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Dunhuang Private Day Tour

1. Dunhuang Private Day Tour

At 8:30, your guide will pick you up from the lobby of your Dunhuang hotel and transfer you to the Visitor Center at Mogao Grottoes, an UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site, where you will watch two documentaries about the caves and the Silk Road. Afterwards, a professional cave guide will lead you to explore 7 to 9 of the caves closely. You will be astonished by the well-preserved frescoes and statues in the caves from the 4th century. The caves were built by monks with donated funds and elaborately painted to serve as shrines and for meditation and enlightenment. Those paintings are also teaching tools to inform those illiterate about Buddhist beliefs and stories. The primary caves were sponsored by patrons of important clergies, local ruling elites, foreign dignitaries, and Chinese emperors. Some of the caves might have been funded by merchants, military officers, and local residents. At 15:30, you will be transferred to the Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Moon Spring. This magical spring is a crescent-shaped oasis in the Gobi Desert that is slowing shrinking due to climate change. After the lake visit, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Dunhuang where this wonderful private day trip concludes.

Private Dunhuang Tour to Jade Gate Pass and Ghost City

2. Private Dunhuang Tour to Jade Gate Pass and Ghost City

At 8 am, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby. Then you will take 1.5-hour ride to Jade Gate Pass, Yumenguan in Chinese. Yang Pass and Jade Gate Pass were 2 important passes near Dunhuang in the past. You still can view the ruin of the big pass that is situated near a pool in the middle of Gobi Desert. Afterwards you will head to Great Wall Ruin that was built in Han Dynasty about 2000 years ago. It is very impressive to see the wonder extending from inland China to here then to Lop Nur. Then you will continue driving 1.5 hours to Ghost City that is Yardan land form national park close to Lop Nur, and it is the key route of the ancient Silk Road from Dunhuang to Lop Nur. There are many different clay formation that was created by the wind. You will hear the horrified sounds from the clay in the windy day, sounds lile ghosts yelling, hence it was named Ghost City here. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. Afterwards you will be transferred back you hotel where the busy day concludes.

From Kathmandu: 8-Day Tibetan Excursion Fly-In Drive-Out

3. From Kathmandu: 8-Day Tibetan Excursion Fly-In Drive-Out

Tibet Tour with Everest Base Camp is the most demanding and popular tour to Tibet, where you’ll be embarking on a journey on a 920 kilometers stretch of road, known as the Friendship Highway between Lhasa to Kathmandu. Tibet with Everest Base Camp Tour allows you on several detours to the highlights of the Tsang Province and natural exploration of the central part of the Tibetan Plateau surrounded by mountains of 5,500 meters of a forgotten world. Explore various settlements along the way towards the Tibet Everest Base Camp which offers a spectacular view of Mt. Everest from the southern side with other endless rows of mountains, get insight into the life and culture of the friendly Tibetan people, discover ancient monasteries, observe the sacred chanting of the monks, hiking along the tranquil shores of the Turquoise Lake Yamdrok Tso. This Tibet Tour with Everest Base Camp is designed as an opportunity to learn about various traditions and cultures of people along with natural wonders. Day 1: Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,650m) Get picked up from your hotel in Kathmandu and taken to the airport. Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and arrive at the Gonngar Airport. Transfer one hour to Lhasa and enjoy a full night's rest for acclimatization at a hotel. Day 2-3: Two days of sightseeing in Lhasa Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar, Drepung Monastery, and the Sera Monastery with a guide. Stay overnight at a hotel. Day 4: Lhasa - Gyantse (3,950m) - Shigatse Drive to Gyantse via Yamadroke Lake and the high passes, Kora LA (5,010m) and Kamba La (4,794m). After breakfast, enjoy some sightseeing in Gyantse with visits to Pholkor and Kumbum Monastery. In the evening, take a 1.5-hour scenic drive to Xigatse through the typical Tibetan countryside. Stay overnight at a hotel. Day 5: Shigatse - Xegar (4,200m) Wake up and head off to visit Panchen Lama’s Tashilhumpu Monastery. Then drive to Xegar, crossing over Gyatchula, a pass of 5,200m. Settle in for an overnight at a hotel. Day 6: Xegar to Ronbuk (4,980m), 90 kilometers  Embark on a scenic drive to Ronbuk through the beautiful Tibetan countryside. Explore Ronbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world, and enjoy an overnight at a guest house.   Day 7: Ronbuk - Everest Base Camp - Kerong Hike up to Everest Base Camp and explore the surrounding area. Travel back to Ronbuk and then drive to Kerong for overnight at a hotel. Day 8: Kerong to Kathmandu Head toward the Rasuwagadi border and, after necessary border formalities, drive to Kathmandu on the magical Friendship Highway to conclude the tour with hotel drop-off.

