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China's Magnificent Mountaintops by Private Jet

Fly throughout China on your own private jet as you explore the extreme terrain that helps to make up the country's rugged-yet-stunning mountainscapes. You will see some of the most beautiful - and least visited - natural sites in the world. Journey from one national park to another, visiting ancient ruins along the way. You will cover plenty of ground in this 11-day itinerary as you travel from Beijing to Changbaishan, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Jiuzhaigou, Lijiang, Shangri-La and Zhangye Danxia, on a journey that will both inspire and humble.

Why travel by private jet?

Travel in style and ultimate comfort when you set out in a private jet. Long lines at customs, unending waits in terminals and stressing over lost luggage will not be a part of your vacation when you travel by private jet. This is the quickest, most convenient, and most luxurious way to travel. Spend more time in the places you want to see, instead of in the airport.

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  • Visit Wulingyuan's stunning and uniquely rigid landscape, used as inspiration for the blockbuster hit Avatar
  • Stroll the streets of Shangri-La that inspired James Hilton’s famous novel
  • View the incredible and colorful geological cliff formations in Zhangye Danxia
  • Explore the beautiful, vibrant glacial lakes in Jiuzhaigou
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1
Beijing to Heaven Lake to Zhangjiajie

This morning, board your private jet for a flight from Beijing to Changbaishan, in China’s northeastern Jilin province. Here, you will enjoy a full day at Tianchi Lake, also known as Heaven Lake, and the nearby waterfall. The lake is not only a beautiful location, but it is interesting because China’s border with North Korea crosses through the middle. Admire the crater lake that rests in the caldera of Baekdu Mountain, the highest mountain on the Korean Peninsula, and glance into North Korea, the world’s most reclusive nation. You’re only pausing in picturesque Changbaishan for the day; this evening you will fly on to Zhangjiajie. After a busy day covering quite a large bit of China, check in to the Pullman Zhangjiajie to rest up for the days ahead.

Day 2

Visit the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hike among the 3,000 stunning pillar-like formations that tower throughout the park. Take an elevator up the Huangshi Fort and marvel at your bird’s-eye view of the park. Hike a mountain path to soak up the lush foliage and follow the Jinbian Brook from north to south to wind across the mountains and valleys. This evening, retire to your hotel after an active day.

Day 3

You have another full day to explore wondrous Wulingyuan. There are stone age relics in Zhangjiajie worth checking out before going to see the Lishui River and the Suoxi Valley in the national park. The Suoxi Valley has been used as the setting for many films. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch on the riverbanks, and take in the stunning natural scenery and peacefulness that surrounds.

Day 4
Jiuzhaigou Valley

Board your jet this morning and set off for Jiuzhaigou Airport in Sichuan province. Your destination today is the Jiuzhaigou Valley nature reserve and scenic park. This is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site, right on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in Sichuan Province. There’s diverse plant life and wildlife in the area. Check in to the Jiuzhaigou Grand Hotel to relax and rest.

Day 5
Jiuzhaigou Valley

Spend the day exploring the park. The most famous attractions are its various glacial lakes. Observe the unique traits of each lake, some with brightly-colored water, others with water that’s more translucent, and even some mirror-lakes. Wander through dense pine forests and find rushing waterfalls. Marvel at the incredible peaks surrounding you.

Day 6

Catch an incredible aerial view of the national park as you depart on your private jet. Fly to Lijiang, a town at the base of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The tallest peak in the nearby mountain range is Shanzidou, which has been summited only once. Check into the Banyan Tree for the night.

Day 7

Explore the darling town of Lijiang, filled with canals, winding cobblestone alleys and old-world wooden structures. Visit the Baisha Village, home to the Naxi people from 658 AD to 1107 AD. This was once a major center for silk weaving, and an important stop along the Silk Road. The palace is a must-see. 

Day 8

Drive around 4 hours to the world-famous Shangri-La. The city name alone is synonymous with luxury. Take a stroll in Tiger Leaping Gorge, and visit the old town named after James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon. Although the town received an influx of tourists after they renamed it from Zhongdian to Shangri- La, it has managed to preserve its unique architecture and heritage. Sleep in style at Songtsam Hotel.

Day 9
Zhangye Danxia

Step aboard your private jet and fly off to Jiayuguan. From here, you’ll transfer to a car, which will whisk you away to Zhangye Danxia - home to an incredible collection of colorful geological landforms. This was one of the first stops on the ancient Silk Road. Stay overnight at the simple, comfortable Hua Chen International Hotel.

Day 10

Spend the day exploring the cliffs of Zhangye Danxia. The cliffs’ hues range from stunning cobalt blues to bright crimson reds, and date back over six million years. The area is known for being difficult to reach, making it a rare site to see. Enjoy the tranquility of being one of the few visitors today. Return to the Hua Chen International Hotel.

Day 11

Take a last look at Zhangye Danxia’s stunning cliff formations as you drive to Jiayuguan. Here, your private jet is waiting to take you to Beijing. From Beijing, you may choose to either extend your stay, or begin your journey home.


