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Classic China Plus Holy Tibet

11-Day Beijing, Xi'an, Lhasa, Shanghai

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Classic China Plus Holy Tibet

Immerse yourself into the diverse charm of China on this 11-day in-depth classic tour which leads you to explore the historic highlights in Beijing and Xi'an, discover the holy Tibet with a visit to the magnificent Potala Palace, and admire the mega city Shanghai to soak up its perfect intersection of modern and past.

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Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Discover the grand Forbidden City including hidden palaces other groups don't bring you to.
  • Hike the less crowded and well preserved Mutianyu Great Wall.
  • Marvel at the incredible full-sized underground Terra-cotta Army.
  • Dive into Tibet and discover the mysteries of the holy land.
  • Soak up the modern and vintage Shanghai at the glamorous Bund.

Classic China Plus Holy Tibet

11-Day Beijing, Xi'an, Lhasa, Shanghai

Code:P13
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$2869
Tour Highlights
  • Discover the grand Forbidden City including hidden palaces other groups don't bring you to.
  • Hike the less crowded and well preserved Mutianyu Great Wall.
  • Marvel at the incredible full-sized underground Terra-cotta Army.
  • Dive into Tibet and discover the mysteries of the holy land.
  • Soak up the modern and vintage Shanghai at the glamorous Bund.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrive in Beijing
Pick up at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Free exploration for the rest of the day.
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 for a good rest to recover from jetlag or explore Beijing a bit by your own.

Day 2
Beijing
Walk through the Tiananmen Square and be amazed by the magnificence of Forbidden City. Take a rickshaw to explore traditional Hutongs, and learn to paint a facial mask.
Breakfast

Begin your Beijing explorations from a leisure stroll at Tiananmen Square, and then head to the grand Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved imperial palace complex witnessing the rises and falls of Ming and Qing dynasties from 1420 to 1912. Known as Palace Museum, over a million incomparable treasures enable you to trace back to the gorgeous life and appealing anecdotes of royal families.

Then discover the local Beijingers' daily life as you take a rickshaw ride into the intricate and old Hutongs, where traditional residential areas have been well preserved from Ming and Qing dynasties. At last, learn to paint a facial mask in the famous Peking Opera at a traditional courtyard to experience the traditional art of Beijing. Then sit back and return to your hotel.

Hall of Heavenly Purity
Magnificent white marble railings in Forbidden City
Day 3
Beijing
Conquer the Mutianyu Great Wall, stop by the Bird's Nest and Water Cube and discover the essence of Summer Palace.
Breakfast

Today, you will first visit the less-crowded and best-preserved Mutianyu Great Wall. Over 2,000 years, the Great Wall stretching over 13,000 miles from west to east perfectly resisted nomadic groups and protected central Chinese states and empire, where you are expected not only to soak up the wild sceneries but to feel awe for the grandeur wonder built by ancient Chinese without the help of any machinery. Mutianyu section is the best preserved and quieter section of the great defensive system. Round-trip Cable Car is included to make your exploration easier and to save more time for hiking on the wall.

Afterwards, on the way back to the downtown, drop by the 2008 Beijing Olympic' landmarks - the iconic Bird's Nest and Water Cube followed by a visit to the imperial garden Summer Palace, which offers year-round picturesque sceneries of gardens, halls, pavilions, archaic Long Corridor, peaceful Kunming Lake and verdant Longevity Hill.

Summer Palace
The Marble boat in Summer Palace
Day 4
Beijing-Xi'an by High Speed Train
Visit the Temple of Heaven and take a highspeed train to Xi'an.
Breakfast
Luxury: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel Superior: Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

In the morning, get immersed into the local's enjoyable lifestyle as you head to the Temple of Heaven, the magnificent blue-tiled golden halls where ceremonies used to be held for good harvest and luck for the next year by emperors. You are more than welcome to join these friendly locals for morning exercises like group dancing, Taichi and shuttlecock.

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

Day 5
Xi'an
Marvel at the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum and stroll along the ancient City Wall to witness Xi'an' history. Feel the authentic Xi'an by visiting Muslim Quarter and appreciating Great Mosque.
Breakfast

Drive about 1 hour to explore the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, the largest underground military troops that unveil themselves by accidental discovery and shocked the whole world in 1974. Over 2,000 years, nearly 8,000 life-sized clay figures owning distinctive facial expressions, hair styles, and uniforms have protected the first emperor Qinshihuang in his afterlife.

Then set foot on the 600-year-old City Wall, the most complete and best-preserved military fortification in China that encircles the central downtown with a total length of about 14km (about 8.75 miles).

Afterwards, stroll down the bustling Muslim Quarter to feast your appetite with various tasty local snacks and tour around the Great Mosque to soak up the well-preserved Islamic structure built in traditional Chinese style.

