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THE EMPEROR’S TOUR:

GETTING TO KNOW CHINA, ITS PEOPLE AND ITS

PARTICULARITIES: THE LUXURY WAY

This is the trip for the China novice, taking you over a period of 20 days
through the most remarkable cities and sites of historical and present day
China.
SHANGHAI

You start in Shanghai where you will spend 3 nights.

http://www.shanghai.gov.cn/shanghai/node17256/index.html
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/china/shanghai/

Widely regarded as the citadel of China's modern economy, the city of


Shanghai serves as one of the nation's most important cultural, commercial,
financial, industrial, and communications centers..

Upon your arrival at Pudong International Airport, you will be met by your Tour
Director and one or more Mercedes S600 limousines. Your luggage will be
taken care of and transported to your hotel.

We offer a choice of three hotels in Shanghai:


1) the Shanghai Mansion http://www.chinamansionhotel.com

With its unique historical heritage, China Mansion Hotel captures the essence
of old Shanghai, a period when this great city was considered the ‘Paris of the
Orient’. The villas design reflects this wonderful era gone by with its graceful
fusion of Classic French and Asian architecture that made Shanghai one of the
world’s most beautiful and elegant cities.

With 32 exquisitely decorated guest rooms each with its own individual design
and layout, China Mansion Hotel offers its guests the ‘personal touch’ that
cannot be offered or replicated. Standard offerings include deluxe king size
beds, armchairs with ottomans, business desks, and wireless high-speed
Internet access. The guest rooms are complete with mini bars and
refrigerators, tea/coffee kettles, complimentary champagne upon check-in,
complimentary one hour massage upon check-in, and free bottled water.
Bathrooms have marble floors and countertops with separate Jacuzzi baths
and high pressure full body showers.

The hotel features a traditional-style gourmet Chinese restaurant serving the


finest seafood the city can offer and a rooftop restaurant and lounge with
terrace overlooking the French Concession District and the city’s breathtaking
skyline serving the finest Western Bistro-style cuisine.

2) URBN Hotels Shanghai http://www.urbnhotels.com

A stylish and innovative hotel using recycled and locally sourced materials. At
URBN Hotels they believe that a city is more than a tourist destination, it’s a
place with an individual personality and character waiting to be discovered
and enjoyed by each and every visitor.
URBN Hotels Shanghai’s 26 distinctive rooms and suites were inspired by the
nature of Asian spaces. Contemporary design complimented by natural
materials – wood floors, linen curtains and rustic silks in shades of cream,
coffee and beige, create a relaxing ambiance to please the most discerning
tastes. Each room carefully includes all the modern essentials, and some
special creature comforts, for savvy international travelers.

Roomtwentyeight Restaurant & Lounge offers a private garden and courtyard


setting, with all-day dining from 6am. The restaurant features global cuisine.

Shanghai is more than a tourist destination – it’s a place with an individual


personality and character waiting to be discovered and enjoyed by each and
every visitor. Whether for business or leisure, URBN offers an unforgettable
experience in Shanghai.

3) 88 Xintiandi http://www.88xintiandi.com
Located in the heart of Shanghai, just off bustling Huai Hai Zhong Lu, 88
Xintiandi is set in one of the city’s most exciting and storied districts, the
former French Concession. 88 Xintiandi with its magnificent location, a
stunning panoramic lake view and unparalleled luxury service, the hotel is the
ultimate choice.

Designed with luxurious comfort and style as its essence, 88 Xintiandi’s


interiors are modern in comfort and function while featuring Southeast Asian
style furniture and accessories. There are five unique layouts among 88
Xintiandi’s 53 rooms. While featuring a beautiful plaza or lake view, each room
is arranged to provide a place for uninterrupted rest and leisure or a highly
functional workspace setting.
88 Xintiandi offers impeccable facilities and services. A full host of amenities,
including extensive kitchen and bathroom accessories, daily housekeeping,
and high speed Internet, are all designed to meet your every need. In
addition, the third floor lounge provides a serene environment for breakfast,
afternoon tea and evening cocktail.

Seeing and Doing:

To get rid of your jet lag, we can take you to the Mandara Spa, where you will
be pampered beyond belief, and made ready for your tour and meeting China
and its people.

Mandara Spa at JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square is a city


spa, with a touch of contemporary old Shanghai and a menu that blends
traditional Asian treatments with a range of sophisticated beauty treatments. It
is distinguished by a wider choice of treatment and package options.

After having adapted, we will show you Shanghai in all its splendour: the
musea, the Huangpu river, some of its outstanding restaurants, its shopping,
both basic and luxury.
You will get to know the Shanghai Art Museum, and will meet it’s curator or
another specialist.. Its well-conceived displays elucidate all aspects of
Chinese art from ceramics to jades to furniture to seals to paintings. We will
travel to the French concession, whose poplar-lined boulevards add a French
panache to this "Paris of the Orient". We will take you to an Acrobatic Show
that is the mother of all acrobatics.

You will walk along Nanjing Lu and Huaihai Lu, the shopping avenues of
Shanghai.

And of course you will meet specialists in a range of disciplines to acquaint


you with the particularities of Shanghai and China. You will get to know people
and their lives.

