11 Days China Tibet Tour:
Shanghai, Lhasa, Xi'an, Beijing
Tour Code: CNT_04
Availability: Year Round
1. Tour Itinerary
On arrival in Shanghai airport, you will be
met by our tour guide and transferred to your
hotel with a private car and driver. Free
for the remaining of the day. You could have
a rest or take a walk near the hotel.
Tour to Jade Buddha
Temple, Yuyuan Garden and the nearby Yuyuan
Market which is known locally as the City
God Temple. Have lunch, then visit Former
French Concession, Shikumen area, Xintiandi,
and have a stroll over the Bund.
Buddha Temple: Founded in 1882, the Jade
Buddha Temple is a popular tourist destination
for its two magnificent 1.9-meter-high white
jade Buddhas brought from Burma. It is now
an active monastery of Zen Buddhism, with
70 resident monks living and working there.
Yuan Garden: The
most famous garden in Shanghai, located not
far from the Bund. The garden was finished
in 1577; construction of the garden took 20
years. Yuyuan Garden is built in traditional
Chinese style with many beautiful rock formations,
trees, ponds, and pavilions. Doorways and
zigzagging bridges separating the garden into
French Concession: As
a foreign concession in Shanghai, the Former
French Concession neighborhood is very beautiful
- the buildings, the trees. The French Concession
was established on 6 April 1849, when the
French Consul to Shanghai, and it ends in
1943 when the Vichy French government signed
it over to the pro-Japanese puppet government
Bund: With a length
of 1 km, the bund is dotted with various grandiose
solid buildings of western style dating back
to the early this century in its west. Due
to these imposing buildings, the bund is also
reputed as "an international exhibition
- Lhasa (Breakfast
Transfer to the airport
for flight to Lhasa. Arrive at Lhasa Airport,
be met at the airport by our guide and then
be transferred to your hotel. Visit the Nietang
Buddha on the way. The rest of the day is
free for you.
After a leisurely breakfast, we proceed on
a guided tour of the Potala Palace, the Sera
Monastery, and the Norbulingka.
Potala Palace: It once served as the seat of the Tibetan government and the winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century. Potala Palace symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. King Songtsen Gampo commissioned the building of Potala Palace in the 7th century. Housed the palace are articles and artifacts from Tibetan history, religion, and culture.
Monastery: The representative monastery of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Built in 1419, the monastery is grand in scale, covering an area of 114,964 square meters. Sera Monastery has one of the most beautiful monastery compounds in Tibet. In the afternoon, young monks can be found scattered in groups throughout the courtyard practicing their philosophy through debating one another.
Norbulingka: The beautiful garden was first built in the middle of the 1800's where officials would deal with affairs and hold religious activities. Norbulingka consists of a palace and the park that surrounds it, which served as a summer residence for the Dalai Lamas for nearly 200 years. The garden covers an area of 360,000 square meters, with 370 rooms. Norbulingka combines gardening with architecture and sculpture arts in Tibetan, Han and many other ethnic groups.
After breakfast, we tour to the Jokhang Temple,
the Drepung Monastery, the Tibet Museum and
visit the Barkhor Street.
Temple: First built in 647 by Tibetan king Songtsan Gambo, Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet and holiest destination for all Tibetan pilgrims. Jokhang Monastery is a prime seat of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The Jokhang Temple was constructed to house the sacred image of the Buddha-Jowo Rinpoche, which was the dowry of Chinese princess Wencheng, the second wife of Songtsan Gambo married 641.
Drepung Monastery: Built in 1416, it is one of the largest monasteries of the Gelukpa Sect in Tibet. Drepung Monastery used to be the living palace of Dalai Lamas before the reconstruction of Potala Palace. The Ganden Potrang, once the residence for Dalai Lamas, is the most featured historical building here. On Shoton Festival, a large Thangka on which printed a big Buddha will be displayed on the slope of the mountain behind the monastery.
Tibet Museum: With an area of 53,959 square meters, it is a wonderful combination of Chinese and Tibetan architectural styles. Tibet Museum is home to a rich collection of precious relics, including various styles of prehistoric cultural relics. Visitors are able to see Buddha statues, imperial jade seals, gold albums, ancient Tibetan books, scriptures, Tangka paintings, music instruments, handicrafts, potteries and porcelains.
Barkhor Street: The oldest street in Lhasa, a shopping center with Tibetan features. Fantastic stores, shops and Tibetan style houses line the street, selling all kinds of commodities and souvenirs: copper Buddha, prayer wheels, thangkas, prayer flags, Tibetan clothing, milk tea, etc.
Lhasa - Xi'an (Breakfast
Transfer to the airport
for flight to Xi'an. Visit the Shaanxi Provincial
History Museum and the Great Mosque.
Provincial History Museum:
A large-scale modern State-class museum. It
covers an area of about 70,000 square meters,
the architectural area of which is 55,000
odd square meters. It has a collection of
113,000 historic and cultural relics. There
are over 3000 pieces of cultural relics on
display; they are the cream of cultural relics
selected from among the hundreds of thousands
of cultural relics, the majority of which
are worldly treasures.
Built during the reign of Emperor Xuan Zong,
(685-762) in the Tang Dynasty, it is one of
the oldest and most renowned mosques in China.
The mosque has much Chinese tradition in both
design and artistic outlook, without domes,
minarets and dazzling patterns like Arabian
mosques. It is still used by local Muslims
Visit the Terra Cotta
Warriors Museum, the Forest of Stone Steles
Museum, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the
Xi'an Ancient City Wall. Optional program
in the evening: Tang Dynasty Dinner Show.