Terracotta Army
Full-sized Terracotta Army with unique faces uncovered after being buried for over 2,000 years
Day 6
Xi'an-Lhasa by Flight
Fly to Lhasa. Rest of the day for a good break and get used to the high altitude.
Breakfast
Luxury: St. Regis Lhasa Resort Superior: Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa

Catch a morning flight to Lhasa, which will take 3.5 hours. Please take a break in the hotel upon arrival and adapt yourself to the high altitude gradually. Lhasa enjoys an average altitude of around 3658 meters (12,000 ft), and the spots like Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery get higher altitude of 3800 meters (around 12,500ft). 

Note: Please do not take a shower, drink alcohol or smoke in the first two days upon arrival. Please keep warm.

Day 7
Lhasa
Admire the spectacular Potala Palace, holy Jokang Temple and stroll at the bustling Barkhor Street.
Breakfast

Unveil the mysterious Tibet from a glimpse of the sacred Potala Palace, the world-famous landmark of Tibet built by Songtsen Gampo to marry his bride, Princess Wencheng from Chang'an (ancient capital of Xi'an) during 7th century. Known as a museum of Buddhist art, Potala Palace treasures the profound Tibetan cultures like scripture shrines, eye-catching murals and Tibetan temples that will make your Lhasa explorations worthwhile.

Afterwards, explore the Jokang Temple built in 647AD by order of Songtsen Gampo, the holiest and most divine Buddhist temple dedicated to the 12-year-old Shakyamuni statue brought from ancient capital Xi'an by Chinese Princess Wencheng, receiving thousands of faithful pilgrims to worship every day. Mural paintings, sphinx and religious sculptures takes you to be impressed by the profound Tibetan Buddhism.

Delve into the bustling Berkhor Street located at the old block of Lhasa where devout pilgrims, boutique Tibetan souvenirs as well as delicious local snacks will amaze you.

Potala Palace
The spectacular and holy Potala Palace
Day 8
Lhasa
Visit the magnificent Norblingka, diginified Drepung Monastery and enjoy the Buddhism Debates at the Sera Monastery.
Breakfast

Set out for a relaxing exploration to Norblingka, the largest Tibetan garden built as a summer palace for Dalai Lamas. Stroll in the verdant gardens and appreciate various plants and grand Tibetan architectures.

Then proceed to the imposing Drepung Monastery with a history of over 500 years, teemed with snowy-white architecture complexes like rice piling up the majestic mountains seen from the distance, thus named Drepung associated with the prosperity.

At last, end your day with a visit to the Sera Monastery dating back to 600 years old, highlighted in its famous fierce debate over Buddhism scriptures to admire their pursuit of the Buddhism belief.

Day 9
Lhasa-Shanghai by Flight
Fly to China's cosmopolitan Shanghai.
Breakfast
Luxury: Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai Superior: Central Hotel Shanghai

Your exploration at this holy land ends today, and you will fly to Shanghai to immerse into its intersection of past and future.

Day 10
Shanghai
Visit the essence of the megacity Shanghai on the full day tour to Yu Garden, Nanjing Road, the Bund, Shanghai World Financial Center, Xintiandi and Jade Buddha Temple.
Breakfast

Begin your Shanghai explorations from the Yu Garden, a classic private garden dating back to the Ming dynasties. Setting in Shanghai's old center, it would delight you with its exquisite layout and artistic style where pavilions, rockeries, pools are integrated with the natural settings in perfect harmony.

Then drive back to the world-famous shopping center Nanjing Road and the Bund where you will be amazed by the grandeur of architecture varied in styles presenting Shanghai's dramatic changes over hundreds of years.

Afterwards, ascend to the top of the world's 9th tallest skyscraper-Shanghai World Financial Center to enjoy a marvelous bird's eye view of the cosmopolis.

Continue the sightseeing to Xintiandi (New World of Shanghai) to discover the traditional Shikumen constructions.

After lingering for a while, visit the Jade Buddha Temple housing the largest Reclining Jade Buddha statue imported from Burma to conclude your wonderful day.

The Bund
Bird view of gorgeous night view of the Bund
Day 11
Depart from Shanghai
See-off at the airport for your departure flight. Wish you a nice journey home!
Breakfast

Your 11-day wonderful China exploration ends here and you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. 

Accommodations
BeijingXianLhasaShanghai
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.
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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Price / Enquiry
from US$2869
  • The price above is for one person based on a group of 2 adults sharing one room of 4 star hotels. It is subject to change according to your traveling season, number of travelers, hotel class, etc.
  • Any parts of the itinerary could be customized based on your interests and budgets, e.g. tour length, activities, hotels, etc.
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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  • A detailed itinerary with quotation based on your enquiry will then be sent to you within 12 hours or even sooner. You could share your ideas freely to adjust the itinerary till your satisfaction.
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