Choices:
- Take a stroll down the historic Bund and the bustling Nanjing Street to
admire one of the world's finest architectural collections and visit one of
the best shopping streets in China.

- Visit the old part of Shanghai and visit the beautiful Yuyuan Garden and
surrounding Yuyuan Market where visitors can get a glimpse into the
local's daily life.

- Climb up Shanghai's Oriental Pearl Tower or Jinmao Tower and get a


bird's eye view of this historic city.

- Be overwhelmed by one of the best museums in China, the Shanghai


Museum.

- Admire the exquisite milk-white jade Buddha at the historic Jade


Buddha Temple, a spiritual oasis in the midst of a modern metropolis.

- Be awed at the artistry of the Shanghai Acrobatics Show, one of China's


best.

- Visit the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao, the Venice of the east filled
with Ming and Qing Dynasty architectural treasures.

- Visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and see how
Shanghai evolved from a simple fishing village to the cosmopolitan
metropolis it is today

- Take a ride on the Maglev Train, the first commercial high


speed Maglev train in the world.

- Savor world-class cuisine and then hit the dance floor at some
of Asia' s most stylish and cutting-edge restaurants and nightclubs.
BEIJING

Next stop will be Beijing, where you will spend two nights in the city, and one
night near the Great Wall.

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/china/beijing/
http://www.ebeijing.gov.cn/

In the city, we have a choice of two hotels:


1) Raffles Beijing Hotel http://beijing.raffles.com

Built in the 1900s, Raffles Beijing Hotel has long stood as an icon of Beijing’s
historical heritage. Raffles Beijing Hotel is in the heart of the prestigious
business and commercial districts and a few minutes from the mystical
Forbidden City, historical Tiananmen Square, the Silk Market and other
famous sights.

Raffles Beijing Hotel epitomizes elegance and exclusivity, as guests luxuriate


in beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, which are some of the most
expansive and decadent in Beijing. Guest rooms and suites are tastefully
appointed with intricate Oriental accents and French elegance, providing
exclusive accommodation for discerning travelers.

The inimitable Raffles experience is taken a step further with sumptuous


culinary creations to delight every palate, state-of-the-art meeting and
banquet facilities and a Fitness Centre complete with its own indoor
swimming pool.

2) the Peninsula Palace Beijing http://beijing.peninsula.com

The Peninsula Palace Beijing is one of the premier hotels in Beijing for
business and leisure travelers, as well as the venue of choice for important
events and celebrations.

Having opened in 1989, The Peninsula Palace Beijing has an imposing,


traditional Chinese architectural-style exterior, integrated with the ultimate in
luxurious, modern hotel amenities and facilities.

The hotel offers 525 superbly appointed and spacious guest rooms and
suites, based on The Peninsula's tradition of comfort, subtly blended with
Chinese influences. Each one of the hotel's guest rooms is equipped with
advanced technology for the convenience of hotel guests.
Featuring two of the finest and most innovative restaurants in Beijing, Jing, a
"modern meets Asian" restaurant, and the brand new Huang Ting, offering
exquisite Cantonese cuisine, the hotel has set new standards of service in
China.

The Peninsula Palace Beijing offers a range of fitness facilities that includes a
fully equipped Fitness Center, a heated swimming pool, steam rooms, saunas,
as well as massage and beauty treatments. The hotel also features the most
prestigious shopping arcade in Beijing, The Peninsula Arcade, with 50
exclusive designer boutiques.

And outside Beijing, near the Great Wall,

http://www.ebeijing.gov.cn/Tour/ScenicSpots/t156845.htm
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0301/feature1/

Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski


http://www.kempinski.com/en/hotel/details.htm?id=175
The Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski is located in the Badaling
mountains amidst 8 square kilometers of private land, only 40 minute drive
from Beijing International Capital Airport and 50 minute drive from Beijing
city center.

The Commune by The Great Wall Kempinski is a private collection of living


contemporary Chinese and Asian architecture, where modernism and
tradition blend together. Offering an architectural experience with breath-
taking views over the landscape of the Shuiguan valley and the Great Wall.

A total of 46 bedrooms in 11 beautifully designed villas ranging in size from


300 to 700 m2, each with an average of four bedrooms, each villa offers
dedicated butler service, available around the clock. All villas offer wireless
LAN with broadband technology as well as computer data ports for easy
Internet access.

A selection of Chinese and Western cuisine completes the culinary options.


Enjoy locally grown organic products and healthy contemporary Chinese
cuisine with Western influences, as well as the region’s signature dish, Peking
Duck. The View restaurant and the Courtyard restaurant are an ideal
alternative for private dining. The Library, also called The Peacock room, is
available for more intimate parties or a cozy reading room. Drinks can be
enjoyed on the Terrace, at the Gallery’s Lounge or the Wine Bar, which offers
a wide selection of both Chinese and international wines.

A wide range of leisure facilities including sauna, massages, Tai Chi, Yoga and
lessons with your personal trainer. Hiking (on-site), biking and fishing are
further possibilities while golf courses and ski resorts are close by.

