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A Dream Exploration

Beijing, Sanya, Lijiang, Chengdu
Created by Tiffany Tong, Seattle, United States

  • Beijing
  • Sanya
  • Lijiang
  • Chengdu

For me this trip would not only be a dream vacation but an opportunity to explore China’s rich history, culture and landscape. I want to be immersed in cultures different from my own, to be outside my comfort zone and grow as both an individual and a global citizen. From the standpoint of a photographer, having so many photo opportunities while traveling in China is a dream too! We start in Shanghai at the Bund to see the Temple of the City God and the Yu Garden. Then we people watch in Nanjing Dong Lu and shop at Xintiandi. At dusk we venture to Jin Mao Tower and enjoy the amazing view of Shanghai’s nightscape as we have a drink at the world’s highest bar, Cloud 9, on the 87th floor. On the first day in Beijing we explore the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square and Temple of Heaven. The next day we see the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, followed by a leisurely walk through the Summer Palace. Day three will be dedicated to climbing the Great Wall of China! After all the walking in Beijing we relax in the white, sandy beaches of Wuzhizhou Island in Sanya and snorkel in the clear, pristine water. We also go to the Nantian Hot Spring Resort, where there are 67 pools of mineral hot springs, from waterfall pools to medicinal herb soaks. In Lijiang we head to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and take a chairlift to Cloud Fir Meadow for a fantastic view of the glacier and look at local minority culture. We spend the evening in Shuhe Old Town, sitting in a tea house along the small river that runs through the town, enjoying the charming atmosphere. In Chengdu we start at the Wenshu Monastery, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in the city. In the evening we play mah jong with locals at Wangjiang Park and the next morning we take a train to Jiuzhaigou and spend the day seeing the beautiful multicolored lakes and waterfalls. Our third and final day is at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base where we see over 80 pandas and get to hold a baby one!

About the contest:

The "Win Your Dream Vacation" travel contest allows you to create your very own tour: to see your China, your way. You have 14 days & up to 4 cities at your fingertips. Put together your dream China trip including destinations & activities (all trips start & end in Shanghai with two nights at the Fairmont Peace Hotel).
The top 20 submissions, as determined by Ctrip judges, will be put to a public vote!

The winning entry, as determined by user voting and our panel of judges, will travel on the dream tour of their creation for free, along with one of their luckiest friends.

Submit a YouTube video entry along with your description for the chance to win one of 3 lomography cameras!

Some tips on designing your tour

Be Creative! Anyone can send you on a run-of-the-mill tour of China - this is your chance to truly do it your way. Be sure to use our inspiration page to come up with something exciting & unique.

Be Realistic! While we want you to be as detailed as possible, trips are limited to 14 days so don't try to pack ALL of your favorites in there. The more people your tour appeals to, the greater chance you have of winning!

Be Social! It's time for some shameless self-promotion. Send your tour to friends and family. Share it on Facebook, Twitter & whatever other platforms you like to use.

Important contest dates

  • Submissions: Accepted between August 1, 2011 and September 9, 2011
  • Top 20 Finalists Announced: September 14, 2011
  • Top 20 User Voting: September 14 - 28, 2011
  • Prize Winners Announced: September 30, 2011

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