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Wonderful China & Tibet Tour

13-Day, Shanghai, Chengdu, Lhasa, Xian, Beijing, Private Tour (CT-9)

Wonderful China & Tibet Tour
Wonderful China & Tibet Tour


Peggie Lv,

Tour Designer

Shanghai, Lhasa, Chengdu, Xi'an and Beijing, these cities present China's most impressive sites: historical, cultural and natural. Tibet's mystery will be unfolded.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Shanghai Arrival (Flight not Inlcuded)
Activities: Airport pick-up and transfer
Hotel: Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel (or 4 & 5-star hotels)
Meals: Breakfast

The metropolis Shanghai welcomes you to China!

As your international flight lands in the airport, our local tour guide will meet you up and take you to hotel for check-in. Free time at leisure afterwards.

No meals included for today.

Smart Tips:

  • For your own physical needs, we suggest you stay in and rest from the jetlag. However, if you feel like going out after check-in, we would suggest an easy walk-around on People's Square.
  • This tour doesn't include international flights, however, please contact us if you need help booking the flights.
  • Hotel choice: Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel , The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel , Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel 5-star hotel
Activities: The Bund, Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, the Former French Concession, Tianzifang, Xintiandi and a silk store
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

Hope you slept well last night. Today we will walk on The Bund at first. Later, learn some history about Shanghai at Shanghai Museum. Have lunch in a nearby restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will get into a Suzhou-style garden: Yuyuan Garden. Later, go on a romantic walk at the Former French Concession, where you will have an interesting insight in the lively Tianzifang and Xintiandi. Today we will also visit a silk store.

Breakfast and Chinese Lunch are included for today.

The BundThe Bund
Yuyuan GardenYuyuan Garden
Chocolate StoreThe Former French Concession

Smart Tips:

  • After a trip in the Former French Concession, you must be hungry, huh? Find Ding Tai Fung Restaurant near Xintiandi for a perfect bite.
  • Book a night show ERA Time Acrobatic Show with us and you are in for a wonder world!
Shanghai to Chengdu (Flight MU5407 1200 - 1510 for Reference)
Activities: Free time in Shanghai and airport transfer
Hotel: Chengdu Comfort Hotel 3-star hotel (or 4 & 5-star hotels)
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

Have the morning free at leisure. At noon, you will fly to Chengdu. Our Chengdu local tour guide will escort you to hotel for check-in.

You will have a whole afternoon to explore Chengdu.

Breakfast is included for today.

Smart Tips:

  • For a free morning in Shanghai, get a free stroll at Dongtai Road Antique Market or go to the service at Shanghai Community Church if it's a Sunday.
  • Chengdu is a city for leisure and the best speaker for such a lifestyle is the tea house. Find Heming Tea House in People's Park to taste the real Chengdu.
  • Hotel choice: Chengdu Comfort Hotel 3-star hotel , Holiday Inn Express Chengdu Gulou 4-star hotel , Crowne Plaza Chengdu 5-star hotel
Activities: Panda Breeding and Research Center, Kuanzhai Lane and Wuhou Temple
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

Hometown of the cute pandas, Chengdu draws numerous travelers all over the world. This morning, we will get to the Panda Breeding Center to meet up these cute buddies.

In the afternoon, our Chengdu tour guide will introduce you to the interesting lifestyle of Chengdu at Kuanzhai Lanes. Later, visit Wuhou Temple to learn some history.

Breakfast and Chinese Lunch are included for today.

Cute PandaCute Panda
Kuanzhai LanesKuanzhai Lanes
Wuhou TempleWuhou Temple

Smart Tips:

  • You will get to Lhasa tomorrow, there's a suggested list of things to bring: sun block, shades, hats, simple medicine like aspirin and some enegry bars or chocolate.
  • You will get your Tibet Travel Permit from our Chengdu local guide ahead of time, which you will need for boarding the flight so please be sure it's with you.
Chengdu to Lhasa (Flight 3U8611 1245 - 1445 for Reference)
Activities: Free morning in Chengdu and airport transfer
Hotel: ShangBaLa Hotel 3-star hotel (or 4 & 5-star hotels)
Meals: Breakfast

Have some free time in Chengdu before the noon flight to Lhasa.

