China Mongolia Tibet by Intrepid Travel

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china middle kingdom magic basix 24 days beijing to kunming itinerary days 1-4 beijing explore the forbidden city or cycle through the maze-like hutongs we also experience the majestic great wall days 5-7 yellow river after visiting the plus local payment us$300 physical culture shock eclectic gao miao temple there is an option to raft the yellow river before heading into the inner mongolian desert on an overnight camel trek days 8-10 xi an the terracotta warriors are testament to the glory of past ages days 11-13 chengdu the legendary teahouses of chengdu are the perfect place to while away an afternoon there is the option to take a day trip to see the endangered pandas days 14-15 kunming the modern city of kunming has some excellent markets tucked away in the quaint back streets day 16 lijiang wandering the backstreets of lijiang is like taking a step back in time in the shadow of the jade dragon mountain naxi women roam cobblestone laneways selling their wares days 17-18 tiger leaping gorge trek one of the world s deepest and most beautiful gorges stay in simple guesthouses by the banks of the yangzi river days 19-20 zhongdian head to china s self-proclaimed shangri-la high on the tibetan plateau meet the monks at the ganden sumtseling gompa or explore the surrounding villages by bicycle days 21-22 dali explore the early morning markets where the bai people sell their mix of weird and wonderful goods against a background of snowcapped peaks days 23-24 kunming learn about kunming s 2,000-year history at the many museums black dragon pool lijiang clare schary accommodation hotels 11 nts guesthouses 7 nts camping 1 nt overnight trains 4 nts transport train bus camel walking group size max 16 meals no meals included budget allow us$300 for meals not included departs selected mon apr to oct traveller rating 4.74 out of 5 2007 start 16 apr 30 apr 14 may 21 may 28 may 11 jun 18 jun 25 jun 02 jul 09 jul finish 09 may 23 may 06 jun 13 jun 20 jun 04 jul 11 jul 18 jul 25 jul 01 aug 16 jul 23 jul 30 jul 06 aug 13 aug 20 aug 27 aug 03 sep 10 sep 17 sep 24 sep 08 aug 15 aug 22 aug 29 aug 05 sep 12 sep 19 sep 26 sep 03 oct 10 oct 17 oct 01 oct 24 oct 08 oct 31 oct 15 oct 07 nov 2008 14 apr 21 apr 28 apr 05 may 12 may 19 may 07 may 14 may 21 may 28 may 04 jun 11 jun 26 may 02 jun 09 jun 16 jun 23 jun 30 jun 18 jun 25 jun 02 jul 09 jul 16 jul 23 jul · ride a camel through inner mongolia · see the terracotta warriors · trek tiger leaping gorge · explore the markets of dali crr trip code yangshuo cooking school independent 5 days ex guilin departs daily subject to availability itinerary day 1 yangshuo this charming town is a fusion of quirky western influence and traditional chinese rural village while the surrounding countryside is perfect for cycling and hiking your hotel is a few minutes walk from the scenic li physical culture shock river and busy west street with its many bars and restaurants days 2-3 cooking school visit the colourful local market before heading out to the nearby village of chao long set in a traditional courtyard house the cooking lessons are handson with expert local guidance the teachers first reveal their slicing and chopping methods and demonstrate each dish individually then it s your turn to use your own wok and fire to replicate the dish in your two half-day lessons you will learn about classic southern chinese cuisine and local specialities such as `pijou yu or beer fish a great cookbook with recipes and photos of the dishes is included to help you recreate the meals when you get home the afternoons are free to relax or explore the local area days 4-5 yangshuo cycle or drive among traditional rural scenes stopping to enjoy lunch at a local guide s home there is time to relax in some of the restaurants and cafes along west street or take a walk along the banks of the li river before bidding farewell to yangshuo and the beautiful guanxi province noodle soup for breakfast donna haxby accommodation tourist class hotel 4 nts transport transfers by private vehicle meals 4 breakfasts 3 lunches budget allow us$50 for meals not included departs daily subject to availability notes round trip airport to hotel transfers are included please advise flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to departure traveller rating not applicable as this is a new itinerary trip code · learn the secrets of chinese cooking · cycle among rice paddies and limestone mountains · sample local specialties · walk along the banks of the li river cay 69