B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner
Beijing is the nation's political, economic, cultural and educational center as well as China's most important
center for international trade and communications. Beijing is one of the six most ancient cities in China.
May 9, Saturday
Arrival in Beijing, reception and transfer to the four-star Friendship Hotel, or equivalent.
General presentation of the excursion and travel tips, after dinner
May 10, Sunday (B,L)
Visit the Great Wall (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
The Great Wall, an impressive military architectural structure of Imperial China, was built by different dynasties over aLunch: Latin Brazilian Barbecue
period of 2 millenniums.
Visit the Silk Street Market and Friendship Store
May 11, Monday (B,L)
Visit Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City (UNESCO World
Heritage Site), where the movie The Last Emperor was filmed.
The Forbidden City, with 9,999 rooms, was the residence of 24 emperors over 5 centuries, from the Ming Dynasty (1368-Lunch
1644) to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Visit the Grand National Theatre (“The Egg”)
Visit the olympic venues: "The Bird’s Nest," site of the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the
May 12, Tuesday (B,L,D)
Visit the Lama (Buddhist) Temple
Built in 1694, the Lama Temple was originally the official residence of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1643) eunuchs.Lunch
It later became the residence of prince Yong Zheng of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). In 1723, when the prince ascended
the throne to become emperor, part of his residence was used as a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. The Lama Temple is the
most renown Tibetan Buddhist temple in China outside of Tibet.
Visit Temple of Heaven (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Built in 1420, the Temple of Heaven is the altar where the Ming and Qing emperors offered sacrifices to heaven andEvening
prayed for good harvests.
Dinner of imperial cuisine at the famous Baijia Dayuan restaurant
Baijia Dayuan, the former residence of Prince Li, one of the sons of the first emperor of the Qing Dynasty, is a garden-style
imperial cuisine restaurant.
May 13, Wednesday (B,D)
Check-out from the hotel
Fly to Dali, via Kunming
Arrive in Dali, transfer to five-star Gurong Hotel, or equivalent
Dinner in Dali old town
DALI (YUNNAN PROVINCE)
Dali, with its concentration of the Bai ethnic group, is a political, economic and cultural central, and serves as the
region’s distribution hub. The ancestors of the Bai ethnic group have lived in the area around Dali's Erhai Lake,
developing a culture of fishing, hunting and rice and grain production since the Neolithic period.
May 14, Thursday (B,L)
Visit the Three Pagoda Park and the Chongsheng Temple, built in 834 B.C.
Tour Dali old town: visit Wuhua Tower, built in 856; walk along the ancient city wall; visit the Catholic
church built in the Bai architectural style, Foreigner Street, etc.
"Butterfly Dream" show (optional, not included)
This presentation is based on the varied costumes and sceneries of Dali. The show stresses harmony between humans
and nature, between humans, between humans and the gods, and between the present and the future.
May 15, Friday (B,L)
Boat cruise on Erhai Lake ("Ear Lake"), one of the largest fresh-water lakes in China, including the
"Shuanglang" Bai ethnic village and the futuristic residence of the famous dancer Yang Liping.
Visit a local batik factory; batik is a typical product of the Bai ethnic group
Visit Zhoucheng, an ethnic Bai village, and its Taoist-Buddhist temple
Free time in Dali old town
LIJIANG (YUNNAN PROVINCE)
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Lijiang provides an excellent opportunity to become familiar with the Naxi ethnic group. Lijiang old town was
built during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). It is the only ancient Chinese city
that does not have a city wall.
May 16, Saturday (B,L)
Go to Lijiang (2 hours by bus), check-in at the four-star Wang Fu Hotel
Lunch at Le Petit Paris French restaurant in Lijiang old town
Walking tour in Lijiang old town (UNESCO World Heritage), including the Dongba paper workshop, a visit to a
typical Naxi courtyard, Bainian silver jewelry shop, etc.
“Mountains and Rivers” musical show (optional, not included)
May 17, Sunday (B,L)
Visit the Baisha Mural
Encounter with Dr. Ho in the Baisha village, including a visit to his Traditional Chinese Medicine pharmacy.
Consultations with Dr. Ho can be scheduled (optional, not included)
Dr. Ho is a famous eighty-six-year-old physician of local Traditional Chinese Medicine who has participated on NationalLunch
Geographic TV and has been interviewed by various networks, including BBC TV.
