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Tour Type : Private Tour

Best Season :Autumn

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Vicky Wen
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Explore the sacred Tibet, the ancient capital Beijing and Xi’an, amazing Yangtze River, gleaming Shanghai and elegant Zhujiajiao Water Town. In this 16-day private tour, you are the boss.

Take part in some special activities to experience mysterious cultures. Enter the majestic Forbidden City and magnificent Terracotta Warriors to discover interesting history. Cruise on the Yangtze River to admire magnificent scenery. Wonder on the Bund to feel the combination atmosphere of tradition and modern. Our insightful guides will take you to all key sites.


  • Unfold Tibet's mystery by visiting distinctive Tibetan attractions and local families
  • Discover the classical sites like the Forbidden City and Terracotta Warriors and the Bund
  • Visit the less-crowded Great Wall at Mutianyu by moderate hiking and cable car rides
  • Relax on Yangtze River Cruise to appreciate the awesome Yangtze River scenery
  • See adorable Giant Pandas in Chongqing
  • Experience the elegance of Zhujiajiao Water Town

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing Arrival
  • Activities: Airport Transfer (Beijing)
  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

No matter how late your international flight arrives in Beijing, your Beijing tour guide will be waiting for you at the airport. On the way to your hotel, he / she will give you a brief introduction about the tour to come.

Sleep tight for the first night in China.


Smart Tips:

Day 2 Beijing
  • Activities: The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Hutong Tour by Rickshaw in Xicheng District, Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling, Lizexiang Pearl Store
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Yihe Spring Restaurant
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

Tian'anmen Square is an extensive open area in Beijing, adjacent to the Forbidden City. Inside the Forbidden City, you will visit the four cores: the Palace of Heavenly Purity, Hall of Mental Cultivation, Hall of Supreme Harmony and Royal Garden. Have lunch at a local restaurant.

The most interesting fact about the Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling is that China's last emperor Pu Yi once lived in a courtyard house in a Hutong but not the majestic Forbidden City. Afterwards, you will take a rickshaw Hutong ride and visit a local family.


Smart Tips:

  • Today's tour ends up at the Hutong area near Houhai, where you can find a decent place to kick back and enjoy a brisk Beijing night.
  • It takes some nerve to dance in public. But moves don't matter if you got the passion - at least it's so for Chinese dance devotees. Go check out China's national hobby: Square Dance in Beijing!
  • To eat like Chairman Mao, try out Mao's Family Restaurant, whose head chef used to be Mao's private cook.

Day 3 Beijing
  • Activities: Temple of Heaven, The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Shahe Cloisonne Factory
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

As your Beijing tour guide walks your way to the site, you can see many local folks take the holy site Temple of Heaven as an open-air playground for Taichi, Yangko and sword dancing.

Next stop for today is the Great Wall at Mutianyu Section. A one-way cable car ride and one-way slide-way is included in our trip. Later, stop by to see how the cloisonne ware comes out at a cloisonne factory before heading back.


Smart Tips:

  • Sliding down the Great Wall would count as an excitment, however, you can request to change to one-way cable car ride if you prefer.
  • Don't leave Beijing without a bite of the famous Peking Duck. You can ask your tour guide for tips and one of our best bets is Hua's Restaurant. Find more on our "Solo Adventure!" tag.

Day 4 Beijing to Xian by Train No. Z19 (Beijing Xi (west) Railway Station - Xi'an Railway Station) Dep 20:43 - Arr 07:58
  • Activities: Hotel to Train station Transfer (Beijing)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Hotels: Stay on train

Today you will have a whole free day in Beijing before the train departuring at 8:00pm. Refer to our suggested activities as follow.

Smart Tips:

  • Beijing Zoo is an all-time favorite for both kids and adults.
  • The Drum Tower still keeps drumming every hour from 9:30am to 4:30pm (except 12:30pm), 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am etc. Aside the drumming show, the tower offers great view of how everything in Beijing is aligned with the Forbidden City.
  • A boat trip on Kunming Lake in the Summer Palace is essential for a relaxing China holiday. Or a less-crowded choice, go to the Old Summer Palace near it.

Day 5 Xian
  • Activities: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Ancient City Wall, Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts center
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at A Wa Shan Zhai Restaurant(Qinling Branch)
  • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel  |  Grand Noble Hotel  4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

Arrive in Xi'an in the morning, your tour guide will take you to some simple breakfast and help you check in. Later, you will visit the wonder of ancient China: Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Have lunch in a Sichuan restaurant nearby before a walk at a handicraft center.

In the afternoon, you will be back to Xi'an downtown, waiting is the Ancient City Wall, one of the oldest milatry defense systems in China.

