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.
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Tour Type: Private Tour
Best Season: Autumn
From $3,659 USD p/p
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
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.
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The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Hutong Tour by Rickshaw in Xicheng District, Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling, Lizexiang Pearl Store
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.
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.
Temple of Heaven, The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Shahe Cloisonne Factory
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.
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.
Beijing to Xian by Train No. Z19 (Beijing Xi (west) Railway Station - Xi'an Railway Station) Dep 20:43 - Arr 07:58
Hotel to Train station Transfer (Beijing)
Today you will have a whole free day in Beijing before the train departuring at 8:00pm. Refer to our suggested activities as follow.
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.
The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Ancient City Wall, Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts 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 Ancient City Wall, one of the oldest milatry defense systems in China.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarters, Great Mosque
For a night view of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, you can get to the Fountain Square. Ask your tour guide for more information.
Xian to Lhasa by Air China CA4214 Dep 13:20 - Arr 16:00
Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Lhasa)
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.
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.
Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery, Thangka Workshops
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.
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.
Drepung Monastery, Potala Palace, Visit Tibetan Family
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.
Lhasa to Chongqing to Yangtze
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)
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!
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.
Welcoming Banquet, Dancing Party,Shibaozhai (14;00-16;00).Optinal tour to Fengdu Ghost City(RMB260 per person).
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.
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.
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).
Sails through the 5-steps Ship locks.
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.
White Emperor City is an option upon your request. Please inform the crew if you'd visit it. Cost will be on your own.
YichangYichang to Shanghai
Cruise pier Transfer (Yichang), Airport Transfer (Yichang), Airport Transfer (Shanghai), Three Gorges Dam Site.
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.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower(INCL Shanghai History Museum）, The Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Shikumen, Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop
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.
Zhujiajiao Boat Ride, Zhujiajiao Water Town, Free time
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.
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.
Shanghai to Departure City
Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai)
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!
What's Included & Excluded
Meals listed in the itinerary.
Private English-speaking guide and driver.
Hotels listed in the itinerary.
Service Charge & Taxes.
China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
China Entry Visa Fees.
Excess Baggage Charges.
Any meals that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary.
Single Room Supplement.
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.
Mao's Family Restaurant
Eat like Chairman Mao! The former lead chef, Dong Linfa of Chairman Mao at Zhongnanhai is now creating a menu that both brings out the essence of Mao's hometown cuisine and fits everybody's flavor. (No.16-1, Lianhuachi Dong Road, Xicheng District, Beijing)
A national hobby reaches its pitch at dawn and again dusk in almost city, that is Open-air Dance. Have you ever seen anything like that? The group of dance devotees with size down to 20 and up to 500, music types from Chinese folk to lousy street pop.
Drumming Show at the Drum Tower
Replaying how people used to keep timing back in the day, the Drum Tower has several drumming shows every hour from 9:30am to 4:30pm (except 12:30pm), 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am etc. (No.9, Zhonglou Wan, Dongcheng District, Beijing (near Di'anmen))
Hongya Cave in Chongqing
The funkily-named Hongya Cave is not a real cave but a great place to kill some free time. Here you can find something to eat or a cafe to kick back.(Address: Hongya Cave, No.88, Jiabin Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing)
Tianhai Night Market in Lhasa
Tianhai Night Market is doubtless a delight for a night in Lhasa. You can see scary-looking food such as steamed lamb head, rice poured with lamb soup, fried lamb ribs and doner kebab.(Address: Tianhai Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet, China)
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.(Address: No.53, Hengshan Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai)
ERA Legend of Time Acrobatic Show
ERA Legend of Time Acrobatic Show 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. (Address: No.2266, Gonghe Xin Road, Zhabei District, Shanghai)
Gao's Grand Courtyard and Watch a Shadow Puppet Show
Gao's Grand Courtyard is a good place for travlers to know about Chinese traditional courtyard house architecture and family culture. You can watch an interesting shadow puppet show inside the courtyard.
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