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Wonders & Pandas Plus Tibet

16-Day Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Lhasa, Yangtze River Cruise, Shanghai

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Wonders & Pandas Plus Tibet

This tour will introduce you to the most popular cities of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. Meanwhile, you will enjoy the chance to meet the country's star mammal of giant pandas and afterwards get immersed in the holy land of Tibet plus a leisurely cruise along the mighty Yangtze River.

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Tour Highlights
  • Admire the most prestigious historic wonders of Great Wall, Forbidden City, and the incredible Terra-cotta Army.
  • Meet the cute and lovely pandas.
  • Discover the holy Potala Palace and uncover the mysterious Tibet.
  • Board the leisurely cruis and absorb the grandeur of Yangtze River.
  • Delight in China's mega city Shanghai and soak up the spectacular view in the Bund.

Wonders & Pandas Plus Tibet

16-Day Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Lhasa, Yangtze River Cruise, Shanghai

Code:P20
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$3771
Tour Highlights
  • Admire the most prestigious historic wonders of Great Wall, Forbidden City, and the incredible Terra-cotta Army.
  • Meet the cute and lovely pandas.
  • Discover the holy Potala Palace and uncover the mysterious Tibet.
  • Board the leisurely cruis and absorb the grandeur of Yangtze River.
  • Delight in China's mega city Shanghai and soak up the spectacular view in the Bund.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrive in Beijing
Airport pickup and hotel transfer. Explore the local neighborhood after a short rest.
Luxury: Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel Superior: Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

Welcome to China! Upon your arrival, your friendly tour guide holding your name sign will greet you at the arrival hall, then transfer you to the hotel and have a rest to recover from jet lag.

Day 2
Beijing
Visit Tiananmen Square and feel awe for the solemn imperial palace, the Forbidden City. Hop on a rickshaw and discover old Hutongs. Try to paint a facial mask at a traditional courtyard.
Breakfast

After a night's sound sleep, get refreshed for today's exploration. First, visit Tiananmen Square and then move to the Forbidden City, the largest collection of wooden constructions preserved today. Housing over a million incomparable treasures, it is also known as Palace Museum. As imperial palace for both Ming and Qing Dynasty, Forbidden City witnessed the rise and fall of the two dynasties from the year 1420 to 1912. Walking through different halls and exquisite architectures of the Palace, travel back into the history of ancient China with your professional guide.

Then get into traditional Hutongs where common people used to live. Take a rickshaw ride into the small alleys to explore ordinary people's houses and local life. Learn to paint a facial mask in the famous Peking Opera and learn the traditional art of Beijing. Bring this memorable souvenir home with you when you finish. Then transfer back to your hotel.

Day 3
Beijing
This morning, hike the Mutianyu Great Wall. On the way back to downtown, stopover at the Bird's Nest and Water Cube and move to the imperial garden- Summer Palace.
Breakfast

Morning sightseeing starts with the Mutianyu Great Wall, the extant longest rampart (54.km, 3.4mi) of the Great Wall with fewer tourists and wild sceneries. Meandering its way across the majestic mountains, it has perfectly guarded central China from nomadic groups' invasion over 2,000 years. Ascend to the top to absorb the majestic natural scenery and wonder at the amazing defensive work built by the ancient Chinese. What's more, round-trip cable car is included to save more time and energy for hiking on top of the Wall.

Afterwards, drive back to the city and have a stopover to the iconic Bird's Nest and Water Cube to take some great photos.

Then, drive to the imperial garden Summer Palace and stroll along the peaceful lake, taking in the picturesque scenery of gardens, halls, and pavilions. 

Day 4
Beijing-Xi'an by High Speed Train
Capture the unique morning scene at the Temple of Heaven and take a high-speed train to Xi'an.
Breakfast
Luxury: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel Superior: Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

Visit the Temple of Heaven in the morning, soak up the beautiful architectures where emperors used to hold ceremonies. Encounter the locals gathering here for morning exercise which is quite popular among locals. You are more than welcome to join these friendly local people to exercise together.

Afterwards, you will be taken to the railway station to take a 4.5-hour high-speed train to travel to Xi'an, another ancient capital of China. Upon arrival, meet your friendly Xi'an guide and get back to hotel.