Seeing and Doing:

In Beijing, take a stroll down the street to the famous Silk Market or
Wangfujing Street. View colossal monuments of the past and present: after
strolling across the iconographic Tiananmen Square, you will enter the
magnificent forbidden city, (as in Bertolucci's film "The Last Emperor") and we
take you to the majestic Temple of Heaven.
You will be able to take a pedicab tour through Beijing's historic alleyways (or
hutongs ). During this you will be afforded an insight into the everyday life of
Beijingers.

The hutongs ' intimacy contrasts with the poetic expanses you will see at our
visit to the Summer Palace, a retreat built exclusively for the Dowager
Empress Cixi. Its ornate temples, pavilions, and covered corridors, set amidst
a graceful landscape, epitomize the refinement of this powerful matriarch.
And then it is time for the Great Wall. When you see this massive structure
snaking its way across precipitous, rocky ridges, sometimes even lain across
iron beams to bridge windy chasms, you will be amazed by the sheer scale of
the undertaking. From the Bohai Sea in the East to Dunhuang’s desert plains
in the West, the Great Wall stretches its knotted spine.

When Qinshihuang, the Qin dynasty Emperor, unified China, he joined the
walls along the Northern frontier to prevent the incursions of the barbaric
northern tribes. Thousands of slaves were sacrificed for the completion of this
ambitious endeavor, and the Great Wall was viewed by the people as a
symbol of tyrannical oppression. As subsequent dynasties expanded or
contracted, so some sort of wall was built to delineate their Northern frontier.

It wasn't until after the Ming dynasty swept away Mongolian rule in the
fifteenth century that the Great Wall was constructed as the regal and
systematic fortification that you can see today. The Ming dynasty's effort to
reinforce the wall was not in vain. The Great Wall was useful in checking the
advance of the Manchu invaders in the seventeenth century. That the Ming
finally succumbed was not due to any failure in this fortification, but to the
worldly guile of a ravishing Manchu princess. That, though, is another story.
Time has now washed the Great Wall clean of its tyrannical undertones. While
some Chinese people gloomily regard it as a symbol of China's insensitivity to
new ideas, others prefer to view it as a remarkable, historical achievement.
Richard Nixon ably summed up this view:

"This is a Great Wall and only a great people with a great past could have a
great wall and such a great people with a such a great wall will surely have a
great future."

Choices:

- Take a stroll around the symbolic centre of the Chinese universe - the
Tiananmen Square, admiring the most significant building around it
- Unlock the ancient and arcane secrets of the Forbidden City and explore
the complicated royal life of the 24 Ming and Qing emperors

- Spend a sedate morning admiring the cosmic harmonies of the Temple of


Heaven, probing the ancient heaven-worshipping ceremony

- Enjoy the emperor's holiday life in the exquisite Summer Palace, the
playground for the imperial court

- Get ready for the irresistible challenge of the Great Wall outside town, and
feel the grandness of the world's largest military structure

- Travel to the magnificent Sacred Road to the fabulous Imperial Ming


Tombs with Confucian layout and design

- Rent a rickshaw, weave your way through the remaining Hutongs, and
plumb Beijing's homely interior

- Go to the most renowned Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet – the


Lama Temple, admire the numerous Buddha statues, light incense and
pray

- Watch a show of Peking Opera, appreciate the cool costumes and make-
up and be prepared for a cultural shock
XI’AN

And now it is on to Xi’an where you will spend 2 nights.

http://en.xian-tourism.com/

http://www.lonelyplanet.tv/Clip.aspx?key=8A6AEA1AA95F4EB2
We offer a choice of 2 hotels:

1) the Shangri-La Golden Flower

http://www.shangri-la.com/en/property/xian/shangrila

Named "The Land of Kings and Flowers", Xian was home to eleven of China's
great dynasties, and was the country's capital for more than a thousand
years. With its elegant mirror-glass exterior, the Shangri-La Golden Flower is
the premier address in this fascinating city.
The tastefully decorated rooms and suites are the largest in Xian. Guests are
invited to indulge in the luxurious range of amenities on offer. The Horizon
Club boasts exclusive privileges for the discerning traveler, including a private
lounge and an elevated level of service.

The culinary creations and friendly staff will please the most discerning of
diners. Room service is available around the clock. Shangri-La Golden Flower
Hotel has a superb range of recreation and leisure facilities including a indoor
swimming pool and a fully-equipped gymnasium. Additional facilities include
sauna, steam bath, jacuzzi and massage. Whether a corporate executive or
holiday-maker, you will be delighted with the level of Shangri-La's dedicated
services and extensive range of facilities.

2) Tang Paradise Hotel http://www.tangparadise.com.cn

Tang Paradise is located in the southeast section of Xian Ciy. The complex
was built close to the original site of an ancient garden and consists of
themed garden areas, culture, tea, market, entertainment and food. Tang
style buildings have been replicated here.

Tang Paradise is part of an immense development undertaking which also


inludes the free and equally amazing musical fountain at the Great Wild
Goose pagoda square.

This is a lovely hotel with a beautiful water garden and comfortable rooms
and is well located. The breafast buffet is great and afterwards you can be
instructed in Tai Chi if you want to in the lovely garden in the morning. The
hotel also has its very own theatre restaurant. This is worth going to as the
dancing is so professional. The Great Wild Goose Pagoda square and Tang
Paradise are within walking distance.

