Day 1 Beijing
Day 2 Beijing
Your first peek into Beijing begins with the Forbidden City (UNESCO), where the 24 emperors of the Ming and the Qing Dynasties ruled for nearly 500 years (1420-1911). Experience the architectural splendor of the palaces, ceremonial courtyards, and private quarters.
Continue to admire the Temple of Heaven (UNESCO), where ancient Chinese emperors would make sacrifices to Heaven and pray for bountiful harvests.
A short stop of traditional Chinese herb shopping.
After lunch, you will visit the Summer Palace (UNESCO), the largest imperial garden in the world. (1.5 hours). Later, have a taste of Chinese Tea at local teahouse.
Day 3 Beijing
In the morning, take a 1.5-hour car ride and visit the Sacred Way, a main way leading to the Ming Tombs, which is lined with stone statues of the mausoleum.
Then, have a Chinese lunch at Jade Art Restaurant
Continue to explore the Mutianyu Great Wall (UNESCO). As China's most renowned monument, it is the most spectacular structures ever built by humans and as the only one visible from space. (the cable car of the Great Wall is optional)
Afterwards, take a stop at a local gift shop and transfer to your hotel.
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an (by bullet train)
Day 5 Xi'an
In the morning, you will visit the Banpo Museum, the site of a typical Neolithic matriarchal community around 6,000 years ago.
Then, explore the Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses (UNESCO), one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world. More than 6000 life-sized terra cotta warriors, archers, infantrymen, horses and bronze chariots silently guarded the tomb of China's First Emperor for over 2,200 years.
Head to the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.
Later, take a short visit to the Terra-Cotta Reproduction Factory.
Day 6 Xi’an - Lhasa (by air)
Day 7 Lhasa
An unforgettable day begins with a visit to the monumental Potala Palace (UNESCO), which used to be the residence of the Dalai Lama and seat of the Tibetan government. The 13-story building is currently converted into a museum, which is comprised of over 200,000 statues, temples, shrines, and historical Tibetan articles.
Afterwards explore the Sera Monastery, one of the three most distinguished monasteries in Lhasa. It is famous for its tantric teachings.
Day 8 Lhasa
Today's excursion starts with the 1,300 years-old Jokhang Temple (UNESCO), which commemorates the marriage of Tang princess Wencheng to King Songtsen Gampo. It is reputed as the first Buddhist temple in Tibet and as the sacred temple of all Tibetan Buddhists.
Surrounding Jokhang is the Barkhor Street, Lhasa's old market. This area is full of vendors selling their wares, yak butter wafting in the air and hundreds of people moving in a clockwise direction.
Later, explore the summer palace of the Dalai Lama - Norbulingkha (UNESCO).
Day 9 Lhasa - Shanghai (by air)
Day 10 Shanghai
Today’s excursion starts with a visit to the Yu Garden (UNESCO) which is a real museum of Chinese ancient architecture. Take a short stop at a local tea store.
Then, explore the Bund, where stand a number of outstanding European colonial architectures, new skyscrapers and historical buildings in Shanghai.
After lunch, visit the Old Shanghai Wax Figure Museum. Hidden in the Oriental Pearl Tower, the museum tells a history of old Shanghai with vivid wax figures and life-sized streets. Take a stop at a silk gift shop en route.
Enjoy a stroll in the Tianzifang Area, which all the old style buildings shine with the galleries, bars, restaurants and lounges inside.
The next stop is the Old French Concession, which features a great collection of characteristic buildings.
Every Monday & Thursday, from March, 2016 to November, 2016
Guaranteed departure based on minimum of 2 travelers
- Presidential Beijing
- Xi’an Titan Times Hotel
- Lhasa Shangbala Hotel
- Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel Shanghai
-- Tibet Travel Permit.
-- Professional English-speaking tour guide.
-- Air-conditioned coach.
-- Land transfers between airport, train station and hotel as listed.
-- Entrance tickets as listed.
-- Chinese lunch as listed.
-- Centrally located hotels with daily breakfast.
-- Domestic air tickets with taxes and bullet train ticket (2nd class seat).
-- Service charge and taxes.
-- International flights with taxes.
-- Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, phone bills, optional tours.
-- Tips for guides and drivers. (suggested tipping amount per person per day: USD 5-7 for the guide, USD 3-5 for the driver).
-- China Visa.
-- Travel insurance.