China: Classic - Beijing, Yunnan and Shanghai

China: Classic - Beijing, Yunnan and Shanghai

14 days Beijing- Lijiang -Shangri-La - Dali -Kunming – Shanghai classic tour

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Take a rickshaw to discover the ancient side of Beijing.

Enjoy a peaceful time and being amazed by the Great Wall at Mutianyu which is less crowded, has better architecture, and has more watchtowers than other sections.

On our exclusive in-depth Forbidden City journey you'll discover more, without the hassle of other groups.

This tour is a great introduction to China, with a mix of classic sites and amazing cities in the country's epicentre. The Huanghuacheng Great Wall in Beijing is definitey worth visiting. Since part of it is under a lake, it looks like a dragon hovering in the water. Yunnan province is called Colorful Yunnan. Lijiang is like a beautiful jewel on the Northwest Yunnan Plateau, Shangri-la is a mythical Himalayan utopia, and Dali is rich in cultural heritage. Kunming is the capital of beautiful Yunnan Province and it is well known as the "Spring City”. We will finish our tour in Shanghai, the modern city developing faster than any other.

Itinerary idea in detail

Day 1Welcome To China!
Sights: Temple of Heaven
Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Xinqiao

Upon arrival in Beijing, meet your guide and driver.

Then we will start with a visit of the Temple of Heaven.

This is a complex of Taoist buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing.

Then you will visit Hutong on a rickshaw.

Due to the narrow lanes, taxis cannot enter Hutong, so rickshaw is one of the most welcomed modes of transportation.

Day 2Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Lama Temple
Sights: Tiananmen Square >Forbidden City >Lama Temple
Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Xinqiao

You will start the day with a visit to Tiananmen Square, located in the centre of Beijing City, one of the largest city squares in the world.

Afterwards, you will enter the Forbidden City, called “Gogong” in Chinese.

Then, we will visit Lama Temple.

It was built as a mansion for Emperor Yongzheng in the Qing Dynasty when he was a prince, and later converted to a lamasery.

Day 3The Great Wall of China
Sights: Huanghuacheng Great Wall >Black Dragon Pond
Accommodation: Hexi Hotel, Lijiang

Have breakfast in the hotel.

First off, visit Huanghuacheng Great Wall.

Unlike other parts of The Great Wall, this one is under a lake and therefore looks like a dragon hovering on the water.

It’s also a good idea to go hike to and explore the small village nearby.

We are more than happy to invite you to taste the local famous cuisine-grilled rainbow trout.

Drive to the airport, fly to Lijang in the afternoon.

Night in Lijiang.

Day 4Visiting Lijiang: Black Dragon Pond and Lijiang Ancient Town (UNESCO)
Sights: Black Dragon Pond > Lijiang ancient town >Dongba Culture Museum
Accommodation: Hexi Hotel, Lijiang

Have breakfast in the hotel, then visit the Black Dragon Pond with the Dongba Culture Museum, the best known and most frequently visited park in Lijiang.

The Five Phoenixes Pavilion, built in early 17th century, possesses intricately joined and beautifully painted eaves.

Proceed to visit Lijiang ancient town.

A gathering place of the Naxi minority, Lijiang Ancient Town is a mountainous town of stone and tile, rimmed with canals and lanes, which has been listed as an UNESCO world monument.

It takes the form of an official ink stone, and unlike most of the old towns in China, the city is not fortified by a wall.

It is surrounded by magnificent mountains, a true delight for the senses.

Day 5Lijiang of Baisha Frescos: Temple Discoveries
Sights: Shuhe Old Town. >Baisha Frescos >Yufeng Monastery >Yuhu Naxi minority’s village
Accommodation: Hexi Hotel, Lijiang

Full day tour in Lijiang in Baisha Frescos, Yufeng Monastery, Yuhu Naxi minority’s village and Shuhe Old Town.

North of Lijiang County you will find the Liulidian Temple and Daobaoji Temple at Baisha village, housing 558 mural painting on 12 walls that date back to the Ming Dynasty in 1385.

Day 6Heading Up to The Ancient Town Of ​Shangri-la
Sights: The Ancient Town Of ​Shangri-la >Yangtze river >Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Accommodation: Shangri-la Zhaxidele Hotel

Drive about 4.5 hours to Shangri-la.

Stop on the way for a magnificent view of the Yangtze river near an 180-degree turn.

Then visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Upon arrival, take time to visit the old town of Shangri-la.

Day 7Shangri-La and Geden Songzanglin Monastery Visit
Sights: Geden Songzanglin Monastery > Pudacuo National Park
Accommodation: Shangri-la Zhaxidele Hotel

Shangri-La is a beautiful city filled with breath-taking mountains and a rich cultural history.

Visit Geden Songzanglin Monastery, which has 700 monks and one living Buddha.

Founded in the 17th century during the reign of the Fifth Dalai Lama, it is nicknamed the Lesser Potala Palace by locals.

You will then embark on a half day tour of Pudacuo National Park with a virgin forest and meadow dotted with wild flowers and tranquil lakes.

Then visit a Tibetan family.

Day 8Drive To Dali
Sights: Dali Old Town
Accommodation: Shangri-la Zhaxidele Hotel

Upon arrival explore the Dali Old Town, with a history that's 1,300 years old and home to Bai minority.

