Zhangjiajie National forrest: - Avatar's floating peaks inspiration.The Zhangjiajie National Forest Parkis a unique national forest park located in Zhangjiajie City in northern Hunan Province in the People's Republic of China.In 1982 it was recognized as China's first national forest park (4,810 hectares). Zhangjiajie National Forest Park was designated a much larger (397.5 km��) Wulingyuan National Park by the State Council on August 1, 1988. In 1992, Wulingyuan National Park was officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was then approved by the Ministry of Land and Resources as Zhangjiajie Sandstone Peak Forest National Geopark (3,600 km��) in 2001. In 2004, Zhangjiajie Geopark was listed as a UNESCO Global Geopark. The most notable geographic features of the park are the pillar-like formations that are seen throughout the park. They are the result of many years of erosion. The weather is moist year round, and as a result, the foliage is very dense. Much of the erosion which forms these pillars are the result of expanding ice in the winter and the plants which grow on them. These formations are a distinct hallmark of Chinese landscape, and can be found in many ancient Chinese paintings. Avatar film's director and production designers said that they drew inspiration for the floating rocks from those mountains including those in the Hunan province.
Giant Panda : The giant panda, or panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca, literally meaning "black and white cat-foot")is a bear native to central-western and south western China. It is easily recognized by its large, distinctive black patches around the eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. Though it belongs to the order Carnivora, the panda's diet is 99% bamboo. Pandas in the wild will occasionally eat other grasses, wild tubers, or even meat in the form of birds, rodents or carrion. In captivity they may receive honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves, oranges, or bananas along with specially prepared feed. The giant panda lives in a few mountain ranges in central China, mainly in Sichuan province, but also in the Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. Due to farming, deforestation and other development, the panda has been driven out of the lowland areas where it once lived. The panda is a conservation reliant endangered species. A 2007 report shows 239 pandas living in captivity inside China and another 27 outside the country. Wild population estimates vary; one estimate shows that there are only about 1,590 individuals living in the wild.
Jiuzhaigou National forrest: - Known in English as Jiuzhai Valley it lies at the southern end of the Minshan mountain range, 330 km (205 mi) north of the provincial capital of Chengdu.In the Aba Tibetan Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of northwestern Sichuan province, near the Gansu border.he remote region was inhabited by various Tibetan and Qiang peoples for centuries, but was not officially discovered by the government until 1972. Extensive logging took place until 1979, when the Chinese government banned such activity and made the area a national park in 1982. An Administration Bureau was established and the site officially opened to tourism in 1984; layout of facilities and regulations were completed in 1987. The site was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve in 1997. As of 2004, the site averages 7,000 visits per day, with a quota of 12,000 being reportedly enforced during high season.
Admire the rolling landscapes of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Avatar film’s designers said that they drew inspiration for the floating rocks from those mountains. Visit famous Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong, Emei Mountains-the world natural heritage site. sightseeing tour in Chengdu, Shangsha, Hongkong.
Date: 3 /30/2011 ~ 10/26/2011
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AB=American Breakfast | CB=Chinese Breakfast | B=Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner
DP=Dinner Party| DH=Dinner at Hotel | DS=Dinner and Show
Day 1 | USA departure Our China vacation starts as we board a flight bound for Changsha, the capital of Hunan.
Day 2 | International Date Line Cross the International Date Line
Day 3 | Arrive Changsha (D)
Board a connecting flight at Hong Kong to Changsha. Upon arrival at Changsha, we are transferred to the hotel. After dinner, we drive around the city for a fantastic night view. Hotel: Changsha - Sheraton Hotel Hotel（★★★★★）
Day 4 | Changsha - Zhangjiajie (AB, L, DP)
The city tour of Changsha features visits to the Yuelu Academy of Classical Learning and the amazing Mawangdui Tombs Museum. Later in the afternoon we board a flight bound for Zhangjiajie. For dinner we are served the local Tujia Minority Cuisine. Hotel: Zhangjiajie - Dacheng Shanshui Hotel（★★★★★）
Day 5 | Zhangjiajie (AB,L,DS)
