Shanghai and Southwest China

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                      Shanghai and Southwest China
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                      Shanghai and Southwest China
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                      Shanghai and Southwest China

The Concept

More schools are visiting southwest China than ever before. The highlight of the Southwest China program is the visit to the Panda Research Institute in Chengdu, a once in a lifetime experience for students to get up close with one of the world’s most endangered animals. Students learn what is being done to preserve these magnificent creatures, and also experience many natural wonders from a culture thousands of years old. This is an ideal itinerary for schools that have visited China previously and are looking for an alternative to the more mainstream Chinese programs.

Secondary school students will increase their understanding of and respect for Chinese history and culture. Chinese language students will improve their language skills. Students will also gain self-confidence and improve team bonding.

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 Australia – Shanghai

Arrive in Shanghai and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2 Shanghai (B, L, D)

Dominating the Yangtze Delta, Shanghai is the pulsating commercial heart of China. After breakfast, walk along the famous Bund past the facades of the colonial buildings lining the Huangpu River and look across to the fantastic skyscrapers of the Pudong district on the opposite side. Following this you will visit the beautifully maintained Yu Garden, an outstanding example of a classical garden dating from the 16th century, now surrounded by the bustling market.
Tonight you will be entertained by an Acrobatic Show.

Day 3 Shanghai – Kunming (B, D)

Transfer to the airport for flight to Kunming. Transfer to hotel upon arrival.
Enjoy a taste of the local cuisine for dinner.

Day 4 Kunming (B, L)

You embark on a picturesque drive through the countryside today to the Stone Forest, situated 120km southeast of the city. Covering a huge area, the Stone Forest is an impressive collection of limestone pillars eroded by wind and rain. Like the mountains around Guilin, this is another of China’s natural wonders.

Day 5 Kunming – Lijiang (B, L)

Transfer to airport for flight to Lijiang. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.
You will ascend the stunning Jade Dragon Snow Mountain by chairlift or cable car with time for exploration on foot. It is the southernmost mountain in the Northern Hemisphere that is snow-capped year round. The scenery is dramatic and the vegetation fascinating. And visit Lijiang Old Town, criss-crossed with cobbled streets, canals and bridges, is now a World Heritage area.

Day 6 Lijiang (B, L, D)

This morning you visit the Black Dragon Pool Park with its interesting plants, architectural features and stunning mountain backdrop.
Take an excursion to the peaceful Wenhai village. Nestled in the valley at the foot of the mountain, this small community of Naxi farmers, along with their goats, pigs, horses and cows, lives on the lush green fields around the lake that fronts their village.

Day 7 Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Shangri-La (B, L, D)

After breakfast you experience a spectacular, all day drive alongside the Yangtze to Zhongdian. On the way you will stop and take photos of the awesome Tiger Leaping
Gorge. With a drop of 3900 metres it is said to be the world’s deepest gorge.

Day 8 Shangri-La – Chengdu (B, L, D)

Today you take will visit Sungtzeling Monastery, a Tibetan village and the old quarter of Zhongdian. Sungtzeling Monastery, built in 1679, is a large Tibetan Buddhism complex richly decorated with murals and woodcarvings. Also visit Nixi village, which is well known for the century-old art, making pottery.
Transfer to airport in the evening for flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival in Chengdu, transfer to hotel.

Day 9 Chengdu (B, L, D)

This morning you will visit the Panda Research Institute. The visit provides an opportunity to see a large number of the endangered giant Pandas, both adults and cubs. Then you will travel southwest, 167 km to Leshan to visit the Giant Buddha Statue. Carved into a cliff on the bank of the Min River between 713 and 803 AD in the hope that its presence would exert an influence to subdue flooding, the famed statue is 71 m high.
Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight.

Day 10 Chengdu (B, L)

In the morning the opportunity to try your hand in cooking the local cuisine in a cooking class. Also stroll in People’s Park and watch countless Tea Houses and observe the lives of local people.

Day 11 Chengdu – Shanghai – Australia (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home via Shanghai.

Inclusions
  • International and internal China flights, airport taxes included
  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Lunches and dinners as specified in the itinerary
  • All transfers as listed in the itinerary
  • A deluxe coach with English speaking guide for each city tour
  • Entrance fees as stated in the itinerary