From Chongqing: Full-Day Private Tour Dazu Rock Carvings

4. From Chongqing: Full-Day Private Tour Dazu Rock Carvings

Today, you will go to Dazu County for a whole day of sightseeing (your guide will meet you at 08:30 in your hotel lobby). This is the birthplace of the amazing Dazu rock carvings, which were created from the late Tang dynasty (618~907) to the early Song dynasty (960~1127). With the theme of Buddhism, the Dazu cliffside carvings are distributed in Beishan, Baodingshan, Nanshan, Shimenshan and Shizhuanshan. You will spend the day visiting the Baodingshan carvings located about 527 meters above sea level. It consists mainly of the Dafowan rock carvings area and the Xiaofowan rock carvings area. There are about 10,000 statues of Buddha carved on the 500 meter cliff in the U-shaped Dafowan. It is said to be a long narrative mural with plenty of commentary but no repeated content. When the tour ends, you will drive you back to your Chongqing hotel.

Chongqing: Wulong Private Day Exploration Tour

5. Chongqing: Wulong Private Day Exploration Tour

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel at 08:00 and taken to the Wulong Furong Cave near Jiangkou (2.5-hours driving). Furong Cave, located along the bank of Furong River between the town of Haokou and Jiangkou. Wulong county was discovered in May 1993 and it is popular among visitors for its limestone cave. It is also an artistic underground palace, a scientific cavern museum and the only nominated site for World Natural Heritage in China so far. The main limestone is unexpectedly as long as 2,700 meters. Then, take 30 minutes to head to Xiannüshan tourist center to catch a special tourist bus to the Natural Stone Bridges Scenic Area. The site, as the name suggests, has three huge natural stone bridges over two karst dolines. The three grand arch bridges are named Tianlong, Qinglong and Heilong, respectively. In addition, karst caves, grotesque peaks and beautiful waterfalls are found everywhere. Walk along the narrow path to the bottom of the dolines, where you will experience the grandness and magic of nature. Enjoy its outstanding presence. Return to Xiannüshan and then drive back to Chongqing city hotel around 18:30 (2.5-hours driving).

Victoria Selina - Chongqing to Yichang 4 Day Tour

6. Victoria Selina - Chongqing to Yichang 4 Day Tour

Victoria Selina, the beautifully furnished cabins and suites of the Victoria Selina boast imported marble bathrooms, authentic Shanghainese cotton bedspreads and pillowcases, and private balconies for viewing the scenery of the gorges. With sky blue lighting glowing from the periphery of high ceilings, private balconies, and elegant decor throughout the ship's interior, passengers sail in comfort as they experience the scenery, natural history, and culture of the Yangtze. All Victoria Star cruises feature professional, multilingual, Western cruise directors and well-trained local staff. The ship's facilities include a conference hall, a meeting room, a gym, a sauna, a library, a sundeck, a smoking room, a clinic, a beauty salon, Chinese and Western dining rooms, a business center with internet, fax and copy printing, a shop, elevators, and Karaoke. Itinerary: Day 1 We pick you up at Chongqing airport or railway station then board the ship from 17:00 to 19:00 and departs Chongqing at 21:00 (Dinner is not included) Day 2 Learning traditional Chinese Taiji boxing. Shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City. You has the option of visiting White Emperor City (RMB230 per person). Captain Welcome Dinner. Victoria costume show. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) Day 3 Learning traditional Chinese Taiji boxing. Sailing through the Qutang Gorge. Shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges(8:00-13:00). Sailing through Xiling Gorge. Farewell Buffet. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) Day 4 Shore excursion to The Three Gorges Dam Site. Arrive in Yichang at 13:30 then the driver pick you up to Yichang airport. (Breakfast/Lunch)

Xining Private Day Trip

7. Xining Private Day Trip

At 9.00 am, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby. Then you will be driven to Kumbum Monastery that is 25 km from Xining. Kumbum is one of the six biggest Tibetan Monasteries. The founder of Yellow Hat Sect, Tsongkhapa was born here and grew up here before he went to Lhasa. You will view the Stupas, Teaching Hall. The amazing butter sculpture exhibition will impress you in the monastery. Afterwards you will be transferred to a local restaurant to have your lunch. Continue to Dongguan Mosque in Xining, that is the biggest mosque in Xining with traditional Chinese architecture, that differs from Arabic style. You guide will take you to visit a local market near the mosque, where you can see all kind of veggies, fruits, meat being sold here. Afterwards you will be transferred to your hotel where the trip concludes.

Jiayuguan Region Private Day Tour

8. Jiayuguan Region Private Day Tour

At 9:00, your guide will meet you in the lobby of your Jiayuguan hotel for a wonderful day trip around Jiayuguan. The first stop is Jiayuguan Fort, which is at the very end of the western part of the Great Wall, built in the Ming Dynasty. Construction of Jiayuguan Fort began in 1372. Today, you can still see the well-preserved walls and buildings of the fort, which was added to the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1987. Next, you will be transferred to climb the Overhanging Great Wall, which was reconstructed in the 1980s according to the original plan, to enjoy the wonderful views. An included lunch will be served right after your visit to the wall. Afterwards, you will head to First Beacon Tower, situated beside the Talai River with stunning valley views. Later, continue sightseeing and head to the Wei and Jin tombs. Finally, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Jiayuguang, where this private day trip concludes.

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