Today we start with a tour to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the first authorized national forest park in China. Together with Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve and Tianzi Hill Nature Reserve, it makes up the famous Wulingyuan Scenic Area which is acclaimed for its fantastic formations of peaks, crystal clear waters, spectacular karsts caves and the unrivalled high percentage of forest cover, and is listed as a world heritage site. Tianmen Mountain, one of the most representative natural sceneries of Zhangjiajie is also visited. After dinner, enjoy the entertainment of special effect show “Tienmen Mountain Fox Fairy”. (The admission will be fully refunded if the show is cancelled due to any nature elements) Hotel: Zhangjiajie - Wulingyuan International Resort（★★★★★）
Day 6 | Zhangjiajie (AB,L,DP)
Continue our sightseeing tour in Zhangjiajie with visits to Tianzi Hill and Yellow Dragon Cave, a huge limestone cave in which there are two underground rivers, four waterfalls, 13 caverns and countless stalagmites. We will have a chance to enjoy Hunan local Xiang Cuisine for dinner this evening. Hotel: Zhangjiajie - Wulingyuan International Resort（★★★★★）
Day 7 | Zhangjiajie - Changde - Changsha - Chengdu (AB,L,DP)
Before we head back to Changsha to board a flight bound for Chengdu, we make an excursion to Changde to visit Taohuayuan Scenic Area. Taohuayuan is particularly famous for plum blossom season in April and May. In other seasons Taohuayuan tour will be substituted by Liuyeh Lake. For lunch a local lake cuisine will be served. In Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, we have a chance to taste the famous Medicinal Food for dinner. Hotel: Chengdu - Shangri-La Hotel(Chengdu)（★★★★★）
Day 8 | Chengdu - Huanglong (AB, L, DH)
Today, we approach the highlight of our cruise and one of China's most globally recognized icons, the Three Gorges. Sail through the 5-mile long Qutang Gorge, the shortest but grandest of the three. Pass by sheer limestone cliffs and enter Wu Gorge, known for its serene beauty and 12 unique peaks. Disembark and board a smaller vessel to access a narrow tributary to the dramatic Lesser Gorges, gliding by terraced hillsides and soaring cliffs. Return aboard and sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest (41 miles) and deepest of the three. In the evening we sail through the intricate Three Gorges Dam ship locks. Hotel:Huanglong - Mingjiangyuan Hotel （★★★★★）
Day 9 | Huanglong - Jiuzhaigou (AB, L, D)
Finish sightseeing in Huanglong, proceed to the “Fairyland” Jiuzhaigou. Another world natural heritage site, Jiuzhaigou has been known for its natural wonders in terms of colorful waters appearing to be either magically peacock blue or emerald. All those who encounter it are overwhelmed by the breathtaking beauty of its landscape and lakes, springs, waterfalls, streams, rivers and shoals Hotel: Jiuzhaiguo -Sheraton Jiuzhaigou Hotel（★★★★★）
Day 10 | Jiuzhaigou (AB, L, DS)
The whole day excursion explores the fantasy of Jiuzhaigou. Our tour includes visits to Shuzheng Waterfall, Changhai Lake and the River View Pavilion. In the afternoon, we are entertained by the Tibetan & Qiang folklore dance show while visit the Tibetan Village. For dinner the minority traditional cuisine will be served. Hotel: Jiuzhaiguo -Sheraton Jiuzhaigou Hotel（★★★★★）
Day 11 | Jiuzhaigou - Chengdu - Mt. Emei (AB, L, DH)
Return to Chengdu by air, transfer to lunch upon arrival. Later we proceed by bus to Mt. Emei, one of the most famous mountains of Buddhism in China. A cable car ride takes us up to the Golden Summit. The Golden Summit rises over 3,000 meters above sea level. There one may find an advantage point to appreciate the sunrise and to view the sea of clouds, the Buddhist lamps and particularly the Buddhist glory which is most wonderful and captivating. Enjoy Emei Vegetarian Dinner at hotel. Hotel:Emai Shan - Hongzhushan Hotel （★★★★★）
Day 12 | Mt. Emei - Leshan - Mt. Emei (AB, L, DP) (AB, L, DP)
Take an excursion to the nearby Leshan by bus. The tour of Leshan includes a cruise on Min River, and a view of Leshan Grand Buddha, the largest stone-carved Buddha in the whole world. It’s described as “A mountain emerges as a Buddha, and a Buddha as a mountain.” Finish our sightseeing at Leshan, before we take bus back to Mt. Emei, enjoy the local cuisine - Tofu Banquet for dinner. Hotel:Emai Shan - Hongzhushan Hotel （★★★★★）
Day 13 | Mt. Emei - Chengdu (AB, L, DS)
Take a motor coach back to Chengdu. On the way we have excursions to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, the world heritage site Du Jiang Dam, Wanjiang Tower, Temple of Marquis Wu. For dinner, we will be served the famous Sichuan local cuisine, followed by the entertainment of Sichuan Opera. As one of the principal genres of regional drama in China, Sichuan Opera is particularly famous for its unique skills in “changing countenance”. Hotel: Chengdu - Shangri-La Hotel(Chengdu)（★★★★★）
Day 14 | Chengdu - Hong Kong - USA (AB)
Bid farewell to China as we board our inter national flight to the USA via Hong Kong.
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