Day 5
Xi'an
Explore the incredible Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses as well as the City Wall. Delve into the local market in the Muslim Quarter and visit the Great Mosque.
Breakfast

About 1-hour drive from the downtown area, you will get to Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. ‘Incredible’ is the most frequently used word to describe the underground army after people see the vividly made clay figures, each owning distinctive facial expression, hair style, figure as well as uniform, protecting the emperor in his afterlife.

Then drive back to the city to visit the largest and best-preserved City Wall and have an overview of this old capital. Follow your guide to take a stroll on top and find some best angles to shoot some photos of the great architecture or cycle around a bit based on your preference.

Afterwards, drive to the famous local Muslim Quarter and the ancient Great Mosque built in traditional Chinese style and enjoy some free time in the famous bazaar.

Day 6
Xi'an-Chengdu by High Speed Train
Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaanxi History Museum. Then take a high-speed train to Chengdu.
Breakfast
Luxury: Sofitel Chengdu Taihe Superior: Dorsett Grand Chengdu Hotel

After breakfast, drive to Big Wild Goose Pagoda built for storage of Buddhism scriptures that the great monk Xuanzang took back when he travelled to India on foot during early 7th century.

Then visit Shaanxi History Museum where demonstrates the rich history of the ancient capital Xi'an and Shaanxi Province proved by over 37, 000 relics stored here including a lot of national treasures.

Afterwards, take the high-speed train to Chengdu and get ready to meet China's star mammals.

Day 7
Chengdu
Meet adorable pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Pandas. Then visit Jinli Old Street and Wangjiang Park.
Breakfast

Drive to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda and enjoy your time visiting these adorable star mammals where you will see adult pandas and panda cubs or even some new born babies if you are lucky.

Then move to Jinli Old Street and admire the old constructions and fun stalls together with famous Chengdu snacks.

Afterwards, enjoy a leisure walk in Wangjiang Park that can best present Chengdu’s leisure life from its tea houses, ear-cleaning vendors, group activities such as Taichi, Mahjong and folk dances.

Day 8
Chengdu-Lhasa by Flight
Get transferred to the airport and fly to Lhasa.
Breakfast
Luxury: St. Regis Lhasa Resort Superior: Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa

Catch a morning flight to fly to Lhasa, which will take 3.5 hours. Please take a break in the hotel upon arrival and gradually get used to the high altitudes. Lhasa's altitude is around 3658 meters (12,000ft) and Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery is at a higher altitude of 3800 meters (around 12,500ft). 

Note: You will need to show your Tibet Permit while boarding the plane. And upon arrival, please do not take a shower the first two days upon arrival, drink alcohol or smoke. Keeping warm is also important. 

Day 9
Lhasa
Uncover the mysterious Tibet from the visit to the Potala Palace, Jokang Temple and Barkhor Street.
Breakfast

Today head to Potala Palace, highlight of Tibet. Feast your eyes with exquisite Tibetan treasures, Buddhism statues and eye-catching murals. Learn about the history of the palace and the legendary stories of the Dalai Lamas.

Afterwards, move to Jokang Temple, the holiest and most divine temple for all Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims, whom you will see prostrating or spinning prayer wheels around.

Take a stroll along Barkhor Street to see local life and get some boutique Tibetan souvenirs. 

Day 10
Lhasa
Visit the Tibetan garden Norblingka. Get deep insight of Tibetan architecture and culture at the Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.
Breakfast

Your exploration today starts with a visit to the Norblingka which used to serve as summer palace for Dalai Lamas. Stroll in the beautiful gardens, appreciating various plants and grand Tibetan architectures.

Then proceed to the Drepung Monastery, a large complex of constructions built along the slope of the mountain and you will find out the reason why it is named Drepung.

At last, end your day with a visit to the Sera Monastery highlighted in its famous fierce Debate Over Buddhism Scriptures and admire their pursuit of the Buddhism belief.

Day 11
Lhasa-Chongqing by Flight
Fly to Chongqing and board the cruise ship.
Breakfast
Luxury: Century Sun Superior: Century Sun

Your exploration at this holy land ends and you will fly to Chongqing for the leisurely Yangtze River Cruise. Upon arrival, meet your Chongqing guide and drive to the dock to get onboard the luxury cruise ship.

