This 11-day suggested itinerary covers the most popular cities and Lhasa as well. It makes an ideal tour for first-time visitors.
Pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Welcome to majestic Beijing! To ensure your arrival is stress-free, your driver will meet you in the arrival hall holding a sign with your name on it and then transfer you to theSunworld Hotel or Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel.
Hotel: Sunworld Hotel, Beijing or Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel
Unlike other travel agencies choose hotel in remote area, we choose hotel in the famous Wangfujing Street, which is the very center of Beijing. It is very convenient to walk around and do some shopping.
Visit Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Temple of Heaven and watch a Kung fu show.
Breakfast & lunch
In the morning we meet in the hotel lobby and you have the opportunity to meet other travelers. We will go to the Tian’anmen Square, where the most important national ceremonies are held, surrounded by many historical buildings. From the square, you can walk to the Forbidden City. Inside this imperial palace, we will explore its fascinating halls, pavilions with golden roofs and high red walls. After we exit the Forbidden City, we will enter another attraction – Jingshan Park where we will see local Chinese residents taking exercise, singing or dancing, and we will climb the hill inside the park. When we reach the top of the hill, we will enjoy the bird view of the whole Forbidden City and Beijing central city, which is a highlight of today.
At noon, we will have lunch at a very nice restaurant where you can have menu-ordered delicious Chinese dishes.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, where ancient emperors came to worship the heavens in hopes of good harvests.
In the evening you will be entertained by a wonderful Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theater.
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City -Get to know how emperors lived their lives.
When you visit the Forbidden City, you will see many big water tanks. Guess what they are used for?
The big water tank in the Forbidden City
Visit Badaling Great Wall,Scared Road.
Breakfast & lunch
Today we will hike on the Badaling Great Wall, the most highlighted
sight in Beijing.Please be prepared with your shoes since you will climb on the steps of the great wall. To reach the top of the great wall you can choose to hike on foot or take the cable car(optional with extra charge). You will never forget the view on the great wall, one of the seven wonders in the world.
At noon, we will have lunch in the nice restaurant of Jade Museum.
After lunch, we will visit the Sacred Road. Along the sacred road there are many stone statues of people and animals on both sides. These are the loyal guarders of the royal graveyard.
One the way back to the downtown Beijing, we will stop by the Olympic Stadiums, you can take photos of the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube.
Badaling Great Wall
Visit the Summer Palace, Beijing Hutong. Take a flight to Xian.
Breakfast & lunch
In the morning we will visit the beautiful Summer Palace – the largest imperial garden in China. Walk along the elegant Promenade, see stone boat, visit Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill. You will also enjoy the scenery on a boat. After Summer Palace, we will visit Panda House inside Beijing Zoo, where we will see lovely pandas. Then drive to hutong area, visit a local Beijing family and learn how to make a dumpling and cooking skills, you may try to make a dumpling by yourself and have dumplings as your lunch. After lunch we will enjoy a rickshaw Hutong tour where you will visit Shichahai, Yinding Bridge, Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street, etc. allowing you to experience the essence of Beijing and its old culture. If time permits, you can also visit Nanluoguxiang.
Finally transfer to Beijing airport for flight to Xian. Upon arrival at Xian, you will be transferred to the hotel.
Hotel: Ramada Bell Tower Hotel, Xian
Visit the Terra-cotta Warriors, Xian Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Enjoy a dumpling dinner and a Tang Dynasty Show.
lunch & dumpling dinner
In the morning, we will pick you up from the hotel, and we drive to Terra-cotta Warriors, which is the most important attraction in Xian. There are three excavated pits exhibiting amazing Qin dynasty warriors and horses figures.
At noon we will have lunch at a well-known restaurant.
After lunch, we will visit Xian Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. In the evening, you will enjoy a traditional dumpling dinner and a splendid Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.
Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Take a flight to Lhasa. Pick up and transfer to hotel.
