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Classic China with Tibet Tour

11-Day, Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Shanghai, Private Tour (CT-8)

Classic China with Tibet Tour
Classic China with Tibet Tour


Peggie Lv,

Tour Manager

Putting Beijing, Lhasa, Xi'an and Shanghai together, this China tour offers insight of different lifestyles in both mainland China and Tibet. Great value and experience are all yours!

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Beijing Arrival (Flight not Included)

Destinations & activities: Hotel - Airport Transfer

Welcome to China! As you arrive in Beijing, you will feel warm welcome by your Beijing tour guide and driver. You will be escorted to hotel for check-in. Free time afterwards.


- Smart Tips:

  • For first-timer, you might need to get to know Beijing a bit. You can find a city map at hotel lobby.
  • It needs 20 days to process Tibet Travel Permit. China Travel kindly suggests you confirm your tour at least 30 days ahead of time.

    Meals: None


    Day 2


    Forbidden City
    Forbidden City

    Destinations & activities: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutong, a local pearl store

    A fresh breakfast kicks start your morning. This morning we will visit the largest public square, Tian'anmen Square. Afterwards, we will enter the Forbidden City to track down history's imprints. Stop by a local pearl store, chance is to learn how to spot a fake pearl. Have lunch in a traditional courtyard house restaurant: Courtyard 7 Restaurant.

    Afternoon is spent visiting the maze-like Hutong. A visit to a local family is essential!


    - Smart Tips:

  • Courtyard 7 Restaurant is chosen as Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice of 2012 with its authentic taste and special setting.
  • For Lois Friedland, guide and writer from About.com, Hutong is where she reveals China's history.
  • For an exciting night, a Kung Fu Show is an option. Ask your guide for ticket-booking.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Courtyard 7 Restaurant


    Day 3


    Temple of Heaven
    Temple of Heaven in Beijing

    Destinations & activities: Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall, a cloisonné factory, Bird's Nest and Water Cube

    In morning, we will drive up to the Great Wall at Mutianyu Section, where a round-way cable car ride enables you to take in all the wonderful views. Visit a local cloisonné factory before lunch.

    In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, where Chinese emperors used to worship God with their sacrifices. Later, enjoy an easy walk outside Beijing's new landmark: Bird's Nest and Water Cube.


    - Smart Tips:

  • For history buffs, a digital show "Old Beijing Gets Moving" will let you know how Beijing has changed during last century, not far from Bird's Nest and Water Cube.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Xinshuangquan Restaurant


    Day 4

    Beijing to Xi'an (By Overnight Train No.Z19)

    Destinations & activities: Free time in Beijing, hotel - train station transfer

    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.
  • Meals: Breakfast


    Day 5


    Terracotta Army
    Terracotta Army

    Destinations & activities: Train station - hotel Transfer, Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a handicraft center

    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 Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the biggest and most important Buddhism temples in China.


    - Smart Tips:

  • You will get to Lhasa tomorrow, get yourself prepared for the elevation change.
  • For a peaceful sunset view, the Ancient City Wall is a good viewing point.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at A Wa Shan Zhai Restaurant


    Day 6

    Xi'an to Lhasa (By Flight No.TBA)

    Lhasa Life
    Be a witness of peaceful Lhasa daily life.

    Destinations & activities: Hotel -airport transfer

    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.


    Meals: Breakfast


    Day 7


    Sera Monastery
    Sera Monastery in Lhasa

    Destinations & activities: Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Street

    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.


    - 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.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Lhasa Kitchen


    Day 8


    Potala Palace
    Potala Palace

    Destinations & activities: Potala Palace, Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery

    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 the Summer Palace in Tibet: Norbulingka. Later, you will go to another monastery, Drepung Monastery. This monastery used to be home for Dalai Lamas before the Potala Palace.


    Meals: Breakfast, Steak Lunch at Steak House Restaurant


    Day 9

    Lhasa to Shanghai (Flight No.TBA)

    Destinations & activities: Hotel - airport transfer

    Today, a flight will take you to Shanghai. Your Shanghai tour guide will take you to hotel for check-in. Free time afterwards.

    Meals: Breakfast


    Day 10


    Shanghai History Museum
    An old pharmacy model in Shanghai History Museum

    Destinations & activities: Oriental Pearl TV Tower (with Shanghai History Museum inside), Yuyuan Garden, City God Temple, The Bund, a silk factory

    Oriental Pearl TV Tower is our first stop. Inside the tower, Shanghai History Museum offers an informative visit with its waxwork display.Have lunch in a famous  restaurant.

    Then will visit Yuyuan Garden, a classical private garden in the style of Southern China. It is located right in the hustle and bustle of the Temple of City God, which you will also pay a visit to. Stop at Jiangnan Silk Factory to learn how silk is made. Take a walk along the Bund.

    Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Seagull Restaurant

    Day 11

    Shanghai Departure (Flight not Included)

    Destinations & activities: Hotel to airport transfer

    You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight home. Thanks for traveling with us, hope to see you again soon!

    Meals: Breakfast

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    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.

    Special Terms

    • Price may change during some Chinese festivals.
    • Price is subject to change based on exchange rate.
    • We accept both on-line payment (by Paypal® and Moneybookers®) and wire transfer.
    • A deposit of 10% ot the total cost is required when you confirm your booking.
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