Day 6 Xian
  • Activities: Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarters, Great Mosque
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Qianzhou Restaurant (Xiao Yanta Branch)
  • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel  |  Grand Noble Hotel  4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

After breakfast, you will visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda and get a splendid view of the city.

After lunch, you will walk freely at the Muslim Quarter and visit the Great Mosque.


Smart Tips:

  • For a night view of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, you can get to the Fountain Square. Ask your tour guide for more information.

Day 7 Xian to Lhasa by Air China CA4214 Dep 13:20 - Arr 16:00
  • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Lhasa)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Hotels: Brahmaputra Grand Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xinding Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Ghood Gu Hotel Lhasa  3-star hotel

Have some free time in Xi'an before the flight to Lhasa, a mysterious land luring almost every traveler.

After arrival and check-in, you will have some free time in Lhasa.


Smart Tips:

  • Foreign travelers are not allowed to travel without a guide in Lhasa, but getting around the neighborhood for just a couple of hours won't be a problem.
  • Tianhai Night Market is a famous night market, located in Minzu Road of the western suburb of the city.
  • The No.1 cafe recommended by TripAdvisor, Summit Cafe allows some leisure time.

Day 8 Lhasa
  • Activities: Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery, Thangka Workshops
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Lhasa Kitchen
  • Hotels: Brahmaputra Grand Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xinding Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Ghood Gu Hotel Lhasa  3-star hotel

Today, you will visit the highlights of Lhasa. Firstly, visit the famous Jokhang Temple. Have lunch in a Tibetan-style restaurant.

Afternoon, you will visit one of the most important monasteries in Lhasa: Sera Monastery. Later, your Lhasa tour guide will lead your way in a free stroll in Barkhor Street, where your Lhasa tour guide will take you to a Thangka workshop for an interesting observation of the artistic process.

Smart Tips:

  • Tibetan carpet, Thangka(a painted or embroidered banner), Tibetan fresco painting, butter sculptures and other stuff can be found in Barkhor Street, which can be something nice to bring home.
  • For your free time, delve into the backstreet of Linlang Road, you can find Canggu Nunnery where you can have a cup of sweet tea served by those friendly nuns. Find more info on our "Solo Adventure!" tag.

Day 9 Lhasa
  • Activities: Drepung Monastery, Potala Palace, Visit Tibetan Family
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Steak House Restaurant
  • Hotels: Brahmaputra Grand Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xinding Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Ghood Gu Hotel Lhasa  3-star hotel

Nobody can miss the impressive Potala Palace in their Tibet tours. Today you will spend some time here. Have steak at a Tibetan restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit Drepung Monastery. This monastery used to be home for Dalai Lamas before the Potala Palace. Later, you will have some quality time with a Tibetan local family.

Day 10 Lhasa to Chongqing to Yangtze
  • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Lhasa), Airport Transfer (Chongqing), Ciqikou Old Town, Panda Room in Chongqing Zoo, Goose Neck Park, Cruise pier Transfer (Chongqing), Board the ship from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and departs Chongqing at 9:00pm.(Dinner is not included)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Wanyue Restaurant
  • Hotels: On the Ship

Today, a flight will take you to Chongqing.

Upon arrival, your Chongqing tour guide will take you to visit one of the local's favorite parks: Goose Neck Park. Later, take some photos at our cute friends: the giant pandas at Chongqing Zoo. Chongqing's Ciqikou Old Town is also an interesting place to kill some time. After dinner on your own, your Chongqing tour guide will transfer you to the pier. Board on Yangtze River Cruise and enjoy your first night!

Smart Tips:

  • Find something to eat at Hongya Cave, a place of international food and colorful nightlife.
  • Chongqing and Chengdu share the same tea culture, you can find a local tea house in the main streets or back alleys of Chongqing. Ask your Chongqing tour guide for some insider tips.

Day 11 Yangtze
  • Activities: Welcoming Banquet, Dancing Party,Shibaozhai (14;00-16;00).Optinal tour to Fengdu Ghost City(RMB260 per person).
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch ,Dinner
  • Hotels: On the Ship

Waking up in the wave sound of the Yangtze River, you will embrace the morning of nature. Today you will take a short visit to Shibaozhai. Shibaozhai, literally meaning Stone Treasure Fortress, and its riverside location is what allows the historic hill site much of its beauty. The sheer vertical cliffs below it stand more than 56 meters tall, thus creating much curiosity over the centuries. The red pavilion found there was first built in 1750 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and has since been restored. Inside, visitors can see many interesting artifacts since each of the 12 floors is dedicated to a famous general from the Three Kingdoms Period (220-265), a local scholar, or a known Chinese poet.