Day 12
Yangtze River Cruise
Take the Tai Chi Class and a shore excursion to Shibaozhai. Join the Captain's Welcome Party.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Get refreshed by taking a Tai Chi Class in the morning.

After breakfast, discover Shibaozhai, a 500-year old wooden construction on an isolated mountain along the Yangtze River. Follow your river guide to explore its famous unique architecture and learn the Chinese mythologies.

Tonight, you are invited to participate the Captain's Welcome Party and enjoy the crew's music and dance performances. Have a wonderful night!

Day 13
Yangtze River Cruise
Sail through the splendid Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. A shore excursion to Shennong Stream or Shennv Stream. Attend the Captain's Farewell Party.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Cruise will first sail through Qutang Gorge and then the most spectacular Wu Gorge.

And you will embark on a shore excursion to visit Shennong Stream by a small wooden boat to go deeper into the gorge to admire the hidden beauty or visit Shennv Stream and take in its charming view.

Then you will sail to the longest Xiling Gorge featuring rapid water, rare stones and twisted course.

The Captain's Farewell Party is held tonight.

Day 14
Yichang-Shanghai by Flight
Disembark at Maoping Pier and admire the Three Gorges Dam. Idle about Binjiang Park and tour around the Yichang Museum. At last, fly to Shanghai.
Breakfast
Luxury: Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai Superior: Central Hotel Shanghai

This morning, you will disembark to visit the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest power station in terms of installed capacity.

Then meet your guide and travel to Binjiang Park. Stroll along the bank of Yangtze River, where you will find vivid scene of local life that seniors having fun singing, playing cards, dancing and fishing.

Then get oriented to Yichang Museum and appreciate the treasures stored here, some of which can date back to Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-221BC).

Afterwards, catch your flight to Shanghai and enjoy the city's beautiful night view on the way back to your hotel.

Day 15
Shanghai
This morning, sight-see the Yu Garden, Nanjing Road and The Bund. Ascend to the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center for a bird's eye view. Stroll along Xintiandi and then visit the Propaganda Poster Art Center with collections of Posters from 1960s.
Breakfast

Visit the essence of traditional Chinese garden Yu Garden and enjoy the beautiful layout which also presents the philosophy of Chinese people's life.

Then head to the bustling Nanjing Road and the Bund which is granted World Architecture Museum.

Get on top of Shanghai World Financial Center to get a bird's view of Shanghai, which may change your impression of China.

Continue to visit Xintiandi (New World of Shanghai) to see Shanghai's traditional Shikumen constructions.

At last, visit the Propaganda Poster Art Center to feel the passion and energy of people in 1960s.

Day 16
Depart from Shanghai
Transfer to the airport and have a nice journey home!
Breakfast

Farewell to China! Your guide and driver will escort you to the airport for your homeward flight. Wish you a nice journey home!

Accommodations
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Beijing
Luxury

Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel

No.36, North Third Ring Road East, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Sheraton Grand Beijing Dongcheng enjoys perfect location in the new CBD area with various on-site restaurants catering to different tastes plus easy access to all places.
Superior

Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Located in downtown Wangfujing area, Novotel Peace is only 5-minute walk to the nearby shopping malls and 15-minute walk to the Forbidden City. Easy to explore local life.
Xian
Luxury

Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

No.208, Cien East Road, Qujiang Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
Wyndham Xi'an Grand South Hotel is located in the city's newly built CBD area, featuring the grand Tang Dynasty's architectural styles with amazing night views and easy access for shopping.
Superior

Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

No.79 Bei Da Jie, Xincheng, Xi'an, China
Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower boasts great location in the city center with comfortable rooms and good western buffet breakfast, easy to take a walk around to explore local life.
Chengdu
Luxury

Sofitel Chengdu Taihe

15 Binjiang Middle Road, Jinjiang, Chengdu, China
As the Accor Group member, the hotel perfectly fuses French style and Sichuan local Style. The hotel's central location allows easy access to the city's stylish fashion centers and malls.
Superior

Dorsett Grand Chengdu Hotel

No.168, West Yulong Street, Qingyang, Chengdu, China
Next to Chengdu's famous pedestrian shopping street Chunxi Road, the hotel features with its standard service, nice breakfasts well as various exotic cuisines in its on-site restaurants.
Lhasa
Luxury