Attend "Impression Lijiang" show, produced by
the famous cinematographer Zhang Yimou, creator
of the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Visit Blue Moon Valley
Traditional Naxi musical concert (optional, not included)
May 18, Monday (B,L)
Visit Black Dragon Lake, including the
Dongba Culture Exhibition Center and
the Taoist Five Phoenix Temple
Visit the Dongba and Naxi Culture Museum
Visit to Shuhe village and dinner at
Le Petit Paris French restaurant (optional, not included)
May 19, Tuesday (B,L)
Visit Mu's Mansion (optional, not included)
SHANGRI-LA (DIQIN TIBETAN AUTONOMOUS PREFECTURE, YUNNAN PROVINCE)
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Shangri-la, a concentration of twenty-five ethnic groups, the largest being Tibetan, is a region situated in
northern Yunnan province. According to the Tibetans, Shangri-la is considered the realm of Xianbala, the
location inhabited by the immortals who exist beyond the material world. It is thought that this is the place in
which people will encounter the world of their dreams, one of harmony between humans and nature.
May 20, Wednesday (B)
Go to Shangri-la (4 hours by bus), check-in at the five-star Paradise Hotel, or equivalent
Walking tour in Shangri-la old town, including visit to City Museum (Diqin Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
Museum), prayer wheel and Nixi Yawa Tibetan Pottery shop
Dinner: Tibetan Hot Pot at the Tara Gallery & Restaurant (optional, not included)
May 21, Thursday (B,L)
Visit the Songzanlin Buddhist Monastery
Visit a Tibetan family in a local village
Attend a popular dance in the public square of the old city
May 22, Friday (B,L)
Visit Pudacuo National Park
Originally, Shanghai was a seaside fishing village. Its gradual development led to it being granted
County status. It is now a multi-cultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features.
Known as "the Paris of the Orient," Shanghai is regarded as a shopper's paradise.
May 23, Saturday (B)
Fly to Shanghai
Transfer to the four-star Bund Hotel, or equivalent, located in the heart of Shanghai's shopping areas
Visit the Bund
The Bund is an exposition of classic European architecture and, up until 1949, was considered the Wall Street of China. Its Evening
Deco, Neo-Greek and Renaissance style buildings were the headquarters of the major foreign banks and firms. The Bund
is considered to be the most famous symbol of Shanghai.
Visit Xin Tian Di
Xin Tian Di has become a famous cultural and historic area of Shanghai. It is a pedestrian street lined with renovated
"Shikumen" style traditional buildings. Xin Tian Di includes art galleries, cafés, bars, shops and thematic restaurants.
May 24, Sunday (B,L)
Visit Shanghai Museum
Lunch at Lu Bo Lang resaurant
Visit the Yuyuan Bazaar
Boat cruize on the Huangpu River (optional, not included)
May 25, Monday (B)
Transfer to airport for international return flight
|GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
Lijiang old town
Naxi ethnic group
Black Dragon Lake
Songzanlin Buddhist Monastery
Visit a Tibetan family
Shangri-la old town
|Dongba Culture Exhibition Center
|Dongba and Naxi Culture Museum
Shangri-la has the largest prayer wheel in the world
Impressões de Lijiang, espetáculo na natureza com mais de 400
integrantes de minorias diversas e mais de 100 cavalos.
Ancient city wall
|Stores offering local products
"Butterfly Dream" show
Grand National Theatre ("The Egg")
“The Bird’s Nest"
|Baijia Dayuan Imperial Restaurant
CCTV Television Tower
Tibetan Hot Pot at the Tara Gallery & Restaurant
|Brazilian barbecue, Latin
|Paradise Hotel, Shangri-la
Chinese objets d'art are abundant in
the Yuyuan Shopping Bazaar
Xin Tian Di
Enjoy fresh coffee and German pasteries at Bakery 88 in a spare moment
|Cultural Excursion: Exotic China, Ecotour and Chinese Ethnic Groups
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Exotic China: Ecotour and Chinese Ethnic Groups traveled to
in the southwestern region of Yunnan.
With its 56 minorities, China presents a “living laboratory” that
affords us a greater appreciation of human diversity. This
excursion provides an excellent opportunity to transcend the
concept of simply being oriental or occidental.
We currently have an opportunity to advance in the direction
of a more universalized humanity, one that possesses a
broader and deeper understanding of itself, without frontiers,
without preconceptions, and devoid of animosity.
In order to provide greater clarification and deeper
specialized guides in a dynamic and interactive manner.
Exotic China focuses on the regions of southern China,
where a diversity of Chinese ethnic groups are encountered.
Beijing, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la and Shanghai, as seen
in the following schedule.
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Temple of Heaven, Beijing
Three Pagodas Park, Dali
|Dongba Culture Exhibition Center, Lijiang
Songzanlin Buddhist Monastery, Shangri-la
|May 8-26, 2009, 17 days in China
|Beijing, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la and Shanghai
Popular dance in the public square
of the old town