Smart Tips:

  • Fengdu Ghost City is not included in our itinerary, but it's available to book after you get on the cruise. Cost will be your own exspense.

die Yangtze Kreuzfahrt

Day 12 Yangtze
  • Activities: Taichi exercise.
    Passes through the 1st gorge--Qutang Gorge.
    Passes through the 2cd gorge---Wu Gorge.
    Shore excursion to Shennong Stream(1:30pm-5:30pm). You have the option of visiting White Emperor City(RMB280 per person).
    Crew's Performance.
    Sails through the 5-steps Ship locks.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch ,Dinner
  • Hotels: On the Ship

On your spectacular Yangtze River cruise today, the first gorge of the day will be Qutang Gorge and then later pass through Wu Gorge. After lunch, you will have the chance to go on land to visit Shennong Stream, a tributary of the Yangtze River. It is a dramatic piece of natural beauty with water rushing past karst caves, vertical cliffs, numerous waterfalls, three-colored springs, an ancient plank path, and much more. As well, there is an option to visit the White Emperor City, also known as Baidi city (price not included).

The crew will later put on a performance for your entertainment, and the vessel will sail through the 5-step ship locks, bringing you back to Yangtze.

Smart Tips:

  • White Emperor City is an option upon your request. Please inform the crew if you'd visit it. Cost will be on your own.

 Yangtze River Cruise

Day 13 YichangYichang to Shanghai
  • Activities: Cruise pier Transfer (Yichang), Airport Transfer (Yichang), Airport Transfer (Shanghai), Three Gorges Dam Site.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Hotels: The Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World 5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

Today you will get to Yichang. Visit the imposing site of Three Gorges Dam.

Later today, a domestic flight will take you to Shanghai. Check in upon arrival.

Day 14 Shanghai
  • Activities: Oriental Pearl TV Tower(INCL Shanghai History Museum), The Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Shikumen, Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at HOMES SHANGHAINESE RESTAURANT
  • Hotels: The Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World 5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

After breakfast, you will walk on Shanghai's landmark: The Bund and get on the top of Oriental Pearl TV Tower. An interesting museum of wax work demonstrating Shanghai's history, Shanghai History Museum located inside the tower will be our next stop. Have lunch at a gracefully-decorated restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Yuyuan Garden and the romantic Former French Concession. Later, visit an intriguing Shikumen are, where old buildings and narrow lanes keep the history and lifestyles alive.

The Bund

Day 15 Shanghai
  • Activities: Zhujiajiao Boat Ride, Zhujiajiao Water Town, Free time
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Hotels: The Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World 5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

This morning, your Shanghai tour guide will escort you to Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. Here you will visit Tongtianhe (an ancient pharmacy), the historic Post Office, Yuanjin Temple and Kezhi Garden. A boat trip along the river will be pleasant.

After lunch, you will be back in Shanghai. Have some free time exploring the city.

Smart Tips:

  • If you happen to have a free afternoon in a Sunday, why not visit a church? Shanghai Community Church would be a nice place to go. More info is on our tag.
  • Strolling around People Square, you can go shopping in the lining up malls or watch a movie, or just simply hang. For a sweet tooth, Hershey's Chocolate World shouldn't be missed out.
  • At night, you can watch an awesome night show of ERA Time Acrobatic Show, high on the list of Trip Advisor's recommendation. Your Shanghai tour guide will show you the direction or even buy ticket for you.

Zhujiajiao Water Town

Day 16 Shanghai to Departure City
  • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai)
  • Meals: Breakfast

You will be transferred from your Shanghai hotel to the airport in time for your flight home. Thanks for taking this China tour with us. Hope to see you soon!

Prices (Go Solo Private Tour)

Apr.1- Nov.31 Deluxe Class Superior Class Tourist Class Single Room Supplement
1 person -
2-5 persons / /
6-9 persons / /

* The price may change during some festivals including the Spring Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, Labor Day (1st May), Mid Autumn Day and National Day (1st Oct.).

* The price is subject to change based on exchange rate.

Good to know

A Tibet Travel Permit is required to enter Tibet in addition to a China Visa. The Tibet Tourism Administration has recently indicated that they will tighten the regulations which control the issuance of Tibet Travel Permits. Besides now having to enter Tibet in a group of five people or more of the same nationality, the permit will be issued just 4-5 days before arriving in Lhasa. This means that we are unable to guarantee that a permit to travel will be approved. Also the permit will need to be sent to the place of departure in China for Lhasa by express courier. The additional cost will be 300–400 CNY. Your travel advisor will provide additional information. We apologize for this extra cost. However, it is out of our control.

from US $2,949 p/p

Price details

What's Included & Excluded

Price Inclusion

  • Entrance fees.
  • Meals listed in the itinerary.
  • Private transfers.
  • Private English-speaking guide and driver.
  • Hotels listed in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge & Taxes.
  • China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • Luggage Transfers.

Price Exclusion

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Any meals that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.