St. Regis Lhasa Resort

22 Jiangsu Road, Chengguan District, 850000 Lhasa, China
Ranking 1/373 of Lhasa hotels on TripAdvisor, the hotel is close to Potala Palace and Jokang Temple, featuring with its unique Butler service and nice breakfasts.
Superior

Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa

10 Bolinka Road, Lhasa, China
With great location, the Starwood member hotel is easy to travel to the major attractions. The hotel rooms are equipped with humidifiers and oxygen for more comfort for its guests.
Yangtze River Cruise
Luxury

Century Sun

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Launched in 2006, renovated in 2012 Spacious rooms with outdoor private balconies Great service from professional and warm-hearted staff
Superior

Century Sun

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Launched in 2006, renovated in 2012 Spacious rooms with outdoor private balconies Great service from professional and warm-hearted staff
Shanghai
Luxury

Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

1. Jinling East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
The hotel is located right on the bund with artistic design merged modern Shanghai with Art Deco of 1930s. The hotel is also a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts with excellent service, amazing views and great breakfasts.
Superior

Central Hotel Shanghai

No.555 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
Located in the heart of the city, Central Hotel Shanghai featuring traditional Shanghai style rooms, good facilities and nice breakfasts is next to the Nanjing Road and 5-minute walk to the Bund.
Luxury
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Beijing

Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel

No.36, North Third Ring Road East, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Sheraton Grand Beijing Dongcheng enjoys perfect location in the new CBD area with various on-site restaurants catering to different tastes plus easy access to all places.

Xian

Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

No.208, Cien East Road, Qujiang Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
Wyndham Xi'an Grand South Hotel is located in the city's newly built CBD area, featuring the grand Tang Dynasty's architectural styles with amazing night views and easy access for shopping.

Chengdu

Sofitel Chengdu Taihe

15 Binjiang Middle Road, Jinjiang, Chengdu, China
As the Accor Group member, the hotel perfectly fuses French style and Sichuan local Style. The hotel's central location allows easy access to the city's stylish fashion centers and malls.

Lhasa

St. Regis Lhasa Resort

22 Jiangsu Road, Chengguan District, 850000 Lhasa, China
Ranking 1/373 of Lhasa hotels on TripAdvisor, the hotel is close to Potala Palace and Jokang Temple, featuring with its unique Butler service and nice breakfasts.

Yangtze River Cruise

Century Sun

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Launched in 2006, renovated in 2012 Spacious rooms with outdoor private balconies Great service from professional and warm-hearted staff

Shanghai

Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

1. Jinling East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
The hotel is located right on the bund with artistic design merged modern Shanghai with Art Deco of 1930s. The hotel is also a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts with excellent service, amazing views and great breakfasts.
Superior
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Beijing

Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Located in downtown Wangfujing area, Novotel Peace is only 5-minute walk to the nearby shopping malls and 15-minute walk to the Forbidden City. Easy to explore local life.

Xian

Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

No.79 Bei Da Jie, Xincheng, Xi'an, China
Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower boasts great location in the city center with comfortable rooms and good western buffet breakfast, easy to take a walk around to explore local life.

Chengdu

Dorsett Grand Chengdu Hotel

No.168, West Yulong Street, Qingyang, Chengdu, China
Next to Chengdu's famous pedestrian shopping street Chunxi Road, the hotel features with its standard service, nice breakfasts well as various exotic cuisines in its on-site restaurants.

Lhasa

Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa

10 Bolinka Road, Lhasa, China
With great location, the Starwood member hotel is easy to travel to the major attractions. The hotel rooms are equipped with humidifiers and oxygen for more comfort for its guests.

Yangtze River Cruise

Century Sun

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Launched in 2006, renovated in 2012 Spacious rooms with outdoor private balconies Great service from professional and warm-hearted staff

Shanghai

Central Hotel Shanghai

No.555 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
Located in the heart of the city, Central Hotel Shanghai featuring traditional Shanghai style rooms, good facilities and nice breakfasts is next to the Nanjing Road and 5-minute walk to the Bund.
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Inclusions
  • Entrance fees to sightseeings and attractions
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking tour guides
  • Private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights, trains and cruises as specified in the itinerary
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