Join AACI to discover three magical regions-Sichuan, Yunan and Tibet. For those who have already visited China, and for those who have not yet had the opportunity, our tour is a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Sichuan-Its fitting that an ancient form of opera and magic called biànliǎn (face-changing) originated here, for Sichuan is a land of a myriad of layers. Capital Chengdu seems modern on the surface but just beyond its ring roads you’ll find a more traditional landscape of mist-shrouded sacred mountains, and a countryside scattered with ancient villages and cliffs of carved Buddhas.
Yunan-More than half of the country’s minority groups have their origins here, providing a glimpse into China’s diverse cultural landscape. Then there’s the eye-catching contrasts of the land itself: Erhai Lake, Tiger Leaping Gorge and snow-capped mountains as you edge towards Tibet.
Tibet- Tibet offers mystical monasteries, gorgeous palaces, stunning views of the world’s highest mountains and one of the most likeable cultures you will ever encounter.
Day 1: MONDAY, June 1st Depart Israel to Chengdu
Day 2: TUESDAY, June 2nd After landing in the international airport Chengdu, we are met by a local guide.
Start our day with a drive to visit Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, the oldest and only surviving non-dam irrigation system in the world and a wonder in the development of Chinese science. Built over 2,200 years ago. Back to Chengdu.
Dinner at Chabad
In the evening – Sichuan Opera show with face changing at a traditional tea house.
Day 3: WEDNESDAY, June 3rd Visit Panda Research Base! A highlight of our tour. We will be able to get closer to the rare giant pandas and observe pandas of different ages resting, eating and drinking, playing with each other, using enrichment toys or watch female pandas nursing their cubs in the nursery area.
Continue to Leshan for a boat ride on the Min River to see the Giant Buddha. The remarkable Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site together with Mount Emei in 1996. The stone Buddha was carved in the 8th century AD out of the hillside of Xijuo Peak. Facing the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi Rivers, Leshan Giant Buddha is the tallest Buddha sculpture in the world with a height of 71 meters.
Drive to Emeishan City and check in at the hotel.
Fish dinner at the hotel and visit to local hot spring.
Day 4: THURSDAY, June 4th Take a cable car up towards the Golden Summit on Mt Emei. that will bring us to Leidongping from which we walk to Jieyindian to take the cable-way to Golden Summit. Located atop Mount Emei in Sichuan, China, this epic statue, at 48 meters high, is the 22nd tallest statue in the world. But its height is not its most notable feature, so much as its unique head, as this massive graven image faces in ten directions, one for each of the Bodhisattva’s ‘Ten Truths of Universal Worthiness’. In the afternoon drive back to Chengdu and spend some time at the New Century Global Center-long considered to be the largest building in the world and a major entertainment center.
Dinner at Chabad.
Day 5: FRIDAY, June 5th Breakfast at the hotel.
Enjoy a city tour of Chengdu. Visit The People’s Park, a peaceful city oasis. Enjoy a tea ceremony at a local tea house, visit Du Fu cottage, which memorializes the famous poet Dufu. Enjoy Jinli Street, the ancient commerce street of Chengdu and admire the local crafts.
Friday night dinner and tefillah with Chabad.
Day 6: SATURDAY June 6th Breakfast at the hotel
Shabbat lunch and Tefillah with Chabad. Enjoy a walking tour of Chengdu
Day 7: SUNDAY, June 7th Morning flight to Kunming
Visit Dianchi Lake. Take in a view of this gorgeous area from the Longmen Pass and cable car ride
Fish dinner at the hotel.
Day 8: MONDAY, June 8th
Enjoy a city tour of Kunming. Visit the old walled town to see the local temples and pagodas and Visit Cuihu Lake, a large urban park. Drive towards the Stone Forest, “Shilin” in Chinese, which is a spectacular set of limestone groups and the representative of South China’s Karst landscape. Known since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) as the ‘First Wonder of the World’, it is one of the most important attractions of Yunnan.
Fish dinner at the hotel
Day 9: TUESDAY, June 9th Bid farewell to Kunming and take the train to Dali.
Start our tour with the Three Pagodas, famous in China for their size, beauty and antiquity, and for their preservation. The central one is more than 1,100 years old and is one of the tallest pagodas ever built in China.
Walk in small alleyways to see the beautiful old buildings and gates.
Cable car up Cangshan Mountain. Visit Ximatan an alpine lake with an altitude of 3,920 meters (12,861 feet). It is famous for its clear water and enchanting scenery around it. From March to May, blooming azaleas and lush brushwood make the lake more gorgeous. Continue to Butterfly Spring, at the foot of Yunnong Peak, about 40 km from Malong Peak. It is like a gem laying in the green shade of the mountains. If you visit between April and May when all kinds of flowers are in blossom, you will see thousands of butterflies around the spring.