Seeing and Doing:

You can take a walk around the city to get yourself acquainted with this
bustling metropolis. Most impressive are the well-preserved city wall and the
Bell Tower, the latter being the central-most point of Xi'an. Just south of the
Bell Tower is Shuyuanmen, a traditional street full of antique and craft shops.

Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi chose Xi'an as his capital in the third century BC.
This bellicose tyrant, the first to unite the various kingdoms of ancient China,
is known to us for his Terracotta Warriors. You can view the molded soldiers,
officers, horses and wagons, which form part of this famed underground amry.
Also China's capital at the height of the Silk Road, Xi'an hosted a diverse
range of foreign communities and ideas. We will compare its Buddhist Big
Goose Pagoda with Xi'an's Great Mosque, which stands in the midst of a
thriving Muslim quarter.

Xi'an's well-presented History Museum will help you trace China's history from
the third millenium BC to the demise of the Tang dynasty in the tenth century.
Visitors with a strong interest in East Asian art history might also like to visit
the Beilin Museum and the Yanglin Museum. The former houses stunning
Tang dynasty Buddhisty statuary and famous carved calligraphic stellae (of
perhaps limited interest to those not interested in calligraphy). The latter,
located at a Han dynasty tomb where archaeological excavations are on
going, displays the tomb's comprehensive collection of beautiful funerary
figurines.
Choices:

- Xian, a chronology of Chinese history, possesses more items of


archaeological interests than any other cities in China

- Meander among the mysterious and overwhelming Terracotta Army of


Emperor Qin Shihuang, one of the most spectacular archaeological
discoveries of the 20th Century

- Visit the pretty nice Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a masterpiece of Buddhist
architecture in a distinctly Tang dynasty style

- Stroll around Xian's Muslim Quarter, and visit the still active Great
Mosque - a good metaphor for the cultural mix of the area

- Get to the old Xian landmark - the magnificent Drum Tower and Bell
Tower, located in the exact center of the ancient city
- Take the opportunity to climb up the ancient City Wall, simply walk, and
enjoy the ambience and views of the city

- Visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, a striking Tang-Dynasty


style pavilion with a large collection of historic and cultural artifacts
unearthed in Shaanxi

- Enjoy the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show, which showcases the costumes,
music, and dancing of China's golden age: the Tang dynasty

- Do not miss the opportunity to relish the outstanding Dumpling Feast, a


culinary highlight of the region

- Struggle up one of China's sacred Taoist mountains Hua Shan in the


pitch-black night to see the gorgeous sunrise

LIJIANG

Next stop is Lijiang, where we will stay for 1 night.

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/lijiang.htm

We have one hotel here, but is is a fabulous one.

Banyan Tree Lijiang http://www.banyantree.com/en/lijiang/index.html


Explore the architectural intricacies of an ethnic Naxi house at Banyan Tree
Lijiang. The mist-covered mountains and the private jet pool make for a
study in dreamy contemplation. The pulse radiating from Lijiang is a
symphony full of soul, peace and ethnic harmony. Banyan Tree Lijiang's
luxurious villas reflect the rich fabric of this locale through their design and
furnishings.

There are 55 rooms and suites at Banyan Tree, Lijiang. Designed to inspire
and provide the perfect setting, each villa is nestled in a lush private garden
that is visible through sliding glass doors. From the daybed, the looming
peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain evoke scenes of epic poetry, while the
heated outdoor jet-pool awakens sensory pleasures of a more earthly kind.

The warm hospitality of the Naxi people permeates every occasion where
food is celebrated and shared in Lijiang. The excitement of communal
feasting is often heightened by raucous folk dancing and ubiquitous plum
wine. Guests can enjoy a delightful array of multi-national cuisine at this
indoor and outdoor café offering buffet-style dining. Adjourn at the Tea
Lounge to learn about the fascinating array of brews; and try some of the
finest selections. The bar, a lively nightspot features indoor and outdoor
seating, with a band playing everything - from local favorites to evergreen
classics.

Seeing and Doing:

Founded in the shadow of snow-topped Jade Dragon Mountain , Lijiang rose


to prominence 500 years ago as an entrepôt on the dangerous, bandit-
infested Tea and Horse caravan route. As you wander the idyllic town center,
situated on the dry soils of the lower Tibetan plateau, you might admire the
apparent ease with which stream water has been channeled through its
ancient, paved streets.

The facility of the Naxi people, who founded Lijiang, to adopt other cultures'
ideas is in evidence at the Daobaoji Temple at Baisha where three religions
are celebrated side by side in Ming-dynasty (1368 - 1644) frescoes.

The Tea and Horse caravan route is brought to life in the Zhang Yimou-
directed extravaganza " Lijiang Impressions ". Presented on a specially-built
stage on the slopes of Jade Dragon Mountain , this show uses hundreds of
local farmers, drawn from various local ethnic groups, to illustrate the cultural
traditions of the region.

