This 9-day suggested itinerary covers Beijing, Xian and Lhasa as well. It makes an ideal tour for first-time visitors.
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 the Sunworld 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.
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
Breakfast & lunch
Today we will hike on the Badaling Great Wall, the most highlightedsight 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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.Then your guide will see you off at the airport.Since Lhasa has few international flights, you may need to transfer to other cities and then fly back to your country. The transportation for leaving Lhasa is not included in our listed prices but we are happy to purchase the tickets for you upon your request. Your wonderful vacation ends here and we wish you a pleasant trip home. Should you need us to book the departure plane tickets or plan an extension visit, please feel free to contact our travel consultants.
|Beijing||Sunworld Hotel, Beijing or Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel|
|Xian||Ramada Bell Tower Hotel, Xian|