Suggested Accommodations

Hotel Pullman Zhangjiajie

Hotel Pullman Zhangjiajie

Hotel Pullman Zhangjiajie is the only 5-star international hotel in the Wulingyuan scenic area. The hotel is located approximately 50 minutes from Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport. The hotel offers modern, specious rooms with a flat-screen TV, complimentary wireless internet, minibar, and Bose docking station for audio devices. Hotel amenities include the Pullman Fitness Lounge with cardio and weight lifting equipment, outdoor swimming pool, spa, tennis courts, and snooker and billiards tables. Multiple dining options are available and include the V Cafe and an open kitchen.

Jiuzhaigou Grand Hotel

Jiuzhaigou Grand Hotel

Within walking distance from the popular Jiuzhaigou National Park, Jiuzhaigou Grand Hotel offers a simple and comfortable stay for people travelling through this part of China. Nothing too over-the-top here-- staff are friendly, rooms are cozy with comfortable beds, and buffet breakfasts are included at very reasonable rates. It is one of three hotels in this area that have WiFi services available and credit card facilities at the reception desk, restaurant and on-site convenience shop. If language becomes a barrier, the staff are very quick to find someone who will be able to translate for your convenience. The decor and layout of the rooms are tasteful, with twin beds for double occupancy and clean bathrooms, which are supplied with shampoo, bath towels and soap. This is a simple, comfortable place for a good night’s sleep.   

Shangri-La Guilin

Shangri-La Guilin

Set amidst the finger-like, limestone karsts overlooking the placid waters of the Li River, the Shangri-La Guilin offers unparalleled comfort in one of China’s most scenic cities. Each room features complimentary Internet access, tasteful furnishings and décor, and a view of either the surreal scenery of the Li River or the hotel’s verdant, expansive grounds. Dining options include the signature Shang Palace, featuring various regional specialties from Cantonese, Hunan, and Guilin cuisines; the elegant Li Café, which features a modern take on Asian cuisine; and finally, U Bar, which offers authentic western food and a view of the surrounding countryside. Drinks can also be had at the tasteful Lobby Lounge, or at the leisurely, relaxing poolside bar. Amenities include a comprehensive spa, as well as a health club with exercise facilities, swimming pools, and massage services. Nearby lies the famous Diecai Mountain, an iconic landmark that has long occupied many a Chinese painting, while steps away, guests can find bustling street markets packed with products of silk, crystal, and jade. The Shangri-La Guilin is about thirty five minutes away from Guilin’s Liangjiang International Airport (KWL).

Banyan Tree Lijiang

Banyan Tree Lijiang

Banyan Tree Lijiang sits just south of the magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, with 55 deluxe mountain-view villas. The hotel is constructed in the regional Naxi style of architecture with its distinct rooflines and courtyards. Each villa is decorated in contemporary Naxi style and has a heated pool, jet pool and Internet connection. The Bai Yun Restaurant serves Chinese Cantonese banquet style meals with local musical accompaniment. Asian and Western-style cuisine are offered in a choice of indoor and outdoor settings at the Ming Yue Restaurant. The Spa offers treatments featuring Asian healing and relaxation techniques as well as European rejuvenation therapies. There is a business center with fax and Internet services, a fitness center, yoga room, and tennis court. The Banyan Tree Lijiang is an approximately 40-minute drive from Lijiang Airport (LJG).

Songstam Shangri-la

Songstam Shangri-la

Set in the high hills outside Zhongdian, Songtsam Shangri-la brings a new level of five-star luxury to this wind-swept, scenic area. Each of the resort’s rooms feature a collection of hand-made fixtures, from antique furniture to Tibetan textiles and carpets; in addition, all rooms offer amenities such as cable and satellite television, complimentary high-speed Internet access, and large, expansive windows. Songtsam is home to a restaurant serving Tibetan specialties as well as creative, fusion dishes, such as pizza with Tibetan cheese. Additional amenities include a conference room, a rooftop that offers guests wonderful views of historic Songzanlin Monastery, as well as a delightful, spacious courtyard for guests to browse at their leisure. Songtsam Shangri-la lies twenty minutes from Zhongdian’s Diqing airport.

Hua Chen International Hotel

Hua Chen International Hotel

Enjoy this modern hotel and its pleasant, helpful staff at the heart of Zhangye, China. Hua Chen International Hotel is wonderfully-situated for exploring the cultural and geographic offerings of the surrounding area. The largest and most luxurious hotel in the area, guestrooms come equipped with writing desks, kettles, air conditioning, domestic and international direct dial phones, and more. Hotel facilities include internet access, a banquet hall, a business center, and restaurants serving up authentic Chinese cuisine from many different regions. Guests may also enjoy gift shops, beauty salons, spa services, an indoor swimming pool, a nightclub, karaoke, and much more. The hotel boasts, spacious, clean rooms with views of the snow-capped Qinghai mountain range.

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