You will arrive in Lhasa in the afternoon. Check in and take some time for your body to adjust to the altitude.

No meals included for today.

Smart Tips:

  • Can't wait to explore Lhasa? While going too far away without a tour guide is not allowed, you can explore the nearby backstreets and markets. Delve into the street and find Canggu Nunnery at tea time, a cup of sweet tea makes a pleasant afternoon.
  • Hotel choice: ShangBaLa Hotel 3-star hotel , Xinding Hotel 4-star hotel , Brahmaputra Grand Hotel 5-star hotel
Activities: Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street and Sera Monastery
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

The first stop for today is Jokhang Temple. The famous temple is the shrine for a Buddha statue called Jobo, the spiritual heart of Lhasa ever since the 7th century. Later, get to Barkhor Street for a free stroll. Our Lhasa tour guide might lead you to a Thangka store to observe the artist at work.

After lunch, we will visit Sera Monastery. There will be scripture debates in the afternoon from Monday to Friday. Free at leisure after today's visit.

Breakfast and Chinese Lunch are included for today.

Jokhang TempleJokhang Temple
Barkhor StreetCrafts on Sale in Barkhor Street
Sera MonasteryLama at Sera Monastery

Smart Tips:

  • Tonight you can check out Tianhai Night Market to see where the locals hang out for night.
Activities: Potala Palace, Norbulingka and Tibetan family visit
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

The majestic Potala Palace is without a doubt the icon of Tibet. Thousands of travelers pour into this wonder everyday and today we will spend a couple of hours learning and appreciating the beauty of it.

In the afternoon, you will get to Tibet's Summer Palace: Norbulingka. Later visit a Tibetan family.

Breakfast and Chinese Lunch are included for today.

Potala PalacePotala Palace
Charming SmileCharming Smile

Smart Tips:

  • What to bring home after a Tibet trip? Our suggestion is Tibetan carpets, knives, Buddha figures, Thangka, Hadda, Dharma wheels, colored masks, sheepskin paintings and joss sticks, which are all easy to find at Barkhor Street.
Lhasa to Xi'an (Flight MU2334 1140 - 1420 for Reference)
Activities: Free time in Lhasa and airport transfer
Hotel: Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel (or 4 & 5-star hotels)
Meals: Breakfast

Have a free morning in Lhasa. At noon, take a flight to Xi'an. Check in upon arrival.

No meals included for today.

Smart Tips:

  • Walk on the Muslim Quarter to blend in with the locals, or visit Great Mosque at their praying hours, both are considered as smart ways to kill your free time.
  • Hotel choice: Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel , Xian Garden Hotel 4-star hotel , Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel
Activities: Terracotta Army, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall and an art center
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

After breakfast, we will drive for one hour to the impressive site of Terracotta Army. Afterwards, we will stop by an art center to admire some masterpiece before lunch.

Get back to Xi'an downtown in the afternoon, waiting for us is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Ancient City Wall.

Breakfast and Chinese Lunch are included for today.

Terracotta ArmyTerracotta Army
Big Wild Goose PagodaBig Wild Goose Pagoda
Ancient City WallAncient City Wall

Smart Tips:

  • If you are interested in what's the dinner-time like back in the Tang Dynasty, book a Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Dinner Show to find out.
  • Try out Shaanxi cuisine at First Noodle Under the Sun, which is #1 recommendation on Trip Advisor.
Xi'an to Beijing (Flight CA1204 1020 - 1220 for Reference)
Activities: Airport transfer, Summer Palace, Bird's Nest and Water Cube
Hotel: Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel (or 4 & 5-star hotels)
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

Fly to Beijing in the morning. Check in upon arrival and take a short break before we set out to Summer Palace. This royal garden used to be a private property of the last emperor Pu Yi and today we will walk around and stop by Garden of Harmonious Virtue. The Grand Theatre, Hall of Health and Happiness,and the Hall in Celebration of Philanthropy are the major structures, which was a theatre complex for the royal court.

Later today, we will take an exterior visit at Beijing's new landmarks: Bird's Nest and Water Cube.

Breakfast and Chinese Lunch are included for today.