ZHONGDIAN

We now drive on to Zhongdian, or Shangri-La, where you will spend 2 nights.

http://www.chinatour.com/attraction/shangri-la.htm
Again here we have chosen one hotel:

Banyan Tree Rhinga http://www.banyantree.com/en/ringha/index.html

Behind every myth is at least a grain of truth — a comforting thought for


someone in search of James Hilton's evasive Shangri-La. In his acclaimed
novel "Lost Horizon" Hilton masterfully describes a distant and secluded
hideaway of great beauty and peacefulness, a remote paradise on earth
hidden in a Tibetan valley of snow-capped mountains, where harmony reigns,
where the gods walk among the people, and where man and nature embrace.
A utopian dream perhaps or surprisingly close to reality?
Banyan Tree Ringha is found in China's Yunnan province, a mountainous area
that has been designated as the official Shangri-La by the Chinese
government and is part of Greater Tibet, both historically and culturally. At
3,200 meters above sea level, the setting is spectacular with day-trips and
overnight excursions taking you to divine mountain peaks touched by the
clouds, awe-inspiring ridges, deep canyons, torrential rivers, mystical
plateaus, endless valleys, crystal-clear streams and the most tranquil of
lakes.

In true Banyan Tree style, the resort architecture reflects the local Tibetan
culture. All 32 spacious lodges and suites are traditional Tibetan farmhouses
with intricate woodcarvings, smoky fireplaces and wooden balconies that
have valley or river views. Impressive pine pillars add enormous character to
both the interior and exterior of each house. And of course, there is the
heavenly Banyan Tree Spa.
Seeing and Doing:

The altitude at the idyllic Banyan Tree Ringha is approximately 3,400 meters
or 11,000 feet, so your first priority will be to take it easy to acclimatize to the
thin air. Pinch yourself! The view from your bedroom balcony over the Tibetan
valley, taking in the many facets of village farm life, will lead you to wonder if
you have suddenly landed, like the literary character Conway, in the romantic
utopia of Shangri-la.

Walk (or ride) to the untouched village below. For many, simply stepping into
an ordinary Tibetan home will be one of their most authentic experiences. A
village is always active and, depending on the season, we will view the local
activities from butter making to yogurt making to textile weaving. On occasion,
the village will lay on a horse-racing show for us. Visit to the exquisite local
temple.

Leave our utopian valley to investigate the surrounding area. At the bustling
Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, where you will meet a Tibetan lama who will
introduce a religious ceremony to be performed for our group. Travelers will
be free to ask questions about the way of life of the monk.

After lunch, we will stroll through the old town of Shangri-la and visit the
galleries and NGOs that have made this town their base. Following this,
depending on availability, we will enjoy a private lecture/performance
demonstrating the various schools of Tibetan music.
LIJIANG

And it is back to Lijiang, where we will spend again one night.

DALI

Some sightseeing, and on to Dali by car for 1 night.

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/dali.htm

Here we have one hotel for you:

Regent Hotel http://www.regenthotel.cn

Located in the southwestern part of China, Dali, one of


the first recognized 24 international historical
and cultural cities by the Chinese government, the
Regent Hotel is a glamorous and attractive place to rest.
There are the Changshan Mountains and the vast
Erhai Lake embracing the city, together with a long
history and beautiful culture, and also recognition in
China that “Dali’s mountains are graceful, Dali's waters
are beautiful, and Dali's people are the most
attractive.”
Today, Dali is more open and inviting towards all tourists in and outside
China. And the Regent Hotel is here to welcome all who love beauty and life!

Seeing and Doing:

Dali is a magical land and one of the Yunnan province’s most popular tourist
destinations. This city has beauty, historic appeal, and a unique blend of
western and eastern culture.

Travelers marvel at the landscape and enjoy visiting the Dali museum. Dali is
known for its “Foreigners’ Street,” with its English-speaking businesses and
eateries. Coffee shops akin to Amsterdam abound in this area, offering
tourists a taste of Europe in this charming old Chinese town.

Choices:
- Get lost in the gigantic Stone Forest - the World Karst Landscape
Museum with countless stone pillars in bizarre forms

- Step back through time in the narrow cobble-stoned streets of Lijiang Old
Town, and start an aimless cycling around

- Check out the Naxi Baisha Village, taste the most notable Naxi ancient
music, and enjoy the rural and unconstrained mural paintings

- Conquer the amazing Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, feel the altitude and
enjoy the ultimate and the glaciers

- Trek the world's deepest gorge - Tiger Leaping Gorge, a breathtaking hike
amid soaring cliffs and waterfalls

- Pass through the Shigu Town and get the premiere vantage point to view
the imposing "First Bend of Yangtze River"
- Appreciate the straight and towering Three Pagodas of Chongsheng
Temple, and cycle along the lakeshore of the ear-shaped Erhai Hu

- Wander around the streets of the laid-back Dali Old City, encounter the Bai
people, observe and study their fascinating culture

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- Discover the mystery and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism in Zhongdian by
visiting the Gedan Songzanlin Monastery, the Napa Hai Grassland and
even a Tibetan family

- Clean all the dust in your eyes, purifies your mind at Lu Gu Lake, and get
a glimpse into the woman-dominated civilization

KUNMING

Next is Kunming for a one night stay.

http://www.gokunming.com/en/

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/china/kunming
One hotel here:

Grand Park Hotel Kunming


http://www.parkhotelgroup.com/phkunming/phkunming00_index.html

Grand Park Hotel Kunming is located in the vicinity of the picturesque Green
Lake Park, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kunming city.
Adorned with artistic buildings and bridges, the park features scenic views
with willows along the bank and the lotus flowers on the lake. The hotel is a
15-minute drive from the airport and is within walking distance to city center.
The apartment suites consistes of one bedroom and a spacious living room with a fully
furnished kitchen, to impress you with a sense of home. The hotel provides five
tempting food and beverage outlets, ranging from relaxing bars to delicious local and
international cuisine.

