

Hotel Information:
Hotel Indoor Pool Outdoor Pool Gym Safe Box Refrigerator Hair Dryer Kitchen
Antai Anrong Hotel, Chengdu         √   √   √
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New Jiuzhai Hotel, JiuZhaiGou       √   √   √   √
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Emeishan Grand Hotel       √   √   √   √
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Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing, Xi'an       √   √   √   √
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Inclusions

  • Airfare of Chengdu/JiuZhaiGou/Chengdu & Chengdu/Xian;
  • Private transfer of Chengdu/Mt. LeShan/Mt. ErMei & Xian/Famen/Xian, Xian/Mt. HuaShan/Xian;
  • Airport/hotel/airport (or train station) transfer as listed in itinerary;
  • All listed sightseeing and tour programs with private English-speaking tour guide and private van or bus with driver.
  • Hotels and meals as stipulated in itinerary.

Exclusions

  • International airfare to Chengdu, Xian/home;
  • Some meals.
  • Tipping to tour guide and driver.
  • Chinese visa.
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • Orphanage visit filing fees.

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