Summer PalaceSummer Palace
Bird's NestBird's Nest
Water CubeWater Cube

Smart Tips:

  • If you are travelling during a hot summer or with kids, a night at Water Park of the Water Cube can be cool. Ask your Beijing tour guide for more info.
  • In the open kitchen of Black Sesame Kitchen, you can see the whole process of your food. Find this restaurant at 3 Heizhima Hutong, Dong Cheng District.
  • Hotel choice: Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel , Sunworld Hotel Beijing 4-star hotel , Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel
Activities: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, the Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling, Hutong visit by rickshaw and a pearl store
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

First thing in the morning, we will visit Tian'anmen Square. Getting in the Forbidden City, you are standing in a close distance of China's royal court.

After lunch, we will get to the birthplace of China's last emperor Pu Yi, a courtyard house in an inconspicuous Hutong, which became the Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling after the founding of New China. Later, a local Beijinger will ride you into the Hutong, where you will visit a local family.

Breakfast and Chinese Lunch are included for today.

Tian'anmen SquareTian'anmen Square
Forbidden CityForbidden City
HutongHutong House

Smart Tips:

  • Try out Peking Duck at Hua's Restaurant, which enjoys a lot of good reviews on Trip Advisor. Find its info on our tag.
  • Night stroll in some characteristic Hutongs can be fun. Nanluogu Xiang would be an excellent choice. Address: Nanluoguo Xiang, Dongcheng Distric, get there by Subway Route 1, 5 or Bus 118, 623, 694.
Activities: The Great Wall at Mutianyu Section, Temple of Heaven and a cloisonne factory
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

In the morning, we will drive out of town to the Great Wall at Mutianyu Section. A round-way cable car ride will enable you to take in superb views at this great wonder. Have lunch and stop by a cloisonne factory to learn about the manufacture process.

Get back to downtown Beijing and visit the Temple of Heaven, an exclusive altar for the royal family.

Breakfast and Chinese Lunch are included for today.

The Great WallThe Great Wall
Cable CarCable Car
Temple of HeavenTemple of Heaven

Smart Tips:

  • A way to pamper yourself: try a traditional Chinese massage or water treatment at the last day of your China tour. We'd recommened ISpa and your Beijing tour guide sure has some great ideas, too.
Beijing Departure (Flight not Included)
Activities: Free time in Beijing and transfer to the airport
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

Have some free time in Beijing before your departure flight. Our Beijing tour guide will help you check out and take you to the airport. Thanks for traveling with us. Hope to see you again soon!

Breakfast is included for today.

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Peking Duck Dinner at Hua's Restaurant


Hua's Restaurant, or Huajia Yiyuan, offers a special dining experience in a royal mansion with authentic royal court food. Peking Duck is also their best specialty.Near Wangfujing Street, you can take an easy after-dinner walk or explore the nearby Hutongs.

CT Recommendations: Peking Duck, Wangfu Fish, Buddha Jumping Over the Wall (or Fo Tiao Qiang), Bawang Chicken

Address: F3, Macau Centeral Plaza, No.8, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Tel: +86 010-51283326

Price: $ 25 - 40 / Person


Massage / Spa in Beijing

After a day of touring, you must feel tired. A traditional Chinese massage will rejuvenate you in a breezy Beijing night. Here's the list of our recommendations.

Massage center & address:

1.I Spa: offering oil massage, Thai massage, Chinese massage, foot massage and spa. (6F, Kaiyuan Mingdu Hotel, Caishikou Street, Xicheng District, Beijing. Tel: +86-010-63527157)

2.Oriental Taipan: high-class setting with high-standard service, offering traditional Chinese massage and western-style aromatherapy. (NO.1 Xindong Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing. Tel: +86-010-85322177)



The First Noodle Under the Sun


The First Noodle under the Sun might sound like exaggerate but it's worth a try if you are in the mood for the province's specials.Recommend: Biang Biang Noodle, Youpo Noodle, Siwan Zheng (Four Steamed Bowls) and Shaozi Noodle.

