Arrive in Kunming
, pick up and walk in the old city then drive to 5 star Spring City Resort for 2 nights. Welcome dinner will be arranged tonight.
Morning golf with m/cart & caddy at Mountain Course designed by Jack Micklaus. Non Golfers (NG): Chinese Massage. Afternoon all tour to the Stone Forest, a typical karst formation, the Stone Forest covers an area of more than three hundred square kilometers. Scientific research has shown that what is now the Stone Forest was 270 million years ago an immense expanse of water with a vast stretch of limestone sediment formed over the years on the seafloor. As a result of the crustal movement, the seabed rose gradually and a large piece of land thus came into being. Exposed to rains and winds, eroded by the elements, the strange-looking limestone ranges were shaped by time. About 200 million years ago numerous stone peaks, pillars, and stalagmites rose abruptly from the ground and towered into the sky, extending now as far as the eye can see, looking like a vast forest of stone, hence the name "the Stone Forest". The Heisongyan Scenic Spot (also named as the Naigu Stone Forest) is 8 kilometers from the Scenic Spot of Stone Forest. This area is the major sightseeing area of dark stones which mainly composes of stone pillars, stone pagodas and stone castles. All of these towering stones are displaying a grand view over magical sceneries.
Morning golf with m/cart & caddy at Lake Course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr. NG: Western Hill & Bamboo Temple. Afternoon drive to Kunming
Drive to Dali
. Free to explore Dali
. Take a strolling on the Dali
Old Town. The history of Dali
Old Town can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty when Dali
was the capital of Nanzhao Kingdom which is the home to Bai minority. The town, whose format is like a chess board with four gates guarding in the directions of east , south, west and north stands between Cangshan Mountains and Erhai Lake, a natural configuration that seems specially designed for a good bountiful life.
Morning golf the Course of Mountain View designed by Lan Woosnam at Stone Mountain Resort. NG: Cangshan Mt. by cable car. After golf, visit Three Pagodas together. It’s known as the Chongsheng Santa and situated on top of the ruins of Chongsheng Monastery, the Three Pagodas lie one kilometer northwest of Dali
and located on the slope of Mount Cangshan.
Day 6: Dali
– Lijiang B/L
In the morning visit Xizhou (the largest Bai village) Morning Market. Also visit Zhoucheng Village, well-known for tie-dye craftsmanship, where you can observe how Bai people make tie-dye products at home. Then drive to Lijiang. Stroll in Lijiang Old Town, a lovely traditional town with beautiful wooden houses and crisscrossed with streams of mountain water. Lijiang is one of the best preserved ancient towns in China and is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Overnight in Lijiang
Day 7: Lijiang B/L
Play golf at Jade Dragon Snow Mt. The mountain is the southernmost glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. Consisting of 13 peaks, among which Shanzidou is the highest one with an altitude of 5,600 meters (18,360 feet), Jade Dragon Snow Mountain stretches a length of 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a width of 20 kilometers (13 miles). Looking from Lijiang Old Town in the south which is 15 kilometers (nine miles) away, the snow-covered and fog-enlaced mountain resembles a jade dragon lying in the clouds, hence the name Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. NG: visit Dongba Culture Museum. The Dongba are the shaman of the Naxi people and are referred to for all aspects of Naxi life whether marriage, the site of a new house, opening a business, or health matters. The Dongba priests are the only people able to use the unique pictoglyph language which is the only pictoglyph language still in use today. Then Black Dragon Pool, whose name from the waters which sparkle like jade and are as clear as spring water. The entire park is green with grass and shaded by swaying willow trees. Under the Suocui Bridge, a waterfall creates a constant roar as it cascades downstream.
Overnight in Lijiang
Day 8: Lijiang – Xi’an B/L
In the morning take a visit to Baisha Naxi Village. Baisha (White Sand) is located in the north of Lijiang. It is named this because of the large amount of white sand on the earths surface there. According to history Baisha is the earliest place for the settlement of Naxi nationality after they entered Lijiang basin. Next visit Shuhe Old Town. Shuhe, also "Shaowu" in Naxi language, means "the village at the foot of the high hill". In the past, there behind the village was a high hill named Jubao Hill, so people named the village after the hill. Generation after generation, the village gets its present name. The Ancient Town of Shuhe is located 4 kilometers to the northwest of the Ancient City of Lijiang. Its central part covers an area of about 5 square kilometers. In 1997, the Ancient Town of Shuhe was ranked as an important part of the Ancient City of Lijiang. Afternoon is free. Take evening flight to Xi'an.
Overnight in Xi'an
Day 9: Xi’an B/L
Today we will visit the Ancient Wall, one of the most important city walls in China. In the afternoon visit Provincial Museum. The museum has the richest collection of artifacts in China. Last stroll on Muslim Street. All shops and restaurants in the street are operated by Muslims. The stalls lined the narrow alleys sell almost everything you can expect. There are number of stalls selling small items of aircrafts.
Overnight in Xi'an
After breakfast, we visit Terracotta Warriors Museum. The thousands of life size soldiers and horses were created to guard the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first Emperor to unite China under his firm rule. The royal tomb itself has yet to be opened but the rank upon rank of Warriors is a sight that is unrivalled anywhere in the world. After lunch, tour Big Goose Pagoda. The square, seven-storey pagoda was built in 652 AD and is a fine example of Tang Dynasty Buddhist architecture. Take a night sleeper train to Beijing
Overnight on train
Pick up and golf at Beijing
CBD International Golf Club, NG: free. In the afternoon all visit Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square is the largest public square in the world. Dominating the north side of the square is the massive red Tiananmen Gate through which we will pass into the fabled Forbidden City and another age, where we will see the home of the members of the royal family and their court during China’s Ming and Qing Dynasties.
In the morning play golf at the Willow Golf Club. NG: Hu Tong rickshaw tour and walk around Houhai Lake. Afternoon all visit Summer Palace. Walking in this veritable museum of classical Chinese garden architecture, where the royal family could relax away from the formal ceremony of the court, is a pleasant experience. There are a number of pavilions as well as the Long Corridor, now a popular place for people to spend the day.
Full day tour: Great Wall & Sacred Ming Tombs. You will have the opportunity to not only see one of the most impressive sections of the Great Wall of China but also take a walk along the Grear Wall. These incredible sights will remain in your memory. Take a night sleeper train to Shanghai.
Overnight on train
Day 14: Shanghai B/L
This morning is free. In the afternoon, enjoy walking tour on the Bund. Along the 1.5 km bund, all the grand buildings are over hundred years, each of them has it's own story. Lined with all the colonial buildings, the Bund is a significant area for the recent Chinese history and overlooking Huangpu River. Continue visit Nanjing Road, this is Shanghai's main shopping street, enjoying the fame as "the No. 1 commercial street of China", also it is one of the most prosperous streets in Asia.
Overnight in Shanghai
Day 15: Shanghai B/L/D
Play golf at Sun Island Golf Club. After golf tour Yuyuan Garden. Laid out in the 16th century by a Ming official, this small (2 hectares) garden is a delight of pools, pavilions and rock gardens. Strolling through the bazaar surrounding the garden, you will find lines of stores that sell traditional Chinese arts and crafts. Then Shanghai Old City which is visually charming despite its touristy character on weekends. Unlike in central Shanghai where many old buildings were demolished to make room for modern skyscrapers, those in Shanghai Old City were preserved or reconstructed.
Overnight in Shanghai
Day 16: Departure Shanghai B
Fly back home. End of service.