Buried underground for more than 2,200 years,
the 8000 life-size soldiers, chariots and
horses represent the army of the Emperor Qin
Shi Huang who unified China between 230BC-221BC.
In 1987, the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang and
Terracotta Warriors were approved by UNESCO
to list in the World Cultural Heritage Site.
Wild Goose Pagoda:
Built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty, it is
a well-preserved holy place for Buddhist with
a history of over 1300 years. The pagoda was
constructed to store the Buddhist scriptures
that were brought by Xuanzang, an eminent
monk who used to study in India from 629 to
- Beijing (Breakfast
Transfer to the airport
for flight to Beijing. Tour to the Temple
of Heaven. Optional
program in the evening: Peking Opera, Kungfu
Show or Chinese Acrobatics.
The site where the emperors of Ming (1368-1644)
and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties used for worshiping
the God of Heaven. Construction of the Temple
of Heaven began in 1406 and it took 14 years
to complete. The main building - the Circular
Altar, which has three layered terraces with
white marble, is the place where the emperors
China's national opera and it is also China's
traditional art. It combines music, vocal
performance, mime, dance, and acrobatics.
It arose in the late 18th century and became
fully developed and recognized by the mid-19th
century. Traditional opera is very popular
among Chinese people, especially seniors.
Nowadays, appreciting an authentic Beijing
Opera Show in famous Liyuan Theater is a must-do
when you are traveling in Beijing.
+ Lunch + Dinner)
Visit Tiananmen Square,
the Forbidden City (the Imperial Palace) and
the Summer Palace. Enjoy the Beijing Roasted
Lying in the center of Beijing, the square
is rectangular in shape and measuring 40 hectares.
Tian'anmen Square is 500 meters wide from
east to west and 880 meter long from north
to south. It can accommodate up to one million
people. At the southern end of Tian'anmen
Square just behind the Monument to the Heroes
of the People, visitors will find The Chairman
Mao's Mausoleum. The historical sites and
the political importance of the area make
it a must-see for travelers to Beijing.
The imperial palace and the home of 24 Emperors
during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911)
dynasties. Enclosed behind its moat and 9.9m-high
walls are 980 buildings, vast courtyards and
long corridors that occupy a total area of
720,000 square meters. The construction of
the Forbidden City took 14 years and was finished
in 1420. It was listed by UNESCO as a World
Cultural Heritage Site in 1987.
Occupying an area of 290 hectares, it is the
best-preserved and biggest imperial garden
in China. Three quarters of the garden is
made up of shallow lakes. The Summer Palace
was originally constructed as an imperial
garden in 1750, the 100-odd exquisite traditional
architecture in the garden include pavilions,
pagodas, temples, stone bridges, waterside
gazebos, covered corridors and the famous
Take an excursion to
the Mutianyu Great Wall and the Ming Tombs.
See the appearance of the Bird's Nest (Olympic
National Stadium) at a distance.
Located approximately 45 miles from Beijing,
Mutianyu is the most well-preserved part of
the Great Wall with comparatively less tourist.
It connects Juyongguan Pass in the west to
Gubeikou Great Wall in the east. Mutianyu
Great Wall historically has served as the
northern border of Beijing. The Great Wall
was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in
The imperial cemetery of 13 Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
emperors, they are located in a canyon at
the southern foot of Tianshou Mountain. Ming
Tombs form the most extensive burial complex
of any Chinese dynasty and are one of the
finest preserved pieces of 15th century Chinese
art and architecture. Among them, only the
DingLing Tomb and ChangLing Tomb are opened
to visitors. The Ming Tombs were listed as
a UNESCO World Heritage Site in August 2003.
Transfer to the airport
for your departure, end of service.
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1. Hotel accommodation
The hotel is based on two persons sharing one
twin or double standard room with private facilities.
Daily American or Chinese breakfast at the hotel,
Chinese lunch and dinner in local Chinese restaurant
as specified in the itinerary above.
3. Private Transport
Private transport between airport or railway
station and hotel and all the sights by air-conditioned
The economic class air tickets of the domestic
flight or soft berth/seat train tickets between
cities as specified in the itinerary.
5. Entrance tickets
The main entrance tickets for the sights mentioned.
6. Guiding service
All normal sightseeing tours in each city with
English-speaking guide and admission fees where
applicable. Our guide will not fly with you
from one city to another. Upon your arrival
at each city, a new local guide and driver will
pick you up, be with you for local tour and
see you off after you finish the itinerary of
each city. The cruise shore excursion is in-group
assigned by the cruise company if your tour
include Yangtze River cruise.
China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
We highly recommend that you purchase full coverage
travel insurance from you country of origin.
8. Tibet Travel Permit
The Tibet Travel Permit application fee if your
tour covers Tibet.
5. Service Exclusion For The Above Tour:
1. Visa Fees
Charge of obtaining your visa to enter China.
2. Charge of arrival
The international or domestic air / train charge
of arrival and departure.
3. Single Room Supplement
Should a twin room is needed by a single guest,
supplement of the twin room will be charged.
is single supplement?
The hotel is based on double
occupancy. If the visitor travels alone or the
number of the travelers is odd (such as 3, 5,
7...), who stays in one single room has to pay
the single room supplement. As the hotel is
on double occupancy.
4. Personal Expenses
Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry,
drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities
or sightseeing, overweight baggage charges or
meals not indicated, ect.
5. Optional Programs
Optional programs which are not specified in
the above itinerary.
6. Tips to guides
Tips depending on the service of your guide
and driver, entirely voluntary.
Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
The Bund, Shanghai
Terra cotta Warriors, Xi'an
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Shaanxi history Museum
Mutianyu Great Wall
Forbidden City, Beijing
Temple of Heaven