Address: No.8, Xiaozhai Dong Road, Yanta District (near the Big Wild Goose Pagoda)

Tel: +86 029-88101818

Price: $ 25 - 40 / Person


Shanghai Community Church


No matter you are a believer or a passer-by, at Shanghai Community Church, you will see how God blesses the people and the city. Shanghai Community Church is the city's biggest Christian church and the most important one. Dating back to 1925, the church holds 3 services every Sunday at 7:30am, 10:00am and 7:00pm. If your China tour has a free Sunday, why not here?


Address: No.53, Hengshan Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai

Transportation: 1. Subway Route 1 to Hengshan Raod; 2.Bus No.8, 10,15, 49, 93, 135, 167

Tips: 1. No entrance fee; 2.Dress properly; 3. Closed expect Sunday and important Christian holidays.



Dongtai Road Ancient Market


Dongtai Road Antique Market is more like a backyard garage sale than a tourist attraction. Stuff from rusty bikes to Mao's faded quote book, from old Shanghai's beautiful lady calendar to life-size Terracotta Warriors replica, you can make them yours at a negotiable price. The real draw is its rugged touch of the old days and the shabby neighborhood that you could hardly put a connection with those skyscrapers along The Bund.


Address: No.63, Liuhe Road and Dongtai Road, Luwan District, Shanghai

Transportation: 1. Subway Route 8 and 10 to Lao Ximen (Old West Gate); 2.Bus No.17, 18, 23, 135, 454, 789, 911, 930



Sweet Tea at Canggu Nunnery

Never advertises itself in a big volume, Canggu Nunnery still wins a number of hearts of thoes with a special taste and dare to adventure. You can kick back here with a cup of sweet tea served by the smiling nuns.


Address: Upper Linguo Road, Lhasa

Price: $ 2 - 5 / person



Heming Tea House in Chengdu

Tea culture is an essential part of Chengdu lifestyle. Among thousands of tea houses in Chengdu, Heming Tea House stands out for the authentic taste and unpretentious feeling it brings in a cup of Maofeng served by the lakeside of the park.Other features including ear-picking, massage, watching people playing poker or Mahjong in the park.


Address: No.12, Shaocheng Road, Qingyang District, Chengdu (inside People's Park)



Tianhai Night Market in Lhasa

Tianhai Night Market

Tianhai Night Market is doubtless a delight if you are looking for real local food to eat and quirky stuff to buy. Here, you can see scary-looking food such as steamed lamb head, rice poured with lamb soup, fried lamb ribs and of course, doner kebab.

Address: Tianhai Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet, China


ERA Legend of Time Acrobatic Show


ERA Legend of Time Acrobatic Show in Shanghai has created a wonderful night for many travelers from all over the world. The show is a perfect mixture of China's traditional acrobatic art and modern state-of-art stage technique.

Price: CNY 120 - 580 / Person depending on the seat

Address: No.2266, Gonghe Xin Road, Zhabei District, Shanghai

Transportation: 1. Subway Route 1 to Shanghai Circus World at Exit 3; 2. Bus:95、46、253、912、916、114、893、210.

Tel: +86 021-66525468

Tips:1. Subway is the fastest way to get there; 2.You can ask your Shanghai tour guide for booking with great discount


Ding Tai Fung Restaurant


As one of the most popular restaurants recommended by Trip Advisor, Ding Tai Fung Restaurant doesn't have to sell itself. Xiaolongbao (steamed bread), Xiajiao (shrimp dumplings), noodle soup and other dim sum provide you a nice dining experience after a walk at the Former French Concession or Yuyuan Garden.

Price: CNY 80 - 200 / Person

Address: 1. Xintiandi Branch: 2F, House 6, South Block Xintiandi, Lane 123, Xinye Rd, Shanghai; 2.Yuyuan Garden Branch: 2001, F2, Yulong Fang, No.168, Fangbang Zhong Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

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  • 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

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  • Price is subject to change based on exchange rate.
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  • A deposit of 10% ot the total cost is required when you confirm your booking.
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  • Unfloding Lhasa's veil in the Potala Palace, Sera Monastery and visit a local family.
  • Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai, classic China tour plus Chengdu.
  • World-class Yangtze River Cruise for 3 amazing days.
  • Professional escort and all-time caring.

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