There is an out-door swimming pool, fitness center and other facilities for recreation.

Seeing and Doing:

Kunming, the capital of the Yunnan province in China, borders the northern
edge of Lake Dian. Known for its dramatic and unique landscape, travelers to
Kunming often visit the popular Yunnan Stone forest, a breathtaking site of
stone formations and labyrinthine vistas. Other tourist attractions include the
Golden Temple, Duguan Park, and the Black Dragon Pool.
The Western Hills
About 15 km from Kunming city, lie along the western shore of Dianchi Lake.
The Hills resemble a reclining maiden lying on the banks of Dianchi Lake with
her long hair flowing down into the lake. In actuality, the Western Hills is a
forested and lovely park. Some of the major sites include: Huating Temple
(Huating Si), an ancient Buddhist temple. Taihua Temple (Taihua Si), with its
charming orchard courtyard; Sanqing Pavilion (Sanqingge), a Daoism temple
dedicated to that religion’s three major deities; and Dragon Gate (Longmen), a
collection of Daoism caves and sculptures. This is one place I would
recommend partners take their camera!!!

Stone Forest
The best of the world famous Stone Forests (Shilin) of Kunming are in Lunan
County, 90km south of Kunming. This typical karsts physiognomy takes the
form of a forest of stone pillars and boulders. It is as if the countless stone
shapes have sprung from the ground, assuming different shapes as if vying to
surpass each other in grandeur and sublime beauty. Among the sights in the
Stone Forest are Lion Arbor, Sword Peak Pond, Lotus Peak, Moon Lake, Jade
Lake, and Dadie Waterfall.

GUILIN
Next up to Guilin where you spend 3 nights:
http://www.guilin.com.cn/english/

http://www.lonelyplanetchina.com/webPro/chinaGuide2/showCityContent.jsp?cityID=13&c
ontentType=Brief

Guilin is a city in China, situated in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang


Autonomous Region on the west bank of the Lijiang River. Its name means
"forest of Sweet Osmanthus", owing to the large number of fragrant Sweet
Osmanthus trees located in the city. The city has long been renowned for its
unique scenery.

In Guilin we have one hotel, where you will stay two nights.
Lijiang Waterfall Hotel http://www.waterfallguilin.com/english/abouts.asp

The Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel is the largest, latest and best-equipped
hotel in Guangxi. The artificial waterfall that rushes down from its top
matches the picturesque ambience of the hotel, with Shanhu Lake glittering
right down in front, Lijiang River flowing to the east, Elephant Trunk Park
neighbouring on the south, and Duxiu Hill and Diecai Hill towering to the
north.

The hotel boasts a complete set of services. All the 388 rooms and suites
offer good views of Guilin's famous and spectacular scenery.

There are 13 restaurants here serving Chinese and western food. The
entertainment facilities here include bars, cafes, dancing halls, a night club
and a karaoke room. There is also an efficient business center here.
Just outside Guilin we have one hotel for a fabulous one night stay:

Hotel of Modern Art http://www.yuzile.com

Not far from picturesque Yangshou, in the magnificent region of Guilin, the
Hotel of Modern Art – Homa Libre – is a very relaxing, harmonious and
elegant place to stay. Sophisticated cuisine, attentive service, various leisure
activities coupled with a breathtaking location in the huge private park, Yuzi
Paradise, is home to the leading collection of contemporary Asian art
including numerous sculptures by artists from all over the world, all found at
HOMA Libre.
The combination of artistic decoration and modern facilities create a
comfortable and fashionable environment.

Facilities include three restaurants, three function rooms, a business center,


11 meeting rooms and a versatile lawn area. In addition HOMA contains
'Asia's largest art studio'. Guests can enjoy fine dining in unbelievable
outdoor venues, including a stunning cathedral-sized cave

Seeing and Doing:

Stroll through the tiny, pedestrian streets of Yangshuo village.

Take a relaxing boat-ride along a rarely visited stretch of the Li River:


fishermen use cormorants to fish, clumbs of bamboo trees line the shores,
buffalo wallow in the shallow water, children play beside their father, who rake
the river bed for reeds. You will have the opportunity to explore traditional
village life - visit a local school, take part in preparing soy milk, or just wander
through the rice fields.

You might wish to rent a bike, explore the local market, visit a nearby park or
simply sit at a café and watch the world go by.

Choices:

- An absolutely legendary scenic Mecca, Guilin has the most typical karst
topography in the world, with verdant hills, limpid waters, mysterious
caves and grotesque rocks.

