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It took much longer than I anticipated, but finally I put together a summary of my vacation in China, with a recommendation for DCT.

It took much longer than I anticipated, but finally I put together a summary of my vacation in China, with a recommendation for DCT.
You can find it at http://netaamit.googlepages.com/home.
Organizer: Discover China Tours (DCT)
The best program & accommodations for the price Good service & attitude, very good overall. Few bumps by subcontractors, quick recovery. Unreservedly Recommended!

Price: $4500 pp including domestic air travel, private guides, cars & drivers, entrance fees, most meals (denoted B-L-D),
Pace: good for us; might be slightly on the fast side for others. The many internal flights did not present a problem.
Coverage: Great ¨C but there¡¯s lots more to see. We may be back¡­
Pictures: Best of China (36 pix) - http://picasaweb.google.com/netaamit/BestOfChina#
Full tour (434 pix) - http://picasaweb.google.com/netaamit/RuthieNetaInChina20080925

Day & Date
Day 01 - Thu 25-Sep-08 ( )
Arrive early afternoon in Beijing
5* Crowne Plaza Beijing (good)
Airport to Hotel Transfer (Beijing), Tian´anmen Square, WangFujing Shopping Street
Day 02 - Fri 26-Sep-08 (B-L-D)
Beijing 5* Crowne Plaza Beijing(good)
Forbidden City, Jingshan Park (Coal Hill), Lama Temple (Yonghegong), Summer Palace, Peking Roast Duck Dinner, Chinese Opera
Maybe split?
Day 03 - Sat 27-Sep-08 (B-L)
Beijing 5* Crowne Plaza Beijing (good)
Great Wall at Mutianyu (Cable car / slide), Ming Tombs (Valley of the Kings, Spirit Way), Olympic Stadium (Bird Nest, Water Cubic), Factory 798 galleries, Insist on Matianyu
External view, park the car! Don¡¯t miss!
Day 04 - Sun 28-Sep-08(B-L-D)
Beijing to Xian: Flight CA1231 (08:20-10:15)
5* Sofitel On Renmin (great)
Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing), Airport to Hotel Transfer (Xian), Shaanxi Provincial Museum, Great Goose Pagoda, Xian City Wall, Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque
Dumpling Banquet. Tang Dynasty Show
Great!
Interesting Great dinner
Day 05 - Mon 29-Sep-08 (B-L)
Xian to Chengdu Flight HU7855 (14:10-15:25) 5* Crowne Plaza Chengdu (very good)
Terracotta Warriors (and movie), Airport Transfer (Xian), Airport to hotel Transfer (Chengdu), Du Fu Cottage (if time permits), Jinli Street
+Take an indep. Night walk
Day 06 - Tue 30-Sep-08(B-L)
Chengdu to Leshan
5* Hong Zhushan (bldg #5) (good)
Panda Breeding and Research Center, Drive to Mt. Emei, Myriad Years Monestary (R/T cable car), Qingyin Ge
Down on foot! Don¡¯t miss!
Day 07 - Wed 01-Oct-08 (B-L)
Chengdu to Lijiang: Flight 3U8691 (19:30 ¨C 20:40)
5* Treasure Harbour Lijiang (very good)
Mt. Emei Golden Summit (R/T cable car), Drive to Leshan, Boat ride to view Giant Buddha, Leshan Giant Buddha, Airport Transfer (Chengdu), Airport to hotel Transfer (Lijiang)
Great!
Day 08 - Thu 02-Oct-08(B-L)
Lijiang 5* Treasure Harbour Lijiang(very good)
Yak Meadow (R/T cable car), Baixa village, Yufeng temple, Black Dragon pool Park , Naxi museum, Lijiang Ancient City and Market.
Depending on view!
Day 09 - Fri 03-Oct-08 (B-L)
LijiangTo Zhongdian
5* Paradise(very good)
Drive to Tiger Leaping Gorge , Continue to Zhongdian, Tibetan Opera Show (extra), Consider longer walk
Day 10 - Sat 04-Oct-08 (B-L)
Zhongdian to Kunming: Flight MU5936 (22:00 ¨C 23:00)
5* Kunming Green Lake Hotel(great)
Songzanlin Lamasery, Lake Shudu & Lake Bita, Airport Transfer (Zhongdian), Airport to hotel Transfer (Kunming)
Nice walk
Day 11 - Sun 05-Oct-08 (B-L)
Kunming to Guilin: Flight CZ3248 (17:55 ¨C 19:30)
5* Sheraton Guilin(great)
Drive to Stone Forest, Transfer to Airport (Kunming), Transfer from Airport (Guilin)
Do big circle, take the time!
Day 12 - Mon 06-Oct-08 (B-L-D)
Guilin to Sanjiang to Longsheng 4* Li-An Lodge (at Ping-An)(terrific) Drive to Sanjiang, Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge , Dong Village, Drive to Longsheng / Ping-An.
Walk to farther villages!!
Go up in the PM, not AM
Day 13 - Tue 07-Oct-08 (B-L)
Longsheng to Guilin
5* Sheraton Guilin(great)
Zhuang and Yao Ethnic Tribes , Dragon´s Backbone Rice Terraces (Longji) , drive to Guilin, Cormorant fishing show , Sun & Moon Pagoda (evening), Fantastic walk on terraces
Day 14 - Wed 08-Oct-08 (B-L)
Guilin to Yangshuo
4* Paradesa YangShuo Resort (good)
Li River Cruise, Yangshuo West Street , Impression Liu San Jie Show
Day 15 - Thu 09-Oct-08 (B-L)
Yangshuo to Guilin to Hangzhou: Flight MU5797 (16:35 ¨C 18:20) 4* Holiday Inn Hangzhou (very good)
Drive to Guilin, Fubo(Whirlpool) Hill, Elephant Trunk Hill, Seven Stars park, Bear & Tiger Farm, Airport Transfer (Guilin), Airport Transfer (Hangzhou)
Don¡¯t miss the rare stones! Never saw so many tigers!
Day 16 - Fri 10-Oct-08 (B-L)
Hangzhou to Zhouzhuang
4* Zhouzhuang Yunhai Resort(OK)
Six Harmonies Pagoda, West Lake Park & boat trip, Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Former residence of Hu Xueyan, Hefang Old Street, Drive to Zhouzhuang, Night Cruise Zhouzhuang Water Town , Consider walking instead
Very nice!
Day 17 - Sat 11-Oct-08 (B-L)
Zhouzhuang to Shanghai
5* Renaissance Shanghai (very good)
Zhouzhuang alleys at dawn, Twin bridges, Back to hotel for breakfast, Drive to Shanghai, Shanghai Museum at People´s Square, Yuyuan Gardan and Old Street, French concession region, The Bund, Shangcheng Acrobatics Show Ditto!
Great! Great dumpling place Fantastic!!!!
Day 18 - Sun 12-Oct-08 (B-L-D)
Shanghai to Beijing: Flight MU5115(15:00 ¨C 17:15)
5* Crowne Plaza Beijing (good) Pudong
Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Urban History & Develop. Museum, Nanjing Road, Transfer to Airport (Shanghai), Transfer to Hotel (Beijing), Peking Roast Duck Dinner, Kong Fu Show
Day 19 - Mon 13-Oct-08 (B-L)
Beijing ¨CBack Temple of Heaven , Liu Li Chang Cultural Street, Hutong / Bell tower / Drum Tower / Lotus Market, Xiushui Street(Silk Market), Transfer to Airport after dinner
Early morning!