Day 1: Our guide will meet you at the Beijing airport and then transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and get ready for your exciting China tour.
Day 2: Begin to explore Beijing from paying a visit first to the largest and grandest square in the world – Tiananmen Square. As walking through the square, you will come to the magnificent Forbidden City, the biggest palace complex in the world. Then, you will hop on a rickshaw to ride through the narrow alleys for a Hutong Tour, and pay a visit of a local family as well as have the lunch with local neighborhoods. Then go on to appreciate the fantastic Summer Palace, the biggest and best-preserved imperial garden so far. (B+L)
Day 3: The sightseeing today starts from exploring the great Temple of Heaven where emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties had worshipped heaven and prayed for good harvest. Afterwards, you will be guided to the snaking Mutianyu Great Wall, an uncrowded section of great wall with comfortable round trip cable car to take and picturesque scenery to enjoy. As for lunch, it will be offered at an elegant restaurant at the foot of the Great Wall. At night, the dinner is arranged to let you taste mouthwatering and authentic Peking Duck. (B+L+D)
Day 4: After breakfast, take a chance to have a close view of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube on the way to Beijing 798 Art Zone where you will be able to touch the unique sense of culture and have lunch on your own. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Xian. Upon your arrival at Xian, your local guide will meet you at airport and then transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is left on your own.
Once was the military-industrial factory complex since early 1950's, Beijing 798 Art Zone has more than 200 art & culture galleries. Meanwhile, it is often compared with New York's Greenwich Village. (B)
Day 5: The highlight of the tour today lies in the world-shaking Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses where you might be shocked by the rows of life-size warriors in order. After a local featured dainty lunch, drive back to the hotel and passing by the Big Wild Goose Pagoda – the sign of ancient Xi'an. Make a stop and choose the best angle to view this "Leaning Tower of China", you will also be amazed by those exquisite architectures and sculptures on the two sides of the square in the front of the pagoda. (B+L)
Day 6: Pay a visit to Xian City Wall (Bicycle Riding on the wall is included) and the Great Mosque. After lunch, drive you to the Shaanxi History Museum, which houses a variety of ancient antiques. As for the dinner, you can taste the delicious local dishes and snacks by yourself. (B+L)
Day 7: Take a flight to Lhasa. Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to the hotel. You have to take a good rest so as to adapt yourself to the high altitude of Lhasa. (B+D)
Day 8: Today's sightseeing tour starts with a visit to Potala Palace, a holy place in Tibetan culture and the highest ancient palace in the world. After lunch, go to visit the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred monastery and spiritual center of Tibet and Bhakhor Street, a circular bustling bazaar surrounds Jokhang Temple, as well as the Lhasa Nunnery. (B+L)
Day 9: The highlights of today's tour include Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and Sera Monastery, one of the 'great three' Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet in which monks debate the philosophy of Buddhism. (B+L)
Day 10: In the morning, our guide will take you to visit the Tibet Museum which houses a permanent collection that celebrates the history and culture of Tibet. After lunch, you'll be transferred to airport and take flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to the hotel. (B+L)
Day 11: Pay a visit to Shanghai Museum and the Bund which is well-known for the gallery of international architecture. After lunch, head to the Yuyuan Garden, a famous ancient garden and the Yuyuan Market nearby where you will have a chance to see lots of Shanghai handicrafts and exquisite souvenirs displayed on stalls. Afterwards, visit the Tianzifang, a Shanghai-featured alleys full of diverse styles of shops and crafts. (B+L)
Day 12: Get to the airport and board your homeward flight by yourself. If you want to visit Hong Kong, we can help you arrange flight and hotel. (B)
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