- Take the Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo and enjoy the fresh
feeling of walking in a Chinese ink landscape painting
- Pedal lazily through the rice paddies, fruit orchards, tranquil villages and
extraordinary karst peaks of Yangshuo

- Simply relax yourself in one of the bars or cafes at the nationally


renowned Yangshuo West Street to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere

- Watch the stunning "Impression·Liu Sanjie" - China's largest outdoor


performance on a natural stage setting formed by the Li River and 12
peaks

- Enjoy a casual stroll through the city area, taste the famous Guilin rice
noodles, and take the 'Two Rivers and Four Lakes' water tour around the
city at night

- Explore the peak-dotted riverine parks and marvel at Mother Nature's


masterpieces, such as the Elephant Trunk Hill, the Camel Hill
- Go through spectacular karst caves, such as the Reed Flute Cave and the
Seven Star Cave, and learn how the fantastic stalactites were formed

- Take an excursion to the spectacular Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces in


Longsheng County and sleep in the Zhuang village of Ping' an

- Hike around the mountain areas dotted with colourful ethnic minority
tribes such as Zhuang, Miao, Yao and Dong

MACAO

Now you fly to Macao where you will spend one night.
http://www.macautourism.gov.mo/
We have two hotels for you in Macau. If you wish to gamble,

1) Wynn Macao http://www.wynnmacau.com/index.jsp

The Wynn Macau offers everything a traveler might expect from a Wynn
hotel. Located across the street from the Grand Lisboa, the Wynn Macau is
just as sleek and sophisticated at its Las Vegas counterpart. Tasteful
decorations, an enormous casino, and plenty of great shopping and
restaurants are making the Wynn Macau one of the most popular Macau
hotels on the Cotai Strip.

All 600 impeccably appointed rooms & suites are designed with the most
luxurious furnishings for your enjoyment. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows
and breathtaking views of the Nan Van Lake, the South China Sea or the
glittering Macau skyline, each is truly a room with a view!

For those that are not gambling inclined, the local gem:

2) Pousada de Sao Tiago http://www.saotiago.com.mo/main_e.html


Romantic and intriguing, Macau has retained the historic beauty of the Orient

- a timeless quality searched for by travellers from both near and far. The

Fortaleza da Barra was one of the fortresses built in the 17th century by the

Portuguese to defend Macau against hostile European nations and local

pirates. One hundred years later a chapel was built within its walls and

dedicated to Saint James, the patron saint of the Portuguese garrison. Today,

much of the fortress and the Chapel have been preserved as part of the

Pousada de São Tiago Hotel features with 12 suites.

Through cool, stone archways, with water cascading from the walls of history,

guests enter the elegant lobby, and can look down upon the Os Gatos

Lounge, a restaurant dedicated to the allure and cuisine of sun-drenched

lands. The name of this Macau hotel restaurant (Portuguese for "The Cats"),

comes from the title of a book by the renowned Portuguese literary figure

Fialho de Almeida. In the book, Almeida states that "Portuguese is the most

refined, most voluptuous, most succulent cuisine in the world". Os Gatos lives

up to the promise, presenting a menu of exquisite specialties from Macau,

Portugal, Spain, Provence, Italy and Greece, in a setting that is simply

unparalleled in the entire territory.


Seeing & Doing:

Macau, originally a small fishing village in southern China had been colonized
by Portuguese in the early 1550s and tuned it into a major entrepot for trade
between China, Japan, India & Europe. It also became the perfect crossroad
for the meeting of East and West cultures. Macau also served as a stepping
stone for the spreading of Christianity in China. Churches and fortresses
were built and gave the city on historical European appearance that
distinguishes it to this day.

Today Macau is a Special Administrative Region of China, benefits from the


principle of “one country, two systems”. This tiny city is growing in size – with
more building on reclaimed land – and in the number and diversity of
attractions. The greatest of these continues to be Macau’s unique society,
with communities from the East & West complementing each other, and the
many people who come to visit.

Choices::

- Visit the Ruins of St. Paul, a stone façade remain of the first Church and
College of Jesuits in China designed by an Italian Jesuit built in the 17th
Century; destroyed by fire in 1835. This becomes the symbol of Macau
today.
- The Monte Fortress built by the Jesuits to provide effective defense
against attack by the Dutch in 1624. Today it houses the Museum of
Macau, which occupies the foundation and platform with exhibits that
illustrate the life of Macau and it’s people over the past four centuries with
emphasis of bi-cultural character.

- Senado Square is paved with a wave-patterned stone mosaic – created


especially by experts from Portugal with a rich European ambience.
Nearby stands St. Dominic’s Church, a marvelous example of baroque
architecture built in 17th Century and famous for its magnificent altar and
decorated wooden art.

- A-Ma Temple already existed before the city of Macau came into being.
The variety of pavilions dedicated to the worship of different deities in a
single complex make this temple an exemplary representation of Chinese
Culture inspired by Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and multiple folk
beliefs.
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- Relax at the revolving restaurant for a cup of coffee in the Macau Tower –
the 10th highest in the world at 338 metres offering magnificent panoramic
views all over Macau and much of the Pearl River Delta. There’s an
opportunity to walk around the outside of the tower for those who dare.

- Simply relax for a day in the Oriental Monte Carlo and try your luck in one
of the latest Las Vegas-style casino and the Macanese cuisine.

