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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

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!

Highlights

  • China's three gems plus mysterious Tibet
  • 200 USD per day for excellent experience
  • Train ride for an overnight
  • Our experienced operation for your trouble-free holiday

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



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.
  • DAY
    2
    Beijing
    • Activities: The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Hutong Tour by Rickshaw in Xicheng District, Lizexiang Pearl Store
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Courtyard 7 Restaurant
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    

    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.
  • DAY
    3
    Beijing
    • Activities: The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Exterior visit of Beijing Olympic Stadiums(Bird's Nest and Water Cube), Temple of Heaven, 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

    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.
  • DAY
    4
    Beijing to Overnight Train by Train No. Z19 (Beijing Xi West Railway Station - Xian Railway Station) Dep 20:43 - Arr 07:58
    • Activities: Free time, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Beijing)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: No

    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: Train station Transfer (Xian), The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, 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  |  Xian Garden 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 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.
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  • For a peaceful sunset view, the Ancient City Wall is a good viewing point.
  • DAY
    6
    Xian to Lhasa by Flight No. TBA
    • 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.

    

    DAY
    7
    Lhasa
    • Activities: Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery
    • 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.

     

    - 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.
  • DAY
    8
    Lhasa
    • Activities: Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery, Potala Palace
    • 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 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.

    

    Potala Palace

    DAY
    9
    Lhasa to Shanghai by Flight No. TBA
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Lhasa), Airport Transfer (Shanghai), Free time
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

    

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

    DAY
    10
    Shanghai
    • Activities: Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund, City God Temple, Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Seagull Palace
    • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

    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.

    DAY
    11
    Shanghai Departure
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai)
    • Meals: Breakfast

    

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

    Prices (Go Solo Private Tour)

    $ USD
    Apr.1- Nov.31 Superior Class Deluxe 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.

    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.

    Good to know

    It needs 20 days to process Tibet Travel Permit. China Travel kindly suggests you confirm your tour at least 30 days ahead of time.

    Vanessa Zheng

    Tailor-make a China tour based on your needs.

    Key sites in the three major cities Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai are all included in this 8-day China tour. Plus, No hidden fees and No tourist traps at all!

    Vernessa Zheng - Travel Advisor

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    Tour Type : Private Tour

    Best Season :All seasons

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