Fish dinner at the hotel.
DAy 10: WEDNESDAY, June 10th
Full day tour to Erhai Lake and environs. Start our day with a cruise on the lake. Visit the House of Bai People in the ancient town of Xizhou. The old houses and streets are well preserved, through which visitors may still find some traces of past glory. Continue to Zhoucheng Village to see some of the famous tie-dyeing, which originated from the central plains area in ancient China over 1,000 years ago.
Travel by boat to the picturesque Golden Shuttle Island (Jinsuo Dao) to see the local Bai houses. Continue up the banks of the lake to visit the small villages of Haidong, Tianjingge and Shuanglang for picturesque views. Continue to Little Putuo Island located on the east side of the Bohai Sea in Dali. It is a small island with a circumference of only 200 meters. Guanyin Pavilion takes up the majority of the island’s space, creating a gorgeous scene against the backdrop of calm water. Finish the day in Cai Village, located in the northeastern side of Dali Ancient City, on the west bank of the Erhai Sea, and it is a quiet and beautiful village. The famous pier and lakeside wetlands here are popular with photography enthusiasts for their fresh and beautiful scenery.
Transfer to a Bhuddist vegan restaurant for a Chinese dinner
Day 11: THURSDAY, June 11th Drive to Lijiang. Start our visit to the Spruce Plateau cable car to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain for some spectacular views. Visit Baisha village of the Naxi people and wi
th its traditional houses and murals.
In the evening transfer to the Naxi Ancient Music and Dance performance at Dongba Palace and learn about this ancient culture.Check into hotel. Fish dinner at the hotel.
Day 12: FRIDAY, June 12th Drive to the Tiger Leaping Gorge, famous for the stunning landscape created by the famous Yangtze River. We’ll stop at the Yangtze’s first bend and take a hike at the gorge to see the rush of water cutting through the mountains.
Back to Lijiang. Catered Shabbat meal at hotel
Day 13: SATURDAY, June 13th
Private room for prayer and meals. Catered Shabbat meal at hotel.
Walking tour with the guide.
After Shabbat – night time visit of the town.
Day 14: SUNDAY, June 14th Morning flight to Lhasa.
Upon arrival visit the Jokhang Temple. The seven hundred year old Jokhang Temple is the spiritual heart of Tibet: the continuous waves of pilgrims prostrating themselves ou
tside are a testament to its timeless allure. The central golden Buddha image here is the most revered in all of Tibet. Surrounding the Temple is Barkhor Street where pilgrims circle the Temple.
Check into hotel. Fish dinner at the hotel
Day 15: MONDAY, June 15th In the afternoon, visit the Nurbolingka Palace, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, the biggest man-made garden in Tibet.
Fish dinner at the hotel.
The Princess Wencheng spectacle performed in the huge outdoor live stage. As a huge outdoor live-action performance, it truly presents the Chinese and Tibetan history and culture through the story of Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty
Day 16: TUESDAY, June 16th Today you will be driven to visit one of the 3 sacred lakes, along the Yarlung River. Yamdrok-tso Lake, is a lake of 72km long, surrounded by snow covered mountains. The turquoise reflected from the lake is what memories are made of.Back to Lhasa and overnight. Fish dinner at the hotel.
Day 17: WEDNESDAY, June 17th Morning flight to Beijing
Upon arrival our guide and bus will take us to Gubei water town.
Have a boat ride along a row of ancient houses, old quartzite streets and long Hutongs show the style and features of the old town. Participate in native activities, such as ecological cloth printing and dyeing.
Check in at Water Town Hotel in Gubei
Fish dinner in a local restaurant. After dinner we enjoy Gubei Water Town at night
Day 18: THURSDAY, June 18th Drive to Beijing airport for the flight home
Price: AACI members $7990 per person in a double currency converter Non- AACI members $8065 per person in a double
Single supplement $1055 Flight reduction for not taking international flights: $900
Price Includes: *Round trip flights from Israel
*All domestic flights
*16 nights’ first class hotel accommodation
*Kosher Meals: daily breakfasts in hotels + lunch boxes. Dinners in kosher restaurants, freshly prepared under supervision in hotels, or at Bhuddist Vegan Restaurant
*Transportation in air-conditioned coach as per itinerary
*Local guides for the excursions and visits as per program including all entrance fees
*Israeli English-speaking tour leader
*Porterage at hotels and all tips
*Varied evening Chinese and Tibetan folklore shows
*Water on bus
*Individual wireless Headphones
*AACI staff escort
*Visa to Tibet
Not included: *Chinese Visa *Any items of a personal nature
*Any other items not mentioned above