HONG KONG

After this fun stay, hop into the helicopter to Hong Kong, for two nights prior to
going back home.

http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/index.jsp
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/china/hong-kong
Some of the best hotels in the world are here. We chose 3 for you:

1) the Peninsula http://hongkong.peninsula.com

The Peninsula Hong Kong has long been hailed as one of the finest hotels in
the world. Created 80 years ago in the glamorous 1920s, the legendary
"Grande Dame of the Far East" continues to set hotel standards worldwide,
offering a blend of the best of Eastern and Western hospitality in an
atmosphere of unmatched classical grandeur and timeless elegance.

The Peninsula Hong Kong offers the ultimate in luxury accommodations with
the most spacious hotel rooms and suites in Hong Kong. Each one of the
hotel's opulent guest rooms is comfortable and stylish and equipped with
advanced technology for the convenience of hotel guests - underlined, of
course, by the world-famous Peninsula service.
The hotel's celebrated fleet of Rolls-Royce Extended Wheelbase Phantoms,
together with The Peninsula's helicopter shuttle service from the hotel's
rooftop helipad, offer hotel guests luxurious transportation to and from Hong
Kong International Airport and around Hong Kong.

2) Madarin Oriental http://www.mandarinoriental.com/hongkong

Located overlooking the glittering Victoria Harbour, this hotel has been the
centre of Hong Kong’s social and business scene since 1963. This glamorous
past is echoed in a lavish redesign which saw their rooms and suites
transformed into the vanguard of contemporary luxury. Their reputation
continues to endure with their legendary service.

The 502 rooms and suites are entirely recreated offering all guests far more
space, with suites ranging from 44 square metres to 292 square metres. The
sleek designs incorporate contemporary luxuries and thoughtful ingenuities
that will surprise even the seasoned traveler. The sophisticated entertainment
and business technology comes with the full support of our IT butlers.

Best of all, the comfortable new rooms welcome each guest as if they were
returning home.

3) Four Seasons http://www.fourseasons.com/hongkong

On the waterfront overlooking Victoria Harbour and the financial district, Four Seasons
redefines luxury and excellence in a city renowned for exceptional accommodations.
As part of the prestigious International Finance Centre, it offers unrivalled links to
Hong Kong Station, with the famed Star Ferry steps away.

The Hotel keeps pace with Hong Kong's fast-forward outlook. Its 399 guest rooms,
including 54 suites, each reflect signature Four Seasons comfort and luxury. Wall-to-
wall windows offer captivating vistas of the city, Victoria Harbour, Kowloon and the
Peak.

Contemporary room décor includes wood- and silk-panelled walls and marble-
floored entry foyers, while guests desiring a more traditional Chinese
experience can choose from rooms featuring sculpted furnishings and
authentic ink paintings.
For unparalleled entertainment and communications, every guest room is
equipped with up-to-the-minute technology, including a 106-centimetre (42-
inch) plasma screen satellite television.

Seeing & Doing :

As a tourist destination, Hong Kong has much to offer. Sensational shopping,


fabulous food, diverse sightseeing and a rich cultural heritage, to name just a
few. You can experience each of these facets of Hong Kong while you’re
here.

What makes Hong Kong so fascinating is the way its local culture and
heritage are inextricably woven into the fabric of life. Hong Kong is a
remarkable synthesis of seeming opposites – alleyway market stalls and
state-of-the-art shopping complexes; historic trams and a high-tech subway
system; bobbing sampans and luxury yachts; low-cost housing alongside with
most expensive real estate in the world. Cliché that it is, Hong Kong is the
very essence of the marriage of East an West, uniting Western technological
competence with the support of an Eastern civilization that dates back
thousands of years.
So we will take you up in a helicopter and fly you around this gorgeous and
exciting Hong Kong, so you get a good idea of its features, geography and
how close it really is to the PRC.

Of course Hong Kong is one big shopping mall, so you need to go on an


unequalled spree.

Choices :

- To climb up the Victoria Peak for a magnificent panoramic view of the


harbour & city in one of the oldest public transportation systems ever
developed in Hong Kong – the Peak Tram.

- To explore the floating fishermen’s community in a sampan boat around


the famous typhoon shelter in Aberdeen where the biggest floating
restaurant – Jumbo Kingdom is located.

- To learn and practise "Shadow Boxing" in graceful motion to balance the


yin and yang of your mind and body with a Tai Chi Master.

- To gain some basic knowledge about traditional Chinese medicine such as


the concept of yin and yand and the purposes of some widely used herbal
medicines from a Chinese Herbs Expert.
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- To learn tea preparation the Hong Kong way, the Tea Master will introduce
you to the many varieties of tea, its proper preparation and tea-drinking
etiquette.

- To unravel the mystery of (Fung Shui) by positioning objects in harmony


with nature to ensure, and even create, good fortune in your home and
office with a Fung Shui Master.

- To explore the Hollywood Road that has been famous for its many antique
and curio shops. It’s a browser’s paradise with everything from Chinese
blackwood furniture, wall scrolls to embroidery, porcelain & assorted bric-
a-brac. Visit the nearby Man Mo Temple – named for its two principal
deities : Man, the god of literature, and Mo, the god of War.

- Learn about some of the ingredients that make Chinese cooking so


delicious. Join with one of Hong Kong's gourmets in his private kitchen and
share his tips for Chinese cooking techniques.

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