Western buffet breakfast
Take a morning flight to Lhasa. We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free. Try adapting to the high altitude first.
Hotel: Xinding Hotel
Visit Norbulinka Park, Sera Monastery.
After breakfast at your hotel, visit the Norbulinka Park. It is also known as the 'Summer Palace' in Lhasa because successive Dalai Lamas have handled political affairs and lived here during the summer months. Wandering inside the park, you will be amazed by the unique architectural style of the Tibetan palaces.
Next is the Sera Monastery. Not only can one see the unique Tibetan Buddhist buildings but also be impressed by the precious Buddhist statues, sutras and murals in the monastery. You will be dazzled by the colorful frescos painted in the halls. The Buddha statues, sacred vessels, thangkas, Buddhist sutra streamers and Sutra Pillars can be found everywhere. Then learn more about the local lifestyle by visiting a local family.
Visit Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street.
Breakfast & lunch
Visit the Potala Palace, the highlight of our visit to Lhasa. With a history of 1,300 years, it is the most splendid building that combines the styles of Tibetan Buddhist temple and palace. The delicate cultural relics and beautiful murals in the palace will show you the glorious history and culture of Tibet. The over 59,800 square yards of colorful frescos in it are unique and wonderful.
After lunch, proceed to the Jokhang Temple and Gyangjian Tangka Art Store. Situated in the city center, the Jokhang Temple bears unparalleled status in the Tibetan Buddhism. The ancient temple, built in 647, is considered as a resourceful venue for visitors to learn about Buddhism. Continue to explore the surrounding of Barkhor Street, the symbol of the City. Paved by hand-polished stones, it is not a broad street but showing the original outlook of Lhasa. It could accommodate thousands of visitors daily. Be fascinated by the old ethnic houses and various souvenirs available on this street. A visit to the nearby Nunnery will give you an insight of the Buddhist nuns.
Visit Tibet Museum and fly to Shanghai.
Explore Tibet Museum this morning. It is the first modern museum in the city which boasts numerous rare collections that tell the history of Tibet, its culture and civilization. Gain a further understanding about the unique history, culture and arts of this special minority through the exquisite historical items and exhibits.
Later, leave for the airport for your flight to Shanghai, where you will meet and be escorted by the local driver to the hotel.
Hotel: The Bund Riverside Hotel, Shanghai
Visit Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, view Oriental Pearl TV Tower from the Bund and take a cruise on Huangpu River.
Breakfast & Lunch
In the morning we visit Shanghai Museum treasured with ancient art works of China, including bronze ware, chinaware, paintings and calligraphy. Then we tour the Yuyuan Garden, a famous garden in the south China. The symbol of Yuyuan Garden is the Nine Zigzag Bridge built of granite and grass-white jade and the quaint, elegant mid-lake pavilion.
At noon we have farewell lunch at a good restaurant with Shanghai cuisine.
Afternoon we visit Bund area, where you can see the famous Oriental Pearl TV Tower across the river, this is a good place to take pictures of Shanghai. Then have a short cruise tour along the Huangpu River. After that we will walk to Nanjing Road if time permits and then visit an old streets in Shanghai. At last, we will go back to hotel, and our guide and driver will say goodbye to you.
Arrange on your own.
After breakfast at the hotel, our package finished. You need find your own way to the airport for your homeward flight. Note that there are two airports in Shanghai: Pudong Airport (PVG) and Hongqiao Airport (SHA). We suggest you reserve a taxi at the hotel to save waiting time. Also if you wish to stay on in China, please contact us for an extension tour.
|Beijing||Sunworld Hotel, Beijing or Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel|
|Xian||Ramada Bell Tower Hotel, Xian|
|Shanghai||The Bund Riverside Hotel, Shanghai|
The group tour departs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday (low season, inquire us). For everyday departure, please check private tour 12 days Tour (Beijing - Xian - Tibet - Shanghai).