The town, whose format is like a chess board with four gates guarding the north, south, east and west, stands between Cangsham mountains and Erhai lake.

This entirely natural structure seems specially designed, highlighting the town's unparalleled beauty.

Duration: 6h30 hours

Day 9Discovering Traditional Dali
Sights: Cangsham mountains >Dali Three Pagodas >Zhoucheng tie-dye cloth workshop > Xizhou Bai minority’s village
Accommodation: Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

In the morning, visit Zhoucheng tie-dye cloth workshop, Xizhou Bai minority’s village and morning market, and settle down for the Bai’s Three-Course Tea.

Then proceed to Cangshan Mountains (by cable car), and the Three Pagodas, the landmark of Dali region.

Day 10A Walk In The ​Stone Forest
Sights: Stone Forest >Green Lake Park
Accommodation: Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

Upon an early arrival at Kunming, transfer to your hotel for breakfast.

Then drive to the Stone Forest, an extremely rare geological phenomenon dating back to 270 million years ago.

The Stone Forest is 80 hectares of karst limestone pillars in fantastic shapes that resemble a forest when viewed from a distance.

It is also home to the Sani tribe, a diverse and scattered Yi minority group, renowned for their diligence, embroidery and dancing.

Upon your return to Kunming, visit the Green Lake Park.

Day 11Shanghai: From Modernity to Tradition
Sights: the Bund >Huangpu River >Shanghai Old Town
Accommodation: Riverview Hotel

Have breakfast at the hotel then transfer to the airport.

Upon arrival in Shanghai, meet your guide and driver.

Visit Bund, the centre of administrative and commercial activity on the river.

Set sail on a public boat over Huangpu River, from which you can enjoy the beautiful views of the harbour and the Hungpu river.

Take a walk in Pudong Area, alongside its skyscrapers.

Visit the Shanghai old town with its pedestrian streets filled with traditional shops, and the 16th century Yu Garden, located in the heart of the Old town.

Day 12Relax in Tongli, the Venice of the East
Sights: Tongli >Tuisiyuan >Master of Nets Garden >silk factory
Accommodation: Riverview Hotel

In the morning, drive to Tongli, known for its network of canals, and for this it is nicknamed"Venice of the East".

You could wonder about in this old village and take out a boat.

There are many "Retreat and Reflection Gardens" called Tuisiyuan in Chinese.

It was recognized along with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visit the Master of Nets Garden (wangshi yuan in Chinese).

It is the smallest of the Suzhou residential gardens, yet it is the most impressive due to its use of space, which creates a powerful visual illusion.

Finally, visit a local silk factory.

Back to Shanghai in the late afternoon.

Day 13​Jade Buddha Temple Discovery
Sights: Shanghai Museum >Jade Buddha Temple
Accommodation: Riverview Hotel

Have breakfast in the hotel.

Visit the Shanghai museum of ancient Chinese art, situated on the People's Square.

You will also visit Jade Budda Temple, one of Shanghai's must-see attractions.

It's still very much active, with 70 resident monks according to the latest figures.

Take a walk on China's premier shopping street, a 3.4-mile long Nanjing Road.

Today over 600 businesses on the road offer the latest high quality famous fashion brands.

Day 14 Last Day of your Trip
Accommodation: -

Unfortunately, our amazing trip has to draw to a close.

You will be transferred to the airport.

We look forward to welcoming you again to great country!

What's Included


Entrance Fees: To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary

Private Transfers: Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing during the trip by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver

Guide: As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver who will remain with you throughout your time in that city

Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges

Accommodation in Beijing, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Shanghai All mentioned activities in the program

All mentioned meals in the program



International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China

China Entry Visa Fees

Other meals or beverage

Tips for guide and driver

Excess Baggage Charges : Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carry-on baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm

Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary

Please note that the price will be much higher during the festival of Labors’ Day, National Day, Spring Festival

Additional insurance





A really enjoyable trip, with a great guide and a fantastic group of people. I really enjoyed the variety of walks on the Great Wall. Each day brought different scenery, and different challenges. the scenery was always amazing.



The tour was really insightful and had a great mixture of culture and fun. The tour guides were all great and very helpful. When I first arrived in Shanghai I was quite overwhelmed by the culture shock but I was soon put at ease.



The traveling was nice with the train. It is nice when everyone is around the same place in the train, so we can talk with each other. The things we have seen were fantastic! thank you for this great trip and new friends!



To be honest every day brought new sights, smells and experiences. I never knew what was awaiting me each morning, which made it all the more exciting! Of course walking on the Great Wall was amazing, just to feel like we were seeing such an important part of world history.



We are a couple and have travelled a lot through the years but we had never gone on an customized tour before. I was not totally sold on going on such a tour but that made the most sense when we began to plan our trip to China. And I am so glad we went on there with UME Travel; it was so much better than I expected and I will definitely recommend it to others.



This is a fascinating trip, in a country which is really interesting. Walking on the Wall is a great way to see a bit of the countryside, and to see how people live outside of the cities. Going on an organised tour like this, you feel like you get a better idea of what life is like in China. Go for it!!!


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